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TOOGOOD 2007-08-19 published
War vet TOOGOOD always on the move
By Amanda ROBINSON, SUN MEDIA, Sun., August 19, 2007
William TOOGOOD was always on the move.
After lying about his age to enlist at 15, he was a motorcycle messenger during the Second World War, zipping around some of the bloodiest areas of Europe where Canadians fought.
In civilian life, the Saint Thomas man had at least half a dozen jobs, most spent behind a wheel.
He delivered milk and bread in an era when those goods were delivered to customers' homes.
He drove a taxi, worked on the railroad and was a travelling salesperson for such things as vacuums and industrial supplies.
About 1980, at 56, he revved up a new career selling cars, a tough time in the industry as fuel-stingy Japanese imports muscled into a North American market dominated by gas guzzlers.
"He did well -- a lot of people liked him," said his eldest son, Norman TOOGOOD of Saint Thomas.
He said his father prospered selling vehicles for Ford dealers, Fearn and Talbot, in Saint Thomas. "He was a pretty good-looking guy. He dressed well, and a lot of guys thought he was a straight shooter," his son said.
TOOGOOD, who had battled Alzheimer's for years, died of emphysema August 10 at London's Parkwood Hospital. He was 83.
Born in Saint Thomas in 1924, TOOGOOD was the son of a First World War veteran badly injured in the fighting, making it difficult for him to work.
The family, said Norman TOOGOOD, was "pretty destitute."
Enlisting in 1939 was probably his father's response to the grim economic times the Depression had brought, his son said.
"When he was young, he just wanted to earn money."
TOOGOOD joined the Elgin Regiment as a reservist. He was deployed the next year as a regular soldier, serving until 1946.
He rejoined the military in the Cold War, in 1954, served nearly 20 years and retired a sergeant.
His most harrowing experiences came during the Second World War.
"He never wanted to talk about it," his son said. "It came out later in the years that he rode a motorcycle, but he never talked about firing a gun."
TOOGOOD served in Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
Messengers were often targets for snipers, the documents they carried valuable to enemies.
"In some cases, he was right on the front lines in enemy fire" taking messages from post to post, his son said. "He said one time in Sicily he was in an abandoned farmhouse that got shelled. I think there it was probably pretty scary."
TOOGOOD returned to Europe for the 50th-anniversary celebrations of D-Day. At home, he took part in many Remembrance Day ceremonies, sometimes serving as parade marshal in Saint Thomas.
Predeceased by his wife June, TOOGOOD is survived by three children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and four siblings.
"I'm very proud of the contributions that he made," said TOOGOOD's grand_son, Cory WHITEHEAD, 24. "I'm just going to miss spending time with him… he was really special to me."

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TOOKE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-08 published
FARWELL, Harold Albert
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at Lanark Heights Long Term Care at the age of 82. Beloved husband of the late Adelle (née TOOKE) (1962) and Katherine (née KARBINER) (2001) FARWELL. Dear father of Sharon MEYER and her husband Dennis of Kitchener and Dennis FARWELL and his wife Kendal of Owen Sound, Peter MacPHERSON and his wife Rose of Sharbot Lake, Ontario and Diane and her husband Bill HAMMAR of Elora. Grandfather of Jeffrey (Jodie), Julie (Dan), Derrick (Laura), Dan, Jennifer, Robert, Meagan and also great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Della VOISIN (Harold) of St. Clements, Robert FARWELL (Lois) of Belleville, Tony FARWELL (Joan) of Cobourg. Brother-in-law of Dorothy FARWELL, Jean FARWELL, Etta FARWELL. Predeceased by parents Robert and Laura (ESBAUGH) FARWELL and brothers Clem, Albert, Lloyd, John and Paschal and his sisters Sister Colette SSND and Carrie. Harold's family will receive relatives and Friends on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Prayers will be offered in the funeral home chapel at 9: 20 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2007 followed by procession to Saint Mark's Catholic Parish, 55 Driftwood Dr., Kitchener for Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. A reception will follow the Funeral Mass in the church hall. Cremation will take place with interment in the family plot at St. Clements Cemetery at a future date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Visit for Harold's memorial.

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TOOKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-29 published
STEINIGK, Donalda Lilian Elizabeth (née LOCKWOOD), B.A., B.Ed.
Born in Saskatchewan in 1937, died after a battle with cancer, on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at Baycrest Hospital. Beloved wife of Lothar, cherished sister of Rene TOOKE of Burlington and Glen LOCKWOOD (Dolores,) of Kelowna, British Columbia, sister-in-law of Erhard STEINIGK (Gretel,) Dieter STEINIGK (Ruth) of Germany. Devoted aunt of Ann TOOKE (Steve) of Seattle, U.S.A., Gilian TOOKE of Toronto, Scott LOCKWOOD (Jennifer) of Calgary and Sandra SEISS (Thorsten) of Germany. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Donna taught high school English for over thirty years in Saskatoon, Hamilton and North York. After retirement, she became an accomplished harpist, studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Donna and Lothar had an extraordinary life together, traveling to remote areas of the world. She will be fondly missed by all her Friends. A memorial service will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East) on Friday, October 5 that 11 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through

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TOOMBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-17 published
TOOMBS, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Edmund (1919-2007)
Rev. Dr. Lawrence Edmund TOOMBS, of Waterloo, Ontario, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2007 at the Freeport Health Centre in Kitchener, Ontario at the age of 88. A native of Prince Edward Island, he studied both in Canada and the U.S., receiving a PhD from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey where he was a member of the Theological School faculty for 15 years. From 1969 to 1984 he taught Biblical archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, frequently taking student volunteers to study excavations in the Holy Land.

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