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"VAD" 2006 Obituary


VADACCHINO 2006-09-18 published
SMITH, Margaret Alma (formerly CARRUTHERS, née BEECHEY)
Peacefully, at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, on Friday, September 15th, 2006 in her 90th year. Margaret Alma Carruthers SMITH, beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Barbara BEECHEY and beloved wife of the late Vincent Clyde CARRUTHERS (1961) and John David SMITH (1994.) Dearly loved mother of Bonnie Elizabeth and her husband Vincent VADACCHINO of Welland, Clyde and his wife Rosemarie CARRUTHERS of Niagara Falls, Thomas Beechey CARRUTHERS (Kathy TRUMAN) of Grimsby and David SMITH (Barbara GAHN) of Niagara Falls. Beloved grandmother of Andrea and Harold DAVIS, Melissa and Scott HEIL, Anthony and Toni VADACCHINO, Andrew and Nicholas CARRUTHERS, Erin, Tommy and Kirstyn CARRUTHERS, Evan SMITH, and Matthew and Kelsey GAHN- SMITH. 'G.G.' will be missed by her great-grandchildren Zachary, Vincent, Elizabeth, Lillie, Parker, Owen, Matthew and Jacob. Margaret is predeceased by her sisters Dorothy and Lucille and her brother John as well as her sister-in-law Katharine SMITH. Aunt Marg will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Margaret had retired from a career with Beaver Lumber and enjoyed her retirement through her many hobbies including travelling, gardening and her work as a chartered member of the Daughters of Isabella and the Catholic Women's League. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. Our Lady of the Scapular Church, 6557 Thorold Stone Road, Niagara Falls. A reception will follow immediately. All are welcome to attend the Rite of Committal which will take place at Saint Peter's Cemetery in London, Ontario on Tuesday at 12 noon. In memory of Margaret, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by her family. Arrangements entrusted to the Patterson Funeral Home, 6062 Main Street, Niagara Falls. On-line condolences at

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VADACCHINO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-06 published
McGIRR, Sarah
Peacefully, at the Ian Anderson House, Oakville, on Saturday, February 4, 2006, in her 77th year. Beloved wife of the late James McGIRR. Dearly loved mother of Ann SANDY, Bob and his wife Karen, Maureen VADACCHINO and her husband Tony, Terry FARRELL and her husband Bruce. Loving grandmother of Chris, Iain, Siobhan, Andrew, Gordon, Ryan, Tyler, Paterson, Cameron, and Paisley. Mrs. McGIRR will be resting at the "Wignall Chapel" of the G.H. Hogle Funeral Homes, 62 Long Branch Ave., Etobicoke, on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3674 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Etobicoke, followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ian Anderson House would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at

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VADNAIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-28 published
DOUGAN, John Alpine (Major, ret'd) B.A.; (M.A.Oxon;) M.C.
(April 7, 1921-October 18, 2006)
Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years Rie (KOOPMAN,) daughters Elizabeth (Christopher FOURNIER,) Maureen (Todd HARRIES), Barbara and Jacky (Bruce SMITH), as well as 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, John was predeceased by his parents Jack and Carine (VADNAIS) DOUGAN and his brother Donald. On completion of High School in Claresholm, Alberta, John attended the University of Alberta and received a B.A. in modern history. He then joined the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and served overseas until 1945. Wounded twice in action, he received the Military Cross and Bar for his contributions to campaigns in Sicily, Italy and Northwest Europe. Elected Rhodes Scholar for Alberta in 1946, John read Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford, and obtained a B.A. and M.A. (Oxon). In 1948, John joined the Department of External Affairs and served in Peru, Sri Lanka and Australia; permanent Chargé d'Affaires in Uruguay; and High Commissioner to Guyana, New Zealand and Malaysia. In 1978, John and Rie retired to Victoria, British Columbia and pursued an active retirement enjoying many life-long interests including fishing, hunting, golfing and travelling. John also continued to serve and contribute to his community through participation in several local and national associations. From 1983-1990, John accompanied the Command and Staff College, Kingston, Ontario as infantry guest and historical military advisor on the Battle of the Gothic Line in Italy. He also contributed to many of the History Channel's documentaries "Turning Points of History". A memorial service to celebrate John's life will be held on Monday, October 30 at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 2060 Haultain Street, Victoria, British Columbia In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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