RICHER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-07-25 published
BORNER, Gertrud Johanna
In Centre Grey Hospital, Markdale, on Saturday, July 2007. Gertrud BORNER in her 76th year, dear mother of Danny BORNER and Monika BORNER both of Proton Station and Udo BORNER (Barb RICHER) of Rockwood. Loving grandmother of Ron (Danielle), Laurie, Gary and Kimberley RICHER, and Christopher and Kyle BORNER. Great-grandmother of Shyanna, Nathaniel, Ethan and Mackenzie. Survived by two brothers Hans and Werner of Germany. Predeceased by her husband Bruno, a daughter Krystal, and a brother Wolfgang. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, South Proton, on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Visitation on Wednesday at St. Patrick's Church from 11 to 11: 30 a.m. Donations to St. Patrick's Church or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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RICHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-11 published
McLEOD, Malcolm Edwin
Peacefully at Meadows of Dorchester on June 8, 2007 in his 92nd year. Loving husband of Phyllis DAVIDSON and dear father of Hugh and his wife Julia, Jane and her husband Hans HANSEN, and Ian and his wife Marguerite RICHER. Devoted grandfather of Marc and Lise McLEOD, and Madeleine and Alice HANSEN. Predeceased by brothers John, Norman, Robert, Alexander and George. Survived by two sisters-in-law, Kay and Kathleen. Mac was principal at James Morden Elementary School for its first twenty five years. A long-term elder at Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church, he was a founding member of the Niagara Falls Curling Club and active in the Niagara Falls Lions Club. The family extends its sincere appreciation to the caring staff at Meadows of Dorchester. The family will receive Friends at Morse and son Chapel of the Morgan Funeral Homes, 5917 Main Street, Sunday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1: 00 p.m. at Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church, 6136 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, on Monday, June 11 (today). Interment to follow at Stamford Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church Hope Fund.

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RICHICHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-16 published
MORRISON, Valerie Dymoke (née WHITE/WHYTE)
Valerie died peacefully in her ninetieth year on June 14, 2007 in Halifax with family by her side. She was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, the second daughter of T. Charles and Grace Lillian (CARLILE) WHITE/WHYTE. She was the dearly loved wife of the late Doctor Allan Bruce MORRISON, who died June 14, 1990. Valerie was a graduate of The Royal College of Music, London, receiving both ARCM and GRSM degrees. During the war years she was music mistress at Newcastle Church High School (evacuated to Alnwick Castle) and later at Wisbech High School. She met Allan, a Canadian soldier, when he visited, while on leave, her sister at their home in Wisbech. After a brief wartime courtship, they corresponded during his years of graduate study at Columbia University. In 1948, she and Allan married a few days after her arrival on the Aquitania at Pier 21. Valerie resumed her teaching career in 1967, and derived great enjoyment from her many piano students. Beyond her family, many dear Friends and music, she took great pleasure in swimming. Surely no one enjoyed the Waegwoltic pool more. She was unapologetic about the time she spent writing poetry. As the youngest generation observed, 'Grandma was an artist.' Valerie was predeceased by her infant daughter Diana and her sister Heather. She is survived by her sister Pamela, Southport, England; her four children, Elizabeth (Daniel HUGHES,) Heather (David TRANT,) Victoria (Michael MITCHELL) and Charles (Francesca;) her grandchildren Michael, Stephanie, Katherine and Victoria HUGHES, Katie, Emily, William and Pamela TRANT, Jeffrey and Emily MITCHELL, and Jacqueline MORRISON; honorary grandchildren, Tina RICHICHI and Jonathan HUGHES. The family would like to acknowledge the kind attention that Michelle McIntyre has given Valerie for many years, and the unwavering support of Albert Doyle, who was her 'ever present help in time of trouble'. More recently, the loving, expert care provided by Cathy Rouse, Holly Bell and Denise Ruppe enabled Valerie to remain at home until her final illness. We will always remember their kindness. The family is also grateful to the staff of 9 Lane at the QEII Health Sciences Centre for their compassionate care of our mother. A memorial service will take place at the Cathedral Church of All Saints (College St.) on Monday, the 18th of June, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club, 60 Farrell Street, Dartmouth B3H 4B3. E-mail condolences to: condolences.snow@aliantzinc.ca Requiescat in Pace.

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RICHMOND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-08 published
'An irrational act'
Top-ranking female officer, retired superintendent found in scene of horror The service pistol used belonged to Kelly JOHNSON, a leader in fighting domestic violence.
By Randy RICHMOND and Kelly PEDRO, Sun Media, Fri., June 8, 2007
Just before London police's "rising female star" and her ex-lover, a retired officer, were killed in a murder-suicide, she made a mysterious stop at the police station.
Then, Acting Insp. Kelly JOHNSON, the force's highest- ranking female officer, jumped into a waiting van.
Minutes later, two gunshots were fired inside a van before it crashed into a brick wall six blocks away from the station, outside JOHNSON's apartment building at 7 Picton St.
Stunned neighbours found JOHNSON, 40, dead, her face bloody, her 9 mm Glock service pistol -- which she wasn't authorized to have with her -- on her lap.
Beside her, the driver of the van and her ex-lover, retired superintendent David LUCIO, 57, was slumped over with what witnesses: called a bullet wound to the head.
Neighbours called 911 at 12: 01 a.m. yesterday and police arrived within four minutes to discover the unthinkable: two of their own were dead.
Even more unthinkable -- police and civilian sources and witness accounts pointed yesterday to JOHNSON -- a noted community leader in fighting domestic violence -- as the one who shot LUCIO.
A subdued police Chief Murray FAULKNER stressed police won't know who shot whom until after an autopsy scheduled for today.
"Nothing that happened last night makes any sense right yet," he told The Free Press. "There will be sources that say that (JOHNSON was the shooter,) and I understand that."
"But we need to have proof, not just speculation, not just opinion," FAULKNER said.
Even after the autopsies, police may never know why the killings occurred.
"Was there anything yesterday that would indicate there would be a problem at midnight last night? Not a single thing. Was there anything in her mood, anything? No, no," FAULKNER said.
FAULKNER said he didn't know why JOHNSON, after leaving work about 5 p.m., returned just before midnight.
"Did she come to get some workout clothes? Did she come to get her service revolver? I don't know."
She wasn't authorized to take her gun home, FAULKNER said.
An officer who saw JOHNSON at the station noticed nothing amiss, FAULKNER said.
The first civilians to find JOHNSON and LUCIO after the shooting described a scene of quiet horror.
"I heard a gunshot, then I heard an engine revving and then a crash," said Brian KEARN, who was in the front lobby of his apartment building near where the van crashed.
He and several other building residents ran outside.
"We tried to get in the van and help the victims but the doors were locked," he said.
KEARN said he saw a female passenger, with a severe head wound from a gunshot, sitting in the passenger side. A handgun rested on her lap.
The male driver appeared to have a bullet wound to his right temple, KEARN said.
"There was no movement. The people were obviously dead."
Other witnesses: described seeing the man with a bloody left arm and blood down his back.
"It was awful, just gruesome" said one woman, a nearby resident. "You could see blood on the airbags."
Another resident of the same building said he heard a bang and watched from his second-floor window as the van rolled back after hitting the wall.
When he got to the van, "they were lifeless."
Police on the scene grew instantly quiet once they opened the van, KEARN said.
"There were quite subdued. They were quite quiet."
JOHNSON was an 18-year veteran of the force.
She's served for several years as the detective sergeant in charge of the sexual assault and child abuse section and supervised the force's domestic violence co-ordinator.
Five days ago, she was named acting inspector of the department's professional standards branch.
Kelly "was a very bright, articulate community-minded officer&hellip If there was a rising star, specifically female, she was it," FAULKNER said.
LUCIO retired as superintendent in 2004 after 35 years of service.
JOHNSON was a role model for many of the about 100 female officers, FAULKNER said.
"LUCIO was a role model for many of the male officers," FAULKNER said.
"When you see this happen to two people that you either very much admire and emulate, it shakes your confidence."
Most of the force's 180 civilian employees took the news especially hard, FAULKNER said.
"It's the tough cop that doesn't show emotion, but civilian staff are not used to that."
A shaken police board chairperson, Ab CHAHBAR, said it was a sad day for the force.
"You can see it all over their faces," he said.
FAULKNER confirmed JOHNSON and LUCIO had had a relationship, but didn't say how close they were.
The two were ex-lovers, several sources told The Free Press.
JOHNSON had been married for several years to a fellow London officer, Steve PEARSON, but they separated.
LUCIO was also separated from his wife.
It wasn't clear if LUCIO and JOHNSON still had a relationship.
The deaths stunned not only the 720 members of the force, but hundreds more in community groups where the two high-profile officers volunteered.
"It's just a great personal tragedy for both families, Friends and loved ones and anyone who worked with either one of them," said Megan WALKER, head of the London Abused Women's Centre.
"He was a very, very close friend of mine… He loved being a cop," said Dave SCATCHERD, owner of the Oakwood resort in Grand Bend.
Police called Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, which probes civilian deaths and injuries from police actions, but the agency left the case to London police because the "subject officer" was dead, FAULKNER said.

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RICHMOND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-07-20 published
Man hurt in 'terrible' barbecue blast dies
Fire officials issue a safety warning about propane tanks after the elderly victim's death.
By Randy RICHMOND, Sun Media, Fri., July 20, 2007
An elderly air force veteran burned in a propane barbecue explosion has died, prompting a warning from city firefighters about the potential dangers of the "routine household product."
John (Jack) COLEMAN died Wednesday from burns received three weeks ago.
He was 84.
A relative said yesterday the family is in shock.
"He was a great guy," the relative said.
Firefighters say COLEMAN was operating his propane barbecue June 25 at his residence, Unit 20 of 1755 Louise Blvd., near Richmond Street and Fanshawe Park Road.
A spare propane tank stored near the barbecue grew hot and, under pressure, the gas inside was released.
The barbecue's flames ignited the venting gas.
COLEMAN's deck started on fire and he tried to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. But the propane tank released gas again, this time directly at him.
"It was like a mini-explosion," said Jack PLANT, chief fire prevention officer.
COLEMAN received third-degree burns to a substantial portion of his body, said fire department spokesperson Rick JEFFERSON.
"It is a terrible thing."
Propane is an explosive gas and its containers must be treated with caution, firefighters reminded Londoners yesterday.
"It's a routine product that people use all the time," JEFFERSON said.
But people don't use it properly all the time, firefighters said.
Propane tanks should never be stored near heat sources or inside, PLANT said.
"The sun shouldn't affect it but shade is better."
Propane gas is heavier than air and can collect at the floor level inside a home, making it difficult to detect.
A simple spark can ignite it and cause considerable damage inside a home.
Many people transport the tanks incorrectly as well, JEFFERSON said, pointing out tanks shouldn't be transported in the trunk of a car, where they can roll and hit other objects.
That in turn could release a tank's valve.
Released gas can build up in the trunk, close to a vehicle's many heat sources, JEFFERSON said.
It's safer to put the tank in the front seat, upright, with all the windows open to vent any gas, he added.
COLEMAN served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War, and after the war worked for Beatty Brothers of Fergus, Ontario, and from 1957 to 1987 with National Starch and Chemical Company.
He joined the Freemason's Saint_John's Lodge 209A in 1953 and volunteered with the Consistory Club, which provides equipment for the handicapped.
COLEMAN is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley, three children, seven grandchildren, and his brother and sister.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Robinson Memorial United Church, 1061 Richmond Street, at Sherwood Avenue.

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RICHMOND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-09-12 published
Crash kills London mother, daughter
Their car hit a median on Highway 401 and was struck by a transport truck.
By Randy RICHMOND, Sun Media, Wed., September 12, 2007
Grim scene: The driver of this transport truck died yesterday morning when he rear-ended a tractor trailer on Highway 401 near Colonel Talbot Road that had slowed for a police roadblock to divert traffic around an earlier fatal accident. (Derek RUTTAN Sun Media)
A London mother and daughter dedicated to helping victims of self abuse were killed yesterday in a Highway 401 crash that led to the death of a third driver hours later.
B.J. THOM, 52, also known as Elizabeth, and her daughter, Ashley GARROD, 22, were killed after their car hit the median in the east lanes of Highway 401 between Colonel Talbot Road and Wellington Road, spun out of control and was hit by a transport truck during heavy rain about 4 a.m., police said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer faces several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident causing death.
A second crash occurred just before 11 a.m. at the roadblock where police were diverting traffic from Highway 401 to Colonel Talbot Road.
A transport truck slowed down at the roadblock and a second truck slammed into it, killing the driver of the second truck.
Killed in the second crash was Timothy McDERMOTT, 50, of South Woodslee, Essex County.
The three deaths bring to nine the total killed on area roads the last 11 days and the carnage is exasperating police, said Const. Doug GRAHAM of Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police.
"Every accident on Highway 401 and 402 in the past few days was preventable. We are very concerned about all these deaths," he said.
Some drivers aren't getting the message to slow down in bad weather or at night, to leave room between vehicles and to wear seatbelts, GRAHAM said.
"That is is what is so disturbing."
Friends of THOM and GARROD expressed horror yesterday at the news the pair had died.
THOM and GARROD ran Self Abuse Finally Ends in Canada, a London-based group that helps people who hurt themselves.
THOM had successfully fought self abuse, said Trix VAN EGMOND, mental health public educator with the Canadian Mental Health Association of London- Middlesex.
"She gave help back and she did it in a personalized way. She was very funny and irreverent, I think, from going to hell and back herself."
GARROD was driving the car when the crash occurred, Ontario Provincial Police said.
Police learned of the accident from a motorist who noticed headlights from a vehicle in the south ditch along the east lanes.
Officers arrived to find the two women dead and the car "extensively damaged," GRAHAM said.
They also found a headlight at the scene.
"From the impact and from the evidence left at the scene we were able to determine it was a tractor-trailer we were looking for," GRAHAM said.
It appears the car hit the median and spun enough that the truck hit the passenger side, GRAHAM said.
Police searched area truck stops for a damaged tractor- trailer missing a headlight. They found a truck parked at the back of the Flying J truck stop south off Highway 401 near Highbury Avenue about two hours later, GRAHAM said.
The driver was inside the truck, he added, and at first refused to leave the cab, .
"He made no effort to contact police or return to the scene," GRAHAM said.
Stefan FOGIEL, 61, of Acton, has been charged with two counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death, resisting arrest, failing to maintain log books and failing to have a pre-trip inspection, Ontario Provincial Police said.
FOGIEL made a brief court appearance before Justice of the Peace Patricia HODGINS yesterday.
White-haired with glasses and wearing a white T-shirt with a Bass Beer logo, FOGIEL told HODGINS he wanted a Polish interpreter for his court appearances.
Assistant Crown attorney Brian WHITE/WHYTE ordered FOGIEL be kept in custody. He is to make a video court appearance today.
The second crash yesterday occurred only minutes after police had removed the London women's crumpled blue car from the scene of the first incident.
"The lead transport truck was slowing down. The one behind slammed into it. It was quite an impact," GRAHAM said.
The driver of the first transport, Harpreet PANNU, 29, of Brampton, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
There was no reason for the collision, GRAHAM said.

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RICHMOND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-10-09 published
SHEPPARD steered United Way
"Bigger than life," he was at the helm of the agency for 16 years.
By Randy RICHMOND, Sun Media, Tues., October 9, 2007
A "bigger than life" man, who led London's United Way for 16 years, has died.
Barry SHEPPARD, 76, was remembered yesterday as a man's man with a gruff exterior and a soft spot for anyone who needed a hand up.
"He always reminded me of the Marlborough man," said Don DONNER, executive director of the Boys' and Girls' Club of London.
"He sat tall in the saddle. He was bigger than life. He could carry a shot of whiskey in one hand and smoke in the other.
"But he really was concerned about those less fortunate. He always cared about the little guy."
SHEPPARD retired as United Way president in 1989 after 16 years at the helm. He died Friday in London.
SHEPPARD's long tenure gave stability to an organization under fire from within and without, that had had 11 directors in 13 years and the sudden and mysterious resignation of his predecessor.
"He took the rudder in a firm hand and took the community forward," DONNER said.
SHEPPARD was his mentor and friend, DONNER said.
Every meeting between the two began first with talk of wives and children, DONNER remembered.
"He certainly cared first and foremost for his family."
SHEPPARD was born during the Depression and his parents' struggles must have made an impression on him, DONNER said.
"He would do anything for someone who tried to improve their life."
Yet, he never pulled punches, either.
"You always knew where you stood with Barry," DONNER said.
"You would always know he was around by his big booming voice. You could hear him all over the United Way."
SHEPPARD was raised in Ottawa and attended Queen's University and the St. Patrick's school of social work at Carleton University.
An associate professor of social work at the University of Waterloo, he came to London in 1974 when asked to apply for the United Way job.
In retirement he loved to garden and keep up to date on progress in the city's community agencies.
SHEPPARD had been sick for awhile, DONNER said.
"I'll miss him. He was a good fellow."
SHEPPARD is survived by his wife, Lorraine, and children Ann and Brian.
A memorial service is to be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd. N., with visitation an hour beforehand.

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RICHMOND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-10-13 published
Gator kills elderly London woman
By Randy RICHMOND, Sun Media, Sat., October 13, 2007
An elderly London woman dragged to her death by a 2.4-metre alligator at a resort community in Georgia was "a lovely lady," a longtime neighbour here said yesterday.
The body of Gwen WILLIAMS, 83, was found in a lagoon on Skidaway Island, 19 kilometres southeast of Savannah, a week ago.
"She was a lovely lady," said Heather STANTON, who grew up across the road from WILLIAMS in London. "It is an unfortunate accident."
Another neighbour, Glen Cornish, said WILLIAMS's family is "doing fine."
He declined to say more, adding WILLIAMS's children did not want to comment.
WILLIAMS lived on her own, a friend said.
Georgia police would only say this week that WILLIAMS was originally from Wales and lived in Canada about 55 years.
WILLIAMS was housesitting for relatives at The Landings, an exclusive gated resort community on Skidaway Island.
WILLIAMS was last seen a week ago Friday in the afternoon.
Police learned later residents had heard someone shouting for help but couldn't find the source, Savannah news media reported.
About noon Saturday, a couple walking a resort golf course found her body -- missing its left arm, right hand and right foot -- in a lagoon about 150 metres from the house, Savannah police said.
Police searched the home and area for evidence of foul play, but found only that WILLIAMS's patio screen door was unlocked.
An autopsy Tuesday revealed wounds consistent with an alligator attack and ruled WILLIAMS bled to death.
A trapper for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources found and shot the alligator Tuesday night, in a lagoon about 30 metres from where WILLIAMS 's body was found.
Tests showed the alligator was responsible for WILLIAMS's death.
"This is the first alligator attack fatality since 1980," Jim Simmons, a senior biologist for the department, said in a written statement.
"We are saddened by this tragic loss of life."
There's no evidence WILLIAMS did anything irresponsible, such as feeding the alligator, to provoke the attack, wildlife officials said.
But the death underscores the need for everyone to avoid feeding alligators, because they become habituated to humans and more aggressive, Simmons added.

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RICHMOND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-20 published
BYERS strummed a happy tune
By Randy RICHMOND, Sun Media, Thurs., December 20, 2007
The people of the street gathered for a Christmas party and Sean BYERS was there, of course.
Eating platefuls of food, making people laugh, he won the Christmas carol trivia contest at the party run by Streetlight.
Each player got more points for singing the answers and even more points for getting everyone to sing along.
"Sean got everyone singing," remembers Gil CLELLAND, the director of Streetlight ministry.
When CLELLAND went home that night, Tuesday, December 11, he thought of the joy at the gathering.
"I thought maybe this is that peace that we all hear about at Christmas," he said.
Then came Wednesday.
"And I thought, where is that peace today? I asked God. Where are you? What happened?"
What happened?
BYERS left the party and went to a Unity Project crash bed that night.
Sometime the next morning he left the shelter, then snuck back in. A worker found him in a locked bathroom.
Maybe BYERS, 28, took his own life. Maybe it was an accident. The needle never cares.
The death of the engaging young man has rattled the street to its supposedly hardened core. More than 100 people, from the homeless to the workers helping them, gathered at the Central Library this week to remember.
"Sean was a really awesome guy," said Trevor JOHNSON, a transition services manager at Youth Action Centre.
"He was generous, very well spoken, very well read, intelligent. He struggled at times and made mistakes."
It's hard to pinpoint where and when the struggle began, his mother, Myra GARNETT, told The Free Press. There were problems at home that hit her son hard, she admitted.
"He was a very, very thoughtful boy."
Although he was identified as a gifted pupil in Grade 1, BYERS struggled later in school and by 15 had dropped out and left home. He took the roads so many lost boys take, sometimes turning to drugs and petty crime that led to jail, sometimes trying to make it, getting a job and treatment for his growing addiction.
No matter which way he turned, he played guitar or sketched, and cared for others.
"No matter how much pain he was in, he would see someone else and reach right through his pain to theirs," GARNETT said.
JOHNSON joined the Youth Action Centre about 10 years ago and met BYERS, who was doing volunteer work. BYERS would make ends meet by busking at the market or on weekend nights outside the bars on Richmond Row.
The memorial service was held at the library because he loved books so much, JOHNSON said.
"Give him his coffee, his paper, a smoke and his guitar and he was a happy guy."
BYERS always put on a smiling face to the world. But when he was really down, he took his guitar to the park and played, JOHNSON said.
BYERS and a few other young men his age all became hooked on the needle and hung around together.
One of those men was Jay DUCKWORTH, a Saint Thomas resident, who died December 8. He, too, was remembered this week.
"Although they struggled with self-medicating, they had strong spirits," Jim WATKIN, executive director of the London Harm Reduction Coalition, said at the service.
"You would see it in their eyes. That is what we need to remember. It is not about shame or guilt. We need to get rid of that. We need to let our spirits flourish."
The world looks at the Seans and the Jays as addicts and nothing more, said Matti PAQUIN, once an addict and now a worker at the Unity Project shelter.
"I loved those two boys. They were good people who tended to do drugs."
But their deaths must serve as a warning, others said at the memorial service.
"I cared for these guys for a long time. I hoped a miracle would happen and these men would excel," said Lawrence BOOM of Street Connection, a drop-in centre. "We have to come to terms with this. We have to start looking at drug addiction as an illness, not a weakness."
Over the next few months, city council will wrestle with questions of where to spend this year's budget. The city's community services department wants politicians to spend more money helping the homeless and the addicted.
The people of the street think the government should do more to help as well. In the meantime, they will continue to help each other the best they can. They will gather.
"I think that is where the peace is today," CLELLAND said, his voice breaking with grief at the memorial service.
"The peace we seek at Christmas is that in these tough moments we don't leave each other alone. When we say, 'I need you in my life right now.' "
Who To Call
If you need help:
Youth Action Centre: 519-434-6500
Street Connection: 519-438-7300
Streetlight (Youth for Christ) 686-0093
If you or someone you know is suicidal:
- Distress Centre (24 hours), 667-6711, 667-6600
- London Mental Health Crisis Service (24 hours), 519-433-2023
- Canadian Mental Health Association, 519-434-9191
- Mother Reach Postpartum Depression Line, 519-672-4673

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RICHMOND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
RICHMOND, Joy (née BREFF)
Peacefully, after months of a courageous fight against cancer, Joy, at the age of 76, passed away at home on Wednesday, October 10, 2007. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Doris BREFF of New York. Joy was deeply adored by her husband Alec. She is survived by him and by two most loving daughters, Susan of London and Nina (Martin ROSS) of Toronto, as well as two granddaughters, Hannah and Isabel who truly loved their dear grandma. Also survived by sister, Gail, sister-in-law Judy, nieces Sharon ZANE, Caroline GOODMAN and Jill BRANDES and a special cousin, Marilyn RABIN and their families, and many other Friends who have been so kind always and particularly during her illness. Joy was born in New York and soon after graduating from University of Michigan, while on a holiday in the Adirondacks, met her husband to be and within 28 days of that meeting, they were married. Skeptical Friends were sure the match would not last. They were very wrong. It lasted over fifty two years. As soon as she was wed, Joy moved to London and spent the rest of her life enjoying that city. With her high spirits, sense of humanity and delightful sense of humor, she made many, many Friends. She did not sit still. Almost immediately after arriving in Canada, she became involved as an actress with the London Little Theatre and joined various clubs such as Hadassah of which she early became president. She was a devotee of theatre and musicals at London's Grand, and in Toronto, New York, Stratford, Niagara-on-the Lake and on. With Friends she loved playing bridge and Canasta. She also was most enthusiastic about travel and spent time in many countries of the world, both exotic and otherwise. Once her daughters had grown up and flown the coop, she went to work as a travel agent, one who insisted on getting the best for her loyal clients. On her behalf, her family wishes to express deep appreciation to all of the devoted and caring medical staff at Victoria Hospital on Commissioners. Sincere thanks as well to Medical Priorities, Victorian Order of Nurses and Community Care Access Centre. Donations, if any, would be much appreciated by the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral Service will take place at Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas Street (between Waterloo and Colborne St.) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 3 p.m. and will be conducted by Rabbi Joel WITTSTEIN of Temple Israel. Interment Restmount Cemetery. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Joy RICHMOND.

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RICKABY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
RICKABY, Charlotte
Passed away in her sleep on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at the age of 94. Predeceased by her husband John "Rick" RICKABY. Survived by her sister Frances SCOTT, predeceased by her sister Helen SHARPE and her brother Bill SHARPE. Will be missed by her nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road (between Eglinton and St. Clair Ave. East) on Monday, December 10, 2007 from 1-2 p.m. A funeral service will take place in the chapel Monday, December 10, 2007 at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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RICKER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-21 published
RICKER, Jann " Janice" (née PERKINS)
Of Owen Sound passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, July 19, 2007 in her 62nd year. Cherished mother of Melody MORRIS, Shawn RICKER and Dana (Judith) RICKER, all of Owen Sound and Toby (Nici) RICKER of Bradford. She will be sadly missed by grandchildren Dayne, Corey, Sophie, Caitlynn, Heather and Mackenzie along with her cherished 'small dog' Scalliwag. Jann is predeceased by her parents Laura (RYDALL) and Melvan PERKINS. Jann was a familiar face to many as she delivered packages in Grey and Bruce Counties working as a courier driver for over 15 years. In accordance with Jann's wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and Friends may call at the George Funeral Home, Wiarton on Friday, July 27, 2007 from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 28th from 12: 00 noon. A.J.V. LEEDER will officiate the memorial service to celebrate Jann's life at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Colpoy's Bay Cemetery. Donations made to Toronto General Hospital or Princess Margaret Hospital would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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RICKERSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-09 published
WEAVER, Olive (RICKERSEY)
Passed away peacefully at the Douglas Memorial Hospital in Fort Erie, Ontario, on Friday, July 6, 2007. Friends will be received at the Port Colborne Chapel of the Davidson Funeral Homes, 135 Clarence Street, Port Colborne, on Sunday, July 8, 2007 from 7-9 p.m. and Monday July 9, 2007 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Visitation will continue at Grace United Brethren Church, 895 Empire Road, Sherkston, on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 1 p.m. until the time of Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Online guest register and condolences at www.davidsonfuneralhomes.com.

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RICKETTS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-30 published
Gentle priest a devoted Maple Leafs fan
By Claire NEARY, Sun Media, Sun., December 30, 2007
Rev. Clarence FITZGERALD, known and loved by many as "Father Fitz," was a quiet, gentle priest, dedicated to his profession, his parishioners -- and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Though he could make it to Toronto for only the occasional Leafs game, FITZGERALD was also a devoted Windsor Spitfires fan and season ticket holder.
For nearly 50 years, he touched the lives of many people across the Roman Catholic Diocese of London in more than a dozen parishes.
FITZGERALD died of cancer, surrounded by his family in Windsor, on December 5, at age 74.
Born in Windsor, FITZGERALD -- known to his family as Father Clare -- was the youngest of five children.
"He was a wonderful brother. My baby brother," said his eldest sister, Margaret MEYER of Brampton.
FITZGERALD always knew he wanted to be a priest and attended Saint Peter's Seminary in London.
He played and enjoyed almost all sports, especially basketball, golf and, of course, hockey.
FITZGERALD was ordained in 1959 and worked in parishes in Delhi, London, Chatham, Woodstock, Saint Marys and Windsor.
He was also the chaplain at Victoria Hospital in London early in his career.
FITZGERALD retired in 2003 but continued to perform weddings, funerals and baptisms as long as he was healthy.
"It was amazing at his funeral to see the number of people from all of the places he'd served," his friend Rev. John COSTELLO said.
"So many people talked about how he'd unknowingly touched their lives."
Above all, Friends said FITZGERALD was a great listener.
"He would never talk much about himself. It was always about the other person," said Mike RICKETTS, a longtime parishioner at St. Alphonsus in Windsor.
"And he always found time, or made time, for the people who needed him."
COSTELLO said many parishioners chose FITZGERALD for confession because he was a kind and gentle listener.
Although he was quiet and sensitive, FITZGERALD was the king of one-liners, his friend Rev. Chris QUINLAN remembered.
"And we always knew never to talk to him during the Leafs games and only to call him in between periods," QUINLAN said, laughing.
He described his friend as a "priest's priest" who loved spending time with his colleagues on the golf course.

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