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SPICER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-19 published
FAULKNER, Donald Clemons
Age 59 years, of Savona, British Columbia died Thursday, June 30, 2006, as a result of a train derailment at Lillooet, British Columbia. Donald was born December 24, 1946, in Saint Thomas, Ontario, the only son of the late Clemons E. FAULKNER (1982,) and the late Winifred A. FAULKNER (RANDALL) (1997.) Surviving: Partner: Karen HUNT, Savona, British Columbia, Daughter: Melony (Robert) Prince George, British Columbia, Sons: Shane (Delonna) Prince George, British Columbia and Todd (Whitney) Camrose, Alberta, Grandsons: Jeffrey and Jayden, Prince George, British Columbia and three Step-children Jason (Gwen), Calgary, Alberta, Scott, Sorrento, British Columbia, and Cari-Anne of Savona, British Columbia. Also surviving three Sisters: Anne FAIRFIELD, Donna SPICER, and Janice REZAR. Friend and Former Wife, Linda FAULKNER (BANKS) of Prince George, British Columbia. Survived by several Nephews, Nieces, Cousins and Friends across Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and U.S.A. Donald was a graduate of Central Elgin Collegiate Inst., Saint Thomas. Donald was a proud member of both the junior and senior football teams. Donald at the age of 18 started out as a telegrapher in the Niagara region during the 1960's, then moving on to become a Brakeman, Conductor and Engineer with the C and O Railway in Saint Thomas, Sarnia and Chatham area. Donald and his Family lived in Petrolia, Ontario during the "1970 and 1980's" then moving to Williams Lake, British Columbia in 1987 where he started to work the rails for British Columbia Railways. Donald's passion for 41 years was the railroad, as well as gardening, golfing, fishing, hunting, reading, playing cards and being with Family and Friends. Donald had a great sense of humour, insatiable curiosity, and the desire to help people. Donald was a past member of the Masonic Lodges, Saint Mark's #94, Port Stanley and Petrolia #194. Additional information contact Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas. A memorial service will take place on Friday, July 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Union Cemetery. A fellowship celebration of Donald's life will be held at the Union United Church, Stone Road following the service.

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SPICER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-26 published
HAGERTY, Ellen Kathleen
Peacefully, at Langley Hospice in Langley, British Columbia, on Monday, September 18/06, Ellen Kathleen HAGERTY, formerly of London, in her 58th year. Beloved daughter of the late Thomas HAGERTY (1992) and Marie HAGERTY. Dear sister of Catherine HAGERTY- MWANGI (London), Ann HAGERTY (Okotoks, Alberta), Rose and David CHARLEBOIS (Gladstone, Ontario), Meg HAGERTY and Victor SPICER (Edmonton, Alberta,) and Thomas and Darlene HAGERTY (Guelph, Ontario.) Missed by her nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at Saint_Joseph's Catholic Church in Langley, British Columbia, on Saturday, September 23, 2006. A memorial service will be held in London, Ontario, at Mary Immaculate Church (1980 Trafalgar St.) on Monday, October 2, 2006 at 11 am, followed by a reception in the Church Hall. Interment will take place at Saint Peter's Cemetery at 2: 30 p.m. Remembrances in the name of Ellen Kathleen HAGERTY may be made to the Spirit of Formation Society, 242-83 16th Ave., Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1L2 or to the Sisters of Child Jesus, 318 Laval St, Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3K 4W4.

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SPICER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-25 published
PETERSON, Teresa Jane (née WILLIAMS)
Of Saint Thomas on Thursday, November 23, 2006 at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 48th year. Loved daughter of Finley and Jean (GARDNER) WILLIAMS and dearly loved mother of Kerrie Lynn and Shawn PETERSON. Loved partner of Ron GRAY/GREY and dear friend of Gary PETERSON. Dear sister of Debra and her husband Dennis REMUS, Kathy and her husband Rob EDGAR, Richard WILLIAMS and his partner Kelly SPICER, all of Saint Thomas and Jim and his wife Barb WILLIAMS of Aylmer. Sadly missed by a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles. Teresa just graduated as a P.W.S. and had started working. She formerly worked for the Wayside Inn for a number of years. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Saint Thomas Cemetery. Visitation Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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PETERSON, Teresa Jane (née WILLIAMS)
Of Saint Thomas on Thursday, November 23, 2006 at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 48th year. Loved daughter of Finley and Jean (GARDNER) WILLIAMS and dearly loved mother of Kerrie Lynn and Shawn PETERSON and Salena GRAY/GREY. Loved partner of Ron GRAY/GREY and dear friend of Gary PETERSON. Dear sister of Debra and her husband Dennis REMUS, Kathy and her husband Rob EDGAR, Richard WILLIAMS and his partner Kelly SPICER, all of Saint Thomas and Jim and his wife Barb WILLIAMS of Aylmer. Sadly missed by a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles. Teresa just graduated as a P.W.S. and had started working. She formerly worked for the Wayside Inn for a number of years. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Saint Thomas Cemetery. Visitation Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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SPICER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-01 published
MITCHELL, Ethel Maud (FOREMAN)
Surrounded by her grandchildren at Trinity Village Care Centre, Kitchener after a long struggle with various illnesses, on Wednesday, November 29th, 2006, Ethel Maud (FOREMAN) MITCHELL of Kitchener and formerly of London in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Les MITCHELL (1989.) Dear mother of Patricia MASSIER and her husband Brian of Kelowna, British Columbia and William MITCHELL and his wife Barbara of Toronto. Adored Granny to Todd KERRIGAN (Michelle,) Rob KERRIGAN (Chantal CROW,) Janna CHINDAMO (Jim) and Jason MITCHELL. She will be missed by her great-grandchildren Ashley and Liam KERRIGAN, Nicholas and Laura CHINDAMO, Evan, Meghan and Liam SPICER. Predeceased by her sister Dora and her brothers Albert, Jesse and Alfred. Ethel was the original proprietor of Les' Variety in Wortley Village. She had a passion for 5 and 10 pin bowling right up until her 90th year. Ethel made an impact on people she met. She loved a party, having fun, and a good laugh. The family is grateful to Veronica Wolfe and the staff and residents of Trinity Village Care Centre for their continued support for the past four years. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Sunday, December 3rd, 2006, at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London, Ontario N6A 3A1 or Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, 100-555 Southdale Road East, London, Ontario N6E 1A2. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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SPICER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-08 published
BROWN, Eleanor Ruby (née SPICER)
Peacefully at McGarrell Place on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, Eleanor Ruby BROWN (née SPICER) of London in her 81st year. She was surrounded by the love of her family when she peacefully passed on. Beloved wife and fishing partner of Wilfred. Mother of Donna and Eric CAULFIELD, Dianne and Ron MacDONALD, Barbara and Ken BERMAN, Pat and Hugh HECKENDORF, Sandy and Ron LEBOLDUS, Gerry and Christine BROWN, Terri HOLLIDAY, Kathy and Jerry MOON, Wendy and Mike NEIL, Andy and Sandi BROWN. Dear sister of Bill and Shirley SPICER and Almeda and Jack VANOS and many nieces and nephews. Will be missed by her grandchildren: Mark, Victoria, Scott, Anna, Paul, Shawn, Lisa, Kelly, Jeff, Jenn, Mike, Michelle, Nick, Justin B., Jeffrey B., Jeff H., Christine, Josh, Destiny, Justin M., Katie, Kim, Kyle, Brodie, Devan and Haley, and great-grandchildren: Maddison and Paityn, Ryan, Baby Caulfield, D.J., Alyssa, Skylar, Raegan and Baby MOON and Ben the Beagle. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, December 8th, 2006 from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. where the funeral service will take place in the chapel at 1 p.m. Saturday. Reception to follow. Cremation. Memorial donations to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or Alzheimers Society would be appreciated by the family. Email condolences may be sent to westview@execulink.com

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SPICER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-09 published
BROWN, Eleanor Ruby (née SPICER)
Peacefully at McGarrell Place on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, Eleanor Ruby BROWN (née SPICER) of London in her 81st year. She was surrounded by the love of her family when she peacefully passed on. Beloved wife and fishing partner of Wilfred. Mother of Donna and Eric CAULFIELD, Dianne and Ron MacDONALD, Barbara and Ken BERMAN, Pat and Hugh HECKENDORF, Sandy and Ron LEBOLDUS, Gerry and Christine BROWN, Terri HOLLIDAY, Kathy and Jerry MOON, Wendy and Mike NEIL, Andy and Sandi BROWN. Dear sister of Bill and Shirley SPICER and Almeda and Jack VANOS and many nieces and nephews. Will be missed by her grandchildren: Mark, Victoria, Scott, Anna, Paul, Shawn, Lisa, Kelly, Jeff, Jenn, Mike, Michelle, Nick, Justin B., Jeffrey B., Jeff H., Christine, Josh, Destiny, Justin M., Katie, Kim, Kyle, Brodie, Devan and Haley, and great-grandchildren: Maddison and Paityn, Ryan, Baby CAULFIELD, D.J., Alyssa, Skylar, Raegan and Baby MOON and Ben the Beagle. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, December 8th, 2006 from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. where the funeral service will take place in the chapel at 1 p.m. Saturday. Reception to follow. Cremation. Memorial donations to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or Alzheimers Society would be appreciated by the family. Email condolences may be sent to westview@execulink.com

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-01 published
MITCHELL, Ethel Maud (FOREMAN)
Surrounded by her grandchildren at Trinity Village Care Centre, Kitchener, after a long struggle with various illnesses, on Wednesday, November 29th, 2006, Ethel Maud (FOREMAN) MITCHELL of Kitchener and formerly of London in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Les MITCHELL (1989.) Dear mother of Patricia MASSIER and her husband Brian of Kelowna, British Columbia and William MITCHELL and his wife Barbara of Toronto. Adored Granny to Todd KERRIGAN (Michelle,) Rob KERRIGAN (Chantal CROW,) Janna CHINDAMO (Jim) and Jason MITCHELL. She will be missed by her great-grandchildren Ashley and Liam KERRIGAN, Nicholas and Laura CHINDAMO, Evan, Meghan and Liam SPICER. Predeceased by her sister Dora and her brothers Albert, Jesse and Alfred. Ethel was the original proprietor of Les' Variety in Wortley Village. She had a passion for 5 and 10 pin bowling right up until her 90th year. Ethel made an impact on people she met. She loved a party, having fun, and a good laugh. The family is grateful to Veronica Wolfe and the staff and residents of Trinity Village Care Centre for their continued support for the past four years. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (1-877-246-7186), where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Sunday, December 3rd, 2006, at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London, Ontario N6A 3A1 or Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, 100-555 Southdale Road East, London, Ontario N6E 1A2. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-07 published
NASH, Leon B.
(Former Instructor of Music with the York Region Board of Education)
Peacefully at Aurora Resthaven on Monday, February 6th, 2006, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Muriel (née STACEY) and dear father of Barbara (Mrs. Alex CASSELS) of Keswick, Catherine (Mrs. Floyd RAMBARRAN) of Richmond, British Columbia and the late Brian Leon NASH. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Alan, Andrew, Lawrence and Fiona (Paul MATHESON) CASSELS and Stacey RAMBARRAN and 9 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Joan DICKIE and the late Paulene SPICER. Service to celebrate Leon's life will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, (Church and D'Arcy Sts., Newmarket) on Thrusday, February 9th at 1 p.m. with visitation at the church from 12 noon Thursday. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Society or St. Paul's Church Restoration Fund would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket (905-895-6631).

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SPICHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-28 published
SCHAAF, Leona R. (née REDDEN)
Of Ft. Myers, Florida, passed away on January 18, 2006. Born March 16, 1909 in Elwood, Illinois, moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Riley Lake, Ontario and Ft. Myers, Florida. Survived by sons Gene (Marie) SCHAAF of Ajax, Ontario and Don SCHAAF of Ithaca, New York, 6 grandchildren, Derek, Kristin, Tamsyn, Garth, Robert, Paul, 2 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Predeceased by her loving husband of almost 60 years, Harry C. SCHAAF in 1988, parents, Margaret (SPICHER) and George REDDEN, 2 brothers and 6 sisters. In 1940, Leona moved with husband Harry and sons Gene and Don from Gary, Indiana to Hamilton, Ontario when Harry was transferred by Union Drawn Steel. Leona was active in Ryerson United Church Women, Couples Club, Thistle Curling Club, Ancaster, Glendale Golf Clubs. For the past 35 years, summers were at the cottage on Riley Lake and winters in Ft. Myers. Accompanying Harry on his assignment to Campinas, Brazil by Canadian Executive Services Overseas 1976, 1977 and 1980 as a volunteer was a highlight. Leona - mother, nanna, sister, aunt, dear friend to all, will be greatly missed. Interment private.

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SPICKNELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-18 published
SPICKNELL, Robert G. " Bob"
At London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, on Tuesday March 14th 2006, Robert G. (Bob) SPICKNELL of London in his 59th year. Beloved son of Gwyneth SPICKNELL of Lambeth and the late Temple SPICKNELL. Dear brother of Wendy SPICKNELL of Vancouver, British Columbia and dear uncle of Ryan. At Bob's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London N6A 3A1. A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, in care of cremation arrangements. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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SPIDLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-09 published
McCREARY, Beatrice " Betty"
Passed away at North York General Hospital on Monday, April 10, 2006, aged 85. Beloved wife of the late Ivan Ernest McCREARY. Dear sister of Lillian JONES, deceased, and beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews. A sister-in-law of Donald and Doreen McCREARY, Betty JOHNSTON and Hélène SPIDLE, and a very special longtime friend of Dorothy JESSIMAN of Stittsville, Ontario, and Em of Don Mills, Ontario, a dear friend and past neighbour. Betty graduated from the Ontario College of Art and became an accomplished artist. She was also a member of the Willowdale Group of Artists and enjoyed their many outdoor painting sessions and meetings. Betty's wishes were to be cremated and interred with her husband Ivan. A small private service will be held at that time. If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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SPIEGEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-29 published
KAGAN, Sidney
On Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at Saint Michael's Hospital. Sidney beloved husband of Maureen. Loving father of Corinne, and Lisa. Devoted grandfather of Dustin, and Noah. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Esther and Leonard MELUNSKY, and Adrienne and Haim SPIEGEL, and Montague KAGAN, and Lyn ASSNESS. For a graveside service on Thursday, June 29 at 11: 00 a.m. in the Community section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 3800 Yonge Street, Unit 620. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1-888-939-3333.

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SPIEGEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-18 published
STANCER / SPIEGEL
Born on November 6, 2006, weighing 6 pounds , 9 oz., Jon and Lisa welcome with love Harrison Lewis Stancer. Mia is overjoyed about her baby brother. Grandparents, Ray and Susan STANCER and Joyce and Barry SPIEGEL are happy and proud as are great-grandmothers Jean SILVER, Blanche POSEN and Min FINGERHUT. Harrison Lewis is named in loving memory for all his great-grandfathers: Harry SILVER, Harry POSEN, Harry STANCER, L. William SPIEGEL and Al FINGERHUT. A very special thank-you to Doctor BARRETT.

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SPIER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-02 published
SISSING, Roelof
We are thankful for the life of Roelof SISSING, and that we were allowed to share part of his long life of one hundred and five years. To be able to think of all the beautiful moments we shared with him we are especially thankful. He is gone from us now, on Tuesday, February 28th, 2006, but he will forever be in the hearts of those he touched. Roelof was born on July 22, 1900 in The Netherlands. He married Alida Henderika SPIER in 1928, the love of his life. They started their lives together on board ship, the Dageraad II, and raised six children on board. When the war broke out, and in the middle of the bombardment, he and mom did their best to keep us safe. In 1944 when the Germans confiscated his ship he kept us safe and together. Then in 1951 two of his daughters married and came to Canada. The following year he brought the rest of his family to Canada and started over. He believed in keeping the family together and safe. The family grew with more marriages and of course grandchildren. In October of 1982, the love of his life Alida died and in 1983 he lost his son Jurrien. Community service has always been part of his life. He served as a medic in World War I, and a volunteer fireman in Holland. He served with the Saint John's Ambulance in Ingersoll for many years, also feeding patients at Alexandra Hospital. He received the Governor General's Award, Heart of Gold Award and Ingersoll Citizen's Award for his services. Dear father of Barteldina and her husband Anton VANDER HOEK of Port Colborne, Henderika and her husband John ONBELET of Ingersoll, Alida and her husband Paul HOUGHTON of Comox, British Columbia, Marten and his wife Patricia of Sweaburg and Roelie and her husband Bernard DILLIOTT of London. Loved by 21 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also predeceased by one great-grand_son Matthew ONBELET (1981.) Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend John LAMBSHEAD of First Baptist Church, Ingersoll officiating. Interment later Ebenezer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund or charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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SPIERING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-12 published
SPIERING, Dirk " Dick"
At his residence on Friday, March 10, 2006, Dirk "Dick" SPIERING of Elgin Manor, Saint Thomas in his 76th year. Beloved husband of Shirley (TITUS) (CROSBY) SPIERING and the late Adriana (LEEFLANG) SPIERING (1999.) Dear father of Peter SPIERING and wife Sue of Aylmer and Alida "Alice" LECERF and husband Leonard of Vernon, British Columbia and father-in-law of Evelyn SPIERING of Saint Thomas. Loving grandfather of Chris, Sherry and husband Nate, Jessica, Pieter Jr., Jennifer and husband Matt, Greg and wife Tammy, Angie, Pamela, Doug Jr., Danielle, Heather, Matthew and Michael. Also survived by 5 great-grandchildren, a brother and a sister in the Netherlands and a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sons Robert and Rene SPIERING. Born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on October 15, 1930 son of the late Arie and Alida (VAN DOORN) SPIERING. Dirk worked for Auto Haulway, Saint Thomas for many years and was a member of the Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Saint Thomas. He was an avid Golfer. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 641 Elm Street, Saint Thomas (Elm Street at Manor Road) on Monday, March 13, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Arkona Cemetery will be held on Monday at 2: 30 p.m. Rev. Tom BAIRD, officiating. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. On-line condolences can be made at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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SPIERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-07 published
MATHERS, Stephen E.
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Site on June 5, 2006, Stephen E. MATHERS of Sarnia in his 49th year passed away after a brief courageous fight with cancer. Beloved husband of Lisa (née WILSON) MATHERS. Loving father of Laura and Brad SPIERS of Petrolia, Stephen A., and Katlyn MATHERS of Sarnia. Cherished grandfather of Heidi SPIERS. Also survived by mother Dorothy MATHERS, and siblings Mary ZAVITZ, Patty HOPPER, and Jack MATHERS. Predeceased by father Roy, and brother James MATHERS. Steve worked at Basell Canada for 28 years, and was very passionate about sports and family. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church on Friday, June 9, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the Gilpin Funeral Chapel, Forest. Interment at Beechwood Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society greatly acknowledged.

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SPIES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-30 published
SHELTON, Margaret (née SPIES) (1926-2006)
Margaret SHELTON passed away peacefully on Christmas Day at the St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is preceded by her husband, Michael in 1991 and survived by her son Robert, of Toronto. She was 80 years old. Margaret was born and raised in Vermillion Bay, Ontario. She married Michael in the early 1950s and they moved to Winnipeg shortly afterwards. Together, they established and ran a successful supermarket chain in Winnipeg. Margaret retired from the business in the late 1960s to raise her son. Her love and generosity, along with her curiosity of and interest in the world around us, have all been passed on to and are alive in her son, Robert. Funeral services will be private. Thomson Funeral Home 669 Broadway (204) 783-7211 Winnipeg, Manitoba www.thomsonfuneralchapel.com

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SPIKER o@ca.on.brant.brantford.the_expositor 2006-03-17 published
MURPHY, Richard Earl Daniel
Peacefully after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, March 15th, 2006 in his 72nd year. Beloved husband of the late Margaret Rose MURPHY. Loving father of Deborah PIPE (Rick HEWITT,) Stephen George (Kelly FIFER,) Laura BURK/BURKE, and Margaret GEORGE (the late Mike HAWKINS.) Devoted grandfather of David, Christopher and Sarah PIPE, Steven and Laura FIFER, Kaleigh, McKenna and the late baby Kendra BURK/BURKE and Bradley, Dalton and Madyson GEORGE. He is pre-deceased by his parents Hugh H. and Nellie Mae Funkhouser WAKEMAN and his brother Stanley. Survived by his sister-in-law Wanda WAKEMAN. He will also be sadly missed by his lifelong friend Robert SPIKER Sr. and many other nieces, nephews and Friends. Friends will be received at the Becket-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, 88 Brant Ave., on Saturday from 2-3 p.m. A Funeral Service will follow in the Chapel on Saturday at 3 p.m. Cremation. Donations to the Brantford Food Bank. A tree will be planted in memory of Richard in the Beckett-Glaves Memorial Forest www.beckettglaves.com

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SPILLETTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-08 published
SPILLETTE, Richard W.
Peacefully, at Mackenzie Place, Newmarket, on April 6, 2006, in his 73rd year. Dear son of the late Joel and Muriel SPILLETTE. Predeceased by his brother Jack, and survived by sister-in-law Marion of Victoria, British Columbia. Funeral Service will be held at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket, on Monday, April 10th at 11: 00 a.m., followed by interment at Newmarket Cemetery. At the family's request, donations may be made to Mackenzie Place, Newmarket, or the charity of your choice.

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SPINA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-09 published
SPINA, Eugenio
It is with our deepest sorrow the family of Eugenio Spina announce his passing on Friday January 6, 2006 at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in his 89th year; he is now at peace in the arms of the Lord. Eugenio SPINA, beloved husband of Angelina SPINA (née CARPINO.) His treasured memory will live forever in the hearts of his children Anna SPINA (Giuseppe) of Toronto, Lidia COOK (Milt) of Coldwater, Marilena SPINA- BOTMAN (John) of Orillia. Devoted nonno of Angela (Steve), Michael (Anna), Rosa (David), Jolina, and Johannes. Great grandfather of Nicholas, Cristian, Sofia, Joseph and Serina. Loving son of the late Luigi and Teresa SPINA. Brother of predeceased siblings Giuseppe (Gelsomina,) Rosina (Michele), Antonio (Maria), Maria (Vicenzo), Francesco (Teresina) and Carmine (Maria). Brother in law of Maria (Giuseppe, predeceased), Rosina (Michele), Bernardo (Assunta), Giovanni (Genoveffa), Nella Apa, and Antonio Apa. Dear zio of many nieces and nephews. Eugenio will be greatly missed by all. The late Mr. SPINA will rest at Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N. Orillia, on Tuesday January 10, 2006 from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m; Parish Prayers will be said in the Parlour at 6: 30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday January 11, 2006 at 10 o'clock at the Church of the Guardian Angels. Interment to follow at St. Michael's Cemetery, Orillia. If desired, in lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation in memory of Eugenio SPINA would be greatly appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.mundellfuneralhome.com

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SPINA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-28 published
RANIERI, Philip Clarence
Peacefully on February 25th, 2006 in his 78th year. Dad will be reunited with his wife of 51 years, Louise, (predeceased December 3rd, 2005.) Loving Dad to Cindy RANIERI- ATKINSON, Philip, Brent, Lynn, and Laura SPINA. Sadly missed by his son-in-law Larry. He was a loving grandfather to his 9 grandchildren, Jennifer, William, Janessa, Taylor, Jade, Carley, Carson, Nicole and Michael. He will always be remembered by his siblings, Bill (Irene) and Catherine (Ed) and their children. Thanks to Dr. MAIDA and staff at Etobicoke General Hospital. A private service will take place Wednesday. Donations to Hill House Hospice.

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SPINA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-20 published
PETRELLA, Michele
Peacefully at home with his children at his bedside on Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Lucia. Dear father of Vincenza (Giovonni) DIGRAVINA, Lena (Nick) SPINA, Muzio PETRELLA, Nicole (John) GAUCI, Maria (Joseph) DEGIORGIO and Nick PETRELLA. Dear Grandfather of Anna and Dino, Angelo and Karni, Michael and Nicki, Lisa and John, Lucy and Marc, Christina, Julia, Danielle, Michelle and Victor. Great-grandfather to Adam, Luca, Matteo and Julian. Friends may visit at The Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Dr.) on Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary Immaculate Catholic Church (10295 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario) on Friday, April 21st, 2006 at 10 a.m. Entombment Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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SPINACE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-11 published
SPINACE, Nelio Pietro
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nelio Pietro on Thursday, February 9, 2006. Dearly beloved husband of Sefora. Loving father of Emanuela (Cesar), Marcela (Don) and Ricardo (Joyce). Cherished Nonno to Natalia, Louise and Adam. Nelio Pietro will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his brothers and sisters in Treviso, Italy. Nelio Pietro was a man who always put his family first. He was an avid traveller, creative with his hands and lived life to the fullest. His spirit will guide us as we hold him close in our hearts. Friends and Family will be received at the Demarco Funeral Visitation Centre (8003 Weston Road, between Hwy. 7 and Langstaff Rd. 905-850-9500) on Sunday, February 12, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will take place in the chapel on Monday, February 13, 2006 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be greatly appreciated by the Spinace family.

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SPINDLER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-15 published
SPINDLER, Ted
Suddenly, at Lakeridge Health Corp., Oshawa on Friday, November 10, 2006, in his 33rd year. Dearly loved husband of Cherry Ann and loving and devoted father of Michael. Beloved son of Jim and Rose SPINDLER. Dear brother of Ron SPINDLER, Barry SPINDLER and Annette, and the late Terry SPINDLER. Son-in-law of Lorraine and Reg WEIR and fondly remembered by nieces Marisa, Michelle and Tia. Brother-in-law to Reggie and April. Relatives and Friends were received at McIntosh-Anderson Funeral Home, 152 King Street East, Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service was held in the chapel on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m. Donations made in memory of Ted to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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SPINDLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-17 published
BRUSHEY, Margaret "Peggy" Elizabeth (née McGIBBON)
Peggy died peacefully surrounded by her family at home in Powassan on July 16, 2006, at the age of 88 years. Peggy was the beloved wife for 65 years of Joseph and loving mother of John (Julie) of Huntsville, Peter (Sheri) of Powassan, Rev. Jane (Geoffrey MARTIN) of Mississauga, Marilyn (David STONE) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Jim (Susan) of Mississauga, and Stephen (Peggy) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dearly loved by 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was the dear sister of Lois CARTWRIGHT of Richmond, British Columbia, Catherine MICK (Paul, d.) of Victoria, British Columbia, Joan SPINDLER (Henry) of Calgary, and Carol Anne EDWARDS (MAC) of Williamstown. Predeceased by her parents Stella (McADAM) and John McGIBBON, and her brother Robert. The family will receive visitors at Paul Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with an Eastern Star service at 7: 00 p.m. and a United Church Women Tribute at 8:45 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the Powassan United Church on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Powassan Union Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Powassan United Church or the charity of your choice. For more information, to make a donation, or request a Memory Card, please call the Paul Funeral Home, Powassan, 705-724-2024.

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SPINELLI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-10 published
CULLINAN, Jeanne Anne, M.D.
January 7, 2006 in Rochester, New York after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her daughter Amanda Marie; her parents, John and Angeline CULLINAN and her sisters, Mary (Patty) and Bob SPINELLI, Diane GOMEZ, and Terry and "Kip" FYKE. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and good Friends. Most recently, as an associate professor of Radiology at the University of Rochester, she was program director for the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program and was the director of the Women's Imaging Center. Following a career in Ob-Gyn, she studied Radiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center (1989-92) in Miami Beach, Florida and has had clinical and academic appointments at the University of Rochester, New York, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and at Allegheny University Hospital: City Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Services will be held in Rochester, New York later this week. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jeanne's name to the Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 704, Rochester, New York 14642. To light a candle in her memory visit www.anthonychapels.com

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SPINELLI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-28 published
DELLA GATTA, Maria
On Wednesday April 26, 2006 at Milton District Hospital in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Antonio DELLA GATTA. Loving mother of Rosetta and Vito CIOCIO, Angelo and Eileen, Maria Giovanna SPINELLI, Michele and Filomena and Anna and John CICCONI. Maria will be dearly missed by 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Cherished by many nieces, nephews and their families. Visitation will be held at the G.H. Hogle Funeral Home, 63 Mimico Avenue, Etobicoke, on Friday from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 61 Jutland Road, Etobicoke on Saturday 10 a.m. Entombment Glendale Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be made at www.hoglefuneralhomes. com

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SPITERI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-29 published
SPITERI, Vince
On Wednesday, December 27, 2006, Vince SPITERI in his 46th year. Dear husband of the late Terrie SPITERI. Father of Michelle SPITERI. Loved son of Beatrice TOMPKINS and her husband Chuck and the late Angelo SPITERI. Dear brother of Nicole SPITERI and her husband Blaine BURK/BURKE. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Saturday morning from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 o'clock. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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SPITS o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-31 published
SPITS, Joseph Hubert " Joe"
Born November 4, 1915, Died suddenly March 27, 2006 at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. son of the late John SPITS and Maria INDEBREAKT. Brother of Florentine (Belgium,) pre-deceased by 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Uncle to Roger SMEETS (Hickson,) Gaston SMEETS (London), Sylvain SMEETS (Toronto), Elvire GEDGE (Oshawa), Sister Lydia SMEETS of Sister's of Saint_Joseph (Regina,) Marcellienne ROWE, Janine COURNEYEA, Ghislain SMEETS all of Peterborough and many nieces and nephews in Belgium and Holland. Great uncle to many nieces and nephews including Lawrence and Mark COURNEYEA and Bruce and Julie ROWE of Peterborough. Great, great uncle to many nieces and nephews including Alyssa and Trent ROWE of Peterborough. Also daughter Annette KING, Montreal. Retired employee of Saint_Joseph's Hospital Operating Room. In accordance with Joe's wishes, a graveside service will be held at a later date. In memory of Joe's support and love of the game of soccer donations can be made to Peterborough City Soccer Association (to support youth players) as expressions of sympathy.

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SPITZER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-28 published
SPITZER, Walter O., M.D., M.P.H., F.R.C.P.C. (1937-2006)
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Walter O. SPITZER on April 27, 2006. Following complications resulting from a recent car accident, he died peacefully at Saint Mary's of the Lake Hospital in Kingston with his family by his side, and is now with his Lord. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Carmen, his children, Paul, Pamela, Carl, Brenda, Marco, Sonia and Claus, their spouses, ten cherished grandchildren, his sister Ruth MATISKO, her husband Barnard and their children Michael and Ann. Born in Asuncion, Paraguay, February 19, 1937, eldest son of Paul ROSENBERG and Elsa SPITZER, Baptist missionaries among the Guarani people in Paraguay. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an epidemiologist and educator: Associate Professor at McMaster University; Strathcona Professor, Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Professor Emeritus, McGill University; General Director of the International Christian Medical Society; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Stanford University Editor of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology; Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics, Washington, D.C. National Health Scientist of Canada; author of over 100 books and original articles. Avid flyer, sailor, pianist, brilliant linguist and humourist. Special thanks are extended to the nurses, physicians and staff at Saint Mary's of the Lake Hospital who cared for him with warmth, humour and professionalism. Funeral services will be held at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, 4333 Bath Road, Kingston, Ontario on Tuesday, May 2nd at 1: 00 p.m., reception to follow. A visitation will be held at the church prior to the service. James Reid Funeral Home Kingston, Ontario www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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SPITZIG o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-02 published
JAGELEWSKI, Joseph M.
Jospeh M. JAGELEWSKI, of Walkerton, passed away at Brucelea Haven, Walkerton on Saturday, September 30, 2006 in his 85th year. Loving father of Ann JAGELEWSKI and her husband Gord TAILOR/TAYLOR of R.R.#4 Kincardine and Carol and her husband Norbert SPITZIG of Mildmay. Joe will be missed by his grand children, Kevin, Kenny and Kurtis SPITZIG; step-grandchildren, Chirstopher, Kimberly, Suzanne, Vicky and Caroline and eleven step-great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by his wife Grace, brother Raymond and his parents, John and Rose (PLUSKOTA) JAGELEWSKI. Visitation will be held at Cameron Funeral Home, Walkerton, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Royal Canadian Legion Service will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 7: 30 p.m. followed by Parish Prayers at 8: 45 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Walkerton. Internent in Calvary Cemetery, Walkerton. Memorial donations to the Alzeimer Society of Canada or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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SPITZKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-22 published
HASKELL, Brian Hugh Francis
Of Saint Thomas on Saturday, May 20, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Elinor (VIVIAN) HASKELL and dearly loved father of Steven and his wife Barb HASKELL of Saint Thomas and Gail and her husband Larry SPITZKE of Cottonwood, Arizona. Loved grandfather of Melonie (Darren) CONGDON, Mindy (Luke) CUMMINGS, Jonathan (Mandy) SPITZKE, Tim, Kathy and David SPITZKE and dear great-grandfather of Alexa, Shayla, Logan and Owen. Brian was born in Hamilton on May 12, 1922, the son of the late Walter and Effie (O'REILLY) HASKELL and was predeceased by brother Lionel. He was retired from Hayes-Dana. Brian was a former director of the Ontario Harness Horse Association. A Public Memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation has taken place, with the ashes to be interred in Elmdale Cemetery. Memorial Visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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SPIVAK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-14 published
JUSCENKO, Maria
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital on Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, Mrs. Maria JUSCENKO of London in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Nicholas JUSCENKO. Loving mother of Olga SIHANOK of the Ukraine, Doug (Helen) SCHWARTZENTRUBER of London, Olga (Ted) TRACZUK of Komoka and Alex (Lois) JUSCENKO of Toronto. Dear grandmother of Ihor and Oleg SIHANOK, Chanel and Jordan SCHWARTZENTRUBER Jimmy and Michael SPIVAK, Walter, John and Steven TRACZUK. Predeceased by her grand_son Jason JUSCENKO. Also survived by 3 great-grandchildren in the Ukraine and Belle Marie in British Columbia. Friends may call at the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London (519-434-9141) on Friday July 14th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Panachida at 7 p.m. Service from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial donations to Parkwood Hospital Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com

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SPIVAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-02-27 published
Pearl PALMASON, Musician (1915-2006)
Daughter of Icelandic immigrants took childhood lessons from her brother, Sandra MARTIN writes. Later, she broke gender barriers to become one of Canada's first female solo violinists and a Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S7
This is a story about two women and a violin. In 2003, Judy KANG needed an instrument worthy of her prodigious talents. Pearl PALMASON, a trailblazing musician who broke gender barriers at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra back in the 1940s, could no longer play her precious 1747 Gagliano violin to her own demanding standards. She agreed to lend it to the Canada Council so that younger fingers could make it sing.
"I've always wanted a warm, dark, deep quality in a violin," Ms. KANG, 26, said this week. She loved the sound of the Gagliano and the way it made her feel when she was playing it. "It made me think I could really push my limits."
Ms. PALMASON went to the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto to hear Ms. KANG play during a competition and to watch the bow being passed from one dedicated player to another. But Ms. KANG was far from the only female musician to be touched by Ms. PALMASON through her long career as a violinist.
"I saw her when I was seven years old at Maple Leaf Gardens at a concert with Fritz Kreisel as the soloist," said violinist Andrea HANSEN. "I couldn't take my eyes off this redhead -- this beautiful regal person -- sitting there in a flowing black gown playing the violin with the Toronto Symphony. I was just smitten."
It was 1947 and Ms. HANSEN, who had already been playing the violin for four years, knew what she wanted to do for a career. Nearly 30 years later, the two women became neighbours, Friends and colleagues in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. "We were the only two Scandinavian ones in the orchestra," said Ms. HANSEN who is of Finnish descent. "I was even more in awe then because of the kind of person she was. She opened the door for the rest of us."
Pearl PALMASON was born during the First World War in Winnipeg. She was the third of four children of Icelandic immigrants Sveinn and Growa PALMASON (née SVEINNSDOTTIR.) Her architect father prospered in construction, but the Depression wiped him out financially and the family moved to a farm.
No matter how stretched they were, the PALMASONs always found money for violin lessons for their eldest son Palmi, who was six years older than Pearl. He studied with the violin builder and teacher Olafur Thorsteinsson in Husavick, Manitoba, and then with John Waterhouse in Winnipeg before becoming a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Palmi would walk five miles home from his lessons and then teach everything he had learned to his little sister Pearl. From the time she was nine years old, she was officially her brother's student, acquiring both her Associate, Toronto Conservatory of Music and Licentiate, Royal Schools of Music qualifications and winning four medals from the Toronto Conservatory of Music for having the highest examination marks in the country.
They both performed at the Manitoba Music Competition Festival in Winnipeg and played with what would later be called the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
"My uncle Palmi would perform very respectably and get high marks, but never win, and Pearl always won in her class, and she would win overall," said her niece Valerie THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. She was awarded both the Rose Bowl and an Aikens Memorial Trophy and won a scholarship at age 18 to study for three years with Elie SPIVAK, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
In the late 1930s she went to England to study with Carl Flesch, the Hungarian-born violinist and also played solo concerts in Iceland in 1938 and in London. Years later she described Mr. Flesch as "a genius with the violin but not in his practical life." She also complained that he "had pupils from all over the world and he wiped the floor with every one of them."
She returned to Toronto when the Second World War broke out and studied briefly with Kathleen PARLOW, before moving to New York to be instructed by Demetrious Dounis. She found him secretive and mysterious. "You went in one door and out through another," she remembered. Apparently, concert masters studied privately with him and didn't want anybody to know so "it was very hush-hush."
In 1941, she left New York and joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at $25 a week for a five-month season. "The burning question," she said later, "was how to survive the other seven months of the year and pay the rent." Even so, she managed to find the money to buy a violin made in 1666, that had previously been owned by violinist Alexander Chuhaldin, and was thought (incorrectly) to be a Stradivarius.
Ms. PALMASON was married in the 1940s, after she joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and supported her husband who lived in New York and studied with her former teacher, Dr. Dounis. By all accounts, the marriage was disastrous and quickly ended. On September 19, 1948, she performed a solo recital at the Town Hall in New York. "A metropolitan debut of promise," concluded the Musical Courier.
She considered pursuing a career as a concert violinist, but decided against it, partly because, as she said later, "you have to be absolutely great to be a concert performer and I knew I wasn't." There was another reason: the loneliness of the long-distance concert circuit. "I wouldn't have all this -- my home, my possessions and my Friends around me."
Essentially, Ms. PALMASON chose career over marriage in an era when it was extremely difficult to have both. "In those days, what happened to women violin soloists was that they got married and had children. Their career was put on hold for a while and then they tried to make a comeback, but it was never the same," she said in an interview in the 1950s.
Instead, she built a life around music, travel, a huge circle of Friends and her sister Ruby's children. "When my mother died, Pearl made the announcement that she now had three children," said her niece Valerie THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. "We were all past the age of majority, but she said she was adopting us."
By the mid 1950s, she was one of eight women playing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and was the first female to serve as assistant concert master and to slip into the senior role when her male colleague Hyman GOODMAN was unavailable. From 1960 to 1962, she played principal second violin. She also played with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Symphony (after having confronted the conductor about his male-only hiring policy), the Singing Stars Orchestra, the Hart House Orchestra and the York Concert Society group.
An article by Florence SCHILL in The Globe and Mail in October of 1954, under the tag "Earning a Living," focused on Ms. PALMASON. The column began by quoting Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961). Apparently, the famous British conductor liked to explain the paucity of women in his orchestra by saying: "If they're pretty, they bother the men; if they aren't, they bother me."
Jack ELTON, manager of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, denied there was discrimination against women. "We have never said: Let's not take her because she's a woman -- especially if they look like Pearl." And she was definitely a looker, with flaming red hair, usually called Titian in newspaper clippings from the era, striking blue eyes and luscious red lips.
In 1960, she bought the Gennaro Gagliano violin with the rich velvet sound for $3,500 (U.S.) -- about the price of a new car at the time, according to violin-maker and restorer Ric HEINL of the Toronto firm George Heinl and Co. It was made in Naples, Italy, in 1747 by Gennaro Gagliano, who was arguably the best in a large family of expert violin-makers.
A salesman for the Rembrandt Wurlitzer company in New York brought the violin to Toronto to show to a potential client, who declined to purchase it. Ms. PALMASON fell in love with it "at first play" and insisted the instrument wasn't going back, according to Mr. HEINL. The violin is now insured for $220,000.
After her farewell concert in front of 10,000 people at Ontario Place in August of 1981, she told The Globe that she had "spent more of my life at Massey Hall than at home." Although she had reached retirement age, she had no intention of putting her violin away. She played with the Canadian Opera Company orchestra from 1981 to 1985, and continued to teach privately, play with chamber groups, give recitals with her string group. In 1987 she became concertmaster of the Oakville Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. PALMASON lived in a spacious home in North Toronto until the mid-to-late 1990s when she moved into a large retirement condominium with her Boesendorfer piano and her beloved violins. She continued to have "drinkie winkies" (Beefeater gin with a splash of tonic and one ice cube) with Friends and gave at least two concerts in her condo for her neighbours.
She practised every day, but after she broke her ankle in 2002, life became harder. After she agreed to lend her Gagliano to the Canada Council instrument bank, she played every day on her "second" violin. A year ago in January, Ms. KANG, who had been sending Ms. PALMASON letters regularly, paid the woman she calls "her angel" a visit. "She was very warm and very sweet," Ms. KANG said. "It was really moving to see her playing the violin," she said, and "inspiring to see somebody who loves music so much that she plays every day just to have it in her life."
Pearl PALMASON was born on October 2, 1915, in Winnipeg. She died in Toronto of heart failure on February 17, 2006, after having suffered a stroke in September. She was 90. She is survived by a niece, two nephews and their families.

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SPIZ o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-08 published
ROMAN, Carlo Alberto
Peacefully and surrounded by his family, at Meadowpark Nursing Home, London, on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, Carlo Alberto ROMAN, age 66, of London. Dear husband of Marilyn (McGUIGAN) of Chatham and the son of the late Anna (SPIZ) and Umberto ROMAN. Carlo was born in Cittanova, Italy and arrived in Halifax in June of 1957 with his family settling in Chatham. He worked at Navistar International for 33 years, retiring in 1999. He was a proud member of Lega Istriana of Southwestern Ontario. He will be sadly missed by: his 4 sons; Terry and his wife Tracy of London; Robbie and his wife Elizabeth of Blenheim; Marc of Brantford; and Christopher of London. His 3 grandchildren: Paige, Matthew and Ella. His brothers: Bruno and his wife Mariella of Niagara Falls, and Sergio ROMAN and Mary DELAEY of Chatham. His sister: Andreina and her husband Peter BERNARDI of Sarnia. Friends and relatives may call at the Hinnegan Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William St. S. Chatham from 7-9 p.m. Saturday December 9, and again on Sunday, December 10, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where Parish Prayers will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Special thanks to Carlo's dear friend Angela BENKO for all her compassion and support. The family also wishes to thank the nursing staff of the Kent/Lambton Unit at Meadowpark Nursing Home for their dedication and support. In lieu of flowers donations to The Cancer Society or the Palliative Care Unit at Meadowpark Nursing Home would be appreciated. Online condolences welcomed at www.peseski.com.

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SPIZAWKA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-02 published
RIOUX, Marguerite
Peacefully at Bobier Villa, Dutton on Friday, May 26, 2006, Marguerite RIOUX in her 96th year. Wife of the late Thomas RIOUX. Dear mother of Madelyn SPIZAWKA of London and Leda COOPER of Sault Ste. Marie. Loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Sister of Rose GODIN of Kitchener and Amy BYRON of Hamilton. Predeceased by her son Maurice RIOUX. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 3rd, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 86 Baseline Road West, London. Many thanks to the staff of Bobier Villa for their extraordinary care for the last 4 years and the Elgin County Council and Staff. London Cremation Services 672-0459.

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SPIZIRRI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-30 published
CROCK, Angeline Mary (MAZZACANO)
Entered into rest at the Huronia District Hospital, Midland on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 in her 81st year. Angeline MAZZACANO of Port McNicoll, beloved wife of the late Frank CROCK. Dear mother of Roger CROCK and his wife Trudy, and Carol GRIESI and her husband Vince. Loving Noni of Peter CROCK, and Lisa MIOR and her husband Roberto. Great-grandmother of Adriano. Cherished sister of Mary PASSAVANT, John MAZZACANO and his wife Olga and the late Carmen DIPEDE, James DIPEDE, Theresa UGOLINI, Connie CERILLI and Lou SPIZIRRI. Resting at the Nicholls Funeral Home, 330 Midland Avenue, Midland on Thursday, March 30th from 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 396 Fourth Street, Port McNicoll on Friday, March 31st at 11 a.m. Friends and family will also be received at the Highland Funeral Home - Markham Chapel, 10 Cachet Woods Court (northeast corner of 16th Avenue and Highway 404), Markham on Sunday, April 2nd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday, April 3rd at 10 a.m. Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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SPIZZIRRI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-06 published
COLUCCI, Matthew
God called Matthew peacefully on April 5, 2006 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 7. He will be sadly missed by his parents Anthony and Maria. He will be cherished by his siblings Anthony and Victoria. Adored grand_son of Vito and Tina COLUCCI, and Fiore and Nancy SPIZZIRRI. He will always be remembered by his aunts and uncles: Maria COLUCCI, Michael (Joanne COLUCCI,) Ricky COLUCCI, Rick (Joanne SPIZZIRRI), Sue Anne (Eddie MATTEI) and Lisa (Nick IOZZO.) He will be held dear in the hearts of his cousins Alexandria, Michael Jr., Giancarlo, Ethan, Emily, Claire, Michael, Gabriel, and Caroline. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd. 905-850-3332) on Thursday and Friday from 6-9 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11: 30 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church (300 Ansley Grove Rd., north of Chancellor Dr.) Entombment to follow at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery (off Hwy. #27, south of Hwy. #7) In lieu of flowers, the COLUCCI family will accept donations to the Matthew and Giancarlo Colucci fund at the Sick Kids Hospital. The COLUCCI family would like to express a special thank-you to all the nurses and staff on 4D at the Sick Kids Hospital and also to Kim and all the other home care nurses who provided genuine care for Matthew.

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SPIZZIRRI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-06 published
COLUCCI, Matthew
God called Matthew peacefully on April 5, 2006, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 7. He will be sadly missed by his parents Anthony and Maria. He will be cherished by his siblings Anthony and Victoria. Adored grand_son of Vito and Tina COLUCCI, and Fiore and Nancy SPIZZIRRI. He will always be remembered by his aunts and uncles: Maria COLUCCI, Michael (Joanne COLUCCI,) Ricky COLUCCI, Rick (Joanne SPIZZIRRI), Sue Anne (Eddie MATTEI), and Lisa (Nick IOZZO.) He will be held dear in the hearts of his cousins Alexandria, Michael Jr., Giancarlo, Ethan, Emily, Claire, Michael, Gabriel, and Caroline. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332) on Thursday and Friday from 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11: 30 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church (300 Ansley Grove Rd., north of Chancellor Dr.). Entombment to follow at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery (off Hwy. 27, south of Hwy. 7). In lieu of flowers, the COLUCCI family will accept donations to the Matthew and Giancarlo Colucci fund at the Hospital for Sick Children. The Colucci family would like to express a special thank-you to all the nurses and staff on 4D at the Hospital for Sick Children and also to Kim and all the other home care nurses who provided genuine care for Matthew.

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SPIZZIRRI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-12 published
BRUNO, Francesco
God called Francesco peacefully on April 10th, 2006 from the Etobicoke General Hospital, at the age of 71. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Maria. He will be cherished by his dear children Rose (Eligio ARDIZZI) and Silvana BRUNO- DALL'AGNESE. Proud nonno of Luca "the strongest man I've ever known" and Stefano and Cassandra. He will always be remembered by his brother Joe and sisters Vittoria CRISTIANO and Angelina PELLEGRINI. Dear son-in-law of Richetta SPIZZIRRI. He will be held dear in the hearts of his nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and many Friends. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905850-3332) on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 9: 00 a.m. from Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church (100 Bainbridge Ave., and Martingrove Rd.). Entombment to follow at the Westminster Cemetery (on Bathurst Street, north of Finch Ave.). If so desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the Bruno family.

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