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WETHERAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-01 published
PARLIAMENT, Donald Edward " Ted"
At the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay on Tuesday, January 31, 2006. Ted PARLIAMENT of Beaverton, was the beloved husband of Beatrice M. (SHEEHEY) PARLIAMENT. Dear brother of Ken (Winnifred) of Cannington, Bruce (Helen) of Kanata, Eric (Eleanor) of Beaverton, Enid (Tom) WETHERAL of Cannington and Verla predeceased. The family will receive Friends at the Mangan Funeral Home, Beaverton (705-426-5777) on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Community Pentecostal Church (south junction Highway 12 and 48), Beaverton on Friday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Stone Church Cemetery, Beaverton. The family would appreciate memorial donations to the charity of your choice.

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WETHERAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-16 published
WETHERAL, Marion Audrey (PHILP)
Entered into rest at the BonAir Nursing Home in Cannington, on Wednesday, March 15th, 2006. Marion Audrey PHILP, in her 102nd year, was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Edward WETHERAL (1970.) Predeceased by two sisters Doreen ROSS and Madeline MARSHALL and two brothers Mel and Ivan PHILP. Dearly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call at the Thorne Funeral Home in Cannington on Saturday, March 18th, 2006 from 1: 00 p.m. until time of Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. Interment Necropolis Cemetery in Brock Township. As a remembrance, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Wilfrid United Church, would be appreciated by the family.

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WETHERALD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-04 published
AVERY, Edna B. (née HOLMES)
On Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at age 88. Dear wife of Edward AVERY (1992.) Cherished mother of Irene and George PURVIS, Gore Bay Keith and Bette AVERY, St. Catharines; Ken and Joy AVERY, Dresden Norma ISAACS (Robert 1995,) Kingsville. Dearly loved by her 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren: Drew and Patti PURVIS (Austin, Nicholas,) Denise and Paul SHEPPARD (Avery, Lindsay, Garrett); Erin and James McNEILL, Christa AVERY, Catherine AVERY, William AVERY Holly and Kevin BALL (Michael, Mitchell, Jillian); Mark and Cathy AVERY (Edwin); Ian and Julie AVERY; Matthew ISAACS. She will be missed by her siblings Leato WETHERALD, Thelma CRYSDALE, Allen and Ida HOLMES, Gerald and Wilda HOLMES, Jean LAW. Predeceased by brothers-in-law Murray WETHERALD, Rev. Stewart CRYSDALE, Allan LAW. Edna was valedictorian of the 1939 nursing class of the Public General Hospital, Chatham. She upheld the Holmes family's love of God and of music in her work as choir director for many years at Dawn Mills United Church. The AVERY Family will receive Friends at the Badder Visitation and Reception Centre, 679 North Street, Dresden (683-4444) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Dresden Community Church on Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Linda McFADDEN and Rev. Colin PATERSON officiating. Donations may be made at the visitation centre by cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Dresden Community Church. On-line Condolences may be left at www.badderfuneralhome.com. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the John C. Badder Funeral Home 72 Victoria Street, Thamesvillle. (692-4222.) "A tree will be planted in Memory of Edna AVERY in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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WETHERELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-18 published
WETHERELL, Magaret Joyce (BAKER)
Born in Bristol, England in 1913, Joyce finally found her wings and went to join her beloved Alf on July 16, 2006 after a lengthy illness which she fought with customary spirit and hope at Leisureworld Caregiving Centre in Brantford. Joyce leaves behind her two daughters, Gillian BIRSE and her husband David of Mississauga and Elizabeth SMELLIE and her husband William of Picton, grandchildren Elizabeth BERRY and her husband Vincent, Andrew BIRSE and his partner Tara BURK/BURKE, George SMELLIE and his partner Jamie BURTON, Robert SMELLIE and his partner Slava NIEWADA, and great-grandchildren Joseph, Sam and Rosalie BERRY and Dorothy Abry ASHFORD- SMITH. Also survived by family in England and Wales. Joyce was a longtime member of St. Andrew's United Church, the Dufferin Lawn Bowling Club and the Brant Curling Club. The family expresses thanks for all the loving care for our dear Mum at Charlotte Villa and Leisureworld. Special thanks to her closest Friends who loved her and continued to visit until the end. Friends will be received at McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Rd. N., Brantford on Thursday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. So that her many Friends will be able to remember the fullness of her life, a Memorial Service will be held September at McCleister Funeral Home, time and date to be announced later. If wished, memorial donations to the Home of Hope in Malawi, Africa, Soup For the Soul c/o St. Andrew's United Church, the C.N.I.B. or the Alzheimers Society would be greatfully appreciated. McCleister 519-758-1553 mccleisterfuneralhome@rogers.com

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WETMORE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-21 published
WETMORE, Laurina
Passed away peacefully on April 15, 2006 at King Gardens Place. Mum passed away one week short of her 95th birthday and 22 years to the day of her loving husband Leslie. Mourning her loss are her children Jim, David, Don and Nancy, also her grandchildren Joel, Erin, Mary, Meghan and Meghan's mother Linda, also nephew Bob. Mum's wish was to be cremated with a private family service and interment together with Dad.

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WETMORE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-22 published
WETMORE, Laurina
Passed away peacefully on April 15, 2006 at King Gardens Place. Mum passed away one week short of her 95th birthday and 22 years to the day of her loving husband Leslie. Mourning her loss are her children Jim, David, Don (Gayle) and Nancy, also her grandchildren Joel, Erin, Mary, Meghan and Meghan's mother Linda, also nephew Bob. Mum's wish was to be cremated with a private family service and interment together with Dad.

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WETMORE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-29 published
COOK, Harold
Peacefully at Alexander Place, Waterdown on Tuesday, March 28, 2006, in his 95th year. Beloved husband of the late Margueritte COOK (BRIGGS.) Loving father of Betty and her husband Don WETMORE of Brampton, Maurice of Toronto, and Patricia and her husband Bruce POWELL of Barrie. Grandfather of Brent and his wife Erin, Todd, Mark and his wife Tamar, and Adam. Great-grandfather of Lindsay and Drew. Harold retired as principal of Mary Hopkins School, Waterdown after a long career in teaching. His active involvement in the Waterdown community included: elder in Knox Presbyterian Church, member of the Waterdown Masonic Lodge and of the Hamilton Scottish Rite, volunteer for the A.C.L.D. and lifetime member of the Waterdown Lion's Club where he was a Melvin Jones Fellow. His family wish to thank Doctor R. CROSS and the staff at Alexander Place for the caring support they gave Harold over the last few years. Friends may call at Knox Presbyterian Church, 80 Mill Street North, Waterdown on Friday, March 31, 2006 from 12 noon until the time of the Funeral Service at 1 p.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. Private interment service at Burlington Memorial Gardens. If desired, donations to Knox Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Please sign the book of condolence at www.kitchingsteepeandludwig.com

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WETMORE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-29 published
WETMORE, Ludlow Allen
Entered into rest at Ross Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 in his 84th year. Allen was the beloved husband of Muriel (née FULTON.) Loving father of Patty and her husband Stuart BUTTS of Toronto, Lee and her husband Bert BLACKWOOD of Connecticut, U.S.A. Cherished grandfather of five grandchildren and great-grandfather of one great-grandchild. Brother of Peggy and her husband Ed GROVES of Port Perry. In keeping with Allen's wishes, cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay (705-328-2721). Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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WETTLAUFER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-06-19 published
WETTLAUFER, Wendy (née McDONALD)
Of Hanover, passed away at Hanover and District Hospital, on Sunday, June 18, 2006. She was 49. Survived by husband Greg WETTLAUFER, daughter Janelle WETTLAUFER of Kitchener, father Jack (Carma) McDONALD of Woodstock, mother Lauretta (Harry) WRIGHT of Chatsworth, brothers Terry (Sherill) McDONALD of Hanover, Douglas (Shelley) CRAWFORD of Keswick, sisters Katherine (Mike) CRAWFORED- REID of Owen Sound, Sandra (Dave) ELDRIDGE of Woodstock, mother-in-law Esther WETTLAUFER of Hanover. Predeceased by father-in-law Ivan WETTLAUFER. Visitation at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover, on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, june 20, 2006 at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hanover. Interment in Hanover Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Further information and register book available at www.mightonfuneralhome.ca

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WETTLAUFER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-29 published
YECK, Aaron James
Suddenly on Wednesday December 27, 2006, Aaron James YECK of Woodstock in his 34th year. Beloved husband of Kerry YECK (nee BROWN.) Much loved father of Nathan and Joel. Cherished son of Jim and Heather (née BROWN) YECK of Bright and son-in-law of Jim BROWN and his late wife Linda (née CORKE) of Woodstock. Dear brother of Susan RICHARDSON and her husband Dean of Woodstock and their family Brandon, Austin and Olivia, Tricia WETTLAUFER and her husband Jason of Woodstock and their family Emily and Kaitlyn, Kristen YECK (Adam LEARN) of Bright and brother-in-law of Greg BROWN and his wife Tracey of Hamilton and their family Zachaury, Rhylin and Morgan. Loved grand_son of Bill and the late Betty YECK of Innerkip, Jean and the late Bill BROWN of Plattsville, Arnold and the late Grace BROWN of Owen Sound and Violet and the late Alan CORKE of Stratford. Predeceased by his sister Sarah Lynn YECK. Aaron loved spending time with his family and Friends and enjoyed his time spent playing sports and involving himself with minor sports such as hockey and softball. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, 519-539-0004 on Friday December 29, 2006 from 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment in the Anglican Cemetery. In memory of Aaron, contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society -- Leukemia Research or Embro Minor Hockey would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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WETZEL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-13 published
ORCHARD, F. Ilene (née GILBERT)
Of Shedden, passed away at Extendicare, Port Stanley on Monday, September 11, 2006, in her 96th year. Loved wife of the late Sydney C. Orchard (1971.) Loved mother of Mary (Perry) CLUTTERBUCK, Hugh (Dorothy), Glenn (Jo Ann), Keith (Sandy), Rev. Neil (Judy), Roy (Anette,) and Dana WETZEL. Cherished grandmother of 24, Brent (Lori), Beth (Chris), John (Pam), Michele (Steve), Alison (Rob), Kim (Scott), Karan (Pat), Michael (Jasminka), David, Anita (Gord), Sherri (Glenn), Don (Beth), Kerri Lynn (Chad), Danielle (Damon), Merrily, Shareen, Scott (Kara), Steven (Sandi), Amy, Blake, Aaron, Rachel (Johnathan), Kevin, and Sarah. Loved great grandmother of 44. Also survived by sister-in-law, Marjorie GILBERT and a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by daughter-in-law, Sandra ORCHARD, 2 great-grandchildren and four brothers, Eldon, Bernie, Bruce and Douglas GILBERT. Ilene was born in Paynes Mills, Ontario, May 25, 1911, the daughter of the late Ernest and Fannie (McALPINE) GILBERT. She was a life member of Wabuna Rebekah Lodge #143, Shedden and the Shedden Women's Institute and a member of the Southwold Golden Age Club. Ilene was devoted to her family. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, 400 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. Private family interment in Shedden Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or The Arthritis Society gratefully acknowledged.

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WETZLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-08 published
Rudolf VRBA, Scientist And Professor (1924-2006)
He was the man who beat Auschwitz, writes Sandra MARTIN. In 1944, he escaped the death camp to warn the world and save the lives of 150,000 Hungarian Jews, but remained bitter that 400,000 were sacrificed
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of Walter ROSENBERG's escape from Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious Nazi concentration camp in Poland, where more than a million people were killed during the Second World War. Auschwitz irrevocably changed Mr. ROSENBERG, who was only 19 when he escaped. For the rest of his life he lived under the name Rudolf VRBA, the nom de guerre, as he called it, that he adopted after his escape.
Independent, prickly and uncompromising, Mr. VRBA, who had a successful academic career as a biochemist at the University of British Columbia and was the author of more than 50 scientific papers, hated being thought of as a victim or a survivor -- and with good reason. Nobody had rescued him -- he had beaten Auschwitz. A tough guy who tended to be a moral absolutist, he was also warm, funny and a generous and loyal friend. "He struck a very fine sartorial note," said his colleague Professor Michael WALKER. "He was always well dressed and he had a presence and a style about him."
Mr. VRBA was not the only person to flee the extermination camp, but he and his friend Alfred WETZLER were the most important of the five escapees from that hellhole of depravity. They bore detailed and accurate witness to the layout and function of the gas chambers and crematoria and they spread the alarm about the diabolical extermination plans in store for Hungarian Jews. And that is another way that the Holocaust changed Mr. VRBA: Instead of rejoicing that the Auschwitz Protocol (as his detailed report was called) saved at least 150,000 Hungarian Jews, he remained bitter that more lives hadn't been saved, believing to the end of his life that the Hungarian Jewish leaders knowingly sacrificed more than 400,000 of their countrymen in order to save themselves and their families.
The past is not a simple place, especially for those who disinter the myths that spread like moss over the moral complexities of horrific events to make them more palatable for the living. Mr. VRBA was a troubling character to many because he threatened the solidarity of the post-Holocaust Jewish community with his accusations of complicity in his memoir I Can't Forgive. (First published in London in 1963, the book was revised and expanded by Mr. VRBA several times during his lifetime.) As a result, it was easier for many to ignore Mr. VRBA's heroism than to honour it.
Ruth Linn, dean of education at Haifa University, and a native-born Israeli, had never heard about anybody escaping from Auschwitz and neither had her students -- until she watched French director Claude Lanzmann's 1985 documentary Shoah. How was it possible, she asked herself, that Mr. VRBA's memoirs had never been translated into Hebrew. Why had he never been recognized by Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority)? She was a key player in having Mr. VRBA's book translated, in seeing him awarded an honorary doctorate at Haifa University in 1998, and in accounting for his absence in popular accounts of the Holocaust in her 2004 book, Escaping Auschwitz: A Culture of Forgetting.
By then, Mr. VRBA had lived in Canada for nearly three decades. Over the years, he had made crucial depositions against Nazis trying to escape retribution, whether it was the Final Solution leadership at the Nuremberg Trials, Adolf Eichmann after his capture in Argentina in 1960, or former concentration guards living undercover in Germany. He was also a principal witness in trials of Holocaust deniers such as Ernst ZUNDEL in Canada.
"What drove him forward was his understanding of the extent to which the Nazi apparatus used Jewish wealth and Jewish labour to fuel and maintain the German war effort," said Holocaust historian Sir Martin Gilbert. "He had seen it when he was in Kanada [the warehouses that stored confiscated Jewish goods] in Auschwitz when he'd seen this vast amount of material being recycled, and the use made of slave labour."
Sir Martin was so impressed with Mr. VRBA's heroism that he supported a campaign to nominate Mr. VRBA for the Order of Canada and solicited letters from well known Canadians including then law professor Irwin COTLER (more recently minister of justice.) "I fully concur with you that VRBA is a 'real hero.' Indeed, there are few more deserving of the Order of Canada than VRBA, and few, anywhere, who have exhibited his moral courage," Prof. COTLER wrote in a handwritten letter to Sir Martin on February 18, 1992. "Canada will honour itself -- and redeem itself somewhat -- by awarding him the Order of Canada."
It didn't happen.
Walter ROSENBERG was born between the First and Second World Wars in Topolcany, Czechoslovakia. He was one of five children of Elias ROSENBERG, a steam saw-mill owner and Helena Grunfeldova. He was 15 when the Germans began their murderous march through Europe. After he was expelled from high school in Bratislava under the local version of the Nuremberg anti-Jewish laws, he worked as a labourer until he was arrested in March of 1942. Two months later, he was deported to Maidanek and transferred to Auschwitz on June 30.
He survived as prisoner No. 44070 for almost two years, using his formidable memory and analytical powers to compute the numbers of people arriving on the transports and to calculate how many were used as slave labour or were sent to be gassed at adjacent Birkenau. Early in 1944, after the Germans invaded Hungary, he observed how the camp was ramping up to prepare for the arrival of huge deportations of Hungarian Jews.
On April 7, he and an older schoolmate, Alfred WETZLER, escaped from Auschwitz and made their way to Zilina, Slovakia where, on April 24, they told their harrowing tale to the local Jewish council. Mr. ROSENBERG and Mr. WETZLER were put in separate rooms as they wrote out their reports, which were then compared, checked for accuracy against available records and compiled. The 32-page report testifying to the atrocities at Auschwitz-Birkenau was sent to the Allies, the Vatican, the International Red Cross and the Jewish leadership in Hungary -- the next victims on Hitler's extermination list.
The Jewish council gave Mr. ROSENBERG identity papers and he became Rudolf VRBA, a name he later adopted legally. The Auschwitz Protocol reached the Hungarian Jewish leadership in early May of 1944, but they didn't raise the alarm. Instead, they negotiated with Adolf Eichmann in an effort to exchange Jews for trucks and other goods needed by the depleted Nazi war effort.
"Basically, Eichmann deceived them," says Sir Martin in promising the Hungarian Jewish leadership that the trains would take the Jews to holding camps where they would be transferred to the trucks which would convey them to safety in Spain. That's why they kept silent. Between mid-May and early July 1944, nearly 440,000 Hungarian Jews (including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel) boarded "resettlement trains" in good faith and ended up in Auschwitz where most were immediately gassed. Mr. VRBA always felt that if the Jewish leaders had announced what Auschwitz was about these people would have rebelled.
By June of 1944, the Allies had received the Auschwitz Protocol. They took it very, very seriously, according to Sir Martin. "It had such a massive impact that the Germans were forced to halt the deportations." Coincidentally there was an American air raid on Budapest on July 2, 1944. Hungarian Regent Admiral Miklos Horthy believed the attack was the beginning of the threatened Allied retribution for the Auschwitz Protocol and insisted the deportations stop -- which they did on July 9, 1944. "About 150,000 Jews were saved as a result of VRBA's efforts. "He was totally and extraordinarily successful."
Mr. VRBA warned his own relatives to flee before they, too, were taken. After that, he joined the Czechoslovak Partisan Units in September 1944 and fought with them until the end of the war. He was decorated for bravery. After Czechoslovakia was liberated, he went back to school and did a series of degrees in chemistry, receiving his doctorate in 1951 and a post-graduate degree from the Academy of Science in 1956. He undertook biochemical research at Charles University in Prague from 1953 to 1958. By then, he had married a childhood friend, a medical doctor in Prague named Gerta VERBOVA. They had two daughters, Helena (who has died) and Zuza. Mr. VRBA and his wife separated in 1958, when she defected to the West and he went to a conference in Israel and never returned.
He worked as a biochemist in Israel for two years and then joined the British Medical Research Council in London in 1960. Seven years later he was appointed to the Canadian Medical Research Council and, from there, began teaching in the pharmacology department in the Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia. In the mid-1970s, he went on sabbatical to Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts., where he met his second wife, Robin, who became a successful real-estate dealer in Vancouver.
"As a scientist, he started out very well and was well respected for his work in proteins and chemistry," said colleague Prof. Michael WALKER. "He was very independent and he had his own view of what was important," and that often meant he "butted heads with the granting authorities."
Towards the end of his career Prof. VRBA wasn't getting many grants. "I don't think he was treated appropriately by the Canadian scientific community," said Prof. WALKER. "He was prescient in his understanding of his area, which is proteins, and how their function may be changed if they have glucose attached to them." Instead of complaining about his lack of research money, he "put more effort into teaching," according to Prof. WALKER. " The students loved him, especially in the last few years."
Rudolf VRBA was born Walter ROSENBERG in Topolcany, Czechoslovakia on September 11, 1924. He died of cancer in Vancouver on March 27, 2006. He was 81. He is survived by his second wife Robin, a daughter from his first marriage, two grandchildren and two nephews.

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