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LECH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-20 published
LECH, John Karl
Passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at Lisaard House in his 47th year. Beloved husband of Lynn, loving father of Stuart and Kirsten, dear son of Beth and late William LECH. Dear brother of David (Kathy,) Cathy Lech (Stephane) FURRER, and Margie LECH, uncle of Caroline, Duncan and Phillipe, son-in-law of Margaret and Norman OLIVER, brother-in-law of Lyle (Nina) OLIVER, and Alison (Jim) NELLA. Uncle of Drew, Scott, Kaitlin, Josh, Katrina and Beth.
A service of remembrance for John will be held at the Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Boulevard, Cambridge, on Thursday, November 22nd at 11 a.m. Those who wish may make a memorial donation to either Lisaard House or to Hospice of Waterloo Region.

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LECHCIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-18 published
COOK, Roger Malcolm
Passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 15th, 2007, aged 62 years. Beloved husband of Milka, loving father of Elizabeth, dear brother of Michael, Josephine and Jane. A funeral service will be held in Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street, on Thursday, July 19th, 2007 at 11: 15 a.m. Interment to follow immediately after the service at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Plot G, Lot 237. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Roger Malcolm Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund would be appreciated. Please direct your donations c/o Estate Executor, Jack LECHCIER- KIMEL. 3 Hyde Park Circle, Toronto M3B 3M7. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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LECHCIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-19 published
COOK, Doctor Roger Malcolm
It is with enormous sadness that the family of Doctor Roger Malcolm COOK announces his passing at Toronto General Hospital on July 15th, 2007. Doctor Roger Malcolm COOK passed away aged 62 years, peacefully in his sleep after a courageous struggle with cancer. Beloved husband of Milka, loving father of Elizabeth and dear brother of Michael, Josephine and Jane. A distinguished scholar, eminent and renowned scientist and researcher and honoured alumni of Corpus Christi, Oxford United Kingdom, Doctor COOK made a conscious effort throughout his life to apply the principles of his academic training into his professional endeavours. Roger will always be remembered as a man of dignity, honour and integrity. A funeral service will be held in Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street on Thursday, July 19th, 2007 at 11: 15 a.m. Interment to follow immediately after the service at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Plot G, lot 237. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Roger Malcolm Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund would be appreciated. Please direct your donations, c/o Estate Executor, Jack LECHCIER- KIMEL. 3 Hyde Park Circle, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 3M7. Condolences and memories may also be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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LECKIE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
LECKIE, Norman
Peacefully at Kensington Village after a short illness on Thursday, January 11, 2007. Norman LECKIE in his 76th year. Husband of the late Nancy LECKIE (née AUSTIN.) Dear father of Brent (Janice) of London, Greg (Pam) of Alberta, Cathy PHARO (Chris) of Prince Edward Island, Darren (Mary) of London, Tracy VANVEEN (Martin) of London. Norman will be remembered by his 12 grandchildren. Brother of Ian (Betty) and Don (Verna) both of London. Predeceased by his parents John and Kitty and his sister-in-law Jeanine. Cremation has taken place. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy and donations (Kensington Village) may be made through London Cremation Services (519) 672-0459 or online at www.londoncremation.com

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LECKIE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-07-31 published
Man killed lying on train tracks
Police suspect alcohol may have been a factor in the death of William Hubert MATER, 23.
By Amanda ROBINSON, Sun Media, Tues., July 31, 2007
The city and Canadian Pacific don't have any plans to improve pedestrian safety at a downtown railway crossing near where a 23-year-old man was struck and killed by a train on the weekend.
"We have no reason to think that this level crossing is any different than any other crossing, Dave LECKIE, the city's director of roads and transportation, said yesterday.
"Unless we hear differently from the police report, we have no plans for pedestrian improvement," said LECKIE.
Police identified the man killed as William Hubert MATER from Ridgeway, near Fort Erie.
MATER was a recent graduate in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, said Ann Hutchinson, a spokesperson for University of Western Ontario.
MATER was lying on the tracks about 2: 30 a.m. Sunday when he was struck and killed by the train, said CP spokesperson Breanne Feigel.
He wasn't at a pedestrian crossing, but on the tracks in between St. George and the Talbot underpass, said Feigel.
"They (train crew) put on their emergency brakes and used their whistle… but it's not easy to stop a train from moving," she said.
She says accidents such as Sunday's highlight the need for greater awareness about the dangers of trains.
LECKIE said there haven't been problems with pedestrians at the St. George and Piccadilly Street crossing, but there have been with vehicles.
In the last three years, there've been four collisions there.
Those tracks are the only train crossing in the city without gates, so drivers often try to run the crossing to avoid stopping for trains.
In March the city, with Transport Canada and CP, decided to install gates at the track next year.
Brad SCRINKO, co-chair of the Richmond Row Business Association, called the accident "tragic."
"We would be happier if the train tracks were routed around the city," said SCRINKO.
At the train crossing on Richmond Street east of St. George, a bar hotspot, the city plans to install pedestrian gates -- that may look like mini-road gates -- because of the large number of people that hang around that area.
The city is in discussion with CP to finalize the design, said LECKIE.
Police suspect alcohol may have been a factor in MATER's death.
"When people drink, there is already a responsibility that the bar has to take. But what people do outside of the bars they have to take responsibility for," SCRINKO said.
Often, pedestrians put themselves at risk when they jump between the cars of stopped trains, he said.
On his page on Facebook, a social-networking site on the Internet, MATER was listed as working at The Beer Store in London.
He planned to go back to school in September to take a few courses, he wrote on a friend's Facebook page.

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LECKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-03 published
son may have been target
Police make arrest in woman's death
By Raveena AULAKH and Timothy APPLEBY, Page A8
Toronto -- Jean SPRINGER may have been shot down when she tried to protect her youngest son from a friend who showed up at her front door with a gun, according to a Toronto police source.
Ms. SPRINGER, 60, was killed on New Year's Day by a single bullet that struck her in the face. She was pronounced dead at Sunnybrook hospital, becoming the city's first homicide victim of 2007.
Heavily armed officers arrested 26-year-old Altaf IBRAHIM 12 hours later in his basement apartment in Scarborough, a few minutes drive from the SPRINGER home. He is charged with first-degree murder, a charge that implies the killing was planned.
A police source said last night that the gunman may have been looking for Ms. SPRINGER's youngest son Antoine, also 26, when he arrived at the SPRINGER home in the Malvern neighbourhood about 2: 30 p.m.
"It looks like there was some kind of dispute between the two young men and Ms. SPRINGER got between and got shot," a police source said.
The accused is said to have known Ms. SPRINGER's youngest son, who along with an older brother was in his mother's Snowball Crescent home Monday as she prepared New Year's Day dinner.
"They grew up together, at least from their teen years," said Detective Gary GRINTON of the Toronto homicide squad.
Mr. IBRAHIM lives alone in an apartment on Brimorton Drive. He was arrested about 2 a.m. yesterday without a struggle. Clad in orange prison garb, he appeared briefly in court in Scarborough yesterday and was remanded in custody. Police were still seeking the handgun allegedly used to kill Ms. SPRINGER, known locally as "Auntie Jeannie."
"You have what I believe was a truly innocent woman just going about her business," Det. GRINTON said of Ms. SPRINGER, widely described as an exemplary citizen, devoted parent and regular worshipper at the Malvern Methodist Church. "It's shocking."
Neither Mr. IBRAHIM nor any members of the SPRINGER family have criminal records. And if there was any animosity before Monday's shooting, it had not been manifest in the shape of threats or any physical altercations, Det. GRINTON said.
Nor were any gang affiliations involved, he said. "None whatsoever."
He dismissed a news report that said the gunman yelled "Happy New Year," as he opened fire, but agreed that because Ms. SPRINGER let him into her home, she likely perceived no threat.
Beyond stating that postshooting 911 calls were received from several neighbours, as well as from within the SPRINGER home, detectives would not say what led them to charge Mr. IBRAHIM so quickly.
Yesterday, at the three-unit house where Mr. IBRAHIM has lived since last summer, few neighbours seemed to know much about the basement apartment's tall, solitary occupant, who would sometimes step outside for a cigarette but mostly kept to himself.
"He moved in when the new owner bought the house," said George BOORNE, who lives across the street and saw the 2 a.m. arrest. "But I never saw him around."
At the SPRINGER home yesterday, Friends and neighbours voiced shock and sorrow at the brutal death of a woman described as a popular pillar of the community who often helped organize local events.
"I met her on New Year's Eve at the home of one of our sisters, we had a good time," said Norma McKENZIE, who had known Ms. SPRINGER at the Malvern Methodist Church for 10 years.
Ms. McKENZIE described the family of four as God-fearing, close-knit, regular church-goers. "Antoine was part of my team at Ford company and we worked well together."
Other worshippers concurred in praising Ms. SPRINGER's devotion to family and church.
"She was closely involved with the church," said Sandra LECKY, church secretary. "We know where she is today -- there was no victory here."
Church staff brought in extra chairs yesterday evening as mourners packed in to pay their respects. Those in attendance hugged and consoled one another, occasionally rising in songs.
Reading from a statement prepared by Ms. SPRINGER's family -- most attended the service but did not want to speak to reporters youth pastor Marlon MITCHELL described her as "… quiet, charming, intelligent and very much understated in manner. She had style and flair, but all of it counted for nothing compared to how much she celebrated her relationship with God through Jesus Christ."
Ms. SPRINGER was born in 1946 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. As a student, she won a scholarship to a grammar school for girls and eventually earned a teacher's diploma. She arrived in Canada in the late 1960s, and initially continued teaching primary school. However, she soon switched jobs, becoming an accountant. Self-employed, she stayed in that line of work until her death.
But it was her religious faith that stood out above all else, Friends said yesterday. Indeed, it is that faith that now allows her family to bear no grudges against the man accused of stepping into her home and taking her life.
"Today we mourn her loss, but our faith calls on us to forgive others [as] God has in Christ forgiven us," Mr. MITCHELL read from the family's statement yesterday. "Jean had a forgiving spirit and we are sure that she would want us to forgive whoever has committed this senseless act."

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LECLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
BURCH, Moira B. " Rene"
Suddenly passed away on October 7, 2007 at the age of 91. Beloved wife of the late Frederick W. BURCH, mother of Douglas and the late Joyce BURCH, Gwendolyn and husband Gary LECLAIR and Carol and husband Al HORTON. Rene will be greatly missed by her grandchildren (Debbie. Vicki, Richard, Craig, Brock, Doug Jr, Glen, David, Stephen, Sandra) and numerous great-grandchildren. Her greatest love was her family. Rene was active all her life with dancing, golfing, theatre, bridge and walking. She was proud of her independent living in her residence up to her sudden illness. There will be no visitation at her request and interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 12013 Stn Brm B, Toronto, Ontario, M7Y 2L3.

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L'ÉCUYER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-07 published
GARON, Raymonde (née LURETTE)
Passed away tragically on Friday, June 29th, 2007, at the age of 73. Beloved wife of 36 years of the late Alban GARON, former Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada, also deceased on June 29th, 2007. She was born on September 23rd, 1933 in Ottawa, Ontario. Daughter of the late Rodolphe LURETTE and of the late Marguerite L'ÉCUYER. She will be sadly missed by Maria Elena DURAN (Michel ROCHON) and her goddaughter Marie Isabelle DURAN- ROCHON. Survived by her brothers Jean-Pierre LURETTE (Claudette ROLLIN,) Richard LURETTE (Gaétane LACHANCE,) her sisters Suzanne LURETTE (late Marcel LANOUE,) and Gisèle Lurette LÉVEILLÉ, her brother-in-law Cyprien GARON (Lucette PÉPIN.) She also leaves behind many nephews and nieces, cousins and numerous Friends. Visitations on Monday, July 9th, 2007, from 2: 00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9: 00 p.m. at Racine Robert and Gauthier Funeral Home, 180 Montreal Road, Ottawa. Funerals will be held on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 at 10: 00 a.m., at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sussex at Guigues Street in Ottawa. Private family internment at a later date. A 'Bourse commémorative Alban et Raymonde Garon' at the University of Ottawa and a 'Bourse commémorative Alban et Raymonde Garon' at the Montfort Hospital Foundation have been established. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either of these funds.

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