PRICHARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-31 published
WILSON, William Robert (1916-2006)
Born in Toronto on August 15, 1916 to Elizabeth CALDWELL and William S. WILSON, Bill died peacefully surrounded by his family on March 30, 2006. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Margaret, and his three children, David (Shelagh HIGGINS,) Ken and Ann (Rob PRICHARD.) He was adored by his nine grandchildren Amy, Katie and Hilary WILSON, Alex, Erika and Ian WILSON and Wilson, Kenny and Jay PRICHARD. Bill grew up in Toronto and lived there for most of his life. He attended Victoria University at the University of Toronto, where he met his wife and life companion Margaret LAVERY. Upon graduation in 1941, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he became Squadron Leader and was awarded the Air Force Cross for distinguished service. After the war he joined the T. Eaton Company where he had a long and successful career spanning 36 years. Upon mandatory retirement at the age of 65, he continued to work as a consultant for Eaton's for an additional ten years. Always an energetic and generous contributor to many community activities too numerous to list, he was particularly involved over many years as a director of Anglican Houses (now Leap of Faith, Toronto Community Services). His most passionate pursuit was his family and his many close Friends, a number of whom felt that the affectionate nickname 'Saint Bill' suited him remarkably well. The family thanks the staff at St. Mike's for the superb treatment Bill received while in their care. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, April 2nd. A private family service will take place on Monday, April 3rd, following which family and Friends are invited to celebrate Bill's life at a reception from 4-6 p.m. at the Rosedale Golf Club, 1901 Mount Pleasant Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leap of Faith, Toronto Community Services, Sick Children's Hospital Foundation or Saint Michael's Hospital Foundation.

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PRICHARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-03 published
WILSON, William Robert (1916-2006)
Born in Toronto on August 15, 1916 to Elizabeth Caldwell and William S. WILSON, Bill died peacefully surrounded by his family on March 30, 2006. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Margaret, and his three children, David (Shelagh HIGGINS,) Ken and Ann (Rob PRICHARD.) He was adored by his nine grandchildren Amy, Katie and Hilary WILSON, Alex, Erika and Ian WILSON and Wilson, Kenny and Jay PRICHARD. Bill grew up in Toronto and lived there for most of his life. He attended Victoria University at the University of Toronto, where he met his wife and life companion Margaret LAVERY. Upon graduation in 1941, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he became Squadron Leader and was awarded the Air Force Cross for distinguished service. After the war he joined the T. Eaton Company where he had a long and successful career spanning 36 years. Upon mandatory retirement at the age of 65, he continued to work as a consultant for Eaton's for an additional ten years. Always an energetic and generous contributor to many community activities too numerous to list, he was particularly involved over many years as a director of Anglican Houses (now Leap of Faith, Toronto Community Services). His most passionate pursuit was his family and his many close Friends, a number of whom felt that the affectionate nickname 'Saint Bill' suited him remarkably well. The family thanks the staff at St. Mike's for the superb treatment Bill received while in their care. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, April 2nd. A private family service will take place on Monday, April 3rd, following which family and Friends are invited to celebrate Bill's life at a reception from 4-6 p.m. at the Rosedale Golf Club, 1901 Mount Pleasant Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leap of Faith, Toronto Community Services, Sick Children's Hospital Foundation or Saint Michael's Hospital Foundation.

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PRICHARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-07 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Major William Raine, C.D.
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Of Canada R.M.C. #3247
Passed away at home on Tuesday, June 6 in his 76th year. Survived by his wife Doreen (Bonnie) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. son of the late William Douglas and Alice Muriel (née RAINE) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, late of Kingston and Bowmanville, Ontario. Father of Christopher Douglas Elliot STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Silvia) of Bowmanville Ontario. Father of Susan Margaret 'Meg' STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of Nelson, British Columbia. Grandfather of Michael Christopher William; Andrew Walter; and Kevin Alexander STEWARD/STEWART/STUART all of Bowmanville, Ontario. Stepfather of Mary Jane UNTEREINER (Jean Michel) and grandchildren, Roderick and Amélie of Oshawa, Ontario. Roderick William 'Rory' McALPINE (Tara), granddaughters, Caitlin and Sara of Markham, Ontario, John CAMPBELL McALPINE (Linda) Corbyville, Ontario. and Margaret Anne 'Meg' McALPINE- CARTER (Peter) and grand_sons Connor and Aidan of Fernandina Beach, Florida. Brother of the late Joan Aileen (Late Lt. Col. Evan PRICHARD, Oakville). Uncle of Anne (Kingston), David (Yellowknife) and William (Toronto) PRICHARD. Bill spent many of his happiest years growing up in Kingston, from the time he entered Wolf Cubs many years ago until he retired as Deputy Commandant of the Commissionaires in Toronto in 1994, Bill had spent a total of 53 years in uniform as a Cub, Boy Scout, Air Cadet, Royal Military College, Army, and the Corps. Perhaps his greatest love for his early Army days were those when, as a very junior officer, he proudly wore the dark tartan kilt of the Black Watch. On his first tour in Cyprus (1964) he had the very good fortune to be attached to a British Army Regiment - The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Working with 'The Skins' made him regain his old love of serving with a really great infantry regiment. Bill served in many places in Canada, Korea 1953-54, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization 1959-62, Cyprus 1964, Cyprus 1966, Kashmir 1972-73. Following his retirement from the army in Toronto in 1977, Bill bought a Restaurant/Pub which he named 'Raines'(Mother's maiden name) and 'Major's'(after his rank). After cremation there will be a small graveside service in Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston at his parents' grave site. Bonnie and family will be at home on Friday-afternoon June 9 between 2 and 5. Please - no flowers or donations. Bill's wish is please charge your glass with your favourite libation and say 'Slainte'… Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

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PRICHARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-31 published
WILSON, William Robert (1916-2006)
Born in Toronto on August 15, 1916 to Elizabeth Caldwell and William S. WILSON, Bill died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on March 30, 2006. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Margaret, and his three children, David (Shelagh HIGGINS,) Ken, and Ann (Rob PRICHARD.) He was adored by his nine grandchildren Amy, Katie and Hilary WILSON, Alex, Erika and Ian WILSON and Wilson, Kenny and Jay PRICHARD. Bill grew up in Toronto and lived there for most of his life. He attended Victoria University at the University of Toronto, where he met his wife and life companion Margaret LAVERY. Upon graduation in 1941, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he became Squadron Leader and was awarded the Air Force Cross for distinguished service. After the war he joined the T. Eaton Company where he had a long and successful career spanning 36 years. Upon mandatory retirement at the age of 65, he continued to work as a consultant for Eaton's for an additional ten years. Always an energetic and generous contributor to many community activities too numerous to list, he was particularly involved over many years as a director of Anglican Houses (now Leap of Faith, Toronto Community Services). His most passionate pursuit was his family and his many close Friends, a number of whom felt that the affectionate nickname "Saint Bill" suited him remarkably well. The family thanks the staff at St. Mike's for the superb treatment Bill received while in their care. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, April 2nd. A private family service will take place on Monday, April 3rd, following which family and Friends are invited to celebrate Bill's life at a reception from 4-6 p.m. at the Rosedale Golf Club, 1901 Mount Pleasant Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leap of Faith, Toronto Community Services, Sick Children's Hospital Foundation or Saint Michael's Hospital Foundation.

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PRICKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-10 published
PRICKETT, Robert Charles
Suddenly at his home, Tuesday night. Bob is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Linda WHITMORE. His children, Claire of Brisbane, Australia, Jenna of London and Traven BENNER of Toronto, were the lights of his life. He is also survived by his parents, Jim and Marie, of Saint Thomas, and by his dear brothers, William (Bill) of Montreal (Sylvain), Ron of Sault Ste. Marie, and Larry (Donya) of Aylmer, Quebec. Bob is predeceased by his brother, Gordon. Uncle Bob will be missed by Liselle, Jason and Emma PRICKETT, as well as the large extended Whitmore family. Bob was for over 20 years creative director at London's television station, now known as the A Channel. He was just beginning a new career in teaching, where he could share his love of learning. Every moment is a teaching moment. Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday from 2: 00-5:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the memorial service will be conducted on Monday, March 13, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Darrell SHAULE officiating. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bob are asked to consider the Thames Valley Education Foundation H.B. Beal Secondary School Broadcasting Program in memory of Robert PRICKETT.

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PRIDDLE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-01-18 published
PRIDDLE, Pearl
In memory of a dear Mom and Grandma, Pearl, who passed away January 17 years has passed us by
A silent tear we still cry,
Knowing you are always looking down at us
Helps us to get by.
We think of you each day
And all the little things you used to say.
-Always remembered by Heather, Bill, Melody, Kim, Blair, Angela and their families.
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PRIDDLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-05 published
BROOKS, Joanne (née WATSON)
Of Saint Thomas, on Saturday, June 3, 2006, at the Londod Health Sciences Centre (University Hospital), as the result of a motor vehicle accident, in her 64th year. Dearly loved wife and best friend of Stirling BROOKS and loved mother of Shelly and her husband Ted STURK of Saint Thomas, Sue and husband Neal MUSCHETT of Oakville and John BROOKS and his wife Rebekah WYMENGA of Saint Thomas and special friend and mentor of Michelle TERRY- NELSON of Saint Thomas. Dear sister of Linda WATSON- KAUFMAN and her husband Gregg of Georgia and Lois and her husband Ron HALL of Hamilton. Deeply loved grandmother of Clayton and Nicholas, Gregory, Katherine, Parker and Serenity. Sadly missed by 2 nephews and 1 niece. Joanne was born in Saint Thomas on August 13, 1942, the daughter of the late Earl and Faye (PRIDDLE) WATSON of Saint Thomas. She lived most of her life in Saint Thomas and was active in her community throughout her life. Joanne worked for Saint Thomas Ford and formerly owned and operated Joanne's Beauty Shop and the Bambi Shop. She was a former Mayor and Alderman for the City of Saint Thomas and sat on the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Board, was a founder and President of Christmas Care, President of Beta Sigma Phi, Board member of the Trillium Foundation, a member of First United Church and numerous other community organizations. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Thursday afternoon and then to First United Church where a service to celebrate Joanne's life will be held at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Joanne Brooks Community Charity Foundation.

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PRIDDLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-21 published
RIDLEY, Jack F.
Of Saint Thomas, passed away at the Valleyview Home for the Aged, Saint Thomas on Saturday, June 17, 2006, in his 89th year. Husband of the late Marie (PRIDDLE) RIDLEY (2000.) Father of Edward A. "Ted" RIDLEY and his wife Rita of Langley, British Columbia, Jack B. "Bart" RIDLEY and his wife Judi of LaPorte, Indiana, Susan M. RIDLEY of Lewisporte, Newfoundland, and the late Richard J. "Dick" RIDLEY (1997.) Grandfather of David and his wife Jennifer, Marie and her husband Allan, Stephen and Sarah. Great grandfather of Joshua, Andrew, Nathan and Meghan. Brother of the late Marynel RUTHERFORD and the late Richard F. RIDLEY. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Born in Blenheim, Ontario, July 21, 1917, son of the late Edward and Lucinda "Cindy" (FELLOWS) RIDLEY. During the Second World War, Jack served in Canada with the Royal Canadian Air Force He was a retired Ontario Hydro area manager who lived his life in Saint Thomas, Strathroy, Wallaceburg and Blenheim. While in Wallaceburg, he was a member of Trinity United Church. Jack was a member of Pnyx Baldoon Lodge #312, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Wallaceburg, and the #4 Bombing and Gunnery School Association. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Friday, June 30th from 7-9 p.m. where a public memorial service will be held Saturday, July 1st at 11: 00 a.m. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Blenheim and District Freedom Library and Museum gratefully acknowledged.

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PRIDDLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-09 published
GOULD, Wanda Marie (WOODS)
Suddenly, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, on Friday, December 8th, 2006 Wanda Marie (WOODS) GOULD of Main St. E. Otterville at the age of 66 years. Much loved wife of 48 years of Frank GOULD. Beloved mother of: Tammy GOULD of Otterville; Lorrie (George PRIDDLE) of Port Hope, Susan (Robert GLOVER) of Saint Thomas; and Kathleen "Kathy" GOULD of Otterville. Proud and loving grandmother of: Bradley Joseph Raymond MATEJCHEK and Franki Jo Marie HEINRICHS. Survived by three brothers: Ed WOODS (Joyce,) Thamesville; Norm WOODS (Joan), Forest; and Wayne WOODS (Zelda), Grand Bend and their families. Friends and relatives are welcome to meet with the family and share memories on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg (519-842-4238). Complete Funeral Service to celebrate the life and memory of Wanda Marie GOULD to be conducted on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Verhoeve Funeral Home Chapel by Sharon QUIRT of Niagara Falls. Private family Interment to follow in the GOULD Family Plot at the Courtland United Cemetery. Memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the "Heart and Stroke Foudation" or the "Oxford Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals" can be arranged through the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg and would be gratefully acknowledged by the GOULD family.

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PRIDE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-21 published
McCOUBREY, Mary Catherine
Of Saint Thomas, on Saturday, May 20, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Alex McCOUBREY (July 30, 1991) and dearly loved mother of Alex McCOUBREY and his partner Gloria DAUGHARTY of Saint Thomas, Mary Helen and her husband Bud RAYNHAM of Saint Thomas, Hugh and his wife Judy McCOUBREY of Saint Thomas, Anne and her husband Sandy PRIDE of Stouffville, Rosemary and her husband Henry THUSS of London and John and his wife Jackie McCOUBREY of Fingal. Sadly missed by 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the last of her family. Mary Catherine was a member of Saint Anne's Church, the Catholic Women's League (60 year member), the Saint Thomas Duplicate Bridge Club and past member of the Saint Thomas Curling Club and the Talbot Park Golf Club. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas and then to Saint Anne's Church where Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Angels Cemetery. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Monday at 4: 00 p.m. Visitation Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Saint Anne's Church Building Fund.

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PRIDHAM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-03 published
PRIDHAM, Connie S.
Peacefully, after a courageous fight with cancer at Victoria Hospital, Westminster Campus, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Connie S. PRIDHAM of London in her 55th year. Beloved wife and best friend for 30 years of Wayne PRIDHAM of London. Loving mother of Jennifer and her husband Michael HOBYAN and Cassandra and Ryan ABREU, all of London. Proud grandma of Griffin and Rayne HOBYAN. Dear and loving daughter of Coral and the late John POOLE. Dearly loved by her sister Betty and Bert SHERMAN, and brothers Bill and Diana POOLE and Richard and Janice POOLE, all of London. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home (2240 Wharncliffe Road South, Lambeth) on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 10 a.m. Reverend Elaine CLARK officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Donations to the London Regional Cancer Centre gratefully acknowledged. On-line condolences are available at www.mcfarlane-roberts.ca

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PRIDHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-13 published
JOHNSON, Margaret Ellen (née PRIDHAM)
(November 4, 1914-February 10, 2006)
Unexpectedly, but peacefully, in the presence of her loving family, at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Burlington, in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of Charles Walter JOHNSON for over 63 years. Loving mother of Ann and her husband Roger FUNNELL, Donald and his wife Teri, David and his wife Mary-Anne, and Mark. Cherished grandma of Christopher, Sarah (Mark), Jason (Allison), Andrew (Kim), Lucas and Charlie. Adored great-grandma to Aynsley and Reid. Born to Thomas Albert and Florence Elizabeth PRIDHAM in Sunnidale Township, she was the dearest sister to nine brothers and sisters, much loved sister-in-law and special aunt to many nieces and nephews in the JOHNSON and Pridham families. The memory of her sweet, caring and devoted life will remain with all of us forever. Visitation at Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home, 146 Mill Street North, Waterdown, on Tuesday, February 14, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where a Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Family Centre then interment at Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto. If desired, donations to Joseph Brant Hospital or The Hospital for Sick Children would be appreciated by the family. Please sign the Book of Condolence at www.kitchingsteepeandludwig.com

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PRIEBE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-08 published
NORTH, Orval M.
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Service in Owen Sound on Monday, November 6, 2006. In his 69th year, Orval M. NORTH, the loving husband of Cathy NORTH (née USHER,) and his wife June (née ROBINSON.) Loving father of Peggy and her husband Scott MILLAR, Susan and her husband Mark SSAINTERRE, Darren WARREN, and Craig WARREN and Genevieve GILLARD. Loving grandfather of Rachael SSAINTERRE, Melissa PRIEBE and Scott HUDSON, Andrew PRIEBE and Nicole WHIBLEY. Great-grandfather of Gillian. Dear brother of Verna (Mrs. Keith PLAYFORD.) Fondly remembered by his brothers and sisters-in-law and their families. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday Morning at 11 a.m. Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Georgian Bluffs. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Kidney Foundation or to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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PRIEBE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-10 published
NORTH, Orval M.
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Service in Owen Sound on Monday, November 6, 2006. In his 69th year, Orval M. NORTH, the loving husband of Cathy NORTH (née USHER,) and his wife June (née ROBINSON.) Loving father of Peggy and her husband Scott MILLAR, Susan and her husband Mark SSAINTERRE, Darren WARREN, and Craig WARREN and Genevieve GILLARD. Loving grandfather of Rachael SSAINTERRE, Melissa PRIEBE and Scott HUDSON, Andrew PRIEBE and Nicole WHIBLEY and Gillian WARREN. Dear brother of Verna (Mrs. Keith PLAYFORD.) Fondly remembered by his brothers and sisters-in-law and their families. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Thursday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday Morning at 11 a.m. Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Georgian Bluffs. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Kidney Foundation or to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
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PRIEBE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-28 published
MOHL, Isabelle Mae (BOWDEN)
The day is done and the darkness falls from the wings of night so I decided to take my leave on Monday, February 20, 2006 at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa. Loved and loving wife of the late Frank (1975). Loving mother to Frank Jr. and Janet and her husband Dale. To my cherished grand_sons, Rob and Dan, you have both brought much joy and pleasure to me in life. Dear friend of Marie, Pat, Elizabeth, Linde, Christine, Doreen, Cathy, Chris and Sue. Sister of the late Fred BOWDEN and Lillian PRIEBE. It is my wish that it be a private family time as most of my dear Friends have since departed and I do not wish to burden those remaining. We had our good times. Love to all - Isabelle A private graveside service was held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Parkinson Society of Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, Ontario M2P 2A9 or the Alzheimer Society for Metropolitan Toronto, 2323 Yonge Street, Suite 202, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2A5 would be greatly appreciated.

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PRIEMS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-30 published
WALES, George Edward " Ted"
Suddenly, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Thursday, September 28, 2006, George Edward "Ted" WALES of Grand Bend and formerly of Crediton, age 67. Beloved husband of Jeannette (SCHENK) WALES. Loved father of Ernie and his wife Laurie WALES of Calgary, Patti WALES and her husband Geoff PRIEMS of Kingston. Loving stepfather of Larry LIPPERT and his companion Nancy RICHARDS of Sarnia, Lynda HEYWOOD and Lisa LIPPERT both of Exeter. Dear grandpa of Michael, Steven, Alex, Sam, Liam, Jaymee, Ali, Amanda, Michael, Steven, Samantha and Alex. Great-grandpa of Brent and Devon. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Nancy and her husband Bob NEWTON of Hamilton and Carolyn WALES of Hagersville. Remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his brother Larry WALES, parents Elmer and Marjorie (GRINYER) WALES and brother-in-law Gib SCHENK. At Ted's request, cremation with private family interment at Crediton Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated. T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood entrusted with arrangements. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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PRIES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-15 published
PRIES, Madeline Adeline (1911-2006)
Passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, January 14, 2006. Devoted wife of the late Egmont (Ed) PRIES. Loved and loving mom of Merle (Fred) LAWRENCE, Frances (the late John) SANDFORT, Elaine (the late Carl) PETERSON, Wayne (Judy) PRIES and Gail (Keith) BENNETT. Loving Nanny of Steven, Janet, Brenda, Craig (Tanya) LAWRENCE, Sally (Stu) LOOS and Ellen (Steven) YOUTSEY, Larry (Holly) and Jane PETERSON, Kimberley PRIES, Jackie (Jay) ANDERSON, Mark (Diane) PRIES, Tim (Alison) and Adam (Sherri) BENNETT. Adored great-grandmother of Sarah, Katherine, Peter, Alec, Wade, John, Jason, Carly, Tyler, Brooklyn, Shevaun, Chase, Mackenzie, Sam, Kaitlyn and Jillian. Predeceased by her brother Lorne WELTZ. Fondly remembered by in-laws and cousins and by her special friend and caregiver Rosemary PARKER, to whom the family is eternally grateful. For many years, Mrs. PRIES managed the concession booth at the Memorial Arena. Generations of young hockey players and figure skaters, curlers and rink rats enjoyed her Friendship and encouragement during that time. For her dedication, Madeline was awarded a Hockey Heritage Citation in 1995. She was a devoted member of St. George's Anglican Church for over fifty-five years. Friends will be received at the J.S. Jones & son Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Road, north of Maple Ave., Georgetown, (905) 877-3631 on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral and committal service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, 60 Guelph Street, Georgetown on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation. In memory contributions to St. George's Anglican Church or the Hospital For Sick Children would be appreciated. To send expressions of sympathy visit www.jsjonesandsonfuneralhome.com

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PRIESS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-16 published
WEDOW, Allan William
Of Hanover, passed away at Hanover and District Hospital on Thursday, December 14, 2006. He was 79. Survived by his wife Wilma (nee HACHMAN) WEDOW, sons Larry and his wife Chris of Hanover, Eric and friend Kelly of Walkerton, daughter Linda WEDOW (Glen CHAMBERLAIN) of Hanover, grandchildren Bryce, Philip, Gregory and Amanda. Also survived by a sister Mary Alice DIEBEL of Hanover. Predeceased by his first wife Marjorie PRIESS (1953,) brothers Clarence, Irvin, Walter and Melvin and a brother in infancy. Visitation at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover, on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a funeral service will be held on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment in Hanover Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Saint Peter's Lutheran Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Further information and register book available at www.mightonfuneralhome.ca c/o Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover - (519)-364-3660

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PRIEST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-12 published
KNIGHT, William Alfred " Alf" (1924-2006)
It is with great sorrow, that the family announces Alf's passing on Friday, January 6th, 2006, after an extremely courageous five year battle with cancer. He departed this world at home in Brantford with his family at his bedside. Beloved husband of 61 years to Edith (BEAR) KNIGHT, loving father of Lynda JACKSON and cherished father-in-law of Bruce, all of Brantford. He is survived by his sister Madeline CATLING of Woodstock. Also remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his great uncle Alfred Edwin PRIEST (1937,) his mother Emma Maud KNIGHT (1978) and his father William Doleman KNIGHT (1983.) Alf was a Tool Maker at Taylor Electric, London, and Timkin Roller Bearings, Saint Thomas. He was also a 25-year employee of Massey Ferguson in Woodstock and Brantford as a draftsman, tool designer and Process Technician. During his second career, later in life, Alf served the Ontario Government from 1984 to 1998 as a Court Constable, Sheriff's Deputy and a Court Services Officer. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (433-5184) where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, January 14th at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Teresa CORRIGAN of the Church of the Epiphany officiating. Interment in Bostwick Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the charity of your choice. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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PRIEST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-10 published
MILES, Linda Diane
At London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital on Friday, September 8th, 2006, Linda Diane MILES (McGUGAN) of London. Dear mother of Randy COUSINS and his wife Karen and Miles McGUGAN all of London. Much loved Nanny of Justin, Nathan, Taylor, Paula and Jessica. Dear sister of Valerie PRIEST of Nova Scotia, Karen GAUDET of Montreal, Michelle DEANES of Hamilton, and Marilyn YOUELL of London. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Much loved "Mommy" of Meika. Best friend of Valerie JOHNSON. Predeceased by parents Iris and Reg and Charlie and Lee. At Linda's request, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation has taken place. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Linda are asked to consider the Rotary Club of London West Foundation or the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada. Westview Funeral Chapel, (519-641-1793) entrusted with arrangements.

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PRIESTAP o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-03 published
STOKES, Laura Myrtle (née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON)
Peacefully, surrounded by her family, Laura Myrtle STOKES, of London, passed away at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on April 2, 2006 at age 89. Beloved wife of the late Robert (Bob) STOKES (1990). Dear mother of Larry (Mary Ann) of Chatham. Special grandma to Michael (Natalie) STOKES of Chatham and Laura STOKES of Toronto. "Great-Gramma with the white hair" to Abigail, Jocelyn and Emily. Sister to Elaine SCHNEIDER of Stratford. Predeceased by her parents Robert and Agnes (HAY) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and sisters Pearl PRIESTAP, Hazel MOYER, Dorothy CORNISH and brother Bert THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London on Tuesday, April 4th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, April 5th at 11 a.m. with Rev. Paul BROWNING of Trinity United Church officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Sympathy may be expressed by memorial donations to Trinity United Church and the Canadian Cancer Society. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com

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PRIESTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-03 published
LEDSHAM, Harold T., P.Eng. (1924-2006)
After a short and courageous battle with esophageal cancer, Harold passed away on his own terms on Thursday evening. His loving wife of 51 years, Edna, and his two children Claire and Tony, were with him in his final moments. He will be lovingly missed by his grandchildren Ben and Oliver, Simon and Victoria, as well as his dear son-in-law Tony PRIESTLEY. In death, as in life, Harold passed away with grace and dignity. His greatest concern was for his family, Friends and community. Despite growing up during the Depression in Canada, and subsequently, World War 2 in England, Harold lived life to the fullest. He served with the Royal Engineers, doing post-war reconstruction work in Malaya. Repatriated to Canada, he was heavily involved with the design and development of the Toronto Transit Commission subway system. Later, as a consultant, he was involved in transit system development in Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Chile and Shanghai, to name a few. His second retirement was full of activities, from model trains to stamp collecting, but most importantly, his new-found passion for community activism. He was involved in preservation and fundraising efforts for his community of Lowville, as well as saving the Niagara Escarpment from over-development. Through these activities, he met many wonderful Friends who were incredibly supportive. In the true engineer spirit, he was an avid tinkerer but his favourite activity was walking his beloved dogs. A historic stone bench will be installed in Lowville Park, in his memory. Visitation, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sun 4 Jun-J Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James St Milton. Memorial Service, 2 p.m. Wed 7 Jun-Lowville United Church. Donations, in Harold's memory, to the Salvation Army.

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PRIESTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-17 published
PRIESTLEY, Norman Howard
(World War 2 Veteran)
Peacefully, on Saturday, April 15th, 2006, at Sunnybrook Hospital, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Betty PRIESTLEY (1996). Loving father of Jim and his wife Julie. Survived by his dear sister Pat CLARK and sister-in-law Diane PRIESTLEY. Predeceased by his brothers Bill, George and Ted and sisters Ella and Hazel. Norman will be missed dearly and fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, family and many Friends. Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles), on Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 from 10 a.m until time of service at the Chapel at 11 o'clock. Cremation. Interment, Mount Pleasant Cemetery at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Sunnybrook Hospital - Veterans' Wing. Condolences www.rskane.ca

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PRIEUR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-18 published
MONFORTON, Gerard " Gig"
68 years. Died on November 15, 2006 in Naples, Florida. Beloved husband of Cecilia DESROBERTS (née FORTIER) of Harrison Township, Michigan. and the late Jeanne (née LAJEUNESSE) (1993.) Beloved son of his late parents: Rita (née LANGLOIS) and Paul MONFORTON and son-in-law to Lily LAJEUNESSE of Windsor and her late husband Louis (2005.) Loving father of Doctor Anne Marie SMITH and her husband Michael of London, Gerald of Ottawa, Monique PRIEUR and her husband Greg of Tecumseh and Paul of Ottawa and step-children Mark DESROBERTS and his wife Heather of Michigan and David DESROBERTS and his wife Jennifer of Chicago, Illinois. Dear "Pip" to Natalie, Erin, Ryan, Matthew, Sarah, Julia, Luke, Sebastien, Isabella and Gabrielle. Dear brother of Rick MONFORTON and his wife Agnes CLAIRE of Kitchener and predeceased by Lionel (1981) and Michael (1988). Dear uncle of 6 nieces and nephews. Dear nephew to special his Aunt Marie LANGLOIS of Windsor. Mr. MONFORTON was a Professor of Civil Engineering retiring in 1996 and was the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1987-1992 at the University of Windsor. He was also a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In kindness, memorial donations made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but funeral arrangements are entrusted to Janisse Bros-Marcotte Funeral Home, 1139 Ouelette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario (519-253-5225). A tree will be planted in memory of Gerard MONFORTON in the Janisse Bros-Marcotte Heritage Forest. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2007. All are welcome. The Family invites you to sign a Book of Condolence and share your memories on www.janissemarcotte.ca

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PRIEUR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-21 published
MONFORTON, Gerard " Gig," B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D
68 years. Died on November 15, 2006 in Naples, Florida. Beloved husband of Cecilia DESROBERTS (née FORTIER) of Harrison Township Michigan. and the late Jeanne (née LAJEUNESSE) (1993.) Beloved son of his late parents: Rita (née LANGLOIS) and Paul MONFORTON and son-in-law to Lily LAJEUNESSE of Windsor and her late husband Louis (2005.) Loving father of Doctor Anne Marie MONFORTON and her husband Michael SMITH of London, Gerald of Ottawa, Monique PRIEUR and her husband Greg of Tecumseh and Paul of Ottawa and step-children Mark DESROBERTS and his wife Heather of Michigan and David DESROBERTS and his wife Jennifer of Chicago, Illinois. Dear "Pip" to Natalie, Erin, Ryan, Matthew, Sarah, Julia, Luke, Sebastien, Isabella and Gabrielle. Dear brother of Richard MONFORTON and his wife Agnes CLAIRE of Kitchener and predeceased by Lionel (1981) and Michael (1988). Dear uncle to Michelle, Jeff, Justin, Vanessa, Dennis and Danny. Dear nephew to special his Aunt Marie LANGLOIS of Windsor. Doctor MONFORTON was a Professor of Civil Engineering retiring in 1996 and was the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1987-1992 at the University of Windsor. He was also a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In kindness, memorial donations made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Visiting Tuesday 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. with Parish Prayers on Wednesday 7 p.m. Funeral Thursday November 23rd 2006 at 9: 30 a.m. from Janisse Bros-Marcotte Funeral Home, 1139 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario (519-253-5225), then to Sacred Heart Church (LaSalle) for Mass of Christian Burial at 10: 30 a.m. Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery, LaSalle, Ontario. A tree will be planted in memory of Gerard MONFORTON in the Janisse Bros-Marcotte Heritage Forest. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2007. All are welcome. The Family invites you to sign a Book of Condolence and share your memories on www.janissemarcotte.ca

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PRIEUR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-25 published
PRIEUR, Jean Raoul
In hospital in Montréal, on March 21st, 2006, in his 84th year. Devoted husband of Eileen (LUKEMAN) and loving father of Barry (Pam YATES,) Maureen (Tom KILLEEN) and David. Adored Papa to his grandchildren Courtney, Liam, Jordie, Elizabeth and Jay. He was predeceased by his parents Henri PRIEUR and Lucille TURGEON, and by his brothers Claude and Michel. Respecting his wishes, a private service was held. Donations in his memory may be made to the Montréal Association of the Blind Foundation where he served as a Director by mail to 7000 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal H4B 1R3; by telephone at 514.488.0043 ext. 2031; or on-line at www.mab.ca.

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PRIEUR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-08 published
PRIEUR, Eileen Madelyn (née LUKEMAN)
At Saint Mary's Hospital, Montréal, on April 1, 2006, in her eighty-fourth year. Beloved wife of sixty years of the late Jean PRIEUR, who passed away eleven days earlier. Dear mother of Barry (Pam YATES,) Maureen (Tom KILLEEN) and David. Cherished Grandie to Courtney, Liam, Jordie, Elizabeth and Jay. Survived by her sisters Helen SAUNDERS, Peggy PRINGLE, Pat BRAYLEY and Moira THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and by her former daughter-in-law Bernie BURNETT. She was predeceased by her parents Francis LUKEMAN and Emily Grace BROAD and by her brother Frank. In accordance with her wishes, a private service was held. Donations in her memory may be made to Camp Amy Molson, 5165 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 210, Montréal, Québec H4A 1T6 - a camp for underprivileged children on whose board she once served.

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PRIEUR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-05 published
HALL, Rebecca Ann " Becky"
On Friday, December 1, 2006 at Toronto East General Hospital. Daughter of the late John and Joan HALL. Survived by her children David and Lorraine PROCTOR, her step-mother Pauline HALL of Stratford, and sisters Susan PRIEUR of England, Jill (John) SKINNER of Stratford, Jenny (Peter) ALKER of Brighton, and special "sister" Cecily SAVOIE of Toronto. Becky had a long career as a graphic designer at the Ontario Science Centre. A service in memory of Becky will be held in the Chapel of the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 lights west of Yonge St.) on Thursday, December 7th at 2: 00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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PRIME o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-11 published
PRIME, Melbourne Wallace
At the age of 89 went to be with his Lord March 9, 2006 at Springdale Country Manor, Peterborough, Ontario. Born April 28, 1916 Centreville, Nova Scotia. Formerly of Nova Scotia and Hampton, Ontario he spent the last years of his life in Peterborough where he was a member of Elim Family Worship Centre. Served in the Canadian Army, World War 2, 1940-1946. Survived by his wife of 69 years, Lida at Springdale Country Manor; and his children Stanley (Edie), Airdrie Alberta; Carolyn STURMAN (Reginald), Lindsay, Ontario Randall (Leanne), Penticton, British Columbia; Wendell (Jane), Conestogo, Ontario; Walton (Lisbeth), Beeton, Ontario; Susan HAYES (Ronald,) Hampton, Ontario; also 13 grandchildren (one deceased) and 16 great-grandchildren (two deceased). Predeceased by a brother Wendell and 5 sisters Ida DAKIN, Helena BEST, Christina CANN, Florence VEINOT and Edith PRIME all of Nova Scotia, he is survived by 2 sisters Violet WHITE/WHYTE, Middleton, Nova Scotia and Anna DOUCETTE, New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia. Much loved by his family, he will be greatly missed. Memorial service at Elim Family Worship Centre, 414 Kellar Street, Peterborough, Ontario at 1: 30 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2006. Memorial service at Jayne's Funeral Home, 7 Birch St. Digby, Nova Scotia on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 2: 00, p.m., to be followed by interment at Rossway Baptist Cemetery, Rossway, Nova Scotia. Following the interment will be a reception at the home of Lorraine Marshall, Barton, Nova Scotia. In lieu of flowers, charity of your choice.

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PRIME o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-18 published
PRIME, Veronica Frances (née HOCKING)
(Longtime Employee Brooks Marble and Tile)
It is with great sadness, but with joy for a life lived to the fullest, that we announce the passing of Veronica PRIME on Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at Cummer Lodge, at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late Desmond. Loving sister of Ethel WHALLEY and her husband Grant. Predeceased by her sisters and brothers Ida, Constance, Mildred, Gladys, Clifton and Ernest. Her many nieces and nephews will miss their cherished aunt. Friends may call on Sunday, February 19, 2006 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. Cremation. If desired, donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation or a charity of your choice. Condolences www.rskane.ca.

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PRIMEAU o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-05 published
MARSHALL, Dorothy M.
A resident of Guelph and formerly of Chatham, Dorothy M. MARSHALL passed away peacefully in Toronto on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at the age of 83. Beloved wife of the late Delbert A. (Del) MARSHALL (2002.) Dear mother of Marilee MARSHALL and her husband Uldis BLODANS of Toronto, Kristin DOLANSKY and her husband Eric of London, John MARSHALL and his wife Debra of Guelph and Tim MARSHALL of Toronto. Grandmother of Joshua, Caitlin, Nicholas and Lyndsay. Sister of Hazel PRIMEAU of Wallaceburg and the late Lloyd McNEIL. It was Mrs. MARSHALL's desire that no funeral service be conducted. The family will gather to celebrate her life in private. Cremation with interment in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Donations to Sharon House, Toronto as expressions of sympathy appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlay funeralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham. (519) 351-2040.

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PRIMEAU o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-29 published
PRIMEAU, Dorothy (McGUIRE)
At Four Counties Health Services, Newbury on Thursday, December 28, 2006, Dorothy (McGUIRE) PRIMEAU of R.R.#3 Appin in her 89th year. Predeceased by her husband, Leo PRIMEAU (1989.) Dear mother of Robert and Johana, Richard and Cheryl, late Terry (1996), Neil and Elaine, Gary, Wayne and Sheri and mother-in-law of Sherry and Gary PERRITT. Loving grandmother of David (Susan,) Brian, Jeff (Lorri), Julie (Peter KALBFLEISCH), Jill (Rob FRIZZEL), Kim (Russ LAM), Crista (Shaun GLAVIN), Mandy, Chris, Renee, Nicole, Megan and Jacob. Special great-grandmother of Kendra, Kordie, Austin, Alexis and Olivia. Also survived by one sister, Pauline ARBLE. Predeceased by 1 sister, Margaret and 1 brother, Neil. Dorothy graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1942 and worked many years at the Glencoe Medical Clinic until her retirement. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Charles Church, Glencoe on Saturday, December 30th at 10: 30 a.m. Fr. Frank MURPHY officiating. Interment Appin Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Four Counties Health Services Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation or St. Charles Building Fund.

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PRIMEAU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-20 published
George MARA, Hockey Player And Executive: (1921-2006)
Well-born amateur player who became the captain and key to Canada's gold-medal success at the 1948 Olympics later ran the Toronto Maple Leafs
By Tom HAWTHORN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S7
Victoria -- In 1947, the Cold War was chilling Europe. The Royal Canadian Air Force desperately sought recruits. They needed skaters, not pilots. The Olympic hockey tournament was just weeks away. Canadian officials had balked at sending a team, a decision that outraged senior Royal Canadian Air Force medical officer Sandy Watson. He persuaded the officials and his superiors to allow him to recruit a team from scratch.
The Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers, as they were dubbed, were whipped in their first exhibition game by a lightly regarded varsity team. The air force feared being humiliated on the world stage. The call went out for reinforcements, and George MARA was asked to sign up.
Mr. MARA, who had just turned 26, was a Toronto businessman and a navy veteran. He moonlighted as a forward for the Barker's Biscuits team in an amateur league in Toronto. A hard-skating player known for shifty stickhandling, he had a touch with the puck.
Mr. MARA answered his country's call. In doing so, he would add to hockey lore.
George Edward MARA was the namesake son of a well-known Toronto sportsman. The elder Mr. MARA had been a star inside wing with the Argonauts football team until a broken ankle ended his playing days. He then became a shareholder in the Ontario Jockey Club, and he belonged to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. His brothers were Bay Street stockbrokers. At one time, the family's liquor import business boasted the largest wine cellar in the Dominion, occupying almost an entire city block in downtown Toronto.
George Jr. grew up in privilege with a Cadillac in the garage and his own private rink in the backyard of the family home. He first won notice as a hockey player at Upper Canada College, where he was coached by retired Leafs star Gentleman Joe PRIMEAU. Mr. MARA led the prep-school circuit in 1939-40, recording 16 goals and five assists in six games. He scored two goals, including the winner, in a 6-1 victory over Saint Michael's to give his private school an undefeated season and its first hockey championship in more than 20 years.
He graduated to the Toronto Marlboros, where his skills attracted the attention of National Hockey League teams. The Detroit Red Wings' Jack Adams, who had him on the club's negotiating list, thought the prospect could find a starting role with the club in 1942. Instead, Mr. MARA joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve.
He skated for a stellar navy team in the senior Ontario Hockey Association, served aboard a corvette and two minesweepers, and saw sea duty on the Newfoundland-Ireland run. He was promoted to lieutenant.
After the war, Mr. MARA attended the training camp of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Owen Sound, Ontario He turned down an offer to play for a minor-league team in the Leafs' system. He wound up, instead, on the roster of the Ontario Hockey Association's Toronto Staffords while tending to the family business, which had suffered with the death of his father on Christmas Day, 1942.
In January of 1946, the New York Rangers announced he had signed a contract. He was to play a game with the minor-league New York Rovers before joining the parent club. Mr. MARA suited up as a spare for a Rovers game against the Boston Olympics, but he never did join the Rangers, or play an National Hockey League game.
By the time the desperate Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers came looking for help, Mr. MARA was playing on the Barker's Biscuits team of the Toronto Hockey League. His recruitment happened after a chance meeting at Maple Leaf Gardens with prominent hockey official W.A. HEWITT, the father of hockey broadcaster Foster HEWITT. When Mr. MARA returned to his office, he found a message saying that Mr. HEWITT had called with an invitation to join the Olympic team. Mr. MARA balked, suggesting they try teammate Wally HALDER, a sales director for a chocolatier with whom he had also played in the navy during the war.
"I put the phone down and realized I was missing an exciting opportunity," he once told National Hockey League writer Mike Wyman. "So I called HEWITT back and said that I'd managed to make myself available."
When the Flyers goalie failed the physical, Mr. MARA suggested the Barker's goalie, Murray DOWEY, who would need a leave of absence from the Toronto Transit Commission.
The trio, with Mr. MARA as team captain, would be vital to a Canadian triumph.
The Olympic tournament, the first since the end of the Second World War, took place at a time when Europe was still suffering from the deprivations of war. The Canadian players were advised to pack their own bars of soap, as the item was still being rationed overseas.
The games were played on an outdoor rink in the winter playground of St. Moritz, Switzerland. The ice used for the skating surface, which was open to rain and snow, was poor. The rink had boards so low a skater could step over them as easily as climbing a sidewalk.
The Canadians struggled to adopt to rules forbidding hip checks, hitting near the boards, and playing the puck with a knee on the ice. As well, a player leaving the penalty box was expected to skate to his own blueline before returning to the play.
"They're not used to bodychecking there," Mr. MARA said on his return, "but how they hook and slash! We used to sizzle. Every game we played, we were determined not to get mad. Ten minutes after we'd start, we'd be boiling."
In one game, the incensed centre bowled over two opponents before poking another in the nose with his fist. A female fan tossed sand in his face and he was temporarily blinded. A teammate got hit by a snowball as he rushed the puck.
The Flyers cruised through most of the tournament, recording a 15-0 win over Poland before steamrolling over Italy 21-1. The team had six wins and a 0-0 tie with Czechoslovakia before meeting the Swiss in the gold-medal game before a partisan crowd. Canada won 3-0, as Mr. DOWEY recorded his fifth shutout in the tournament. The top scorers were Mr. HALDER (29 points) and Mr. MARA (17 goals and nine assists).
The trio rejoined the Barker's Biscuits team, but one can image that industrial-league hockey was less attractive after the excitement of the Olympics. Mr. MARA accepted the entreaties of Montreal Canadiens general manager Frank Selke. The centre was to play for the Montreal Royals before moving up to the parent Canadiens. He had collected eight points in seven games when an injury ended his season, as well as his playing career.
Stafford SMYTHE, the son of Conn SMYTHE, the owner of the Maple Leafs and Maple Leaf Gardens, invited Mr. MARA to join a committee to operate the hockey club and its namesake building in 1957. In 1961, Conn SMYTHE sold control of the team and eight years later, after a power struggle, Mr. MARA found himself elected president. He held the post for a year before resigning.
During his tenure in Leafs management, Mr. MARA was known to skate with the team at practice. He was also involved in one of the more famous incidents in club history. During the 1964 Stanley Cup finals, defenceman Bobby Baun suffered a broken leg. In the dressing room, Mr. MARA and coach Punch IMLACH got into an argument about whether he could return to play. Mr. MARA counselled caution for an athlete whose livelihood depended on his good health, while the coach profanely made the opposite case. As it turned out, Mr. Baun skated on the broken leg, scoring the winning goal in overtime of Game 6. The Leafs completed their comeback with a victory over Detroit two nights later to claim their third consecutive Stanley Cup.
Mr. MARA was long associated with the family firms and other industrial concerns, including the William Mara Company, founded in 1871, importers of wines and spirits, including such brands as Teacher's, Beefeater, and Hennessy, and Jannock Ltd., a diversified Toronto manufacturing company with operations in the sugar, brick, tubular steel and electrical products businesses. He also served on the boards of many charities.
Perhaps his greatest contribution to the nation's sporting history came not on the ice but in the boardroom. Mr. MARA was one of the founders and inaugural chairman of the Olympic Trust of Canada, launched in 1970 as the fundraising arm of the former Canadian Olympic Association (now Canadian Olympic Committee).
Mr. MARA was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1976 for his tireless work in raising funds to support Canadian Olympians competing at the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympics. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1989 as both an athlete and a builder, while Canada's Sports Hall of Fame enshrined him in 1993.
The Hockey Hall of Fame has in its collection Mr. MARA's captain's sweater from the Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers. So far, however, it has not seen fit to include him among the inductees.
George MARA was born on December 12, 1921, in Toronto. He died on August 30, 2006, while undergoing heart surgery. He was 84. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Margaret RODDICK, whom he married in 1947. He leaves a son and a daughter.

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