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SOMERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-13 published
ROSBOROUGH, Alexander Black
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Campus after a long battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 9, 2006, Alexander Black ROSBOROUGH. Will be sadly missed by his wife, Betty (JOHNSTON,) son Steven (Sherry,) daughter Lisa (Scott DOERR,) grand_sons Andrew, Michael, Terry and Kyle, and brother Charles, in-laws Bonnie ROSBOROUGH, Ron and Myrt, Frank, Bob and Dianne JOHNSTON, Pat and Ernie YOUNG, Special Friends Bob and Marg SOMERS and Mary MOORE, and extended Cherryhill family. Predeceased by parents Bob and Bella, brothers Bob and Dan, sister Florence and Lloyd NICKLES, Beryl and Ursula. Cremation has taken place, a celebration of Alex's life will be held on Monday, May 15, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Cemetery Chapel, 303 Riverside Drive. Expressions of sympathy and donations (Canadian Cancer Society) would be appreciated and may be made through London Cremation Services, 672-0459 or online at www.londoncremation.com.

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SOMERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-25 published
MITTS, Jason Robert
Passed away suddenly at Collingwood, May 2006 at 28 years. Beloved spouse of Laura SOMERS. Dear step-dad of James SOMERS. Loving son of Donna and Gordon McKEAN of Collingwood, Darrell and Charlene MITTS of London. Dear brother of Brandon, Melissa, Jacob, Lindsay, Joseph, Carrie, Randy and Amanda. A Memorial Service will be held a the Chatterson-Long Funeral Home, 404 Hurontario Street, Collingwood on Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 1 p.m. (705-445-4700).

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SOMERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-27 published
SOMERS, Keith Sr.
Peacefully on Thursday, May 25, 2006 Keith SOMERS Sr. of Tillsonburg passed away at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital at the age of 95 years. Predeceased by his loving wife and best friend June (1987.) Beloved father of Keith SOMERS Jr. of Muskoka, and the late Sheila SOMERS (2004.) Wonderful grandfather of Christopher McDERMOTT of London. Survived by his sister Doris CALDER of Tillsonburg. Keith was a member of the Lions Club for close to 70 years. The family will receive Friends at the Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Sunday, May 28, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service for Keith will commence on Monday, May 29, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. from Saint Paul's United Church, Tillsonburg. Rev. Maurice FRANCIS officiating. Cremation to follow. Inurnment to take place at Tillsonburg Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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SOMERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-20 published
CALDER, Doris
Peacefully on Monday, September 18, 2006 Doris CALDER of Tillsonburg passed away at the Maple Manor Nursing Home at the age of 93 years. Predeceased by her husband Paul CALDER (1961.) Beloved Step-Mother to Sister Mary CALDER of St. Paul, Minnesota and Gerald CALDER of Portland, Oregon. Loving grandmother to Cathey, Charles and Michael. Wonderful Aunt to Captain Brad SOMERS and his wife Pat of Windsor and to Doctor Keith SOMERS and his wife Darlene of Muskoka. Great Aunt to Christopher McDERMOTT of Toronto. Doris was predeceased by her sibling Keith SOMERS Sr. and his wife June, Ronald SOMERS and his wife Maxine and her niece Sheila McDERMOTT. Friends will be received at Ostrander's Funeral Home, Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Thursday, September 21, 2006 from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service for Doris will be held on Friday, September 22, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m. from Saint Paul's United Church, Tillsonburg. Lynne ALLIN officiating. Inurnment to take place at a later date. Memorial donations to the Saint Paul's United Church Building Fund or the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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SOMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-26 published
SOMERS, Muriel Louisa (née BRUCE)
After a short but courageous battle, Muriel Somers, 75, passed away on Saturday, December 23rd, 2006 at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Muriel passed with her three sons, Stephen of Burlington, Peter of Toronto and John of California by her side. Wife of the late Ken SOMERS of Oakville and daughter of the late Lloyd and Hilda BRUCE of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia and sister to the late Enna WYLIE and the late Wallace BRUCE, Muriel is survived by her two sisters Joyce McCRADY and Pauline MacINNES. Beloved Grandie to Stephen's two children, Coleman and Chloe and John's two children, Theo and Eli, Muriel leaves beloved daughters-in-law, Elizabeth and Jennifer-Jo. Also known and loved as Moonie by her many family members and Friends, Muriel will be sadly missed. Family will receive Friends for Visitation at the Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday the 27th of December. A service to celebrate Muriel's life will be held on Thursday, December 28th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. in the chapel of Kopriva Taylor. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

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SOMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-11 published
SOMERS, Winona E.
Passed away at Credit Valley Hospital on Friday, March 10, 2006 at the age of 69. Beloved wife of the late Joseph SOMERS. Loving mother of Laura SANTOS and her husband Al of Calgary, Lyle and Kim PATTERSON of Georgetown, Daryl and his wife Laurie of Winnipeg and Guy of Ottawa. Cherished Nanna of Reegan, Courtney, James, Danielle, Cameron and Caitlin. Dear sister of Donna MILLER (Walter,) Hugh LOWERY/LOWREY/LOWRIE/LOWRY (Doris,) and the late Fred LOWERY/LOWREY/LOWRIE/LOWRY. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10 North of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 3: 30 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2006 until the time of the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 4: 30 p.m. For those who wish donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated.

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SOMERSETT o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-10-04 published
MORTENSEN, Sylvia
In loving Memory of Sylvia MORTENSEN October 2nd, 1982
Softly the leaves of memory fall,
Gently we gather and treasure them all.
Everyday in some small way,
Memories of you come our way.
Though absent, you are forever near,
Still missed, loved and always dear.
Your three daughters Martine CULHAM, Darlene MOFFATT, Janice SOMERSETT and their families.
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SOMERTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-02 published
HOWARD, Captain Robert Gerald " Gerry"
(Veteran World War 2)
Passed away peacefully at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at the age of 91. Beloved husband of Kathleen for nearly 66 years. Much loved father of Barbara, and Harry and his wife Moira. Loving grandfather of Tricia and Randy, Sarah and Chris, Kelley, Jordan and Jaime, and great-grandfather of Liam. Dear brother of Beatrice CAMPBELL. He will be fondly remembered by his dear Friends, Charles and Betty SOMERTON and his extended family and Friends. Gerry's love of sailing was exceeded only by his love for his family. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, February 3, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment Meadowvale Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to the charity of your choice.

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SOMERTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-27 published
TOTAFURNO, John
(Retired Minister of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada)
Peacefully, on Friday, March 24, 2006, in his 84th year. Dearly beloved husband of Leah (née GUGLIETTI) for 63 years. Dear father of Doctor John Joseph Louis and his wife Lois, Sharon, and David. Proud grandfather of Adam. Brother of Filomena (Charles SOMERTON,) Bernice (Walter RUSSELL,) Elizabeth (Ross RUSSELL,) Rose, and Vincent (Lois). Predeceased by his parents Anna and Giuseppe and his sister Mary CUSHNER. John will be remembered by his extended family and many Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held on Friday, March 31, 2006 at 11 o'clock from Queensway Cathedral, 1536 The Queensway. Interment Prospect Cemetery. At the family's request, donations in John's memory may be made to Christian Horizons Charitable Foundation, 7 Windy Ridge Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 1R9. Condolences to www.turnerporter.ca "I go to prepare a place for you…" John 14: 1-3

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SOMERVELLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-07 published
MERRITT, Alma (née CARDINELL)
Peacefully at Extendicare Mississauga, on Sunday March 5, 2006 in her 96th year. Alma MERRITT (née CARDINELL) beloved wife of the late Earl MERRITT. Dear mother of Bill (Virginia,) Donna FERGUSON, Betty (Ron JONES), Marie (Howard JONES), daughter-in-law Thelma MERRITT (née ARCH) and predeceased by Ken, May (Clyde ARCH) and Marion BRYANT. She will be sadly missed by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and her dear friend Lois SOMERVELLE. Predeceased by her 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Friends may call at the Lee Funeral Home Limited 258 Queen Street South, Streetsville (Mississauga Road, south of 401) on Wednesday March 8, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday March 9, 2006 at 1 p.m. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Milton. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-12 published
CALCUTT, Catherine Mary (née LUMLEY)
Peacefully, with her loving family close by, Catherine Mary CALCUTT (née LUMLEY) on April 11, 2006 in her 85th year, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Bruce William CALCUTT (1997.) Dearest mother of Margaret LUMLEY of Sarnia, Thomas William (1993), Linda WAUN (Carl) of Strathroy, Judy VERMUE (Tom) of Poplar Hill, Jackie SOMERVILLE (Neil) of Bracebridge. Proud grandmother of Kim WARREN (Paul), Rhonda McASKILL (Les), Michael ROBY (1996), Shannon ROBY, Paul WAUN (Nelia), David WAUN (Kristi,) Michael HEALY (2004,) Lisa STAN (Kevin,) Daniel HEALY, Rebecca SOMERVILLE, Joel SOMERVILLE (Carmen.) Fond great-grandmother of Kristy WANNER, Shea BARNES, Adam, Lauren and Nicholas STAN, Kyle McASKILL. Survived by brother Clarence LUMLEY of Kingsville, sisters Evelyn LAMB of Sarnia, Pat TRAXLER of Sarnia and sister-in-law Frieda CALCUTT of Strathroy. Predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, son-in-law Michael HEALY. Resting at Denning Brothers Funeral Home, Strathroy where family and Friends may visit Wednesday, April 12, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, April 13 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ed FONTAINE and Pastor Roger GAST officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. Donations may be directed to Save the Children Fund, Bethel Baptist Church, Strathroy or the charity of your choice. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Catherine.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-25 published
HACKSHAW, Margaret Wallace (née CAMPBELL)
Of Saint Thomas on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 76th year. Beloved wife of the late Gordon HACKSHAW and loved mother of Rhona and her husband Steven SOMERVILLE of Saint Thomas, Moira CAWKER of Stoney Creek and the late Dawson HACKSHAW. Loved grandmother of Scott, Craig, Shelby, Travis, Melanie and Robert. Predeceased by a brother Thomas CAMPBELL. Margaret was born in Scotland on September 5, 1930, the daughter of the late Dawson and Janet (WALLACE) CAMPBELL. She attended St. Andrews United Church and she was a member of the Lioness Club, Port Stanley. The funeral service will be held at St. Andrews' United Church on Friday at 3: 30 p.m. Visitation at the Church Friday 2: 30-3:30 p.m. Cremation to follow with the ashes to be interred in Union Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined, with remembrances to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Port Stanley Lioness Club.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-25 published
MAYER, Wilhelmina Maria " Wilma" (BRAS)
Of Saint Thomas on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, surrounded by her loving family, at her late residence, in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Martin MAYER and dearly loved mother of Brigitta and her husband David SOMERVILLE, Evelyn BOCK (late Hans,) Joan MAYER all of Saint Thomas, Elaine MAYER and her husband Scott Lackey of Belmont, Rosemary and her husband Michael BARRETT of Saint Thomas, Ronald MAYER of Saint Thomas and Timothy and his wife Joanne MAYER of Unionville. Sadly missed by 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Wilma was born in Holland on September 14, 1925. She was a member of Saint Anne's Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Saturday morning and then to Saint Anne's Church for Mass of the Christian Burial at 10: 30 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 6-8 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Friday at 7: 00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-26 published
HACKSHAW, Margaret Wallace (née CAMPBELL)
Of Saint Thomas on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 76th year. Beloved wife of the late Gordon HACKSHAW and loved mother of Rhona and her husband Steven SOMERVILLE of Saint Thomas, Moira CAWKER of Stoney Creek and the late Dawson HACKSHAW. Loved grandmother of Scott, Craig, Shelby, Travis, Melanie and Robert. Predeceased by a brother Thomas CAMPBELL. Margaret was born in Scotland on September 5, 1930, the daughter of the late Dawson and Janet (WALLACE) CAMPBELL. She attended St. Andrews United Church and she was a member of the Lioness Club, Port Stanley. The funeral service will be held at St. Andrews' United Church on Friday at 3: 30 p.m. Visitation at the Church Friday 2: 30-3:30 p.m. Cremation to follow with the ashes to be interred in Union Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined, with remembrances to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Port Stanley Lioness Club. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St. Saint Thomas in charge of arrangements.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-31 published
SOMERVILLE, Leslie " Les"
Of R.R.#1 Sparta, on Tuesday, May 30, 2006, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at his late residence, in his 81st year. Dearly loved husband of over 52 years of Catherine (PARKER) SOMERVILLE and loved father of Gary and his wife Frances of Sparta, Barbara and her husband Chuck BONDI of Saint Thomas, Michael and his wife Kathy of Sparta, Pat STILLITANO (husband late Santo "Son") of Saint Thomas, Eugene and his wife Patti of Sparta, Roger and his wife Carole of Sparta, Ed and his wife Sue of Saint Thomas and Paul and his wife Tracey of Saint Thomas. Dear brother of Doris and her husband Bob VANVELZER of Saint Thomas and brother-in-law of Marion PARKER (husband late Clifton) Dexter. Sadly missed by 19 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Les was born on January 6, 1926 the son of the late Ernest and Myrtle Irene (SIMONS) SOMERVILLE. He farmed all his life and was active in the Dexter Community. He attended Dexter United Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Friday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Visitation Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Victorian Order of Nurses or the Cancer Society.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-17 published
SOMERVILLE, Robert George
Peacefully at London Health Sciences, Victoria Hospital on Monday October 16, 2006, Robert George SOMERVILLE in his 87th year. Survived by his loving wife Rene Neal SOMERVILLE. Dearly loved father of Cheryl SCOTT (Brian FENLON,) Paul SOMERVILLE and step-father of Brian NEAL (Hedi.) Cherished grandfather of Jill Lindsay SCOTT, Christopher FENLON- McDONALD, Whitney, Victoria and Mathew NEAL. George will be missed by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his loving wife of 44 years, June (1994) and his brother Charles. To honour George's wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place. "There comes a time when tomorrow doesn't come".

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-15 published
SOMERVILLE, Gerty Tillie
Of R.R.#3 Saint Thomas, on Sunday, November 12, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 88th year. Beloved wife of Harold Douglas SOMERVILLE and loved mother of David (Bridget) SOMERVILLE of Saint Thomas, Jean SOMERVILLE of London, Ken of Saint Thomas, Joyce Daniel of Saint Thomas, James of Saint Thomas and the late Donald and Glen SOMERVILLE. Dear sister of Norma BOOTER and Mariam LEBECK, both of Pembroke. Predeceased by a sister Lila and a brother Allan. Sadly missed by eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She attended the Mapleton Church of Christ (Disciples) and was a former member of the New Sarum Baptist Church. The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon from Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas. Interment followed in Union Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-05 published
SOMERVILLE, Viola Rena (née QUINN)
It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Viola Rena SOMERVILLE of London on December 3, 2006, at University Hospital in her 90th year. Wife of the late Mr. Ransom "Budd" DADD (1966) and former wife of the late Fred SOMERVILLE. Sister of the late Madeline TUCKER, Edna FREEMANTLE and Camelia "Kay" HINTON her twin sister. Survived by her sister Audrey CROZIER (James CLAIR.) Dear aunt of Ron (Barb) HINTON and family, Ken (Wendy) HINTON and family, Barb (Roland) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and family and Beverley (John) McINTYRE and family. Special thanks to the 2nd floor staff of Mt. Hope for their patience and loving care. Visitation will be held in the Needham Funeral Home (520 Dundas Street, London) on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the service will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 1 p.m. Interment in Woodland Cemetery to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Egerton Street Baptist Church.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2006-04-18 published
CALCUTT, Catherine Mary (née LUMLEY)
Peacefully, with her loving family close by, Catherine Mary CALCUTT (née LUMLEY) on April 11, 2006, in her 85th year, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Bruce William CALCUTT (1997.) Dearest mother of Margaret Lumley of Sarnia, Thomas William (1993), Linda WAUN (Carl) of Strathroy, Judy VERMUE (Tom) of Poplar Hill, Jackie SOMERVILLE (Neil) of Bracebridge. Proud grandmother of Kim WARREN (Paul), Rhonda McASKILL (Les), Michael ROBY (1996), Shannon ROBY, Paul WAUN (Nelia), David WAUN (Kristi,) Michael HEALY (2004,) Lisa STAN (Kevin,) Daniel HEALY, Rebecca SOMERVILLE, Joel SOMERVILLE (Carmen.) Fond great-grandmother of Kristy WANNER, Shea BARNES, Adam, Lauren, and Nicholas STAN, Kyle McASKILL. Survived by brother Clarence LUMLEY of Kingsville, sisters Evelyn LAMB of Sarnia, Pat TRAXLER of Sarnia, and sister-in-law Frieda CALCUTT of Strathroy. Predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, son-in-law Michael HEALY. Rested at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Wednesday, April 12 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, April 13 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ed FONTAINE and Pastor Roger GAST officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. Donations may be directed to Save the Children Fund, Bethel Baptist Church, Strathroy, or the charity of your choice. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Catherine.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-15 published
McILWRAITH, Kenneth Douglas
On Monday, September 11, 2006, after a brief illness in his 90th year. Born in Toronto in 1917, younger son of William Norman and Ruby (SOMERVILLE) McILWRAITH. A graduate of Cambridge University, he joined the British Army, and served in the Middle East and Norway. After the war, he returned to Canada, joined the Department of External Affairs as a Foreign Service officer with postings in Geneva, Tokyo, Paris and Oslo. Pre-deceased by his wife Ruth (née KEHOE) and brother William Gordon. Step-father of Deirdre and Darragh, father of Mary and Sheila BEINGESSNER. Grandfather of Julia, Sonia and Alexis BEINGESSNER. Brother-in-law of Patricia (née BRIGHTMAN) and uncle of Margaret (Chris) WILLIAM, Peter (Catherine), and Richard, all in England. We will remember him as a gentle man, honourable and generous, with a keen appreciation for all sports, but especially the game of golf. Private funeral. A graveside service will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 2: 30 p.m. A Reception will be held at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Gatineau, Sunday, September 17, 2-5 p.m.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-11 published
Kenneth McILWRAITH, Officer and Diplomat (1917-2006)
The quiet ambassador had some remarkable wartime adventures -- patrolling Palestine on horseback and being taken prisoner by the French Foreign Legion, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
A very private, modest person, Kenneth McILWRAITH disliked talking about himself almost as much as he loved playing golf after he retired from the diplomatic service. Nevertheless, he had some extraordinary adventures in his long life.
Although Canadian born, he served with the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, one of the last British cavalry regiments to still use horses at the beginning of the Second World War. He was captured by the French Foreign Legion in the Syrian desert in 1941 and held for two months as a prisoner-of-war of Vichy France.
After the war he had a lengthy career as a diplomat and ultimately became Canadian ambassador to Norway and Iceland. "He was a man of infinite courtesy and patience and he helped train his juniors in a methodical and systematic way that was quite rare among senior officers and heads of missions," said Roy MacLAREN, a former High Commissioner to London and one of Mr. McILWRAITH's juniors at External Affairs. "The juniors in the department greatly admired him. He would take any amount of time helping to train us and showing us by example how to conduct ourselves," said Mr. MacLAREN. "He was a very fine person."
Kenneth Douglas McILWRAITH was the younger son of William Norman McILWRAITH and his wife Ruby (née SOMERVILLE.) His father, who had left school at 16, was hired as a clerk by George Herbert WOOD and James Henry GUNDY as one of their first two employees on the day they opened their investment firm in 1905. Mr. McILWRAITH became such an adept and valued investment analyst that five years later, when he was 30, the founders asked him to open the London office of Wood Gundy (which is now part of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce).
Although a decidedly anglophile couple, the McILWRAITHs returned to Canada every summer to their cottage on Centre Island in Lake Ontario across the harbour from Toronto, and deliberately came back to Canada in the penultimate year of the First World War so that their second son, Kenneth, could (like his elder brother William) be born on Canadian soil. As well, Mr. McILWRAITH "did not trust the quality of British medical treatment," said his grand_son Bill McILWRAITH in a e-mail from Thailand where he owns a small resort.
Ken was sent to board at Boxgrove preparatory school in Guildford, Surrey, from the age of 8. At 13, he went to Rugby School, near Coventry in Warwickshire, the same school that the soldier-poet Rupert Brooke had attended, and then went up to Cambridge where he studied English literature at Clare College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1939 and a master's the following year.
Mr. McILWRAITH joined the British Army as a second lieutenant and served with the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, a regiment that can trace its lineage back to 1794. At the time Mr. McILWRAITH enlisted, the regiment (which had been given the honorific Royal in 1831 and designated the Prince of Wales's Own in 1863 in tribute to the future King Edward VII) was still a cavalry unit, a tradition that must have appealed to the horse-loving Mr. McILWRAITH. He, along with his batman, served in Palestine, riding his own two horses (which he had shipped by train and boat from England) on patrols. It was only at the end of 1941, two years into the war, that the regiment was mechanized, following its transfer to the Royal Armoured Corps.
While serving as a regimental liaison officer in the Syrian desert, Mr. McILWRAITH and his batman were captured south of Palmyra on June 2, 1941, by a French patrol (of Arab soldiers with French officers, as he later explained in a letter to his parents). As France had fallen to the Germans the year before and established the Vichy collaborationist government, the French and the British were technically at war.
Mr. McILWRAITH was taken to the local commandant, a captain in the French Foreign Legion. After a noisy exchange, the commandant sent his prisoner on his first flight by "aeroplane" to Homs, about 145 kilometres west of Palmyra. "The plane was a very ancient affair (four-seater biplane), the air currents over the desert were particularly active, and the pilot and navigator were more concerned with some bottles of wine they had brought with them than with the smooth progress of their flying chicken-crate," he wrote to his parents in September, 1941.
Lieutenant McILWRAITH was transported along with other captured British officers to Alefsis on the outskirts of Athens. That's where he saw the Germans for the first time. "The Jerries paid no attention to us other than to glance with a certain bovine curiosity at the rather motley looking party of British officers. It was obvious, however, that the French depended on German authorization for every move they made," he wrote.
Another "hair-raising" flight later, the prisoners reached Salonika, where they were kept in filthy conditions in a warehouse for five days and then interned for two weeks in the hold of a French passenger ship in the harbour. After the Saint Jean d'Acre Armistice was signed on July 14 between British forces in the Middle East and Vichy France forces in Syria under General Henri Dentz, he should have been returned to the British. The prisoners were shown the armistice and allowed to read the clause demanding their immediate return to the British, but they were still loaded on a train and sent across enemy-occupied Europe and through Germany to Toulon, France -- all the time in ghastly conditions, without adequate food or water.
In Toulon, he and the other officers were finally released under the terms of the armistice and sent back to Beirut on a French ship that sailed through the Mediterranean, enjoying considerably better conditions than he had endured on his outward journey. He arrived in Cairo on August 19, a little more than two months after his capture and after 10 days leave, returned to the fighting.
The Royal Wiltshire was the first British tank regiment to engage the German (and Italian) forces under General Erwin Rommel at the crucial battle of El Alamein in North Africa in 1942. Mr. McILWRAITH missed the fighting because he was ill with jaundice and desert sores, (a virulent form of impetigo that was exacerbated by sand, heat and the confined quarters in tanks). The sergeant who took his place was killed almost immediately, according to Mr. McILWRAITH's daughter Mary.
He later served in Norway and was demobilized with the rank of captain in 1946. Although he survived the war, many of his school Friends and army colleagues were killed and he suffered from horrible nightmares about the horrors he had witnessed. His daughter, Mary McILWRAITH, can still remember him shouting in his sleep and waking everybody up. As a result they rarely talked about their father's war experience.
When peace came, his father wanted him to join Wood Gundy, but he resisted and opted instead to study Canadian history at the University of Toronto for a year with a view to joining External Affairs (now Foreign Affairs and International Trade), which he did on September 1, 1948, after successfully writing the entrance examinations. As a student, Mr. McILWRAITH lived in a boarding house on Lonsdale Road. That's where he met Ruth (née KEOGH) RICHARDSON, a widow one year his senior and the mother of two little girls, Deirdre and Darragh. Her husband Pat had fought with the Canadian forces and been killed in Holland near the end of the War.
Although of different religions -- Mr. McILWRAITH was Protestant and Mrs. RICHARDSON was Irish Catholic -- they married in 1951 just before he received his first foreign posting to Geneva. During their three years in Switzerland, the McILWRAITHs' daughter Mary was born. The family returned to Canada and lived in Ottawa where Mr. McILWRAITH was a member of the inspection service, charged with travelling the globe to observe and report back on conditions in Canadian embassies and diplomatic missions. The McILWRAITH's final child, Sheila, was born in Ottawa just before their next posting to Tokyo in 1958. They travelled by ship, as Mrs. McILWRAITH disliked flying, a trip that her daughter Mary still remembers as the height of luxury and glamour. After a three-year stint, the family went back again to Ottawa where Mr. McILWRAITH was head of personnel for External Affairs.
In 1964, the fluently bilingual Mr. McILWRAITH was posted to Paris at the height of the first wave of Front de Liberation du Québec violence in Quebec and during a troubled diplomatic period between French president Charles de Gaulle and the Canadian government. While working in the embassy he took some pleasure in recounting to his colleagues how an earlier French administration had held him as a prisoner-of-war, according to his old friend and colleague Peter Towe, former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. McILWRAITH's final posting was to Oslo where he served as ambassador to Norway and Iceland from 1972 until 1976.
He took early retirement at 60 and continued to live in Ottawa where he enjoyed playing golf, meeting with old Friends from External and reading. He and his wife separated in 1990 and she returned to Toronto where she died in 2004.
Mr. McILWRAITH, who continued to live in Ottawa in the family home with his step-daughter Darragh, was in good health, surviving prostate cancer and melanoma, until the cancer metastasized to his urinary tract. He died shortly after receiving the diagnosis and having refused treatment.
Kenneth Douglas McILWRAITH was born in Toronto on May 25, 1917. He died in Ottawa on September 11, 2006. He was 89. He is survived by his four daughters, three grandchildren and his extended family.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-14 published
MacAULEY, Sally " Joanne"
Passed away suddenly at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, Ontario on Sunday, February 12, 2006, in her 71st year. Beloved wife of Ken MacAULEY of Everett, Ontario. Cherished mother of Deborah and her husband Philip RIGBY of Mount Forest, Ontario, Michael SOMERVILLE and his wife Anne of Orangeville, Ontario. Loving gramma of Laurie, Meghan, Sean, James, and Sarah and loving great-gramma of Christopher, and Michael. Dear sister of Mary GARNETT and Ronald BOYLE. Sally will be fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews and Friends. Resting at W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria Street East, Alliston from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2006. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 190 King Street South, Alliston, on Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. followed by cremation. If so desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-04 published
SOMERVILLE, Elizabeth Ross Loan (née DAVIS)
Peacefully on March 3, 2006 at Toronto East General Hospital, in her 74th year. Beloved wife of the late Ian (1976). Loved, and loving, mother of Glen and wife Shirley, Sheena and George. Dear granny of Kelly and Sheena. Betty will be missed by her loving companion Reilly. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Sunday, March 5, 2006 from 2-9 p.m. A private family service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home.

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SOMLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-10 published
HOROVITZ, Livia Leah
In her 81st year on Monday, May 8, 2006 at Mount Sinai Hospital. Leah HOROVITZ beloved wife of Leslie HOROVITZ. Dear sister of Esther FISCHER of Israel. Loving aunt of Hedi SOMLO, Moishe GRUNFELD and Marc MEDNICK and great aunt of Roberta, and Danny SOMLO and their families. A Holocaust Survivor and woman of valour who will be deeply missed. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, May 9, 2006. Shiva 3636 Bathurst Street #1604.

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SOMMER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-09 published
FLETCHER, Agnes Emma (AUSTIN)
At her residence at Errinrung Nursing and Retirement Home in Thornbury on Wednesday November 8, 2006. The former Agnes AUSTIN, beloved wife of the late Joseph Maxwell 'Max' FLETCHER of Meaford, in her 86th year. Dearly loved 'Mom' of Bill (Marion) of Calgary Gloria (Harry ATTFIELD) of Etobicoke; Bob of Collingwood; and Barbara (David McEACHERN) of R.R.#2, Collingwood. Sadly missed Grandma of Chris and Adam; and Meghan and Ashley and great-grandmother of five. Dear sister of George (Hazel) of Toronto; Bill of Meaford Roy (Ethel) of Hamilton; Frances SOMMER of Medicine Hat, Alberta Gwen (Gord CRAMP) of Meaford; Don (Fran) of Meaford; Harold (Winnie) of Collingwood; June (Gord WHITE/WHYTE) of Meaford; Gladys (Howard DOBSON) of Meaford; and Shirley AUSTIN of Kelowna, British Columbia. Predeceased by a brother Les AUSTIN and fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., in Meaford on Thursday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at Christ Church Anglican in Meaford on Friday November 10 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment and committal services to follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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SOMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-13 published
GREGER, Anna
Peacefully with her family at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, December 11, 2006. Anna GREGER of R.R.#2, Aylmer in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Rupert GREGER. Loving mother of Cornelia GREGER of R.R.#2, Aylmer and Caroline GREGER and husband Ken GOWER of Ottawa. She will be sadly missed by a sister Mary KERN and husband Fred of R.R.#2, Aylmer, a brother Emil ECKERT of Germany and a number of nieces and nephews. Born on October 19, 1930 daughter of the late Christian and Louise (SOMMER) ECKERT. She was a member of Saint_John's Lutheran Church and the German Canadian Club. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 7-9 and Thursday 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers will be held on Thursday at 8: 00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, December 15, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Rev. John BOEHMER, officiating. Donations to the Christmas Care would be appreciated. Condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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SOMMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-13 published
SOMMERVILLE, Steven
At his residence on Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, Steven SOMMERVILLE of London in his 21st year. Beloved son of Cheryl SOMMERVILLE. Dear brother of Christopher, Matthew, Daniel and Caitlin. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Saturday, October 14th, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m.

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SOMMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-30 published
HUNNISETT, Henry Stanley
Passed away in North Bay on Sunday, December 24, 2006, at the age of 92. Born in Toronto on October 29, 1914, son of Frank and Edith Ellen HUNNISETT (WILLIAMSON.) Husband of the late Evelyn James (NEILSON) and the late Norma Belle SOMMERVILLE to whom he was married for 50 years. Father of the late Stanley Frank HUNNISETT, M.Sc., Ph.D. of Thunder Bay and Norma Gail THOMSEN (Stefan) of North Bay. Grandfather of Peter Edward HUNNISETT, B.Sc. (Lindsay Tedds) of Winnipeg, Laura Kathleen GUENTHER, M.Sc. (Dan) of Toronto, Stefan Erik THOMSEN (Deborah) and Stefanie Annabel THOMSEN, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Forensics) of North Bay. Great-grandfather of Theodore Alister Hunnisett GUENTHER, Anna GUENTHER and Dania Kathryn THOMSEN. Attended St. Andrews College and University of Toronto Schools. An honour graduate of the University of Toronto, B.A. in Political Science and Economics 1936. Capt., Canadian Army World War 2. Founder and owner of H.S. Hunnisett Ltd. Retired 1972. After retirement, had six books published on Retirement Planning in Canada and the U.S.A. Past Chairman of Stewards and Trustee of Lawrence Park Community Church, treasurer of the Center for Christian Studies and of the Lake Joseph Community Church. A thirty-five year member of the Caledon Mountain Trout Club until 1997. Member of the Granite Club, Toronto. Stan had been living in North Bay from March, 1996 until his death. Funeral to take place at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East) on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 11 o'clock. Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in either July or August at the Lake Joseph Community Church alongside beautiful Lake Joseph - one of his favourite places to be. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated.

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SOMMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-19 published
KENNY, William " Billy" H.R.
Of Stouffville, Ontario, died Tuesday, January 17, 2006, at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. He was born August 15, 1942, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Billy (Papa) was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He was a painter by trade, most recently working for the Toronto District School Board. Surviving are his wife Margaret son Bill and daughter-in-law Beth Ann KENNY of Beaverton with granddaughter Katie and grand_son Sean; son David and David's partner Anne of Manchester, England with grand_son Ryan; daughter Cathy of Stouffville with granddaughters Caitlin and Sarah; and David's daughter, granddaughter Ashley SOMMERVILLE of Oakville. Others mourning Billy's death include his sister Annie and brother-in-law Billy CAUGHY of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland and their family his brother Gordon and sister-in-law Gloria of Belfast, Northern Ireland, along with their family; his sister Jean and brother-in-law Victor FARR of Auckland, New Zealand and their family; and Margaret's brother Jim HAMILTON and sister-in-law Norah of Belfast, Northern Ireland and their family. Also, after having lived close by and spending many weekends together at Loon Lake Resort, Billy will also be sincerely missed by his brother Jackie and sister-in-law Joan KENNY of Oshawa, along with nieces Irene and Sharon and their families. Family and Friends are invited to attend the visitation at the Mangan Funeral Home, 332 Osborne Street, Beaverton (705-426-5777) on Friday, January 20th from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral will be officiated by the Rev. Barney GRACE at Beaverton Presbyterian Church, 413 Simcoe Street, Beaverton at 11: 00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2006. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital to help others fight their battles with cancer will be accepted through the Mangan Funeral Home.

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SOMR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-04 published
CARON, Peter Munro
Of Wallaceburg, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at the age of 54 years. Peter was a son of the late George and Gladys (MURPHY) CARRON. Beloved husband of Cleone (BENEDICT) CARON. Dear father and father-in-law of Tabathia and Tom THORPE of Wallaceburg, Cynthia CARRON and Lee FOSTER of Wallaceburg, Joseph CARRON and Jodi McCLEMENTS of Georgetown, Hazel and Henry HULME of Wallaceburg and Chrystal CARON and Norm SHARPE Jr. of Wallaceburg. Sadly missed by 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Kind brother of Thelma and Anthony SOMR Jr. of Chatham, Harriet CARON of Wallaceburg, Bill CARON of Wallaceburg, George and Mary CARON of Chatham and Tom CARON of Wallaceburg. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Son-in-law of Ian and Adeline (RABIDEAU) BENEDICT. Predeceased by brothers and sisters. Visitation will be held from the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin St. Wallaceburg, on Friday, May 5, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held from the funeral home on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. Donations to the Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be left at the funeral home.

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SOMR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-04 published
SMITH, Violet " Peggy"
Peacefully, on Friday, June 2, 2006 at Victoria Hospital, Violet "Peggy" SMITH passed away in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of Cliff for 44 years. Loving mother of David and his wife Renee VAN DEN KERKHOF and Sandy and her husband Chris SOMR. Cherished nanny of Caitlin and Dylan, predeceased by Teagen. Survived by sister Veronica HUNT and brother Len WAUGH. Cremation has taken place. Graveside Service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 2001 Dundas Street East on Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 3 p.m. In memory, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences are available through www.memorial-funeral.ca.

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