GARBACKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-13 published
LOJEK, John Stanley
On Monday, June 11, 2007 at Saint Mary's Hospital. John LOJEK in his 66th year of Elmira. Beloved husband of Sophie (GARBACKA) LOJEK. Dear father of Margaret of Elmira, Laura and Sean SMYTH of Kitchener, Monika of Elmira. John was the last surviving member of his family having been predeceased by his parents William "Bill" LOJEK and Irene MALOWANIEC. John was born in Zywiec, Poland and came to Canada in 1956. He attended Del la Salle College in Toronto, then attended University in Windsor where he received his undergraduate degree. He then received his graduate degree in plant pathology at the University of Toronto. John was then employed in Elmira at Uniroyal Chemical where he continued his research. In 1980 he started his own interest in natural garden products. John's research led to many patents in the field of natural garden products focusing on acid rain and dedicating his life to the betterment of the natural environment. The family will receive their Friends and relatives at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Wednesday (Today) from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Teresa of Avila R.C. Church, Flamingo Drive, Elmira on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 10: 30 a.m. with Rev. Sudie MacDONALD, C.R. officiating followed by interment in St. Teresa's R.C. Cemetery, Elmira. Parish Prayers will be offered at the funeral home on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. In John's memory, donations to Tree Canada Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy.

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GARBERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-27 published
MEAGHER, George Vincent, P. Eng
Peacefully on November 26, 2007 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Evelyn. Loving father of Maureen MEAGHER (Gary GARBERS,) Lindsey MEAGHER (Augusta LAPAIX), Lise CRULL (Roli) and Shelagh MEAGHER (Glen MARKHAM.) Grandfather to Jesse CLARK, Carrie CRULL, Kevin CRULL, Nichola MARKHAM and Rachel MARKHAM. Great-grandfather to Zoe CLARK and Jackson CLARK. George was the co-founder of DSMA International which designed and constructed wind tunnels around the world and more recently, of The Trellis Works in partnership with his wife. A Funeral Service will be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.) on Wednesday, November 28 at 10 a.m. Reception to follow. If desired, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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GARBUTT o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-11-14 published
BROWNRIDGE, Jean Mary (née GARBUTT)
Peacefully at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville on Monday November 12, 2007 in her 83rd year. Loving mother of Jenny-May LOW/LOWE/LOUGH, Arlene MUCKART (Dave SPARROW), Dianne RICHARDSON (Barry) and David BROWNRIDGE (Edith.) Devoted grandmother of Janelle, Jo-Anne, Gary, Janis, Sherry, Ryan, Adrianne, Stephanie, Scott and Jeffrey and sixteen great-grand-children. Dear sister of Evelyn COLTON. Predeceased by her parents Levi and Beatrice, sisters Stella, Florence and Joan and her brothers Bruce, Norman and John and her son-in-law David LOW/LOWE/LOUGH. Survived by her former husband Joseph. The family will receive Friends at the Doney Funeral Home, Shelburne on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment to follow. If desired, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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GARBUTT o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-06 published
RUSSELL, Patrick " Pat" George
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, on Friday, August 31st, 2007. Patrick (Pat) George RUSSELL, of Owen Sound, in his 65th year. Special friend of Miranda OLIVER, and her fiancé Greg GARBUTT, of Owen Sound. Predeceased by his parents John and Catherine RUSSELL (née JOHNSTONE.) Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 -- 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492) on Friday from 10: 00-11:00 a.m. A funeral service for Pat RUSSELL will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, September 7th, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. with Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy.

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GARBUTT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-12 published
Daughter strangled
Friends say Aqsa PARVEZ clashed with her strict family.
By Rob LAMBERTI, Sun Media, Wed., December 12, 2007
Mississauga -- Muhammad PARVEZ appears in court this morning charged with strangling his daughter as homicide detectives continue to look at her older brother to determine if he had a role in the slaying.
The 57-year-old man was charged yesterday with killing 16-year-old Aqsa PARVEZ, who Friends say rebelled against her father's religious expectations. Aqsa died in the Hospital for Sick Children late Monday and her mother arranged for her daughter's organs be donated.
Peel detectives charged her brother, Waqas, 26, with obstructing police, allegedly for trying to mislead officers during their investigation.
But police said Waqas continues to be investigated by homicide detectives to determine if he's involved in Peel's 16th murder of the year.
"We're now trying to determine what role or culpability he may have had in the homicide as well," Peel police homicide Insp. Norm ENGLISH said. "We're certainly going to be conducting further investigations to determine if he had a role in this."
ENGLISH said the investigation is still early and whether Muhammad is charged with first- or second-degree murder depends on witness information and the results of a pending autopsy. Investigators suspect the Grade 11 Applewood Heights secondary school student was strangled.
Police were alerted to the incident when a man called police just before 8 a.m. Monday saying he had killed his daughter at their Longhorn Trail home.
Most students learned during the school's morning announcement yesterday that Aqsa, who was born in Pakistan, had died.
A memorial with her photo and a book of condolences was in the front lobby of the high school for classmates to jot down memories or poems.
"It's just, like, really sad. Everyone was just crying," said Grade 10 student Natalie RANCE.
Students and Friends said Aqsa began removing her hijab when she attended school this term after her older sister had graduated. With no one to watch over her, she apparently felt free to dress more casually.
Aqsa recently left the family home and moved in with a friend, said Krista GARBUTT. She said the victim was quite open with Friends about discussing the culture clash she was having with her father, but it appears no one in authority was aware.
"I don't think so; she didn't tell a teacher," Dominiquia HOLMES- THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON said yesterday.
Students were sent home with letters for their parents informing them of Aqsa's death and an outline of symptoms for depression or stress that their kids may feel. It assured parents that counsellors are available.
HOLMES- THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON described Aqsa as a kind person who loved to take photos and to dance. "And all she wanted to do is to be herself."
She said Aqsa was at a friend's place after leaving her home around 8 p.m. Sunday.
"She was happy, she was ready to go to school, she was excited," HOLMES- THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON said, adding Aqsa intended on returning to the family home to get clothes.
But HOLMES- THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON said Aqsa told her she was "scared to go home."
"Because she didn't obey the rules…" she said.
HOLMES- THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON said her friend would arrive at school wearing jogging pants and hijab and then change clothes, removing the traditional headscarf.
Friend Ashley GARBUTT, 16, said that Aqsa didn't want to wear the hijab any more.
"Then her sister kept telling her dad that she doesn't wear it," she said. "She left her house twice. She left and went to her friend's house because… she would get scared and she just didn't want to live there anymore. She wanted to be her own person and show her inner beauty."
GARBUTT said Aqsa went to a shelter and her father contacted her asking her to come home because neither he nor her mother could eat after she left the first time.
"She moved home because she felt bad, but she moved out again," she said.
Friends said there probably are other girls who find themselves in a similar situation.
"They should get help soon as possible, whether it's a counsellor," Ebonie MITCHELL said. "Because we never knew it was that bad. If they're in that situation, they should get help as soon as possible."

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GARBUTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-12 published
Teen tried to leave strict family
Father now faces murder charge
By Omar EL AKKAD and Kenyon WALLACE, Page A1
Aqsa PARVEZ was largely estranged from her family and sleeping away from home in recent days. The 16-year-old's Friends said she returned to her home in Mississauga on Monday only to collect her belongings.
Shortly afterward, she was taken to hospital, where she died early yesterday morning - leaving Friends grief-stricken and igniting a public debate on religious extremism in Canada.
Her father, 57-year-old taxi driver Muhammad PARVEZ, is charged with murder. Her brother, 26-year-old Waqas PARVEZ, is charged with obstructing police.
Ms. PARVEZ's Friends described the Grade 11 student at Applewood Heights Secondary School as someone who was drawn to Western culture even as her family adhered to a devout form of Islam. Friends paint a picture of a hardworking and cheerful girl who loved dancing, fashion and photography - interests that often clashed with her strict home environment.
"Aqsa was always trying to get us to go shopping with her," schoolmate Dominiquia HOLMES- THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON said. "We were supposed to go to the mall together today."
Last week, Ms. PARVEZ temporarily moved in with a friend from school.
"She said she wasn't getting along well with her family and that things weren't right," said Trudy LOOBY, the mother of one of Ms. PARVEZ's Friends, Alisha. " When she was here, she was very happy."
Ms. LOOBY said she told Ms. PARVEZ to inform her parents about where she was staying. "She notified me that the school was aware of where she was staying and that that was okay," the mother said.
During her stay, Ms. LOOBY said, Ms. PARVEZ didn't wear the hijab, a head scarf that Friends said was a hot topic within her family.
Krista GARBUTT remembers walking down the street with Ms. PARVEZ earlier this year, when the two of them spotted Ms. PARVEZ's brother walking toward them. Panicking, the teenager quickly fumbled for her head scarf, trying to put it on. "There were times when we'd be walking down the street and she'd see her brother and she wouldn't be wearing her hijab and she'd have to put it on," Ms. GARBUTT said. "She said, 'He'll kill me, he'll kill me.' I said, 'He's not going to kill you,' but she said, 'Yeah, he will.' And nobody believed it."
On Monday morning, Peel Regional Police responded to a 911 call from a man who said he had just killed his daughter. When officers arrived at a single-family detached home on Longhorn Trail, they found Ms. PARVEZ suffering from life-threatening injuries. She was taken immediately to Credit Valley Hospital and later transferred in critical condition to the Hospital for Sick Children, where she died.
Peel police said the Crown is waiting to decide whether Mr. PARVEZ should be charged with first- or second-degree murder, pending a police investigation. Although police would not elaborate on the ongoing homicide investigation, the difference between laying a first- or second-degree murder charge often rests on proving that the killing was premeditated.
Ms. GARBUTT said the teenager went home on Monday to collect her belongings, at which point her father "basically went ballistic."
For weeks before, Ms. PARVEZ had been living something of a double life, Friends said.
"She wanted peace with her family," Alisha LOOBY said. "She wanted to make them happy but she wanted to be herself at the same time, and there's nothing wrong with that."
A makeshift memorial is already in place at Applewood Heights, full of mementoes and messages left by grieving students.
"Aqsa was honestly the brightest girl around. She had the biggest smile and was the happiest person in school. She loved to dance and take pictures," one student wrote.
Across Canada, the killing has taken on larger proportions. On call-in shows and websites, many have used the incident as part of a wider indictment of fundamentalist Islam. One Canadian conservative blogger suggested Canadians boycott taxicabs driven by Muslims.
In a statement yesterday, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Canadians of all faiths to address issues of domestic abuse, and called for "the strongest possible prosecution" of those responsible for Ms. PARVEZ's killing.
Trudy LOOBY, who let Ms. PARVEZ stay at her home last week, said she now wishes the teen had not left.
"I was feeling that whatever it was she was dealing with at home was a bit too personal to involve me in," Ms. LOOBY said. "I wish she would have stayed longer, that's all. It's a sad waste of life."

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GARCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-17 published
POLLAK, Fred A., CD
Maj. (Ret'd) Royal Canadian Dragoons
Peacefully at the Elizabeth Bruyere Palliative Care Centre in Ottawa on October 16th, 2007 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Ann (GUTHRIE.) Wonderful dad of Susan, Catherine (Eric SLONE,) Nancy, Robin (Tim VERSTER) and his late daughter, Elizabeth. Loving grandfather of David, Christopher and Matthew SCHULTZ, Ted and Laura SLONE, and Desiree POLLAK- GARCIA. Delighted great-grandfather of Isabelle FULFORD and Anne-Elise SCHULTZ. Fred will also be greatly missed by his brother, John POLLAK (Zdena) and sister Gerta McLEAN; cousins Hannah SPENCER (Elvins), Mimi ROSENBLUTH (Gideon,) Eva LIPA (the late Michael,) and Margit SMITH (Lloyd) nieces Patsy, Andra and Carla, and nephew Jan; other family members, and many good Friends. Fred was born to Anna and Otto POLLAK in Brezno, Czechoslovakia, on May 20, 1919. His family came to Canada as refugees in 1939. Fred enlisted in the Canadian army, served four years overseas and then settled into a long and colourful career in military intelligence. Fred was a charming, disarming and mischievous man, passionate about history, his family and Friends, and the great outdoors. He and Ann were a splendidly matched duo of world travellers and bon vivants. Fred made us laugh, and the many pleasures of his company will not soon be forgotten. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, October 19, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Fred's memory to the Friends of the Canadian War Museum or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank the care providers at Elizabeth Bruyere and the Ottawa General for their kindness and skill. Condolences/donations at www.mcgarryfamily.ca

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GARCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-22 published
LESLIE, Joanna (1947-2007)
Peacefully at home in Ottawa on Thursday, December 20, after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. Daughter of Forester Wilcox LESLIE and Margaret Sweet LESLIE, Joanna will be missed and fondly remembered by her sister and brother-in-law Christy and Gregory LUDLOW, cousins Ian and Libby LESLIE, goddaughter Emma CALVERT, and her many Friends from Mount Alison and Ottawa. A special thanks to Doctor Lisa ALDRIDGE and Joanna's many caregivers, especially Rosalina GARCIA. Friends and family are invited to gather at Kelly Funeral Home, 585 Somerset Street (Ottawa) on Sunday, December 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A brief Memorial Service will take place at Kelly Funeral Home on Saturday, January 12 at 4 p.m. Donations in Joanna's memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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GARD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-03 published
WALTER, John “Jack” Herbert
At the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Saturday evening December 1, 2007. John “Jack” Herbert WALTER, the loving husband of Joan K. WALTER (née COOK.) Loving father of Catherine and her husband James KISSICK. Loved grandfather of Matthew and Emily. Dear brother-in-law of Kathleen (Mrs. Hilden WALTER,) Elaine (Mrs. Ross MORROW), Orma (Mrs. Sterling GARD) and Margaret (Mrs. Howard COOK.) Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Hilden. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Knox United Church on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. Rev. Ralph SCHMIDT officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, Knox United Church, Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated.

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GARDE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-27 published
GARDE, Florante Lucio " Tim"
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Tim on 20th of June, 2007 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Tim has peacefully joined his creator and we thank God for having given us a very loving father, son and brother. His bereaved children Angela, Bernadette and André, his beloved granddaughter Krystiana, his mother Agueda GARDE, his sisters Fides, Fatima and Flerida as well as his life partner Pamela and step-children Kristina, Alastair and Grace whom he cherished. Together with family and Friends may God bless him. Tim enjoyed a wonderful business career in Commercial Banking at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. More recently, he dedicated his energy and expertise to fostering entrepreneurial activities in Canada. We remember Tim as a man of integrity, compassion and courage. Friends may visit on Thursday, June 28, 2007 from 4-9 at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, S. of Steeles. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, June 29, 2007 at 1 p.m. Interment to follow. Condolences: www.rskane.ca Memorial donations may also be made to the Tim Garde Entrepreneurial Scholarship Fund, email: timgarde scholarshipfund@yahoo.ca

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GARDHOUSE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-05-31 published
GARDHOUSE, Rita Irene (née LEITH)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Tuesday, May 29th, 2007. Rita Irene GARDHOUSE (née LEITH,) of Owen Sound, in her 77th year. Dearly beloved wife of Jack GARDHOUSE. Loving mother of John GARDHOUSE and his wife, Mary, of Toronto. Dear sister of Audrey QUINN, of Toronto. Dear aunt of Steven QUINN and his wife, Donna and Alana QUINN. Predeceased by her parents, Allen and Mildred LEITH and her brother, Allen LEITH. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Rotary Club of Owen Sound Legacy Fund as your expression of sympathy and may be made through the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492).

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GARDHOUSE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-04 published
HEFT, Winnifred M. (née SCHNEIDER)
Peacefully at her home in Owen Sound on Tuesday July 3, 2007. In her 95th year, Winnifred M. HEFT (née SCHNEIDER,) beloved wife of the late Ernest C. HEFT. Dear sister of Dorothy (Mrs. Arthur PICKETT.) Beloved aunt of Nancy WARDELL and John PICKETT. Great aunt of David and Derek WARDELL. Fondly remembered by nieces Dorothy LIPSKIE, Jean BOYCE and Muriel McNABB (nees HEFT) and great nephew Paul BOYCE. Predeceased by her parents Otto SCHNEIDER and his wife May (née GARDHOUSE) and brother-in-law Arthur PICKETT. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Rev. David SHEARMAN officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either Central Westside United Church or to the Victorian Order of Nurses Supportive Housing #609, 350 - 10th Street East, Owen Sound N4K 6P8 would be appreciated by the family.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-01 published
McCLEMENT, Dorothy Clara (née MIDDLETON)
Of Chesley, passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Friday, August 31, 2007 in her 76th year. Survived by her sons Doug and his wife Annie of Kitchener, Keith and his wife Judy of Walkerton, James of Cambridge and Daryl of Chesley. She will be missed by her grandchildren Cory McALLISTER, Carey FREIDMAN and Jody McCLEMENT and great-grandchildren Kierstan and Michael. Predeceased by her husband Reginald “Jim”, daughter Patricia McALLISTER; grand_son Joey McALLISTER; sisters Stella McCLEMENT and Gwen GARDINER; brother Jack MIDDLETON and parents John and Winnifred (LANGLEY) MIDDLETON . Visitation at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley, on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 from 12 noon until time of the service in the chapel at 2: 00 p.m. Memorial donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-02 published
McLEAN, Adele Margie (née CUTCLIFFE)
It is with broken hearts and great sorrow that our family announces the passing of Adele Margie (CUTCLIFFE) McLEAN to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 30th at Parkwood Hospital. Mrs. McLEAN is the much loved wife of Max McLEAN of Courtright, Ontario and dear mother of Michael McLEAN (Paula,) Tami TAILOR/TAYLOR (Larry,) Don McLEAN (Eunice), Elizabeth SHARPE (John), Caroline KING (Craig) and special friend and grandmother to 17 grandchildren. Adele was in her 68th year, the seventh child of her predeceased parents Harold and Janet CUTCLIFFE, Cape Traverse, Prince Edward Island. Loving sister of Beatrice PATTERSON (Doug), Lois THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Wendell CUTCLIFFE, Alger CUTCLIFFE (Elizabeth), Donna LIVINGSTONE, Elizabeth Flack, Lynda GARDINER (Sheldon) and long-time special friend Hazel THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Sister-in-law of Peggy and Ruth CUTCLIFFE, brother-in-law of Paul DAWSON and predeceased by brothers Gordon, Byron and Gerald and sister Eleanor, brothers-in-law Doug THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Nelson LIVINGSTONE. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Family and Friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line (Hwy 22) Sarnia, Ontario on Tuesday evening, January 2 from 7-9 p.m., and Wednesday, January 3, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Sarnia Gospel Hall, 1791 London Line (Hwy 22) Sarnia on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia, Ontario. Memorial contributions can be forwarded to the Ukraine Orphanage. Please send cheques to "Gospel Trust Canada" 80 Robarts Drive, Milton, Ontario L9T 5P3. Donations should be marked for "Ukraine Assembly Trust". Memories and condolences may be sent on line to www.smithfuneralhome.ca The McLEAN Family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff of the Victoria Hospital and the 5th floor Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital for all their care, compassion and commitment given to Adele and Max. With Christ; which is far better. Philippians 1: 23 We are in sorrow - she is in total joy, We see the separation - she is in the presence of her Lord, We know weeping - she has had all tears wiped away, We share a deep loss - she has gained a crown that will not fade away, We are aware of her absence - she has been welcomed home.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-02 published
GARDINER, James Garfield, 1962 -- Died This Day
Teacher, farmer, politician, born in Hibbert Township, Ontario, on November 30, 1883
He moved West as a young man and settled in Saskatchewan in 1905. Ten years later, he was elected a Member of Legislative Assembly in Saskatchewan, where he served as a cabinet minister during two spells in government. In 1934, he became premier of Saskatchewan but decided a year later to enter federal politics. From 1935 to 1957, he served as minister of agriculture and is credited with establishing the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration to help drought-stricken farmers. In 1948, he ran for the Liberal Party leadership but lost to Louis St. Laurent.
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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-25 published
STEED, Reverend R. Arthur, B.A., M.Div. (1916-2007)
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing on August 23rd of a very special man who was a beloved, true and noble husband, caring brother, devoted father and proud 'poppy'. Arthur and Muriel (HAZLEWOOD) celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in June and are proud parents of T. Arthur STEED (Janie,) Barbara YOUNG, Elaine O'NEILL and David STEED (Katie) and of six grandchildren: Kerri and Adam O'NEILL, Julia FORGIE, Tanis STEED and Brian and Andrew STEED (predeceased.) He leaves his brother Rev. Harold STEED (Lilian) and two sisters Marjorie 'Kasova' GARDINER (Jack) and Muriel BAILEY (Lloyd.) Arthur was also brother-in-law to Audrey and John HAZLEWOOD, Gladys, and Jim (predeceased) HAZLEWOOD. Arthur was born in Montreal and spent his early years in Angola, Africa where his parents were missionaries. He graduated from Victoria College (University of Toronto) in 1937 and Emmanuel College in 1940. Arthur served the United Church of Canada for 63 years, with churches in Wawa, Dawn Mills (Kent County), Ayr, Hamilton (Zion), Toronto (Humber Valley), Fonthill, Bismark and Port Colborne (Central). He was the Minister Emeritus at Central and Humber Valley where he was their first minister. Arthur was also the founding chaplain of the Old Mill Wedding Chapel in Toronto as well as former chair of the United Church Toronto Conference. Arthur's love of life, gift of music and his determination and vision as well as his commitment to service helped enrich the lives of all who called him friend or minister. Visitation will be held at the James L. Pedlar Funeral Home, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill on Tuesday, August 28th 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service celebrating Arthur's exceptional life will be held at Fonthill United Church, 42 Churchill Fonthill on Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. A reception will follow at the church immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada, 3250 Bloor St. West Toronto, Ontario M8X 2Y4. Online condolences may be forwarded through www.pedlarfuneralhome.ca

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-27 published
CADDICK, Michael Gardiner
Alastair and Jane (née GARDINER) announce the birth of Michael Gardiner CADDICK, 9 pounds, 4 ounces, at Saint Paul's Hospital, Vancouver at 8: 39 a.m. on Thursday August 23rd, 2007. A younger brother for Charlie and second grandchild for Frank and Jennifer GARDINER, Toronto, Ontario. Proud uncle David and Aunt Darcy GARDINER and uncle Pete GARDINER. Fourth grandchild for Doctor Robert and Irene CADDICK, Moncton, New Brunswick. Proud Aunts and uncles Colin and Louise HOOPER, Gillian CADDICK and cousins Braeden and Isabelle HOOPER. Great-grandmother Rose ELBRO, Moncton, New Brunswick and great-grandfather George PARSONS, Goderich, Ontario.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-03 published
DE JOURDAN, Margaret Bunel (formerly EDWARDS) "Peggy," "Jelly"
Mother, wife, author, teacher, optimist ~ March 1st, 1918-September 29, 2007 Peacefully, in hospital and surrounded by her family, after a brief illness. Celebrated children's author, long-standing member of the Canadian Authors' Association and Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire The heart of the Edwards family. A profound loss for husband Alan DE JOURDAN. Loved beyond words by her children: Edmond, Jane, Campbell, Marnie, Wallace and Caitlin and an inspiration to their loved ones: Darlene DUDAR, Bob GARDINER, Kate FREEMAN and Jodi HOAR (and her children, Aedan, Melisa and Mitchell.) Beloved Gram to David EDWARDS and Elizabeth SLEEN. She took great joy in her great-grandchildren, Margaret Harriet and Stella-Charles FISHER and George and Gordon SLEEN. Survived by cousins Edith JULIEN and Ron KEALEY (Fran.) Sadly missed by Bill and Louise and Chris and Theresa DE JOURDAN and Tina and Rob GARDINER (Jordan, Casidhe). Pre-deceased by sister Isobel O'CONNELL, ex-husband James EDWARDS and son-in-law Charles FISHER. Cherished friend to many, especially Kay McColgan, Inez Sunderland, Phyllis and Lloyd Ivany, Nessie Brisco, James Coates and to everyone who attended her legendary dinners. Special thanks to Doctor GAUTHIER, Dr. PRUDHOMME, and the palliative care team at the Civic Hospital. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Mackay United Church, Ottawa, on Thursday 11 a.m. Donations to Mackay United Church would be appreciated. Condolences/donations at: www.mcgarryfamily.ca

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-02 published
GARDINER, Alec R.
Died Wednesday October 31st, 2007 at Extendicare in Brampton in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Helen. Predeceased by much loved wife Gwen. Alec leaves a loved and loving step-daughter Karen LAMB, Osgoode, Ontario and very special nieces Bonnie Jean (Lori) DEVINE, Victoria, British Columbia, Sandi GREENOUGH, Orleans, Ontario and Gay (Randy) BURCH, Ottawa, Ontario. Before retirement, Alec was a highly respected member of the Business Forms Industry. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, "Brampton Chapel", 52 Main Street South, Brampton on Saturday November 3rd, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (44 Church Street East, Brampton), on Sunday November 4th at 3 p.m. Interment at a later date. If desired, donations to the Food Bank at St. Andrew's Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. "Everybody loved Alec"

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-18 published
GARDINER, Olga (née LLOYD)
Peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday December 17th, 2007 in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of the late Clare GARDINER (1966.) Loving mother of Clare, Dawn FIDDAMENT (Ted), Earl and Lynn. Survived by her dear brother George (Kay) LLOYD and predeceased by her brother William LLOYD. Friends may call on Wednesday, December 19th, from 6-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral service will be held at the R.S. Kane Chapel on Thursday, December 20th, 2007 at 1 o'clock. Interment to follow at York Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, flowers or donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences: www.rskane.ca R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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GARDINIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-21 published
MORGAN, Marjorie C. (January 1, 1915-July 10, 2007)
After spending the last ten of her 92 years locked in the present, albeit imperfect, tense of Alzheimer's Disease, Marjorie MORGAN, cherished and adored mother of: Joanne MORGAN, Vancouver, Doctor Terry MORGAN, Red Deer, Lesley GARDINIER (David), San Diego, John MORGAN, Edmonton, Judy KUBRAK, Ladysmith; grandmother of Suzanne DALEY, David KUBRAK, Calgary, Stewart MORGAN, Red Deer and Doctor Scott MORGAN, Ottawa; great-grandmother of Aurelia and Zenara DALEY of Calgary, departed this earth in the loving and serene manner we prayed she would take flight - cradled in the arms of her youngest daughter Joanne. Marjorie fulfilled the feminist dream, long before it was fashionable. Remarkably, she found a way to 'have it all' while caring for a husband and five children, as well as leading a long and accomplished career as a professional fiction writer, teacher, speaker and artist. Born in Saskatchewan and educated in Alberta where she relocated as a young child, Marjorie's fiction writing for both adults and children has been published in three countries, six anthologies and fourteen books as well as in countless magazine and newspaper articles. Marjorie also wrote for radio, television and film. Her screenplay for 'Marie-Anne,' written at age 62, was one of the first Canadian feature films ever produced in Alberta. It has been screened in North American and European theatres as well as on television. Filmed in 1977 at Fort Edmonton, it chronicles the adventures of Alberta's first white woman, Marie-Anne Lagimodiere (grandmother of Louis Riel), and her fur trader husband, Jean Baptiste in the early days of the West. Starring the late John Juliani and Andree Pelletier the film also introduced Tantoo Cardinal, who later went on to major roles in Dances with Wolves and Legends of the Fall. As a writer/instructor/speaker for the Canadian Author's Association, Alberta Culture and Canada Council as well as a long time writer-in-residence for the Edmonton Public School Board, Marjorie took great pride in inspiring scores of children and adults to launch their own successful writing careers. Among the many awards bestowed on Marjorie during her career are a City of Edmonton Literary Achievement Award in 1978; and the Media Club of Canada Memorial Medal for best radio writing in 1969. Marjorie was also a talented artist. Her paintings hung in the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Alberta Lieutenant Governor's house, the University of Alberta and numerous private collections. Most importantly, Marjorie valued her family above all else: taking joy in her children and their offspring's achievements and adventures. She was tender and loving, yet independent and feisty. She had pluck. She wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted, like embarking on a writing career while her youngest children were still infants. To the very end she remained proud, courageous and engaged in life. Shy throughout most of her earlier life, in her later years Alzheimer's in some ways liberated her to boldly ask for all the affection she craved. She of ten held out her arms inviting hugs and kisses from family, Friends, care workers and strangers alike, while frequently repeating her private mantra '55555' to remind herself of her 5 beloved children. Thanks to Doctor Wakefield, the nurses, care workers, and dedicated support staff of Banfield Pavilion in Vancouver, British Columbia who cared for our mother in such a loving, professional and compassionate manner. Special thanks also to Sestilia Pettovello, and Nadia Guolo who showered Marjorie with all the kindness, care and love they dedicated to their own mother Theresa. A family memorial service will be held in Edmonton where she will be laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer Society.

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GARDNER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-28 published
MERRIFIELD, Florence Catherine (GARDNER)
Passed away at The Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Thursday, December 27th, 2007. The former Florence GARDNER in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Stewart MERRIFIELD. Dear mother of Shirley (Ken) SCHAEFER of Mildmay and Don (Tracey) of Barrie. Sadly missed by her grandchildren; Annette (Brad) DUNCAN, Denise (Ian) CORNFIELD- FURLONG, Jillian and Alex MERRIFIELD, and two great-grandchildren Jacob and Josh. Sister of John GARDNER and Mildred CORNFIELD. Predeceased by one brother Lorne and one sister Ruth and a brother-in-law Stan CORNFIELD. Resting at the Gardiner-Wilson Funeral Home, Meaford, where a Funeral Service will take place on Sunday, December 30th at 1: 30 p.m. Spring Interment Saint_James Fairmount Church Cemetery. Visiting Saturday afternoon December 29th from 2-4 p.m. Donations to the Saint_James Fairmount Church would be greatly appreciated.

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GARDNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-11 published
BUTTRICK, John Arthur
John Arthur BUTTRICK, Professor of Economics, died in an auto accident on Gabriola Island, British Columbia on July 15, 2007. He was 87 years old. John BUTTRICK was born September 12, 1919 in Rutland, Vermont, first son of George and Agnes GARDNER) BUTTRICK. He grew up in New York City, where his father was a Presbyterian minister and taught at the Union Theological Seminary. John graduated from the Collegiate School in New York and received his B. Sc. in economics from Haverford College (1941), and his M.A. (1947) and PhD (1950) in economics from Yale University. John began teaching economics at Northwestern University (1949-53), and became Professor in the Economics Dept. at the University of Minnesota (1953-73), where he served as Department Chair (1961-63) and headed the Minnesota-Universidad de los Andes Project (1965-66). From 1967-69 he served as Director of Graduate Studies. In 1970, he joined the Economics Department at York University in Toronto, where he directed the Graduate Program in Economics (1979-83). In 1986-89 and 1992 he was Coordinator of York's Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1989, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. He held visiting professorships at the following universities: Stanford, Vanderbilt, University of California Berkeley, Harvard, the Universities of Tokyo and Singapore, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), University of Toronto, Huazhong University of Science and Tech and People's University (China), North-South University (Bangladesh), and University of the West Indies and the University of Technology (Jamaica). Throughout his career, John's research interests reflected his political and social engagement, ranging from development issues to education, discrimination, and economic inequities. He coauthored the books Economic Development (with H.F. Williamson), 1954 (Spanish and Japanese editions, 1958); Theories of Economic Growth (with B.F. Hoselitz et al), 1960 (Spanish edition, 1964) and Producer, Consumer, and Social Choice (with O.H. Brownlee), 1968. Some of his journal articles included: Who Goes to University from Toronto (1977), Educational Problems and Some Policy Options (1977), Two Views of Aid and Development (1979), and Economic Discrimination in Toronto (1987). John was a member of Canadian and American Economic Associations, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and the Planning Advisory Committee of the City of Toronto. In retirement, he was consultant to the Jamaican Ministry of Finance, the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, and the Planning Institute of Jamaica. As well, John helped advise President Cheddi Jagan's government of Guyana on university education. John is survived by his first wife Doctor Shirley (MILLER) BUTTRICK of Washington, D.C., and his second wife, Ann (TATLOW;) by children Dr. Peter BUTTRICK (Anne WATTENBERG) of Denver, Colorado; Hilary BUTTRICK (Dr. Ted LO) of Toronto, and Michael BUTTRICK of Tokyo. His three grandchildren are Nicholas and Alice BUTTRICK, both at Yale University, and Nina BUTTRICK in Japan. He has two living brothers, Rev. G. Robert BUTTRICK of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Prof. David BUTTRICK of Nashville, Tennessee. John was a Conscientious Objector during World War 2. He was posted to the Forestry Department as a wildfire fighter and Ski Patrol member. He held memberships in the American Civil Liberties Union and the Canadian Civil Liberties Union, Jamaicans for Justice, the Minnesota Democratic-FarmerLabour Party, Science for Peace, and the New Democratic Party of Canada. John reached beyond himself with an easy grace, and lived a life of committed usefulness to others near at hand and all over the world. A memorial gathering will be held at Friends' (Quaker) Meeting House (60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
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GARDNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-17 published
TALLMAN, Gladys
Peacefully at Briton House, Toronto on August 6 2007, after a full, active and happy life lived with grace and great style. She has gone to join her beloved husband Addison (1987). She will be truly missed by her daughter, Maribell WHITE/WHYTE and sons Addison, Ralph (Louise), and Lloyd (Bibiane), her grandchildren Lorelei NARDI (Musi), Jennifer NESS (Mitch), Bradley WHITE/WHYTE (Margie), Graham, Ryan and Kristin TALLMAN, Anisa and Justin TALLMAN and Michelle (Mick) GARDNER, and her eight great-grandchildren who gave her great joy. She is also survived by her brothers Walter ARD (Linda,) and Lawrence ARD (Helga.) She was very active in Port Nelson Church in Burlington, The Big Sisters Association and Garden Club of Burlington, and was truly a sweet, loving lady who was devoted to her family and loved playing bridge and entertaining. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Briton House for their care and compassion in her latter days. Cremation has taken place with a private service to be held at a later date.

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GARDNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-15 published
SOMERVILLE, Frances Vivian (née GARDNER)
Born June 5, 1916 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, died August 16, 2007 Vancouver, British Columbia.
Loving wife of Archbishop David SOMERVILLE. Dear daughter of the late Melborne and Minnie (SMITH) GARDNER. Graduate of Dalhousie University, Halifax and the Toronto Conservatory of Music (Voice). Predeceased by her first husband, the Reverend James BEST and step-daughter Barbara Ann (BEST) HULME. Mourned by step-children Monica (BEST) EDDY and Gerald BEST, first cousins Geraldine (SMITH) BARREGAR, Janet (ZINCK) CLUETT, Nancy (ZINCK) COURT and a host of Friends - many lives touched by compassion, empathy and warm humour. Celebration of the life of Frances SOMERVILLE and internment of ashes August 25, 2007 at St. Catherines Anglican Church, North Vancouver. Celebrant Bishop Michael Ingham, Homilist Dean Peter Elliott. Memorials may be made to the Somerville Fund, Vancouver School of Theology, 6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1L4.

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GARDNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
PYPER, Martha Evelyn (LOCKWOOD)
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Martha Evelyn PYPER (LOCKWOOD) on October, 11, 2007 in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Donald GARDNER, devoted mother of Sandy (Janet), Liz and Ian, loving grandmother of Madeleine (Tina), Tim, Donald and Rosalind and adoring great-grandmother of Delwyn. The family would like to thank Doctor G. CHRISTAKIS, Doctor N. ADHIKARI and the staff of the cardio-vascular intensive care unit at Sunnybrook Hospital for their wonderful care. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a future date. Details will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, donations to: The Sunnybrook Foundation, Schulich Heart Centre, Heart Surgery Fund, Room H332, 2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 would be appreciated.
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GARDNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-03 published
GARDNER, Major General James C., CD
At the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on October 29th, 2007. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, on December 6th, 1920. Beloved husband of 63 years to Joyce (née MORGAN.) Loving Father of Bob (wife Linda) and twin daughters Dianne and Deborah. Jim was pre-deceased by sisters Lois and Klela. General Gardner had a long and distinguished career in the Canadian army. He attended the Royal Military College, joined the British army at the beginning of World War 2, and served with the Royal Tank Regiment in East and North Africa. He was a prisoner of war in Italy, escaping several times, finally successfully in 1943. He joined the Canadian army in 1944, serving in many parts of Canada, England, Germany, Tanzania and Belgium, retiring as a Major General in 1975. General GARDNER was the first commanding officer of the newly re-formed Fort Garry Horse, commander of Canadian Land Forces Europe and a senior officer in North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He served as Honorary Colonel of the Lord Strathcona's Horse from 1978 to 1982. Jim will be remembered for his dedication to duty and family, sense of humour and living to his regimental motto of 'Deeds Not Words'. A private Family Service was held at the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Homes (201 Minet's Point Road at Yonge Street) Barrie on Thursday November 1st, 2007. Interment Barrie Union Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.steckleygooderham.com

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GARDNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-12 published
TROTSCHA, Elizabeth (née KNAB)
Peacefully at the Glebe Centre Nursing Home in Ottawa, Elizabeth TROTSCHA, midwife, wife, mother and grandmother on Saturday, November 10th 2007. Predeceased by her husband George (1977) and her daughter Maria (1945). Survived by her son, Peter, his wife, Ann GARDNER, and their daughters, Miriam and Kate. She was born in the Village of Dolatz in Banat, Romania on June 11th 1922. She graduated from the University of Freiburg in midwifery in 1942 and spent the rest of World War 2 delivering babies in the Romanian province of Banat. She loved being a midwife. In her later years she was a community activist in Toronto and developed a wide circle of Friends. Her final years were spent in Ottawa where she devoted her love and energy to her family. At her request there will be no funeral, but only a private cremation. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to send charitable donations to help the homeless to St. Clare's Multifaith Housing Society, 138 Pears Avenue, #801, Toronto, Ontario. M5R 3K6. Condolences/donations at www.mcgarryfamily.ca

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GARDNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-03 published
He served with the British at Tobruk and became major-general in North Atlantic Treaty Organization
As an officer cadet at Royal Military College in Kingston, he was so impatient to fight in the Second World War that he joined the British Army, writes Sandra MARTIN. As a prisoner of war, he was branded an 'incorrigible escaper'
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S10
A charismatic career soldier, James GARDNER enlisted in the British Army early in the Second World War because he wanted to fight in a tank corps, but spent most of the war as an incorrigible escaper from German prisoner of war camps. He lived to tell many tales of his escapades behind enemy lines and to serve with great distinction in the peacetime army of the Canadian Forces.
James Charlton GARDNER was born in Regina in 1920, the middle child and only son of Norman and Gertrude (née MORGAN) GARDNER. His father was a businessman and his mother was a nurse. When he was in grade 11 at Regina's Central Collegiate he met Joyce (Joy) Morgan, who was a year younger, and they began dating. After high school, he entered The Royal Military College in Kingston in the fall of 1938 because he had "always wanted to join the military and serve his country."
He was eager to go overseas after the war erupted in September, 1939, and keenly wanted to join a tank corps. Canada didn't have one, so in 1940 he quit Royal Military College and enlisted in the British Army, where he was posted to the Royal Tank Regiment and served in the Eighth Army in North Africa. He saw action and was captured when the Eighth Army crossed from Egypt into Libya in November, 1941, and tried to relieve Tobruk, which was besieged by German forces under the command of General Erwin Rommel.
By all accounts, Lieutenant GARDNER was a resolute, athletic and patriotic young man who was determined to escape his German captors and get back to the front lines. After making it back to his regiment, he was captured again.
Stories abound about his escapades as a prisoner of war over the next three years. A skilled bridge player, he was invited to be the fourth in a regular match with three well-heeled British aristocrats. Once, after trying and failing to escape, he heard one of the other players shout, " GARDNER, you have ruined our bridge game," as he was marched back into the prisoner of war camp for a stint in solitary confinement.
As the war continued and the Allies, under Gen. Bernard Montgomery, began to make inroads against Gen. Rommel, the Germans decided to transfer their prisoners of war by ship from Africa to Italy. The prisoners, who included a goodly number of sailors, plotted to overtake the ship once it was at sea. A mole reported the scheme to the Germans, who immediately changed plans to send the prisoners of war by submarine, according to a tale that Lieut. GARDNER loved to tell years later in the officers mess. After that experience, he said he never wanted to sail in a submarine again.
However he made it across the Mediterranean Sea, he was delivered to a prisoner of war camp in southern Italy. He escaped from there and began walking "up the boot" hoping to connect with Allied forces, having heard rumours that they had made large-scale amphibious landings at Salerno near Naples in September, 1943.
Another story has him identified as "an incorrigible escaper" who was being sent by train to Germany to a more secure prisoner of war camp along the lines of Colditz Castle near Dresden. Somewhere south of Milan, he managed to jump off the train onto a truck and slide under its tarpaulin until he could evade his captors.
According to another account, Lieut. GARDNER was hiding in woods by the side of a road when a strange vehicle, which turned out to be a jeep, which had gone into full production while he was a prisoner of war, stopped and two English-speaking soldiers got out. They were laying line for an observation post. Recognizing the soldiers by their English accents and their "blue" language, he surrendered, was interrogated and was shipped to a base hospital in Algiers. He was finally transferred to the Canadian forces and sent home in late spring, 1944.
In June, he became engaged to Joyce, his loyal Regina girlfriend, and that November they were married in Winnipeg. They went east to his first posting as a lieutenant at Camp Borden near Barrie, Ontario
Lieut. GARDNER was unusual as an aspiring officer in the postwar Canadian military. He had no common experience with the other applicants for the regular army because his active service had all been with the British Forces, said retired Major-General Philip Neatby. "He was an anomaly in that all the other applicants were 'macaroni eaters' in the Italian campaign or else they had served in northwest Europe, but he had done neither," he said. "Therefore his peers had no notion of how good a soldier he had been and what his experience had been, so his reputation, which developed rapidly, was based on his [performance] as a very, very solid, competent staff officer."
He was posted to Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) and was made second-in-command by 1956. Two years later he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel. "He was a firm believer that soldiers expect to be properly trained, properly led and properly equipped. And by properly led [I mean] by people who are competent, who anticipate what the challenges are going to be and who train the men properly for them and [ensure] that they are never committed to unnecessary risk or unnecessary work," Maj.-Gen. Neatby said. "Everything is purposeful and that is exactly the way he operated."
As the Cold War ramped up in the mid-1950s, the Department of National Defence decided to add a fourth armoured regiment to the regular army. On October 10, 1958, the brass announced that the new regiment, which was called the 1st Fort Garry Horse, would be based at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa in the Ottawa Valley under the command of Lt.-Col. GARDNER. (The militia regiment in Winnipeg became the 2nd Fort Garry Horse.) The regiment's first Centurion tank rolled past George Pearkes, the defence minister in prime minister John Diefenbaker's government, on November 19, 1958.
"He was a totally dedicated individual and probably one of the finest trainers I ever served under," said Colonel John Roderick, who joined the Fort Garry Horse in 1961. "We were training for war, notwithstanding we were in Camp Petawawa. It was as though we were facing the Russians on the other side of the Ottawa River. It was that level of intensity," he said. "He set the standards for the rest of my career."
Because of Lt.-Col. GARDNER's lofty reputation as a military instructor, he was replaced at the Fort Garry Horse in August, 1961, and sent back to Royal Military College, the same school he had left two decades earlier without a degree. There he worked as director of cadets, a position he held for three years.
It was an unusual posting for a former commanding officer, according to Col. Roderick. "He was sent in to put the military back in the Royal Military College. If you wanted something done right you got Jimmie GARDNER to do it."
The Fort Garry Horse was disbanded in 1970 in an overall reduction of the armed forces ordered by then prime minister Pierre Trudeau its remaining members were absorbed into Lord Strathcona's Horse.
After Royal Military College and a brief posting in Ottawa, Lt.-Col. GARDNER was one of more than 30 military personnel who went to Tanzania as military advisers as part of Canada's contribution to the newly sovereign country's defence and security forces. He was in Tanzania for about two years from 1964 to early 1966.
Another short posting in Ottawa followed. He was promoted to colonel and sent to Britain to the Imperial Defence College (now the Royal College of Defence Studies), an organization that trains senior officers for executive responsibility by "developing their analytical powers, knowledge of defence and international security, and strategic vision."
After finishing his course work, he was promoted to brigadier-general and sent to Germany as commander of the 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Soest from 1968 to July, 1970. Canada's North Atlantic Treaty Organization Brigade served in Germany from 1951 to 1993 - from the beginnings of the Cold War through the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Again he went back to Ottawa for another two years, then to Brussels in about 1973, serving with North Atlantic Treaty Organization until 1975, when he retired from active service with the Canadian Armed Forces at 55 as a major-general.
Lord Strathcona's Horse appointed him colonel of the regiment, a position he held from November, 1978, to 1982. Two momentous events occurred during his tenure. A Canadian Pacific train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals derailed in Mississauga on November 10, 1979. The toxic spill precipitated the evacuation of more than 200,000 people, and Maj.-Gen. GARDNER was called in to help plan and execute what was then the largest-ever peacetime exodus. Less than two years later, he and his wife were invited to the wedding of Prince Charles, the regiment's colonel-in-chief, and Lady Diana Spencer at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on July 29, Unlike many former soldiers who retired from the armed forces, he had no urge to work in academia or the private sector. His goal was to play golf and enjoy life. He and his wife moved to Barrie in the mid-1970s. After she suffered a stroke in the late 1980s, he became her principal caregiver. In May, 1994, Royal Military College retroactively awarded him a bachelor of military science in recognition of his war service.
James Charlton GARDNER was born in Regina on December 6, 1920. He died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, on October 29, 2007. He was 86. Predeceased by his sisters Lois and Klela, he is survived by his wife, Joyce, his son, Bob, his twin daughters, Dianne and Deborah, and his extended family.

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