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BIRANI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-02 published
DANN, Isaac Robert
It is with sadness, our family announces the passing of Isaac Robert DANN on Saturday, December 30, 2006 in his 86th year. Beloved husband of 60 years to Margaret DANN (née McKNIGHT.) Dear father of Barbara (Gerry) NEWTON of London, Robert DANN of London, Brian (Maggie) DANN of Thorndale and Larry DANN of London. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Shannon (Mark) WELLS, Stacey (Gary) McMANUS, Tara NEWTON (Omar BIRANI), Kim (Moe) RODRIGUES, Lisa DANN, Samantha and Ian DANN, Kyle and Matthew DANN and predeceased by Michelle DANN. Also loved by his great-grandchildren O.J., Justin, Jordan, Kurtis, Ayden, Teryn, Kaleb, Michelle and Matthew and predeceased by Trevor "T.J." Also predeceased by his parents Robert and Charlotte (née HARNESS) DANN. Dear brother of Gerald (predeceased) and Bettie DANN, Dora and Gord WILSON and Bernice LEMON (predeceased.) Remembered by nieces, nephews, Friends and neighbours. Isaac was a veteran of World War 2, having served in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a past member of the Royal Canadian Legion #317 and worked for over 40 years at Richard Wilcox. Friends will be received at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), for visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. A Legion Service will be held under the auspices of the Victory Branch 317 on Wednesday at 7 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Children's Hospital of Southwestern Ontario.

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BIRCHALL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-03 published
CRUDGE, Patrick Leo
At London University Hospital on January 1, 2007 Patrick Leo CRUDGE in his 82nd year. 55 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, husband of Eileen of 34 years, twin brother to Patsy KNOWLES, father to Gary (Janice) CRUDGE, Ron (Terry) CRUDGE, Lori (Al) LAVIER, step-father to Lynn (Ian) VANBUREN, Gail (Doug) McINTYRE, Carl (Laurie) BIRCHALL. Predeceased by step-daughter Karen TRELFORD. Grandfather to Michelle Presley, Andrew, Shelly, step-grandpa to Arron, Haley, Cari and Kendra and 12 great-grandchildren. Special thanks to all the staff on the 2nd floor B21 Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital. At Pat's request there will be a private family service at Forest Lawn on Friday, January 5th, with no visitation. Contributions can be made to the Cancer and Lung Foundation. No flowers please.

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BIRCHARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-29 published
BIRCHARD, Irene B. (née BANHAM)
Peacefully, at home, on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 in her 72nd year. Loving mother of David (Sherry), Bruce (Heidi) and Sheila (Neil). Cherished grandmother of Kyle, Daniel and Shannon. Dear sister to Muriel (Larry), Ray (Kaye) and Don (Donna). Irene will be lovingly remembered by her 'Pal' Joe Rice, her many nieces, nephews and Friends as well as Peter. Our family extends a heartfelt thank you to Cardinal Companions, Saint Elizabeth Health Care staff and the Victorian Order of Nurses for their care and compassion. Irene was a avid golfer and curler. She enjoyed her winter escapes to her home on the Royal Oak Resort and Golf Club in Titusville, Florida. Irene was a long time resident of Thornhill, past member of the Bayview Golf and Country Club and recently moved to Brighton, Ontario. A celebration of Irene's life, will be held at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home Chapel 6150 Yonge Street, (at Goulding south of Steeles), on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 at 11 o'clock. Interment, Elmwood Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Saint Elizabeth Health Care Foundation, 100 Peter Street, Port Hope, Ontario, L1A 1C3. Condolences - www.rskane.ca R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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BIRD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-24 published
BREEZE, Douglas Austin
At Country Lane Nursing Home, Chatsworth on Thursday, August 23, 2007. Doug BREEZE formerly of Windsor in his 81st year. Husband of the late Elsie (née BIRD.) Dear father of Barbara HAHN and her husband Curtis STONEHOUSE of Chatsworth and Lena HOSFORD of Niagara Falls. Sadly missed by three grandchildren Brian, Steven and Michelle and three great-grandchildren Tyler, Megan and Paige. Also survived by two brothers Richard BREEZE and his wife Iris and Sid KEMP and his wife Marion and his nieces and nephews all of England. Predeceased by a son-in-law Robert HOSFORD. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home 519-376-3710 for visiting on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until service time. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock with Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment, Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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BIRD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-10 published
WARDELL, Mary Elizabeth (née SHARPE)
With her girls at her side, peacefully, at Victoria Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, on Tuesday, January 9, 2007. Mary Elizabeth WARDELL (née SHARPE) in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Thomas David WARDELL (1990.) Lovingly remembered by daughter Lisa BIRD, granddaughter Angela KUZMA, great-granddaughter Emily, grand_son Sean BIRD (Chantal MARTIN,) daughter Jane (Chris) SMITH, granddaughter Christine (Denis) JARRY, great-grand_son Daulton, granddaughter Paula SMITH, daughter Heather (Robert) EDWARDS and granddaughter Jennifer EDWARDS. Predeceased by her parents Hugh and Violet SHARPE. Dear sister of Don (Joan) SHARPE, Hilda PHILLIMORE, Donna CLARK, Kay MacEACHERN and the late Imogene ARMSTRONG. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Rd. (1 block east of Egerton), on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted in the Evans Chapel on Thursday, January 11, 2007, at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Janet FRADETTE, of Richards Memorial United Church, officiating. Interment in Straffordville Cemetery. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mrs. WARDELL.

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BIRD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-12 published
MERIE, Victoria Louise (March 14, 1925-June 8, 2007)
Died peacefully at home in Toronto with her family around her. Survived by her sisters Jo (BIRD) and Bess (FUCHS) and her loving nieces and nephew. Pre-deceased by her brother Jack MERIE. A private family funeral was held. Vickie's many Friends are welcome to join in a celebration of her life to be held at 1105 Leslie St. (corner of Eglinton Ave.) on Sunday June 17th at 11: 00 a.m. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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BIRD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-13 published
He was a pillar of society who put a contract on his wife
In 1984, he arranged the attack, delivered his wife to the scene of the crime and watched her plead for her life before being shot in the head in front of their 14-year-old nephew
By Noreen RASBACH, Page S8
His 68-day trial was nothing less than a Canadian sensation, with newspapers detailing the unlikely ways he used cocaine and the lurid testimony about his unseemly trysts with prostitutes.
In the end, the verdict was quick and damning: The jury took only 12½ hours to find Helmuth BUXBAUM, then 46, guilty of first-degree murder for arranging the 1984 contract killing of his wife and business partner, Hanna.
He didn't just arrange the attack, but drove her to the scene of the crime and watched her plead for her life before being shot in the head. The murder took place at the side of a highway near their home in Komoka, a small town outside London, Ontario The couple and their 14-year-old nephew, Roy, stopped to help the occupants of a car that appeared to have broken down. They were immediately ambushed. When a gunman pulled Hanna out of the car, the long-suffering wife of Helmuth BUXBAUM looked at him and said: "Please honey, no, not this way." She was 48.
"It was a big deal at the time; it was a huge story," said Heather BIRD, who covered the trial for the Toronto Star and wrote a book about the case, Conspiracy to Murder: The Helmuth Buxbaum Trail. "It was also a really, really sad story and a very seedy story."
Prominent Baptist
The tawdry details that came out in Mr. BUXBAUM's trial were in stark contrast to his reputation: Successful businessman, prominent Baptist, devoted family man. He and his wife had built a business operating nursing homes that had made them millionaires, while also raising six children, one of whom was an adopted daughter from Costa Rica. "He was well-known in the community," recalled Greg CALCOTT, the investigating officer in the case who recently retired from the Ontario Provincial Police. "He was wealthy and an absolute pillar in the church."
For her part, Mrs. BUXBAUM was known for her extensive charity work. "She was legitimately loved and respected in the community as being the exemplar Christian woman," Mr. CALCOTT said. "She used to stop street people and buy them clothing.
"That, in contrast to his hypocrisy, brought a lot of interest" to the case, he added.
The case may have been irresistible, with its sex, drugs, money and religion, but Mr. BUXBAUM wasn't. The man who was repeatedly unfaithful to his wife almost from the start of their marriage was anything but charming.
"There was nothing charismatic about Mr. BUXBAUM that I saw," Ms. BIRD said.
Mr. CALCOTT agreed. "He came across as arrogant, but he also came across as very childlike - and I don't mean that in terms of innocence. [He had] a kind of naive understanding of what was happening."
That led to his being taken advantage of by the drug dealers and prostitutes with whom he associated. "He liked the idea of being a big-time operator," Mr. CALCOTT said. "I know that Robert BARRETT [who was convicted of conspiring to kill Mrs. BUXBAUM after testifying he hired the killers] used to get him $1,000 of cocaine and Mr. BUXBAUM would pay him cash. BARRETT would get the cocaine and keep three-quarters of it and give the rest to Helmuth, saying that's what $1,000 of cocaine would look like. Of course, he had nothing to compare it to, so he took it on faith.
"I think that everyone in that group who was dealing with him was ripping him off one way or another," Mr. CALCOTT said.
In 1982, after suffering a stroke, Mr. BUXBAUM's behaviour spun out of control.
By the end of the trial, the entire country knew all the sordid details - that he had sexual relations with more than 100 prostitutes (sometimes two or three at a time), that he wanted to have sex with young girls and boys, and that he was a regular user of cocaine which he injected into his ankle and even his penis. The court heard, too, that he disparaged his wife to the prostitutes.
"Even though he did have all that money, there was nothing glamorous about him or his story," Ms. BIRD said.
Helmuth BUXBAUM grew up in Germany as the youngest in a family of 10 children. At his trial, he recounted how his family spent some time in refugee camps; when he came to Canada at 19, he arrived with no money and only one pair of shoes.
He went to work and studied, part-time, for his Grade 13 diploma. In 1960, he met Hanna SCHMIDT, after being introduced by his parents. They had a lot in common, especially their Baptist faith and hard childhoods. Hanna, who was born in Poland, stopped her formal education at 8, when she was sent to a Russian concentration camp with her mother and brother. She was to spend five years in camps, before being released and eventually reaching West Germany, and later Canada. When Helmuth met her, she had already spent seven years working at a meat-packing plant in Kitchener, Ontario
They married in June, 1961, with dreams of becoming medical missionaries. Two years later their son Paul was born, and not long after that Mr. BUXBAUM finished his diploma and decided it was time to go to medical school. The family moved to London, where he enrolled at the University of Western Ontario as a pre-med student. By Christmas he had dropped out of the program, saying it was too difficult. Instead, he pursued a bachelor of science degree, which he received in 1967.
All that time he was supported by Hanna, who scrimped and saved and managed to purchase a house, then a three-suite apartment building and a farm. Eventually, the couple went into the nursing-home business, where they made their millions.
They raised six children, with Mrs. BUXBAUM fighting to keep the family together despite her husband's repeated romantic dalliances. In June, 1984, he packed his bags but she persuaded him to stay. A month later, on July 5, 1984, she was shot by the side of the road.
A little more than two weeks later, on July 23, the police charged Mr. BUXBAUM with murder.
Children Devastated
The shooting devastated his children. The older ones appeared frequently at his trial, but weren't in court to hear the guilty verdict. Their family friend and pastor, Rev. Douglas DAKIN, who was looking after the children during the trial, said at the time that the children "didn't know what to say" about the verdict. "They didn't know what to do if he got out, and they didn't know what to do if he stays in." Reached this week at his home in Komoka, Mr. DAKIN refused comment on both his and the children's behalf. "They all decided not to say anything."
After Mr. BUXBAUM's conviction on February 13, 1986, the case became even more provocative. During the trial, he had not allowed his first lawyer, Edward GREENSPAN, to play up the fact that he had suffered a stroke and how it had affected his ability to reason. Later, he hired another legal heavyweight, Clayton RUBY, who persuaded him to base his appeal on it. Mr. RUBY argued that Mr. BUXBAUM's stroke had rendered him mentally disabled, and that he was insane when the murder occurred. The proof? Mr. BUXBAUM's refusal to allow an insanity defence to show that he was, in fact, insane. The Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear the case, which effectively ended Mr. BUXBAUM's appeal options. Requests to various justice ministers to review the conviction were denied.
Back In Court
There were other legal battles, too: He took on Mr. GREENSPAN to get back some of the $1-million-plus he had paid in legal fees (which his lawyer James CARTHY suggested were the highest ever in Canada.) Mr. BUXBAUM lost.
He was sued by his brother for involving his nephew in the shooting scheme - and for the teen's "severe and traumatic mental and emotional upset and nervous shock" after witnessing his aunt's murder. The nephew won $400,000, which was reduced by $65,000 upon appeal.
Mr. BUXBAUM also fought for control of his wife's $2.8-million estate, objecting to his children's plan to invest the money in Florida real estate.
In the early 1990s, he gave a number of interviews from prison. He complained he had not had a fair trial. He was pursuing yet another attempt to get a justice minister to review his case. He believed he should be the subject of a royal commission.
At Kingston Penitentiary, his prison job was to wash convicts' underwear; when he moved to the medium-security Warkworth Institution, he learned to use a computer and tutored illiterate prisoners. He married again while in prison, but the marriage didn't last.
Not a lot was heard from Mr. BUXBAUM until 1993, when papers around the country ran a story about a personal ad in placed in the Kingston Whig-Standard newspaper. The man who arranged a hit on his wife, watched her get shot in the head, and shattered his family of six kids in the process, was seeking a new companion. Describing himself as "a Christian, generous, caring, loving man," he was seeking someone who was pregnant or had a baby recently but had no man in her life. He was willing to be "a supporting father for your child and a husband-father for yourself."
It's not known whether there were any takers.
Helmuth BUXBAUM was born on March 19, 1939 in East Prussia, Germany. He died of undisclosed causes on November 1, 2007, at Kingston Penitentiary regional hospital, in Kingston, after being transferred there from Warkworth Institution, near Peterborough, Ontario He was 68. He leaves six children, sons Paul, Mark, Phillip and Daniel, and daughters Esther and Ruth.

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BIRD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-13 published
OSBORNE, John Edward Easton "Jack", M.A., D.H.A.
(Retired, National Health and Welfare)
Jack left us peacefully to be with the Lord on the 11th day of December, 2007, at the age of 85. He was the proud and loving father of Peter OSBORNE (Rachel DECUYPERE) and Mary OSBORNE (Andrew BIRD) of Ottawa, and loving step-father of Kathleen JOHNSON (Stephen COCK) of Ottawa and Carol MORROW of Nova Scotia. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Nicholas and Zachary BIRD, Christine and Michael COCK, and Melissa and Rob MORROW. Born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1922, son of the late Edward B. OSBORNE and Mary Easton of Beamsville, Ontario, he is survived by his sisters Elizabeth OSBORNE of Beamsville and Janet HAYES of Sidney, British Columbia, his niece Jennifer DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS (James) and family of Chelsea, Québec, sister-in-law Hilda ARCHER of Cowansville, Québec, and many other nieces and nephews and their children. He was predeceased by his first wife Carolyn Balestreri ARCHER in 1975 and his second wife Shirley Ann SHEPARD in 2001. He served as a Lieutenant during World War 2. He graduated from McMaster University (Economics 1943) and University of Toronto (M.A. 1946 and Hospital Administration 1960). He worked for the Government of Canada, Department of Health and Welfare from 1951 to 1985. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse Playfair and McGarry on Thursday, December 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. David and Saint Martin Presbyterian Church (444 St. Laurent Blvd.), of which he was an Elder, at 11: 00 on Friday, December 14. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Shepherds of Good Hope, Christie Lake Community Centres, or St. David and Saint Martin Memorial Fund would be appreciated.

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BIRDSALL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
EDWARDS, John Stanley " Jack"
Passed away December 4th, 2007 at the H.J. McFarland Memorial Home, Picton, Ontario at the age of 81. Born October 28th, 1926 in Cumberland, British Columbia and raised in Royston, British Columbia. Jack was the son of the late Arthur and Alice EDWARDS. Survived by his wife of 52 years, Bernice and daughter Judi (John CHISLING) of Wellington, granddaughter Allison BIRDSALL of Markham, stepson David NOBLES (Connie) of Dartmouth and their children Sean of Petawawa and Stephanie of California; his brother Ralph (Pat) of Perth and nephews Ron, Doug (Joanne) and Brian of Ottawa. Always kind, always generous, we will miss him greatly. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Monday, December 17th at 1: 00 p.m. at the H.J. McFarland Memorial Home, 603 Hwy. 49, Picton, Ontario. Donations to the H.J. McFarland Memorial Home CQI Fund would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Ainsworth Funeral Home, 288 Noxon Avenue, Wellington, Ontario (613) 399-3177

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BIRECKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-02 published
CHAIM, Ruth
On October 1st, 2007, surrounded by family. Ruth, beloved wife of the late Jacob CHAIM z'l. Dear mother of Gloria CHAIM (Mark SELICK) and Joe CHAIM (Margo.) Loving grandmother of Adam and Shoshana, Jesse and Marni, Avra, Miriam and Jackie. Survived by brother Mietek (Helena) BIRECKI and sister Eta CHAIM. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 at 9: 00 a.m. from Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. W. (Between Yonge and Bathurst). Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Duvernay (Montreal), Laval at 4: 30 p.m. Shiva will begin October 7th at 35 Ava Road, Toronto. Donations may be made to the Association for Soldiers of Israel 416-783-3053, or Beit Halochem 905-695-0611.

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BIRK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-30 published
HARLEY, Margaret Hambly (née BIRK)
Passed away peacefully in her ninety-fifth year, on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 in Toronto. She is lovingly remembered by her daughters Anne OAKLEY and Nancy NEWTON and by her grand_sons Martin SHOICHET and Adam NEWTON. A Memorial Service will be held at Islington United Church (25 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Etobicoke) on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 2 p.m. Reception to follow. If desired, donations may be made to Women's College Hospital or a charity of your choice.

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BIRKETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-08 published
BIRKETT, Charles " Charlie" Wilfred
Suddenly, while with his family at the cottage in Haliburton on September 3, 2007. Beloved husband of Edythe (Ede), loving father of Norma and Marc WHITEHEAD, Cathy and Philip CHIENG, Gail, Chas and Kirst, Chris and Christine. Wonderful Poppy to Katie, Sarah, Jenny, Michael, Kelly, Michelle, Nicole, Emily, Charlie, Daniel, Nate and Caleb. Dear brother of Sally WILLISON of England. He lived life to the fullest and touched many hearts with laughter. A family service has been held. If desired, remembrances in his name may be made to Plan Canada or a charity of your choice.

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BIRKLAND o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-10 published
BIRKLAND, Edward Francis
Peacefully with his family by his side at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, Sunday morning December 9, 2007. Ed BIRKLAND of Sauble Beach in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Marilyn BIRKLAND. Loving father of Wayne and Pat of Aldergrove, British Columbia, Chris and Janice of St. Catharines, Brenda and Brian of Elmvale and Sandra and Craig of Orillia. Loved by his six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home, Hepworth Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the Funeral Home Thursday morning at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Gerry HOFSTETTER officiating. Memorial contributions to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Ed by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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BIRKLAND o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-11 published
BIRKLAND, Edward Francis
Peacefully with his family by his side at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, Sunday morning December 9, 2007. Ed BIRKLAND of Sauble Beach in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Marilyn BIRKLAND. Loving father of Wayne and Pat of Aldergrove, British Columbia, Chris and Janice of St. Catharines, Brenda and Brian of Elmvale and Sandra and Craig of Orillia. Loved by his six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home, Hepworth Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the Funeral Home Thursday morning at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Gerry HOFSTETTER officiating. Memorial contributions to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Ed by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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BIRKWOOD o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-08-08 published
LOCKHART, William Robert
Passed away on Friday, August 3, 2007 at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital in his 90th year. Bill, loving husband of the late Alice May WEATHERALL; dear father of Murray and Ellen LOCKHART, Jack and Donna LOCKHART, Don and Lynn LOCKHART, Doug and Janet LOCKHART, Marie and Lyle KENWELL, Dorothy and Ron BIRKWOOD, Connie and Allen MONTAGUE. Brother of Bonnie BLAKEY (the late Willard BLAKEY, and Henry CIRCAN,) Rose HUGHES (the late Goldwin UDELL, and Cyril HUGHES,) Thelma and Irving PYE, Fern and Cal PURDY, Barbara and Larry DOBSON and the late Myrtle LINDSEY. Cherished grandfather of 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Visitation was be held on Sunday, August 5, 2007 at Fawcett Funeral Homes Collingwood Chapel. A funeral service took place in the chapel on Monday, August 6, 2007 at 2 p.m. Interment Trinity United Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rob Roy United Church, Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Singhampton, or to the charity of the donor's choice. Friends may visit the on-line memorial at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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BIRMINGHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
WALKER, Olwen (née OWEN)
Of Avondale Road, Rosedale, Toronto; The Cabin at Claremont, Ontario; and Park House, Isle of Mull, Scotland, beloved wife of 63 years of the late James Woods WALKER, OBE, Q.C. Born Wychwood Park, Toronto, November 14th, 1912 to Professor Eric Trevor OWEN of Trinity College, Toronto and Elsie Una MacLEAN of the Isle of Mull. Died peacefully at Belmont House December 6th, 2007. Olwen was a shining example to her niece, Daphne (Miller) BEAUROY, nephews Iain (her Godson) and the late Keith MILLER Eric, Ronald, Trevor, the late Kenneth, and Gerald OWEN, niece Meredith STANFORD née OWEN, Daphne's children Fabienne, Stéphane, Muriel and David BEAUROY and grandnieces Rachel BEAUROY and Lucy BEAUROY. Olwens brothers Trevor and Ivon OWEN, and on the WALKER side, Hugh, Gordon, Hilary and Mary WALKER, Leonard and Douglas GILDAY, their children and families and the many Friends and admirers throughout the world will never forget her clear purpose, her sense of decorum, her generosity of hand and heart, her forthrightness, her joy in everything. She strove for perfection in all she was and did, and expected the same in return. Her warm benevolence and hospitality illuminated many lives. Devoted to her husband, she shared with him a love of nature translated into their life work: reforesting whole tracts of their land on the Oakridges Moraine.
Interment at the Walker plot, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on December 15th at twelve noon, followed by Anglican service at the Belmont House chapel and a lunch reception in the Solarium at 1 p.m.
Olwen supported Belmont House with her husband as a donor. She worked there as a volunteer, and since 1996 it has been her home. Our thanks to the staff, to Doctor BIRMINGHAM, and to dear Angela SMART, Olwen's private nurse-companion, true friend and carer in her final years.
To remember Olwen and Jim WALKER, please plant a tree in their name, or give to a charity of your choosing.

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BIRMINGHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-14 published
WALKER, Olwen (née OWEN)
Of Avondale Road, Rosedale, Toronto; The Cabin at Claremont, Ontario; and Park House, Isle of Mull, Scotland, beloved wife of 63 years of the late James Woods WALKER, OBE, Q.C. Born Wychwood Park, Toronto, November 14th, 1912 to Professor Eric Trevor OWEN of Trinity College, Toronto and Elsie Una MacLEAN of the Isle of Mull. Died peacefully at Belmont House December 6th, 2007. Olwen was a shining example to her niece, Daphne (MILLER) BEAUROY, nephews Iain and the late Keith MILLER; the late Eric, Ronald, Trevor, the late Kenneth, and Gerald OWEN, niece Meredith STANFORD née OWEN, Daphne's children Fabienne, Stéphane, Muriel and David BEAUROY and grand-nieces Rachel BEAUROY and Lucy BEAUROY. Olwen's brothers Trevor and Ivon OWEN, and on the WALKER side, Hugh, Gordon, Hilary and Mary WALKER, Leonard and Douglas GILDAY, their children, our families and the many Friends and admirers throughout the world will never forget her clear purpose, her sense of decorum, her generosity of hand and heart, her forthrightness, her joy in everything. She strove for perfection in all she was and did, and expected the same in return. Her warm benevolence and hospitality illuminated many lives. Devoted to her husband, she shared with him a love of nature translated into their life work: reforesting whole tracts of their land on the Oakridges Moraine. She stood ever firm on principle, and her judgement of merit was swift and, some would claim, infallible.
Interment at the Walker plot, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on December 15th at twelve noon, followed by Anglican service at the Belmont House chapel and a lunch reception in the Solarium at 1 p.m.
Olwen supported Belmont House with her husband as a donor. She worked there as a volunteer, and since 1996 it has been her home. Our thanks to the staff, to Doctor BIRMINGHAM, and to dear Angela SMART, Olwen's private nurse-companion, true friend and carer in her final years.
To remember Olwen and Jim WALKER, please plant a tree in their name, or give to a charity of your choosing.

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BIRNBAUM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-25 published
CHAPMAN, Marian Christine Holmes
Died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on July 23, 2007, at 80 years of age. We celebrate her life and remember her generous spirit, her caring for others, and her advocacy for seniors, women and families. She is predeceased by her husband John CHAPMAN, and loved by her many Friends and large family, including her children Margaret (BLANCHETTE,) Paula (STEWARD/STEWART/STUART,) John, Sheila, and Ann, their partners, her 15 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. A service to celebrate her life will be held at Saint Mark's Anglican Church at 1606 Fisher Ave., Ottawa, on Friday, July 27, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. Friends and relatives are welcome to visit with the family at the church prior to the service, from 12: 30 to 2:00 p.m. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Marian, please consider the Marian Chapman Fund for the expansion of the Debra Dynes Family House. Donations can be sent to: Marian Chapman Fund, Debra Dynes Family House Inc., 955 Debra Ave., Unit 85, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 0J5. The family expresses a deep gratitude to Doctor Robert BIRNBAUM and his caring staff, Doctor Louise COULOMBE, and the services of the Community Care Access Centre for helping Mom and all of us to experience to the fullest this part of her journey. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at: www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com

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BIRNBAUM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-13 published
SILVERBERG, Evelyn
On Sunday, November 11, 2007 at North York General Hospital. Evelyn SILVERBERG, beloved wife of the late Harry SILVERBERG. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Carol and Nat KAUFMAN, and Sheila and Gerald ZIEDENBERG. Dear sister of Faye GREENBAUM, Jack BERMAN, Harry BIRNBAUM, and Al BURNS. Devoted grandmother of Joy and Ed, David and Lisa, Mark and Jill, Jason, and Brian and Tracey, great-grandmother of Morgan, Jake, Harrison, Madison, Aaron, and Gabriel. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment YMHA Section of Mount Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 100 Caribou Road. Memorial donations may be made to the Harry and Evelyn Silverberg Foundation c/o The Baycrest Centre, 416-785-2875.

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BIRNBAUM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-07 published
GROBSTEIN, Harry
Peacefully at home, as was his fervent wish, in West Palm Beach, on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, in his 98th year. Beloved and loving husband of Ruth Elkman GROBSTEIN since 1986. He guaranteed her 15 years, but in typical fashion exceeded his commitment by giving her almost 22. Predeceased by his cherished first wife, Mildred Wagner GROBSTEIN, who passed away on December 7th, 1984. Deeply loved and respected by his children, Barbara, Debra and John, who will sorely miss him. Harry was a wonderful father-in-law to Michael LEFCOE and Barry CAMPBELL, and step-father to Richard and Cindy ELKMAN, and Ron ELKMAN, all of whom loved him like a father. Beloved grandfather of Yaacov and Batsheva LEFCOE, Kris LEFCOE and Rob JERESKI; Matthew and Jeremy CAMPBELL; Marissa and Justin SCHMIDT, David, Molly and Laura ELKMAN; Mark ELKMAN. Great-grandfather of 10 great-grandchildren in Israel and Florida. Sadly, Harry will not be with us to welcome his 11th and 12th great-grandchildren, expected soon in Israel and New York. Harry was also a much loved uncle. He led a full, productive and happy life, and was admired by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Predeceased by his brothers David GROBSTEIN and Nick PROCTOR, and by his sisters Rae FAERMAN and Gerry BIRNBAUM. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, Montreal on Friday, December 7 at 2: 00 p.m. Shiva in Montreal through Monday evening continuing in Toronto at 20 Highland Avenue, Tuesday and Wednesday. Contributions in his memory may be made to the "Harry Grobstein Fund" c/o Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom Congregation, (514) 937-3575.

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BIRNIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-03 published
DRYDEN, Thomas " Tom" Robert
Died November 30th at the age of 80 in his home with his family by his side. He leaves Mary-Lou, his one and only love of 55 years, and sons Jamie (Johanna), John, Jeffrey, and Michael (Cathy). "Papa" and "Grandpa Tom" will be greatly missed by his loving and adored grandchildren Georgia and Ally, and Pip and Tommy.
Tom was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. His parents were Canadian and moved back to Canada and lived in the beach in Toronto. He attended Malvern High School. Tom enlisted in the American army in 1944, trained at Fort Benning and Camp Crowder. He attended officer training school and as a 2nd Lieutenant joined the 11th Airborne. He shipped to the South Pacific where he served and upon discharge returned to Toronto. Tom attended University of Toronto, Victoria College, and was a Psi U.
Upon graduation he joined the Aetna Insurance Company - Group Department, where he remained for the next 25 years. He then moved to Marsh McLennan and worked there until retirement in Lou and Tom were married in 1952. They spent twelve years in wonderful Quebec where all four boys were born. In 1965 the family moved back to Toronto and spent five years there before moving up to Caledon.
Tom had many interests!!! He was a ski instructor at Talisman and Caledon Ski Clubs, played golf at Chinguacousy Golf Club, joined Caledon Mountain Trout Club where he enjoyed fly fishing, loved to go duck hunting, shot pheasant in Wales, and was a great skeet and trap shooter.
He started carving decoys and birds, proved to be extremely talented and went on to win many awards at the Sportsman's Show and the Canadian National Exhibition. There was a long waiting list for his carvings.
In addition to a decades long interest in magic, Tom also enjoyed bird-dogs, flying, scuba diving, sailing, photography, tennis, painting and was an avid outdoorsman.
He was generous with his knowledge, loved for his sense of humour and dinner party recitations, and always honoured his backgammon debts to his wife!
"Pour lire avec plaisir"
Lou and the boys are very grateful for the care Tom received from the nurses and Doctor McKINNON at Headwaters Hospital. Tom's last days at home were greatly eased by the exceptional and compassionate care provided by Palliative Care Nurse Liz BIRNIE. The family also wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Doctor Duncan BULL, Tom's longtime doctor, for his outstanding care and for always being there. A private family cremation service was held and a celebration of Tom's great life will take place in early May 2008. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may make donations to Headwaters Healthcare Centre, 100 Rolling Hills Drive, Orangeville, Ontario L9W 4X9 or Hospice Caledon Foundation, (Bethel House), P.O. Box 75, Inglewood, Ontario L7C 3L6.

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BIRR o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-16 published
BIRR, Arden George
Following a courageous battle with cancer, at his home Thursday June 14, 2007. Arden BIRR of R.R.#6, Markdale and formerly of Durham, in his 67th year. Beloved husband of Janette (née DOBSON.) Loving father of John (Peggy) BIRR of R.R.#6, Markdale and Cheryl (Paul HARVEY) MOIR of Toronto. Arden will be sadly missed by grandchildren Jeff, Trista and Emily, brothers Bill (Rose) BIRR, Robert (Joan) PICKEN and William (Lynn) PICKEN, sisters Marian (Paul) PEARSON, Margaret (Dave) ROUSE, Barb (Ron) ADDIS and Shirley (Clarke) TORRY and several nieces and nephews and their families. Predeceased by his parents John and Mary (née WHITE/WHYTE) BIRR, brothers Ron BIRR and sister Margaret ROBINSON. Friends may call at the Fawcett-McEachern Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, Durham on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Durham at 2 p.m. on Sunday June 17, 2007. As expressions of sympathy donations to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, Markdale or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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BIRRELL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-26 published
BIRRELL, Edith Mabel (née ROUTLEDGE)
At the South Bruce-Grey Health Centre, Chesley, on Friday, November 23rd, 2007 at the age of 91 years, the former Mabel ROUTLEDGE of Elgin Abbey Lodge, Chesley and formerly of Pinkerton. Wife of the late Harold BIRRELL. Beloved mother of Judy and her husband Dennis REANY of Port Elgin, Don and his wife Ainslee of Strathroy, Doug of Hanover, James and his wife Grace of Pinkerton and Susan of Nanaimo, British Columbia. Grandmother of eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one step great-grandchild. Sister of Jean and her husband George LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH of Don Mills, Robert ROUTLEDGE and his wife Afifa of Arizona, Harold ROUTLEDGE and his wife Maureen of Atlin, British Columbia. Sister-in-law of Elizabeth (Betty) WILLIAMS of London. Aunt of many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents John and Edith ROUTLEDGE. Private family Interment. Memorial contributions to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Paisley or Elgin Abbey Lodge, Chesley would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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