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RIMMER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-02-08 published
RAWLINGS, Millie
Millie RAWLINGS passed away in Owen Sound hospital on Sunday January 15, 2006 aged 72, after a lengthy illness. Born Mary Mildred Bethea July 25, 1933 near Maxwell, the youngest daughter of Len and May (BENNINGTON) DUCKETT and resided all her life in the Maxwell area.
On August 28, 1954 she married Murry RAWLINGS at the home of her parents. As a bride and groom they settled on the farm where they now reside. Born to them were two sons, Paul and Glenn and made a home for Pat who was like a daughter to them.
Millie was an honourary member of the Osprey Women's Institute having being a life member first with the Maxwell branch and later with Osprey.
Surviving are her husband of 51 years, two sons, Paul and his wife Sharon of Newmarket, Glenn and Liza of Portlaw and Pat and Mike MARSDEN of Feversham; grandchildren Jennifer and Matthew RAWLINGS, Cody RAWLINGS, Andrea WENSLEY, Clayton KALBFLEISCH one sister Violet RAWLINGS. She was predeceased by a sister Reta (MILLS) ALSEY and in-laws Joe RAWLINGS, Harold and Margaret RAWLINGS. Surviving also are sister-in-law Ethel TRACEY, Elgin and Dawn RAWLINGS and Jim ALSEY.
The funeral was held at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Wednesday afternoon January 18, 2006 at 1 p.m. Mrs. Norma GODBOLD officiated. Cremation followed with later interment in Maxwell Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Cody RAWLINGS, Matthew RAWLINGS, Clayton KALBFLEISCH, Wayne WRIGHT, Norman MILLS and Doug RIMMER. Flowerbearers were Jennifer RAWLINGS, Sharon RAWLINGS, Lisa WENSLEY and Pat RAWLINGS.
Following the service a fellowship time with Osprey Museum serving refreshments at the Maxwell Community Centre was held.
Relatives and Friends present were June and Jim RICH of Verplanck New York Bob and Hazel GILBANK of Hampton, Doug RIMMER of Rusty Cove, Prince Edward Island as well from Brampton, Shelburne, Collingwood, Stayner and surrounding communities.
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RIMMER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-04-10 published
RIMMER, Eric
Suddenly on April 7, 2006 at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe surrounded by his loving wife Joan and cherished daughter Lee and her husband Matt CREARY of Cayuga. Beloved grandfather of Alexandra and Erica. Dear son-in-law of Doreen RADCLIFFE of Owen Sound. Eric will be sadly missed by his brother Frank RIMMER and his wife Marg of Owen Sound, Archie RIMMER and Glenda of Owen Sound, sister Vera WELLS of Owen Sound, sisters-in-law Linda RADCLIFFE, and Mary GRAHAM and her husband Doug of Owen Sound. Predeceased by his twin sons, father-in-law Harry RADCLIFFE, brother Gordon RIMMER, sister Annie FISHER and her husband Murray, and brothers-in-law Doug RADCLIFFE and Gilpen WELLS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends to share their memories of Eric at The Baldock Funeral Home 96 Norfold St. N., Simcoe on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 12: 00 noon until 1:00 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Mr. RIMMER's life will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. Reverend Bob THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON officiating. Cremation to follow with interment at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Following the funeral Service a reception will be held at the Army and Navy, Simcoe. Donations in memory of Eric to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Norfolk General Hospital Building Fund would be appreciated by the family. Baldock's 519-426-0291

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RIMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-25 published
COLLINS, Orvil John
At London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Campus on Sunday, January 22, 2006 Orvil John COLLINS of London in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Norma Jamesina COLLINS (McINTYRE) for 62 years. Loving father of Gordon (Shirley) DORCHESTER, Victor (Ellie) of Toronto, Jeanine BUSS (Syd FLOYD) of London and Denise CRNICH (Joe) of Brampton. Predeceased by daughter Velma LYNNETTE, 1948. Dear grandfather of Kirby (Gillian), Jeff (Liz) all of Burlington, Scott, and Sara GRAHAM (Jonathon) all of Toronto. Loving great-grandfather of Nya, daughter of Jeff and Liz. Survived by brother Ralph (Kay), and 3 sisters, Mary STONE (George,) Marie SMITH (Charles) and Lenora JOHNSON (John,) many nieces and nephews. Brother-in-law of Mary RIMMER, Sadie LOCKHART, Jean SHEPPARD and Martin (Laine) McINTYRE. Predeceased by his parents, and brothers Milburn, Bryce, Ercel and James. Friends will be received on Wednesday, February 1st from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road N., London, where the funeral service will be conducted by Reverend Howard IRELAND on Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow at Putnam Cemetery. Special thanks to the London Health Sciences Centre A.C.E. unit staff. As expressions of sympathy, donations to London Health Sciences Centre Foundation A.C.E. unit or B.C.M. International (Canada) Inc., 685 Main Street East, Hamilton, L8M 1K4 would be appreciated.

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RIMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-12 published
WILLERT, Joyce Doreen (née AIKENHEAD)
Peacefully, at her residence, on Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Joyce Doreen (AIKENHEAD) WILLERT, of Hensall, in her 80th year. Beloved wife of the late Harold WILLERT (1985.) Dear mother of Barb and Roy OESCH of Clinton, Richard and Susan WILLERT of Hensall, Pat WILLERT and John LANTZ of Saint Marys, Jerry and Joanne WILLERT of Hensall, Sharon and Earle ROSE of Stratford, Darlene GERBER and Rick RICHARDSON of Stratford, Bernice PETRIE of Stratford, Ervine and Ansberth WILLERT of Hensall, Barry WILLERT and Kerri GINGERICH of Zurich and Peggy WILLERT of Hensall. Loving grandmother of 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Sadly missed by a special family friend Jim COOPER. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Elizabeth FOSTER, Amy and Richard (Bud) HUNT, Jim and Eunice AIKENHEAD, Stew and Olive BROADFOOT, Freda AIKENHEAD and Beatrice RICHARDSON. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by her parents Jack and Reta (HARRISON) AIKENHEAD, one son-in-law Wayne PETRIE, one grand_son Doug RIMMER, brother Bill AIKENHEAD, sister-in-law Pearl KOEHLER and her husband Bruce and brothers-in-law Stan COLLINS and Ross RICHARDSON. Visitation in the J.M. McBeath Funeral Home, 49 Goshen St. N., Zurich on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, Zurich. Pastor Ann KRUEGER officiating. Interment Saint Peter's Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Elizabeth Health Care Foundation or Saint Peter's Lutheran Church. Condolences may be forwarded to www.jmmcbeathfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Joyce WILLERT.

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RIMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-16 published
LOCKHART, Sarah Elizabeth (McINTYRE)
Peacefully at Chelsey Park Nursing Home, London, Ontario on Thursday, December 14, 2006, Sarah Elizabeth (McINTYRE) LOCKHART, formerly of East Williams Township. Beloved wife of the late Wellington LOCKHART (1987.) Loving mother of Lawrence and Linda LOCKHART of Bayfield, Frank and Lorraine TURPIN of Owen Sound, Ernie and Joyce SCHLEGEL of Strathroy, Ron LOCKHART and Terri TERNOY of London and Wes LOCKHART of Corunna. Cherished grandmother of Lori and Bill FINCH, Mark and Lisa LOCKHART, Aaron TURPIN and Tanya COUSINS, Alicia TURPIN, Kim SCHLEGEL and Dave ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Jeff and Krista SCHLEGEL, Derek SCHLEGEL and Karen HARLTON and Justin LOCKHART. Dear great-grandmother of Mitchell and Logan FINCH; Tyler, Mya and Brycen LOCKHART. Sadly missed by sisters Mary RIMMER, Jean SHEPPARD, Norma COLLINS, brother Martin McINTYRE and sisters-in-law Laine McINTYRE, Freida LOCKHART, Alma GENTTNER and Betty LOCKHART. Pre-deceased by son Robert and brother John. Cremation has taken place. No funeral home visitation. Private family service will be held with interment at Nairn Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. T. Stephenson and son Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. 519-293-3331. A tree will be planted in memory of Mrs. Sarah LOCKHART.

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RIMMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-14 published
RIMMER, Marjorie Ann (née ASHTON) (1921-2006)
Peacefully, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family members, on Tuesday, January 10, 2006, in her 85th year. Beloved wife of William RIMMER for 60 years. Loving mother of Jacqueline (Mrs. Keith CLARKSON) of New Jersey, Jeff (Pam) of Newmarket, Natalie (Mrs. Chris HEMPSTEAD) of Courtice, and Greg of Erin. Devoted grandmother to Elaine, Sharon, Jeffrey, Kent, Eric, Elizabeth, and all her granddogs. Dear sister of Ralph (Louise) ASHTON and family of Powell River, British Columbia. Marjorie was known for her exemplary work with volunteer organizations including the Boy Scouts of Canada, Nursing Veteran at Canadian Forces Base Borden World War 2, hospital auxiliaries in Mississauga and Cambridge (Past President Cambridge Memorial Hospital Auxiliary) and Children with Disabilities. A special thanks to the doctors and medical staff from the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Medical Day Care and Oncology Department. Our sincere gratitude to the Community Care Access Centre of Waterloo Region and especially to Abby, Ruth and Gladys. A Celebration of Marjorie's life will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 12 Blair Road, Cambridge, on Monday, January 16, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m., The Reverend Dr. D.V. MacDONALD officiating. Interment later St. Peter's Anglican Church Cemetery, Maple Lake. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, Oncology Medical Day Care, 700 Coronation Boulevard, Cambridge, Ontario N1R 3G2 would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Haliburton Community Funeral Home, Haliburton, Ontario, 705-457-9209.

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RIMMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-09 published
RIMMER, Ralph (April 18, 1915-March 8, 2006)
Resident of Pickering Village from 1950 to 1972. Retired employee of the University of Toronto, Athletic Dept. in 1980. Ralph was an avid Squash player and coach of inter-collegiate and intramural teams at the University of Toronto and after retirement an instructor in the Whitby and Oshawa areas. In his 91st year, peacefully at Hillsdale Seniors Home, Oshawa on March 8, 2006. Predeceased by his parents William and Isabella RIMMER, his wife of 36 years Lillian (GROVES,) his sister Florence CHRISTIE (Bill,) his daughter Joyce WATSON and son-in-law Reg WATSON of Newcastle. Survived by his loving wife Joyce, his sons Bill of Peterborough, Rick (Jane) of Oshawa, his brothers Bill of Cambridge and Gord (Jane) of Seaforth, step-daughters Margot McKINLAY (Mike) of Oshawa, Heather MUDD (Graeme) of Calgary and Adrienne STRONACH of Owen Sound. Sadly missed by 19 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Family and Friends will be received at the McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Rd., Ajax on Friday, March 10, 2006 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 11 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. at the McEachnie Funeral Home. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated and may be made through the McEachnie Funeral Home.

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RIMMINGTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-14 published
TILFORD, Gordon E.
Of Saint Thomas, on Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, after a courgeous battle, surrounded by his loving family, in his 78th year. Dearly loved husband of Audrey (LOCKHART) TILFORD and the late Barbara (PROWSE) TILFORD. Loved father of Janice and her husband Gregory MORRIS of Saint Thomas, D. Craig TILFORD and his partner Sharon OLMSTEAD of Caledonia and William E. TILFORD and his wife Marion CUNNINGHAM of British Columbia and Glenys and her husband John ROSE of Massachusetts. Dear step-father of Aaron and his wife Kristi HENOP of Hamilton and Kimberley Ann HENOP and her fiancé Gary SWICK of Stoney Creek. Predeceased by a sister Elsie RIMMINGTON. Much loved grandfather of Ian, Collin, Duncan, Nyssa, Emily, Aiden and Brande. Great-grandfather of Collin. Gord was born in Woodstock on July 21, 1928, the son of the late Edward and Mabel (ROBERTSON) TILFORD. He owned and operated Ashton-Tilford Insurance. He was Past President of the Saint Thomas Golf and Country Club, a former member of the Saint Thomas Curling Club, Past President of the Saint Thomas Kiwanis Club (1972), Past Lieutenant Governor of E.C. and C. Kiwanis International. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Monday morning and then to Saint Mark's United Church where funeral service will be held at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow, with his ashes to be interred in Union Cemetery. Visitation Saturday from 7-9 and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Kiwanis Foundation or to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation.

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RIMON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-01 published
RYMAN, Sydney
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at the age of 85 at North York General Hospital. Beloved husband of Bella, devoted father of Rhonda Ryman KANE (Jack,) Arthur (Robyn,) and Rickey COSTRELL (Robert.) Also survived by sister May APPLEBAUM (Max,) brother David ROSENBERG, grandchildren Rachel and Emma RYMAN and Sarah and Ben COSTRELL, loving nieces and nephews, brother-in-law Al WISE, and, in Israel, sister-in-law Clara RIMON. Graveside funeral Thursday, March 2, 2006, Stashover-Slipia section of Dawes Road Cemetery. Call Steeles Memorial Chapel 905-881-6003 for time. Shiva at 10 Newbury Lane. Evening services only. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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RIMSTEAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-11 published
John BARRY, 74: Wine, women and a hint of danger
Tavern owner was the life of the party
But he also kept a gun under his pillow
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
There are so many stories about John BARRY that you think they all can't be true. And maybe they aren't, but they could be -- and that, in the end, is the whole point of knowing somebody like him.
His life was the stuff of movies -- the slick, finger-snapping movies of the past, where the drinks flowed and the smoke from the ever-present cigarettes rose, Bogey style, in smooth concentric circles from the corner of the mouth. The women were broads, showpieces in tight skirts and tighter angora sweaters; the men sat at their regular tables, doing deals, not all of them legal, as the sax player wailed.
But this was no celluloid romp with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and the rest of the rat-pack reprobates. This was all happening in Toronto, at John Duck's Tavern, an Etobicoke watering hole by the lake since 1866, when ex-British soldier John DUCK opened an inn for stagecoach traffic.
After BARRY bought the place in 1963, it became a clubhouse for men who, like BARRY, preferred to sit with their backs to the wall. Bikers came there; so did off-duty cops. There were days the parking lot was filled with cars bearing Michigan licence plates, belonging to the men in thousand-dollar suits up from Detroit for business meetings in BARRY's upstairs office.
Aulden GELDART was the John Duck bouncer and club manager for 16 years. At 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, he had the bulk and chops to be able to evict a whole posse of Vagabond bikers from the place. But he said he hated that his boss often packed a gun. "John always carried a semi-automatic, always in the back of his belt, and when he went to bed at night it was under his pillow," he said.
For safety, BARRY had underground parking for his Caddy; he also had a pair of dogs -- variously described as Doberman, American bull terrier or Bouvier, but big dogs, at least 150 pounds each, GELDART said -- that cost him $1,200 each. Most remember one called Boomer.
There were always whispers BARRY might have been a made man, a wise guy, even a hit man. GELDART said there were plenty of Toronto cops "after" BARRY, but his ex-boss was too smart for them. Former police chief William McCORMACK was a homicide investigator in those days and he said he'd remember if BARRY were involved in anything illegal. He doesn't, so it's likely BARRY wasn't.
"I always thought that talk was a lot of bulls -- -," said Rory ROBERTSON, who tended bar between 1969 and 1972. "But John knew a lot of people and I used to think some of them were rounders."
The only thing that most of his Friends and customers cared about was that BARRY -- who died November 12 at the age of 74 -- was a charming guy, a fun guy, the ultimate party guy.
He was a regular at Bardi's Steak House downtown. After hours, he and his boys would take over a private room at Gatsby's on Church St. Every night, it was red wine, and rum and Coke. Every night, it was steak, rare, with a side order of mushrooms. Every night, no one else ever got to pick up the cheque. Maybe that's why someone dubbed him "the old guy," but he liked it and the moniker stuck, even though he was only seven years older than ROBERTSON.
With his wife May and three children safely stashed away in Brampton, BARRY lived upstairs at John Duck's, also the scene of many a party.
"It was a typical bachelor pad," said his daughter Shandra BARRY. "Black leather. Red carpet. Party Central. It was his private club. The joke was that if the apartment door was locked, you don't knock, you don't interrupt the party going on inside."
Women loved him -- not just because he was movie-star handsome and charming and had that glint in his eye, but also because he was a lover who listened as if they were the only person in the world.
The man was charismatic, a great host who transformed the Humber House -- the name of the tavern when BARRY bought it -- into a modern-day legend, the watering hole of celebrities, including CFRB's long-time morning man, Wally CROUTER, country musician Gordie Tapp and the star athletes of the day. The Argos were regulars; so was coach Leo Cahill and three Miami Dolphins players he lured north to a new football league he tried to start, a couple of boxing champs and some Leafs.
The place was known for its Saturday jazz. "If you weren't inside by noon, you couldn't get a seat," ROBERTSON said. The late and hard-living Toronto Sun columnist, Paul RIMSTEAD, often sat at the drums; Diamond Lil from the Skyline Hotel would belt out the songs.
One day ROBERTSON noticed three guys coming in the door who turned out to be members of The Drifters, of Under the Boardwalk fame, and they did a turn at the mike.
"I don't know how much John knew about music, but he liked the way we talked, acted and the atmosphere we created. He liked fun. He wanted to be around, laughing and scratching, baby," said Bruce JAMES, who used to play the sax on those Saturday afternoons.
BARRY was born into one of the leading families of Sudbury; his father was in real estate and politics, made and lost three fortunes and died a very wealthy man, according to Jonquil FURSE, BARRY's sister. When BARRY was about 10 years old, he decided he didn't like attending Scollard Hall, a private school in North Bay, so he hired a taxi to take him home to Sudbury. His father paid the bill.
"John was very electric," FURSE said. "He was a chameleon, into everything, then off."
He was also her favourite brother, who took her fiancé, George FURSE, aside the day they were to be married in a very haute Westmount ceremony and told the astonished groom that if he ever laid a hand on his favourite baby sister, he'd "bust me up bad."
"He was very Runyonesque," George FURSE said, recalling how BARRY then pulled out a massive roll of money -- "I'd never seen that before except in the movies" -- and counted out four $100 bills from the top. "This oughta help you on the honeymoon," he barked.
"He was playing the part," his sister insisted.
After short stints in Sudbury as a miner and owner-operator of a gas station, BARRY hit the States, where his family believes he worked as a boxing promoter and a front man booking gigs for black singers and groups.
Later he owned a Mimico film studio, a limousine company and the company that booked all of the big acts into the Canadian National Exhibition's Grandstand shows.
His daughter Shandra said she remembers being driven in one of her father's limos to meet The Monkees backstage; other acts he brought to Toronto included Sonny and Cher, Red Skelton, Bob Hope, The Jackson Five, The Osmonds and Johnny Cash.
BARRY never stopped making deals. For awhile he owned a gold mine in British Columbia and a company called Iomech Ltd., and held patents for various water purification systems. Every Sunday, when he would drive to Brampton to see his family, he'd take them out for a drive to look at the latest country estate or property he was going to move them to.
"My mother just laughed. Every week it was a new place, a new deal," Shandra said. "He was the wildest ride in the amusement park."
All three children came to work at John Duck's after their mother died in 1979, and Shandra and her brother Jon were there March 5, 1988, when the party ended and BARRY closed the doors for the last time.
"He had it for 25 years; it was a huge part of his life," she said. "It was like a death in the family."
BARRY subsequently lived in several lofts around town, cutting out smoking and cutting down his drinking in later years, but he was diagnosed with esophagal cancer about a year ago. He didn't want people to know he was sick, and when he was hospitalized he didn't want people to visit him. Many did anyway.
His family is erecting a gravestone with the words "The Old Guy" and his favourite saying: "When I was here, I was here."

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