RICHARDSON o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-06-06 published
OLLIFF, Bernice and Lloyd
In memory of mom and dad, grandma and poppa, Bernice OLLIFF, May 29, 2001 and Lloyd OLLIFF June 8, 2003.
Sad are the hearts that loved you
Silent are the tears that fall
Living our lives without you
Is the hardest part of all.
- Greatly missed and lovingly remembered by Ken, Glenda Kevin and Kimberly RICHARDSON.
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RICHARDSON 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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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.grey_county.hanover.the_post 2007-11-02 published
DOW, Doris Irene (MONAHAN)
Passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Hanover and District Hospital on Monday, October 22, 2007. The former Doris Irene MONAHAN, of Durham, in her 77th year.
Beloved wife of Clifford DOW for 57 years. Loving mother of Karen and her husband Larry BUCHANAN, the late Alan DOW and his wife Lois, Garry MONAHAN and his wife Joanne, Kathy and her husband Dave CHRISTIE, Janice and her husband John SILLS, Ken DOW and his wife Karen, Marilyn MacDONALD, Jeff DOW and his wife Mandy, and Ron DOW and his wife Kelly.
Cherished grandmother of 20 grandchildren and her many great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Ruth and her husband Ross HAMILTON.
Visitation was held at the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Doris's Life was held at the Durham Presbyterian Church on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. Pastor Jack RICHARDSON and Reverend Jim JOHNSON officiated. Words of remembrance were given by Ross MORGAN, Larry BUCHANAN, Meghan DOW and Ron DOW. Kerry WITHEROW sang, “The Rose,&rdquo and Doris's grandchildren Susan, Jason, Mark and Amy BUCHANAN sang, “Thy Word.” The congregation sang, “For You and For Me&rdquo and “In the Garden.&rdquo
The pallbearers were David CHRISTIE, John SILLS, Jason BUCHANAN, Mark BUCHANAN, Landyn DOW and Trevor SILLS. The flower bearers were Susan BUCHANAN, Paul DOW, Angela MONAHAN, Andrea HEIPEL, Krista DOW, Val LOF, Meghan DOW and Kelsey DOW.
The committal service and interment was held at Community of Christ Cemetery, Proton Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Ziontario or Durham and Community Health Care Foundation Durham Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-23 published
RICHARDSON, Kenneth (August 5, 1932-June 22, 2007)
Peacefully at Trillium Health Care Centre in Mississauga in his 75th year. Best friend and loving partner of Shirley SODERGARD. Dear brother of Hartley RICHARDSON. Beloved son of the late Reginald and Beatrice RICHARDSON. Ken was a very special man. A man who was a free spirit, who was happiest on his farm near his river, his trees that he nurtured from seed to full growth. He was most content when on the farm and having Friends around him. Hew was a man of many dimensions, a magical story teller, a poet, piano player, a hunter, a fisherman, and a skier. He will be missed by his many Friends, especially in the high country, but there will be many wonderful memories to cherish. A memorial service will be held at Saint_John's Dixie Anglican Church, 737 Dundas St. East. (Dundas and Cawthra) in Mississauga. On Tuesday June 26, 2007 at 2 p.m. To be followed by a reception at the same location. Cremation has taken place and Kenneth's ashes will be interred at a later date. As an expression of sympathy a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Tranquility Burial And Cremation Services Inc. (905) 855-7565.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-10 published
McGILL, Margaret Elizabeth " Betty"
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Wednesday, August 8th, 2007. Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) McGILL of Owen Sound, in her 72nd year. Sister of Ann and her husband, Carl OPRYSZKO, of Owen Sound, Louise and her husband, Herb ROBINSON, of Barrie and Father Paul McGILL, C.S.B., of Toronto. Loving aunt of Judy and her husband, David RICHARDSON, Elizabeth and her husband, Andrew SMEULDERS and Andrew ROBINSON. Loving great-aunt of four great-nephews and four great-nieces. Predeceased by her parents, Millard and Mae McGILL and her brother, John McGILL. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492) on Friday evening from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Betty McGILL will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, August 11th, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. with Father Paul McGILL officiating. Interment in Leith Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to Grey Bruce Health Services Foundation as your expression of sympathy.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-18 published
LONG, Joyce Doreen (SMITH)
At Saint Mary's Hospital in Kitchener, Sunday evening September 16, 2007. The former Joyce SMITH of Kitchener at the age of 80. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth LONG. Loving mother of Lori-Anne RUMIG and her husband Michael of Kitchener. Lovingly remembered by her granddaughter Melanie RICHARDSON and her husband John of New Hamburg and one great-grand_son Brady. Dear sister of Dorothy CAUDLE of R.R.#6, Wiarton, Harry SMITH and his wife Theresa of Kenora, Keith SMITH and his wife Joan of Hepworth, Eleanor NUTTALL and her husband Don and Gwen ARNOLD and her husband Ted all of R.R.#3, Hepworth. Dear sister-in-law of Marie McCULLOCH and her husband Lloyd of R.R.#3, Allenford. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the funeral home Thursday morning at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Boyd Cemetery, Shallow Lake. Expressions of Remembrance to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Messages of condolence to the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Joyce by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-09 published
McLEOD, Sadie Leona (formerly RICHARDSON, née THOMAS)
Of Wiarton, peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services Wiarton on Saturday, October 6th, 2007. The former Sadie Leona THOMAS in her 89th year. Loving mother of Bob RICHARDSON and his wife Verniece and Wayne RICHARDSON and his wife Linda, both of R.R.#1 Allenford; and mother-in-law of Carol RICHARDSON, of Wiarton. Cherished grandmother of Brad RICHARDSON (Anne,) Cindy (Rick DAY), Cathy HEWITT, Deanna (Mike VOKES), Julie (Greg YATES), Tracy (Chris HELLOWELL,) and Jen RICHARDSON (and partner Jeremy DODSON;) and great-grandmother of Kyle, Rachel, Michael, Curtis, Tyler, Ashley, Halley, Emily, Hannah, and Matthew. Devoted sister to Les THOMAS (and friend Flo) and Marg PEER, both of Wiarton. Sadly missed by her sisters-in-law Joanne, Audrey, and Eva, brother-in-law Ross, many nieces, nephews and best friend Carl CAMMIDGE. Predeceased by her son Clayton “Clayt&rdquo
McLEOD; her parents Robert and Gertrude; brothers Ivan, Jim, Stan and Charlie; and her sisters Nora, Win and Dot. The family invite Friends to visit with them in tribute to Sadie's life to share stories and refreshments on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home and Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041. To respect Sadie's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation with interment at Eastnor Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy, donations to Friends of Gateway or Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. In living memory of Sadie a Red Maple tree will be planted in the funeral home meadow by the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home and Chapel. Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-19 published
McFARLAND, Ruby Alice (née FRENCH)
Formerly of Mississauga passed away peacefully at the Southampton Care Centre of Wednesday, October 17, 2007 in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of Ralph Wesley McFARLAND for 65 years. Dear mother of James McFARLAND and his wife Janie of Port Elgin. Loving Grandmother of Patricia Ann OBERHOLZER of London, Janie Lynn and her husband Brent RICHARDSON of Burgoyne and Jennifer Marie McFARLAND and her fiancé Luke PARADIS of Kincardine. Loved Great-grandmother of Fawn OBERHOLZER and Mikki OBERHOLZER. Sister-in-law of Irene FRENCH of Palmerston. Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two sisters Edith VEITEL and Emily MITCHELL, two brothers Bert FRENCH and Beverly FRENCH, sister-in-law Anna FRENCH and brother-in-law Lloyd VEITEL. The family will receive Friends on Sunday, October 21, 2007 from 2-4 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston where Rev. Janet SINCLAIR will conduct the Funeral Service in the Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, October 22, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Palmerston Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donations to charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-03 published
RICHARDSON, Wilma Ruth (BARRAGER)
Peacefully at Woodhall Park Specialty Care Brampton, on Wednesday December 20, 2006. Wilma BARRAGER in her 76th year. Beloved wife of the late Donald RICHARDSON. Loving mother of Charlie and his wife Judy of Muskoka, and Jim and his wife Mindy of London. Loved and sadly missed by her grandchildren: Diana and Jennifer, Tonia, Amanda and Curtis, and Crystal and Amanda. Loving great-grandmother of Taylor, Morgan, Nicholas, Justin, Noah, Dimitri, Ashton, Madyson, and McKenzy. Dear sister of Richard and his wife Merete BARRAGER of Winnipeg, June RICE of Oakville, Ann and her husband Ron ALSTON of Newmarket, Irene and her husband Carl GOODYEAR of Scarborough, and the late Donald BARRAGER. The family will receive Friends at Rod Abrams Funeral Home #1666 Tottenham Rd., Tottenham (905) 936-3477 on Saturday January 6, 2007 from 12 noon until time of Memorial Service in the chapel at 1pm.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-04 published
SAKER, Gordon Douglas
It is with great sadness our family announces the passing at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on January 2nd, 2007, of Gordon Douglas SAKER of Rodney, formerly of London in his 56th year. Loving and devoted husband to Louann (TUNKS) SAKER. Loving and proud father of Shelley (MARCHAND) RICHARDSON and husband Jeff, Racquel Marchand HORRELL and husband Jason, Sean SAKER and Correen and Tammy SAKER and Raphal. Cherished grandpa of Zachary, Kaitlyn, Ethan, Caden, Rene, Alan, Patricia and Jasmine. Dear brother of Cheryl (Warren), Alan (Susan), Debbie (Victor), Ronald and the late Steven SAKER. Predeceased by his mother Betty SAKER. Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel, 212 Furnival Road on Friday, January 5th, 2007 from 12: 30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 1: 30 p.m. Pastor Rob HOGENDOORN officiating. Interment Rodney cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to the Palliative Care unit at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital or Elgin Community Care Access Centre. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519-785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com To my husband, our father and grandfather, forever in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-07 published
COULTER, Vivian (YOUNG)
Suddenly at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Saturday, January 6, 2007, Vivian (YOUNG) COULTER of Strathroy, in her 74th year. Beloved wife of George COULTER and dear mother of Brian COULTER (deceased 1982.) Sister of Albert YOUNG and his wife Doris of Tillsonburg. Predeceased by one brother Fred YOUNG. Aunt of Heather RICHARDSON, Cole YOUNG and Matthew YOUNG. Also survived by many other nieces and nephews. Visitation at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home 32 Metcalfe Street West, Strathroy, on Monday, January 8, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held from Saint_John The Evangelist Anglican Church 34 head Street North, Strathroy, on Tuesday, January 9 at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Father Willi KAMMERER officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Saint_John's Anglican Church (Strathroy), or Strathroy Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Vivian.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-10 published
BURLEIGH, Muriel Loraine (née WOLFE)
At University Hospital on Monday, January 8, 2007, Muriel Loraine BURLEIGH in her 77th year. Beloved wife of the late Earl J. BURLEIGH (1984.) Dear mother of Terry Lynn BROWNRIGG of London, Bob BURLEIGH (Marsha) of Windsor, Billy BURLEIGH (Shirley) and Donald BURLEIGH (Ann) of London. Sister of Marion RICHARDSON, Donald WOLFE (Ruth) of Windsor and Nonie DUNCAN (Allen) of Florida. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her son Andrew (1971,) her parents Mable and Harold WOLFE, her sister Barb PORTER, and her brothers Clifften and Marvin WOLFE. Visitors will be received on Wednesday from 2: 00- 4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. where the complete Funeral Service will be conducted in the Chapel on Thursday at 2: 00 p.m. Private interment later in Saint Peter's Cemetery.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-12 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, John William
Of Blenheim and formerly of South Harwich Township (where he farmed before his retirement) passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Born in Harwich Township 86 years ago son of the late William J. STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and Ethel ALLISON. Beloved husband of 63 years to the former Helen HUFFMAN. Dear brother of Margaret (Mrs. Verne LEE) of Blenheim and brother-in-law of Jack and his wife Mildred HUFFMAN of Harwich. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Georgia TERRY, brothers Ernest and Verne STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, niece Ethel RICHARDSON. Resting at the J.L. Ford Funeral Home in Blenheim for visitation on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and where a funeral service will be held on Saturday at 1: 30 p.m. with Pastor Ed NICOL officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials to the Fourth Line United Church Memorial Fund or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-06 published
RICHARDSON, C.A. "Stoney," D.S.O., C.D.
Passed away peacefully June 4, 2007 at his Place Kensington residence in his 99th year. He was predeceased by his wife Frances, in 2001 and is survived by a nephew, Carson WILLIAMS, in California. Born in Vegreville, Alberta in 1908, he had a distinguished business and military career, culminating as a Brigadier-General following service at Dieppe and as commander of the Calgary Tank Regiment in Italy. He retired from International Paint Company in 1973 as President and Managing Director. He was actively involved in many community and church organizations in Town of Mount Royal. Funeral service will be held at Mount Royal United Church in the Town of Mount Royal at 11: 30 a.m. on Friday June 8, 2007.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Urgel Bourgie www.urgelbourgie.com

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-27 published
RICHARDSON, Wilbert Stanley " Rich" (1925-2007)
Suddenly, as a result of a car accident, Rich RICHARDSON passed away on June 24, 2007. Rich, beloved husband of Prue. Adored father of Amber, Derek, Gairey-Wayne his wife Kathryn, Eric his wife Norma, Catherine and Mark. Predeceased by his first wife Amy. Loving grandfather of Ryan, Sarah and Jessica, Amy her husband Rick BLANCHARD, and Jaimey. Proud great-grandfather of Nicolle and Halle BLANCHARD. Rich was predeceased by his brothers Garrett and Bernard. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and dear Friends. Originally from Pennsylvania, Rich served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2 and moved to Canada in 1947. He was a lifelong entrepreneur, founding Wayne Distributors and Advertisers in 1951, followed by the SMR Group and LGR Ltd. Energetic and driven by the urge to build businesses, he was still working full-time at the time of his death. He was honoured as a lifetime member of the Canadian Direct Marketing Association. Rich's community spirit was equally strong. He was a Director of many charities, including Goodwill, Tafelmusik, High Road Foundation and United Way. An extraordinary story-teller, known for his appreciation of a good joke and a well-executed prank, Rich lit up the world with his passion for life, love and family. Details of a Celebration of Life Service to be held in mid-July may be obtained after July 4, 2007 from Egan Funeral Home Baxter and Giles Chapel, 273 Broadway, Orangeville, www.eganfuneralhome.com or 519-941-2630. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, P.O. Box 296, Orangeville L9W 2Z7 would be appreciated. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneral-home.com

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-11 published
CARTER, Ormie " Bud"
Passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Ormie was born in Toronto, October 2, 1924. He died July 9, 2007 at the age of 82. Predeceased by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 53 years, Joan Browne CARTER of Norval, Ontario. Predeceased by his parents Reubin and Pearl CARTER who came to Norval in 1934 as the new owners of the Hollywood Tavern. Loving father of Janice and her husband Peter HUGHES of London, England, eldest son James CARTER, David and his wife Ellen, Kathleen and her husband George GASTLE, and his youngest daughter Connie KARLSSON all of Norval, Ontario. Dear brother to his only sibling June Carter WARWICK, and loving Uncle to Lynn, Laurie and Lesley WARWICK, Pam, Helen, Allison and Gordon BROWNE and all their children. Loving grandfather of Damian (Odette) KARLSSON, Helen (Martin) LONG and the late Orla beloved partner to grand_son Simon HUGHES, Holly THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, James (Jacky) CARTER, Michael CARTER, Bradford GASTLE and Amy CLEMENT, Derek GASTLE, Andrea GASTLE and Paul McCARTHY (Jenna) of Alberta. Loving great-grandfather to Selena, Jaidyn and Lily KARLSSON, and George, Henry and Eloise LONG of London, England and Taya of Alberta. Ormie was a special Step-Great-Grandfather to Brianna RICHARDSON. Ormie (Smiley) CARTER appropriately nicknamed by his buddies of 'The First Special Forces', (Devil's Brigade) World War 2, the first Canadian and American special service force. Ormie served in the Italian Campaign, was a Prisoner of War in Stalag 7 in Munich. Ormie volunteered near the end of the war with the Swiss Red Cross driving into Mauthausen and Dachau Concentration Camps bringing prisoners to safety, and for medical treatment. Ormie was recently awarded the American Combat Infantry Badge and the American Military Medal (Bronze Star) by the U.S. Army. Ormie will be sadly missed by his Friends and family. Friends will be received at the J.S. Jones and son Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Rd., north of Maple Ave., Georgetown (905-877-3631) on Friday July 13, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Saint Paul's Anglican Church, (12 Adamson Street, Norval) on Saturday July 14th, at 11: 00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Saint Paul's Anglican Parish Hall, Norval Memorial donations can be sent to Saint Paul's Anglican Church (12 Adamson St. P.O. 309, Norval, Ontario L0P 1K0 or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. To send expressions of sympathy visit www.jsjonesandsonfuneralhome.com

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-14 published
RICHARDSON, Norman R.
After a lengthy illness, passed away peacefully on Tuesday July 10th, 2007 in his 94th year at York Central Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Predeceased by his loving wife Marion Isabella MATHESON and his three brothers Kenneth, Russ, and Harold. Dear uncle of Peter and Gillian RICHARDSON, Penny GHARTEY, Pat HARLEY, Jim and Luba RICHARDSON, Robin and Karen RICHARDSON, Janet and Earl JONES, Judy and Rudy MEIER, Pat and David DAVIES, Michael and Sandra RICHARDSON, David and Pamela RICHARDSON, Donald and Glynda MATHESON, Rae GOURLAY, Anne and Ken ROBERTS, Ken and Debra MATHESON and Hugh and Judi MATHESON. Will also be sadly missed by his many great nieces and nephews. Norman graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance in 1935. During World War 2, he served as artillery lieutenant in the 14th Field Regiment, which was instrumental in the freedom of Holland. He became President of Cheeseborough Ponds, and, subsequently President of C.C.T.F.A. After his retirement in 1983, he volunteered for a number of years as Treasurer of Hospital Special Needs. Norman led a very active life. He loved to travel, was a patron of the arts, was a sports enthusiast and had an interest in wildlife, particularly birds and racoons, whom he fed for 44 years in his backyard on Revcoe Drive. He will be dearly missed, and forever remembered. At Norman's request, there will be no service. In his honour, donations to his favourite charity, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario (in memory of his wife Marion) would be greatly appreciated. Condolences - www.rskane.ca R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-16 published
NIXON, Paul Russell (November 6, 1942-July 14, 2007)
It is with sadness we announce that after several years of serious illness, borne with grace and dignity, Paul passed away at The Carpenter Hospice in Burlington, Ontario. Paul was the beloved husband of Bonnie Louise RICHARDSON, loving father of Paul Matthew and Mark Edward. He was the doting 'poppy' of Ashley Marie and grandpa of Michael and Jordan NIXON. Paul was the dearly loved son of Goldie and the late Walter NIXON. He will be greatly missed by his sister Mary (Robert) HISSINK and his brother John (Barbara) and their families. Paul was predeceased by his loved sister-in-law June. At Paul's request no funeral will be held. A celebration of a life well lived will be held on Friday, July 20, 2007, from 5-8 p.m. at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street (one block north of City Hall) Burlington (905-632-3333). In lieu of flowers, donations are graciously received for Carpenter Hospice, Burlington and the OakvilleTrafalgar Memorial Hospital Foundation - Kidney Dialysis Unit. www.smithsfh.com Rest in Peace, Paul. You did it your way.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-16 published
STASIUK, Charlotte V. (née TACHE)
Passed away, on the Feast Day of St. Vladimir, on Sunday, July 15th, 2007 at Oakville in her 81st year. Beloved wife of, and predeceased by her husband Peter. Loving mother of Ann (Rick), Peter (Sandra), Paul (Mickey,) Joseph (Lisa,) and Charlotte (Paul) RICHARDSON. Cherished Baba of Patrick, Mark, Mary, Elizabeth, Allison, Peter James, Andrew, Chris, Thomas, Alexandra, Sydney, Natasha, Katrina, and Emily. Survived by her sister Natalie (Rhode Island) and predeceased by her brother Stanley. Charlotte was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 3rd, 1926. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario (Brescia College) in 1948 and married Peter on June 25th, 1955 at Delhi, Ontario. She was happiest at home with a house full of family and Friends. Charlotte also found time to serve as a member of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League and the North York Physicians Wives Association. A Girl Guide Leader in Delhi, Ontario, she also taught English to Spanish students following her university studies. Friends may call on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Catholic Church (15 Church Street, Thornhill). Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Society. Condolences and funeral details available at www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-18 published
RINTOUL, Donald Reid
(Past Master Clementi Masonic Lodge #313 Lakefield)
Died at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Hospital Drive, on July 15, 2007 in his 97th year. Predeceased by his parents, William and Louise RINTOUL. Beloved husband of Edna (née CAMPBELL.) Dear brother of Jean RICHARDSON. Donald served his country during World War 2 in the Royal Canadian Navy. Later he taught industrial arts at Lakefield District High School for 18 years. A graveside funeral service will take place on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Orangeville at 1: 00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Mark Street United Church, Peterborough at 11: 00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21st with visitation one hour prior to the service. If so desired, donations may be made to Sleeping Children Around the World or Mark Street United Church Memorial Fund.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-28 published
BRIOUX, Lorna Garland (née STEWARD/STEWART/STUART)
With profound sadness the family announces the death of Lorna, who passed away peacefully at Saint Michael's Hospital on Wednesday, July 25th, 2007. Best friend and soul mate of her late husband Garry. Loving mother of Gregory (Debbie), of Burlington, Ontario, Stephen (Allison) of Phoenix, Arizona, and Bradley of Vancouver, British Columbia Very proud grandmother of Kaitlin, Cameron, Stephanie and Scott. Predeceased by parents Martha and George STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Dearest sister of Bill STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Neda,) and the late Isobel RICHARDSON. Beloved daughter-in-law of Norma KILLORAN. Most loved sister-in-law of Barb BRIOUX, Gay BRIOUX, Jackie and Don HARRIS, Charmaine and Dave DRAPER, Sharon and Bob CULLEN and the late Norm BRIOUX and Paul BRIOUX. Lorna is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She devoted her life to her husband and children. Her courage, compassion and strong faith will be her legacy to her children, their spouses and grandchildren. Family and Friends will be received at Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Sunday, July 29th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 3055 Bloor St. West on Monday, July 30th, 2007 at 11 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. The family wishes to sincerely thank the many special people who provided loving compassionate care to Lorna during her illness.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-03 published
Friends mourn a man who was cheerful, selfless
Constable Rob PLUNKETT is York Regional Police's first fatality in the line of duty in more than two decades
By Timothy APPLEBY and Alan CAIRNS and Tim SHUFELT, Page A8
On the chilly February day nine years ago, when 78-year-old Katherine TOPPI's car skidded across a frozen lake and then plunged through the ice close to the retirement home in Markham where she lived, her prospects could scarcely have been more dire.
Ms. TOPPI had suffered a stroke and lost control of her vehicle, which now was submerged in a couple of metres of bone-numbing water.
Fortunately for her, a couple of uniformed guardian angels were on hand.
One was York Regional Police Constable Brent LUCKASAVITCH; the other his partner, Constable Rob PLUNKETT.
Together the policemen carried an inflatable boat out across the ice and paddled it out to the stricken car, the windshield of which Constable PLUNKETT smashed with his baton. They then scooped the shivering Ms. TOPPI to safety.
A cheerful, gregarious father of three and a star athlete who ran triathlons and excelled at half a dozen other strength-testing sports, Constable PLUNKETT won a bravery award for the rescue and would likely have said it was all in a day's work.
But the volunteer work he did, over and above a 22-year police career cut short early yesterday morning, set him apart.
And his particular passion was in working with mentally handicapped athletes.
"He had a tremendous impact; he's been a great inspiration for everyone who knew him. This is a huge loss," said Deborah BRIGHT, president and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Canada. "He was just one of these good people you don't meet very often in your life."
When York Regional Police played host to the Ontario Special Olympics in 2000, Constable PLUNKETT chaired the bidding team, raising close to $1-million for the roughly 800 participants, drawn from almost 100 countries. Five events took centre stage: floor hockey, five- and 10-pin bowling, swimming and powerlifting.
As well, he was for many years instrumental in organizing the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, since 1987 the favoured charity of Ontario's police.
"Rob was one of our top fundraisers for more than 15 years," Special Olympics Ontario president Glen MacDONELL said.
"He really believed in what the Special Olympics did for people with intellectual disabilities and he was really engaged in the community. It was in his nature to be that way and he was well thought of right around the world. He was recognized locally, provincially, nationally and internationally because he was one of the best."
Why did he do it? It was not because he had any vested interest. None of his three children - two sons aged 16 and 14 and an 18-year-old daughter - bore any of the handicaps shared by the people whose cause he championed.
"He didn't do this for any obvious reasons - he was just a great man, he loved doing things for other people," said Constable Alan RICHARDSON of the Timmins Police Service, the National Torch Run co-ordinator.
"He had no connection with the Special Olympics other than that he was a police officer and that's our charity of choice. He was just a great family man who loved sports. Everybody he touched and talked to and got to know held him close to their hearts."
Constable PLUNKETT spent several years with the York Regional Police tactical squad, one of the more hazardous police duties, before switching to undercover surveillance work.
"As a police officer you'd think that might be a safer job," Constable RICHARDSON said. "But you know, there is no safe job as a police officer."
In Constable PLUNKETT's small hometown of Midhurst, just north of Barrie, residents were reeling yesterday after learning their neighbour and friend was the fallen policeman they had heard about in news reports. One family friend broke into tears.
"He was a really lovely man, with a really strong family," she said, asking not to be named, before running to the PLUNKETT home. Constable PLUNKETT's widow, a school teacher, was "devastated," the woman said.
The PLUNKETT family sat on the front porch of their grey-brick house on what is normally a quiet street. Cars lined the tree-filled front yard as Friends and family gathered to offer support.
A spokesman for the family said they were too distraught to speak about their loss. A friend of the PLUNKETTs' youngest son said he went over to the family's house after hearing the news.
"He's upset, but it hasn't really sunk in," said 14-year-old Brian HUGHES. "No one wants to believe it's true."
By every account, the veteran officer was a well-liked, if private, neighbour.
Roland DEMPSTER, a 30-year community resident, was aware that Constable PLUNKETT was a policeman but only knew him well enough to wave from his yard.
Mr. DEMPSTER shook his head at what he said was a senseless crime.
"For an airbag? Does that make any sense to you?" he said. "It's sad our society's going that way."
The PLUNKETTs' oldest child, Amanda, is preparing to go to university in the fall, said Kay RADMAN, a co-worker at the nearby Sears department store.
"She's a wonderful girl; we just love her," she said of Amanda, who attended Ms. RADMAN's 50th birthday party last weekend.
In yesterday's wilting heat, flags at all city facilities in the City of Vaughan flew at half mast, as they did at Toronto police stations, to honour the slain officer. They will remain that way until Constable PLUNKETT's funeral.
"Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with his family," Vaughan Mayor Linda JACKSON said in a statement. "The full meaning of the police motto, 'To serve and protect,' is brought home to all of us today by today's tragic event."

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-20 published
MARTIN, Ella May
Peacefully at home on Sunday, August 19, 2007. Beloved wife of the late Armien John. Lovingly remembered by her children, their spouses and families, Ashton A. MARTIN, Malcolm H. MARTIN, Debby MORTON and Daphne P. RICHARDSON, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren Samantha, Nathan and Cierra. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Yorke Chapel", 2357 Bloor Street West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A private service for family and immediate Friends to follow. In lieu of flowers, remembrances made to Canadian Cancer Charity.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-25 published
McKEAG, Honorary Colonel (Retired) The Honourable William John, CM, OM, CD, B. Comm., LL.D
At home on Thursday, August 23, 2007 William John (Jack) McKEAG died surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Dawn CAMPBELL for 56 years. Loving father of Janis (Clifton RICHARDSON,) Darcy (Tom CRAWFORD), Kelly and Douglas (Onalea GILBERTSON), and grandfather of Scott and Colin REES and Stephanie (Alan SAMUELS,) Shannon and Matthew CRAWFORD. Survived by niece Ellen (Kowalski) sisters-in-law Sharon (Vic NAIMISH), Sonya (Scott WRIGHT), Dilly (Bill BURNS) and Pat (Drewett) and one brother-in-law Keith CAMPBELL. Jack was born on March 17, 1928 to Thomas and Isabelle McKEAG in Beresford, Manitoba. He was 18 months old when a car/train collision at Chater, Manitoba killed his mother and older sister. Jack was thrown clear, unharmed, and with the consent of his father, was adopted by George H. McKEAG (cousin of Thomas) and his wife Elizabeth BIGGAR. Jack grew up in Winnipeg, attending Queenston, Robert H. Smith and Kelvin Schools. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1949 with a Bachelor of Commerce. He then joined the family business Security Storage Ltd. (sold to British Traction in 1956) remaining there until 1960, serving as President 1952-60. He helped found McKeag-Harris Realty, latter known as McKeag Realty, and maintained an active role until 2000. Jack was a 'generous and giving guy' who volunteered in his beloved Winnipeg in a great variety of causes. He was a life-long member of St. Andrew's River Heights United Church. He joined the Kiwanis Club in 1951 and thoroughly enjoyed his association, keeping up contact with Friends that he met and worked with in the organization. He served as the President of the Winnipeg Club and as District Governor of the 67 Clubs in Western Canada. The family excursions to Kiwanis conventions across Canada and the U.S.A. rank high in memorable family trips, full of happenings and mis-happenings. Jack loved politics and worked locally for the Liberal party through many elections. In 1977, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Jack as Lieutenant-Governor of the province of Manitoba, a position he held for 6 years. He was deeply honoured to have served Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. He enjoyed travelling the province, attending fairs, festivals and curling bonspiels. Over 36,000 people from all walks of life attended functions at Government House. Following his tenure as Lieutenant-Governor, Jack returned to the business sector. During this time he served on a number of Boards of Directors provincially, nationally and internationally. These Boards of Directors included: Canadian Motorways Ltd. (1963-80); M.E.P.C. Canadian Properties Ltd. (1974-77); The Investors Group (1975-98) Johnson and Higgins Willis Faber Ltd. (1976-92); Grace General Hospital (1976-86); Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature (1976-84) Greater Winnipeg Gas Company (1978-86); Norcen Energy Resources Ltd. (1980-86); The Council for Canadian Unity (1981-87); Governor of the Olympic Trust of Canada (1983-91) and various community organizations. He was also a member of the St. Charles Country Club, The Manitoba Club, and past member of Winnipeg Winter Club, and Lakewood Country Club. Jack loved duck hunting with his Friends and family. He became a member of Ducks Unlimited (Canada) in 1976, serving as President 1984-85 and as Chairman 1986-88. He was a big booster of the Winnipeg Jets too, serving as President 1976-77) In 1973, Jack was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Fort Garry Horse, enthusiastically supporting the regiment until retirement in 1998. Jack was the recipient of many honours during his lifetime, including: The Knight of Grace in the Canadian Priory of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint_John of Jerusalem (1971), Knight of Justice (1982); Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1978); Canadian Decoration (1986), Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation (1993) Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Jack and Dawn were keen travellers and covered a great part of the world. Always, however Winnipeg was home. The favourite place for the family to gather each summer was at Granite Lake, Ontario. In spite of all Jack's honours and activities, he always had time for his family activities - be it school, hockey, soccer, baseball, swim meets or the horse barn. He was always ready with a little 'walking around money' for 'his Buds'. For the first time since 1980, Jack could not spend part of the winter in Sarasota, Florida. He was too ill to travel. During his illness, Jack was looked after by a legion of caring people at the Grace Hospital and by the Home Care and their Palliative Care Unit. Angels All! It allowed him to die at home in the midst of his family. A special thanks to Doctor T. Morgan and Colonel Max Ryan. The service for William John (Jack) McKEAG will take place on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. at St. Andrew's River Heights United Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Internment will take place at a latter date. The pallbearers will be members of the Fort Garry Horse Regiment. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in fond tribute to Jack's Memory can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or the Manitoba Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice. Neil Bardal Inc. (204) 949-2200 www.nbardal.mb.ca

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-15 published
HORGAN, Patricia Elizabeth Jane (née BROWNE)
Suddenly but peacefully in her sleep at age 84, on Wednesday September 12, 2007. Pat was predeceased by her beloved husband, Jim in 2002. She was the proud and loving mother of Janet HENSHALL, Susan TURCOT (John), Drew (Sonya FITTERER), and Ann MacKENZIE (Bill MAGILL.) She found joy in sharing in the lives of Gillian HENSHALL, Kevin TURCOT, Victoria MacKENZIE, William and Melanie MAGILL and Peter CECIL as grandmother and in the lives of Aaron and Katelyn as "Big Grandma." Pat leaves her sister, Kathy RICHARDSON (Jim) and their family. Born in 1923, Pat was the daughter of Charles Holden BROWNE and Pauline Olive MINTERN. She was a proud member of the W.R.C.N.S. and served in Motor Transport in World War 2 at H.M.C.S. York and Esquimault. Her many stories reveal treasured memories of early years with her family in North York, at Earl Haig Collegiate, young people's at Saint_John's York Mills and the Wrens. Pat created an engaging home for her family, firstly in Willowdale, then in Swansea and at Catchacoma. She was involved in her community, belonging to the Study Group, St. Olave's Anglican Church Women groups, and Swansea Historical Society. She was active in the early days of the CAC consumer group and was coordinator of Meals on Wheels in the west end for several years. Pat enjoyed developing new relationships while maintaining her treasured Friendships. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 p.m. followed by a service to celebrate Patricia's life in the Chapel on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 4 p.m. If desired, donations made be made to ALS Research, c/o Dr. Lorne ZINMAN, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Room UG26, Toronto, M4N 3M5.
Sweet dreams. We love you.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-04 published
RICHARDSON, Eloise Lynn "Lisa" (née BURNAND)
Eloise Lynn (Lisa) RICHARDSON loving wife of Doctor John Michael (Mike) RICHARDSON of Thunder Bay, Ontario passed away on September 30, 2007 at the Hamilton General Hospital.
Lisa will be lovingly remembered by her parents, Jean and Bernard BURNAND and her three siblings Peter (Dianne,) Drew (Karen) and Heather (Steve) WALTON. She also leaves behind her three nieces Amy (Paul), Sarah (Mac), and Rebecca as well as her two nephews Sean (Jenn) and Kyle (Jocelyn). She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Elizabeth RICHARDSON and her brother-in-law, Andrew. Lisa was very close to her beloved aunt, Jean Alexander and leaves behind many other loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Lisa was predeceased by her grandparents Naomi and Hugh YOUNG, and Florence and Septimus BURNAND, Uncle Leonard BURNAND, and her father-in-law Nelson RICHARDSON.
Lisa was born in Calgary, Alberta on August 22, 1952. She attended Tweedsmuir Girls School, and Viscount Bennett. She received her B.A. Honours in Classics from University of Calgary, and her M.A. in Classics from McMaster University.
Since 1978 Lisa and Mike lived in Thunder Bay, Ontario where Lisa taught English and Classics at Lakehead University. Lisa's passions included traveling to Greece, Italy, Florida and Britain.
Lisa was a woman of devotion, grace, and compassion and will be missed forever.
Lisa's family wishes to express their sincere and heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Hamilton General Hospital for the exceptional round the clock care and compassion she received while she was their patient. We especially want to thank Doctor Irene CYBULSKY and Doctor Clive DAVIS for the love they showed not only to Lisa but also to the family.
A celebration of Lisa's life will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary (1009 15 Ave. S.W.) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 1: 30 p.m., the Reverend John F.K. Dowds officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a scholarship in Lisa's name called the Lisa Richardson Memorial Scholarship in Classics at Lakehead University.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-18 published
A life quietly devoted to the needs of others
By John BARBER, Page A13
The first duty of a Protestant saint is to forestall their inclusion in the threatening hagiology, something Eunice GRAYSON did with the same consummate skill she brought to every task in a life devoted tenaciously to the needs of other people.
No Torontonian of her generation was more effective in that vocation than Ms. GRAYSON, who helped uncountable thousands of unemployed people find work at the Learning Enrichment Foundation, the all-purpose retraining centre she founded in the old "city" of York, a working-class enclave debilitated by the offshore migration of manufacturing jobs. Yet no Torontonian so influential, of any generation, was ever so little known.
Ms. GRAYSON died on Monday at 72, less than a year after retiring from a 27-year career as executive director of the Learning Enrichment Foundation.
Her passion was "getting people to see the good in themselves," Ms. GRAYSON's daughter, Sally, said yesterday. "Her priority was always other people." But her techniques were ruthlessly practical. Ms. GRAYSON took the "huddled masses" firmly in hand and transformed them, at the very least, into forklift drivers - or Microsoft-certified technicians or pastry cooks or whatever the market demanded and their talent permitted. No matter how slender their skills when they entered Learning Enrichment Foundation programs, graduates almost always found jobs at the end.
Ms. GRAYSON became an indomitable force on behalf of the unemployed, combining blind tenacity with the softest touch, according to long-time colleague Pamela RICHARDSON. "We could be sitting around a table with all these government types and she would kill them with kindness," Ms. RICHARDSON said. "That was her way. But it was a tough love. She never let anybody off the hook."
Learning Enrichment Foundation's very success at putting willing people to work, especially those who depended on social assistance, ultimately became a problem for Ms. GRAYSON, shaming official bureaucracies that consistently failed to match its results. She feuded regularly with the city's social-service department and once suffered the cancellation of Learning Enrichment Foundation's funding as a result. But she always won in the end. While governments foundered under the weight of wasteful and ineffective programs, Learning Enrichment Foundation rode high, a flagship in the noble cause of getting things done.
When the Mike Harris government implemented Draconian welfare changes, including a requirement that recipients work for their benefits, most social activists took to the streets in protest. But Ms. GRAYSON went to work, redesigning Learning Enrichment Foundation programs to suit the new rhetoric. As a result, Learning Enrichment Foundation was first in line to help the government fulfill its sketchy new training policy. The wheels of her jobs factory on Industry Street kept spinning while other agencies faltered.
She charmed politicians of every persuasion as easily as she rolled over them. "Everybody was so impressed when they met Eunice," recalled Fergy BROWN, Learning Enrichment Foundation chair and long-time mayor of the former city of York. "She was just so good at everything she did." But she rarely allowed anybody to celebrate her personally, preferring instead to invest her ego in her work.
Ms. GRAYSON founded Learning Enrichment Foundation in 1979 with a $50,000 grant from the York Board of Education and herself as sole employee. Through constant innovation and adaptation, it grew to employ more than 250 people in the job of getting other people jobs.
York has always been defined by economic barriers, according to Mr. BROWN. "It was that way when I was a kid 70 years ago." But whenever a new crack of opportunity appeared in the walls, Ms. GRAYSON was there to pry it open and prod her flock through the gap.
Today, her creation remains financially sound, its staff saddened but determined to honour their self-effacing founding saint. "The highest honour we can give her is to carry on what Learning Enrichment Foundation does," Ms. RICHARDSON said, "even though she's gone."

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-30 published
CHASE, Carman Harvey, P.Eng.
Peacefully passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Cummer Lodge at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Barbara (née RICHARDSON.) Dear father of John (Alice) of Ajax and their children Michael (Jennifer), Matthew, and Timothy; Kathryn of Austin, Texas; and Geoffrey (Elizabeth) of Nepean and their son Christopher (Alison). Survived by his sister Audrey. Predeceased by his parents John and Annie (née NORTHEY,) his brothers Albert, Earle, and Ralph, and his sisters Marion and Evelyn. Carman served in World War 2 in the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Air Force Friends may call on Friday, November 2, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. in the Chapel. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Charity of Your Choice. Condolences www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-02 published
RICHARDSON, Gordon Macpherson
(Former President of Richardson Agencies Limited)
Passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer at Southlake Regional Health Center, Newmarket, Ontario on Wednesday, October 31, 2007. Gord RICHARDSON, beloved husband of Beth RICHARDSON (née MARTIN.) Dear father of David (Reno, Nevada,) Gordon and his wife Christine (Erin, Ontario), Catherine and her husband Joseph BOLLA (Toronto, Ontario), Patricia Richardson CLARE (Newmarket, Ontario) and Charles "Chuck" (Toronto, Ontario). Fond grandfather of Taunya, Katie, Jessie, Jason, Alexandra, Sarah, Megan and Jillian. A family interment will be held in Briar Hill Cemetery, Sutton, Ontario. Memorial donations to Southlake Regional Health Center, Newmarket, would be appreciated by the family. Arrangement in care of the Forrest and Taylor Funeral Home, Sutton, 905-722-3274.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-27 published
RICHARDSON, Michael Galliford
Passed away peacefully at Lakeside Long Term Care, on Sunday, November 25, 2007, in his 68th year. Dear son of Frances and the late Darcy RICHARDSON. Loved and loving husband of Anne FERGUSON. Beloved father of Christopher, Marnie, Sarah, David and Michaela. Also survived by his sister Susan (Miguel HERRERA) and her family. Friends may call at the Trull 'North Toronto' Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence Ave.) on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Grace Church On The Hill (300 Lonsdale Rd.) on Thursday at 11: 00 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Ontario.

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RICHARDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2007-01-01 published
Mary Bates BURNS, 89: Swing singer
Mary Bates Burns was a hit with the troops and once turned down a date with Frank Sinatra
By Matthew CHUNG, Staff Reporter
She was a decorated World War 2 veteran with "perfect pitch."
Mary Bates BURNS went from making bottle tops in a factory to entertaining overseas troops with a featured singing role in the wartime revue "Meet the Navy."
She later shared stages, and radio waves, with legends of the swing era and, according to family lore, once rejected a romantic overture from Frank Sinatra.
"Mary never did make a big thing about her celebrity status," said her sister, Peg HARRIS, 85, from her home in Prince Edward Island. "She certainly was a celebrity in Toronto."
BATES BURNS performed for much of her career as Mary BATES but later took her second husband's surname. She died December 19 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, after a brief illness, at age 89.
Born June 6, 1917 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, she moved with her family six years later to Toronto's east end, near Pape Ave. and Gerrard St. E.
Her voice got noticed by co-workers in a factory and they encouraged her to try out for a local quartet. She got the job and performed with Jack ALLISON, Bill BOUNSALL and Helen RICHARDSON as The Crushy Swingers, after a successful audition for Orange Crush Co.
They quickly made a splash in the Canadian music scene, garnering airplay on CFRB and being featured on a radio broadcast put on by The Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund.
The quartet was spotted that summer by Rudy Vallee, the famous 1930s American crooner known for singing through a megaphone, as they performed at the Canadian National Exhibition.
Impressed, Vallee asked the group to sing on his Thursday evening NBC radio show broadcast from New York.
The performance was such a success BATES BURNS and the others moved to the Big Apple and made more appearances on Vallee's show as The Swing Kids. They disbanded in the late 1930s, and she launched her solo career.
BATES BURNS appeared as a featured vocalist with many large swing orchestras including The Modernaires.
In front of a microphone, BATES BURNS was "Marvellous… she was just a natural," her sister said.
It was back in Toronto, at the Canadian National Exhibition around the start of World War 2, that BATES BURNS rubbed shoulders with Frank Sinatra, then in the early years of his career.
"I think the story was, he asked did she know where a guy could get a drink?" said BATES BURNS's daughter, Kate BURNS Rapley, in a phone interview from England.
"He then said was there any chance of him having some company with that drink?"
BATES BURNS, married at the time to musician Ken ADAMSON, declined. She and ADAMSON were later divorced.
BATES BURNS joined the Canadian navy in World War 2 as a member of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Services. She was a featured act in the "Meet the Navy" musical show that entertained soldiers stationed across Canada.
It was a dangerous time and "sad too, because you lost so many Friends in those days," said another sister, Betty JESSHOPE, 82, from her home in Oakville.
In 1944, "Meet the Navy" went overseas, playing around England. During a five-month run at London's Hippodrome theatre in 1945, the show received a rave from Beverley Baxter in the London Evening Standard.
"You don't have to visit the Hippodrome out of any sense of duty," she wrote. "The Canadian Navy has sailed up the Thames and London is its prisoner."
JESSHOPE said servicemen turned out to be an appreciative audience for her sister.
"In the navy show, the first time (BATES BURNS) sang… I think they had a hard time getting (soldiers) to shut up," JESSHOPE said, "because the young men just kept clapping her on."
After the war, "Meet the Navy" was shot as a film in Britain with BATES BURNS as a featured vocalist.
England also provided her with a second husband, accomplished saxophone player Bob BURNS, whom she wed in 1948. BATES BURNS performed there in 1950 with orchestra leader Bert Ambrose at Ciro's, a popular nightclub of the time. The pair had a son, Rob, in 1948, and daughter Kate in 1952.
BATES BURNS retired from singing professionally soon after the birth of her daughter and, around the same time, was divorced from BURNS.
She returned to Canada and worked as an electrologist for a while, moved back to England for a few years in the 1970s and then came back to Canada for good.
"I think she was never really sure where she wanted to be," said Kate. "She had gone back and forth all her life."
In fact, BATES BURNS made one last trip across the Atlantic in August, paying a three-week visit to Kate and her three children.
"She was very bright, she had all her faculties," said Kate.
BATES BURNS remained close with many Friends from the swing era, including composer Robert Farnon and Bert Pearl, bandleader on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio's popular program The Happy Gang.
And she still loved to sing when together with family. "I don't think she ever appreciated how good (a vocalist) she was herself," JESSHOPE said.

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