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RBC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-15 published
EBBELS, William D. " Bill"
Died peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 13, 2006 in Regina, Saskatchewan at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, where he was a long time resident. Bill was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on July 20, 1922, son of Harold Amory EBBELS, K.C. and Innis Colton EBBELS. He graduated from City Park Collegiate prior to attending the University of Saskatchewan. His studies were then interrupted by the war. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served as a Gunnary and Navigation Officer, the latter on the minesweeper H.M.C.S. Canso, the lone Canadian ship with a British flotilla in the Normandy Invasion. During his leave to Canada after D-Day, he married Irma Ruth HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON on September 16, 1943 in Montreal. He returned to Europe and was subsequently discharged in 1946. Bill's completion of his Bachelor of Commerce at U of S in April 1947 competed with the birth of their first child, Harold DENNIS. After graduation Bill joined the Regina investment firm of Houston and Willoughby where he spent his entire career, becoming the Executive Vice President and General Secretary where he was also involved in the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. The firm went through various mergers eventually ending up as part of RBC Dominion Securities. Bill retired in 1988. Bill was engaged in the community affairs and business of Regina all his life. He was a director of numerous community organizations and was a long-standing member of the Regina Kinsmen club, serving as President in 1967. He served on the Board of the Regina Exhibition, including a term as President. Bill was on the Senate of the University of Saskatchewan and active in the alumni association. As the first Chairman of the Regina Leader-Post Carrier Foundation, he encouraged carriers to go on to higher education. He was on the Board of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Fund. Throughout his life Bill was an avid and accomplished athlete. He was on the U of S Varsity basketball, hockey, lacrosse and tennis teams, with tennis the focal point and love of his sporting life. Starting in 1948 he was an eight-time Saskatchewan Open Singles champion and runner-up seven times. At age 45 he won his last title in 1967, also winning the veterans singles championship - the only person to win both in the same year. A great thrill was representing Saskatchewan in the first Canada Summer Games in Halifax in 1967, where he was the oldest competitor at 49. As a renowned builder of the game in Saskatchewan he undertook countless administrative and instructional roles including President of both the Regina Tennis Club and the S.L.T.A., for several terms each. Bill was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1976. Bill cherished his family time during the many summers at Lumsden Beach, at the condo in Manzanillo, Mexico, on the countless camping trips stuffed into the family station wagon, and on the tennis courts with his kids or crisscrossing Western Canada to tennis tournaments -- both his and the kids. Bill had a wonderful sense of humour and was always quick with a laugh. He loved singing, doing the ol'soft shoe, and was full of life and vigor in everything he did. Besides Ruth, his remarkable wife of 62 years, Bill is survived by his children: Hal (Donna and Tannis, Rob) of Calgary, Jim (Bonnie and Alecia) of Calgary, Jack (Pat and Calen) of Victoria, Bill (Sheila and Kelly, Lendon, Will) of New Jersey, Virginia (Tim COSBEY and David) of Gabriola Island and Andrea (Callum HILL) of Vancouver. Bill was predeceased by his brother Jack (Lois and Tim, Susan) of Calgary. Ruth wishes to express her heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre where Bill had been a resident for the last thirteen years. Bill has been blessed with the finest Friends possible, all of who have provided extraordinary support through these last difficult years. Funeral services will be held at Lakeview United Church, 3200 McCallum Ave., Regina, 306-586-7844, on Monday, April 17, 2006, at 2: 00 p.m. with reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, Nursing Unit 3-5, 2180 23rd Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A5 or The Lakeshore Tennis Club, P.O. Box 293, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 3A1. An on-line book of condolence may be signed at

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RBC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-15 published
McAVITY, John Malcolm
Of Vancouver died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, at 10: 00 o'clock on the morning of July 12, 2006. Born on July 18, 1917, John grew up in Rothesay, New Brunswick, attended Rothesay Collegiate, and subsequently Royal Military College, Kingston, quickly followed by service in England, Italy and the low countries during the Second War. John is survived by his loving wife of sixty four years, Adine (Dids) McAVITY (née OLAND,) his son Eric Oland (Judith MAXWELL) of Canmore, Alberta, his daughters Frances Denise HAZEN of Vancouver and Catherine Martha DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS (John KAYE) of North Saanich, British Columbia and his granddaughter Martha ELYSE of Canmore, Alberta. He was predeceased by his eldest son J.P. Malcolm (Patricia McAVITY née GIBSON) of North Saanich in 2001, by his parents Frances Edith HAZEN and Thomas Malcolm McAVITY in 1933 and 1944 respectively, and by his two younger brothers, Douglas Malcolm of Greenwich, Connecticut and Peter Malcolm of St Louis, Missouri. Dad started his post war working life with his cousin Hugh MacKAY in Saint John, New Brunswick, in a profession in which he spent his entire working life, and which culminated with RBC Dominion Securities in Vancouver in 1986. As a volunteer in his adopted west coast community, Dad served with great dedication as a director and chair of the board of the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society and also as a director and chair of the Board of Governors of Shawnigan Lake School. Dad maintained a life long interest in his woodwork shop, his garden, the Cook Gun Club at Vedder Crossing, fishing at Pennask Lake and most importantly, in maintaining his close connection with so many many Friends, all of which gave him immense pleasure. In his later years, Dad suffered with kidney failure and spent the last ten years of his life as a patient at the dialysis unit at Vancouver General Hospital. During this time he was lovingly supported by so many Friends: the "fly boys" who faithfully drove him to and from so many of his dialysis appointments, and to his care givers, Rudy, Maria and Fatima and Dino. A special thanks to Rev. Kevin Dixon and Bishop Jim Cruickshank of Saint Mary's Kerrisdale, to Doctor A.B. (Tony) Wilson and to Dad's palliative care team, Shirley, Lea and Rose-Marie, all of whom so graciously assisted Dad/Grampa on the final leg of his life's journey. A Memorial Service will be held at Saint Mary's Kerrisdale, 2490 West 37th Avenue, Vancouver, on Dad's 89th birthday, Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, and if you are so moved, donations can be made to the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society (British Columbia and Yukon Division), 393 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1E6: or to the Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia Hospital Foundation (Renal Program), 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1M9, (604-875-5240), in remembrance of John Malcolm McAVITY.

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RBC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-15 published
McINTYRE, Shannon (née WEIR)
45, of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, after a lengthy battle with cancer, Shannon peacefully passed away February 10, 2006 at home, surrounded by family and Friends. Born on January 26, 1961, in Weston, Ontario, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Eileen (McDOWELL) WEIR. She worked as an Aerospace Engineer prior to moving to Annapolis Royal to become co-owner of The Hillsdale House, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Shannon will be sadly missed by her children, Cory, Sam and Hayley, at home; along with sister, Heather (David) STAIRS; brother-in-law, Danny (Cheryl;) mother-in-law, Clair; nephews, Patrick, Kevin and Jason; nieces, Courtney and Megan. She was predeceased by her loving husband Rick. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal. Family and Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, in Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, 190 St. Anthony Street, Annapolis Royal. Funeral service will be held 2: 00 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2006, at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 340 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal with Reverend Canon Ken Vaughan officiating. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a trust fund for the McIntyre children, Cory, Sam and Hayley. Please send donations to: RBC Royal Bank, P.O. Box 190, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S 1A0. E-mailcondolences may be sent to

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