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O'BRECHT o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-19 published
BRODHURST, Karen Flannigan (née O'BRECHT) (1940~2007)
After a long, mightily courageous battle with breast cancer, Karen Flannigan BRODHURST née O'BRECHT died peacefully at her home in Town of the Blue Mountains on December 14, 2007. She left us the way she lived with us, with dignity, style and attitude. Karen leaves behind a loving family, her sister Heather O'Brecht SINNOTT, her adoring husband Rick BRODHURST and her step-daughters Krista, Erica and Lori who will miss her sorely. Her passing will leave an empty space in their lives and in the lives of a multitude of Friends and acquaintances from many locations and walks of life. Karen's family would like to invite her Friends to join them on Saturday December 22 at Weider Room 1, Blue Mountain Inn between two and five p.m. to remember the richness of her life. Please do not send flowers. Donations may be made in Karen's name to Front Line Collingwood Foundation, a charity active in the fight against breast cancer. Friend may leave on-line condolences by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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O'BRECHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-19 published
FLANNIGAN, Karen Brodhurst (née O'BRECHT) (1940-2007)
After a long, mightily courageous battle with breast cancer, Karen Flannigan BRODHURST née O'BRECHT died peacefully at her home in Town of the Blue Mountains on December 14, 2007. She left us the way she lived with us, with dignity, style and attitude.
Karen leaves behind a loving family, her sister Heather O'Brecht SINNOTT, her adoring husband Rick BRODHURST and her step-daughters Krista, Erica and Lori who will miss her sorely. Her passing will leave an empty space in their lives and in the lives of a multitude of Friends and acquaintances from many locations and walks of life.
Karen's family would like to invite her Friends to join them on Saturday December 22 at Weider Room 1, Blue Mountain Inn between two to five pm to remember the richness of her life.
Please do not send flowers. Donations may be made in Karen's name to Front Line Collingwood Foundation, a charity active in the fight against breast cancer.
Friend may leave on-line condolences by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-11-07 published
SZOKE, Emma (née MONDICH)
Peacefully at the Brantford General Hospital on Friday November 2, 2007 in her 78th year after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. Emma SZOKE (née MONDICH,) beloved wife of the late Michael SZOKE (1983.) Much loved mother of Katherine STRAUSS and her husband Ken, Dundas, Amy MORGAN and her husband Ron, Scotland, Ontario and Susan CARTER and her husband David, Toronto and Josie McDONNELL and her husband Stephen of New York City. Loving grandmother of Jennifer STROME and her husband Neil, Holly STRAUSS and her fiancée Tim O'BRIEN, Kendra STRAUSS, James MORGAN, Lesley SMITH, Sarah, Anne and Felix McDONNELL and great-grandmother of Samuel STROME. Dear sister and friend of Leslie MONDICH of Brantford. Emma will be remembered as a friend of many. Emma came to Canada as a young girl with her mother to join her father. She and her husband Mike raised four daughters who were the love of her life and later returned to school for a nursing diploma. Emma worked for 17 years at the Brantford General Hospital where she was known for her compassion and excellent nursing skills. Emma loved life and travel. She had a remarkable gift for Friendship and always had a kind word and time for everyone. Emma endured her hardships with courage, equanimity and faith and was a pillar for her family. The family received Friends at McCleister Funeral Home Brantford on Sunday November 4 with the funeral service held in the chapel on Monday November 5 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Scotland Cemetery. If wished, the family would gratefully appreciate memorial donations to the Parkinson Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-20 published
O'BRIEN, Isobel
At Lee Manor, on Thursday October 18th 2007. Isobel O'BRIEN of Owen Sound in her 90th year. Predeceased by her husband Walsh CLAY and by her second husband Bill O'BRIEN. Loving mother to Diane BRUNTZ of Toronto, Leith (Linda) CLAY of Owen Sound, Denis (Wanda) CLAY of Nova Scotia, and Bill (Caroline) O'BRIEN of Nova Scotia. Sadly missed by her grandchildren Leith (Michelle), Janet, Ashleigh (Crawford), Sara, and by her great-granddaughter Lily. A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-29 published
O'BRIEN, Isobel (formerly CLAY)
At Lee Manor, on Thursday October 18th 2007. Isobel O'BRIEN of Owen Sound in her 90th year. Predeceased by her husband Walsh CLAY and by her second husband Bill O'BRIEN. Loving mother to Diane BRUNTZ of Toronto, Leith (Linda) CLAY of Owen Sound, Denis (Wanda) CLAY of Nova Scotia, and Bill (Caroline) O'BRIEN of Nova Scotia. Sadly missed by her grandchildren Leith (Michelle), Janet, Ashleigh (Crawford), Sara, and by her great-granddaughter Lily. A Celebration of Life for Isobel will be held in the chapel of the Tannahill Funeral Home on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 2 o'clock with Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Visiting one hour prior to service time. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-13 published
BEATTY, Ronald James
Passed away on Friday, November 9, 2007 at the London University Hospital at the age of 74. He will be sadly missed and fondly remember by his wife Hedy (PIHACH) BEATTY (London;) son Bruce BEATTY, daughter-in-law Sonia (TURNER) BEATTY, grandaughter Rio BEATTY (Grand Bend); daughter Janet (BEATTY) KEEN, son-in-law Dave KEEN, grandchildren, Blake, Tarha and Payton KEEN (Stratford.) Missed by his sister Marge (BEATTY) O'BRIEN, John O'BRIEN (Tobermory). Also survived by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. Predeceased by his mother Olive (MILLS) BEATTY, father Cpt. George E. BEATTY, brothers Bruce, Douglas (& Judy) and nephew Trent. As a teenager he worked on the Great Lakes ships, he served 18 years in the Canadian Armed forces as an Aero Engine Tech., he worked 8 years as a millwright in Sarnia, 19 years overseas with Waha Oil in Libya as a Mechanic Specialist until he retired. The Memorial Service of Remembrance will be conducted by Padre Frank MENTZ, Friday, November 16, 2007 3 p.m. at the Springbank Royal Canadian Legion (Byron) Br 533 - 1276 Commissioners Rd London. Interment will be held at the Ottawa Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces at a later date. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Springbank Royal Canadian Legion Br 533 would be greatly appreciated.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-03 published
Dad finds son's body by the side of a road
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Free Press Reporter, Wed., January 3, 2007
It had been a good Christmas -- "the best one ever" -- for Don DEGRAW and his family in Newbury.
But tragedy struck New Year's morning, when DEGRAW and his two daughters came upon the body of his son while driving home from a party the siblings had attended together.
Tony DEGRAW, 20, was struck by a car and killed about 4 a.m. in what may have been a hit and run while he walked on Dundonald Road toward Glencoe, about 50 kilometres southwest of London.
Moments after he was struck, his father arrived at the party to pick up the girls.
"It is a tragedy, it must have happened five minutes before I got there," a distraught Don DEGRAW said yesterday, his voice almost a whisper over the phone.
"I had the girls in the truck, I had just picked them up and on our way back home, we saw him&hellip
"He was a great guy, a big happy guy, he would do anything for you," Don DEGRAW said.
"He wanted to be an actor," he recalled of his son's excitement over recent news he would be casting director in a friend's feature film. "He was really, really excited about that."
The father's grief was compounded yesterday by the thought that his son was killed in a hit-and-run crash.
Police had seized a vehicle yesterday, but were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash, including who was driving the vehicle, Ontario Provincial Police Const. Doug Graham said.
"We have to find out who the driver was and find out whether they knew they hit someone. He was very likely killed immediately."
Yesterday, the DEGRAW house was full of visitors stopping in to comfort and mourn with Tony's parents, Don and Karen, and sisters Lindsey and Laura.
A video game enthusiast who waited 15 hours in line to get the new Wii system, a caring guy who took the time to take his little cousin on bike rides and "the funny one, who always made everyone laugh," Tony DEGRAW had left the party about 4 a.m.
About the same time, his father got a phone call from that party, attended by scores of local teens and all three of his children.
Lindsey, 17, and Laura, 15, were ready for him to pick them up from the house party. Their brother had started to walk toward town.
Don DEGRAW drove in from Newbury to pick them up.
When the DEGRAW sisters got into their dad's car, Lindsey's cell-phone rang. A friend who had been picked up moments earlier was on the line, saying Tony was lying at the side of the road.
"He hadn't had very much to drink, but I thought maybe he had passed out or something," she said.
"I didn't know what happened until we got there… my dad and my sister got out of the car and I saw my sister crying."
Lindsey was left missing her big brother who loved comedy movies, especially on opening night.
"We always went to the movies together," she said. "Silver City in London on opening night."
Laura said the same of her big brother. She would miss watching comedies with Tony and playing video games.
And laughing.
"He was the funny one, who made everyone laugh," she said.
"Everyone loved him."

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
CLEAVE, Ilene Elizabeth Isobel (TALBOT)
Peacefully at Seaforth Community Hospital surrounded by her loving family Ilene Elizabeth Isobel (TALBOT) CLEAVE of Bayfield on Thursday January 11, 2007 in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Logan Samuel CLEAVE (1983.) Loving mother of Shirley and Eugene O'BRIEN of Zurich; Glenn CLEAVE of Zurich; Jack CLEAVE of Exeter; Allan and Nancy CLEAVE of Hensall; Sharon and Allan BROKENSHIRE of Zurich; DiAnne JEFFREY of Milton and Joy and Maynard HYMERS of Clinton. Loved and sadly missed by 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Dear step-sister of Rose SCOTCHMER of Clinton and dear sister-in-law of Flossie TALBOT and Beth CLEAVE both of Clinton, Ann and Ed TWENTYMAN of Loudon, Tennessee and Eric and Eleanor CLEAVE of Wingham. Predeceased by an infant daughter Sylvia CLEAVE (1939,) 1 son-in-law Rick JEFFREY (2006,) 1 grand_son Jason BROKENSHIRE (1973) and by 4 brothers Clifford, Lawrence, Garfield and Milton TALBOT. Friends will be received at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd. -- Clinton Chapel 153 High Street, Clinton on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday January 15, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Bayfield Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of ones choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-05-30 published
Driver killed had been drinking
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Sun Media, Wed., May 30, 2007
A 21-year-old Denfield man has died after the car he was driving ran a red light and collided with a fuel truck, police said yesterday.
Paul EAGEN died yesterday, a day after the 2 a.m. crash at Egremont Drive and Vanneck Road. He had just dropped a friend off after a night out.
Police said alcohol was a factor.
"He has a family and we want to respect them at this time," said Const. Doug Graham. "But we know he had been consuming alcohol and he ran the red light."
EAGEN was driving north on Vanneck Road when the car went through a red light and collided with the westbound fuel truck.
The friend he'd dropped off seconds earlier heard the crash and was one of the first at the scene, Graham said.
"I'm sure he was distraught, said Graham. "I'm sure seeing his buddy in really bad condition has got to be traumatic."
The trucker was taken to hospital, treated and released, Graham said.
EAGEN was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries.
"This is why we don't want people to drink and drive," Graham said.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-23 published
Forest resident killed in crash
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Sun Media, Sat., June 23, 2007
A Forest man is dead after a single-vehicle rollover crash just west of Reece's Corners, near Sarnia, early yesterday.
Ontario Provincial Police say 37-year-old Tony SAPETA, of was killed when his vehicle crossed the road on London Line west of Plowing Match Road and rolled into the ditch about 7 a.m.
The driver -- the only occupant in the car -- wasn't wearing a seatbelt, police said.
Investigators were working to determine what caused the crash.
"There is no indication of anything out of the ordinary at the time of the crash and we are looking into whether there was a medical problem or mechanical failure," said Ontario Provincial Police Const. John Reurink.
"But the mitigating factor is that he wasn't wearing a seatbelt."
Unresponsive when rescue workers arrived, SAPETA was pronounced dead at hospital.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-07-30 published
Quarry tragedy claims teen
A fall at a Beachville quarry claims a budding photojournalist, 19, while another man is killed by a train at Richmond Row.
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, and Glynnis MAPP, Sun Media, Mon., July 30, An Oxford County teen about to embark on his dream of a career in photojournalism was one of three men killed in a tragedy-filled weekend in the London area.
Michael STOOP, 19, of Salford, near Ingersoll, was killed about 2 a.m. yesterday when he slipped on loose rocks while hanging out at a quarry in Beachville with five Friends, Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police said.
"It's hard to accept… it's such a loss for us," said STOOP's aunt, Ellen ESSELTINE. "He was a clever and bright kid and a well-liked kid… he was just awesome."
The Ingersoll Collegiate grad, who played on his school's football team, was going to attend Loyalist College in Belleville starting next month to study in its prestigious photojournalism program.
His family just helped him buy a new camera for school.
Police said that after slipping, STOOP fell down the rock embankment at the quarry. He was pronounced dead there.
"He fell about (three metres). It's a very unfortunate thing," said Ontario Provincial Police Const. Mark Foster. "I don't think we've had a quarry death around the area in a long time."
Elsewhere in the region, police investigated the deaths of two other men in separate tragedies: A 23-year-old man who was hit by a train in London near Richmond Row -- less than an hour after STOOP's death -- and a 27-year-old who drowned while boating with Friends in Chatham-Kent.
In the train tragedy, London police said alcohol may have been involved in the death of the 23-year-old man who was killed while crossing the tracks, located near a popular strip of bars.
Police didn't name the man, but said he's not from here.
The incident happened just after 2: 30 a.m. yesterday, at the rail tracks at St. George Street near Piccadilly Street, just north of Richmond Row.
Police don't suspect foul play in the man's death, said Const. Darrin BROWN.
"There is nothing suspicious about it."
BROWN said police didn't know where the man had been before trying to cross the tracks, but police had spoken to a couple of witnesses: who had "dealt with him."
At Mitchell's Bay yesterday, rescue workers continued to search for the body of a 29-year-old Chatham-Kent man who went missing on Lake St. Clair Saturday evening.
The man was out with four others in a small boat off Mitchell's Bay marina, said Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police.
He was in the water about 6 p.m. when his Friends realized he couldn't get back to them.
As they tried to help him get back to the leisure boat -- which was about six kilometres from the marina -- the man slipped under the water, police said.
He is presumed dead, said Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police Const. Aaron McPHAIL.
Members of the Chatham-Kent Fire Department, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Ontario Provincial Police were searching a one-kilometre-square radius for the body of the man while an Ontario Provincial Police helicopter buzzed overhead.
"This is a recovery mission," McPHAIL said.
Police did not identify the man or the passengers.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-10 published
Help sought to find body
Sarnia police have charged the slaying victim's common-law husband and his sister.
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Sun Media, Fri., August 10, 2007
Sarnia -- Police are urging rural landowners to search properties between Watford and Wyoming for a slain woman believed dumped in the area in the spring.
But even without the body of Shelley MATHIEU- READ, 45, Sarnia police said yesterday they had enough evidence to charge her common-law husband, Thomas MOFFIT, with second-degree murder.
MOFFIT, 36, is in custody on the charge. His sister, Kathy LONG, 54, of Wyoming, is charged with being an accessory after the fact.
"I can't get into the evidence, but there is certainly evidence&hellip to determine Shelley MATHIEU- READ has met a violent death," Sgt. Scott MacLEAN said at a news conference yesterday.
MATHIEU- READ, formerly of London, and MOFFIT, her partner of about six months, have a "history of domestic violence," he said.
MacLEAN said police believe there was a "domestic disturbance" in mid-May and MATHIEU- READ was killed.
Police have a daunting task in the search for MATHIEU- READ's body. They think she was dumped in mid-May, when the terrain, now blanketed by tall cornfields and overgrowing bush, was sparse.
More than 20 officers from Sarnia police searched a 39-hectare woodlot in the area yesterday.
"That's just one small sample of the area we're searching," MacLEAN said. Earlier in the week, Lambton Ontario Provincial Police assisted Sarnia police in a search on Churchill Line between Wyoming and Watford.
"It really is overwhelming. The landowners know their properties better than anyone, so we are asking for their assistance," MacLEAN said.
"We are looking for any signs of disturbances on their property tire tracks or areas that may have been disturbed as a possible gravesite."
MATHIEU- READ, a mother and grandmother known as a heavy drug user, was last seen by a neighbour on May 10, police said.
"Shelley was a sibling, a mother and a grandmother," said MacLEAN. "She struggled her whole life with drug addiction, but she kept in contact with her family. She was a very loved person."
MATHIEU- READ's daughter, Robin HARDMAN of Saint Thomas, reported her missing on July 29. HARDMAN hadn't seen her mother since May.
MATHIEU- READ moved to Sarnia from London in March. She and MOFFIT moved into a Finch Street apartment building in a well-kept complex.
Though MATHIEU- READ's daughter has said her mom moved to Sarnia to get "clean," neighbours in the 10-storey apartment building said yesterday both she and MOFFIT were known drinkers and drug users.
"We would hear them fighting all the time," said a woman who lives next to MOFFIT's apartment on the building's fourth floor.
The neighbour said MATHIEU- READ had been there only a short time when the two women shared an elevator.
"She was holding a PlayStation, and she had a book bag on her back, and she was bawling," the neighbour said.
In the elevator, MATHIEU- READ said she was sick of her boyfriend's drinking.
"She was crying and she said, 'I'm so lonely, I'm from London and I don't know anybody around here,' " said the neighbour, who asked not to be named.
After that, the woman said, another woman seemed to be living with MOFFIT, who remained in his apartment until last week.
Police said MOFFIT had once been charged with assaulting MATHIEU- READ but she didn't appear in court and the charge was dropped.
MOFFIT is known to Lambton Ontario Provincial Police, said spokesperson Const. John REURINK.
"We did investigate a sudden death where he was involved in the relationship with the deceased, but it was deemed that no foul play was suspected," REURINK said.
He said that case could be reopened if there were enough similarities to the MATHIEU- READ slaying.
How To Help Police
- Police believe a black 4X4 Ford F250 was used to to dump Shelley MATHIEU- READ's body somewhere off Churchill Line between Wyoming and Watford. They ask Churchill Line landowners in southeast Lambton County and western Middlesex County between Wyoming and Watford to check their properties.
- They also ask anyone who saw the truck to call Sarnia police at 519-344-8861 ext. 6077 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-09-14 published
Police identify murder-suicide victims
Kathryn KNUDSEN and Douglas James BROWNE had a tempestuous 18-month relationship.
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Sun Media, Fri., September 14, 2007
The man and woman killed in a murder-suicide in a Sarnia park this week had a rocky relationship for about 18 months, police said yesterday.
They were identified as Kathryn KNUDSEN, 41, of Sarnia and Douglas James BROWNE, 60, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan., but originally from Simcoe.
Autopsies showed both KNUDSEN and BROWNE died of gunshots, police said.
The shootings took place in daylight Tuesday in a busy parking lot at Centennial Park on Front Street, just hours before a scheduled concert.
Police released few details about either person, but Const. Bill BAINES said they had "an on again, off again relationship."
Police have wrapped up the investigation, he said, but are trying to figure out more about the weapon that was used and where it came from.
He said police don't have much information on the family life of either BROWNE or KNUDSEN, who moved to Sarnia two or three years ago. BROWN had lived in the U.S. since 1981.
KNUDSEN lived in a Front Street apartment building and didn't work, police said.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-11-12 published
Family, team 'rocked' by death
Andrew DOWNER was to write a test to become a firefighter Wednesday.
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Sun Media, Mon., November 12, 2007
A London family is reeling and a hockey team "rocked," after a man known for a big smile and a bigger heart died in a freak motorbike crash.
Andrew DOWNER, 28, assistant coach of the Mount Brydges junior D Bulldogs, died Saturday when he lost control of his dirt bike on a path "he knew like the back of his hand," his mother said.
"How we are going to deal with this… I just don't know," Nancy DOWNER said yesterday.
"He was one of a kind, my big teddy bear. You couldn't raise a boy as easy as him -- I could have done 12 like him."
This Wednesday, her son -- who had long dreamed of becoming a firefighter -- was to write a test for the London fire department, she said.
He'd already written the exam for Stratford.
Pictures posted on Andrew DOWNER's personal Facebook site on the Internet show him grinning widely in firefighter gear, apparently from training, with messages from Friends wishing him luck on the exams.
Yesterday, a day after the fatal crash, 60 people had joined an online tribute group called Andrew "Drew" DOWNER -- In Our Hearts, on Facebook.
"He didn't have an enemy in the world," DOWNER said of her son, who was close to his sister Wendy and best Friends with his father Alan.
DOWNER also leaves behind a girlfriend, Linda.
DOWNER's passion was hockey, his dream firefighting and his hobby dirt-biking, his mother said.
He was alone when he tried to jump a mound of rocks beside the railway tracks south of Sarnia Road and west of Hyde Park, a path he often took on his dirt bike.
Though he wore a helmet and proper safety gear, the impact of the crash was too much, police said.
Players on the Mount Brydges Bulldogs hockey team were "rocked" by the death of DOWNER, whom many looked up to as a friend, said coach Mike CRESPEIGNE.
"They love him. His passion for the game is unparalleled," he said.
"He had an eye for the game and for the kids and it showed.
"The first thing you notice about him is his big smile. He's the guy the kids related to."
The team met yesterday and counselling was available, CRESPEIGNE said. Last night's game was cancelled. There will be a memorial for DOWNER before Friday's home game.
Nancy DOWNER said she's asked the team to act as honorary pallbearers at DOWNER's funeral on Thursday.
DOWNER had been with the Bulldogs for two years and before that coached the London Junior Knights.
His parents went to watch all his games, his mother said.
"Every single one -- and he wanted us to be there. That's the type of person he was. He loved his family and he was just such a good person."
DOWNER's love of hockey and his team was so strong, the family has asked donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Bulldogs.
Visitation is Wednesday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd. N., London, where the funeral will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-11-28 published
SIMPSON, John Norris "J.N."
Passed away on Tuesday November 20, 2007 at St. Patrick's Home, Ottawa at the age of 95. John, beloved husband of Betty (Elizabeth) and of the late Mae. Loving father to Gary (Helen), Bob (Susan) and the late Maureen. John will be missed by Betty's children Bob MITCHELL (Leslie), Sherry O'BRIEN, Wendy (George McCORMICK), Steven MITCHELL (Kathy) and Scott MITCHELL. Special remembrance from Kelly, Shauna, Ryan, Brad and Andrew. J.N. had a full and active life that touched many people and will be remembered for his gentle and understanding ways by Friends and family alike. J.N. was a good father, a strong husband and a caring person who brought his own special energy to the things and people he loved. Whether it was traveling, golfing, playing cards or watching his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders, J.N. lived and loved every decade of his long life. He will be missed. Special thanks from the family goes out to the staff of St. Patrick's Home for the continued love and kindness shown to John. Friends were received at Centennial United Church, 234 William Street, Stayner on Friday November 23 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.. Funeral Service followed at 1 o'clock. Interment Stayner Union Cemetery. Remembrances to St. Patrick's Home, Ottawa or The Alzheimer's Society of Ottawa would be appreciated by John's family. Arrangements under the direction of Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home (705-428-2637). For further information or to sign the online guest book, log on to: www.carruthersdavidson.com
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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-12-05 published
O'BRIEN, Francis " Frank"
29 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion; Member of the Royal Air Force -- 5 years, Active with Probus Club of Canada.
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at the Meaford General Hospital in his 74th year. Frank, loving husband of Virgina and the late Mary O'BRIEN. Adored father of Kerry, the late Michael O'BRIEN (and his wife, Kristen,) Jonathan (and his wife, Gloria). Dearest father-in-law to Alex. Frank will be forever cherished by his grandchildren Kaitlin, Meagan, Matthew and Keagan. Brother of Joan, Pat and Eileen and predeceased by brothers Tim and Tom. Frank loved playing bridge and will be fondly remembered by all his partners and opponents. Friends may visit Fawcett Funeral Homes -- Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street, on Monday, December 3, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Evening prayers at 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 63 Elgin Street, Collingwood, at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Frank's family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Meaford General Hospital Foundation be made in his memory. Friends may leave comments for the family by visiting: www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-14 published
O'BRIEN, Brendan, Q.C., L.S.M.
Peacefully at home in Dundas, Ontario, on July 13, 2007. Lovingly remembered by Beverley, his wife of 44 years, and his children Susie and Duncan, and their families Peter, Bridget, Thomas and Jamie MOUNTFORD, Marita and Josie and Brendan O'BRIEN. Brendan will also be greatly missed by his sister Geraldine (Charles BRADY) and many nieces and nephews. Brendan was pre-deceased by his parents, Florence (MILEY) and Donel, and by siblings Charles, Eileen (PHELAN), Laureen (WEILER), Edward, Miley, Elizabeth (Betty McGOEY,) and George. Brendan was born in 1909 in Toronto, and raised in Dixie, Ontario. He spent 96 of his 98 summers on Lake Joseph, most of those on his beloved Burnt Island. He had a long and distinguished career as a lawyer in Toronto, beginning as a junior with the firm of Phelan and Richardson after being called to the bar in 1932. He eventually became senior partner, before the firm merged with Aylesworth Thompson in 1986. He taught at Osgoode Law School in the 1950s and in the Bar Admission Course until 1959. In 1966 he was elected Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. During his term he made significant contributions, including outlining a plan which would eventually become the basis for the Law Foundation of Ontario. He remained an active participant of Convocation until the age of 96. In 2005 he received the Law Society Medal for his many contributions to the province's justice system. In 1979 Brendan became the first president of the Osgoode Society. His passionate interest in history inspired his authorship of two books, Speedy Justice (1992), and The Prettiest Spot in Muskoka (1999). A private family funeral will be held on Tuesday July 17, 2007 at Cattel, Eaton and Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses would be appreciated. www.catteleatonandchambers.ca

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-14 published
TEUNISSEN, Doctor Hendrik Willem "Hans"
Hans died suddenly at his home in Geneva at the age of 62. He had spent the last ten years in Switzerland working at the World Meteorological Organization (United Nations) studying the effects of global climate change. He was a graduate of the University of Toronto and achieved his PhD in engineering physics, however his work as a research scientist was dearest to his heart.
Hans was the beloved husband of Jacqueline STUBBS with whom he shared 37 years of marriage. He also leaves behind his sisters Gonnie O'BRIEN and her husband John, Ingrid DITTBURNER and her husband Jim, his father-in-law Douglas STUBBS and his sisters-in-law Marcia UNDERWOOD and her husband Philip, Jenny BEER and her husband Steven. Predeceased by his parents and his sister, Jeannette WILSON.
Hans loved his nieces and nephews and will be greatly missed by John O'BRIEN and his wife Laurie and their children Siobhan and Connor; Shannon O'BRIEN and her husband Rob THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and their children Garrett and Avery; Morgen and Trask DITTBURNER; Colin UNDERWOOD and Trevor BEER.
He also had many relatives in Holland and was particularly close to his aunt and cousins in Terwolde.
The funeral was held in Geneva on June 18, 2007 and a memorial service will be held in Canada in late August at Turner and Porter Funeral Home in Mississauga - date to be published.
We will miss you, Hans.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-17 published
BARNABE, Darren, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.
Dedicated teacher at Fairglen Elementary School Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, July 16, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 42 years. Beloved husband of Michelle BARNABE (MORRISON.) Proud father of Megan, Dana and Jesse. Dear son of Roger and Pat (MOSS) BARNABE. Loving brother of Michelle FIDLER and Jeannine (Bob) PISTAWKA. Cherished son-in-law of Don MORRISON and the late Madge (O'BRIEN.) Survived by his grandparents Agnes BARNABE (late Phillipe) and Carole MOSS (late Peter.) 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 Wednesday, July 18th. A mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Gabriel's Parish, 650 Sheppard Ave. East on Thursday, July 19th at 10 a.m. Special Thanks to Doctor KNOX at Princess Margaret Hospital and the Palliative Care Team. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite #101, Toronto M4S 3B1 or The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, 60 Murray Street, Lebovic Bldg., 4th Floor, Toronto, M5T 3L9. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-15 published
HUDSON, Mary Louise (née O'BRIEN)
(April 19, 1915-November 15, 2006)
Peacefully, at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, at the age of 91. Beloved wife and 'Pal' of the late William George HUDSON, devoted mother of Robert (Nicole FLORENT) of Kingston and Roger of California. Loving ' Mama' of Danielle (Ken SULLIVAN,) Lindsay (Jennifer MALLON), Graham and Nadine (Jeffery HUDDLESTON). She was the daughter of Henry Benjamin O'BRIEN and Mary (ODONOGHUE) O'BRIEN, both deceased. Sister of Ernestine (Brooklyn, New York) and Irene (Toronto); also sister to Henry Jr., Frances, Ann, James (Jim), and Frank, who predeceased her. Aunt to many nieces and nephews in Toronto, Kingston, Halifax and New York, particularly Alma (Jinny) and Matti AHOLA and their children to whom she was very close over the years. She was born in Barbados; her parents immigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto when she was an infant. Her father operated a number of businesses, including a shoemaking and leather store at York and Front streets, on the site of the current Royal York Hotel. She started her career as a legal secretary, then became a homemaker and later, general secretary. A feisty, determined woman, she was a resident of Randolph Road (Leaside), since 1943. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 18 at 1600 hours at Leaside United Church, 822 Millwood Road, East York. Cremation has taken place, and her ashes will be entered beside Bill's at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Leaside United Church or the Alzheimer Society. The family is grateful to Sgt. Larry STORTZ, Toronto Police, to Noreen DAWE and David McFARLANE, Sunnybrook Psychogeriatric Program and to Det. Dianne McCARTHY, Kingston Police. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Doctor Robert W. HUDSON, Etherington Hall, Queen's University, 94 Stuart Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 or hudsonr@queensu.ca.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-15 published
O'BRIEN, Richard
Passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 14, 2007 at the age of 59. Survived by his mother Catherine O'BRIEN and predeceased by his father Joseph O'BRIEN and his brother Greg. Remembered by his sisters Marylou and Colleen, nephew Matt and nieces Jordann and Riva. Remembered with so much love and laughter by his life long friend Patti HABIB and godson Alexander HABIB. Thank you to his loyal caregiver Patricia BRAITHWAITE and his wonderful Doctor, Raquel ADELSTEIN. Special love and gratitude to the 4th Dimension family, Cheryl, Brent, Candace, and Liam TITCOMB. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road, (North of Lawrence) on Wednesday, October 17 from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m. in the Ward Chapel. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the heart and stroke foundation would be appreciated by the family. Condolences can be sent to richard.obrien@wardfh.com
May God hold you in the palm of His hand

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-27 published
His BamBoo club transformed the nightlife of restrained Toronto
Onetime freelance writer and his business partner took an abandoned laundry and turned it into the cornerstone of Toronto's funky Queen Street West scene through the 1980s and 1990s
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S11
Toronto -- Richard O'BRIEN was the arbiter of cool in a city that never stops obsessing over its image. Only he dared to pair plates of redolent Thai spicy noodles and feverish jerk chicken, washed down with a Tusker lager or two, with the throbbing beat of a Zairean soukous band.
Maybe he was crazy like a fox, for the marriage between exotic world music and Asian/Caribbean cuisine kept Toronto's landmark BamBoo club pulsating for nearly 20 years. As The Globe noted five years ago this month, when the BamBoo finally shuttered its fabled doors, "long before the Gap and Starbucks sent Queen Street West spiralling into a retail frenzy, stopping in at the BamBoo for a beer or a bite was a rite of passage for city residents and out-of-towners alike."
Indeed, the decidedly unslick 'Boo (once described, though lovingly, as "a carefully crappy-looking dive") was the cornerstone of Toronto's funky Queen Street West scene through the 1980s and 1990s, showcasing cutting-edge reggae, funk, R&B, Latin, jazz and soul acts, and hosting some of the wildest private parties staid Toronto had seen. The eclectic kitchen staff, meantime, cranked out signature Caribbean, Indonesian and Thai dishes that kept the joint at the top of virtually every "best-place-to-eat" list in the city since the day it opened.
The music was loud, the place usually packed (and sweltering), the food piquant and the atmosphere laid-back and aggressively Third World. It worked.
In the days before random club shootings and refrigerator-sized bouncers, the BamBoo was more a community centre for artists and musicians. "And it was an awesome community," recalled Lorraine SEGATO, lead singer for the long-defunct Parachute Club, which played the BamBoo in July, 1983, to celebrate their debut release, a month before the club officially opened.
(As Patti HABIB, Mr. O'BRIEN's friend and business partner for some 30 years, recalled with some satisfaction, the place that night "was jammed to the rafters, and it was totally illegal. We had no liquor license and no running water. You'd never get away with that kind of stuff today.")
What fascinated Ms. SEGATO about the BamBoo was its timing. Toronto "was just starting to bust out in terms of a cultural product that was coming from all the immigrants. So the music scene was really ripe."
"The timing was really extraordinary," she said wistfully. "It was a confluence of energies. More importantly, it was home to so many people who considered themselves either artists or, you know, different. The 'Boo was this safe haven."
That's precisely how Mr. O'BRIEN and Ms. HABIB planned it.
"Richard never turned down artists or musicians," Ms. HABIB said. "People felt the BamBoo was their home because it was a very relaxed atmosphere. No women ever had to feel scared. We never had fights. It was a very warm place."
A bearish man who bore a striking resemblance to film director Francis Ford Coppola and favoured retro Hawaiian shirts, Mr. O'BRIEN could be sarcastic and cantankerous (his favourite expressions were, "Is everybody mental around here?" and "What's the big deal?"). He was also gregarious and passionate, an unabashed party animal and a lover of the arts. Even as a child, he showed interest in art and theatre, said his 97-year-old mother, Catherine O'BRIEN.
Adopted when he was four years old, he was a product of Toronto's Catholic schools. At 17, he and a buddy hopped on a motorcycle to see a girl in North Carolina. Mr. O'BRIEN kept going, and wound up in California in 1965. He bummed around, studied writing and broadcast journalism, and played drums in a small jazz club in San Francisco, where such giants as Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner dropped in to record. Four years after leaving, he returned to Toronto, sold some drawings and freelanced articles to newspapers.
He went to work for TVOntario, then the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he got to interview reggae icons Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.
In the late 1970s, Mr. O'BRIEN started hosting a popular Toronto booze can, the Dream Factory (where his friend Marcus O'Hara launched the annual Martian Awareness Ball to coincide with St. Patrick's Day. Little green men - get it?)
With Ms. HABIB, he also ran one the city's hippest speakeasies, the legendary MBC. A lot of people joked that it meant "My Booze Can," but the name was a playful dig at the inability of Mr. O'BRIEN and some Friends to buy the nearby Embassy Tavern. MBC, open only on Mondays and Thursdays, was a hit, featuring live music until 6 a.m. with acts that included Rough Trade with Carole Pope.
"We didn't just start a club with no background," Mr. HABIB pointed out. "We had been doing different events around the city and compiling a mailing list."
The two also frequented a rooftop after-hours boîte called the Paper Door, where Bruce Cockburn and Murray McLaughlin were regular acts. Significantly, it looked down onto a dumpy building that had had housed a Chinese laundry for 80 years but was used to store wicker furniture.
"It was the most derelict place," Ms. HABIB recalls with a laugh. "It was condemned, had no running water, no heat and no floor to speak of. But we said, 'Wouldn't it be a fabulous place to throw a party?' "
To their surprise, the space was for rent, and in 1982, "Richard, not me, put a [$2,500] deposit down on six-months' rent, thinking he could build a club." The couple had three months to renovate about 1,500 square metres of space.
Investors were brought in but money was short. The couple set up a flea market of Christmas trees in an event dubbed "Tree and Flea." Banks turned them down for loans, so another group of investors came in with the funds needed to finish the job, but charged a mob-like interest rate of 100 per cent over two years (successfully paid).
Meantime, nothing in the club was new. The lime-green wrought-iron front gates came from a wrecking company, and the banquette seating was from the Drake Hotel. Toilets were bought for $50 from a pinball parlour that was going under. The bar was salvaged from an Irish social club in Buffalo.
After $85,000 in renovations, the place opened on August 26, 1983, and was christened the BamBoo as a tribute to its former incarnation. There were lineups almost right away.
"It was always full," recalled Fergus Hambleton, lead singer for Toronto's poster band for reggae, the Sattalites, who became regulars. "It was partially that we're fabulous," Mr. Hambleton said half-jokingly, "but other than that, it was also a time when that club was right and the whole Queen Street thing was developing."
In Toronto, the 'Boo was to the eighties music scene what the El Mocambo was in the seventies or the Riverboat in the sixties. On any given night, one could hear a Nigerian-style juju group, a West African highlife act, ska, or a soca (soul calypso) band. Sometimes, jazz greats Buddy Rich and DIzzy Gillespie would follow reggae giants Bunny Wailer and Toots and the Maytalls.
The club couldn't have a liquor license unless it served food, so veteran chefs Vera KHAN handled the Caribbean fare, while Wandee YOUNG did the Thai cooking. Both put their stamp on a 1997 cookbook, The BamBoo Cooks. And rumour had it that rocker David Bowie simply had to have the BamBoo's ka kai soup whenever he was in town.
It all made Mr. O'BRIEN, in the eyes of Ms. HABIB, "really, really brave. When you're in his circle of people, 'no' doesn't come into your repertoire. I had to be dragged into this circle of the BamBoo, but when Richard was around, the possibilities were endless. He'd think big, act big, and I think that takes a fairly brave person."
Mr. Hambleton had a similar take. "Everybody at some point had a screaming argument with Richard because he just had a big personality. He brought an artistic flair to everything he did. He had a prodigious knowledge of all cultural things. He blustered. But at the bottom was this creative personality that was driven to share."
In 2000, Mr. O'BRIEN suffered a debilitating stroke that caused paralysis on his left side and put him in a wheelchair. The end of the BamBoo came in the summer of 2002, when the building's landlord announced he'd rented the space to another tenant, and gave the club 90 days to vacate. There was a final farewell bash, "Boo Hoo" on October 31 that year. Mr. O'BRIEN wasn't all that upset. "He thought it was a good sign to get out of Queen Street," Ms. HABIB said.
Besides, she'd been thinking of selling the place. "It was just too much running a club at night, especially by myself."
Months later, Mr. O'BRIEN became restless, and in March, 2003, he and some partners unveiled Bambu By The Lake, an even larger club/restaurant on Toronto's waterfront. "I really loved the old BamBoo," he explained in an interview, "but this really makes me forget it quick. We took the best of the old parts of the old BamBoo and incorporated them."
His involvement in the new venture lasted six months. According to Ms. HABIB, he lost everything, save for his Toronto Islands house, which he'd mortgaged to the hilt.
His final contribution to the city was an attempt to beautify the islands' grim concrete ferry terminal. He re-learned to use a computer well enough to Photoshop his colour-splashed ideas into the landscape, and called it Terminal Art.
Mr. O'BRIEN suffered a second massive stroke earlier this month. His last words were, "What's the big deal?"
Richard Kevin O'BRIEN was born in Montreal on July 28, 1948, and died in Toronto on October 14, 2007, of neurological complications. He was 59. He is survived by his mother, Catherine O'BRIEN, and sisters Colleen and Marylou. He also leaves his godson, Alexander HABIB. He was predeceased by his father, Joe O'BRIEN and his brother Gregory.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-12 published
GIBSON, Lt. Col. Edward Slade, C.D., M.D., F.C.B.O.M.
On November 10, 2007, age 79. Beloved husband of Audrey WRIGHT (MOGGACH) and the late Jean SOEDER (mother of his three sons.) son of the late Capt. Lyle and Edith GIBSON. Proud father of Col. Neil (Eleanore) of St. Albert, Chris (Nicole) of Courtice and Brian (Alison) of Burlington. Step-father of Susan O'BRIEN of Hamilton and Warren WRIGHT (Linda) of Harrington Park, New Jersey. Brother of Joan BENNETT of Toronto, uncle of Karen BENNETT (Peter) of Toronto and John BENNETTT (Inge) of Ottawa. Proud of 11 exceptional grandchildren, Katy, Aidan, Kyle, Breanne, Taylor and Gregory GIBSON, Jesse and Matt O'BRIEN, Eric, Alex and Lauren WRIGHT. He was a graduate of the University of Toronto Schools and the University of Toronto. In his medical career he was in family practice in Welland and Tavistock Ontario. As an occupational health physician was Medical Director at Dofasco until his retirement, then Medical Director of the Hamilton Hospitals Assessment Centre. He was the first president of the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada. He was a strong supporter of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Ergonomics within industry and was an honourary fellow of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists. In his research as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University he was the first to identify the association between steel foundry work and lung cancer. With his colleagues at Dofasco demonstrated the hearing loss could occur at noise levels of 85 decibels (formerly thought to be a 'safe' level). His research on low back pain demonstrated that pre-employment back x-rays did not predict future back pain, other research involved cardiovascular disease and hypertension in steelworkers and latterly the impact of sleep problems on adolescent students. In the Canadian Forces he had been a Flight Surgeon in the Royal Canadian Air Force and in the R.C.A.M.C.(M) was Commanding Officer of 12 Medical Company, Kitchener, and 16 Medical Company, Hamilton. In the community he was President of SleeplWake Disorders Canada and had been a director of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Hamilton Burlington Big Brother Association and Pet Trust (University of Guelph). He was a member of Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Westdale. We would particularly like to thank the Staff of the Community Care Access Centre for their vital help. The Juravinski Centre, Dr. Hotte, Doctor Craigie, Maryanne were particularly efficient and compassionate. Very special thanks to Doctor Grant Taylor and the caring staff of the Doctor Bob Kemp Hospice. The family will receive Friends at The Swackhamer, Blachford and Wray Funeral Home, 1341 Main St. W., Hamilton, 905-522-9221, on Tuesday November 12, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held on Wednesday at Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Westdale, at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Doctor Bob-Kemp Hospice, Saint Paul's Anglican Church or the charity of your choice.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-10 published
HICKEY, Reverend John Joseph
(Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Peterborough)
At Rubidge Retirement Home, Peterborough on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2007 in his 85th year. son of the late Henry HICKEY and Katherine O'BRIEN. Dear brother of Barbara MURRAY, and Maureen MULHALL and her husband Vernon, of Peterborough. Predeceased by his sister Helen HILAND and her husband Edward, William HICKEY and his wife Norma, and his brother-in-law Richard MURRAY. He will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews; Edward HILAND (Antonia), Katherine McKEEN (Stuart), Peter HILAND, Sheilagh BRESKEY (Jeffrey), Mary MULHALL, John MULHALL (Susan), Bishop Michael MULHALL, Henry MULHALL (Cara). John HILAND predeceased.
Fr. HICKEY was born in Peterborough on September 20, 1923 and educated in Saint Peter's elementary and secondary schools. Following his studies at St. Augustine's Seminary and the University of Saint Michael's College, Father HICKEY was ordained Priest by His Excellency Bishop Gerald BERRY in the Cathedral of St. Peter-In-Chains on May 19, 1951. Father HICKEY had served in several parishes throughout his priestly life including Saint Peter's Cathedral 1951-1958, Saint_Joseph's Bracebridge, 1958-1970, Saint Mary's Church, Huntsville, 1970-1980, and Saint Mary's Church, Campbellford, 1980-1988, and in his retirement Sacred Heart Church, Peterborough. He will be fondly remembered by the Priests, Deacons, Religious, and laity of the Diocese of Peterborough for his warmth, approachability, good humour, and dedication which endeared him to those whom he served so well. Fr. HICKEY will Lie in State at the Cathedral of St. Peter-In-Chains on Monday from the Rite of Reception at 3: 00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. (Office For the Dead 7:00 p.m.)
Funeral Mass in the Cathedral of St. Peter-In-Chains, Peterborough on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. His Excellency Most Reverend Nicola DE ANGELIS, Bishop of Peterborough, officiating, assisted by his brother Priests of the Diocese of Peterborough. Bishop Michael MULHALL, Bishop of Pembrooke, Fr. HICKEY's nephew, will con-celebrate the Mass and preach the homily.
Rite of Committal Prayers Saint Peter's Cemetery. Please say a prayer or offer a Mass for the repose of the soul of Fr. John HICKEY. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Kaye Funeral Home "Memorial Chapel"

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-28 published
O'BRIEN, Brian Lawrence " Larry"
In his 61st year due to cancer of the esophagus, Larry passed away amongst his family on 25th December 2007. He is survived by his wife of many years Barbara (née KER;) his daughter Shelagh his son Shane (Kerry); and grandchildren Tate and Rory; his mother Julie O'BRIEN of Ottawa; sisters Kerry PORTELANCE (Roger,) Guru Simran Khalsa (Karam SINGH), Shane KELLEHER (Colm); and numerous nieces and nephews. A private family funeral will be held in Port Moody, British Columbia. If you wish, you may make donations in Larry's memory to Eagle Ridge Hospital, Port Moody, British Columbia or the British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver. The family would like to acknowledge the kind support of the Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family at larryob@live.ca.

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