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AIMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-22 published
COGHILL, Alvin
Passed away at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Continuing Care Centre on Wednesday, April 19, 2006, in his 81st year. A resident of Saint Thomas, formerly of Toronto, Bobcaygeon and Goderich. Beloved husband of the late Florence (WATSON) COGHILL (April 19, 2006.) Dearly loved father of Ron COGHILL of London, late Geoff COGHILL and late Scott COGHILL. Brother of Norma of Alberta, and David of British Columbia. Brother-in-law of Myrtle of Oregon. Also survived by 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Born in Toronto, Ontario, July 8, 1925, the son of the late David and Elsie (AIMER) COGHILL. Alvin was a retired employee of the Toronto Transit Commission. He attended Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, Saint Thomas. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas.

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AIMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-13 published
BIERK, Elizabeth Lovett (née AIMERS)
Peacefully, on October 12, 2006, at her home in Peterborough, Ontario, in her fifty-third year. Elizabeth Lovett BIERK, daughter of Katharine (COTTON) and Jeffrey AIMERS of Knowlton, Quebec sister of John and Ion AIMERS; widow of David BIERK; mother of Alexander, Jeffrey, Nicholas and Charlie; step-mother to Sebastian, Heather and Zachary BIERK, and Lisa HARE. A celebration of Liz's life will be held at a date to be announced later, at Bierkart, 383 George Street North, Peterborough.

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AIMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-25 published
BIERK, Elizabeth Lovett
By John AIMERS, Page A28
Mother, arts administrator, volunteer. Born February 6, 1954, in Montreal. Died October 12 in Peterborough, Ontario, of melanoma, aged 52.
As a young girl in the very formal Montreal of the Fifties, Liz was bundled off in her best outfit to a friend's birthday party where a newspaper photographer captured her wide-eyed, adorable face. In later years, she found this picture less embarrassing than the picture of us kids sitting in our underwear among the tall flowers in the garden behind our house on Geneva Crescent.
A move to Westmount brought Liz to the girls' private school The Study, where she was an excellent student. Her marvellous sense of humour and mimicry began to emerge, imitating the pompous voice of a schoolmaster, commanding "Conduct yourself in an orderly manner …" Liz also revealed musical and artistic talents early: She won a museum contest to design a moss garden and at an annual Arts and Letters Competition at the local Young Men's Christian Association, she and her friend Sally Grenville carried off honours for their recorder duet. Later, in Montreal and at the Emma Willard School in New York, Liz honed both her musical talents and many-faceted creativity, as exemplified by her stitching 250 sequins onto our parents' Silver Wedding tablecloth.
Queen's University years found Liz matriculating with another childhood friend, Celia Swan. Living in Kingston's student ghetto, she acquired the nickname "Spooner." The mystery behind the epithet endured even as it always provoked teasing from her siblings.
Further art studies led Liz to meet and marry David BIERK, an instructor at Fleming College in Peterborough, where they settled after a garden wedding. David brought to the marriage his delightful children, who spent happy times in the young couple's home with its jumble of dog, antique "finds" and sons Alex, Jeff, Nick and Charlie, born in quick succession.
Through their collaboration at Bierkart, situated in an historic building they restored in downtown Peterborough, Liz's creative impulse, business acumen, and singular ability to make wide connections in the larger art world enhanced the success of David's burgeoning career as a painter. He died at the zenith of his talent in 2002, also tragically young. Thus recent years placed on Liz's shoulders the raising of their children as well as the meticulous administration of his artistic legacy, both accomplished with aplomb and grace. Somehow she also found time for many other pursuits: singing with the Peterborough Singers, co-chairing the city's Centennial Artsweek and generously sharing her expertise as an arts administrator.
Social concerns loomed, also: She volunteered with her boys in feeding the homeless and at holiday meals, there was usually a flyer for a good cause tucked into each place setting. Equally, she loved sharing wine and far-ranging discussion with a Friday afternoon circle of close Friends.
Last spring brought to Liz a recurrence of melanoma, supposedly completely excised a year previous. Her intellect and sense of humour intact to the end, she fought tenaciously for her life in hospital and at home, nursed throughout with tender devotion by our mother. Typically, Liz's focus remained on others: in our final conversation, she asked me to take Mum to see Wicked. She slipped away in her sleep after Mum had said goodnight for what would prove the last time. I like to think that this final image of deep love merged into happy dreams that wafted her ardent, generous spirit to that place where she has become (to alter but slightly Shelley's words) "a portion of the loveliness which once she made more lovely."
John AIMERS is Liz's elder brother.

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AIMOLA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-10 published
DECARLO, Guido
Guido DECARLO was much loved by his family and Friends. Guido passed away suddenly on Friday, October 6th, 2006, at home, with his wife Mary (née FINNIGHAN,) by his side. He was a devoted husband and best friend to Mary for fifty-two years. 'Dad / Poppa' was a loving father to Brian and his wife Kathy, daughter Carol Anne and her husband Scott and adored grandfather of Christopher and Olivia, Ryan, Jeffrey and Charlie. Dear brother of Annette DECARLO and brother-in-law of Rose DECARLO. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by his parents Fiorindo DECARLO and Maria AIMOLA, sisters Rosie LONGO, Viola COOK, Molly McNAUGHTON and Isobel DECARLO and brothers Rocco, Fred and Jack DECARLO. Guido was a dedicated employee for many years with the Trent Severn Waterway (Parks Canada). He was an active member of Kawartha Golf and Country Club and past member of Peterborough Men's Major Bowling League. We will always remember him for his commitment to family, enjoyment of life, skills as a handyman, his spaghetti and meatballs and love of sweets. We will miss him dearly. Visitations will be held at Duffas Funeral Home (431 George Street South, Peterborough, Ontario) on Wednesday, October 11, 2006, from 2-4 p.m., and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Alphonsus Church on Thursday, October 12, 2006, at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Paul MASSEL officiating. Interment Little Lake Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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