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GIFFELS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-05-30 published
GIFFELS, Christiana Julia “Gramma Goose” (STEWARD/STEWART/STUART)
At South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley, on Sunday May 28th, 2006 at the age of 79 years, the former Christiana STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of Paisley and formerly of Brigden. Wife of the late William GIFFELS. Loving mother of Paula and her husband Art HANN, Robert SCHLEICH and his wife Heather, David SCHLEICH and his wife Sussanna, Bill SCHLEICH, Rick SCHLEICH, Tim SCHLEICH, Michael SCHLEICH, John GIFFELS and his wife Gail, Jeff GIFFELS and his wife RuthAnn, Brenda and her husband John-David MacTAVISH, and Judy THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. She is predeceased by her grand_son Jason, her granddaughter Nikki, and by her brother Ivan STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. A memorial service will be conducted at the W. Kent Milroy Paisley Chapel, 216 Queen Street, S., Paisley on Friday, June 2nd at 11.00 a.m. with the Rev. Gordon WILLIAMS officiating. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia. In lieu of memorial contributions, donations of Angels or perennial flowers may be made to the 'Gardens of Angels at Tales by the Brook' in honour of Chris would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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GIFFELS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-23 published
FINN, William G.
William G. FINN, husband and traveling companion for 57 years of Lorraine (CROOKS), Lions Head. Father of Sue Ellen FINN (Richard), Edmonton, John FINN (Conny), Sarnia, Penny HORNBLOWER (Bill), Sarnia, Tim FINN, Sarnia, Christine RUSSO (Mario,) Edmonton. Grandfather of 10 grandchildren and great-grandfather of 5. Survived by sisters Alice SANTSCHE (Sarnia,) Grace CHAMBERLAIN (Sarnia,) Jean ELNOR (Forest) and Eunice ATMORE, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Pre-deceased by parents Mary Catherine and William FINN. Sisters Margaret WILES, Olive GIFFELS, Mary WAYBRANT, Ellen PIPPARD and Audrey CARR. Brothers Gord and Jim FINN. Former employee of Imperial Oil, Sarnia and a veteran of World War 2. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of the D.J. Robb Funeral Home on Saturday, November 25th at 2: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lions head Hospital, 22 Moore Street, Lions Head, Victorian Order of Nurses 1280 20th St. E., Owen Sound, N4K 6H6, Grey Bruce Palliative Care, 1800 8th St. E., Owen Sound, Attn - Bruce Peninsula Hospice or the Grey Bruce Red Cross Community Health Services, 1450 1st Ave. W., Owen Sound, N4K 6W2. Messages of condolence can be sent to djrobb@ebtech.net

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GIFFELS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-05 published
IRWIN, Bonnie Ann (née BABCOCK)
In her 65th year passed away peacefully on February 17, 2006. At the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta. Beloved wife of William John Thomas IRWIN. Loving mother of John (Cheryl) IRWIN, Debbie (Roger) GIFFELS, Tammy (Ralph) FULKERSON and Jeffery (Sherry) IRWIN. Proud grandmother of Jennifer, Rachal, Natasha, Douglas, Brocke, Devon, Jace. Bonnie leaves her loving siblings Joe, Norma, Barbara, Sheila and Julia. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers George and Bob. A special thank you to the medical staff, nurses and doctors at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, especially to Doctor Lau, Doctor Hunter, nurses Kim, Chelsea and Ricka for their dedication and care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca). A memorial tribute celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, May 13th at the Brigden Memorial Hall at 1 p.m.

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GIFFELS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-16 published
GIFFELS, Christiana Julia
By David John SCHLEICH, Page A22
Mother, poet. Born May 13, 1927, in Hamilton, Ontario Died May 28, in Chesley, Ontario, of natural causes, aged 79.
Unlike Chaucer's famous Wife of Bath whom she admired and who outlived five husbands, Chris GIFFELS outlived only two. The first was a handsome, sailor-salesman. The second worked a lifetime at Polymer in Sarnia and was a devoted family man. They represented the contrary imperatives that propelled her through life. Like her literary hero, she always said that she was on a pilgrimage. Like many women of her generation, she had had little formal education, but all her life she hungered for models and ideas to help transcend the hand life dealt her. Always she yearned to discover and express her intense creativity and considerable raw intelligence. Her marriages she likened to bookends framing her life; in the middle, though, "I ran my own show."
Her parents were from Liverpool and imposed a strict, "unconscious" Protestant upbringing. And then, "like fire and powder/Which, as they kiss, consume" (she loved Shakespeare, too), along came Paul, the handsome Romanian-German immigrant Canadian navy sailor "hunk" with whom she had seven children in eight years, shocking both sets of parents. It started at the legendary Wonderland dance pavilion in London, Ontario, during the Second World War, where men on leave would partner up, jiving to the Big Bands. She was with her sailor for 10 years. "I was a stupid kid, but oh could he dance, the old goat," she said more than once.
Painfully, he danced with many other women too and their marriage inevitably collapsed. Even so, she'd show the picture of their wedding day in 1944, he in his sailor's uniform, and she a striking 17-year-old beauty who craved excitement and change. And then she'd show the wedding pictures of her and Bill 20 years later. (Sometimes, she'd show another picture, taken in between, of seven children hanging off an exhausted young woman of 27 who needed to flee to survive.)
Where she found the courage or the depths of her despair, we can only speculate, but she left her first husband and their kids behind and went on an unusual odyssey for a woman of her time and adopted Catholic faith. An eighth child, a boy, was born but died soon after in Saskatchewan. She wandered alone around North America for a number of years, at one point working as a cook in two lumber camps in British Columbia, and at another waitressing in a "greasy spoon" in San Francisco, all the while carrying the guilt and stress of having left her children and husband. Eventually she returned to southern Ontario and married Bill GIFFELS, settling in Brigden. Little by little she re-engaged with her own children and, with Bill, raised four more. Bill always recruited her to be the manager of their northern camps during hunting trips; she was a superb organizer. She became a published poet at age 60, declaring that if she had it to do again, "I'd try to be a writer like Alice Munro."
In the end, her body yielded to a lifelong load of kids, husbands, work, and a numbing fear that she had missed herself. In her final months she told tales of adventure that blended fact and fantasy with an extraordinary narrative energy. She also quit hiding a long-confined bitter edge, blaming herself for "a mixed-up life."
The last time I saw her she wouldn't eat her dinner. Instead she ordered and finished off (fast) a bowl of ice cream unsuitable for any chronic diabetic, defying her caregivers with "Like it or lump it." She was worried about her 37 cats that day, too. They lived with her in her self-described "cat house." Chris GIFFELS's spirit plays out in the lives of more than two dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is buried beside her second husband, miles from her first.
David John SCHLEICH is Chris's No. 3 son.

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GIFFEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-03 published
GARE, Donald Dwight
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre (University Campus), London, on Monday, January 2, 2006. Donald Dwight GARE of Strathroy in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Louise (THOMAS) GARE. Dear father of Brian and Winnie GARE of Strathroy, Laurie FERGUSON of Strathroy and Steven GARE of London. Loved grandfather of Kelly GARE, Brad GARE, Kyle FERGUSON and Jasmyne FERGUSON. Brother-in-law of Earlene (Cam) WADSWORTH of Guelph, Elaine THOMAS of Ailsa Craig, Leota (Dave) ROBERTSON of Adelaide Twp., and David (Nancy) GIFFEN of East Williams Twp. Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Manford and Freda GARE and brother Kenneth. Don was a past president of the Strathroy Jaycees and the Strathroy Lions Club and was in the floor covering business. Visitation will be held at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Wednesday, January 4 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 5 at 3 p.m. with Reverend Jock TOLMAY officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Strathroy Hospital Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Donald.

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GIFFEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-26 published
CALLAGHAN, Freida Maude (GIFFEN)
At Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Friday, February 24th, 2006, Freida Maude (GIFFEN) in her 92nd year. Loved wife of the late Ernest CALLAGHAN (1974.) Mother of Irene BROOKS and husband Bob of Saint Thomas and Marilyn ZIMMER and husband Joseph of Dashwood. Caring Grandmother of Lori and John MacFARLANE of Saint Thomas and Mark and Barb BROOKS of Port Stanley, Andrea ZIMMER of Vancouver, Michael and wife heather ZIMMER of Scarborough and Craig of Zurich. Great-Grandmother to Skylar MacFARLANE, Katherine, Jessica and Ashley BROOKS. Sister-in-law of Phyllis CALLAGHAN and pre-deceased by brother Melville GIFFEN. Friends and family may call at the Harper Funeral Home in Watford (519-876-2218) on Monday, February 27th, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Parish Prayers at 6: 30 p.m. on Monday. Private Funeral Mass for family members only to follow. Interment at All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Strathroy. If desired, memorial contributions to the Arthritis Society would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy.

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GIFFEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2006-01-04 published
GARE, Donald Dwight
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre (University Campus), London, on Monday, January 2, 2006, Donald Dwight GARE of Strathroy, in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Louise (THOMAS) GARE. Dear father of Brian and Winnie GARE of Strathroy, Laurie FERGUSON of Strathroy, and Steven GARE of London. Loved grandfather of Kelly GARE, Brad GARE, Kyle FERGUSON, and Jasmyne FERGUSON. Brother-in-law of Earlene (Cam) WADSWORTH of Guelph, Elaine THOMAS of Ailsa Craig, Leota (Dave) ROBERTSON of Adelaide Twp., and David (Nancy) GIFFEN of East Williams Twp. Also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Manford and Freda GARE and brother Kenneth. Don was a past president of the Strathroy Jaycees and the Strathroy Lions Club and was in the floor covering business. Visitation was held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy, on Wednesday, January 4 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 5 at 3 p.m. with Reverend Jock TOLMAY officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Strathroy Hospital Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Donald.

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GIFFEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-30 published
GIFFEN, Merrill (née TYERS)
Passed away due to heart complications on Sunday, January 29th, 2006 at the age of 66. Sadly missed by her children Glenn and his wife Kyoko, Laura and her husband Nick. Beloved grandmother to Emily. Dear sister to Terry and his wife Annick and aunt to Laurent and Nicolas. Friends may call at the Giffen-Mack "Danforth" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2570 Danforth Ave. (at Main St. subway), 416-698-3121 on Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 from 6-8 p.m. with a service in the chapel on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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GIFFEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-27 published
MacDONALD, Jean Isabel (née GIFFEN) (1911-2006)
Formerly of Inglewood. Peacefully passed away at Extendicare Brampton, on March 25, 2006 at the age of 94. Dear wife of the late J. Duncan (1974). Dear mother of Robert (Vivianne) (Arthur, Ontario,) Isabel HOWEY (Mike PILLAR) (Minden, Ontario,) and Norman (Gwen) (Inglewood, Ontario). Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of seven. Friends and family will be received at the Scott Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 289 Main St. N., Brampton (905-451-1100) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 11 a.m. Private interment will be held at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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GIFFIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-09-29 published
GIFFIN, Gladys
Peacefully at Lee Manor Nursing Home, Owen Sound, On Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of Orville GIFFIN, on their 59th Wedding Anniversary. Beloved mother of Ina (Howard) BENTLEY, Owen Sound, Daryl (Debbie) GIFFIN, Barrie, Valerie (Wolfgang) SCHMUDE, St. Catharines. Beloved grandmother of Scott and Jeremy BENTLEY, Seann and Kyle GIFFIN, Bryanna McMANUS, Aaron and Andrew SALIBA. Also survived by her sister Grace HILDRETH, Hamilton. Predeceased by her brothers Ed and Lorne ENOS, sister Vera MOUNTAIN and granddaughter Taryn GIFFIN. Friends will be received at the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home, 36 Lake Avenue Drive, Stoney Creek, on Sunday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9: 00 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Monday, October 2nd at 11: 00 a.m. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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GIFFIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-20 published
GIFFIN
The family of the late Gladys GIFFIN wish to express their heartfelt thanks for all the expressions of sympathy shown to our family during the loss of our loving wife, mother and grandmother. Your support means so much to us. All the flowers, cards, gifts, visits and calls to our family are very much appreciated. We extend our sincere thanks to the staff of the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home in Stoney Creek. Thank you so much to Rev. David SHEPHERD for his comforting words. We will never forget them. A very special thank you to Lee Manors first floor staff who provided such wonderful, loving care for Gladys, and for our family the last few days, you will never know how it was appreciated. Thank you to Bethel Gospel Tabernacle to the lovely luncheon. Everyone's kindnesses and support will always be remembered.
- Orville GIFFIN, Ina BENTLEY, Daryl GIFFIN, Valerie SCHMUDE and families
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GIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-27 published
GIFFIN, Lt. Col. Ralph Eugene, C.D., M.B.A.
(Royal Canadian Regiment)
With dignity at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus on December 24, 2006, at age 49. Cherished husband for 25 years of Andrea (née CROWELL) and beloved father of Megan, Tricia, and Sarah. Predeceased by his mother Norinne GIFFIN, Ralph is survived by his father Ralph Sr. (Linda SHAY/SHEA) and his sister Karen (Bob PAUL). Son-in-law of Douglas and Grace CROWELL. He will be fondly remembered by numerous relatives and colleagues. During his brief battle with cancer, Ralph continued to live honourably and with courage. Many will remember him for his dry wit and artful mastery of the English language, which he incorporated into every facet of his personal and professional life. The values that he embraced and emulated will live on through his children and in the memory of all who knew him. A visitation will take place at the Kelly Funeral Home, 2370 Saint_Joseph Blvd, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, December 28th. There will be a memorial service in the chapel at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 29th. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation or a charity of one's choice would be appreciated. A special thanks to Doctor LAURIE, Sylvie MARCHAND- ALARY, Suzanne GIRARD, and the many other wonderful nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals who helped so much during this difficult time.

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GIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-17 published
GIFFIN, Ruth Isobel
On Saturday, April 15, 2006, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Harry GIFFIN. Loving mother of Elaine and her husband Roy FENWICK and Everett "Bud" GIFFIN. Most cherished grandma of Robert and his wife Janice, John and his partner Leigh, Allen and his wife Jennifer and Michael and his partner Chrissie. Dear great-grandmother of Charlotte, Faith and Chelsea. Ruth is predeceased by her sisters Esther and Phoebe and by brothers Alexander and Ian. Friends will be received by the family at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East (east of Kennedy Rd.), Agincourt, on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Ogden Chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Knox United Church, Agincourt, would be appreciated by the family.

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GIFFORD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-26 published
PRATT, Eulia "Ina" Louise (formerly WILKINSON, née BERRY)
Of Elgin Manor, on Saturday, June 24, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Donald George "Bud" PRATT of Port Bruce and the late Robert WILKINSON. Loved mother of Bryan and his wife Caroline WILKINSON of Saint Thomas, Robin WILKINSON and his partner Marlene REAUME of Saint Thomas and Donna and her husband Michael PARKER of Mount Brydges. Step-mother of Randy PRATT of Saint Thomas and the late Rick PRATT. Dear sister of Ruth GIFFORD of London. Predeceased by 3 sisters Dortha BOUGHNER, Iola MELVILLE and Edythe WALKER and by 4 brothers Ken, Jack, Robert, Glenn BERRY. Dear mother-in-law pf Mary PRATT of Saint Thomas and sister-in-law of Dorothy WILKINSON of Saint Thomas. Sadly missed by a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Ina was born in Saint Thomas on January 19, 1930, the daughter of the late Albert Edward and Eulia Bertia LARUE) BERRY. She worked at Weatherhead and the Saint Thomas Psychiatric Hospital. A Memorial service to celebrate Ina's life will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment of ashes in follow in Saint Thomas Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday from 10: 00-11:00 a.m. Remembrances may be made to the Parkinson Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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GIFFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-21 published
GIFFORD, Owen Charles
(Long standing member with the Scarboro Golf Club)
Passed away suddenly, at home, on January 19, 2006. Loving husband of June. Dear father of Doug, Keith and his wife Ellen, and grandfather to Faith "Best friend in the whole wide world." Survived by his brothers Ron (Bev) and Keith (Sandy) and his sisters-in-law Sue, Marian and Linda. He will always be remembered by many relatives and Friends. Owen has a permanent place in our hearts. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Rd. (east of St. Clair Ave. E.), on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. On-line condolences available through www.mcdbrown-scarb.ca

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GIFFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-09 published
SPENCE, Clarence T.
Passed away peacefully at his home on February 8, 2006 after a lengthy illness in his 85th year. Beloved husband for 57 years of Ruth (née BULL.) Loving father of Brian (Darleen,) Linda (David,) Gifford, Tammy HODGHINS and Shaun COOKE. Grandfather of Lisa (Brad) KLINCK, Susan SPENCE, Shawn and Andrew GIFFORD and great-grandfather of Caleb and Sarah KLINCK. Survived by his brother, Donald, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Clarence loved his Lord, his family and his church. He was an active member of the Richmond Hill Free Methodist Church for over 30 years. Mr. SPENCE was a Veteran of World War 2 and worked 32 years at Bell Canada. Predeceased by his brothers Bill and Maurice. Thanks to Dr. Christopher PINTO and the Dorothy Ley Hospice of Etobicoke for the excellent care Dad received. Friends and family are invited to a visitation at the Ward Funeral Home, 2671 Hwy. 7, Woodbridge (west of Pine Valley Drive), 905-851-9100, where the family will receive Friends, on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 10: 30 a.m. in the chapel. Interment Beechwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dorothy Ley Hospice or Operation Christmas Child.

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GIFKINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-18 published
GIFKINS, Linda L.
Passed away peacefully on Friday, March 17, 2006. Linda, beloved wife of James (Jimmy). Dear mother of Dan (Carolyn) and Kariann (Jeff) FORD. Dear daughter of Marjorie BARKER. Grandma to Bryce, Matthew, Kristy, Tyler and Nicole. Sister to June, Ruthann, George, Gary, Wayne and Glen. Friends and family may visit at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 1057 Brock Road, Pickering (south of 401), 905-686-5589 on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment at Duffin Meadows Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, 20 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2N8 would be appreciated.

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