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MAPLES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-15 published
JENNINGS, Elizabeth (née HARDINGE)
Suddenly at home Elizabeth (née HARDINGE) JENNINGS of London on Saturday, March 11, 2006 in her 73rd year. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Sue (Mike MAPLES,) Bill (Jenni,) Richard (Liz MORRISON) and Heidi (Paul CURRIE) and her grandchildren James and Peter; Kane; Alexander, Victoria and Samantha; Ian and Andrew and long time friend Ken FRASER. Cremation has taken place. A private gathering for family and Friends will take place on March 16, 2006 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at 3 Cardinal Drive, Woodstock, Ontario (519) 537-0145. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated. Forest City Cremation Service (675-0772).

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MAPP o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-24 published
Positive outlook made up for lack of education
By Glynnis MAPP, Free Press Reporter, Sun., December 24, 2006
In his prime, Howard Lewis GILBERT was a robust, muscular man who did chin-ups every morning, took the stairs instead of elevators and was known to open beer bottles with his teeth.
He was a Second World War veteran who fought in the Battle of the Atlantic, was involved in the invasion of North Africa and made Allied shipping runs to Murmansk in Russia.
GILBERT, who died December 15 after fighting prostate cancer, was a Class A mechanic and a Class A father, said his daughter, Susan HINCENBERGS.
Born on a farm near Arkona, GILBERT dropped out of school at age 11 and worked as a farmhand.
He was 16 when he lied about his age to enlist in the naval reserves in 1940.
In 1942, GILBERT was posted to various ships, including HMS Beagle, as a stoker helping fuel coal-powered vessels.
Jack AITKEN, a fellow stoker on the Beagle, described GILBERT as "an upbeat fella and a good buddy that never seemed to get down about anything.
"We were at sea, the trips were rough, the weather was rough. Some guys took it really hard… but he always made the best of it," AITKEN remembered.
"He would sing old sailor tunes at the top of his lungs while he was working. The English guys didn't know what to make of him."
He also cheated death during the war: surviving a bout of malaria, overcoming extreme cold while working on a ship in Russia, and making it through a torpedo bombing aboard a destroyer.
After his discharge, GILBERT settled in London and set his sights on a young woman named Barbara, whom he met through his sister, Laura. He and Barbara married on October 22, 1949.
With the war over, he began taking night courses at local trade schools and earned mechanic licences. He opened Howie's Collision Service Inc. in London in 1960.
His eldest son, Bob GILBERT, described his father as an avid Legion supporter "who always believed in serving his country." He wore his uniform at formal functions and visited local Legion offices during family vacations.
Howard GILBERT never had the money or opportunity to finish school, but believed in education for his children.
"He always said you should go to school and pursue a career, and if you couldn't go to school, you better be 'damned good (at a) trade,' " his son said.
HINCENBERGS said she grew up in a household with a lot of love and a lot of tools.
"We learned a lot of things from my dad: how to move anything with a trailer hitch and chain… tie off an anchor before you throw it overboard… so many things," she said. "The most important thing was how to be a great parent."
GILBERT rode a bike around town until he was 75. Before he became ill, he took up golf.
"He had a terrible golf swing, but he didn't care," Bob GILBERT said. "I think (golf) was the only thing my father wasn't good at. He was always good at everything else."

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