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HUFF o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-01-06 published
McMILLAN, Blanche
The family of the late Blanche McMILLAN would like to extend their thanks to everyone who offered their condolences, sent cards, food, charitable donations and floral tributes in her memory. To Dr. H. HUFF, Dr. J. RICE and the staff of Country Lane L.T.C. Nursing Home for their care and concern. A special thank you to Brian E. Wood Funeral Home and staff for guidance and support. To Dr. Brad CLARK for honouring our mother's life. Marianne McMILLAN for her words of remembrance and a special thanks to the grand_son's who served as pallbearers. Lovingly remembered and missed by Harold, Carolyn, Doug, Bonnie and families.
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HUFF o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-02-03 published
LISLE, Tom
The family of the late Tom LISLE would like to express their heartfelt thanks to relatives, Friends and neighbours for their condolences, expressions of sympathy and for the many floral and charitable donations made in Tom's memory. A special thanks to Dr. MARSH, Dr. HAY, Dr. RICE and Dr. HUFF. As well to the nurses on 4-1 for their care and compassion during Tom's illness and stay in Hospital. The staff of the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, Brian, Jean and Joan thank you for your help and guidance in our time of need. Your thoughtfulness will long be remembered. Our sincere appreciation to Dr. Brad CLARK for his fitting and comforting words at the service. It is during a time like this that we realize what our Friends and family mean to us.
- Thank you so much, The LISLE family.
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HUFF o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-03 published
McNABB, Barb
On behalf of the late Angel Barb McNABB, who passed away in our home or February 11th, 2006. I wish to thank Dr HUFF and Dr. RICE for their weekly visits. But most of all Cathy MITCHELL from Community Care Access Centre and Mary LOW/LOWE/LOUGH for her advice. All the nurses from the Victorian Order of Nurses and all the Red Cross homemakers who came everyday, twice a day, 7 days a week and cared for my Lady, my hat goes off to all of you. And to Dr. WRIGHT for what he has done for me. To all who sent cards, mass cards, donated to the Canadian Cancer Society, brought in food during our time of loss. To all of you who gave my Angel Barb and I a great gift of time, thank you for this. On behalf of John H. NcNabb Construction Ltd., that Barb helped to build, thank you.
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HUFF o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-30 published
Owen Sound doctors on the move
Three going from family practices to hospital. Others, including nurse practitioner may help fill the gap.
By Jonathon JACKSON, Thursday, March 30, 2006
Three family doctors in Owen Sound have given up or will soon leave their practices, choosing to work exclusively at the city hospital.
Dr. Ann FLEMING/FLEMMING has reportedly already made the switch and plans to work solely in the emergency department, where she will soon be joined by Doctor Cornelius VAN ZYL. Doctor Brendan MULROY will also leave family medicine for an undisclosed role at the hospital.
But Doctor Carolyn TISHER has moved to town and established a practice in the Eastview Professional Building, where she'll assume at least some of VAN ZYL's patients.
And Sonja BRUIN, a primary care nurse practitioner, has opened a practice at two locations in Owen Sound. She's working with Dr. Hilli HUFF in the Medical Arts Building on Alpha Street and with Doctor Anne-Louise McARTHUR in the Greystone office building on 8th Street East.
Coincidentally or not, FLEMING/FLEMMING and HUFF shared office space, as do MULROY and McARTHUR.
Sharon WINEGARDEN, a physician recruitment officer with Grey Bruce Health Services, said another doctor may soon arrive to replace FLEMING/FLEMMING but nothing is definite, including the percentage of FLEMING/FLEMMING's patients she'd be willing to assume.
“As far as I know, there is one that's coming but she hasn't signed anything yet,” WINEGARDEN said.
MULROY had been acting as a spokesperson for a family health team in Owen Sound. Plans for that team are still moving ahead, albeit slowly, according to Doctor Cam TWEEDIE, who is the team's lead physician.
He said organizers received a development grant earlier this month from the provincial Ministry of Health and have requested an operational plan be submitted by April 30.
“We've got consultants working on this and we're working with community groups to put together some programs,” TWEEDIE said.
The province received more than 200 applications last year after announcing the concept of family health teams in an effort to ease the strain on hospital emergency wards.
The teams are to include physicians in group practice with other health care workers like nurse practitioners, dietitians and social workers and are to provide regular office care combined with after-hours backup.
Owen Sound was one of 52 successful communities when the first teams were identified last spring, but details were vague as to how the province would fund and organize the teams.
TWEEDIE said more information has trickled down since then, but many things remain unclear.
“It's homegrown here,” he said of his expectations for the health team's makeup.
“They've sort of told us, you develop the programs that you feel are necessary for the area, then give us the business plan. I guess it'll be up to them whether they'll fund those programs or not.
“We're just going to apply for what we think we need and what we think we can provide in a reasonable structure that we can handle here in town. If the ministry takes it, good. If they don't, well, we tried.&rdquo
He wouldn't discuss the amount of the development grant or the types of programs being considered, saying he'd rather announce the accepted structure after the province has signed off on it.
But he did acknowledge the difficulty of trying to piece things together considering it's never been done before and there are no templates to follow.
“There hasn't been a family health team approved in its entirety yet in the province,” TWEEDIE said, noting there also doesn't seem to be a timeline past the April 30 operational plan deadline. “It could be a number of months before we hear back from them on that.&rdquo
Health Minister George Smitherman and Doctor Jim McLEAN, the ministry's primary care lead, visited Owen Sound together in April 2005 to talk about the health teams.
McLEAN said then that it would take about two years to get the local team up and running.

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HUFF o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-05-19 published
LEBEL, Louis J.
The family of the late Louis J. LEBEL would like to express our sincere appreciation to family and many Friends for their kindness and thoughtful gestures shown to us during the recent loss of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Thank you for the cards, floral arrangements donations, food, phone calls and visits. Thank you to the pallbearers Maurice, Paul, Ron, John, Howard and Russell. Thanks to Father P. McGILL of Saint Mary's Church for the wonderful service in celebration of Louis life and to the church choir for the uplifting hymn choice. A very special Thank You to Howard GREIG for the most touching eulogy Thanks to Ruthanne, Judy, Carol and Ruth for preparing the meal between visitations and to the Ladies Auxiliary Br. #6 for the lunch after the service. Many thanks to Dr K. SUTHERLAND and Staff for all of your care and concern during Louis' long battle and to Doctor H. HUFF your attention and care was greatly appreciated by all in everything you were able to do for him. To the staff on 4-1 thank you for all your kindness and compassion shown while he was in your care and also to Cherie of Community Care Access Centre and Donna and George of Victorian Order of Nurses. A Sincere thanks to Brian Wood and wonderful staff of Brian E. Wood Funeral Home for your expertise, understanding and guidance during this sad time.
- Many will miss Louis - precious memories hold you near to us. Monique, Ginette, Peter and Kerri.
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HUFF o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-13 published
CAIRNS, Orval
Of Wiarton passed away suddenly at Wiarton Hospital on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 in his 78th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Carol and dear Dad of Tom of Wiarton, Debra (Peter) BURNHAM of Peterborough and Colleen CAIRNS (Ron WISEMAN) of Kingston. He was the very proud grandfather of Matthew, Timothy and Stephen BURNHAM who will miss him dearly and he will never be forgotten. He will be sadly missed by his best bud 'Duff' who was his shadow. Orval was predeceased by his parents Nellie (HUFF) and Norman CAIRNS and his brother Nelson. Orval was a very proud Canadian serving in the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years. He was a long standing member of the Ramoca Shrine Club, Masonic Cedar Lodge #396, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 208, Wiarton Rotary Club and Saint_John's United Church. He was also foreman for the Town of Wiarton for 12 years. The family will receive Friends at the George Funeral Home, Wiarton on Friday, October 13, 2006 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a Legion Service at the funeral home on October 13, 2006 at 1: 45 p.m. There will be a Masonic Service at the funeral home at 6: 45 p.m. The memorial service to celebrate Orval's life will be held at Saint_John's United Church on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. Ed LAKSMANIS officiating. Cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy, donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com
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HUFF o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-10 published
RATH, Joyce
We wish to express our heartfelt thanks for all the acts of kindness shown us at this very difficult time. The many cards, flowers, visits, donations and food sent to our home have been gratefully appreciated. Thanks to the Oncology staff, Doctor QUAI, Doctor RICE, Dr. HUFF and A4-1. Rev. Deborah MURRAY for her guidance, Briar Wood Funeral Home and the Kemble United Church Women for the luncheon. She left a memory that will be with us forever.
- The Rath Family.
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HUFF o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-28 published
BROWN, Pearl Mary (née TAILOR/TAYLOR)
Peacefully at John Joseph Place in Owen Sound on Tuesday, December 26th, 2006. Pearl Mary BROWN (née TAILOR/TAYLOR) of Owen Sound, at the age of 83. Dearly beloved wife of the late Leo BROWN. Loving mother of Barbara (Ron) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, of Dundas, Eric BROWN, of Stoney Creek and Brenda (Garth) HEIN, of Shallow Lake. Proud grandmother of Ryan, Jordan and Gabriella BROWN; Jason (Sonia), Todd (Brandie) and Shannon STEWARD/STEWART/STUART; Sara, Krista and Leanne HEIN and great-grandmother of Isley and Dakota STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Pearl was the oldest of seven girls and she is survived by her three sisters, Betty TAILOR/TAYLOR, of Ottawa, Joyce O'CONNOR, of Toronto, and Peggy (George) EPWORTH, of Guelph. Predeceased by her parents, Robert and Dorothy TAILOR/TAYLOR; her sisters, Doris TAILOR/TAYLOR, Mary MORAVEK and Barbara ROSS. A very special thank you to Dr. H. HUFF and all the staff at John Joseph Place for all their loving care and compassion. We know Nanny loved you all and you will never be forgotten. A graveside service for Pearl BROWN will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington, Ontario at a later date. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Salvation Army as your expression of sympathy and may be made through the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492).

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HUFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-27 published
'Real team player' lived dream as officer
Ken DEANE is recalled as a 'top, top cop,' despite his public persona.
By Joe MATYAS and April KEMICK, Free Press Reporters, Mon., February Long before Ken DEANE became infamous as the Ontario Provincial Police sniper who fatally shot Dudley GEORGE at Ipperwash, he was a London teen who wanted to be a police officer.
He was a bright student and energetic athlete who emerged as a leader in his teens, high school friend Tim HUFF once told The Free Press.
DEANE was in Grade 12 at South secondary school when he decided he wanted to get into law enforcement, said HUFF, adding he pounded a beat for the London police force in the 1980s after taking law and security at Fanshawe College.
A few years later, DEANE applied to the Ontario Provincial Police tactics and rescue unit and was accepted, eventually becoming part of an explosives disposal team.
But for people like HUFF, DEANE was a guy who remained in touch with old Friends.
There were annual weekends with the guys in cottage country, where DEANE would be a highlight with stories about police work.
Family and Friends will miss him deeply, brother-in-law Grant TEEPLE of Aylmer said yesterday in reaction to DEANE's sudden death in a highway crash on Saturday.
DEANE's death was a shock, he said, adding family and Friends had a chance to enjoy his company at a gathering "up north" a few days ago.
DEANE wasn't the guy portrayed in the media, TEEPLE said. TEEPLE wouldn't say what DEANE did after he left the Ontario Provincial Police.
DEANE's public persona is connected to the shooting of GEORGE at Ipperwash on September 6, 1995, his subsequent court conviction for criminal negligence causing death in 1997 and his dismissal from the Ontario Provincial Police for discreditable police conduct in 2002.
London lawyer Norm PEEL, who knew DEANE for years before representing him in his criminal trial, said yesterday he was a model police officer whose reputation was wrongly tarnished.
"I still hold my strongest view that he was just a top, top cop," PEEL said. "I have nothing but absolute respect for him. Always will."
DEANE had a reputation among other officers for being a "real team player," PEEL said. "His whole story of his life was about helping people. He had a model background."
During his trial, DEANE testified that he saw muzzle flashes the light of gunfire -- come from some bushes during a confusing skirmish.
He said he shot GEORGE after he stepped out of the bushes with a gun.
In convicting DEANE on April 27, 1997, Judge Hugh FRASER rejected his testimony and those of other police officers as fabricated.
The verdict surprised members of the GEORGE family.
But their feelings that justice had been done were dashed on July 3, 1997, when FRASER gave DEANE a conditional sentence of two years less a day with 180 hours of community service.
Cries of "murderer, murderer" filled the courtroom after the sentence as members of the GEORGE family wept.

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HUFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-04 published
SICKLES, Christine A. (née SICKLES)
After a lengthy illness on Monday October 2nd, 2006 Christine A. SICKLES of R.R.#2 Southwold in her 46th year. Loving mother of Monea, Milana and Dolly. Survived by siblings Milyard NINHAM, Bob NINHAM, Basil (J.B.) DOCKSTADER, Wanda DOCKSTADER, Dale COOPER, Regina SICKLES and Wendy SICKLES. Predeceased by her parents Isabel and Reginald SICKLES, and brothers Douglas NINHAM and Raymond DOCKSTADER. Will be sadly missed by aunts and uncles Blanche HUFF, Jimmy SICKLES and Arnold ANTONE. Best friend of Verna CHRISJOHN. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the home of Marlene SICKLES, 637 Hazel Road, R.R.#2 Southwold on Wednesday after 12 p.m. Funeral service to follow on Thursday from the Longhouse commencing at 11 a.m. Interment Longhouse Cemetery. Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, (519-264-1100) entrusted with arrangements.

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2006-06-07 published
THELMA L. BANKS (NEE PUTT)
Thelma L. BANKS (née PUTT,) age 83, of 320 Willeke Avenue, Ada, Ohio, and a
summer resident of Honora Bay since 1965, died peacefully at home on May 28,
2006. Calling hours were from 4: 00 - 8:00 PM on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at
the Hanson-Neely Funeral Home (311 East Lima Avenue, Ada). A memorial
service celebrating her life was held at the English Chapel, Ohio Northern
University, Ada, at 12: 30 PM on Sunday, June 4, 2006. A private internment
will be conducted at the East Lawn Cemetery, Sugarcreek, Ohio. She is
survived by: her husband, Joseph, children, Joseph G. (Newcastle upon Tyne,
UK,) Linda A. HUFFMAN (Sugarcreek, OH) and Cynthia J. CASAPINI (Zanesville,
OH), her sons-in-law, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was
preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca L. BANKS. Memorial gifts may be made
c/o Ohio Northern University, Hardin County Hospice, or the American
Diabetes Association Research Foundation. Flowers may be sent c/o Hanson -
Neely (419 634-2936 or hansonneely@wcoil.com).

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-09 published
COUTTS, Allen " Ross"
Peacefully, after a valiant battle with cancer, at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich on Wednesday, January 4, 2006, Mr. Allen "Ross" COUTTS of Bayfield in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Mary Jane COUTTS of Bayfield. Loving stepfather of Karen SUE and her husband Brice ESTRALLA of Houston, Texas. Dear grandfather of Leine and Rique ESTRALLA. Dear brother of Glen and Elinore COUTTS of Bayfield and Marion and Cliff HUFFMAN of Walton. Also missed by several nieces and nephews. Ross will be dearly missed by his good friend Maureen "Red" TAILOR/TAYLOR of Bayfield and special nephew John ALLEN of California. Predeceased by a brother Donald COUTTS (2001.) Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd. "Bluewater Chapel" 201 Suncoast Dr. E. Goderich on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital - Dialysis Unit would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-08 published
GROSHOK, Brenda Lee (née HUFFMAN)

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-12 published
STORY, Alfred Edwin
Of Tillsonburg, passed away at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Friday, June 9, 2006, in his 75th year. Born in Raleigh Township, Kent County, in the Blenheim, Ontario area on August 14, 1931. son of the late Alfred Pardo STORY (May 12, 1973) and the former Lorna (WOODS) STORY (January 21, 1985.) Edwin is survived by his wife Eleanor (HUFFMAN) STORY. They have been married for 53 years. He is survived by his daughter, Janet and her husband Richard GURALSKI and their children Ryan and Brent of Tillsonburg his son, Paul and his wife Susan (VUYLSTEKE) and their children Kathleen and Matthew of Kilworth; his daughter, Karen and her children Mallory and Michael SWING of Tillsonburg; and his son, Allan and his wife Heidi (PETTIGREW) and their children Alexander and Claire of Barrie. Also survived by brother-in-law Ross HUFFMAN and his wife Patricia (HOOPER) of Cedar Springs; and sister-in-law Madge (PLATSCHORRE) STORY of Chatham, nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by brother Richard (Dick) STORY of Chatham (September 15, 1994,) sister-in-law Marjorie (SNOW) RANCE of Blenheim (November 18, 1993) and her husband Tom RANCE, also of Blenheim (October 8, 1993.) The STORYs moved to Tillsonburg in 1961. Ed was a retired tobacco executive from Canadian Leaf Tobacco Co. (Chatham and Tillsonburg) and RJR MacDonald Tobacco Co. (Tillsonburg, Kingsville and Toronto). In 1984, he went on to become the first and only president and Chief Executive Officer of Canagrex (a Canadian Federal Crown Corporation) set up in Ottawa to export agriculture products. After its demise, he continued in management and export consulting. In 1991, he became part owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation and Industrial Products Corp., Tillsonburg, retiring in 1996. Ed was a Councilor, Town of Tillsonburg, from 1978 to 1980, a life-long member of Kent Lodge 274 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Blenheim, Ontario, a member of Saint Paul's United Church, Tillsonburg, a private pilot and past President of The Tillsonburg Flying Club, as well as an avid trapshooter and member of The Otter Valley Rod and Gun Club and The Oxford Sportsman's Club. Donations gratefully appreciated (by cheque only) to Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Foundation, Saint Paul's United Church Organ Fund or Canadian Cancer Society. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 13, 2006 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9: 00 p.m. at Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg, Ontario. Funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m. Rev. Thomas HISCOCK of Wesley Knox United Church, London and Lynne Allin of Saint Paul's United Church, Tillsonburg will officiate. Interment to follow in Tillsonburg Cemetery.

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-17 published
SHILLINGTON, Edith Mary "Peggy" (KELLY, BOYLE)
On Wednesday, June 14, 2006. Age 97 years. Wife of the late G. Clare SHILLINGTON (1992.) Loved mother of Peter (Ruth,) Blenheim Paul (Carole) and James (Mary), Erieau. Seven grandchildren, Harold SHILLINGTON (Dawn); Kelly Shillington LYNE, (Jim); Lynn PEARSON (Pat); Heather BOSWELL (Matt); Genevieve HUFFMAN (Dr. David), Cameron and Kimberly SHILLINGTON. Also survived by eleven great-grandchildren, niece, Beryl ORTELLI, and nephew, Robert BOYLE. Predeceased by brothers John KELLY and Lowell BOYLE, nieces Lois HUSON and Alice BOSSELAAR, and nephew, Francis BOYLE. Member of Blenheim United Church where she co-ordinated the Nursery Roll and sang in the choir for many years, and was a Life Member of the United Church Women; Life Member of Erieau Yacht Club; and Honourary Member of the Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow; a Life and 79 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star; and Honourary Life Member of the Blenheim and Community Senior Citizens Group. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the Blenheim United Church Saturday, June 24, from 10: 00 to 10:30 a.m., with an Eastern Star service at 10: 30, followed by a Memorial service at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Bruce COOK officiating. More visitation after the services. Arrangements in charge of J.L. Ford Funeral Home. Those wishing to make donations as expressions of sympathy may do so through the funeral home and may consider The Blenheim and Community Service Foundation, the Blenheim United Church Endowment Fund, or the Leprosy Mission Canada.

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-19 published
HUFFMAN, Cliff
Peacefully at Huronlea Home, Brussels, on Friday, June 16, 2006, Mr. Cliff HUFFMAN of Walton, in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Marion HUFFMAN. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Lloyd and Lois HUFFMAN of Bayfield, Jackie HUFFMAN of Kelowna, British Columbia, Donald and Doris HUFFMAN of Lucknow, and Marjorie MORRISON of Wingham. Also remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Elmer, Harvey, Raymond, and Gordon HUFFMAN, and by sisters Wilma HUFFMAN, and Alice NICHOL. Friends will be received at the Box and Smith Funeral Chapel, 47 High Street, Seaforth, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 2 p.m. Interment Maitland Bank Cemetery, McKillop Township. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Dialysis Unit would be greatly appreciated.

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-10 published
HARRISON, Merrill M. (January 16, 1935-July 7, 2006)
Suddenly at his home at Sharbot Lake on Friday, July 7th, 2006, Merrill Morrow HARRISON (Retired Air Traffic Controller), in his 72nd year. Beloved husband of Mary Ellen (WILSON) HARRISON. Cherished father of Maureen HARRISON and her husband Robert AMSTERDAM and Jennifer HARRISON and her husband David MARCASSA; indulgent grandfather of Talia, Liam, Devin, Chloe and Callie. Merrill was predeceased by his brothers Lorne, Stuart and Kenneth HARRISON and sister Edna WARREN. He will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters-in-law Sheila and Mary HARRISON, Helen (Vaughan) HOOPER, Gerald WILSON, Mildred (Jack) HUFFMAN and Bert (Lenora) WILSON, numerous nieces and nephews, all his family and many Friends. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair and son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. W., Perth, on Tuesday, July 11th, 2006 from 9: 30 to 10:30 a.m. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel at 11: 00 a.m., followed by a reception in the Blair and son Family Centre. In remembrance, contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a local library or literacy program would be appreciated.

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-30 published
Man killed during gunfight: Police
But uncertain if he was a shooter
Incident has 'some gang connection'
By Tracy HUFFMAN, Crime Reporter
Homicide detectives investigating a fatal shooting outside a North York apartment building believe the victim was struck during a gun battle, but they are unsure if he was a shooter.
Jermaine Lincoln BROWN, 22, was not armed when emergency crews arrived Monday night on Grandravine Dr. to find him suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
While police continue to comb through evidence and interview witnesses, Det. Sgt. Randy CARTER, the lead homicide officer on the case, said the shooting has "some gang connection to it."
"I haven't been able to determine… fully yet whether or not he was himself shooting or whether or not he was just there," CARTER said.
Gunshots erupted in the west parking lot and moved to the front of the building where BROWN, who was studying culinary arts at Humber College, was found on the ground.
"I've received tremendous help from the community and I need that to continue," CARTER said. In particular, police need help finding a silver or green sport utility vehicle similar to a GMC Yukon or Envoy that fled the scene, near Jane St. and Sheppard Ave. W. One suspect with a firearm got in the front passenger seat after the shooting, he said.
"I'm still trying to piece together how many people were there, who was at what location when the shots were being fired back and forth."
One firearm was recovered at the scene and is undergoing ballistics testing.
BROWN, from Brampton, had been staying at the apartment building since December. He had contact with police in the past, most recently in 2005, when he was charged with sexual assault. The case was still before the courts when he became the city's 15th homicide victim.
On Tuesday, BROWN's parents, Linda and Frank BROWN, said in an interview they were upset that their requests to view their son's body prior to an autopsy were refused. They said someone who falsely said she was BROWN's sister, and an ex-girlfriend, identified the body.
Toronto police spokesman Mark PUGASH said protocol dictates that once a body has been identified, it cannot be viewed again until an autopsy is done to prevent evidence tampering.
CARTER said he apologizes to the family for upsetting them.
"I had enough information to believe that they were related to the deceased and that they could identify the person."

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-05-06 published
Police seek help in solving murder
By Tracy HUFFMAN, Crime Reporter, Page B3
Police are seeking the public's help to solve the murder of an 18-year-old man who was robbed and fatally shot when he went to an apartment building with a friend on April 30 to buy marijuana.
Although the two Friends co-operated with two masked robbers in the hallway of 35 St. Dennis Dr., near Don Mills Rd. and Eglinton Ave. E., gunfire erupted around 2 a.m.
Both suspects were armed with guns, but only one fired shots, said Det. Terry BROWNE of the homicide squad.
Haider MAHDI, of Mississauga, died later in hospital of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.
"The motive of this homicide so far appears to be robbery," BROWNE said yesterday.
BROWNE said the stolen goods were minimal in value. MAHDI had no known gang affiliation and had no previous dealings with police, he said.
After the shot was fired, a struggle ensued between the two Friends and one suspect. The second suspect fled.
A construction worker, MAHDI came to Canada from the Middle East about four years ago.
BROWNE said police have seized video from security cameras throughout the area and are hopeful the suspects have been caught on tape.
The suspects are described as two men, between 17 and 20 years old. They are between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet. Both concealed their faces, but police believe they live in the area.
BROWNE urged the suspects to get a lawyer and surrender.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide squad at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 or online at http://www.222tips.com.

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-06-28 published
Victim of lunchtime shooting dies
By Tracy HUFFMAN, Crime Reporter
Three weeks after he was riddled with bullets, a 19-year-old Toronto man has died in hospital.
Homicide officers investigating the lunchtime shooting of Jermaine OSBOURNE on June 6 are appealing for witnesses: to come forward, said Det. Wayne BANKS.
"He was the target. He was executed in broad daylight," said BANKS.
OSBOURNE was shot on Albert Franck Place, near Lower Jarvis St. and Front St. E. around 12: 20 p.m.
"He was shot multiple times and rushed to Saint Michael's Hospital," said BANKS, who has taken over the case from officers at 51 Division.
BANKS said there was initially hope that OSBOURNE would survive his injuries.
He credits the quality of the work by paramedics and hospital staff that provided emergency medical care for keeping the wounded man alive.
Homicide investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting.
Many residents of the neighbourhood said they were surprised to hear the sounds of gunshots in an area that is normally fairly quiet.
When officers arrived at the scene after several 911 calls that day, more than a dozen bullets and shell cases were scattered on the street and two bicycles had been abandoned at the curb, just a few metres from where OSBOURNE had collapsed.
BANKS said he does not yet know whether the bikes belonged to the victim or suspects.
OSBOURNE had had some minor contact with police but BANKS would not elaborate.
"I don't think anything of his past or his involvement with police had anything to do with the shooting," BANKS said. "…We're trying to put all of the pieces together now."
Police have little information on a suspect or suspects.
BANKS is looking for information about where OSBOURNE was earlier that day and what he was doing.
Anyone with information about the shooting to is asked to call the homicide squad at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 or online at http://www.222tips.com.

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-07-21 published
Son's slaying stuns family
Boy, 17, beaten and stabbed in Flemingdon Park
'If you met Omar, he was hard not to like,' mother says
By Tracy HUFFMAN, Crime Reporter
When Joy WELLINGTON heard that a teenaged boy had been stripped, beaten and fatally stabbed last week, she wondered aloud to a friend, "When is this going to end?"
"I said that not knowing it was my son," says the mother of 17-year-old Omar, who was found dead in a wooded area in Flemingdon Park last Saturday.
The Toronto mother of four is overwhelmed with grief as she prepares to bury her son tomorrow.
"If you met Omar, he was hard not to like. Everyone liked him," she said in an interview with the Star at her Toronto home. WELLINGTON cannot imagine what could have started such a vicious attack, nor does she know why her son was in that neighbourhood.
"I am still shocked. How could people stand by and watch as my son was tortured for more than an hour?" she asks.
"No one should die like that," says long-time family friend Bernadine BOWEN.
"Strip off his clothes, beat him and stab him to make sure he's dead?"
Residents looked on while Omar was beaten some time between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. one week ago outside 61 Grenoble Dr., but no one called Homicide officers continue to investigate and have had some good co-operation from the community. Tonight, they will be in Flemingdon Park during the same hours the beating took place, handing out brochures and seeking more information about what happened.
Det. Scott SPRATT, of the homicide squad, said he is optimistic about the case and is pleased that he continues to get new information. He is currently investigating a number of motives behind the attack. Neighbours have reported that the teen robbed someone before he was killed.
Although grateful for the information that has come forward so far, WELLINGTON says she wonders why people who know what happened don't contact police.
"Too many people keep quiet in these situations. The code of silence is not cool. You don't have to release who you are, you can call Crime Stoppers," she says.
While the petite woman talks about her only son, she has no difficulty sharing the wonderful things she recalls about the teen, who loved rap and aspired to work in the music industry.
"If he was here right now, he'd make up a rap about the news," she says pointing to the large-screen television in the family room. "Music was his passion."
But WELLINGTON -- who is part-owner of a car and truck rental company -- admits she is in denial and, since his death she has called the Scarborough group home where Omar lived more than once hoping he would answer.
With only a few hours' sleep since SPRATT broke the news Monday of her son's death, WELLINGTON worries about how she will get through the next few days and stay strong for her daughters Tellisha, 19, Jannika, 11, and Arielle, 9.
Omar's father, who lives in Jamaica, is also in shock, she says, and thinks the system has failed their son.
After learning Omar was diabetic at the age of 12, WELLINGTON, then a single mother, called on the help of the children's aid society. She worried she wouldn't be able to manage Omar's medical needs while caring for her family.
Mother and son maintained a good relationship, she says, and talked every day.
WELLINGTON has no shortage of stories about Omar. Her face brightens and she smiles when she talks about the Saturday night spaghetti dinners where Omar would kick her out of the kitchen to make his "secret recipe" for the family.
She recalls that the family would camp out in front of the television watching movies and eating popcorn before everyone would fall asleep in the same room.
"He was a good brother to the girls. If a toy was broken, he wanted to fix it."
Omar loved basketball and joking around, says BOWEN.
When the two spoke last week BOWEN kept laughing, telling Omar he should become a comedian.
Visitation for Omar is today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Highland Funeral Home at 3280 Sheppard Ave. E. The funeral is at the same location at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
A trust fund has been set up to help pay funeral expenses.
Donations can be made at any TD Canada Trust, transit number 18572, account 6259967.
Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide squad at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-09-14 published
Tourist deaths a double murder-suicide
Woman, friend stabbed by boyfriend, who then took own life: Autopsies
'It is my opinion they were all stabbed in the room and the one man fled'
By Tracy HUFFMAN, Crime Reporter with files from John DUNCANSON
Nadja WYRSCH had planned to celebrate her 25th birthday in Canada, travelling from Toronto to the West Coast with her boyfriend and a male friend.
But within hours of arriving Sunday on an Air Canada flight from Zurich, Switzerland, WYRSCH was bleeding to death on the floor of her downtown hotel room with stab wounds to her chest and neck.
Down the hall on the 19th floor of the Delta Chelsea Hotel, her friend, Thomas KAUFMANN, 35, had collapsed outside the elevator, also suffering stab wounds to the chest.
And not far from WYRSCH was her boyfriend, 35-year-old Andre ASCHWANDEN, on the bed with self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest.
After autopsies, WYRSCH and KAUFMANN's deaths were declared homicides and ASCHWANDEN's death a suicide.
A hotel security worker found KAUFMANN, a mechanical engineer, at about 4: 30 a.m. Monday. The walls and carpet of the hallway were soaked with blood -- a trail leading to Room 1908, where police discovered the other two bodies.
"It is my opinion they were all stabbed in the room and the one man fled. We are still continuing with the crime scene," said Det. Sgt. Steve RYAN, the lead homicide investigator on the case. "We want to be sure there's no other weapon in the room."
Investigators are not looking for suspects. Police believe a knife found in the hotel room was used in all three slayings.
A police source said the murder weapon was a Swiss Army multi-tool with a 13-cm blade.
"This is a true tragedy. It is a bizarre case," RYAN said, adding that without an eyewitness, he had relied on several experts and language interpreters to draw conclusions about what happened.
RYAN said he now knows that WYRSCH and KAUFMANN knew each other and had some kind of a relationship. The officer said he is expecting to get more information about their relationship.
The evidence suggests the slayings were related to a love triangle.
WYRSCH and ASCHWANDEN had booked the three-week cross-Canada adventure with Jonview Canada, a tour company. At about $6,500 per person, the couple planned to take in such sites as Niagara Falls and the Rockies.
KAUFMANN -- who carried a German passport but lived near Bern, Switzerland -- was on the same flight from Zurich. He shared a room with the couple that first night and had planned to join the tour group.
All three had hearing impairments but none was deaf or used sign language.
In her native Switzerland, WYRSCH worked in a cytology lab, specializing in the study of cancer cells, and was on the executive committee of LKH Switzerland, which provides support to people with hearing impairments.
Little is known about WYRSCH's boyfriend, who, like her, lived near Lucerne; the couple did not live together.

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-09-15 published
Tourist's father also committed suicide
Man killed 2 people, himself in hotel
Police say he was enraged about affair
By Tracy HUFFMAN, Crime Reporter
The father of a Swiss resident who killed his girlfriend and a male friend before taking his own life in a downtown Toronto hotel this week also died of an apparent suicide.
A reporter with Radio 24 in Switzerland said he spoke with the man's neighbour last night, and the neighbour said the father died a few months ago.
Andre ASCHWANDEN, 35, came to Canada Sunday night with his girlfriend, Nadja WYRSCH, and Thomas KAUFMANN to travel across the country on a three-week vacation.
But according to police sources, ASCHWANDEN learned of an affair between his 24-year-old girlfriend and KAUFMANN, 35, and went into a rage.
KAUFMANN, a mechanical engineer, was stabbed in Room 1908 at the Delta Chelsea on Gerrard St. W., then stumbled down the hall, bleeding and bumping into the walls before collapsing outside the elevator.
WYRSCH, a scientist who studied diseases in cells, was found dead with stab wounds to her neck and chest on the floor inside the room that the trio was sharing. Her boyfriend died of self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest.
Police have seized the murder weapon, a Swiss Army multi-tool with a 13-centimetre blade.
According to his boss of 10 years, ASCHWANDEN was a "peace-loving" man.
ASCHWANDEN worked as a carpenter in Schattdorf, Switzerland, for Bissig, a kitchen and bath company, the Swiss media reported.
"This is unbelievable," his boss, Stefan Bissig, told Radio 24 in Zurich. "He was a good worker."
A hotel security worker found KAUFMANN bleeding to death outside the elevator at about 4: 30 a.m., just hours after the threesome had arrived from Zurich. WYRSCH and ASCHWANDEN had booked the trip through a tour company and KAUFMANN had planned to join in the adventure.
All three lived in Switzerland; the extent of their relationship with one another is not known.
Although Toronto police continue to examine forensic evidence in the case, Det. Sgt. Steve RYAN of the homicide squad said he is not looking for any suspects.

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-09-20 published
Slain man had been shot in head before
By Tracy HUFFMAN, Crime Reporter
Police found the drug addict standing on King St. W. suffering from gunshot wounds to the head, arm and shoulder.
Two years later that man -- Christopher James WHITE/WHYTE -- was dying on the floor of a flophouse in that same neighbourhood with another gunshot wound to the head. That was Sunday morning. This time he did not survive.
WHITE/WHYTE, 35, was well known in Parkdale, but homicide detectives have very little information about where he was in the 12 hours before the shooting, or who may be responsible for his murder.
"We have no witnesses. No motive," said Det. Dan SHEPPARD of the 5: 20 a.m. shooting.
Two years ago, when police found WHITE/WHYTE standing in the same neighbourhood with gunshot wounds, he likely knew who shot him but refused to help with the investigation, SHEPPARD said.
WHITE/WHYTE's slaying is one of three unrelated homicides in a 4½-hour period Sunday morning.
Two hours later on Bridlington Street, near Bellamy and Ellesmere Rds., a man found his 22-year-old son, Patrick SANTOS, dead in the backyard of the family home. Police remain tight-lipped about the investigation, the man's cause of death and the motive behind the killing.
Around 10 a.m. a third man was killed, struck by a car and then repeatedly stabbed with a machete by the driver. Piratheep THARMAKULASINGAM, 25, collapsed in front of a home on Huntsmill Blvd., near Steeles Ave. E. and Warden Ave.
A first-degree murder warrant has been issued for Sujan ABEYEWARDENE, 19, of Richmond Hill. Homicide detectives plan to release a photograph of the wanted man today after showing it to potential witnesses: yesterday.
"We have checked his known addresses… his home address, his place of employment," said homicide Det. Bill VIEIRA. "He has not been found."

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HUFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-11-29 published
Mystery shrouds teen's death
Family says he was in custody before being found in river, but chief says there is no record
By Isabel TEOTONIO and Tracy HUFFMAN, Staff Reporters
The last time Kamara ASHTON's family saw him, he was leaving home to go to an all-ages club with Friends. That was almost a month ago.
Over the next few weeks, the family made a flurry of phone calls to his lawyer, Friends, police and even Toronto-area jails looking for the 18-year-old. They knew something was wrong, especially when he missed a court date on a charge that he had vowed to beat.
On November 23, they learned his body had been found three days earlier in the Humber River.
There are many unanswered questions concerning ASHTON's whereabouts between November 3 and November 20 and the cause of his death questions his family desperately wants answered.
"We're not pointing fingers at no one, we just want answers," mother Lorna ASHTON told the Toronto Star yesterday, after a news conference.
Nikishua ASHTON told reporters she contacted police days after her brother's disappearance and was told he had been arrested and was in police custody. But yesterday, police Chief Bill Blair, who personally reviewed the file, said there was no information that ASHTON was ever in custody between the date of his disappearance and discovery of his body.
Nor do they have a record of the family contacting police in the early days of his disappearance.
The sister said she later called ASHTON's lawyer and was told her brother had not contacted him and had missed a November 7 court appearance on a robbery charge.
The family then tried to file a missing person report, said the sister, adding they were initially dissuaded by police who suggested ASHTON could be in hiding after missing court.
But the next day, November 16, police did meet with the family and took down their information, she said.
A week later, they were notified ASHTON had been found in the river, behind the highrise where he lived on Weston Rd., just south of Highway 401.
Ontario's deputy coroner Doctor Jim Cairns said a cause of death has yet to be determined, but there were no obvious signs of trauma to the body. Further tests will determine if ASHTON drowned and toxicology tests, which are standard procedure, will show if there were drugs or alcohol in his system.
According to Blair, the first inquiry made by the family was after they were contacted on November 16 by officers looking for ASHTON because there had been a warrant issued after he had missed his court date. After that phone call, the family went to police to report ASHTON as missing.
At the news conference, held at the Jamaican-Canadian Association, ASHTON's two sisters and a cousin were flanked by representatives of the Black Action Defence Committee, including executive director Dudley LAWS and lawyer Selwyn PIETERS, and a lawyer with the African Canadian Legal Clinic.
"We would like a full investigation into the death of this young man," said LAWS, adding he had not contacted police for information but had gone directly to the Special Investigations Unit. "It's very obvious that something went wrong."
His comments were echoed by PIETERS, who also called for a coroner's inquest into ASHTON's death.
Special Investigations Unit spokeswoman Rose Bliss said yesterday that based on information it has at this point from the family and police, there is no reason to believe ASHTON was in police custody at the time of his death.

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