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PIKE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-01-03 published
SHEWELL, Wilfred James
In Durham Sunday, January, 1, 2006. Wilf SHEWELL of Durham in his eightieth year. Loving partner of Shirley BROWN of Durham, and her family Linda, Robert, Janice and Darrell. Loved father of Colleen (Larry) DAVIS of Thorton, Craig (Judy) of Barrie and Collin (Sharon) of Barrie. Dear brother of Mary PIKE of Guelph, and the late Jack, Edwin, Anthony, Basil, Loretta, Beatrice and Vernie. Sadly missed by several grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Friends may call at the Fawcett-Mceachern Funeral Home, Durham Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Hanover at 10: 00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2006. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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PIKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-25 published
CAMPBELL, Marie D. (née STAFFORD)
In her 83rd year, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord on Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care in London after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer Disease for 4 to 5 years. The last two and a half years were spent at Mount Hope where she received much tender loving care for which the family gives our heartfelt thanks. She lived in London, Ontario for her entire life with the exception of a few years in Belmont and Saint Thomas, Ontario. She will be sadly missed by all her family after 70 years of happy family gatherings. Predeceased by her parents, Mr. D.A. STAFFORD and Mrs. E.A. STAFFORD, in 1967 and 1988. Survived by her husband John H. CAMPBELL and three children, Mrs. Catharine PIKE (Joseph) of Mississauga, Mrs. Patricia BRIDGES (Michael) of Scarborough and Peter CAMPBELL (Mercy) of Pickering and four grandchildren Jonathan PIKE, Mississauga, Julia BRIDGES, Scarborough and Nicholas CAMPBELL and Naomi CAMPBELL, Pickering. Friends may visit on Tuesday, April 25 between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. and 7 and 9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 Saint_James Street at Richmond where the funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. by The Rev. Farquhar MacKINNON. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Contributions to the Canadian Bible Society, Alzheimer Society or the charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged.

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PIKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-19 published
RUSSELL, Darlene Ellen (née PIKE)
Peacefully at her home on Jericho Road on Saturday, June 17, 2006, Darlene Ellen (PIKE) RUSSELL in her 53rd year. Beloved wife of John Wayne and loving mother of Katherine and Martha. Predeceased by one daughter Nicole (1989). Cherished daughter of June (Riley) and Wilfred PIKE. Beloved sister of Christina and Ronald BROWNLEE, Steven and Mary PIKE, Stephanie GIBERSON- KIRBY and David KIRBY, and Brian and Lisa PIKE. Dear granddaughter of Agnes RILEY and daughter-in-law of Eleanor and Mac (1984.) Sister-in-law of Wendy and Walter JOHNSON, also survived by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces. Resting at the Gilpin Chapel, Thedford for visitation Monday 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Thedford at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. Catharine ASCAH officiating. Interment Pinehill Cemetery. Memorial donations to Saint Paul's Anglican Church greatly acknowledged.

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PIKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-11 published
SHARPLES, Nora Lillian
Of Grimsby died peacefully, in the presence of her family, at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital on Thursday, November 9, 2006 in her 97th year. Born in Thruxton, England, Nora was an operating theater nurse in London during the 2nd World War. She immigrated to Ontario, Canada in 1952 with her late husband the Rev. J.S. SHARPLES, and her two children. Nora served her Lord well as the Anglican Minister's wife in Durham, Delhi, Seaforth, and Clinton while often working in the Tillsonburg hospital as a private duty nurse. She and her husband retired to Beamsville in 1977. For the past 15 years she has live in Grimsby. The last years of her life were under the wonderful care of the nurses at Deer Park Villa Retirement Home. She will be sadly missed by daughter Susan MILLER of Grimsby, son Malcolm (and his wife Zafni) of Houston, Texas, five grandchildren, Michael and Carolyn MILLER, Yanti (Brent) ROWLAND, Jennifer (Justin) BROWN, and Brian SHARPLES, and one great-granddaughter Dija ROWLAND. Visitation at St. Andrew's Anglican Church, 156 Main Street West, Grimsby, on Saturday, November 11, 2006 from 1 p.m. until the time of Funeral Service at 2 p.m. celebrating the life of this good and faithful servant of God. Rev. Stuart PIKE officiating. Interment will be in St. Andrew's Church Cemetery. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or Canadian Hearing Association would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Stonehouse-Whitcomb Funeral Home, Grimsby 905-945-2755. www.smithsfh.com

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PIKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-04 published
RILEY, Agnes Johnston (née DUNCAN)
At PeopleCare Tavistock, on Saturday, December 2, 2006, Agnes Johnston RILEY (née DUNCAN) passed away peacefully in the loving presence of her family, in her 106th year. Beloved mother of June PIKE (Wilfred) of Thedford, Mary OLDER (Len) of Thamesford and Florence THOMLISON (Spence) of Cambridge. Much loved grandmother of sixteen grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren and six great great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Hugh, sister Jean BLANCHER, daughter Jean Elizabeth CONLON, son Donald Hugh RILEY, grand_son Ralph CONLON, granddaughter Darlene RUSSELL, daughter-in-law Gwen RILEY, son-in-law George CONLON, and beloved companion Len ROWDEN. Agnes was born on November 19, 1901 in Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland. She made Woodstock her home from 1939 to 2003 and was a member of the Moose Lodge and Rose Rebekah Lodge, Woodstock for many years. Special thanks to the staff of PeopleCare Tavistock for their care and Friendship to Agnes in her final years. Friends will be received at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Monday, 7-9 p.m. A Rebekah Lodge service will be held at the funeral home on Monday evening at 6: 30 p.m. under the auspices of Floreat Rebekah Lodge No. 283. Funeral service in the chapel on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. preceded by a Moose Lodge service at 12: 45 p.m. Interment at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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PIKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-14 published
SONSHINE, Joseph
On Monday, March 13, 2006 after a courageous and undaunted fight, beloved husband of Mildred, adored father and father-in-law of Barry and Paula SONSHINE, Marlene and Butch MANDEL, Sandi and Julius KIRSCHNER and Ellen and Robert PIKE. Cherished grandfather of Rebecca and Oren, Jeffery, Ian, Michelle, Zoë, Lisa, Brandon, Karen, Harrison, Matthew, Rhea, Gabriel and David. Proud great grandfather of Taylor. Brother and brother-in-law of Selma and Harry WALFISH, Ruthe MANN and Norton and Gerri LONGERT. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at Beth David Synagogue, 55 Yeomans Road at 1: 30 p.m. Shiva will be held at 73 Fifeshire Avenue, Toronto. In lieu of Shiva gifts please make donations to the Joseph and Mildred Sonshine Family Centre for head and Neck Disease at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. Untold gratitude to Doctor Paul WALFISH, Joe's nephew, for his constant presence and support. Special thanks to Tessie for her selfless care over these last few months.

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PIKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-07 published
GRIPTON, Jamie
By Paul BAGNELL, Page A22
Minister, radio host, Bob Dylan fan, husband, father. Born July 10, 1956, in Toronto. Died December 5, 2005 of cancer, in Sackville, New Brunswick, aged 49.
At Mel's Tea Room in Sackville, New Brunswick, there were days every once in a while when a sheepish drifter would walk through the door and pass a handwritten note to a waitress.
The note would read something like this: "Please provide this person with a meal. I will pay for it the next time I come by. Jamie."
Jamie GRIPTON was the minister of Sackville United Church, just a block from that restaurant. He saw social justice as his mission, and spent his career defending life's underdogs.
Jamie drew inspiration from John Steinbeck's 1939 masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath, his favourite novel. Jim Casy, a former preacher fighting for the rights of migrant fruit pickers, is the book's spiritual voice.
"The search for justice guides Casy," says Jamie's close friend Rev. John Perkin. "And it guided Jamie."
At Sackville United, he unequivocally supported the congregation's still-controversial decision to fully embrace gays and lesbians. His Sunday sermons could be unorthodox (his final effort made reference to hockey sensation Sidney Crosby) but his knowledge of scripture ran deep.
Jamie was a huge fan of the music, and particularly the words, of Bob Dylan. He hosted a weekly program on Dylan at Mount Allison University's campus radio station. He called the show Buckets of Bob and, in it, invited listeners into what he called "the musical conversation between Bob Dylan and the Word."
Twice, he wrote Lives Lived articles for The Globe and Mail, each time on the life of a member of his congregation. He collaborated on a third about his father.
Jamie was born in Toronto and raised there and in Ottawa. His teenage years had more than a fair share of turmoil (he would later marvel at the unconditional love shown to him by his mother), but Jamie abruptly reversed course in his mid-twenties. He found a Christian faith that illuminated the path ahead.
After graduating from Toronto's Emmanuel College in 1987, Jamie packed his belongings into a battered Ford Mustang and drove the 2,900-kilometre road to Fogo Island, Newfoundland. He was a newly ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, and had been given a four-point charge of churches, serving the tiny communities of Fogo, Seldom, Stag Harbour, Joe Batt's Arm and Barr'd Islands (these two served by one church).
During a visit to an ailing congregation member, Jamie met his future wife. Christine PIKE had come to Fogo Island from Corner Brook with her daughter Amy to work as a nurse at Fogo Island Cottage Hospital. In September, 1988, they were wed. ("We're getting married!" proclaimed three-year-old Amy.) Daughters Rosasharon and Tina were born over the next three years.
In 1992, after three years at Wesley United Church in Saint_John's, Jamie was posted to the Methodist Church of Jamaica in Port Antonio, on Jamaica's northeast coast. Here, just as in Fogo Island, he ministered to a charge of four small churches. When his church-provided car broke down, he travelled between them by motorcycle.
During these years, Jamie completed a doctoral degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. The family left Jamaica for Sackville in 1997.
When news of his inoperable cancer circulated during the summer and autumn of 2005, many of the people whose lives had been touched by Jamie reached out to touch him back.
During a final conversation with a friend, he reflected. "People are kind," Jamie said. "That's what I've learned."
Paul BAGNELL is a friend of Jamie GRIPTON.

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PIKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-27 published
SONSHINE, Joseph
By Ruth PIKE, Page A18
Veteran, entrepreneur, philanthropist. Born October 11, 1920, in Toronto. Died March 13 in Toronto, of cancer, aged 85.
In June of 1944, an Royal Canadian Air Force plane was shot down during a bombing raid near the French-German border. Alone and injured, the navigator, Joe SONSHINE, buried his parachute and hid in the forest for several days until he could walk. A farmer who spotted him got him into the escape lines organized by the French Underground. For several weeks, he was passed from one safe house to another. Unable to speak French, in public he posed as a deaf-mute. In private, he helped plot local sabotage.
Joe's planned escape to England was foiled when a collaborator betrayed him to the Gestapo. Because he was captured in civilian clothes, he was presumed to be a spy. He was transported in a cattle car to Buchenwald where he was kept in solitary confinement. Denied access to protection under the terms of the Geneva Convention, he was sentenced to death. Months later, finally recognized as military, he was sent, first to Stalag Luft III, then force-marched with other Prisoners of War from one camp to another until liberated by the Russians.
Although he knew the consequences could be dire, Joe had told a guard that he was a Jew, because he wanted a Jewish burial. His concern for his remains was premature. Despite everything, emaciated and ill, Joe outlived the war.
Joe's core beliefs included hard work and family values. Back in Toronto, he married Mildred LONGERT, his sweetheart who had waited. Their marriage exemplified the best interdependent, loving relationship possible. In 1969, he founded a family company, Welded Tube of Canada, one of the leading steel tubing producers in North America with plants in South Carolina and Ohio as well as Toronto.
Joe was big in every respect. Six feet tall, 300 pounds in his prime, he dreamed big, had lofty expectations, strong convictions, solid principles and powerful determination. He lived on a grand scale but was surprisingly soft-spoken and seemingly shy; quietly dignified and unassuming.
A standard nuclear family would not suffice for Joe. His immediate family had 24 tightly-knit members. His virtual family was far greater, all regulars on his invitation list for any kind of gathering. Joe's last party, three months before his death, was a celebration of his and Mildred's 60th wedding anniversary.
Joe's life was more than work, family and fun. When the Canadian War Museum was being built in Ottawa, Joe saw the opportunity to provide a memorial for his older brother, Murray. A flying officer whose plane was also shot down, Murray's body was never recovered. The boardroom in the museum bears Murray's name.
Joe broke his silence about those terrible months in Buchenwald when two veterans who had also been imprisoned illegally started compiling an oral history. He financed the publication of 168 Jump Into Hell, to let the world know what had occurred. Subsequently, Joe led other survivors to Ottawa to lobby for official recognition and for assistance in getting compensation from the German government.
The Buchenwald episode left Joe predisposed to various ailments and physical disabilities entailing repeated surgical procedures. His nephew, endocrinologist Paul WALFISH, guided him through the health-care system. In gratitude, last summer, Joe supported the start up of The Joseph and Mildred Sonshine Family Centre for head and Neck Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Although Joseph SONSHINE was not a public figure, it was not surprising to see more than 750 people at his funeral -- and even more visited the family during the week of Shiva to offer condolences.
Ruth PIKE's oldest son, Robert, is married to Joe's youngest daughter, Ellen.

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PIKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-10 published
STEVENS, Elma
Died peacefully on Monday, January 9, 2006 at Leisureworld Ellesmere at the age of 83. Loving mother to Vic and Sandra. Cherished grandmother of 4 and great-grandmother of 11. Loving sister of Mary PIKE, and the late Vesta and Ted. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 2: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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PIKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-11 published
STEVENS, Elma
Died peacefully on Monday, January 9, 2006 at Leisureworld Ellesmere at the age of 83. Loving mother to Vic and Sandy. Cherished grandmother of 4 and great-grandmother of 11. Loving sister of Mary PIKE, and the late Vesta and Ted. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 2: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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PIKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-27 published
MEDWID, Madeline (née DICKSON/DIXON)
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on January 25, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Ralph MEDWID. Loving mom to Pat and Lon PIKE, Rick and Judith, Brian and Kathy, Bonnie and Roy WEEKES, Raleigh and Cameron. Nana to 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Loving sister of Claudine RUDY. Predeceased by parents Ada and Cecil DICKSON/DIXON and brothers Ernie, Alfie and Jim. Will be greatly missed by all. Friends may call at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Sunday, January 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday at 1 p.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

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PIKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-29 published
PIKE, Mary Catherine (née SHEWELL)
After a brief illness at the Guelph General Hospital on Friday, January 27, 2006 with her family by her side. Mary PIKE at age 86. Loving wife of the late Harold PIKE (2003.) Dearly beloved mother of Daniel and Joy GODDARD and her sons Rob and Jeff LAVIGNE, Rosemary FOLEY and her husband Bill. Dear grandmother of Andrea LERNER (Jason) and great-grand_son Ethan. Sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews and Friends. Mary was the last surviving member of eight brothers and sisters. Friends may call at the Gilchrist Chapel - McIntyre and Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph (from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday). Service at the Gilchrist Chapel on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 10: 30 a.m. with Reverend Lori SCHMIDT officiating. Cremation at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Reception to follow in the Trillium Room of the Funeral Home. We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at: www.gilchristchapel.com

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PIKNA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-18 published
MYERS, Peter Samuel
Born May 13, 1916 in Toronto. Passed away after a long and courageously fought illness March 13, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Peter began his lifelong career in the film industry in 1935. In 1940 Peter enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and served bravely as a radar specialist attached to the British Royal Air Force. Repatriated in 1946 he began his successful career with 20th Century Fox in Toronto, rising from film booker to Canadian Managing Director. In 1968 Peter was promoted to Executive Vice President of Domestic Distribution necessitating a move with his family to the Fox Headquarters in New York. In 1972 Fox headquarters were moved to the studio in Los Angeles where he and his family began a new life in Pacific Palisades. During the next several years, Peter created the Fox Classics Division, the first of its kind of which he was President. Peter retired from Fox in 1985. In 1988 he established Four Seasons Distribution Company. During his distinguished career, Peter was responsible for distributing many of the most successful films ever made including "Planet of the Apes", "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "Mash", "Star Wars" and "Platoon". He was a long time member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Peter is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Elsa, his dearly loved children, Pam KOVITZ (Ron), David MYERS, Gayle PIKNA (Michael), John MYERS (Eva,) his adored grandchildren, Jay, Robin and Amy KOVITZ, Nina THOMAS and many nephews and nieces with special thanks to Barbara BURNS and Jordy SILVERMAN. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated, 1-888-473-4636.

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PIKNA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-18 published
MYERS, Peter Samuel
Born May 13, 1916 in Toronto. Passed away after a long and courageously fought illness, on March 13, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Peter began his lifelong career in the film industry in 1935. In 1940 Peter enlisted in The Royal Canadian Air Force and served bravely as a Radar Specialist attached to the British Royal Air Force. Repatriated in 1946, he began his successful career with 20th Century Fox in Toronto, rising from film booker to Canadian Managing Director. In 1968 Peter was promoted to Executive Vice President of Domestic Distribution, necessitating a move with his family to the Fox headquarters in New York. In 1972 Fox headquarters were moved to the studio in Los Angeles where he and his family began a new life in Pacific Palisades. During the next several years Peter created the Fox Classics division, the first of its kind of which he was President. Peter retired from Fox in 1985. In 1988 he established Four Seasons Distribution Company. During his distinguished career Peter was responsible for distributing many of the most successful films ever made, including: "Planet of the Apes," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "M*A*S*H," "Star Wars" and "Platoon." He was a longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Peter is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Elsa; his dearly loved children Pam KOVITZ (Ron), David MYERS, Gayle PIKNA (Michael), John MYERS (Eva;) his adored grandchildren Jay, Robin, and Amy KOVITZ, Nina THOMAS, and many nephews and nieces, with special thanks to Barbara Burns and Jordy Silverman. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated, 1-888-473-4636.

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PIKUL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-03 published
PIKUL, Julia (PAWLOWICZ)
Loving wife of the late John PIKUL, sister of the late Joseph and Walter PAWLOWICZ, died peacefully with family in Toronto, on April 1, 2006, in her 93rd year. Julia leaves behind her children Jeanette, Richard and Lynn, Ted and Sandra, her grandchildren Richard, Karrilyn and Michael, Mark and Jennie and James. She also leaves her sister Mary JAREMEY and sister-in-law Mary PAWLOWICZ. Friends will be received at the Taylor Funeral Home "Newmarket Chapel", 524 Davis Dr., Newmarket, 905-898-2100 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at Holy Martyrs of Japan Catholic Church (167 Essa St. Bradford) at 11 o'clock. Interment at Holy Martyrs Cemetery. On-line condolences are available through www.taylorfuneralhomenewmarket.com

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