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DEI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-17 published
DEI, Daniel Yao
In loving memory of Daniel Yao DEI who passed peacefully on July 17, 1999. Respectful son of Richard and Rosina DEI. Missed by daughter Kayana and son Markus. Treasured by sisters, brother, nieces and nephews and forever adored by girlfriend, Keri WALTERS. Rest in peace.

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DEICHERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-11 published
DESROSIERS, Josée
Peacefully at home, on Sunday, February 5th, 2006, Josée DESROSIERS of London and formerly of Montreal in her 37th year. Beloved fiancé of Mark DEICHERT. Daughter of Andre DESROSIERS of Quebec, and the late Louise (CASTONGUAY) DESROSIERS. Dearly missed by Mark's family including his father Ron DEICHERT of Stratford, his mother Judy DEICHERT of London, his brother Paul DEICHERT of New Zealand, and many family and Friends in Ontario. Also sadly missed by her Quebec family; uncles Michel CASTONGUAY, Pierre (Soheir) CASTONGUAY, cousins, Elyane (Mario) CASTONGUAY and their children Manuelle and Raphael, and cousin Mario CASTONGUAY, as well as by her good Friends and co-workers in London. Visitation will be held on Monday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in honour of Josée are asked to consider the charity of their choice.

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DEIF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-11-16 published
Raziel GERSHATER, 67: Radiologist
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
When the doctor was dancing the tango, his eyes were closed, his concentration intense and complete and joyous, his smile contemplative.
"The hyper attention, that look on his face, it was really extraordinary to watch, like a moving meditation," said long-time friend Bernie SCHIFF, a former professor and until recently, publisher of The Walrus magazine.
And so very much like the way radiologist Raziel GERSHATER, 67, conducted his entire life.
His partner was his wife, Jeanne. "She was the dancer," SCHIFF noted, "but Raziel was the passionate tango scholar."
Two years ago, after GERSHATER had been operated on for the first reoccurrence of his bladder cancer, the couple signed up for a tango tour in Buenos Aires, dancing every day for 10 days. He had always loved music, buying his first classical recording at age 13, never missing a tango performance in Toronto, but this was a reaffirmation for him. Life had not been easy since the unexplained death in 1999 of his only son, David, in Addis Ababa.
"It was his greatest tragedy. He never transcended it but he was a big enough man to encompass it," said his friend, oncologist Mark GREENBERG. " For a year or more he was raging against it, but eventually in time allowing love and life back into a David-less world."
"He wore that tragedy in his body, I think," said SCHIFF. " Inside he may have felt he wanted to give up but he had a family and he had Friends and he persisted in style. Going out dancing in Buenos Aires is hardly a defeated person."
The GERSHATERs had taken up the tango only a few years ago. They preferred the Argentinian version, classical, formal, elegant, complex. And they were good, very good, at it. "They were learners but there were moments they were magical to watch," SCHIFF said.
But then GERSHATER was very good at everything he did.
"Not just competency," said GREENBERG. " Mastery. There was nothing he did that he didn't know everything there was to know."
Squash? " The racquet grew out of his hand," GREENBERG said. Tennis? He was a regular at Mayfair West, three times a week, for two-hour sessions starting at 6 a.m. -- and his backhand was gorgeous. He owned a collection of videos of every major tennis match. Skiing? South African-born and raised, GERSHATER took it up after watching Jean-Claude Killy storm the 1968 Olympics. He took lessons, bought and studied videos and was soon conquering double Black Diamond hills.
"He took great pleasure in doing things well," said his wife.
Passionate about his profession, he was chief radiologist at North York General Hospital for 20 of his 35 years there and the man responsible for first introducing three-dimensional imaging and a computerized patient archiving and communicating system technology previously found in only a few teaching hospitals into community hospitals.
"He was a visionary, so aggressive in acquiring new technology, sometimes even before the teaching hospitals," said Hassan DEIF, a radiologist who worked with him at the hospital and in their private practice for 25 years.
"He was a broader thinker who was trying to prove a point that Magnetic Resonance Imaging was a mainstream technology that should be in a community hospital," said Ontario Association of Radiologists executive director Ray FOLEY. " Today that's ho-hum, but 12 years ago this was almost revolutionary."
GERSHATER took his scholarly journals to bed with him at night and would sit on the deck at his cottage reading three medical books at a time.
"In radiology you have to know everything about the whole body and what procedures have been done and what should be done. It's very inclusive. His career suited him," said Jeanne.
His daughters were married and also successful in their careers Tal GERSHATER is a high school math teacher and Elize GERSHATER a doctor who decided to follow in his footsteps, much to his delight, and enrol in a radiology residency.
His children were always his priority.
"He always told us we were the most important and that we could call him any time at work. So we did," Tal recalled.
He was, she added, a confidante to many.
GERSHATER had everything, it seems -- except an explanation for his son David's death.
The 10 officials who met them at the airport back in '99 in Ethiopia told them their son had jumped from his hotel room and deflected all their questions. But nothing felt right about their conclusion that their son had been suicidal and unstable. It turned out it hadn't happened at the hotel where their son had been staying, but instead at a rooftop bar, where, they learned, some journalists were said to have been pushed to their deaths, although the official version was they, too, had jumped. In fact, it was known in Ethiopia as an "execution post," Jeanne said.
David GERSHATER was 31, a freelance writer and social activist, a young man with a probing intellect but scattered interests who had never really found a place or profession to stick to. He was researching, seeking the truth about aspects of the war in Eritrea and the floppy disk containing his writings had been stolen from his backpack a few days before his death. His father had always wanted to know what had really gone on.
A year after his son died, GERSHATER was diagnosed with the bladder cancer that eventually killed him.
He worked until the beginning of this year. By the summer he was very weak, but he was determined to live to meet Tal's first child and his second grandchild.
"He kept my due date as a mantra and made it to meet my son David, and even managed to come out to the hospital the day the baby was born," she recalled.
"Even though my Dad could barely get out of bed, he somehow found the strength that day to get down the stairs and into a cab to come and see us. His smile that day lit up our hearts."
Three weeks later, on Sept.2, he died at home, listening to a new recording of a piano concerto by Mozart.

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DEIGHTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-10 published
PENFOUND, Bernice Jewel (née DEIGHTON)
The Lord called Bernice Jewel PENFOUND, age 82, home on Wednesday February 8, 2006 from University Hospital, London. She was born in Dawn Township daughter of the late George and Mary McALISTER) DEIGHTON. She is predeceased by her loving husband Jack in 1992. Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law: Sharon and Dick YOUNG of Winter Haven, Florida, Janice and Bert SCHALK of Denfield, Mona and Doug LEWIS of Sarnia, Gwen and Dan KERSLAKE of London and one son and daughter-in-law Douglas and Jill PENFOUND of London. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, a sister Donna DEIGHTON and a brother Hugh DEIGHTON. Predeceased by one grand_son, two brothers and a sister. The funeral service will be conducted from the Thomas L. DeBurger Funeral Home, 620 Cross Street, Dresden on Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 2: 30 p.m. with Reverend Lyle MIX officiating. Visitation prior to the service 1: 00-2:30 p.m. Interment in Oil Springs Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, contributions may be made by cheque to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes, or West London Alliance Church, 750 Wonderland Rd., London, Ontario N6H 4K9.

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DEIGHTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-03 published
CAMPBELL, Dorothy Janet
In her 97th year, Dorothy left us peacefully in Oakville on December 31, 2005. Beloved sister of Marion DEIGHTON (Paul) and loving aunt of Leslie POTKIDIS (Angelo,) Patricia HARRISON (Paul) and Greg DEIGHTON (Kim) and their children Laura and Nicholas; Stephanie and Christopher; Tara, Heather and Michael. Retired teacher at Oakwood Collegiate, Toronto. Special thanks to her dedicated caregivers at Sunrise. Cremation has taken place.

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DEISLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-20 published
QUENNEVILLE, Beatrice (LESPERANCE)
95 years, of London, formerly of Comber, passed away at Extendicare Nursing Home, London on Wednesday, April 19, 2006. Predeceased by her husband Thomas QUENNEVILLE (1995.) Survived by stepson Marvin (Linda) QUENNEVILLE, grandchildren Dean (Debra) QUENNEVILLE, Denise (Jim) DEISLEY, and five great grandchildren. Visitation at Paul Reaume Funeral Home, Comber from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Parish prayers 3: 30 p.m. Thursday. Funeral service from the funeral home Friday, April 21, 2006 at 10 a.m., then to Annunciation Church, Stoney Point for Mass at 10: 30 a.m. Interment at Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Windsor. Memorial donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation appreciated.

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DEISLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-11 published
DEISLEY, Eleanor
In loving memory of a beloved grandmother and great-grandmother, Eleanor.
So often do we reminisce and share a laugh or two,
Fondly telling stories of the things you'd say and do.
Your memory is so special, your presence missed so much,
You are always in our thoughts and loved by all of us.
From your grandchildren and great-grandchild.

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DEISLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-11 published
DEISLEY, Eleanor
In loving memory of beloved mother and mother-in-law, Eleanor.
There will always be a heartache,
And often a silent tear,
But always precious memories,
Of the days when you were here.
We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives,
Until we meet again. Ellen (Troy), Terry, Bill (Janet), Cindy (Tim), Jim (Denise), David (Heather).

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DEISLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-11 published
DEISLEY, Eleanor (March 12, 1934-October 11, 2005)
One year today, each day dawns and starts anew.
And when it closes I think of you.
The tears in my eyes can be wiped away.
But the ache in my heart will always stay.
Wishing today as I have wished before.
That God could have spared you a few years more.
So treasure her Lord, in your Garden of Rest,
For on this earth she was the best.
Lovingly remembered by husband Bill.

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DEITER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-27 published
MacDONALD, Gladys Angeline (née SKENE)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services Owen Sound on Saturday November 25, 2006 in her 91st year. Gladys Angeline MacDONALD (née SKENE,) beloved wife of the late Harold MacDONALD. Loving mother to Larry and his wife Penny, Ron and his wife Myrna, Reg and his wife Brenda, Ruthie WEATHERHEAD, Margaret and her husband Clark McMILLAN, Ted and his wife Elke and Joanne and her husband Wayne DEITER. Loving grandmother to 19 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild. Gladys is survived by her brothers Bud SKENE and his wife Harriet, Earl SKENE (Rose) and by her sisters Helen and her husband Bob PORTER, Marj SMITH (Gord,) Fairy and her husband Gord BUCHANAN and Mae and her husband Lorne DENNIS. Fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Joyce HILLIS and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son Wayne, her brothers Ewart and his wife Florence SKENE, Morgan and his wife Dolley SKENE and Bill SKENE, sisters Beatrice and her husband Bill TWIGGER, Pearl and her husband Aldon WALPOLE and June and her husband Harold HEATH. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Tuesday November 28, 2006 from 12 to 1 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. Rev. David LEGGATT officiating. Interment, in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy memorial donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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DEITNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-28 published
SIMPSON, Roberta (née CRAIG)
Peacefully at Huronlea Home, Brussels, on Thursday, January 26, 2006. Mrs. Roberta (CRAIG) SIMPSON of Brussels and formerly of Blyth in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late John SIMPSON (1990.) Loving mother of Joan and Donald DEITNER of Grey Township. Cherished grandmother of Anthony, Francis and Madelaine. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Annie WIGHT of Listowel, William and Isabelle CRAIG of Blyth and Olive FAITZ of Stoney Creek. Predeceased by her parents Robert and Ada May CRAIG and by sisters and brothers Agnes CRAIG, Ada May CRAIG, Harvey and Margaret CRAIG, Velma and Orval COOK, Gordon and Ruth CRAIG, Margaret and Ed CRAIG, Mary CRAIG, David CRAIG and Steve FAITZ. Friends will be received at the Blyth Visitation Centre of the Falconer Funeral Homes, 407 Queen Street, Blyth, on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and on Monday, January 30, 2006 from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. Spring interment Blyth Union Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of one's choice would be greatly appreciated.

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