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DEFASIO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-13 published
BROWNLEE, William " Bill"
Suddenly at London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Hospital on Thursday, October 12th, 2006, Mr. William "Bill" BROWNLEE of London in his 80th year. Cherished husband and best friend of Olivia. Loving father of Cathy ATTFIELD (Neal), Vicki LABELLE (Jack,) Dale DEFASIO (Tony) and Gail SYKES. Dear grandfather of 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Much loved brother of Margaret and Charles ELSON, Marilyn PATON and Kay and the late Patrick LAVERTY. Sadly missed by several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Sunday, October 15th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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DEFAUSSES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-08 published
Slain officer remembered as 'true-blue cop's cop'
Veteran plain clothes detective may have broken up drug deal before being shot
By Hayley MICK with a report from Canadian Press, Page A6
Toronto -- His colleagues say Constable John ATKINSON was a "true-blue cop's cop" who was on the job "24 hours a day."
That dedication helped him infiltrate organized crime, charm hardened criminals and propel him to a spot on Ontario's elite anti-terrorism squad.
Now, as the Windsor police force mourns the loss of this 14-year veteran, the question is whether Constable ATKINSON's willingness to go the extra mile may have played a role in his death.
Police say Constable ATKINSON, 37, was on duty Friday afternoon when he was fatally shot after confronting two people outside a convenience store. The father of two died in the parking lot, only blocks from his east-end Windsor home. Two 18-year-olds have been charged with first-degree murder.
Police say Constable ATKINSON suspected a drug deal was going on, and Windsor Police Chief Glenn STANNARD said yesterday that the officer would have been "duty bound" to investigate.
Breaking up petty drug deals was not a part of the job description for an officer who worked in street clothes and sometimes undercover. He had been working for the past two years to unearth terrorists with a provincial joint task force.
Yesterday, the force's honour guard joined thousands of Ontario police in Toronto for a service honouring fallen officers.
As they ate lunch after the service at Queen's Park, his colleagues described Constable ATKINSON as a "true brother" who lived for his family and his profession.
"He was a policeman 24 hours a day," said one constable who did not want to be named.
"You say 'police,' you say 'John,' " added another.
Constable ATKINSON grew up in Windsor and married his high-school sweetheart, Shelly. They bought the house next door to his parents and had two children: Mitchell, now 9, and Nicole, who turned 7 on Saturday.
He joined his hometown police force as a cadet in 1991, and earned a reputation as a hard-working cop who was especially adept at recovering stolen vehicles.
"There's people who go 120 miles an hour and there's people who go 40 miles an hour," said Chief STANNARD. "He worked all the time."
About six years ago, Constable ATKINSON became an undercover officer. His easy-going manner had proven valuable in getting criminals to talk.
"He was really good at cultivating that information," said Sergeant Mike LAPORT, president of the Windsor Police Association. "He could pretty well talk to anybody."
He was also "strong like an ox," said another officer, who said he often worked out with Constable ATKINSON, who was about six feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds. "He was a true-blue cop's cop," he added. "If you're in [trouble], you want him there."
About two years ago, Constable ATKINSON was assigned to the province's anti-terrorism section, a unit that includes municipal, provincial and federal officers. The job meant he often worked alone.
He showed up to work most days wearing jeans.
On Friday afternoon, just after 2 p.m., police say Constable ATKINSON pulled up to a gas station and convenience store. He was in plainclothes and filling up his unmarked vehicle with gas.
Police say he noticed two men involved in what appeared to be a drug deal.
"He came across something that was potentially a criminal offence and was duty bound to take some action, and he did," Chief STANNARD said.
Constable ATKINSON flashed his police badge, police say, and shortly after he was struck by a bullet. He was able to return fire before falling to the pavement.
Chief STANNARD said he did not know whether Constable ATKINSON knew the two teens charged in his death.
"I'm not going to question or second-guess whether he should have done this, or should have done that," Chief STANNARD said.
"He took some action -- whatever that may be. We'll sort through the rest of that in the investigation."
He said the officer was comfortable working alone, as he often did.
Constable ATKINSON, the first Windsor police officer ever killed on duty, will be buried with full police honours on Thursday. A public memorial service will be held Tuesday.
Charged with first-degree murder are Nikkolas BRENNAN and Coty DEFAUSSES, both 18. Mr. BRENNAN was also charged with possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking. He also faces a weapons charge.

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DEFELICE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-05 published
MIFSUD, Antonia " Nina" (née STRAFRACE)
Peacefully at Middlesex Terrace Nursing Home on June 2, 2006, Antonia (Nina) MIFSUD (née STRAFRACE) in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of Anthony MIFSUD. Loving mother of Frank MIFSUD (Marlene,) Joyce D'AGOSTINO (Maurice), Lily DEFELICE (Tony), Vincent MIFSUD, David MIFSUD (Alicia) and Stephen MIFSUD. She will be sadly missed by grandchildren Jacqueline WILSON (Vince), Frank J. MIFSUD (Tam), Paul MIFSUD (Jennifer,) Ruth LAIRD (Rod SHORE,) Susan VAN DYKE (Troy,) Denise D'AGOSTINO, Kimberly BUGEJA- SCHNEIDER (Steve,) Jason DEFELICE (Anna), Natalie LINGIER (Jeff), Noël MIFSUD, step grandchildren Danny ELLINGHAM (Connie) and David ELLINGHAM (Toni) as well as niece Josephine GILLAN (Mike,) 16 great-grandchildren and 10 step great-grandchildren. Survived by brother Joe STRAFRACE (Francis) of Malta, sister Mary PAMPANELLA of Australia and sister-in-law Josephine STRAFRACE of Australia. Predeceased by her parents Francis and Josephine STRAFRACE, daughter Margaret MIFSUD, brothers Croce STRAFRACE, Domenic STRAFRACE, John STRAFRACE and Vincent STRAFRACE, daughter-in-law Doris MIFSUD and grand_son-in-law Bill LAIRD. Visitation will be held in the Needham Funeral Chapel (520 Dundas Street, London) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers to be held at 7: 30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be conducted at Saint Mary's Church (345 Lyle Avenue) on Wednesday, June 7th at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Saint Peter's Cemetery. In memory of Nina contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated.

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DEFELICE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-10 published
PSAILA, Maria Assunta (née PACE)
Suddenly at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital on Friday, September 8, 2006, Maria Assunta (née PACE,) beloved wife of Edward PSAILA, in her 79th year. Loving mother of Cathrine (John) STILLITANO and Joseph (Martha) PSAILA. Cherished grandmother of Michael and Angelica STILLITANO and James and Edward PSAILA. Dear sister of Meggie DEFELICE, Carmen HARMSWORTH, Tony PACE, Teresa PACE and Josie CATANIA. Predeceased by her brother Lorry PACE. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 1 Fallons Lane on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Monday evening at 8 o'clock. Donations to Trillium Donor Program c/o London Health Sciences Foundation would be appreciated.

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DEFELICE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-07 published
MIFSUD, Anthony
Peacefully at Middlesex Terrace Nursing Home on Thursday, October 5th, 2006, Mr. Anthony MIFSUD, in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Antonia MIFSUD (née STAFRACE) (2006.) Loving father of Frank (Marlene) MIFSUD, Joyce (Maurice) D'AGOSTINO. Lily (Tony) DEFELICE, Vincent MIFSUD, David (Alicia) MIFSUD, and Stephen MIFSUD. Dear grandfather of Jacqueline (Vince) WILSON, Frank J. MIFSUD, Paul (Jennifer) MIFSUD, Ruth (Rod SHORE) LAIRD, Susan (Troy) VAN DYKE, Denise D'AGOSTINO, Kimberly (Steve) BUGEJA- SCHNEIDER, Jason (Anna) DEFELICE, Natalie (Jeff) LINGIER, and Noël MIFSUD. Also survived by step grandchildren Danny (Connie) ELLINGHAM, David (Toni) ELLINGHAM, niece Josephine (Mike) GILLAN, 16 great-grandchildren and 10 step great-grandchildren, his brothers Charles MIFSUD, John MIFSUD, sister Jane (née MIFSUD) BORG. Predeceased by his parents Vincent and Maryanne (née GATT) MIFSUD, his brothers Joe MIFSUD, Emmanuel MIFSUD, and sisters Mary BALZAN (née MIFSUD), Esther FARRUGIA (née MIFSUD) and Elizabeth SCHEMBRI (née MIFSUD.) Friends may call at the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London (519-434-9141) on Monday October 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers at 8 p.m. Funeral Mass from Saint Mary's Church, 345 Lyle Ave. on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment Saint Peter's Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com

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DEFINNEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-10 published
KEOGH, John " Jack"
Suddenly at his residence, on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, John (Jack) KEOGH of London in his 76th year. son of the late Andy and Kathleen KEOGH. Loving husband for 48 years of Mary (McILHARGEY) KEOGH. Beloved father of Mike and Linda KEOGH of Saint Thomas, Pat and Sharon KEOGH of London, Lori and Will MacMURDO of Australia, John and Lianna KEOGH of Ailsa Craig and Kevin KEOGH also of London. Predeceased by daughter Mary Ellen. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Bryan, Lauren, Brent, Kristen, Bradley, Brendan, Katie, Thomas, Michaela, Breanne and Laurel. Dear brother of Helen and Jim DEFINNEY, and Winnifred and Ken SHEPPARD. Predeceased by his sister Catherine and by his brother-in-law Matt DUNAN. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Sunday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 777 Valetta Street, on Monday, November 13th, 2006 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment, Saint Peter's Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of John are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex. Prayers will be held in the funeral home on Sunday at 7: 00 p.m.

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DEFLORIO o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-01-04 published
DEFLORIO, Gordon Frances
Peacefully with his beloved wife and best friend Val and his daughter Lee by his side, of Wasaga Beach, passed away at General & Marine Hospital on Thursday December 29th, 2005 in his 78th year. Brother to Louie, Norman, Paul and Athony. Predeceased by his brothers Albert and Jimmie, his sisters Francis and Jenny. Arrangements entrusted to the Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre. 132 River Road East, Wasaga Beach. Cremation has taken place. Donations to the charity of your choice.
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DEFOREST o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-16 published
SAMELLS, Gordon McDonald
At the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, Ontario, on March 14th, 2006. Gordon SAMELLS, of Minden, in his 83rd year, retired from Ministry of Natural Resources. Gordon was predeceased by his loving wife, Doreen Hattie BARRY and by his parents, Bert and Helen (McDONALD) SAMELLS. Gordon is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Karen and her husband, Len ROSS, of North Bay and by his son, Barry and his wife, Valorie, of Washago. He will be greatly missed by his two grandchildren, Joanne and David ROSS. Gordon will also be fondly remembered by his sisters, Betty and her husband, Kenneth SCOTT, of Owen Sound and Gwen and her husband, Gerald DEFOREST, of Bracebridge. A funeral service will be held at the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home, in Minden, on Friday, March 17th, at 11: 00 a.m. Spring interment.
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DEFOREST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-27 published
DEFOREST, Bernice
In loving memory of my sister-in-law Bernice who passed away February 27, 1991.
Lord treasure Bernice in your garden of rest.
For when on earth she was one of the best.
Love Bea.

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DEFOREST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-05 published
DEFOREST, Hazel
In loving memory of my mother Hazel DEFOREST whom God called Home March 5, 1992.
Dear Mom: You are not forgotten, though on earth you are no more.
Still in memory you are with me, as you always were before.
Loving you always, Beatrice.

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DEFORGES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-16 published
PICARD, Norman Henry
Suddenly at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Tuesday, February 14, 2006, Norman Henry PICARD. Cherished husband of Audrey PICARD. Proud father of Deborah Anne DEFORGES and her husband Roger, Norman Gregory PICARD and his wife Sarah and Catherine April JURJEVICH and her husband Kenneth. Loving grandfather of Jennifer SONTROP, Laura BRICKER and her husband Scott, Peter DEMAKOS, Jaclyn DEFORGES, Norman Michael PICARD, Sarah JURJEVICH, Austin PICARD, Scott JURJEVICH and great grandfather of Mia and Kieran BRICKER. A special thank you from the family to Dr. Marty GOLDBACH and his team at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue, on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Peter's Basilica Restoration Fund would be appreciated. Norman will be forever remembered and loved by his family.

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DEFRANCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-28 published
FIORINO, Rosaria (née BUFFONE)
(February 22, 1921-February 27, 2006)
Peacefully at Providence Centre on Monday, February 27, 2006. Rosaria, beloved wife of the late Graziano. Dear mother of Adriana (Tony DEFRANCO), John (Elda) and Luigi. Loving Nonna of Anita, Richard, Rosanna, Laura and Daniella and Bis-nonna of Madison, Anthony and Roman. She will be lovingly remembered by other family and Friends. The family wish to thank the caring staff at Sunnybrook and Providence Health Centres. Resting at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. East (between Warden and Pharmacy), from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in St. Theresa Shrine of the Little Flower (Midland and Kingston Rd.). Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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DEFREITAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-09 published
FERREIRA, Alexandrina " Romana"
Peacefully at Ajax Pickering Hospital on Wednesday, February 8, 2006. Romana in her 88th year. Cherished mother of Monica GONSALVES (Dennis) of Arizona, Camille BRAZ (Jim,) Mervyn and the late Gerald (Joan). Beloved grandmother of Lisa (Glenn), Mark, Paul (Lisa), Gary, Karen (Stephen), Monique (Kishun) and Michelle (Robert). Proud great-grandmother of seven. Dear sister of Sylvia RODRIGUES, Bridget BRADY, and the late Francis NASCIMENTO, Charles NASCIMENTO, Carmelita DEFREITAS- PHILLIPPE, Lydia PESTANO and Doreen NASCIMENTO. Resting at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral Mass on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in St. Isaac Jogues Church (Finch, east of Whites Road). Interment Mount Hope Cemetery.

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DEFREYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-30 published
VAN DE WIELE, Alida (née VAN DAELE)
Peacefully, passed away at the Maple Manor, Tillsonburg, on Thursday, December 28th, 2006, with her family by her side, Alida (VAN DAELE) VAN DE WIELE, formerly of R.R.#1 Courtland at the age of 88 years. Alida was born July 19, 1918 in Wingene, W.F., Belgium, daughter of the late Rene VAN DAELE and the late former Maria POLLEFLIET. Predeceased by her beloved husband Victor VAN DE WIELE (January 3, 1993.) Much loved mother of: Richard VAN DE WIELE and his wife Simonne of R.R.#1 Delhi; Jean and her husband Jerome DONCK of R.R.#1 Courtland; Elaine and her husband Boyd ARMSTRONG of Tillsonburg. Proud and loving grandmother of eight grandchildren: Lynne and Steve DUQUETTE, Joanne and Michael KIMURA, Rick VAN DE WIELE and Marleen, Rose-Anne and Kent McLELLAN; Jerry DONCK and Adele, Jeanine and Rick ASSEL, James DONCK and Jodi and Christopher ARMSTRONG and friend Julia and fifteen great-grandchildren. Survived by two sisters: Suzanne and her husband Walter DEFREYNE of Langton, Vivian and her husband John HAHN of Tillsonburg and nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by a brother Remi VAN DAELE (1986) and a sister Julia (LeSage) GEKIERE (2006.) Friends and relatives are welcome to meet with the family on Monday, January 1, 2007 from 2 to 4: 30 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial to be said on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 51 Venison St. W., Tillsonburg by Rev. Father Matthew GEORGE. Interment to follow in the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery, Langton. Memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the "Alzheimers Society" or the charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. C.W.L. Prayers are Monday at 4 p.m. Parish Prayers are Monday at 7 p.m.

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