BERTHELSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-23 published
McDONALD, Capt. Kenneth John, GP., OBE, DFC
Royal Air Force (Ret'd)
On August 20th following a brief illness at North York General Hospital, aged 93 predeceased by his beloved wife Ruth (2002). Lovingly remembered by sons Peter (Keith, Toronto) and John (Susan, Calgary,) and daughter Martha SIMMONS (Gordon, Port Hope;) by grand_sons Eric MANN, Duncan McDONALD (Julie, Calgary), Steve SIMMONS (Kristen, Ottawa), Scott SIMMONS (Amy, Whitby): granddaughter Sarah BERTHELSEN (Peter, Edmonton;) great-granddaughters Kristin, Lindsey and Erin Berthelsen (Edmonton), and great-grand_sons Emmett and Stirling McDONALD (Calgary,) great-grand_sons Carter and Jacob SIMMONS (Whitby,) and great-grand_sons Everett, and Quinn and great-granddaughter Avery SIMMONS (Ottawa.) Grateful thanks to the caring nursing staff of 3 West at North York General. Born in Bristol, England, Ken was commissioned as a pilot in the Royal Air Force in 1936. His service included wartime flying in Bomber Command, two tours of duty in Canada, and one as commander of the Royal Air Force's main base in the Far East. Retiring in 1957 to settle in Canada, he worked as a Senior Sales Executive for Canadair Ltd. in Montreal until 1969 when he retired again to write full time. For years Ken was a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail's Report on Business, The Toronto Star and Executive magazine. He edited the National Citizens Coalition's newsletters from their inception in 1976 until 1987 and authored several best selling books on Canada's political economy as well as his autobiography, A Wind on the Heath. He was a very active member of the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force Associations and the Fort York Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, and was the Honorary President of the Aircrew Association's Toronto Branch. A memorial service will be held at Forest Grove United Church, 43 Forest Grove Drive, North York, on Friday, August 24, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to The Air Cadet League of Canada, 4900 Yonge Street, Suite 600, North York, Ontario, M2N 6B7.

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BERTHELSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-24 published
McDONALD, Gp. Capt. Kenneth John, OBE, DFC
Royal Air Force (Ret'd)
On August 20th following a brief illness at North York General Hospital, aged 93 predeceased by his beloved wife Ruth (2002). Lovingly remembered by sons Peter (Keith, Toronto) and John (Susan, Calgary,) and daughter Martha SIMMONS (Gordon, Port Hope;) by grand_sons Eric MANN, Duncan McDONALD (Julie, Calgary), Steve SIMMONS (Kristen, Ottawa), Scott SIMMONS (Amy, Whitby): granddaughter Sarah BERTHELSEN (Peter, Edmonton;) great-granddaughters Kristin, Lindsey and Erin BERTHELSEN (Edmonton,) and great-grand_sons Emmett and Stirling McDONALD (Calgary,) great-grand_sons Carter and Jacob SIMMONS (Whitby,) and great-grand_sons Everett, and Quinn and great-granddaughter Avery SIMMONS (Ottawa.) Grateful thanks to the caring nursing staff of 3 West at North York General. Born in Bristol, England, Ken was commissioned as a pilot in the Royal Air Force in 1936. His service included wartime flying in Bomber Command, two tours of duty in Canada, and one as commander of the Royal Air Force's main base in the Far East. Retiring in 1957 to settle in Canada, he worked as a Senior Sales Executive for Canadair Ltd. in Montreal until 1969 when he retired again to write full time. For years Ken was a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail's Report on Business, The Toronto Star and Executive magazine. He edited the National Citizens Coalition's newsletters from their inception in 1976 until 1987 and authored several best selling books on Canada's political economy as well as his autobiography, A Wind on the Heath. He was a very active member of the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force Associations and the Fort York Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, and was the Honorary President of the Aircrew Association's Toronto Branch. A memorial service will be held at Forest Grove United Church, 43 Forest Grove Drive, North York, on Friday, August 24, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to The Air Cadet League of Canada, 4900 Yonge Street, Suite 600, North York, Ontario, M2N 6B7.

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BERTHIAUME o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-26 published
DUCHARME, Claude (1923-2007)
It is with great sadness that the family of Claude DUCHARME announces his passing on June 24, 2007 in Montréal. He will be missed by his devoted wife Marie (née BEAUREGARD,) his three children, Bertrand (Louise), Paule, and Bruno (Laurie), his five beloved grand-children, Alexandre, Maxime, Marie Catherine, Edouard, and Anne Gabrielle, his sister, Renée BERTHIAUME, his sisters-in-law, Andrée VÉZINA and Elise MERCIER, his brother-in-law Roméo VÉZINA, his nephews and nieces and numerous other relatives and Friends. A loving husband and father, an affectionate grandfather, and a caring friend, his drive, energy, wisdom and inquisitiveness were an inspiration to those around him. Claude DUCHARME founded the law firm of Desjardins Ducharme and practiced corporate law for some 40 years. He provided advice and guidance to numerous clients who will remember him for his intellect, integrity and dedication. He served on numerous boards at various points in his life, including those of The National Bank of Canada, Rogers Communications, UAP, Sodarcan, The National Reassurance Company of Canada, La Sauvegarde, The Montréal Chamber of Commerce, la Fondation de l'Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, la Fondation du théatre du Nouveau Monde, and The Mount-Bruno Country Club. The family will host Friends and relatives on Thursday, June 28th from 2: 00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. until 9: 00 p.m. at the Centre funéraire Côte-des-Neiges, at 4525, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges in Montreal. A funeral service will take place at l'Eglise Saint-Germain, situated at the corner of chemin de la Côte Sainte-Catherine and rue Vincent d'Indy, at 11: 30 a.m. on Friday, June 29th. Donations to la Fondation de l'Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (www.ircm.qc.ca) would be greatly appreciated.

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BERTI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-10 published
BRENNAN, Elda (née BERTI)
After a lengthy illness with breast cancer, Elda passed away at the age of 49, on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at the Sunnybrook Health and Sciences Centre. Elda, beloved wife of John. Loving Mom of Christina and Robert. Dear sister of Inez ACERBI (Tosello,) Sandra BERTI, Marisa SANGUIGNI (Gianfranco,) and Catherine GUERREIRO (Jack.) Sorely missed by her father-in-law Harold BRENNAN, brother-in-law Donald BRENNAN (Mary Jane,) and sister-in-law CaroleAnne BRENNAN. Elda is fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families, as well as by her many close Friends and professional colleagues. Special thanks to Doctor Ellen WARNER and the Oncology staff at Sunnybrook. A graduate BBA of York University, Elda was Vice President of Market Probe Canada and previously Butler Research. She was also very active with many charitable causes, including Palliative Support Counselling. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Clement Church (409 Markland Dr., Etobicoke) on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 11 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the Dorothy Ley Hospice.

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BERTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-06 published
Bruce SMITH, Broadcaster (1919-2006)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio pioneer who was heard on Toronto airwaves for more than 30 years made his mark in 1947 on the milestone morning show, Toast and Jamboree
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
Toronto -- Bruce SMITH was a morning man who for many years was the autocratic ruler of his own radio program on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. He chose his own music, and preferred popular tunes of the day rather than the marshal music favoured by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation brass at the time, and even banned certain advertisements, back in the days when Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio ran commercials.
"I ran it lock stock and barrel," Mr. SMITH boasted to Blake KIRBY of The Globe and Mail in 1971. "I selected all the music, wrote and read many of the commercials and allowed what sponsors I wanted, which didn't include beer and cigarettes. That was quite an authority. I just assumed it and nobody objected."
His freedom didn't last forever. Producers gradually wrested control from Mr. SMITH, though his strong personality and success in the ratings meant he had more power than most of them put together.
Mr. SMITH also had a kind of whimsy that is almost unheard of today, but was then common among such fellow broadcasters as Allan McFee and Max Ferguson. For good measure, Mr. SMITH invented a character called Brewster the Rooster, who was introduced to listeners by barnyard sound effects that were followed by a rant done in Brewster's special voice. "Brewster the Rooster was my alter ego," Mr. SMITH once told a reporter. "He became a character through which I could make socially valid points."
Brewster the Rooster proved to be popular with the audience. One day, they lost the tape of Brewster's trademark cock-a-doodle-do and Mr. SMITH reported Brewster had broken his leg skiing and was recuperating at Sunnybrook Hospital. The news of the fictional bird's accident attracted many phone calls and get well cards from listeners.
For many years, Mr. SMITH battled for ratings supremacy with Wally CROUTER of CFRB radio. At the time, the morning radio dial was crowded with the likes of Pierre BERTON, and Charles TEMPLETON on CKEY.
Bruce SMITH grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where his father was a foreman at the local steel plant. He was a brilliant student and served as president of the student council. When he was 15, he decided he would like to work at CJIC, the local radio station. It had just opened and he marched in and announced he was the man to read newscasts. They gave him a job doing it on weekends.
The following year, young Bruce graduated from high school, but for the time he remained stuck at home. His mother thought he was too young to go to university and made him take a second year of Grade 13. He wrote and passed exams in every subject offered, except Spanish.
While in high school, he was chosen as one of the Canadians to represent the country at the coronation of George VI in 1937. He travelled to London and attended the ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
Shortly after his return home, he was finally allowed to go to the University of Toronto. He graduated in law, which was an undergraduate degree at the time, and served as assistant sports editor of The Varsity, the school paper. During that time, he also wrote a column on college sports for The Globe and Mail. He was in the officer's training plan and joined the army in 1941. He trained in Canada with the signals corps, went to England and landed in France soon after D-Day.
His unit, the South Saskatchewan Regiment, fought in France, Holland and Germany. After the war, he stayed on as a broadcaster to work for the army's radio station and to transmit on British Broadcasting Corporation wavelengths. He didn't leave England until late 1946, long after most Canadians had gone home.
By then, most of his fellow law graduates were well along in their careers, so he decided to take a teacher's certificate. He taught for three months at Danforth Technical School in Toronto before taking his first permanent job in radio at CHUM. One of his fellow announcers was Monty Hall, who went on to be the host of the long-running U.S. television game show, Let's Make a Deal. Mr. SMITH worked at CHUM for a little more than a year before joining the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. At first, he did mundane jobs, such as being the booth announcer, reading out such things as the call letters, station breaks and shorter newscasts.
He got a break when it turned out the morning man had trouble getting up on time. On July 19, 1948, Bruce SMITH became the new morning man and quickly made the program his own. "I even picked a Toronto hit parade to play every Friday. There was really no hit parade in 1950."
Bruce SMITH's morning show was known as Toast and Jamboree, and no other Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio program in Toronto had more listeners. It even outperformed such U. S imports broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as Don McNeil's Breakfast Club, which ran at 9 a.m., and Ma Perkins, a popular daily soap opera.
Toast and Jamboree made him a household name in Southern Ontario. Despite that, he remained a modest man and was never a prima donna. People who worked with him recall him as being as friendly in person as he was on the air.
"I was a starry-eyed kid and didn't know what Bruce looked like, though I knew his voice," recalled traffic reporter, Jim CURRAN, of his first day at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "When he said 'Welcome, Jim,' his voice had the same warmth as it did on the radio."
After 23 years doing the morning program, Bruce SMITH was edged out in favour of a younger man, Alex TREBEK, who went on to become the host of Jeopardy, another U.S. game show. In news reports at the time, Mr. SMITH put on a brave face and said how getting up that early wasn't natural, but his colleagues believe he would much rather have kept working the morning shift.
After that, he worked on an afternoon program called The Bruce Smith Show. One of his habits before going to work was to head down to the harbour and check out which ships were in. Later, he became president of the Toronto Marine Historical Society.
Mary McFAYDEN was a producer of his afternoon program for two years. She recalled that on September 2, 1977, they were broadcasting live from the Canadian National Exhibition when a plane practising for the air show suddenly crashed into Lake Ontario. It was a Second World War Fairey Firefly and the pilot was killed. Until that moment, the program offered interviews, live music and other light fare, and then the veteran Mr. SMITH swung into action.
"He showed all his skills as a broadcaster, switching from covering a fair to covering a plane crash. We didn't know much, but he was able to cover it and change the tone without missing a beat," recalled Ms. McFAYDEN.
In 1978, Mr. SMITH decided to retire before someone at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation decided he needed a push. "He didn't want someone coming and telling him it was time to go," said his son, Kim. "He left at the top."
Bruce SMITH was not yet 60 when he left broadcasting. He never went back to it -- even part-time. Instead, he developed a number of sidelines during 28 years of retirement. He became part owner of a curling club, which he ran as well as competing there, and followed his interest in shipping by taking trips as a passenger on lakers that plied the Great Lakes.
He and his wife, Beth, travelled frequently until she became ill. For 10 years, he devoted himself to taking care of her.
Bruce Arnold SMITH was born on August 22, 1919. He died on December 26, 2006, in Hamilton, Ontario He was 87. Mr. SMITH suffered from a rare type of blood cancer and had been ill for only a few weeks. He is survived by his four children, Kim, Cam, Kirk and Ann Elise. His wife, Beth, died in 1999.

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BERTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
McWILLIAMS, David Ireland, Q.C., LLB, B.Sc. (Mil.,) Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd)
In London, Ontario, on October 9, 2007 at Longworth Long Term Care in his 85th year. Predeceased earlier this year by his beloved wife Beverly Jane (née BROUGH.) Will be sadly missed by his children, Melanie of Windsor, Wendy (Scott McNIE) and Sheila (Michel VALLEE,) both of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Holly (Paul BERTON) of London, Ontario, and David of Hoboken, New Jersey, and grandchildren: Nicholas, Stephen and Alexandra VALLEE, Harris and Heidi BERTON, and Liam and Robin McNIE. Also survived by his brother Peter of Oakville, Ontario. Born in Toronto 1922, David attended Upper Canada College, then Royal Military College (#2721) and finally Osgoode Hall. He met Beverly while articling in Windsor, and there they made their home. For 47 years, he practised law and committed himself to his adopted community, chairing and/or sitting on boards of numerous local organizations, including Essex County's Children's Aid Society, Essex Law Association and Ontario Legal Aid Plan, the District Health Council and Essex County Hospital Planning Council. He was a former chair and founding member of St Clair College, Canterbury College (U. of Windsor), and the Greater Windsor Community Foundation. David's war service took him to the U.S.A., the North Pacific, Britain, Italy, and Northwest Europe with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC), Canadian Armoured Corps, The First Special Service Force, (2nd Canadian Parachute Battalion), First Infantry Brigade, and mustering out as captain and company commander with the Royal Canadian Regiment. Postwar service was with the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment, where he was appointed Honourary Lieutenant Colonel in 1998. Funeral service in Windsor at Saint Mary's Anglican Church (Walkerville) on 15 October 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. followed by interment of his ashes along with those of his beloved Beverly. No flowers at his express request. In lieu, donations may be made to the Canterbury College (U. of Windsor) Community or to the David and Beverly McWilliams Endowment Fund for Saint Mary's Church (Walkerville).

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BERTRAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-12 published
DONOVAN, Richard Bertram, C.S.B.
Died at Scarborough General Hospital July 11, 2007. Richard was born on March 26, 1923 in Rochester, New York, the son of Raymond and Lillian (BERTRAM) DONOVAN. He entered Aquinas Institute, Rochester, New York the year the Basilian Fathers took charge of the school in September 1937. Upon graduating from high school, Richard entered St. Basil's Novitiate in Toronto and made his profession of vows August 15, 1942. Father Donovan then pursued his B.A. degree at Saint Michael's College, Toronto followed by four years of theological studies. He was ordained to the priesthood by James Cardinal McGUIGAN, Archbishop of Toronto, in 1950 and that same year completed an M.A. degree in French at the University of Toronto. Graduate studies followed at Yale University culminating in a Ph.D. degree in French Language and Literature. While at Yale he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study and research in France and Spain. In 1956 Father Donovan was appointed to the University of Saint Michael's College, Toronto, where he taught French for thirty years. He was department head from 1962 to 1975 and Registrar from 1977 to 1989. During that time also, like his confreres at the College, he helped with parish ministry on weekends and offered Mass frequently during the week at Loretto College and Saint_Joseph's College. From 1990 to 2001 Fr. Donovan assisted in the work of the Saint Michael's College Alumni Office, serving as Records Officer. From 1988 to 1994 he had the pleasure of serving as superior during the summers at Strawberry Island, a summer retreat for the Basilians in beautiful Lake Simcoe. He managed to do a bit of fishing there, which was to provide tasty fish for the hungry crowds on the Island. Many of his students and professors have kept in touch with him after his retirement from teaching. He was admired as a devoted teacher and scholar, who inspired his students with a love for languages. Father Donovan celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on June 25 in the Jubilee year 2000 at the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre chapel with six fellow jubilarians. He retired to Anglin House, Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre in 2006. Father Donovan is survived by two brothers James and William, and several nieces and nephews. There will be a Vigil Service on Friday, July 13 at the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre chapel, 95 Saint_Joseph Street, Toronto, at 7: 30 pm., with viewing from 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the same chapel on Saturday, July l4, at 10: 00 a.m. Burial will be in the Basilian plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Basilian Fathers Retirement Fund, 95 Saint_Joseph Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3C2.

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BERTRAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-05 published
BERTRAM, F. Elizabeth " Beth"
Peacefully at the Garry Armstrong Home on Sunday, December 2, 2007 in her 96th year. Beloved aunt of Carleen BAILY, Tymera COEN and Robin Coen SASSO (Raymond) and great-aunt of Alec and Jacob BAILY and Elizabeth and Abigail SASSO. Predeceased by her sister Virginia COEN and brother-in-law Oscar COEN. With the National Film Board from 1941 to 1961 she was their first Director of Personnel and the first woman Director of Personnel in the federal public service. Subsequently she held several senior positions in federal central agencies before moving to the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission as their Director of Personnel. She retired from the federal public service in 1971, thereafter spending eight years as an independent consultant on position classification matters in Canada and abroad, particularly in Jamaica where she spent two to three years as a part-time advisor to the Government of Jamaica. A Memorial Service will be held at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in the family plot, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. The family wishes to extend their warm appreciation to the staff of The Edinburgh and the Garry Armstrong for their unfailing care and to William Fleury and Beverly Mathesius for their kind care and support. Donations may be made to Amnesty International, 312 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 1H9. Condolences/Donations at: www.mcgarryfamily.ca or 613-233-1143.

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BERTRAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-10 published
ELLIS, William
It is with a heavy heart we announce Bill's passing on December 7, 2007, peacefully at York Central Hospital, with his family at his side, following a long struggle with Parkinson's. Bill is survived by his wife, Ann, his sister Peggy, and his three children, Mary Ann BERTRAM (Geoff), Bill (Martha), and Cathy McCORD (Rick). Bill will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Geoffrey, Katie, Jennifer, Lang, Liam, Graham, Julie and Cameron, in whom he took such a special interest. Bill's life was dedicated to his family who meant so much to him. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the caring staff of the fifth floor at Extendicare, York Central Hospital. in lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to Parkinson Society Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, Ontario M2P 2A9 (www.parkinson.ca). A celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Richmond Hill United Church on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 1: 30 p.m. Visitation will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home 10366 Yonge Street (4th traffic light north of Major MacKenzie Dr.), in Richmond Hill on Monday, December 10, 2007 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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BERTRAND o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-12 published
ARPIN, John Francis Oscar
Died peacefully on November 8, 2007 at the age of 70, with his loving wife and family at his side. John was born in Port McNicoll, Ontario on December 3, 1936. He was an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger and performed in a variety of settings including upscale clubs and concert halls both as a soloist or with symphonies. He also produced and wrote music for several television series, including TVO's Polka Dot Door. John brought joy to many through his gift of music, his passion for and engagement in life and through his charm and wit. He will be forever missed by his wife, Mary Jane Esplen and his children - son, Bob and his wife Lynne; daughter Jennifer and her husband Steve SCHAEFER and daughter Nadine and her husband Majid MOHAMMADI, all of Toronto. John also leaves 4 grandchildren - grand_sons Alexander and Kurt and granddaughters Nicole and Brianna. John is also survived by his brother, Leo of Midland, Ontario. John was predeceased by his mother, Marie Emelda BERTRAND and father, Elie Regis ARPIN. John and his family greatly appreciate the excellent care provided by the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, and treatments at Princess Margaret and Mount Sinai Hospitals, as well as services organized by Toronto's Community Care Access Centre (e.g. St. Elizabeth's Nurses). The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), 1-800-616-3311, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16. A Prayer Service will be held on Friday evening at 7: 30 in the chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Saint Michael's Cathedral, 65 Bond Street, Toronto on Saturday, November 17 at 10: 00 a.m. If desired, donations in John's memory may be made to the Saint Michael's Choir School, 67 Bond Street, Toronto M5B 1X5, 416-393-5518, The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, 269 Jarvis Street, Unit 7, Toronto M5B 2C5, www.capo.ca. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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BERTRAND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-07 published
VILA, Madeleine (née BERTRAND)

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BERTRAND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-12 published
ARPIN, John Francis Oscar
Died peacefully on November 8, 2007 at the age of 70, with his loving wife and family at his side. John was born in Port McNicoll, Ontario on December 3, 1936. He was an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger and performed in a variety of settings including upscale clubs and concert halls both as a soloist or with symphonies. He also produced and wrote music for several television series, including TVO's Polka Dot Door. John brought joy to many through his gift of music, his passion for and engagement in life and through his charm and wit. He will be forever missed by his wife, Mary Jane ESPLEN and his children - son, Bob and his wife Lynne; daughter Jennifer and her husband Steve SCHAEFER and daughter Nadine and her husband Majid MOHAMMADI, all of Toronto. John also leaves 4 grandchildren - grand_sons Alexander and Kurt and granddaughters Nicole and Brianna. John is also survived by his brother, Leo of Midland, Ontario. John was predeceased by his mother, Marie Emelda BERTRAND and father, Elie Regis ARPIN. John and his family greatly appreciate the excellent care provided by the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, and treatments at Princess Margaret and Mount Sinai Hospitals, as well as services organized by Toronto's Community Care Access Centre (e.g. St. Elizabeth's Nurses). The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East) from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16. A Prayer Service will be held on Friday evening at 7: 30 in the chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Saint Michael's Cathedral, 65 Bond Street on Saturday, November 17 at 10: 00 a.m. If desired, donations in John's memory may be made to the Saint Michael's Choir School, 67 Bond Street, Toronto M5B 1X5, 416-393-5518, The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, 269 Jarvis Street, Unit 7, Toronto M5B 2C5, www.capo.ca. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through. www.humphreymiles.com

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BERTUCCI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-12 published
Brian COTTERILL: 55
Drummer Sang Lead On Hit Single 'Gypsy'
By Staff, Page S8
Uxbridge, Ontario -- Brian COTTERILL, vocalist and drummer for the top-40 pop group Abraham's Children, died of cancer yesterday. He was 55.
The band, which included Jimi BERTUCCI, Bob McPHERSON and Ron BARTLEY, was formed in 1968 and played under a series of names including Captain Midnight's Dirty Feet before settling on Abraham's Children. In 1971, the band was part of a legendary concert on Toronto's Centre Island and released Hot Love, it's first hit. Later, it enjoyed success with such songs as Goodbye Farewell, Goddess of Nature and Thank You. Their biggest hit, Gypsy, was a single for which Mr. COTTERILL sang lead vocals.
The group disbanded in 1976 but reunited three years ago for a series of reunion concerts at venues across Southern Ontario. More recently, Mr. COTTERILL formed a new band called Trypp and recorded two CDs with fellow musicians Paul CORMIER, Richard JOUDREY and a performer known as "Screamin' E."

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BERUBE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-01 published
CONDO, Isaac Joseph
Of Saint Thomas and formerly of Point Edward, Hornepayne, Capreol, Foleyet, Peterbell and Restigouche, on Sunday, December 31, 2006, at his late residence, in his 62nd year. Beloved husband of Fay CONDO and loved father of Evelyn and her husband Gilles BERUBE of North Bay and the late Bradley and Jason CONDO. Loved grandfather of Bradley BERUBE. Dear brother of John, Ray, Hunts and Cecil. Predeceased by 3 brothers Edward, Percy and Ralph. Lovingly remembered by brothers and sisters-in-law Herman (Vi), Gordon (Ruth), Flora, Marlene, Evelina (Ken), Leslie and by several nieces and nephews. Isaac was born in Restigouche on November 20, 1945, the son of the late Noël CONDO, Jane CONDO and Mary WILMOT. He has lived the past 8 years in Saint Thomas. Isaac was a Justice of the Peace and a retired C.N.R. supervisor. He had been a volunteer Fire fighter and former member of the Knights of Columbus. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas for visitation on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. followed by a service at 9: 00 p.m. Then to the Jackson Bernard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury for visitation on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment Foleyet Catholic Cemetery. Isaac will be greatly missed by his McLaughlin family and his extended CONDO family all over. "His Friends will miss his smile and his ready wit."

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BERUBE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-02 published
CONDO, Isaac Joseph
Of Saint Thomas and formerly of Point Edward, Hornepayne, Capreol, Foleyet, Peterbell and Restigouche, on Sunday, December 31, 2006, at his late residence, in his 62nd year. Beloved husband of Fay CONDO and loved father of Evelyn and her husband Gilles BERUBE of North Bay and the late Bradley and Jason CONDO. Loved grandfather of Bradley BERUBE. Dear brother of John, Ray, Hunts and Cecil. Predeceased by 3 brothers Edward, Percy and Ralph. Lovingly remembered by brothers and sisters-in-law Herman (Vi), Gordon (Ruth), Flora, Marlene, Evelina (Ken), Leslie and by several nieces and nephews. Isaac was born in Restigouche on November 20, 1945, the son of the late Noël CONDO, Jane CONDO and Mary WILMOT. He has lived the past 8 years in Saint Thomas. Isaac was a Justice of the Peace and a retired C.N.R. supervisor. He had been a volunteer Fire fighter and former member of the Knights of Columbus. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas for visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. followed by a service at 9: 00 p.m. Then to the Jackson Bernard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury for visitation on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment Foleyet Catholic Cemetery. Isaac will be greatly missed by his McLaughlin family and his extended CONDO family all over. "His Friends will miss his smile and his ready wit."

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BERWICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-11 published
MOSHER, Gerald Alfred " Jerry"
At Four Counties Health Services, Newbury on Wednesday, January 10th, 2007. Gerald Alfred "Jerry" MOSHER of New Glasgow in his 61st year. Lovingly remembered by his wife Mary (PRITCHARD) and his daughter Laurie MOSHER of London and sons Chris and his wife Reneé of West Lorne and Jeremy and his wife Tara of New Glasgow. Dear grandfather of Nikko, Logan, Nolan, Tyler and Joshua. Jerry is survived by his brother Frank and his wife Maggie of London and his sisters Eileen WALDEN and her husband Austin of Stoney Creek and Cathy ALLAIRE and her husband Jean-Pierre of Windsor, Quebec. Also survived by several nieces and 1 nephew. Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel on Friday, January 12th, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted on Saturday at 1: 00 p.m. Rev. A. BERWICK officiating. Interment Rodney Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to Four Counties Hospital Foundation or the Brain Tumour Foundation would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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BERZINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-24 published
MASH, Anthony " Tony"
Born March 15 1925. After a long illness Tony MASH passed away on December 22nd 2007 at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife Olive, his daughter Gail GREEN (John,) son Gary MASH, step-daughter Karen BANTOFT, step-son Scott CUMMINGS and step-daughter Judith HEFFERNAN (Michael.) Grandfather of Ken and Mark BANTOFT, Angela AHRENS, Mike GREEN and Claire HEFFERNAN. Great-grandfather of Cheynne and Preston. He is also survived by his brother Denis MASH and his sister Marion BERZINS (John) and their families in England. He is predeceased by his brother Roly MASH and is survived by Roly's family in South Africa. Tony was born in England and fought in the Second World War in the British Navy before coming to Canada and working at Ontario Hydro for 35 years (Ret. 1983). He enjoyed many years boating and collecting model trains. Family will receive visitors in the Ward Funeral Home 109 Reynold Street, Oakville (905-844-3221) on Thursday December 27, 2007 from 1 p.m. until Service in Chapel at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital would be appreciated after the warmth and care that Tony received from the nursing staff and doctors. Condolences may be sent to tony.mash@wardfh.com

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BERZINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-27 published
MASH, Anthony " Tony"
Born March 15, 1925. After a long illness Tony MASH passed away on December 22nd 2007 at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife Olive, his daughter Gail GREEN (John,) son Gary MASH, step-daughter Karen BANTOFT, step-son Scott CUMMINGS and step-daughter Judith HEFFERNAN (Michael.) Grandfather of Ken and Mark BANTOFT, Angela AHRENS, Mike GREEN and Claire HEFFERNAN. Great-grandfather of Cheynne, Tyler and Preston. He is also survived by his brother Denis MASH and his sister Marion BERZINS (John) and their families in England. He is predeceased by his brother Roly MASH and is survived by Roly's family in South Africa. Tony was born in England and fought in the Second World War in the British Navy before coming to Canada and working at Ontario Hydro for 35 years (Ret. 1983). He enjoyed many years boating and collecting model trains. Family will receive visitors in the Ward Funeral Home 109 Reynold Street, Oakville (905-844-3221) on Thursday December 27, 2007 from 1 p.m. until Service in Chapel at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital would be appreciated after the warmth and care that Tony received from the nursing staff and doctors. Condolences may be sent to tony.mash@wardfh.com

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