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

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NELLES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-01 published
NELLES, Violet Jean "Vi" (née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON)
Teacher, mentor, friend, inspiration. Born April 9, 1921, in Norwich, Ontario Died April 26, in Toronto of cancer, aged 86.
By Laurie LYON, Page L10
Her house was very plain, white clapboard, nothing fancy. It became, for many children, a schoolhouse; her classroom was a kitchen with as many as eight children working around the table. In that kitchen, Mrs. NELLES cast her spell on all who came to learn. And come they did, for more than 35 years.
Many will remember her ability - a gift really - to persuade you that you were special, that you could succeed, that you would succeed, that you possessed the intelligence, the talent and ability, that it would be a shame for you not to pursue this or follow up that. Many will remember that they left her kitchen table feeling like Stephen Hawking or Einstein, at least for a couple of hours.
Violet Jean THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON's father had emigrated from County Down, in what is now Northern Ireland. Her mother was Canadian, of Scottish descent. Vi was one of six children, the others all boys. At barely 5-foot-2, she was, by her own account, a tomboy, riding on the back of her brother's motorcycle all over the township. The tomboy became a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse north of Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, then moved to Toronto and started a family. Although she turned down an offer to teach full-time, an opportunity to tutor a neighbour's child brought a flood of children to her home. In time, Vi NELLES's reputation was firmly established as a tutor nonpareil.
Quick to praise your efforts, she was quicker to upbraid any lack of application. While she was infinitely patient, students weren't there to be coddled. Exposed from the outset, malingerers very quickly came to realize they were dealing with a person many steps ahead of them. She would serve homemade cookies or muffins. If you arrived tired, you were invited to nap on a cot upstairs, where she would put a blanket over you. Memories of Vi NELLES are enduring.
Many remember that Vi loved and spoiled her husband, Harry, beyond all reason. And that Harry affectionately called her Tommy, that she loved her three daughters and adored her grandchildren, that she was the best mother, an even better grandmother, a faithful friend, an unrivalled teacher, a fabulous cook, a patient listener, a discreet confidant, and a sage observer.
They remember that she possessed a delightful sense of humour, that she could play piano and violin, that she liked wine and chocolate but seldom indulged, for fear of aggravating her always-lurking nemesis, arthritis. Despite her fondness for people, she barely endured house parties. She enjoyed breakfast at a little restaurant with me, or you, or lunch with Mrs. Taylor, and lots of conversation. Until recently, she was quick to say yes to a cup of coffee at Tim Hortons. She loved her little cottage at Lake Scugog. She detested housework, never wore makeup and dressed in casual clothes regardless of the occasion.
Vi was enormously well-read. She kept a log of the books she read and when she read them. The variety was limitless, from The Journals of Lewis and Clark to Crow Lake (which she thought was hugely overrated); from Mordecai Richler to Thomas Jefferson, Beryl Markham to James Joyce. She read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance at least four times. I remember her reading Paradise Lost and loving it. She read War and Peace last year, when she was 85.
I will remember, among myriad things, her teaching me algebra at her kitchen table when I was 16, and teaching me how to make pastry for apple pie at mine when I was 55. I will remember her kinship with my mother, who was a teacher too, and her affection toward my children. Vi couldn't wait to hold my newly arrived granddaughter.
There are many people who came to be touched by her; we are all better people for having known her.
Laurie LYON is a friend of Vi NELLES

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NELSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-31 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, John M. (1932-2007)
John died in the comfort of his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on Saturday, July 28, 2007. He was 75. He is survived by his beloved wife, Pierrette (BOURGON;) predeceased by his son Michael, and survived by his children Graeme STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and his partner Christine NELSEN of Sechelt, British Columbia., Sandra STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and her husband David DIBBLEE of Oakville, Alan STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and his wife, Karen DAMAREN of Waterloo, a step-son Martin LEBRECHE of Mississauga, and 11 grandchildren. He will also be fondly remembered by his brother David STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and his wife Sheila of Scotland, sisters Hilda and her husband Victor DAVIS of Toronto, and Elizabeth and her husband Hugh ANDERSON of England. John was predeceased by his parents. John was educated at Aberdeen Academy and St. Andrew's University with a degree in Mathematics and Physics and a post graduate degree in Applied Physics (Electronics) winning first class honours and the Ferranti Gold Medal in Electronic Engineering. John first started working at the British Ministry of Aviations Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, England in the Physics, Radar and Guided-weapons Division. He emigrated to Canada in 1956 and joined RCA, Montreal, to work on the midCanada Line Radar system and then many space projects that were awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has been responsible for the development, production and launch of ten space satellites. After 25 years of working at RCA, in 1982, John joined Raytheon Canada as President. During his tenure, his achievements included the design and installation of the radar and display equipment for the modernized Canadian air traffic control system. Outside his business life, John was an avid golfer and has played many golf courses in different countries. He was a member of Conestoga Golf Course, as well as Meadowoods in Orlando, Florida. John served as a Director on the Boards of Raytheon Canada and two other Raytheon subsidiaries, the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, Elinca Communications, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the City of Waterloo Economic Development Council and served from 1986 to 1992 as Deputy Chairman of the Canada/Korea Business Council. Friends are invited to share their memories of John with his family at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Tuesday, July 31 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate John's life will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 11 a.m. Immediately following the service, Friends and relatives are invited to the Fireside Reception Room of the funeral home for refreshments and a time to visit with the family. Following the reception, a private family committal service will held at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo. The STEWARD/STEWART/STUART family would like to sincerely thank Doctor Donna WARD and her team, and also the staff at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. Condolences for the family and donations to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and may be arranged through the funeral home, 519745-8445 or www.erbgood.com In living memory of John, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home. www.erbgood.com

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NELSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-07 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Dexter Henry Frederick
Peacefully at the William Osler Health Centre in Brampton on Tuesday June 5, 2007. In his 54th year, Dexter Henry Frederick STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, beloved husband of the late Rose-Marie STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (nee McGUIRE,) loving father of Katie and her husband Dave CALLAGHAN, and Mike STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and his wife Alison. Loving grandfather of Sarah, Isabella and Salem. Dear brother of Steve and his wife Pauline, Daryl NELSON and her fiancé Howard, Ron, Brad and his wife Diane. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father Alvey STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and his mother Audrey. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Church (519-376-0778) on Saturday afternoon at 12 noon Friends may call at the church one hour prior to service. Interment in Saint Mary's Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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NELSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-30 published
MOYLE, Joan Lillian (née RODGER)
In Southampton, on Sunday July 29, 2007. Joan MOYLE (née RODGER) of Southampton in her 80th year. Wife of the late Joseph MOYLE. Dear sister Betty CUPPY of Peterborough and Pat and her husband Brian BAUMAN/BOWMAN of Burlington. Proud aunt of Gary BAUMAN/BOWMAN, Nancy KELLY, Susan CODE, Stephen CUPPY and Janis LYNN. Fondly remembered by her many Friends of the Church and Community. Predeceased by her parents Bert and Iva RODGER (née NELSON.) A Funeral Service will be conducted in the Chapel of the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton, on Thursday August 2, 2007 at 11 a.m. Reverend Keith REYNOLDS will officiate. Visitation and Fellowship will follow in the Family Centre of the Funeral Home. Interment Services will be conducted at Farington Cemetery, Brantford, at 12 noon on Friday August 3, 2007. Expressions of Remembrance to the Southampton United Church, 18 Victoria Street South, Southampton, Ontario, N0H 2L0. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.eaglesonfuneralhome.com.

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NELSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-02 published
McVEY, H. Grant (1918-2006)
Passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, at Saint Mary's General Hospital, on Saturday, December 30, 2006, at age 88. Loving and devoted husband of Kathleen; devoted father of David and his wife Lynn, John and his wife Janice, Janice and her husband Andrew, and Patricia and her partner Jeff NICKEL; proud grandfather of David, Kelly, and Ryan McVEY, Jeffrey, Laura, and Robert McVEY, Emily, Kenneth, and Drew JACKSON, and Christina, Lauren, Michael, and Aaren GATCHENE; great-grandfather of Jacob, Marcus, and Lucas NELSON, and Caleb, Keegan, and Cynthia McVEY. Grant was predeceased by his parents, John and Myrtle McVEY of Erie, Pennsylvania. Grant was born June 18, 1918 in Winnipeg and has lived in Waterloo since 1965. He was a graduate of McMaster University and later retired from the staff of the University of Waterloo. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and took tremendous pride in the many accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate Grant's life will be held in the chapel of the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Wednesday, Jan 3, 2007 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Das SYDNEY officiating. Condolences for the family and donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be arranged through the funeral home, 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com. In living memory of Grant, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home.

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NELSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-16 published
NELSON, Flora Stuart
Peacefully passed away on Monday, August 13, 2007, at Scarborough Grace Hospital. Loving wife of the late George NELSON. Cherished mother of Laurie and her husband Terry FLANAGAN, Nancy and her husband Gary THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Proud grandmother of Kevin and his wife Zemeen THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, and Jamie FLANAGAN. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 17, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior at Saint_John's Presbyterian Church, 410 Goldhawk Trail, Scarborough. (Rev. Donna CARTER- JACKSON). If desired, in lieu of flowers donations to World Vision or the charity of your choice, would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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NELSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-03 published
FREKE, Kate Emily (née NELSON)
Died peacefully in her own home in Ottawa on Thursday, August 30th, 2007. Very much loved wife of John. Very much loved and loving step-mother of Sarah, Alice, Jane and Michael. Very long standing and loving sister-in-law of Norman and loving aunt of Sarah and Andrew in the United Kingdom. God Mother to the children of many Friends. Long standing friend to many all over the world. Gifted teacher of younger children in the United Kingdom. Much travelled. She gave up the way of life and vacations of a long established teacher in the United Kingdom to come over to Canadian winters and very successfully and very lovingly brought up four step-children. A true Christian that loved and gave and gave. We loved her greatly. We much appreciate the nursing and other help received during Kate's illness. We shall always miss her indescribably. Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, 439 Queen Street, Ottawa, on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 2: 30 p.m. Those wishing to do so are asked to make a donation to a charity of their choice.
Condolences/Donations at: mcgarryfamily.ca or (613) 233-1143

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NELSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-08 published
ALCOCK, Vernon
Peacefully, with his family by his side, on Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 at the age of 61 years. Beloved husband for 37 years to Linda. Loving father of Geoffrey (Tanya) ALCOCK and Jane ALCOCK. Dear brother of Mary (and the late Larry) WATSON and Jim (Karen) ALCOCK. Predeceased by his parents Albert and Ruth (née NELSON) ALCOCK as well as by one brother, Bert ALCOCK. He is also survived by 21 nieces and nephews. Born and raised in Central Butte, Saskatchewan and later attended McGill University. Vernon loved spending time at the family cottage at Lake of Bays, traveling to many different destinations with his wife Linda and enjoyed spending time with his family and Friends. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing tennis. He served as a volunteer on Boards and also participated in his children's sports teams and community groups. Service will be held at Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Friday, November 9th at six o'clock. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If Friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Scholarship Fund at McGill University, c/o Carmelina Dilorenzo, Donation and Record Services, Development, Alumni and University Relations, 1430 Rue Peel, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3T3. Please make cheques payable to McGill University 'In Memory of the late Vernon ALCOCK.' Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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NELSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-16 published
Calm, deliberate Toronto fire captain won citation for rescue operations
Amid the noise and chaos of battling a blaze, his was the steady voice other firefighters heard through the black and blinding smoke. In the end, his career likely cost him his life
By Matthew TREVISAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
By the time they found the woman unconscious on a couch, the apartment fire had already ventilated itself, shooting flames out a back room and into the summer night. Firefighter John CHAPPELLE calmly scooped her into his arms and carried her out of the building. For the captain of Toronto Fire Station 443, it was just another day on the job.
For 27 years, he attended fires, medical emergencies and hazardous-material accidents in the same evenhanded and methodical manner. Above the cacophony of fire alarms and smashing glass, his was always the steady voice other firefighters heard while crawling on their hands and knees through black, blinding smoke.
"Some people's voices would have been up two or three octaves," said John Getty, who joined Mr. CHAPPELLE's platoon in 2000. "His never did. His never went up and never went down… He wasn't upset, he wasn't frustrated. He was just doing what we do."
Like the time in September, 2003, when he directed the rescue of a truck driver on Highway 27 in the Toronto area. The driver had been at the wheel of a 16-metre trailer truck when a car ahead of him spun in slippery conditions. He swerved to avoid the smaller vehicle and crashed over a concrete wall. The truck plunged 20 metres onto railway tracks north of Pearson International Airport, trapping the driver in the crumpled wreckage.
Victim Survived
Mr. CHAPPELLE and his crew were in one of several emergency vehicles called to extricate the man. Using a rope line, they ferried equipment from the highway down to the wreck. The smell of diesel fuel filled the air as they trudged though thick mud, dense shrub and broken glass, yet he and his squad never wavered. The man survived, and Mr. CHAPPELLE's platoon later received a citation from the Toronto Fire Services.
John CHAPPELLE grew up in Toronto on Balliol Street, near the Davisville subway station. His father, Art, worked for the Ontario government designing the layout of many provincial parks, including Sibbald Point near Jackson's Point on the shores of Lake Simcoe. His mother Alice (NELSON) stayed home to look after John, the oldest, his sister Diane and his brother Ken.
"All of his life, he was a protector," said his sister, Diane TAHMIZIAN. " Right from the start, I remember I was in kindergarten and there were always bullies in the neighbourhood. He always made sure I wasn't bothered."
With only two years separating them, Mr. CHAPPELLE and his sister shared childhood summers at a cottage in the Bobcaygeon area, northeast of the city, where they canoed and launched bullfrogs into the water with their paddles. They stayed up late reading comics and, when they were old enough, went to the Canadian National Exhibition.
Mr. CHAPPELLE attended Northern Secondary School on Mount Pleasant Road, where he played football, rugby and basketball while nursing a passion for the arts. He played bass guitar, acted in a school musical and sang in the choir. For pocket money, he moonlighted as a disc jockey.
"At the end of Grade 9, I wanted to try out for cheerleading for Grade 10. And the only thing that was holding me back was I just couldn't nail a cartwheel," Diane said. "And so John was asking me, 'What's the problem? Why are you so upset about the tryouts? You'll do great. You'll be fine. I'm sure you're going to make the team.' "
With that, her brother the jock cartwheeled gracefully in front of her. Over the next few weeks, he continued to motivate her and, sure enough, she made the team.
Restaurant Manager
Mr. CHAPPELLE married young, right out of high school, and lived next door to his parents with his wife, Marian CUNNINGHAM, and their daughter Alyson. Throughout the 1970s, he worked a variety of jobs from meat-shop manager to a McDonald's restaurant manager.
Toward the end of the decade, he was still unclear about what he wanted to do for a career - except that he wanted it to be stable. When a family friend convinced him to apply to be a firefighter, he agreed to give it a shot, never one to turn down an opportunity for something new.
In 1980, he was hired by the Etobicoke Fire Department and started at a quiet station on Renforth Drive. In the early days, he was an eager rookie who felt frustrated that he rarely had a chance to fight a serious blaze. He eventually got many chances to demonstrate his willingness and professionalism.
In April, 1997, ammonia pipes burst at a refrigeration plant on Shorncliffe Avenue, causing one of the largest chemical fires in Etobicoke's history. For more than six hours, firefighters from several Etobicoke stations fought the blaze. From a point high above the fire, he fought the flames with a high-volume nozzle directed downward from an extendable ladder and platform. The drains became clogged by debris, and there was so much water that the firefighters worked in a knee-deep flood, Mr. Getty said.
In 1998, the Etobicoke Fire Department was amalgamated to become part of the Toronto Fire Services, and he applied for a position as a captain. By then, his first marriage had ended and he was happily remarried to Jayne WOODS, an art restorer he had met at a Toronto curling club. They had eloped to Jamaica in 1991 after finding a surprising amount in common: She was intrigued that a brawny firefighter with a mustache and bushy eyebrows would have an interest in art history. By that time, he had racked up 11 credits in four years studying part-time at York University.
After serving as an acting captain at the East Mall Station, Mr. CHAPPELLE was made captain at Station 443 on Islington Avenue. In July, 2002, he was called to an apartment fire on Dixon Road. Using a side door, he and firefighter Jim LAMONT entered the building, a two-story complex containing four units. The fire raged in a rear apartment, blasting out windows and enveloping the building in thick smoke.
After searching the first floor, they went upstairs and entered one of the apartments. There, they found a middle-aged woman unconscious and lying on a couch. She was carried out and taken to the hospital, still unconscious, and that was the last they saw of her. Like many people rescued by firefighters, no one in Mr. CHAPPELLE's crew ever learned what became of her.
Curling Champ
Outside of work, Mr. CHAPPELLE enjoyed the outdoors. There were canoe expeditions, golf games, ski trips to Europe - and curling. In 2005, he was a member of a rink that won the Ontario Firefighters Curling Championship.
In late August, 2006, he suddenly complained that he was unable see stop signs when driving. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an inoperable brain cancer considered by Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Act to be a work-related disease.
John Arthur CHAPPELLE was born in Toronto on February 3, 1954. He died of brain cancer in Orangeville, Ontario, on September 5, 2007. He was 53. He is survived by his wife, Jayne WOODS, and Alyson, his daughter from his previous marriage. He is also survived by father Art, sister Diane and brother Ken. He is predeceased by his mother, Alice, who died in 2005. About 350 uniformed firefighters from across Ontario attended his funeral.

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