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POCOCK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-30 published
SKENE, Bud
Of Wiarton passed away at Gateway Haven Nursing Home on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Harriet and cherished father of Judy (Harold) IRVINE of Owen Sound, Geri (Gerry) BLACK of Nova Scotia, John (Linda) SKENE of Colpoy's Bay, Jackie SKENE of Owen Sound, Jim SKENE (Barry Crackle) of Owen Sound and Jill SKENE of Wiarton. Sadly missed by stepchildren Brenda LIHOU of Oliphant, Diana (Derek) POCOCK of Oliphant, Brian LIHOU of Wiarton and Paul (Lee-Anne) LIHOU of Parkhead, brother Earl SKENE of Wiarton, sisters Helen (Bob) PORTER of Lake Charles, Marjorie SMITH of Wiarton and Fairy (Gordon) BUCHANAN of Oliphant, 11 Grandchildren and 5 Great-Grandchildren. Bud was predeceased by his first wife Wilma and his parents Lydia (HEPBURN) and Albert SKENE, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. At Bud's request, there will be no funeral home visitation or service. Cremation has taken place. Interment Balsam Grove Cemetery, Oliphant. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Donations made to the Friends of Gateway Residence Council or Salvation Army Food Bank, Wiarton would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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POCOCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-26 published
POCOCK bravely conquered a disability
By Vera OVANIN, Sun Media, Sun., August 26, 2007
Peter POCOCK was an accomplished academic. He wrote books, chaired committees and attended functions.
He did it all -- and more -- while living with a severe form of cerebral palsy that, among other restrictions, left him with control of only one of his fingers.
"Many people suggested that we give him up and put him in a home for the disabled. But my husband and I decided Peter was our child and that we would do anything to help him," said POCOCK's mother, Jane POCOCK of London.
"We acknowledged him and treated him as any ordinary child."
POCOCK died July 28 at the Queen Elizabeth Centre in Toronto from complications after several falls.
He was 62.
Doctors predicted he wouldn't live past 40. But it wasn't the only time he beat the odds.
POCOCK earned a diploma from Fanshawe College and a degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.
He also held a master's degree in divinity from the University of Toronto and wrote a book about Toronto's cathedrals.
"There was absolutely no segregation in our family. There was nothing Peter wasn't included in -- fights, too," said his younger sister, Anne Margaret PEARCE, a retired teacher who lives in Woodstock.
Despite his disability, POCOCK attended a regular school and took part in all family affairs.
POCOCK's family spearheaded the development of Woodeden Camp for the disabled in London, as well as the London Crippled Children's Treatment Centre.
POCOCK served as a committee member of the Toronto Transit Commission's Wheel Trans service for the disabled.
He was also a member of the Toronto Historical Board and the Lion's Club.
He is survived by his mother, siblings Ann Margaret, Nancy POCOCK of Newmarket and Douglas POCOCK of Oakville.
"His life is a monument to hope that you can keep going. He was a happy man," Pearce said.

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POCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-20 published
MEEK, Queena Anne (formerly POCOCK, née WILSON)
Peacefully, in Toronto, on September 17, 2007, after a long life. Queena was born on December 12, 1909, the younger daughter of the late Alice (née BRADLEY) and Joseph WILSON. She is pre-deceased by her sister Eva (Alfred;) and her late husbands Clarence POCOCK and Haldon MEEK. Queena is survived by her nephew, Doctor Ronald FOOTE, and his wife Sybil, as well as their children, spouses and five great-grand nieces and nephews: Andrew and Lori FOOTE and their sons Eric and Adam; Victoria FOOTE and John LORINC and their sons Jacob and Sammy; and Trevor FOOTE and Robin KING, and their daughter Corrie. Queena worked for many years as a secretary in the accounting firm of Clarkson Gordon. In her spare time, she enjoyed tennis, travelling and bridge. She was also blessed with a wry sense of humour, a warm smile and an abundance of common sense. Queena's family would like to extend its gratitude to Miriam Deschamps and Juliette Delpesph for all the compassion and generosity they've provided Queena in the past several years. Private funeral arrangements have been made.

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POCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-14 published
HARVEY, John D.
Peacefully, at Credit Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Patricia, for over 48 years. Loving Dad of Ann Harvey HOPE (Shaun HOPE,) and Gordon. Doting Grandpa of Katie and Ian HOPE. He will be fondly remembered by his brothers-in-law Bob TAILOR/TAYLOR (Marian,) Bill TAILOR/TAYLOR (Fran) and Ron WOOD, and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. He was predeceased by his parents Archie and Gladys (née POCOCK,) and sisters Elsie WOOD and Marjorie. John's family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Princess Margaret Hospital and Credit Valley Hospital Palliative Care, especially to Doctor Rick SHEPPARD, Jane FARRELL, and Rev. Canon Jim WOOLLEY for their kindness, support and care of John. Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home - "Mississauga Chapel", 1981 Dundas St. W., (1 block east of Erin Mills Pkwy.) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. this Sunday. A Celebration of John's Life will be held on Monday, December 17th, 2007 at Saint Thomas á Becket Anglican Church, 3535 South Common Court., at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Credit Valley Hospital Palliative Care Unit, the Princess Margaret Hospital or the charity of your choice, would be appreciated by the family.
Neweduk Funeral Home 905-828-8000 Online condolences at www.neweduk.com

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POCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-24 published
RAYNER, George Joseph Cameron
Peacefully in Brantford, Ontario, on Friday, December 21, 2007, George RAYNER, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and proud Canadian, died in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Phyllis (née GALLAGHER) for 56 years; wonderful father of Shelagh (Bruce PETERSON), Mississauga; Moira (Les WHITE/WHYTE), Ottawa; Barbara, Strathroy; and George (Lori LUFF), Mississauga. Devoted Papa of Susan, Kathryn, and Brian PETERSON; Emily, Elizabeth, Fraser, Anna, and Mary WHITE/WHYTE; and Abigail, Joshua, Zachary, and Jessica RAYNER. Dear brother of Mary HADDON; predeceased by Father Frank RAYNER, OMI, Angus RAYNER, and Patricia POCOCK. Survived by Michael HADDON, Joseph POCOCK, Richard and Mary GALLAGHER, Louis and Vivian GALLAGHER, cousin Frederick FLAHIFF and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Born June 3, 1920, in Victoria, British Columbia, to George Jabez RAYNER and Margaret Irene GILLESPIE, George was a wireless operator for the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1939 to 1947, serving overseas for five years in World War 2. He later met Phyllis in Toronto where they settled before moving to Brantford in 1968. George represented eight counties for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, helped set up the Egg Board, and worked at the Brantford Y. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer on the Library Board, at St. Vincent de Paul Society, and with the Canadian Mental Health Association. In retirement he learned to cook, play the trumpet, and curl. He loved his family, Friends, curling, a good joke, bridge, and travel. He was a wonderful, gentle man of faith who will be greatly missed. Visitation at McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Road North, Brantford, Wednesday, December 26, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Basil's Church, Brantford, Thursday, December 27 at 11 a.m. Interment Saint_Joseph's Cemetery, Brantford. If desired, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Saint_Joseph's Lifecare Foundation or the Canadian Mental Health Association. McCleister (519) 758-1553 mccleisterfuneralhome@rogers.com

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