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DOW o@ca.on.grey_county.hanover.the_post 2007-11-02 published
DOW, Doris Irene (MONAHAN)
Passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Hanover and District Hospital on Monday, October 22, 2007. The former Doris Irene MONAHAN, of Durham, in her 77th year.
Beloved wife of Clifford DOW for 57 years. Loving mother of Karen and her husband Larry BUCHANAN, the late Alan DOW and his wife Lois, Garry MONAHAN and his wife Joanne, Kathy and her husband Dave CHRISTIE, Janice and her husband John SILLS, Ken DOW and his wife Karen, Marilyn MacDONALD, Jeff DOW and his wife Mandy, and Ron DOW and his wife Kelly.
Cherished grandmother of 20 grandchildren and her many great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Ruth and her husband Ross HAMILTON.
Visitation was held at the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Doris's Life was held at the Durham Presbyterian Church on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. Pastor Jack RICHARDSON and Reverend Jim JOHNSON officiated. Words of remembrance were given by Ross MORGAN, Larry BUCHANAN, Meghan DOW and Ron DOW. Kerry WITHEROW sang, “The Rose,&rdquo and Doris's grandchildren Susan, Jason, Mark and Amy BUCHANAN sang, “Thy Word.” The congregation sang, “For You and For Me&rdquo and “In the Garden.&rdquo
The pallbearers were David CHRISTIE, John SILLS, Jason BUCHANAN, Mark BUCHANAN, Landyn DOW and Trevor SILLS. The flower bearers were Susan BUCHANAN, Paul DOW, Angela MONAHAN, Andrea HEIPEL, Krista DOW, Val LOF, Meghan DOW and Kelsey DOW.
The committal service and interment was held at Community of Christ Cemetery, Proton Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Ziontario or Durham and Community Health Care Foundation Durham Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

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DOW o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-26 published
DOW, Alan Clifford
In Toronto waiting for lung transplant on Monday, September 24, 2007. Alan DOW residing in Durham in his 55th year. Loving husband and pillar of strength to his wife Lois (née HUNTER.) Loving and dedicated father of Landyn, Paul and Carrie and dear foster father to many extended family members. Loved by his parents Cliff and Doris DOW of Hanover, brothers Ronnie and Kelly DOW, Ken and Karen DOW, Jeff and Mandy DOW, Garry and Joanne MONAHAN, Karen and Larry BUCHANAN, Kathy and Dave CHRISTIE, Janice and John SILLS, Marilyn MacDONALD and many nieces and nephews. Beloved son-in-law of Stanley and the late Bernice HUNTER and loved brother-in-law of Les and Nancy HUNTER and Heather and Brad BURGESS. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett-McEachern Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, Durham on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Durham Presbyterian Church at 1: 00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2007. Interment Durham Cemetery.

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DOW o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-23 published
DOW, Doris Irene (MONAHAN)
Passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Hanover and District Hospital on Monday, October 22, 2007. The former Doris Irene MONAHAN, of Durham, in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Clifford DOW for 57 years. Loving mother of Karen and her husband Larry BUCHANAN, the late Alan DOW and his wife Lois, Garry MONAHAN and his wife Joanne, Kathy and her husband Dave CHRISTIE, Janice and her husband John SILLS, Ken DOW and his wife Karen, Marilyn MacDONALD, Jeff DOW and his wife Mandy, and Ron DOW and his wife Kelly. Cherished grandmother of 20 grandchildren and her many great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Ruth and her husband Ross HAMILTON of R.R.#6 Mount Forest. Friends may call at the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Doris's Life will be held at the Durham Presbyterian Church on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment at Community of Christ Cemetery, Proton Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Ziontario or Durham and Community Health Care Foundation - Durham Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

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DOW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-06 published
KERR, Robert " Bob" (October 5, 1911-December 30, 2006)
Wing Commander Royal Canadian Air Force
Peacefully at Saint-Vincent Hospital, Ottawa in his 96th year. Loving husband of the late Helen (HEDGER.) Dearly loved father of Roberta LOWES (Brian) and Dawn SKINNER (Bob.) Proud grandfather of Laura LOWES (Huber,) Sara LOWES, Matthew SKINNER (Lauren) and Luke SKINNER (Alexandra.) Delighted great-grandfather of Kieran and Masha. Predeceased by sister Greta DOW and brother David KERR. Survived by sister Betty AAK (Andy.) Bob joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1929, serving in England, France and across Canada. While stationed at Uplands Ottawa, he was proud of his role in the building of affordable military housing and in the volunteer construction of the Uplands Golf Course. His role was recognized by naming the clubhouse "Kerr House". Upon retiring in 1963, Bob joined the Ontario Department of Labour in Construction Safety, where he earned the workers' respect with his sense of dedication, integrity and fairness. His second retirement allowed ample time for golf at the Ottawa Hunt Club where he continued to play well into his 90s. Bob saw the best in everyone and in every situation. He loved selflessly and wholly. His energy and drive will be greatly missed. No more stairs to climb.

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DOW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-13 published
KERR, Robert "Bob", Wing Commander Royal Canadian Air Force,
(October 5, 1911-December 30, 2006)
Peacefully at Saint-Vincent Hospital, Ottawa in his 96th year. Loving husband of the late Helen (Hedger). Dearly loved father of Roberta LOWES (Brian) and Dawn SKINNER (Bob.) Proud grandfather of Laura LOWES (Huber,) Sara LOWES, Matthew SKINNER (Lauren) and Luke SKINNER (Alexandra.) Delighted great-grandfather of Kieran and Masha. Predeceased by sister Greta DOW and brother David KERR. Survived by sister Betty AAK (Andy.) Bob joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1929, serving in England, France and across Canada. While stationed at Uplands, Ottawa, he was proud of his role in the building of affordable military housing and in the volunteer construction of the Uplands Golf Course. His role was recognized by naming the clubhouse 'Kerr House'. Upon retiring in 1963, Bob joined the Ontario Department of Labour in Construction Safety, where he earned the workers' respect with his sense of dedication, integrity and fairness. His second retirement allowed ample time for golf at the Ottawa Hunt Club where he continued to play well into his 90s. Bob saw the best in everyone and in every situation. He loved selflessly and wholly. His energy and drive will be greatly missed. No more stairs to climb.

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DOW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-05 published
DOW, Catherine Douglas Robertson "Katie" (née CAMERON)
Life Member, Order of the Eastern Star, Lakeshore Chapter 257
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at the Seniors Health Centre, in her 103rd year. Beloved wife of the late Donald Lewis John DOW. Aunt of Margo McCREADIE and great-aunt of Carolyn and David PORTER, Jennifer and Tony SAMPSON/SAMSON. Katie will be sadly missed by many relatives and dear Friends. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral service in the chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment Prospect Cemetery. Donations to the Order of the Eastern Star, Lakeshore Chapter 257, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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DOWDS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-29 published
SPEARN, Charles Franklin
Peacefully at Roberta Place, Barrie on Thursday September 27th, 2007. Charles SPEARN of Barrie and originally of Penetang in his 87th year. Beloved husband of 64 years to Frances Eileen (née MAXWELL) SPEARN. Loving father of Ann (Norman DOWDS) of North Vancouver, British Columbia, John (Diana, née ORMSTON) of Waterloo, Scott (Paula, née MARSDEN) of Toronto, Greg of Hidden Valley, P.A., and Robert (Jill, née JENNER) of Rossland, British Columbia Loving grandfather of Matt, Adam, Emma, Blair (Julia SCHNEIDER), Brooke (Scott DOWLING), Max, Ainslie, Sarah, Lucie, Sam, and great-grandfather of Ellie DOWLING. Dear brother-in-law of Ean MAXWELL (Pat GIBSON) of Saanich, British Columbia "Charlie" devoted his entire professional life to the health care industry. He served with the Canadian Navy during World War 2 and thereafter continued to serve the medical community as a supplier of medical products. He always balanced his commitment to business with his love for family and anything the outdoors had to offer. Funeral Service will be held from Burton Avenue United Church (37 Burton Avenue) Barrie on Monday afternoon October 1st, 2007 at 3: 00 o'clock. Memorial donations to the Burton Avenue United Church Organ Fund would be appreciated. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.steckleygooderham.com Arrangements entrusted to the care of Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Homes (201 Minet's Point Road at Yonge Street) Barrie. (705) 721-1211.

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DOWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-01 published
MITCHELL, Ruth Margaret (née TINGLEY)
Peacefully at the Welland General Hospital on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at the age of 93. Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, music teacher, arts enthusiast and talented artist. Born in Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick, in April, 1914, to Eva (née AYER) and Harold TINGLEY. She inherited her love of art from her father who was a well known sculptor and monument maker in Nova Scotia. She graduated from the Halifax Conservatory of Music in Pianoforte and trained at the Nova Scotia College of Art in fine arts and design. Over the years in addition to the Maritimes she lived in various locations including Toronto, the Netherlands, Leamington, Ontario and most recently Welland. Her paintings are in many private collections and she has exhibited in one person shows in Kitchener, Leamington, Amherstburg and Toronto, as well as in many juried shows throughout Ontario. In recent years she worked a great deal in mixed media and her works in this form have been displayed at the Windsor, London and Sarnia Art Galleries and Cambridge Library in their rental sections. Her family is most grateful to the staff of St. Charles Village, Welland, for their thoughtful care over the past seven years and to the staff of the Welland General Hospital for all their consideration. Predeceased in 2000 by her husband of 62 years, Claude, she is remembered with love by her daughter Corinne (Michael WALSH,) granddaughter Erin (Jason NICKS) and grand_son Michael. Great-grandmother of Sydney and Rylee. She is also survived by her sister Helen DOWELL and brother Ralph TINGLEY. The family will receive Friends at the H.L. Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Welland on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 from 1: 00 -- 2:00 p.m. A funeral service, conducted by Reverend George SCHMIDT, will follow in the Cudney Chapel at 2: 00 p.m. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations to a charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family. On line condolences may be sent to cudney@vaxxine.com

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DOWLER o@ca.on.grey_county.hanover.the_post 2007-08-03 published
BURT, Edward
Edward BURT of Hanover passed away at home on July 29, 2007, at the age of 58.
Ed was the youngest child of six to the late Garland and Annie Mae (BURSEY) BURT of Clarenville, Newfoundland. He will be dearly missed by his sisters - Grace (BURT) PETTET of R.R.#2 Walkerton and her families; Lorraine (BURT) KAVONGHA of Saint_John's and her families; brothers - Garry BURT and wife and their families of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; the late Raymond BURT and his families of Newfoundland; Tom BURT and his wife of Newfoundland and his families.
He will be dearly missed by Jonathon DOWLER, Grace PETTET, Sheena MURRIN and Darlene KING who cared for Edward in his home during his last days. We would like to thank his many doctors and nurses, C.C.A.S., Victorian Order of Nurses, Paramed Workers, Mighton's Funeral Home, who all cared for him. And last "but" not least, his many good Friends who cared so much about him. There will be no service. Cremation took place in Guelph.

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DOWLING o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-10-10 published
CLARKE, Charles Edward " Chuck"
Heartfelt thanks go out to each and every one who has helped in every way over the past few weeks, also the messages of sympathy and food brought to our home. To Ken HARRISON for his memories, and for singing Falling Leaves accompanied by Ken LYTLE, and Murray IRWIN and Audrey DOWLING singing Railroad to Heaven. To Rev. Mark DAVIDSON for his comforting words over the past few months and at the celebration of Chuck's life. These things all help make Chuck's passing much easier. Thank you to Kathy KOCHER for providing lunch after the service.
Sincerely,
- Dorothy, Nancy, Wayne and family, Alan, Jena.
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DOWLING o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-02 published
CURRIE, Edna Elizabeth (née DOWLING)
At Caressant Care Nursing Home, Arthur on Wednesday October 31, 2007. Edna Elizabeth (DOWLING) CURRIE of Mount Forest in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Doug CURRIE. Loved mother of Ron CURRIE and wife Debbie of Barrie, Susan SMALL and husband Kevin of Mount Forest and Joan AITKEN and husband Lloyd of Mount Forest. Loved grandmother of Kimberly MATHESON and husband Paul, Andrea CURRIE and husband Evan, Laura CURRIE and friend Bobby, Hannah CURRIE, Brandy SMALL, Cody SMALL, Chris AITKEN, Chad AITKEN and wife Amanda and Cory AITKEN. Great-grandmother of Hayli AITKEN and Avery MATHESON. Dear sister-in-law of Isobel DOWLING of Harriston. Survived also by her many nieces and nephews and their families. Predeceased by parents Joseph and Elizabeth DOWLING and brothers Alvin DOWLING and wife Dorothy, Norman DOWLING and wife Ida, Bill DOWLING and wife Alma, Murray DOWLING and wife Dorothy, Harry DOWLING and Ken DOWLING and wife Adeline. Friends may call at the Hendrick Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Friday from 2: 00 to 4: 00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Royal Canadian Legion Ladies' Auxiliary Service will be held on Friday at 6: 30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Mount Forest United Church on Saturday November 3rd at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Mount Forest Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Mount Forest United Church or Louise Marshall Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hendrickfuneralhome.com

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DOWLING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-29 published
SPEARN, Charles Franklin
Peacefully at Roberta Place, Barrie on Thursday September 27th, 2007. Charles SPEARN of Barrie and originally of Penetang in his 87th year. Beloved husband of 64 years to Frances Eileen (née MAXWELL) SPEARN. Loving father of Ann (Norman DOWDS) of North Vancouver, British Columbia, John (Diana, née ORMSTON) of Waterloo, Scott (Paula, née MARSDEN) of Toronto, Greg of Hidden Valley, P.A., and Robert (Jill, née JENNER) of Rossland, British Columbia Loving grandfather of Matt, Adam, Emma, Blair (Julia SCHNEIDER), Brooke (Scott DOWLING), Max, Ainslie, Sarah, Lucie, Sam, and great-grandfather of Ellie DOWLING. Dear brother-in-law of Ean MAXWELL (Pat GIBSON) of Saanich, British Columbia "Charlie" devoted his entire professional life to the health care industry. He served with the Canadian Navy during World War 2 and thereafter continued to serve the medical community as a supplier of medical products. He always balanced his commitment to business with his love for family and anything the outdoors had to offer. Funeral Service will be held from Burton Avenue United Church (37 Burton Avenue) Barrie on Monday afternoon October 1st, 2007 at 3: 00 o'clock. Memorial donations to the Burton Avenue United Church Organ Fund would be appreciated. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.steckleygooderham.com Arrangements entrusted to the care of Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Homes (201 Minet's Point Road at Yonge Street) Barrie. (705) 721-1211.

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DOWN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-11-07 published
WADE, " Ted" Albert Edward
(Vet. World War 2)
At the Grey Bruce Health Services Markdale on Saturday November 3, 2007 of Flesherton in his 85th year. Loving husband of Ethel MARTIN. Dear father of Larry (Shirley) of Priceville and Linda TEETER (Allan DOWN) of Annan. He will be loved and remembered by grandchildren Sherry (Jon), Sabrina, Samantha; Michael (Juliet), A.J. (Amy), Adam (Heather); step-grandchildren Jeff, Brent and Chris, great-granddaughter to Kyrsten. Dear brother of Doris MANN of Scarborough and the late Jean BLUETT, Madeline ORMSBY, Doug, Eleanor WILLIS, Edith LONERGAN, Evelyn GILL and predeceased by son-in-law Steve TEETER. The family received Friends at Fawcett Funeral Home Flesherton on Tuesday November 6 where services will be held on Wednesday November 7 at 1 p.m. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, in Meaford. Memorial contributions to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation would be appreciated.
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DOWN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-09 published
McMANN, Harvey Lawrence
Peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Saturday, October 6, 2007. Harvey McMANN of Owen Sound in his 71st year. Beloved husband of Mae (née CURRIE.) Dear father of Brad and his wife Dorothy, Bryon and his wife Louise, Penny DOWN, and Shawn all of Owen Sound and Dwayne and his wife Sandra of Calgary. Sadly missed by eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also survived by a sister Marjorie and her husband Jim DISHER of Owen Sound. Predeceased by his parents Bailey and Annie McMANN, son-in-law Larry DOWN, two brothers Henry and Wes and two sisters Marion RAWN and Betty SCOTT. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home for visiting on Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock with Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment, Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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DOWN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-05 published
WADE, “Ted“ Albert Edward
(Veteran World War 2)
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Saturday, November 3, 2007 of Flesherton in his 85th year. Loving husband of Ethel MARTIN. Dear Father of Larry (Shirley) of Priceville and Linda TEETER (Allan DOWN) of Annan. He will be loved and remembered by grandchildren Sherry (Jon), Sabrina, Samantha; Michael (Juliet), A.J. (Amy), Adam (Heather); step-grandchildren Jeff, Brent and Chris, great-granddaughter Kyrsten. Dear brother of Doris MANN of Scarborough and the late Jean BLUETT, Madeline ORMSBY, Doug, Eleanor WILLIS, Edith LONERGAN, Evelyn GILL and predeceased by son-in-law Steve TEETER. The family will receive Friends at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Tuesday, November 6, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held at 1: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. Memorial contributions to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation.

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DOWN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-09 published
DAVIS, Douglas Donald
In his 86th year, peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, January 8, 2007. Beloved husband of 58 years to his cherished wife Joyce (OSBORN.) Predeceased by his dear daughter Lynn (DOELLE.) Cherished father of Donna and Michelle. Adored by his four grand_sons, Matthew POPOWICH, Dave POPOWICH and Jen, Rob DOELLE and Paula, Rick DOELLE and Tessa, and new great-grandfather to little Griffin POPOWICH. Special grandpa to Luke and Jake DOELLE. Doug is dearly missed by his loving sister Dorothy WHELAN, brothers-in-law Ray OSBORN and Bill JOHNSTON, his nieces and nephews Dave and Nancy JOHNSTON, Linda and Bob FRANCIS, Gloria and Dave JACKSON, Sandy and John GROVER, Cindy, Sharon, Tommy, Bonnie and Peter and their families in Quebec. Dear friend of members of the London Pioneer Club and the "Northern" Electric (Nortel) where he was employed for 33 years. Doug will be remembered for his volunteer work with local charities. Doug served his country during World War 2, as a Cpl. with the Quebec Sherbrooke Fusiliers (1940-1945). A brave and dedicated soldier, a family man filled with never-ending love; a storyteller, an inventor…an incredible human being who gave us his whole heart. Friends and family will be received at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East, London for visitation on Thursday, from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 12, 2007 at 3: 00 p.m. with Rev. Michelle DOWN officiating. Reception to follow. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations gratefully accepted in memory of Doug, to the London Middlesex Community Care Access Centre.

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DOWN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-10 published
DAVIS, Douglas Donald
In his 86th year, peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, January 8, 2007. Beloved husband of 58 years to his cherished wife Joyce (OSBORN.) Predeceased by his dear daughter Lynn (DOELLE.) Cherished father of Donna and Michelle. Adored by his four grand_sons, Matthew POPOWICH, Dave POPOWICH and Jen, Rob DOELLE and Paula, Rick DOELLE and Tessa, and new great-grandfather to little Griffin POPOWICH. Special grandpa to Luke and Jake DOELLE. Doug is dearly missed by his loving sister Dorothy WHELAN, brothers-in-law Ray OSBORN and Bill JOHNSTON, his nieces and nephews Dave and Nancy JOHNSTON, Linda and Bob FRANCIS, Gloria and Dave JACKSON, Sandy and John GROVER, Cindy, Sharon, Tommy, Bonnie and Peter and their families in Quebec. Dear friend of members of the London Pioneer Club and the "Northern" Electric (Nortel) where he was employed for 33 years. Doug will be remembered for his volunteer work with local charities. Doug served his country during World War 2, as a Cpl. with the Quebec Sherbrooke Fusiliers (1940-1945). A brave and dedicated soldier, a family man filled with never-ending love; a storyteller, an inventor…an incredible human being who gave us his whole heart. Friends and family will be received at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East, London. Visitation to be held on Thursday, from 7-9 p.m. and Friday January 12th from 2: 00-3:00 p.m. with funeral service to follow at 3: 00 p.m. with Rev. Michelle DOWN officiating. Reception to follow. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations gratefully accepted in memory of Doug, to the Community Care Access Centre London/ Middlesex.

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DOWNAROWICZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-16 published
VILKAS, Roman J.
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of Roman on Thursday June 14, 2007, at the age of 67, following a two-year battle with prostate cancer. He died peacefully at Princess Margaret Hospital, surrounded by people that loved him. He is survived by his loving wife Maria and two sons, Michael (Marysia) and Andrew. Lovingly remembered by his mother-in-law Maria JANKOWSKI, brothers-in-law Ted and Richard (Beatrice,) nephews and Michael, Mark and niece Marie, cousins Olgierd DOWNAROWICZ (Kristyna) and aunt Wanda DOWNAROWICZ in Poland. Roman was born in Lithuania during the war and grew up in Poland with his mother after being separated from his father at an early age. They were reunited in Canada when he was 17 years old. Roman entered University and graduated with an Electrical Engineering Degree and later got his Masters in Business and Administration while raising a young family. His core accomplishment was family. Roman poured vast amounts of love and energy into his family during their most formative years, instilling in them his values of determination and success through hard work. He provided challenges for them through out their lives and made sure they had the skills to accomplish anything they set their minds to do, accomplishments that included academics, athletics, and family. He was proud of his family and who they had become. The one thing the family is sure of, and that keeps them moving forward is that they will see their father again. They know that he is with God and that he has been reacquainted with his parents. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy 10, N. of the Queen Elizabeth Way) on Saturday from 2-6 p.m. and Sunday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Maximilian Church, 4260 Cawthra Rd., Mississauga, on Monday June 18, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital.

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DOWNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-11-12 published
Family, team 'rocked' by death
Andrew DOWNER was to write a test to become a firefighter Wednesday.
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Sun Media, Mon., November 12, 2007
A London family is reeling and a hockey team "rocked," after a man known for a big smile and a bigger heart died in a freak motorbike crash.
Andrew DOWNER, 28, assistant coach of the Mount Brydges junior D Bulldogs, died Saturday when he lost control of his dirt bike on a path "he knew like the back of his hand," his mother said.
"How we are going to deal with this… I just don't know," Nancy DOWNER said yesterday.
"He was one of a kind, my big teddy bear. You couldn't raise a boy as easy as him -- I could have done 12 like him."
This Wednesday, her son -- who had long dreamed of becoming a firefighter -- was to write a test for the London fire department, she said.
He'd already written the exam for Stratford.
Pictures posted on Andrew DOWNER's personal Facebook site on the Internet show him grinning widely in firefighter gear, apparently from training, with messages from Friends wishing him luck on the exams.
Yesterday, a day after the fatal crash, 60 people had joined an online tribute group called Andrew "Drew" DOWNER -- In Our Hearts, on Facebook.
"He didn't have an enemy in the world," DOWNER said of her son, who was close to his sister Wendy and best Friends with his father Alan.
DOWNER also leaves behind a girlfriend, Linda.
DOWNER's passion was hockey, his dream firefighting and his hobby dirt-biking, his mother said.
He was alone when he tried to jump a mound of rocks beside the railway tracks south of Sarnia Road and west of Hyde Park, a path he often took on his dirt bike.
Though he wore a helmet and proper safety gear, the impact of the crash was too much, police said.
Players on the Mount Brydges Bulldogs hockey team were "rocked" by the death of DOWNER, whom many looked up to as a friend, said coach Mike CRESPEIGNE.
"They love him. His passion for the game is unparalleled," he said.
"He had an eye for the game and for the kids and it showed.
"The first thing you notice about him is his big smile. He's the guy the kids related to."
The team met yesterday and counselling was available, CRESPEIGNE said. Last night's game was cancelled. There will be a memorial for DOWNER before Friday's home game.
Nancy DOWNER said she's asked the team to act as honorary pallbearers at DOWNER's funeral on Thursday.
DOWNER had been with the Bulldogs for two years and before that coached the London Junior Knights.
His parents went to watch all his games, his mother said.
"Every single one -- and he wanted us to be there. That's the type of person he was. He loved his family and he was just such a good person."
DOWNER's love of hockey and his team was so strong, the family has asked donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Bulldogs.
Visitation is Wednesday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd. N., London, where the funeral will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m.

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DOWNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-22 published
HILLS, Jean Ann (née DOWNER)
At her residence in London on Monday, December 17, 2007 in her 81st year. Beloved wife of Norman for 61 years. Loving mother of Margaret Lisbeth "Peggy" HILLS of Mississauga, Norman John HILLS and his wife Kay of Carp, Henry Thomas HILLS of Brockville and Emily Jane and her husband Clive ORFORD of Nepean. Dear grandmother of Rosanna, Belinda and Olivia McGUIRE, Lizanne BLAIR, Thomas and Katherine HILLS, Margaret and Henry ORFORD and great-grandmother of Clarissa and Natasha BLAIR. Jean attended elementary and secondary school in Simcoe, Ontario. She earned her Bachelor of Music (Education) at the University of Toronto (1949) and attended Teacher's College in London (1969). Along with Music, she taught French and Special Education at the primary level. In 1978, Jean was President of the London branch of the Women's Teacher Federation. Jean accepted compulsory retirement in 1992 and in 2001 responded to a yearning for the classroom by enlisting as a supply teacher to teach as opportunities permitted, which continued until June, 2007. She had many interests including music, flower gardening, photography, heritage buildings, genealogy, and embroidery. A private family service at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, London was followed by cremation. A public memorial service will be held at Saint Paul's Anglican Cathedral, 472 Richmond Street at Queens Ave., London, on Sunday, April 20 at 2: 00 p.m. followed by a reception in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society, Salvation Army, or World Vision would be appreciated and acknowledged. (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca)

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DOWNEY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-01-05 published
KIRK, Beatrice Matilda (née MOULTON)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Thursday morning, January 4, 2007 in her 88th year, Beatrice Matilda KIRK (née MOULTON,) the beloved wife of the late Elmer Duncan KIRK. The loving mother of Betty Lou (Mrs. Bruce HOWLETT,) Anne and her husband Douglas ASHCROFT, David KIRK and Paul KIRK and his wife Susan. Grandmother of seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Mary (Mrs. Roy HERSHBERGER.) Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Mervyn MOULTON and by two sisters Dorothy (Mrs. Mac BUDGE) and Jean (Mrs. Ivan DOWNEY.) Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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DOWNEY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-01-09 published
KIRK, Beatrice
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Thursday morning, January 4, 2007. In her 89th year, Beatrice Matilda KIRK (née MERVYN,) the beloved wife of the late Elmer Duncan KIRK. The loving mother of Betty Lou (Mrs. Bruce HOWLETT,) Anne and her husband Douglas ASHCROFT, David KIRK and Paul KIRK and his wife Susan. Grandmother of seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Mary (Mrs. Roy HERSHBERGER.) Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Moulton MERVYN and by two sisters Dorothy (Mrs. Mac BUDGE) and Jean (Mrs. Ivan DOWNEY.) Friends called at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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DOWNEY 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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DOWNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-14 published
DOWNEY, John
Actor, agent and a larger than life presence, passed away on Wednesday July 11th in Montreal at the age of 70 of lung cancer. Dear husband of Jane, loving Father of Robin and Erin (Sean) and devoted "Gramps" to Clara and Ben. Pre-deceased by parents Mel and Lorraine, and his brother Donn. Survived by his sister-in-law Candace, his sister Lorna (Stephen) and his brother Robert (Darleen). He is also missed and mourned by numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, Friends and by the performers who will never forget his roaring laugh at the theatre. At his request there will be no service but a memorial "wake" will be held in Toronto at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Performing Arts Lodge at www.paltoronto.org or 416-777-9674 or to the Cancer Society. Condolences may be directed to jdowney@sympatico.ca

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DOWNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-21 published
DOWNEY, John
Actor, agent and a larger than life presence, passed away on Wed. July 11th in Montreal at the age of 70 of lung cancer. Dear husband of Jane, loving Father of Robin and Erin (Sean) and devoted "Gramps" to Clara and Ben. Pre-deceased by parents Mel and Lorraine, and his brother Donn. Survived by his sister-in-law Candace, his sister Lorna (Stephen), and his brother Robert (Darleen). He is also missed and mourned by numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, Friends and by the performers who will never forget his roaring laugh at the theatre. At his request there will be no service, but a memorial "wake" will be held in Toronto at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Performing Arts Lodge at www.paltoronto.org or 416 777-9674 or to the Cancer Society. Condolences may be directed to jdowney@sympatico.ca
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DOWNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-02 published
LYNCH, Mary Louise
Lawyer, adviser and confidante to Lord Beaverbrook. Born November 27, 1909, in Saint John. Died April 17 in Ottawa of natural causes, aged 97.
By James DOWNEY, Page L6
Mary Louise LYNCH first met Lord Beaverbrook on April 26, 1947, at a spring ball dinner in Saint John. As a local lawyer and registrar of the Saint John law school, she had been invited to sit at the head table, but well down. A last-minute cancellation got her moved up beside Lord Beaverbrook.
When he asked about various people in the room, Mary Louise furnished detailed information about occupations, interests, relations, pedigree and scandal. A specialist in wills and estates, and a naturally curious person with a prodigious memory, she knew more about old and new Saint John than anyone else. By the end of that dinner, Lord Beaverbrook had a new lawyer for his New Brunswick affairs.
From then until she left New Brunswick to become the first woman to sit on Canada's National Parole Board in 1960, which she did for 15 years, Mary Louise LYNCH was Lord Beaverbrook's eyes and ears in New Brunswick. She wrote him almost weekly, detailing actions she had taken on his instructions and retailing gossip and news about people and events.
She never hesitated to give advice or to make summary judgments about people. Once, in 1953, she took it upon herself to suggest who should become the next president of the University of New Brunswick. It happened to be her 32-year-old law partner, someone who had never taught or worked at a university.
Lord Beaverbrook, the university chancellor, took her advice and arranged for the appointment of Colin B. Mackay. Some trustees and faculty protested and Lord Beaverbrook resigned, only to be sweet-talked into being reappointed as "honorary chancellor" for life by the new president. Aided by Lord Beaverbrook, Mr. Mackay directed the transformation of University of New Brunswick into a full-fledged university.
Mary Louise sat on the board of governors for more than 30 years. She also sat on the Beaverbrook scholarships committee, oversaw all of Lord Beaverbrook's philanthropic activities in New Brunswick, and drew up or modified no fewer than 29 wills for him.
She never married. A proto-feminist in the way she conducted her career and life, she was at the same time dismissive of the ability of women to manage what she regarded as men's affairs. Had she been born a generation later, she would likely have been less willing to play supporting roles in a man's world. But no one who knew her well, man or woman, would wish her to have been other than she was.
James DOWNEY, former president of University of New Brunswick, was a friend of Mary Louise LYNCH.

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DOWNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-05 published
Prolific and brilliant Ojibwa painter was called 'the Picasso of the North'
Like the great Spanish artist, he could draw spontaneously, never lifting his pencil until the image was complete. He is the only native artist to have held a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada
By Donn DOWNEY, Page S8
This obituary was prepared by Donn DOWNEY (who died in April, 2001,) with files from James ADAM/ADAMS.
Toronto -- The descriptions are spectacular and too generous, perhaps. Norval MORRISSEAU was "the Picasso of the North," according to some, and "the most important painter Canada has ever produced," to quote his Toronto art dealer.
Such descriptions, of course, ignore the likes of Tom Thomson, Emily Carr and the Group of Seven and place Mr. MORRISSEAU in a league with the most innovative artist of the 20th century. The hyperbole is forgivable. They are part of the legend - the story of a true primitive who emerged from the Northern Ontario wilderness to awe the sophisticates in the major art centres of the world. Indeed, Mr. MORRISSEAU remains the only native artist ever to have had a solo exhibition (for three months, starting in February, 2006) in the 127-year history of the National Gallery of Canada.
Art dealer Jack POLLOCK, one of the many who claimed to have discovered Mr. MORRISSEAU, was also part of the legend but had a better grasp on his contribution. "He invented a visual vocabulary that never existed before him," Mr. POLLOCK said before his death in 1992. "He gave the demi-gods of his people an image."
Mr. MORRISSEAU could properly lay claim to being the creator and spiritual leader of the Woodland Indian art movement, not only in Canada but in the northeast United States. He developed his style independent of the influence of any other artist and was the first to depict Ojibwa legends and history for the non-native world.
He broke the taboos of his people by revealing sacred stories, but believed it was his mission to put his heritage before the modern world so it could be kept alive. He was "a living bridge to the past," said Donald ROBINSON of Toronto's Kinsman Robinson Galleries, his major dealer for more than 15 years.
Three generations of native artists have followed in his footsteps, producing variations of the MORRISSEAU style using heavy black outlines to enclose colourful, flat shapes. Many of these artists have become wealthy in the process but such success was denied Mr. MORRISSEAU, who never quite escaped the poverty into which he was born.
"To this day, I don't know how we made a living," he wrote in an article published in The Globe and Mail in 1979. "You see, that sense of real necessity is not a thing that most people in white society know anything about." He was raised by his grandfather who was "the most influential person in the whole of my life and also a good provider. We always had moose meat in the house. Also oranges, but no bananas."
Born near Thunder Bay to a family living on the Ojibwa Sand Point Reserve on Lake Nipigon, he was baptized Jean-Baptiste Norman Henry MORRISSEAU. The oldest of five sons, he went to school for six years, but only finished Grade 2. "You see, the first year you get there, they put you in kindergarten," he once wrote. "The next year you come back and they put you in kindergarten again. Next thing you know, you are in Grade 1. Then, the following year, you start Grade 1 all over again. Maybe you stay in Grade 1 three or four years."
He was brought up by both his maternal grandparents. His grandfather was a shaman who schooled him in the traditional ways of his culture while his grandmother, a Catholic, made it her business that he was familiar with Christian beliefs. By all accounts, it was the conflict between the two cultures that influenced his outlook and what would later become his art.
Over the years, legends have developed around Mr. MORRISSEAU. According to one story, he became perilously ill at 19. A visit to the doctor did nothing and a medicine woman was summoned. A renaming ceremony was performed (Anishnaabe tradition holds that a giving powerful name to someone near death can rally strength and save a life). He was renamed Copper Thunderbird, and recovered. Later, he would use it to sign his paintings.
Somewhere along the way, he developed a fondness for alcohol. When Mr. POLLOCK first met him in the summer of 1962, he was drunk. The artist demanded that Mr. POLLOCK look at his work. Mr. POLLOCK was impressed and was interested in mounting an exhibit, but Mr. MORRISSEAU wanted to sell his works on the spot for $5 each. Mr. POLLOCK talked him out of it and a subsequent showing at the Pollock Gallery sold out within 24 hours, netting the artist $3,000. Time magazine declared that "few exhibits in Canadian history have touched off a greater immediate stir than MORRISSEAU's" and predicted that he would launch "a vogue as chic as that of the Cape Dorset Eskimo's prints."
He continued to live in the area north of Lake Superior and apparently squandered much of his money. In 1978 - a year in which he was appointed to the Order of Canada - when someone jokingly suggested that he throw a garden party, just like the Queen, he bought an antique silver tea service and a set of Royal Crown Derby china to entertain 21 of his Friends, colleagues and admirers in his chair-filled wilderness garden. Each was given a rare American buffalo nickel as a gift and a MORRISSEAU original drawing.
Over the years, he remained a master of the primitive school of art. In 1981, Globe and Mail art critic John Bentley MAYS described Mr. MORRISSEAU's as wholly appropriate to the context of his background. "His styles, situations and subjects are exactly what we would expect in the work of a self-taught artist who has lived most of his life in northern Ontario. There is little attention to figurative modelling in these pictures, no delving into the problems of perspective or pictorial depth. Using his small repertoire of techniques, he presents stylized versions of what he knows: the bears, loons, fish and turtles that live in the forests and ponds, and the people in the town around him.
"But these are not ordinary forests, ponds and people. MORRISSEAU's art transports us into a shadowy archetypal realm where ordinary things are wonderful. In his visionary lakes swim mighty fish, armed with bolts of spiritual lightening. A bear spirit -- a dragon-like chimera spangled with bright eyes and brilliant colours suddenly stands in your path."
For all his success, Mr. MORRISSEAU allowed his career and his life to descend relentlessly. In 1987, he was discovered wandering the downtown streets of Vancouver, sleeping in alleys and selling his sketches for the price of a bottle of booze. "To get drunk in Vancouver is the most beautiful thing there is," he was quoted as saying.
Years later, after he had dried out, Mr. MORRISSEAU told The Globe that his drinking binges in part reflected his resentment over "never getting my fair share." Still, he said he enjoyed life on the Vancouver streets: "I met a lot of nice people. I might even do it again - without the booze - so I can remember them all clearly."
Around that time, he met Gabor VADAS, a young man with problems, and the two formed a bond. Mr. MORRISSEAU believed that Mr. VADAS was his son and the younger man presents himself as such. However, the relationship was never ratified "through the legal courts," according to Mr. VADAS's wife, Michele, "but certainly as far as from a traditional native and spiritual point of view [Mr. VADAS was his son] because they take their adoptions very seriously&hellip They never lost faith in each other and have always been very loyal to each other."
In 1989, Mr. MORRISSEAU was the only Canadian painter invited to exhibit at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris during the bicentennial of the French Revolution. After seeing the works of Van Gogh and Picasso, he decided they were "all greys" and returned home to paint "some real colour."
He first exhibited with the Kinsman Robinson Galleries the following year. Wearing a new silk suit, he arrived for the opening in a white limousine. The exhibition sold out.
At 65, Mr. MORRISSEAU developed Parkinson's disease but continued to paint. "My hands don't shake when I hold a brush," he told Chris Dafoe of The Globe in 1999.
He had a healthy respect for his own talent. Doctor Henry WEINSTEIN, a doctor in Northern Ontario's Red Lake district who in the 1950s was among the first to recognize Mr. MORRISSEAU as a true original, was a friend of Pablo Picasso and once gave a MORRISSEAU drawing to the Spanish master. On the back, Mr. MORRISSEAU had written, "From one great artist to another." Picasso, after looking at the drawing is said to have remarked: "Well, you never know, do you?" - meaning that great art surfaces in unlikely places.
The comparison of the two artists was not entirely inappropriate. Mr. MORRISSEAU, like Picasso, could draw spontaneously, never lifting his pencil from the paper until the image was complete. "Very few artists in the world have this ability," Doctor WEINSTEIN said.
Mr. MORRISSEAU's early work was created on birch bark or animal hides. Mr. ROBINSON said he at first punched holes in the bark or hide but was later given paints by Doctor WEINSTEIN.
Mr. MORRISSEAU believed he was a "born painter" and said that when he started to paint, the images "just come." He created his designs to beautify the world with colour. "The world needs it," he said. Colour was a key resource in Mr. MORRISSEAU's repertory of symbols. He used connecting lines to depict interdependence. "These paintings only remind you that you're an Indian," the artist said. "Inside somewhere, we're all Indians. So now when I befriend you, I'm trying to get the best Indian, bring out the Indianness in you to make you think everything is scared."
Less inviolate were his family relationships. Mr. MORRISSEAU has six (some say seven) adult children from his marriage in 1957 to Harriet KAKEGAMIC, and has claimed at times to have fathered as many as 14 sons and daughters. Over the years, this has resulted in conflict with some of the children. Three months ago, for instance, one of Mr. MORRISSEAU's sons, Christian, also an artist, announced the creation of the Morrisseau Family Foundation to, in part, "ensure my family's heritage and the integrity of my father's legacy." A month after this, Mr. MORRISSEAU issued through Mr. VADAS a press release declaring that he had "not been consulted or in any way involved" with the Morrisseau Family Foundation, "nor do I support it in any way."
Mr. MORRISSEAU was a prolific artist before illness slackened his output - it's been estimated he produced more than 10,000 works in his lifetime. Aided by Mr. VADAS, he battled in recent years against what they alleged were a spate of fakes.
In the meantime, Mr. VADAS and his wife cared for Mr. MORRISSEAU after the onset of Parkinson's and Mr. MORRISSEAU doted like a grandfather on their two children, Kyle and Robin. Earlier in this decade, he spent some time in an extended care facility on Vancouver Island, but for most of this year, he lived with the VADAS family in their house in Nanaimo, B.C.
All things considered, Mr. MORRISSEAU was proud of his place in Canadian art history. "I may not have a Ferrari, but I'm the first Indian to break into the Canadian art scene and I have forever enriched the Canadian way of life," he said. "I want to make paintings full of colour, laughter, compassion and love... If I can do that, I can paint for 100 years."
He spent much of his last years in a wheelchair, deprived of intelligible speech. He suffered at least two strokes.
In October, Mr. MORRISSEAU travelled to Northern Ontario to receive an honorary degree from the University of Sudbury, and had planned to go to New York to attend the opening of his one-man show at New York's George Gustav Heye Center, which is part of the National Museum of the American Indian. Instead, he became ill in Toronto and was admitted to hospital.
Norval MORRISSEAU was born Norman Henry MORRISSEAU at Beardmore, Ontario, on March 13, 1931. He died yesterday in Toronto General Hospital of complications from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by numerous children.
The public may visit Mr. MORRISSEAU's open casket Thursday and Friday this week from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. each day at Jerrett Funeral Homes, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto. It is anticipated that he will be buried near Beardmore, Ontario, or Thunder Bay.

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DOWNS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-06 published
NORRIS, Thomas Garner
Suddenly at his home Monday afternoon June 4, 2007. Tom NORRIS of R.R.#2, Wiarton in his 69th year. Beloved husband of the former Gail PERKINS (née DOWNS) and the late Beth YOUNG. Loving father of Kim and her husband Huss CHEGAHNO of Wiarton, Sandi and her husband Jerry AHRENS of Mitchell, Jennifer and her husband Mike DAIGLE of Brampton, Leanne and her husband Rob CHRISTIE of R.R.#1, Hepworth and son-in-law Scott ROBINSON of Burlington. Proud Poppa and Grandpa of ten grandchildren; Matthew, Kyla, Jeffrey, Joshua, Jared, Jordan, Lucas, Aidan, Kady and Alisa. Dear son of Anne ROUSE of Wiarton. Dear brother of June KREUTZWEISER of Wiarton, Barry NORRIS and his wife Brenda of Elmira, and Becky and her husband Bob McCARTNEY of R.R.#3 Hepworth. Brother-in-law of Joan NORRIS of Wiarton and Brenda ROUSE of London. Also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law and nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his brothers Jerry NORRIS and Bev ROUSE, daughter Lisa PERKINS- ROBINSON, grand_son Michael DAIGLE and brother-in-law Al KREUTZWEISER. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from Saint Paul's Presbyterian Church, Wiarton Friday afternoon at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. David LEGGATT officiating. Interment Bayview Cemetery, Wiarton. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society, Wiarton Hospital or Easter Seal Society 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 Tom by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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DOWNS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-08 published
EVERS, Maizie (née DOWNS)
At the hospital in Palm Springs California, Tuesday July 31st, 2007, in her 95th year. Wife of the late Clifford EVERS. Daughter of the late Harry and Emily DOWNS of Kilsyth. Loved Mother of Grace DUPREY and Kenneth EVERS (Ruth) of California. Sadly missed by 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of John DOWNS (Muriel) of Kilsyth. Pre-deceased by Brothers, Melville and Walter DOWNS and sister, Helen SANTANGELO.

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DOWNS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-05 published
Trumpet player had timing in music, marriage
By Amanda ROBINSON, Sun Media, Sun., August 5, 2007
Robert (Bobby) DOWNS wasn't one to rush into things -- including marriage.
The London musician and long-time bachelor dated his wife, Brenda, for 47 years before marrying her in December 2005.
"Bob was a workaholic," she said.
"I had a great deal of respect for him (so) I was there for the long haul."
Jack Classic, who knew DOWNS for 40 years, said he pulled DOWNS aside on his wedding day and warned him about the dangers of rushing into marriage.
"It was quite funny because he took so long," Classic said.
DOWNS died at home July 18. He was 81.
Born in London, DOWNS and his five siblings were groomed to be musicians. All six started playing piano, then branched out to their instrument of choice. DOWNS picked up the trumpet.
"Music was the DOWNS's life," said youngest nephew, David DOWNS, DOWNS, though lesser-known than his brother, Johnny -- leader of the Johnny Downs Orchestra and former owner of London's Latin Quarter restaurant -- made his own musical mark in Southwestern Ontario.
At 16, he started a 10-person dance band called the Bobby Downs Orchestra. One of their first gigs was playing during intermission at concerts for big bands such as Ray Anthony and Stan Kenton at the London Arena.
But the band didn't grow as Johnny's band did because its members moved away and created families of their own, said Brenda.
In the 1950s, the orchestra became the Downs Group Five.
Every Friday and Saturday night, the all-brass band played high school dances, company parties, bar mitzvahs, or weddings.
DOWNS retired from music in the 1980s, as the ascendancy of the record-spinning disc jockey at such events meant the end of big bands.
It was difficult for DOWNS to watch his band go out of business.
But occasionally, after retiring, he would bring the trumpet out of its case and play Happy Birthday to a relative over the phone.
"Dances weren't fun anymore because I enjoyed dancing to live music rather than DJs," said Brenda.
"He was a good person all around… (I'll miss him) just being there. He was a quiet, strong pillar I could lean on all the time."

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DOWNS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-05-29 published
DOWNS, Stephanie Anne (23 July 1979-27 May 2007)
Stephanie died after a courageous 15 month fight with cancer. She left us the way she lived her life; with grace; dignity a great sense of humour; and an incredible heart stopping smile. A graduate of Waterloo University (Psychology 2003), and Dalhousie University 2006 (Master of Library and Information Studies), Stephanie will be greatly missed by her spouse, the love of her life and best friend Christopher TICKNER. She will also be greatly missed by her mother Judy, father Barry, brother Jake, and her aunts, uncles, cousins and many Friends. Special thanks from the family to the many caring and professional health care service providers that we were privileged to meet during this trying time, especially Keisha Christian. Family and Friends will be received at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. E., Scarborough (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. A private family service was held. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Toronto Public Library Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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DOWSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-18 published
BEDARD, Lois Eleanor (née DOWSON,) B.Ph.E., B.Ed., M.Ed.
Graduate of York Memorial Collegiate Institute, and U of T.
Peacefully at the White Eagle Nursing Home on Friday, December 14, 2007 in her 84th year. Survived by her sister Joyce and her husband Joe ROSENTHAL. Predeceased by brothers Murray, Ross, Hugh and Gerry and sister Ruth. Also predeceased by her nephews Ronald and Walter. Survived by four nieces; Anne, Eleanor, Jeannette and Susan and cousins Barbara and Paul BITZER, and Joan and Lew BRADICH, of Kitchener. Lois will also be remembered by her Friends of the Forward Group. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street, W at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2007. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 3 p.m. Cremation to follow. A tribute to honour Lois' life will be held in January (date and location to be announced). For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Hemophilia Society.

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