ROBERTSHAW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-04 published
ATKINSON, Margaret Beth (née COLBERT)
Beth, known to many as 'Mrs. A', passed away suddenly and peacefully at home on Monday January 1, 2007 in her 90th year. Predeceased by her loving husband Arthur George in 1957, Beth devoted herself to raising her two children in Leaside. Beth is survived by her daughter Gyda OVENELL (Hugh) and son Roy (Ginette.) Her pride and great joy were her children; grandchildren David OVENELL and Shannon ROBERTSHAW (née OVENELL;) and great-grandchildren, Hunter and Briar OVENELL, and Nathan ROBERTSHAW. They will always know her unconditional love. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in Home Economics and after Art's death she ran major food service operations for the Toronto Board of Education and Ryerson University. Always active, over the years Beth enjoyed bridge, curling, theatre, travel, sports, crossword puzzles, reading and especially socializing with her many Friends and neighbours. In the years following Art's death Beth and her children spent holidays camping across Canada and the United States. After retirement her travels took her to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tuktoyaktuk, Zimbabwe, and a cruise on the west coast of British Columbia. Beth will be deeply missed by Friends and family. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2007. The funeral will be held in the chapel on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at one o'clock followed by interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-26 published
LEMICK, Janet Elizabeth (née ROBERTSON)
Passed away peacefully on July 20, 2007 in her 63rd year. Loving mother of Christopher John LEMICK, daughter of Mary CROSS (Doug) of Barrie, sister of Patricia ROBERTSON (Randy MURPHY) of Calgary, Wendy TUNNARD (Ken) and Kelley DUNN all of Barrie. Also survived by nephews Robert CAMERON and David DUNN and nieces Julie CAMERON, Jessica POTTER and Leila DUNN. She was pre-deceased by her father Allan George ROBERTSON in 1995. Janet graduated from Oshawa General Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1965 and nursed at several hospitals in Ontario specializing in Operating Room until she retired in 1998 from Grey Bruce R.H.C. due to poor health. Cremation. Janet's life will be celebrated in a service of remembrance on August 9, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. at Bethel Community Church, 128 St. Vincent Street, Barrie, Ontario. Rev. Bruce STICKLEE officiating. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetic Association would be appreciated.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-31 published
GEORGAS, William Christopher “Bill&rdquo
At his home in Owen Sound on Monday morning July 30, 2007. In his 90th year, William Christopher GEORGAS, the loving husband and friend of Helen GEORGAS (née KARES.) The loving father of Betty Jane and her husband Peter GRAHAM, Christopher GEORGAS and Katherine and her husband Keith McCOLL. Loving grandfather of Roderick and his wife Shelly, Kristan and her husband Mark SEYMOUR and great-grandfather of Emily, Hillary and Chelsea. Dear brother of Louis, Helen (Mrs. Bert WEBBER,) Georgia (Mrs. Anthony NINOS), James (Barbara), Freda (Mrs. Bob GILLSON), Earl (Cora) and Nick. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a daughter Catharine, his brother George and his sister Connie (Mrs. James ROBERTSON.) Bill will long be remembered for his involvement in Owen Sound and area. His love of family, Friends, skiing, rollerblading, golf and sing songs at area nursing homes. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Owen Sound Rotary Club, St. George's Anglican Church or the Grey Bruce Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-19 published
HENDERSON, Willa B. (née ROBERTSON)
Peacefully at Sunset Manor in Collingwood on Wednesday October 17, 2007. In her 97th year, Willa B. HENDERSON (née ROBERTSON) beloved wife of the late William HENDERSON. Loving mother of Patricia and her husband Lorne McKELVIE, and Ted HENDERSON and his wife Rosemary. Loving grandmother of Debra and her husband Tim, Jennifer and her husband Steve, Karen and her husband Derick, Sian and her husband Michael and Dara. Great-grandmother of Kristine, Jeffrey, Emily, Andrew, Derick, Lauren and Harper. Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Alec and by her four sisters Violet, Merle, Myrtle and Olive. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. A family service will be held later. Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-11 published
MacKAY, John Donald
At the Southampton Care Centre, Southampton, on Friday, December 7th, 2007 at the age of 89 years, John MacKAY of Port Elgin. Husband of the late former Olga ROBERTSON. Father of Robert and his wife Joan, and Heather and her husband Mark PORTER all of Saugeen Twp, Kathryn and her husband Bob LINDHORST of Wiarton, Jim and Audrey of Gatineau, Québec, Don and his wife Ann, Brian, and Kenneth, all of Port Elgin. Grandfather of Bianca MEULLER, Duncan SMITH, Matt MacKAY, Katie MacKAY, Steve MacKAY, David MacKAY, Brian MacKAY, and Sara PORTER. Great-grandfather of Ben MEULLER. Brother of Gordon of Port Elgin. Predeceased by grand_son Adam PORTER, one brother and three sisters. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, (Town of Saugeen Shores) on Monday, December 10th, from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel, on Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. with the Rev. Gordon WILLIAMS officiating. Memorial contributions to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Port Elgin United Church, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-18 published
ACTIS, Jeffrey Benvenuto
Of Vancouver, British Columbia, suddenly after a brief illness, on Friday, December 14, 2007. Jeffrey Benvenuto in his 54th year. Only son of Elaine ROBERTSON of Owen sound and the late Louis ACTIS. Loving father of Andrea of Vancouver. Predeceased by his sister Lisa and nephew Jamie. Survived by sisters Tina (Bob) ARMSTRONG of Owen Sound, Nancy (Rob) WALKER of Owen Sound and Valerie DAVIS of Moonstone. Fondly remembered by many cousins, aunts, uncles, a niece and a nephew. Jeff was born in Toronto, but spent many years living in Owen Sound. Jeff was an avid traveller, and his later years moved to the west coast so that he could be by the ocean which he loved. A private service has been held in Vancouver. Rest in His arms Jeff.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-19 published
VAN WYCK, Frederick James
With his family at his side, at Meaford Long Term Care on Monday, December 17, 2007. Fred VAN WYCK of Woodford in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Louise (née SYLVEST.) Dear father of Joe-Ann and her husband Rick EARNEST of Cambridge, James and his wife Vicki of Bognor and Danny, Ann and Steve HILL and Jane and her husband Dale ROBERTSON all of Meaford. Sadly missed by eight grandchildren Shawn, Shane, Chris, Jeremy, Jessie, Jason, Paige and Stephanie. Also survived by three brothers Frank, Syd and his wife Lisa and Robert and his wife Marg and a sister Gladys (Honey) and her husband Don ALLAN all of Owen Sound. Predeceased by a son George, a grand_son Josh, two brothers George and Jack and a sister Laura HOOEY. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home for visiting on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Friday morning at 11 o'clock. Spring interment, McLeans Cemetery. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-31 published
John ROBERTSON BRAMWELL
John ROBERTSON BRAMWELL passed away after a brief illness in Victoria, BC on January 26, 2007.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Lillian, two daughters Allison (Jon) and Lia (Phil), son Cameron (Hilary), grandchildren Chloe, Maya, Ben, Alex and Owen, and one sister Patricia. A celebration of John's life will be held in Ontario at a date to be announced later. For those so desiring, donations may be made in memory of John to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, Intensive Care Unit, 1200 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo, BC, V9S 2B7. Sands ~ Nanaimo.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-03 published
ROBERTSON, Lloyd George
Passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 31, 2006, at North York General Hospital, in his 91st year. Loving and devoted husband of Mary for 61 years, and beloved father of David. Lloyd was predeceased by his seven brothers and sisters, and is lovingly remembered by the Robertson and the MacDonald clans. He was a lifelong, active member of Saint_John's Presbyterian Church. Lloyd was a World War 2 veteran, serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a wireless airgunner, and was also a member of the Air Force Association of Canada, serving with the 408 and the 437 Squadrons. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2007. Funeral service on Saturday, January 6 at 11 a.m. in Saint_John's Presbyterian Church, 415 Broadview Ave., Toronto (M4K 2M9). Interment in Saint_John's Cemetery Norway, followed by a reception in the church hall. Donations in Lloyd's memory may be made to Saint_John's Presbyterian Church.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-12 published
JACKSON, Barry Thomas, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Barry passed away just before sunrise on 3 January 2007, at Kingston General Hospital. Born in Liverpool, England, on 27 July 1940, Barry was the son of Garrie and Arthur JACKSON. He is remembered with love by his children Peter (Sheila,) Jennifer (Ben MAYNARD,) and Jeremy, and by his sister Sharon (Bill ROBERTSON.) Barry was the proud grandfather of Noah and Ellen, and special uncle to Struan (Jennifer), Duncan (Alyson) and Alexander. He will be forever loved by his best friend and life partner, Christine SCOTT. Barry was a gifted psychologist and teacher. During his tenure as Chief Psychologist with the Durham District School Board, his innovation, vision, knowledge and intelligence inspired many, while his caring and compassion guided and supported students, their families, teachers and colleagues alike. In accordance with Barry's wishes, cremation has taken place, with a private family celebration of his life. For a few brief months before his death, the possibility of a lung transplant provided a bright beacon of hope for Barry. Please consider organ donation as an option, inform your family, and sign your organ donation card. Donations in Barry's memory may be made to The Durham Community Foundation - Barry Jackson Memorial Fund, to advance and support participation by youth and children in healthy and safe physical activity, recreation or cultural programs throughout Durham Region (701 Rossland Road East, Box 322, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 9K3, 1-888-230-0333).

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-12 published
ROBERTSON, David Stuart
Peacefully at home, after a courageous battle, on January 10, 2007 in his 71st year. Loving husband of Gay; father of Carey, Stuart (Lucy), Tammy and Becky (Norman); grandfather of James and Grant. Service at Saint Mary's Anglican Church, Richmond Hill, 10030 Yonge St. (enter off Major Mackenzie Dr.) 905-884-2227, on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Marshall Funeral Home.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-30 published
ANDERSON, Brigadier General (Ret'd) Frank Elliott
(January 5, 1912-June, 25 2007)
Frank ANDERSON, soldier, civil servant, and more importantly, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather quietly won his last battle on Monday, June 25th, 2007 in Brockville, and joined his best friend and the love of his life, Anna Helena (Girlie), who predeceased him. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his son John Robertson ANDERSON, his son-in-law Wayne HUNT, his brother Tim ANDERSON, and his sister Jean BALHARRIE. Left to mourn are his daughter Fran HUNT of Brockville, Ontario, and her children Julie and her husband Rob and Adam; his daughter-in-law Margaret ANDERSON of Elora, Ontario, and her children Heather and husband Derek, Jim and wife Arlene, David and wife Tomoko, Rob, and Tim, his son Charles D. ANDERSON and Pam of Brockville, Ontario, and their children Elliott and wife Lanna, Kate and husband Rob, Neil and John; and eleven great-grandchildren. Frank was born in Ottawa January 5, 1912, the first child of John ANDERSON and Elizabeth ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. In the midst of the depression he attended Queens University (B.A. and B. Com, '1934), where he captained the track team and ran in the British Empire Games. On holiday back in Ottawa he met and fell in love with Girlie ROBERTSON. They married as soon as studies and finances permitted, and formed a true matrimonial partnership that lasted 68 years. In 1939 he joined the Canadian Army and during the war rose through the ranks of the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps with assignments of ever increasing importance. At war's end he was persuaded to continue his military career with postings and further training at the Staff College in Washington, D.C., and the University of Toronto where he completed his Masters of Commerce before returning to Army Headquarters in Ottawa. Ultimately he served as the Director of Army Budget, and after the unification of the Canadian Armed Forces as Deputy Comptroller General. He retired from the Canadian Forces on a Friday, and commenced a second career in the civil service of Canada the following Monday. On reaching retirement age once more, he was persuaded to continue on as Chairman of the Contracts Dispute Settlement Board of the Department of Supply and Services on a part time basis, a position that he held to age 70. He lived a full and honourable life. He loved his family and his country, and taught those who knew and loved him to do the same. A graveside celebration of life and interment service will be held for both Frank and Girlie ANDERSON on July 7, 2007, at 10: 30 A.M., at Pinecrest Cemetery, Ottawa, followed by a reception in the Pinecrest Reception Centre. Memorial donations to the Canadian charity of your choice will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangement entrusted to the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James Street East, Brockville. Visit a celebration of Life online memorial at: www.irvinefuneralhome.com

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-16 published
CROWE, Jerry
Jerry CROWE passed away in the arms of his loved ones at Credit Valley Hospital on July 13, 2007. At 94 he continued to live a vigorous, fulfilling and busy life, but succumbed to severe pneumonia in a short two weeks. Predeceased by his beloved wife Mary (ROBERTSON) and survived by his loving daughter Lib (Wayne,) granddaughters Leigh and Kerry and great-granddaughter Jamie. Pops' positive attitude, quirky sense of humour, and eagerness for new challenges charmed and inspired all who met him. Jerry had a long and successful career at the Royal Bank. Joining after his graduating Class Prophesy speech caught the eye of the local manager he worked there 40 years until retirement in 1972, except for his service during World War 2 as a navigator in Ferry Command. Mary and Jerry were avid travellers and Jerry proudly pulled a trailer throughout Canada and the U.S. before settling down to winter in Pompano Beach, Florida. Jerry was a fine bridge player, started a bridge club in Florida, became a certified bridge director and teacher in his 70's, and was thrilled to win the few remaining points to become an American Contract Bridge League Regional Master at the Toronto National Bridge tournament this year, playing with his admiring daughter. Mary and Jerry moved to Erin Mills Lodge in 1999, where Jerry became the heart of the social life of the Lodge and enthusiastically participated in a plethora of activities. Jerry really hit his stride in his 90s - recognized as the Ontario Residential Care Association Resident of the Year in 2005 and receiving the Ontario Senior Achievement Award from the Lieutenant General in 2005, as well as being featured in many newspaper and magazine articles. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, as he was always ready with a joke or a sympathetic ear. Family and Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home, 1981 Dundas Street West, Mississauga (Northeast corner of Dundas St. W. and Erin Mills Parkway) on Tuesday, July 17 from 7-9 p.m. Service will be held at the chapel on Wednesday, July 18 at 11 a.m. preceded by an hour with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Lung Association. Neweduk Funeral Home 905-828-8000

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-19 published
HALLAMORE, June Ellen (née MUIR)
(December 14, 1924-September 16, 2007)
June Ellen HALLAMORE, born December 14, 1924, passed away peacefully following a short illness on September 16, 2007. June was predeceased by her husband of forty-two years, Ralph, and her brother Craig MUIR.
Friend to all whom she met and loved by those who knew her; June brought sunshine into all of our lives. June's infectious laugh touched all those who met her. She was a proud Canadian, and particularly enjoyed her involvement with the Women's Canadian Club.
She is missed by her son Brian and his wife Cathy, as well as her grandchildren, Christopher, Lindsay (Vlad GRIGORE) and Joel (Christy ROBERTSON.) As well by her five nieces, Cathy KURCEBA, Susan TOERING, Nancy GILES, Susan LEWIS, Marian WILLIAMSON and their families and by Al MATTHEWS and his family. What turned out to be the last year of June's life was made particularly happy due to her loving relationship with Joe NEALE, who shares in her loss.
A Gathering to celebrate June's life will be held at McInnis and Holloway'S, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, Alberta) on Friday, September 21, 2007 from 2: 00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 - 14th Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca or to the Calgary Health Trust in support of (Rockyview General Hospital, Unit 57). 800, 11012 Macleod Trail S.E. Calgary, Alberta, T2J 6A5 Telephone: (403) 943-0615. Our sincere gratitude to her doctor for many years, Doctor Gordon Melling, and especially to the nurses and doctors on Unit 57 at the Rockyview General Hospital, whose support and kindness meant so much to us.
In living memory of June HALLAMORE, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, Alberta Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-03 published
Good guy found fame and pain as the Missing Link
He stayed in character outside the arena, avoiding eye contact and speaking in grunts, as steroids and marijuana took over
By Greg OLIVER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
Success came late to Dewey ROBERTSON. It wasn't until he was in his 40s that he achieved international attention as a professional wrestler. And to do so, he had to chisel his body with the use of steroids, shave most of his head, paint his face green with blue accent and stop talking.
The transformation from a good-looking hero from Hamilton, known across Canada through the Maple Leaf Wrestling television program in the 1960s and 1970s, to the cartoonish Missing Link caveman character in the 1980s was one of the most remarkable in the colourful history of the bizarre pseudo-sport of wrestling. It was such a complete change that it even fooled old Friends.
Dale Hey, a bodybuilder from Vancouver, wrestled against Mr. ROBERTSON in the early 1970s under the name Dale Roberts, half of a bad-guy tag team known as the Hollywood Blonds. Mr. Hey praised Mr. ROBERTSON's work as a clean-cut good guy, and considered him a friend. Then in a dressing room in Oklahoma in 1984, he was confronted by a "weirdo" who kept staring at him. "I thought I recognized him. But he totally freaked me out. I kept looking at him, looking at him. And he kept looking at me," said Mr. Hey. "Finally, he laughed and said, 'It's Dewey ROBERTSON.' I just remember hugging him, saying 'God, I don't believe it.' "
The switch helped at the box office as well, explained Bill Watts, who promoted the Universal Wrestling Federation.
"Dewey ROBERTSON was a high-class guy I was really proud of, to be working with our group, in our area, but it just didn't convert into money. And I can remember trying with him pretty hard because I was so impressed with him, but it just wasn't there as far as box office," Mr. Watts said. "But then as the Missing Link, it added some ingredient and I think he actually became that alter ego."
As the Missing Link, Mr. ROBERTSON even stayed in character away from the arena, avoiding eye contact, never speaking more than guttural grunts, moving his head by grabbing his hair and nodding slowly, mouth agape. Often, he was accompanied by his wife, Gail, who served as the Link's "handler," Sheena, catering to her charge's whims.
But what the character actually masked was a man in turmoil: He was addicted to steroids, which kept up his massive physique, and marijuana, which kept him calm and soothed the pain of the constant travel and physical abuse in the ring.
Few would have predicted such a road for Byron James John ROBERTSON, nicknamed Dewey by a grade-school classmate. For a while, a career in hockey seemed certain for the first-born son of Ken and Ethel ROBERTSON of West Hamilton, who divorced when Dewey was 14. School was not a priority, and Mr. ROBERTSON dropped out after Grade 9.
In 1958, when he was 19, Mr. ROBERTSON tried bodybuilding to bulk up for hockey. Many wrestlers also worked out at Spittles's gym, run by a former wrestler, and he was invited to give it a try. "He told me he was bodybuilding and all that, because he thought he was too thin," said his mother, Ethel. "Then he came home and said he was starting to wrestle. I didn't like it but there was nothing I could do about it."
Mr. ROBERTSON wrestled part-time through a variety of jobs - making nails at Stelco, cutting furs and lifeguarding at Mountainside pool in nearby Burlington, where he met Gail, with whom he had two sons. By the mid-1960s, he was travelling as far as Pittsburgh, three or four wrestlers to a car for $25 a match. It was a way of paying his dues.
The big break came when Mr. ROBERTSON was invited to join Toronto-based Maple Leaf Wrestling, run by promoter Frank Tunney and the most famous wrestler in Canada, (Whipper) Billy Watson.
Mr. ROBERTSON moved to Keswick, Ontario, built a home on part of Mr. Watson's rural property and became the older man's protégé.
The trips grew longer - St. Louis, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Australia - as Mr. ROBERTSON's skills improved and his name circulated. But the family decided to settle in Burlington, where Mr. ROBERTSON ran two gyms: Dewey Robertson's Athletic Club (1973 to 1976) and Dewey's Gym (1976 to 1979). He helped train weightlifters and wrestlers, running weekly grappling shows.
Wrestling in Maple Leaf Gardens, Mr. ROBERTSON donned a simple white fabric mask to cover his face. A broken leg and a bout of Ankylosing spondylitis (a type of spinal arthritis) kept him sidelined for a spell, but he would recover and travel to Japan to wrestle.
In 1978, Mr. ROBERTSON was invited to work for Jim Crockett Promotions, based out of Charlotte, North Carolina The family moved with him, and the Burlington gym, mismanaged by Friends, went under. He was still a feature performer in Toronto, and won the Canadian heavyweight championship in a 1979 tournament, defeating Greg (the Hammer) Valentine in the final match. This period marked the financial pinnacle of his career - he made $4,000 some weeks - but also the beginning of his downfall.
Charlotte was where he began using steroids and a variety of recreational drugs. In his autobiography, Bang Your Head!, written with Meredith Renwick, he freely admitted the use of steroids and drugs, especially marijuana.
In Kansas City, Missouri, he got a chance to work as a "bad guy" for the first time. His addictions got worse there, however, and the family was always broke. At one point, Gail hocked her jewellery to buy groceries.
"I began smoking every day to get high and to forget all the troubles that low income brings," Mr. ROBERTSON said.
Desperate for direction in a career and life that was spiralling out of control, Mr. ROBERTSON turned to an old friend, Gene Lewis, who was wrestling in Texas as the Mongol, with a black tuft of hair on a shaved head and a Fu Manchu mustache. Convinced that a tag team would be a success - despite Mr. Lewis saying the territory had enough villains - Mr. ROBERTSON cut his hair and changed his appearance.
"I walked into my house and there's Dewey sitting in my chair with his bald head and his hair cut like the Mongol," Mr. Lewis recalled. "He had this smile on his face and he was determined."
While begging for employment in the Dallas office, a telephone call came in from the Louisiana territory run by Bill Watts. It needed a bad guy right away. Mr. ROBERTSON went, and "Mad Max, the Missing Link" was born. His beard would grow bushier, black fur was added to his boots, knee and elbow pads, and face paint was applied. The 270-pound Missing Link moved around the ring slowly and meticulously, growling and stomping like a beast. His head became his primary weapon - he would grab the large tuft on the back of his skull and wallop his forehead into wooden tables, metal chairs and opponents. "I knew if I wanted to be the Missing Link, I had to act like the Missing Link. Changing my face, not speaking, not looking at anybody," Mr. ROBERTSON said.
In demand again, he was back to making thousands of dollars a week. But under cover of his new persona, he descended further into addiction, wrestling while stoned and forcing his manager to move him from town to town.
The World Wrestling Federation, having seen the double-page photo of the Missing Link in a Sports Illustrated feature, came calling in 1985 and offered greater recognition. The chance was there for Mr. ROBERTSON to get rich. But angry at the changes the World Wrestling Federation wanted to make to his character and the separation from his wife, he abruptly left after six months, content to return to work in Texas and Louisiana.
The professional wrestling business was changing, and smaller, regional promotions were on the way out as cable television powerhouses such as the World Wrestling Federation took over. In the summer of 1988, the ROBERTSON family had their furniture and memorabilia stolen from a storage locker. With no money, they drifted in and out of Friends' homes, often eating out of restaurant dumpsters. Unable to afford steroids, Mr. ROBERTSON lost 70 pounds, but was unable to shake his need for alcohol and marijuana.
Just before Christmas, the ROBERTSONs returned to Canada with $26 to their names and borrowed winter clothes. Mr. ROBERTSON landed a job as a court escort, and working with young offenders, got interested in helping young people straighten out. In 1991, he quit and entered rehab to kick his own marijuana addiction. The next year, he started attending Alcoholics Anonymous and began a speaking career, aiming to warn youngsters off his path.
In 1993, he began having mental-health issues due to past drug use. While in the hospital, doctors discovered cancer and he had one of his kidneys removed.
The next few years were a blur. Mr. ROBERTSON continued to wrestle occasionally, including a tour of Japan, and helped train wrestlers in his backyard. A few acting roles came his way, including YTV's Maniac Mansion and CTV's Due South. Gail left him in 1995, and Mr. ROBERTSON went on marijuana binges, not eating for days before being hospitalized.
In 2000, he began working in earnest on his life story, a focus that brought him back into the wrestling fraternity. He attended fan fests and conventions in Texas, New Jersey, New York and Las Vegas. The autobiography came out early in 2006. The high of the book launch was marred by a recurrence of kidney cancer. A year after the diagnosis, he entered Hamilton's Henderson Hospital, where he was told that the cancer had spread to his liver and lungs. He did not leave the hospital again.
Wrestler Jay Bowles, also known as (Soulman) Rocky Johnson, praised Mr. ROBERTSON for his honesty.
"He was like anybody else that had a substance abuse problem, they didn't want to recognize it. And back then, Dewey wasn't alone, mind you. It just trapped him a little bit more than some of the other guys, but there was a bunch of guys doing it," Mr. Bowles said. "And he's completely honest, that's what I love about him. 'This is what I did - good or bad, this is what I did.' "
Byron James John ROBERTSON was born in Hamilton on February 28, 1939. He died in Hamilton on August 16 of lung, liver and kidney cancer. He was 68. He is survived by mother Ethel; brother Ken son Mark, daughter-in-law Kim and granddaughter Katherine; son Jason, daughter-in-law Chrissy and granddaughters Courtney and Brittany.

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ROBERTSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-24 published
McCLELLAN, Lucy Jane
Born Yonkers, New York, November 24, 1917. Died peacefully in her 90th year at the Royal Gardens in Peterborough, Ontario. L.J. is predeceased by her beloved husband Bob, Gordon ROBERTSON and a cast of cherished Friends who were a constant source of delight and strength to her. She is survived by her beloved son Gordon, daughter-in-law Catherine DUNNE, grandchildren Carli and Jaime and their mother, Annemarie CARERE. L.J. was educated at The Bishop Strachan School following which she obtained her Honours Degree in Modern Languages from the University of Toronto in 1938. She graduated from The Ontario College of Education in 1960 and taught for many years at Kenner Collegiate in Peterborough. She was the Headmistress of Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School for Girls in Montreal and did graduate work at New York University and the University of Western Ontario, receiving her Master's Degree in English from Western in 1972. She finished her teaching career in London at Fanshawe Community College in 1976. L.J. was a person of independent mind and spirit with an impatient and curious intellect. She was passionate about life, ideas and the world. On November 15, 2007, she finally let the current carry her out into the deep, wine dark waters from whence there is no returning, there to be reunited in love with those who have gone before and to wait for those who will follow. The family expresses its heartfelt gratitude to Doctor Tom BELL and the remarkable staff at Royal Gardens who appreciated L.J. in a very personal way and cared for her with real affection and respect. There will be a private memorial service with details to be announced.

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ROBILLARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-10 published
BARBEAU, Gérard
Passed away on Wednesday December 27, 2006 in Montreal, age 92 years. Predeceased by his wife Cécile DUPUIS, he is survived by his children Francine (Bruce ROBILLARD,) Monique (Paul BUISSONNEAU,) Gisèle (the late Keith KROON,) Marie-Andrée (Barry BOWES) and Louis-Philippe (Jocelyne LEFEBVRE,) his grandchildren Alain, Brian, Annick, Martin, Catherine, Sophie-Anne, Mélanie, Christopher, Julien, Laurent and Marie-Ève, his great-grandchildren Sarah, Mathieu, Virginie, Justin, Ève, Félix and Chloé, his sisters-in-law Madeleine and France (Léopold ROY) as well as numerous nephews, nieces, relatives and Friends. The family will receive condolences on Saturday, January 13, 2007 from noon to 4 p.m. at Urgel Bourgie Funeral Parlor 1255, Beaumont (L'Acadie), TMR www.urgelbourgie.com. A liturgy of the Word will follow at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the Funeral Complex. In lieu of flowers, donations to L'Assistance Maternelle, 181 Bloomfield Avenue, Outremont, H2V 3R5 would be greatly appreciated.

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ROBINS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-30 published
ROBINS, Mildred Alice Jean (née SEABROOKE)
Peacefully, at Lee Manor, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, August 29th, 2007. Mildred Alice Jean ROBINS (née SEABROOKE) of Owen Sound, in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Lewis ROBINS. Loving mother of Paul (Pat) ROBINS, of Balmy Beach, Muriel (Avery) DANARD, of Owen Sound, Martin (Norah) ROBINS, of Belleville and Bob ROBINS, of Owen Sound. Proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild. Survived by her sister Alice CLOSE, of Owen Sound. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Jeannie SEABROOKE, and her sister Muriel HAWKE. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492) on Thursday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A funeral service for Mildred ROBINS will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, August 31st, 2007 at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society as your expression of sympathy.

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ROBINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-07 published
MARTIN, Lynn
Died on June 4, 2007. She is sadly missed by cousins Norman, David, Ellen, Mitchell, Jane, Alexander, Ruby and Abraham, by her Uncle Lionel, Aunt Nan, Shelley BUTLER, Sara LEVINE, Ron HALL and family, Carolyn ROBINS and family, Kerry PEACOCK and family, Saul MARTIN and family, Harvey KOFSKY and family, Leon RAVVIN and family, and Ethel ABRAMSON and family. She was predeceased by her father, Eddy MARTIN and mother Annette (RAVVIN) MARTIN. Lynn was a lifelong Calgarian who took pleasure in her independent ways and love of kinship. She was resilient, funny and happiest when she found good company. Her memories of people she loved and knew well, like her Grandfather Israel RAVVIN, Granny Shifra RAVVIN, and her Uncle Albert RAVVIN, kept these people present for the rest of us. Donations can be made to the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (403) 543-1161. Funeral was held on June 6 at the Jewish Cemetery, Erlton Street and 30 Avenue S.W.

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ROBINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-09 published
MARTIN, Lynn
Died on June 4, 2007. She is sadly missed by cousins Norman, David, Ellen, Mitchell, Jane, Alexander, Ruby and Abraham, by her Uncle Lionel, Aunt Nan, Shelley BUTLER, Sara LEVINE, Ron HALL and family, Carolyn ROBINS and family, Kerry PEACOCK and family, Saul MARTIN and family, Harvey KOFSKY and family, Leon RAVVIN and family, and Ethel ABRAMSON and family. She was predeceased by her father, Eddy MARTIN and mother Annette (Ravvin) MARTIN. Lynn was a lifelong Calgarian who took pleasure in her independent ways and love of kinship. She was resilient, funny and happiest when she found good company. Her memories of people she loved and knew well, like her Grandfather Israel RAVVIN, Granny Shifra RAVVIN, and her Uncle Albert RAVVIN, kept these people present for the rest of us. Donations can be made to the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (403) 543-1161. Funeral was held on June 6 at the Jewish Cemetery, Erlton Street and 30 Avenue S.W.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-10-17 published
ABERDEEN, " Jake" Gerald Marshall
Passed away peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 of Holland Centre formerly of Flesherton in his 61st year. Best friend and loving husband of 25 years to Velma. Devoted father of Jim (Ann McKAY) of Owen Sound, Allan (Heather) of Holland Centre and Calvin (Sandra) ROBINSON of Flesherton. Loving grandfather of Cassandra, Jim Jr., Alex, Spencer, Jake KOLBY, Logan and Emmalia. Dear brother of David (Heather) ABERDEEN of Flesherton, Erma (Jim) STEPHENSON of Dundalk, Bill (Janet) ABERDEEN of Flesherton, Shirley PEEBLES of Durham, and Donelda (Bryan) WELLWOOD of Flesherton. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Alex and Jessie ABERDEEN (née MARSHALL- HOLLEY,) step-father Ivy HOLLEY and brother-in-law Doug PEEBLES. The family received Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Thursday, October 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service was held in the chapel on Friday, October 12, at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions to the Cancer Society or Centre Grey Health Services Foundation would be gratefully appreciated.
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ROBINSON o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-11-28 published
MATTHEWS, Bernadette (McCABE)
Suddenly in Louise Marshall Hospital, Mount Forest on Sunday, November 25, 2007 with her family by her side. Bernadette (McCABE) MATTHEWS in her 89th year, beloved wife of the late Eugene MATTHEWS. Dear mother of Maureen (Doug) ROBINSON of Bobcaygeon, Ruth RIEPERT (Ron) of Windsor, Joan MacKINNON (Ed VANALSTINE) of Mono Centre, Grace (Ross) BROWN of Grand Valley, Michael (Ruth) MATTHEWS of Flesherton and Karen (Bruce) RUSSELL of Dundalk. Will be sadly missed by 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Survived by two sisters Mary (Val) KELLY of Powassan and Theresa DIOTTE of Westport. Pre-deceased by her son Robert MATTHEWS, son-in-law Terry RIEPERT, daughter-in-law Erlene KEIP. Resting at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk. Funeral Mass in Saint_John's Roman Catholic Church, Dundalk on Wednesday, November 28 at 12 noon, 2007. Interment in Shelburne Cemetery. Donations to the Dundalk Fire Department or charity of your choice. Visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9.
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ROBINSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-06 published
NORRIS, Thomas Garner
Suddenly at his home Monday afternoon June 4, 2007. Tom NORRIS of R.R.#2, Wiarton in his 69th year. Beloved husband of the former Gail PERKINS (née DOWNS) and the late Beth YOUNG. Loving father of Kim and her husband Huss CHEGAHNO of Wiarton, Sandi and her husband Jerry AHRENS of Mitchell, Jennifer and her husband Mike DAIGLE of Brampton, Leanne and her husband Rob CHRISTIE of R.R.#1, Hepworth and son-in-law Scott ROBINSON of Burlington. Proud Poppa and Grandpa of ten grandchildren; Matthew, Kyla, Jeffrey, Joshua, Jared, Jordan, Lucas, Aidan, Kady and Alisa. Dear son of Anne ROUSE of Wiarton. Dear brother of June KREUTZWEISER of Wiarton, Barry NORRIS and his wife Brenda of Elmira, and Becky and her husband Bob McCARTNEY of R.R.#3 Hepworth. Brother-in-law of Joan NORRIS of Wiarton and Brenda ROUSE of London. Also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law and nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his brothers Jerry NORRIS and Bev ROUSE, daughter Lisa PERKINS- ROBINSON, grand_son Michael DAIGLE and brother-in-law Al KREUTZWEISER. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from Saint Paul's Presbyterian Church, Wiarton Friday afternoon at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. David LEGGATT officiating. Interment Bayview Cemetery, Wiarton. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society, Wiarton Hospital or Easter Seal Society would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for 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 Tom by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-16 published
BIRR, Arden George
Following a courageous battle with cancer, at his home Thursday June 14, 2007. Arden BIRR of R.R.#6, Markdale and formerly of Durham, in his 67th year. Beloved husband of Janette (née DOBSON.) Loving father of John (Peggy) BIRR of R.R.#6, Markdale and Cheryl (Paul HARVEY) MOIR of Toronto. Arden will be sadly missed by grandchildren Jeff, Trista and Emily, brothers Bill (Rose) BIRR, Robert (Joan) PICKEN and William (Lynn) PICKEN, sisters Marian (Paul) PEARSON, Margaret (Dave) ROUSE, Barb (Ron) ADDIS and Shirley (Clarke) TORRY and several nieces and nephews and their families. Predeceased by his parents John and Mary (née WHITE/WHYTE) BIRR, brothers Ron BIRR and sister Margaret ROBINSON. Friends may call at the Fawcett-McEachern Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, Durham on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Durham at 2 p.m. on Sunday June 17, 2007. As expressions of sympathy donations to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, Markdale or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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ROBINSON 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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ROBINSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-23 published
GREAVETTE, Louie Fred
Passed over after a courageous battle on Sunday August 19th, 2007 at the age of 58. Born January 20th, 1949 in the Red Cross Hospital in Whitney, Ontario. Fred lived the majority of his life in Owen Sound. Fred was active in the Owen Sound Slow Pitch Men's League and enjoyed many hours of coaching ladies' softball. Fred was a member of the Georgian Triangle Dart Club. He loved to spend time in the outdoors whether he was hunting for food for his family, or just picking berries. Fred is predeceased by his loving wife Louise GREAVETTE (VAN ESSEN,) his parents David and Mary GREAVETTE, brothers Percy (Soap) and David, nieces Tonya and Ashley and nephew Jason. Fred will be sadly missed by daughters Paula and husband Al WILCOCK, Debbie GREAVETTE and her partner Pat McCORMICK and his grandchildren Cory, Alexia, and Temperance. Fred will be missed by his family, Thelma and Charlie KRAMER, Cecil and Brenda GREAVETTE, Jack GREAVETTE, Verna FULFORD and her life-partner Ed WHITE/WHYTE of Kitchener-Waterloo, Grace and George HIBBS, Lucy KEMP and her life-partner Doug, Phyllis and Jerry THORPE, all of Guelph, Isabel of Listowel and Bill and Yvonne ROBINSON of Durham. Fred had 7 nephews and 12 nieces and 24 great-nephews and nieces. Fred will be missed by good friend Gary BUCKTON who was there every day during his battle. Special thanks to him for all the support he gave him. A gathering for Friends and family to celebrate the life and passing over will be held on Friday, August 24th at 2 p.m. at William Timber McArthur Park, 5th Ave. E., Owen Sound. We will celebrate his aboriginal heritage, that will be held outdoors, so bring your lawnchairs and memories to share. Refreshments to follow. Everyone welcome.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-24 published
ROBINSON, Ivan Calvin
Peacefully at his home in Owen Sound on Friday, September 21, 2007, Ivan ROBINSON at the age of 72 years. Beloved husband of June for fifty years. Loved father of David, and Nancy and son-in-law David TAILOR/TAYLOR. Loved grandfather of Amanda, Carleigh, Steven, and Michael. Dear brother of Doreen PAYNE, June RASBERRY, and brother-in-law Jack RASBERRY. Predeceased by his parents, Frank and Elsie ROBINSON and brother-in-law Elmer. Son-in-law of Patricia WILLIS. Brother-in-law of Carolyn and George JANKO, and Jackie and Paul VINCENT. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home, 146 Mill Street North, Waterdown on Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Grace Anglican Church, 157 Mill Street North, Waterdown on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow in the Churchyard cemetery. Thank you to Dr. Jill RICE and Doctor Jeff BARRETT for their wonderful care. Also thank you to the Oncology Clinic of Owen Sound Hospital, the staff of the Wiarton Hospital, the Victorian Order of Nurses, and to all the personal caregivers of the Community Care Access Centre If so desired, donations to the G.B.R.H.C. or the Victorian Order of Nurses Grey-Bruce would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Please sign the Book of Condolence at www.kitchingsteepeandludwig.com “God has called for you and we know you are resting peacefully. You will live in our hearts forever.&rdquo

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-10 published
ABERDEIN, “Jake” Gerald Marshall
Passed away peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 of Holland Centre, formerly of Flesherton in his 61st year. Best friend and loving husband of 25 years to Velma. Devoted father of Jim (Ann McKAY) of Owen Sound, Allan (Heather) of Holland Centre and Calvin (Sandra) ROBINSON of Flesherton. Loving grandfather of Cassandra, Jim Jr., Alex, Spencer, Jake Kolby, Logan and Emmalia. Dear brother of David (Heather) ABERDEIN of Flesherton, Erma (Jim) STEPHENSON of Dundalk, Bill (Janet) ABERDEIN of Flesherton, Shirley PEEBLES of Durham, and Donelda (Bryan) WELLWOOD of Flesherton. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Alex and Jessie ABERDEIN (née MARSHALL- HOLLEY,) step-father Ivy HOLLEY and brother-in-law Doug PEEBLES. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Thursday, October 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held in the chapel on Friday, October 12 at 11: 00 a.m. Memorial contributions to the Cancer Society or Centre Grey Health Services Foundation would be gratefully appreciated.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-24 published
ROBINSON
In Loving Memory of Ruth Loreen ROBINSON, Wife, Mother and Grandmother who passed away January 23rd, 2006.
Missing You
Grief never stops After it starts,
When you're gone from our lives
But not from our hearts.
Missing you more With each passing day,
Remembering your life With love that won't fade.
Carl and family

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-05 published
KENNEDY- ROBINSON, Joan
Peacefully at home, on Wednesday January 3, 2007, Joan KENNEDY- ROBINSON, formerly of Oneida, in her 53rd year. Beloved wife of Thomas. Dear mother of Angela KENNEDY. Loving Grandmother of Donovan and CJ. Daughter of Nora KENNEDY and predeceased by father Elton KENNEDY Sr. Survived by brother Keith and sisters Sharon, Shelley, and Lisa. Predeceased by siblings Elton Jr., Dennis, Vincent, and sister Kelly. Also loved by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mount Brydges, on Saturday January 6, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. where the funeral service and committal will be held on Sunday commencing at 11: 00 a.m. Interment of ashes at a later date.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-05-27 published
Family first for Royal Canadian Air Force coach
By Amanda ROBINSON, Sun Media, Sun., May 27, 2007
Harold Leslie LANCASTER returned home in 1945 from Britain to Canada disappointed.
As a Royal Canadian Air Force instructor, he trained hundreds of men who went off to fight in the Second World War but never used his own flying skills in battle.
His loving young wife saw to that by making his family top priority.
For 2½ years at the war's onset, LANCASTER trained young flyers at the air base in Goderich, where he flew everything from the small, pesky Spitfire to the mammoth bomber with which he shared a name -- the Lancaster.
Then it was on to Britain in August 1944, where he trained more Commonwealth pilots, all the time hoping he'd see action in the war in the Pacific.
But that campaign of the war would end, too, before LANCASTER, who died April 1 at age 85, could fulfil his adventurous spirit.
Disappointed as LANCASTER was at again missing out on battle firsthand, it suited his young wife, the former Evelyn TUNKS, just fine.
The two had been married on September 13, 1941, about six years after meeting at age 14.
She had more than a little influence on LANCASTER never fighting overseas -- she wanted her husband to be around for her and their children.
"Thank God he didn't have to go," she said. "When he came home he had a chance to go on but I said, 'No, I want a father for my children.' "
And that was that -- LANCASTER would devote the rest of his life to family and nature.
When he died last month, he left behind his wife of 65 years and two daughters, Sharon STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, 64, and Janis LANCASTER, 57.
He also is survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
"He was such a nice, kind man and he was a lot of fun," STEWARD/STEWART/STUART said of her dad. "He just loved young fellas or gals who loved nature."
LANCASTER grew up on a farm in Elgin County with six brothers. There, he developed a love and appreciation for nature, specifically birds. He was fascinated by them and became an avid bird watcher, documenting and writing about many species.
LANCASTER also became active with many environmental groups, among them the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, the West Elgin Nature Club and the eco-Elgin Environmental Society.
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART credits her father for her appreciation of nature. She admits she's never had the passion for birds her father had but she does enjoy the peace and quiet of natural settings.
"I love to sit and listen to the birds and I love to have my place natural-looking," she said.
"I also got from my father just (a) love of life and (the belief) that I can do anything that I want."

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-17 published
'Nudged by God,' SUTCLIFFE was beloved
By Amanda ROBINSON, Sun Media, Sun., June 17, 2007
Rev. Elizabeth SUTCLIFFE was an anomaly.
After the death of her second husband, Thomas SUTCLIFFE, in 1998, she forfeited relaxing in retirement and prepared to re-enter the workforce.
SUTCLIFFE believed she had a higher calling.
At age 69, she went back to school for a master of theology.
And in 2005, she completed her master of divinity and was ordained as an Anglican priest.
For SUTCLIFFE it was a long time coming.
"I was getting nudged by God. But I just kept pushing it aside to do other things," she said in an interview with The Free Press two years ago.
On Sunday, June 3, two years after SUTCLIFFE was ordained, the beloved assistant curate of All Saints' Church in London missed her final service -- her contract expired June 1 -- for her own homecoming.
She died of a heart attack at age 74 in her London home.
"A couple of ladies broke down… they had gotten really close to her, so they took it really hard," said SUTCLIFFE's only son, Ken VENUS, 49, who told the congregation the morning she died.
Rev. Peter LEONARD, the head priest at the church, praised SUTCLIFFE for her service to parishioners.
Her dedication and her pastoral skills allowed her to "touch all kinds of people," he said.
"She just seemed to know what to say, what to do, it just came so natural," said C.J. JAMES, SUTCLIFFE's friend for more than 15 years.
JAMES and SUTCLIFFE met at their home parish, Saint Anne's Anglican Church in Byron.
SUTCLIFFE was born on September 16, 1933, in London, and attended H.B. Beal secondary school.
She worked as a supervising accountant for the London board of education until she was 60.
In 1972, she started attending Saint Anne's. She was a lay reader and an avid quilter, attending ladies quilting every Thursday at the church.
The church and the people were her life, as she often brought hot meals to parishioners.
That's why VENUS believes his mother's decision to become a priest was the perfect fit.
"She was always there to lend a hand and give you guidance if you needed it," he said.
What he'll miss most about her is her baking. Last Christmas he asked for most of her recipes but she didn't want to pass them on, just yet.
"So I said, 'Fine, if you're not going to give them to me, I will come over,' " he said. "We spent a day baking, so that was kind of nice."

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-07-29 published
Great teacher, good friend recalled as fiery and loyal
By Amanda ROBINSON, Sun Media, Sun., July 29, 2007
In the classroom and in life, Margaret FALLONA expected nothing but the best.
"She was very detailed, very disciplined and a hard marker," said 62-year-old John CLOUSTON, a former student of FALLONA's at G.A. Wheable Secondary in London.
With a strict nature, the modern languages teacher -- who died at a long-term care home on July 11 at age 101 -- was dedicated to her profession. After school, she would tutor students and organize trips to Quebec.
FALLONA also taught at H.B. Beal Secondary and in Chapleau, Ontario
Even after retiring in 1971, her hard work wasn't forgotten.
"At her wake there were a number of students who said that she inspired them to continue with education," said James FALLONA, 70, her eldest nephew.
Born in Hastings, Ontario, in 1905, her parents moved the family to London in 1916 so she and siblings Helen and Philip, both since deceased, could have more educational opportunities.
At age 14, she enrolled in Brescia College, graduating with a B.A. in 1924.
"She was very gifted. It wasn't normal for students to go to university that young," said James FALLONA.
Considered too young for teachers college, she took more university courses. She finally received a degree from the Ontario College of Education in 1927.
A woman of many talents, FALLONA spoke French and Spanish and played the piano and violin.
She also reunited her large Irish family, organizing the first FALLONA reunion in Portland, Maine, in 1984, and another in Ireland in 1990.
While she explored her family roots, she kept her hands in education.
She served several educational organizations and set up scholarships for students in high schools and universities.
Long-time friend Helen McLEOD, 86, said she'll miss FALLONA's companionship and fiery personality.
"You couldn't sway her opinion. When she believed in something she would go to (any lengths) defending it."

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-07-31 published
Man killed lying on train tracks
Police suspect alcohol may have been a factor in the death of William Hubert MATER, 23.
By Amanda ROBINSON, Sun Media, Tues., July 31, 2007
The city and Canadian Pacific don't have any plans to improve pedestrian safety at a downtown railway crossing near where a 23-year-old man was struck and killed by a train on the weekend.
"We have no reason to think that this level crossing is any different than any other crossing, Dave LECKIE, the city's director of roads and transportation, said yesterday.
"Unless we hear differently from the police report, we have no plans for pedestrian improvement," said LECKIE.
Police identified the man killed as William Hubert MATER from Ridgeway, near Fort Erie.
MATER was a recent graduate in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, said Ann Hutchinson, a spokesperson for University of Western Ontario.
MATER was lying on the tracks about 2: 30 a.m. Sunday when he was struck and killed by the train, said CP spokesperson Breanne Feigel.
He wasn't at a pedestrian crossing, but on the tracks in between St. George and the Talbot underpass, said Feigel.
"They (train crew) put on their emergency brakes and used their whistle… but it's not easy to stop a train from moving," she said.
She says accidents such as Sunday's highlight the need for greater awareness about the dangers of trains.
LECKIE said there haven't been problems with pedestrians at the St. George and Piccadilly Street crossing, but there have been with vehicles.
In the last three years, there've been four collisions there.
Those tracks are the only train crossing in the city without gates, so drivers often try to run the crossing to avoid stopping for trains.
In March the city, with Transport Canada and CP, decided to install gates at the track next year.
Brad SCRINKO, co-chair of the Richmond Row Business Association, called the accident "tragic."
"We would be happier if the train tracks were routed around the city," said SCRINKO.
At the train crossing on Richmond Street east of St. George, a bar hotspot, the city plans to install pedestrian gates -- that may look like mini-road gates -- because of the large number of people that hang around that area.
The city is in discussion with CP to finalize the design, said LECKIE.
Police suspect alcohol may have been a factor in MATER's death.
"When people drink, there is already a responsibility that the bar has to take. But what people do outside of the bars they have to take responsibility for," SCRINKO said.
Often, pedestrians put themselves at risk when they jump between the cars of stopped trains, he said.
On his page on Facebook, a social-networking site on the Internet, MATER was listed as working at The Beer Store in London.
He planned to go back to school in September to take a few courses, he wrote on a friend's Facebook page.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-05 published
Trumpet player had timing in music, marriage
By Amanda ROBINSON, Sun Media, Sun., August 5, 2007
Robert (Bobby) DOWNS wasn't one to rush into things -- including marriage.
The London musician and long-time bachelor dated his wife, Brenda, for 47 years before marrying her in December 2005.
"Bob was a workaholic," she said.
"I had a great deal of respect for him (so) I was there for the long haul."
Jack Classic, who knew DOWNS for 40 years, said he pulled DOWNS aside on his wedding day and warned him about the dangers of rushing into marriage.
"It was quite funny because he took so long," Classic said.
DOWNS died at home July 18. He was 81.
Born in London, DOWNS and his five siblings were groomed to be musicians. All six started playing piano, then branched out to their instrument of choice. DOWNS picked up the trumpet.
"Music was the DOWNS's life," said youngest nephew, David DOWNS, DOWNS, though lesser-known than his brother, Johnny -- leader of the Johnny Downs Orchestra and former owner of London's Latin Quarter restaurant -- made his own musical mark in Southwestern Ontario.
At 16, he started a 10-person dance band called the Bobby Downs Orchestra. One of their first gigs was playing during intermission at concerts for big bands such as Ray Anthony and Stan Kenton at the London Arena.
But the band didn't grow as Johnny's band did because its members moved away and created families of their own, said Brenda.
In the 1950s, the orchestra became the Downs Group Five.
Every Friday and Saturday night, the all-brass band played high school dances, company parties, bar mitzvahs, or weddings.
DOWNS retired from music in the 1980s, as the ascendancy of the record-spinning disc jockey at such events meant the end of big bands.
It was difficult for DOWNS to watch his band go out of business.
But occasionally, after retiring, he would bring the trumpet out of its case and play Happy Birthday to a relative over the phone.
"Dances weren't fun anymore because I enjoyed dancing to live music rather than DJs," said Brenda.
"He was a good person all around… (I'll miss him) just being there. He was a quiet, strong pillar I could lean on all the time."

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-08 published
Murder charge expected in slaying
Police won't say if they found the body of a missing Sarnia woman
By Amanda ROBINSON, Sun Media, Wed., August 8, 2007
A Sarnia man and a Wyoming woman face charges in the slaying of a missing Sarnia woman.
Sarnia police would not say yesterday if they found the body of 45-year-old Shelley MATHIEU- READ, reported missing by a family member on July 29.
The family member hadn't seen her since May.
MATHIEU- READ was a drug addict who was living at 64 Finch Doctor in Sarnia, police said.
Police said foul play was involved in MATHIEU- READ's death but they did not release details about the cause.
A 36-year-old Sarnia man was arrested yesterday morning in downtown London and will be charged with murder, police said.
A 54-year-old Wyoming woman was arrested at a Wyoming home and will be charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder.
More details about about the case will be released at a news conference today, police said.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-12 published
Two die in crashes, third man critical
By Amanda ROBINSON, Sun Media, Sun., August 12, 2007
An air ambulance lifts off from the scene of a head-on collision involving a car and a pickup truck on Melbourne Road west of Strathroy yesterday afternoon that left one man dead and one in hospital with life-threatening injuries. (Mike HENSEN, Sun Media)
Two people were killed and another was clinging to life after two crashes on Southwestern Ontario roads yesterday, one outside Strathroy and another on a bridge in rural Huron County.
Police were also investigating a third serious crash, a morning collision between a motorcycle and a truck on Highway 19, south of Tillsonburg, but last night still hadn't released any details.
Kevin GONCALVES, 22, of the Arkona area, died after a crash about 2: 30 p.m. on Melbourne Road, north of Murphy Road in Adelaide Metcalfe, west of London.
Police said GONCALVES was driving a car that went out of control while passing on a curve and crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and struck a pickup truck.
witnesses: said there had been deer in the area, leading to speculation one or more drivers had swerved to avoid hitting them.
An unidentified male passenger in the car, a 22-year-old from Strathroy, was flown by medical helicopter to Victoria Hospital in London with life-threatening injuries, the Ontario Provincial Police said.
The pickup driver, 19-year-old Alyse MALLET of Melbourne, was in Victoria Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, police said.
Meanwhile, in Huron County, in the village of Dublin, one person died after a vehicle went off a bridge, a duty manager with Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services said.
Ontario Provincial Police confirmed there'd been a crash at the bridge, but last night still hadn't released any details about it.
In Middlesex County, within three minutes of the crash on Melbourne Road, a two-car collision at Nairn Road and Oxbow Drive, just outside London, sent three people to hospital. One person was in critical condition.
Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police said a car going west on Oxbow and and another going south on Nairn Road collided at the intersection.
A 73-year-old passenger in the southbound car was taken to Victoria Hospital and was in critical condition, police said. The driver of the car, Clayton LUNHAM, 75, of Forest, was in stable condition.
Andrew CLASSEN, 23, of London, driver of the westbound car, was charged with failing to yield to traffic, police said.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-19 published
War vet TOOGOOD always on the move
By Amanda ROBINSON, SUN MEDIA, Sun., August 19, 2007
William TOOGOOD was always on the move.
After lying about his age to enlist at 15, he was a motorcycle messenger during the Second World War, zipping around some of the bloodiest areas of Europe where Canadians fought.
In civilian life, the Saint Thomas man had at least half a dozen jobs, most spent behind a wheel.
He delivered milk and bread in an era when those goods were delivered to customers' homes.
He drove a taxi, worked on the railroad and was a travelling salesperson for such things as vacuums and industrial supplies.
About 1980, at 56, he revved up a new career selling cars, a tough time in the industry as fuel-stingy Japanese imports muscled into a North American market dominated by gas guzzlers.
"He did well -- a lot of people liked him," said his eldest son, Norman TOOGOOD of Saint Thomas.
He said his father prospered selling vehicles for Ford dealers, Fearn and Talbot, in Saint Thomas. "He was a pretty good-looking guy. He dressed well, and a lot of guys thought he was a straight shooter," his son said.
TOOGOOD, who had battled Alzheimer's for years, died of emphysema August 10 at London's Parkwood Hospital. He was 83.
Born in Saint Thomas in 1924, TOOGOOD was the son of a First World War veteran badly injured in the fighting, making it difficult for him to work.
The family, said Norman TOOGOOD, was "pretty destitute."
Enlisting in 1939 was probably his father's response to the grim economic times the Depression had brought, his son said.
"When he was young, he just wanted to earn money."
TOOGOOD joined the Elgin Regiment as a reservist. He was deployed the next year as a regular soldier, serving until 1946.
He rejoined the military in the Cold War, in 1954, served nearly 20 years and retired a sergeant.
His most harrowing experiences came during the Second World War.
"He never wanted to talk about it," his son said. "It came out later in the years that he rode a motorcycle, but he never talked about firing a gun."
TOOGOOD served in Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
Messengers were often targets for snipers, the documents they carried valuable to enemies.
"In some cases, he was right on the front lines in enemy fire" taking messages from post to post, his son said. "He said one time in Sicily he was in an abandoned farmhouse that got shelled. I think there it was probably pretty scary."
TOOGOOD returned to Europe for the 50th-anniversary celebrations of D-Day. At home, he took part in many Remembrance Day ceremonies, sometimes serving as parade marshal in Saint Thomas.
Predeceased by his wife June, TOOGOOD is survived by three children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and four siblings.
"I'm very proud of the contributions that he made," said TOOGOOD's grand_son, Cory WHITEHEAD, 24. "I'm just going to miss spending time with him… he was really special to me."

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-28 published
Priest was a driving force behind many area projects
Rev. Patrick COSTELLO also built relationships with developing churches across Africa.
By April ROBINSON, Sun Media, Fri., December 28, 2007
A priest known as the spark behind enduring Saint Thomas community events and projects has died.
Rev. Patrick COSTELLO died of cancer on Christmas Day in Chatham. He was 78.
"Everybody knew Father Pat in Saint Thomas, whether you were Catholic or not," said Steve PETERS, member of provincial parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London and a former Saint Thomas mayor.
"He had this ability to pull people together for any goal or any project," he said.
One project was the annual Sports Spectacular celebrity dinner in Saint Thomas.
COSTELLO was the driving force getting the event, now in its 30th year, started.
The dinner raises money for the Association for Community Living and the Special Olympics, groups COSTELLO believed in supporting.
"He's always been sports-minded," said Gary CLARKE, an organizer of the dinner and a superintendent of the London District Catholic school board.
CLARKE, who worked with COSTELLO on the dinner for 15 years, said he wants to commemorate him at the next dinner on January 24.
COSTELLO's cousin, Les COSTELLO, founded the Flying Fathers -- a hockey team made up of priests who raise money for charities after quitting the Toronto Maple Leafs to become a priest.
Pat COSTELLO played a bit of hockey himself, said CLARKE.
His true gift was his ability to get the church to extend its reach into the community and beyond, he said.
"He always had a project on the go."
COSTELLO began the annual Saint Anne's festival, a four-day event in June.
He was a strong supporter of minor hockey and soccer.
He also initiated the building of the Saint Anne's Centre in Saint Thomas, now a community hub for weddings, dances and the Sports Spectacular.
COSTELLO also saw a need for a seniors centre so elderly parishioners could just "walk across the street" to church, said CLARKE. So, COSTELLO oversaw construction of the non-profit seniors residence.
"He was able to create a sense of community from the bricks and mortar," said CLARKE.
That sense extended to Africa, where COSTELLO built relationships with developing churches in Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
"Father Pat always wanted to know how the Catholic church was faring in my part of the world," Telesphore Mpundu, archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia, said in an e-mail.
COSTELLO helped to establish a parish in a remote region of Zambia in 1980 named Saint Anne's after the Saint Thomas church.
"I know there will be a lot of sadness at his death," said John SHERLOCK, former bishop of the London diocese.
"He was brimming with self-confidence and he was gregarious," he said.
After 25 years at Saint Anne's, COSTELLO capped off his career at Sacred Heart parish in Port Lambton and celebrated 50 years of work as a priest in 2004.
Visitation is today at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Chatham from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The funeral, also at Blessed Sacrament, is tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-06-27 published
HUNTER, D. Calder
Passed away suddenly at his Residence, Elmvale on Monday, June 18, 2007. Calder HUNTER, in his 68th year. Beloved husband of Pauline (née ROBINSON.) Dear father of Amy Ritchie (Tim FORBES) of Midhurst, Michelle HUNTER (Earl GRAHAM) of Elmvale, Paula (Trevor) HAMMER of Moonstone, Susan HUNTER (Geoff SMITH) of Dorchester and Robert HUNTER of Winnipeg. Loved grandfather of Jordan RITCHIE, Hope GRAHAM, Claire, Christopher and Lily HAMMER and Grace and Carter SMITH. Brother of Evelyn (Elmer) McFADDEN and the late Catherine HUNTER. Friends may call at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, Elmvale from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral Service in the chapel on Saturday, June 23 at 11 a.m. Interment Elmvale Cemetery. Memorial Donations to the Knox-Flos Presbyterian Church or the Collingwood Mental Health Services (Charitable Donations) would be appreciated.
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ROBINSON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-06-27 published
ROBINSON, Norris James
Passed away peacefully at the Stayner Nursing Home on Sunday June 24, 2007 in his 89th year. Norris of Stayner, beloved husband of Marjorie. Loving father of Brenda HANDSLEY of Sudbury and Jim ROBINSON and his wife Dianne of Nottawa. Grandfather of Mary and her husband Larry DUPUIS, Aimee, Leah and Justin ROBINSON. Great-grandfather of Krysten and Alexander DUPUIS. Also survived by his sister Laura DOBSON of Barrie. Friends will be received at the Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, 7313 Highway 26 (Main St.), Stayner (705-428-2637) from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday June 27, 2007. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 11 o'clock. Interment Stayner Union Cemetery. If desired, donations in Norris' memory may be made to the Stayner Nursing Home Residents Council, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation or the Kidney Foundation.
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ROBINSON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-07-11 published
ROBINSON, Norris
The family of the late Norris ROBINSON wish to thank Friends and relatives for their kindness, prayers, cards, food and phone calls, as well as visits, donations and floral tributes. Also thanks to Mrs. Baker and family and staff of Stayner Nursing Home for caring for Norris. Thanks to Rev. Paul BOUGHTON for his comforting service and to Paula and Shawn for all their help. To the United Church Ladies for the lovely lunch after the service. Marjorie, Brenda, Dianne and Jim
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ROBINSON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-08-15 published
RUOCCO, Giustina Rosa
Giustina Rosa RUOCCO 67, passed away on July 20, 2007 at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer in the presence of her family and husband. She was a long time resident of Stayner and a former owner/operator of Big S Restaurant. She helped many local residents and children whom called her Mamma Gina. She was an avid seamstress and gardener. Loved and admired for her courage and strength by her beloved husband Max RUOCCO of 38 years. Her son Aniello and wife Janet and grandchildren Mathew and Daniel, her daughter Marianna and husband Jason ROBINSON, and her youngest daughter Antonieta and husband Steve ROGERS. As well, as her sister-in-law Maria ROSA and her husband Carmine and her nieces and their families. A service was entrusted to Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home of Stayner, followed by a private service at St. Patricks Church and burial at Wasaga Beach Cemetary. Many thanks to the doctors, nurses, therapists and medical staff of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Saint Elizabeth's, and Collingwood General and Marine Hospital for their compassionate care. As well, as to her family doctor. Experssions of sympathy can be made in the form of donations to the Canadian Cancer Society and would be apprreciated by the family.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-12-05 published
RANSOM, Catherine
Passed away November 26, 2007 at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie after her battle with cancer. Beloved wife and will be sadly missed by Gary. Loving mother of Mark (Elena) RANSOM and Cory (Laura) RANSOM. Loved by grandchildren Chloe and Sofia, brother Ivan (Ann) ROBINSON, nieces, nephews, extended family and Friends. Private family service to take place with a Celebration of Catherine's Life to be announced at a later date. Special thanks to many caring neighbors, Friends and staff at the Board of Education. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Royal Victoria Hospital Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre.
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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-11 published
ROBINSON, Kelly Ann, B.Sc.
Passed away on Tuesday June 5, 2007, at the Princess Margaret Hospital, in her 47th year, after a nine month battle with leukemia. Beloved partner of Wayne HOUSTON. Daughter of Ralph and Lynda ROBINSON. Kelly leaves her dear sister Mary (husband Michael VORMITTAG) and newborn niece Amanda, who shone a ray of sunshine onto a prolonged period of suffering. Kelly was born in Toronto on March 30, 1961 and graduated from Arts and Science at the University of Toronto in 1984. She will be sorely missed by her colleagues at Starplex Scientific. The members of the Executive Women's Golf Association, will dearly miss her comradeship at the tournaments she helped coordinate for 3 years. A private service was held in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. The family extends their grateful thanks to Doctor Andrzej LUTYNSKI, Doctor Mark MINDEN and all the nursing staff on the 15th Floor. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Kelly may be made to the Princess Margaret Foundation (416-946-6560) or www.pmhf.ca

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-15 published
COOPER, John Howard " Jack"
Beloved husband and companion for more than 58 years of Lois (ROBINSON.) Predeceased by sisters Marjorie, Mabel, and Daisy. Survived by nephew Ronald David McKELVIE (Bernadette,) Grand Falls, Newfoundland. In World War 2 Jack served overseas for five years, in the 11th C.I.B., 5th Div., R.C.E.M.E., in England, Italy, and Northern Europe. On his return he rejoined Charles Wilson Limited, 'the largest privately-owned soft drink company in North America', where he spent over forty years. Following the sale of the company, he joined TRS Food Services in Oshawa for the next thirteen years. A founding member of the Church of Our Saviour, Don Mills, a member of the R.C. Legion Br. #375 Richmond Hill, Ducks Unlimited, the Don Mills Rod and Gun Club and Smokey Lake Hunt Club. Jack's quick and ready wit, his joie de vivre will be sorely missed by his many Friends and acquaintances. In accordance with Jack's wishes there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place and his remains will be interred with his mother's and mother-in-law's in Thornhill Cemetery at a later date. The kind and gentle care by the staff of Hill House, Richmond Hill, is gratefully acknowledged.
Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us every day
Unseen, unheard, but still always dear
Still loved, still missed, ever near

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-26 published
McKAY, John Leitch
Passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2007 in Barrie, Ontario, surrounded by his loving family. John McKAY beloved husband of the late Ethel, leaves three daughters; Wendy (Bruce WIGGINS,) Jaqueline (James PEGG) and Louise (Rusty ROBINSON) and his beloved grandchildren Devin, Alex, Claragh, Andrew, Gilly and Tully. He is survived by his brothers Frank (Belle) and Mervyn of Northern Ireland, Bill (Margarite) of New Zealand, his sister Eileen (the late Harry) from Ottawa and his sister-in-law Frances (the late Joe McKAY) of Niagara Falls. He is predeceased by Joe, Doreen, Bertie and little Maisie. John was greatly loved by all his nephews and nieces. John was born in Glenarm (Larne) Northern Ireland by the seaside and never ventured far from water. He lived life with adventure and enthusiasm. After his beloved wife Ethel passed away in 1986, John spent the years boating and spending time with his grandchildren. He will always be known for his warmth, smiling eyes and his wonderful Irish sense of humour. He will be greatly missed by all. Friends may call at Trinity Anglican Church, Collier Street, Barrie on Thursday from 1: 30 until time of service in the church on Thursday, June 28 at 2: 30 p.m. Cremation. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Anglican Church, Barrie through Marshall W. Driver Cremation and Burial Service, 19 Ross Street, Barrie. L4N 1E8 705-734-7616 Condolences may be sent to mwdcandbservice@sympatico.ca

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-19 published
BEAUGRAND, Jean W.
Passed away, in Toronto, on July 2nd, 2007, in her 87th year. Predeceased by her brother Bob and sister Betty (SSAINTURENT,) she leaves to mourn her niece, Janice ROBINSON, and nephews, Scott BEAUGRAND, Kevin SSAINTURENT and Kenneth SSAINTURENT and their families. Jean was a long-term employee of IAC in Montreal and Continental Bank/HSBC in Toronto, while caring for her mother, Arthura. She was an active member of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church until shortly before her death. The family wishes to thank the dedicated teams at both Kensington Gardens and The Donway Place for their care during the last two years. A funeral service will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Monday, July 23rd, at 11: 00 a.m. If desired, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-03 published
DUBIN, Anne Ruth, Q.C.
Following surgery, Anne lost her fight for life on August 2, 2007. Anne was a devoted and loving wife to Charles, her husband and best friend of 55 years. Survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law Myer and Sybil LEVINE and Leonard and Bobbie LEVINE. Predeceased by her sister Molly MYERS. Will be sadly missed by nieces and nephew Francie and Stuart KLEIN and Marcia ROBINSON and grandniece and grandnephew Sherri and Justin.
Anne retired following a long and successful career in corporate law. She was a director of Petro-Canada and a member of the Ontario Law Reform Commission Advisory Board. She was also a director of Telemedia Communications Inc., Morgan Trust Co. of Canada and a former Public Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. She was vice-chair Area Committee of the York County Legal Aid Plan, a former member of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee on the Juvenile and Family Court of Metropolitan Toronto, and a former member of the Joint Committee on Penal Reform for Women.
Anne had a long history of community service. She was a vice-chair of York University, a trustee of the Toronto Hospital Foundation, a director of the Canadian Club, Toronto, an Honorary Counsel of the Canadian Red Cross Society, an Honorary Counsel of the Museum Children's Theatre, a director of the Elizabeth Fry Society, a director of the Toronto Mental Health Clinic for Children and Adolescents and its successor, the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a director of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, and a trustee of the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.
Anne will always be remembered for her intelligence, independence, indomitable spirit, and her dedication and loyalty to family and Friends.
Funeral service will be held at Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto at 11: 00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2007. Interment Holy Blossom Cemetery, Brimly Rd. Following interment all are invited to 619 Avenue Rd., Toronto. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Anne Dubin to the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, 416-603-5958. Special thanks to Doctor Phillip ELLISON and nurse Debbie KLATT.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-07 published
SCHAFHEITLIN, Mary Ruth (ROBINSON)
On Thursday, August 2, 2007, at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in her 90th year. Beloved wife of Fred SCHAFHEITLIN. She will be profoundly missed by her children: Susy, Judy and Don; her grandchildren: Jody, Jesse, Allison and Sarah; her great-grandchildren: Kenzie and Riley; and her many Friends in Oakville and Bayfield. Predeceased by her brothers; Jim, Bill and Walter. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 17 at 2: 00 p.m. at Munn's United Church, 5 Dundas Street East, Oakville. In lieu of flowers, Friends may wish to make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-08 published
BLICK, J David
Suddenly, but peacefully, at home on August 5th 2007, David, loved husband of Dwyne and formerly of Pat COOK; proud father of John and Kate BLICK and Sarah KEOGH; step-father of Don and Pat ROBINSON and Deborah and Brian SHAW; granddad to Robert, James and Patrick BLICK; grandpa David to Lindsay and Michael ROBINSON and Jennifer and David SHAW. Retired businessman, mentor to many, respected and admired, lover of music, books and the Toronto Maple Leafs. A true friend, we will miss him. A celebration of David's life will be held in September. In lieu of flowers, please remember him by supporting his beloved alma mater, Saint John's College, Cambridge www.joh.cam.ac.uk/johnian/support

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-11 published
BLICK, J. David
Suddenly, but peacefully, at home on August 5th 2007, David, loved husband of Dwyne and formerly of Pat COOK; proud father of John and Kate BLICK and Sarah KEOGH; step-father of Don and Pat ROBINSON and Deborah and Brian SHAW; granddad to Robert, James and Patrick BLICK; grandpa David to Lindsay and Michael ROBINSON and Jennifer and David SHAW.
Retired businessman, mentor to many, respected and admired, lover of music, books and the Toronto Maple Leafs. A true friend, we will miss him.
A celebration of David's life will be held in September. In lieu of flowers, please remember him by supporting his beloved alma mater, Saint John's College, Cambridge www.joh.cam.ac.uk/johnian/support

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-07 published
BARR, Anne (née GARNER)
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday September 5, 2007 at York Central Hospital in her 90th year. Predeceased by her devoted husband, golf professional Robert BARR. Greatly missed by her daughter Penelope Anne BARR and son-in-law Russell LOW/LOWE/LOUGH. Survived by her younger sister Millie ROBINSON of Hartford, England. And will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews in England and her scores of golfing Friends. A celebration of her life will take place at The Toronto Ladies Golf Club (7859 Yonge St. Thornhill, Ontario 905-889-3531) on Thursday September 13, 2007 from 4-8 p.m.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-10 published
BARR, Anne (née GARNER)
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday September 5, 2007 at York Central Hospital in her 90th year. Predeceased by her devoted husband, golf professional Robert BARR. Greatly missed by her daughter Penelope Anne BARR and son-in-law Russell LOW/LOWE/LOUGH. Survived by her younger sister Millie ROBINSON of Hartford, England. And will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews in England and her scores of golfing Friends. A celebration of her life will take place at The Toronto Ladies Golf Club (7859 Yonge St. Thornhill, Ontario 905-889-3531) on Thursday September 13, 2007 from 4-8 p.m.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-17 published
ROBINSON, Diana Graeme (née CAMERON)
Diana passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 13, 2007 at the age of 87. She experienced a wonderful day of talking with her Boys (Duncan, Kim (Barb McMURRAY,) Chris and Graeme (Deborah SMEATON,) joking and feeling the love that she had come to know so well by the loving and caring staff at the Briton House. It was the perfect send off for an exceptional lady who was a caring mother, inspirational leader and a cherished friend. Mom, you will always be remembered as Bang On! You are now able to join your beloved husband John, who died far too young. Born on November 2, 1919 as the only daughter of Malcolm and Flora CAMERON, Diana was schooled at the best schools from Bishop Strachan School in Toronto to finishing school in Paris. Her spirit and intellect were recognized by the Royal Canadian Air Force when she enlisted at the age of 19 and she was eventually promoted to the position of Squadron Leader and operated as one of the highest ranking officers in England. It was during the war that she fell in love once again with her childhood sweetheart John. Following the war, she returned to finish her education at the University of Western Ontario and marry, which began the next incredible part of her life. She brought her four Boys into the world with whom she had a magical love. She paid her dues bringing up, by herself, four teenage boys but the inevitable trials that involved only cemented the deep bond between mother and sons. She also became an important example to her five grandchildren (Zoe-Ann, Michael Lauren, John and Jacquie) as she showed them her strength of character. Diana found great comfort in her move to the Briton House where she lived independently for many years and then with the constant love and attention of the ninth floor staff over the last year. We will never be able to thank enough Maria, Hilaria, Lourdes and too many others to name for their devotion to the highest standards of excellence in care. Mom left with a smile on her face knowing she had lived a wonderful full life and was surrounded by all those she adored and whom showed her unconditional love in return. Visitation will be from 2-4: 00 and 7-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at the Newbigging Funeral Home at 733 Mt. Pleasant Avenue. The funeral service will begin at 11: 00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at St. Leonard's Anglican Church at 25 Wanless Avenue. Burial will follow at Saint_James Cemetery with reception at 1-3: 00 p.m. at the Rosedale Golf Club, 1901 Mt. Pleasant Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged in the name of Diana with the Alzheimer Society.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-22 published
KATZ, Sidney
On Thursday, September 13, 2007, Sidney (Sholem) KATZ died peacefully in his 92nd year at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital after a long battle with kidney disease.
Born in Ottawa in 1916, he was the third son of Samuel KATZ of Russia and Susan SUGARMAN of Lithuania. Educated at Lisgar Collegiate and St. Patrick's College (now Carleton University), where he received his B.S. Sc., he then moved to Toronto, where he was named editor of the now-defunct publication Magazine Digest.
In 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a radar mech., serving in the Eastern Air Command and, later, overseas with the Royal Air Force. Returning to Canada after the war, Sid continued his education at the University of Toronto, obtaining a M.S.W. (Master of Social Work), specializing in psychiatry. He later received a Diploma in Alcohol and Drug Addiction from Yale University.
Having married Ottawa-born journalist Dorothy SANGSTER while on leave during the war, the couple settled in Toronto. Sid joined the staff of Macleans Magazine as a feature writer, gaining national acclaim for his numerous articles over a period of fifteen years, including his breakthrough 1954 article "I Was a Madman for Twelve Hours", the first detailed, first-person account in a general magazine of the effects of the hallucinogenic drug LSD, given to Sidney under the supervision of Doctor Humphrey Osmond in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
Sid later joined the Toronto Star, where he was a feature writer and columnist, specializing in issues of mental health, mental illness, and social and behavioural problems. Retiring early from the Star, he continued his career as a freelance journalist and broadcaster as well as acting as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario's Graduate School of Journalism, and authoring the book The Divided Woman.
His concern about Canadians with special needs often led to the establishment of organizations designed to help them, including the Non-Smokers' Rights Association, Parent Finders, The Patients' Rights Association and the Allergy Information Association. He was actively involved in several other groups, including those dealing with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and gay rights, and as a member of the Conference on Aging's planning committee and of the executive planning committee of the Ontario Consultation on Youth.
Sidney received numerous awards for his work, including the City of Toronto Civic Award, the Canadian Mental Health Award, Metro Police Award, the University of Western Ontario's President's Medal (twice), the Canadian Education Conference Award, Canadian Nurses Association Award, Allergy Information Association Award, the Ohio State University Award, and ten Maclean-Hunter Awards for editorial excellence.
Sidney is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Jeremy, sisters Esther (Mrs. Irving ROBINSON) of Toronto and Miriam (Mrs. Lou WEINER) of Ottawa, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his son Stephen in 1989.
The family would like to express its sincere appreciation to the staff of Sunnybrook Hospital's K Wing (Veterans) and Dialysis Unit for their wonderful care over the past several years.
A private family service was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stop lights west of Yonge St.) on Wednesday September 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Sunnybrook or The Kidney Foundation.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-22 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Joan Phyllis
Former teacher of Etobicoke Board of Education and Dufferin County Board of Education. At Headwaters Health Care Centre on Friday, September 21, 2007 in her 75th year; beloved wife of the late Edward (Ted) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON; loved mother of Margaret THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, loving step-mother of Paul THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Helen FOX (Kevin), Marianne BREADNER (Ray,) Mark THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Candace;) dear grandmother of Brendan, Alison, Beth, Lindsay, Kyle, Nicky, Vanessa, Adrienne, Meghan, Graham and Katie; also sadly missed by her sister Mildred ROBINSON her nephew David ROBINSON and her other relatives and many Friends. Friends may call at the Dods and McNair Funeral Home and Chapel, 21 First Street, Orangeville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Saint Mark's Anglican Church, 4 First Ave. Orangeville on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Arthritis Society or the Liver Foundation would be appreciated by the family. (Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com)

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-18 published
CHRISTIE, James Henry, B.Arch.
In his 85th year, on Tuesday October 16th, 2007, at Saint_Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, James Henry CHRISTIE of Stoney Creek. Jim was truly loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of 55 years, Peg (GISBORNE); his children Jim (Sarah PEPALL), Joan (Jeff ROBINSON), Peter (Nancy) and Ann; his grandchildren Jim and Julie ROBINSON, Gillian and Fraser CHRISTIE, and Drew, Erin, Lisa, Grace and Megan CHRISTIE. Brother of Alice and the late Malcolm DANKS, and Jean and Lee GAUTHIER. Friends will be received at the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home, 36 Lake Avenue Drive, Stoney Creek, on Thursday October 18th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Private interment to take place. A Memorial Service will be held at The Church of Our Saviour the Redeemer, 25 Lake Ave. South, Stoney Creek, on Friday, October 19th at 11 a.m. Reception immediately following in the Parish Hall. In Jim's memory, donations to The Church of Our Saviour the Redeemer would be appreciated.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-06 published
JEFFERS, Adair
Died peacefully at Saint Michael's Hospital, Toronto on Sunday, November 4, 2007 at the age of 92. Sadly missed by her sisters Ione GROVER and Ethelwyn (Babs) SCOTT; nieces and nephews Paula GROVER, Eric GROVER, Dorothy ROBINSON, Nancy SCOTT- LANGILLE, Peter SCOTT, Paul SCOTT and great-nieces and great-nephews Andrea, Veronica and Michael ROBINSON, Scott LANGILLE, Madeline and Samantha GROVER. A service will be held on Wednesday, November 7th at 2 o'clock in St. Andrew's United Church, 117 Bloor Street East. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Andrew's Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-10 published
ROBINSON, Luella Reta (née WILBUR)
(March 2, 1920-November 2, 2007)
After a wonderful life, Luella ROBINSON passed away on Friday, November 2, 2007 at the age of 87 years. Lue was born in New Horton, New Brunswick on March 2, 1920 to the late Captain Alvin WILBUR and Ella Akerly Strayhorn WILBUR. She moved to Montreal in 1939 to pursue a career in nursing and graduated from Montreal General in 1942. Lue then joined Northern Electric as the Home Care Nurse. On July 6, 1945 Lue married her humorous, affectionate and charismatic husband George Airlie (Pete) ROBINSON of Rawdon, Québec. She was a business woman before her time, but was a nurse most of all. Lue opened the Rawdon Convalescent Home in the early 1960's and she later established Heather Lodge Hospital. Many of the young men and woman hired and trained by mom simply became part of our extended family. Pete and Lue spent many wonderful years in Boca Raton golfing and enjoying a very active social life with their many Friends. In 1990 they moved from Rawdon to Calgary to be nearer to their daughters. Lue is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Heather and Daniel J. GAGNIER, Terry and Bruce CHURCHILL- SMITH, and Lynne ROBINSON who were her pride and joy; by her two grandchildren, Peter and Jane CHURCHILL- SMITH. She will also be missed by her sister, Elta Wilbur DUGID, sister and brother-in-law Doris Wilbur HICKS and Harvey HICKS of New Brunswick and their five children, Susan, Nancy, Karen, Barbara, and Hugh. Lue will be lovingly remembered by many grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Mildred Wilbur STEEVES and by her beloved brother Harry STRAYHORN. A Private Family Service was held in Calgary. In the summer of 2008 a Memorial Service will take place in Rawdon, Québec. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If Friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the New Horton Baptist Church, c/o H. Hicks 485 Shediac Road, Moncton, New Brunswick E1A 2T4 or to the Rawdon United Church, 3253, 4 Avenue, Rawdon, Québec J0K 1S0. In living memory of Lue ROBINSON, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, Alberta Telephone: 1-800-661-1599

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-16 published
NICOLAIDES, John James
Peacefully, in his sleep at Leisure World -- Brampton Woods Nursing Home on Wednesday, November 14th, 2007, in his 84th year. Beloved husband to Mary Virginia for 38 years. Dear brother-in-law to Jim McCARTNEY and his wife Ingrid of Toronto, Ontario. Uncle to Helen ROBINSON and Rouli NICOLAIDES of London, England. Predeceased by his sister Niki NICOLAIDES. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at Andrews Community Funeral Centre, 8190 Dixie Road, Brampton (North of Steeles Avenue) 905-456-8190 on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 from 1-2 p.m. with a Memorial Service to follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. In John's memory, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-05 published
CREERY, Leslie John
With sorrow, we announce the death of L. John CREERY, husband, father, grandfather, friend. Born in Vancouver on August 14, 1926 to Marion KER and Leslie CREERY, John died on December 3, 2007, in his 82nd year, after a long courageous war with cancer. John is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gretchen Keirstead CREERY, his four sons, John Michael (Anne RISTIC,) Jamie (Carole IMHOFF), Adam (Laurie) and Anthony (Laura AITKEN), his step-daughter, Melissa MOSELEY, his sister, Eleanor ROBINSON, his 10 grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews, and was predeceased by his daughter, Sarah Ann, and his brother, Andrew. His Friends and clients are too numerous to imagine, much less tally. Horses, newspapers and theatre were among John's early interests but he turned to law as a young man, as it was a responsible thing to do. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia in 1951, John headed to the Department of Justice in Ottawa, for a brief stint as a legislative draftsman. Thereafter, John practiced law in Vancouver virtually to the end of his life. John was as interested in his clients themselves, and their businesses, as he was in their legal affairs and worked tirelessly on every idea, venture and project that came his way. For John, the journey was every bit as compelling as the destination. John practiced extensively in the entertainment, cruise and natural resources businesses as varied a legal practice as were his interests in life. John was enthralled by people, by car collecting, by gardening, and by trains big and small. John had, to the end, an active and inquiring mind and was fascinated by life, and by the physical and spiritual world in which he lived. John was old-fashioned in the most admirable sense of the phrase and embodied respect, civility and good manners; he loved his Friends. To the end, John was a very spiritual man. A memorial service marking John's life will be held at 12 o'clock p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at Saint Mary's Anglican Church in Kerrisdale. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the British Columbia Cancer Foundation or the Huntington Society of Canada, British Columbia Chapter, would be appreciated.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-05 published
Prolific and brilliant Ojibwa painter was called 'the Picasso of the North'
Like the great Spanish artist, he could draw spontaneously, never lifting his pencil until the image was complete. He is the only native artist to have held a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada
By Donn DOWNEY, Page S8
This obituary was prepared by Donn DOWNEY (who died in April, 2001,) with files from James ADAM/ADAMS.
Toronto -- The descriptions are spectacular and too generous, perhaps. Norval MORRISSEAU was "the Picasso of the North," according to some, and "the most important painter Canada has ever produced," to quote his Toronto art dealer.
Such descriptions, of course, ignore the likes of Tom Thomson, Emily Carr and the Group of Seven and place Mr. MORRISSEAU in a league with the most innovative artist of the 20th century. The hyperbole is forgivable. They are part of the legend - the story of a true primitive who emerged from the Northern Ontario wilderness to awe the sophisticates in the major art centres of the world. Indeed, Mr. MORRISSEAU remains the only native artist ever to have had a solo exhibition (for three months, starting in February, 2006) in the 127-year history of the National Gallery of Canada.
Art dealer Jack POLLOCK, one of the many who claimed to have discovered Mr. MORRISSEAU, was also part of the legend but had a better grasp on his contribution. "He invented a visual vocabulary that never existed before him," Mr. POLLOCK said before his death in 1992. "He gave the demi-gods of his people an image."
Mr. MORRISSEAU could properly lay claim to being the creator and spiritual leader of the Woodland Indian art movement, not only in Canada but in the northeast United States. He developed his style independent of the influence of any other artist and was the first to depict Ojibwa legends and history for the non-native world.
He broke the taboos of his people by revealing sacred stories, but believed it was his mission to put his heritage before the modern world so it could be kept alive. He was "a living bridge to the past," said Donald ROBINSON of Toronto's Kinsman Robinson Galleries, his major dealer for more than 15 years.
Three generations of native artists have followed in his footsteps, producing variations of the MORRISSEAU style using heavy black outlines to enclose colourful, flat shapes. Many of these artists have become wealthy in the process but such success was denied Mr. MORRISSEAU, who never quite escaped the poverty into which he was born.
"To this day, I don't know how we made a living," he wrote in an article published in The Globe and Mail in 1979. "You see, that sense of real necessity is not a thing that most people in white society know anything about." He was raised by his grandfather who was "the most influential person in the whole of my life and also a good provider. We always had moose meat in the house. Also oranges, but no bananas."
Born near Thunder Bay to a family living on the Ojibwa Sand Point Reserve on Lake Nipigon, he was baptized Jean-Baptiste Norman Henry MORRISSEAU. The oldest of five sons, he went to school for six years, but only finished Grade 2. "You see, the first year you get there, they put you in kindergarten," he once wrote. "The next year you come back and they put you in kindergarten again. Next thing you know, you are in Grade 1. Then, the following year, you start Grade 1 all over again. Maybe you stay in Grade 1 three or four years."
He was brought up by both his maternal grandparents. His grandfather was a shaman who schooled him in the traditional ways of his culture while his grandmother, a Catholic, made it her business that he was familiar with Christian beliefs. By all accounts, it was the conflict between the two cultures that influenced his outlook and what would later become his art.
Over the years, legends have developed around Mr. MORRISSEAU. According to one story, he became perilously ill at 19. A visit to the doctor did nothing and a medicine woman was summoned. A renaming ceremony was performed (Anishnaabe tradition holds that a giving powerful name to someone near death can rally strength and save a life). He was renamed Copper Thunderbird, and recovered. Later, he would use it to sign his paintings.
Somewhere along the way, he developed a fondness for alcohol. When Mr. POLLOCK first met him in the summer of 1962, he was drunk. The artist demanded that Mr. POLLOCK look at his work. Mr. POLLOCK was impressed and was interested in mounting an exhibit, but Mr. MORRISSEAU wanted to sell his works on the spot for $5 each. Mr. POLLOCK talked him out of it and a subsequent showing at the Pollock Gallery sold out within 24 hours, netting the artist $3,000. Time magazine declared that "few exhibits in Canadian history have touched off a greater immediate stir than MORRISSEAU's" and predicted that he would launch "a vogue as chic as that of the Cape Dorset Eskimo's prints."
He continued to live in the area north of Lake Superior and apparently squandered much of his money. In 1978 - a year in which he was appointed to the Order of Canada - when someone jokingly suggested that he throw a garden party, just like the Queen, he bought an antique silver tea service and a set of Royal Crown Derby china to entertain 21 of his Friends, colleagues and admirers in his chair-filled wilderness garden. Each was given a rare American buffalo nickel as a gift and a MORRISSEAU original drawing.
Over the years, he remained a master of the primitive school of art. In 1981, Globe and Mail art critic John Bentley MAYS described Mr. MORRISSEAU's as wholly appropriate to the context of his background. "His styles, situations and subjects are exactly what we would expect in the work of a self-taught artist who has lived most of his life in northern Ontario. There is little attention to figurative modelling in these pictures, no delving into the problems of perspective or pictorial depth. Using his small repertoire of techniques, he presents stylized versions of what he knows: the bears, loons, fish and turtles that live in the forests and ponds, and the people in the town around him.
"But these are not ordinary forests, ponds and people. MORRISSEAU's art transports us into a shadowy archetypal realm where ordinary things are wonderful. In his visionary lakes swim mighty fish, armed with bolts of spiritual lightening. A bear spirit -- a dragon-like chimera spangled with bright eyes and brilliant colours suddenly stands in your path."
For all his success, Mr. MORRISSEAU allowed his career and his life to descend relentlessly. In 1987, he was discovered wandering the downtown streets of Vancouver, sleeping in alleys and selling his sketches for the price of a bottle of booze. "To get drunk in Vancouver is the most beautiful thing there is," he was quoted as saying.
Years later, after he had dried out, Mr. MORRISSEAU told The Globe that his drinking binges in part reflected his resentment over "never getting my fair share." Still, he said he enjoyed life on the Vancouver streets: "I met a lot of nice people. I might even do it again - without the booze - so I can remember them all clearly."
Around that time, he met Gabor VADAS, a young man with problems, and the two formed a bond. Mr. MORRISSEAU believed that Mr. VADAS was his son and the younger man presents himself as such. However, the relationship was never ratified "through the legal courts," according to Mr. VADAS's wife, Michele, "but certainly as far as from a traditional native and spiritual point of view [Mr. VADAS was his son] because they take their adoptions very seriously&hellip They never lost faith in each other and have always been very loyal to each other."
In 1989, Mr. MORRISSEAU was the only Canadian painter invited to exhibit at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris during the bicentennial of the French Revolution. After seeing the works of Van Gogh and Picasso, he decided they were "all greys" and returned home to paint "some real colour."
He first exhibited with the Kinsman Robinson Galleries the following year. Wearing a new silk suit, he arrived for the opening in a white limousine. The exhibition sold out.
At 65, Mr. MORRISSEAU developed Parkinson's disease but continued to paint. "My hands don't shake when I hold a brush," he told Chris Dafoe of The Globe in 1999.
He had a healthy respect for his own talent. Doctor Henry WEINSTEIN, a doctor in Northern Ontario's Red Lake district who in the 1950s was among the first to recognize Mr. MORRISSEAU as a true original, was a friend of Pablo Picasso and once gave a MORRISSEAU drawing to the Spanish master. On the back, Mr. MORRISSEAU had written, "From one great artist to another." Picasso, after looking at the drawing is said to have remarked: "Well, you never know, do you?" - meaning that great art surfaces in unlikely places.
The comparison of the two artists was not entirely inappropriate. Mr. MORRISSEAU, like Picasso, could draw spontaneously, never lifting his pencil from the paper until the image was complete. "Very few artists in the world have this ability," Doctor WEINSTEIN said.
Mr. MORRISSEAU's early work was created on birch bark or animal hides. Mr. ROBINSON said he at first punched holes in the bark or hide but was later given paints by Doctor WEINSTEIN.
Mr. MORRISSEAU believed he was a "born painter" and said that when he started to paint, the images "just come." He created his designs to beautify the world with colour. "The world needs it," he said. Colour was a key resource in Mr. MORRISSEAU's repertory of symbols. He used connecting lines to depict interdependence. "These paintings only remind you that you're an Indian," the artist said. "Inside somewhere, we're all Indians. So now when I befriend you, I'm trying to get the best Indian, bring out the Indianness in you to make you think everything is scared."
Less inviolate were his family relationships. Mr. MORRISSEAU has six (some say seven) adult children from his marriage in 1957 to Harriet KAKEGAMIC, and has claimed at times to have fathered as many as 14 sons and daughters. Over the years, this has resulted in conflict with some of the children. Three months ago, for instance, one of Mr. MORRISSEAU's sons, Christian, also an artist, announced the creation of the Morrisseau Family Foundation to, in part, "ensure my family's heritage and the integrity of my father's legacy." A month after this, Mr. MORRISSEAU issued through Mr. VADAS a press release declaring that he had "not been consulted or in any way involved" with the Morrisseau Family Foundation, "nor do I support it in any way."
Mr. MORRISSEAU was a prolific artist before illness slackened his output - it's been estimated he produced more than 10,000 works in his lifetime. Aided by Mr. VADAS, he battled in recent years against what they alleged were a spate of fakes.
In the meantime, Mr. VADAS and his wife cared for Mr. MORRISSEAU after the onset of Parkinson's and Mr. MORRISSEAU doted like a grandfather on their two children, Kyle and Robin. Earlier in this decade, he spent some time in an extended care facility on Vancouver Island, but for most of this year, he lived with the VADAS family in their house in Nanaimo, B.C.
All things considered, Mr. MORRISSEAU was proud of his place in Canadian art history. "I may not have a Ferrari, but I'm the first Indian to break into the Canadian art scene and I have forever enriched the Canadian way of life," he said. "I want to make paintings full of colour, laughter, compassion and love... If I can do that, I can paint for 100 years."
He spent much of his last years in a wheelchair, deprived of intelligible speech. He suffered at least two strokes.
In October, Mr. MORRISSEAU travelled to Northern Ontario to receive an honorary degree from the University of Sudbury, and had planned to go to New York to attend the opening of his one-man show at New York's George Gustav Heye Center, which is part of the National Museum of the American Indian. Instead, he became ill in Toronto and was admitted to hospital.
Norval MORRISSEAU was born Norman Henry MORRISSEAU at Beardmore, Ontario, on March 13, 1931. He died yesterday in Toronto General Hospital of complications from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by numerous children.
The public may visit Mr. MORRISSEAU's open casket Thursday and Friday this week from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. each day at Jerrett Funeral Homes, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto. It is anticipated that he will be buried near Beardmore, Ontario, or Thunder Bay.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-06 published
ROBINSON, Enid Elizabeth (née HARDING)
(July 8, 1931-December 4, 2007)
With great courage and dignity, Enid passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 in her 77th year. Beloved wife of 52 years of husband Galer. Treasured mother of Norman and Foster, and proud grandmother of Stefani (the joy of her life). Also survived by her sister Ann and husband Bob KNOTT, and brother-in-law Bob GRAHAM. Predeceased by her sister Jill. Will be greatly missed by Cyndi, Heather and Jennifer. Enid was a genuine people person who obtained her diploma in social studies when her sons were grown, and contributed greatly to her community for many years. A Service to Celebrate Enid's Life will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Toronto, Ontario at 11: 00 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.turnerporter.ca. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. The Robinson Family extends great appreciation to Doctor Berry and the staff of the Palliative Care Unit of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute for their compassionate care.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
FALLIS, Barbara Mary, B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.S.C.
Born October 11, 1944 in Vancouver, British Columbia, died December 7, 2007 in Orillia with loving family at her side. Loving and loved partner of Jeff MILLER since 1984, daughter of George (died 1996) and Catherine FALLIS. Loving sister, sister-in-law and aunt to George (Sheila ROBINSON) (Jed, Brooks, Pearce and Zoe); Catherine, John (Lorraine McDONALD) (Jessica, Martha and Mac); David (Alison MacKAY) (John and Akki;) and Alex (Karen WOOLRIDGE) (Colin.) She was a supportive friend to Jeff's sons Jeff and Paul, and enjoyed visits to Jeff's American family in Seattle, Washington, and Texas. At the cottage at Bruce Beach on Lake Huron she learned about native wildflowers, and the green flash. She tried to rid the land of garlic mustard and hopes that someone else will carry on. Canoeing, hiking and cross-country skiing became favorite activities in and around Lake Superior, Algonquin Park and Oro-Medonte. Protect these lands. She spent 25 years as an obstetrician and gynecologist and found this deeply satisfying. She would encourage young people to consider a career in health care. The whole family would like to thank Barbara's close Orillia Friends for their amazing love and support, the front line workers at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, and Bayshore Home Health for their compassionate and always professional care. Thanks are due to the doctors who worked to extend her life - Dr. Jim Campbell, Doctor Barry Rosen, Doctor Jason Dodge, Doctor Andrew Pierre, Doctor Wilf Levin, Doctor Helen MacKay and Doctor Reuben Broom and especially friend and family physician, Doctor Carol STRICKLAND. Memorial donations may be made to Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation; The Couchiching Conservancy; The Stephen Lewis Foundation, or a charity of your choice. Visitation will be held at Carson Funeral Homes - Old Rectory Reception Centre, 57 Neywash Street, Orillia, Ontario, on Thursday, December 13, from 3 to 5, and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service and reception to follow will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday December 16, at The Geneva Park Conference Centre, 6604 Rama Rd., Longford Mills, Ontario. Online Messages of Condolence are welcome at www.CarsonFuneralHomes.com A Memorial Tree will be planted by the Doolittle Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
ROBINSON, Ruth M. (SEELY)
Peacefully, in her 96th year, in Halifax, December the 5th. Widow of F. Barclay, beloved mother of Gordon (Andrea) of Toronto, Ontario and Ian (Susan) of Bedford, Nova Scotia. Missed by her many grand and great-grand children, nieces, nephews and the many communities she served. Celebratory Service at All Saints Anglican Church, Bedford, Nova Scotia at 2: 00 p.m. on December 13th. Interment to follow in May in Montreal. If desired, donations to Saint_John Ambulance, Nova Scotia Council. or Canadian Cancer Society appreciated.

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ROBINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-11 published
McMURRAY, Audrey Louise (née HARNIMAN)
Audrey passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 8, 2007 at the age of 87. She shared a wonderful day of talking and holding hands with Harry, her best friend and husband of 66 years, and surrounded by her adoring daughters. It was the perfect send off for an exceptional lady who was a caring mother, adored grandmother and a deeply loved friend. Audrey was born on April 18, 1920 to Robert and Louise HARNIMAN and schooled in Toronto. She was one of six children, including Gertrude, Robert, Georgina (each of whom predeceased her) and Joyce and Gordon. Audrey worked hard to take advantage of the wonderful life her parents had carved for her in Toronto. She was a quick mind and an energetic soul, qualities needed to woo her life mate when they met doing battle on the badminton court. Audrey and Harry were married in 1941, which began the next incredible part of her life. She brought into the world her three cherished girls; Gail (Ernie JENSEN,) Barb (Kim ROBINSON) and Karen McCREIGHT, with whom she would forever have a magical love. She deserves huge thanks for her positive advice and guidance as she nurtured the maturing of her beautiful girls during their teenage years in Los Angeles and at university. The girls were never without the best of clothes, kindness of Audrey's exceptional skills as a fine seamstress. Audrey absolutely never complained and she set an example for all who knew her as to how to conduct oneself with kindness, understanding and caring for others. These qualities became ingrained in her precious girls but have also influenced in a significant way her five grandchildren (Eric, Joel, Lauren, Ryan and John), all of whom saw and will continue to see her as their guardian angel. Our special thanks to the excellent team at Trillium Hospital the emergency and 2nd floor staff provided Audrey with the highest standard of excellence in care when she became ill. We also found great comfort in the care and devotion that the staff at the Wenleigh Long Term Care facility provided Audrey during her last few days. She left with a smile on her face knowing she had lived a wonderful full life and was surrounded by all those she adored and whom showed her unconditional love in return. Visitation will be from 2-4: 00 and 7-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at the Turner and Porter Funeral Home at 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga. The funeral service will begin at 10: 00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at St. Stephen's-on-the-Hill United Church, 998 Indian Road, Lorne Park, with reception to follow at the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged in the name of Audrey with the Parkinson's Society.

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ROBLIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-13 published
WOOD, Donna Jean (née ROBLIN)
Passed away peacefully with her children by her side on Sunday October 10, 2007 at the Winston Park Retirement Home in Kitchener, Ontario at age 87. Predeceased (March 2007) by Robert, her devoted husband of 61 years. Loving mother of Ellen (the late Randy), Wilson (Virginia TAILOR/TAYLOR) and Robert (Deborah.) Devoted grandmother of Michael BOUCHER (Beverly,) Randolph BOUCHER (Angela,) Taylor WOOD, Jessica WOOD, Valerie-Ellen WOOD and DonnaMarie WOOD. Great-grandmother of Zachary, Sarrah and Brittney BOUCHER. Sister of Joanne MILLER (Art) and brother Murray ROBLIN (the late Pat.) Born in 1920 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she moved to Toronto in the late 1930s on a scholarship from the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a student she began teaching music to children at St. Christopher Settlement House. This became Donna's passion and purpose in life as she taught thousands of young children. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Early Childhood Music Education program at the Conservatory and Teacher Training Programs at Ryerson University. Through the International Society of Music Education, she presented papers at various global conferences. In 1982, she published a text book 'Move Sing Listen Play' which has been sold around the world. In 1987, the Association for Early Childhood Education Ontario presented her with the Children's Service Award and Medal for outstanding contributions toward improving the quality of life for young children. She was the founder of the Early Childhood Music Association of Ontario formed in1990. Based on her lifetime contributions to music education, The Royal Conservatory of Music appointed her a Fellow of The Royal Conservatory of Music in 2002. Memorial service and celebration of Donna's life will be held at 1: 00 on Saturday October 20th at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, 175 St. Clair Avenue West (West of Avenue Road). A reception celebrating Donna's professional career and contributions to Early Childhood Music will be hosted by the Royal Conservatory of Music when a special music room named in her honor will be opened during the fall of 2008 (details forthcoming). In lieu of flowers in Donna's memory, donations may be made to The Royal Conservatory of Music, 90 Croatia Street, Toronto, Ontario M6H 1K9; the Robert and Donna Wood Scholarship Fund, ECMA Ontario, information@ecmaontario.ca; or The Alzheimer Society of Ontario, 1200 Bay Street, Suite 202, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2A5.

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ROBSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-15 published
MILLER, John Clayton, B.A., LLB
Well known, long time Lawyer, and former Solicitor for the City of Belleville, Lifetime Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and former Captain with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Royal Canadian Army. Passed away peacefully, at home on November 13, 2007 in his 83rd year, surrounded by family and extended family. Predeceased by his parents Margaret and George MILLER and his wife Nancy MILLER (ROBSON.) Much loved father of Victoria MILLER (Robert ANDREWS) Ottawa and Robson MILLER (Vancouver B.C..) Sadly missed by his grandchildren Chris and Sean TASSE, and Deirdre and Lyndon ANDREWS. Dear Brother of Verna FOX (Doug) of Cambridge Ontario and Uncle to Elizabeth (Stephen) MOTZ of San Antonio, Texas. John was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his partner of 5 years, Bessie HUBBLE and her family. The family will receive Friends at Belleville Funeral Home and Chapel, 68 North Front St, , Belleville on Thursday Nov 15 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Service in The First Pentecostal Church, 490 Dundas St West, Belleville, Friday Nov 16 at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. A.W. MacLAUCHLAN. Reception to follow. Cremation to follow. Donations to Doctor Leveques's Oncology Clinic, Belleville General Hospital, or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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ROBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-20 published
ROBY, " Hory" Horace Sydney
Peacefully on July 5, 2007, at 92, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by the joy of his life, Marjorie (MURTON,) wife of 52 years. Father, friend and hero to daughter, Vaughan (Stoyka) and son, Bryan. Adored "Poppa" to his grandchildren Roby, Adam, Devon, Iain and Ella. Friends of the family are invited to a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, August 29th, 7: 00 to 9:30 p.m. in the Solarium Room at The Boulevard Club, 1491 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto.

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ROBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-23 published
ROBY, " Hory" Horace Sydney
Peacefully on July 5, 2007, at 92, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by the joy of his life, Marjorie (MURTON,) wife of 52 years. Father, friend and hero to daughter, Vaughan (Stoyka) and son, Bryan. Adored "Poppa" to his grandchildren Roby, Adam, Devon, Iain and Ella. Friends of the family are invited to a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, August 29th, 7: 00 to 9:30 p.m. in the Solarium Room at The Boulevard Club, 1491 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto.

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