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"BID" 2007 Obituary


BIDINI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-18 published
Peacefully in her sleep at home in her 105th year on Sunday, July 15, 2007. Pompea, beloved wife of the late William (Guglielmo). Loving mother of Melvin and his wife Norma and Vivian and her husband Luciano MANZON. Nonna Pea will be missed by Susan and Simon ASARO, Cathy and Sal LUNETTA, Bill and Lisa, Bill and Mary, Janet and Dave BIDINI, and Melanie and Dwayne Gale. Great-grandmother of Nicholas, Billy, Daniella, Laura, Joanna, Stephanie, Jennifer, Julia, Cecilia, Lorenzo and Sophia. Predeceased by her 13 brothers and sisters. She will be missed by her many nieces and nephews. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home - Weston Chapel, 2035 Weston Road (North of Lawrence Ave.) on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Assumption, 2565 Bathurst Street, Toronto on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. A special thank you to Maria for your care. Memorial contributions may be made to the Villa Leonardo Gambin, 40 Friuli Court, Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 9T3. Condolences may be sent to

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BIDWELL o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2007-01-05 published
Born in Alliston, May 24, 1924, Don WRIGHT was the first child of Sydney and Beatrice WRIGHT (née GALLAUGHER.) At the age of 11 his mother died leaving five children. Don initially lived with his grandparents then moved to Edgar to live with his aunt and uncle, Hilda and Gordon BIDWELL. While living on the farm he discovered he had an aptitude for mechanics. He left the farm in 1939 at the age of 15 to live in Collingwood with his father and stepmother. At the same time Don's brother Harold moved from Collingwood to the Bidwell farm. Don received an early license to drive and started as an apprentice mechanic at Scheffer Motors. He then moved to Kelly Motors to continue his apprenticeship until he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942. He served as an aero engine mechanic in Quebec for the duration. After the war he returned to Collingwood and Kelly Motors. He successfully wrote the apprenticeship examinations and became a licensed mechanic September 2, 1946. Don's good friend, Andy PLATER, encouraged a relationship between his sister Jean and Don. The two fell in love and were married July 28, 1949. They moved into 159 Fourth Street West which is the family home to this day. Don and Jean decided to start their own business and on Halloween night, 1952 they opened a White Rose service station on Hurontario which is now The Candy Factory building. Due to Don's hard work the service station soon prospered and he expanded into car sales, becoming an American Motors dealer. In March 1953 Jean and Don had their first daughter, Nancy. In September 1955 their second daughter, Donna was born and in July 1959 their third daughter, Susan was born. Don was very proud of his daughters; he named his boat 'The Three Daughters'. The following decades were filled with work, family and his antique car collection. During a trip to England in 1988 Don experienced some heart difficulties and in 1989 he suffered a heart attack. After a period of recovery he returned to his very active life but at his doctor's suggestion, he decided to retire. The family business was taken over by Nancy and her husband, Glenn GOURLIE. After Retirement he continued to use his talents by creating beautiful woodwork and stained glass. He also continued to enjoy his antique cars and was regularly seen driving the mayor in Collingwood parades as well as many wedding celebrations. He was active on the First Baptist Church Property Board and enjoyed using his skills to repair the church whenever possible. During this time he also had the opportunity to love and enjoy his five grandchildren. He continued to enjoy an active life until his sudden passing December 21, 2006. Don's family would like to thank the medical staff, funeral home and all the many Friends and relatives who have shown their appreciation for Don and support for his family.
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