BELAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-06 published
THIBERT, Eugene F.
77 years, of Tilbury, at University Hospital, London on Thursday, January 4, 2007. Beloved husband of Cordelia "Toby" (née BELAIR.) Loving father of Annette and husband Brian CURTIS. Dearest grandfather of Marie GAUDREAU and spouse Ian KELLY, Ben CURTIS and wife Julie, Jason CURTIS, and great-grandfather of Zachery KELLY, and Cameron and Ryan CURTIS. Predeceased by parents Anthony THIBERT (1977) and Marie (CHARRON) THIBERT (1972.) Dearest brother of the late Margaret CHEVALIER (1989) (Mid-1991,) the late George THIBERT (2003) (Cecile,) Alfred (Edna) THIBERT, the late Leo THIBERT (2001) (Marcella,) Theresa WATSON (Dave-1979,) James (Marcella) THIBERT, all of Tilbury, Marie LEVESQUE of McGregor (Andre-2001.) Dear brother-in-law of Orise TELLIER, the late Agatha CHOUINARD (2005,) Velina SHEEHAN, Jeanne THIBERT, Louise BROSSEAU, Carmelle GAGE. Eugene was owner and operator of Thibert's Abattoir in Tilbury from 1961 until 1983, and was Fire Chief of Tilbury from 1959 to 1992. Eugene was a member of Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, Ontario Fire Chiefs Association, and Ontario Retirees, and was past president of Kent County Association of Fire Chiefs, and Essex County Association of Fire Chiefs. He was a member of Tilbury Knights of Columbus Third and Fourth Degree. Visitation at Reaume Funeral Home, 6 Canal St. W., Tilbury Saturday from 7-9 p.m., Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers 3 p.m. Sunday. Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus prayers 8: 30 p.m. Sunday. Funeral service from the funeral home Monday, January 8, 2007 at 10 a.m., then to St. Francis Xavier Church, Tilbury for Mass at 10: 30 a.m. Interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Donations to Saint_Joseph's-Regional Mental Health Care London or Alzheimer Society appreciated.

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BELAND o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-17 published
William Delanore CRONK
Del CRONK, a resident of Billings Township, died at home on Sunday, January 14, 2007 at the age of 61 years.
He was born in Kagawong, son of the late John and Laurinda (ORR) CRONK. He drove truck most of his life, with imperial Oil for over 20 years, and for commercial Transport, Day Transport and lastly Manitoulin Transport. Del loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and golfing. He will be sadly missed, but many memories will be cherished. Del is survived by dearest friend Ethel BOWERMAN of Mindemoya, brothers Mark of Billings Township , Ross (Marilyn WYERS) of Billings Township , Charles (Chris RACEY) of Gore Bay and sisters Laura MULVILLE (Ron THORNTON) of Gravenhurst, Gladys BELAND (Clifford) of Sudbury, Peggy THIBAULT (Earl DAHL) of Sudbury and Mary Ellen THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Ron) of Sault + Sainte Marie. Predeceased by brothers Thomas and Billy. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home Tuesday. The funeral service will be conducted in the William G. Turner Chapel on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 11.00 am with Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating. Cremation to follow. In remembrance, donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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BELAND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-28 published
VANSTONE, Jeffrey Turner
Jeff passed away in Grande Prairie, Alberta in the QE II Hospital on Saturday, November 24, 2007. He confronted metastatic melanoma with his usual determination and wry humour. He was 47 years old and a resident of Grande Prairie. Jeff was born in Montreal February 21, 1960 and received his schooling in Beaconsfield, Quebec and Toronto. He was active in hockey, golf and playing trumpet in the excellent music programs offered by the North Toronto schools. Jeff graduated in Business and Administrative Studies at Huron College of the University of Western Ontario. He then worked for Bata Shoes and was transferred to western Canada. Later in Edmonton, he worked in the hospitality industry for several years in restaurant management. Jeff moved to Grande Prairie in 2000 with his beloved partner Lizette BELAND and his dog Kayla. He worked for a while in the oil industry negotiating exploration permits with local landowners. Jeff returned to his key interests of hospitality, food and people by joining food services giant Sysco Canada. He serviced the hotel and restaurant industry in a large territory north of Grande Prairie to Peace River and beyond to High Level - almost to the Northwest Territories border. Jeff thoroughly enjoyed this work despite the extensive travel required, and built his territory to the point that it had to be divided. Extensive training courses in Ontario provided by Sysco, allowed him to broaden his industry knowledge. Jeff is survived by Lizette, parents Elaine and Donald VANSTONE and sister Suzanne VANSTONE of Toronto, brother Steve VANSTONE of Las Cruces, N.M.; aunts Dorothy Naylor CROWDER of Kingsville and Jo-Anne VANSTONE of Burlington, and aunt Grace LEE and uncle Ed LEE of West Vancouver, British Columbia, and cousins in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. He will be missed by Friends in Toronto and southwestern Ontario, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. A funeral service will be held in Grande Prairie on November 29. A memorial service is planned in Toronto on Thursday, December 6 at 1: 30 p.m. at Eglinton-St. George's United Church, (Lytton Boulevard and Duplex Avenue). If desired, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (www.cancerboard.ab.ca) or your charity of choice.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-11-28 published
PALLETT, Frederick Roy
Born July 30, 1922 in Mississauga. Passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 22, 2007 at Baycrest Health Centre, Toronto, following a long struggle with Alzheimers disease. Husband and loving partner to Jean Muriel PALLETT (née McTAVISH.) Devoted father of Donna (Brian) WOODHOUSE of King City and Linda Pallett BELANGER (Laurie ROWLANDSON) of Sudbury. Proud grandfather of Michelle, Jamie Jenna, Kayla, Eric and Daniel. Predeceased hy his brother Donald, sisters Laura, Alice, June and parents Roy and Lillie PALLETT. Fred and Jean built and operated Cedar Grove mobile home park and sales lots for over 55 years where up to 250 families lived. Fred was a lifetime member of Bethseda United Church and in more recent times Eugenia United Church. He was awarded the Paul Harris Rotary Award for outstanding service. He always enjoyed his family time at his cottage and his winters in Naples, Florida. The past three years he has resided at Sunrise Senior Living in Aurora. Palliative care in the past months have been at Southlake, Sunnybrook and Baycrest Hospitals. The devotion care and love by his many care workers will always be remembered and treasured by his family. The family received Friends at the Turner and Porter, "Peel Chapel" 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga on Sunday, November 25. Service was held at Applewood United Church, Mississauga on Monday November 26 at 11 a.m. Visitation was continued at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Monday from 6: 30-8:30 p.m. Interment - Flesherton Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the Alzheimers Society - York Region.
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BELANGER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-24 published
PALLETT, “Fred” Fredrick Roy
Born July 30, 1922 in Mississauga. Passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 22, 2007 at Baycrest Health Centre, Toronto following a long struggle with Alzheimers disease. Husband and loving partner to Jean Muriel PALLETT (née McTAVISH.) Devoted father of Donna (Brian) WOODHOUSE of King City and Linda Pallett BELANGER (Laurie ROWLANDSON) of Sudbury. Proud grandfather of Michelle, Jamie, Jenna, Kayla, Eric and Daniel. Predeceased by his brother Donald, sisters Laura, Alice, June and parents Roy and Lillie PALLETT. Fred and Jean built and operated Cedar Grove mobile home park and sales lots for over 55 years were up to 250 families lived. Fred was a lifetime member of Bethesda United Church and in more recent times Eugenia United Church. He was awarded the Paul Harris Rotary Award for outstanding service. He always enjoyed his family time at his cottage on Lake Eugenia and his winters in Naples, Florida. The past 3 years he has resided at Sunrise Senior Living in Aurora. Palliative care in the past months have been at Southlake, Sunnybrook and Baycrest Hospitals. The devotion, care and love by his many care workers will always be remembered and treasured by his family. The family will receive Friends at the Turner and Porter, “Peel Chapel”, 2180 Hurontario St. (Hwy. North of Queen Elizabeth Way), Mississauga on Sunday, November 25 from 2-4 and 6: 30-8:30 p.m. Service will be held at Applewood United Church, 2067 Stanfield Rd., Mississauga, on Monday, November 26 at 11: 00 a.m. Visitation continues at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Monday 6: 30-8:30 p.m. Interment Flesherton Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the Alzheimers Society-York Region.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-10-04 published
Farm deaths a growing concern
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Thurs., October 4, 2007
The London region's farming community is mourning the loss of two farmers killed in accidents this week.
Tuesday, a 71-year-old Middlesex farmer was killed when he was crushed by a tractor.
Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police said the man, whose name was not released, had been working with his tractor in a bush area of the property on Amiens Road in Middlesex Centre at about 5 p.m. when the tractor flipped.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and extricated by Middlesex Centre-Delaware firefighters.
On Sunday, Joseph DEVEREAUX, 82, of Huron East, was found dead in a silo on his farm in Huron East about 1 p.m.
That accident is being investigated by police and provincial labour and agriculture officials but the death is not considered suspicious.
Officials with the Ontario Farm Safety Association and Ontario Federation of Agriculture could not immediately be reached for comment.
The high number of farm deaths has sparked calls in recent years for a national strategy by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.
Statistics show that between 1990 and 2000, 1,086 people were killed in farm accidents in Canada.
More than a tenth of those killed -- 112 -- were children younger than 15, and most of those were children younger than five.
Children on farms are twice as likely to die from injuries as other children. Nearly 15 children per 100,000 die in farm-related deaths each year. The national rate for all fatal injuries for children is 9.6 per 100,000.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-10-10 published
London man dies in fiery crash
The identity of the victim in the fatality near Lucan has not been released.
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Wed., October 10, 2007
Fatal: Doug GRAHAM, media officer with Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police, examines the burnt wreckage of a pickup truck at the scene of a collision that happened at 11 a.m. yesterday on Highway 4, just north of the Clandeboyne curve. The driver, and sole occupant of the pickup, which witnesses: say swerved into the path of an oncoming cement truck, was pronounced dead at the scene. (Susan BRADNAM Sun Media)
A head-on crash near Lucan between a pickup truck and a cement truck early yesterday killed a London man when the pickup exploded in flames.
The crash followed a deadly long weekend on Southwestern Ontario roads, with three people killed and another left fighting for life in hospital.
witnesses: to yesterday's crash along Highway 4, and its aftermath, painted a picture of sudden horror.
"There was lots of fire," said Londoner Gavin DOUCHERTY, who passed by the scene moments after the crash.
"There were (vehicle) parts everywhere along the road. They were trying to put the fire out with small extinguishers," he said.
An unidentified driver of a second pickup truck said he was following the cement truck shortly before 11 a.m.
"There was a huge burst of dust and a loud bang. I saw a pickup sliding across the road and then the cement truck rolled to a stop ahead of me," said the unidentified man.
The victim -- a man in his 20s, whom police hadn't publicly identified died instantly, Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police said. [The victim was subsequently identified as Ivan STIMAC.]
The cement truck driver, John DICKSON/DIXON, 42, wasn't hurt.
The crash occurred about eight kilometres north of Lucan and Mooresville Drive.
The northbound pickup crossed the centre line and collided with the southbound cement truck, Ontario Provincial Police said.
The impact appeared to have happened unexpectedly at full speed, with no tell-tale skid marks suggesting braking by either truck.
A kilometre-long stretch of highway was closed for hours as police investigated and road workers cleaned up.
The unidentified man from the second pickup said he went to check on the cement truck driver after the crash.
"I could tell (the pickup driver) was gone, so I went over to the cement truck and helped (the driver) get his door open and helped him from the cab. He was okay."
About 100 metres of highway was littered with debris from both trucks, a large tire from the cement truck thrown into a field 20 metres away.
The pickup, almost unrecognizable, was charred and torn, and the road badly scarred.
The Lucan-Biddulph fire department put out the blaze.
Meanwhile, a 30-year-old Bayham Township man was fighting for his life in hospital yesterday after the pickup he had been driving went out of control and rolled before hitting a tree Monday night.
The name of the victim, thrown from the pickup, wasn't released.
Elgin Ontario Provincial Police said the crash occurred about 11: 40 p.m. near the intersection of Talbot Line (Hwy. 3) and Hacienda Road in Malahide Township.
Police said it appeared the truck hit two road signs before rolling and hitting the tree.
Malahide Fire Department and Elgin-Saint Thomas Emergency Medical Services raced to the scene and found the driver, suffering "severe" trauma.
Taken to Saint Thomas airport, he was flown to London Health Sciences Centre where he was in critical condition.
Earlier Monday, a Sarnia man was killed after he lost control of his car and was ejected from the vehicle.
Phillip KREMER, 30, of Sarnia, was driving north on Brigden Side Road near Confederation Line about 6 p.m. when his car went into one ditch, crossed the road and ended up in another ditch. Kremer was pronounced dead at the scene.
Huron Ontario Provincial Police said a 19-year-old woman was killed at 3: 30 p.m. Monday when her car rolled on Goshen Line in South Huron.
Jolene UNWIN, of South Huron, was thrown from the car and killed.
In another crash, Friday at 6 p.m., an 81-year-old man died from a medical condition after a two-car crash on Goderich Street in West Huron.
Deborah DILLON of Huron East is charged with failing to yield from a private driveway.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-11-03 published
Convicted wife-killer BUXBAUM dies in jail
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Sat., November 3, 2007
Helmuth BUXBAUM, a church-going, millionaire nursing home operator whose double life of sex and drugs imploded with the contract killing of his wife, has died.
Focus of one of Canada's most sensational murder trials in the mid-1980s, he died in prison at age 67.
An official at Warkworth Institution near Peterborough said BUXBAUM died Thursday after being transferred to Kingston Penitentiary Regional hospital because of unspecified health concerns.
Free Press reporter Chip MARTIN, who covered BUXBAUM's trial that ended with a life sentence for the murder of his wife, Hanna, said he was struck by BUXBAUM's double life. "On the one hand, he was a very good family man, a very good businessman and, on the surface, a very religious man and a leader in his faith community," said MARTIN.
"That he had a dark side to his personality -- that he could hang around a bunch of low-lifes and let them exploit him for money in exchange for drugs and sex -- was a real revelation," said MARTIN, author of Buxbaum: A Murderous Affair.
During the trial, BUXBAUM, who had built a Komoka-based nursing home empire from scratch, was described as a cocaine addict who preferred the company of young prostitutes and was desperate to do away with his wife, whom he found dull and unattractive.
MARTIN offered another description of Hanna.
"His wife was a wonderful woman and mother who stood up to him and paid the price with her life."
BUXBAUM reportedly sold the business before his conviction for $23 million.
The Crown's case centred on money, saying nearly $2 million had disappeared from BUXBAUM's bank account and that he had recently taken out a $1-million life insurance policy on his wife.
Hanna BUXBAUM, 48, was shot in the head by a gunman at the side of a highway in July 1984 while a nephew, Roy BUXBAUM, sat in the car.
They had stopped, supposedly to help people having car troubles.
It was later learned BUXBAUM planned the killing earlier in the day, but it was foiled when a police cruiser pulled up after the cars had stopped on Highway 402.
They left and drove to Pearson International Airport to pick up a nephew. The shooting was staged when they returned later that day.
BUXBAUM denied he hired a drug dealer as the hit man.
But at trial, drug dealer Rob BARRETT testified BUXBAUM offered $25,000 plus expenses and a house for someone to kill his wife.
BARRETT said he offered the contract to Pat ALLEN, another London-area drug dealer. ALLEN, sentenced to eight years, testified he agreed to perform the killing, but backed out and let Gary FOSHAY take over.
FOSHAY was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
In a later appeal, rejected by the Ontario Court of Appeal, the defence argued BUXBAUM was insane at the time of the killing because of a stroke suffered two years earlier.
The nephew, Roy, who later sued BUXBAUM, could not be reached for comment.
Despite being behind prison walls, BUXBAUM never quite faded from the limelight, his name regularly resurfacing in the media as recently as January 2005 in a documentary about his lawyer, Eddie GREENSPAN, and in June 2000, when a reporter wrote about BUXBAUM advocating for the rights of seniors in prison.
In that story, BUXBAUM said he still dreamt about reconciliation with his six children and his grandchildren, but knew it wouldn't be easy.
"After so many years, it's like I don't exist," he said. "I'm an inconvenience. They've built their own lives and their own careers. They don't need me."
In the article, BUXBAUM complained about life in prison, especially for seniors.
"There is no mercy in Canada," BUXBAUM said.
"We've lost our mercy, and these old people must die a lonely death in prison."

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-11-06 published
All-terrain vehicle deaths have doubled across region
Police say the increase in this type of fatality is totally preventable.
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Tues., November 6, 2007
Alcohol, helmets and speed are key factors in six deaths this year of people riding all-terrain vehicles in Southwestern Ontario.
And a disturbing trend that has seen double the number of all-terrain vehicle fatalities across the province continued last weekend when a 28-year-old Howick man was killed after losing control of the vehicle.
"They're not handling the vehicles properly," said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave Rector, media officer for the Southwest Region.
"It's a powerful machine. They're not wearing helmets, they're mixing alcohol and that's just a recipe for disaster."
At about midnight Sunday, police said, an all-terrain vehicle driven by James SCHUMACHER, 28, of Howick, went out of control on Gorrie Line in Howick Township.
SCHUMACHER was pronounced dead at the scene and a passenger suffered minor injuries. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
It was the second all-terrain vehicle-related death in less than a week.
Jerome Leonard AQUASH, 24, of Walpole Island was killed and three others injured early last Thursday when an all-terrain vehicle crashed into a telephone pole and a tree on Chiefs Road near Dan Shab Road. Among those injured was a 15-year-old girl who was airlifted to London Health Sciences Centre in serious condition.
To the end of October, 23 people died in 22 all-terrain vehicle accidents in Ontario, up 91.7 per cent over 2006 when 12 people died in 12 all-terrain vehicle incidents over the same period.
There has been a 350 per cent increase in the number of people killed in Ontario while not wearing a helmet -- nine this year versus two last year.
Meanwhile, alcohol has been a factor in 13 deaths in 2007, up 225 per cent from four last year.
"In reviewing reports of all-terrain vehicle fatal incidents, in a majority of cases the driver was going too fast, lost control and either hit something or the driver was thrown off the vehicle and it landed on him," said Chief Superintendent Bill GRODZINSKI, commander of the Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division.
"All-terrain vehicles can be very dangerous if not driven responsibly," he said. "Drinking and driving or not wearing a helmet increases an operator's chance of having a serious crash considerably."
In one incident, an all-terrain vehicle driver was going too fast on a private road and lost control on a curve. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was hit by a pickup truck.
In another, an inexperienced driver tried to jump a ditch but hit the edge of it instead and launched the vehicle 29 metres before it landed on the driver, who had been drinking.
"The increase in this type of fatality is totally preventable," GRODZINSKI said. "The Ontario Provincial Police will continue to maintain a zero tolerance approach to charging all-terrain vehicle operators who are caught drinking and driving or not wearing approved helmets."
Aside from fatalities, all-terrain vehicle injuries are also causing concern. A recent Canadian Institute for Health Information study concluded the number of hospitalizations related to all-terrain vehicle accidents increased 25 per cent from 1996-1997 to 2004-2005.
That means, on average, 19 people a day went to emergency departments in Ontario, a toll that has climbed dramatically in less than a decade.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-11-08 published
Woman, 91, dies in blaze
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Thurs., November 8, 2007
An elderly woman died following a fire at a Parkhill home yesterday.
Beatrice Marjorie WOOLVETT, 91, was pulled from the house by firefighters and rushed to Strathroy General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police said firefighters were called to the blaze at the John Street residence about 7: 42 a.m. Smoke was billowing from the home, where the woman was found lying on a floor.
The Ontario Fire Marshal's office is investigating. Police did not release the cause of death.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-11-21 published
Milverton driver killed in car crash in crash
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Wed., November 21, 2007
A 76-year-old woman was killed when the car she was driving went out of control and landed in a field north of Milverton.
Helen Marie BAIER of Milverton was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, said Perth County Ontario Provincial Police Const. Glen Childerley. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
The about 8 p.m. crash Monday closed Perth Road 131 for several hours while investigators tried to piece together events.
Police said BAIER's car was northbound when it left the road, went airborne and flipped into a field.
Police are checking the car for mechanical faults and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-11-23 published
Crashes abound on area's icy roads
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Fri., November 23, 2007
Police across the London region scrambled yesterday to keep up with reports of dozens of crashes as rain changed to ice, then snow.
Police and rescue workers were busy along Highway 401 where several collisions were reported.
In Lambton County, Ontario Provincial Police responded to at least nine collisions yesterday.
In Oxford County, an eight-year-old girl and two drivers were hurt in a head-on crash on Oxford Road 8 near Hubbard Road.
The driver of a pickup truck had pulled out to pass another vehicle when it collided with a van about 7: 40 a.m.
Only a small portion of the truck's windshield had been scraped of ice, said Oxford Community police Sgt. Marvin MASSECAR.
The two drivers and the girl were taken to Woodstock General Hospital. The child was later transported to London with internal injuries.
Elgin Ontario Provincial Police yesterday disclosed the identity of a Leamington man and woman killed when their sport utility vehicle crossed the median on Highway 401 west of Iona Road and collided with a transport truck about 7: 15 p.m. Wednesday.
Roger TOUPIN and Carole TOUPIN, both 31, were ejected from the vehicle.
Two men were injured in a collision Wednesday night on Wonderland Road at the Guy Lombardo Bridge. A vehicle heading south crossed the median and hit a northbound vehicle. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-10 published
Deadly triangle
A London teacher and one man are found dead in a car. Another man is shot in a parking lot.
By Joe BELANGER, Patrick MALONEY and Joe MATYAS, Sun Media, Mon., December 10, 2007
A London teacher is dead and a colleague recovering in hospital after a stunning parking lot ambush yesterday that preceded an apparent murder-suicide 300 kilometres away.
Angela SEDORE, 40, was found dead in her sport utility vehicle near Peterborough just hours after Ed DICKSON/DIXON -- a fellow teacher at Ashley Oaks elementary school -- was shot by SEDORE's boyfriend outside a south London plaza, family members say.
SEDORE's sister said she had been dating a man named Ray KING for two years.
The bodies of KING and SEDORE were found, apparently shot to death, in her sport utility vehicle south of Peterborough following a police chase.
"This guy obviously came for one thing and that was to kill all three of them," DICKSON/DIXON's father, Ken DICKSON/DIXON, said.
DICKSON/DIXON's father said it appears a phone call to his son's home from a colleague whom his son had just started dating may have set the tragic chain of events in motion early yesterday.
DICKSON/DIXON, 36, told his father SEDORE sounded distraught and wanted to meet him, so he decided to go see if everything was all right. He later described to his father a chilling scene.
Upon arriving at the parking lot outside the A and P store at Wellington and Commissioners roads about 1: 40 a.m., he approached the woman's vehicle when a man hopped out, armed with a gun.
The man fired, the bullet ripping through one side of DICKSON/DIXON's stomach and out the other, then through the window of his Jeep, he told his father.
"If he didn't turn (his body,) he'd be a dead man," Ken DICKSON/DIXON said after visiting his son in the hospital. "A gunshot wound to the stomach, you're a dead man."
Remarkably, Ed DICKSON/DIXON told his father he jotted down the licence plate number as the vehicle drove off.
Within an hour, SEDORE's apartment on the second floor of a quaint Hyman Street home was swarming with police officers whose dramatic arrival stunned neighbours.
Durham regional officers, east of Toronto, were on alert for SEDORE's sport utility vehicle in connection with the London shooting and would soon be following it.
About 4: 45 a.m. yesterday, the Ontario Provincial Police was asked to follow the sport utility vehicle as it travelled north on Highway 115, which runs from Highway 401 to Peterborough, SEDORE's home town.
The sport utility vehicle drove over a police spike belt and went into a ditch, about 10 kilometres south of Peterborough. SEDORE and a man found inside were dead of apparent gunshot wounds.
Police sources told Sun Media the dead man in the sport utility vehicle is Ray KING, 41.
A neighbour, who described SEDORE as a "wonderful" person, said the teacher had been dating a man named Ray.
Having dramatically changed his appearance -- dropping 30 pounds and getting a new haircut -- he was visiting her in London this weekend, the neighbour said.
Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police and city police were at SEDORE's apartment for much of yesterday, taking away a slew of items including her computer, a neighbour said.
SEDORE's birth mother, who only met her now-grown daughter three years ago, was stunned by yesterday's tragedy.
"There's no words to say how I feel," Johanna YATEMAN said when contacted at her Peterborough home. "I feel great, great loss."
The Special Investigations Unit, which probes any civilian death involving police, is investigating the case.
"This is a tragic circumstance and there's a lot to be done," the Special Investigations Unit's lead investigator, Allan EATON, said.
Ken DICKSON/DIXON, who travelled to London from Detroit during the weekend for a family Christmas party, said his son was conscious but struggling in the aftermath of his close call. "He's starting the goofy stuff -- 'I should have called the police (before going),' " he said.
Several teachers at Ashley Oaks, reached at their homes yesterday, declined comment.
A huge swath of the parking lot at the busy south-end plaza -- which houses several restaurants and a busy grocery store -- was taped off for hours as officers scoured around DICKSON/DIXON's green Jeep, a bullet hole clearly visible in its side window.
Shoppers coming in and out of the A and P were stunned by the scene.
"This city is getting bad," said one elderly woman. "You've got to have eyes in the back of your head."
DICKSON/DIXON's shooting happened fewer than 24 hours after the death of Anthony BRUN in an Old South home a few blocks away. A man [later identified as Gordon Tyler McCURDY] has been charged with second-degree murder in the 24-year-old's death.
What Happened
Late Saturday Night: Londoner Ed DICKSON/DIXON gets a distraught-sounding call from a fellow teacher at Ashley Oaks elementary school. He goes to meet her at the A and P store parking lot at Wellington and Commissioners roads, arriving about 1: 30 a.m. yesterday.
A man with a gun exits the woman's vehicle and fires a shot that rips through DICKSON/DIXON's stomach. The vehicle takes off. Wounded, DICKSON/DIXON jots down the licence plate and calls police.
Yesterday, 4: 45 a.m.: Durham Regional Police ask Peterborough Ontario Provincial Police to intercept an sport utility vehicle, wanted in a London investigation, along Highway 115, which extends north from the 401 toward Peterborough.
The sport utility vehicle runs over a police spike belt south of Hwy. 7A and ends up in a ditch, 10 km south of Peterborough.
Ontario Provincial Police find the bodies of a man and a woman Ray KING of Belleville and London teacher Angela SEDORE -- in the sport utility vehicle. They appear to have been shot to death. The sport utility vehicle is registered to SEDORE.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-11 published
Trucker dies hours after crash
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Tues., December 11, 2007
A Missouri trucker, apparently unhurt when his transport truck and another rig collided, died two hours later when he collapsed alongside Highway 402 and couldn't be revived.
Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police said a truck hauling glass was struck from behind by another transport truck hauling furniture at 2: 44 a.m. on Highway 402, near Longwoods Road at Delaware just west of London.
A passenger in the furniture truck, Christopher SCHULTETUS, 27, of Michigan, was asleep in the berth and taken to the London Health Sciences Centre with injuries that weren't life-threatening.
The driver of the furniture truck, Bradley SCHULTETUS, 26, of Michigan, wasn't hurt.
Police said the driver of the glass transport, Thomas HART, 52, of Missouri, was also apparently unhurt.
But HART collapsed on the side of the highway about two hours after the collision.
Ontario Provincial Police officers at the scene performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the man was taken by ambulance to London Health Sciences Centre where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was to be take place in London.
The Ontario Provincial Police's technical collision investigators were trying to determine what happened.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-23 published
Crash kills mother of four
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Sun., December 23, 2007
A 29-year-old mother of four children is dead and 54-year-old man has been charged for failing to remain at the scene after a hit-and-run crash west of London early yesterday.
Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police said a white Chevrolet Cavalier rear-ended a black Cavalier at 12: 30 a.m. on Chippewa Road, just north of Middlemiss Drive on Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.
Passenger Alisha ALBERT was killed when she was thrown from the black car as it rolled several times into a ditch. ALBERT leaves behind four children: Jasmine, 10, Jamal, 8, Jaydin, 6, and Keyanna, "She was the best mother in the world. Everything she did, she did for those kids," ALBERT's sister Starr, 18, said.
"The community is devastated and their hearts and prayers are going out to the family," said Chief Vaughan ALBERT, a second cousin to the victim.
The Ontario Provincial Police canine and emergency response team units working with Chippewas of the Thames First Nation officers searched the area for the suspect driver for several hours before calling off the search.
Late yesterday, Brian FRENCH of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, turned himself into police. He is charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm. FRENCH is scheduled to appear in court this morning for a bail hearing.
"It's the third child her mother (Shelley ALBERT) has lost in the last four years or so. I can't even imagine what she's feeling," Vaughan ALBERT said. "We're all devastated. It's a little hard to comprehend."
Two brothers of Alisha, Clinton and Joey, were killed in separate car crashes in 2004.
Starr said their mother is coping as best she can.
"Alisha was funny, always there to help," Starr said.
Two other passengers, a 19-year-old man and 17-year-old woman, were taken to London Health Sciences Centre's Victoria campus with non-life-threatening injuries. The 16-year-old female driver of the black Cavalier was not injured.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-27 published
IVEY also a very respected businessperson
Former London member of provincial parliament Dianne CUNNINGHAM says Beryl Ivey was 'a role model for many.'
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Thurs., December 27, 2007
Beryl IVEY, whose philanthropy touched the lives of countless, was also an astute London businessperson, her acumen admired by many.
Accolades continued to pour in yesterday for the London icon who died Christmas morning and will be buried in London tomorrow her birthday -- following a private family service.
A memorial service will be held January 11 at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London.
"Most of us know her as a business woman," said Dianne CUNNINGHAM, a former London member of provincial parliament, Ontario cabinet minister and now director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Richard IVEY School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
"We were all involved in raising money and there was always a business plan in place. She always asked the questions… She was a role model for many of us."
CUNNINGHAM, who has known Beryl and Dick IVEY for more than 30 years, was devastated by the news of IVEY's death three days before her 83rd birthday after suffering a heart attack on Sunday.
"She taught us to ask questions, be generous and to always say thank you," said CUNNINGHAM. " She was a great advisor for everybody, who would give you her best ideas. Has London ever known a family like this? No. I'm going to miss her very, very much."
Another London icon, Don SMITH, who founded Ellis-Don Ltd., Canada's second-largest construction company, said he lost a "close friend."
SMITH said Beryl IVEY, president of Beehive Investments Inc., sat on many boards, including corporations, but not just in an honorary capacity.
"Her judgement certainly was respected," said SMITH. " She brought to boards an intelligent, female point of view. She'll certainly be missed."
Through her company Beehive, IVEY contributed $1 million toward a $9-million partnership fund for London's National Centre for Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery.
Born Beryl NURSE in 1924 in Chatham to a Canadian army lieutenant-colonel, IVEY was a gifted high school athlete who received a full scholarship to Brescia College at University of Western Ontario in 1943.
It was at school that she met Dick, whom she married in 1949, becoming part of a wealthy family that co-founded the Empire Brass Manufacturing Co., now known as Emco.
It was Dick's father, Richard G. IVEY, who in 1947 incorporated the Ivey Foundation that became such a big part of the couple's lives.
Beryl IVEY is credited with the business-like approach to philanthropy the family adopted in the 1970s. She and Dick passed along control of the foundation to their four children in 1997.
Beryl and Dick IVEY moved to Toronto from London 18 months ago to be closer to their children. In June, Beryl was named to the Order of Canada.
She is survived by her husband, Richard, four children, nine grandchildren and a brother, Robert NURSE.
It's estimated the IVEYs donated about $150 million to philanthropy over several decades.
While much is known about the IVEYs volunteerism and philanthropy toward education, medicine and the arts, not so well known is their wide-ranging interest and support for the environment.
The World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Talbot Land Trust are but a few of the IVEY's benefactors.
Judith RODGER, former chair of the London Community Foundation, said Beryl and Dick IVEY "had a sense of the importance of protecting biodiversity.
"If you ever needed good, sensible advice, Beryl was a good person to turn to," said RODGER.
"She was very astute and cared deeply about the environment. And she had a real business sense."
John KIME, former chief executive of the London Economic Development Corp., said the IVEYs didn't give blindly.
"She put discipline into managing their philanthropy," he said.
"They supported things they felt were truly worthwhile. They did wonderful research and then backed those causes or projects strongly, with commitment. She was an extraordinary person in terms of her commitment to this community. It's a huge loss."
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations be made to Foundation Western at University of Western Ontario or the London Community Foundation. Online condolences may be posted at www.harrisfuneralhome.ca

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BELANGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-11 published
LAMIE, John Joseph (1932-2007)
John passed away July 9th, 2007 after a courageous 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Survived by his loving wife Gwen of almost 40 years, and his children Patricia (Dany BELANGER,) Cynthia (Dag REYNOLDS) and Thomas. He will be greatly missed especially by his grandchildren Max, Amanda, Simen and Jeremy. Predeceased by his father Thomas Joseph LAMIE, his mother Mary Ellen McNEIL, his sisters Josephine and Marie and his brothers Hughie and Leo. Survived by his brother Thomas (Buddy) LAMIE and his sister Sadie (Russell) McNEIL both of Cape Breton. John worked in the coalmines and on the railway tracks to pay his way through school. After graduating St. Xavier University he enjoyed many years as an electrical engineer at Montreal Engineering and at E&B Cowan. John retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of E&B Cowan. A special thank you to Joan Foster, Leslie Yee, Evelyn Lafontant and the staff at the centre local de services communautaires for their tremendous support. The family will receive condolences on Thursday June 12th from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on July 13th at 11 a.m. at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex. 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont, Quebec H2V 2P9 (514) 279 6540. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following would be appreciated. The Cancer Research Society 625 President-Kennedy Avenue, Suite 402, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3S5.

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BELANGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-03 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Charlotte Elizabeth (née WILLIAMSON)
(29 May 1916 - 29 October 2007)
Betty passed away after a short illness, in Whitehorse, Yukon surrounded by family. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Neale (President, Wilfrid Laurier Univ, 1978-82); brother, Ted and twin sister, Jean (1919). She is survived by her daughter, Anne (Frank TURNER;) son, Philip; devoted grand-daughters, Cindy-Anne BELANGER (Chris) and Wendy TAILOR/TAYLOR (Dave SHARP;) and four beautiful, much-loved great-granddaughters, Cheylsea, Kaitlynn, Tayler and Mackenzie. She will be remembered by special Friends, Pauline Scott, Barbara Cowan, Louise Jamieson, Helen Hughes and Françoise Scafield. Mum undertook her last great adventure in spring of 2007, moving from Toronto 'clear across the country' to the Yukon to be close to her daughter and granddaughters. Her 'Yukon family' were privileged to be able to share the last months of her life and to care for her in her final days. Mum graduated from Branksome Hall in 1936, where she was head Girl. She went on to complete a diploma in Teaching and Supervision at UofT School of Nursing (1941). A few years later, after working at Peterborough School of Nursing and Toronto General Hospital, she went into the Bachelor of Science program (Pre-Med) at McGill. She returned home to care for her ailing father, so never had the chance to complete her degree in internal medicine, but still managed to graduate with a B.Sc. in 1948. In 1949, Betty married Neale TAILOR/TAYLOR. Three years later, they adopted Anne and Philip. She went on to support Neale in his many academic endeavours, first at the University of Toronto, then through his many years at Wilfrid Laurier University. She also took great delight in decorating various homes over the years - she had a true flare for interior decoration. In her last months in the Yukon, she undertook her final such project, and even with failing eyesight could spot a slightly mis-aligned curtain or a picture off the mark by just a few millimetres. Betty always cherished the many Friends she made during her years in nursing, Friends from Waterloo and the Wilfrid Laurier community, as well as her connections to Branksome Hall. She also truly enjoyed life at the Claremont Residence, before her move to the Yukon, and felt especially thankful for the support and assistance of Peter Venton, Jim Tait and the Zinken and Lange families. During her brief illness, she was very impressed by the great care and compassion shown by staff at Whitehorse General Hospital. Heartfelt thanks to Eva, Tish, Catherine and Drs. Buchanan and Breitkreutz; extra special thanks to her Care Aid, Nicole Launay, and to Doctor Kanachowski. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the educational institution of your choice in her name. Memorial Service to be held at Whitehorse United Church, 6th November at 3 p.m. Graveside service at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, open to Friends, on 13 November 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. Reception to follow at Claremont Residence.

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BELBECK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-11 published
BELBECK, Betty Jean
In memory of my beloved wife Four years ago this very day My Betty Jean passed away, God saw how she was hurting so, She can't go on this way. He took her into his very palm And said "You come with me for I'll take care of you my dear throughout eternity." Loved always Charles and your family

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BELBIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-28 published
WOLFE, Harold Bernard
On Monday, August 27, 2007. Harold Bernard WOLFE, beloved husband of the late Shawna Warren WOLFE. Loving father and father-in-law of Georgea WOLFE and Peter Matti, Alison WOLFE and Kevin BELBIN, Judy WOLFE and Randall FRIEDMAN, and the late Stephen WOLFE. Devoted grandfather of Samantha, Sarah, Sam, and Sharlotte. Service to be held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin Street) on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 11 Plaisance Road, Unit #31. Donations may be made to the Harold Wolfe Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324 or at www.benjamins.ca

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BELCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-17 published
LOCKHART, Susie
Passed away peacefully on August 16, 2007 in the comfort of her loving family, her daughter Susan BELCHER and her son James LOCKHART and his wife Susana. Beloved wife of the late James LOCKHART. Beloved grandmother of Deanna LOCKHART (Philippines,) Allyson SARKIS (Australia,) and Benjamin BELCHER (Minneapolis.) Cherished great-grandmother of Shivaun, Jack, and Sean. Susie will be greatly missed by Marlene and her husband Gord. Family and Friends may call at Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (West of Victoria Park Ave.) Toronto (416-698-2861) on Monday August 20, 2007 for a memorial service to commemorate her life at 11 o'clock. Cremation.

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BELDING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-19 published
SIMR, Celestin " Cel" John (1930-2007)
Cel died peacefully on October 13, 2007 at Chinook Hospice. He was born in Prague, Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) on December 10, 1930. Cel attended various schools in Europe and he graduated from Hurstpierpoint College in England, McGill University, Montreal with B. Eng. mechanical and University of Toronto with M.B.A. He spent a few years with Westinghouse in Hamilton, Ontario, followed by a number of years with Shell Canada in Alberta. Ultimately he was a co-founder of Tri Ocean Engineering in Calgary from where he retired. Cel is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Dixie (Anne Dixon MOFFATT) and his children, son Peter Celestin (Patty née BELDING) and daughter Gayle Anne ROTHE (Klaus) and three grandchildren, Brittney Ann SIMR, Brodie Arno and Kayla Marie ROTHE. The family would like to thank Carla Holt and staff of Home Care for their loving care during this difficult time.
At Cel's specific request there shall not be a service and Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at the Willow Park Golf and Country Club, 639 Willow Park Drive S.E. on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. The family requests that no floral tributes be sent. If Friends so desire, contributions may be made directly to the Calgary Health Region, specifically home care - palliative, 10101 Southport Road S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2W 3N2, Attn: Finance Department. To email expressions of sympathy: ccl@hffs.com, subject heading: Cel SIMR.

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BELFORD o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-01-10 published
BELFORD, Marie (SHEAN)
Entered into rest in Centre Grey Hospital, Markdale on Sunday, December 31, 2006 in her 75th year. Marie (SHEAN) BELFORD was the beloved wife of the late David BELFORD. Dear mother of Gord (Betty-Lou), Dee-Anna (Steve) and David. Loving grandmother of Brad, Scott, Courtney and Jesse. A Memorial Service will be held at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk on Saturday, January 13 at 12 Noon. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Visitation on Saturday from 11 to 12 Noon.
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BELFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-25 published
Fighter pilot became college president and put education in his sights
Royal Canadian Air Force flyer returned from the Second World War determined to get a university degree. He found success in business and passed on his lust for knowledge to a generation of students
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S7
Mel GARLAND was a man who did well at everything he did, and he did an awful lot. A fighter pilot, a businessman and a civil servant, he was also a visionary who helped develop community colleges and trade schools in Ontario.
Mr. GARLAND was the second president of Durham College, a community college at Oshawa, east of Toronto, from 1980 to 1988.
It was a time when the community college system was vigorously expanding. Set up by the Ontario government in 1967, Durham was one of about 20 new tertiary-level schools. The object was to provide students with a practical education that would lead to good jobs, and to improve the province's standard of living. That is why Mr. GARLAND promoted two- and three-year applied engineering programs, and worked to get Durham College - the school closest to a large auto plant - to set up a robotics lab.
"He was a strong believer that a modern society needed knowledge workers above all else, and in particular, leaders in technology," said Gary POLONSKY who succeeded him as president of Durham College. "Mel expanded programs in engineering technology and trades."
As part of running Durham College, he worked at establishing the Skilled Trades Centre in nearby Ajax, Ontario A part of Durham College, it now has about 2,000 students learning to become everything from electricians and plumbers to millwrights and metal fabricators.
Mel GARLAND grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, where the family lived in the same house for 60 years. Both his parents were immigrants from Glasgow, and his father worked as a maintenance foreman at Thompson Products. As a boy, young Mel and his best friend, Pete BELFORD, liked to sneak onto the local tennis courts to play. The president of told them they could play for free if they performed odd jobs around the club. Eventually, the two of them played at the St. Catharines Tennis Club, where one year they won the doubles championship. Later, they went on to win the Niagara District championship.
Mr. GARLAND and Mr. BELFORD did a lot of things together, and remained Friends for life. As youngsters, they joined the Boy Scouts, and once shared first place in a competition. Mr. GARLAND eventually became a King's Scout, the top honour a Scout can earn. They once hitchhiked to Montreal and, when they were old enough, went to Hamilton together to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force and serve in the Second World War.
In 1942, Mr. GARLAND was selected for pilot training. At flight school, the same things that had made him a good tennis player - sharp eyesight and quick reflexes - singled him out as a fighter pilot. Just before he went overseas, he went to a tennis club dance and met a young woman named Marguerite ALLEN. They saw each other every night before he left.
He arrived in England in February of 1944, at the age of 21. At that stage in the war, fighter pilots had two main jobs: protecting bombers on their way to Germany, and preparing for the Allied invasion of France. Almost as soon as he arrived, 403 Squadron moved to Tangmere, a Royal Air Force station in West Sussex, to be closer to the English Channel.
By this point, Mr. GARLAND was a flying officer. He and the rest of the squadron were equipped with the latest version of the Spitfire fighter. Armed with cannons and machine guns, this version was a much more deadly weapon than the one that flew in the Battle of Britain. Flying low-level missions over France was also deadly for the pilots.
The squadron moved to an airfield at Dieppe, France, on June 16, just 10 days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Almost exactly a month later, Mr. GARLAND's plane was hit by flak while on a mission. At first he thought he could land the plane, but a fire broke out and he was forced to bail out. For a few seconds, he was trapped up in the cockpit and feared his parachute would not open but managed to alight in a field, convinced he was safe. To his surprise, he was soon surrounded by German soldiers.
He spent three weeks as a prisoner of war, though never in a camp. The Germans were in retreat and marched Mr. GARLAND and the other prisoners across France, sometimes covering as much as 40 kilometres a day. In the confusion of the retreat, Mr. GARLAND escaped. He slept in the barns of sympathetic French farmers and slowly made his way back to the Allied lines.
He soon found himself home in Canada, since the Royal Canadian Air Force never sent an escaped PoW back into service, fearing they would be shot if recaptured. But the war in Europe was soon over, and Mr. GARLAND resolved to make use of veterans scholarships and get an education. Before the war, he had finished high school but lacked the money to go to university. The scholarships allowed him to go to Queen's University in Kingston and he graduated in the class of 1948½ (to speed up their schooling and catch up with life, veterans were allowed fall graduation).
While at Queen's, he married Marguerite (with Mr. BELFORD as best man) and the couple set off for Boston. He been accepted to the Harvard Business School, even though he had already used up most of his credits under the veterans' scholarship scheme. To make ends meet, Marguerite found work and he got a night job at the Harvard Library.
After Harvard, they returned home. Mr. GARLAND started work at General Electric Canada. He later worked at General Bakeries and Ford Canada, during the period when the auto maker was building its assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario
Even then, he was concerned about Ontario's ability to compete in the world. In 1967, he became chairman of the education committee of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the same year the community college system was founded.
In 1974, Mr. GARLAND joined the Ontario government as executive director of industry and then executive director of trade. It was the beginning of two decades of devotion to fine-tuning Ontario's industrial infrastructure. He carried on with the same mission at Durham College.
"The lack of skilled people to fill the manpower needs of industry is a real problem," he said in 1980, the year he was appointed president. "It's in the schools that we can turn attitudes around to make these skilled jobs desirable careers."
Under his leadership, the school began expanding its industrial facilities.
"He focused on bringing the latest technology to the classroom and constructing a new state-of-the-art robotics lab, the precursor to our Integrated Manufacturing Centre on campus today," said Leah MYERS, president of Durham College. "Mel was known as an entrepreneurial and consummate professional who set high standards for himself and those around him."
Although he was a man with many careers, his neighbours in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke remember him as a strong family man who was devoted to his six children. Neighbour and close friend Ron Quick said his biggest success was raising his brood and a marriage that lasted 60 years.
His oldest daughter, Linda, said he had an easy manner with both his own children and others on the block. "Much can be said for my father's many achievements, but he was the kind of dad who says after dinner, 'Let's play some ball,' " she said. "We would troop out to the side of the yard for a pickup game of baseball and, within minutes, kids from up and down the street would be joining us. Dad would be the only adult out there."
The flags at Durham College flew at half-mast the week Mr. GARLAND died. His friend Mr. BELFORD, who never left Port Dalhousie, attended the funeral.
Melvin Lloyd GARLAND was born in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, on October 19, 1922. He died on September 3, 2007, in Ancaster, Ontario, of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite. He also leaves daughters Linda, Jane, Jennifer and Pat, and sons David and Greig.

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BELFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-03 published
BELFORD, John Alexander " Jack"
Died in Oakville at Churchill Place on October 26, 2007, in his 90th year. He was born on January 16, 1918. He personally drew up this notice in order to express gratitude, especially for happiness and fulfillment in a wondrous marriage to Jeanne. Their deep, loving relationship constant for 64 years, gave them enduring joy; despite the world as it is, such marriage and their family opened up to them a meaning of life.
He is survived by his wife, whom he adored and to whom he owed so much and by the family they cherished: daughter Glen and her husband Bill HARLEY; son John and his wife Audrey; grand_son Ian THORNLEY and his wife Helena; grand_son Andrew THORNLEY and his wife Kadek; grandchildren Kristine and Steven BELFORD; and great-grandchildren Sam, Charlotte and Anna THORNLEY.
He was grateful too, for enriching fellowships at school and university and in the army, in industry, and in social relations at home and abroad. Given his age at the end, in the natural order of things, most Friends predeceased him.
Jack asked that there should be no secular or religious service. His favoured charities were Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and his Alma Mater, McGill University.

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BELFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-14 published
BELFORD, Alice Grace (née HASTED)
Passed away peacefully at Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, on Sunday, November 11th, 2007, at the age of 94. Grace BELFORD, beloved wife of the late Joseph F. BELFORD. Dear mother of Joan BELFORD (Peter WHITE/WHYTE) of Toronto and Richard of Saskatoon. Fondly remembered by step-grandchildren Darren WHITE/WHYTE (Katherine) of Kingston, and Laura (WHITE/WHYTE) NEWSOME (Don) of Roanoke, Virginia. Predeceased by her brother Syd HASTED. Born in Toronto in 1913, Grace attended George Syme Public School and Runnymede Collegiate. After she married Joe in 1939, they moved to the country where Joe took over the Tottenham Creamery. Both Joe and Grace became Tottenham stalwarts as members of Christ Church (Anglican), the bridge club, the lawn bowling club, and supporters of every community undertaking. After recovering from Joe's unexpected death in 1982, Grace went on to enjoy travelling the world, and involvement in the horticultural society, the library, and the Tottenham food bank. Four years ago, she entered a new life chapter first at Simcoe Village, and later at Simcoe Manor. Visitation at the Rod Abrams Funeral Home #1666 Tottenham Rd., Tottenham (905) 936-3477 on Thursday November 15th, from 6-9 p.m. Memorial Service to be held Friday, November 16th at Christ Church (Anglican) Tottenham at 11: 00 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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BELFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
AITKEN, Robert " Bob"
Died on Friday, December 7, 2007 at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, aged 89. Loving husband of the late Peggy AITKEN. Beloved father of Nick (Sandy), Jim (Susan) and Steve. Cherished friend Kaye HONE. Grandfather to Dan AITKEN, Sara (Dan) BELFORD and Michael AITKEN.
A memorial service to Celebrate Bob's life will held at Walton Memorial United Church, 2489 Lakeshore Road W., Oakville (just west of Bronte) on Monday, December 10th at 7: 00 p.m. Donations to the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital as expressions of sympathy would be appreciated.

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