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FIRBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-03 published
FIRBY, Eva Mae (DEAN)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre- University Hospital, on Sunday, January 1st, 2006, Eva Mae (DEAN) FIRBY of London in her 83rd year. Wife of the late Bob FIRBY (1987.) Beloved mother of George (Christine) TAILOR/TAYLOR and Lynda (Steve) CROSS all of London. Loving grandmother of Chae, Sienna, Tanys, Kia, Dallas, Bobby, and Katelyn. Dear sister of Margaret MILLARD. Eva was a member of Caradoc Legion #251. Visitation will be held on Wednesday 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 Thursday, January 5th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Oakland Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Eva are asked to consider the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or The Kinette Club of London. A Legion Memorial Service under the auspices of Caradoc Legion Br. #251 will be conducted in the funeral home on Wednesday at 6: 30 p.m.

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FIRBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-08 published
ANDERSON, Isabel Marie (ALTMAN- FIRBY)
(April 26, 1934-June 7, 2006)
Isabel Marie ANDERSON peacefully passed away at London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Campus, after a brief and courageous fight with cancer. Dear mother of Evelyn GROSS (Ron) of Waterloo, Fred SCOTT of Stratford, Robbie SCOTT (pre-deceased,) Bruce CURRIE (Sandra) of Listowel, Sharon PEACOCK (Charles) of Ashburn, Viginia, Larry FIRBY of London. Loving grandmother of 6 grandchildren and three great grand children. Sister of 6 sisters and one brother. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society or your charity of choice are appreciated.

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FIRBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-03 published
FIRBY, Eva Mae (DEAN)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital, on Sunday, January 1st, 2006, Eva Mae (DEAN) FIRBY of London in her 83rd year. Wife of the late Bob FIRBY (1987.) Beloved mother of George (Christine) TAILOR/TAYLOR and Lynda (Steve) CROSS all of London. Loving grandmother of Chae, Sienna, Tanys, Kia, Dallas, Bobby, and Katelyn. Dear sister of Margaret MILLARD. Eva was a member of Caradoc Legion Br.251. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, January 5th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Oakland Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Eva are asked to consider the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or The Kinette Club of London. A Legion Memorial Service under the auspices of Caradoc Legion Br. 251 will be conducted in the funeral home on Wednesday at 6: 30 p.m.

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FIRCHUK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-06 published
RIVETT, Rick
Passed away on March 4, 2006 at the Victoria Hospital in London after a lengthy battle with cancer. Rick RIVETT of Milton, dear son of Lorraine and the late Victor RIVETT. Beloved husband and best friend of Lezlie. Rick will be missed by his devoted children Jennifer, Vanessa, Courtney and Lee and granddaughter Alyxia. Dear brother of Lynne and her husband Brian BOYD, Danny and his companion Jennifer and Beverly and her husband John FIRCHUK. Rick will be missed by his many nieces and nephews. Family and Friends are invited to visit at the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main Street, Milton, 905-878-4452 from 7-9 p.m. on Monday and from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul's United Church, 123 Main Street, Milton on Wednesday, March 8th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Victoria Hospital Cancer Centre would be appreciated. Letters of condolence may be left for the family at www.mckersie-kocher.ca

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FIRLOTTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-17 published
CARLEY, Jean (FIRLOTTE)
Formerly of Chatham, Hudson and Toronto, passed away peacefully at Saint_Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto on Monday May 29, 2006 in her 80th year. Beloved, wonderful mother of the Firlotte children: Peter, Judith, Anita, Susan and Tom. Remembered by sisters Anita SIMANDL of Toronto and Theresa DOYLE of Windsor. On line condolences may be left at mikeshum1@rogers.com.

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FIRMAN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-09-20 published
BOYCE, Stanley
World War 2 Veteran
Peacefully at his home in Owen Sound on Tuesday afternoon September 19, 2006. In his 88th year, Stanley BOYCE, the beloved husband of the late Olga (née ERSTLING) and the late Dorothy (née BRANDON.) The loving father of Barbara and her husband Doug CROSBIE, Tom BOYCE and his wife Marilyn, Carol and her husband Rick STAIGHT, Donna TRAIN and her partner Chris, Lynda and her husband Scott HAYDEN, Patricia and her husband Allan RIDDELL, Michael BOYCE and his wife Joanne, Linda and her husband Bob FIRMAN, and Ray BRANDON and his wife Kathy. Lovingly remembered by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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FIRMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-05 published
FLEMING/FLEMMING, Dorothy Maud (née RIDGE)
Peacefully at Toronto on Saturday, December 2, 2006 in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Earl FLEMING/FLEMMING. Lovingly remembered by her family Kay FIRMAN, Ted RIDGE (Vi), Gaile FLEMING/FLEMMING (Marguerite), Amy SCHUBERT (Edward,) grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her dear friend Frances ALDRED and many others who loved her and cared deeply. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 6. A service will be held in the chapel at one o'clock. A reception will follow in the Leaside Room of the funeral home. If desired, donations to a charity of one's choice would be appreciated.

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FIRMANI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-15 published
ABEL, Helen " Margaret" (née FIFE)
Of Saint Thomas, on Friday, July 14, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. Dearly loved wife of over 55 years of Lawrence Alan ABEL and loved mother of Lynn and her husband Leonard FIRMANI, Larry Wilfrid and his wife Jill ABEL, Patricia McBAIN, and Diane and her husband Joe LUNN, all of Saint Thomas, Alan ABEL of Guelph and Douglas and his wife Laura ABEL of Fergus. Loved sister of Audrey DENNY of Saint Thomas, Marion GILCHRIST of Saint Thomas, Jean IRWIN of Long Point and Donna VIRAG of Fingal. Predeceased by 3 sisters Mary FERGUSON, Verna DONALDSON and Patricia McMENEMY. Sadly missed by 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Marg was born in Talbotville on March 17, 1932, the daughter of the late Wilfrid and Dorothy (HARRIS) FIFE. She worked at the Memorial Hospital. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 3: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Visitation Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembances may be made to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital (Palliative Care Unit).

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FIRNSTEIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-23 published
DUNLAP, John William
In his 78th year. John passed away August 31, 2006 at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville, Florida after a long battle with cancer. His loving family was by his side. He worked for Canadian Pacific Rail for a number of years and retired from Kellogg's after 27 years of service. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards and visiting with family and Friends. He is survived by his wife Elsie of Brooksville, Florida, daughter Debbie (Bruce) ELLISON, Saint Marys, stepdaughter Karen (Ted) FIRNSTEIN of Springhill, Florida and stepson Thomas (Sue) MENTRAK of Kingston, Ontario. Three special granddaughters Melissa NOXELL (Don), Tammy NOXELL (Bryce), Tara GARLAND (Chris) and four great grandchildren, Brittany, Alexandra, Brayden and Colby. One sister-in-law Ruth DUNLAP. Cousins, Sandra (John) NOVACK and Marilyn DUNLAP. He will also be missed by nine step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren. John was predeceased by his first wife Marion in 1988. Five brothers Arnie, Malcolm, Dwayne, Gerald and Edward. His father, Harry and mother, Myrtle. Cremation has taken place in Florida. A graveside service is to be held in London at the Grove Cemetery on Huron Street, Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. for family and Friends.

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FIRSTBROOK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-28 published
REID, Jean Louise (née HODGE)
Peacefully at home at The O'Neill Centre, Toronto, on April 27, 2006, in her 92nd year. She leaves her sons Tony and Jon, her daughters-in-law Nancy HARRIS and Janet HARRIS, and her grandchildren Stephanie, Daniel, Natalie and David (Tony and Nancy) and Giles and Julian (Jon and Janet). She also leaves her sisters Edith PLUNKETT of Whitby and Val FIRSTBROOK of Victoria, British Columbia, and her dear friend Barbara HARRIS, as well as 13 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Kay PUGH of Lindsay and Marg ROY of White Rock, British Columbia. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at 3 o'clock at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (2 stoplights west of Yonge Street), Toronto. The family extends its deeply felt thanks to the staff of The O'Neill Centre who have given such extraordinary care and wonderful warm companionship to our mother over the past seven years. The family would appreciate memoriam donations, if desired, be made to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (www.msf.ca).

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FIRSTBROOK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-04 published
VOKES, Donald Arthur
Passed away peacefully with family around him on Tuesday May 2nd, 2006 at Collingwood's General Marine Hospital. Don, a kind and loving man, leaves his loving wife Anne (TYRRELL;) his children Steve and wife Shauna, Roy and wife Pat, and Jane and husband Colin McDONALD; stepchildren Pam and husband George KINZIE, and John FIRSTBROOK and wife Anne; and adoring grandchildren Adam, Katie, and late Jeffery VOKES, Derek McDONALD, Carolyn and Neil KINZIE, and Andrew FIRSTBROOK. Visitation will take place on Thursday May 4, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 in the evening at Fawcett Funeral Homes, 82 Pine Street, Collingwood. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday May 5, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. in the Chapel. Donations may be made to the G and M Hospital in Don's memory. Friends may leave comments for the family by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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FIRSTBROOK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-07 published
FIRSTBROOK, Donald Scott
Passed away on Monday June 5th in Collingwood, at the age of 82. Predeceased by his beloved wife Virginia and his brother Ian H. FIRSTBROOK. Will be dearly missed by his children Joanne REILLY (Keith) of Toronto, Scott FIRSTBROOK (Paula) of Collingwood, and Nancy JENKINSON (Jim) of Invermere, British Columbia. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Brooke and Margot REILLY, Trevor and Leslie FIRSTBROOK, and Barbara and Jaime JENKINSON. Scott attended University of Toronto Schools and upon graduation served with the Fleet Air Arms. Following the war he continued his education at University of Toronto (Victoria College). Devoted to his family and Friends, Scotty had a lifelong passion for sports and friendly competition. He remains an honorary member of both the Toronto Racquet Club and the Osler Bluff Ski Club. Similarly important to him were the times spent canoe tripping on many of the great rivers in Ontario and Quebec. A service will be held at 11: 00 a.m., Friday June 9, 2006 at Fawcett Funeral Homes, Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation. Friends may leave comments for the family by visiting: www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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FIRTH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-05 published
RANSLEY, Annie " Nancy"
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 30, 2006 in her 85th year. Dear mother of David, cherished grandmother of Bryan and Michelle and mother-in-law to Marilyn all of Mississauga. She will be sadly missed by her sister-in-law Marjorie FIRTH of London as well as nieces and nephews in Canada and the United Kingdom. Annie was predeceased by her husband Robert (Bob), sister-in-law Edith PRATT, her very good friend Bill LEGG, her parents Anne (EDMOND) and John JEUNE and her sister Irene CLAYTON. Nancy will be missed by long time Friends in Waterloo where she and her husband Bob were active members of the All Saints Church, Anglican. The family will receive Friends on Thursday, October 5, 2006 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 at the Davidson Chapel, 71 Main Street, Lions Head. The service to celebrate Nancy's life will be held at Christ Church Anglican, Main Street, Lions head on Friday, October 6, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. Jawn KOLOHON officiating. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Donations made to the Ontario Frederation of Naturalists would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences for the family may be left at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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FIRTH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-11 published
HARRISON, Gloria Grace (née McWHIRTER)
Peacefully at Bluewater Health Palliative Care, Sarnia on Monday, April 10, 2006 Gloria Grace (McWHIRTER) HARRISON, age 72 of Sarnia. Gloria was born in New Richmond, Quebec and was a member of St. Luke's United Church. Beloved wife of Eldridge "Al" HARRISON. Devoted mother of Brenda and Steve FIRTH of Vernon, British Columbia and Bob and Melissa HARRISON of Mooretown. Dear grandmother of Brittany, Daytona, Katie and Jake. Sister of Conrad and Rita McWHIRTER, and Bob and Giselle McWHIRTER and their families, all of New Richmond, Quebec. Dear aunt of Ian and Judy BROWN of Sarnia, Linda and Hugh BLAKE of Oshawa, Nancy and Peter MAHER of Calgary, Doug and Janice BROWN of Escuminac, Quebec and their families. Predeceased by her parents Norris and Elizabeth McWHIRTER and by a sister Eleanor BROWN. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends and family will be received at the Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia on Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and evening from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, sympathy through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Bluewater Health Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family. Memories and condolences may be emailed to smithfuneralhome@cogeco.net

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FIRTH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-25 published
CHARLES, Dan
At Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Dan CHARLES, of Ingersoll in his 48th year. Husband of Jane (GILL) CHARLES. son of Charlotte ROCK of Ingersoll. Nephew of Marv and Laura MONETTE of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and Royal and Bob EMERSON of Herbert, Saskatchewan. Cousin of Shannon and Ben and family of Ooan River, British Columbia, Marcy of Vancouver, Fabiola and Laurent and family of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Darlene and family of Lethbridge, Alberta. Step-father of Ari LEPONIEMI and Lisa LEPONIEMI both of Toronto. Step-grandfather of Lauren and Rochelle. Brother-in-law of CHARLES and Maureen GILL of Kingston, Bernard GILL of Timmins, Jim and Claudia GILL of North Bay, Ron and Debbie GILL of North Bay, John GILL of London, Sue GILL of London and Katie and Kevin FIRTH of Peterborough. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Saturday May 27, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Lonnie ATKINSON officiating. Cremation to follow. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-03 published
RANSLEY, Annie " Nancy" (née JEUNE)
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 30, 2006 in her 85th year. Dear mother of David, cherished grandmother of Bryan and Michelle and mother-in-law to Marilyn all of Mississauga. She will be sadly missed by her sister-in-law Marjorie FIRTH of London as well as nieces and nephews in Canada and the United Kingdom. Annie was predeceased by her husband Robert (Bob), sister-in-law Edith PRATT, her very good friend Bill LEGG, her parents Anne (EDMOND) and John JEUNE and her sister Irene CLAYTON. Nancy will be missed by long time Friends in Waterloo where she and her husband Bob were active members of the All Saints Church, Anglican. The family will receive Friends on Thursday, October 5, 2006 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 at the Davidson Chapel, 71 Main Street, Lions Head. The service to celebrate Nancy's life will be held at Christ Church Anglican, Main Street, Lions head on Friday, October 6, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. Jawn KOLOHON officiating. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Donations made to the Ontario Federation of Naturalists would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences for the family may be left at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-16 published
SINCLAIR, Marcelle Violet (née CARTER)
(September 18, 1928-October 12, 2006)
Passed away in Scarborough, Ontario. Born in Quebec city. Beloved wife of the late Clayton SINCLAIR and sisters Margaret FIRTH, Rosemarie SHAW and Barbara TROTTIER and many nephews and nieces. A celebration of Marcelle's life will be held at a later date in Winnipeg.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-21 published
Bruce DUNCAN, Conservationist (1946-2006)
General manager of the Hamilton Conservation Authority haunted Ontario's Niagara escarpment and was a prolific contributor to books and articles on hawks and eagles
By Ron CSILLAG,
Special to the Globe and Mail, Page S9
Toronto -- Not even his own wedding could interfere with Bruce Duncan's love of birds and nature. His 1992 marriage to fellow hawk bander Janet SNAITH took place at Hawk Cliff, a prime hawk-watching bluff overlooking Lake Erie, near Port Stanley, Ontario As Peter WHELAN, the Globe's late birder columnist duly noted at the time, the bride and groom wore binoculars. So did the guests and minister, who had been forewarned the ceremony might be interrupted to observe any interesting birds of prey.
Fifteen minutes before the nuptials, a peregrine falcon portentously circled overhead, but no hawk of note interrupted the "I do's." The next morning, Mr. DUNCAN's new wife helped him capture the first peregrine falcon in his 16 years of banding.
Among Canada's leading naturalists and experts on raptors, or birds of prey, Mr. DUNCAN was a passionate conservationist and outdoorsman who loved to teach schoolchildren in and around Hamilton about the plant and animal life in their surroundings. He was a prolific contributor to books and scholarly articles on eagles, hawks and natural history in Ontario.
Mr. DUNCAN was general manager and chief administrative officer of the Hamilton Conservation Authority. "Bruce was in charge of a $15-million organization and would not carry a cell phone," noted Chris FIRTH- EAGLAND, chairman of the authority. "He so trusted and respected his staff that he wanted them to deal with the issues. He was very hardworking and dedicated and was always pursuing better environmental approaches to doing business, remediating properties and acquiring new lands to protect them."
Normally a quiet, self-effacing man, Mr. DUNCAN had recently been flying high. On October 23, Ontario gifted to the conservation authority a 180-acre parcel of land in upper Stoney Creek, west of Hamilton, called the Eramosa Karst (a geological formation where surface water erodes soft limestone and creates underground streams and caverns). It is considered an environmentally significant property; the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources designated the lands an area of natural and scientific interest in 2003.
Two weeks later, a beaming Mr. DUNCAN emceed the ceremony at which Heritage Green Community Trust announced a $1.5-million donation, which he had negotiated, to the Hamilton Conservation Foundation for the development of the karst lands as the city's newest conservation area.
"Elation couldn't describe how he had been feeling in the last couple of weeks for bringing those two things together," Mr. FIRTH- EAGLAND said. "There's no higher end for us than to acquire new land and open it up for recreation, education and different functions."
Mr. DUNCAN joined the authority in 1988 to run its outdoor education program. He would take schoolchildren on nature hikes through the Dundas Valley. In 1992, he became the Hamilton Conservation Authority's staff ecologist, and a decade later, was named director of watershed planning and engineering, a post in which he was responsible for the flood warning and response system. He became the authority's general manager in January of 2004, and embarked on an ambitious five-year strategic plan.
The authority will mark its 50th anniversary in 2008, and the karst acquisition and donation were fine advance centrepieces. "You can image the satisfaction that our organization felt -- that he felt -- [at] already having this 50th anniversary birthday present all wrapped up, all secured, all ready," Mr. FIRTH- EAGLAND said.
Born in post-war England to a British mother and Scottish-born member of the Canadian army's medical corps, Mr. DUNCAN grew up in Orillia, Ontario He graduated with a psychology degree from Wilfred Laurier University and spent the next three years as a guide at the Quetico Provincial Park west of Thunder Bay, providing instruction in canoeing, trekking and wilderness lore.
The experience was life-changing. He returned to the University of Waterloo to study biology and then worked for 11 years for the Grand River Conservation Authority as a resource interpreter at the Taquanyah Nature Centre near Cayuga, where he established himself as a raptor expert. He supervised the introduction of bald eagles to southern Ontario, and helped introduce peregrine falcons in the Hamilton area.
But it was on hawks Mr. DUNCAN was considered an expert. "He was a self-confessed hawk nut," said Debbie DUNCAN, his sister-in-law. "He had a life-long passion for sharing knowledge and enthusiasm for nature. He was always leading hikes and workshops."
Mr. DUNCAN served as president of both the 500-member Hamilton Naturalist Club and the Ontario Bird Banding Association. He personally banded the legs of thousands of predatory birds to track their migration habits, enduring little more than the usual talon stabs and scratches. He named one of "his" bald eagles Gustav Mahler, for his favourite composer. His friend and co-birder of 30 years, Bob CURRY, recalls that Mr. DUNCAN came close to tears when he discovered that Gustav had been shot and killed over Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec
"He was a gentleman and a gentle man," Mr. CURRY recalled. "He never raised his voice, but managed to influence people."
In 1991, Mr. DUNCAN founded the Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch program, which monitors the migration of hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures over the Niagara Escarpment.
Nicknamed "the Fox" for his red hair, Mr. DUNCAN was a First World War buff who read avidly. "He consumed everything," said his wife, Janet. "If something caught his interest, he wasn't satisfied until he'd read a dozen books on the subject."
He indulged his Scottish heritage once a year when the family hosted a Robbie Burns night at their house (once the home of Alexander Graham Bell.) Mr. DUNCAN would don a kilt and dress a mean haggis. In the warm weather, when not out trekking and communing, he would sit in a lawn chair, imported beer in one hand and requisite binoculars in the other. In the winter, he delighted neighbours by building snowmen and snowdogs.
There were frequent family outings with Janet and two young children. "We were always going somewhere," Janet said, "somewhere different, and experiencing new things."
Mr. DUNCAN received many honours for his work, including Hamilton's Environmentalist of the Year Award in 1992, the Canada 125 Award for Environmental Service to the Community, and a 1997 accolade from the Hawk Migration Association of North America.
As for the stereotypical image of Hamilton as a gritty steel town with little regard for conservation or the environment, Mr. DUNCAN extolled the region as having more waterfalls than any community in North America, and more escarpment lands and green space per capita than any other Canadian city -- and he wanted to keep it that way, said Mr. FIRTH- EAGLAND. " Bruce had a different feeling about Hamilton. He felt that Hamilton was blessed."
And as the Hamilton Spectator noted last week, the community has lost not only a friend, but a teacher whose name is "memorialized in millions of tonnes of uncarved stone -- and grass, woods, streams and caves."
Bruce William DUNCAN was born on January 13, 1946, in Woking, Surrey, England. He died in hospital in Brantford on November 11, 2006, after suffering injuries in a car accident near his home in Paris, Ontario The vehicle he was driving had been struck head-on by a car that had crossed the centre line. The other diver was declared dead at the scene. He was 60. He leaves his wife, Janet; two children, Katie, 10 and James, 13; one brother, Jim, and a sister, Margaret DEMUNNIK. A public celebration of his life will be held at Bay Gardens Funeral and Memorial Centre, 1010 Botanical Dr., Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, November 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-27 published
BUTLER, Joanna " Ann"
Peacefully after a long, courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by the love of her family. Ann, beloved wife of the late Terry. Loving mother of Margot BOURQUE (Barry SETNOR), Janice GILLIS (Gary FIRTH,) Denise DAVIDSON (Derek) and John BUTLER. Cherished Nana to Kevin, Trevor (Ann Marie), Alysha, Shane, Kailey, Tara and great-nana to Terry. Dear sister to Alex SEMANYK (Helen.) Predeceased by sisters Stella and Irene. Sadly missed by her nieces, nephews and her many Friends. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Sunday at 1 p.m. Interment on Monday at 10: 30 a.m. at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. In Ann's memory, donations to the Hill House Hospice, 36 Wright Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 4A1 would be appreciated.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-27 published
McGILL, William Lloyd "Bill" (April 14, 1930-January 26, 2006)
Peacefully, at home as he had wished. Beloved husband of Charlotte. Loving Dad of Ann (Michael DONOHUE) and the late Bill Jr. (1993.) Loving son of the late Mildred and Dr. W.L. McGILL, loving brother of the late Shirley Ann FIRTH and the late Bev PAUL. Bell Canada retiree, member Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Tam Heather Curling Club, Three Legged Lake cottager for over 35 years. Visitation at McDougall & Brown, 2900 Kingston Rd. (416-267-4656), Sunday, January 29 at 11 a.m.; Funeral Service at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow. Interment at Pine Hills Cemetery will take place at a date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund, 1 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E6 would be appreciated by the family.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-29 published
CRAGO, Leland
At St Michael's Hospital, Toronto on Friday, January 27, 2006. Leland, loving brother of Marion FIRTH, Violet PEACOCK, Madeline SARGENT, Calvin CRAGO and the late Fern, Stuart, Jack and Ronald. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Friends may pay their respects at the Morris Funeral Chapel, 4 Division Street, Bowmanville on Sunday, January 29, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in our Chapel on Monday at 1 p.m. Interment Bowmanville Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice in his memory would be gratefully appreciated. www.morrisfuneralchapel.ca

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-11 published
GALLIE, Roderick " Junior"
Peacefully, at the Lakeshore Lodge, Etobicoke, on Monday, February 6, 2006, at the age of 69. Born on May 15, 1936 in New Brunswick, son of the late Hiram and the late Dorothy GALLIE. Predeceased by an older brother Wyman, February 2005. Lovingly remembered by brother Ronald, wife Lila GALLIE, Toronto, sister Faye, husband Vince MASSEY, London, Ontario, half sister Norena FIRTH, Midland, uncle Arnold GALLIE, Toronto, aunt Mrs. Essie GALLIE, Toronto, sister-in-law Mrs. Mabel (Bert) BUCKLEY, Puslinche, many nieces and nephews. Visitation on Monday, February 13 from 12 noon until time of Service at 2: 00 p.m. at Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Etobicoke.

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