SIMR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-19 published
SIMR, Celestin " Cel" John (1930-2007)
Cel died peacefully on October 13, 2007 at Chinook Hospice. He was born in Prague, Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) on December 10, 1930. Cel attended various schools in Europe and he graduated from Hurstpierpoint College in England, McGill University, Montreal with B. Eng. mechanical and University of Toronto with M.B.A. He spent a few years with Westinghouse in Hamilton, Ontario, followed by a number of years with Shell Canada in Alberta. Ultimately he was a co-founder of Tri Ocean Engineering in Calgary from where he retired. Cel is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Dixie (Anne Dixon MOFFATT) and his children, son Peter Celestin (Patty née BELDING) and daughter Gayle Anne ROTHE (Klaus) and three grandchildren, Brittney Ann SIMR, Brodie Arno and Kayla Marie ROTHE. The family would like to thank Carla Holt and staff of Home Care for their loving care during this difficult time.
At Cel's specific request there shall not be a service and Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at the Willow Park Golf and Country Club, 639 Willow Park Drive S.E. on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. The family requests that no floral tributes be sent. If Friends so desire, contributions may be made directly to the Calgary Health Region, specifically home care - palliative, 10101 Southport Road S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2W 3N2, Attn: Finance Department. To email expressions of sympathy: ccl@hffs.com, subject heading: Cel SIMR.

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SIMS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-31 published
JOHNSTON, Orville
Orville JOHNSTON, son of the late Gordon and Gladys KINGSWELL) JOHNSTON, passed away at Errinrung Residence in Thornbury on Monday October 29, 2007 at the age of 69. Beloved husband of the former Mary Rosalie SIMS of Meaford and loved father of Tom and his wife Sally of Leeds, England and Michael and his wife Angela of Ottawa. Dear brother of Deda (Mrs. Donald ORMSBY) of Owen Sound, and Lois (Mrs. Keith JOHNSON) of Guelph, and brother-in-law of Robert SIMS of Elmvale. Fondly remembered as a special uncle to several nieces and nephews and their families and as a nephew of Grace (Mrs. Glen REID) of London, Ontario. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, on Wednesday from 2 until 4 and from 7 until 9 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday November 1st at 1: 30 o'clock with cremation to follow. Interment and committal of Orville's cremated remains will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford at a later date. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Errinrung Residents Council, Meaford Hospital Foundation, The Lung Association or a charity of choice would be appreciated.

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SIMS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-06 published
COLTER recalled as gentleman who gave justice 'good name'
By Jane SIMS, Free Press Justice Reporter, Sat., January 6, 2007
A long-serving judge who carved out part of his career in London died in Toronto this week.
Justice W.E.C. (Bill) COLTER died Tuesday in a Toronto hospital at age 89.
COLTER served as senior county court judge in London from 1964 to He then moved on to the job of chief judge of the county and district courts of Ontario until 1983.
His most high-profile role was overseeing a royal commission into the Niagara Regional police. He retired in 1991.
Longtime London lawyer Claude PENSA had nothing but praise for COLTER.
COLTER was the first additional judge brought to London in the county court to share the work with the one judge handling all the works in the area.
"He was a superb judge," PENSA said.
"He was a judge that everybody admired and he had a way about him in the courtroom that gave offence to nobody, but gave justice a very good name."
COLTER was a friend of many lawyers because "he was such a likable fellow."
Outside of court, COLTER liked to play golf, PENSA said. Recently he returned from a cruise.
"He was just hugely respected," PENSA said.
"He had an abundance of patience," he added. "In the many cases I tried before him I never saw him get angry or impatient.
"He had a way of getting people to move along without giving offence."
Mac HAIG, a retired Free Press reporter who covered the courts said COLTER was "a real gentleman."
"I think he was generally considered to be an excellent judge, a very fair-minded guy," HAIG said.
COLTER is survived by his wife, Betty, two daughters and their husbands and a grand-daughter and her husband.

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SIMS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-08 published
'A terrible tragedy'
She was London police's highest-ranking female officer, respected and moving up quickly; he was a tough, compassionate cop retired after 35 years. Their deaths have stunned a city.
By Jane SIMS, Sun Media, Fri., June 8, 2007
Kelly JOHNSON broke through the glass ceiling of the London police department and had become a role model for the women on the force.
About to take over the helm of the professional standards branch as an inspector, the force's highest-ranking woman, she was viewed as a potential future chief.
She was born with policing in her blood. She was the only child of Merv JOHNSON, who retired as London's deputy chief.
She started with the police force 18 years ago, travelling up the ranks in traffic and criminal investigations.
Along the way, the 40-year-old JOHNSON earned the respect and admiration of many in the anti-violence community.
Yesterday, those who knew her as a friend, officer and anti-violence advocate reacted with shock and sadness to her violent death.
"It's sad. It's terrible," said retired superintendent Don ANDREWS, who was JOHNSON's father's partner on the break- and-enter squad years ago.
ANDREWS knew JOHNSON from her childhood and attended her wedding to London police Insp. Steve PEARSON about a decade ago.
PEARSON retired from the force last Friday. The couple was estranged. JOHNSON was set to fill the post left by PEARSON. She'd earned it.
ANDREWS, admittedly never a strong supporter of women in policing, said: "She was one of the ones I thought was a good one."
Most recently, she headed up the force's sexual assault and child abuse section, an area that includes domestic violence investigations.
She was a respected member of the London Co-ordinating Committee to End Women Abuse.
"What she brought was the understanding of a criminal justice perspective and an openness and a willingness to understand from a community perspective as well," said Barb MacQUARRIE, community director of the Centre of Violence Against Women and Children.
She seemed open to anything. She'd recently attended a forum on the sex trade, an area police have struggled to deal with, MacQUARRIE said.
"This is a terrible loss in our community. It is going to have a big impact on many people that (LUCIO and JOHNSON) worked with," she said.
Middlesex Crown attorney Geoff BEASLEY said JOHNSON will be "sorely missed" by colleagues in the justice system.
"She was highly respected for her skills as a police officer and for the professionalism and compassion she brought to the investigations she conducted," he said.
One of JOHNSON's most challenging cases in recent years was that of Edith SANDERS, an octogenarian child abuser who tortured her biological daughter and an adopted daughter and held another woman in virtual slavery for decades.
Megan WALKER, executive director of the London Abused Women's Centre, served with JOHNSON on anti-violence committees and spoke of her "valuable contribution."
Yesterday, she recalled a recent conversation the two had on a protest march downtown. It was cold that morning, and JOHNSON wasn't dressed for the chill.
Nevertheless, "we had a lovely early-morning chat in this protest march… a wonderful warm talk.
"I am just overcome with sorrow for those who will be impacted by the loss," she said.
"We talk all the time about domestic violence and getting involved," WALKER said. "Truly, we really don't know what goes on in the lives of people, do we?"
JOHNSON also faced personal tragedy. Her mother, Donna, died of cancer late in 2005. She had been seriously hurt before that, struck by a vehicle.
"She was ill in one way or another for quite some period of time, but when Donna did pass away, Kelly and Merv joined together and faced it in a strong fashion," said former London deputy police chief Elgin AUSTEN.
Her parents were proud of how quickly JOHNSON moved up the police ranks, he added.

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SIMS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-09-03 published
Ontario crashes claim 12
The driver in a Highway 402 crash that killed two and injured six faces careless driving count.
By Jane SIMS, Sun Media, Mon., September 3, 2007
Only part way through the last long weekend of summer, at least 12 people have died -- two in the London area -- in crashes on Ontario highways.
Yesterday, police identified two people from Illinois killed when their minivan rolled Saturday on Highway 402, west of London, a crash that also injured six members of their extended family in the van.
Poonambehi PATEL, 65, died at the scene, while Pushpaben AMIN, 69, was declared dead at the hospital, Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police said.
From McHenry, Illinois, in suburban Chicago, the Toronto-bound family had been travelling east on the 402, east of Longwoods Road, when the crash occurred.
Police said the van struck the shoulder, went out of control and rolled after the driver tried to pass a vehicle.
The family relationships of the victims weren't immediately clear, but Ontario Provincial Police said the two weren't a married couple.
The driver, Roopal AMIN, 35, was charged with careless driving. She was treated at hospital and released.
Four males who were in the van and one woman remained in a London hospital yesterday with the 49-year-old woman and one man, 54, in critical condition.
The other males included an eight-year-old and an 18-year-old, both stable in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and a 44-year-old whose condition police said was upgraded from critical.
The van had eight occupants but only seven seatbelts. Only the driver and front passenger were buckled in, the Ontario Provincial Police said.
Six occupants, including the two who died, were thrown from the van.
Elsewhere, a man, 53, died as he tried to help a 19-year-old who'd crashed his car on a rural road near Kitchener.
The older man was killed when a volunteer firefighter en route to the accident also lost control and crashed. The firefighter was unhurt, while the teen was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Saturday, a head-on collision in Muskoka left two people dead and a third seriously hurt. The crash took place on Highway 169 near Bala in Muskoka, Ontario Provincial Police said.
The injured person was flown to a Toronto hospital. No names were released.
"It is shaping up to be a tough long weekend," Ontario Provincial Police Chief Supt. Bill GRODZINSKI said yesterday.
With 12 road deaths this long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police was bracing for today, the last day of the Labour Day weekend.

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SIMS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-11-26 published
Four widows die in crash
Friends who rarely missed a church event, they were heading home from a church supper before the collision.
By Jane SIMS and Kate DALEY, Special To Sun Media, Mon., November 26, Four women died as a result of a head-on crash involving a minivan and a car on Keil Drive near McNaughton Avenue in Chatham Saturday. (Sarah FRALEIGH, Chatham Daily News)
They were four pillars of a Chatham Anglican church, heading home from a church supper when tragedy struck.
Yesterday, the congregation at Holy Trinity Anglican Church was mourning the loss of four good Friends who rarely missed a church service or event.
The four women died Saturday night after their car was struck head-on in Chatham by a minivan that crossed the centre line on a small curve of Keil Drive near McNaughton Avenue.
Police yesterday hadn't identified the women, but others confirmed they are Jean RIPLEY, 86, Marion DAWSON and sisters Bernice PHILLIPS, 83, and Verna NEAVES, 82, all of Chatham.
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, police said.
The van's 47-year-old male driver, also of Chatham, was taken to hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.
Police hadn't identified him.
The four women were trapped in the car and had to be cut from the wreckage. Three died at the scene and a fourth while being taken to hospital.
All four women were widows and devoted members of the church for decades.
"They were delightful people to be around," said church Deacon Elaine WILCOX. "We just loved them.
"It's a very profound loss because they were always present. It was their continual presence that will be missed."
WILCOX said the church "really was their community. That was their life."
The church is in the midst of helping to plan four funerals. Yesterday's service was an emotional one, WILCOX said.
"It will be difficult for us to be able to come to grips with it," she said.
The women had just left an annual roast beef dinner at the church and were believed to be on their way home.
The two sisters lived in the nearby Trillium Village apartments, RIPLEY at the nearby Residence on the Thames retirement community.
RIPLEY's son is Bob RIPLEY, senior minister at London's Metropolitan United Church and a weekly Free Press religion columnist.
"She died doing something she loved and that was being with people," he said.
He said his mother was a life-long member of the church, and she and his father were married there in 1941.
She always sat in pew No. 19.
RIPLEY was a pioneer in early childhood education in Chatham and began the Fun With Friends program. She headed it for 28 years.
"You couldn't go anywhere with my mom in Chatham without someone speaking to her," her son said.
All four women were involved in the Anglican Church Women and at various times were deeply involved with "the Pie Ladies," a group that made meat pies once a month at the church for sale.
All four women often lunched together after church.
"The biggest shock of all was because people had talked to them that night," said Tom GORDON, the church treasurer.
The suggestion alcohol might have been a cause has made the shock sickening.
"That makes it even worse doesn't it?" GORDON said. "Such a waste."
If alcohol was a factor, it's a "sobering message," said Janine CARR, co-president of the Chatham chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
"It's very sad, very tragic and very sobering because it's four ladies," she said.
Only 20 minutes before the crash, she said, she was riding on a Santa Claus parade float with 15 children for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada through the intersection where the crash occurred.
WILCOX said church members are leaning on each other and their faith to get through the tragedy.
"We'll get through this week and support each other."

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SIMS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-15 published
SIMS, Mary Caroline (née RUDDY)
In her 100th year, at Lakeshore Lodge, Toronto. Widow of Hamilton Debarres SIMS (d. 1947.) Also predeceased by her beloved brother Robert, son Jaffrey, daughter Ruth, and her long-time companion Mary INKSTER. Survived by her daughters Carol PRUNALI (Attilio) and Martha CAMERON (Gary GOFF,) her grandchildren Seana CAMERON (Lee STARLING), David CAMERON (Holly WHITE/WHYTE), and Pamela PRUNALI, and her great-grand_son, Ian CAMERON. Graduate of the University of Toronto. Received her M.A. in sociology at age 55. Served at Canadian Facts and the Addiction Research Foundation. Beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt and friend. We will miss her strength, her level-headed intelligence, her passion for justice, and her wonderful stories. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway for a celebration of her life in the Chapel on Thursday, October 18, 2007, at 3 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in the form of donations to either Doctors Without Borders or Save the Children will be appreciated.

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SIMUNAC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-09-13 published
Fanshawe student aimed to help others
Ashley GARROD, killed in a Highway 401 crash, was studying for child, youth work.
By Daniela SIMUNAC, Sun Media, Thurs., September 13, 2007
Ashley GARROD seemed destined for a career helping others.
Working alongside her mother to help those struggling with self abuse, the 22-year-old Fanshawe student was in her second year studying to become a child and youth worker.
The mother and daughter were killed Tuesday after their car was hit by a transport truck in the east lanes of Highway 401 between Colonel Talbot Road and Wellington Road.
It was the first of two deadly 401 crashes that day.
The driver of the tractor-trailer faces charges, including failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death.
GARROD was described yesterday by her peers as being "extremely bright," "always smiling" and "creative."
Her mother, 52-year-old B.J. THOM, also known as Elizabeth, was executive director of Self Abuse Finally Ends in Canada, a London-based group that helps people who inflict pain on themselves.
"It was such a shock when I heard," said Mary GRAHAM, the founder of Self Abuse Finally Ends. "B.J. was a very kind and caring person. She was just amazing."
THOM, a Toronto native, took over the group from Graham in 1998. She battled with self abuse for years, GRAHAM said.
Fanshawe College spokesperson Jeff SAGE said students and staff who knew the mother and daughter were deeply saddened by the news of their deaths.
"It's a huge loss to the social services community."
Students can meet with counsellors and chaplains at the college to help them with their grief, he said.
Only hours after GARROD and THOM were killed, a second fatal crash occurred where a roadblock had been set up to divert traffic from the scene.
As a transport truck slowed down for the roadblock, a second transport hit it.
Timothy McDERMOTT, 50, of Essex County, driver of the second transport, was killed.
Western Region Ontario Provincial Police report there have been 10 fatal crashes in September, resulting in 12 deaths, many which could have been prevented.
"This trend is very distressing," said Const. Doug GRAHAM of Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police. Speed, following too closely and not paying attention appear to be the major factors, he said.
"If people are in a hurry, they drive aggressively," said GRAHAM, adding that following too closely and driving too fast were factors in McDERMOTT's death.
"Thousands of other cars had made that merge into the road closure without a collision," he said.
"He paid the ultimate price for driving incorrectly."
Highway Safety Tips
Calling the recent spate of deadly crashes on local roads "distressing," Ontario Provincial Police offer the following safety tips:
- Slow down.
- Leave about four car spaces between your vehicle and the next.
- Concentrate on your driving.
- Leave 10 minutes early so you won't be as tempted to rush if you come across traffic delays.
- Drivers who see a collision on a highway should pull over to a safe place and offer assistance when it's possible or get to the next exit and call police.

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SIMUNAC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-09-30 published
Sarnia chief always put firefighters first
By Daniela SIMUNAC, Sun Media, Sun., September 30, 2007
A 34-year veteran firefighter, James David KNIGHT climbed many ladders, becoming chief of the Sarnia fire department in 1987.
He died September 15, surrounded by family and Friends, at 70.
His death, as with many career firefighters, was recognized by Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board as a line-of-duty death resulting from an occupational disease.
"The fire department meant everything to him," said Tom MARSHALL, public education officer with the Sarnia department. "He loved his career as a firefighter. He loved his fire department."
KNIGHT had retired five years ago, but his presence was still felt at the firehouse.
Friendly and outgoing, he was known to everyone at the station, MARSHALL said. "He was a hard man not to know."
KNIGHT's love of his work was so strong, it inspired his son Dave KNIGHT to follow in his father's footsteps.
"He really wanted to help people," Dave KNIGHT said. "It's just the type of person he was."
An avid golfer and curler, KNIGHT always encouraged fellow firefighters to get physically active.
He was concerned about their health because of the strenuous nature of the job, and always wanted them to be in top condition
"He always put the guys first," his son said. "He was good to them and they were good to him."
The community-oriented KNIGHT enjoyed serving as the marshal in Canada Day parades and setting off the fireworks, the younger KNIGHT said.
He worked as a fire consultant at the Bruce nuclear plant for two years after retiring.
Married in 1961, KNIGHT was predeceased by wife Patricia.
He was the father of three children and grandfather of four.
"He was just a great guy," MARSHALL said.
"He'll be missed."

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SIMUNAC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-10-21 published
STIMAC looked for good in everyone
By Daniela SIMUNAC, Sun Media, Sun., October 21, 2007
"Trust me."
Those were the words often spoken by Ivan (Ivica) STIMAC when he gave family or Friends a little advice or before he got himself into a little mischief.
They're the words by which those Friends and family will remember the London man who valued trust and could be trusted to offer others his guidance.
The 25-year-old was killed instantly October 9 after his pickup truck hit a cement truck and burst into flames.
STIMAC was driving along Highway 4 in Lucan just before 11 a.m. when his pickup crossed the centre line of the road and collided head-on with the oncoming cement truck.
Neither vehicle seemed to brake, police said, noting no skidmarks were left behind.
Police said they don't know what caused STIMAC's truck to switch lanes.
"It might be one of those things where we may never know what was the reason," said Ontario Provincial Police Const. Christina HUNTER.
And no one knows where STIMAC was heading, said his cousin, Ivan LULIC.
"It's horrible living and not knowing what happened," said LULIC, 21, of Mississauga.
LULIC always looked forward to visiting his cousin in London. Whether it was to celebrate a holiday or just chat over coffee, "there was never a dull moment with Ivica," he said.
STIMAC was always looking for the good in everyone, always searching for another trustworthy pal, his cousin said.
And LULIC trusted him with his secrets and could count on him for advice.
"He was kind of like a bigger brother to me."
After working as a pharmaceutical technician and construction worker in London, STIMAC wanted to continue his education and eventually become a paramedic.
That was just like STIMAC -- always wanting to help others, LULIC said.
He is survived by his parents, Mile and Katica STIMAC, sister Tina PRGESA, brother-in-law Dragan PRGESA and three nieces and nephews.

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SIMUNAC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-10-31 published
Crash at intersection kills motorcyclist
By Daniela SIMUNAC, Sun Media, Wed., October 31, 2007
The Ontario Provincial Police's Dylan LANGILLE inspects a sports bike that was in collision with a car crossing Highway 7 at Denfield Road last night, killing the 32-year-old driver of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was travelling west on Highway 7 while the car was going south on Denfield Road before the crash. There is a stop-sign at Denfield Road. (Mike HENSEN Sun Media)
Denfield -- Michael SERDAREVICH, 42, of London died yesterday when his motorcycle collided with a car at a rural intersection.
SERDAREVICH was travelling west on Elginfield Road, also known as Highway 7, when he struck the driver's side of a car going south on Denfield Road just before 6 p.m., police said.
The intersection is controlled by a stop sign on Denfield Road.
SERDAREVICH died at the scene, Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police Const. Chris HUNTER said.
Three people in the car suffered minor injuries, HUNTER said.
The intersection was closed for several hours.
Middlesex-London paramedics, Lucan-Biddulph firefighters and Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police all attended the scene.
A helicopter also arrived, but left without a patient.
The investigation continues, HUNTER said.

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SIMUNAC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-03 published
Wife killed, spouse critical after fire
By Daniela SIMUNAC and Kathy RUMLESKI, Sun Media, Mon., December 3, One woman died and her husband was critically burned in a weekend fire that consumed a one-storey house in Alvinston.
Brenda GREENWOOD was identified as the person deceased and her husband Jim is in a London hospital with critical burns.
The cause of death has not been determined.
The Ontario Fire Marshal's Office was called to investigate the Saturday night blaze at 8066 Wallace St. in the Lambton County community.
A neighbour found an injured Jim GREENWOOD outside a west side door, the Ontario Provincial Police said.
His wife was found by firefighters, lying inside the house by the same door.
"The scene is still being treated as a crime scene, as investigations are ongoing," said Lambton Ontario Provincial Police Const. John Reurink.
A neighbour called 911 about 8 p.m. after seeing the house engulfed in flames.
Alvinston and Watford firefighters battled the blaze and tended to the injured man.
Alvinston fire Chief Ron HILLS said firefighters were on the scene again yesterday morning. "We didn't want to pull the ceiling down (Saturday) night. There was a concern of smoke."
HILL said the fire marshal's investigator arrived on site yesterday afternoon.

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SIMUNAC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-26 published
Widow found slain
Her son is charged with murder in the death in the complex in Westmount.
By Katherina DEHAAS, Patrick MALONEY and Daniela SIMUNAC, Sun Media, Wed., December 26, 2007
Cranbrook Trace is a caring little community, a clutch of high-end London condos where residents greet their neighbours by name and keep an eye out for one another.
Some in the Westmount complex would dutifully check in on Helen VICARY, calling every few days to say hello and see how the kind, elderly widow was getting along.
Then, a few weeks ago, she stopped answering the phone.
She was no longer seen picking up her mail, either.
Now, a 48-year-old man, identified by neighbours as VICARY's son, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found at his mother's home on Christmas Eve.
Police haven't publicly identified the woman.
"We did notice that we hadn't seen (VICARY) in awhile," Eric JOHNSON, who lives a few doors away, said yesterday. "In the last month, we hadn't seen her at all."
Monday, London police swooped down on the VICARY home, unit 23 at 505 Cranbrook Rd., while searching for someone reported missing that morning.
A woman was found dead inside.
That night, neighbours say police went door-to-door asking about Helen VICARY.
Craig James VICARY, 48, whom, neighbours identified as Helen's son, is charged with second-degree murder. He had been living at the condo, police said yesterday.
With investigators still scouring the home for evidence, neighbours who would be otherwise occupied with the holiday were shaking their heads over the city's sixth homicide of the year.
"Obviously, we're all shocked by it," said one man. "It's really not hit home yet. We really haven't had a whole lot of time to reflect on it."
One neighbour said VICARY moved into the condo about three years ago but had lived alone since her husband died Christmas Day two years ago. Her grown children live in the area.
Investigators were first called to the condo Monday after a report of a missing person. Police haven't said who notified them of the disappearance.
Police then searched for a brown, four-door Pontiac Grand Am, which was registered to Helen VICARY.
JOHNSON, who described the elderly VICARY as kind and friendly, said the homicide is "unnerving… a close community. A lot of elderly people and we watch out for each other."
The Christmas Eve discovery marked the third serious incident in London this month. Early December 8, 24-year-old Anthony BRUN was found injured outside an Old South home and later died in hospital. Gordon Tyler McCURDY, 33, is charged with second-degree murder. Later that day, teacher Ed DICKSON/DIXON was seriously hurt in a south-end parking lot shooting. Angela SEDORE, who taught with DICKSON/DIXON, was killed in a murder-suicide, apparently at the hands of Ray KOVACS, whose body was found in her sport utility vehicle after a police chase.

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SIMUNAC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-26 published
One dead, two injured on area roads
By Daniela SIMUNAC, Sun Media, Wed., December 26, 2007
A Cambridge woman died Christmas Eve after her vehicle struck a concrete bridge support in Norwich Township.
Also Monday, a three-car crash left a 60-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman from the Owen Sound area with life-threatening injuries.
The pair were travelling north of London when their vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and was hit by a pickup truck, then an sport utility vehicle.
The regional holiday road mayhem was among a string of Christmas-time crashes across Ontario and Quebec that left half a dozen people dead and 23 injured.
Mary TRUSSLER, 40, had been heading north in a pickup on County Road 13, south of Pleasant Valley Road, just after 8: 30 p.m. Sunday when the Norwich crash occurred.
Passing motorists stopped to help a male passenger and his five-year-old son from the truck TRUSSLER had been driving.
Police said blowing snow made some sections of the road slippery, but the road was otherwise clear.

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