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SOMER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-19 published
FERGUSON, Heidi Marion
Of Kincardine, died peacefully at South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Beloved daughter of Doreen FERGUSON and dear sister of Kelly-Lee and Bill. Father Harley FERGUSON of Key West, Florida. Heidi will be greatly missed by her dear friend and companion Butch McIVOR. Special thanks to Butch McIVOR, Elaine WALDEN and Lynn SOMER. A memorial service will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine, Ontario, N2Z 1Z5,519-396-2701, on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m., with Rev. Ruth MacLEAN officiating. Interment, Kincardine Cemetery. Memorial donations to Women's House of Bruce County, Kincardine would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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SOMERLEIGH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-05 published
SOMERLEIGH, Doctor Edward (1917-2007)
Peacefully in Toronto in his 90th year after a rich and eventful life. Predeceased by his wife Veronique (FORTIN) and his son, Marc. Father to Robert, George, Margaret, Eleanor and Christine and proud grandfather to Erin (SOMERLEIGH;) Natalie, Mika, Gabrielle and Paul (REKAI) and Veronica (SALMON.) Ed was a World War 2 navy veteran, a registered nurse, and later a physician in Nipigon, Ontario for 37 years. He lived in Toronto for the past 15 years with his daughter, Eleanor and her family before moving to Sunnybrook Veterans Residence where he continued his lifelong passion for photography and horticulture. A beloved friend and sounding board to one and all, Ed will be sorely missed. A celebration of Ed's life will take place at Harbourview Chapel in Thunder Bay at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9th.

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SOMERS o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-06-27 published
SOMERS, Paul
Passed away peacefully at Guelph on Tuesday June 19, 2007. Paul SOMERS in his 57th year, was the beloved companion of Catherine. He was the dear father of Tammy (Jay) McMULLEN, Peter SOMERS, and Shannon SOMERS. Paul was the loving grandfather of Brittany and Rebecca McMULLEN, Ethan SOMERS and Jonathan (J.J.) SOMERS. He was the dearly loved brother of Ruth (John) HAMMOND and uncle of their three boys: Derek, Brett and Joe. Paul is predeceased by his parents Peter and Vivian SOMERS. A Celebration of Life for Paul was held at Saint Mary's Immaculate Church, Collingwood on Saturday June 23, 2007 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer Society or to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family. Cards available at the Gilbert Macintyre and son Funeral Home, Guelph, 519-822-4731. You may send your condolences to: www.giibertmacintyreandson.com.
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SOMERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-22 published
SOMERS, Paul
Passed away, peacefully, at Guelph, on Tuesday, June 19, 2007. Paul SOMERS, in his 57th year, was the beloved companion of Catherine. He was the dear father of Tammy (Jay) McMULLEN, Peter SOMERS, and Shannon SOMERS. Paul was the loving grandfather of Brittany and Rebecca McMULLEN, Ethan SOMERS, and Jonathan (J.J.) SOMERS. He was the dearly loved brother of Ruth (John) HAMMOND, and uncle of their three boys: Derek, Brett, and Joe. Paul is predeceased by his parents Peter and Vivian SOMERS. A Celebration of Life for Paul will be held at Saint Mary's Immaculate Church, Collingwood, on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society or to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the Gilbert Macintyre and Sons Funeral Home, Guelph, 519-822-4731 or send condolences at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com).

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SOMERSETT o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-06-06 published
MORTENSEN, Peter
In loving memory of a dear father and grandfather who passed away on June 4, 1980.
No length of time can take away
Our thoughts of you today.
Within our store of memories
He holds a place apart
For no one else can ever be
More cherished in our hearts.
Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his daughters, Martine CULHAM, Darlene MOFFATT and Janice SOMERSETT and their husbands and families.
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SOMERSETT o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-10-03 published
MORTENSEN, Sylvia
In Loving memory of a dear mother and grandma who passed away twenty five years ago on October 2nd, 1982
Those we love we never lose
For always they will be Loved, remembered, treasured
Always in our memory.
Forever loved and remembered by her daughters Martine CULHAM, Darlene MOFFATT and Janice SOMERSETT and their husbands and families
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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-07-25 published
DICKEY, Nancy Arlene (SOMERVILLE) (March 16, 1958-July 29, 2005)
Since Nancy left us nearly two years ago, not a day has passed that we don't think of some special way she touched us with her incredible qualities of love, faith and hope. According to W.E.B. Dubois, "There is in this world no such force as the force of a person who is determined to rise. The human soul cannot be chained". Nancy's indomitable spirit, enthusiasm and compassion for others imparted courage and determination into all those who knew her and we continue to dance to the beautiful music she played for us each day of her earthly journey. Remembered lovingly by your family and Friends.
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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-24 published
OSWELL, Kenneth R., FCA, FCMC, OMLJ
Passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, August 21, 2007 in his 86th year, surrounded by family and Friends. Fondly remembered by long-time companion J. Louise MIANO. He is survived by son Kenneth Randall OSWELL, with the Reverend Mary Ann SOMERVILLE, daughter Susan Kathleen CORNISH and her husband David. Sadly missed by his grandchildren William and Joanna CORNISH, and Colm OSWELL. Born in Toronto on May 18, 1922, he served as Lt. during World War 2 in R.C.N.V.R. Kenneth was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1947; Fellow 1965. Retired senior partner of Deloitte he had a distinguished career in business. He joined P.S. Ross and Sons 1945, admitted to Partnership 1953 Partner, Touche Ross Toronto (now Deloitte) 1953-84; Partner, Touche Ross Management Consultants 1958-84; member of Advisory Council Ministry of Industry, Trade and Commerce 1970-72; Director International Management Consulting, Touche Ross International 1971-72; Regional Partner, Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa, Touche Ross International 1974-78; Director of Marketing, Toronto 1979-81; National Director Client Services and Development, Touche Ross 1982-84. After retiring from the firm, he established K.R. Oswell Consultants Inc. He was also active in many community and professional organizations: Campaign Chairman, Toronto Humane Society; Past President North York Branch Metropolitan Toronto Y.M.C. A; Victorian Order of Nurses Metropolitan Toronto; Toronto Transit Consultants Ltd.; Trustee, Saint Michael's College Foundation; President's Council, Canadian Opera Co.; Curators' Circle, Art Gallery of Ontario; Freemason; Knight, the Military and Hospitaller Order Of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem; Past President Canadian Association of Management Consultants; Charter member and Past President, Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario Fellow 1970; member Institute Management Consultants Inc. New York and Fellow, British Institute of Management. Our father faced his struggle with congestive heart disease with determination, courage and spirit. His wish, with the family, was to extend thanks to the many individuals who provided care and support his family physician; the cardiac and renal specialists at Toronto General Hospital; during the hospital stay in July, the Eaton Wing staff 14th floor, Doctors A. DAWSON, W. GOLD and most recently Nightingale Health Care for their kind and compassionate care. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28th. Funeral service will be held in Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street on Wednesday, August 29th at 11 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Grand Priory of Canada or the charity of your choice.

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-15 published
SOMERVILLE, Frances Vivian (née GARDNER)
Born June 5, 1916 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, died August 16, 2007 Vancouver, British Columbia.
Loving wife of Archbishop David SOMERVILLE. Dear daughter of the late Melborne and Minnie (SMITH) GARDNER. Graduate of Dalhousie University, Halifax and the Toronto Conservatory of Music (Voice). Predeceased by her first husband, the Reverend James BEST and step-daughter Barbara Ann (BEST) HULME. Mourned by step-children Monica (BEST) EDDY and Gerald BEST, first cousins Geraldine (SMITH) BARREGAR, Janet (ZINCK) CLUETT, Nancy (ZINCK) COURT and a host of Friends - many lives touched by compassion, empathy and warm humour. Celebration of the life of Frances SOMERVILLE and internment of ashes August 25, 2007 at St. Catherines Anglican Church, North Vancouver. Celebrant Bishop Michael Ingham, Homilist Dean Peter Elliott. Memorials may be made to the Somerville Fund, Vancouver School of Theology, 6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1L4.

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SOMLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-06 published
SINGER, Susan (née SOMLO)
Died peacefully at home with her family on Thursday, October 4, 2007, aged 85. Loving and devoted mother of her loving son, Doctor Peter A. SINGER. She is also fondly remembered by her daughter-in-law Heather, and grandchildren David, Erin and Rebecca. She was predeceased by her husband Paul and her brother Gyuri. She outlasted Hitler and Stalin. Funeral arrangements care of Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Doctor Peter Singer Bursary at Branksome Hall, 10 Elm Avenue, Toronto M4W 1N4 or online at www.branksome.on.ca.

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SOMMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-21 published
When the call of the wild turns deadly
By Patrick WHITE/WHYTE, Page L1
In the spring of 1992, a 24-year-old Virginian tromped into the woods three hours west of Fairbanks, Alaska, to live off the land for a season. Four months later, Christopher McCandless was packed out of the bush a 67-pound corpse.
The tale of his horrifying decline was soon frozen into North American lore, popularized in news articles and Into the Wild, a bestselling book by Jon Krakauer.
Next Friday, a movie version of the book directed by Sean Penn is to open, cementing Mr. McCandless's place in Northern mythology as a tragic hero who courted death for a chance to live free of civilization.
His folly isn't so uncommon.
In Canada, the backcountry wanderings of solace seekers turn fatal on such a regular basis, their exploits rarely merit more than a few column inches in community newspapers.
"These types are fairly common in the North," says the writer Farley Mowat, who has spent stints as both subject and documenter of survival in the wild. "All humans have this deep hunger to reconnect with nature, to feel symbiosis with the natural world. That puts you on the edge a lot. Sometimes over the edge."
Take 19-year-old William SOMMER. Shortly after graduating high school, the Ancaster, Ontario, teen bounced from auto-plant to construction jobs in search of deeper fulfilment. That quest eventually drew him north to Alaska, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories in the spring of 1999.
Sputtering across the region in a beat-up Volkswagen Rabbit, Mr. SOMMER befriended a number of locals who taught him basic survival skills. By July, he'd pronounced himself ready for the ultimate communion with nature: running the torrential South Nahanni River by kayak.
Ignoring the advice of two Nahanni National Park wardens who were concerned he was unprepared to survive the rapids, Mr. SOMMER put in on turbid Little Nahanni River.
A month later his concerned mother called the park office. They dispatched a helicopter, which soon spotted Mr. SOMMER's overturned kayak containing only food and a Bible.
His body was never found; his story rarely recounted.
"He was just a teenager that loved the wilderness," says his mother, Elizabeth. "He was our darling. Lord Jesus is taking care of him now."
Parks Canada has reported that as many as 40 people die in the country's national parks every year.
Mr. SOMMER falls into a broad category of adventurers who've gone north heeding the call of the wild, a tradition that goes back to centuries past and the ill-fated explorers who volunteered to go aboard ships seeking the Northwest Passage. That urge has lasted well into the modern era.
When Peter HARMATHY put a call out for crew members to join him on a daring walk across the Arctic in 1986, he received more than 400 eager responses. He chose four men to join him, all of them eager to escape their problems.
Over the course of their trip, they risked death on a daily basis. They hiked across breaking ice floes and often travelled on empty stomachs. One crew member fell through ice and nearly drowned.
"We were insane," admits Mr. HARMATHY, who's now a teacher in southern Ontario. "But this has remained the focal point in all our lives even 20 years later."
Just like so many anonymous crew members aboard exploration ships, the names of those who have died more recently in the wilderness go unknown.
In the fall of 2002, a 29-year-old Montrealer named Yan Gulevych set out to cross Newfoundland's mountainous Northern Peninsula to Great Harbour Deep, a remote outport on the east coast. What he and the five Friends who joined him didn't know was that Great Harbour Deep had been abandoned that summer in a government resettlement program.
At some point during the poorly planned adventure, Mr. Gulevych wandered off into the snow and floating bogs wearing only cotton pants and a light nylon coat. His remains will likely never be found.
"That's territory so rugged that hunters and outfitters don't even go there," says Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Wayne Newell, who was involved in the search. "He was poorly equipped, had inadequate clothing and a lack of nourishment. It was a lot of bad choices."
Mr. SOMMER and Mr. Gulevych were drawn into self-destruction by their love of the outdoors. Many others feel a need to escape the trappings of civilization.
Bart Schleyer, 49, a renowned bear and tiger expert, moved to the Yukon in 2002 to escape the pressures of work and society. In 2004, Mr. Schleyer, a veteran outdoorsman and avid bow hunter, was flown 280 kilometres north of Whitehorse to go moose hunting alone. When the pilot returned three weeks later to retrieve Mr. Schleyer, there was no sign of him.
Search teams later found his skull and some remains in bear and wolf scat. His death warranted but two brief mentions in Canada's daily papers.
Even with so many cautionary tales, there's no extinguishing some people's innate desire to commune with nature - and risktheir lives doing so - according to Mr. Mowat.
"Some of us have to escape our own kind," says Mr. Mowat, who retreated to the North after fighting in the Second World War. "For me, I had such a revulsion of my own kind. They were bastards. I wanted to get away from them."
And for those who've outlived their perilous exploits, the experience was worth tempting death.
"This was the answer to all our confusions," Mr. HARMATHY says of his trek across the Arctic. "I totally sympathize with McCandless and those like him. They have a very special place in my heart."
Northern misadventures
Whether driven by a love of nature or a desire for solutude, backcountry wanderers can sometimes push themselves over the edge.
Christopher McCANDLESS, 24
Died near Denali National park in August, 1992, after spending four months in the woods.
William SOMMER, 19
Disappeared in 1999 in Nahanni National Park on the Little Nahanni River. His body was never found but his kayak was discovered at the confluence of the Little Nahanni and South Nahanni rivers.
Yan Gulevych, 29
Disappeared in 2002 near Port Saunders, crossing Newfoundland's northern peninsula. His remains have never been found.
Bart Schleyer, 49
Died in 2004 after eating only one meal while hunting at Upper Reid Lake. His remains were found in bear and wolf droppings.

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SOMMERVILLE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-31 published
BERNER, Theodore Edward “Ted&rdquo
Age 79 of Goderich on Saturday, December 29th, 2007. Beloved husband of Shirley Jean (SOMMERVILLE.) Much cherished grandfather of Cazzandra GAVIGAN at home. Ted has also been Cazzandra's father and hero. He will be greatly missed. Loved father of Dennis (Jean) BERNER of Saugeen Twp. and grandfather also of Andrew and Alec. Ted was born November 23, 1928 in Waterloo Twp. He worked for years at Seegmiller in Waterloo. The family moved to Saugeen Twp. in the 1976 and operated the North Bruce Garage. Ted and Shirley moved to Goderich in 1985 where they retired. Survived by brothers Willard of Owen Sound and Jack of Brampton. Predeceased by his daughter Tammy, parents John and Edna (PLATE) BERNER, Half brothers Charles, Harold and Howard BERNER. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 31, 2007 at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd at East St. Goderich. Visitation will be held from 12 noon until time of Service at 2 o'clock. Interment Maitland Cemetery. Donations to Sick Children's Hospital, Toronto gratefully acknowledged. Friends may sign the Book of Condolences at www.mccallumpalla.ca

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SOMMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-11 published
SOMMERVILLE, Maxine W.
Born November 7th, 1932; passed away peacefully at home on October 9th, 2007 after a short battle with cancer with family at her side. She will be sadly missed by her son Michael, daughter Janet (husband Peter), grandchildren Dawn (fiance Ryan), Nicole, Kyle and Tyson. Also her mother Alice, sisters; Grace, Lil, Beatrice, Georgina, her brother Larry and their spouses. Maxine's strength, generosity and good nature were an inspiration to all of those who knew her. The family are grateful for the loving nursing care provided by Dawn, Janet and Peter and support given by longtime friend Barbara Zapp, Ian and Elizabeth White and family. A private memorial will be held in Alberta. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your charity of choice.

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SOMSKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-27 published
HAWKEN, Frances Marion (née ROCHESTER)
On Friday, August 24, 2007 in Toronto. Formerly of Ottawa. Beloved wife of the late H. Cameron HAWKEN. Loving Mother of Ted (Susan) and Mary (Gene SCHOONEN.) The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at both Christie Gardens and Smart Staffing Solutions, as well, Doctor Elena SOMSKA for their kind and compassionate care. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Tuesday August 28 from 12: 30 p.m. until time of Funeral Service in our Chapel at 1 p.m. Interment Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences / donations at www.mcgarryfamily.ca

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