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BIGELOW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-07 published
CULNAN, Rita Marie (née LORTIE)
Passed peacefully at Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga on Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Rita, beloved wife of the late Doctor George F. CULNAN. Loving mother of Doctor James CULNAN (Pamela), Michael (Jocelyn), Patty (Nick KANTOR), Marie CASSELBERRY, Anne, Georgette (David BIGELOW) and Thérèse. Cherished grandmother of Charlie (Barbara,) Jeremy (Tracy), David, Michael, Amanda, George, Michelle, Veronica, Andrew and great-grandmother of Tyler, Jaxon, Dylan and Holly. Loving sister of Sr. Jeanne Marie LORTIE, Anna McKANE, Doctor Paul LORTIE and the late Jean MORRISSEY. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville 905-844-3221, from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Funeral Mass to be held at Saint Michael's Cathedral, 65 Bond Street at Shuter, Toronto, Monday morning at 10 o'clock with cremation to follow. By request, donations in Rita's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice.

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BIGGAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-23 published
PECK, Mary Evelyn (née BIGGAR)
Passed away peacefully in hospital, in the early morning of Thursday, June 21, 2007, aged 87 years. Much loved wife of 64 years to George, and loving mother to Brenda (Willard SMITH,) Barbara (David DUNBAR), John (Alexandra) and Alex (Anne SCOTT). Her daughters and sons were all in Ottawa to say goodbye. She was a wonderful grandmother to her six long-awaited grandchildren: Spencer, Georgia, Evan, Oliver, Joe and Ben. Born in Montreal, Mary also lived in Vancouver, Ottawa, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and in her cherished seaside home on Deer Island. She was a graduate of McGill University and Carleton University. Though she devoted many happy years to raising her children, she later worked as a research historian on the restoration of the Fortress of Louisbourg and on numerous other projects. She was the proud author of six books, including The Bitter With the Sweet, a social history of New Brunswick from 1604 to 1984. Throughout her life she was a friend to many. Known for her energy and hospitality, Mary always welcomed visitors to her door, the more the merrier. Her life was filled with her love of family and Friends, not to mention art, theater, literature, travel, flowers and cats. Mary's family would like to thank the staff on Ottawa 2 West of the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre for caring for Mary over the past few months, and the seventh-floor staff of the Ottawa General Hospital for their gentle care and consideration during her final days. We also appreciate the attention from her special Ottawa Friends who helped her so much in the last few years and have become as close as family. A service will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, June 23rd, at McKay United Church, 39 Dufferin Road, Ottawa. Interment will take place at a later date in the family cemetery near Sussex, New Brunswick. In honor of her memory, donations to McGill University would be appreciated. Mary will be greatly missed. Arrangements in care of the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa. Condolences/Donations at www.mcgarryfamily.ca

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BIGGAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-25 published
McKEAG, Honorary Colonel (Retired) The Honourable William John, CM, OM, CD, B. Comm., LL.D
At home on Thursday, August 23, 2007 William John (Jack) McKEAG died surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Dawn CAMPBELL for 56 years. Loving father of Janis (Clifton RICHARDSON,) Darcy (Tom CRAWFORD), Kelly and Douglas (Onalea GILBERTSON), and grandfather of Scott and Colin REES and Stephanie (Alan SAMUELS,) Shannon and Matthew CRAWFORD. Survived by niece Ellen (Kowalski) sisters-in-law Sharon (Vic NAIMISH), Sonya (Scott WRIGHT), Dilly (Bill BURNS) and Pat (Drewett) and one brother-in-law Keith CAMPBELL. Jack was born on March 17, 1928 to Thomas and Isabelle McKEAG in Beresford, Manitoba. He was 18 months old when a car/train collision at Chater, Manitoba killed his mother and older sister. Jack was thrown clear, unharmed, and with the consent of his father, was adopted by George H. McKEAG (cousin of Thomas) and his wife Elizabeth BIGGAR. Jack grew up in Winnipeg, attending Queenston, Robert H. Smith and Kelvin Schools. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1949 with a Bachelor of Commerce. He then joined the family business Security Storage Ltd. (sold to British Traction in 1956) remaining there until 1960, serving as President 1952-60. He helped found McKeag-Harris Realty, latter known as McKeag Realty, and maintained an active role until 2000. Jack was a 'generous and giving guy' who volunteered in his beloved Winnipeg in a great variety of causes. He was a life-long member of St. Andrew's River Heights United Church. He joined the Kiwanis Club in 1951 and thoroughly enjoyed his association, keeping up contact with Friends that he met and worked with in the organization. He served as the President of the Winnipeg Club and as District Governor of the 67 Clubs in Western Canada. The family excursions to Kiwanis conventions across Canada and the U.S.A. rank high in memorable family trips, full of happenings and mis-happenings. Jack loved politics and worked locally for the Liberal party through many elections. In 1977, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Jack as Lieutenant-Governor of the province of Manitoba, a position he held for 6 years. He was deeply honoured to have served Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. He enjoyed travelling the province, attending fairs, festivals and curling bonspiels. Over 36,000 people from all walks of life attended functions at Government House. Following his tenure as Lieutenant-Governor, Jack returned to the business sector. During this time he served on a number of Boards of Directors provincially, nationally and internationally. These Boards of Directors included: Canadian Motorways Ltd. (1963-80); M.E.P.C. Canadian Properties Ltd. (1974-77); The Investors Group (1975-98) Johnson and Higgins Willis Faber Ltd. (1976-92); Grace General Hospital (1976-86); Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature (1976-84) Greater Winnipeg Gas Company (1978-86); Norcen Energy Resources Ltd. (1980-86); The Council for Canadian Unity (1981-87); Governor of the Olympic Trust of Canada (1983-91) and various community organizations. He was also a member of the St. Charles Country Club, The Manitoba Club, and past member of Winnipeg Winter Club, and Lakewood Country Club. Jack loved duck hunting with his Friends and family. He became a member of Ducks Unlimited (Canada) in 1976, serving as President 1984-85 and as Chairman 1986-88. He was a big booster of the Winnipeg Jets too, serving as President 1976-77) In 1973, Jack was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Fort Garry Horse, enthusiastically supporting the regiment until retirement in 1998. Jack was the recipient of many honours during his lifetime, including: The Knight of Grace in the Canadian Priory of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint_John of Jerusalem (1971), Knight of Justice (1982); Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1978); Canadian Decoration (1986), Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation (1993) Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Jack and Dawn were keen travellers and covered a great part of the world. Always, however Winnipeg was home. The favourite place for the family to gather each summer was at Granite Lake, Ontario. In spite of all Jack's honours and activities, he always had time for his family activities - be it school, hockey, soccer, baseball, swim meets or the horse barn. He was always ready with a little 'walking around money' for 'his Buds'. For the first time since 1980, Jack could not spend part of the winter in Sarasota, Florida. He was too ill to travel. During his illness, Jack was looked after by a legion of caring people at the Grace Hospital and by the Home Care and their Palliative Care Unit. Angels All! It allowed him to die at home in the midst of his family. A special thanks to Doctor T. Morgan and Colonel Max Ryan. The service for William John (Jack) McKEAG will take place on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. at St. Andrew's River Heights United Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Internment will take place at a latter date. The pallbearers will be members of the Fort Garry Horse Regiment. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in fond tribute to Jack's Memory can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or the Manitoba Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice. Neil Bardal Inc. (204) 949-2200 www.nbardal.mb.ca

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BIGGS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-28 published
DANYCHUK, Peter Henry
Peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer at Grey Bruce Health Services Owen Sound on Thursday, July 26th, 2007, at the age of 61 years, Peter DANYCHUK of Port Elgin. Beloved husband of Norrene for forty years. Father of Shawn and his wife Michelle, and Christian and his wife Natasha, all of Port Elgin. Grano to Jessica, Rachel and Paige. Grandson of Elizabeth REIBER of Regina. Brother of Steve and Jay of Calgary, and Bob and his wife Sue of Windsor. Predeceased by his parents and his brother Daniel. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, (Town of Saugeen Shores), from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 29th. Funeral services will be conducted in Faith Lutheran Church, Ivings Drive, Monday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dwight BIGGS officiating. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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BIGGS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-27 published
ARMSTRONG, Willard " Bill" Allan
Born April 24th, 1933 Heaven became a little brighter on December 24th, 2007, as it welcomed home one of its most giving souls, Bill ARMSTRONG. Born in Toronto, and alumni of Upper Canada College and North Toronto Bill made his marks early by graduating two years early while captaining football and hockey teams. His zest for life carried him to repeated club championships of the Davisville Tennis Club and a lifelong success and passion in the brokerage business. Bill was a man who valued giving to others as was evident in his selfless devotion as hockey coach, scout leader and president of the Saint_John's Hospital Auxiliary. Devoted husband of the late Anne ARMSTRONG (née BIGGS.) Father of Willard Scott ARMSTRONG and Brian Douglas ARMSTRONG (wife Terri.) Cherished grandfather to Holly and Dawson. His love of his family was unquestionably and always at the centre of his heart. His caring nature and fun will be missed by all. Visitations will be held at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street (2 lights south of Steeles), on Saturday, December 29th from 2-4 and from 7-9. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Sunday, December 30th at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers the family would greatly appreciate donations to the Saint_John's Rehabilitation Hospital.

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BIGINGTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-11 published
MILLER, Russell Lloyd
Peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, January 9, 2007, Russell Lloyd MILLER of Woodingford Lodge and formerly of Chieftain Street, Woodstock, in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Helen MILLER (née DOUGHERTY.) Dear father of Graham, Bernice Atkinson (Tony,) Marion CHARTRAND, Doris McKEOWN (Dale), Velma WHERRY (Ken), Joyce QUAIFE (Brett) and Lorna SKINNER (Steve.) Loved grandfather of 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Dear brother of Audrey WHITEHEAD, Marie SHERRAN (Jim,) Pearl BRINDLEY and Tom MILLER (Marg) and brother-in-law of June MILLER, Neldy MILLER, Velma BIGINGTON (Bob), Bernice DOWNEY (Gord) and Frank JONES. Predeceased by two precious grandchildren; Naomi and Eric, dear daughter-in-law Dianne MILLER (2005,) sister-in-law Doris JONES (2003) and by his seven brother and two sisters. Friends will be received at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home¸ 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, (519-539-0004), on Friday, January 12, 2007 from 7-9 p.m. where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday at 3: 30 p.m. with President Wayne CHISHOLM officiating. Interment later in the Anglican Cemetery. Contribution to the Kidney Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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BIGIONI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-10 published
BIGIONI, Secondo
On Saturday, December 8th, 2007 Secondo passed away peacefully in the presence of his family, and in the home that he built.
He is survived by Filomena, his wife, only love, and best friend of 52 years.
He will also be missed by his daughter Giorgina, son Vito, son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Sandra, and his adoring grandchildren, Paul, Emily and Max.
He also leaves behind his sisters Lina and Rosanna, as well as his brothers Alfredo and Gianpiero.
Secondo was born January, 23rd, 1929, in Fermo, Italy, on the Adriatic coast.
He immigrated to Toronto in 1950 and the same day went immediately to work in construction with his brother, uncle and cousins.
Later that evening, he met a young woman, Filomena, who a few years later, was to become his wife.
Secondo had a passion for his work and the people that he worked with. He helped grow the business. He and his colleagues built roads and bridges across Ontario.
It is still managed by the next generation of the founding partners.
Throughout life, Secondo's philosophy of hard work, was matched by his gentle, humble and generous nature.
Accompanied by a contagious and upbeat personality, Secondo touched and influenced many. He always brought out the best in all of us, in all situations.
More than anything, he treasured and sought opportunities to be in the company of family.
Life never stood still for Secondo, and in retirement he was equally as energetic and enthusiastic in his projects and hobbies.
He filled his day with exercise, gardening, construction projects, spending time with his grandchildren, and caring for his collection of vintage Italian sports cars.
Every day he found time to stop by a construction site and say hello to his Friends and family.
Each day concluded with a late afternoon coffee with Filomena where they reconnected, summarized their day, and reviewed the evening ahead.
As in life, Secondo approached his fight against cancer with vigour, courage and determination.
A devout Roman Catholic, he never wavered nor feared the inevitable outcome.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of The University Network of Hospitals for their attentive care. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Doctor Kenneth Melvyn, Doctor Adriana Pecorari, Doctor Brian Tatham, and Doctor Eliza Lai, and all our Friends and family for the extended kindness and support.
Friends will be received on Monday, December 10th, at Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East, 2: 00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
The funeral will be on Tuesday, December 11th, at 10: 00 a.m. at Church of St. Lawrence the Martyr, 2210 Lawrence Avenue East. In memory of Secondo BIGIONI and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Emily Bigioni Endowment Fund in support of Respite Care at Bloorview Kids rehab.

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BIGRAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-28 published
HINGSTON, Evelyn Stuart (née BURPE)
Montreal. Died peacefully in her sleep, while in Toronto, December 24, 2007. Predeceased by her husband Pat and her brother Leonard BURPEE. Dear mother of Judy DINGLE (Terry) and Bill (André BIGRAS), sister of Lois WINN, survived by her loving granddaughters and grand_son, Martha REEVE (David,) Jill DONALD (Graham) and Michael DINGLE (Jennifer) and five greatly cherished great-grandchildren Sarah, Ali, Tom, Emily and Georgia. Recently, "Gagi" celebrated, in good form, her 90th in Ottawa, Toronto and Victoria. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice.

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