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BYERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-01-08 published
BRAY, Julia (née HOATH)
Of Golden Dawn Nursing Home, Lions head passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 6, 2007 in her 94th year. Beloved wife of Claren BAKER of Lions Head. She will be missed by sisters Inez BYERS and Iva (Maurice) FLETCHER both of Kitchener, sister-in-law Marion HOATH of Wiarton and Verniece BAKER and step-daughters Ruth BAKER (Dave MUNN), Mary BAKER (Ron DEMARS), Evelyn (Melvin) McCUTCHEON and Leona (Murray) BAIN. Julia is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband Byron BRAY, parents Tom and Mae HOATH of Hope Ness, brother Lloyd HOATH, sisters Gertrude (James) SHAW, Alma (Bill) PILKEY and Eva (Mansell) SCHALM and brother-in-law Austin BYERS. The family will receive Friends at the Bethel Missionary Church, 18 Ferndale Road, Lions head on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 from 1: 00 p.m. until the time of the service to celebrate Julia's life at 2: 00 p.m. with Pastor Charles GINGERICH officiating. Interment Eastnor Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. As expressions of sympathy, donations made to the Bethel Missionary Church or Golden Dawn Nursing Home would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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BYERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-02 published
Man charged with murder in brother's death
Police release few details about 18-year-old's death
By Doug EDGAR, Thursday, August 02, 2007
One brother is dead and another is charged with his murder after Ontario Provincial Police officers were called to a home in the former Kincardine Township Tuesday night.
John Robert FORRESTER, 18, is dead and Asa John FORRESTER, 22, is charged with second degree murder, South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police said in a news release Wednesday.
Officers from the detachment and Bruce County paramedics were called to the FORRESTER home on Concession Road 5 of the former Kincardine Township, Const. Jeff MERCEY said Wednesday afternoon.
"It came through dispatch in London as a call for assistance just prior to midnight," he said.
They found John FORRESTER "with critical injuries," MERCEY said in a news release.
The teen was immediately taken to hospital in Kincardine, where he died of his injuries.
MERCEY said he could not comment on the nature of the younger FORRESTER's injuries, since the information could be evidence, nor could he comment on what happened before police were called.
"We're still investigating that," he said. "There isn't a lot of information we can release."
John FORRESTER attended Kincardine District Secondary School, where he took part in athletics including track and field and hockey.
"He had just successfully graduated in June," Kincardine District Secondary School principal Dan HOBLER said Wednesday evening.
The school cafeteria was to open at 9 a.m. today for students or others who might want help dealing with FORRESTER's death. The school board's tragic response team was to be there.
"We don't know much detail," HOBLER said. "We just want to be there for anyone who needs it."
The news came as a shock, said Tanya BYERS, who coached John FORRESTER in Grade 9, when he reached the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations regionals in midget hurdles, and again this spring, when he trained in shot put and discus.
While they were not close, BYERS said FORRESTER had said he wanted to be a helicopter pilot.
"He was a pleasure to coach," she said. "He was a very likeable guy.Asa" John FORRESTER was to make a court appearance in Walkerton Wednesday afternoon and would likely be back in court today, MERCEY said.
The investigation is being directed by Det.-Insp. Bill RENTON of the Ontario Provincial Police's criminal investigation branch, with help from South Bruce detachment officers. An Ontario Provincial Police forensic identification unit based in Mount Forest has also been called in.
"We still have police at the scene," MERCEY said late Wednesday afternoon.
The last homicide investigation in the Kincardine detachment area was in 1994, he said.
John FORRESTER was a student at Kincardine District Secondary school, where he competed in track and field events.

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BYERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-25 published
BARFOOT, Betty (née DOHERTY)
Peacefully, at the Grey Bruce Regional Health Services in Owen Sound, on Thursday August 23rd, 2007. Betty BARFOOT (née DOHERTY,) of Owen Sound, in her 77th year. Beloved wife of the late Allan BARFOOT (2007.) Loving mother of Bill (Joan) BARFOOT, of Owen Sound, Nancy (Art) COPELAND, of Point Clark, Dave (Ginny HARDY) BARFOOT, and Sue BYERS, both of Owen Sound. Proud grandmother of Amy, Matthew, Kristen, Chandra, Chad, Jake, Kaydee and Brooke, and great-grandmother of Zachary and Colin. Dear sister of Glen (Pat) DOHERTY, Bob (Kathy) DOHERTY, and sister-in-law of Josie DOHERTY, all of Owen Sound. Missed by her uncle Reg BARFOOT, and by many nieces and nephews. Mother-in-law of Marc BYERS. Predeceased by her parents Stan and Georgina DOHERTY, her brothers Tom, John and William DOHERTY, and by her granddaughter Cara BARFOOT. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492) on Sunday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m.. A funeral service for Betty BARFOOT will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, August 27th, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. with Major Grace YOUNG officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice as your expression of sympathy.

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BYERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-20 published
BYERS, Sean Paul
In his sleep, on Dundas St. in London, in his 29th year. son of Maurice Paul BYERS of Owen Sound and his wife Anita MEMERY, and Myra Marie GARNETT of Chatham. Sean is survived by his parents, daughter Victoria BYERS (RITCHIE,) stepfather David GARNETT brother Cory of London, brothers Colin, Philip, Richard and Michael and sisters Stephanie, of Chatham and Lisa Marie BYERS- WINGET of Courtnay, British Columbia, step-sister Kylie MEMERY and step-brother Chris MEMERY, both of Owen Sound. Also survived by Grandmother Grace CRAIG and aunt Cindy (CRAIG) DALEY, aunts Sandra (BYERS) BROWN of Owen Sound and Linda BYERS of Port Elgin, and uncles Joseph of Radley, Sasketchewan; Lorne of Hanover, Michael and Timothy both of Port Elgin. Predeceased by Grandfathers Lawrence BYERS and Lionel CRAIG, Grandmother Mabel (WATKINS) BYERS and brother Paul Maurice BYERS. Visitation was at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 James St. at Richmond in London, from 2-4 and from 7-9 on Sunday December 16. Funeral Service was held at the James A. Harris Funeral Home on Monday December 17 at 11am.

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BYERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
BYERS, Jim
We wish to express our deep appreciation to our relatives, Friends and neighbours for the sympathy extended to our family at Jim's passing and for the floral tributes and many charitable donations. We thank Rev. Art CHOLMONDELEY and the ladies of Crumlin United Church Women for the fine reception. Special thanks to Jim's "Ladies" at Chelsey Park for their care and compassion and also Amy VAN BELLE at Forest Lawn for her assistance. -- Betty BYERS and family.

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BYERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-20 published
BYERS strummed a happy tune
By Randy RICHMOND, Sun Media, Thurs., December 20, 2007
The people of the street gathered for a Christmas party and Sean BYERS was there, of course.
Eating platefuls of food, making people laugh, he won the Christmas carol trivia contest at the party run by Streetlight.
Each player got more points for singing the answers and even more points for getting everyone to sing along.
"Sean got everyone singing," remembers Gil CLELLAND, the director of Streetlight ministry.
When CLELLAND went home that night, Tuesday, December 11, he thought of the joy at the gathering.
"I thought maybe this is that peace that we all hear about at Christmas," he said.
Then came Wednesday.
"And I thought, where is that peace today? I asked God. Where are you? What happened?"
What happened?
BYERS left the party and went to a Unity Project crash bed that night.
Sometime the next morning he left the shelter, then snuck back in. A worker found him in a locked bathroom.
Maybe BYERS, 28, took his own life. Maybe it was an accident. The needle never cares.
The death of the engaging young man has rattled the street to its supposedly hardened core. More than 100 people, from the homeless to the workers helping them, gathered at the Central Library this week to remember.
"Sean was a really awesome guy," said Trevor JOHNSON, a transition services manager at Youth Action Centre.
"He was generous, very well spoken, very well read, intelligent. He struggled at times and made mistakes."
It's hard to pinpoint where and when the struggle began, his mother, Myra GARNETT, told The Free Press. There were problems at home that hit her son hard, she admitted.
"He was a very, very thoughtful boy."
Although he was identified as a gifted pupil in Grade 1, BYERS struggled later in school and by 15 had dropped out and left home. He took the roads so many lost boys take, sometimes turning to drugs and petty crime that led to jail, sometimes trying to make it, getting a job and treatment for his growing addiction.
No matter which way he turned, he played guitar or sketched, and cared for others.
"No matter how much pain he was in, he would see someone else and reach right through his pain to theirs," GARNETT said.
JOHNSON joined the Youth Action Centre about 10 years ago and met BYERS, who was doing volunteer work. BYERS would make ends meet by busking at the market or on weekend nights outside the bars on Richmond Row.
The memorial service was held at the library because he loved books so much, JOHNSON said.
"Give him his coffee, his paper, a smoke and his guitar and he was a happy guy."
BYERS always put on a smiling face to the world. But when he was really down, he took his guitar to the park and played, JOHNSON said.
BYERS and a few other young men his age all became hooked on the needle and hung around together.
One of those men was Jay DUCKWORTH, a Saint Thomas resident, who died December 8. He, too, was remembered this week.
"Although they struggled with self-medicating, they had strong spirits," Jim WATKIN, executive director of the London Harm Reduction Coalition, said at the service.
"You would see it in their eyes. That is what we need to remember. It is not about shame or guilt. We need to get rid of that. We need to let our spirits flourish."
The world looks at the Seans and the Jays as addicts and nothing more, said Matti PAQUIN, once an addict and now a worker at the Unity Project shelter.
"I loved those two boys. They were good people who tended to do drugs."
But their deaths must serve as a warning, others said at the memorial service.
"I cared for these guys for a long time. I hoped a miracle would happen and these men would excel," said Lawrence BOOM of Street Connection, a drop-in centre. "We have to come to terms with this. We have to start looking at drug addiction as an illness, not a weakness."
Over the next few months, city council will wrestle with questions of where to spend this year's budget. The city's community services department wants politicians to spend more money helping the homeless and the addicted.
The people of the street think the government should do more to help as well. In the meantime, they will continue to help each other the best they can. They will gather.
"I think that is where the peace is today," CLELLAND said, his voice breaking with grief at the memorial service.
"The peace we seek at Christmas is that in these tough moments we don't leave each other alone. When we say, 'I need you in my life right now.' "
Who To Call
If you need help:
Youth Action Centre: 519-434-6500
Street Connection: 519-438-7300
Streetlight (Youth for Christ) 686-0093
If you or someone you know is suicidal:
- Distress Centre (24 hours), 667-6711, 667-6600
- London Mental Health Crisis Service (24 hours), 519-433-2023
- Canadian Mental Health Association, 519-434-9191
- Mother Reach Postpartum Depression Line, 519-672-4673

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-05-31 published
McMURDO, Robert David
Bob loved life, lived it to the fullest, and so it is with great sadness that we announce his passing at home with his family on May 26th, 2007, after a brief illness. With his wonderful sense of humour, Bob brought smiles to everyone he touched. Beloved husband and companion to Libby for 53 years. Dear friend and father to Jeffrey (Susan) and Janice (Les). Loving stepgrandfather to Kyle, Lindsay, Helen and Aidan. Devoted pal to Duffy. Predeceased by his sister Norma BYERS (Harold.) Bob graduated from the University of Western Ontario School of Business in 1953. After two years with Canadian Pittsburg Industries in Toronto, he joined McKay-Cocker Construction Ltd. of London, Ontario and was President from 1974 to 1991. During these years he served as Chairman and President for many construction associations. Following retirement from McKay-Cocker, Bob became Vice-Chair and joint Chief Executive Officer for the Workplace Health and Safety Agency in Toronto, representing management. He held that position from early 1992 to June 1994. During his years in London, Bob enjoyed golfing at the London Hunt and Country Club but, on full retirement in 1994, his love of cottaging and fishing on the French River became his main interests. Our special thanks to the Community Care nurses and to Doctor Larry McCUTCHEON. The family will receive Friends at the Nicholls Funeral Home, 330 Midland Avenue, Midland, 705-526-5449, on Friday, June 1st, 2007 from 4-6 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, June 2nd at 2: 30 p.m. Interment later in the family plot in London, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Huronia Hospitals Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or your charity of choice would be appreciated.

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-07 published
Charmer, rascal, film producer, ad pioneer
He had hit movies and renegade ideas, but was best at making the deals, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S9
An advertising and film pioneer, Peter SIMPSON loved making deals and bringing projects together, but he hated the red tape that is so much a part of the Canadian film industry.
He was a charmer and a rascal who loved talking, drinking and eating, but he also expanded the business of filmmaking in Canada and probably hired more actors, directors and technical people than any other producer. His credits range from establishing the first international media buying agency to producing horror films such as the Prom Night franchise to Regeneration (based on novelist Pat Barker's trilogy) to the CTV television series The Eleventh Hour.
Vancouver-born actor Jason Priestly met Mr. SIMPSON in Los Angeles in 1997 about a role in The Highwayman, the first of four films the two made together. "He had an incredible ability to walk into a room and sell people on a project," Mr. Priestly said.
Although they met through work, they became Friends. "He was an incredibly avuncular and jovial man. He loved to laugh, to eat sushi and to drink Heineken. He was a spectacular man."
Peter SIMPSON was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland, the youngest of three sons of a grocer. His father immigrated to Toronto in 1952 and found a job at Eaton's and a place to live in Downsview, in the northern part of Toronto. His mother arrived at the end of the school year with 10-year-old Peter and his brothers. A sister, Marjorie, who died in a car accident in 1969, was born in Canada.
After graduating from high school, Peter attended the University of Toronto, but left to work as a junior buyer for the Young and Rubicam advertising agency.
That's where he met David HARRISON, another "renegade" who shared his love of the zeitgeist, Heineken and the ad business. Mr. SIMPSON quickly moved on to Ogilvy and Mather, then became media director at Stanfield, Johnson and Hill.
During this period, Mr. SIMPSON met and married his first wife, Gordene BYERS. Together, they had four sons: Kerry, Brock, Colin and Bradley. After 14 years, the marriage broke up. In the mid-1980s, Mr. SIMPSON married television producer Ilana FRANK. They had two children: daughter Quinn and son Hayden.
In the 1960s, ad agencies created ads, planned campaigns and placed ads, but the business was getting too complex for this concentration to be efficient. Mr. SIMPSON had the idea to separate these functions and, in 1969, he founded Media Buying Services to purchase advertising space and time for clients. "He was the pioneer," Mr. HARRISON said. "He was a very important guy in the entertainment business."
Media Buying Services quickly acquired clients such as Playtex, Dominion Stores and K-tel, a Winnipeg company headed by Philip Kives that was opening an office in Britain.
"The expertise Peter put in place was not a small factor in the success of K-tel, first in the United Kingdom and then all over Europe," said Ian Howard, the first managing director of K-tel International (UK) Ltd., in an e-mail message. "I could never have concentrated on the rapid growth of the company if the television buying was also a part of the infrastructure." Within five years of its founding, Media Buying Services had seven offices in Canada, Britain and the United States.
By the early 1970s, Mr. SIMPSON had moved into the film promotion business and was spending a lot of time in Los Angeles. After forming Norstar Filmed Entertainment, he started making movies. He became a pioneer again, in making made-for-television movies such as The Sea Gypsies, which he sold to Warner Brothers and which earned a 30-per-cent share when it was broadcast on NBC.
His second film was an even bigger success. Prom Night, which borrowed on the success of Brian de Palma's 1976 film Carrie, starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielson. Released in 1980, it was unabashedly commercial, spawned three sequels and set Canadian film box-office records.
From promotion to production to distribution, Mr. SIMPSON was involved in every part of the nascent Canadian film business, including the Toronto Film Festival, where he served on the board from 1981 to 1990. That's one of the ways he came to know another Scottish immigrant, filmmaker Bill MARSHALL.
"When I started the film festival," Mr. MARSHALL recalled in a telephone conversation, "we used to have a daily session that was on Rogers [cable television] and Peter and I would drink Heineken and excoriate the industry," including the television networks, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the federal Telefilm funding agency. "Nobody was safe from our rude and grumpy comments."
They wanted to make films, and railed at public officials who weren't eager to finance their projects, no questions asked. "He wouldn't do anything unless it was his way," Mr. MARSHALL said.
"His first big hit was Prom Night, so he always thought he was a great movie picker," Mr. MARSHALL said. But what he was really good at was putting the financing together - although he "was never very good at getting money out of Telefilm." For one of his films, he put in the credits that it was made "in spite of the Canadian Film Development Corporation," Telefilm's earlier name.
Despite that conflict, "I always enjoyed my encounters with Peter SIMPSON. He was as frisky as they come," said filmmaker Peter Pearson, Telefilm's executive director from 1985 to 1987.
Politically, Mr. SIMPSON supported the Progressive Conservative Party. In the 1980s, when Brian Mulroney was prime minister, Mr. SIMPSON and partner Roger Nantel of Montreal set up Media Canada, which won a contract to place all federal government advertising in newspapers and magazines and on radio and television.
In all, Mr. SIMPSON made close to 40 movies and television films, including The Rage, Men with Guns, Pale Saints, Grizzly Falls and Cold Comfort. He was nominated for the Alexander Korda Award for best British film for Regeneration in 1998, won a Gemini for The Eleventh Hour in 2005 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his "unwavering commitment" from the Academy of Canadian Cinema in 2004.
Although he gave up smoking two decades ago, he was diagnosed with lung cancer last September. Treatment failed to defeat the disease, and it was evident by February that the cancer was spreading. Even so, Mr. SIMPSON was keenly involved in putting together a television movie about comedian John Candy before he was admitted to hospital about two weeks ago.
Peter SIMPSON was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland, on May 29, 1943. He died at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto on June 5, 2007. He was 64. He leaves his second wife, Ilana Frank, six children and three brothers. A private funeral is planned, to be followed by a memorial service in September.

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-18 published
BYERS, Marvin " Marv"
Peacefully, in Kingston, Sunday, September 16, 2007, at the age of 77. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" KELLY. Loving father of Ross (Dianne) of Toronto and Scott (Debbie) of Kingston. Dear brother of Grace PHILLIPS, Helen SMITH and Delmer BYERS. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 585 Somerset St. W. (Centretown), Ottawa, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Thursday to Saint Margaret-Mary's Church for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11 a.m. Interment St. Brigid's Cemetery, Manotick. In memoriam donations to the Alzheimer Society appreciated. Kelly Funeral Home (613) 235-6712

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