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GANDER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-02 published
BAKER, John K. " Jack"
Of Lambeth, passed away Sunday December 31, 2006 at Parkwood Hospital in London. Jack was born 74 years ago in Markdale to the late Marabel HALBERT (1995) and Harry BAKER (1980.) He is survived by his wonderful and loving wife Patricia " Pat" BAKER (GANDER) along with sons Garry BAKER and Pam of London and Jerry BAKER of Vancouver. Grandfather will be missed by a special granddaughter Melissa. Also surviving are sister-in-laws Glenda VERMEERSCH of Kitchener and Shannon McKILLOP of Blenheim and a brother-in-law Don GANDER and Kim of Blenheim. Old Friends will remember Jack from his days when he owned and operated the family variety store "Baker's Red and White" in Cedar Springs. Jack continued to work in Retail Management for over thirty years for "Mac's" in a number of locations including Sarnia, Saint Thomas, Union, Mildmay, Tavistock and Preston. Friends will be received for visiting at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley Street, Blenheim on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Jack will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday January 4, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. with the Rev. Bill TERRIS of the Blenheim Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim. Friends wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Jack are asked to consider either the London Regional Cancer Centre or the Salvation Army. Donations can be arranged by visiting or calling the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, (519) 676-9200. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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GANDHI o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-07-18 published
GANDHI, Saleha B. (July 15, 1948-July 16, 2007)
Peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was blessed to have her loved ones with her during her illness. Survived by her husband Qasim, and loving son Sohail. The family wishes to extend its deepest gratitude to Doctors Dhiniwal, Engell, Klien, Pressnail, Rubenzahl and Train for all their patient and professional help. Special thanks also to all the staff at the Community Care Access Centre. In lieu of flowers and cards, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated.
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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-20 published
Wife of crash victim calls for tougher laws
'My husband was a grandfather of five. He was 48 years old. And I shouldn't be burying him,' she says
By Unnati GANDHI with a report from Matt HARTLEY, Page A13
A day before David VIRGOE was killed in a horrific highway accident for which police blame street racing, the carefree man was enjoying Father's Day with his daughter and newborn grand_son.
Just before the family sat down for dinner that evening, he saw a snake under a patio bench and decided to have some fun with his daughter, Bobbi Jo. He chased the 29-year-old around the backyard while waving his hand at her, pretending he was holding a snake.
"She's screaming like a little girl and getting a kick out of it, and he's laughing and running after her," his wife, Debbie, told The Globe and Mail yesterday. "He was such a funny guy."
That scene, she said, keeps replaying in her mind. Not even 24 hours later, the tanker truck Mr. VIRGOE was driving was sideswiped by a speeding car on Highway 400, causing him to veer into the guardrail and crash into a ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene - and hailed as a hero for avoiding an even deadlier crash.
Police say two cars were racing in the northbound lanes near Bradford that morning. Three men in their early 20s have been charged with dangerous driving, street racing and other offences.
But Mrs. VIRGOE, citing a similar accident that sent 11 people to hospital on the same stretch of highway just two days before her husband was killed, wants more done to prevent future tragedies.
"They govern our big trucks so that they don't go over certain speeds. It's time that they governed cars," she said from her Innisfil home. "None of the speed limits are over 100 kilometres. How come our cars go over 200?"
A friend of 19-year-old Nauman NUSRAT, one of the men charged, said Mr. NUSRAT was known to go at speeds of up to 180 kilometres an hour in his Pontiac Grand Am.
"He was into racing. It was just like for fun," said the 21-year-old, who did not want his name published. The two had worked together at an Etobicoke Tim Hortons for the last year.
"When I was there, I didn't let him do that. I'm like, 'Don't do it, don't do it,' he said, adding Mr. NUSRAT would laugh at him for being cautious. "His other Friends were kind of scared, too. This guy's kind of a bold guy."
A woman who identified herself as the mother of another accused, Prabjit MULTANI, 20 - also charged with dangerous driving and street racing - declined comment when contacted by The Globe and Mail. Both men appeared in Barrie court yesterday and were remanded into custody pending a bail hearing set for Friday. A third man, charged with dangerous driving, also appeared in court.
Mrs. VIRGOE said the charges against the men are too lax.
"They just murdered a man on the street. Was it an intent to set out to do that? In my mind, yes. The minute you get behind a vehicle, it is a weapon all on its own. It has the ability to do great damage, just like putting a knife in a child's hand," she said.
"My husband was a grandfather of five. He was 48 years old. And I shouldn't be burying him on Friday."
In a sad twist, Mr. VIRGOE just met the latest addition to the family, born on May 14, on Sunday.
Brad VIRGOE, 23, said his father was always working hard for his family. He would leave for work on Sunday nights, and come home on Friday nights. He said his parents, after more than 20 years, were about to move into their first house on July 6. They spent all of Saturday packing.
"They were renting the house they were at and saving up money so they can go out and put down the mortgage."
Professional driver George CHAMBERS drives the 400 regularly. At a truck stop just south of the crash site yesterday, he said drivers always need to be watchful for vehicles speeding and weaving, but they must be especially vigilant near cities.
"It's a big problem," he said.
Mr. CHAMBERS said Mr. VIRGOE did the right thing by putting the truck in the ditch to save the lives of the other drivers. "I would have done the same thing if I had to," he said.

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-03 published
Toddler dies after dog mauling
By Alwynne GWILT and Unnati GANDHI, Page A6
Smiths Falls, Ontario and Toronto -- A 17-month-old girl was mauled to death by a family dog over the long weekend.
Korie-Lyn EDWARDS's family had gathered at her grandmother's rural house in Montague Township, about 80 kilometres southwest of Ottawa, for the Canada Day weekend.
About 6: 30 p.m. on Sunday, the toddler wandered over to where her grandmother's 10-year-old Rottweiler-German Shepherd was chained in the backyard.
The dog attacked.
"She suffered obviously fatal injuries to the head," Ontario Provincial Police Constable Kevin DAVIDSON said yesterday.
Korie-Lyn's parents rushed her to Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, he said.
She was then immediately airlifted to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa where she succumbed to her injuries.
An autopsy was performed yesterday, but results weren't immediately available.
The dog had no history of aggressive behaviour, Constable DAVIDSON said, and it had been socialized with various family members and children.
"That's what makes this situation that much more tragic," the constable said yesterday.
The dog was taken into custody by animal control, and, at the family's request, is scheduled to be put down today.
Constable DAVIDSON said no charges are pending.
No one was at the family's duplex in Smiths Falls yesterday - about six kilometres west of the grandmother's home - where two strollers were in view near a large maple tree with wind chimes in the front yard.
The couple, both in their 20s, had moved in two months ago with their young daughter, said Dino MUSCA, their landlord. He said he often saw the mother taking walks around the neighbourhood with the girl in a stroller. The family did not own a car.
"They were keeping to themselves a lot, but I know a lot of people in town know them," he said, adding that the mother had come to his house once to use the phone.
Around the back of the home, a Dora the Explorer patio set was clearly visible, along with a large children's paddling pool with toys still floating in it.
On the front door, a sign that read "Parking For Pitbull" was above another that read, "Owners only. Violators better haul ass."

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-27 published
Numerous tips lead to arrest in Ontario killing
Man considered a missing person until two fishermen found his body
By Unnati GANDHI, Page A7
The mysterious disappearance of a man named Jeffrey MASON last year had nearly everyone in a Northern Ontario town talking. The 37-year-old welder's home and car had been found burned and gutted - his loyal dog's remains inside - and, for months, there hadn't been a trace of Mr. MASON anywhere.
But the mystery is no more: The body of Mr. MASON, from Dowling, Ontario, near Sudbury, was discovered in a nearby river last month, and this week an arrest was made in his death.
Two couples fishing on the Vermillion River on June 7, just kilometres from Mr. MASON's home, caught sight of something that had floated up from the 120-foot-deep river.
"Two of the people went out and retrieved what was floating and it was actually Jeffrey," said Sudbury police Staff Sergeant Sheilah WEBER, adding that Mr. MASON was found fully clothed, with a light-coloured cloth wrapped around him. He had died of blunt-force trauma.
Then on Wednesday, Sudbury resident Nicholas Aaron MARTIN, 18, was charged with first-degree murder in Mr. MASON's death. Mr. MARTIN appeared in court yesterday and has been remanded into custody until Tuesday.
Local police initially treated the investigation, which The Globe and Mail reported on in February, as a missing-person case. But with each passing day they were further convinced it was much more than that. His family always maintained that he was murdered, and that the killer burned away the slightest bit of evidence.
Staff Sgt. WEBER said Ontario Provincial Police divers had twice searched the river, once in the days immediately after Mr. MASON's disappearance, and once in the early spring after the temperature had risen, but could never make it deeper than 90 feet.
After the discovery of his body, the case became a homicide investigation.
Four investigators worked on the file full-time. Witnesses: began to come forward, forensic evidence - including a blanket that belonged to Mr. MASON that was found near the river - was analyzed, and tips were followed up, she said.
"Basically, everybody had a piece of the puzzle and now we've been able to put that puzzle together," Staff Sgt. WEBER said.
Police confirmed that at the time of his arrest, Mr. MARTIN was already in jail awaiting a trial for attempted murder in an unrelated incident from last November, when he had allegedly slashed another person's neck with a knife during a house party in the Sudbury area.
Mr. MASON's eldest brother, John, confirmed yesterday that Jeffrey and the accused weren't strangers. "He was known to him, but he wasn't an acquaintance," he said. "I certainly don't believe [his death] was random."
The discovery of Jeffrey's body and the news of an arrest, he said, brings an uncomfortable sense of relief to his tight-knit family - three siblings and a widowed mother.
Mr. MASON had moved back to the family farm in 2003 from Calgary to take care of his mother after his father died of a stroke. He never went a day without getting in touch with her or his siblings.
"It was just so unbelievably surreal. We always felt that something disastrous had happened to him. He could not, because we believed he would not, stay away from us for so long."
Despite the arrest, the elder Mr. MASON says there will never be closure with the family, not even with a conviction, because he never got to say goodbye to his baby brother.

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-08 published
Death of Canadian at actor's home a mystery
Coroner rules out dog bites and heart attack in investigation of what happened to scriptwriter Jacob ADAM/ADAMS
By Unnati GANDHI, Page 3
The last time anyone saw Jacob ADAM/ADAMS alive, he was playing with his friend Ving RHAMES's four large dogs.
The next morning, the Canadian scriptwriter was found dead on the actor's front lawn in affluent West Los Angeles, dog bites and blood all over his chest, legs and arms.
But what happened in those intervening hours has everyone from police to Friends scratching their heads. An autopsy yesterday found the 40-year-old did not die as a result of the bites, and that he was healthy in every other way.
Police say Mr. ADAM/ADAMS, who had been living at the Mission Impossible co-star's home for the past two years and worked as his professional stand-in, was seen outside the Brentwood, California., home at about 8 p.m. last Thursday. Half an hour later, Friends tried calling him but got no answer.
Whatever spurred one of the 90-kilogram mastiffs to give chase had Mr. ADAM/ADAMS running so hard that police found his shoes more than nine metres from where his body was discovered.
"He made it to the gate, he got the gate closed to keep the dogs inside that grassy area, and he collapsed on the other side of that gate, about three feet from it," said West Los Angeles Lieutenant Ray Lombardo.
When police arrived, the dogs - one with blood on its right forepaw the other so old it hardly had any teeth - were running around freely on the lawn. Mr. ADAM/ADAMS was pronounced dead at the scene.
Yesterday, the dogs were still in the custody of animal control.
Mr. RHAMES's wife told police yesterday that the dogs, which the family has owned for about seven years, were very gentle.
"She said she has two young children and that the dogs had never viciously turned on anybody," Lt. Lombardo said.
Most of the bites were superficial, the Los Angeles coroner's office said yesterday. It was also determined that Mr. ADAM/ADAMS did not die of a heart attack and did not have any clogged arteries. The body is now being sent in for toxicology tests.
"At this point, it's simply a mystery. We're ruling it an undetermined death," Lt. Lombardo said.
He believes the dogs - "they're big dogs; they look like lions," he said - sensed something was wrong with Mr. ADAM/ADAMS and were trying to help him by pulling on him. There were no bites on the head or neck.
Mr. ADAM/ADAMS, who is from the Toronto area, had met the Pulp Fiction actor several years ago on the Canadian set for Kojak, a made-for-television movie in which Mr. RHAMES played a police detective. Mr. ADAM/ADAMS had written that film's script.
The two men got along very well in a short time and became good Friends.
"He took a real liking to Jacob," Anne DODDS, a long-time friend of Mr. ADAM/ADAMS, said yesterday. Mr. RHAMES then asked Mr. ADAM/ADAMS if he would like to work for him.
"He had apparently said to Jacob, 'When I'm here, I want you to stand in for me, but when I'm not here, treat my home in Vancouver, treat my home in Los Angeles, as your own home,'" Ms. DODDS said in an interview.
"This man, when he was a friend, he was a friend," Ms. DODDS said of Mr. ADAM/ADAMS. "If you ever had a down time, he'd give you that lift to make you feel better about yourself."
With that, Mr. ADAM/ADAMS moved to Los Angeles two years ago, where he lived in Mr. RHAMES's estate with his wife and two young children. Mr. ADAM/ADAMS is not married and recently got his green card.
The deal was that whenever Mr. RHAMES was out of town - he's currently in Europe - Mr. ADAM/ADAMS would take care of the "odds and ends" around the house, police said.

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-23 published
Police investigate stabbings in separate incidents
By Geoff NIXON with a report from Unnati GANDHI, Page A12
A love triangle is believed to have prompted an attack in Scarborough that left a woman in critical condition in hospital last night.
Homicide investigators were on standby after a man was found across the street from a Scarborough police station with an unconscious woman lying by his side early yesterday morning.
A 45-year-old man was taken into custody.
A report from CTV News said the woman is 22 years old and a mother of three children, aged 3, 2 and 11 months.
Police believe the suspect confronted the woman at the Roycroft motel in Scarborough where she was with another man. Police said the suspect allegedly slashed the other man with a knife and then dragged the woman to his van and drove her to an apartment building across the street from the police station, near Birchmount Road and Eglinton Avenue. The other man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The woman is believed to have been both beaten and stabbed.
In a separate incident, police responded to a fatal stabbing just south of the East York Town Centre yesterday morning. They received an emergency call around 7: 15 a.m.
When they arrived, officers found a man without vital signs who had been stabbed several times while in the parking lot of an apartment building.
He and a man he knew had gotten into a verbal argument that police say quickly escalated into Engin YILMAZ getting stabbed. Mr. YILMAZ, who lived in the building, was taken to hospital, where he died.
After a short investigation by homicide detectives, Hikmet DASDEMIR surrendered to police in 53 Division last night. The 35-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder.

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-01 published
Mother's actions saved child from certain death, police say
By Unnati GANDHI with a report from Tim SHUFELT, Page A14
Simply put, Jackie DO VALE- AVELAR lived for her daughter.
From play dates to cooking, drawing to shopping, the 25-year-old mother's every breath was for her three-year-old baby girl, Orbela.
That included her last.
As Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR drove home early yesterday morning to her waiting husband in Brampton, her Dodge SX collided with a tractor-trailer. Police say the truck driver fled the scene, and Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR's badly damaged car came to a stop across two lanes of the eastbound 401 near Cambridge.
Police later found the semi near Napanee, and arrested the driver for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR grabbed Orbela and put her in the ditch beside the highway's shoulder. But she returned to her totalled car, probably for her cellphone, police say.
As she tried to get in through the driver's door at about 4: 45 a.m. with her back to oncoming traffic, another rig plowed into her. She was pinned.
Ontario Provincial Police Constable David WOODFORD said she likely died on impact.
He said Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR did the right thing by immediately getting her daughter to safety, preventing what could have been an even greater tragedy.
"She got her child out. She saved her child's life, because the child would have been killed," he said.
To her closest Friends, the act of bravery sounded every bit like Jackie.
Candice SHERRETT, who said her Friendship with Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR dates back to elementary school, remembers the day Orbela was born.
"Jackie's life had been fulfilled," she told The Globe and Mail. "… I think some comfort can be taken knowing that Jackie died knowing her daughter was safe and out of harm's way."
Yesterday, Orbela was told, "Mommy has gone to heaven," she said.
Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR's husband, parents, and younger sister, Ligia, were too distraught to comment yesterday.
Jackie DO VALE married her high school sweetheart six years ago after graduating from Saint_Joseph's College School in downtown Toronto. The couple moved to Brampton and their daughter was born three years later.
Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR worked two jobs so Orbela could have whatever she wanted, said one of her best Friends, Alex POLICARPO, 25. During the week, she was a secretary at a local car dealership. On weekends, she worked at a laundromat.
"She liked to do everything in life. She was always the first to try things out," Ms. POLICARPO said.
When Ms. POLICARPO had her baby shower in July, Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR was the first to give her advice. "She told me to tell my husband to do all the work. I was supposed to just sit back and relax," Ms. POLICARPO said.
The Ontario Provincial Police also investigated another serious collision yesterday, in which a 70-year-old woman visiting from Trinidad was killed and three others were injured.
The four were travelling in the Niagara-bound lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Way near St. Catharines with a house trailer in tow just after 7 a.m. As their truck approached a construction zone, it suddenly veered off into a grassy shoulder at highway speed and struck a tree, Constable WOODFORD said.
The Ontario Provincial Police says 295 people have been killed in traffic accidents in the province so far this year, up from 280 in the same period in 2006.

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-12 published
Fatal stabbing shakes Toronto schools
Scarborough student slain at lunchtime
By TIMOTHY APPLEBY with reports from Unnati GANDHI, Jennifer LEWINGTON, Karen HOWLETT and Shawn McCARTHY, Page A1
Toronto -- In a lunch-hour confrontation that dispatched fresh shock waves across Toronto's school system, a 16-year-old Scarborough student was stabbed to death yesterday on a walkway leading from his high school.
Homicide detectives were hunting at least one suspect, seen fleeing the crime scene at Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute in a speeding car, and offered little insight into why the youth - identified by CTV News last night as Denesh MURUGIAH - had been killed.
Suspicion, however, immediately fell on a long-simmering rivalry between Tamil factions, whose animosity is believed responsible for a firebombing and a stabbing in the same neighbourhood in April.
What was certain was that the teen's death came just four months after the shooting death of teenager Jordan MANNERS in a high school on the other side of the city. And, moreover, it had the hallmarks of being planned.
"My Friends told me they saw the victim standing there when two guys came up behind him and said, 'Do you want to do this now?' recounted Ajay MANGARA, 18, who lives a few doors from the school, near Lawrence Avenue and Kennedy Road.
"Then they saw the guy screaming on the ground, 'Help me, help me.' "
The teen was stabbed several times in the stomach and showed no vital signs when paramedics responded to the 12: 05 p.m. call. He died soon after in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Word on the street is that the killing stemmed from "Tamil reprisals," Mr. MANGARA said, echoing the opinion of a Lawrence Avenue pizza parlour operator that caters to many Winston Churchill pupils.
If so, it is not the first time police attention has been drawn to a Tamil-based gang conflict, loosely spread across half a dozen Scarborough schools.
Students milling around the collegiate in the bright sunshine yesterday seemed to know little about the victim, a new arrival in his second week of school, and some appeared strikingly unaffected.
As television cameras hovered, several urged their Friends, "Don't snitch, don't talk."
Yesterday's killing was Toronto's 57th of 2007 - 11 more than had occurred at the same time last year.
The principal suspect is thought to be a male with brown skin, 17 or 18 years old, about 5 foot 5, wearing black jeans, a black zip-up hoodie and a bandana covering his face.
Also sought is a light blue Honda, probably a mid-1990s Civic, in which the killer or killers are believed to have fled.
Whether any of them also attended Winston Churchill was unknown.
But 41-year-old floor installer Jim NIKOLAKAKOS, an alumnus who has lived close to the walkway for most of his life, said the school has become markedly rougher in recent years and that tensions were often evident.
"There's a lot of rivalry going on in the school - kids from this school, kids from other schools - they get together in little gangs and it's all, 'You said this, you said that,' " he said.
"The whole school has changed; inside there's graffiti all over the place, it's not kept up. There's no respect any more for anything… Things have changed."
Others familiar with the sprawling 1,200-student school disagreed.
Jessica COPELAND, 19, was a student for five years and wept yesterday as she arrived home to learn what had taken place almost on the doorstep of her Flora Drive home.
"I just can't believe something like this would happen at Churchill it was a really good school for me, the teachers were nice," she said.
"There were incidents, yeah, but they were really contained and personally I never saw anybody with any weapons, not in five years. Nothing ever got out of hand like this."
Toronto Police Service Inspector Kathryn MARTIN said much the same.
"I'm very familiar with the neighbourhood, I've spent 13 years working in 41 Division and this is a very good school… so I'm thinking this is an incident unrelated to the school itself."
Winston Churchill, however, is adjacent to a community centre that last year installed closed-circuit cameras because of fights. And in the past, local councillor Michael THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON has asked nearby retailers not to sell knives.
Mr. THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON said of yesterday's homicide that he was "not shocked but saddened."
Gerry CONNELLY, director of education at the Toronto District School Board, denied rumours that the victim had been transferred to Winston Churchill because of behavioural problems.
In fact, she said, the teen was a new student because he and his family had moved into the Lawrence and Kennedy area from Don Mills.
"I can't speak to behavioural issues, but he was not a transfer student," she said.
The fatal stabbing nonetheless reignited the issue of safe schools, which erupted in May after 15-year-old Jordan MANNERS was shot to death at his school in the Keele and Finch area.
As police quizzed witnesses: at nearby 41 Division yesterday, Detective Sergeant Gary GRINTON of the homicide squad alluded to Jordan's death, in which two 17-year-olds have been charged with first-degree murder, and appealed for public help.
"Do the right thing, come forward, man up," he urged the suspect.
Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty commented on the stabbing during a campaign stop in Markham, Ontario, last night. "As Premier, and maybe more importantly just as a dad, I wanted to express my deepest sympathies to the family and Friends of this young man who lost his life today in a senseless tragedy," he said.
Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory described the homicide as symptomatic of a larger problem - the Liberal government's alleged failure to crack down on violent crime.
"We simply let this kind of thing go on," Mr. Tory said. "We simply have to deal with this kind of crime and the causes of this kind of crime."

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-12 published
Three die in separate but related crashes on the 401
By Unnati GANDHI, Page A7
Three people are dead, including a mother and daughter, after a horrific chain of events unfolded on a small strip of Canada's busiest highway yesterday.
The accidents involved four vehicles - including three trucks - in two separate but related crashes.
It all began about 4 a.m. Fanshawe College student Ashley GARROD, 22, was driving eastbound on the 401 near London, Ontario, with her mother, Elizabeth THOM, when a tractor-trailer struck them from behind, police said. Their small car was sent skidding across the highway before coming to a stop in the ditch on the south side.
Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Dave REKTOR said police received a 911 call about headlights seen shining out of the ditch.
When emergency crews arrived, they found Ms. GARROD and her 52-year-old mother dead inside the car. The truck that had hit them was nowhere to be found, Sgt. REKTOR said.
After issuing a public alert, police found a truck with extensive damage to its front at a Flying J truck stop a few kilometres away.
Its 61-year-old driver, Stefan FOGIEL, of Acton, has been charged with two counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death, resisting arrest, failing to maintain log books, and failing to have a pre-trip inspection.
The highway was closed for several hours as investigators reconstructed the collision.
Then, just before 11 a.m., a transport truck slowing down as it approached the roadblock at the collision site was struck from behind by another truck. The driver of the second truck, Timothy McDERMOTT, 50, died on impact. The driver of the first truck, Harpreet PANNU, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. No charges are expected to be laid.
"It would appear the driver was not paying attention," Sgt. REKTOR said. "The at-fault driver was the victim as well."
The officer said the collisions were that much more tragic because both could have been prevented with more careful driving.

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-19 published
Founder of Brazilian Ball dies of cancer
By Unnati GANDHI, Page A6
Anna Maria DE SOUZA, known best as founder, president and Chief Executive Officer of the glittery Brazilian Carnival Ball, died at Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday afternoon after a battle with cancer. She took the secret of her closely guarded age with her - something she once told The Globe and Mail that even her husband did not know. Friends estimate she was in her mid-60s.
Ms. DE SOUZA, who counts Conrad Black among her ex-beaus, was born Anna Maria Marcolini GUIDI in Brazil, the granddaughter of an Italian immigrant.
She met a Canadian bulk-foods importer and, in 1965, she moved to Canada, where she threw a Brazilian ball in a church basement for herself and fellow Brazilians.
The event has since become one of Canada's most prestigious fundraisers, amassing a "crème de la crème" guest list, her friend, Norma Meneguzzi SPALL, said yesterday. Visitation will be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Rosary Church on Friday at 9: 30 a.m.

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-02 published
Canadian entrepreneur among victims in plane crash
Greg BROPHY, founder of information-security company Shred-it, was killed along with his brother and tour guide in Alaska
By Unnati GANDHI, Page A10
Greg BROPHY was in his 20s when he realized there was good business in getting rid of companies' secrets. He was right.
Within a few years, the Ontario native had conquered the information-security industry with his company, Shred-it, having destroyed everything from hospital and bank records to Academy Awards documents.
Mr. BROPHY, 44, was killed Sunday after the plane in which he was travelling crashed in Alaska. Also killed were his brother, Sean, 49, guide Tom Beatty, 38, and a pilot whose name was being withheld last night pending notification of his family, a spokesman for Katmai National Park and Preserve confirmed.
The four were on their way back to the lodge from a fly-fishing expedition when their Helio Courier single-engine floatplane crashed around 4 p.m. into a group of trees near Nonvianuk Lake, park spokesman John Quinley said.
When the plane didn't arrive 45 minutes after it was scheduled, the lodge organized an aerial search and discovered the plane's wreckage around 10: 30 p.m. He added that where he was, about 80 kilometres away, the weather was nothing out of the ordinary.
"It was raining. There was a light wind, but fairly high ceilings. Definitely not dramatic weather for this area," he said. "There was no communications from the pilot indicating any trouble."
The National Transportation Safety Board and park rangers were investigating the cause of the crash last night.
"He was a very hands-on president," Securit spokeswoman Elizabeth Hendricks said. "He just had a real strong vision and passion for the growth of the company and instilled that in his employees. A real entrepreneur."
Shred-it began as a two-man show in 1988, growing to more than 140 branches worldwide, with 2,600 employees and customers in 16 countries.
Mr. BROPHY, who graduated from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, was from Mississauga.
He leaves his wife, Tracey, and their children Christopher, Megan and Kirstin.

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-03 published
Housekeeper found dead in Mississauga mansion
By Timothy APPLEBY with a report from Unnati GANDHI, Page A14
The multimillion-dollar home of a successful Indo-Canadian businessman turned into an investigation scene yesterday after the lifeless body of a housekeeper was found inside, police said.
The 27-year-old woman was discovered inside a mansion on Doulton Place in the Mississauga Road and Dundas Street West area, after one of the homeowners called police Monday evening, Peel police Constable Adam MINNION said last night.
Neighbours said the victim was a domestic maid who was often seen in and around the house, which is surrounded by a wrought-iron fence and backs onto the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club.
The home was purchased in 1998 for $823,000 by Vasdev (Dave) CHANCHLANI, transferred to daughters Sonia and Tina CHANCHLANI for a nominal $2 and registered in the two women's names in 2004, property records show.
Mr. CHANCHLANI is the Chief Financial Officer of Toronto-based Sigma Global Solutions, while his wife, Jayshree, is a Brampton family physician. The couple also have a son, Neil, who is attending university in Britain.
Dr. CHANCHLANI did not answer calls to her cellphone yesterday evening.
Police released no names or a cause of death, but said they were looking for a suspect who likely knew the victim. They also confirmed she was a housekeeper.
Meanwhile, Toronto's homicide tally for the year rose to 64 early yesterday with the stabbing death of a pregnant 25-year-old North York woman whose common-law husband was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.
Aysan SESEN was stabbed in the abdomen. Her seven-month-old fetus died as a result of the violence, despite an emergency cesarian section in hospital.
However, there is no scope under the Criminal Code for laying murder charges involving an unborn child.
"A being has to be born and take a breath, basically," Detective Sergeant Gary GRINTON of the homicide squad said.
A second woman, aged 44 and believed to be the mother of the accused, was also stabbed and was waiting last night for plastic surgery on a badly injured arm.
Turan COCELLI, 30, who is believed to be the father of Ms. SESEN's baby, faces charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Police from 31 Division were called at around 1 a.m. to a bungalow on Whitburn Crescent, near Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West.
Det. Sgt. GRINTON would not say whether the 911 call came from Mr. COCELLI, an unemployed carpenter on compensation. But he confirmed that when police arrived at the home, the accused was there.
Both the accused and the two victims shared the home but there is no record of police having been called there before, Det. Sgt. GRINTON said, adding the baby would have been the couple's first child.
The woman believed to be Mr. COCELLI's mother remained under sedation and had not been interviewed, he added.

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-03 published
Man acquitted in notorious shooting found slain
Former Toronto resident tried in Just Desserts case was deported to Jamaica in 2002
By Unnati GANDHI, Page A18
The man who was acquitted in the notorious Just Desserts shooting, but later deported, has been shot dead in Jamaica.
O'Neil GRANT was found with several gunshot wounds to his body late Monday night at a busy downtown bus terminal in west Kingston. Police say the 35-year-old was hunted down in the crowd.
"He was approached by a lone gunman on foot, who opened fire, hitting him," Leslie Green, Jamaica's assistant commissioner of police for serious and organized crime, told The Globe and Mail. "… From the investigation to date, the officers believe this may have been a reprisal, that he may have shot somebody locally some time ago."
Mr. GRANT was taken to Kingston Public Hospital shortly before midnight, where he was pronounced dead.
His death marks the final chapter of a life that, in the eyes of his family and Friends, has been hounded by tragedy and misfortune.
In April of 1994, Mr. GRANT was charged with manslaughter and robbery in the shooting death of Georgina (ViVi) LEIMONIS, who was having coffee with a friend at the Just Desserts café on Davenport Road.
After 5½ years in the Don Jail, he was acquitted of all charges by a jury in 1999.
Lawrence BROWN was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in Ms. LEIMONIS's death, and Gary FRANCIS received a 15-year sentence for manslaughter and robbery convictions.
But the publicity surrounding the shooting and Mr. GRANT's treatment in jail resounded for years afterward, and highlighted racial divisions in Toronto and concerns about immigration policy.
In a separate ruling handed down in November, 1998, Mr. Justice Brian TRAFFORD of Ontario Superior Court wrote that Mr. GRANT was unfairly treated during his time at the Don Jail, including the use of waist restraints connected to his handcuffs.
"The use of restraints… was the result, in part, of cultural insensitivity towards black people," he wrote.
And while Mr. GRANT had not been convicted of a crime since 1992, or been charged with any offences since his release from jail, the father of three was ultimately deported to his native Jamaica in 2002, from where he had come to Canada at the age of 11.
An immigration board said he had violated the terms of a stay of an earlier deportation order, one of which was failing to notify authorities of his change in address when he was being held at the Don Jail.
Heather McARTHUR, one of Mr. GRANT's lawyers, said she has kept in touch with Mr. GRANT's common-law wife, his mother and his siblings, all of whom still live in Canada. His two daughters, 7 and 18, and son, 14, learned of his death two days ago.
"They're devastated," Ms. McArthur said.
She said there is no way Mr. GRANT, who had been having a hard time adjusting to life in Jamaica where deportees are treated roughly, was involved in any criminal activity in the Caribbean country. She added he never should have been deported from Canada in the first place.
"He was an innocent man. He didn't do it. But still, he stayed in jail for over 5½ years… and despite that, they sent him down to a country where he knew nobody, he had no money, they just put him on a plane," she said. "And now, he's dead."

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-24 published
Couple 'arm in arm' as bus shatters their 58-year bond
By Unnati GANDHI with a report from James RUSK, Page A1
Toronto -- Just as she has done every morning for the past 58 years, Rosalia DORNYEI laid her husband Stephen's clothes out on the bed for him yesterday.
Then, hand in hand, the couple left their mid-Toronto condominium building to catch the Toronto Transit Commission bus that would take them downtown for Mr. DORNYEI's follow-up appointment with his eye surgeon.
It was about 9: 45 a.m., and Mr. DORNYEI, 80, could see the No. 25 bus coming down the street. Taking into consideration his wife's newly replaced knee, he decided it would be less painful for both of them if, instead of going all the way to the corner, they simply crossed the six live lanes of traffic to the Don Mills Road bus stop directly across from them.
Flagging down the bus as they walked, they made it to the west side of the street.
But the driver didn't immediately see them, police say, and they were both struck before they could reach the curb.
"They were still arm in arm," the couple's only daughter, Eva, told The Globe and Mail from her father's hospital bedside yesterday.
Mrs. DORNYEI, 77, died at the hospital, while Mr. DORNYEI suffered four broken ribs, two fractures to his pelvic bone, a collapsed lung, 16 stitches to his head and several large bruises and cuts to his body. Doctors say he'll survive the physical injuries.
Whether he'll be able to come to terms with the abrupt ending of a love story that began in Europe and spanned more than half a century, his daughter isn't sure.
"I hope my father finds the will to live," Ms. DORNYEI, 55, said. "But you just don't get over losing your soulmate like that."
They fell in love when they first met in their native Hungary. She was 16, he was 19. Within three years, they were married.
He was doing well for himself, having become the plant manager of a business that exported livestock and eggs across Europe. But less than a decade later, the Hungarian revolution geared up, and, in November of 1956, a large Soviet force invaded Budapest. An estimated 200,000 people, including the DORNYEIs and their young daughter, fled their country.
"They travelled through Europe and stayed in various places that were accepting Hungarian refugees, before finally making it to Canada," Ms. DORNYEI said.
Once in Toronto, language became a huge barrier, and the newly arrived couple found the country's people initially unwilling to help them integrate.
Mr. DORNYEI got his first job as a dishwasher at the Lord Simcoe Hotel before going back to school to become an engineering draftsman - the trade he worked in until he retired more than a decade ago. His wife worked odd jobs for a few years before deciding it would be best if she stayed at home to take care of her daughter.
"She was a wonderful, loving, kind woman. We were very close, just like Friends," her daughter said.
Mr. DORNYEI remained active, chairing the board of the condo tower.
"He always made sure everything was done properly. He's a very diligent, dedicated man. And I would say my mother was just as dedicated to him," she said. "They were very in love to this day. They really were soulmates."
On Monday, they would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.
Police say that the accident was preventable. There was an intersection with signal lights at Overlea Boulevard about 100 metres from where the couple decided to cross, Traffic Services Sergeant Paul LOBSINGER said.
"It's so close to the intersection that they could have just walked down there, but they wanted this bus, I guess. How many times do we see that?"
It was unclear whether any charges would be laid against the bus driver, who was receiving counselling yesterday, Toronto Transit Commission spokeswoman Marilyn BOLTON said.
Ms. DORNYEI said that she would be looking at the final police report carefully, frustrated that nothing could possibly console her family's grief at the loss of a mother and wife.
"When they broke the news to us," she said, "all my father could say was, 'Why? Why? Why?' "

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GANDHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
Police point to diabetes as probable cause of death for Algoma Chief Executive Officer's daughter
By Unnati GANDHI, Page A20
The daughter of Algoma Steel Inc. president and Chief Executive Officer Denis TURCOTTE likely suffered diabetic complications before dying in her Ryerson University dorm room, police and family say.
When Adele TURCOTTE, 17, didn't answer her phone all day Thursday, her mother, Julie, called one of her daughter's Friends who lives in the same residence building to check on her, Toronto police Detective Robert GORDON said yesterday.
The friend found her in bed in her sixth-floor single room without vital signs about 4: 15 p.m.
A postmortem examination conducted yesterday was inconclusive, but Det. GORDON said foul play is not suspected and police are not looking for witnesses. Police have also ruled out suicide.
The first-year fashion student had diabetes since she was six years old, "and worked hard at having a normal life in spite of it," her family wrote in a death notice.
The coroner's office is now awaiting the results of a toxicology test, which "examines fluids of the body, the blood and everything to see what's in there - you know, alcohol, drugs, whatever her insulin level was at the time," Det. GORDON said.
Ms. TURCOTTE, who was born in Saint John but grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, "was the best friend a girl could have," one of her closest Friends, Stefanie BRUZAS, 18, said from Sault Ste. Marie last night.
"She's been through everything with me. A rough breakup, a fight with my Friends - she would never take sides but she would talk me through it."
Ms. BRUZAS, who is also attending school in Toronto, said Ms. TURCOTTE had designed her own clothing line, Turca, before being accepted at Ryerson and would often dress in her own designs when going out.
"She was doing everything she wanted to," Ms. BRUZAS said. "She knew how to have fun, but she always got her work done. She made great Friends after moving to Toronto, but stuck with her old ones. Her life was perfect. She was perfect."

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WATSON, Robert " Bob" Henry, B.A., LL.B., Q.C.
In his 82nd year, passed away peacefully on August 13th, 2007 at home surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of fifty-five years to Islay (née PATTERSON) and loving father of Ann WATSON (Malcolm LAWRIE), Rosie WATSON (Bruce GANDOSSI) and Ian WATSON (Sabrina FRITTENBURG.) Devoted and proud grandfather of Kate, Ian and Tara TRETHEWEY, Sarah LAWRIE and Robbie WATSON. Born to Mel and Ella WATSON in Peel County on the family fruit farm at Dixie Road and the Queen Elizabeth Way, he and his two brothers Ross (deceased) and Sidney (killed in action World War 2) were the fifth generation to farm in the then Township of Toronto. He attended Port Credit High School, Albert College in Belleville and thereafter Osgoode Hall Law School. After graduating in 1954, Bob practised law first in Port Credit for 32 years with the firm last known as Jackson, Watson, Gillespie and Lane, and thereafter for 5 years as Senior Counsel with Keyser, Mason, Ball and Lewis. He was appointed a Q.C. in 1967 and is a past president of the Peel Law Association. Bob was actively involved in the Rotary Clubs of Cooksville and Mississauga and became District Governor of Rotary International 707 in 1973-74. After his retirement in 1991 to both Milton and Collingwood, he continued to be active in Probus. He was awarded the Rotary Foundation Award for Meritorious Service and was made a Paul Harris Fellow. Bob was also a long time member of the Bethesda and Cooksville United Churches and was a chairman of the Halton Peel United Extension Council. At the time of his death he was a member of the Collingwood First Presbyterian Church. Bob was a past director of the Peel United Way, and a past member of the Board of Governors of the Mississauga Symphony. Bob enjoyed many activities. He was a member of the Port Credit Yacht Club, Muskoka Lakes Association, where his family had a cottage on an island in Lake Muskoka for many years, Craigleith Ski Club, as well as the Mississaugua, Trafalgar, Blue Mountain and Plantation (Florida) Golf and Country Clubs. He is a past president of the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club and was a founder and past president of the Trafalgar Golf and Country Club in Milton. He enjoyed golf, bridge, boating, skiing, photography, genealogy and spending time on his computer. He was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. Bob's cup was always half full and he died peacefully with a strong faith. There was never a man so much loved by his family and Friends. Ann and Ian would like to thank their mother and sister Rosie for the homecare that they provided to him in the last days of his life. His many Friends are invited to attend a memorial celebration of his life at the First Presbyterian Church, 200 Maple Street, Collingwood, on Thursday, August 16th, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m., reception to follow at Craigleith Ski Club. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital would be appreciated by the family. The family invites Friends and family to sign the online guestbook by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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GANS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-29 published
CROCKER, Ruth
On Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 at Toronto General Hospital. Ruth CROCKER, beloved wife of the late Lewis CROCKER. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Debbie and Marvin GANS, Lynn and Shelly SELIGMAN, Gwenn and Gary LISS. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Rose and the late Max GARFINKEL, Jack and Sybil GELLER. Devoted grandmother of Michael GANS and Nancy WITTMAN, Jeffrey and Kim GANS, Kiera GANS, Chris SELIGMAN, Daniel SELIGMAN, Aaron SELIGMAN, Sarah LISS, Ryan LISS, Kate LISS, great-grandmother of Noah, Naomi, and Leah GANS. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street (Bathurst south of Eglinton) for service on Friday, June 29th, 2007 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva 27 Penwood Crescent. Memorial donations may be made to Canada's National Ballet School, 416-964-3780.

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GANTNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-10 published
PHILLIPS, Vivian Maxine (née McKIBBIN)
Of Extendicare, Port Stanley on Monday, January 8, 2006, at her late residence, surrounded by her loving family in her 87th year. Beloved wife of Charles 'Charlie" PHILLIPS and dearly loved mother of Ronald and his wife Shirley PHILLIPS, Jeff PHILLIPS, Michael and his wife Demi PHILLIPS and Cheryl and her husband Garry LALE. Dear sister of Greta WILSON of Saint Thomas and June BALAZS of Tillsonburg. Dear mother-in-law of Roberta PHILLIPS, Marg BARENDREGT, Tina PHILLIPS and the late Betty Jane PHILLIPS. Dear sister-in-law of Ruth BAXTER and the late Graham (Bud) PHILLIPS. Cherished grandmother of Larry PHILLIPS, Tracey DAVIES and her husband Rob, James and his wife Maureen BARENDREGT, Peter PHILLIPS and his partner Kate McVITTIE, Steve PHILLIPS and his wife Kathy, Sondra GANTNER, Jed PHILLIPS, Greg LALE, Brent LALE and his wife Melissa, Michael LALE and his partner Jodi MARISSEN, David LALE and his wife Danielle. Predeceased by a great-grand_son Jamie. Dear great-grandmother of Paul, Brandi, Ashley, Michelle, Emily, Nicholas, Veronica, Jackie, Bobby, Chelsey, Jackson, Dylan, and Kaitlyn and also survived by five great-great-grandchildren. Maxine was born September 7, 1920 in Elgin County the daughter of the late Russell and Bessie (KENNEDY) McKIBBIN. There will be no visitation or public service. A private family service will be held. Cremation has taken place with interment of ashes in Calton Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Saint_Joseph's Hospital Neo Natal Unit or the Elgin County Archives. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas in charge of arrangements.

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GANTON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-30 published
McLAY, Floyd Kenneth
At Grey Bruce Health Services-Markdale, on Wednesday August 29, 2007, Floyd Kenneth McLAY of Berkeley in his 76th year. Beloved husband of the late Marie McLAY. Loving father of Pearl McLAY of Owen Sound and Darlene (Lloyd) GANTON of Onaping. Grandfather of Greg GANTON and Amanda (Henry) DUMAIS. Great-grandfather of Landen DUMAIS. Dear brother of Mae BAINES and Reta JOHNSON both of Markdale and Wilfred McLAY of Delhi. Sadly missed by nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Ruby LOUGHEED and Marie PARLEE. The family will receive Friends at the May Funeral Home, Markdale on Saturday September 1st from noon until time of funeral service of 2: 00 p.m. Cremation followed by interment in Berkeley Community Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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GANTSCHNIG o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-10 published
ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Captain William T. “Smokey&rdquo
At the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound Thursday afternoon August 9, 2007. Smokey ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of Oliphant formerly of Thorold and Port Colborne in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Anne (GANTSCHNIG) and the late Joyce (ASTLES.) Dear father of Larry of Thorold, Bill (Dianne) of Sarnia, Wayne (Patti) of R.R.#3, Bayfield, Bryan (Lori) of Port Colborne and Bruce of Goderich. Loving grandfather of Dylan, Kyle, Bill, Matthew, John, Wendi, Laura, Taylor and great-grand_son Nick. Brother of Loreen CHEVALIER and Bob ELLIOT/ELLIOTT both of Port Colborne. Predeceased by his sisters Isobel COOK, Thyra SOUCY and brothers Jim and Steve ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Smokey began sailing in 1943 with Scott Misener Steamships, served 26 years as Captain and retired in 1986 as Commodore of the Fleet. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated from Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Wiarton Monday morning at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Balsam Grove Cemetery, Oliphant. Expressions of remembrance to the Wiarton Hospital or the Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound would be appreciated. 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 Smokey by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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