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COAD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-11 published
ROSS, Ronald G.
After a long and courageous battle, at Woodstock General Hospital on Thursday February 9, 2006, Ronald G. ROSS of Fairview Cres., Woodstock in his 62nd year. Beloved husband and best friend of Pat C. ROSS (née COAD.) Proud father of Kathy LAMERS and her husband Jeff of Vienna and loved grandfather of Grace. Dear brother of Ken ROSS of Victoria, British Columbia, Margaret ROTHEMBURG and husband Paul of Thunder Bay and Joseph ROSS and his wife Val of Woodstock. Fondly remembered by his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many wonderful Friends. Predeceased by his parents Helen ROSS (1990) and Elmer ROSS (2000) and his sister-in-law Jean ROSS (2000.) Ron worked for the P.U.C., Woodstock for 35 years before before retiring in 2002. He was an active member in the Standard Bread Horses and an avid sportsman. Ron was also a longtime member of Old St. Paul's Anglican Church, the Craigowan Golf and Country Club and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #55, Woodstock. 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. where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Bruce GENGE officiating. Interment later in the Anglican Cemetery. Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital Building Fund would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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COAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-24 published
FINLAYSON, Mary Alway " Mur" (née POOLE)
Of Woodstock at age 61 on May 21, 2006 at home surrounded by her loving family. She died as she lived her life - with grace, strength and humour. Her family, Friends and caregivers were inspired by her courage and dignity as she faced aggressive cancer. Cherished by her children - Drew FINLAYSON (Geraldine) of Ramsey, New Jersey, and Heather FINLAYSON of Vancouver - as an affectionate mother who gave unconditional love and encouragement. Beloved grandmother of Alexandra "Kiki" and Oliver FINLAYSON. Dear sister of Peter POOLE (Donna) of Woodstock, Julie POOLE (Archie CAMPBELL) of Toronto, and Jane COAD (Richard) of Woodstock. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (519-539-0004) for a memorial visitation on Friday, June 2, 2006 from 3-7 p.m. Interment will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Woodstock General Hospital Foundation, or the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated. On-line condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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COADY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-15 published
ANDERSON, William " Bill"
Our Hero, War Veteran of the 48th Highlanders (World War II)
Peacefully passed away, on Monday, March 13, 2006, at his home in Pickering, in his 82nd year. Bill ANDERSON, dearly loved husband of Jesse ANDERSON (STEBBINGS) and husband of the late Camille Roseanne. Loved father of Dianne PITRE of Oshawa, Paul ANDERSON, Kathy WELLER, Julie COADY, and Patti-Anne CHATTEN of Scarborough. "Poppa" will also be sadly missed by his 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. The family of Bill ANDERSON will receive Friends at the Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King Street East, Oshawa on Thursday, March 16th, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Service to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, March 17th at 1: 00 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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COADY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-26 published
COADY, Teresa Frances
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2006 at Saint_Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto, age 76. She was born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia in 1930. Predeceased by her parents, five brothers and five sisters. Survived by five nephews and five nieces. Visitation will be held at Bates and Dodds Funeral Services (931 Queen St. W., Toronto) on Thursday, April 27, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Church (1372 King St. W., Toronto) at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 28, 2006. Burial to follow.

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COAKLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-05 published
COAKLEY, Bruce
Sadly, after a long battle on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at Credit Valley Hospital at the age of 65. Beloved son of the late Rita TUCKETT. Loving father of Renee, Kimberly, Candace and Justine. Loving grandfather of Shylee. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke (two blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.), from Thursday 12 noon until service time in the chapel at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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COALES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-30 published
McQUEEN, Malcolm Henry, P.Eng.
(October 31, 1926-May 17, 2006)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Malcolm. Loving husband for 54 years to Constance (COALES.) Dearest father to Laurie Charlotte and Duncan Henry (wife Cheryl). Sadly missed by his two grand_sons Andrew and Grant, for whom he had great affection. Close to his brother Keith McQUEEN, P.Eng. (wife Miki.) son of the late Harry McQUEEN, P.Eng. and Olive, of London, England, Malcolm and Constance came to Canada in 1952. A private gathering of family was held preceding cremation on May 19, 2006.

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COATE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-09 published
MAYO, Elsie (née LEONARD)
At Vision Nursing Home, Sarnia, on Saturday, October 7, 2006. Elsie MAYO (née LEONARD) 88 years, formerly of Wyoming and Sarnia. Beloved wife of Ernest (Red) MAYO of Sarnia. Dear mother of Leonard and Marti MAYO of Reno, Nevada and Sandy HOSKIN of Innisfail, Alberta. Dear grandmother of Robert and Heather MCINNES/MCINNIS and Keith and Melissa MCINNES/MCINNIS and great grandmother of Kaelin and Danika MCINNES/MCINNIS and Joshua MCINNES/MCINNIS all of Calgary. Dear sister of William LEONARD of Ottawa, Betty and Norman COATE of Sarnia, Hazel and Ken EATON of Lucan, Doreen PETERS of Dorchester and the late Marguerite BEECHAM and Arthur and Ernest LEONARD. Also survived by a special niece, Nancy FREER and family of Corunna and many nieces and nephews. The funeral service for the late Elsie MAYO will be held at the Wyoming Chapel, Broadway Street, Wyoming, on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m., with Rev. Kelvin TOFFELMIRE of Wyoming United Church officiating. Visitors will be received on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to service time. Interment of cremated remains in Wyoming Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #388, Ladies Auxiliary or the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com

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COATES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-11 published
TIMMINS, Victor
Royal Canadian Air Force 6443 Hornet Squadron
Victor Ernest Timmins passed away peacefully in his 86th year on January 9, 2006, surrounded by his family. Husband of the late Margaret TIMMINS, Vic will be missed by his five children - Jim (Doreen) of Courtenay, British Columbia; Janet (David DAUPHINEE) of London, Ontario; Jill of Peterboro, Ontario; Peggy (Paul COATES) of Ajax, Ontario; and Randy (Debbie) of London, Ontario and his 13 grandchildren - Jeff (Jennifer,) Michael and Andrea TIMMINS Joshua, Sean and Meghan DAUPHINEE; Sarah, Tim and Jake WALKER Emma and Ben COATES; and Kendra and Jenna TIMMINS. He will also be missed by his sister, Clara STILES, his other 'son', next door neighbour, Brian LYTLE, as well as his many Friends and neighbours in Sutton, Barbados, throughout Canada and around the world. Vic is predeceased by his parents, George and Elizabeth TIMMINS, and brothers, Earl TIMMINS and Aubrey TIMMINS, and Alice PUGSLEY. Born in Sutton in 1920, Vic was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force 6443 Hornet Squadron where he served as an Spitfire technician from 1941-1945. Post war, Vic operated a successful taxi business with Bud JOBLIN. He also owned school buses and was a reporter/photographer for The Globe and Mail. He was also widely known for antique refinishing and restoration. Vic's Friendship, generosity and community involvement will be missed by so many. A memorial service will be held on, January 13 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Sutton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Knox United Church or Southlake Regional Health Centre. The TIMMINS family would like to thank their many Friends and neighbours whose cards, calls, and gifts of food and flowers have been most appreciated.

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COATES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-11 published
GREEN, Agnes Alice (née COATES)
Peacefully, at Extendicare in London, on Monday, March 6, 2006, born in Reading, England November 30, 1910. Beloved wife of the late Edward GREEN. Loving mother of Pamela GROVER and her husband Charles, Patricia PASCOE and her husband Maurice, all of Burlington and Julie GORRINGE and her husband Albert of London. Loved grandmother of Vanessa, Catherine and Carrie and great-grandmother of five. Cremation has taken place, with a spring interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in London, Ontario. Memorial Service will be held at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street (one block north of City Hall) Burlington (905-632-3333) on Monday, March 13, 2006 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy to the Alzheimer Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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COATES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-03 published
ANSINGH, Carl H.
In his 95th year, in Saint Thomas on Wednesday, May 31, 2006. Dear husband for 68 years of Loraine (DALTON.) Father of the late Jane GREENLAW (Charlie) and Carl (Valerie,) grandfather of Scott and Jeff (Tiffany) GREENLAW, Karen JOHNSON (Paul,) and Christine COATES (Scott,) great-grandfather of Taylor, Bradley, Cameron, Ryan and Jackson. He was born in England on October 21, 1911 and was the former President of P.L. Robertson Corporation in Milton, Ontario. He has spent many happy years of retirement enjoying his family and pursuing his great interest in gardening and metal arts. Cremation has taken place. If desired memorial donations may be made to Valleyview Home, 350 Burwell Road, Saint Thomas, N5P 0A3.

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COATES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-01 published
STRAETEN, Marie (née SWEENEY)
After a lengthy illness, at Stratford General Hospital, on Thursday, June 29, 2006, Mrs. Marie STRAETEN of Stratford in her 70th year. Beloved wife of the late Charles STRAETEN. Loving mother of Pierre and Annette STRAETEN of Milverton, Marcia and Brad COATES of Vanastra, and Evin STRAETEN of Brantford. Cherished grandmother of Sommer, Tanya, Bradley, Crystal, Natasha, Erika, and Jeremy. Dear sister of Brian SWEENEY of Saint Marys. Loving niece of Barb GOFORTH of Stratford. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Dorothy (BAKER) SWEENEY, daughter Vicki, and by her uncle Roy GOFORTH. At Marie's request there will be visitation or funeral service. Cremation. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Box and Smith Funeral Chapel, Seaforth (519-527-1142).

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COATES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-11 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Phyllis Isabella
Peacefully November 9, 2006, Kanata, Ontario in her 82nd year. Predeceased by her husband Edward W. Dear mother of Gayle WILSON (Dorchester), Elizabeth (Ottawa), David (Bancroft), Donald (Petawawa), Beverly NYE (Merrickville,) Janet MELVIN (London,) Edward (London,) Kandis (Courtice). She is also survived by her loving companion Wilf COATES. A memorial service will be held at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Rd, Ottawa on Monday, November 13, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. If you wish to make a donation in memory, please consider the Canadian Hearing Society, 2197 Riverside Dr., Suite 502, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 7X3. Condolences, donations or tributes may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com

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COATES o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-10-04 published
DEMPSTER, Keith
Thank You
The family of the late Keith DEMPSTER, wish to express their heartfelt thanks to relatives and Friends for their loving support in the loss of a dear father and husband. Their expression of sympathy through visitation, floral tributes, and charitable donations was most appreciated. Special thanks to Reverend Terry WHITLAM, organist Peter COATES, the staff of the Steven Bridge Funeral Home and to the Angus United Church Women for serving a delicious luncheon. Sincere thanks also to the Intensive Care Unit staff at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and the nursing staff on 4NC at Royal Victoria Hospital.
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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-03 published
COATES, Patricia
(Retired Registered Nurse at Eatons)
After a courageous battle at Credit Valley Hospital on Friday March 31, 2006. Predeceased by her husband Robert COATES. Loving mother to Terry (husband Jim WRIGHT,) Bobby and Cathy, and grandchildren Alison, Lesley and Carolyn. Patricia will be remembered in part for being a long standing supporter of the Provincial and Federal Liberal Party. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10 North of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 26331, Stn Brm B, Toronto, Ontario M7Y 4R1 would be appreciated.

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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-28 published
PRATT, William " Bill" Hughes
Died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 27, 2006 at Rouge Valley Health Centre, Centenary Site, with his wife at his side. He was a loving husband of Gwendoline, his wife of 58 years, and devoted father to daughter Nanci and son Bruce. He will be missed by his two grand_sons Kyle and Leigh, and granddaughter Kyra-Mei, as well as his sister Margaret DAVIS, son-in-law Mark SMITH and daughter-in-law Susan COATES. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care along with members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Highland Creek Branch 258 for their care and compassion over the past five years. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Funeral service will be held at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street (north of St. Clair) on Sunday, April 30 at 2: 00. Private interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 1920 Yonge Street, 4th Floor, Toronto M4S 3E2 would be appreciated.

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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-05 published
ANSINGH, Carl H.
Carl H. ANSINGH, in his 95th year, in Saint Thomas on Wednesday, May 31, 2006. Dear husband for 68 years of Loraine (DALTON.) Father of the late Jane GREENLAW (Charlie) and father of Carl (Valerie.) Grandfather of Scott and Jeff (Tiffany) GREENLAW, Karen JOHNSON (Paul) and Christine COATES (Scott) and great-grandfather of Taylor, Bradley, Cameron, Ryan and Jackson. He was born in England on October 21, 1911 and was the former President of P.L. Robertson Corporation in Milton, Ontario. He has spent many happy years of retirement enjoying his family and pursuing his great interest in gardening and metal arts. Cremation has taken place. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Valleyview Home, 350 Burwell Road, Saint Thomas N5P 0A3.

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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-07 published
COATES, Len
By Bert COATES and Barbara HACKING, Page A18
Brother, son, automotive journalist extraordinaire. Born January 18, 1937, in Toronto. Died January 28 of cancer in Toronto, aged Leonard (known to most as Len or Lenny) was raised as an inner-city kid by parents Bruce and Eunice. Len went on to some wonderfully challenging jobs that included following the Formula One racing circuit, new car introductions the world over and covering World Cup Skiing in the 1970s. He probably best considered himself a Toronto newspaper journeyman. After championing the rights of the student journalist during his tenure as Ryersonian editor in the late 1960s, he was hired at the Toronto Telegram just long enough to get noticed by publisher Conrad Black and get hired away as Black's first editor at the newly acquired Sherbrooke Record in Quebec's Eastern Townships. The relationship went less than smoothly, so Len bolted back to the Tely where he lasted until that publication folded. He was briefly editor of Canadian Track and Traffic magazine, then went to work editing sports at the upstart Toronto Sun. His passion for motorsports got him into club road racing (mostly on the Ontario circuit) and eventually led to him doing motorsport and automotive writing as a sideline to his regular editing duties at the Toronto Star.
His career took a fast turn when Mosport Park approached him to do public relations in the heyday of Can-Am and Formula One racing there. His charm, wit and knowledge of the sport helped him garner media coverage -- as did his penchant for facts and clever lead paragraphs.
Len was hired to promote Canada's fastest rising motorsport star, the late Gilles Villeneuve, whom he considered the best "natural" motorsport talent of that era. Villeneuve also provided Len with several hair-raising high-speed runs through twisty streets in Italy as Gilles slid his blood-red Ferrari around corners as the locals cheered him on.
Len was in the process of writing a Villeneuve book when Gilles was killed in a tragic motorsport crash. It was a book Len never completed although he tried several times to bring himself to the task. He had already self-published a book titled Challenge! The Story of Canadian Road Racing in 1970.
Under the banner Wheels, Len COATES self-syndicated his automotive writings to a number of Canadian papers. By 1985 he was editor of World of Wheels magazine, the largest circulation Canadian automotive journal of the day. He had, by then, helped found the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada and received its lifetime membership status. Yet he extended his career for one more quest, as copy editor at the Globe and Mail Report on Business.
His brothers Gord of Thunder Bay and Bert of Kitchener-Waterloo were 10 years younger -- but still had a hard time keeping pace with their brother who preferred life in the fast lane. His step-mother Kay COATES of Port Credit simply marvelled at Len's adventure stories. After four marriages and several relationships, Len finally met Barbara who was the love of his life until the end. He "farmed" (Wingfield Farm style) in the Flesherton and Uxbridge areas of Ontario -- he kept horses, pigs he named after Toronto newspaper columnists, and numerous cats and dogs including one named Hatson Coates. He was fond of saying never let the facts get in the way of a good story. To that end -- his journey now is on a road with no posted speed limits; he'd like that.
Just a few weeks before he died, Len was again honoured as the first recipient of an award from Automotive Journalists Association of Canada that will bear his name. And on the day of his memorial service, it was announced at the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame banquet that an award in his honour would be created.
Bert is Len's brother, Barbara is Len's friend; they wrote this in collaboration.

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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-19 published
COATES, Henry " Harry"
Peacefully on July 16, 2006 after a brief battle with cancer. Born May 29, 1931 in Montreal he is survived by his dear wife of 54 years, Elizabeth 'Betty' COATES. He will be sadly missed by his daughters Karen, Sandra and Tami and sons-in-law Angelo and Andrew. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Darryl LEDUC, Christine DEGRAW and Zachari, Emma, Ariel and Avery SMITH. Harry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend and his wonderful sense of humour will be dearly missed. Visitation will be held on Thursday July 20th from 7: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Oshawa Funeral Service 'Thornton Chapel', 847 King Street West (905-721-1234). The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 21st at 2: 00 p.m. at St Paul's Presbyterian Church, 32 Wilson Road North, Oshawa. Interment to follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in Harry's memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-11 published
TIMMINS, Victor Ernest
Royal Canadian Air Force 6443 Hornet Squadron.
Victor Ernest TIMMINS passed away peacefully in his 86th year on January 9, 2006, surrounded by his family. Husband of the late Margaret TIMMINS, Vic will be missed by his five children - Jim (Doreen) of Courtenay, British Columbia; Janet (David DAUPHINEE) of London, Ontario; Jill of Peterborough, Ontario; Peggy (Paul COATES) of Ajax, Ontario; and Randy (Debbie) of London, Ontario and his thirteen grandchildren - Jeff (Jennifer), Michael and Andrea TIMMINS; Joshua, Sean and Meghan DAUPHINEE; Sarah, Tim and Jake WALKER; Emma and Ben COATES; and Kendra and Jenna TIMMINS. He will also be missed by his sister, Clara STILES, his other 'son', next door neighbour, Brian LYTLE, as well as his many Friends and neighbours in Sutton, throughout Canada, Barbados, and around the world. Vic is predeceased by his parents, George and Elizabeth TIMMINS, and brothers, Earl TIMMINS and Aubrey TIMMINS, and sister Alice PUGSLEY. Born in Sutton in 1920, Vic was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force 6443 Hornet Squadron where he served as a Spitfire technician from 1941-1945. Post war, Vic operated a successful taxi business with Bud JOBLIN. He also owned school buses and was a reporter/photographer for The Globe and Mail. He was also widely known for antique refinishing and restoration. Vic's Friendship, generosity and community involvement will be missed by so many. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 13 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Sutton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Knox United Church or Southlake Regional Health Centre. The TIMMINS family would like to thank their many Friends and neighbours whose cards, calls, and gifts of food and flowers have been most appreciated.

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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-26 published
VAN HORN, Osburn " Ossie" N.
Suddenly, at home, on Wednesday, January 25th, 2006 in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Marion for over 27 years and predeceased by his first wife Marjorie (1977). Loving father to Faye (Gary COATES), Jane, Ruth (Mark HARRIS), and step-father to Joan (Charles BEATTY.) Cherished Grampa to James, Adrienne, Andy (Naomi,) Jeffrey (Laura), Ryan (Susan), Lindsay (Blair), and Joel (Jenn), and "Great-Grampa" to Jasmine, Joshua, Ashton, and Jacob. Friends may call on Friday, January 27th, 2006 from 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 Saturday, January 28th, 2006 at 3 o'clock. Interment, Glendale Memorial Gardens at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Banfield Memorial Church, 89 Centre Ave., Willowdale, Ontario, M2M 2L7, or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences www.rskane.ca

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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-01 published
COATES, Leonard Bruce " Len"
Died 10 days into his 70th year at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Saturday, January 28, 2006. The eldest son of Clifford Bruce and Eunice (EVERETT) COATES, who predeceased him. Len is survived by his dearly loved partner Barbara HACKING, step-mother Catherine COATES of Port Credit, brothers Gordon and his wife Pat of Thunder Bay and Bert and his wife Penny of Kitchener. He was loved and admired as Uncle Len by niece and nephews and their families in Ontario's north and Everett family relatives. Len was one of Canada's leading automotive journalists and motor sport correspondents - having worked at the Globe and Mail and prior to that at the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Toronto Telegram and Sherbrooke Record. He was a former editor of World of Wheels magazine, Car Guide and Canada Track and Traffic. Most recently, he was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award named in his honour from the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada an organization he helped establish. He authored an early Canadian motor sports history titled "Challenge!" and was a great supporter of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. Len raced in the 60's and 70's and promoted major Canadian races and world class racers including Jackie Stewart, the late Gilles Villeneuve and almost every Canadian Champion during that period. Our thanks to staff at St. Michael's Hospital and especially Margaret JACKSON of Home Care Support during his courageous struggle with cancer. The rest of his journey will be at God's speed, rather than any posted limit. A memorial service to celebrate Len's life will be held in the chapel of the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto, (2 stoplights west of Yonge Street) on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. In Len's memory, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Grieve not as you come, but come in great joy knowinghis life was lived to the fullest.

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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-01 published
HAUGHTON, Margaret " Lil"
At the Guelph General Hospital on Sunday, January 29, 2006 in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Ern HAUGHTON (1998) loving mother of Lynn and Mike (COATES) and Diane and Arie (VAN DER BOOM.) Grandma to Ian (Valerie,) Lesley (Terry,) Kelly (James,) Debbie and Shauna. Dear sister of Kay ZURO and the late George ROBINSON. Friends may call at the Gilchrist Chapel McIntyre and Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph (from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday). Service will be held at the Gilchrist Chapel on Friday, February 3 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Rosemount Memorial Gardens, Peterborough. Memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at: www.gilchristchapel.com

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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-04 published
Turned opportunity into illustrious career
By Norris McDONALD, Toronto Star, Page G1
Len COATES, who died of cancer a week ago today at 69, made an amazing contribution to motorsport and automotive journalism. But it was due more to opportunism than idealism.
COATES simply saw a growing interest in cars and racing that wasn't being reflected adequately by the media; he jumped in to fill the void and to create a reputation for himself, all at the same time.
"When I graduated from Ryerson (in the mid-1960s), I got a job at the old Toronto Telegram," he told me once. "I wasn't particularly interested in motorsport at that point but I saw that they had a guy writing a freelance racing column once a week. They were paying him $25.
"I said to them -- mainly because I liked the idea of an extra 25 bucks every week -- 'Hey, I can do better than that,' and the sports editor at the time, Scott YOUNG, said, 'Go ahead.' That's how I got started."
The rest, as they say, is history. Len went on to write many racing stories for the Tely, was editor of Canadian Track and Traffic and World of Wheels magazines, became Canada's first full-time auto racing writer and columnist (for the Star, naturally) and created a public relations firm to promote the sport.
("I can get you 30 minutes with Denny Hulme at the Holiday Inn in Oshawa," he'd say. Or, "Come and have breakfast with Jackie Stewart," or, "Hey, let's you and me and John Cordts go find a bar.")
He also wrote a book, Challenge: The Story of Canadian Road Racing, published in 1970.
He kick-started the careers of any number of young Canadian racers. He'd write stories about them and then he'd go out and knock on the doors of prospective sponsors to get some financial support for them.
He'd even wander into the electronic field on occasion. He did pit reporting work at national and international races for both the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and CTV networks.
When the Canadian Tire Indy car team took flight in the 1980s (Jacques Villeneuve Sr. was the driver), guess who owner David BILLES hired as team spokesman? Why, Len COATES, of course.
There are those who say that without him, the first two or three induction galas of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in the early 1990s simply wouldn't have happened. He did the research on the inductees, wrote the scripts and organized those evenings.
And he played a large part in making the inaugural Molson Indy Toronto the smashing success that it was, too.
He is also a guy who had four official marriages and four unofficial ones, which means he was not standing around marking time.
Needless to say, he was a guy who burned the candle at both ends. One of his favourite expressions was: "If I had known I was going to live this long, I wouldn't have treated my body like a theme park."
And just about everybody I talked to this week about their favourite Len COATES story would start it by saying: "I don't think you'll be able to put this in a family newspaper."
But that's what made Lenny unique: he could sometimes be frustrating to be around, but there was never a dull moment.
One time we were in Indianapolis together. On an earlier trip, I'd made the acquaintance of a young lady named Mary Copeland.
She'd agreed to drive us out to the Indiana State Fairgrounds but she didn't take kindly to the government telling her how to run her life.
Because that same government was starting to tell its citizens to buckle up, Mary had, naturally, cut the seatbelts out of her car.
So Len gets in the back seat and can't find the seatbelts. He gets quite upset. "I can't ride in a car without seatbelts!" he wails.
"What if we have an accident and I'm killed? The headline will say, 'Automotive safety writer dies in car crash without seatbelt.'"
Enjoy the walk, says Mary.
He thinks for moment. Why spend good money on a cab ride to a car race when it can be put to better use on things like cigarettes and white wine?
So he borrows my necktie, attaches one end to the door handle and holds the other end tight down by his side.
This leaves the tie stretched right across his lap. It isn't a seatbelt by any stretch of the imagination but it does make him feel better.
Readers of Wheels will recall a glowing tribute to Len that was written a few weeks ago by his old pal, Jim KENZIE. I've tried to fill in some blanks. Here's what others had to say about him:
Jackie Stewart, three-time World Driving Champion:
"He was a fine journalist and a great enthusiast of our sport and a first-class ambassador both for motorsport and Canada as he travelled the world of racing. He was great company and had a wonderful sense of humour."
Rod Campbell, motorsport entrepreneur:
"We were in Brazil for a Formula One race in 1978 and Len was sunning himself on Ipanima Beach. The parade of beautiful women was astonishing. Len sat up straight as one particularly gorgeous lady sauntered past. He was still watching her when someone nearby yelled that Len's wallet was being stolen. Sure enough, she had been 'bait' and she quickly disappeared across the road with her accomplice.
"Len got the wallet and credit cards back but his money was gone. Although he was angry about the theft, Len still let it be known that since he'd had the pleasure of seeing 'the girl from Ipanima,' the day hadn't been a total loss."
Horst Kroll, Can-Am champion, friend:
"In 1977, I was racing in the rain at St-Jovite. I had rain tires but only three dry tires. If it stopped raining, I was going to be in trouble. Len told me before the race that if it stopped raining and started to dry up, I should find the puddles and drive through them to cool down the tires. Every time I came around, he was standing by the pit wall pointing to puddles and waving his arms to urge me to drive through them.
"You know, you're racing and you're busy and you can forget that and I really appreciated him reminding me. I finished third that day and it was all because of him."
F. David Stone, retired Toyota executive and former auto racing publicist:
"He had immense energy and could be incredibly creative. Once, when he was editor of World of Wheels magazine and a new model-year Mustang came out, he wanted to find out what the kids thought of it. So we took one over to my alma mater, East York Collegiate, and I stood across the street with a long lens camera and snapped pictures of him interviewing kids about the new Mustang.
"Young people talking about a young car. It was brilliant."
Sid Priddle, media manager of Grand Prix Edmonton and first media manager of the Molson Indy Toronto:
"At the first Molson Indy, there was a management meeting every morning at 6 o'clock.
"Everybody was expected to be there, and on time. Len could never seem to make it. He'd wander in at 6: 20 a.m., or 6:35.
"Finally, Brent Imlach, who was in charge, said: 'Len, this meeting starts at 6 o'clock.'
"Len looked at him with a straight face and said: 'Until I started to work here, I never knew there were two 6 o'clocks in a day'."
Dan Proudfoot, motorsport columnist for Carguide magazine and long-time racing reporter for the Toronto Sun:
"He was the first sports reporter to cover auto racing like a sport -- not like some of the freelancers at the time who were enamoured with it and wanted to be part of the scene.
"Len was just very professional in the way he conducted himself."
Gary Magwood, driving instructor, retired car racer, friend:
"Funny, articulate, a great guy."
Bill Brack, three-time Canadian Driving Champion:
"I knew Len COATES for 40 years. I'm sure there are many Canadian racers who have stories in their scrapbooks that were written by him. If you were any good, he wrote about you.
"And he had that interest, that passion, right to the end.
"I went to see him Saturday at noon. I told him there was a great story about historic Formula Atlantic in the latest issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine.
"He asked me to get him a copy, that he wanted to read it.
"Nine hours later, he died."
A memorial service for Len COATES will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W., at the corner of Lascelles Blvd., four blocks west of Yonge St.

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COATES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-07 published
COATES, Margaret A.
(Longtime resident of Cliffcrest, Ontario)

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COATES, Anthony " Donald"
Long time employee of McDonnell Douglas/Boeing.
Suddenly on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at home. Devoted husband and best friend of Valerie. Beloved father and family pillar to Tanya (Shale) and Tina. Proud and much loved grandfather to Tyler, Kristin, Kyle Anthony and Hannah. son of Albert and Sylvia WILLEY. Cherished brother of Denise (Russell) AHEARN. Predeceased by brother Trevor COATES. Tony will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, family and Friends. Friends and family will be received at Andrews Community Funeral Centre, Bramalea Chapel, 8190 Dixie Road (north of Steeles Ave.) 905-456-8190, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Andrews Chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. Private cremation. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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COATES, Patricia
(Retired Registered Nurse at Eatons)
After a courageous battle, at Credit Valley Hospital, on Friday, March 31, 2006. Predeceased by her husband Robert COATES. Loving mother to Terry (husband Jim WRIGHT,) Bobby and Cathy, and grandchildren Alison, Lesley and Carolyn. Patricia will be remembered in part for being a long standing supporter of the Provincial and Federal Liberal Party. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way), on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 26331, Stn Brm B, Toronto, Ontario M7Y 4R1 would be appreciated.

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SINCLAIR, A. Richard
On Wednesday, December 13, 2006, passed away peacefully in his 96th year at Toronto Western Hospital. Beloved husband of Sonja for 59 happy years. Cherished father of Michael and partner Marie Helen and partner Paul; and Tony and wife Leslie. Deeply loved grandfather of Mark, Anna, Ben and Laura. Fondly remembered by Jamie COATSWORTH. He will be missed by former colleagues in the Royal Canadian Air Force, from which he retired with the rank of Group Captain; by Friends and fellow party-goers in San Miguel de Allende; and by the usual suspects on the golf course of the Beaumaris Yacht Club. The family extends its thanks and appreciation to the dedicated staff of the Toronto Western Hospital for their care and kindness to Richard, particularly Doctor Jason LEE, social worker Maggie HO, and all the wonderful nurses of the 6A Fell nursing station. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th. Flowers gratefully declined, if desired, donations to Doctors Without Borders, 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T9, would be greatly appreciated.
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COATSWORTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-16 published
SINCLAIR, A. Richard
On Wednesday, December 13, 2006, passed away peacefully in his 96th year at Toronto Western Hospital. Beloved husband of Sonja for 59 happy years. Cherished father of Michael and partner Marie Helen and partner Paul; and Tony and wife Leslie. Deeply loved grandfather of Mark, Anna, Ben and Laura. Fondly remembered by Jamie COATSWORTH. He will be missed by former colleagues in the Royal Canadian Air Force, from which he retired with the rank of Group Captain; by Friends and fellow party-goers in San Miguel de Allende; and by the usual suspects on the golf course of the Beaumaris Yacht Club. The family extends its thanks and appreciation to the dedicated staff of the Toronto Western Hospital for their care and kindness to Richard, particularly Doctor Jason LEE, social worker Maggie HO, and all the wonderful nurses of the 6A Fell nursing station. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th. Flowers gratefully declined, if desired, donations to Doctors Without Borders, 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T9, would be greatly appreciated.
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