VERKERT o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-09 published
HOUSTON, Eleanor
Peacefully, at her home in Keswick, on Friday, December 8, 2006, with her family by her side, after a short but very courageous battle with cancer. Dearly loved wife of the late Captain Thomas HOUSTON of St. Catharines. Loving mother of JoAnn McCLELLAND and predeceased by one son Bruce GIBBONS. Cherished grandmother of Becky and her husband Joe VERKERT and Louisa and her husband Alan CUMMINGS and her great-grand daughter Ashley, who was the twinkle of her eye. Predeceased by her sisters Amy, Gertrude, Dorothy, Leola and Florence and her brothers Ed and Ernie. Eleanor will be greatly missed by her best Georgina CRAIG, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, Friends all who loved her and will sadly miss her. Funeral service from the M.W. Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway S., Keswick 1-888-884-4486 on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. The family will receive Friends from 12: 00 noon until time of service. Cremation to follow. If desired, donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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VERKLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2006-10-31 published
VERKLEY, Gezina Maria (née STOKMAN)
Quietly, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Wednesday, October 25, 2006, with all of her children by her side, Gezina Maria VERKLEY (née STOKMAN,) in her 85th year, went to be with her Lord. Survived by her husband Peter and 11 children, John (Patti-Jo), and daughter-in-law Anne-Marie, Joe, Paul, Frank (Dorothy), Cecilia, Maria Green (Don), Philip (Doreen), Edward (Nora), Tom (Cathy), David (Patricia), and Jeff (Teresa) and 23 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Sisters-in-law Truus, Agnes, Caecilia (Holland), Cok (Holland), Gre (Holland), Riet (California), and brother-in-law John (Meip) and sisters Cecilia CAPTIEN (California,) Nell (Holland) and predeceased by 10 siblings, Gezina lived her life with a kind word for everyone that she met, and always provided a warm welcome to all who came to their home. A loving mother, a devoted wife and a loyal friend. Her warm hugs will be missed by everyone. Visitation was held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, in Strathroy, on Friday, October 27, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with parish prayers at 6: 30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated from All Saints Catholic Parish on Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment followed at All Saints Catholic Cemetery. Donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Victorian Order of Nurses would be greatly appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Gezina.

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VERKUYL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-09 published
VERKUYL, Harry
On October 7, 2006 Mr. Harry VERKUYL of Sherwood Park, Alberta was taken from us suddenly at the age of 49. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Cindy, daughters Michelle, Angela (Jody) and Robyn, his parents Edna and Harry, his brother and sisters; Annette (Michael), Albert (Audrey), Ruth (Glenn) and Monica (Kevin) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and Friends. Relatives and Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 between 6: 00 and 8:00 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home, south of Wye Road and Range Road 232, Sherwood Park, Alberta. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 11905 -- 47 Street, Edmonton. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. "Safe in the arms of Jesus" To sign the book of condolences visit www.glenwoodmemorial.com Glenwood Funeral Home -- Sherwood Park, Alberta 780-467-3337.

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VERLINDE 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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VERMEER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-03 published
LEERMAKERS, Antonius " Tony"
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Antonius (Tony) LEERMAKERS, in his 67th year on March 2, 2006, surrounded by his family. He is sad to leave them behind, but will wait for them in Heaven…. He leaves behind his wife Lynn (RYAN,) his children who loved him greatly: Mary (Tony) VANDERMEER of Woodstock, Bill (Stacey) LEERMAKERS of Mississauga and John (Pam) LEERMAKERS of Mississauga, Debbie (Darrin) BALLANTYNE of London and Doug RYAN of Whistler, British Columbia. He will be missed by his grandchildren: Phylicia, Whitney, T.J., Amber, Rachel, Victoria, Tyler, Courtney, Kyle, Cameron, Ashley and Samatha. He will also be missed by his brothers and sisters: Sien BERKELMANS (Aylmer,) Mary BERKELMANS (London), Ann VERMEER, Tonny (Jo) MATHIJSSEN, Mien NOORDHUIZEN, Zus (Theo) VAN HOOFT, Josef (Sjean) LEERMAKERS, Nolly (Jan) VAN BRUNSCHOT, Marian (Willy) VAN GEMERT all of Holland. He will be missed by his mother-in-law Doris FORD and sisters-in-law Joan KERR and Brenda (Grant) HUNTLEY of Ingersoll. Four infant grandchildren will be waiting to play with him in Heaven. He retired from Wolverine Tube, London in 1999. He was a member of the Legion Branch #317. Dad loved to play cards, his trailer and his family. We all will miss him. The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street, East (at Wavell), London, for visitation on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 317, London would be gratefully appreciated. On-line condolences available through www.memorial-funeral.ca Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770.

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VERMEER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-14 published
ELLIS, Andrew Borland (1915-2006)
Passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 10, 2006 in Kingston, Ontario at the age of 90. Andy is predeceased by his beloved wife, Ena, who passed away on May 1, 2006. Andy's gentle and encouraging presence will be deeply missed by his loving daughters Valerie and husband Alfred FISHER of Kingston, Ontario, Marilyn and partner Patricia VANDERHEYDEN of London, Ontario and Debbie and husband Barry McGUGAN of St. Albert, Alberta. Andy is survived by his dear grandchildren: Benjamin and Laura FISHER, Michelle, Sarah, Hannah and Joel VANDERHEYDEN, and Bobby and Brent McGUGAN. He will be greatly missed by his brother James as well as many loving relatives and cherished Friends. Andy is also predeceased by his parents James and Catherine (CLARK,) and his brothers Sam, Al, Jim and sisters Jean (LEES) and Mary (TALLON.) Andy will be remembered for his wisdom, compassion, quiet wit, and his love for his wife and three daughters. Andy emigrated with his family from Hamilton, Scotland as a young boy and settled in Espanola, Ontario. He met and married Ena in Espanola, where they shared 64 wonderful years together. Andy's educational career began at Normal School in North Bay, Ontario. Later, he graduated from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After only two years of teaching at Espanola Public School, Andy was appointed principal, a position he held for 40 years. Andy's deep commitment to education continued throughout his life. He retired at the age of 63, having spent 56 years of his life, both as a student and then as a member of the staff, in the same school building. It was a wonderful tribute that upon his retirement in 1978, the school was re-named the A.B. Ellis Public School. He was an inspiration to many students and teachers during his long and distinguished career. A memorial Service will be held for Andy and Ena ELLIS on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 11: 30 a.m. in the United Church of Espanola with Reverend Cory VERMEER- CUTHBERT officiating. Interment of ashes will be in the Espanola Cemetery. Family and Friends will be invited to a luncheon after the committal service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Andy may be made to the Rainbow District School Board, A.B. Ellis Memorial Fund, 128 Park Street Espanola, Ontario, P5E 1S7.

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VERMEER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-14 published
ELLIS, Andrew Borland (1915-2006)
Passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 10, 2006 in Kingston, Ontario at the age of 90. Andy is pre deceased by his beloved wife, Ena, who passed away on May 1, 2006. Andy's gentle and encouraging presence will be deeply missed by his loving daughters Valerie and husband Alfred FISHER of Kingston, Ontario, Marilyn and partner Patricia VANDERHEYDEN of London, Ontario and Debbie and husband Barry McGUGAN of St. Albert, Alberta. Andy is survived by his dear grandchildren: Benjamin and Laura FISHER, Michelle, Sarah, Hannah and Joel VANDERHEYDEN, and Bobby and Brent McGUGAN. He will be greatly missed by his brother James as well as many loving relatives and cherished Friends. Andy is also predeceased by his parents James and Catherine (CLARK,) and his brothers Sam, Al, Jim and sisters Jean (LEES) and Mary (TALLON.) Andy will be remembered for his wisdom, compassion, quiet wit, and his love for his wife and three daughters. Andy emigrated with his family from Hamilton, Scotland as a young boy and settled in Espanola, Ontario. He met and married Ena in Espanola, where they shared 64 wonderful years together. Andy's educational career began at Normal School in North Bay, Ontario. Later, he graduated from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After only two years of teaching at Espanola Public School, Andy was appointed principal, a position he held for 40 years. Andy's deep commitment to education continued throughout his life. He retired at the age of 63, having spent 56 years of his life, both as a student and then as a member of the staff, in the same school building. It was a wonderful tribute that upon his retirement in 1978, the school was re-named the A.B. Ellis Public School. He was an inspiration to many students and teachers during his long and distinguished career. A memorial Service will be held for Andy and Ena ELLIS on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 11: 30 a.m. in the United Church of Espanola with Reverend Cory VERMEER- CUTHBERT officiating. Interment of ashes will be in the Espanola Cemetery. Family and Friends will be invited to a luncheon after the committal service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Andy may be made to the Rainbow District School Board, A.B. Ellis Memorial Fund, 128 Park Street Espanola, Ontario P5E 1S7.

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VERMEEREN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-08 published
VERMEEREN, Gerardus
After a battle with cancer, God's choir of Angels have called home Gerardus VERMEEREN to join in his Heavenly chorus. Gerardus "Gerry" VERMEEREN of Tillsonburg on Friday, January 6, 2006, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, at the age of 69 years. Born in Holland, November 8, 1936, son of the late Gerard VERMEEREN and the later former Adriana STEVENS. He was a member of Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg; the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Reverend Father Joseph M. Burke Assembly, Ingersoll, and Saint Mary's Knights of Columbus Council #3212, and the Senior Centre Choir, Tillsonburg. He came to Ingersoll in 1951 and was an employee of the Ford Motor Company in Talbotville for 31 years, retiring in 1999. Dear husband and best friend of 41 years of Merna (ROVERS) VERMEEREN. Loving father and father-in-law: Janet (Anthony) DRESCHER, R.R.#1, Otterville; John (Lori) VERMEEREN, London; Jennifer (Michael) COLLINS, Straffordville; Julie FINK, Tillsonburg. Proud "Opa" of eight grandchildren: Cassandra, Danielle, Samantha; Kaitlyn, Caleb; Benjamin, Victoria, Rebecca. Dear brother and brother-in-law of: Bertha and Ben MEYERINK, Tillsonburg Hubert and Margaret VERMEEREN, Ingersoll; Luis and Peter VAN ETTEN, Holland; Corrie and Thyme BEEREPOOT, Holland; Jean and Martin VANBOEKEL, Ingersoll; Cathy and Ben WELLINK, Tillsonburg Leni VERMEEREN, Tillsonburg and the late Peter VERMEEREN (2003) Joe SCHEMBRI, Dorchester and the late Leny SCHEMBRI (1996.) Also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by one brother and one sister. Visitation Sunday 2: 00 p.m. to 4: 00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg. (842-4238). Parish prayers Sunday at 3: 00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass of a Christian Burial to be said on Monday, January 9, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 51 Venison Street West, Tillsonburg by Reverend Father Dominic BORG, O.C.D. Interment to follow in the Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Canadian Cancer Society or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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VERMET o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-05 published
HARPER, Glenn " Zettie"
A resident of Thamesville, passed away peacefully at C.K.H.A. Public General Campus, Chatham on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at the age of 75. Born in Chatham, son of the late Harold and Evaline (PELFRY) HARPER. Beloved husband of Donna (SPENCER) HARPER. Loving father of Rick HARPER and Lorie GLOVER- HARPER of Chatham, Dennis and Sheila HARPER of Thamesville, Lynda KALOYANIS and partner Greg PELLEY of Chatham, Brenda and John PADDICK of Dresden. Precious Gramp of Wayne and Stacey HARPER, Tonya and Melissa HARPER, Mike and Steve KALOYANIS, Alicia and Tyler PADDICK. Kind brother of Marion HARWOOD of London, Pat and Charlie VERMET of Thamesville. Dear brother-in-law of Iline HARPER, Reta COEMAN, Carolyn PAUL, Ethel PALMER, Cleada GALBRAITH, and Marg SPENCER. Predeceased by a brother Ray HARPER (2005,) brothers-in-law Maurice HARWOOD, Garfield PALMER, Bob COEMAN, Bob GALBRAITH, and Fred SPENCER. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. At Glenn's request there will be no visitation or funeral service. A Private Family Grave side service will be held on Friday October 6, 2006. Donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses, C.K.H.A. Palliative Care, or Canadian Red Cross would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences and donations may be left at our website www.badderfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to John C. Badder Funeral Home, Thamesville A tree will be planted in Memory of Glenn HARPER in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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VERMEULEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-16 published
BARRON, Nicki (née VERMEULEN)
Passed away at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Sunday, March 12, 2006 with her family by her side, at the age of 48. Nicki BARRON (née VERMEULEN,) loving mother of Rebecca and Hannah and wife of Ted BARRON. Daughter of Frances and Nicolaas and step-daughter of Cornelius. Sister of Helen (Lee), Phil and Toni. Sister-in-law to Linda (Brian), Carol (Andy), Brian (Josephine) and Brenda (Steve). Aunt to Joanna, Kate, Sarah, Madeline and Jack. Nicki will be sadly missed by her many dear Friends. A memorial service will be held at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation (Cancer Clinic), 615 Davis Drive, Suite 101, Newmarket L3Y 9Z9 would be appreciated by the family.

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VERMILYEA o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-07 published
VERMILYEA, Douglas
December 7th, 2005
When twilight drops her curtain down
And pins it with a star
My longing heart goes wondering off
To seek out where you are
- Loved and missed forever and a day Greg, Pam and family.

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VERMUE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-12 published
CALCUTT, Catherine Mary (née LUMLEY)
Peacefully, with her loving family close by, Catherine Mary CALCUTT (née LUMLEY) on April 11, 2006 in her 85th year, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Bruce William CALCUTT (1997.) Dearest mother of Margaret LUMLEY of Sarnia, Thomas William (1993), Linda WAUN (Carl) of Strathroy, Judy VERMUE (Tom) of Poplar Hill, Jackie SOMERVILLE (Neil) of Bracebridge. Proud grandmother of Kim WARREN (Paul), Rhonda McASKILL (Les), Michael ROBY (1996), Shannon ROBY, Paul WAUN (Nelia), David WAUN (Kristi,) Michael HEALY (2004,) Lisa STAN (Kevin,) Daniel HEALY, Rebecca SOMERVILLE, Joel SOMERVILLE (Carmen.) Fond great-grandmother of Kristy WANNER, Shea BARNES, Adam, Lauren and Nicholas STAN, Kyle McASKILL. Survived by brother Clarence LUMLEY of Kingsville, sisters Evelyn LAMB of Sarnia, Pat TRAXLER of Sarnia and sister-in-law Frieda CALCUTT of Strathroy. Predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, son-in-law Michael HEALY. Resting at Denning Brothers Funeral Home, Strathroy where family and Friends may visit Wednesday, April 12, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, April 13 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ed FONTAINE and Pastor Roger GAST officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. Donations may be directed to Save the Children Fund, Bethel Baptist Church, Strathroy or the charity of your choice. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Catherine.

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VERMUE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-18 published
TROMP, Klazina J.
Peacefully at Heemskerk, The Netherlands, on June 29, 2006. Klazina J. TROMP- BAKKER in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Gerard TROMP (1989.) Dear mother of Catherine VERMUE (Edward,) Corinne HAM (John.) Oma to Michael (Jayme,) Mark (Melody,) Ed (Kim,) Sandra (Pete), Jeff (Jennifer) and 10 great-grandchildren. Special aunt to Martin (Janny) BAKKER. Funeral services were conducted on July 5th in the St. Laurentius church at Heemskerk.

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VERMUE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2006-04-18 published
CALCUTT, Catherine Mary (née LUMLEY)
Peacefully, with her loving family close by, Catherine Mary CALCUTT (née LUMLEY) on April 11, 2006, in her 85th year, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Bruce William CALCUTT (1997.) Dearest mother of Margaret Lumley of Sarnia, Thomas William (1993), Linda WAUN (Carl) of Strathroy, Judy VERMUE (Tom) of Poplar Hill, Jackie SOMERVILLE (Neil) of Bracebridge. Proud grandmother of Kim WARREN (Paul), Rhonda McASKILL (Les), Michael ROBY (1996), Shannon ROBY, Paul WAUN (Nelia), David WAUN (Kristi,) Michael HEALY (2004,) Lisa STAN (Kevin,) Daniel HEALY, Rebecca SOMERVILLE, Joel SOMERVILLE (Carmen.) Fond great-grandmother of Kristy WANNER, Shea BARNES, Adam, Lauren, and Nicholas STAN, Kyle McASKILL. Survived by brother Clarence LUMLEY of Kingsville, sisters Evelyn LAMB of Sarnia, Pat TRAXLER of Sarnia, and sister-in-law Frieda CALCUTT of Strathroy. Predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, son-in-law Michael HEALY. Rested at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Wednesday, April 12 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, April 13 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ed FONTAINE and Pastor Roger GAST officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. Donations may be directed to Save the Children Fund, Bethel Baptist Church, Strathroy, or the charity of your choice. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Catherine.

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VERNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-08 published
TORNO, Samuel " Chum"
Peacefully on Monday, February 27, 2006. Predeceased by his brothers Philip and Noah TORNO. Survived by his "everloving twin sister" Esther VERNER. " Old Uncle" to Leland VERNER (Anne and daughters Amy VERNER and Jane APOR,) "young nieces" Jane VERNER and Margaret SHIFF (Arthur.) " Chumley" will be greatly missed by his best friend Angela CHALLENOR. Special thanks to devoted caregivers Namgyal and Lhamo. At Chum's request, a private family funeral was held. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital (416) 946-6560.

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VERNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-14 published
VERNER, Charlotte (née MURPHY)
Peacefully, at Christie Gardens on September 13, 2006, in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Arthur VERNER. Dear sister of Anne HARNISH, Patricia LUCK, and the late Thomas MURPHY. Lovingly remembered by her nieces Barbara TRAYLING, Kathy MEIER, Dianne LYON, Charlotte HARRIS, and Marilynn MURPHY, her nephew Bob LUCK, and their families. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.) on Friday, September 15th at 11 a.m. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated.

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TORNO, Samuel " Chum"
Peacefully on Monday, February 27, 2006. Predeceased by his brothers Philip and Noah TORNO. Survived by his "everloving twin sister" Esther VERNER. " Old Uncle" to Leland VERNER (Anne and daughters Amy VERNER and Jane APOR,) "young nieces" Jane VERNER and Margaret SHIFF (Arthur.) " Chumley" will be greatly missed by his best friend Angela CHALLENOR. Special thanks to devoted caregivers Namgyal and Lhamo. At Chum's request, a private family funeral was held. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital (416) 946-6560.

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VERNIC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-04 published
DABROWSKI, Weston Walter " Wes"
Peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at the age of 56. Beloved husband of Peggy (née PORTEOUS.) Loving dad to Kyle and Wade. Dear brother to Roma, Luci (Mike) VERNIC, Steve (Donna), and Ed (Michelle). Cherished uncle to Jasmin, Jillian, Desirée, Lucas, Cian, Jacob and Lauren. Predeceased by devoted parents Walter and Jean and precious niece Danielle. Cremation has taken place. Friends are invited to join the family for a Memorial Service at Alderwood United Church, 44 Delma Avenue, Etobicoke, (directions: www.alderwooduc.ca) on Saturday, March 11, at 2: 00 p.m. In keeping with Wes' continued dedication to his sons, and in lieu of flowers, a trust fund for further education has been arranged for Kyle and Wade, Scotiabank account 94706-0219622. Always in our hearts, Memories we will treasure forever.

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VERNILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-15 published
APPLEBY, Joan Margaret
At L.H.S.C. University Hospital on Saturday, November 11, 2006, Joan Margaret APPLEBY, in her 89th year. Re-United in Heaven with her husband William James APPLEBY (1998.) Survived by her 3 sisters Louise VERNILLE, Betty DAHL, and Olive GETSINGER. Dearly loved by daughter Gloria APPLEBY. Cherished by granddaughter Susan MOORE and 2 great-grandchildren Nicole and Damien MOORE. Joan will also be missed by several other family members and Friends. Friends will be received at the Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Rd. (1 block east of Egerton) on Friday, November 17, 2006 from 12: 00 noon until the time of the funeral service at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Brian McKAY officiating. Interment in Mount Pleasant cemetery. Donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Joan Margaret APPLEBY.

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VERNO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-16 published
DE VERNO, Theresa " Joan"
Peacefully at Scarborough General Hospital on Wednesday, February 15th, 2006, in her 78th year. Joan loving wife of Frank. Dear mother of Michael and his wife Linda, Pamela, Beverly (Mrs. Barry SAINT_MARTIN.) Cherished grandmother of Mark, Michelle, Jacqueline, Phillip and Graham. Predeceased by her brothers James and Albert and by her sister Margaret. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Saturday from Saint Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church, at 12: 30 p.m. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. In memory of Joan, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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VERNOLA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-31 published
DI MARCO, Francesca
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Francesca DI MARCO on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at the age of 85. Francesca arrived in Canada in 1953 with her 6 children to join her husband Antonio who had arrived before her in preparation of a new start in Canada. Together they raised a loving family of 10 children. Her love, devotion, strength and determination will forever be remembered and will always remain a guiding light for us. Loving wife to Antonio, devoted mother to Rosie and Paul MILITELLO, Russ and Sarah DI MARCO, Josie and Jim GROOM, Mary and Steve VERNOLA, Sally and John IANNETTA, Lina DI CARLO, John DI MARCO, Tony (predeceased) and Frank (predeceased); grandmother to Mimmo and Yvonne, Anthony and Josie, Francine and Tony, Joanne, Marisa, Francesca, Katherine and Anthony, Stephen and Adriano, Giancarlo, Christina, Julian, Barbara (predeceased), and a legacy to many great grandchildren. Family and Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10 North of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 2340 Hurontario Street, on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 10 a.m. Entombment Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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VERNON o@ca.on.brant.brantford.the_expositor 2006-03-16 published
REID, Margaret Elizabeth (formerly POULLOS, née VERNON)
Peacefully, after a valiant struggle at Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey, British Columbia on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 in her 82nd year; predeceased by her husbands Paul Nicholos POULLOS (1970) and Lloyd George REID (1987,) and her parents Roy Felix and Minnie Lou VERNON (née FRANCISCO;) dearly beloved mother of Michael Paul POULLOS of Surrey and special friend Jennifer CONDIE; predeceased by infant daughter Lisa (1958); grandmother of Nicholos Michael Paul. Margaret will be missed by her sister Josephine RICHARDSON of Penticton, British Columbia; predeceased by her brother Roy Hale VERNON and sister Mary-Lou VERNON. Graveside Service at Mount Hope Cemetery on Friday, March 17, 2006, followed by a Celebration of the Life of Margaret Reid at Alexandra Presbyterian Church, Brantford at 2 p.m. with Rev. Rod LEWIS officiating. As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, The British Columbia Cancer Foundation or the Beth Tikvah Rabbi's Discressionary Fund greatly appreciated. Flowers respectfully declined. Funeral arrangements entrusted to McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Road North. 758-1553. mccleisterfuneralhome@rogers.com

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VERNON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-18 published
MULLEN, Garfield " Garry"
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Thursday, March 16, 2006, Garfield "Garry" MULLEN of London in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Gwen MULLEN. Dear father of Peggy GRAY/GREY (David) of Grand Bend, Paulette MULLEN of Renfrew, Ken BROOKS (Linda) and David BROOKS (Lori) of London, Ron BROOKS (Sue,) and Michael MULLEN (Barb LAFLEUR) of Wahnapitae. Survived by his brothers Lawrence (Anna) VERNON, and Douglas of Sudbury and his sisters Lois DAWSON of North Bay, Dorothy RAYMOND, Sister Nora MULLEN of Sudbury, Betty McCLYMONT (Dave) of Barrie. Loved and sadly missed by his 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his son Gary, his brothers Patrick, Francis, Michael, Gordon and his sister Beatrice. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received 1 hour prior to the funeral service being held in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (433-5184) on Monday, March 20th at 10 a.m. with Reverend Chris KRAATZ officiating. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the War Amps, 1 Maybrook Drive, Scarborough, Ontario, M1V 5K9. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca.

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VERNON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-21 published
NICHOLLS, Walter Junior
Peacefully at Bluewater Health Palliative Care on Sunday, March 19, 2006 Walter Junior NICHOLLS age 80 of Sarnia. Beloved husband of Hazel Ella (née FULCHER.) Loving father of Alma Louise CARTER (Ronald) of Sarnia and Walter Gerald NICHOLLS (Laura) of Petrolia. Cherished grandfather of Lisa CARTER (Richard WEIMA) of Oakville, Tod CARTER (Michelle) of Camlachie and Walter Scott NICHOLLS (Debbie) of Calgary. Great-grandfather of Megan, Rebecca, Angela, Walter Caleb NICHOLLS and Conor and Liam CARTER. Predeceased by his parents Walter VERNON and Geraldine NICHOLLS, grand_son Eric CARTER (1990.) Walt was an Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve Veteran, Second World War and a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 in Sarnia. He will always be remembered for local sports and swimming instruction and was a pioneer in local Scuba activity. Walt worked in the electrical department at Dow Chemical for 30 years before retiring in 1982. The funeral service will be held on Thursday March 23, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Family and Friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be emailed to smithfuneralhome@cogeco.net

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VERNON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-25 published
Leslie YEO, Thespian (1915-2006)
British-born actor who arrived in Newfoundland to start his own theatre company went on to star at the Stratford Festival and to run the Shaw Festival
By Unnati GANDHI, Page S9
Toronto -- Every Sunday afternoon for as long as anyone can remember, Leslie YEO would be in his tiny Toronto kitchen, sleeves rolled up and apron tied on, cooking up a feast for a small group of family and Friends.
For that one evening, no matter what problems he faced during the rest of the week, traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding were always served, the good china was always out and pleasant conversation always flowed.
"Are you sure those potatoes are done?" Mr. YEO, an actor and theatre director whose career spanned 60 years and who was best known for his role as alcoholic Elwood Dowd in the stage play Harvey, would jokingly ask his wife Grete, as he hovered about in the kitchen.
The weekly dinners were such a hit that Mr. YEO's actor friend, Eric House, was a staple around the family dinner table every Sunday for 20 years. "It was a small kitchen, and very busy. But it was a good time," Mrs. YEO said this week. "Sundays were always a good time."
Putting others first and keeping them entertained came naturally to Mr. YEO, whether it was at home with his family, on stage at the Stratford Festival, on television screens across the country or in films such as Canada's first full-length feature film The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964), based on the novel by Brian Moore and starring Robert Shaw as an out-of-work Irish immigrant who moves to Montreal with his wife (Mary Ure), and teenage daughter (Libby McClintock) in hopes of a better life.
"He loved an audience," Jamie YEO, the actor's son and only child said. "It kept him going."
But the drama in Mr. YEO's life began long before he performed in more than 500 roles and helped establish one of the country's most reputed theatre companies.
Leslie James YEO was the second of four sons whose parents, Sibyl and Fred YEO, operated a modest men's wear store in Swindon, Wiltshire, a small town that lies between Oxford and Bristol. However, the effects of the First World War still lingered in much of Britain and the shop went bankrupt in 1929, causing the household to split up. Fourteen-year-old Leslie found himself having to leave school to work for Spratt's Patent Limited, a dog-food manufacturer, where he earned 25 shillings a week. He ended up designing the logo for the company, which is used to this day.
The stress of just barely surviving led the young man to take odd jobs in advertising in London's West End. By 21, he was on the staff of Lord and Thomas, "a small agency with big billings." The West End at that time was also a centre of gambling in London, however, and he began skipping out with Friends to place bets on fights and horse races. Not surprisingly, his work suffered.
"Creative juices find it hard to flow when there's a 5 o'clock deadline and you're worrying about which horse won the 4: 30," he wrote years later in his 1998 autobiography A Thousand and One First Nights. "I began to wonder how much longer I would be able to keep from my employers what I could no longer hide from myself: That I was horribly close to becoming an addicted gambler."
He got a hold of himself and quit gambling. To deal with the withdrawal symptoms, he revisited an old hobby and began attending drama classes. It wasn't the first time. At 10, he had played a rabbit in a local Swindon production of The Arcadians. "I immediately fell in love with the leading lady, who was all of 25 and quite irresistible with her dainty pillbox hat perched atop her jet black Eton crop," he recalled in his book. "When the cast picture came out, I put an X just above the pillbox and slept with it under my pillow for weeks."
Meanwhile, in London, Mr. YEO went from being an extra for amateur theatre companies to playing leading roles in larger stage productions. But the Second World War forced the government to close all theatres for a time and in 1940 he enlisted in the Royal Air Force as a wireless operator who, because of colour blindness (he could not distinguish red, green or brown), was assigned to ground stations.
He sent and received Morse code messages for five years. When peace was declared, he reunited with his first love of drama in London. And with the ring of a telephone, his life changed completely.
John Gabriel, a resident director at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre, where Mr. YEO often acted, called to ask if he would like to join his company going to Newfoundland. "I didn't like to tell him I hadn't the faintest idea where Newfoundland was&hellip I said 'Yes, of course,' and I hared round to the local reference library for an atlas."
The theatre company hit hard times, however, and, having already experienced difficult financial times, Mr. YEO knew better than to stay with an outfit that was fast losing money. Soon after arriving in Saint_John's in 1951, he started up his own London Theatre Company in Saint_John's, where he profitably churned out 26 stage plays in 26 weeks and launched the careers of dozens of Canadian actors.
But even with the success that he saw, he never lost his ability to see a real bargain. On a trip back to West End London, Mr. YEO happened to walk by an old theatre that was throwing out its seats and replacing them with new ones. His friend Laurie Freeman said he immediately had the weathered chairs shipped back to Newfoundland.
Installed in the London Theatre, the seats served for six seasons, worn down by full house after full house. In all, he presented 107 different productions -- 39 of them in period costumes -- each with a full stage set and every one of them mounted within a week. The playbill included six major classics including two Shakespeare productions, six musical revues and five full-length British pantomimes.
But in 1957, anticipating the effect of television on live theatre audiences, Mr. YEO gathered up his courage, disbanded the company, and moved to Toronto with his wife, stage actress Hilary VERNON, and son Jamie.
He soon found work at the Stratford Festival, by then in its fourth season, and over the years acted in dozens of stage plays in such roles as Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and the Earl of Warwick in Saint Joan.
In 1979, Mr. YEO became artistic director of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, where he performed in many productions. More importantly, Laurie FREEMAN recalled, he "brought it out of the red and into the black in one season." There, he also directed The Corn is Green and The Importance of Being Earnest.
He was also known on television and in the movies. He appeared in The Twilight Zone (1988) as Doctor Eugene Murrich; The Littlest Hobo (1983) as Mayor Oliver Cruickshank; Street Legal (1988-1993) as both the president and Judge Bodner; and in Bye Bye Blues (1989) as Kate Reid's husband. Among his most recent roles was an episode of Cold Squad in 1998.
But his all-time favourite role was that of Elwood Dowd in Harvey, an alcoholic who drifted through life accompanied by a six-foot-tall invisible white rabbit named Harvey. Nobody ever saw Harvey except Elwood, who always asked for two chairs at restaurants and ordered two of everything. The role was also a favourite of actor James Stewart, who made a movie version in 1950.
Mr. YEO so identified with the part that when he overheard that Christopher Newton, then creative director at the Vancouver Playhouse, planned to switch the final play of the company's season to Harvey, "I felt that somebody had stuck a dagger into me. I spun him round quite fiercely and told him that he couldn't possibly do Harvey without me."
Of course, Mr. YEO found a way to make it back to Vancouver seven months later for the run.
Although he never achieved the status of playing leading roles in major Canadian productions, the legacy Mr. YEO left is of a different kind. His son Jamie, 50, recalls a man who cared about the lives and finances of other actors. They were underpaid and overworked. Mr. YEO spent years helping to found the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Fraternal Benefit Society, now guaranteeing retirement benefits and medical insurance for more than 21,000 performers across the country.
His supportive nature extended far beyond the acting realm. "I remember the phone ringing off the hook at home," Jamie recalled. "He would get phone calls from people just wanting to talk about things going on in their life."
It wasn't unusual for Mr. YEO to drop whatever he was doing and go and meet with that friend or relative to hear them out. "He's bailed Friends out from jail -- including my Friends who didn't want to call their own parents. Or he would go and help someone fix something in their basement."
Leslie YEO always knew how to enjoy a good laugh, good company, and good scotch. As Elwood Dowd, his favourite character, once said: "I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whoever I'm with."
Leslie James YEO was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, on May 29, 1915. He died of brain cancer on September 14, 2006, in Toronto. He was 91. He leaves his James and his second wife Grete. His first wife, Hilary VERNON, died of cancer in 1973.

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VERNON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-26 published
MOORE, Margaret Louise (née NIXON)
Peacefully passed into the presence of the Lord Jesus, on Saturday March 25, 2006 at the Scarborough Hospital - Grace Division in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late S. Henderson MOORE (1995.) Loving mother of Glenn and his wife Sharon. Cherished grandmother of Esther (Josh) WEST and Anna MOORE. Survived by her dearest brother and sister, Erol (Isabel) NIXON and Alice (Gordon) VERNON and their families. Friends may call on Monday March 27th, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral Service will be held at the Chapel on Tuesday March 28th, 2006 at 1 o'clock. Interment, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Bethany Lodge, 23 Second Street, Unionville, L3R 2C2. Condolences - www.rskane.ca "Absent from the body and present with the Lord."

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VERNON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-01 published
MARTIN, Dorothy Aileen
Passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2006 in Sudbury in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Fritz Victor. Dear mother of the late Lyn Elizabeth and predeceased by her brother Del VERNON and his wife Lois. Cremation. Interment to follow at Park Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements in care of Turner and Porter Funeral Directors, Yorke Chapel, 416-767-3153.

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VERNOOY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-20 published
SEYKENS, Anna " Annie" (née SCHICHATZKAJA)
At Woodstock General Hospital on Thursday May 18th, 2006, Anna "Annie" SEYKENS (née SCHICHATZKAJA) of Knowles Dr., Woodstock, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of Hubertus "Albert" SEYKENS. Dear mother of Jeannetta WOODALL and her husband Ron, Agnes FRENCH and Tammy BLACK all of Woodstock, Joze VERNOOY and her husband Joe of Saint Marys and Petra HASKELL and her companion Jack SHEWAN of Ingersoll. Loved grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Also survived by several nieces in the Ukraine and brother/sisters-in-law in Holland and the U.S. Predeceased by her son-in-law Neil SCURR (1982). Annie was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #55, Woodstock, the Seniors Citizens Southgate Centre and the Woodstock Blind Bowlers League. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock (539-0004) on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Community Church (St. Rita's), 904 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Monday at 10: 30 a.m. with Fr. Chris GEVAERT officiating. Interment in the Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery. Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital Foundation or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com Evening prayers will be held Sunday at 6: 30 p.m. in the funeral home.

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VERNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-19 published
WITZING, Julius Sr.
Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 16, 2006 at Humber River Regional Hospital-Finch Site in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Margaret. Loving father of Julius (Madge) of London, Ontario and Ilus (Louis) VERNOR of Paris, France. Cherished grandpa of John (Jessica), of Peterborough, and Kathy (Martin) KANIA of Ajax. Predeceased by his parents and two brothers. Julius will be missed by his nieces and nephews in Budapest, Hungary. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (North of Lawrence), Weston on Monday, June 19, 2006 from 12 p.m. until the time of service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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