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O'CONNELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-11 published
O'CONNELL, John F.X., P.Eng.
"I am full of wonder at what is coming next… it's gonna be powerful"
Peacefully on Monday, July 9, 2007 at Credit Valley Hospital, following a long illness borne with integrity, humility and courage. Predeceased by his beloved Ange (née Angela McGOWAN) in 2000. Forever missed by his children Tish (Letitia O'CONNELL,) Dan with fiancée Diane O'DWYER and Kate O'Connell MAYFIELD. His grandchildren John, Clare and Daniel Barker and Michael Mayfield will always be inspired by their beloved Gramps. Also missed by sisters Pat BARLETTA and Joan MULROONEY, sister-in-law Joan O'CONNELL and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Jean and brothers Jim and Bill. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930, John was recruited out of his graduating class at Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute to come to Toronto to help build its new subway. Throughout a long career in design and construction he was a leader on many projects that shaped Southwestern Ontario. He was fiercely proud of his Irish heritage and citizenship, and lived by the motto, "American by birth, Irish by the grace of God."Possessed of an inquiring and discerning mind, his quiet, perspicacious and slyly mischievous nature endeared him to many. He was a man of deep faith, selflessly devoted to his family, a wise father who taught by quiet example and a model of integrity to his children and grandchildren. He will never be forgotten. The family will receive Friends from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the Ward Funeral Home, 52 Main Street South, (Highway 10), Brampton. Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 66A Main Street South, Brampton on Thursday, July 12 at 10: 30 a.m. followed by interment at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Trenton.

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O'CONNELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-21 published
MILLER, Mary (née MUNRO)
Mary MILLER died peacefully in her sleep in London, Ontario, on July 10, 2007, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Dave, her husband of 57 years, was at her side. Mary was born on April 26, 1925, the fourth daughter of Scottish immigrants Jack and Dorothy MUNRO. Her parents, sisters Agnes, Jean and Dorothy and brother-in-law Donald FERGUSON all predeceased her. She is survived by her daughter Beth and her partner John MacLEOD, her daughter Katherine and her husband Reg GATENBY, her son John and his wife Deb MILLER, three grand_sons - David GROVES, Evan MILLER and Graeme MILLER, her brother-in-law Bernard O'CONNELL, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families and many devoted Friends. We will miss her greatly. Mary grew up in Montreal. After completing high school and working for the Royal Bank of Canada there, she studied nursing at the Montreal General Hospital. She married Dave after her graduation and moved with him to Ottawa and and then to London, Ontario, where they made their home for over fifty years. Although Mary will be cremated and interred in a private ceremony, we will hold a gathering for family and Friends later this summer in her memory. We will publish the details of Mary's memorial once our plans have been finalized. We would like to thank Doctor Archie GRACE, Doctor Bill McKEOUGH and 'Mary's Angels', the remarkable staff of the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital, for their kindness, compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Women's Community House, 101 Wellington Road, London, Ontario N6C 4M7.

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O'CONNELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-03 published
DE JOURDAN, Margaret Bunel (formerly EDWARDS) "Peggy," "Jelly"
Mother, wife, author, teacher, optimist ~ March 1st, 1918-September 29, 2007 Peacefully, in hospital and surrounded by her family, after a brief illness. Celebrated children's author, long-standing member of the Canadian Authors' Association and Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire The heart of the Edwards family. A profound loss for husband Alan DE JOURDAN. Loved beyond words by her children: Edmond, Jane, Campbell, Marnie, Wallace and Caitlin and an inspiration to their loved ones: Darlene DUDAR, Bob GARDINER, Kate FREEMAN and Jodi HOAR (and her children, Aedan, Melisa and Mitchell.) Beloved Gram to David EDWARDS and Elizabeth SLEEN. She took great joy in her great-grandchildren, Margaret Harriet and Stella-Charles FISHER and George and Gordon SLEEN. Survived by cousins Edith JULIEN and Ron KEALEY (Fran.) Sadly missed by Bill and Louise and Chris and Theresa DE JOURDAN and Tina and Rob GARDINER (Jordan, Casidhe). Pre-deceased by sister Isobel O'CONNELL, ex-husband James EDWARDS and son-in-law Charles FISHER. Cherished friend to many, especially Kay McColgan, Inez Sunderland, Phyllis and Lloyd Ivany, Nessie Brisco, James Coates and to everyone who attended her legendary dinners. Special thanks to Doctor GAUTHIER, Dr. PRUDHOMME, and the palliative care team at the Civic Hospital. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Mackay United Church, Ottawa, on Thursday 11 a.m. Donations to Mackay United Church would be appreciated. Condolences/donations at: www.mcgarryfamily.ca

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O'CONNOR o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-27 published
HEARD, Lenore Mary (HOLLAND)
At the Southampton Care Centre in Southampton Sunday morning December 23, 2007. The former Lenore HOLLAND of Wiarton formerly of Newmarket in her 79th year. Beloved wife of the late Donald HEARD. Loving mother of Deborah and her husband Randy CURRAN of Blaine, Washington, Elizabeth CURRAN of Powassan, Robert HEARD of Australia and Jeffrey HEARD of Ottawa. Lovingly remembered by her two grandchildren; Natalie and Stephanie CURRAN. Dear sister of Joan HILDEBRAND and her husband Glen of Kitchener and Mary FAWCETT of London. Predeceased by five brothers; John, Kale, Benedict, Conrad, Stephen and three sisters; Loretta BATSON, Gloria BAILEY and Leona O'CONNOR. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Friday December 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated from Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Wiarton Saturday December 29 at 11: 00 a.m. Visitation at the Funeral Home Saturday morning from 10: 00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to the Mass. Spring interment Balsam Grove Cemetery, Oliphant. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Prayers will be recited at the Funeral Home Friday evening December 28 at 8: 30 p.m. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Lenore by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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O'CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-06 published
O'CONNOR, Gary Norman
At the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, January 4th, 2007. Gary Norman O'CONNOR of Dutton in his 70th year. Loved father of Michael and his wife Heather NORTON; Patrick NORTON Shannon GASPARATTO; Erin and her husband Paul KYLE and the late Kelly NORTON (1989.) Gary was a beloved brother and life long friend to Evelyn and her husband Douglas KEEP and dear brother of Charles, Wayne and his wife Sandra and Dan and his wife Carol. Predeceased by sisters Judy KOYL (1972) and Maxine SLATTERIE (2004) and by a brother Thomas O'CONNOR. Gary is also lovingly remembered by seventeen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews will greatly miss "Uncle Groove". The family acknowledges Gary's dear friend Joe Casey for his kindness and faithful support. Gary was born in Saint Thomas on April 15th, 1937, the eldest son of Harold and Dorothy HARRIS) O'CONNOR. He was retired after many years with the M.T.O., he was a member of the Kettle Valley Pioneers and was a distinguished exhibitor of restored antique engines. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St. Saint Thomas until Monday morning and then to Holy Angels' Church where Mass of the Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 10: 00 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Angels' Cemetery. Visitation Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home Sunday at 7: 00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Palliative Care Unit.

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O'CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-20 published
Snowmobile crash kills boy, 15
Perry OSBORN of Monkton was killed when his snowmobile struck a transport truck.
By Donal O'CONNOR, and Claire NEARY, Sun Media, Thurs., December 20, Mitchell -- A 15-year-old high school student who died in a snowmobile crash yesterday was remembered by his schoolmates as a "wonderful" and "well-liked" person.
Perry OSBORN of R.R.#2 Monkton was killed instantly after the snowmobile he was riding collided with a transport truck north of Mitchell just before noon.
Students and staff at Mitchell District high school, where OSBORN was a Grade 10 student, learned of his death by the afternoon and were met with grief counsellors at the school.
"We're grieving the loss of a wonderful young man who was well-liked by his teachers and peers," school principal Jodie BAKER said.
"Our condolences go out to the family and Friends," said BAKER who expressed her own concern for students' safety during the Christmas holidays.
Counselling will be available at the school for the rest of the week. The school will try to maintain normalcy over the next few days prior to the Christmas break, BAKER said.
OSBORN was heading home from school when his snowmobile came off a snowmobile trail, crossed Perth Line 36 from the south and travelled into the path of the transport truck around 11: 50 a.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police said.
The truck was heading west on the paved road north of town near Road 162. The driver was not injured.
OSBORN wasn't the only student who rode a snowmobile to the school. Last week, an Ontario Provincial Police officer visited the school and discussed snowmobile safety.
"There are a few students who ride their snowmobiles to Mitchell high school… (and) they all register with the school," Const. Glen Childerley said.
The trails are well-groomed and maintained, he said.
Students park their snowmobiles behind the school and there's a snowmobile path right next to it, he said.
To drive a snowmobile, the driver must be at least 12 years old, have a snowmobile licence and take a safe snowmobiling course, Childerley said.
The road was closed for about four hours while police investigated.
Police don't expect to lay any charges, they said.

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O'CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-02 published
McBRIDE, Kathleen " Kaye"
Peacefully, with her family by her side on Monday, January 1, 2007 at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga. Kaye, age 77 years, beloved wife for 52 years of Joe. Loving mother of Michael (Kim), Tim (Tracy), Pat, Paula BUERGER (Geoffrey) and Suzi. Dear grandmother of Joseph, Marie, Adam and Christopher; Mitchell and Matthew Colin, Brendan and Ian. Survived by her sisters Gladys DYMOND, Rita STUTT (Garnet), Joan SULLIVAN, and Eleanor McLAUGHLIN and by her brother John McLAUGHLIN (Barbara.) Kaye graduated as a registered nurse from Saint Michael's Hospital, Toronto. She was an active member of St. Clement Roman Catholic Parish from its inception in 1967. She was a tireless worker for charities including St. Vincent de Paul and ShareLife. President of the Catholic Women's League. She was an avid reader and a member of Markland Wood Country Club, and a past Captain of the ladies section. The family wish to express their sincere thanks to caregivers Hilda (Rosa) GRECO and Liz LOPATNIKOW. Also thanks to Doctor O'CONNOR and nurses Anita, Laurie, Melissa, Rolanda, and Carmen at Trillium Health Centre. Their kindness and compassion will always be appreciated and remembered by the family. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2007. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 11 a.m. at St. Clement Church, 409 Markland Doctor Etobicoke (at Bloor St.). Cremation to follow. For those who wish, donations made to Share Life, Trillium Health Centre Foundation or to Saint Michael's Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

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O'CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-07 published
BRAILEY, Moira Joyce (July 18, 1919-June 3, 2007)
Died peacefully at West Park Long Term Care Centre. Joyce suffered for many years with a debilitating heart condition and osteoporosis. She always managed, however, to be cheerful and interested in all her family. Her husband, George died in 2003. Joyce leaves two daughters, Seonaid BRAILEY and Moira MacRAE (Garth.) She was a truly wonderful Nana to Justin MacRAE, Krista BRAILEY, Gail MacRAE (Allan LAURENT), and Heather MacRAE (Chris O'CONNOR). Joyce had a very special relationship with her great-granddaughter, Jordan TUCKER- MacRAE and great-grandchildren, Sam and Leigha BRETT, Haley MacRAE, Finlay and Emma O'CONNOR and Philippe GIGUERE. Joyce was born in Scotland, the youngest of 5 girls. She had a degree in Art and always enjoyed costume design. She spent her career as a teacher and found her happiest and most memorable time at Bialik Hebrew Day School, where the students, staff and families became long standing Friends. Joyce lived at West Park Long Term Care Centre for her last 5 years. She and her family appreciated the help and support provided by the dedicated staff, who treated her with kindness and dignity. Private arrangements have been made. If you wish, a donation may be made to the West Park Foundation 82 Buttonwood Avenue, Toronto, M6M 2J5 or the charity of your choice.

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O'CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-21 published
VALLANCE, Murray Allan Jr. (1917-2007)
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Murray VALLANCE. Dad passed away in his home Sunday, June 17, 2007 with his family by his side. He fought hard to maintain his dignity and quality of life, but after a year and a half of failing health due to a heart condition, he succumbed to his illness. He wanted to pass in his own home with his wife and children and grand children with him. He took his leave on his own terms and waited until Fathers day to say goodbye. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario on March 28, 1917 to Murray Allan VALLANCE and Phyllis Marie McINTYRE. He had one brother, Walter Henry VALLANCE who pre-deceased him on June 16, 2006. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and after the war he came home and moved to Toronto in 1950. He became a Chartered Accountant and eventually went to work for Ontario Hydro where he met his future wife Theresa O'CONNOR. He is survived by his wife Theresa, his son Andrew and his daughters Kathleen BOICE and Carolyne McMAHON. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by his brother-in-law Thomas O'CONNOR, his son-in-laws Richard BOICE and Quinn McMAHON and daughter-in-law Rachel VALLANCE. Dad has six beautiful grand children, Maria-Rose, Micaela, Amelia, Saffron, Olivia and Max whom he adored immensely and was very proud to have had enrich his last years on this earth. Dad loved classic literature and poetry and we wish to leave this little poem as a parting thought&hellip
No one knew that day
God was going to call your name
In life we loved you dearly
In death we do the same
It broke our hearts to lose you
For you did not go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home
You left us beautiful memories
Your love is still our guide
And though we cannot see you
You will always be by our sides
Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again
Visitation will be held on Friday June 22 at Highland Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. (3280 Sheppard Ave E., Scarborough, 416-773-0933). Funeral Mass on Saturday June 23 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 10 a.m. (3526 Sheppard Ave E., Scarborough). Interment at Christ the King Cemetery.

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O'CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-09 published
WALSH, John Francis Joachim
Died July 05, 2007, a month shy of his 85th birthday at his home in Toronto. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Isabel WALSH (CONLIN) in March 2001. He leaves his sister Bette O'CONNOR and was predeceased by his sister, Mary NOLL, and brothers James and Fergus. He will be missed by sons and daughters: John (Nancy), Pat (Evadney), Herb (Monique), Sheilagh (Peter), Maureen (Curtis), Bernard, David, Thomas (Fithrie), Christine (Hank), and Catherine (Ron). There are many grandchildren, nieces and nephews who will miss their uncle and grandfather: Michael and David; Jason, Daniel, Ivan, Luke and Mathew; Clare and Alice; Jennifer, Heather, and Kate; Angela and Emma; Kiki and Gary; Scott, Ashley, and Lindsey. John was also a great-grandfather to Mateya and Chase; Arabella and Jamila, and Calvin. John attended Assumption College in Windsor, and then served in the Canadian Army as a lieutenant in England. After the war he settled in Toronto, attended Osgoode Hall Law School and married Isabel CONLIN in 1946. A Memorial mass will be held at Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Parish, 222 Ridley Boulevard, at Avenue Road and Wilson, Toronto, on Thursday, July 12th at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. www.stephenlewisfoundation.org

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O'CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-18 published
SCOTT, Grace Workman, PhD.
On July 17th, 2007 in her 94th year at The Briton House, Toronto. Predeceased by her beloved husband John W. SCOTT, M.D. (Neurophysiologist.) Sadly missed by daughter Aleda O'CONNOR (Barry COOMBS,) son James SCOTT (Deborah;) by grandchildren Eamonn and Kate O'CONNOR; Geoffrey, Lindsay and Emily SCOTT. Brother Bill WORKMAN, sister Aleda VAN HORN, by Ed O'CONNOR and by many cousins, nieces, nephews and Friends. Throughout her life she found fulfillment through her faith, her great love of music and the family home she and John lovingly established at Bond Head. Her research at Chalk River in 1949 showed that bacteria mutates to become resistant to antibiotics with prolonged exposure. A service will be held on Thursday, July 19th, 2: 00 p.m. at St. Andrew's United Church, 117 Bloor Street East (entrance also 54 Hayden St.) Cremation and Interment, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Special thanks to the caring staff and Friends at Briton House and to the loving community at St. Andrews United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrews United Church.

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O'CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-14 published
MacLELLAN, Robert " Bob" Bernard
November 12, 2007, age 65, at home with family. Only child of the late Raymond "Buster" and Evelyn (née MARR.) Bobbie is survived by his wife of 43 years, Beverley Ann (née SMITH;) children Sheri JONES (Wayne O'CONNOR), Doctor Jennifer MacLELLAN (Stephen FORD) and Matthew MacLELLAN (Dr. Dawn MacLELLAN;) and grandchildren Lavinia FORD, Asa FORD and Edie FORD. Born and lived in Truro, Nova Scotia with strong family ties to Bass River, Nova Scotia. Graduate of Acadia University and Dalhousie Law School, where he later lectured Corporate Finance, Business Law and Advanced Income Tax. Law Clerk to Chief Justice Wells of the High Court of Justice (Ontario); articled and practiced with Blake, Cassels and Graydon; Partner with Burchell MacDougall, Truro. Chair of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission from its creation in 1987 to 2002, where he was responsible for policies and procedures that govern the Commission. Public Director of the Mutual Funds Dealers Association since 2003. In earlier years he was a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants / Canadian Bankers Association Joint Committee on Taxation from 1985 to 1992; member of the federal Minister of Finance Advisory Group on 1987 Tax Reform; member of the Venture Corporations Board of Nova Scotia from 1986 to 1987; and Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation from 1988 to 1991. Bob authored multiple publications on and was recognized by national professional evaluation publications as an expert in taxation, estates and trust, and securities law. Bob was a lifetime member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Truro. He was a proud member of the Truro Branch of Rotary International since 1976, served as President in 1991-92, acted as Director of Community Service and Club Service, and received the Paul Harris Fellowship in 1999 in recognition of his support to the Rotary Foundation. He was also a director of the Ship's Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia and an active supporter of other charities and foundations in Northern Nova Scotia. Bob took great pleasure in spending time with Friends and family in Lower Economy, Nova Scotia where he enjoyed the landscape, serenity and memories. The family will receive Friends at the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, 902-895-5587, on Thursday, November 15 from 6: 30-9:00 p.m. A service will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, 295 Young Street, Truro, on Friday, November 16 at 2: 00 p.m. No flowers by request of family. On line condolences may be sent to our website at www.colchestercommunity.com

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O'CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-21 published
ALSTON, Sheila
Died peacefully on Tuesday, 18 December at the age of 79. Predeceased by her husband John, and her son Peter, she is mourned by her daughters Sandra, and Deborah (Robin BARLOW,) her son Neil, and daughter-in-law Donna O'CONNOR. A beloved grandmother, she will be missed by Kevin (Cathy SHELDRICK) BURK/BURKE, Meghan (and Jim) PROVOST, Jessa and Emily Alston O'CONNOR, and Tegan and Rian ALSTON, and great-grandchildren, Madeleine and Nathaniel PROVOST and Eric BURK/BURKE. A funeral service will be held on Saturday 22 December at 11: 00 a.m. in the chapel at the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home, 36 Lake Avenue Drive, Stoney Creek. To honour her memory, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson Society Canada.

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