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ATKIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-25 published
OKE, Neil
Of Pike Bay passed away on Friday, August 24, 2007 in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Donna for 56 years and cherished Uncle to Warren (Karrie) OKE of Sarnia, Stewart (Karen) EEDY of Denfield and Donna Marie SHIPP of Fort Erie. Neil will be sadly missed by his Honourary Grandchildren Leslie and Lindsay OKE. He is also survived by his great-niece and nephew Kaitlyn and Kyle EEDY, brother George (Norma) OKE of Petrolia, sister Doreen (Charlie) EEDY of Denfield, sister-in-law Marjorie ATKIN of Sarnia as well as several nieces and nephews and his close Friends Linda and Ross WHITE/WHYTE. Visitation will be held a the Davidson Chapel, 71 Main Street, Lion's head on Sunday, August 26, 2007 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Neil's life will be held at the Chapel on Monday, August 27, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. Susan SHANTZ officiating. Interment at Oil Springs Cemetery on Tuesday, August 28th at 2: 00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Donations made to the Pike Bay United Church or Lion's head Hospital would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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ATKINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-20 published
ATKINS, Thomas B.J. "Tom"
Suddenly, on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, Thomas B.J. 'Tom' ATKINS, ham radio call sign VE3CDM (or as he would say, 'victor-echo-three-cool-drymartini') passed away at home, at the age of 81. Dad's integrity, generosity and work ethic inspired us all. He generously gave his time and effort to support many others, in particular through his service as a leader of many ham radio organizations in Canada and around the world. Dad passed away after a tough year of medical problems following an unexpected hip fracture in September 2006. Up until his accident, he was fully independent, living with Mum in their family home of 45 years in Don Mills and traveling the world. He was a founder of St. Matthew The Apostle Oriole Anglican parish, where he faithfully attended services every week until his accident. In his last months Dad suffered from dementia which developed aggressively after his hip fracture, but he never forgot the faces of his loving family. Having trained originally as a lawyer in his native England, Tom emigrated to Canada in 1952 with his bride Joan (née EVANS.) After starting his professional career in Canada as a banker with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Tom followed his love of all things electronic into the fledgling Canadian television industry where he ultimately held senior executive positions with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CTV, and Bushnell Communications (now Standard Radio). While his business successes were many, Tom's proudest accomplishments occurred in the world of amateur radio, where he served as President of Region 2 (The Americas) of the International Amateur Radio Union, after completing a number of terms as President of the Canadian Radio Relay League and, before that, various Ontario ham radio organizations. Tom led the communications team on the Canadian side of the joint Canada-USSR trans-polar ski trek in 1988, which led to a number of lasting international Friendships. In recognition of his many years of service to all these various organizations and initiatives, Tom was elected Canadian Amateur of the Year in 1991 by his fellow hams, and was named to the Radio Amateurs of Canada hall of fame in 2003. Dad served in World War 2 as an LST signals officer in the British navy, and later as a captain in the Canadian Forces reserves. He was proud to have served both his native and adopted countries honourably. Like many combat veterans, he never spoke much about his military service but in his last months as the dementia advanced, some of those memories haunted his dreams. He leaves behind Jo, his loving wife of 55 years, his two daughters and their families: Margaret Shân ATKINS of Chicago, her husband Jim ERBS and grand_sons David, Andrew and Graham ERBS; and his daughter Elizabeth Joan ('Liz') ATKINS of Toronto, her husband Paul DORGAN and grand_son James DORGAN; his sister Joyce RATTRAY of Newmarket, England and brother Clifford ATKINS of Upton-on-Severn, England. He was predeceased by his youngest brother Robert ATKINS, and by his parents Clifford and Bronwen ATKINS. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Many thanks to the many kind caregivers at Amica of Bayview for the compassion they have all shown to both Mum and Dad over these recent difficult months. A memorial service to celebrate Dad's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday September 22 at St. Matthew The Apostle Oriole Anglican parish, 80 George Henry Boulevard, North York, with refreshments to follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations in Dad's memory be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, or St. Matthew The Apostle Oriole.

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ATKINSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-06 published
FRANCIS, Marie (née TROUGHTON)
Passed away peacefully at Hanna Walker Place in Owen Sound on Tuesday, September 4th, 2007. The former Marie TROUGHTON was the beloved wife of the late Lorne FRANCIS (1971.) She was the daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (Kate) TROUGHTON. Loving aunt of Frank and Norma SPARROW of Wasaga Beach and Harry and Dorothy TROUGHTON of Oakville. She will be fondly remembered by her great nieces and nephews: Jan RADBOURN (Rob,) Dave SPARROW (Arlene,) Brenda SULLY (Ross,) Arlene ATKINSON (Steve,) and Carol LA RUE (Paul) as well as by great-great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers: Wesley (Gertrude) and Howard (Luella) and a sister Irene SPARROW. Friends are invited to call at the Currie Funeral Home in Chatsworth on Friday, September 7th, 2007 for visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service, which will be conducted in the chapel at 1 p.m. Pastor Howard RITTENHOUSE will officiate. Interment: Markdale Cemetery. As expression of sympathy, memorial contributions to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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ATKINSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-15 published
NUTTALL, Orland
At the Southampton Care Centre on Saturday, October 13th, 2007 at the age of 84 years, Orland NUTTALL of Port Elgin. Husband of the late Margaret McGILLIVRAY and the late Jeannine CHARPENTIER. Father of Larry of Waterloo and Gary and his wife Ellen of Etobicoke. Grandfather of Fraser, Spencer and Heather. Brother of Margaret LEIGHTON, Mima and her husband Mac McGILLIVRAY, Les and his wife Muriel, Wallace, Sherwood “Bud” and his wife Leona, Shirley and her husband Carm SWEIGER, Marlene and her husband Harvey DAVIDSON, Don and his wife Eleanor, and Alexina and her husband Mike ATKINSON. Stepfather of Norman DESMARIAS, Raymond DESMARIAS, Leo DESMARIAS, and Rita GODIN. He is predeceased by his sister Lenore KING. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. on Monday. Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel on Tuesday at 1: 00 p.m. with the Rev. Robert WIDDOWSON officiating. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #340, Port Elgin will hold a memorial service in the funeral home on Monday evening at 6: 45 p.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Oshawa. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Arthritis Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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ATKINSON 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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ATKINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-31 published
JOHNSTON, Mary Elizabeth (HUNT)
Born Sandwich, Ontario, July 14, 1918, died of complications following a stroke, July 29, 2007 at Saint_Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, in her 90th year. Widow of Richard John JOHNSTON, who predeceased her on August 24, 1993. Beloved mother of Hilary MEGGISON (Doug BRENNAN) and Mary WESTELL (Bruce.) Sadly missed by grandchildren Janet RYMAL, Rowan ATKINSON, Ernie MEGGISON, and Jordan and Emily WESTELL and great-grandchildren, Riley VANDERZEE, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Julia, and Timothy ATKINSON. A lifelong volunteer, Mrs. JOHNSTON was a life member of the Joseph Brant Hospital Auxiliary in Burlington, Ontario, an active Guider for many years in Ontario, a Board member of Saint Thomas' Anglican Church in Cambridge, Ontario and a member of the Canadian Red Cross Society. Music and art were her passions. Mrs. JOHNSTON played the organ at many churches, particularly St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia, where she also led the Sunday School. Since March of 2006, Mrs. JOHNSTON resided at Queens Garden Long Term Care Residence, where she continued her painting and was able to play the organ. In June, she held a one woman art show, featuring her recent paintings. Thanks to the staff at Queens Garden for their wonderful care and Friendship and to the nurses at Saint_Joseph's (Cardiology) for their kindness during our Mother's last days. Mary's family will receive guests at the Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home - Robinson Chapel (King St. E. @ Wellington) on Thursday, August 2, from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service information will be announced in Wednesday's paper. Cremation will follow. Interment will take place at Saint Anne's Anglican Church cemetery, Byron, Ontario.

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ATKINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-29 published
BELL, Douglas " Doug" Hindmarsh (1932-2007)
Formerly of Toronto and Mont Tremblant, peacefully at the Ottawa General Hospital on September 26, 2007 after a valiant battle with CNS Lymphoma (cancer of the brain). He is survived by his wife, Joan (née ATKINSON;) his three children Jonathan, Tony and Lisa (AGNEESSENS;) and his five grandchildren. If desired, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to either the Ottawa Hospital Foundation or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Private memorials will be held in Ottawa and Toronto. Online tributes may be sent to www.mem.com.

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ATKINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-15 published
ATKINSON, Lindsay
With great courage and dignity, surrounded by family, and in his beloved Saint Marys, Lindsay ATKINSON, age 62 years, passed peacefully on October 13, 2007. He was predeceased by his parents H.C. (Pat) ATKINSON and the former Mary Amelia FOWLER. Dear brother of Lloyd and Sharon ATKINSON of Toronto, Jim and Carolyn ATKINSON of London, Joan ATKINSON of the Sisters of Saint_Joseph of London, Pat and Jim CRAIGMILE of Oakville, Carol and David BREEN of Mar, Mary ATKINSON and Bud CARTER of Saint Marys, Maggie GREGORY and Lorrie WOODCOCK of Northern Bruce Peninsula, Millie ATKINSON of Calgary, Bob and Ann ATKINSON of Sharon. Dear brother-in-law of Mary ATKINSON of Windsor and Donna ATKINSON of Grimsby. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by brothers Harold ATKINSON and David ATKINSON. Resting at the L.A. Ball Funeral Chapel, 7 Water St. N., Saint Marys on Sunday 2-4 p.m. and Monday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Parish (149 King St. N. Saint Marys) on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Ross BARTLEY celebrant. Interment will follow in Saint Marys Cemetery. In his memory donations to the Kidney Foundation or Saint Marys Minor Hockey would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Parish prayers will be said at the funeral home Monday evening at 6: 45 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to www.ballfc.ca.

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ATKINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-15 published
McPHERSON, Mary Elizabeth (née ATKINSON)
(March 31, 1927-October 10, 2007)
On October 10, 2007, surrounded by her loving family, peacefully passed away in her 80th year. She will be sadly missed by her children, Dugald (Gladys), Nancy (Guy), and Donald (Masayo), her grandchildren, Nicholas, and Stuart, and her special Friends Kosmo and Mac. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Charles Norman. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec to parents Eliza Jane ATKINSON from Gould, Quebec and Herbert Clarence ATKINSON from Port Elgin, New Brunswick. She attended West Hill High School in Montreal, and later earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from McGill University in 1953. Moving to Victoria in 1980, Elizabeth worked as a social worker with Capital Mental Health Association Laurel House where she devoted many years to enhancing the lives of people with mental illness. She was an accomplished pianist and an active member of the arts community. Her much deserved retirement brought traveling, attending and participating in many local arts events, and she was the organist and choir director for many years at Trinity Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed spending time with her many dear Friends. Elizabeth will be remembered for her love of life and her kind, gentle soul with which she touched many. A very special thank you to the staff at Victoria Hospice for the tender care and compassion given to Mom and her family. A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2964 Tillicum Road, on Tuesday, October 16 at 1: 00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Victoria Hospice Society.

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ATKINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-18 published
McPHERSON, Mary Elizabeth (née ATKINSON)
(March 31, 1927-October 10, 2007)
On October 10, 2007, surrounded by her loving family, peacefully passed away in her 80th year. She will be sadly missed by her children, Dugald (Gladys), Nancy (Guy), and Donald (Masayo), her grandchildren, Nicholas, and Stuart, and her special Friends Kosmo and Mac. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Charles Norman. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec to parents Eliza Jane ATKINSON from Gould, Quebec and Herbert Clarence ATKINSON from Port Elgin, New Brunswick. She attended West Hill High School in Montreal, and later earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from McGill University in 1953. Moving to Victoria in 1980, Elizabeth worked as a social worker with Capital Mental Health Association Laurel House where she devoted many years to enhancing the lives of people with mental illness. She was an accomplished pianist and an active member of the arts community. Her much deserved retirement brought traveling, attending and participating in many local arts events, and she was the organist and choir director for many years at Trinity Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed spending time with her many dear Friends. Elizabeth will be remembered for her love of life and her kind, gentle soul with which she touched many. A very special thank you to the staff at Victoria Hospice for the tender care and compassion given to Mom and her family. A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2964 Tillicum Road, on Tuesday, October 16 at 1: 00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Victoria Hospice Society.

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ATKINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-03 published
BELL, Douglas Hindmarsh
Metallurgical engineer, marathon runner, cyclist, skier, party animal, raconteur, doting grandfather. Born August 12, 1932, in Toronto. Died September 26 in Ottawa of a brain tumour, aged By Gerry CRAWFORD, Page L6
Doug was an early James Dean, rebel-without-a-cause type at high school in north Toronto in the late 1940s. Black leather Eisenhower jacket, black "strides" pinched at the ankles, a loop of chain dangling from his belt and a cigarette drooping from his lips.
We became fast Friends in metallurgical engineering at the University of Toronto in the fall of 1952 and, after graduation in 1956, pursued doctoral programs at the Royal School of Mines in London.
In the summer of 1957, we took a six-week European camping trip in a 1932 Austin 10, a black, boxy affair with mechanical brakes. We puttered through most of Europe before the brakes fell apart. A French mechanic got us safely back on the road.
Doug returned home in 1960. The next year, he began working in Arvida, Quebec, where he met Joan ATKINSON. They married in 1963 and moved to Toronto two years later, where they successively produced Jonathan, Tony and Lisa.
Doug worked with consulting engineering firms before starting at the Ontario government, where he worked from 1972 to 1985. He then moved to Ottawa to work for the federal government until his retirement in 1995.
As an amateur mechanic in the late 1980s, Doug restored a 1964 Jaguar XKE. In the early 1990s, he and Joan bought a property in Mont Tremblant, where they built a retirement home and for several years ran a bed and breakfast. He was in his element chatting with clients while Joan prepared breakfast.
Doug enjoyed many years there running, biking and skiing. He also found time to undertake renovations at home and for others.
Doug loved a party. He had an insatiable curiosity for the latest scientific discoveries. An avid reader, his tastes ranged from cosmology to subatomic physics to ancient history.
In June, a few weeks after completing a 50-kilometre bike tour in Montreal, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Chemotherapy, steroids and radiation were tried over a "summer from hell," to no avail.
When I last saw him in hospital in Ottawa, he was awake but could not speak. It was sad to see this man who had been so energetic reduced to little more than a beating heart. Two days later, it stopped.
Doug passed his 75th birthday in hospital. After his death, Joan arranged a birthday party, as was his wish. Family, Friends and grandchildren gathered to celebrate "Poppy's" life and to blow out the candles on his cake.
Gerry CRAWFORD is Doug's friend.

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