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ALPAUGH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-05 published
ALPAUGH, Mary “Melba” Elizabeth (née CALLAHAN)
Of Owen Sound, formerly of Tara, passed away peacefully at Central Place Retirement Home, Owen Sound on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 in her 85th year. Loving mother of Fred of Port Severn, Bob and his wife Shirley of Tara, Dennis and his wife Lorie of Tara, John and his wife Lynda of Dobbinton, Helen and her husband Jerry BENNINGER of Breslau, Fay and her husband Kenneth FELL of Forest and Dale and her husband Terry BOLGER of London. She will be missed by her sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Melba will be fondly remembered by her sister Norma STRONG of Owen Sound. Predeceased by her husband Gordon, son David in infancy, daughter-in-law Carmel, granddaughter Glenda FELL and her brother Glen CALLAHAN. Arrangements are entrusted to Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley and are incomplete at this time.

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ALPAUGH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-09 published
ALPAUGH, Mary “Melba” Elizabeth (née CALLAHAN)
Of Owen Sound, formerly of Tara, passed away peacefully at Central Place Retirement Home, Owen Sound on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 in her 85th year. Loving mother of Fred of Port Severn, Bob and his wife Shirley of Tara, Helen and her husband Jerry BENNINGER of Breslau, Fay and her husband Kenneth FELL of Forest, John and his wife Lynda of Dobbinton, Dennis and his wife Lorie of Tara, and Dale (née McMANN) and her husband Terry BOLGER of London. She will be missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. Melba will be fondly remembered by her sister Norma STRONG of Owen Sound and sister-in-law Ruby ALPAUGH of Hanover. Predeceased by her husband Gordon, son David in infancy, daughter-in-law Carmel, granddaughter Glenda FELL, brother Glen CALLAHAN and her parents, John and Mary (BAILEY) CALLAHAN. A Celebration of Melba's life will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley. Interment in Chesley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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ALPHONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-18 published
Neighbours mourn 'super-friendly guy'
While out delivering Christmas cards, Hunter BROWN, 74, was killed in apparent random attack, leaving his Friends and family in shock
By Caroline ALPHONSO, Page A3
Kitchener, Ontario -- Hunter BROWN, 74, set out on a cold Saturday afternoon, all bundled up, on what had become his annual Christmas ritual of hand-delivering cards to his neighbours. Recipients would often discover a picture of his three grandchildren tucked inside their cards.
The affluent neighbourhood in Kitchener has a mix of young families and elderly couples who have lived there for decades. Christmas decorations were strung along front porches and spilled onto the front yards.
This year, however, Mr. BROWN didn't get very far in his Christmas-card delivery. He had just started to make his first drop-off when a man struck him with an "edged weapon" and left him to die in the next-door neighbour's driveway, police say. A pile of undelivered cards was found on the ground next to him. Doctors pronounced Mr. BROWN dead in hospital.
Police say the attack was unprovoked and are looking for a man in his 20s who fled the quiet neighbourhood on foot wearing a long black trench coat and a black tuque with red lines.
"It's a difficult case," said Staff Sergeant Adrian DARMON of the Waterloo Regional Police. "This is quite a close community."
Yellow tape surrounded the BROWN home and neighbouring houses yesterday as police scoured the area for clues.
Mr. BROWN and his wife, Beverley, lived in their two-storey home for more than 30 years. A Christmas tree was lit up in the front window last night. The killing of Mr. BROWN, a father of two, has shocked family and neighbours.
Mr. BROWN, a retired regional manager for Bell, was described as a man who loved his grandchildren, and rarely missed a hockey or football practice, or a musical recital. He spent his summers at the family cottage in Muskoka, and had often invited neighbours to vacation there.
He and his wife would have celebrated their 50th anniversary in March. The couple had just started taking lessons in ballroom dancing.
"Mom and Dad did everything together," Mr. BROWN's son, Mike, said yesterday. "He was elderly but in good health. We never expected Hunter BROWN to die this way. He was a nice man."
His sister, Sandra, added: "He was a gentle man. He just had so much left."
Neighbour Lois HOGG remembers Mr. BROWN singing Christmas carols at her home on December 8 when she and her husband invited the neighbourhood over for a holiday celebration.
"It was a happy experience and we were so glad they were here," Ms. HOGG said.
Matthew ENGELMANN, 24, who lives next door to the BROWNs, said his kitchen counter was filled yesterday with food dropped off by neighbours for the victim's family. Mr. ENGELMANN saw Mr. BROWN as a grandfather. He and his family would spend a few days at the BROWN cottage almost every summer.
"He was just a super-friendly guy. You couldn't leave your house and have Hunter see you and not say 'hello' or 'hi,' " he said.
The ENGELMANN family has known Mr. BROWN and his wife for 27 years. Mr. ENGELMANN's father, Dieter, said he was still in disbelief over what happened. Neighbours came out when they saw police cruisers and an ambulance.
"It's such a sad situation. Nothing warrants this. Nothing at all," he said. "This guy wouldn't hurt a fly."
Police said yesterday autopsy results weren't complete as yet, but they believe a weapon with some of kind of sharp edge was used in the attack.
Neighbours say it was unlikely that the attack was personally motivated.
Mark MEDENSKY, who took care of the BROWN home when the family went on vacation, said many on the street are looking for answers.
"He was sweet, quiet. He always had something nice to say about you. Everyone is just in shock. I'm angry about what happened."

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