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ALY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-06-20 published
Finishing the journey of a lost son
Parents plan to visit site of son's death
Fell off Indonesian cliff racing to see sunrise
By Heba ALY, Staff Reporter
Robert OHASHI believes his son died trying to catch the sunrise on an island in Indonesia.
Now, he and his wife plan on visiting the mountain that took their 27-year-old son's life to "complete his journey."
It was a windy day in June atop Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombark in central Indonesia. Caledon East native Paul Akira OHASHI was with three other travellers: a Brit, an Austrian and a Spaniard. The four planned to reach the summit of Rinjani, the second-highest peak in the country.
On June 6, the group awoke at about 3 a.m., after a day of hiking, to begin the last 200-metre stretch, just in time for the sunrise, his father said. At some point, Paul, a fit and experienced hiker, forged ahead. "I guess he wanted to be the first one up on top of the mountain enjoying the view."
When the others got to the 3,726-metre summit, they found no trace of him. Nor did the official search and rescue team until the next day, when they found his body -- with severe head injuries about 100 metres below the cliff. He was likely knocked off balance by the wind, his father said.
The rescuers are "a fantastic crew of people who really went all out to really get to him the best way possible," Robert said, adding they got up the mountain in about five hours instead of the usual eight. "I'm sure they desperately did search for him."
That's part of the reason he and his wife want to go back -- to personally thank the people who helped find their son.
They'd also like to hand over whatever money they can raise in memorial donations to pay for better communications equipment for the Mount Rinjani rescue team.
Replacing the "old, antiquated" equipment the team now uses would allow them to communicate faster and easier, and might have helped find Paul earlier, his father said.
Raised in Bramalea before moving to Caledon East, Paul's passion for hiking (and more generally nature and the outdoors) was only one of many.
The bright student, who graduated at the top of his class at the University of Western Ontario's Faculty of Music, was an avid pianist and composer.
"He just had an amazing ability to pick up anything and play it," said Marilyn FIELD, a mentor of Paul's and founder of the DareArts Foundation in Palgrave where he volunteered, inspiring at-risk youth to take up the arts.
He also volunteered with the Terry Fox Run and the Boys and Girls Club in London.
At Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton, he played in the art school's band and sang in its award-winning jazz choir.
He studied both music and kinesiology in university, finishing the second degree in 2003.
"He was a perfect student -- as close as one comes to perfect," said his former professor and associate dean of the faculty, Peter CLEMENTS.
Then Paul began saving money for what CLEMENTS called the "trip of his lifetime." He was a personal trainer, a piano teacher in the evenings and a private disk jockey on the weekends.
Paul had been travelling the world since January and planned to continue until September when he was to return to Canada to begin a master's degree in sports and recreation at the University of New Brunswick.
It wasn't his first trip. He started hiking as a toddler on family vacations in his mother's native Switzerland. Among other places around the world, he trekked across the west coast of Vancouver Island, the coastline of Nova Scotia, and up the Adirondack mountains in the United States.
His parents encouraged him to travel, so long as he was careful, his father said -- and he always was.
"We are consoled in the fact that he has done all these things in this young life," said his father of the man many described as humble and unassuming. "We don't regret anything," Robert said. "Fate is fate."
At least, his father hopes, he got to see the sunrise.
A visitation will be held at the Egan Funeral Home in Bolton on June 28 at noon, followed by a service at 2 p.m.

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ALY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-07-17 published
A 'giant' within Canadian department stores
Led advertising, promotion at Eaton's
Had photo taken with rich and famous
By Heba ALY, Staff Reporter
Ruby BULL complains she has few pictures of her husband, who was always behind the lens because he loved photography so much.
But Lloyd BULL's story comes to life on a wall in the den of their Burlington condo.
He poses in photographs covering dozens of years with model Twiggy, Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter Margaret, better known as Margaux, and John Craig Eaton, the great-grand_son of Eaton's founder Timothy Eaton. The sun has faded the signature on Farrah Fawcett's picture, but it once read: "With love to Lloyd from Farrah."
Alongside are pictures of him at his wedding and in the air force.
"It's a lot of memories. It's his life's work," said Ruby, his wife of 62 years. "He had a very, very interesting life."
James Lloyd BULL died on July 4 at the age of 86.
He is best known for his 28 years at Eaton's, where he retired in 1984 as the company's advertising, sales promotion and public relations manager.
"He was really a giant within Canada's department store world," said Wallace LEGGE, who worked with BULL for years as the Toronto Star's advertising representative for Eaton's.
"Under his leadership, some of the best advertising in Eaton's history appeared," LEGGE said, including the "Eaton's Shops the World for You" campaign, a month of merchandise, dancers, exotic foods and music from countries around the world.
"The thing about Lloyd BULL was just unbridled enthusiasm for everything he did," said John TORELLA, a former Eaton's advertising and marketing manager.
The Grimsby, Ontario, native entered the Royal Canadian Air Force after high school, just as World War 2 began. At a flight school in Windsor Mills, Quebec, he met his future wife, who had been brought by the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire to dance with the airmen. She hated going but did it at her mother's request as a "war effort."
"He was drop-dead handsome," Ruby said, recalling the man who rescued her from another officer who wanted to walk her down a dark road.
Too tall to be a bombardier and without enough depth perception for a pilot, BULL became a flight lieutenant navigator in the air force, flying over the Pacific Ocean during the war looking for submarines.
After the war, he graduated from what was then the Ontario College of Pharmacy in Toronto. He joined Eaton's as a pharmacist in the dispensary in 1956, before moving on to managerial positions there.
After retiring from the department store, he worked as a pharmacist on a casual basis at a Pharma Plus store.
As her memory worsens, Ruby said she misses her husband more and more -- "I need him. He's my brain" -- but when she's unsure of a date or can't remember a name, she turns to the wall and the memories come flooding back.
And there's one thing she'll never forget: "I had a wonderful life with him."
In addition to his wife, BULL leaves his daughter Sandra and three grandchildren.

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ALYEA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-14 published
BONIFACE, Robert " Bob"
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, surrounded by his family, on Friday, May 12, 2006, Robert (Bob) BONIFACE, of Ingersoll, in his 86th year. Husband of the late Pearl (HUTCHESON) BONIFACE (2003.) Dear father of Carol SMITH- GEE and husband John GEE of Ingersoll, Ken and wife Janice ALYEA of Woodstock and Mary and husband Peter MacLACHLAN of Saint Thomas. Loving grandfather of Vicki, Andy, Shannon, Amy, Stacey and Kent. Dear great grandfather of Nicole, Felicia, Justin, Michelle, Zachary and Joshua. Great-great-grandfather of Brooklyn. Brother-in-law of Dorris HUTCHESON, Kay HUTCHESON and Peg BONIFACE all of Ingersoll and Charles HUTCHESON and wife Betty of R.R.#3, Ingersoll. Predeceased by one brother Albert (Bert) BONIFACE (1997.) Mr. BONIFACE was an avid Ham Radio Operator (VE3 FVZ) and a longtime employee of Ingersoll Machine and Tool as a tool and die maker. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Saint Paul's Presbyterian Church, Ingersoll on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with visitation at the church one hour prior to service time. Rev. Dr. Lonnie ATKINSON officiating. Interment Harris Street Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation or Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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