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ASADOURIAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-08 published
SOLOMONIAN, Paul Veraz
(World War 2 Veteran)
Peacefully on April 6, 2006 in St. Catharines, at the age of 82. Paul, beloved husband of Alice for 59 years. Loving father of Van (Laura) SOLOMONIAN and Pamela (Jack) SABOUNJI. Cherished grandfather of David, George, Shaunt and Brian. Brother of Arthur, Rainy River, Ontario. Thefamily wishes to express their immense gratitude for the love and support of Paul's in-laws, John and Angie ASADOURIAN and Doctor George KREKORIAN and their families. Also to the staff at West Park, we appreciate your kindness. Resting at the George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton Street, St. Catharines. Visitation on Sunday, April 9 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service on Monday, April 10 at 11 a.m. at Saint_John's Ukrainian Church, 91 Lakeshore Rd., St. Catharines. Donations to the Armenian Community Centre would be appreciated. On-LineGuestBook- www.dartefuneralhome.com

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ASALS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-13 published
ASALS, Sheila Jean
Suddenly at her residence on Saturday, March 11, 2006, Sheila Jean ASALS of London in her 60th year. Beloved daughter of the late Robert (1992) and Margaret ASALS (2001.) Dear sister of Betty (Randy) WELLS and Gail (Allan) WEIR. Loving Aunt of Bill (Kathy) WEIR and Matthew (Lindsay Gavigan) WEIR. Great-aunt to Emma WEIR. Greatly missed by "Spooky." Sheila will be fondly remembered by all her family and many Friends. The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London, for visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 1 p.m. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Kidney Foundation of Canada. On-line condolences are available through www.memorial-funeral.ca Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770.

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ASALS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-22 published
ASALS, Sheila
The family of the late Sheila ASALS wish to express sincere thanks to Friends, neighbours and relatives for their support during the loss of our sister, sister-in law, aunt and great-aunt. The many acts of kindness including floral tributes, cards, phone calls, charitable donations, food and visits to the funeral and Funeral Home were greatly appreciated. Thank you Reverend Wendy MURRAY for the comforting service. Thank you to Memorial Funeral Home, especially Shannon BURBERRY and Jennifer BUSH for their personal attention and care. Special thanks to P.C. Jenn PARTRIDGE, Deborah ROME, Doctor Dieter BRUCKSCHWAIGER, Sergeant Robert MERRIMEN. Thank you to the Staff of the Memorial Funeral Home for the luncheon served after the funeral. Special thanks to the Pall Bearers who carefully carried Sheila to her final resting place, the expressions of love, kindness and thoughtfulness of everyone was very comforting and much appreciated and will not be forgotten. Sincerely Gail WEIR, Betty WELLS and families.

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ASANTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-12-12 published
Girl, 15, dies after blaze
Grade 10 student was trapped in townhouse during fire on Sunday
By Michele HENRY, Staff Reporter
Friends of a 15-year-old girl who died yesterday after her house became engulfed in flames set up a small memorial beside the charred remains of her home within hours of finding out the tragic news.
Friends identified the high school student as Princila ASANTE.
Two red candles burned last night on a grassy stoop just beyond the Humber Blvd. townhouse Princila shared with her family. It's just one block south of where the Grade 10 student attended Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School.
Described as a quiet, trustworthy girl, Princila died in hospital after firefighters found the teenager on the third floor of her home, where she was trapped for nearly an hour, neighbours say, when the fire blazed out of control throughout the townhouse.
A card placed at the centre of the growing memorial, which rests on a tree in the front yard, is scribbled with short notes to the girl nicknamed Princess.
"I love you," reads one note. "Your spirit will continue to live on in my heart."
One more reads "I'm going to miss your pretty face."
Friends and classmates of Princila plastered their computer screens with images of the girl last night and many say they're in shock.
"I still can't believe it. It's very sad," said Osayanmo AIGBOGUN, a long-time friend, who attended Cordella Avenue Public School with her. "She was a happy person. She always smiled." Police tape surrounded the townhouse yesterday and wraps around the two homes, which flank it. A car-sized heap of debris is piled outside the front door and smoke-damaged window frames reveal a black, burned-out interior.
A battered second floor window ledge betrays another part of the tragic story that unfolded around 7 p.m. Sunday, after a fire in the kitchen quickly spread.
When Haida ADDO, 20, who also lives in the Weston Rd. and Black Creek Doctor complex, spotted flames reaching through a first-floor window, she ran to a townhouse beside Princila's and banged on the door.
"Get out, there's a fire," she said yesterday just beyond the scene, describing how she yelled for her friend to come outside.
As soon as both met on the lawn, they called to Princila's brother Giddeon, 11, who looked dumbstruck standing in front of the house, ADDO said, before the girls spotted Princila's mother at the second floor. "Help, Help," ADDO said, recalling his mother's cries, before the 49-year-old woman climbed onto the ledge and jumped from the building.
She landed on the ground, breaking a leg, ADDO said, before police and fire trucks came to the street.
Two firefighters suffered serious burns on their hands and arms because of the extreme temperatures inside the home.
The Ontario Fire Marshal's office is investigating.

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ASANTEWAAH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-12-17 published
'She had the heart of a hero'
Girl tried to save mom, family says
By Thulasi SRIKANTHAN, Staff Reporter
In the cold morning wind yesterday, the women wailed and wailed, their faces streaked with tears, hands raised to the sky.
Behind them, a makeshift memorial rested on the front lawn, a tribute to 15-year-old Priscilla ASANTEWAAH. Family members say she rushed into her burning home on Humber Blvd., near Black Creek Doctor and Weston Rd., last Sunday to save her mother, who she thought was trapped upstairs.
Priscilla perished inside, unaware her mother, Mavis SERWAAH, had already jumped from the third floor to safety outside.
But yesterday a little glimmer of hope appeared for the family, who lost their home and everything in it, when they received two $500 cheques from the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association and the firefighters' Operation Christmas Tree. The family also received toys from the firefighters' toy drive.
"This is a tragic situation… sometimes we don't have answers," said King Kwaski OPOKU, a community leader who spoke for the family. "Support like this gives us encouragement."
At Saint Michael's Hospital, SERWAAH cried out and clung to her 11-year-old son's shirt as relatives and Friends appealed to the public to help the family this Christmas.
"She was such a wonderful girl, it just hits the whole community," said John FORSON, Priscilla's uncle. "A life is lost, her mother is critically ill, a young boy left alone and all property lost. It is a tragic moment for us, and we urge the community to show their support."
FORSON said his niece was devoted to taking care of her mother, who is battling arthritis and breathing problems.
And he painted a picture of a friendly, athletic high school student who dreamed of building a better life for herself, attending university and becoming a dentist and mother.
"Unfortunately, those dreams did not realize," FORSON said.
'She knew that she had left her mom, who was incapable of getting out of this fire.
"She had the heart of a hero, doing everything for the mom," he said. "She knew that she had left her mom, who was incapable of getting out of this fire. She came out and decided to go back to get her mom.
"For a moment," FORSON said, "you have to stay back and think about the heart of this girl."
After the fire, Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart stressed the need for fire sprinklers in newly constructed buildings, while acknowledging that retrofitting older buildings would be an expensive process.
"The only way we are going to effectively stop this fire death problem is to bring in sprinkler legislation," he said.
"Residential sprinklers are the answer; 88 per cent of our fire deaths happen in our homes.
"There are 220 jurisdictions in North America that have legislation in place now," said Stewart.
"The City of Vancouver has had this legislation in place since 1990, and not had one fire death, so this is not new."
Meanwhile, the firefighters are also appealing for the public's help in dealing with a severe shortage of toys for their toy drive.
"We are especially in urgent need of toys for both girls and boys above the age of 9 years," said Rick BERENZ, executive officer for the Toronto Fire Fighters' Association.
A viewing for Priscilla will be held at 10 a.m. December 30 at All Nations Full Gospel Church, 4401 Steeles Ave. W., followed by a funeral service at 8 p.m. in the Church of Pentecost banquet hall, 2256 Sheppard Ave. W.
A trust fund has been set up to aid the family. Donations can be made at any Royal Bank branch.

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ASARO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-27 published
HOPKINS, Janet Louise (née BAKER)
Unexpectedly, at Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario, on Wednesday May 24, 2006 in her 83rd year. Janet, beloved wife of the late Earl Sidney HOPKINS (1996.) Loving mother of Catherine ASARO (Ross,) Frederick HOPKINS (Marcia,) Earlene WERNHAM (Ted,) Joyce LEGER (Serge.) Loving grandmother of 16; Michael LAWLESS, Lorraine LAWLESS, Diane TONKS (Ben), Jennifer HOPKINS, Jeffrey HOPKINS, Melanie Leger, Michael BIANCO Jr., Cody BIANCO, Brendan BIANCO, Andrea WERNHAM, Jim WERNHAM, Zachariah WERNHAM, Jeremiah WERNHAM, Chris ASARO, Shelly ASARO, Matthew ASARO and great-grandmother of 3; Callista, Carter, and Connor. Janet was a longtime employee of Croven Crystals, Whitby. She leaves many Friends at Meadow Park Retirement Lodge, London, Ontario. She will be warmly remembered and sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her. The family will receive Friends at the W.C. Town Funeral Chapel (110 Dundas Street East, Whitby 905-668-3410) from 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Service in the chapel on Monday May 29, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment, Groveside Cemetery, Brooklin, Ontario. In memoriam, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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