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LEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-01-10 published
McFARLANE, Rhoda Maggie Priscilla (née HENRY)
Peacefully at Dufferin Oaks, Shelburne, on Thursday, January 4, 2007 in her 100th year. Dear wife of the late Earl McFARLANE (1991.) Beloved mother of Donna BEAN and Sharon (Albert) MEESER of Shelburne and Douglas (Avril) McFARLANE of Etobicoke. Cherished grandmother of Bob BEAN and Rhonda BEAN of Orillia; Brenda MALLETTE of Barrie; Betty (Brian) TRAVERS of Phelpston; Valerie McFARLANE (Yavuz CAN) of Innisfil; Marylee (Doug) LEE of Aylmer; David McFARLANE of Burlington; Elaine, Jeanette and Carolyn McFARLANE of Toronto and nine great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Doris (Harry) SAWYERS of Shelburne. Predeceased by her brother Branter HENRY, sister Musetta WATSON and grand_son Kevin BEAN. The family received Friends at the Doney Funeral Home on Saturday and Sunday. The funeral service took place in the funeral home chapel on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 3 p.m. Donations to Dufferin Oaks Auxiliary or Headwaters Health Care Centre, Shelburne would be appreciated.
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LEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-09-12 published
MULLIGAN, Hazel Violet (LEE)
In loving memory of our mom, grandma, and great-grandma, Hazel Violet MULLIGAN (LEE) who passed away September 17, 2006.
We did not know when the call came that day
That we would spend the weekend watching you slip away.
You did not seem to suffer; you appeared to have no pain
But we never got a last chance to say "we love you!" again.
We have added three little ones to the fold
Jacob, Megan and Avery will certainly be told
Stories of the wonderful great-grandma they had,
Memories are treasurers and we're so glad
We had so many years with you to share,
To show each other we really do care
Life goes on but it isn't the same
We often think of you and speak your name,
In each of our hearts you will remain
Our loving, caring mom and grandma; until we meet again.
Lovingly remembered by Donna, Linda, Ivan, Helen Kathy, Don, Patti and Marlene and families.
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LEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-12-19 published
BETTS- LEE, Shelley
In loving memory of our dear Shelley, who passed away December 12, within our hearts we'll always keep
A special place for you
And try to do our best to live
As you would want us to
As we love you, so we miss you
In our memory you're always near
Loved, remembered, longed for always
within the passing of each year.
- Always loved and remembered by Jim and Mom
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LEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-25 published
ANDERSON, Evelyn Marguerite (LISCOMBE)
At Summit Place Retirement Residence in Owen Sound on Thursday June 21, 2007. The former Evelyn LISCOMBE of Owen Sound and formerly of Meaford, at the age of 83. Predeceased by her husband, Lloyd ANDERSON, on November 1, 1986. Loving mother of David and his wife Marie of Chatsworth, Bonnie and her husband Jake GRIN of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Mavis and her husband Wade WILLIAMSON of Keady, Michael and his wife Dianne of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Patricia and her husband Fred DAWSON of Allenford, Charles and his wife Vicki of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, and Norma-Jean and her husband Lance EMBREE of Owen Sound. Fondly remembered by 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Mavis LEE of Norland and Florence ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and her husband Bill of Wilberforce. Predeceased by a brother, Bill LISCOMBE, and a sister, Marion SCOTT. A memorial service will be conducted at the Owen Sound Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness at Rockford on Wednesday June 27 at 2 p.m. Interment of Evelyn's cremated remains will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetey in Meaford at a later date. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, or a charity of choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher Street East, Meaford N4L 1B9 (519-538-1320) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

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LEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-07 published
LEE, Annie Isabel " Burnie" (June 17, 1913-May 24, 2007)
Peacefully in Durham in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Harvey Lamb LEE. Remembered lovingly by her son, Gordon (Sue) and daughter, Heather (Ted), 8 grandchildren; Tamara (Tom), Deanne (Kevin), Tony (Patricia), Jason (Susannah), Stuart (Diane), Julia, Tyler and Trison, and 8 great-grandchildren; Emma, Ben, Angus, Erik, Naomi, Tilson, Joshua and Parker. We wish to express our deep gratitude to the staff at Rockwood Terrace for their compassion and care of Mom/Grandma over the past 6 years. A celebration of her life was held at Rockwood Terrace on May 28, 2007. A memoriam will be held in Montreal at Wesley United Church on August 4, 2007 at 9: 30 a.m. Life is eternal - Love is immortal and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

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LEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-18 published
WALKER, Gordon Edward
At his home in Sauble Beach, with his family by his side Thursday afternoon August 16, 2007. Gord WALKER of Sauble Beach at the age of 69. Loving husband and best friend of the former Frances IANSON. Devoted and loved father of Wayne and his wife Carol and Paul and his wife Kathy all of Owen Sound, Susan WALKER and her husband Marc GIRARD of Collingwood and Kevin and his fiance Kim MIZEN of Sauble Beach. Lovingly remembered by his eleven grandchildren; April, Craig and Jay WALKER, Gregory, Michelle and John WALKER, Kari and Matthew CUNDY and Sydney, Mackenzie and Andy WALKER. Dear brother-in-law of Bill MIDDLETON and his wife Betty of Sauble Beach, Shirley LEE and her husband Murray of Port Perry and Evelyn HERON and her husband Keith of Norwood. Predeceased by his sister Joyce MIDDLETON . Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be conducted from the Hepworth Baptist Church Monday afternoon at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Zion Cemetery. Expressions of remembrance to the Diabetes Association or the Hepworth Baptist Church 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 Gord by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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LEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-30 published
QUESNEL, Mary (née LEE)
Peacefully at her home, on Thursday, November 29th, 2007, Mary QUESNEL, (née LEE,) of Owen Sound, in her 96th year. Wife of the late John QUESNEL. Mother of Larry (Nancy) QUESNEL, and Bob (Kathleen) QUESNEL, all of Owen Sound. Grandmother of many grandchildren. Mary is survived by her sister, Ruth MILLER of Owen Sound. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Gertrude LEE, her son, Ernie QUESNEL, and brothers and sisters. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound, (519-376-7492) on Saturday from 10: 00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. A Funeral Service for Mary QUESNEL, will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, December 1st, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Jack FEARNALL officiating. Interment in Leith Cemetery.

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LEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-02 published
McMURRAY, Marjorie (formerly GUNNESS)
Peacefully at Bluewater Health Centre, Sarnia, on Friday, December 29th, 2006, Mrs. Marjorie McMURRAY of Sarnia and formerly of London in her 88th year. Predeceased by her husbands William Hurd GUNNESS and Allan Ross McMURRAY. Loving mother of Carol (Edward) HEALY of Sarnia, Margaret (Steve) PAULSON of Winnipeg, Jean GUNNESS of London and Carmen (Nelda) GUNNESS of Mooretown. Sadly missed by her 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 7 great great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her brothers Reginald and Herbert MORTON and sister Irene TEEPLE. Friends may call at the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London (519-434-9141) on Tuesday, January 2nd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service from the Chapel on Wednesday, January 3rd at 10: 30 a.m. Pastor Michael LEE officiating. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial donations to Community Living would be appreciated. Tributes may be left a www.mem.com

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LEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-04 published
WELCH, Lima
After a short illness on Tuesday, January 2nd at Hillcrest Village Midland Ontario, Lima WELCH, formerly of London in her 94th year. Predeceased by husband Edward WELCH (1994.) Survived by step-daughter Barbara LEE and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Komoka Chapel on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to follow from the London Gospel Temple, 288 Commissioners Road West, London on Saturday, Janaury 6th, at 11 a.m. Pastor Lin ALBRECHT officiating. Interment Mount Brydges Cemetery.

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LEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-12 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, John William
Of Blenheim and formerly of South Harwich Township (where he farmed before his retirement) passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Born in Harwich Township 86 years ago son of the late William J. STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and Ethel ALLISON. Beloved husband of 63 years to the former Helen HUFFMAN. Dear brother of Margaret (Mrs. Verne LEE) of Blenheim and brother-in-law of Jack and his wife Mildred HUFFMAN of Harwich. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Georgia TERRY, brothers Ernest and Verne STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, niece Ethel RICHARDSON. Resting at the J.L. Ford Funeral Home in Blenheim for visitation on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and where a funeral service will be held on Saturday at 1: 30 p.m. with Pastor Ed NICOL officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials to the Fourth Line United Church Memorial Fund or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-04 published
BROWN, Eileen (née BROCK)
Peacefully in Halifax on 02 January, 2007. A long time resident of Bedford, Nova Scotia, Eileen was born at Rothesay, New Brunswick 14 May 1921, the daughter of C. Harold BROCK and Muriel GILLIS) BROCK. Predeceased by her husband George Albert (Capt. Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve) she is survived by sons Derek (Margaret Ann) Toronto and Brock (Donna LANDRY) Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, daughter Ann Louise (Stephen) ONYETT Lewiston, New York and son Mark (Martha) Bedford; as well as grandchildren George William BROWN, Charles Lee ONYETT, Jake Stephen ONYETT, Laura Eileen BROWN and Logan George BROWN and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by a sister, Susan and her two brothers Frederick (DSC, Lt. Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve) and John (DSC, Lt. Cdr. Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve). She is also survived by her sisters Nora LEE- WHITE/WHYTE of Rothesay, New Brunswick and Bettina DODDS- HEBRON of Toronto. Eileen was a graduate of Netherwood School for Girls, Rothesay, New Brunswick As well as a positive attitude, a sunny disposition and a great sense of humour, she loved the fellowship and companionship of Friends of all ages. A lifelong enthusiast of sports and politics, she adored life in Nova Scotia yet remained fiercely loyal to the Province of her birth. She was an early champion of the rights and duties of Canadian women, being of the inaugural class of volunteers into the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens) in World War 2, subsequently attaining the rank of Lieutenant Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service. A private family funeral has been held, her ashes to be spread by her beloved Navy on the cold grey waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. A memorial service will be held, notice to follow.

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-06 published
KORTE, Johan Eljas Kalervo (April 8, 1924-January 3, 2007)
After making a valiant 3 month effort to recover from the effects of a raumatic ruptured aneurism, John passed gently into his own 'good night' on January 3rd. He is survived by his harem beloved wife and partner of 52 years Adele (VOGEL,) daughters Johanne (Richard GREGORY) of Vancouver, Nancie LEE, Lu (Susan KING) and Karen all of Ottawa and Heidi (Robert McKEE) of Toronto. Ever the proud grandfather, 'Grampuns' will be sorely missed by Ryan, Keli, Lian and Derek GREGORY, Makena, Hayden and Lake KORTE- MOORE, Quincy and Jesse KORTE- KING and Kayla and Kieran McKEE. Predeceased by his mother and stepfather, Helvi and Eino RINTA, father Paavo KORTE and brother Matti KORTE. Born in Finland and raised in Montreal, John developed a love for the Laurentians and the ski crowd that taught him early on how to 'let 'em run' a phrase he'd enthusiastically repeat many times to young and old in his ski-obsessed family. John spent 42 years working for Bell Canada forging a successful career that began on Baffin Island and ended with 5 fascinating years spent in Saudi Arabia, before retiring to Ottawa. He was one of those fortunate few who loved every minute of his working life and considered it enriched by the experiences and colleagues who coloured his journey. John was a man who read widely, entertained graciously and was humbly grateful for the gifts of Friendship and family that meant so much to him. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you take the time to sit down with an old friend and share a story or two… remembering that the chances to do so pass us by all too soon. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (Ottawa), on Sunday, January 7th, 2007 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, January 8th, 2007 at 2: 30 p.m. Condolences may be sent to korte.nomad@gmail.com

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-13 published
DANN, Clifford Milton
After three philosophic years at Castleview-Wychwood Towers, Cliff died peacefully, at Toronto General Hospital on New Year's Eve 2006, at the age of 81. son of Olive (née BRASIER) and nephew of Lillian MONSON, Cliff never tired of remembering his glory days on the football and basketball teams at Humberside Collegiate. Along with spectator sports, he loved golf, cards, games, television, jazz and a good cup of coffee. With a work life beginning with Air Canada (then Trans Canada Airlines) and ending with Harrison and Blackburn Real Estate, Cliff always had time for his wide circle of Friends and anyone who pulled up a chair. Although dementia and Parkinson's Disease curtailed his activities in his last years, he never lost his enthusiasm for the visits from his daughter Cynthia (Dann BEARDSLEY) and his treasured grandchildren Rachel, Amelia and Max. "Grandpa" was extremely proud of them all but remained dismayed that they played piano better than they played golf. He enjoyed sports discussions with his son-in-law Jay INGRAM and conversations with his Friends, especially Frances STRETTON, Lou TICKINS and Royal COPELAND, and his cousin Pat GAVED of Guernsey, Channel Islands. Special thanks to Jill HALLAM at Castleview-Wychwood Towers and Doctor Melanie SPRING, Doctor Tony LEE, Lisa, Cecilia, Kayan, Lovelynn, Mike, Jackie, Judy, Linda and Pat of Toronto General Hospital's 13th floor. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 13 at the Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Visitation at 2 p.m. will be followed by a chapel service at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation -- IBD Research Program 525 University Avenue, Toronto M5G 2L3; or to the Toronto All-Star Big Band 3820 Bloor Street West, Toronto M9B 1K8.

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-08 published
BELT, Josephine (née NOURSE)
Josephine died on Friday, June 1, 2007 in her 97th year in Victoria, British Columbia. Beloved daughter of the late C.G.K. NOURSE of Winnipeg. Predeceased by her siblings Charlie, Lucy and Betty. Lovingly remembered in Ontario by her nephew Charles RUMSEY (Rosemary) great niece Sally REINERT (Bernie;) their children Amy and Eric REINERT; godson Terry McMEANS (Anna LEE,) and in British Columbia great nephew Charles RUMSEY (Phoebe.) Her passing is a loss to the Mark family of California, and to her many, many Canadian Friends, notably Laurelle Jones, Dorry Borgers, Edna Key and Wandra and Ian Ackhurst. Josephine was a remarkable woman who lived life to the fullest. She had a keen interest in all around her and travelled the world extensively before retiring to Victoria after her years of working and living in California. She will be sadly missed by all. At Josephine's request, no service will be held. Cremation has taken place.

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-13 published
LEE, Bruce Arthur (1959-2007)
Peacefully in hospital surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 10, 2007, after an illness of sudden onset, but long duration. Beloved son of Barbara Lee DARRAGH (James Hilton DARRAGH) and the late Thomas E. LEE. Loving brother of Robert and Jacques. Proud uncle of Jonah and Thomas. Bruce will also be missed by a wide circle of Friends and cousins. Bruce was an adventuresome cyclist, enjoyed the peace of nature and took special pleasure in writing poetry and playing music. He took readily to the internet which enabled him to form Friendships all over the world and enriched the fund of jokes he brought to any occasion. The family has the greatest appreciation for the exceptional kindness and care of the medical team of the Intensive Care Unit of the Ottawa Hospital General Campus. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, on Friday from 2-5 p.m. A private Celebration of Bruce's life will be held at a later date. A web page being posted now at http://www.magma.ca/~rel/bruce.html. In lieu of flowers if desired, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences/donations/tributes at: mcgarryfamily.ca (613-233-1143).

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-14 published
WALLACE, Michael Sydney (March 21, 1927-June 12, 2007)
Our family is sad to announce that Mike passed away at home on Tuesday, June 12 with Josie by his side. Married to Josephine DILL 53 years ago, Mike led the family from Montreal to Toronto, out to Winnipeg and then finally back to Toronto. Together they raised a great family of four children: Alistair (Corinne SCHUSTER,) Sarah (Paul HAMBLETON,) Derek (MaryAnn LEE) and Christopher (Katie THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON.) He will always be remembered as a wonderful grandfather by Teighan, Aiden, Ava, Aman, Catherine, Annie, Lizzy and Michael. So proud of his grandfather and great-grandfather's founding role at Bishop's College School, Mike attended Bishop's College School and later achieved his C.A. designation. He worked and made many Friends over the years at MacDonald Currie, Urwick Currie, P.S. Ross, Bay Bronze Inc., Wilson Office Specialty, Harrison and Crossfield, and finally, AC Technical, where he happily worked into his seventies. Being Mike meant: countless visits to the hockey rink, trips to the Winnipeg Winter Club, Chairman of the Board at Saint_John's Ravenscourt, always wishing for a sailboat at his birthday, helping with the L.P.A.A., and getting out on the course for a round of golf. A trip last summer to Tadoussac completed an important circle for Mike, returning to a place so special to him. Mike's love for life, his never ending support, love and encouragement, and his great sense of humour will be with us always. Husband, father, grandfather&hellip he will be so missed by all of us. 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, June 14 and 1-3 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 15. Service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 in Saint John's York Mills, 19 Don Ridge Drive, followed by a private family interment. Mike would have been so pleased if you would consider a donation to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 610 Unviersity Avenue, Toronto M5G 2M9 or a charity important to you. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-23 published
IRWIN, George Arthur
Suddenly at Kingston, Ontario on Wednesday, June 20, 2007. Beloved husband of the late Joan (2006), cherished father of Mary (Mark GIBSON), Jane (Mark BANYARD), Stephen (Jacqueline FRASER), Patricia (Kevin KITT,) Ruth (Patrick LEE,) and Timothy (Vicki COOK,) and loving brother of Eric (Sandra), John (Penny), and Patricia (Dennis BONHAM.) Adored by his grandchildren Catherine, Sarah, Oliver, Rachel, Rebecca, Scott, Elizabeth, Adam, Caitlin, Trevor, Meghan, Alison, David, Benjamin, Hannah, Jamey, Devan, and Calum. When not spending time with his grandchildren, George could be found outdoors. He was a keen gardener and avid bird watcher. He always made time to give back to his community through volunteer work with organizations such as the Bequia Mission, the Kingston Field Naturalist Club, and the Rideau Trail Association. He was active in his church and will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Resting at James Reid Funeral Home, Cataraqui Chapel (1900 John Counter Blvd. at Highway 2). Friends will be received Sunday 7-9 p.m. A celebration of George's life will be held at Saint Mark's Church, Barriefield, 268 Main Street, Kingston K7K 6W4 on Monday, June 25, 2007 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory may be made to Saint Mark's Church or to the Bequia Mission. (Donations by cheque only please) www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-27 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Blanche (née LEE)
Peacefully at the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington on Monday June 18, 2007 at the age of 91. Beloved wife and companion of Thomas George "George" THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Daughter of the late James and Mabel LEE. Predeceased by her sisters, Queenie and Ethel and her brothers James and Harold. Blanche was a long time member of the Burlington Golf and Country Club, an avid Curler, Golfer and Skier and member of The Hamilton Garden Club. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of Queen Elizabeth Way), Burlington (905-632-3333) on Friday, June 29, 2007 at 1 p.m. Cremation. If desired, expressions of sympathy to The Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Foundation -- Cancer Clinic would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-27 published
Neighbours noticed man's strange mood before killings
By Alex DOBROTA with a report from Timothy APPLEBY, Page A13
Toronto -- Outside his Scarborough house, Alton BECKFORD showed the buoyant face of a loving husband, a man often seen at barbecues and one who installed a basketball net on his driveway for neighbouring children.
But at other times, sources say, he was violent. One neighbour said yesterday that he had beaten his stepdaughter. And a source close to the investigation told The Globe and Mail that he is suspected of having attempted to sexually molest a teenaged girl.
Mr. BECKFORD, 32, is believed to have killed himself after stabbing to death his wife, 47, and his mother-in-law, 78.
The domestic tragedy unfolded Monday night, less than 30 minutes after he drove his family home from his stepdaughter's graduation at a nearby school, where they cheered the girl who had won a history award and made the honour roll.
The girl, 13, escaped the house bleeding from slash wounds, still wearing her graduation dress. She screamed: "Alton killed my mother!" one neighbour recalled.
Born in Jamaica, Mr. BECKFORD settled on quiet Knowles Drive three years ago. He moved in with his common-law partner, a Hong Kong émigré and her two children. The couple bought a red-brick townhouse with a double garage on a $175,000 mortgage.
The woman was overjoyed with her new life, neighbours said. She had escaped an abusive husband in Hong Kong, a neighbour said. And Mr. BECKFORD even helped her find a job at a factory where he worked as a technician.
But that picture started showing cracks last year, according to a friend of the girl.
"Almost all the time she called me on the phone and she started crying and she told me how he hit her with a belt," said Brittney LEE, 14.
Brittney said the girl called police this year to report the abuse. When officers showed up at the house, she changed her story, afraid her mother would suffer if Mr. BECKFORD was arrested, Brittney said.
Police could not confirm yesterday whether officers responded to a domestic call.
His stepson, 17, dropped out of high school and avoided Mr. BECKFORD whenever possible, Brittney said.
Reports of the man's violent side came as a shock to his neighbours.
Some said Mr. BECKFORD was often seen driving his stepdaughter to school. He also attended get-togethers in the neighbourhood.
Most neighbours agree, though, that his mood changed about one month ago, when he was fired from his job. He was seen brooding and complaining of headaches. Restless, he wandered around the neighbourhood, asking for Tylenol and Advil.
Yesterday morning, drips of blood still stained the white wooden railing of a neighbouring veranda, where the girl had collapsed bleeding and screaming for help the night before.
Behind the police tape that cordoned off her house's front lawn, a banner in Chinese characters gleamed. It read: "Congratulations! Wish you fortune! Wish you wealth!"

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-14 published
VANDERVEEN, Arnold
Passed away suddenly in Toronto on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at age 55. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife Irmeli (LEE;) mother Homiena; brothers Jan and Hans; sisters Margaret and his twin sister Ina; numerous nieces and nephews; Lee's sister Ritva, niece Rehana and nephew Karim. Arnold is predeceased by his father Frank. He also leaves many Friends including Jeff, Steve and Dan. Arnold was an extraordinary man who would truly do all he could for others. He will be greatly missed. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday, July 16, 2007 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. For those who wish, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-28 published
LEE, Lloyd George
Peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of Marion (née MILLS) for 64 years. Loving father of Louise CRAGG and her husband Chris, and Lorna UPTON and her husband Doug. Special Grandpa to Colin (Caroline), Cheryl and Cameron CRAGG, and David and Duane UPTON. Great-grandpa to Ethan CRAGG. Survived by brother Rupert LEE and sister Ruth WILSON. Predeceased by brothers Ronald, Elmer and Kenneth. Will be fondly remembered by their extended families. Lloyd left the family farm in Greenbank to forge a successful career in Toronto real estate, but remained a lifelong supporter of his home community. He was a strong supporter of the United Church, particularly Leaside United, Greenbank Gamblers baseball club and many other causes. He was an avid athlete well into his 80's and followed curling, hockey and baseball games daily. 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. on Monday, July 30th. Service will be held in Leaside United Church, 822 Millwood Road, on Tuesday, July 31st at 10: 30 a.m. with reception following. Interment at Greenbank Cemetery, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31st, Friends may gather afterwards at the Greenbank United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leaside United Church, Greenbank United Church or the charity of your choice. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-31 published
EGAN, Grant Martin
It is with deep sadness that we must tell you that the love of our life, Grant left us for the eternal ride on Thursday evening. We miss him very much but know that he is riding his Harley with the wind beneath him and the long scenic road before him, just as he would have wanted. Grant, beloved husband of Doctor Beverley LEE; son of Rodine and the late Willis EGAN. Loving father of Cary and Todd EGAN and father-in-law of Heather COWAN. Dear brother of Gayle POWELL, Lynda KROES and Carolyn OLSEN. Grant will be forever cherished in the hearts of his grandchildren Tyler EGAN, Madison EGAN and Emily COWAN. A celebration of Grant's life will be held on Friday, August 3, 2007 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Hwy 124, Nottawa, at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, Canadian Blood Services or Princess Margaret Hospital for Leukemia Research. The family invites Friends and family to sign the online guestbook by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-14 published
SCACE, Helen Lee
Helen Lee SCACE passed away, suddenly and peacefully, at Christie Gardens, in Toronto, on August 29, 2007. Helen was predeceased by her parents Pauline and Sandy STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, her brother Arthur SCACE and sister-in-law Anne Crocker SCACE. She was much loved by and is greatly missed by her niece Janet SCACE of Florida, nephew David SCACE of Victoria Harbour, grand nieces and nephews, Patrick, Lizzie, Gennesse and Tyler. Helen is also missed by aunt Christine STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Winnipeg,) cousins Jay STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and Peter MacNAIR (Victoria), Peter STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Nanaimo), Cathie Stewart LEE (Winnipeg) Rob STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and Tony STEWARD/STEWART/STUART.
Helen enjoyed life to its fullest; she delighted particularly in her beloved home city of Toronto which she knew intimately. Friends are invited to join the family for a Memorial Service in the celebration of Helen's life at Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge Street, Toronto) on October 10, 2007 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at another location; please contact the family for details. Helen's family appreciates the Friendship and care provided by the staff at Christie Gardens. Messages and condolences can be sent to hscace@sympatico.ca or Morley Bedford Funeral Services, 159 Eglinton Avenue, Toronto M4R 1A8 (416-489-8733).

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-19 published
PYSKLYWEC, Russell Walter
Passed away peacefully on October 17, 2007 at Etobicoke General Hospital at age 74. son of the late Nicholas and Barbara PYSKLYWEC, brother of Donald and Jean PYSKLYWEC, uncle for Andrea (Joseph,) Russell (Jenny,) Michael (Cindy,) Steven (Shara LEE.) Russell was a successful architect in Toronto and a long time resident on Merton Street. A memorial service will be held at Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2074 Yonge Street, (5 blocks south of Lawrence Ave.) on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow, with inurnment to take place at the Kirkland Lake District Cemetery at a later date. If desired, in memoriam contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-09 published
SMITH, Ruth Berk
A beautiful and gracious lady, passed away peacefully on Wednesday November 7, 2007 in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of 57 years of the late Isadore Edward SMITH. Mother and mother-in-law of Larry and Tracey SMITH, and Nancy-Gay and Max ROTSTEIN. Dear sister of Shirley SIMON. Grandmother of Cynthia SMITH, Ilyse SMITH and Mark KERZNER, Natalie and Joe HENRICH, Brooke SHEKTER, Marci ROTSTEIN and Tim EVANS, Stephen ROTSTEIN and Christina LEE, and Tracy ROTSTEIN and Andrew BERK. Adored great-grandmother of her nine great-grandchildren. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday November 9, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Larry SMITH and Family will be observing shiva at 58 Old Forest Hill Road. Nancy-Gay ROTSTEIN and Family will be observing shiva at 1 Benvenuto Place, apt. 202. Both shivas conclude Sunday night, November 11. Memorial donations may be made to The Isadore and Ruth Smith Foundation c/o Baycrest, (416) 785-2875.

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-28 published
VANSTONE, Jeffrey Turner
Jeff passed away in Grande Prairie, Alberta in the QE II Hospital on Saturday, November 24, 2007. He confronted metastatic melanoma with his usual determination and wry humour. He was 47 years old and a resident of Grande Prairie. Jeff was born in Montreal February 21, 1960 and received his schooling in Beaconsfield, Quebec and Toronto. He was active in hockey, golf and playing trumpet in the excellent music programs offered by the North Toronto schools. Jeff graduated in Business and Administrative Studies at Huron College of the University of Western Ontario. He then worked for Bata Shoes and was transferred to western Canada. Later in Edmonton, he worked in the hospitality industry for several years in restaurant management. Jeff moved to Grande Prairie in 2000 with his beloved partner Lizette BELAND and his dog Kayla. He worked for a while in the oil industry negotiating exploration permits with local landowners. Jeff returned to his key interests of hospitality, food and people by joining food services giant Sysco Canada. He serviced the hotel and restaurant industry in a large territory north of Grande Prairie to Peace River and beyond to High Level - almost to the Northwest Territories border. Jeff thoroughly enjoyed this work despite the extensive travel required, and built his territory to the point that it had to be divided. Extensive training courses in Ontario provided by Sysco, allowed him to broaden his industry knowledge. Jeff is survived by Lizette, parents Elaine and Donald VANSTONE and sister Suzanne VANSTONE of Toronto, brother Steve VANSTONE of Las Cruces, N.M.; aunts Dorothy Naylor CROWDER of Kingsville and Jo-Anne VANSTONE of Burlington, and aunt Grace LEE and uncle Ed LEE of West Vancouver, British Columbia, and cousins in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. He will be missed by Friends in Toronto and southwestern Ontario, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. A funeral service will be held in Grande Prairie on November 29. A memorial service is planned in Toronto on Thursday, December 6 at 1: 30 p.m. at Eglinton-St. George's United Church, (Lytton Boulevard and Duplex Avenue). If desired, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (www.cancerboard.ab.ca) or your charity of choice.

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-07 published
LEE, Barney

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Eve Ridout
Widow of Leonard A. TAILOR/TAYLOR, nearing her 92nd birthday, died peacefully and comfortably in her home in the presence of her daughters, on December 5, 2007. Devoted mother of Eve-Lynne J. TROXEL (George Fabian) and Jocelyn M. COOK. Loving grandmother of Matthew and Allison LEE, Rebecca TROXEL and Jillian COOK. Sister of Grace (Bill) CLEMENTS. Predeceased by brothers Howard, Ernest and George RIDOUT, sister Mary AYERS, and sister-in-law Irene ANDREWS. Eve was loved, admired and respected by all who knew her and her passing will leave a huge gap in the hearts of her family and Friends. Special thanks to Doctor Mark NOWACYNSKI, Annette DRINKWATER from Senior Peoples' Resource in North Toronto and nurse Judy DEMPSEY for all their warm and loving care. Memorial service will be held at Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home at 733 Mt. Pleasant Rd. in Toronto, on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. Flowers or donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated.

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LEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-31 published
BOURQUE, Patricia (née LEE)
Died peacefully, at home surrounded by her family on the morning of December 28th 2007, in her 83rd year, from pneumonia. She was predeceased by her husband Lt. Cdr Charles Alfred BOURQUE (1988). Pat is survived by her six children, Phillip (Ann), Patricia (Willy), Paul (Lenore), Peter (Laura), Anna (Philippe), and Julia (Mark,) and her grandchildren Samantha and Andreas BRUEGGER, Jacob and Claire BOURQUE, Michael, Louise, and Elizabeth BOURQUE, Alexandra, Sebastian and Charlotte POTTER. Pat was the daughter of Thomas LEE and Charlotta Cantfell LEE, of Halifax, Nova Scotia and sister of Peggy, (deceased), Blanche (deceased), Jennie, Paul, Robin, Mary, Heidi, and Sandy. Pat was a graduate of The Convent of The Sacred Heart ('44) and the Maritime School of Social Work ('46), York University (B.A. Psych '71). Pat retired in 1990 from a career in social work with the City of Toronto. A memorial celebration is planned for June.

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LEEDER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-06 published
Wiarton's Tom NORRIS dies at 68
Entrepreneur had drive to help others
By Tara BOWIE, Wednesday, June 06, 2007
A man who Friends and family said had a life ambition to help others died suddenly Monday at his home in Wiarton.
Tom NORRIS, described as an icon, a pillar in the community, an entrepreneur, a hard worker and a loving family man, died of a heart attack at 68.
For more than 40 years Mr. NORRIS raised money for a variety of causes including the Wiarton hospital, Owen Sound hospital, Easter Seals and the Gateway Haven seniors' home in Wiarton.
He would have celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with wife Gail in October. He was a proud father to six daughters and grandfather to 10 grandchildren, she said.
Her husband didn't have hobbies, Gail NORRIS said. His biggest interest was helping the community.
Using his influence and determination, Mr. NORRIS helped raise more than $5 million to help build the Wiarton hospital, she said.
Bill WALKER, a member of the Healthy Connections hospital fundraising campaign, regarded Mr. NORRIS as a mentor whose Friendship spanned more than 25 years.
"He's the type of guy that if he set his mind to it, no matter what it was, he would see it through," he said.
Mr. NORRIS's passion and determination helped save the hospital during the 1990s when the provincial Conservative government considered shutting it down, said longtime friend A.J. LEEDER.
Rallying more than 2,000 people in the Wiarton Arena, picking some up by bus, Mr. NORRIS lit a fire in people to save the hospital, LEEDER said.
Mr. NORRIS came up with the idea for Snowarama/Skiarama, which later became Winterama, in 1975. The fundraiser has helped raise money for Easter Seals and other children's causes.
He had a special place in his heart for children, LEEDER said.
He was a Rotary Club member, sat on the Wiarton recreation committee and was a founding member of the local Crime Stoppers organization. He brought celebrities including wrestler Whipper Billy Watson and performers Charley Pride, Anne Murray, Tommy Hunter and Stompin' Tom Connors to the area for fundraising events.
At 16, with only a Grade 8 education and help from mentor Don BUMSTEAD, NORRIS bought his first car and started a taxi business. That one cab turned into a fleet, which he sold to buy a bus. He grew his bus business into a 155-vehicle line.
NORRIS operated Owen Sound's transit system for the city when he died.
"Most unexpected outcome from a child with a limited chance. He took it and bloomed and blossomed," LEEDER said of his friend's life.
Member of provincial parliament Bill Murdoch's office is near the Owen Sound bus terminal. The two knew each other for more that 25 years and yelled at each other over the fence from time to time.
"The community will really miss him," Murdoch said. "He was simply the most generous person, always willing to help people."
Wiarton Mayor Gwen GILBERT knew NORRIS all her life and said it would be hard to find someone else who gave so much to his community.
"His legacy of hard work and determination will live on forever," she said.

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LEEDER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-21 published
RICKER, Jann " Janice" (née PERKINS)
Of Owen Sound passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, July 19, 2007 in her 62nd year. Cherished mother of Melody MORRIS, Shawn RICKER and Dana (Judith) RICKER, all of Owen Sound and Toby (Nici) RICKER of Bradford. She will be sadly missed by grandchildren Dayne, Corey, Sophie, Caitlynn, Heather and Mackenzie along with her cherished 'small dog' Scalliwag. Jann is predeceased by her parents Laura (RYDALL) and Melvan PERKINS. Jann was a familiar face to many as she delivered packages in Grey and Bruce Counties working as a courier driver for over 15 years. In accordance with Jann's wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and Friends may call at the George Funeral Home, Wiarton on Friday, July 27, 2007 from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 28th from 12: 00 noon. A.J.V. LEEDER will officiate the memorial service to celebrate Jann's life at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Colpoy's Bay Cemetery. Donations made to Toronto General Hospital or Princess Margaret Hospital would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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LEEDER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-23 published
In a weekend of gun violence, 11-year-old's death 'heartbreaking'
By Jessica LEEDER with a report from Jennifer LEWINGTON, Page A1
It was around midnight Saturday when two telltale cracks cut the sounds of happy partygoers and children playing outside right out of the air.
The fast pattern of gunfire that followed sent mothers within a North Toronto public housing complex into a panic. In No. 1880, the centre block, some began hollering out the names of their children, listening for their calls back.
While the shouting carried on, 11-year-old Ephraim BROWN was splayed on the ground in an alleyway next to the building, unable to even speak his name. Caught in a rain of gunfire while zooming around on his scooter, neighbours said, the Grade 6 pupil took a bullet to the neck. By the time a brood of women from the complex found him and carried him into a nearby unit to tend to him, his blood pressure had dropped. It appeared they were too late.
"I was holding him in my arms," a women who gave her name as Karen said. "As soon as I held him, I knew there was something wrong. We were trying to do cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. We were trying," she said, shaking her head.
Young Ephraim, the city's 43rd homicide victim of the year, was one of three males in the Toronto area killed by gunfire over the weekend, prompting renewed calls for a crackdown on illegal guns and an end to the gang violence that has made the northern corridor of Toronto's Jane Street notorious.
The Toronto shootings came as gun-related violence played out in other Canadian cities over the weekend. Three women and a man were shot outside a downtown nightclub in Winnipeg when a man walked up to a group standing outside the entrance of the club and fired seven shots before fleeing on foot, police said. The man, believed to be a bouncer, was seriously injured. In Halifax, Glenn Brian Bourgeois, 37, died Saturday afternoon after he was shot several times and left on the street.
Toronto Mayor David Miller, the father of an 11-year-old, noted that all shooting deaths are tragedies, but he called Ephraim's death "exceptionally heartbreaking."
Late yesterday, while police continued their investigation into the boy's shooting at the complex near the intersection of Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue West, children on bicycles nonchalantly wove over and under police tape, as if the yellow streamers were simply decorations left over from a birthday party.
Among some violence-weary residents lounging in the hot afternoon sun amidst the police tape, it seemed as if a malaise has set in.
"Another life gone. Nothing we can do," one young mother said. "It happens all the time. I'm not afraid it's spreading: I know it's spread. Before this happened, this part of Jane… was considered safe," she said.
Up the road at a community police detachment, Ephraim's family, who moved to the complex only recently, appealed to their neighbours for help in solving his killing.
"It could just as easily have happened to one of your family members," Amanda TAILOR/TAYLOR, Ephraim's 23-year-old sister, said yesterday while clutching her brother's picture to her chest and fighting back tears.
"For those of you who don't know me or my family or my little brother, I'm sure what I'm about to ask you is going to sound like a really big favour," she said. "I'm asking if you know anything, anything at all, you say something. We all know somebody out there knows something."
While police have yet to make any arrests in the shooting, Toronto Police Detective Sergeant Gary GIROUX said police are working with numerous witnesses. The incident has its roots in a birthday party held at the complex Saturday that got out of hand when rival gang members carrying handguns came face to face.
Ephraim was saying goodbye to some Friends, about to wheel his way home, when numerous shots were fired, neighbours said.
Toronto Police Chief Blair yesterday vowed to make Ephraim's shooters "pay for the terrible crime they committed."
He said he spoke with Mr. Miller and Attorney-General Michael Bryant, and both pledged to do "anything and everything that is required" to apprehend and prosecute the shooters, and to stop the trend of violence in the area.
He also implored the community not to engage in retaliation.
"That will not bring the young boy back," he said.

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LEEPER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-01 published
DE TARICZKY, Pauline Mabelle (née JUST)
Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, Pauline passed away at Park Lane Terrace in Paris, Ontario on Wednesday October 31, 2007. Beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Gladys JUST. Survived by her sister Marion LANGSTON and her son Jim LANGSTON, III, Florida. Forever missed by her dear cousins Cynthia HARDING- LEEPER and her husband John, Paris and Gladys CUTLER, Toronto. Survived by her niece Marilyn GLOVER, Michigan. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Dwayne D. Budgell Funeral Home, Paris, Ontario. A committal service will be held at the Just Mausoleum, in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, 375 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario on Saturday November 3rd at 11: 30 a.m. In Pauline's memory donations to the charity of your choice in her memory would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be sent to budgell.funeralhome@sympatic o.ca. Budgell's (519) 442-2200

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LEEPER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-13 published
LEEPER, Muriel (née REUBEN)
Passed away on November 11, 2007. Age 90. Predeceased by her husband Robert. Survived by her children; Desmond, Cyril, Michael, Patricia, Paul, Marian and James, as well as her loving sister Lucille. Will be sadly missed by her many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and music students that studied with her. Resting at Bates and Dodds Funeral Services (931 Queen Street West, Toronto). Visitation on Thursday, November 15, 2007 from 9: 30 a.m. until funeral service at 12 noon. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

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LEERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-01 published
WILSON, Angus Macdonald, M.D.
Class of 1947, University of Toronto, died at the Stratford General Hospital on Thursday August 30, 2007.
Gus practised family medicine in Stratford for forty-three years. He was loved and highly respected by his patients, his colleagues and his many Friends.
Gus was predeceased by his beloved wife Doris Marion SOPER (Dorie). He leaves his dearly loved wife Margaret Hunt LEERS, four sons, John (Dale), Robert (Penny), Douglas (Tina), James (Janine), daughter-in-law Sue and stepson Heiko-Dietrich LEERS (Ingrid.)
Gus loved his many grandchildren and was immensely proud of them. He counted among his treasures, Cameron WILSON, Andrew and Meg WILSON, Stuart, Scott and Douglas Ian WILSON, Alexander and Michael WILSON, Erik-Dietrich, Tanya and Steffi LEERS.
He will be greatly missed by all who cherished his smile, his abiding kindness, and his sharp, though quiet wit.
A memorial service will be held at the W.G. Young funeral home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Monday September 3rd at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Stratford Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Stratford General Hospital Building Fund, the Stratford - Perth Museum Capital Fund or to the charity of one's choice through the funeral home. wgyoungfuneralhome.com

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LEES o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-09 published
LYONS, Kathleen Isabel (HOPKINS)
Entered into God's care in Owen Sound on Sunday. October 7th, 2007, at the age of 84 years, the former Kathleen HOPKINS of Tobermory, wife of the late Lorne LYONS, mother of Ruth and her husband John BAINBRIDGE of Iqaluit, and Barbara and her husband John ZYCH of Port Elgin. Grandma to Andrew, Katie and Steve, Stewart and Jamie, Tanya and Scott, and Amy and Scott. Great-grandma to Taylor, Eleanor, Anna and Brea, sister of Barney HOPKINS and his wife Madelyn of Tobermory. She is predeceased by brothers Harry and Carl HOPKINS, and her sister Minerva LEES. Friends may call at Tobermory United Church in Tobermory from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday evening. Funeral service will be conducted in the church on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Susan SHANTZ officiating. Interment Dunk's Bay Cemetery. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #290 Auxiliary will hold a memorial service in the church on Tuesday evening at 6.45 p.m. Memorial contributions to the Tobermory United Church or to the Grey-Bruce Health Services would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial on line at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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LEES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-26 published
The humble legend
'He was one of the last of the giants, but his music and contributions will be eternal.' Jazz impresario Quincy Jones 'He was a regular on the French stage, where the public adored his luminous style.' French President Nicolas Sarkozy 'He was the kindest, gentlest, most forgiving person on the face of the earth.' Senator and jazz pianist Tommy Banks
By Peter CHENEY, Page A1
Mississauga -- The street is pleasant but ordinary, and so is the house, a two-storey monument to the forgettable architecture of the late 1960s. There's a two-car garage, a neatly kept lawn and a driveway flanked by a pair of coach lamps. But look closer, and you realize that this is a very special house indeed.
There is a windowless brick addition that looks like a military command centre, and on the front door, carved into the wood so subtly that you might miss it, is the face of one of the world's most famous and respected musicians - jazz legend Oscar PETERSON, once described as "the maharaja of the piano."
Mr. PETERSON, who died this weekend at 82, put Canada on the world musical map and helped forge a new era in race relations. Yet he spent much of his life in a world drawn straight from The Brady Bunch, a universe of suburban tract homes, strip malls and winding avenues with names like King Forrest Drive and Friar Tuck Boulevard.
Although his choice of neighbourhoods surprised many, Mr. PETERSON loved Mississauga. "He felt at home there," said his niece, Sylvia SWEENEY. "It was his world."
Mr. PETERSON's house was tweaked to his special needs. There was a soundproof brick studio that held his Bosendorfer grand piano and multitrack recording suite. The bay windows that faced the street were replaced with opaque glass blocks, to prevent the curious from spying. But this was not the home of a star.
"All he wanted was an ordinary life," Gene LEES, who authored a biography of Mr. PETERSON, said. "He wasn't a celebrity show-off."
To those who knew him best, Mr. PETERSON's address was the result of his love-hate relationship with Canada and its approach to visible minorities. The musician chose Mississauga in the early 1970s after being snubbed by a landlord in Toronto's wealthy Forest Hill neighbourhood who refused to rent to him because he was black.
In the suburbs, Mr. PETERSON found a new, more open society. Although it was largely white, Mississauga seemed more amenable to change, if only because it lacked the crushing social history of downtown Toronto, still a White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant bastion at the time.
"I think it was a case of not being rejected," Ms. SWEENEY said. "In Mississauga, he got a chance to know his neighbours and build a history together."
Mr. PETERSON, the son of a railroad porter, was a musical icon by the time he reached his mid-20s. He learned to play the piano from his sister Daisy (who went on to become a world-renowned music instructor) and dazzled fans around the world with his impeccable technique and musical imagination. But in Canada, where blacks were still a tiny minority, Mr. PETERSON felt himself largely shut out by a white-dominated musical and cultural establishment that controlled access to key venues - particularly the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which Mr. PETERSON loathed until the end of his life.
Mr. PETERSON played a critical role in the battle for equal rights, using his professional stature and personal dignity to help erode long-standing barriers. Mr. LEES, a former Hamilton Spectator reporter who went on to become the editor of a music magazine and Mr. PETERSON's biographer, met him in 1951, when Mr. PETERSON was caught up in a racial dispute. Mr. LEES was assigned to cover the story when a Hamilton barber refused to cut Mr. PETERSON's hair because he was black.
Mr. LEES came away impressed by Mr. PETERSON's strength of character, and by his humanity. Although he pursued the complaint against the barber because he was offended by the man's prejudiced attitude, Mr. PETERSON later spoke on the barber's behalf when Hamilton city officials moved to revoke his business licence.
"He was never a nasty guy," Mr. LEES said. "And he believed that the point had been made. He was angry about what had happened, but he didn't want to destroy the man. He said: 'This is Canada. Here, the law is on my side.' "
His long Friendship with Mr. PETERSON and other black jazz greats gave Mr. LEES an inside view of the rejection they faced - even though they were wealthy and famous, many experienced racism in its cruellest, rawest form. He remembered how Mr. PETERSON was threatened by redneck Southern sheriffs, and how the manager of a Ritz-Carlton hotel in the 1960s tried to stop him from performing, saying, "That nigger isn't coming into this hotel."
Mr. PETERSON fought racism on several fronts. In the early 1970s, he lobbied to have more minorities on television shows and advertisements, in the belief that white-dominated media marginalized other cultures.
"He thought that kids got their view of the world from what they saw on television," Ms. SWEENEY said. "He was way ahead of his time."
Mr. PETERSON married four times. His first wife was black. The others were white. This surprised Mr. LEES, who believed that Mr. PETERSON had rejected mixed marriage - he had told his biographer that unions between blacks and whites demanded "incredible intellectual unselfishness."
When Mr. LEES asked Mr. PETERSON about his apparent about-face, the musician listened patiently, then explained that Mr. LEES had failed to understand him: "I didn't say I was against it," he said. "I just said it was hard."
To his neighbours in Mississauga, Mr. PETERSON was a compelling figure, an unpretentious, decent man who happened to be a world-renowned musical genius.
"He was very gracious," said Renneth BEGBIE, a retired school teacher who lived next to Mr. PETERSON for 22 years. "So is his family."
Mr. PETERSON wore his fame lightly, Ms. BEGBIE said. He and his wife sent her a Christmas card each year, and apologized for the mess when they landscaped their yard. In return, she treated Mr. PETERSON as he wished - like anybody else.
"That's just common sense," she said. "He was my neighbour. People need to be respected and appreciated for who they are. If Julia Roberts lived next door, I'd do the same thing."
Award highlights
Oscar PETERSON accumulated about 100 awards, prizes and honorary degrees, eight Grammys and two Junos.
1972: Officer, Order of Canada.
1978: Inducted, Juno Hall of Fame.
1984: Companion, Order of Canada.
1992: Governor-General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.
1997: Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and an International Jazz Hall of Fame Award.
1999: Praemium Imperiale Award, the Nobel equivalent for the arts.
2000: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Music Prize.

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LEESON o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-03 published
William George " Bill" LEESON
In memory of William George "Bill" LEESON who passed away at Huronview on Saturday, December 23, 2006 in his 92nd year.
Beloved husband of the late Idella LEESON (1996.) Dear father of David and Joan LEESON of Kitchener. Loving grandfather of Ryan and Brock. Survived by brother Everett LEESON. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Fred and Catherine LEESON, sisters Hilda FINDLAY, Neola SANDERS and brother Roy LEESON. Visitation was held at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd., at East Street, Goderich on Wednesday from 11 am until the time of service at 12 noon. Interment at Maitland Cemetery. Donations to Knox Presbyterian Church or the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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