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"SIP" 2007 Obituary


SIPLE 2007-07-13 published
Boater feared drowned
The Strathroy man's wife saw him slip under the water in Balsam Lake, Ontario Provincial Police say.
By April KEMICK, Sun Media, Fri., July 13, 2007
Thrown from a sailboat on the waters of a Lindsay-area lake, the last thing Justin SIPLE saw before he disappeared under the waves was the face of his young wife.
The Strathroy father of two wasn't wearing a life-jacket when he, his wife, daughter and a family friend were tossed from the boat Wednesday night.
Yesterday, SIPLE, 29, was the focus of a search on Balsam Lake, largest of the Kawartha lakes, north of Lindsay.
Ontario Provincial Police officers, divers, emergency workers and volunteers have scoured the lake, but with little hope of finding SIPLE alive.
"The conditions on the lake were horrendous" when SIPLE was tossed into high waves amid heavy rain, Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Mark WOLFE said yesterday.
A string of boating deaths has prompted police and water safety advocates to call for increased use of life-jackets.
"If people wore a life-jacket when they boat, just like they put a seatbelt on when they drive, chances are the number of drownings would be reduced dramatically," said Barbara Byers, a director with the Lifesaving Society.
SIPLE's young wife, who was wearing a life-jacket when she was thrown from the five-metre boat, along with the couple's two-year-old daughter and the family friend, tried desperately to keep her husband afloat in the choppy waters, said WOLFE, of Kawartha Lakes Ontario Provincial Police.
But the conditions were too strong even for SIPLE, a stocky army reservist. Within minutes he disappeared, WOLFE said.
"The last (his wife) saw him, he was slipping under the water."
SIPLE's wife, daughter and a family friend were rescued by a passing boater, he said.
All had life-jackets, he said.
Yesterday, a fourth jacket -- stowed aboard for SIPLE, but not worn -- washed ashore.
The law doesn't require boaters wear life-jackets -- only that there be one aboard for every boater. Still,
Only a life-jacket could have saved SIPLE's life, said WOLFE.
"It wouldn't have mattered if he was the greatest swimmer," "He couldn't have manoeuvred that lake (Wednesday) night."
Last year, 80 per cent of boating related fatalities in Ontario Provincial Police-patrolled waters occurred when people weren't wearing life-jackets or personal flotation devices, said Ontario Provincial Police marine co-ordinator Sgt. Bob MINIELLY.
At least 60 per cent of this year's deaths also involved people not wearing life-jackets or flotation devices, he said.
SIPLE, a corporal with the 31 Combat Engineering Regiment out of Saint Thomas, was father to a four-month-old boy as well as his two-year-old daughter.
Pictures on SIPLE's online Facebook page portray a doting dad and proud reservist.
He was an "amazing husband," according to a passage on his wife's Facebook page.
SIPLE had been a reservist with the 31 Brigade for seven years, said Lt. James TERPSTRA, a brigade spokesperson.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and Friends," he said.
Police have pinpointed the area where the boat overturned and will scour it "every day until we find him," said WOLFE.
The search continues today.

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SIPOS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-19 published
SIPOS, John Senior
John SIPOS Senior died suddenly and without warning on Saturday December 15, 2007 of heart failure. The news came as a shocking surprise to his wife, Margita, son John, daughter-in-law Barbara TUER and four grandchildren, John Jr., Tommy, Marguerite and Sarah. Born in September 1932, John escaped the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. With no possessions except his engineering degree, John established himself successfully as an electrical engineer with a speciality in sophisticated manufacturing systems. Tragically, John was predeceased by his son, Lubomir who suffered an untimely death in 1988, while a student at the Department of Architecture, University of Toronto. Just before his death, John had been providing comfort to Margita, now a patient in the palliative care unit of Grace Hospital. John will be sorely missed by his wife and son. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be conducted at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington Street South, Saint_Marys on Friday, December 21, 2007 at 3 p.m. with visiting one hour prior. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Toronto Grace Hospital Foundation through the funeral home by calling 519-284-2820 or online at

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