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BLIDNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-23 published
BLIDNER, Ben
Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Beloved husband of the late Min BLIDNER. Much loved father and father-in-law of the late Maureen LERMAN, Mark and the late Joan BLIDNER, Bunnie SCHWARTZ and Ernie WEINTRAUB, the late Howard SCHWARTZ, and Alan and Sharon LERMAN. Devoted friend of Yetta LANYS. Cherished Poppa to Dana and Neely LERMAN, Amy and Jason ELMALEH, Dov, Ilana and Rebecca BLIDNER, Noah, Arlee and Samantha SCHWARTZ. Adoring great grandfather of Michael. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, June 23rd at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Adath Israel Synagogue section. Shiva 35 Peterborough Avenue, Thornhill. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The National Colorectal Cancer Campaign, 5915 Leslie Street, #207A, Toronto, M2H 1J8, 416-785-0449.

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BLIEDEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-05 published
KORB, Simme
On Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 at the North York Seniors Health Centre, Simme KORB passed away peacefully. Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Carol BRAUER and Ed KORB (Lana.) Devoted granny of Kerry (Paul), Gavin, Dean, Nicole, Jeremy, and great-grandmother of Jacob. Wife of the late Mendal KORB. Dear sister of Monty and Ethel FIVELMAN, the late Bella BROOKS, Lenny FIVELMAN, and Clarice BLIEDEN. Many thanks to the staff at the North York Seniors Centre for their care, support, and kindness. A graveside funeral at Pardes Shalom was held on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006. Shiva Wednesday and Thursday at 64 Highland Crescent, North York. Donations can be made to North York Hospital, Seniors Health Centre (416-756-6944).

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BLIGDEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-11 published
TRUPISH, John
At Parkwood Hospital, London on Tuesday, May 9, 2006. John TRUPISH of Rodney in his 83rd. year. Lovingly remembered by his wife Margaret (SHOSTAK,) daughters Gwen (Bernie) GRIEGOSCHEWSKI of Manitoulin Island, Pamela (Frank) COWAN of London, Jo-Anne (Bill) STEPHENS of London; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grand_son. Also survived by sister Helen BLIGDEN of Windsor. Predeceased by siblings Annie FERANCE, Doris WALLACE, Mary KRAJNIK, Jenny HOTNER, George and Peter TRUPISH. Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 7: 00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated from Saint Mary's Church, West Lorne on Friday at 11: 00 am., Fr. J. KONIECZNY, C.R. celebrant. Interment Rodney Cemetery. If desired, donations to Saint Mary's Building Fund or Victorian Order of Nurses London/Middlesex would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be made at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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BLINN o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-16 published
ARCHIBALD, Jean Elizabeth (née LITTLE)
Peacefully at Extendicare Lakefield on Tuesday March 14, 2006. Jean ARCHIBALD (née LITTLE) of Ennismore in her 91st year. Wife of the late Charles (Charlie) ARCHIBALD (1985.) Dear mother of Patricia LOW/LOWE/LOUGH (Richard) of Calgary and William ARCHIBALD (Marion) of Ennismore. Dear grandmother of Christine, Frasier, Lucas and Katlin. Fondly remembered by her nephew Bob ASH (Jo) of Ennismore. Predeceased by brothers Harold, Stanley, Arthur and sister Margaret. A memorial service will be held in the Hendren Funeral Home Chapel, Lakefield on Saturday March 18, 2006 at 2: 30 p.m. Rev. Anne GOWANS- BLINN officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society as expressions of sympathy. Friends may send condolences or make donations at www.hendrenfuneralhome.com

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BLINN o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-22 published
BROWN- GOLLOHER, Esther Margaret
Peacefully at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Hospital Drive, March 21, 2006 in her 75th year. Beloved companion of Garnet GOLLOHER of Bridgenorth. Dear mother of Richard and his partner Brian of Vancouver and Bradley and his mate Tasha of Peterborough. Grandmother of Ryan and Drew. Predeceased by her late husband Paul James BROWN (1987.) Sister of Doreen KENDREY and her husband Harold and the late Betty IRWIN and David SIMMONDS. Esther was a sister-in-law to Helen and her husband Cliff LANCE and the late Grant BROWN and his surviving wife Joan. Esther will be missed by Garnet's children Stephen and his wife Wendy, Kerry and his wife Michelle, Cheryl KOCH and her friend Rick and Carla and her husband Claude BROWN; grandchildren Jessica, Cody and Morgan; and Garnet's sisters and brothers-in-law and niece Judy and her husband Bill ZINGER. Esther retired from G.E. Canada in 1990 after 36 years of service. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street on Thursday. A funeral service will take place at Bridgenorth United Church, 832 Charles Street, Bridgenorth, on Friday, March 24 2006 at 10: 30 a.m. Reverend Anne GOWANS- BLINN will officiate. Interment to follow at Highland Park Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Bridgenorth United Church.

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BLINN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-10 published
SODER, Larry Allan
(Former President/Funeral Director Of The Hendren Funeral Home Ltd., Lakefield 1987-2006)
Passed away at his home, after an admirable, hard fought battle with Cancer on Wednesday, November 8, 2006. Larry SODER of Lakefield in his 63rd year. Born in Virden, Manitoba in 1944, Larry began his career as a Funeral Director with his family in Selkirk, Manitoba. In 1964, Larry moved to Ontario to begin a 24 year career with McDougall and Brown Funeral Home in Scarborough, before he and Mary purchased The Hendren Funeral Home, Lakefield in 1987. Together they devotedly served the families of Lakefield and surrounding area until 2006. Loved by his wife Mary (nee PULCINE) of 34 years, and greatly missed by his children Amanda and Mark. Dear younger brother of Martin (Ruth) of Acton and Carol OGARANKO (Don) of Sherwood Park, Alberta. Lovingly remembered by the Pulcine family and his large loving family all across the country. Especially missed by his Friends from childhood 'The Selkirk Selects'. Larry is predeceased by his parents Ron and Joyce and nephew Bart. Friends and relatives may call at the Hendren Funeral Home, Lakefield on Sunday, November 12, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Monday, November 13, 2006 from 9-10 a.m. A funeral service will be held at the Lakefield United Church, Regent Street, on Monday November 13, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Lakefield Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Anne Gowans BLINN officiating. A reception will follow at the Hendren Funeral Home. The family has asked that as expressions of sympathy, memorial donations be made to the Five Counties Children's Centre, Peterborough. Friends may send condolences or make donations at www.hendrenfuneralhome.com or by calling 1-877-839-2488 'Livestrong'

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BLISKIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-17 published
CARROLL- HARKES, Earla (née BEEMER)
With her family by her side at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, April 15, 2006. Earla CARROLL- HARKES of Aylmer in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Joseph CARROLL (1976) and the late Joseph HARKES (1995.) Dear mother of Madeline SOBRY and husband Bob of Aylmer, Joe CARROLL and wife Dolores of Komoka and Patricia ESTABROOKS and husband Brian of London and step-mother of Dave HARKES and wife Anne of Saint Thomas, Susan BLISKIS and husband Warner of British Columbia and Janice DUNLEY and husband Mike of Saint Thomas. Loving grandmother of Deb HOWITT and husband John, Lori KIRBY and husband Jim, Michael CARROLL and wife Pam, Maureen CARROLL, Amy TIMMERMAN and husband Chris, Andrew ESTABROOKS and partner Deanna, Alicia ESTABROOKS. Also survived by a number of great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Basil and Sydney BEEMER and a sister Irene RICH. Born in Tillsonburg on June 12, 1913 daughter of the late Peter and Cecilia (JOHNSON) BEEMER. She was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, the C.W.L. and the Aylmer Lawn Bowling Club. Earla worked at Selrite and later Stedmans Store in Aylmer. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Monday 7-9 and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. C.W.L. prayers Tuesday at 4: 00 p.m. and Parish prayers Tuesday at 8: 00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Tillsonburg Cemetery. Father Gilbert SIMARD, officiating. Donations to the Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital Continuing Care Centre Unit C. would be appreciated. On-line condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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BLISS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-26 published
Killed 'over nothing'
Single father, 40, dies of gunshot wounds in a Saint Thomas pub
Saint Thomas -- One minute yesterday morning, Robert THORPE Jr. was sitting in a downtown bar here with an acquaintance.
The next, he was dead of gunshot wounds and the man suspected in his shooting was himself shot by police.
"It (the shooting) was over nothing," a grieving Carol THORPE said of the fatal shooting of her 40-year-old son, Robert, in the Manx Arms Restaurant and Pub on Talbot Street, a lunchtime hangout for the city's downtown business crowd.
Carol THORPE said her son, a single dad who lived for his nine-year-old daughter, Hailey, was shot "six or seven times."
THORPE's shooting was the first homicide in Saint Thomas in 13 years.
Saint Thomas police said yesterday THORPE was shot just before 1 a.m. He was taken to hospital, where he died.
A man police say is a suspect, Nelson MERRIT, 33, of 348 Wellington Street, was shot and wounded minutes later by two Saint Thomas police officers in a nearby parking lot. The province's Special Investigations Unit is investigating MERRIT's shooting, while Saint Thomas police are in charge of the homicide probe.
Rose BLISS of Special Investigations Unit said two officers fired at MERRIT, who was taken to hospital in London with non-life- threatening injuries.
He has not been charged.
BLISS said last night MERRIT would be turned over to Saint Thomas police when released from hospital. BLISS would not say how many shots were fired by police or if the suspect exchanged gunfire with the officers. She also would not say if a weapon was found.
THORPE was described by his mother as a "brilliant kid."
Carol THORPE said her son was a tool-and-die maker at the Timken plant in Saint Thomas, where he had worked for more than 20 years. She said he also had a boat in Port Stanley and loved fishing with his daughter. She said her son was divorced and had custody of his daughter, who now is staying with her other grandparents.
"He spent many, many hours with his daughter," Carol THORPE said. "He was her world and she was his life. He did so many things with her. He built her a go-kart. You name it and she had it."
THORPE said her son was a handyman and had gutted and fixed up old homes in Saint Thomas, one of which he lived in.
Crime tape surrounded the front and back entrances of the Manx Arms yesterday.
Saint Thomas residents interviewed yesterday didn't know there had been a shooting.
"I didn't have a clue what happened," said a woman who lives in a rear apartment unit above the bar. "I didn't hear a thing when I was asleep."
Donny BURT, another apartment dweller, said he was up until 3 a.m., but didn't hear anything.
He called THORPE's shooting isolated, saying people don't usually pull out guns in Saint Thomas.
The operator of a nearby business said the shootings underscore the dangers of bar life -- even in Saint Thomas.
"I tell my son all the time you never know what will happen in a bar. I tell him to keep his mouth shut because somebody always wants to fight."
Saint Thomas police Const. Glenn HODGSON said police were called to the Manx Arms at 12: 50 a.m. but wouldn't say what happened in the bar before the shooting.
He said police couldn't comment further because they're prohibited from discussing cases in which the Special Investigations Unit is involved.
The bar's management could not be reached for comment.
The Special Investigations Unit, a civilian agency, investigates circumstances involving police and civilians that have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or death.
BLISS said seven investigators have been assigned to yesterday's shooting.
The last homicide in Saint Thomas involved a husband and wife. Soodarsan BAJRANGIE- SINGH, then 62, was convicted in 1996 of the second-degree murder of his wife, Madeen SINGH, then 58. She was shot 13 times in the backyard of their Centre Street home. SINGH was sentenced to life in prison.
Saint Thomas police were last involved in a shooting in 1985, when two city police officers shot Gary STEVENSON, 36, in his backyard on Churchill Street after he pointed a gun at them.

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BLISS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-22 published
Arrested man dies in hospital
The Special Investigations Unit is probing the arrest of martial artist Mitchell KOH.
By Patrick MALONEY, Free Press Reporter, Fri., September 22, An accomplished martial artist and aspiring actor who was hospitalized after he was arrested by London police has died.
Mitchell KOH, 34, died Wednesday, the Special Investigations Unit, Ontario's police watchdog agency, announced yesterday.
The London man was taken to Victoria Hospital with critical injuries after being arrested September 12.
"The focus remains the same," said Rose BLISS, a spokesperson with the Special Investigations Unit, which launched its probe into the incident last week. "And that is to gather the facts and come to an understanding… of what is now a death."
A post-mortem is scheduled for today.
London police were called about 6 a.m. September 12 to a 7-Eleven store on Southdale Road where a man was "acting strangely," the Special Investigations Unit said. He was reportedly carrying two knives.
Three officers were involved in an "altercation" with the man, who then showed signs of what the Special Investigations Unit termed medical distress. He was taken to hospital, where he remained in critical condition for more than a week.
London police declined comment on the case last week, citing the Special Investigations Unit investigation.
The owner of a London martial arts studio yesterday recalled KOH, who often trained there, as a friendly, quiet person with a black belt in taekwondo.
"He was very friendly, very respectful," said Issam THABIT, who owns Integrity Taekwondo and learned of the death from KOH's family yesterday. "Everybody liked him, (but) at the same time he was very quiet. He just comes in, trains."
Though his sister declined comment yesterday, according to an online biography, KOH attained his black belt five years ago. He listed "information technology" as his occupation.
He also worked in films, playing the role of an assassin in the 1996 movie Expect No Mercy, starring well-known martial artist Billy Blanks. He also had an uncredited part in the film Serendipity.
The online profile also included a personal quote: "Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all," it read.
The Special Investigations Unit is a provincial agency that investigates whenever police are involved in incidents that cause serious injury or death to civilians.
Two other incidents sparked Special Investigations Unit probes in London this year: the arrest of a man on July 1 and a van crash May 6 in which four people were hurt.
In both cases, London police were cleared of any wrongdoing.

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BLISS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-31 published
Bricklayer dead after shootout
Ontario's police watchdog is investigating the death of Andrew SCHUSTER of London.
By John HERBERT, Free Press Reporter, Tues., October 31, 2006
Andrew SCHUSTER, a bricklayer described as "polite and always smiling," was found shot dead Sunday -- the day he would have celebrated his 44th birthday -- after a shootout with London police.
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, probing the deadly standoff which began Saturday night and ended Sunday, yesterday wouldn't confirm SCHUSTER was the dead man who exchanged gunfire with police for about half an hour.
But several sources said SCHUSTER lived at 613 Cheapside Street, and that he was the man found dead. His name was listed on the mailbox.
The man's identity may be confirmed after an autopsy is completed today or tomorrow, said Special Investigations Unit representative Rose BLISS.
Neither police nor the Special Investigations Unit have commented on what began as a domestic-dispute call to police Saturday at 6: 30 p.m.
At 5: 30 a.m. Sunday, police found SCHUSTER dead inside the home.
The Special Investigations Unit hasn't determined whether he died from police bullets or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
There was little doubt in the neighbourhood who was the victim in the deadly shootout.
"He lived there and every day Andrew was in my store buying Players Light cigarettes," said Elvira BERKOVSKI, who operates a kiosk at a nearby service station.
"He helped my son get some summer work. I think he was in construction work. Sometimes you see people happy, then unhappy the next day. Not him. He was always smiling and polite.
Special Investigations Unit investigator Reg McKEEN said four forensic officers were trying to determine the bullet that killed SCHUSTER.
"That's what my people are trying to establish, if it was a police bullet or not," McKEEN said. "We'll be present (in London) to establish a cause and manner of death."
McKEEN wouldn't say if a weapon had been recovered.
London police couldn't comment since the investigation is now in the Special Investigations Unit's hands.
It's the 11th time this year that the Special Investigations Unit has taken over a London police investigation.
During the standoff, police drove a light armoured vehicle onto the front lawn of the home in which the man was barricaded.
Neighbours said police used it as a shield when gunfire erupted.
It was the first time the force had used the vehicle, given to it a year ago by defence contractor General Dynamics, said London police Const. Amanda Pfeffer.
Chronology Of The Death Of Andrew SCHUSTER
Saturday
6: 30 p.m.: Police respond to a domestic dispute at 613 Cheapside Street, just east of Adelaide Street, and find a man barricaded alone in the home.
7-10: 20 p.m.: Police negotiate with a man inside.
10: 20 p.m.: Police and the man inside exchange gunfire for about a half hour.
10: 50 p.m.: Negotiations resume.
Sunday
5: 30 a.m.: Police find a man inside the house dead from a gunshot wound.
6: 05 a.m.: Ontario's police watchdog agency, the Special Investigations Unit, is called in by London police. The Special Investigations Unit reviews police handling of cases involving death or serious injury.
Yesterday
With police guarding the crime scene, four Special Investigations Unit forensic investigators search for evidence at the home to help determine whether the man died from a police bullet or a self-inflicted gunshot.
Today
Special Investigations Unit will attend the man's autopsy in London.

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BLISS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-04 published
GRAHAM, Mary Margaret Lucille (CROFT)
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, after a stroke on Monday, April 3, 2006. Lucille (CROFT) of Mt. Albert at 85 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Clarkson Graham. Dear mother of Barry (Sharon), Joe (Sharon), and Spencer (Elaine). Dear grandmother of Kevin, Patrick (Crystal), and Philip; Brian (Nicole), Chris and late Stanley; Valarie and late Nicholas. Dear great-grandmother of Emma, Paul, Matthew, and Cody. Dear sister of late Clarence CROFT, Elmer CROFT, Irene HODDER, Dan CROFT, Flora BELL, Ruth BLISS, and late Edgar CROFT. Friends may call at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 19153 Centre Street, Mt. Albert (1-800-209-4803) for visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Hillside Church, Mt. Albert on Thursday, April 6, 2006 at 2 p.m. Interment Mt. Albert Cemetery. Donations to the Cancer Centre at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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BLISS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-06-23 published
Shot teen had meek side
By Steve RENNIE, Staff Reporter with files from John DUNCANSON
Duane CHRISTIAN was no saint. But the 15-year-old boy shot by a Toronto police officer this week had a meek side, one that made him reluctant to go down into his aunt's basement because he was afraid of her cat.
It was this image that Delores RICKETTS, a cousin of CHRISTIAN's mother Simone WELLINGTON, couldn't get out of her mind yesterday as she spoke about the teen's death on Tuesday after he was spotted driving a stolen van.
Two officers patrolling the Scarborough Golf Club Rd. area saw the white Dodge Caravan just before 5 a.m.
The pair chased the van and tried to corner it in the parking lot of the Royaltown apartment building, at the corner of Lawrence Ave. E. and Scarborough Golf Club Rd.
"If you're afraid of a little cat, how can you get caught up doing all these wrong things?" said RICKETTS, describing how CHRISTIAN would sometimes stay at her Scarborough home when his mother couldn't handle him.
"When he misbehaved, I'd take him here for a while to see if I could make something out of him," RICKETTS said. "Their lifestyles were a bit different from mine."
She said CHRISTIAN would act up and show off when he was with his Friends, but was a different person when he was alone.
Since he loved cars, RICKETTS thought he would wind up working at a dealership one day.
RICKETTS said CHRISTIAN had been trying to contact his father, whom he had never met. She remembered watching him make calls during one of his visits and becoming angry when he couldn't reach him.
"He tried. He tried to be accepted," she said.
Despite his troubled past, relatives came to CHRISTIAN's defence yesterday saying police overreacted when they shot and killed the teen.
"They're not heroes, they're murderers," said Monique CRAIG, CHRISTIAN's 18-year-old cousin.
"They didn't have to shoot him. He didn't have no weapon."
The portrait that emerged from Friends and family is that of a troubled teen who had bounced from school to school.
He had several youth convictions, including robbery.
CRAIG said CHRISTIAN lived with a long-time friend for a time after his mother kicked him out of the house a few years ago. He had recently been living with his grandparents, Roy and Mori WELLINGTON, in the Royaltown apartment building.
The apartment superintendent said only that CHRISTIAN's grandparents lived in the building, not the teen or his mother.
Several neighbours of CHRISTIAN's grandparents said the family was quiet and mostly kept to themselves.
Sahra AHMED, who has lived in the building for eight years, said she didn't know the family well but never noticed anything out of the ordinary.
"I'd see them in the hall sometimes and they seemed like a nice family."
Special Investigations Unit investigators returned to the shooting scene yesterday to take more photos as they piece together what led to the fatal shooting.
More canvasses of area buildings are also being done as investigators try to find witnesses: to the shooting.
An autopsy has been performed on the 15-year-old, but the Special Investigations Unit is withholding that information until they talk further with the family of the dead youth, said Rose BLISS, the Special Investigations Unit spokesperson.
Police sources indicated the officer fired into the passenger side of the stolen white Dodge Caravan when the driver tried to run down his partner.
Under the law, officers must feel there is an imminent danger to themselves or others if they are discharge their weapon.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be made, the family said yesterday.

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BLITTERSWYCK o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-01-04 published
DUNCAN, Leslie " Les"
Entered into rest in Centre Grey Hospital, Markdale on Monday, December 19, 2005 in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Marion (BAKER) DUNCAN, dear father of Carolyne HOOD of Evansburg, Alberta, Dianne (Bob) VAN BLITTERSWYCK of Brockville, David (Donia) KENNEDY of Brampton and Barb (Gord) GROSS of Burlington, grandfather of Andrew, Robert, Jared, Devin, Denae, Braeden, Ethan, Kiera, Patricia (Kurt,) brother of Christina (Charles) JACKSON, Irene DUNCAN and Edgar (Elizabeth) DUNCAN, and brother-in-law of Eileen BAKER; Verna SNOW, Allan (Marie) BAKER. Predeceased by his parents John and Pearl DUNCAN. Rested at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk. Complete service was held in the chapel on Thursday, December 22, 2005. Spring interment in Bethel Cemetery. Donations to Centre Grey Hospital building Fund, Grey-Bruce Lung Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
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BLITTERSWYK o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-02-01 published
DUNCAN, John Leslie
John Leslie DUNCAN entered into rest in Centre Grey Hospital, Markdale on Monday, December 19, 2005 at 76 years old. He was the dearly loved husband of Marion (BAKER) DUNCAN of 52 years. A wonderful father to his three girls: Carolyne HOOD of Evansburg, Alberta; Dianne VAN BLITTERSWYK and her husband Bob of Brockville Barb GROSS and her husband Gord of Burlington and David KENNEDY and his wife Donia of Brampton. He was loved and respected by his eight grandchildren: Andrew and Robert HOOD, Jared, Devin and Deane VAN BLITTERSWYK, Braeden and Ethan GROSS and Keira KENNEDY, plus several loved nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his sisters, Christina (Charles) JACKSON and Irene DUNCAN his brother Edgar DUNCAN (Liz;) his sisters-in-law, Eileen BAKER and Verna SNOW and his brother-in-law, Allan (Marie) BAKER.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Pearl DUNCAN and son-in-law David HOOD.
Leslie was born April 11, 1929, raised on the Duncan homestead north of Dundalk on Highway 10 and attended S.S.#4 Artemesia. In June 1953 he married the love of his life, Marion BAKER in the Pilgrim Holiness Church of Proton Station where he took his family to church regularly. He was a board member and usher for several years. In more recent years, Les and Marion attend the Orangeville Baptist Church where they have made many meaningful relationships.
Les was passionate about his family and farming. He loved his wife and family and enjoyed his cattle and animals. He farmed right up until this past Thanksgiving, 2005 when he had his farm auction. He was looking forward to a well-earned retirement and selling the farm. Les also enjoyed his neighbours and Friends and always lent a hand wherever he could.
Les was admitted to Markdale Hospital December 14 where he suffered from heart complications, a stroke and passed away suddenly Monday, December 19 from a massive heart attack.
A complete funeral service was held Thursday December 22 at 1 p.m. at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk, officiated by Pastor Earl MARSHALL of Orangeville Baptist Church and assisted by Reverend Al VARDY of Dundalk Wesleyan. Two special songs were sung by his brothers-in-law, Allan BAKER and Charlie JACKSON, accompanied by Audrey OLDFIELD. Heartfelt eulogies were shared by son-in-law, Bob VAN BLITTERSWYK and David KENNEDY. Pallbearers were family and Friends, Andrew and Robert HOOD, Gord GROSS, Jim ELLIS, Mark NICHOLLS and Phillip BANNON. Honorary pallbearers were close Friends and neighbours Doug NICHOLLS, Bill STOCKS, Norman ACHESON, Rick GORETSKY, Doug RODGERS, Morley JANES, Vernon ATKINSON, Glenn SCOTT, Don CAMERON and Calvin BAILIE. His five younger grandchildren were flowerbearers. Spring internment will be at Bethel Cemetery.
Les' legacy as shared at his funeral is defined by "Family" being important, "Faith"; steadfast and sure, "Fun"; put it in daily living and "Friends"; lend a hand And make a friend. Too know Dad was to love him and we; miss him greatly!
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BLITZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-13 published
BLITZ, Rosa
On Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at Baycrest Hospital. Rosa BLITZ, beloved wife of the late Karl BLITZ. Loving mother and mother-in-law of the late Jakow and Ihilina BLITZ. Devoted grandmother of Inna and Val LEVITAN, and Ital BLITZ. Devoted great grandmother of Monica, and Jessica. Services were held on Wednesday, July 12th at 2: 30 p.m. Interment Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Community section. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Parkland Oceanside Club Daycare c/o The Baycrest Centre Foundation 416-785-2875.

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