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DEGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-06 published
ANDREW, Isabel J.
Peacefully at Chelsey Park Nursing Home on Tuesday December 4, 2007 at the age of 85. Beloved wife of Frank for 60 years. Loving mother of Bill and his wife Denise, of British Columbia, Rosemary DEL DEGAN and her husband Aldo, Frank Jr., John and his wife Sue, of London, and Susan, of Alberta. Cherished Nana of Jessica (John), Marc, Marion, Kaitlyn, Laura, and Mary. Isabel will be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and Friends. She spent 25 years with the Womens Auxillary at the Hospital For Sick Children and was a longtime member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W.; Etobicoke (Between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday December 7, 2007 at 10: 30 a.m. Inter ment Glendale Memorial Gardens. If desired, donations to the Hospital For Sick Children would be appreciated.

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DEGENOVA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-04 published
CLAVIR, Benjamin " Ben"
Peacefully at home on October 2, 2007. Beloved son of Barry CLAVIR and Marlene DEGENOVA. Loving brother of Josh. Devoted grand_son of Jim DEGENOVA. Nephew of Anne CLAVIR and Marty FRANK, and Loraine and Ray LALONDE. Cousins of Dina, Sharon, Jonathan, Elan, Talia, Brandon and Jared.
Friends will be received at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Avenue E.) on Friday, October 5 from 11 p.m.-1 p.m. Funeral Service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Interment Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow at funeral home.

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DEGENOVA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-05 published
CLAVIR, Benjamin " Ben"
Peacefully at home on October 2, 2007. Beloved son of Barry CLAVIR and Marlene DEGENOVA. Loving brother of Josh. Devoted grand_son of Jim DEGENOVA. Nephew of Anne CLAVIR and Marty FRANK, and Loraine and Ray LALONDE. Cousins of Dina, Sharon, Jonathan, Elan, Talia, Brandon and Jared.
Friends will be received at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Avenue E.) on Friday, October 5 from 11 p.m.-1 p.m. Funeral Service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Interment Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow at funeral home.

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DEGORSKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-04 published
KAPICA, Lucia (DEGORSKA)
On December 11, 2006, at the Institut Canadien-Polonais du Bien-Être in Montreal two days past her 89th birthday, after a long and heart-breaking illness. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Chester KAPICA. She is truly mourned by her loving son, Jack, her daughter-in-law, Eve DROBOT, and her granddaughter, Thalia. Her gentle heart and brilliant mind were loved and admired by all who knew her. A memorial mass will be said by Fr. Thomas ROSICA at the Chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre at 95 Saint_Joseph Street (corner Bay Street) on Saturday, January 6th, 2007 at 10 a.m.. Her memory may be honoured by gifts in her name to the McGill University Alma Mater fund, the Fondation de l'Institut Canadien-Polonais or the Alzheimer's Society. Condolences may be sent to jkapica@globeandmail.com

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DEGORSKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-05 published
KAPICA, Lucia (née DEGORSKA)
By Jack KAPICA, Page A16
Scientist, wife, mother. Born December 9, 1917, in Poznan, Poland. Died December 11, 2006, in Montreal of Alzheimer's disease, aged Draw a straight line from Berlin to Warsaw and bisect it, and you will find yourself close to a certain farm near Poznan, where Lucia DEGORSKA was born in 1917. She was studying pharmacology, earning her tuition as a telephone operator along the German border. Just before midnight on August 31, 1939, her supervisor dashed in and yelled, "Run! East!" Minutes later, she was on the receiving end of the first artillery barrage of the Second World War.
She kissed her parents goodbye, joined the army and disappeared. Some time later, she and the sad remnants of the Polish military staggered into Paris.
She was sweet, the kind of girl men liked to protect, so when Paris fell, her army pals ignored orders not to take women when they left France. They put her in a truck, buried her under greatcoats, and smuggled her to the evacuation ships in Normandy.
At Dover, the refugees were placed in orderly queues and processed by crisp, efficient British relief workers. It was then, Lucia said, that "I realized England would win this war."
She earned a bachelor's degree at Cambridge and married Chester KAPICA, an aeronautical engineer from Warsaw. When the war ended, they moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he worked for Shell Oil and she raised their son, born there in 1946. But the Brazilian economy soon dried up, and they moved to Toronto in 1949. The cold city gave her son pneumonia; his doctor took pity, and sent the family to a pediatrician friend in Montreal, who helped Chester find work at Canadair, building the new F-86 Sabre jets.
Lucia earned her doctorate in microbiology at McGill, where she researched, published scholarly papers and taught microbiology to second-year medical students. She also dabbled, with remarkable success, in telepathy.
She specialized in mycology, a field vaguely related to mushrooms, and won international acclaim for her research into obscure airborne fungal horrors. Once, when I was driving her home, she asked me to stop at the Montreal General Hospital so she could pick up a glass jar with three disgusting black objects in it. She said it was a biopsy from a patient dying of Death Valley Fever and she was going to keep it in our fridge at home overnight.
"It's perfectly safe, it isn't sporifying," she pleaded as I screamed a U-turn at the height of rush hour, heading back to the safety of her laboratory and its own fridge. "Yet," she added helpfully.
When polio broke out in the 1950s, she noticed it hit middle-class kids hardest, while children of farmers and labourers were largely spared, and concluded that good health might depend on a little bit of dirt. "I know why children put their fingers in their mouths," she said brightly one day. "They're building up their immune systems."
Some 45 years later British researchers reported the same conclusion in The Lancet, calling it the Hygiene Hypothesis. She never read it -- by then she was living in whatever universe is inhabited by Alzheimer's victims.
When she retired in 1982, she turned down two McGill offers to recognize her immense contributions: first with contract work and then a laboratory set up in her basement. Instead, she became her husband's eyes and ears when his failed and he became her mind when hers failed.
Chester died in 1995. Shortly after, Lucia's mind failed completely. The rest of her followed just after her 89th birthday in 2006. There will be a memorial mass for Lucia KAPICA at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre at 95 Saint_Joseph St. in Toronto.
Jack KAPICA is Lucia KAPICA's son.

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DEGRACE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-09 published
DEGRACE, Margaret French (née MacLAUCHLAN)
Wolfville
Passed away peacefully at her cottage at Sebim Beach, Villagedale, Nova Scotia, on July 5, 2007. Peggy was born July 29, 1924 in Kentville, Nova Scotia, the daughter of the late Roderick and Marian (FRINK) MacLAUCHLAN. She spent her early years with her family in Rothesay, New Brunswick, Wolfville and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Wren (Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service) from 1944 to 1945, working in Halifax, and in 1945 married Robert F. DEGRACE of Seattle, Washington. They made their first home in Seattle and after several years there, and in Corvallis, Oregon, they moved back to Canada in 1952. Eventually they settled in Manor Park in Ottawa, where they lived for thirty years.
Peggy was not only a busy community volunteer (sometimes referred to as "Mrs. Altar Guild"), she was also a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, and a caring friend to many. She took up curling at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Curling Club in Ottawa and developed a love for this sport which stayed with her all her life. She was interested in everything: politics, sports, community events, a good game of cribbage, and, above all, the well- being of family and Friends. In 1984 Peggy and Bob moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia where they renewed old Friendships and developed many new ones. In Wolfville, Peggy was a member of Saint_John's Anglican Church and worked faithfully for the church. She helped with Meals on Wheels, served on the local hospital auxiliary, and canvassed for many important charities.
Peggy loved her cottage at Sebim Beach, and nothing pleased her more than a sunny day, a warm tide, and lots of children and dogs.
She is survived by her sons John (Judy SIMMS,) Prince George, British Columbia, and Bill, Bermuda; daughters Barbara THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Jim), Kingston, Ontario, Mary KEIRSTEAD (Rod), Caledonia, Nova Scotia, and Anne (Phillip JACKSON,) Nelson, British Columbia her sister, Joan TAPLEY, Cockeysville, Maryland; ten grandchildren several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, and her brother, Jim MacLAUCHLAN.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 10 at 1: 00 p.m. at Saint_John's Anglican Church, Wolfville, Reverend Cathy-Lee Cunningham officiating, assisted by Canon Russell Elliott. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of H.C. Lindsay Funeral Home, 568 Main Street, Wolfville (902) 542-2151. Online condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail to lindsayfunerals@ca.ns.aliantzinc.ca.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victorian Order of Nurses Tri-County Branch, 55 Starrs Road, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 2T2; Salvation Army, or the Villagedale Cemetery Fund.
The words of St. Francis: "Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing you have received…but only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage."

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DEGRAW o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-03 published
DEGRAW, Anthony Michael
Suddenly, as the result of an accident, on New Year's Day, Anthony Michael DEGRAW " Tony" of Newbury in his 21st year. Beloved son of Don and Karen (CAMPBELL) DEGRAW and dear brother of Lindsey and Laura and sadly missed by Sady and Felix. Loving grand_son of Dona and Arn CAMPBELL of Inwood and Sandra and Ken DEGRAW of Newbury. Fondly remembered by his aunts, uncles and cousins, Sandy Campbell, Sheila and Al SHABSOVE; Mia and Sydney, Maggie and Frank MOSHER; Jeffery (Rosanna) DEGRAW, Judy and Jim McKELLAR Courtney, Kaleigh and Matthew, Ken and Kim DEGRAW; Ashley, Brittany and Taylor as well as by his many Friends. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Charles Church, Glencoe on Friday, January 5, 2007 at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. Deb DOLBEAR- VAN BILSEN officiating. Interment Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving or the Newbury Fire Dept.

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DEGRAW o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-03 published
Dad finds son's body by the side of a road
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Free Press Reporter, Wed., January 3, 2007
It had been a good Christmas -- "the best one ever" -- for Don DEGRAW and his family in Newbury.
But tragedy struck New Year's morning, when DEGRAW and his two daughters came upon the body of his son while driving home from a party the siblings had attended together.
Tony DEGRAW, 20, was struck by a car and killed about 4 a.m. in what may have been a hit and run while he walked on Dundonald Road toward Glencoe, about 50 kilometres southwest of London.
Moments after he was struck, his father arrived at the party to pick up the girls.
"It is a tragedy, it must have happened five minutes before I got there," a distraught Don DEGRAW said yesterday, his voice almost a whisper over the phone.
"I had the girls in the truck, I had just picked them up and on our way back home, we saw him&hellip
"He was a great guy, a big happy guy, he would do anything for you," Don DEGRAW said.
"He wanted to be an actor," he recalled of his son's excitement over recent news he would be casting director in a friend's feature film. "He was really, really excited about that."
The father's grief was compounded yesterday by the thought that his son was killed in a hit-and-run crash.
Police had seized a vehicle yesterday, but were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash, including who was driving the vehicle, Ontario Provincial Police Const. Doug Graham said.
"We have to find out who the driver was and find out whether they knew they hit someone. He was very likely killed immediately."
Yesterday, the DEGRAW house was full of visitors stopping in to comfort and mourn with Tony's parents, Don and Karen, and sisters Lindsey and Laura.
A video game enthusiast who waited 15 hours in line to get the new Wii system, a caring guy who took the time to take his little cousin on bike rides and "the funny one, who always made everyone laugh," Tony DEGRAW had left the party about 4 a.m.
About the same time, his father got a phone call from that party, attended by scores of local teens and all three of his children.
Lindsey, 17, and Laura, 15, were ready for him to pick them up from the house party. Their brother had started to walk toward town.
Don DEGRAW drove in from Newbury to pick them up.
When the DEGRAW sisters got into their dad's car, Lindsey's cell-phone rang. A friend who had been picked up moments earlier was on the line, saying Tony was lying at the side of the road.
"He hadn't had very much to drink, but I thought maybe he had passed out or something," she said.
"I didn't know what happened until we got there… my dad and my sister got out of the car and I saw my sister crying."
Lindsey was left missing her big brother who loved comedy movies, especially on opening night.
"We always went to the movies together," she said. "Silver City in London on opening night."
Laura said the same of her big brother. She would miss watching comedies with Tony and playing video games.
And laughing.
"He was the funny one, who made everyone laugh," she said.
"Everyone loved him."

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DEGRAW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-19 published
BELL, Leslie Richard (1946-2007)
Leslie Richard BELL passed away on June 15th, 2007. son of the famed Doctor Leslie BELL, Richard was regarded the world over as one of the greatest keyboard players. In a career that spanned 5 decades, he played on over 400 albums, and performed with artists including Janis Joplin, The Band, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian, Colin Linden, Paul Butterfield, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings and Pork Belly Futures. His music and his spirit will live on. Richard is survived by his mother Leona HELWIG, predeceased by Doctor Leslie R. BELL, step-son of Carl HELWIG, beloved brother of Janet MacEY (Gordon,) greatly missed by his niece Roz MacEY (Lori DEGRAW,) nephews, Richard MacEY, Doug MacEY (Leah HOMMA) and Gord MacEY. Many thanks to Doctor Gina PILIOTIS, Melba JOHNSON and all of the staff at the Sunnybrook Health and Science Centre who helped to make Richard's days as comfortable as possible. A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Steamwhistle Brewery located just south of the C.N. tower.

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DEGROOT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-12 published
NOONAN, Brian Francis
Suddenly at his residence at Christie Lake on Saturday June 9th, 2007, Brian F. NOONAN (Honorary Colonel of the former Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment, member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, Fourth Degree Knight, Knights of Columbus, financial specialist for over 50 years). son of the late Doctor John Francis and Ann NOONAN of Perth, beloved husband for 53 years to Patricia (O'NEILL) NOONAN; loved and respected father of Sally, Colleen (Bruce EWING), Richard (Tracy DEGROOT), Fred, Julia (Grady SAVAGE) and the late John. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Simon, Riley, Madelaine, Mitchell, Declan and Ronan and his sister Dorothy SIGOUIN. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair and son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. W., Perth Monday June 11th, 2007 from 2 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint_Johns Church, Perth Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Saint_John's Cemetery. In remembrance, contributions to the Foundation of the Great War Memorial Hospital, 33 Drummond St. W., Perth K7H 2K1 or Saint_Johns Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated.

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DEGUARA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-06 published
MAJSZTRIK, Katalin " Kay"
(President of ACE Packaging Limited)
Peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2007. Beloved wife of the late Geza MAJSZTRIK. Loving mother of Vicky SALIBA (Roger,) Kathy DEGUARA (Francis), Judy INGRAM (Tom) and Tamy OLIVEIRA (George). Proud grandmother of Michael, Rachel, Tom, Nicole, Katie, Tommy, Sierra, and Sabrina. Sister of Rita HOLLO, Tamas NAGY, Aladar NAGY and the late Attila NAGY and Gerzson NAGY. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (north of Lawrence Avenue), Weston on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 11 a.m. If desired, donations to Covenant House would be appreciated by the family.

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DEGUERRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-11 published
DEGUERRE, Edward Ross Belfry
In his 83rd year, died peacefully surrounded by his family at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - K Wing after a long illness on Thursday, August 9, 2007. Born in Newmarket, the second youngest of the late Ross and Frances DEGUERRE. Predeceased by his first wife Virginia REID. He will be remembered with great love by his children Peter (Julia) DEGUERRE, Vicki (Keith) CARRUTHERS, Christopher (Julie) DEGUERRE and very special grandfather to Zachary, Oliver, Madelaine, Lindsay, Carlyn, Deanna, Olivia and Charlotte. He will be missed by his brothers and sisters, Frederick (Betty) DEGUERRE, Frances YATES and Diana McVITTY and predeceased by his brother Daniel DEGUERRE. He was the fond uncle of Carol (Leon) BROAD, Douglas (Erika) DEGUERRE, Dianne (Alan) WOODS, Gregory (Sharon) YATES, Suzanne (Rodney) DARWIN, Brian (Diane) McVITTY, Patricia (Reinhard) GRICHTING, Susan (John) VINCENT and Catherine McVITTY (Regan TAKENAKA) and many cousins, great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his second wife Mary Ursula CRAFT and sadly missed by her children Michael (Jackie) CRAFT, Elizabeth (Wayne ALLSIP), Paul (Giselle) CRAFT and Steven CRAFT, their children, and a very special friend Jane Morris. The family wishes to thank all of the marvellous caring staff/good Friends of Sunnybrook Hospital K2 Centre. A funeral service will be held to celebrate Edwards's life at Eglinton St. George United Church, 35 Lytton Boulevard (at Duplex Avenue), on Thursday, August 16 at 1: 00 p.m. Reception to follow at The Granite Club, 2350 Bayview Avenue. As an expression of sympathy, a charitable donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. 'Ed will always be remembered by his love, kindness and generous spirit.'

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