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LESA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-06 published
TRAYLOR, Wayne Douglas
Passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Thursday, January 4, 2007. Wayne was born 58 years ago in Chatham to his parents the late Bernice (COSBY) and the late Orial TRAYLOR. Surviving him is a sister Brenda LESA and her husband Bob of Blenheim and a son Josh TAILOR/TAYLOR of Windsor. Also surviving is a step-father John WANT of Ridgetown, a step-sister Jon-Ann WANT of Sarnia and a step-brother Richard WANT of Camlachie. Cremation has taken place and Friends are invited to share in a celebration of Wayne's life to be held at the Blenheim Moose Hall (78 Marlborough Street, Blenheim) on Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Friends wishing to make a donation in memory of Wayne are asked to consider the Chatham branch of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Donations may be arranged by calling or visiting the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, (519)-676-9200. A private interment of the cremation urn in Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown, will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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LESAUVAGE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-23 published
CLOSE, Derril Roberta Maxine
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Thursday, June 21st, 2007. Derril Roberta Maxine CLOSE, of Owen Sound, in her 65th year. Loving mother of Karolyn KING and her husband, James, of Edmonton, John BITTORF and his wife, Tessa, of Owen Sound and Janice BEATTIE and her husband, Walter SCHORBACH, of Massie. Proud grandmother of Jodie, David, Jonathon, Alex, Julia, Steven and Allan. Derril was the dear sister of Merrilyn RYDALL, of Oliphant; the beloved twin sister of Sherril SEVIER and her husband, Jack, of Paris; the most cherished sister of Robyn CLOSE and her husband, Brian LESAUVAGE, of Owen Sound. Dearest best friend of Michael BEAUDON, of Owen Sound. Predeceased by her parents, Delbert and Dorothy CLOSE; her dearest sisters, Elizabeth HEIGHES and Doris McLAUGHLIN; her brother-in-law, Doug RYDALL. Derril touched many lives with her beauty, dignity, great sense of style, kindness, her caring for others and compassion. A Memorial Service for Derril CLOSE will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 865 - 2nd Avenue West, Owen Sound on Monday, June 25th, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Ted CREEN officiating. Visitation at the Church one hour prior to service. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as your expression of sympathy and may be made through the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492).

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LESKO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
LESKO, Madeline Zelinda
Peacefully, through the mercy of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart, the angels and saints, and through the souls in purgatory, Madeline Zelinda LESKO has joyfully been called to resurrection and to join the Church Triumphant. Madeline (68), who passed from this life on Friday, January 12, 2007, was predeceased by her husband Michael in January of 1991. Beloved mother of Katherine Ann SMITH (Brad) of North Bay, Christopher Michael LESKO, of London, Raquel Inez BUNDGARD (Paul,) of London, and Andrew John LESKO (Maggie,) also of London. Loving grandmother and Nonna to Adam and Nolle (North Bay), James and Daniel (London), and Aphaia and Michael (London.) Madeline is survived by her mother, Ines BARATTA, sister Raquel LEHMAN (Ken,) of London, and step-sister Patricia BROWN, of Brentwood, British Columbia, and her nieces and nephews. Madeline, through her family, expresses her sincere and heartfelt gratitude to family and Friends, those near and far, for their loving support, both spiritually and physically, over the years and these past months. Sincere gratitude and thanks are also expressed to the staff of Parkwood Hospital. Visitation will be at Saint Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, 46 Cathcart Street, on Monday, January 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers in the evening at 7 o'clock. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the church on Tuesday, January 16, at 10 a.m. (traditional feast day of Our Lady of Refuge). As our Blessed Mother said to Saint_Juan Diego: "Know for certain, dearest and lowliest of my sons, that I am the perfect and perpetual Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God, through whom everything lives, the Lord of all things, who is Master of heaven and earth…Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain…Let nothing else worry you, disturb you". Requiescat in pace Domini (John T. Donohue Funeral Home)

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LESLIE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-28 published
BARNARD, Marjorie Alma (née LESLIE)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Wednesday, June 27th, 2007. Marjorie Alma BARNARD (née LESLIE,) of R.R.#2, Owen Sound, in her 95th year. Dearly beloved wife of the late W.W. (Wib) BARNARD. Loving mother of the late Leslie BARNARD and the late Marjorie (Cookie) SHANTZ- SEELEY. Dear mother-in-law of Georgina BARNARD and her partner, Lloyd BUMSTEAD. Marjorie will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Todd BARNARD (Shari,) Bruce BARNARD, David ALLEN, Eva DE GASPERIS and Paul SHANTZ Jr. her great-grandchildren, Ashley McNEIL, Ryan ALLEN and Kyle BARNARD her great-great-grand_son, Michael SMITH; her special nieces and nephews; her step-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents, James and Annie LESLIE: her brothers, Robert, Ed and Charles LESLIE; her sisters, Ella MORRISON and Eva HILTS. A Funeral Service for Marjorie BARNARD will be held in the Chapel of the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 -- 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519)-376-7492 on Friday, June 29th, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. David SHEARMAN officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Autism Society or the Owen Sound Rotary Club as your expression of sympathy.

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LESLIE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-31 published
CRAWFORD, Bryan (February 24, 1942-July 29, 2007)
After a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, in his 66th year, at his home surrounded by his devoted family members on July 29, 2007. Beloved husband, friend and sole mate for over 42 years to his loving wife Lorna (SPARLING.) He will be dearly missed by his children, Mark (Heather) of Orangeville, Jennifer MOORE (Greg) of Orangeville and Ryan (Sabrina) of Maxwell. Fond memories of Grandpa will be forever cherished by grandchildren Tyler, Jenna, Jayson, Lauryn, Alison and Avery. Predeceased by his parents William and Virtue (WATCHORN) and sister Susan. Survived by siblings Ronald (Dorothy) of Huntsville, Arthur (Jackie) of Manitoulan Island, Douglas (Shirley) of Napanee and Sharon LESLIE (Jack) of Smith Falls. Bryan will be sadly missed by many relatives and close Friends. The family will receive Friends at the Dods and McNair Funeral Home and Chapel, 21 First Street, Orangeville (519-941-1392) on Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice Dufferin 39 First St Orangeville, Ontario L9W 2E3. A tree will be planted in memory of Name in the Dods and McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 9th, 2007 at 2: 30 p.m.
Without your smiles and laughter our lives will never be the same
(Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com)

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LESLIE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-05 published
ESPLEN, James Bruce
Suddenly at his residence on Thursday, November 1st, 2007, at the age of 71 years, Jim ESPLEN of Port Elgin and formerly of Burgoyne. Husband of the former Elaine DANIEL. Father of Lisa of Burgoyne and Kerri and her husband Kelly ANDREWS of Whitby. Grandpa to Curtis and Connor COBEAN, and Emma and Ben ANDREWS. Brother of Norma and her husband Clare LOCKMAN of London, Jean and her husband Gord SCOTT of Allenford, and Freda and her husband Al BARBER of Baden. Jim is also survived by his sisters-in-law Margaret ESPLEN, and Doreen and her husband Bev WARK, all of Port Elgin. He will be sadly missed by his special friend Eric LESLIE, and by his several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother-in-law Mac ESPLEN. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 4th, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted in Port Elgin United Church, 840 Bruce Street, Port Elgin on Monday morning at 11: 00 a.m., with the Rev. Gordon WILLIAMS officiating. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation or to the Bruce County Plowmen's Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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LESLIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-31 published
LESLIE, Clarence Arthur " Les," P.Eng.
(June 21, 1913-July 24, 2007)
With great sorrow the family of Les announces his unexpected passing. He died peacefully and without pain from a sudden heart attack at the Oakville Hospital. Les is survived by his loving wife 'Jo' of 59 years, son Bryan (Ruth), daughter Karen (Doug), grandchildren Kimberley (Wesley), Sean, Joch, Boone, Clint and Sarah and great-grandchildren Seth and Dallas. Les was born in Haileybury, Ontario. He attended the Haileybury School of Mines from 1927-1931. He worked for 10 years as a designer draftsman - 7 years at Kirkland Lake and 3 years in Peru. He graduated as an Electrical Engineer in 1944 with honours. He then joined the army and was discharged in 1946. He attended Michigan State University and received his Civil Engineering degree, thereafter. In 1948 he married the love of his life and the newlyweds settled in S.W. Africa for 6 years. Both children were born there. In 1955 he moved the family to Murdockville, Quebec for 2 years. His career then led him and his family to Brazil for 4 years. He brought his family back to Canada to Oakville, Ontario in 1961. Les and Jo set up a private consulting company, Leslie Engineering in the early 1960's. He retired in the early 1990's. His career allowed him to experience and travel the 4 corners of the globe. Les was an accomplished finishing carpenter and had a passion for boating. He was robust and healthy his entire life. An Irish doctor once told him that he has the intestinal fortitude of Davy Crockett. He split firewood by hand well into his 80's and enjoyed long walks almost every day. He was an avid reader and loved the summer heat and suntanning. He said he was a tropical boy at heart. Les was a loyal and loving husband and was Jo's rock throughout her health challenges. At Les's request cremation has taken place and a private family service was held.

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LESLIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-05 published
LESLIE, Thelma Josephine "Jo" (née REEVES)
(April 26, 1921-October 1, 2007)
On October 1st, Jo peacefully passed at the Post Inn Village home in Oakville at the age of 86. Her husband Les was there to meet her and escort her to heaven. He patiently waited for her for only 69 days. They were married for 59 years. She will be missed by her son Bryan (Ruth), daughter Karen (Doug) and her six grandchildren Kimberley (Wesley), Sean, Joch, Boone, Clint and Sarah and two great-grandchildren Seth and Dallas. She is survived by her sister Jewel and brother Eric. Jo (nee REEVES) was born in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, where she finished high school. She received her nursing degree at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, in 1947. On February 18, 1948 she married C.A. LESLIE 'Les', P. Eng. They moved to S.W. Africa the same year and resided there for 6 years where both her children were born. They then moved to Murdockville, Quebec, for 2 years and then packed their bags again and headed the family to Brazil for 4 years. The last move was to Oakville, Ontario. They set up their Company, Leslie Engineering, in Toronto. Jo was a wonderful accountant and secretary running the office in top form brimming with professionalism and interjected with a great sense of humour. She was an exceptional wife, homemaker and mom. Jo worked as hard at home as she did at the office. She enjoyed refurbishing antiques, hardwood floors and spent countless hours stitching needlepoint artwork for our home. She was a master at home decor, house painting, and a self taught landscaper and gardener of her huge yard. The results of her talents would have been an asset to the magazine Better Homes and Gardens. Her abilities didn't stop there. Her cooking was a delight and her dinner parties were the envy of the neighborhood. She taught herself how to knit and was an excellent seamstress. Her most outstanding quality was her great sense of humour especially during times of challenges or adversity. A special thank you to Doctor Milloy for your years of service and to her special caregivers, Christy, Elva and Stella. Thank you to the Post Inn Village nurses and Personal Support Workers who so lovingly cared for Jo during her short stay there. Your compassion and caring will never be forgotten. At Jo's request cremation has taken place and a private family service was held.

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LESLIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-24 published
HICKEY, Leslie Ann (née HEENAN) R.N., DPH
Born September 8, 1940, passed away November 21, 2007 in her 68th year. Cherished wife of Thomas Alfred HICKEY. Loving mother of Thomas Andrew (Drew) HICKEY and his wife Deborah, Pamela Alice HICKEY, Peter Grant HICKEY and wife Wendy RINELLA. Loving grandmother of Jessica Louise HICKEY and Grant Andrew HICKEY. Survived by her dear mother Ruth Alexandria HEENAN and predeceased by her father Wilbrod (Wib) John HEENAN. Survived by her sister Heather Ruth HEENAN and brothers Peter Walter HEENAN and John Stuart HEENAN and their spouses and their children. Survived by her sister-in-law Mary Ann HICKEY and her children. Also, survived by uncles Stuart, Grant and Frank LESLIE. Our thanks go out to the exceptional team at McMaster Medical Centre 3ZN as well as a special thanks to Doctor P. WASI and the staff and nurses for their wonderful care and compassion. In keeping with Leslie's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private interment will take place in Grove Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to join in a celebration of Leslie's life on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 23 Melville Street, Dundas. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to one of the following: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, 480 University Avenue, Suite 1502, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V2 The Colin B. Glassco Charitable Foundation, 64 New Street, S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 3Y1; or The Hamilton Community Foundation, 120 King Street W., Suite 700, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4V2. www.catteleatonandchambers.ca

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LESLIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-28 published
HICKEY, Leslie Ann (née HEENAN,) R.N., DPH
Born September 8, 1940, passed away November 21, 2007 in her 68th year. Cherished wife of Thomas Alfred HICKEY. Loving mother of Thomas Andrew (Drew) HICKEY and his wife Deborah, Pamela Alice HICKEY, Peter Grant HICKEY and wife Wendy RINELLA. Loving grandmother of Jessica Louise HICKEY and Grant Andrew HICKEY. Survived by her dear mother Ruth Alexandria HEENAN and predeceased by her father Wilbrod (Wib) John HEENAN. Survived by her sister Heather Ruth HEENAN and brothers Peter Walter HEENAN and John Stuart HEENAN and their spouses and their children. Survived by her sister-in-law Mary Ann HICKEY and her children. Also, survived by uncles Stuart, Grant and Frank LESLIE. Our thanks go out to the exceptional team at McMaster Medical Centre 3ZN as well as a special thanks to Doctor P. WASI and the staff and nurses for their wonderful care and compassion. In keeping with Leslie's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private interment will take place in Grove Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to join in a celebration of Leslie's life on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 23 Melville Street, Dundas. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to one of the following: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, 480 University Avenue, Suite 1502, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V2 The Colin B. Glassco Charitable Foundation, 64 New Street, S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 3Y1; or The Hamilton Community Foundation, 120 King Street W., Suite 700, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4V2. www.catteleatonandchambers.ca

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LESLIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-22 published
LESLIE, Joanna (1947-2007)
Peacefully at home in Ottawa on Thursday, December 20, after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. Daughter of Forester Wilcox LESLIE and Margaret Sweet LESLIE, Joanna will be missed and fondly remembered by her sister and brother-in-law Christy and Gregory LUDLOW, cousins Ian and Libby LESLIE, goddaughter Emma CALVERT, and her many Friends from Mount Alison and Ottawa. A special thanks to Doctor Lisa ALDRIDGE and Joanna's many caregivers, especially Rosalina GARCIA. Friends and family are invited to gather at Kelly Funeral Home, 585 Somerset Street (Ottawa) on Sunday, December 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A brief Memorial Service will take place at Kelly Funeral Home on Saturday, January 12 at 4 p.m. Donations in Joanna's memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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LESNIAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2007-01-11 published
Full life's worth of big-hearted giving
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary writer, Page R2
People usually have only nice things to say about the departed some of which might even be true -- but with Kelly SILVERSTEIN people always had only nice things to say about him.
He really was just the greatest guy. Always there for kids -- any kid, not simply his own two boys. He was the fundraiser you could count on. And a coach for eight teams spread through four different sports.
He was the brother who rescued his fraternity when it teetered on bankruptcy. The volunteer who always raised the most money every year at Big Brothers and Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake. The parent who donated the Raptors tickets that pushed the bidding over the top at the school auction. The Dad who slipped the school principal a cheque for sports camp for an underprivileged student he thought particularly talented.
So when SILVERSTEIN died November 20 at age 42 just four days after he was diagnosed with leukemia, there was a shocked silence throughout his Hillcrest community.
And people wept when they heard.
There was standing room only at Holy Blossom Temple -- more than 1,200 people attended. The line snaked around the corner, and the service was 25 minutes late starting.
"You could feel it," said Rabbi John MOSCOWITZ. " There was a sense the very best one of us had just died."
SILVERSTEIN's Friends and family -- wife Jill, sons Oliver and Jonah -- were there, as were his fraternity brothers, his work colleagues, the teachers from the schools where he coached, kids from the teams he coached, but also the guy who worked in the underground parking lot in the building that housed his office.
He was that kind of guy.
"He was a stand-up kind of guy," said Terry KARIS, his barber at the Forest Hill Barber Shop. The two talked about more than the weather when SILVERSTEIN came in for his camouflage cut -- short on sides, long on top -- to hide the hair thinning on top.
In the fall of 2005, SILVERSTEIN invited KARIS to a hockey old-timers function.
"My son Adam was on the ice with Guy Lafleur. How good is that?" said KARIS.
It got better, though. KARIS had forgotten his camera and just as he and his son were about to leave, SILVERSTEIN hauled them over to Lafleur and took their picture together.
"He found a camera somewhere, somehow, because he knew I was a Montreal fan. And he wasn't even one. He put it in a frame and gave it to me. I treasure that picture," said KARIS.
"He was goodness personified," said Michael KALLES, a fraternity brother. "He gave his all to everything. He wasn't a guy who asked you to lift a heavy piano and he carried the piano bench. He'd be carrying 15 pianos." When they were students at the University of Western Ontario together, it was SILVERSTEIN who started Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.
First they met in a bedroom, then SILVERSTEIN got the idea they should rent a house; then he decided they should buy one -- which they did, choice real estate at the corner of Cheapside and Richmond Sts. -- because he raised a ton of money.
He started a chapter at the University of Windsor as well.
"Kelly did all the heavy lifting," KALLES said. He mobilized them to raise the $10,000 they needed to retain their charter when their chapter got in financial trouble. "He would say that we have to ensure that the frat would be around when our kids wanted to join."
He was always doing it for kids.
"He really was as fine a person as you would ever meet," said John HUNTER, principal of Hillcrest public school, where the SILVERSTEIN sons had attended and their father coached.
He started the basketball team there -- for five years he called practices for 7: 30 a.m. before he went to work. There was an offer on the table for him to come back and coach again this winter.
"He was so kind to the kids. He had a lot of trouble cutting them (from the team)," Hunter said.
For four years he coached two hockey teams in the North Toronto house league. For even longer he also coached two soccer teams, as well as baseball and basketball teams. Basketball was his favourite sport, possibly because he was six-foot-four.
He'd take his teams out for chicken wings; he'd sweep his sons' Friends up along on their family outings.
"Lunch became dinner and then supper. It was always one more invitation. That was the way it was with the whole family. They were a team," said Elaine LESNIAK, a single mom whose son, Ari, 14, had been Oliver's best friend until they went to different schools.
That never stopped SILVERSTEIN. "At the bus when the kids were going off to camp, Kelly always made sure to give Ari a big hug," she said.
"Every time you are with him, you want to be with him more. You are just drawn to him," said Ari.
Maybe he was just a big kid in some ways. He'd take the family and their Friends to a Baskin-Robbins ice cream place, seat them at the window and pay the kids $1 for every person they could get to wave to them. "It was our job to get people to wave, in a freezing cold night," Jill recalled.
SILVERSTEIN attacked life, reading three newspapers daily, tearing out articles to send off to Friends. "We all got them with the note: FYI, K.S.," said Bonnie BLONDER, Jill's best friend since childhood.
As he was often first in the office of Davis + Henderson cheque makers, he'd put on the coffee.
"Kelly just wanted to make sure everyone was happy," said Jill with a smile.
He was the youngest of five children of Sonny and Marlene SILVERSTEIN, of Silverstein's Bakery. "He was always being picked up and cuddled," said his only sister Robin SILVERSTEIN- EISEN.
The family lived in a cul-de-sac near Lawrence and Marlee in a house with a basketball hoop out front that was the centre of activity for all the neighbourhood kids. SILVERSTEIN often took his own family back there.
"He called it our 'drive-bys,'" said Jill. "He'd always tell the kids who lived in the houses. He wanted us to know about the good things."
In 1998, SILVERSTEIN had returned to Toronto after working in Atlanta when his mother was diagnosed with cancer. He postponed finding work to be with her. It was as if he pushed himself to get in a full life's worth of giving.
"This was just his thing -- to do for others," said family friend Barbara SILVERSTEIN (no relation.)
"He was so decent. I have never met anyone like him."
"I can't tell you how many people phoned us to volunteer because they heard about us from Kelly," said Heather SPROULE, executive director of Big Brothers and Sisters.
The day after SILVERSTEIN died, her office received a donation from him via the United Way. "I had no idea that beyond all that he was doing for us, that in his usual quiet fashion he made an annual donation through the United Way."
Next month there will be an award in SILVERSTEIN's name at the 2007 Bowl for Kids Sake.
"We thought about it for less than a second," SPROULE said. "It will be a fundraising award, which at the least is very fitting."

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LESPERANCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-04 published
SANDERSON, L. Eleanor (née McROBERTS)
In the early morning of September 2, 2007, Eleanor died peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, in London, Ontario, having lived a full and rich life of 94 years.
Eleanor enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the London Board of Education, and was a passionate and tireless advocate for specialized classes and enhanced learning opportunities for the gifted. She went on to become a recognized expert in the field, and was designated a Master Teacher by the London Board of Education.
She retired from teaching in 1971, when she met and married Ted SANDERSON and moved to Toronto. There she was an active member of Metropolitan United Church, involved in the church's annual festival of the arts, dayspring. After returning to London, Ontario, Eleanor brought her love of learning to the Society for Learning in Retirement.
Eleanor was born in Kintore, Ontario, in 1913 to Lorne Chester McROBERTS and Lillian GUNDY and was predeceased by her only sister Margaret Eddy MacLEOD (2003,) and her brother-in-law Irving MacLEOD (1997) of Oshawa and is survived by her nephews Donald MacLEOD of Oshawa and David MacLEOD (Beth) of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and their sons, Ian of Minneapolis and James of Chicago.
Eleanor was also predeceased by her husband, C.F. (Ted) SANDERSON (1993) and is survived by his children Mary Sanderson ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and Jane Sanderson LESPERANCE and Jane's children, Norah and Joseph (Victoria) all of Toronto. Eleanor will be missed by her many, many loved and faithful Friends, many of whom are former students. Special thanks to her loyal caregiver and friend, Jean WALCH, who was at her bedside when she died.
A memorial service celebrating Eleanor's life will be held on Saturday, September 8 at 11: 00 a.m. at The Grosvenor Club, 1 Grosvenor Street, London.
In lieu of flowers, Friends are invited to contribute to a trust fund that has been established in Eleanor's name to continue her interest and commitment to children's learning. Donations may be sent to The Thames Valley Education Foundation, 1250 Dundas Street, London, Ontario, N6A 5L1, marked: The Eleanor McRoberts Sanderson Creative Learning Trust Fund.

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LESSEM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-22 published
LESSEM, Abraham " Abe"
On Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at North York General Hospital. Abe LESSEM, beloved husband of Edith. Loving father and father-in-law of Ronald and Joey LESSEM of England, Edna and John KLASS, Evelyn and the late Alan LESSEM. Devoted grandfather of David, Daniel and Marisa, Gabriel, Talya, Joel and Joy, and Leila. Devoted great-grandfather of Georgia, Chase, and Julia. At Beth Tikvah, 3080 Bayview Avenue for service on Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Beth Tikvah Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 519 Cranbrooke Avenue. Memorial Donations may be made to the United Jewish Appeal, 416-631-5685.

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LESSER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-06 published
GOVER, Neil
Peacefully at home on January 4, 2007. Loving Husband of Maureen LOWERY/LOWREY/LOWRIE/LOWRY. Dear son of Dora and the late Robert GOVER of Thorndale, Ontario. Beloved brother of Jane (John) KOWALYSHYN, Sharon (Manfred) LESSER and the late Ron (Judith.) Dear uncle of Melissa, Alyson and Kyle. Fondly remembered by numerous family and Friends. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home; 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (416-259-3705) on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow in our Chapel. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com.

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LESSER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-28 published
YALE, John " Skip" Everett
By Len LESSER, Page L6
Recently, London, Ontario, lost a great counsellor who was cherished by his students. John YALE counselled students at H.B. Beal Secondary School, as well as Laurier, Central and Wheable secondary schools.
The first time I met John we were both attending a professional development day for the London-Thames Valley board of education. He wore a blue blazer with a gold crest of arms from McGill University along with a red cravat: the consummate gentleman.
John came to London, Ontario, in 1970 where he counselled an eclectic group of students at what was then known as H.B. Beal Technical School. It was unusual that he found his niche here: he had a strong academic background after attending high school at Trinity College, along with a bachelor's and a master's degree in counselling.
As fate would have it, I found myself the head of students' services at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School with John as one of my counsellors. I found him to be the epitome of a good teacher. With his quiet, patient, demeanour John was an excellent listener to the many travails of his students. No matter how busy he was, he always found the time to help those in need.
He thoroughly enjoyed interacting with his "kids." John was both a mentor and role model for students, as well as staff who were most fortunate to be guided by him.
He was a very proud, independent gentlemen who did it his way: A second-hand older-model Volvo with leather seats with only 300,000 km. was the only proper way to travel.
John was an uncomplicated happy man with simple tastes. He enjoyed a cold glass of beer after a friendly game of golf with his Friends. He was a family man who shared his love of life with his wife Rada for 44 years. His two children, Robert and Melissa, made him proud to be Pappa to three gorgeous grandchildren, Christopher, Olivia and Harrison.
John retired from the Thames Valley School Board after 27 years of service in 1997. In July 2005, he was diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer. The oncologist gave John's family the bad news that he had four to six months to live.
It was simply amazing that, with the help of a clinic in Germany, John survived for 19 months with no seizures. He was even well enough to drive and meet with his golf buddies for lunch. Recently, though, the seizures returned and John entered Parkwood Hospital Palliative Care Unit in London.
There are thousands of John's special students who will be taken aback when they read this essay. With all of the travails in the world perhaps God needed a wise, compassionate man's counsel.
Len LESSER is John's friend

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LESTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-02 published
BROWN, Ivy N. (August 16, 1917-December 30, 2006)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden but peaceful passing of our dear mother on Saturday, December 30, 2006 at Southlake Regional Hospital, Newmarket. Ivy, in her 90th year, beloved wife of the late Norman (deceased 1991), cherished mother of Lynda Mary, Barbara Anne, the late Kathleen (deceased 1998), and Michael Francis; much loved mother-in-law of James DALGLEISH, David HOLMES and Brian MIKI; treasured Grandma of Andrew, Scott and Heather DALGLEISH, Gregory and Alissa MIKI. Devoted sister of the late Thomas HIRST, the late Rosemary RUSSELL, Guinevere LESTER and the late Geoffrey HIRSAINT_Dearly loved by her many nieces and nephews. Lovingly remembered by her cousins and their families in England. Ivy will be sadly missed by her special Friends at Harmony Hall and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 345. Our mother was a remarkable woman who touched the hearts of all who knew her. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, (South of Eglinton Avenue East) on Wednesday, January 3, from 7-9 p.m., and Thursday, January 4, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass in celebration of Ivy's life will take place in Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 3170 St. Clair Avenue East (at Victoria Park) at 10: 30 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2007. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, Ontario. Reception to follow at Thornhill Country Club.

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