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HECHICH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-05 published
HECHICH, Palmira (née STERPIN)
On April 3, 2006 at Humber River Regional Hospital, Church Site. Beloved wife of the late Vittorio HECHICH. Predeceased by her mother Erminia and father Antonio STERPIN. Much loved sister of Aldo and his spouse Joanne. Dear aunt to Rob (Tina), Randi (Gianni), Michelle (Clint), Danielle (Skip), David (Anne-Marie). Great-aunt to 11 great-nieces and nephews. After a valiant battle with cancer, she is now at peace. Palmira will be greatly missed by her family and many Friends, especially, Pipsi and Don, Lucio Cicin and Ida Scarpa. A special thank you to Villa Colombo and Humber River Regional Oncology Care Unit for your tender care of our loved one and to everyone who participated in her care over the last 5 years. Friends will be received at the Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas St. West on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 11: 30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes Association.

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HECHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-13 published
FRASER, Susan Diane
Suddenly, after a prolonged battle with breast cancer, but in complete and absolute control to the end on Saturday, December 9, 2006. A woman of extraordinary class and integrity, Susan was the total, professional communications executive, who organized everything in life, starting with her beloved husband Steven HECHT, and her brothers Don and Cameron FRASER. A great friend to all animals including the two she couldn't organize, her cats Tulip and Panama Fraser. A brief graveside ceremony will take place at noon on Friday, December 15th at York Cemetery, 160 Beecroft Road. In accordance with her explicit instructions, goodbyes can only be said in the context of a joyous reception to be held immediately following, at the Ontario Association of Architects, 111 Moatfield Drive (Don Mills and York Mills), 416-449-6898.

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HECHTL o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-05-24 published
MATHERS, Russel David
Peacefully on Thursday May 18, 2006 with his family at his side at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie in his 62nd year. Russ of Wasaga Beach, beloved husband of Genie (née DUFF.) Loving and devoted father of Todd and his spouse Linda HECHTL, Kari and her spouse John MILLER and Daniel and his wife Heather. Dear son of Harry and Bea MATHERS. Caring brother of Alan, Marion and her husband Murray BEETLESTONE, Susan and her husband Bill IRONSIDE and the late Anne and her husband Sam DOMINELLI. Uncle of Blair, Dexter, Alana, Jennifer, Amarya and Celeste. Brother-in-law of Heather and Dennis DAKIN and their children Jason and Tara. Russ was a dedicated Funeral Director beginning his career at his family Funeral Home in Stayner followed by over 30 years with Turner and Porter Funeral Directors, Toronto. He will be sadly missed by all those whose lives he touched. Friends were received at the Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, 7313 Highway 26 (Main St.) Stayner (705-428-2637) from 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Service was held in the Chapel on Monday May 22, 2006 at 11 o'clock. Interment Stayner Union Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Royal Victoria Hospital Regional Cancer Care Centre, Barrie would be appreciated by his family. For more information or to sign the online guest book, log on to www.generations.on.ca.
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HECKENDORF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-08 published
BROWN, Eleanor Ruby (née SPICER)
Peacefully at McGarrell Place on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, Eleanor Ruby BROWN (née SPICER) of London in her 81st year. She was surrounded by the love of her family when she peacefully passed on. Beloved wife and fishing partner of Wilfred. Mother of Donna and Eric CAULFIELD, Dianne and Ron MacDONALD, Barbara and Ken BERMAN, Pat and Hugh HECKENDORF, Sandy and Ron LEBOLDUS, Gerry and Christine BROWN, Terri HOLLIDAY, Kathy and Jerry MOON, Wendy and Mike NEIL, Andy and Sandi BROWN. Dear sister of Bill and Shirley SPICER and Almeda and Jack VANOS and many nieces and nephews. Will be missed by her grandchildren: Mark, Victoria, Scott, Anna, Paul, Shawn, Lisa, Kelly, Jeff, Jenn, Mike, Michelle, Nick, Justin B., Jeffrey B., Jeff H., Christine, Josh, Destiny, Justin M., Katie, Kim, Kyle, Brodie, Devan and Haley, and great-grandchildren: Maddison and Paityn, Ryan, Baby Caulfield, D.J., Alyssa, Skylar, Raegan and Baby MOON and Ben the Beagle. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, December 8th, 2006 from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. where the funeral service will take place in the chapel at 1 p.m. Saturday. Reception to follow. Cremation. Memorial donations to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or Alzheimers Society would be appreciated by the family. Email condolences may be sent to westview@execulink.com

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HECKENDORF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-09 published
BROWN, Eleanor Ruby (née SPICER)
Peacefully at McGarrell Place on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, Eleanor Ruby BROWN (née SPICER) of London in her 81st year. She was surrounded by the love of her family when she peacefully passed on. Beloved wife and fishing partner of Wilfred. Mother of Donna and Eric CAULFIELD, Dianne and Ron MacDONALD, Barbara and Ken BERMAN, Pat and Hugh HECKENDORF, Sandy and Ron LEBOLDUS, Gerry and Christine BROWN, Terri HOLLIDAY, Kathy and Jerry MOON, Wendy and Mike NEIL, Andy and Sandi BROWN. Dear sister of Bill and Shirley SPICER and Almeda and Jack VANOS and many nieces and nephews. Will be missed by her grandchildren: Mark, Victoria, Scott, Anna, Paul, Shawn, Lisa, Kelly, Jeff, Jenn, Mike, Michelle, Nick, Justin B., Jeffrey B., Jeff H., Christine, Josh, Destiny, Justin M., Katie, Kim, Kyle, Brodie, Devan and Haley, and great-grandchildren: Maddison and Paityn, Ryan, Baby CAULFIELD, D.J., Alyssa, Skylar, Raegan and Baby MOON and Ben the Beagle. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, December 8th, 2006 from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. where the funeral service will take place in the chapel at 1 p.m. Saturday. Reception to follow. Cremation. Memorial donations to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or Alzheimers Society would be appreciated by the family. Email condolences may be sent to westview@execulink.com

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HECKMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-10 published
AYEARST, Mary Elizabeth (née HECKMAN)
73, of London (formerly of Saint Thomas) died at peace in the arms of her daughter on Thursday, March 9, of multiple myeloma. Born in Orange, California, she moved in infancy to Saskatchewan with her family after a frightening earthquake in California. Eventually they settled in Fingal, when her father joined the Canadian Air Force during the war. Mom had an independent and adventurous spirit and instilled the best of those qualities in her three children. She not only gave us our wings, but the courage to fly. A softie who carried spiders outside to freedom and couldn't bear to trap a cottage mouse, she could also move Heaven and Earth to stand up for her kids or the rights of others. Mom always cheered for the underdog -- with the notable exception of favourite golfer Tiger Woods -- and her great sense of style had her constantly redecorating the homes of Friends and family. Her creative and artistic talents found a natural outlet in pottery and works from her studio adorn homes across Ontario, as gifts and through sales at galleries and charity auctions. In later years she was also a travel guide, escorting tours of the exotic and the mundane and often accompanied by her dear sister June. She took groups to Europe and the U.S. but also slogged through day trips to baseball games and shopping malls. And, it remains a mystery how well she could lead a trip to Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay yet get hopelessly lost with her sister while driving to meet family in Florida. She was never afraid to learn new things and late in life became an Internet junkie, messaging family and Friends around the globe with letters and photos. She even came to own pirated music CDs, for an eclectic taste that ran from Lyle Lovett to B.B. King. Mom treasured summers at her Bogie's Beach cottage, especially the times watching her grandchildren at play. They grew up there in the same carefree way that her own kids did during their summers at her Mom and Dad's home in Indiana -- with tons of adventure and smothered in love. Mom was a stickler for loving us all equally, although in individual ways matched to our personalities. (At Christmas, the value of our presents would be exactly the same to the point of adding a trinket or two to balance things.) She was extremely proud of "how you kids turned out," as she would often say, pointing to Steve and his wonderful family, her cherished relationship with Liz and John's love sent continually from a thousand miles away. Mary is survived by her three children John (Flor-Anne), of Amethyst Harbour near Thunder Bay; Steve (Maura) and their children Josh, Jordan and Danielle, of Barrie; and Liz ROBB (Ted,) of London. Also surviving are brother Glen (Pete) HECKMAN and his wife Estella of Elkton, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Cherished friends and soul mates Naomi GIBSON, Audrey THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Marianne FISHER also survive. Predeceased by her husband John (Pat) in 1982, parents Pete and Beryl HECKMAN, sister June FILLMORE in 2003 and brothers Robert and Jackie in infancy. Cremation has taken place and at Mom's request there will be no funeral service. A visitation to celebrate Mary's life, will be held Saturday, March 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd. N., in London. Mom was very grateful to Liz's employer, a registered charitable organization, for allowing her the flexibility to address Mom's needs during the lengthy illness. In recognition of that and in lieu of flowers, we would be grateful for donations made to: Hutton House Foundation, 654 Wonderland Rd. North, London N6H 3E5. Tax receipts will be issued. Aunt June will be waiting in Heaven to guide her on their next adventure -- but first Mom will probably want to redecorate the place. Rest in peace, dear heart.

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HECKMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-17 published
AYEARST, Mary Elizabeth (née HECKMAN)
Of London (formerly of Saint Thomas), who died March 9. A celebration of Mary's life will be held with a gathering of family and Friends on Saturday, March 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd. N., in London. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations made to: Hutton House Foundation, 654 Wonderland Rd. N., London N6H 3E5.

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HECKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-12 published
HETHERINGTON, Joan Elizabeth (née GODSOE)
Passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Saturday, December 9, 2006, in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Ewart Sim HETHERINGTON (1986.) Loving mother of Peter and David (Anna) and dear grandmother of Stephanie, Katrina and Alison. She was predeceased by her parents, Herbert and Julia (HECKMAN) GODSOE and brothers Douglas and Herbert -- all of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was very active in Trinity United Church and in particular the choir. She will be most remembered for her joy of entertaining others with her special gift of music. She also had a great love of art and a fondness for animals. Special thanks to the wonderful caregivers at the Newmarket Health Centre. Friends may call at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket, on Wednesday, December 13th from 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 14th at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Church, Main Street South, Newmarket. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Trinity United Church Memorial Fund or the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences at www.roadhouseandrose.com

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HECKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-16 published
HETHERINGTON, Joan Elizabeth (née GODSOE)
Passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Saturday, December 9, 2006 in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Ewart Sim HETHERINGTON (1986.) Loving mother of Peter and David (Anna) and dear grandmother of Stephanie, Katrina and Alison. She was predeceased by her parents Herbert and Julia (HECKMAN) GODSOE and brothers Douglas and Herbert, all of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was very active in Trinity United Church, and in particular, the choir. She will be most remembered for her joy of entertaining others with her special gift of music. She also had a great love of art and a fondness for animals. Special thanks to the wonderful caregivers at the Newmarket Health Centre. Friends called at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket, Ontario on Wednesday, December 13th from 7-9 p.m. A memorial service was held on Thursday, December 14th at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Church, Main Street South, Newmarket. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Trinity United Church Memorial Fund or the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences at www.roadhouseandrose.com

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HECTOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-29 published
GATES, Beverley Richard
In his 83rd year at Parkwood Hospital on April 27, 2006. Loving husband and best friend of Madeleine (SZUMLINSKI.) Predeceased by his first wife Cathie (CROCKER) (2001.) Dear father of Scott (Sharon) GATES, Waterloo and Randy (Linda) GATES, London. Loving Grandpa of Jeffrey (Jacqueline) GATES, Kitchener, Craig (Kristin) GATES, Regina, Saskatchewan., Sherri GATES (fiancé Tom FURMANCZYK), Waterloo, Stephanie (Rob) HECTOR, Kitchener, Angela (Luke) DUNSHEA, Australia, Geoffrey GATES (fiancée Daniele ARGUE,) Japan. Great Grandpa of Victoria and Davis GATES, Kitchener and Katelyn DUNSHEA, Australia. Dear brother of Doug (June) GATES, Willowdale, nephews Douglas and Gordon GATES and niece Barbara LORD. Predeceased by his brother, Fred GATES. Memorial Service in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Parkwood Hospital, London on Monday, May 1, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. Visitation 1:00 p.m. prior to service. Reverend Darrell SHAULE officiating. (Friends and family may use Lot 3 in the parking lot for the Service). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Society or Parkwood Veterans Care would be appreciated by the family. (Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester 519-268-7672 entrusted with arrangements).

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HECTOR o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-06-28 published
HECTOR, Ryan Andrew (July 30, 1980-June 28, 1998)
Lovingly Remembered by Grace and Dianna HECTOR and Family
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HECTOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-10 published
WALKER, Peter
By Heather MacANDREW and David SPRINGBETT, Page A16
Documentary cinematographer, husband, father. Born May 16, 1952, in London, England. Died November 4, 2005 in Ajax, Ontario, of cancer, aged 53.
A couple of months before he died, Peter WALKER found himself on the other side of a video camera being interviewed about the big subjects: life, death, love and cancer's impact on his life. Ever articulate, Peter spoke about facing death and what he wanted his last moments on Earth to be like. What caused him to falter, and his voice break, during this interview, was when he began to talk about his young daughters, and how becoming a father had profoundly transformed his life. It was working on a television series, Birth Stories, filming the births of complete strangers, that gradually turned this cool, hip, urban, childless man into a doting father at age 50.
Documentary work allows special entry into a multitude of situations, beliefs, countries and cultures most of us can only dream about. Peter was endlessly curious and that, along with his technical skill and artist's eye, made him a sought-after cinematographer in a competitive business.
But Peter's special gift was was the personal connection he was able to make with even the most reluctant subjects. Jackie, his partner, has observed that perhaps with the camera acting as a screen he could be open to intimacy with his subjects. That intimacy, along with Peter's ability to live in the moment while shooting, made for magic on the screen.
Peter and his sister Marilyn moved to Toronto from London, England, with their parents in 1957 when Peter was 4. They lost their mother to cancer when they were teenagers. As Marilyn remembers it, they didn't even know she was sick until she went into hospital and then a few days later they were at her funeral.
The way Peter handled his own illness was very different. He was completely open and willing to talk about what was happening to him; able to ask for and accept help.
Peter travelled the world with his work. He was an excellent and philosophical traveller even under the most arduous conditions. He always had half a dozen books in his extremely organized cases and he especially loved talking politics and conspiracy theories. It was during a shoot in Honduras that he first became aware that he was unwell. A biopsy after surgery confirmed bowel cancer.
He was by this time with Jackie FERRIER, the love of his life, filming the Birth Stories television series and planning their own family. The cancer seemed under control. Morgan was born in 2002. But the cancer came back, spreading to his abdominal cavity. Learning that the cancer was incurable and the prognosis bleak, they made the difficult decision to have another child. Taylor was born in January, 2005.
Last spring, a benefit honouring Peter's work was organized by Friends in the film industry. Pete was well enough to attend and watch a moving compilation video of his work that a colleague, Nick HECTOR, had assembled. During the evening Pete thanked many of the directors he had worked with over the years, not the least of whom was veteran filmmaker Allan King. Pete had shot Allan's Dying at Grace and had just completed Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company, Allan's most recent film. When it was premiered at the Toronto film Festival in September, 2005, Pete was only weeks away from death but he and Jackie made it to the screening.
Photographers and cinematographers have a special relationship to light. Peter took artistic risks with his work and often those risks were all about using the light in such a way as to make an image unforgettable. When Peter died, Jackie said Pete's head turned toward the light, just as he had wanted.
Heather and David are Friends of Peter.

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