STABB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-01 published
KERR, Lorie Jane (BATH)
At London Health Sciences Centre -- Victoria Hospital, London on Tuesday, May 30th, 2006, Lorie Jane (BATH) KERR of London in her 52nd year. Beloved wife of Steve KERR. Dear mother of Dan and Rob KERR. Dear sister of Don BATH and his wife Mary-anne and Patti BATH and her fiance Daren ROGER all of London. Dear sister-in-law of Kathy and Jim MacLEAN, Karen STABB and Ed, all of London. Predeceased by her parents Raymond and Carmel BATH and her sister Bonnie. Loving aunt of Jana, Kellie, Lauren, Josh and Amanda. Lorie will also be missed by Kristen. A special thank-you to the nursing staff on the 7th floor of Victoria Hospital. Friends will be received by the family from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Saturday, June 3rd, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation with enurnment of cremated remains in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program, 747 Baseline Road East, London, Ontario N6C 2R6. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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STABENOW o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-05-25 published
BOULTER, Audrey (née MORRIS)
Of Hanover and formerly of Wiarton passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 at Hanover Care Centre in her 92nd year. Beloved mother of Moe (June) BOULTER of Wiarton, Janice (Laverne) BECKER of Ayton and Gaylanne BOULTER of Niagara Falls. Cherished grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 8. She will be sadly missed by her daughter-in-law Julia BOULTER of Wiarton, son-in-law Charles KOEBEL (and his wife Bonnie) of Hanover, and her niece Marlene BAERNS of Tennessee. Audrey was predeceased by her husband Harold BOULTER, her parents Amelia (STABENOW) and Gilbert MORRIS, her son Raymond, daughter Arlene and one brother Gilbert. Friends may call at the George Funeral Home, Wiarton on Friday, May 26th, 2006 from 1: 00 p.m. until time of service to celebrate Audrey's life at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. Peter GIBBINS officiating. Interment Bayview Cemetery, Wiarton. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Resident Council of Hanover Care Centre would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences for the family may be left at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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STABILE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-27 published
PAGNIELLO, Rocco
Passed away, at Scarborough General Hospital, on Thursday, January 26, 2006. Rocco, beloved husband of Pasqualina. Loving father of Pasqualino and his wife Michelle, and Nonno of Roberta, Alexandra, and Rocco. Dear brother of Michelina (Carmelo) PALANDRA, Antoineta SELANO, Rochina (Saverio) DIGREGORIO, Fedelina (Rocco) LAMANA, and brother-in-law of Joe FROSOLONE and Leonardo (Vita) STABILE. Lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Family and Friends will be received at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Ave. East (just west of Warden), 416-773-0933, on Saturday from 5-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 30th at 11 a.m. in St. Aiden's Roman Catholic Church (Finch, east of Warden, south side). Entombment at Highland Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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STABLES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-11 published
STABLES, George Harry
It is with extreme grief and sadness that Rosemarie announces the passing of her very cherished husband and best friend George on Sunday, April 9, 2006. Beloved son of the late George Alexander STABLES and Ethel (PATCHETT) SMITH. Chosen brother of David JARVIE, Norman JARVIE, Brian JARVIE (Dianne,) half-brother to Karen KRATOCHVIL (Len). Loved brother-in-law of Tino and Jackie DEL GRANDE, Colette and Brian McINTOSH. Proud uncle of many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of George's Life will be held at W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria St. E., Alliston on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 10: 30 a.m. If so desired, memorial donations to the chartiy of your choice would be appreciated.

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STABLES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-12 published
STABLES, George Harry
It is with extreme grief and sadness that Rosemarie announces the passing of her very cherished husband and best friend George on Sunday, April 9, 2006, at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston, Ontario. Beloved son of the late George Alexander STABLES and Ethel (PATCHETT) SMITH. Loved son-in-law of George (Gaetano) DEL GRANDE and the late Dolly Margaret (Julia) DEL GRANDE. Chosen brother of David JARVIE, Norman JARVIE, Brian JARVIE (Dianne.) Half brother to Karen KRATOCHVIL (Len.) Loved brother-in-law of Tino and Jackie DEL GRANDE, Collette and Brian McINTOSH. Proud uncle of many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of George's Life will be held at W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria Street E., Alliston on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 10: 30 a.m. If so desired, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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STACEY o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-07-12 published
HAMILTON, Mary (SINKIEWICZ)
In Dufferin Oaks, Shelburne on Tuesday July 4, 2006. Mary Hamilton in her 88th year. Mary (SINKIEWICZ) HAMILTON, beloved wife of the late Clarence HAMILTON, dear sister of Eva KRULL and Julia ANWEILER both of Toronto. Will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and Friends. Predeceased by a brother Joe SINKIEWICZ, four sisters Caroline CHARUK, Annie KONDEL, Helen RAMENDA and Frances STACEY. Rested at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk. Funeral Mass was held in Saint_John's Roman Catholic Church on Thursday July 6 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment in Shelburne Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Visitation was held on Wednesday July 5 from 7-9 p.m.
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STACEY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-23 published
STACEY, Nelson “Nick&rdquo
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, on Saturday, October 21st, 2006, in his 59th year, Nick STACEY of Owen Sound and formerly of Port Elgin. Husband of Barbara STACEY. Father of Rob and his fiancée Jennifer of Uxbridge, and Nicole and her husband Tim LIENHART of Owen Sound. Papa to Deklen, Brock and Teighan. Brother of Mary and her husband Bill LUSH and Yvonne and her husband Dave KING, all of Port Elgin, and Pearce and his wife Scelena, Bob and his wife Patsy, Allan and his wife Olga, all of Newfoundland, and Dennis and his wife Brenda of Oshawa. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Norma STACEY. Predeceased by his parents Robert and Johanna STACEY, by his father and mother-in-law Cyril and Margaret PERRIER, two brothers Arch and Willis, and by one sister Marjorie. His will be missed by his much loved nephews and nieces and by great Friends. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24th, 2006. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Wednesday at 2: 00 p.m. with Pastor Bob JOHNSTON officiating. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery, Port Elgin. Following the interment a reception will be held in the Community Room of the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the London Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com.

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STACEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-13 published
PEAKER, Helen M. (ALDRIDGE)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Hospital, on Thursday, January 12th, 2006, Mrs. Helen M. (ALDRIDGE) PEAKER of London in her 78th year. Beloved wife of Ron. Loving mother of Don (Helen,) Brian (Alethea,) Cathy COURTNEY (Bill) all of London, and Ken (Margo) of Burlington. Dear sister of Thelma STACEY and Karen HIGGINS both of London, Shirley BRADLEY (Ken) of Goderich, and Norm ALDRIDGE of London. Much loved grandmother of Andrew, Robin, Jeff, Adam, Sean, Laura, Emily, Russ and Derek. Predeceased by her brother Butch ALDRIDGE. Helen was a fitness enthusiast and long time member of 'Ladies Day Out Group' at Bob Hayward Y and recently the Memorial Boy's and Girl's Club. Helen was a lover of children, gardening, walking and baking for her family and Friends. Visitation will be held on Friday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30-12:30 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, January 14th, 2006 at 12: 30 p.m. Cremation, Mount Pleasant Crematorium. Those wishing to make a donations in memory of Helen are asked to consider the Memorial Boy's and Girl's Club.

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STACEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-11 published
O'ROURKE, Elizabeth Mae (née CRONIN)
78, of Mitchell passed away at the Ritz Lutheran Villa, Mitchell on Thursday, March 9, 2006. Beloved wife of the late John (Jack) O'ROURKE (1992.) Dear mother of David O'ROURKE and wife Ann of Mitchell, Delaine O'ROURKE of London, Bryan O'ROURKE and wife Linda of Seaforth, Mary Helen VAN LOON and husband Mike of R.R.#2, Dublin, Sally STACEY and husband Bill of Mitchell and Kevin O'ROURKE and wife Jan of R.R.#1, Dublin. Loving grandmother of 16 grandchildren. Dear sister of Frank CRONIN of R.R.#2, Dublin and Jim CRONIN and wife Mildred of Mitchell. Dear sister-in-law of Anne CRONIN of Newmarket, Joan CRONIN and Marie O'ROURKE, both of Mitchell. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Joseph and Elizabeth (ROACH) CRONIN, a son Michael O'ROURKE (1993,) brothers Len and wife Mary, Jack, Joe and wife Delaine, Lorne, Clarence and Bob CRONIN, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Johnny and Dorothy ROBINSON, Gus and Margaret DENOMME, Pearl O'ROURKE, Bill O'ROURKE, Joe O'ROURKE, Clayton and Kathryn LOOBY and Pat and Marg O'ROURKE. Friends will be received at the Lockhart Funeral Home, 109 Montreal Street, Mitchell on Sunday 7-9 p.m. and on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Dublin on Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Alan DUFRAIMONT - celebrant. Spring interment in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Vincent de Paul or St. Patrick's Church Building Funds, Ritz Villa Missing Link or Arthritis Society would be appreciated. Parish prayers will be offered at the funeral home on Sunday at 3: 30 p.m. Online condolences at www.lockhartfunerlhomecom.

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STACEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-15 published
O'HEARN, Ella M. (O'SULLIVAN)
Peacefully, with her family by her side, at the Wildwood Care Centre, Saint Marys on Monday, March 13, 2006 Ella M. (O'SULLIVAN) O'HEARN in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Edmund J. O'HEARN (1981.) Loving mother of Deanna HART and Vince of London, Donna STACEY of Saint Marys, Jim O'HEARN and Carolyne of Canmore, Alberta, Mike O'HEARN of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mary O'HEARN, Beverley GRAFF and Laurence, Margaret THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Ron all of Saint Marys, Joseph O'HEARN and wife Ann of Harmony. Dear mother-in-law of Anne Marie O'HEARN of Calgary. She was much loved by 20 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, sisters Margaret WHITTON and Ursula O'SULLIVAN of Brampton and Sister Dolores of London. Ella was predeceased by a son Gerald O'HEARN (2001) and a son-in-law Keith STACEY (2000). Resting at the L.A. Ball Funeral Chapel, 7 Water Street North Saint Marys on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name of Mary Church in Saint Marys on Thursday March 16, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Thomas MOONEY officiating, assisted by Deacon Mark STAGG. Interment will follow in Saint Marys Cemetery. In her memory donations to the charity of one's own choice would be appreciated.

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STACEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-18 published
BENENATI, Gerald " Gerry" Anthony
At Bluewater Health Norman Street Site, Sarnia on Thursday, March 16, 2006 Gerald (Gerry) Anthony BENENATI, age 65 of Sarnia. Gerry was a member of the Sarnia Umpires Association, the Sarnia Sting Booster Club and was an avid bowler for many years. Beloved husband of Merilyn (FURNESS) BENENATI for 43 years. Loved father of Sherry CICCHINI and her husband Rocco. Dear grandfather of Rachel CICCHINI, "the apple of his eye." Brother of Fred and Angie BENENATI of London, Jo-Ellen and Keith KARLSON of Niagara Falls. Survived by his mother-in-law Ruth FURNESS and sister-in-law Norma STACEY and her husband Jim. Also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Jennie BENENATI and by his father-in-law Alex FURNESS. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia (519) 542-5541. Cremation will follow. Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Sympathy through donations to the Sarnia Minor Athletic Association would be appreciated by the family. Memories and condolences may be emailed to smithfuneralhome@cogeco.net

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STACEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-07 published
STACEY, Brian J.
Suddenly in Saint Marys on Tuesday, June 6, 2006. Brian J. STACEY, age 45 years. Dear husband of Leslee (BERRY) STACEY and loving father of Sara and Matthew. Cherished son of Floyd and Donna (DRINKWALTER) STACEY. Dear brother of Steve STACEY and Trish RANSLEY of Saint Marys and Kevin STACEY of Sarnia. Beloved grand_son of Florence DRINKWALTER of Saint Marys and the late Jack DRINKWALTER. Dear son-in-law of Grant and Muriel BERRY of Saint Marys. Dear brother-in-law of Kim and John MUNRO of Saint Marys and Campbell and Danielle BERRY of Calgary. Dear uncle of Josh and Mike STACEY, Scott and Katelyn MUNRO, Amanda BERRY, Emma and Kent BERRY. Predeceased by a brother-in-law Duane BERRY. Resting at the L.A. Ball Funeral Chapel, 7 Water St. N., Saint Marys on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Saint Marys United Church (85 Church St. S., Saint Marys) on Friday, June 9, 2006 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Richard BOTT officiating. In his memory donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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STACEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-10 published
WILLCOCK, Willard " Bill" W.
With his family by his side, Willard (Bill) W. WILLCOCK in his 79th year, passed away peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre- Victoria Hospital, on Thursday, June 8th, 2006. Loving husband of 56 years to Marion (STACEY) WILLCOCK. Dearly loved father of his children, Sharon PURCELL and her husband Dennis, William WILLCOCK and his wife Cheryl and Susan HOWSON. Loving grandpa of Chris and Sarah, David and Jenn, Jesse, Carley May, Cole, Clayton, and great grandpa of Reece, William and Lukas. Predeceased by his parents May and Wilfred WILLCOCK of Mount Brydges and by his brother Robert WILLCOCK. Sadly missed by his in-laws, Dorothy WILLCOCK, Helen STIRLING, Gerald and Nancy STACEY and Thelma STACEY. Fondly remembered by Lenore CUMMINGS and all of his golfing buddies. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Mary D., Ingrid and Crisa of the Community Care Access Centre, and the respiratory team at the London Health Sciences Centre for all their help and support. Visitation will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Monday, June 12th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Private interment, Woodhull Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill are asked to consider London Health Sciences Foundation - Cancer Centre or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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STACEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-13 published
REID. Wilmot Ervin " Rip"
At Saint_Joseph's Manor, Elliot Lake, Ontario, Wednesday, October 4, 2006. Wilmot Ervin "Rip" REID in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Loretta (KENTY) REID (née GIROUX) and the late Flossie REID (née WILSON) (1969.) Dear father of Wayne (Donna) REID of London, Francis (Bill) LEGG of Woodstock, Marie (Gord STACEY) PATKUS of London, Terry (Betty) REID of Elliot Lake and Geraldine (Raymond) BRISEBOIS of Tillsonburg. Step-father of Laura MOCK of Vienna and Marcella KENTY of Elliot Lake. He will be greatly missed by 12 grand_sons and 1 granddaughter, plus many great-grandchildren as well as 2 great-great-grandchildren. He is survived by two sisters Marjorie (Russ) STEVENS of Brownsville and Elma (Bev) GAGEN of Saint Thomas, sister-in-law Jean REID and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two brothers John (1994) and David (2003). The dear son of the late Priscilla and Wilmot REID. A Memorial Service will be held at the Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Rd. (1 block east of Egerton), on Saturday, October 14, 2006, at 4: 00 p.m. (Visitation from 3-4 p.m.). Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mr. REID.

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STACEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-21 published
BRADLEY,Shirley A. (ALDRIDGE)
Peacefully at home, on Friday November 17th, 2006, Mrs. Shirley A. (ALDRIDGE) BRADLEY of Goderich in her 72nd year. Beloved wife of Ken. Loving mother of Kim (Maggie) of London. Dear sister of Norman ALDRIDGE, Thelma STACEY and Karen HIGGINS of London. Much loved aunt of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Butch ALDRIDGE and sister Helen PEAKER. Shirley was a loyal friend and very active within the many communities she resided in. Shirley was a lover of children, gardening, walking and baking. Shirley was happiest spending time with her family and Friends. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, November 25th, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Cremation, Mount Pleasant Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Shirley are asked to consider a charity of your choice in your community.

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STACEY o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-30 published
JOHNSTON, Miss Helen Margaret
At Trenton Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 28, 2006, one day prior to her 84th birthday. Dear sister of Esther BANNON (Thomas) of Ennismore and Grace STACEY (Albert) of Pickering. Predeceased by brothers Mel, George, Russel and Herb JOHNSTON, and one sister Ethel BOWES. Daughter of the late Earl JOHNSTON and Margaret O'BRIEN. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Helen will be missed by her Friends at Pathways to Independence and her Friends of the Friendship Club. Friends are invited to call at the Kaye Funeral Home "Memorial Chapel" 539 George Street North on Friday, March 31st from 2: 00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by service in the Chapel at 3: 00 p.m. Rev. Jim MOULTON officiating. Interment Saint_John's Cemetery, Ida. Donations to Pathways To Independence or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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STACEY o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.enterprise-bulletin 2006-03-29 published
GREGORY, Dorothy Marion Steuart
In her 89th year Dorothy's spirit flew away on Sunday February 19, 2006 at 11: 55 p.m. Predeceased by her husband John (Jack) GREGORY, Dorothy will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Geri LYNCH (Bill,) Cathie RUSSO (Joe) and Ruth GREGORY; grandchildren, Sean (Margot) and Kristy LYNCH, Robin and Mairen KOPS, Brent and Geoffrey PATERSON, Jennifer (Ted) STACEY and John and Nick RUSSO; great- granchildren: Maya LYNCH, Monet KOPS and Elizabeth STACEY. Dorothy spent her retirement years living in the house that Jack built in Victor Beach, Manitoba. She chose to move to Collingwood, Ontario to reside in Bayhaven Care Centre to be near her daughter Geri. Dorothy had a full life, born in Teddington, England but living most of her life in Winnipeg. She was daughter of Doctor Gerald SHAW and Ethel WILLIAMS, predeceased by her brother Al WILLIAMS of Calgary. Bette WILLIAMS, brother Gerald (Margaret) WILLIAMS of Vancouver and their respective families remain. Dorothy graduated from Rupertsland College, and after completing her training worked at the Winnipeg Clinic as an Orthoptist. She served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war in the Opthalmic Section of the Medical Unit, discharged in 1944. She met and married Jack GREGORY, an Australian serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force and briefly stationed in Manitoba during the war. Dorothy believed in volunteerism and throughout her life she was active with the Girl Guides of Canada, the Innerwheel of the Rotary Club, the St. Agnes Guild of the Children's Hospital, and coordinated the annual Children's Hospital Book Market. In mid life Dorothy discovered yoga and became a teacher, thereafter supporting community by teaching yoga and meditation. She taught at the Senior Scene in Victoria Beach into her 80's. A memorial service to celebrate Dorothy's life will be held at Saint Michael's Church in Victoria Beach, Friday, June 16 at 2: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Children's Hospital Foundation, CE 501-840 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1S1

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STACEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-13 published
STACEY, Helen Kathleen (née ALLEN) B.A. LLD, O.C.
Widow of Col. Charles P. STACEY, Canadian Military historian. Quietly at Leaside Retirement Residence on Thursday, November 9, 2006. She was a celebrated journalist and a champion of adoption through her column "Today's Child". Much loved by her god daughter Nadine (Mrs. Donald G. BELL) and her family, and devoted friend of Victoria Leach KALLMEYER. Arrangements entrusted to The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre. Flowers gratefully declined. No funeral service will be held at Mrs. STACEY's request. If you wish, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

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STACEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-07 published
NASH, Leon B.
(Former Instructor of Music with the York Region Board of Education)
Peacefully at Aurora Resthaven on Monday, February 6th, 2006, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Muriel (née STACEY) and dear father of Barbara (Mrs. Alex CASSELS) of Keswick, Catherine (Mrs. Floyd RAMBARRAN) of Richmond, British Columbia and the late Brian Leon NASH. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Alan, Andrew, Lawrence and Fiona (Paul MATHESON) CASSELS and Stacey RAMBARRAN and 9 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Joan DICKIE and the late Paulene SPICER. Service to celebrate Leon's life will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, (Church and D'Arcy Sts., Newmarket) on Thrusday, February 9th at 1 p.m. with visitation at the church from 12 noon Thursday. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Society or St. Paul's Church Restoration Fund would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket (905-895-6631).

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STACEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-18 published
DEMSHAR, Pauline Anne
Passed away suddenly at home surrounded by her loving daughters Dr. Helen and Sylvia DEMSHAR on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. Predeceased by her beloved husband Stanley (July 1983). Survived by her sisters Julia STACEY and Olga WILGOSH and her brothers Bill and Nick STECY, and many nieces and nephews in Winnipeg. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Saint Margaret of Scotland Church with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. If desired, remembrances in Pauline's name may be made to the charity of your choice. The family wish to thank Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Care Centre for their wonderful care given during Pauline's life. Arrangements in the care of the Trull Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 416-488-1101.

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FODICK, Carol Ann (née DEMBOWSKI)
Passed away peacefully on April 3, 2006 at Aurora Resthaven Nursing Home, at age 96. Predeceased by her parents John and Agnes DEMBOWSKI, her son Michael, her sisters Lina, Mary and brother Antony. Survived by her nieces Anne STACEY and Bernice PIETRZAK. Resting at Bates and Dodds Funeral Services (931 Queen St. W., Toronto), visitation Wednesday, April 5, from 7-9 p.m., Rosary at 7: 45 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church (12 Denison Ave., Toronto) on Thursday, April 6, at 9 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

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STACEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-05 published
FODICK, Carol Ann (née DEMBOWSKI)
Passed away peacefully on April 3, 2006 at Aurora Resthaven Nursing Home, at age 96. Predeceased by her parents John and Agnes DEMBOWSKI, her son Michael, her sisters Lina and Mary and brothers Anthony and Peter. Survived by her nieces Pauline TOMASSI, Anne STACEY, Bernice PIETRZAK and nephews Michael, Stanley and Walter DEMBOWSKI. Resting at Bates and Dodds Funeral Services (931 Queen St. W., Toronto), visitation Wednesday, April 5, from 7-9 p.m., rosary at 7: 45 p.m. Funeral at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church (12 Denison Ave., Toronto) on Thursday, April 6, at 9 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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

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STACHULA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-02 published
SWINARSKI, Zygmunt
Peacefully, with his wife by his side, on Friday, December 30, 2005 at St. Joseph's Health Centre at the age of 87. Loving husband to Betty for 35 years. Adored father to Krystyna NAMEDYNSKI and Robert STACHULA and their families. Dear dziadzia to Caroline, Joanne, Edmund Joseph, Gregory, Cathy, Teresa, and Richard. Zygmunt will be lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, family and Friends in Canada and Poland. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Ave. (at Howard Park) on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. Rosary prayers 7 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Casimir's Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave., on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at 9 a.m. Entombment Park Lawn Mausoleum. If desired, remembrances may be made to Copernicus Lodge.

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STACK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-01 published
BUTTERFIELD, Frederick Edmund
A resident of Chatham. Frederick Edmund BUTTERFIELD died Tuesday February 28, 2006 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance at the age of 90. Born in Healey Falls, Ontario son of the late Herbert Choate and Clara Lorraine Phoebe (BROWN) BUTTERFIELD. Beloved husband of the late Margaret A. (STACK) BUTTERFIELD (1989) and Clare (O'GRADY) BUTTERFIELD (2000.) Dear father of Ronald H. and Valerie BUTTERFIELD, Chatham. Grandfather of Anna Lee and Jeff EDMONDSON, Chatham and Fred BUTTERFIELD, Orillia. Great Grandfather of Shawna and Tyler EDMONDSON. A Private Family Memorial service will be conducted at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair St. Chatham. Cremation. Donations made by cheque to the Charity of Choice appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com.

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STACK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-08 published
BARRETT, George Patrick Michael
Suddenly at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Friday, February 3, 2006, George Patrick Michael BARRETT of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, age 85 years, Veteran of the Second World War. Beloved husband of the late Minnie BARRETT. Devoted father of Diane BARRETT of Ottawa, Philip BARRETT of Toronto, and Cathy (Bill) BUSTARD of Charlottetown. Loving grandfather of Donald (Barb) BARRETT of Ottawa, Leanne (John) BENOIT of Covehead, Lindsay FOSTER of Stratford, Carey (Cheryl) FOSTER of New Haven and Carolyn (Vito) FURLANO of Toronto. Proud great-grandfather of Griffin and Alia BARRETT, Chloe and Brady BENOIT. Brother of Bruce BARRETT, Joan (Hughie) SKEELS, Frank (Betty) BARRETT, and Edna (Corbett) MacDONALD, and the late James BARRETT, Gordon BARRETT, and Mary STACK. Brother-in-law of Janos SIPOS. Remembered lovingly by numerous nieces and nephews. Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel, Charlottetown until Wednesday at 9: 45 a.m. then transferred to St. Dunstan's Basilica for Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment later in the Roman Catholic Cemetery. If so desired, memorials to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. The Royal Canadian Legion will hold a tribute service at the funeral home on Tuesday at 6: 45 p.m. Visiting hours Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com

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