RAYMONT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-06 published
RAYMONT, Robert Lewis
By Peter RAYMONT and David RAYMONT and Elizabeth RAYMONT, Page A14
Ranch hand, military officer, public servant, proud Canadian. Born April 2, 1908, in Llanishen, Wales. Died September 3, 2005, in Ottawa, of natural causes, aged 97.
A kind, generous, ever-curious man, Dad's life was one of adventure, surprise and quiet dedication to his country and his family.
Robert (Bob) RAYMONT was a man very much of his time: an age of decency, humanity and personal courage. He was one of those quiet Canadians who accepted the challenge to help create a new world out of the ruins of the Second World War. He played an important role, inside the government, to help create Canada's prominent position on the world stage.
His 97 years spanned the beginning, and almost the end, of the petroleum age. Born in Llanishen, Wales, at 4, Rob lost his father, Charles, a mathematics teacher, to cancer. His mother, Gwen (also a teacher), and her three sons, were supported by many uncles and aunts.
As the youngest child, Rob chose not to take work at his uncle's steel works. He spent a few years toiling for a British bank, where his main job was copying financial documents -- by hand! In 1929, at age 21, he took a boat to Canada.
The stories of his arrival in Canada were some of his favourites: Surviving a dreadful storm at sea: the long train-ride west to Alberta (an opportunity to meet many people of his age who'd play their part in making the country grow); getting off the train at a whistle stop, the Rocky Mountains etched against the evening sky, cowboys riding toward him on horseback through the snow.
He worked on his Aunt Maud's cattle ranch at Spencer Creek, just west of Cochrane, Alberta., in the beautiful foothills. Dad dabbled in the pipeline business and the oil patch and drove a 16-cylinder Marmon. One of his many projects was the planning of a private oil and gas pipeline to link major Canadian cities, but the war intervened. He enlisted in the army, joined the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, trained at Calgary's Currie Barracks, and led recruiting drives throughout Alberta.
Dad's organizational skills were appreciated and he advanced quickly through the ranks. As a lieutenant-colonel, he ran the Canadian Intelligence Corps training facility in Aldershot, England. For his war service he was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire). Later, he received many other honours.
In Sheffield, during the war, he married Mary WARD, an intelligent woman who drove for the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. After the war, back in Ottawa, Dad served as executive staff officer to four Chiefs of Defence Staff. His work involved Canada's participation in the creation of North Atlantic Treaty Organization and North American Air Defence Command. He also played an integral role in planning Canada's first United Nations Peacekeeping contingents.
Following Colonel RAYMONT's retirement from the Canadian army, he wrote a series of historical reference volumes and he declassified intelligence documents for the Department of External Affairs. He later received a citation from the Department of National Defence thanking him for his committed service in the recording of many Canadian initiatives during the Second World War and the post-war peace process.
For us, his three proud children, Dad offered a steady hand, with gentle humour and a broad perspective, willing to let us find our own paths, ever supportive of the choices we made.
Dad loved a round of golf, a day at the beach, and good banter.
Intelligent, gentle and devoted to his family, we'll miss the twinkle in his eye and his sage advice. "Don't take any wooden nickels" and "Take care of each other."
Elizabeth, Peter and David are Robert's children.

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RAYMONT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-20 published
Lindalee TRACEY, Filmmaker And Writer (1957-2006)
Director with an uncanny ability to document her own life grew up poor. After becoming the central subject of Not a Love Story: a Film about Pornography, she began making her own films, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S9
A child of poverty, Lindalee TRACEY ran away from home as a young teenager, made a living as a stripper and exotic dancer in Montreal and forged an award-winning international career as a writer and documentary filmmaker. Multitalented and driven, almost as though she had a presentiment her time would be short, she had an uncanny ability to document her own life in print and in film. As a journalist, she had an innate talent to connect with people on a visceral level, a quality that made her work controversial and unforgettable.
When her young son, Liam, started asking questions about his dead grandfather, Ms. TRACEY decided to make a documentary about the father who had abandoned her as a baby. Abby, I hardly Knew Ya (1995) was a cinematic journey that took her through flop houses and long-term-care facilities, as she sought out her father's drinking buddies, and ended up in the cemetery beside his grave. Although she had intended to mouth conventional bromides about absent fathers while the cameras rolled, she found invective pouring out of her mouth in torrents of rage. Another filmmaker would have yelled cut, composed herself and started again. That might have been professional, but it wouldn't have been authentic and authentic was what Lindalee TRACEY was all about as a filmmaker, a writer and a person.
"She wanted people to read her work and to react to it. She had an incredible sense of adventure and a very clear idea in her own mind of right and wrong and what she should do to change things," says Lynn Cunningham, the magazine and book editor whom Ms. TRACEY credited with having "demanded the truth, however much I winced" as a writer.
"She had a great, raunchy, Rabelaisian sense of humour," says broadcaster Shelagh Rogers, host of Sounds Like Canada on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio. "And her laugh went on about two minutes longer than mine. And she was a vault. I told her things I told no one else. And those things went nowhere. She was everything you could want in a girlfriend. And her eyes were so beautiful. You just knew you were loved by looking into her eyes."
Those eyes were variously described as sparkling, alive and a mirror into her personality -- mischievous, determined, difficult and passionate. She was theatrical, a trait she used to advantage as a burlesque dancer, and irrepressibly interested in other people, especially the poor and disadvantaged. She would walk down the street and see a panhandler. Instead of passing by with her eyes averted or dropping a loonie from on high into a plastic cup, she would sit down on the curb and have a conversation and then, as likely as not, she would invite her new friend to join her for a meal at the nearest eatery.
Of Irish and Québécois ancestry, Lindalee TRACEY was the elder of two children of Abby TRACEY, an alcoholic who was in and out of jail, and Yolande TREMBLAY, a government clerk. Her father took off when she was a few months old, reappeared briefly and left again before her brother Paul was born a year later.
She grew up above a diner in the west end of Ottawa. "There were no trees, no parks, just the incessant rattle and dark belching of warehouses, factories and rag plants," she wrote in her first book, On the Edge: A Journey into the Heart of Canada (1993), which was nominated for the Gordon Montador Award. "I remember a sweet-unknowing before awareness and shame. The cheesy clumps of Kraft dinner and ketchup in the roof of my mouth. The gummy front-yard tar melting to my shoes in summer. The slow creaking of springs as my mother unfolded her hide-a-bed in the living room each safe night." Her father was "a deadbeat, a man I didn't know," while her mother "lived for years without her own room, without new clothes, with constant worry that lined her face early. She was poor so her children wouldn't be."
Ms. TRACEY went to D. Roy Kennedy Public School and Woodruff High School in Ottawa. She was a sickly child, and suffered from rheumatic fever in the days before universal health care. Although she was always proud of her mother's frugality and strength, Ms. TRACEY was a rebellious teenager who ran away from home when she was 15. She rode the rails until she was picked up in Kamloops, British Columbia, and sent home. In 1973, she quit school and moved to Montreal, where she began appearing in clubs as a stripper and an exotic dancer. She was 16.
"I just loved stripping; those were grown-up girls with real boobs, and I wanted to do that, too! It was the express lane into adulthood," she explained to Marc Glassman in an interview in the fall, 2006, issue of POV magazine. "We paraded our imperfections. We enjoyed them. The people who came to the clubs were often sorrowful folk; and we talked to them."
She wrote a book, Growing up Naked: My Years in Bump and Grind (1997), about her life as a peeler, working at a club called Eden under the stage name Fonda Peters. She was a runner-up in the Miss Nude Canada contest and was billed as Canada's Top Young Show Exotic on a tour of the United States, before going back to Montreal in 1967 to work in an upscale club called SexOHrama, and eventually organizing an annual fundraising striporama for the Montreal Children's Hospital called Tits for Tots. "Certainly the mid-seventies was the last good time to be a stripper," she wrote in her memoir, "just before television swallowed our imagination, before the corporate agenda made us homogeneous and hard-core pornography spread its numbing venom."
At first, she was a willing participant in a film Titled Not a Love Story: a Film about Pornography made in 1981 by Bonnie Sherr Klein and Dorothy Henaut for Studio D, the women's unit of the National Film Board. When she saw the finished film, she felt betrayed and exploited. "I'm reduced to porn queen, me, the softest thing in the film, the stripper who doesn't spread, immortalized as a cheap cliché and the 'articulate' voice of all the live sex girls," she wrote in Growing up Naked.
The publicity from Not A Love Story, which was variously banned and lauded, helped her to find on-air work on a Montreal television show. "I wasn't supposed to do anything but wear tight clothes, but I brought on people like [Henry] Morgentaler," she said in POV magazine. She began writing stories and columns for print, including articles about street people, notably a piece about homeless women -- largely unexplored territory in the early 1980s and worked in radio, hosting and co-producing Montreal Tonight on CJAD.
Ms. TRACEY "went down the road" to Toronto to work for As It Happens and Sunday Morning in the mid 1980s. "She was very street wise, incredibly brash and an amazing thinker -- very curious and very smart -- and she could connect with almost anybody. I could send her into the most improbable places and she would find a way to get them to open up and bring back great tape," said Norm BOLEN, then the executive producer of Sunday Morning and now an executive vice-president at Alliance Atlantis. "She genuinely cared about what made other people tick and she had no respect for conventional definitions." Ms. TRACEY was also a "fabulous writer," who could fix other producer's script problems. "She was a real word master." At the same time, she had no deference for authority or experience, which could irritate her colleagues even as they were "dazzled" by her talent.
She met her husband, filmmaker Peter RAYMONT, in a documentary workshop at the old Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio building on Jarvis Street in 1986. "She was very bright and a quick study and she came from a different world," Mr. RAYMONT said. They connected romantically at a staff party at Mr. BOLEN's house. Like Ms. TRACEY, he was born in Ottawa but on the "other side of the tracks." His father, a colonel in the Canadian army who was awarded the M.B.E. for his war service, was a senior staff officer and historian for the Department of National Defence. Together, they shared a deep commitment to social justice, human rights and making the world a better place, but her approach, at least initially, was much more hands-on.
When Mr. RAYMONT travelled to Nicaragua to make The World is Watching in 1987, Ms. TRACEY went with him. They were married in Ottawa in 1989 and their son, Liam TRACEY- RAYMONT, was born the following year. "We had a very good relationship," said Mr. RAYMONT. "It was often tempestuous and sparky, but you don't want to marry yourself. It is really good to get together with people from different worlds and you complement and help each other."
She joined him as a partner in White Pine Pictures, an independent film, video and television production company in 1993. Its credits include Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire and A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada, for which Ms. TRACEY also wrote the book.
An unregenerate multitasker, Ms. TRACEY, who had been writing poetry since her days as a stripper in Montreal, was also penning magazine articles, mainly for Lynn CUNNINGHAM, then a senior editor at Toronto Life, while she was working on films with Mr. RAYMONT. "She was cold-calling editors and I picked up the phone," Ms. CUNNINGHAM remembers. "She was an amazing bundle of energy and charm and outrageous wit." Her story proposals were "the Lindalee trademark" of a writer who scorned celebrity and felt passionately about the forgotten and marginalized people in society.
One of her pieces for Toronto Life was "The Uncounted Canadians" about the thousands of illegal migrants who work in our fields and kitchens, hotels and restaurants. It won a couple of journalism awards and went into production this week as a pilot for a television series. Her approach, working at a story from the inside -- from the perspective of a participant, rather than from the viewpoint of a detached "objective" observer -- is the signature of Ms. TRACEY's work as a journalist in print and on film. "Being moral, being decent, being honourable" whether "you are in front or behind the camera," were lessons, Ms. TRACEY said, that she had derived from her experience with Not a Love Story. Shelagh Rogers recognized Ms. TRACEY as "a force" when she interviewed her in 1993 and was immediately attracted to her energy and fearlessness as a storyteller. She was never afraid of being a do-gooder or too-small "l" liberal in her views, or of venting her outrage about the many people "who didn't have a voice and who weren't reflected in the national media." Ms. Rogers says she loved Ms. TRACEY's compassion, her "personal power" and her ability to take charge and to inspire change in people.
Although she was a very active partner in White Pine Pictures, Ms. TRACEY formed Magnolia Movies as a "boutique production company" in 2003. She did it partly because she wanted her own identity, partly because she wanted to make films that either didn't fit the profile of White Pine, or came at similar subjects from a different slant. Her first film for Magnolia was An Anatomy of Burlesque, which Globe television critic John DOYLE deemed "smart and entertaining" and a "cheerfully informative jaunt through the history of burlesque funny business." Bhopal: The Search for Justice, a scathing indictment of what happened after the disaster at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, on December 2, 1984, aired on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the following year.
About five years ago, Ms. TRACEY was diagnosed with HER-2 Neu positive breast cancer, a very aggressive form of the disease. She was 44. After a mastectomy and chemotherapy, "it looked as though it had disappeared" for about two years, Mr. RAYMONT said. "Then it came back in the same part of her body and it was in her bones, her lungs and her liver." She sought out an alternative cure in Tijuana, Mexico, in the late fall of 2004 and returned looking devastated. Desperately ill with metastatic cancer, she was eligible to receive Herceptin as a last-hope treatment. "It gave her another nine months, or a year, of life," her husband said of what seemed a remarkable recovery. During that time, she continued her frenetic work schedule, and found time to lobby Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman to make Herceptin available as well to non-metastatic Her-2 breast-cancer patients.
In January of 2006, the cancer invaded her brain. Late in September, her family took her to the palliative care unit at Princess Margaret Hospital, expecting she would last two or three days. In the end, she defied death for almost a month, as she had always confounded authority -- grabbing as much life as she could and asking, on one occasion, for her loved ones to sing Gordon Lightfoot songs around her bed.
Lindalee TRACEY was born in Ottawa on May 14, 1957. She died of metastasized breast cancer in Toronto yesterday. She was 49. She is survived by her husband, Peter RAYMONT, their son, Liam, her mother, Yolande, her brother, Paul, and her extended family.

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RAYMONT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-21 published
TRACEY, Lindalee (May 14, 1957-October 19, 2006)
The Toronto author, journalist, filmmaker and producer died at Princess Margaret Hospital as a result of breast cancer. She was only 49, but in her all-too-brief life and career accomplished much. She will be greatly mourned by her husband Peter RAYMONT, son Liam TRACEY- RAYMONT, mother Yolande TREMBLAY, brother Paul TRACEY, mother-in-law Mary Ward RAYMONT and her dear aunts, uncles, cousins and brother and sister-in-law. She will also be missed by countless Friends across the country and overseas, many of who had the pleasure of working on her many award-winning publishing and broadcast projects for, among others, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, TVO, CTV, History Television, Channel 4 and Toronto Life. The underlying theme of her articles, books, documentaries and drama was to champion those who are often ignored, underestimated and forgotten and to celebrate those who rise above disadvantage. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, October 24 at 2 p.m. at Saint Anne's Anglican Church (270 Gladstone Ave., Gladstone and Dundas), Toronto, followed by a Celebration of Lindalee's Life at the Arts and Letters Club (14 Elm Street, Yonge and Gerrard) at 6 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to The Lindalee Tracey Seed Trust c/o Magnolia Movies, 822 Richmond St. W., Suite 301, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1C9. The trust will be used to support emerging writers and filmmakers. Arrangements entrusted to Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 416-767-3153.

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RAYMONT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-11-02 published
Lindalee TRACEY, 49: Documentarian
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
The first film Lindalee TRACEY made was very personal, extremely powerful and damned good. Her quest to find her father, Abby, who left his family when she was an infant for a life as a rubbie on the mean streets of Ottawa, was nominated for a Genie, in no small part because of the brave filmmaking of its final scene.
"I came close so many times to following you into the abyss," she narrated in Abby, I Hardly Knew Ya (1995) as she kneeled by the grave of a man reduced to spiking his morning orange juice with shaving lotion by the time he died at 36 -- her age then, in '93.
"I have a son, " she said, tears slipping down the curves of her open, suddenly vulnerable face as she tenderly offered up a photo of a beautiful, hopeful young boy as if there were someone there that day to receive it. Then -- rage and a howl, from the heart, from the gut. "You don't deserve pity," she snarled at the headstone. "You make me very mad, Al -- bert."
"Nobody can watch that scene and not leave a changed person," said her friend Bernie Farber, head of the Canadian Jewish Congress. They met when the writer/producer/director was filming Hearts of Hate, a documentary about the Canadian white supremacist movement.
"I have worked with many documentarians, and many operated literally behind the camera," Farber said. "Lindalee operated in front of the camera. She got into the subject, she explored, she pushed, she pulled, and she was so natural it was as if you were speaking to your favourite person. You wanted to talk to Lindalee TRACEY. She absorbed everything and she had those eyes that just consumed you."
Being interviewed by her was like running a marathon, Farber said. "You let everything out."
But then again, so did she.
"There was never anything guarded about Lindalee," said Peter RAYMONT, her husband and partner in White Pine Pictures. Together they made scores of award-winning documentaries, videos and television series, all with a social justice bent, including the 26-part documentary television series A Scattering of Seeds, for which TRACEY also wrote the book and a website, and Shake Hands with The Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire. The Border, a television pilot that sprang from their 2002 film The Undefended Border, wrapped a few days after TRACEY died October 19, at 49, of breast cancer.
Typical was her last interview, given to POV (Point of View) magazine. It appeared in late September, just as she was entering hospital. "She was so candid in it, talking about being upset by wrongs in the past," said RAYMONT. " But that's who she was. F -- - it, she'd say. Tell the truth. Don't be careful."
Her truth was, she had once been a stripper -- and had loved it. Her single mother had supported TRACEY and her brother on a government clerk's pay.
"She was poor so her children wouldn't have to be," TRACEY wrote in the introduction to her book about Canada's poor, On The Edge. "Four small rooms above a diner on Clyde Avenue, a gash of gravel on a hump of clanking industry. People were supposed to work here, not live or raise families."
By 16, she had left home and was stripping as Fonda Peters in Montreal. "I pull my bra off quickly, almost imperceptibly, sneaking into my nakedness. It is almost beside the point. The audience begins to blur now as I go furiously into myself, feeling every tendon stretch, every searing breath, and the air on my wet skin," she wrote in her 1997 memoir Growing Up Naked. "Her routines were almost slapstick," said her friend Lynn CUNNINGHAM. " She would go out with a pair of scissors and cut off a guy's tie." She was runner-up for Miss Nude Canada and the impetus behind Tits for Tots, reportedly a wildly successful stripping fundraiser for the Montreal Children's Hospital.
She was featured in Bonnie Sherr Klein's National Film Board documentary Not A Love Story: A Film About Pornography and remained furious about what she perceived to be the film's exploitation of her colleagues and their profession. "I saw (stripping) change from this wonderful carnival to a source of awfulness and exploitation," she told POV.
Nevertheless, she went to work in media, as a host on a Montreal television show, later moving to host and co-produce a Montreal radio program. She came to Toronto to work on As It Happens. A habitual multitasker, she began trolling Toronto magazine editors seeking assignments. That's how she met CUNNINGHAM, then with Toronto Life. "We hit it off almost immediately. She was really engaging, with a wicked sense of humour, and never shied away from being a trifle outrageous." CUNNINGHAM edited TRACEY's first story for Toronto Life about migrant workers. Uncounted Canadians won just about every major journalism award in 1991.
"Lindalee was hanging out under bridges in Buffalo and getting to know the illegal community in Toronto," said RAYMONT. It was the beginning of their shared preoccupation with what he calls "the real people." She was always stopping and chatting with homeless people -- sitting right down on the curb and asking them about their lives. Every Christmas Eve she made up care packages -- cookies, cash, a card saying she cared -- wrapped them in a kerchief, tied them with string and took son Liam in the car to dole them out. "We'd do it every Christmas and Liam would be embarrassed, but in the end he was extremely proud of her," RAYMONT said.
TRACEY was treated for breast cancer in 2001. She made three more films -- Burlesque (through Magnolia Movies, a company she established for herself), Bhopal: The Search for Justice and a film about Women's College Hospital -- before the cancer came back in the fall of 2003.
She tried many alternative therapies, including one at a Tijuana clinic, before she was prescribed Herceptin, a new cancer fighter. "She had this amazing comeback," said CUNNINGHAM. Her pain was gone and, triumphant, she and member of Parliament Carolyn Bennett lobbied Health Minister George Smitherman to make the drug available under Ontario Health Insurance Plan. (He did.) "She felt wonderful she thought: 'I'm clear. I'm going to live as long as anybody else,'" RAYMONT said. "Then the headaches started."
By September she was in Princess Margaret's palliative care unit. Her room became a place of music and hope as RAYMONT and Friends brought their guitars to her bedside. "Delta Dawn." "City of New Orleans."
The night before she died, after everyone had gone, RAYMONT told her he'd seen that day's rushes of The Border, their pilot. RAYMONT told her they looked great, that the show was going to be a success. And she smiled. That was her last communication. "She's such a powerful life force, and part of me thought she will survive somehow."
"I think many of us will be talking of her in the present tense for a long time," Farber said.
RAYMONT will be in South America next month, starting a new documentary about Chilean writer/activist Ariel Dorfman. "To honour her," he said.

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RAYNARD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-07 published
SHROPSHALL, Frederick Charles Leonard
Peacefully and surrounded by family at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Wednesday July 5, 2006 Frederick Charles Leonard SHROPSHALL of Goderich and formerly of Clinton in his 72nd year. Beloved husband of Ruth for 53 years. Dearly loved Dad of Don and Elaine and Rick and Gina of Clinton; Brian and Agnes of Howick Twp. and Jim and Ruth of Goderich. Cherished grandpa of Patti and Kyle GAUVIN, Nancy, Michelle and Derek KOOSTRA, Andrea and Jay EVERSHED, Krista, David, Leonard, Morgan and Melissa and great-grandpa of Justice, Jacob, Brooklyn and Sydney. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Jean KING of Wingham, Don and Dorothy MURRAY, Lillian IRWIN, Doug and Mary RAYNARD and Bruce and Norma RAYNARD, all of Lucknow and Chris RAYNARD of Goderich and Bob SANGSTER of Port Elgin. Also loved by a special aunt Jean MacKAY of Wingham. Predeceased by his parents Leonard and Beatrice SHROPSHALL, sister Sharon SANGSTER, sister-in-law Patricia RAYNARD and 2 brothers-in-law Harold KING and Russell IRWIN. Friends and family will be received at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd. "Bluewater Chapel", 201 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday July 8, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation. Memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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RAYNER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-01 published
FITZSIMMONS, Wanda Marlene
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Tuesday February 28, 2006. In her 55th year, Wanda Marlene FITZSIMMONS, the loving daughter of Elva FITZSIMMONS (née RAYNER) and her late father Kenneth. Loved sister of Lynda and her husband David MUIR. Dear niece of Shirley FITZSIMMONS and Glen MORRIS, and Phyllis LONG and Al GINGRICH, Doreen BOALES and Patricia GIBBONS. Fondly remembered by cousins and Friends. 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 afternoon at 1 p.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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RAYNER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-03 published
FITZSIMMONS, Wanda Marlene
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Tuesday February 28, 2006. In her 55th year, Wanda Marlene FITZSIMMONS, the loving daughter of Elva FITZSIMMONS (née RAYNER) and her late father Kenneth. Loved sister of Lynda and her husband David MUIR. Dear niece of Shirley FITZSIMMONS and Glen MORRIS, Doreen and her husband Clare BOALES, Velma (Mrs. Frank FITZSIMMONS) Bertha (Mrs. Angus FITZSIMMONS), Viola (Mrs. Norman FITZSIMMONS) Patricia GIBBONS and her husband Joe, Phyllis LONG and Al GINGRICH. Fondly remembered by cousins and Friends. 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 afternoon at 1 p.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
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RAYNER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-02 published
FRASER, Betty (née WHYTOCK)
Peacefully at her home on Sunday October 1, 2006. In her 79th year, Betty FRASER (née WHYTOCK,) the loving wife of Beverly FRASER. Loving mother of Larry and his wife Bonnie, Kenneth and his wife Bonnie, Robert and his wife Cheryl, Sandra and her husband Mike RAYNER, Patricia and her husband Allen RAMER, and Wayne and his wife Shelley. Sister of Jim MURRAY. Loving grandmother of fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her son Andrew. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the Trinity United Church, Annan would be appreciated by the family.

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RAYNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-11 published
DIGNAN, Revada Elizabeth
At South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Saturday, April 8, 2006, Revada Elizabeth DIGNAN, of R.R.#2, Hensall, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of Harold DIGNAN. Dear mother of Diane and Gerald THIEL, of Owen Sound, Dale and Marie M. DIGNAN of Ingersoll and Wesley DIGNAN and friend Nancy WILSON of Goderich. Loving grandmother of Sharon TAILOR/TAYLOR, Ian THIEL; Jason, Christal and Amanda DIGNAN Mathew HOY, Courtney and Lindsey DIGNAN and great-grandmother of Marsha TAILOR/TAYLOR, Alex THIEL and Maximus HO. Sadly missed by Mark TAILOR/TAYLOR. Dear sister-in-law of Beverley DIGNAN, William Earl and Esther DIGNAN and Sharen DIGNAN. Sadly missed by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents George Wesley and Bessie (PALMER) DIGNAN, one daughter Marilyn ADELE in infancy, one daughter-in-law Marie B. DIGNAN, brothers Edwin DIGNAN and his wife Blanche, Weldon DIGNAN, sister Linnie RAYNER and her husband Wallace and brother-in-law Harvey DIGNAN. Visitation in the Hensall. Visitation Chapel, 79 King St. Hensall, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be conducted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. Pastor Elly VAN BERGEN officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. (J.M. McBeath Funeral Home, Zurich) Condolences may be forwarded through www.jmmcbeathfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Revada DIGNAN
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RAYNER o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-02-28 published
PINDER, Gladys Eleanor (née SMITH)
Eldest of the 7 children of the late Samuel and Florence SMITH of Sheffield, England, former member of the Women's Land Army and formerly of Jackson Creek Retirement Home. At Peterborough Regional Health Centre, on Sunday, February 26th, 2006 in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late George PINDER (Veteran of D. Day-Queens' Own Rifles.) Dear sister of Jean RAYNER (late husband Allan,) Derrick SMITH (late wife Joyce,) Jack SMITH (wife Beryl,) Jill ADAM/ADAMS (husband Peter,) late Marie BRAMHALL (late husband Roy) and the late Jim SMITH (wife Sylvia.) Will be remembered by the Rayner, Smith and Bramhall families all of England, the Smith family of Australia, the Adams family of Peterborough, and the Smith family of Vancouver. Special Aunt of Joanne and Ken, Michèle and Kevin, Annette and Mark, William and Adriana. Special Great Aunt of John, Anne, Nathan, Matthew, Adam, Marie, Aaron and Amélie. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel of the Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street on Saturday, March 4th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. In memory of Gladys, donations to the Salvation Army Blind Children of Bangladesh would be appreciated. All family, Friends and neighbours are welcome to a reception at the home of Jill and Peter ADAM/ADAMS, 779 Aylmer St. immediately following the service. The family would like to thank the staff at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (Hutch 3) and Jackson Creek Retirement Home and the drivers of the Handicap Van at Capitol Taxi.

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RAYNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-04 published
ROZSA, Theodore (1915-2006)
Theodore ROZSA passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 2nd at his home in Calgary. Ted was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 12, 1915. He was the son of a Hungarian immigrant who instilled in him his life long commitment to the value of hard work. In 1933, he completed his high school diploma with honors and in 1936, two and a half years after he entered what is now Michigan Technological University, his Bachelor of Science degree in geology, with honors. Ted was a pioneer in the post-war oil industry. His first and only employment after graduation was with the Shell Oil Company where he spent thirteen years managing seismic exploration from the Gulf of Mexico to the tundra of northern Alberta. In 1950, one year after relocating to Calgary to assume the position of chief geophysicist for Canada, he left Shell to start his own company, Frontier Geophysical. Over the next forty years, Ted utilized his considerable skills as a geophysicist and geological engineer to build three petroleum exploration companies in southern Alberta. For these accomplishments, in 1987, he was awarded the first Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists gold medal for his integrity, outstanding professionalism, and significant contribution to the application and business development of Exploration Geophysics. Ted actively supported his community by sharing his financial success. His capital contributions launched the construction of the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary, and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University, where he also established a student scholarship fund. Capital support was also given to the Banff Centre and Centre for the Performing Arts. Ted made a large endowment to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for the Maestro's Chair, as well as giving significant annual operational funding to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Opera, Honens, in addition to supporting the Glenbow Museum, Theatre Calgary, Foothills Hospital and many other charitable causes. Mr. ROZSA received numerous honors for his professional contributions, philanthropy and civic leadership. In 1990, he received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary. In 1991, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, of which he was most proud. Other honors he received include: the Michigan Technological University Silver Medal (1988), the Canadian Music Council Award (1989), the Government of Canada Lescarbot Award (1991), Rotary Integrity Award (1994), Edmund C. Bovey Award for Business and the Arts (2002), Lieutenant Governor Award (2004), Alberta Centennial Medal (2005). Ted's life-long recreation was the game of golf. He was one of the early Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists members who founded the Doodlebug Golf Tournament in 1953, in which he played for thirty-eight consecutive years and is remembered through the annual Ted Rozsa Doodlebug Award. He was an active member of the Calgary Golf and Country Club for over fifty years. Ted is survived by his loving wife of sixty-six years, Lola ROZSA two daughters, Ruth Ann RAYNER, and Mary Rozsa DE COQUET; and son Ted and wife Diana ROZSA; all of whom reside in Calgary. He has seven grandchildren: Howie and wife Hella NORDSTROM of Sweden; Scott and wife Paige ROZSA of Dallas, Texas; T.J. ROZSA and Stacy ROZSA of Los Angles, California; Karen and husband Jim RICE, Mary Cristina Rozsa DE COQUET, and Charles ROZSA of Calgary; and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Charles and wife Mildred ESTES, of Sherman, Texas. Ted loved his family and was highly respected in the community. He was pleased to have watched Calgary grow, and to have had the opportunity to 'give back' to the community and support that growth. He will be remembered for his brilliance, hard work, integrity, and philanthropic generosity which will be carried on by the Rozsa Foundation and the annual Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management. A memorial service will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009, 15th Avenue S.W.), Thursday, March 9 at 2: 30 p.m. Heritage Family Funeral Services 'Calgary Crematorium Chapel' Telephone (403) 299-0111

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RAYNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-05 published
ATKINSON, Michael Bruce " Ernie"
It is with deep sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Michael on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at the age of 51. Beloved husband of Cheryl. Loving father of Mark ATKINSON and Chad MacDONALD. Loving son of Philip and Elma ATKINSON. Loving son-in-law of Shirley MacDONALD and the late Robert MacDONALD. Very special brother to Len, Dan and his wife Bari and Denise and husband Vert RAYNER. Brother-in-law to Martin MacDONALD and Peter and Sandi PULFORD. Uncle Mike will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews, and many close Friends, and special Friends Tracy and Wayne HEATH. Private cremation. Visitation at Oakview Funeral Home, 56 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Thursday, January 5th from 3: 00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Memorial Service to be held Friday, January 6th at 3: 00 p.m. at Oakview Funeral Home. Reception to follow at the Oakville Power Boat Club. If desired, expressions of sympathy made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated.

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RAYNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-05 published
BRENNAN, Monica Beatrice (BREEN)
Peacefully at St. Elizabeth's Villa on Monday, January 2, 2006. Monica BRENNAN (BREEN) of Hamilton, in her 97th year. Beloved sister of Mrs. Winnie RAYNER of Cambridge and sister-in-law of Lily CARMODY of Pickering and brother-in-law Bill BRENNAN. Monica is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews, was a longtime resident at St. Elizabeth's Village and volunteered to many roles throughout her years. Resting at the M.A. Clark & Sons Funeral Home, 567 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service at the Chapel at St. Elizabeth's Village, 391 Rymal Road West, Hamilton, Saturday, January 7 at 1: 00 p.m. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined and donations to the Alzheimer Society, 1685 Main Street West, Suite 206, Hamilton L8S 1G5 would be appreciated.

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RAYNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-18 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Robert Alexander " Sandy"
At Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at the age of 78 years. Sandy THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Sutton, beloved husband of the late Kathleen (née RANCE.) Dear father of Lynne WILSON of Holland Landing and the late Karen BEAUDROW. Loving grandfather of Nicole, John, Luke, Nadine and Clint and great-grandfather of Dylan and Chloe. Dear brother of Eileen RAYNER. Long time companion of Margaret CALEY. Funeral Service in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton, Wednesday at 2: 00 p.m. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Cremation to follow. Interment of cremated remains Briar Hill Cemetery, Sutton.

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RAYNHAM o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-18 published
McNEIL, Lucy (née LYONS)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Wednesday March 15th, 2006. In her 87th year, Lucy McNEIL (nee LYONS,) Lucy was the beloved wife of the late Clifton (Fuzz) McNEIL. Loving mother of Arthur McNEIL and his wife Mary Beth and his late wife Judy, Gwen and her husband Ron KUHL and Pam McNEIL. Specially remembered by Mike FIDLER. She was loved and will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Deby RAYNHAM and Tim WALKER, Karen and her husband Dan GUYAN, Greg KUHL and his wife Nancy, Jen and her husband Jeff WARDELL, Leslie FIDLER and Matthew FIDLER. Loving great grandmother of Jake, Dylan, Cassie, Jessica, Alannah, Jamie, Carly, Janna and Hayden. Dear sister of Lil FELL, Shirley PARKER, Betty MATHESON, Albert, George, Bob and Alec LYONS. Cherished sister-in-law of Cleta HILL, Ruth KINCHEN and Glen McNEIL. Predeceased by her sister Rudy McMILLAN. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday March 22nd, 2006 where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Alzheimers' Society of Grey Bruce or to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family. May God Hold you in the palm of His hand
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RAYNHAM 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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RAYNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-01 published
MIGGENS, Hilda M. (née DEMUNCK)
Surrounded by the love of her family and Friends, Hilda M. MIGGENS passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 29, 2006 in her 84th year. Beloved wife and best friend to her husband of 62 years, Remie MIGGENS. Wonderful and loving mother to Brenda LEWIS and her husband Fred, Rick MIGGENS and his wife Kim, all of Tillsonburg. Cherished by her step-grandchildren and great-grandchild, Wendy LEWIS of London, Mike LEWIS and his wife Jennifer and baby Ian of Richmond Hill. Hilda was much loved and will be greatly missed by her sisters Blanche MABEE, Laura RAYNOR and her brother Gabe DEMUNCK and his wife Leah, as well as her sister-in-law Emma BAERT. A special "Aunt Hilda" to her many nieces and nephews, she is survived by many relatives in Belgium. Predeceased by her parents Henri and Magdelena DEMUNCK, infant brother Cyril, brothers-in-law Jim MABEE, Eugene BAERT and her niece Janice MABEE. Friends will be received at the Ostrander's Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Sunday, November 5, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. C.W.L. Prayers will commence at 4: 00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 6, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. from Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg. Rev. Fr. Matthew GEORGE officiating. Interment at Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital or Tillsonburg Dialysis Unit would be greatly appreciated. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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RAYNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-28 published
RAYNOR, Vera Marguerite (née BURGESS)
After a lengthy illness, at the Jewish General Hospital on February 5, 2006. Passed away peacefully at the age of 93. She will be sadly missed by both family and Friends, especially by her son Tom and daughter-in-Law Maryse, her three loving and very special granddaughters Karine, Nathalie and Julie. Predeceased by her loving husband Roy, sister and brothers, Freda, Cyril and Harold, sister-in-law Raye and brother-in-law Harold. Many thanks go to the nursing staff and doctors of the 6th floor of the Jewish General Hospital for their care and guidance. Interment at Highland Memory Gardens, 33 Memory Garden Lane (Finch and Steeles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) on Saturday, April 29th, 2006 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be forwarded to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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RAYNSFORD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-04 published
RAYNSFORD, Christopher
In loving memory of Christopher Our dear son, brother and uncle Who was tragically taken from Us on December 4th, 2002
Within our hearts we always keep
A special place for you
And try to do the best to live
As you would want us to.
As we loved you so we miss you
In our memory you are always near:
Loves, remembered, longed for always
With the passing of each year.
Wishing you were somehow here again
Wishing you were somehow near
Sometime is seems, if we could dream
Somehow you would be here
Wishing we could hear your voice again
Knowing we never will.
Chris, we miss and love you every day Mum, Dad, Neil and Chelsea

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RAYSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-04 published
ADAM/ADAMS, John Rayson (July 9, 1916-January 26, 2006)
World War 2 Veteran
In his 90th year, John Rayson ADAM/ADAMS passed away peacefully after a long struggle with complications after a stroke. He died at Brampton Memorial Hospital with his wife and daughter at his side. John was the loving husband of 53 years to Maureen (DIAZ) and father to John Andrew ADAM/ADAMS (Ruth Ann) of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Christopher Charles ADAM/ADAMS of Mississauga and Dolores Eileen ADAM/ADAMS of Brampton. son Richard Rayson ADAM/ADAMS predeceased 1997. He was the loving grandfather of Ruthmarie (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Christopher, Andrea, Hannah and Susanna ADAM/ADAMS (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). He was the son of the late Charles ADAM/ADAMS of Donavon, Saskatchewan and Annie RAYSON of York, England. John R. was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He leaves his brother Richard (Anne) ADAM/ADAMS and nieces Barbara (Roy,) Sheila (Brian and family,) Arlene and nephew Murray (Shauna and family), all residing in Saskatchewan, and cousins in British Columbia and in England. John joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was loaned to the Royal Air Force as part of their Radar Crew. He was stationed in North Africa, Italy and Northern England. After the war, he returned to the University of British Columbia and received his B.A. and B.Ed. in 1949. In 1950, he received a B.L.S. from the Faculty of Library Science (University of Toronto). In 1952, he married Maureen Dolores DIAZ (B.L.S., 1950.) He worked in the Public and University Library fields. He was branch librarian in Niagara Falls, chief librarian in Welland and Brampton, Ontario, acquisitions librarian in University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, reference and circulation librarian in Leeds, England, Mississauga and Etobicoke Public Libraries. He also worked for Sheridan College in Brampton. He was the co-founder with wife Maureen of the family puppetry theatre - The Adams Marionettes. He designed and made the marionettes' stage, and he developed the sound and lighting for their marionette productions. The whole family was involved. They performed in libraries and schools in Southern Ontario. When John retired he and Maureen travelled to many puppetry festivals in Canada and the U.S.A. John wrote articles for the local paper in Welland and in Brampton. His interests were in science and he loved books, especially on cosmology. Although he suffered from clinical depression, he remained a very creative, caring and loving father, husband and grandfather. The family would appreciate donations in John R's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Mental Health Association or to the Unitarian Congregation of South Peel. Cremation has take place, arranged by Ridley Funeral Home, 416-259-3705. Celebration of John R's life will be held at the Unitarian Church of South Peel on Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 3 p.m.
Come sing a song with me Come sing a song with me that I might know your mind And I'll bring you hope Where hope is hard to find And I'll bring you a song of love, and a rose in the wintertime.

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RAYSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-02 published
McDONALD, " Rene" Clara Irene (née BROWN)
Born in her cherished Eston, England on April 12, 1918 to her dear late parents George and Eva May (NORTH) BROWN. Entered into eternal rest in the loving care of her family at the Scarborough Centenary Hospital on Wednesday, March 29, 2006. Rene (BROWN) beloved wife of the late Edward Louis McDONALD for 63 years. Devoted mother of her eight children and their spouses. Proud and loving grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of 12. Fondly remembered by her sister Eva RAYSON of Middlesbrough, England. Friends may call at the Trull "East Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre,, 1111 Danforth Avenue (one block east of Donlands subway) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2006. Celebration of Life Services will be held in the chapel on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at eleven o'clock. Refreshments to follow the service. Private cremation. By request, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Rest In Peace "We'll Meet Again" Your Loving Family

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RAYWORTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-06 published
MELANSON, Richard Edgar " Dick"
Diploma, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, 1941; B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering, MacDonald College (McGill University) 1943
Of Moncton, New Brunswick, passed away peacefully after a long illness, on May 31. Born to Walter A.S. MELANSON and Leona Gordon RAYWORTH on April 9, 1923 and raised in Moncton, Dick was widely known throughout the farm machinery and irrigation communities of Canada and the United States, but in particular in his native Maritimes. After service in the Canadian Army during the war where he held the rank of Lieutenant, he went to work with Cockshutt Farm Machinery in Truro, Nova Scotia and then in Brantford, Ontario. In 1957, Dick returned to his native Maritimes as the regional representative of Farmers' Supply and Equipment Ltd. In 1963, with the encouragement and support of his wife Jean, he established his own company, Maritime Farm Supply Limited, distributing farm and garden equipment and irrigation systems as well as highly specialized machinery which would assist farmers to become more efficient in planting and harvesting their crops. In later years, his expertise in the design of irrigation systems placed him in a class by himself. While he made numerous contributions to the agricultural industry in Atlantic Canada over the course of his career, one of his best known achievements was the creation of the Atlantic Farm Mechanization Show, the first being held in 1975. 2005 marked the 30th anniversary of this highly successful trade show in which he played a continuing role until his retirement in 1995. Nominated by the Agricultural Producers of New Brunswick, he was inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2005. Dick was a man who lived life large, with great style and humor. There are few farm gates in the Maritimes that he did not enter and where he was not received with affection and respect. He valued honesty and integrity in business above all and expected that all who worked with him do the same. He had a keen interest in fly-fishing which he pursued in many Maritime rivers, but never more happily than with his Friends in the Aesculapius Fishing Club in the Miramichi. Predeceased by his wife Jean McOuat MELANSON in 1998, Dick is survived by four children; Anne CROCKER (Myron GOCHNAUER,) Christie (Dan GOODYEAR,) John and Elizabeth (Paul RUSNOCK.) He also leaves eleven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter and his special friend, Francena HUBBARD. He will be greatly missed by the family of whom he was so proud. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 9, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. at St. Bernard's Church, 43 Botsford Street, Moncton, New Brunswick. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, those who wish make a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to Moncton head Start (Tel: (506) 858-8252, Fax: (506) 857-3170, E-mail: headstart@ca.nb.aibn.com). Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury Road, Moncton, E1E 3V9, (506) 852-3530

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