STRAATMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-04 published
Two killed in chopper crash
By April KEMICK, Free Press Reporter and News Services, Thurs., May 4, 2006
Two London region men are dead after the helicopter they were flying back to Blenheim, in Chatham-Kent, crashed in an open field in California, a friend said yesterday.
Frank VERELLEN, 64, a long-time pilot from Ridgetown, and his brother-in-law, Leo STRAATMAN of Watford, died in the crash Monday, VERELLEN's friend and co-worker at Zimmer Air Services said last night from Thunder Bay.
The pair were flying a new Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter from Torrance, California., back to Zimmer Air Services' main base in Blenheim when the crash occurred, said Michael KLEYWEGT.
"Frank was one of the best of the best in this industry, as far as his abilities as a pilot and the mentoring he provided to everyone," said KLEYWEGT, adding VERELLEN had worked at Zimmer Air Services for 28 years.
"Everybody loved Frank."
Zimmer has operations in Blenheim and Thunder Bay.
VERELLEN, a father of five, who had bought a property in Ridgetown in anticipation of retirement, spent most of his career as a pilot doing agricultural spraying and shading, KLEYWEGT said.
The seasoned pilot, who logged more than 7,500 hours in helicopters, trained many of Zimmer's up-and-comers and acted as a friendly mentor, he said.
"(Frank) was just a phenomenal guy," said an emotional KLEYWEGT.
"He's very well missed by all the Friends and family he left behind."
The helicopter took off at noon Monday from Torrance and went down at 2: 38 p.m. off Interstate 10 near Blythe, 320 kilometres east of Los Angeles, said Lauren PEDUZZI, a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators moved the aircraft to a Palmdale facility for further inspection.
The family has been told it may be some time before the bodies arrive in Ontario, said Frieda VERELLEN, the pilot's wife.

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STRAATMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-09 published
STRAATMAN, Leo
Unexpectedly, on May 1st, 2006. Leo STRAATMAN of Watford passed away at the age of 64. He will be sadly missed by his wife Lina (DENYS) and his children Laura (Jim) SOETEMANS, Paul, Julie (Glen) APP, Sandra (Todd) WHITE/WHYTE and his grandchildren Derek, Dylan, Jill, Emily, Jamie, Olivia, Emma and Nathan. Predeceased by 2 infant brothers and dear brother of Gerry (Anne) STRAATMAN, Herman (Johanna) STRAATMAN, Theresa (Victor) SOETEMANS, Mary (Matthew) HOGORVORST, Nellie (Bill) VANDERBURGT, Harry (Ellie) STRAATMAN, Tony (Rita) STRAATMAN and Elsie (Alfons) COUWENBURG. Leo was a respected farmer, businessman and active member of the community and his church. Leo was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Friends may call at the Harper Funeral Home on Thursday, May 11th, 2006 from 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 432 Victoria Street, Watford. Father R. SALDANHA celebrant. Interment Watford Catholic cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to the Watford Medical Clinic, Saint_Joseph's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Regional Mental Health, London would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Harper Funeral Home (519 876-2218) Online condolences may be left at harperfuneralhome.ca

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STRAATMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-10 published
VERELLEN, Frank N.
A resident of Ridgetown, Frank N. VERELLEN died suddenly as the result of an accident with his brother-in-law Leo STRAATMAN in Indio, California on Monday, May 1, 2006 at the age of 63. Born in Turnhout, Belgium, dear son of Maria VERELLEN of Stratford and the late Joseph VERELLEN. Beloved husband of Frieda (DENYS) VERELLEN. Dear father of Michael and Lou Ann VERELLEN of Shedden, Jim and Renée VERELLEN of Kent Bridge, Dan and Jen VERELLEN of Thamesville, Francis and Tracey VERELLEN of Palmyra, and Denise and Dan POKORNIK of Ridgetown. Loved grandfather of Kurtis, Kaitlin, Emily, Derek, Miranda, Jesse, Jacqueline, André, Joshua, Jacob, Shawn, Adam, Catherine, and Alison. Brother of Madeleine and Harry VISSER of Stratford, Louis and Karen VERELLEN of Princeton, Renelda and Gerry BOERSEN of Stratford, Alphonse VERELLEN and Bonnie of Stratford, Mary and Khokan GUHA of Toronto, André and Therese VERELLEN of Kitchener, John VERELLEN and Laurel of Stratford, Josee VERELLEN of Vancouver Island, Bill and Cheryl VERELLEN of Stratford, and the late Rose HUITEMA and her husband Peter of Sebringville, Joseph VERELLEN, and Johannes VERELLEN. Brother-in-law of Lea and Frans VANNESTE of Clandenboye, Edith and Harry ANSEMS of Nova Scotia, Christiane VERLINDE of Exeter and her late husband Marcel, Mona DEBROUWER of Troy and her late husband Martin, Lina STRAATMAN of Watford and her late husband Leo, Daniel and Mary Ann DENYS of Parkhill, Rika and John AARTS of Lakeside, John and Marilyn DENYS of Parkhill, Marlene and Rick MAZUR of Alberta, and Magda DENYS of Parkhill. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Frank was a helicopter pilot for many years and flew for Zimmer Air Services, Blenheim where he will also be sadly missed by his co-workers. Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Thursday from 2: 00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Michael's Catholic Church, Ridgetown on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Saint Michael's Cemetery, Ridgetown. Donations by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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STRABERGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-23 published
SHAW, Howard
Peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Bluewater Health Palliative Care. Howard SHAW, age 75 years of Sarnia. Loving husband of Jeanne. He will be sadly missed by his children and their spouses Mark and Kate SHAW, Barb and Bob HAWKE, Sue and Kevin McHARG and Jill and Eric STRABERGER. Grandfather of Laura, Joe, Carolyn, Hailey, Emily, Willy and Kyle. Great Grandfather of Willow and Oakes. Brother of Margaret JONES and Donald SHAW. Predeceased by his parents Charles and Cecelia SHAW and sister, Mary McKELLAR. Howard was a retired employee of Bell Canada, an honoured member of Boy Scouts Canada and a member of the Triple "C" Woodcarving club. Cremation and private interment has taken place. Friends and family are invited to a memorial "Gathering" at Smith Family Centre, 1574 London Line, Sarnia on Wednesday May 24, 2006 from 2: 00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (parking at Smith Funeral Home) The family prefers sympathy to be expressed by memorial donations to the Howard Shaw Memorial Palliative Care Fund or charity of choice. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, Ontario (519) 542-5541.

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-02 published
SHEARER, Verna (née HARDMAN)
Of Lions head passed away suddenly on Friday, September 29, 2006 in her 75th year. Dear mother of Scott and his wife Laura of Clavering, Brian and his wife Lori-Ann, Owen and his wife Pattie, Darren and his wife Terri all of Lions Head, and Gaylene and her husband Andrew WHITTINGTON of Anten Mills. Special grandmother of Pauline, Ryan, Derek, Tiffany, Penny, Mark, Melissa, Bryce, Miranda, Brandon, Alecia, Mackenzie, Clinton and Olivia and three great grandchildren Kristopher, Kurtis and Laura. She will be sadly missed by her brother Bruce (Lois) HARDMAN of Clavering and her sisters Sarah (Milton) HAYES, Ruth McLAY both of Lions head and Reta McLAY of Newmarket. Verna was predeceased by her husband Clint, her parents Gladys (WEIR) and Charles HARDMAN and brothers-in-law Alex McLAY and Chuck McLAY. The family will receive Friends at the Davidson Chapel, 71 Main Street, Lions head on Monday, October 2, 2006 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9: 00. The funeral service to celebrate Verna's life will be held at the Bethel Missionary Church, 18 Ferndale Road, Lions head on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Pastor Billy STRACHAN officiating. Interment Eastnor Cemetery, Lions Head. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. As expressions of sympathy, donations made to the Lions head Hospital or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-07 published
SHIELDS, Robert " Bob"
Of Mar passed away as the result of a sudden heart attack at Wiarton District Hospital on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 in his 68th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Pat for 48 years. Bob was the cherished father of Steven SHIELDS and his fiancee Terri of Kitchener, Nancy SHIELDS of Marathon, Kelly SHIELDS of Cambridge, Mark SHIELDS of Breslau and Leslie SHIELDS and her husband Dave DYNEROWICZ of West Montrose who will all miss him dearly. Very special grandfather of Katy, Rob, Melanie, Olivia, Joey and James. He will be sadly missed by sister-in-law Frances SHIELDS of Waterloo. Bob was predeceased by his parents Lydia (SIMON) and Werner SHIELDS, his brother Bruce SHIELDS and sister Jean SHIELDS. Bob was a warm and gentle man who loved animals and the outdoors. He worked at Lear Seating for 32 years, was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows Spirit Rock Branch #312 and a regular attender of the Wiarton Men's Breakfast. The family will receive Friends at the George Funeral Home, Wiarton on Thursday, December 7, 2006 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be an Oddfellows Service at 6: 45 p.m. The service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at the funeral home on Friday, December 8, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. with Pastor Billy STRACHAN officiating. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com
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STRACHAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-06 published
JERRARD- WATTS, Margaret Jean (SECORD)
Ron WATTS and the SECORD and JERRARD families would like to thank the many people of the Dorchester area who helped us help Margaret Jean stay at home throughout her fight with cancer. Your cards, phone calls, food donations, and visits sustained us and brought great comfort to M.J. She was overwhelmed with all your kindness. Special thanks to our health care support team - Dr. Ingrid HARLE, and Victorian Order of Nurses nurses: Maura NEALE and Teri STRACHAN. You all went above and beyond to keep Margaret Jean in one of her favourite places. Thank you also to Marilyn and Reverend Wayne MYRHE, the Dorchester Choristers, the Harrietsville-Mossley Choir, Margaret CHURCHILL, Colleen BIEMAN, Bob SADLER and the United Church Women team who were part of the Memorial Service. Thank you all!

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-05 published
TRETHEWEY, Alexander Richard
Peacefully, at Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall, Monday, April 3, 2006, Alexander Richard TRETHEWEY, age 87, formerly of Dashwood and R.R.#5, Stratford. Beloved husband of Elva Ida (BAKER) (FRANCIS) TRETHEWEY of Queensway Retirement Home. Dear brother of Charles and Helen TRETHEWEY, George and Thelma TRETHEWEY, all of Stratford and John TRETHEWEY of London. Remembered by Elva's children David and Michelle FRANCIS, Sally and John TURNER and his many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by parents Ernest and Agnes (PACKERT) TRETHEWEY, sister Anna STRACHAN and her husband Roy, brother Robert "Bob" TRETHEWEY and his wife Enid, sister-in-law Jacqueline TRETHEWEY and Elva's sister Cecile CUMMER. At Richard's request, cremation will take place and a Service of Remembrance will be announced at a later date. Interment at Avondale Cemetery, Stratford. If desired, memorial donations to Queensway Nursing Home or a charity of choice would be appreciated. Richard was a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 313, Harmony, Ontario, farmed north of Sebringville and worked in the C.N.R. shops Stratford. T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, entrusted with arrangements. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-12 published
MORGAN, Valetta Jean (née LINDENMAN)
On Friday, September 8th, 2006, Mrs. Valetta Jean (LINDENMAN) MORGAN went to be with her Lord. She was predeceased by her husband Murray K. MORGAN (1983.) An only daughter Barbara Jane FURLONG and her husband Doctor F. Wayne FURLONG and their three children, Wayne MORGAN, Lianne Barbara, and Ian William KENT survive and mourn the loss of a beloved mother and grandmother and great-grandmother. Predeceased by her parents, William H. and Mary E. LINDENMAN, her brother William Stewart LINDENMAN, and a chosen sister, Mrs. Margaret STADDON, two nieces, Mrs. Wm. BUTTERWORTH, Ottawa, and Mrs. Helen LYNCH, Fingal, Ontario, survive. Mrs. MORGAN was a teacher in Dunnville and Welland. She was a member of Central United Church, Welland where she was a loyal United Church Women member and she was also a member of the Friendship Circle. Membership in Joan of Arc Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (I.O.D.E.) and the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 47 were a source of meaningful interest. The London Life Alumni (Niagara Falls District) promoted joyous and enduring Friendships. Friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the funeral service which will be conducted at Central United Church, 12 Young Street, Welland on Thursday, September 14th 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. The Rev. George SCHMIDT will officiate at this service. Rev, Robert STRACHAN, London, Ontario will be in charge of the graveside committal service in Evergreen Cemetery, West Lorne. Memorial donations, if so desired may be given to the Memorial Fund Central United Church, Welland or Homemaking Division Canadian Red Cross, Online condolences may be forwarded through www.pedlarfuneralhome.ca. James L. Pedlar Funeral Home, Fonthill (905-892-5762) entrusted to arrangements. "The Lord Is My Shepherd"

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-03 published
ANDREWS, Jean (née STRACHAN)
Passed away at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Sunday, January 1, 2006. Beloved wife of Dr. Alan ANDREWS. Loving mother of Jane SLOGGETT, Betty ANDREWS, Janet VARNER and her husband David. Loving grandmother to Scott and Elizabeth SLOGGETT and Jennifer and Kelly PELZ. She is predeceased by her father Reverend J.T. STRACHAN, her mother Adeline STRACHAN, and brother Knox STRACHAN. She loved learning and attended school in Owen Sound, was a House Captain at Havergal College and attended the University of Toronto. She married Alan in 1943 at Knox College Chapel with her father as the presiding minister. After the war they relocated to Galt where Alan set up his optometry practice. She loved and excelled at her career in real estate both in Galt and Muskoka. A private family service will be held and a private interment will take place at Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, in honour of her love for pets, donations, if desired, may be made to your local humane society.

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-08 published
STRACHAN, George Ingram
Died peacefully, in his 90th year, on January 6, 2006 at Sunnybrook and Women's Health Centre in Toronto. He was a Veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War 2. Devoted and beloved husband to his wife Edna. Loving father of Ron and his wife Eva, Jim and his wife Janne, David and his wife Robin, Paul, and Peter and his wife Linda. Proud grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 5. A forever friend to his in-laws Rose WAGNER, and Bob and Olive PENALAGAN. He will be sadly missed by his entire family and a myriad of Friends. He will be remembered with love for his gentle nature, his kindness and his everlasting smile. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care and support provided to him by his caregivers at Sunnybrook L and K Wings. Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-07 published
PACKER, Arthur David " Art"
Passed away Sunday, April 2, 2006, in his 65th year. Beloved husband and lifelong companion of Janet (STRACHAN,) and loving and supportive father of Chris and Robin (Kevin BULL.) Dear grandfather of Andrew, Thomas and David PACKER and Ellen and Ian BULL. Art will also be deeply missed by his mother Lorraine, sister Sally WOOD and family, and in-laws Estella STRACHAN, Sheila Lacroix BRUMUND and family. Relatives and Friends (including W.C.C.I. Old Timers, Richardson's Sports Baseball Team, Loon Lake neighbours, and colleagues from Household Finance and Confederation Trust) are invited to join Janet and family for a Memorial Reception, Saturday, April 15, 1-4 p.m. at the Recreation Centre, 45 Cumberland Lane (at Harwood and Lake Driveway), Ajax. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-11 published
TAUS, Valentina (née PANARONI)
Peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, April 10, 2006 at Villa Care Centre, Midland. Valentina is predeceased by her husband Agostino and her parents Assunta and Eugenio PANARONI. Valentina will be lovingly remembered by her children Gloria (Remo DEL GRECO predeceased,) Nino (Connie née MARCOTULLIO,) grandmother to Anthony (Marilyn née SCATCHERD,) Louann née TAUS (David STRACHAN), Martha née DEL GRECO (Gino DODARO), Raymond DEL GRECO (Mary Jo née BODNICK,) Tullio DEL GRECO, Maria nee DEL GRECO (Jacob DIANA;) her great-grandchildren Steven TAUS, Brandon TAUS, Raymond DODARO, Piero DODARO, Amanda DIANA, Jennifer DIANA, Samantha STRACHAN, Brandon DEL GRECO and great-grand_son Nicholas Belanger DODARO. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home (4671 Hwy. 7, Woodbridge 905-851-9100) on Tuesday, April 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church (300 Ansley Grove Rd., Woodbridge) on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. In Valentina's memory, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-12 published
STRACHAN, Heidi R. (née FRITZ)
Peacefully at Hampton Terrace Care Centre in Burlington on Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at the age of 62. Wife of William STRACHAN. Cherished sister of Ina and her husband Karl MORATZ of Scarborough and Brigitte and her husband Don RAE of London. Loved aunt of Tricia RAE, Dean MORATZ and Kirk MORATZ. Heidi worked for Green Germann law firm in Burlington for many years. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of Queen Elizabeth Way), Burlington (905-632-3333) on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. and on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 2379 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Etobicoke from 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. If desired, expressions of sympathy to Seaton House, Toronto or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family. www.smithsfh.com

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STRACHLIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-14 published
BROOKS, Thomas " Tom"
Peacefully on November 9, 2006, at London Health Sciences Centre Westminster Campus, Thomas "Tom" BROOKS passed away at the age of 67. Dear husband of Betty Anne BROOKS. Loving father of Kathleen Elizabeth SMIBERT (BROOKS) of London and Emerson Percy VAN DER VECHT of Woodstock. Proud grandfather of six grandchildren. Brother-in-law of Richard STRACHLIN. A funeral service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 2 p.m. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated.

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STRADECKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-30 published
HULL, Robert James " Bob"
Passed away in his home in West Vancouver on December 26, 2006. Left to miss him are daughter, Nanci DONOHUE of California, daughter Sandra SANDER of West Vancouver, son James HULL of Victoria, and their mother Bonnie. He is survived by his beloved partner, Ursula VERTONE of West Vancouver. Bob was tremendously proud of his 10 grandchildren, Devon, Shayna, Shellbee, Hailey, Brayden, Kaid, Tyra, Milan, Troy and Jayme. He will be lovingly remembered by his siblings: Joyce LOW/LOWE/LOUGH, Marilyn STRADECKI and Tom HULL of Saskatchewan. Bob served the public and police community for 42 years. He proudly served the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 25 years retiring from E Division as a Staff Sgt. Bob continued his commitment to the police community for an additional 17 years as Director of the Police Academy, Justice Institute. Bob was a founding father of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Emergency Response Team team. Not only did he change the face of policing in Canada he touched many lives in a profound way. He led by an example of excellence, was a leader, a teacher, and a force to be reckoned with. Family was foremost to Bob, and he was a loyal friend. He saw the best in everyone and every situation. Incredible sense of humour, quick wit, integrity, strength of character, compassion and dedication - these were synonymous with Bob HULL. Those who knew him will remember the many 'Hullisms' that made us all smile. The world was a better place with him in it. Bob will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service in Celebration of Bob's Life will be held at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, 715 McBride Blvd, New Westminster, British Columbia at 1: 00 p.m. January 6th 2007. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation Endowment Fund for The Advancement of Police Education and Research in Memory of Bob HULL. Cheques can be made out to the Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation, 715 McBride Blvd. New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 5T4.

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STRAETEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-01 published
STRAETEN, Marie (née SWEENEY)
After a lengthy illness, at Stratford General Hospital, on Thursday, June 29, 2006, Mrs. Marie STRAETEN of Stratford in her 70th year. Beloved wife of the late Charles STRAETEN. Loving mother of Pierre and Annette STRAETEN of Milverton, Marcia and Brad COATES of Vanastra, and Evin STRAETEN of Brantford. Cherished grandmother of Sommer, Tanya, Bradley, Crystal, Natasha, Erika, and Jeremy. Dear sister of Brian SWEENEY of Saint Marys. Loving niece of Barb GOFORTH of Stratford. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Dorothy (BAKER) SWEENEY, daughter Vicki, and by her uncle Roy GOFORTH. At Marie's request there will be visitation or funeral service. Cremation. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Box and Smith Funeral Chapel, Seaforth (519-527-1142).

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STRAFRACE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-05 published
MIFSUD, Antonia " Nina" (née STRAFRACE)
Peacefully at Middlesex Terrace Nursing Home on June 2, 2006, Antonia (Nina) MIFSUD (née STRAFRACE) in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of Anthony MIFSUD. Loving mother of Frank MIFSUD (Marlene,) Joyce D'AGOSTINO (Maurice), Lily DEFELICE (Tony), Vincent MIFSUD, David MIFSUD (Alicia) and Stephen MIFSUD. She will be sadly missed by grandchildren Jacqueline WILSON (Vince), Frank J. MIFSUD (Tam), Paul MIFSUD (Jennifer,) Ruth LAIRD (Rod SHORE,) Susan VAN DYKE (Troy,) Denise D'AGOSTINO, Kimberly BUGEJA- SCHNEIDER (Steve,) Jason DEFELICE (Anna), Natalie LINGIER (Jeff), Noël MIFSUD, step grandchildren Danny ELLINGHAM (Connie) and David ELLINGHAM (Toni) as well as niece Josephine GILLAN (Mike,) 16 great-grandchildren and 10 step great-grandchildren. Survived by brother Joe STRAFRACE (Francis) of Malta, sister Mary PAMPANELLA of Australia and sister-in-law Josephine STRAFRACE of Australia. Predeceased by her parents Francis and Josephine STRAFRACE, daughter Margaret MIFSUD, brothers Croce STRAFRACE, Domenic STRAFRACE, John STRAFRACE and Vincent STRAFRACE, daughter-in-law Doris MIFSUD and grand_son-in-law Bill LAIRD. Visitation will be held in the Needham Funeral Chapel (520 Dundas Street, London) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers to be held at 7: 30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be conducted at Saint Mary's Church (345 Lyle Avenue) on Wednesday, June 7th at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Saint Peter's Cemetery. In memory of Nina contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated.

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STRAGHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-04 published
STRAGHAN, David Bowden (1930-2006)
Died peacefully on April 1st, 2006. David is survived by loving families and many Friends. Family and Friends are invited to Giffen-Mack "Scarborough" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 4115 Lawrence Avenue East (just west of Kingston Road) 416-281-6800 for a memorial visitation on Tuesday, April 4th from 7-9 p.m. Memorial Service will take place on Wednesday, April 5th at 1 p.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Shriners Hospitals would be appreciated. A gentle man - now at peace.

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STRAH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-26 published
SESTANJ, Amalija
Peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at Credit Valley Hospital, in her 64th year. Beloved wife of Slavko. Loving mother of Vik. Dear sister of Joe FORTUNA (Mary), Minka STRAH and Annie ZIZEK (Casey). Dear aunt of Mario, Josey, Marko, Toncka, Drago, Casey and Erica. Sadly missed by many family and Friends in Canada and Slovenija. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass Thursday 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church (Brown's Line). Interment Assumption Cemetery, Mississauga. If desired, donations to Dom Lipa would be appreciated. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com

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STRAIKO o@ca.on.brant.brantford.the_expositor 2006-03-28 published
YUHASZ, Baby Molly Bennett
After a long awaited arrival, God took our little angel to be with Him in Heaven on Sunday, March 26, 2006; beloved and much expected daughter Jamie and Kelly (BENNETT;) dear granddaughter of the late Steve YUHASZ and Lil and her husband Bob BALASZ, and Ross and Phyllis BENNETT; loved niece of Casey BENNETT, Mike, Howie, Gordie and Bob YUHASZ, Linda STRAIKO and the late Kenny YUHASZ; also survived by other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Thank you to Doctor Rachel ROONEY and nurses Donna, Nancy, Gail and Christine. Thank you to Doctor Charmaine ROYE for her wonderful pre-natal care. A private graveside service will be held at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Tuesday. Friends will be received at the Reception Suite of the Dennis Toll Funeral Home, 55 Charing Cross Street on Tuesday, from 4 to 6 p.m. Donations in Molly's memory may be made to the charity of your choice. www.dennistoll.ca

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STRAIKO o@ca.on.brant.brantford.the_expositor 2006-03-31 published
YUHASZ, Molly Bennett
After a long awaited arrival, God took our little angel to be with Him in Heaven on Sunday, March 26, 2006; beloved and much expected daughter of Jamie and Kelly (BENNETT;) dear granddaughter of the late Steve YUHASZ and Lil and her husband Bob BALAZS, and Ross and Phyllis BENNETT; loved niece of Casey BENNETT, Mike, Howie, Gordie and Bob YUHASZ, Linda STRAIKO and the late Kenny YUHASZ; also survived by other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Thank you to Doctor Rebecca ROONEY and nurses Donna, Nancy, Gail and Christine. Thank you to Doctor Charmaine ROYE for her wonderful pre-natal care. A private graveside service was held at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Tuesday. Friends were received at the Receptions Suite of the Dennis Toll Funeral Home, from 4 to 6 p.m. Donations in Molly's memory may be made to the charity of your choice. www.dennistoll.ca

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STRAIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-08 published
NERDEN, Agatha (WALKER)
At London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 Agatha (WALKER) NERDEN of Kensington Village, London and formerly of Guelph, in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late of the late Raymond A. NERDEN. Dear mother of Louise MURDOCH and her husband Don of Guelph and Marion STRAIN and her husband Stuart of London. Dear sister of Robert WALKER and his wife Catherine of Mississauga. Dear sister-in-law of Shirley WALKER of Toronto. Also loved by her grandchildren Elizabeth DORMANY and her husband Roy of Guelph, Peter MURDOCH and his wife Dale of Walkerton; Cary STRAIN and his wife Cindy, Sean STRAIN and his wife Jana of London; and Stephen STRAIN of Saint Thomas and her great-grandchildren Brandon and Justin STRAIN of London and Shannon and Kaitlin MURDOCH of Walkerton. The family will receive Friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Friday, November 10th at 1: 30 p.m. with Chaplain Maureen DWYER officiating. Cremation with interment of cremated remains in Woodlawn Cemetery, Guelph. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation, (for the London Learning Centre), 453 Dufferin Avenue, London, Ontario N6B 1Z7. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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STRAIN o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-30 published
PERRITT, Dorothy Jean (née STRAIN)
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit. Beloved wife of the late Stanley PERRITT. Dear mother of Evelyn and her husband Jim DAVIS of Lake St. Peter and Donna PERRITT of Brampton. Loving Grandmother of Shauna, Melissa and Natalie. Great-grandmother of Kobie and James. Sister of Doreen and her husband Orval PERRITT of Peterborough, Bev and her husband John WESTLAKE of Bridgenorth and the late Clarence and George STRAIN. Sister-in-law of Darlene STRAIN of Peterborough, Marie and the late Earl TWOMEY of Peterborough, Berdine and Orville GRAHAM of Fenelon Falls, Hazel and the late Cameron PERRITT of Peterborough and the late Mel PERRITT. Friends will be received at Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street on Thursday, March 30, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the chapel on Friday, March 31st at 10 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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STRAITON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-01 published
CAVE, Richard " Dick," P.Eng. (August 29, 1943-February 26, 2006)
son of Frank and Hilda (née HOWE) CAVE
Peacefully, at La Farm in Duncan, Ontario and surrounded by his loving family and Friends, both at home and abroad, both with us and in heaven, our amazing husband, dad, guardian angel, grand-dad, uncle, cherished friend and valued colleague, passed graciously into a space filled with beauty, light, energy and peace for safekeeping, until we are all reunited. He leaves his adoring wife, Sally LEPPARD, partner of 18 years. By his side, throughout his 4 year battle with cancer, and for always, are his treasured and adored children - Emma (and Brian), Steve (and Kerry), Kate (and Kris,) Liz NIELD (née McHARDY, and Jim,) Louise (and Chris,) Jamie McHARDY, and his precious and beloved granddaughter, Sarah Grace. His sister Sue and husband Dave WHITEHEAD came from Cornwall, England to be by his side. He will always be loved by his special extended family - Sue CORKE, Jenny, Joel and Gabrielle HELMAN, Dave LEPPARD, Luce KENNEDY, Helen, Paul and Daniel RUSSELL, Jeremy and Amanda, Katie, Simon, Guy and Heidi, Miranda and Toby, Bob and Joan, Shylah and Austin, Sylvie, Bernhard and Baby Yannick, Mark, Barbara, Julian and Clee (and children), and beloved parents-in-law John and Jocey LEPPARD, and all of our children's dearest Friends ("the Urban Terrorists"). Dick's humour, wit, tall tales and strength of character will be sadly missed by his many great Friends. Throughout his last few weeks, you have helped us enormously with snow plowing, dishwashing, great food and wine, books, fine company, paintings, fun and laughter, and gifts of love and kindness too numerous to mention. Dick had a career full of achievements and 'firsts'. After emigrating from Derby, England as a Civil Engineer in 1969, he worked with Kilbourn Engineering until 1984 when he founded the Ontario-based R. Cave and Associates Engineering Inc. There he nurtured a tradition of creative, pragmatic and holistic engineering solutions to Canada's waste management and ecological problems. He finished his career with Trow Consulting in Brampton. Our family's grateful thanks go to those who cared for Dick in his last stage of life - the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital, the Owen Sound Community Care Access Centre home care team and nurses Lorraine, Royanne, Sue and Laurie, and "spa lady" Sharon, Dr. and Mrs. Tony ROWLINSON, Joyce STRAITON, Dr. Jennifer KNOX and Bettina of Princess Margaret Hospital, and Dr. Marwan FAKIH of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Your safety net was invaluable and gave us enormous hope over the last year and kindness and caring in the last few weeks. Dick is in our hearts, spirits, souls and minds, and his huge presence will be forever with us. "the candle burned out long before the legend ever did" -- E.J.A. memorial to Dick will be held at Bethany Church of the Nazarene, Trowbridge Street West in Meaford, Ontario on Monday, March 6, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Georgian Triangle Hospice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford N4L 1B9 (519-538-1320) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

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STRAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-29 published
STRAKER, Gail Lewis Smith (formerly SMITH, née BAIRD)
Passed away on March 28, 2006, after a brief illness at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Dearly loved wife of Wallace Rodney STRAKER of Toronto and Cobourg. Daughter of the late Irene Pearl BAIRD and the late David H. BAIRD. Granddaughter of the late Chris and Hilda JOHNSON. Gail is survived and lovingly remembered by her former husband, Thomas Edward (Ted) SMITH and their three children: Muriel JARVIS (Tim) of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Victoria Smith MOFFATT (Blair) of Rothesay, New Brunswick and Raymond SMITH (Marie) of New York City. She is the cherished grandmother of 7 grandchildren: Zoe WALKER of Calgary, Jordan WALKER of New Zealand, Teddy and Amelia MOFFATT of Rothesay, New Brunswick, along with Constance, Christopher and Corin SMITH of New York City. Gail leaves a sister, Norma Clumpus DELEAN (Lucien) and a brother David C. BAIRD. She is fondly remembered by her nephew and nieces Joey, Karen CLUMPUS and Jenny Clumpus GROSS. Gail was born in Sudbury, Ontario and raised in Ottawa. She graduated from the Elmwood Girls School and then attended Carleton University. Gail and her former husband Ted lived in Quebec and Oakville for many years, where they raised their family. During these years, Gail returned to school and graduated from the Ontario College of Art. She served as Director and Chairperson on the Board of Gairloch Gardens and the Art Gallery in Oakville while serving on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropies. Gail also served on the Board of the Cultural Advisory Committee for Metro Toronto and served as past Director with the Ontario Association for Curriculum Development. She was a past member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and the Toronto Downtown Rotary Club. An avid supporter of the Arts, Gail was past Director of Development and Alumni affairs at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Gail served as deputy Executive Director for United Nations Children's Fund Canada and coordinated fund raising programs to help children in third world countries, notably during the Year of the Child, when she organized multiple events involving dignitaries and personalities from around the world. For years, Gail worked tirelessly to promote United Nations Children's Fund's fund raising efforts, organizing conferences and delegations in Canada and abroad. She later held the position of Vice President and Director of Development at Canadian Executive Services Organization. Until the past few years, Gail was responsible for fund raising and corporate events as Director of Marketing with Save the Children - Canada. Most recently, she had been President of the Art Gallery of Northumberland County in Cobourg and Port Hope where she and her husband Rod have a home, Castle Hill, and are supporters of the Gallery. They also maintain a residence in Toronto. With her many professional accomplishments, she was, above all, a loving and devoted mother to her family. She will be deeply missed by her family and remembered in the hearts of her many Friends in Canada and around the world. The family would like to thank her doctors, nurses and the committed and caring staff at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 1st at 2 o'clock in the Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West at Avenue Road in Toronto. Interment will take place in the spring at the family plot in Park Lawn Cemetery in Sudbury, Ontario. If desired, donations in Gail's memory may be made to Mount Sinai Hospital Fund, c/o Gail Lewis Smith Straker, 600 University Avenue, Suite #210, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5.

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STRAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-29 published
HUCAL, Edward Emil
Passed away peacefully, in Toronto, on Tuesday, November 28, 2006, in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Theda (née MacKELLAR.) Loving father of Catherine Ann and her husband John FENN, Craig Edward HUCAL and his wife Anne. Dear grandfather of Michael Edward and Catherine "Catie" Alice FENN and Andrew Craig and Cristina Marjorie Jacqueline HUCAL. Brother of the late Olga (Nick,) Nettie, Paul (Clare), Alice (Lyman) and Walter. Brother-in-law of Ian MacKELLAR (Eileen,) and the late Catherine "Kitty" PRATT (William "LeRoy"). Uncle of Ron RUDAN, Angela STRAKER, Paul Jr., Mike PRATT and Debi PRATT, Sandy, Jim MacKELLAR, Lori DEGAGNE and Scott MacKELLAR. The family wish to thank all the staff of the Isabel and Arthur Meighen Manor Nursing Home, especially Abdul, Sharon, Pablita and Sylvester for their special care and attention. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2006. Funeral service in the chapel on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at one o'clock. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery followed by a reception in the funeral home lounge. If desired, donations to The Salvation Army, 2 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto M4H 1P4 or the Alzheimer Society for Metropolitan Toronto, 2323 Yonge Street, Suite #500, Toronto M4P 2C9 would be appreciated.

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STRAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-29 published
STRAKER, Gail Lewis Smith (formerly SMITH, née BAIRD)
Passed away on March 28, 2006, after a brief illness at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Dearly loved wife of Wallace Rodney STRAKER of Toronto and Cobourg. Daughter of the late Irene Pearl BAIRD and the late David H. BAIRD. Granddaughter of the late Chris and Hilda JOHNSON. Gail is survived and lovingly remembered by her former husband, Thomas Edward (Ted) SMITH and their three children: Muriel JARVIS (Tim) of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Victoria Smith MOFFATT (Blair) of Rothesay, New Brunswick and Raymond SMITH (Marie) of New York City. She is the cherished grandmother of 7 grandchildren: Zoe WALKER of Calgary, Jordan WALKER of New Zealand, Teddy and Amelia MOFFATT of Rothesay, New Brunswick, along with Contance, Christopher and Corin SMITH of New York City. Gail leaves a sister, Norma Clumpus DELEAN (Lucien) and a brother David C. BAIRD. She is fondly remembered by her nephew and nieces Joey, Karen CLUMPUS and Jenny Clumpus GROSS. Gail was born in Sudbury, Ontario and raised in Ottawa. She graduated from the Elmwood Girls School and then attended Carleton University. Gail and her former husband Ted lived in Quebec and Oakville for many years, where they raised their family. During these years, Gail returned to school and graduated from the Ontario College of Art. She served as Director and Chairperson on the Board of Gairloch Gardens and the Art Gallery in Oakville, while serving on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropies. Gail also served on the Board of the Cultural Advisory Committee for Metro Toronto and served as past Director with the Ontario Association for Curriculum Development. She was a past member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and the Toronto Downtown Rotary Club. An avid supporter of the Arts, Gail was past Director of Development and Alumni affairs at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Gail served as deputy Executive Director for United Nations Children's Fund Canada and coordinated fund raising programs to help children in third world countries, notably during the Year of the Child, when she organized multiple events involving dignitaries and personalities from around the world. For years, Gail worked tirelessly to promote United Nations Children's Fund's fund raising efforts, organizing conferences and delegations in Canada and abroad. She later held the position of Vice President and Director of Development at Canadian Executive Services Organization. Until the past few years, Gail was responsible for fund raising and corporate events as Director of Marketing with Save the Children -Canada. Most recently, she had been President of the Art Gallery of Northumberland County in Cobourg and Port Hope where she and her husband Rod have a home, Castle Hill, and are supporters of the Gallery. They also maintain a residence in Toronto. With her many professional accomplishments, she was, above all, a loving and devoted mother to her family. She will be deeply missed by her family and remembered in the hearts of her many Friends in Canada and around the world. The family would like to thank her doctors, nurses and the committed and caring staff at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 1st at 2 o'clock in the Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West at Avenue Road in Toronto. Interment will take place in the spring at the family plot in Park Lawn Cemetery in Sudbury, Ontario. If desired, donations in Gail's memory may be made to Mount Sinai Hospital Fund, c/o Gail Lewis Smith Straker, 600 University Avenue, Suite 210, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5.

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