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POYNER o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-04-05 published
GREENSLADE, Melvin " Mel"
The family of the late Melvin (Mel) GREENSLADE wishes to extend thanks to all those who comforted us during our time of sorrow. We would like to extend particular thanks to the attending paramedics and Ontario Provincial Police officers who tried valiantly to revive Mel, to Doctor Matt POYNER and the nursing staff of the Collingwood G&M Hospital E.R., to all the neighbours and Friends in Wasaga Beach who opened their hearts with food, floral tributes and comfort, to Watts Funeral Home for their caring handling of the cremation and memorial service, to the Reverend Jack ANDERSON for his comforting words, to Doctor Tessa KITAI, for her caring assistance and to the members of the Bayshore Seniors Club for providing the funeral reception. Words are hard to find to express the true extent of our thanks in this hard and trying time in the loss of a dear husband, father and grandfather.
Sincerely, Ada GREENSLADE and Family
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POYNTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-01 published
HALL, Sadie M.
Peacefully at University Hospital on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 in her 78th year. Beloved wife of Lloyd V. HALL. Loving mother of Julie-Anne and her husband William J. POYNTON of Geelong, Australia, Andrew HALL and Shadi MAKTOFI of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Steven HALL and his wife Kim STRBA of Kingston, and Peter HALL and his fiancée Susan BROOKS of London. Grandmother of Matthew and Taylor HALL. A private family service was conducted at the James A. Harris Funeral Home on Saturday, April 29 by Rev. Dr. David McKANE. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
The tide recedes but leaves bright seashells on the sand The sun goes down but gentle warmth still lingers on the land The music stops yet echoes on in sweet refrain Our dear friend leaves, fond memories remain..

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POYNTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-04 published
HALL, Lloyd V.
Peacefully at University Hospital on Thursday, June 29, 2006 in his 88th year. Beloved husband of the late Sadie M. HALL. Loving father of Julie-Anne and her husband William J. POYNTON of Geelong, Australia, Andrew HALL and Shadi MAKTOFI of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Steven HALL and his wife Kim STRBA of Kingston, and Peter HALL and his wife Susan of London. Grandfather of Matthew and Taylor HALL. A private family service was conducted at the James A. Harris Funeral Home on Monday, July 3 by Rev. Dr. David McKANE. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The tide recedes but leaves bright seashells on the sand The sun goes down but gentle warmth still lingers on the land The music stops yet echoes on in sweet refrain Our dear friend leaves, fond memories remain.

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POYNTZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-10 published
COLLICT, Frederick Thomas " Fred" M.Sc.F., M.Comm.
(November 27, 1929-July 7, 2006)
Passed away peacefully at Sunrise in Unionville. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Anne "Nan" beloved father of Allison (Sergio) ORDORICO, Louise, Bruce (Carol FORD- COLLICT) and Brian (Jennifer TAILOR/TAYLOR.) Dear grandfather of Lauren, Leah, David and Cameron. Dear brother of Elizabeth "Bess" (Nick) SAJATOVIC and the late Freda POYNTZ and their families. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Sunrise for their exceptional care during Fred's stay. The family will receive Friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. E., (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Monday, July 10 from 6-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, July 11 at 12: 30 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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POYSER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-25 published
Runner dies in marathon
By James CHRISTIE with a report from Omar EL AKKAD, Page A10
A 41-year-old Toronto runner collapsed near the end of the 2006 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and died in hospital.
Martin POYSER fell to the pavement at Wellington and Bay Streets, 800 metres from the finish line of the 41.195-kilometre course.
"He was given cardio-pulmonary resuscitation within a minute at the scene and Emergency Medical Services paramedic service were there within three minutes to take him to Mount Sinai Hospital," said race general manager Dana ALLEN of Toronto. "They worked on him for about an hour in hospital, but he did not survive."
Mr. POYSER is the first fatality in the seven-year history of the event. Last October a 36-year-old Oakville man died after running a half-marathon in the Toronto Marathon.
"We send our condolences to Martin's family, Friends and fans," said Alan BROOKES, the race director. "Martin will be remembered as a wonderful spirit, with a tremendous passion for running."
Relatives at Mr. POYSER's house yesterday refused to speak to a reporter. One family member, contacted yesterday evening, said he was still on the phone with a doctor regarding what happened.

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POYSER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-28 published
POYSER, Martin Roy (February 11, 1965-September 24, 2006)
Passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 24, 2006 while doing something he loved at the age of 41. Beloved son of Trevor and Chris. Loving Partner of Martin KING. Brother of Tina. Martin was a creative, talented and successful hairstylist. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. on Friday, September 29th. The funeral will be in the chapel on Saturday, September 30th at 1 o'clock. If desired, donations in Martin's memory may be made to the Christian Children's Fund, 1027 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M1W 3X2 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 1920 Yonge Street, 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4S 3E2. 'To die completely, a person must not only forget but be forgotten, and he who is not forgotten is not dead'

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POYSER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-28 published
Martin POYSER, Hairdresser And Athlete: (1965-2006)
Hairstylist from Toronto's chic Yorkville who ran marathons to raise money for children in undeveloped countries was felled by a heart attack
By Alex DOBROTA, Page S9
Toronto -- As Martin POYSER finished the 2003 Chicago Marathon, he had two reasons to feel proud: His effort had raised a hefty sum for a children's charity and he had run his first big race. On Sunday, the Toronto hairdresser ran his last. He died less than a kilometre from the finish line.
He used his first attempt to raise money for a Paraguayan boy and that thought pushed him to the end of the 41-kilometre route. "Three-quarters of the way through, my legs were starting to feel pretty tired," he told the Christian Children's Fund. "Then the thought of my little guy crossed my mind and I said to myself: 'You know what? This is a good cause. I [have] to do this.' "
Mr. POYSER's death left empty his hairdresser chair at a high-scale Yorkville salon, where he attracted a network of female confidants who admired his tall, muscular frame. His clientele ranged from the banker to the artist to the house wife. His gift for listening made him privy to his clients' deepest secrets; he acted simultaneously as a surrogate husband, a confidant and a workout mate. He was known as "Uncle Martin" to their children.
Martin POYSER grew up in Stourbridge, a town in England's West Midlands. He took up his first job at 10, as a milkman's helper. Martin would run back and forth to the milk vehicle, carrying carts and milk bottles across the streets of his town, said his sister Tina POYSER, who lives in England. While he enjoyed physical activity, the boy always shunned team sports.
His father tried unsuccessfully to initiate him to football and cricket. "I would be left watching the football and he would go play on the swings," Trevor POYSER recalled with a laugh.
As a boy, young Martin was dedicated to his two grandmothers. He also preferred the company of a sister four years his senior to that of other boys of his own age. Tina and Martin were inseparable.
The brother even followed his sister on her first date to a James Bond movie. "Martin sat in between me and the guy all the way through the film and kept his eyes on this guy every time he tried to sneak his arm over Martin to touch mine," Ms. POYSER recalled. "He was determined he wasn't going to give up his place."
After he finished high school, Mr. POYSER studied at a business college for two years, but shrank at the thought of spending his life in an office. At 18, he decided to step into his sister's footsteps and enrolled in a hairdressing school.
After graduating, he spent two years tending the hair of vacationers on a Mediterranean cruise ship and returned home with a passion for travel. In the late 1980s, he decided to experience the bite of a Canadian winter and moved to Collingwood, Ontario, to work as a hairdresser.
"He was the type of guy who wanted to see the world," said Martin KING, Mr. POYSER's life partner. "His initial plan was to spend some time in Canada but he ended up staying."
Eventually, his hairdressing talents got him noticed by the André Pierre hair salon in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood. He was offered a job and quickly made a name for himself as a skilled and versatile practitioner.
But it was his sense of humour and his knack for putting a client at ease that made him popular with Yorkville denizens. It wasn't long before his clients had to book several weeks in advance to ensure a place on his busy agenda.
"Getting a haircut suddenly became this really fun experience because the hairdresser was fabulously fun," said Michelle JOHNSON, a 38-year-old sculptor. "A really quirky laugh, and he [was] very handsome, too."
Mr. POYSER and Ms. JOHNSON became Friends shortly after the first time she sat in his chair for a haircut in the early 1990s. They would talk on the phone at least three times a week and see each other almost daily over a glass of wine or a coffee. "I used to call him so much sometimes, that I would call myself the 'nagging wife.' "
She was not alone. More than a half-dozen clients and co-workers called Mr. POYSER their confidant. Around 1996, when he quit his job at André Pierre, many of them followed him to his new workplace, Hair Excel on Cumberland Street.
During Mr. POYSER's shifts, the salon became a meeting place filled with the chatter and laughter.
"Martin was my husband No. 2," said his colleague, Jeanette UEBERHOLZ, 38. "He filled in the parts that my husband couldn't."
He routinely took her out on dance nights and lent himself to the role of a playmate for her two daughters. He even accompanied Ms. UEBERHOLZ to her prenatal classes, Ms. JOHNSON said.
For Mr. POYSER, who was never a father, his Friends filled the gap of the family he left behind in England. They would religiously attend the parties he threw at his Riverdale house on Easter, Thanksgiving and during the summer season to drink and eat heartily. At one of these parties, Mr. POYSER turned the vegetable drawer of his refrigerator into a massive sangria pitcher.
In 2003, Mr. POYSER decided to leave his Friends for a month to backpack across Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. He wanted to witness how people lived in the South-Asian country governed by a military regime.
When he returned to Toronto, moved by his experiences, he contacted the Christian Children's Fund and ended up sponsoring Enrique, a seven-year-old boy who lived with 20 family members in a three-bedroom house in a Paraguay village. The money Mr. POYSER raised in Chicago funded another bedroom for Enrique's home and a water pump for the community. Altogether, he raised $3,000 to improve the boy's squalid living conditions.
"The part he liked best is that they used some of the money to buy the little boy a bicycle," Ms. JOHNSON said.
Mr. POYSER continued running, though his marathons in 2004, 2005 and 2006 were not meant as fundraisers.
He trained with his Friends, running along Lakeshore Boulevard. The group used to stop at a coffee shop on Queen Street East for a latté.
His partner, Mr. KING, never really liked his new activity because he knew Mr. POYSER had a bad knee, but he also knew he could not be dissuaded.
His father had also tried. "At the age of 41, it's old to do that," Trevor POYSER told his son.
"Dad, you need to get more exercise," the son answered back.
On Sunday, as Mr. POYSER attempted to finish half the 41-kilometre distance of the Scotia Bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, he collapsed on the corner of Wellington and Bay streets, within 800 metres of the finish line.
Martin POYSER was born February 11, 1965, in Stourbridge, England. He died of a heart attack Sunday in Toronto. He is survived by his sister, Tina, his mother, Christine Bunn, and his father, Trevor POYSER. He also leaves his partner, Martin King.

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