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ELDER o@ca.on.brant.brantford.the_expositor 2006-03-18 published
GUIT, Philip L.
Of Port Dover on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 in his 82nd year beloved husband of Heather; dear father and father-in-law of Christopher and Anne GUIT, Rene GUIT and Monique and John PALLOTT. Will be sadly missed by his six grandchildren; loved brother-in-law of Nell and Ron BROUWER and Don and Sheila CARTER; predeceased by his parents, Helena and Karel GUIT, sister, Maria GUIT (2004) and brother, Leonard GUIT (1994.) Philip and Heather have lived in Port Dover since 1990. Philip was the vice-president of Harding Carpets until his retirement. He was also the Chairman of the United Way Brantford in 1980 and a member of Industrial Accident Prevention Association. In keeping with Philip's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Service of Remembrance will be held Monday, March 20, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (583-1530.) Rev. Brian ELDER officiating. For those wishing, memorial donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

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ELDER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-04 published
WIST, Joseph Phillip " Sonny"
At Woodstock General Hospital on May 2, 2006 Joseph Phillip (Sonny) WIST in his 74th year, after a brave and painful battle with cancer. Survived by Ruth, his best friend and wife of 50 years (October). Also survived by two brothers, Adam, R.R.#1 Norwich and Michael (Betty) R.R.#2 Vanessa. Five sisters-in-law Phyllis PATCHETT, Doris BOTHWELL, Mary Jane ELDER, Betty ARN, Betty WILSON and Much Loved "Uncle Sonny" to many nieces, and nephews, great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Magdalina and Joseph WIST. Sister-in-law Audrey WIST; Brothers-in-law Dewart PATCHETT, William BOTHWELL, Robert ELDER, Roy ARN, Robert J. WILSON and William WILSON. Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. grew up on a tobacco farm at Little Lake, Ontario. Worked for Byers and Wenn Lumber 1956-1967. Co-owner of Wilson and Wist Carpentry Ltd. 1967-1993 and thence Joe Wist Carpentry till retiring in 1997. Services to celebrate Sonny's life will be held on Saturday May 6th at 11: 00 a.m. in the Chapel of Arn-Lockie Funeral Home, 45 Main Street West Norwich. Rev. Donna BAUMAN/BOWMAN- WOODALL officiating. Visitation Friday May 5th 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Cremation to follow and Interment later at Norwich Cemetery. Donation to Cancer Society, Kidney Foundation, Woodstock Hospital Foundation, or Charity of choice. Arn-Lockie (519) 863-3020. Condolences may be sent to www.arn-lockiefuneralhome.com

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ELDER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-19 published
BORTHWICK, Gladys Jean (CAMPBELL)
Peacefully at her residence North Lambton Rest Home, Forest September 17, 2006 with family by her side, Gladys Jean (CAMPBELL) BORTHWICK. Beloved wife of the late Christopher (2001). Dear mother of Ruby (Mackie) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of Forest, Thelma LARSEN of Sarnia, Norma ELDER of Forest. Predeceased by her daughter Inez WATSON (2002,) son-in-laws Bruce LARSON (1995,) Karl WATSON (1999) and Gerry ELDER (2005.) Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Gladys was the last of her own family, age 91 years. Resting at the Ronn E Dodge Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, McFarlane Chapel, 9 James St. South Forest. Funeral service Wednesday September 20th at 11 a.m. Visitation Tuesday evening only 7-9 p.m. Interment Pinehill Cemetery, Thedford. Donations appreciated to North Lambton Rest Home Ladies Auxiliary by her family. A memorial tree will be planted in memory of "Gladys" by the Dodge family.

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ELDER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-02 published
PARKER, Alfred James
Praise the Lord, Alf is Free at Last. After a lengthy illness, Alfred James PARKER has graduated to the Kingdom of Heaven. Born in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, England on December 16th 1915 Alf was in his 91st year. He passed away at Stratford General Hospital on Thursday, November 30, 2006 with his family at his side. Beloved husband of Lillian (née ELDER) for over 64 years. A special and cherished father of James and Mary PARKER, John and Yvonne PARKER, Jeff and Anita PARKER. A loving grandfather to Kim and Jennifer Laurie, Lisa, Heather and Scott; Samantha, Cassandra, Joshua, Sabrina and Katrina and also 5 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his mother, Beatrice Jane COOKE in 1966 and by his father, James Boon PARKER in 1985. His is survived by his brother Len and Violet PARKER of Forest and by his sister Mary and Olaf ANDERSON of Vancouver. Prior to World War 2 he did farm work in the Thedford and London area. During the war he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Navigator bombardier for the 145 Br squadron, serving in the Atlantic Coastal Command. After 1945 he lived and worked in Stratford. We are respecting Alf's wishes and have donated his body to science at the University of Western Ontario. Cremation and interment will follow at a later date. Friends and family may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Monday December 4th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will take place at Knox Presbyterian Church, Stratford, Tuesday, December 5th at 1: 00 p.m. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Knox Presbyterian Church through the funeral home (519) 271-7411.

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ELDER o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-04-12 published
HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, Harold
Peacefully on Thursday April 6, 2006 at the Leisureworld Creedan Valley Nursing Home, Creemore in his 78th year. Harold of New Lowell, beloved husband of the late Leila (2003). Loving father of Helen and her husband James ELDER, Gary and his wife Shelley, Sheila and her husband Rick MORRISON, Donald and his wife Sheila, the late Ken and his late wife Cheryl and the late Ray. Cherished grandfather of Rosemarie and her husband Phil BROOME, Christina and her husband Graeme McDERMID, Kimberly, Carl, Lori, Jason, Melissa, Matthew, Kerri, Courtney, Tyler and Nikita and great granddaughter Lily. Dear brother of the late Maxine and her late husband Ambrose PROCTOR and brother-in-law of Bernice LYNCH and her late husband Eddie. Friends were received at the Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, 7313 Highway 26 (Main St.), Stayner (705-428-2637) on Saturday April 8, 2006 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 o'clock in the Chapel. Interment Stayner Union Cemetery. If desired, donations in Harold's memory may be made to the Parkinson Foundation or a charity of your choice. For more information or to sign the online guest book, log on to www.generations.on.ca.
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ELDER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-15 published
ELDER, John Munro, M.D.
John Munro ELDER, husband, father, grandfather and pediatrician to many generations of young Montrealers, died early Tuesday, November 14, 2006, at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, at the age of 82, after a lengthy battle with dementia, compounded by heart and respiratory illness. He is survived by his wife, Janet, and children Matthew (Jane BAKER,) Katharine (James DEACON) and Stephen (Josee MAURICE,) and son-in-law David POWELL, and eight grandchildren. His daughter Judith died in 2002. John represented the third generation of physicians in the ELDER family, all of whom were educated at McGill University, and prominent staff members of the university's teaching hospitals. He served in the Royal Canadian Artillery in northwest Europe during the Second World War. After the war, John returned to McGill, entering the Medical School in 1947. He married Janet DICKSON/DIXON on December 27, 1949. He graduated from McGill Medical School in 1951 and, after specializing in Pediatrics, entered private practice in 1956. A mong his many positions and achievements, John was medical director of the Mackay Centre (handicapped children), founding director of the Montreal Children's Hospital Adolescent Clinic, director of the Montreal General Hospital Newborn Nursery, a board member of Camp Amy Molson and on the staff of the Children's Service Centre. He is a past president of the Canadian Paediatric Society. His dedication to youth extended to the educational community, and he served several years as a commissioner for the Westmount Protestant School Board. John retired in 1997, but remained beloved by his former patients, some of whom would greet him on his frequent walks in his neighbourhood. His non-professional interests over the years included reading, golf, sailing and, above all, tending to the trees and shrubs at his beloved property at Lake Manitou. He was a dinnertime raconteur who loved the company of all age groups, even the youngest - not surprising, given his chosen profession. The funeral will take place Friday, November 17, 2006, at 2: 00 p.m. at the chapel of Wray Walton Wray, 5610 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal (corner Marcil Avenue). Visitation at the funeral home on Thursday, November 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation or charities connected with the above-mentioned organizations would be most appreciated.

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ELDER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-27 published
Michael GUTOWSKI, Soldier And Equestrian: (1910-2006)
Polish officer who participated in one of the last cavalry charges in history settled in Ontario after the Second World War to teach horsemanship. In 1968, he groomed a Canadian team to equestrian gold at the Olympics in Mexico City
By Buzz BOURDON, Special to the Globe and Mail, Page S7
Ottawa -- All Michael GUTOWSKI wanted to do was get some food to his wife, Zofia, and their two small sons. Foraging in the smoking ruins of a building destroyed by the invading Germans, Mr. GUTOWSKI found some milk. It was late in 1939, and millions of exhausted Polish refugees were on the move. There wasn't much food to be had anywhere.
It wasn't enough, but his family was grateful when the 29-year-old cavalry captain brought them the milk. Their world had collapsed when Germany hurled its army against Poland's western frontier on September 1, 1939, in the opening shots of the Second World War.
Commanding No. 1 Squadron of the 17th Uhlans, Mr. GUTOWSKI and his cavalrymen did their best to stop the Germans' overwhelming attack, but it was no use. Displaying great courage during three weeks of desperate combat, he was awarded Poland's highest decoration, the Virtuti Militari, 5th class, for his gallantry at the 10-day battle of Bzura River west of Warsaw.
Although Poland still fielded 11 cavalry brigades as a mobile reserve, cavalrymen usually fought as infantry after dismounting from their horses. Mr. GUTOWSKI, a born horseman who had competed at the Olympics, relished the unit's devil-may-care spirit. Two decades earlier, during the Polish-Bolshevik War of 1919-21, mounted Polish units armed with sabres and lances played a vital part in defeating Soviet forces and guaranteeing Polish independence, with the result that many cavalrymen still believed their natural élan would triumph over mere machines.
History tells a different story. By October 6, it was all over. Poland was carved up between Germany and the Soviet Union, and the government fled to Britain. For Mr. GUTOWSKI, a scion of the highly conservative, patriotic land-owning gentry who had been taught from the cradle to believe strongly in God, honour and country, it was a catastrophe. He didn't give up, though, and joined the Polish Underground. As he told The Globe and Mail in 1994, he believed in "fighting to the last drop of my blood."
Mr. GUTOWSKI was captured and sentenced to be shot for attempting to reach his family in a detention camp near Krakow. Fate intervened when a German officer recognized him as a member of the 1936 Polish equestrian team and he was spared.
By the following March, he had made his way to Britain to continue the fight. Six days after the Allies went ashore at Normandy on June 6, 1944, he landed with the 1st Polish Armoured Division. By 1945, the Polish armed forces in the West totalled 195,000 and played an important part in defeating Germany.
After fighting through France, Belgium, the Netherlands and into Germany alongside Canadian forces, Mr. GUTOWSKI was commanding the 2nd Polish Armoured Regiment as a lieutenant-colonel when the war ended on May 8, 1945.
Michael GUTOWSKI had decided to be a soldier when he was 10. After graduating from the Cavalry Military College in 1930, he was posted to the 17th Wielkopolski Cavalry Squadron and met his future wife, Zofia, at a hunt ball. They were married in 1934, the same year he qualified for the Polish equestrian team. He loved riding and spent as much time as he could in the saddle.
Two years later, Mr. GUTOWSKI competed at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and shared in the silver medal won in a team event.
During the war, he fought with distinction. Like all Polish soldiers who fought on the side of the Allies, they wished only to rid their country of Germans. When the last shot was fired, however, Poland was still not free. He and his men were devastated to learn that the Soviet Union had been given control of Poland. Forming up his regiment on parade, Mr. GUTOWSKI gave his men the terrible news. "There was such a silence, you could hear the flag flying. Everything we were fighting for was gone," he once told The Globe and Mail. "All that was left was honour."
In 1948, Mr. GUTOWSKI immigrated to Canada when Major-General Churchill Mann invited him to train the Canadian Army's equestrian team. After that was disbanded two years later, he spent many years instructing at the Caledon Riding and Hunt Club in Toronto. He also trained the Canadian Olympic team from 1948 to 1955.
Olympic equestrian Jim ELDER, then a junior rider, met Mr. GUTOWSKI in 1948. Two years later, he started taking lessons from him. "He was instrumental in Canada for introducing the European cavalry style for both riders and horses. He gave us the insight and the training so we could reach the international and Olympic level."
Putting his students through their paces, the "ram-rod straight" Mr. GUTOWSKI was "a really tough taskmaster. Your arms and legs were aching but he kept you going. Everybody admired him," said Mr. ELDER. "He used to get his Polish and English swearwords mixed up. He'd be there screaming at you, really chew you out. A lot of people could not take it. But right after the lesson, he was a great guy. He had a job to do and he did it. He wanted to get Canada to the international level."
At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Mr. ELDER and teammates Jim Day and Tom Gayford won a gold medal, a success attributed to Mr. GUTOWSKI's training methods.
He also instructed his niece, Tanya GUTOWSKA- NORMAN in 1970. She still remembers him jumping up and down in a rage. "He was very demanding," she said. "He was a perfectionist who demanded the absolute best and tried to teach [us] the highest and purest form of horsemanship. Drills were performed with military precision."
Describing him as "ambitious, loyal and proud," she said he cared deeply about his family, students and army comrades. "His character at times was difficult, since he had a military upbringing, so his tolerance of sloppiness and stupidity was low." He was, however, "especially susceptible to the charms of [women], and a tear could get you anything. He was a softie where women were concerned. With men, he expected them to be brave but most of all, to be gentlemen."
In 2000, Mr. GUTOWSKI returned to his beloved Poland 11 years after the fall of communism. He was promoted to brigadier-general and helped establish the Cavalry Parade Squadron. In 2003, at age 92, he famously drew his sabre and led a cavalry charge.
Besides his British and Polish war medals, he was awarded Poland's Cross of Valour five times. The U.S. government presented him the Legion of Merit and France gave him the Croix de Guerre with palm. On June 6, 2004, at a ceremony in Normandy, he received the Legion of Honour from President Jacques Chirac of France.
Michal Mieczyslaw Wojciech GUTOWSKI was born on September 13, 1910, in Maciszewice, Poland. He died on August 23, 2006, in Warsaw, from complications resulting from a broken thigh. He was 20 days short of 96. He leaves his son Peter and brother Zbyszek. He was predeceased by his son Marek and his wife, Zofia, of 65 years.
On September 16, he was accorded a military funeral at Warsaw's Cathedral of the Army. Hundreds of officers, dignitaries and admirers attended, and artillery thundered a 21-gun salute.

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ELDER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-04 published
ELDER, Barbara Doreen (née HALL)
Passed away peacefully, at her home in Minden, on February 3, 2006, in her 77th year. Beloved wife of the late James Sinton ELDER. Dear mother to Judith Ann CARDWELL (Bob), Floyd Thomas, James Michael (Julie), Sheila Kathleen CARRELL (Jim). Cherished grandmother and great-grandmother to Brianna, Brandy, Sean, Andrew, Jeffrey, Jessica, Laura and Owen. Treasured Grannie to her extended grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Loved sister to Elizabeth BESSANT and to brother Donald HALL (Eleanor.) Friends are invited to visit the family at the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., 127 Main Street, Minden K0M 2K0 (1-888-588-5777) (or on line at www.gordonmonkfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. A Service to celebrate her life will take place in our Chapel on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place at Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Minden Food Bank or the Minden United Church would be appreciated by the family.

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ELDER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-17 published
ALEXANDER, Lillian Ethel (1913-2006)
Passed away peacefully, at the Dufferin Oaks Home for Seniors, on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. Wife of the late Grant ALEXANDER. Loving mother of Donald and Ross ALEXANDER. Much loved grandmother of April, Dawn and Julie. Dear sister of Elsie YOUNG, and sister-in-law of Joy ELDER and Doreen RUNDLE. Predeceased by her brothers Lew and Bill ELDER. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Friday, March 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held at the Chapel on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 11 a.m. Private interment Belfountain, Ontario.

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ELDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-29 published
PHILLIPS, Muriel Irene
Peacefully at her residence Saint_Joseph's at Fleming Rest Home Peterborough on December 23, 2006 (formerly of Gore Street, Forest). Cherished granny of Mary-Lynn and her husband Mike LANGFORD, Peterborough. Predeceased by her daughters Irene ELDON (1985) and Betty FORDE (2001,) and last of her own family. Aged 94 years. Resting at Ronn E. Dodge Funeral Home, McFarlane Chapel, 9 James St. S., Forest. Funeral service on Saturday December 30, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Cathy LARMOND. Visitation 1 hour prior to service on Saturday. Interment Beechwood Cemetery. Donations to charity of choice appreciated. A memorial tree will be planted in memory of Mrs. PHILLIPS by the Dodge Family.

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ELDRED o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-03 published
ELDRED, Doris “Dot” Margaret Emily (née NICHOLSON)
Peacefully at Hannah Walker Place on Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Doris “Dot” ELDRED (née NICHOLSON) of Owen Sound in her 86th year. Wife of the late Grenville (Pop) ELDRED. Dear mother of Edward of St. Catharines and Marsha and her husband Al WOODS of Oakville. Fondly remembered by her many cousins and Friends. Doris was a long time employee of R.B.W. A memorial service will be conducted at Central Westside United Church on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 11 o'clock. Interment, Zion Cemetery, Hepworth. Memorial donations to either Central Westside United Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Tannahill Funeral Home 519-376-3710. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.tannahill.com
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ELDRIDGE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-01-07 published
GREGORY, Mary Helen (ELDRIDGE)
Peacefully at the North Ridge Long Term Care Centre in Oakville Thursday evening January 5th, 2006. The former Helen ELDRIDGE of Sauble Beach and Oakville formerly of Toronto in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late D.R. GREGORY. Loving mother of Rick of Oakville. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Sunday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the Funeral Home Monday morning at 11: 00 a.m with Reverend Chuck BEATON officiating. Spring interment Zion Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Vision 2002 (Sauble Area Medical Clinic) would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Helen by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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ELDRIDGE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-06-19 published
WETTLAUFER, Wendy (née McDONALD)
Of Hanover, passed away at Hanover and District Hospital, on Sunday, June 18, 2006. She was 49. Survived by husband Greg WETTLAUFER, daughter Janelle WETTLAUFER of Kitchener, father Jack (Carma) McDONALD of Woodstock, mother Lauretta (Harry) WRIGHT of Chatsworth, brothers Terry (Sherill) McDONALD of Hanover, Douglas (Shelley) CRAWFORD of Keswick, sisters Katherine (Mike) CRAWFORED- REID of Owen Sound, Sandra (Dave) ELDRIDGE of Woodstock, mother-in-law Esther WETTLAUFER of Hanover. Predeceased by father-in-law Ivan WETTLAUFER. Visitation at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover, on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, june 20, 2006 at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hanover. Interment in Hanover Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Further information and register book available at www.mightonfuneralhome.ca

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ELDRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-04 published
MILLER, Bertha (née WATT)
At Bluewater Health - C.E.E. Site, Petrolia, on Monday, January 2, 2006. Bertha MILLER (née WATT,) 96 years, of Petrolia. Beloved wife of the late Lloyd MILLER (2003.) Dear mother of Diane and Darrel HERSHBERGER of Goodyear, Arizona and Bill and Susan MILLER of Bright's Grove. Dear grandmother of Darla HERSHBERGER of Nashua, New Hampshire and Duane and Pattie HERSHBERGER of Coral Springs, Florida and great-grandmother of Abby and Jake HERSHBERGER. Also survived by a sister-in-law, Lillian ELDRIDGE of Sarnia. Predeceased by her brothers, Eugene and Vern WATT and sisters, Ruby SLACK and Velma THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Visitors will be received on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. only, at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia, where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 12: 00 noon. Reverend Donald STRATTON of First Baptist Church, Petrolia, officiating. Interment in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com

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ELDRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-12 published
Teenager remembered as friendly, full of fun
Cassandra HARDWICK was fatally injured while using a crosswalk on her way to school.
By Peter GEIGEN- MILLER, Free Press Reporter, Wed., April 12, Grieving Friends and classmates remember Cassandra HARDWICK as outgoing, friendly and full of fun.
The Grade 12 student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier secondary school was fatally injured Monday morning while using a Southdale Road crosswalk a block from the school.
It's the latest in a spate of pedestrian accidents that have killed seven people on London streets in 2004 and 2005 and injured many more.
Yesterday, shocked classmates responded to HARDWICK's death by creating a memorial at the accident site.
The roadside tribute features flowers, photos and a large poster filled with hand-written messages and memories of HARDWICK, 17.
The popular student, voted funniest at Laurier this year, laughed a lot and made others laugh, classmates remembered yesterday.
"She was the queen of funny faces," said Grade 12 classmate Katie ELDRIDGE. "If you had a bad day, you could talk to her and she'd cheer you up."
Jessie FOSTER, also in Grade 12, said HARDWICK always made her smile.
"If you didn't know her, you missed out on something," FOSTER said.
Laurier principal Frank GALIZIA spoke about HARDWICK before her name was officially released, describing her as "a lovely young lady, just a good person."
He said the young woman was a good student and well thought of by staff and students alike.
GALIZIA said guidance counsellors and the Thames Valley District school board's traumatic events response team have been at the school to provide support for any staff and students who need it.
GALIZIA said the student body has responded to the death with compassion, supporting each other in their grief.
The accident occurred at a crosswalk on Southdale west of Millbank Drive, where the school is located.
The crosswalk is controlled by buttons that are pushed to turn traffic lights on Southdale red and give pedestrians a walk signal.
Police are investigating the role of the crosswalk in the accident.
Area resident Wilfrid VOAKES said he'd like to see more protection for pedestrians crossing heavily travelled Southdale Road.
He would like to see school zone warning signs and reduced speeds on Southdale Road near the crosswalk.
"We need signs to slow the traffic down and make drivers more aware of the kids," VOAKES said.
He points out the neighbourhood has Laurier secondary school and two elementary schools.
"It will probably happen again if they don't do something," VOAKES warned.

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ELDRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-08 published
GREGORY, Mary Helen (ELDRIDGE)
Peacefully at the North Ridge Long Term Care Centre in Oakville, Thursday evening, January 5, 2006. The former Helen ELDRIDGE of Sauble Beach and Oakville, formerly of Toronto, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late D.R. GREGORY. Loving mother of Rick of Oakville. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home, Hepworth, Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the Funeral Home Monday morning at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Chuck BEATON officiating. Spring interment Zion Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Vision 2002 (Sauble Area Medical Clinic) would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Helen by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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