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LOFCHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-12-05 published
Mother ignored pleas before plunge
Family struggles to understand why woman jumped off bridge with her son
By Michele HENRY, Staff Reporter
One wilted bouquet of flowers, a few plastic poinsettias and a teddy bear fastened to the guardrail of a 401 overpass are the only visible reminders of how a mother plunged to her death this weekend, along with her preschool-aged son.
Andrea JOHNSON, 30, jumped off the Morningside Ave. bridge with her 2-year-old son Sulla GENUA on Sunday evening.
The two plummeted 30 metres onto the busy westbound collector lanes of Highway 401 below in the city's east end.
Relatives learned of the tragic situation late yesterday afternoon.
"We only found out a couple of hours ago," said a cousin of GENUA's father, who did not want to be named.
"There's a lot of sorrow. We're very frustrated and upset."
JOHNSON was undeterred by motorists who stopped their cars on the side of the road to try to help. Despite their pleas, she flung herself and her son off the bridge. Both were struck by cars speeding along the highway, near the Toronto Zoo, at about 7: 15 p.m.
A post-mortem examination conducted yesterday concluded that JOHNSON died as a result of multiple trauma, while her son was killed by blunt-impact head trauma.
Speculation swirled as to whether the pair was from out of the province, and why the mother had taken her own life and that of her child.
Psychiatric experts say it's likely JOHNSON suffered severe depression and speculated that a psychotic episode pushed her to this "highly lethal" act.
"I'd be concerned about a psychotic depression, where judgment and connection to reality are impaired," said Doctor Jodi LOFCHY, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and chair of psychiatric emergency services at the University Health Network.
"Someone has to be very ill for this to occur."
LOFCHY explained that in such cases, the woman tends to believe she is "saving herself and the boy from a fate worse than death." Things seem to be so bad that she sees no alternative but to end it all, LOFCHY said.
Dr. Mark BERBER, a lecturer in psychiatry at U of T, explained that such decisions are usually impulsive.
"Very often, something may have happened recently in their personal life to tip the balance," he said. "And the woman sees no future for her or her child."
A woman who experiences such an episode may believe she must take the child's life as well because there is no one else to care for him, said suicide expert Paul Links. "That's a sign of a significant mental health problem."
It's not likely the added stress of the oncoming holiday season had anything to do with it, the experts said.
Suicide rates tend to rise after the Christmas season, not before.
Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened before JOHNSON, who was found without shoes, climbed over the guardrail with her son. Officers said she made it to the overpass on a southbound bus, with a transfer from the Sheppard Ave. subway station.
With her hair in dreadlocks and wearing stockings, a three-quarter-length coat, a ribbed sweater and a Gap jacket, JOHNSON walked from a nearby bus stop to the guardrail.
Several motorists who saw her walking suspiciously close to the railing called 911. A few stopped their cars on the side of the road when she crossed over the metal barrier with the child.
Police say a male motorist who had pulled over called to JOHNSON, who was described as acting calmly at the time, as he walked toward her.
"She was very close to the edge," Toronto police Sgt. Chris BUCK said, and jumped before the man could get near her. The mother died at the scene and the boy was pronounced dead in hospital.
Officers interviewed 10 to 12 witnesses: and kept the highway closed for several hours as the Ontario Provincial Police reconstructed the incident at the scene.
"It was pretty traumatic," BUCK said, noting that witnesses: received counselling from Victim Services at police headquarters. "But it's a credit to the people of Toronto that this situation can be noticed and they do something about it."

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LOFT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-15 published
NIBLOCK, James Keith
At the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, Strathroy on Wednesday, April 12, 2006. J. Keith NIBLOCK of Parkhill in his 77th year. Dear brother of Helen ROMPHF, Kay and Ken McLACHLAN, Ruth and Don LOFT, George and Lois NIBLOCK all of Parkhill. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents William and Christina (BOYCE) NIBLOCK, brother-in-law Basil ROMPHF. A memorial service will be conducted at the M. Box and son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street, Parkhill on Wednesday, April 19th at 1: 00 p.m. Visitation one hour prior to the memorial service. Reverend Doug WRIGHT will officiate. Cremation. Interment in Parkhill Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Share a memory or send condolences to www.boxfuneralhome.ca M. Box and son will plant a tree in living memory of Mr. NIBLOCK at the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Parkhill.

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LOFT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-28 published
POSIVY, William " Bill"
(Founder and Chairman of Sheridan Ford Lincoln)
Peacefully, in the loving arms of his wife and children, at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga, on Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Anne for 57 years. Much loved father of Karen MOORE, Brian and Jackie, Susan and her husband Martin LOFT. Loving Grandpa of Alexander, Erin, Connor, and Geordie. Dear brother of Joseph and his wife Iris, and their sons Kevin and Cameron. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way), on Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers Sunday evening. Funeral Mass to be held from Saint Dominic's Church, 625 Atwater Ave., Mississauga, on Monday, May 1, 2006 at 10: 30 a.m. Entombment Assumption Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Trillium Health Centre Foundation for Coronary Care or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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LOFTUS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-30 published
LOFTUS, Sister Anita (née Helen Catherine LOFTUS)
At Ignatia Hall, Mount Saint_Joseph, on Thursday, June 29, 2006, Sister Anita LOFTUS (Helen Catherine LOFTUS) of the Community of the Sisters of Saint_Joseph of the Diocese of London in her 92nd year and her 68th year of religious life. Lovingly remembered by her sister Monica BOLL of Simcoe, Ontario, and her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Michael LOFTUS and Mary A. BURK/BURKE, her sister Mary Margaret (Sister Clarence, C.S.J.) and her brother John M. LOFTUS. Sister Anita entered the Sisters of Saint_Joseph in 1938. She ministered for many years as an elementary school educator, teaching at Saint Mary's School in Tillsonburg, Ontario and at Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Lourdes Schools in Windsor, Ontario. After her retirement she ministered within her Community by acting as Assistant Librarian and offering hospitality to our Chaplains and visitors at Mount Saint_Joseph. Sister Anita will be fondly remembered by her religious Sisters for her gentleness of manner both shown in speech and in action. Her life lived with a generosity of spirit provides an example for us all. The Community is grateful to the nursing staff for their loving care of Sister Anita. May she rest now in God's loving embrace. Resting at Mount Saint_Joseph Motherhouse, 1486 Richmond Street North, on Sunday, July 2, 2006 from 2-4 p.m. A wake Service will be held at Mount Saint_Joseph Motherhouse on Sunday at 7 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in Immaculate Conception Chapel, Mount Saint_Joseph Motherhouse, 1486 Richmond Street North, on Monday, July 3, 2006 at 10 a.m. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. O'Neil Funeral Home.

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LOFTUS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-30 published
PAGE, Helen Louise
Peacefully in her sleep at Marian Villa on Saturday, October 28, 2006 Helen Louise PAGE in her 87th year. Beloved mother of Linn LOFTUS and her husband Frank, John PAGE and his wife Sophia and Allida NEILLY and her husband Mike. Dear sister of Lynn McCARTHY. Survived by 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 2 nephews. Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Monday evening from 7-9 o'clock, where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment in Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario.

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LOFTUS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-13 published
BUCK, Darlene (September 23, 1942-October 5, 2006)
Darlene died October 5 after a short, brave battle with cancer. Darlene was born in Sault Saint Marie, educated in Toronto and came west for adventure in 1965. She is survived by her husband Dr. H.W. (Bill) BUCK, her brother Bernie HUTCHINS, wife Gerri and niece Pamela of Maple Ridge, step-father Bernard HUTCHINS also of Maple Ridge, step-daughter Maureen (LOFTUS) MacDONALD and husband John, step-son Wayne LOFTUS and three step-grandchildren, Brett, Mark and Lindsey LOFTUS, step-daughter Adrienne BUCK and cousins Jill FRENETTE and Ted SEWCHUK of Sault Saint Marie. They will all miss her caring interest and wise council. In her early life she was very active in power boating at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, and later, an ardent golfer and past Ladies Captain at Capilano Golf and Country Club. Darlene passed away peacefully at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. The family thanks the staff of the Palliative Care Unit for the care and love Darlene received. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3: 00 p.m., Thursday, October 26 at the Capilano Golf and Country Club. An Eight Bells ceremony will also be held on Monday, October 30 at 1: 30 p.m. at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.

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