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TOPOLNYCKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-01 published
WATSON, Theresa Melanie (formerly PASKARUK, née TOPOLNYCKY)
Passed away December 29th, 2006 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the company of close family and Friends. She was predeceased by her parents Hryhory and Katrina, her sisters Eva and Ksenia and brothers Peter and Mark, her daughter Dianne (Tamara DENBERG) and her second husband Doctor W.E. WATSON. Her memory will be cherished by her son Gregory PASKARUK, his wife Linda and their children Katia, Mykola and Laryssa; her stepson David WATSON and his wife Geri and their daughter Lyndsay; daughter Sylvia DOROSH and her husband Michael MATTHEWS; her first husband Vasily G. PASKARUK her sisters Sonia and Effie and cousins in Alberta and the many Friends she made with her ready wit and smile, especially Dina. Many thanks to the staff of the Critical Care Unit, especially nurses Sue and Jennifer, for their care and kindness. Vichnaja Pamjat Friends may call on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral service to be held on Thursday, January 4th at 1: 00 p.m. at St. Theodore of Canterbury Anglican Church, Willowdale. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Condolences - www.rskane.ca R.S. Kane 416.221.1159

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TOPOROWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-01 published
GOLDIE, Hugh
At The Craiglee Long Term Care Facility on November 29, 2007 the age of 88 Hugh GOLDIE beloved husband of Janet née HICKS- BARCLAY. Loving father of William GOLDIE (Janet TOPOROWSKI) and Robert WALKER. Also survived by his sister-in-law Anne McNAUGHTON. Hugh was a Janitor at the Ernest Public School in North York. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Monday, December 3, at 10 a.m. with a funeral service to follow in the Chapel at 11 a.m. If Friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Society of Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite #316, Toronto, M2P 2A9, or Alzheimer Society of Metropolitan Toronto, 2323 Yonge Street, Suite #500, Toronto, M4P 2C9. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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TOPP o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-13 published
HARRIS, Toba Rifka, " Daisy" (née TOPP)
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 11, 2007, in Toronto at 99 years of age. Daisy HARRIS, loving wife of the late Herman HARRIS. Dear mother of Wendy (Ephraim) GAERTNER, and Marcia (Howard) FELDMAN. Proud grandmother of Sara, Misha, Hayley, Susan, and Jenna. Survived by her devoted sister Connie (widow of Jack LUBOTTA,) and sister-in-law Helen TOPP. Predeceased by her siblings, Lillian (Manny) STARKMAN, Jack TOPP, Abe (Lil) TOPP, and Izzy TOPP. Child of the late Emanuel and Sarah TOPP. Daisy had a sweet tooth for life; her spirit and vivacity did not reflect her age. She had a life many people dreamed of, was healthy, active and surrounded by a loving family. Graveside service at Shomrai Shabos section of Roselawn Cemetery on Monday, August 13th at 2: 00 p.m. Shiva 27 Redford Place, Thornhill, from 2: 00 p.m. daily, evening services 8: 30 p.m. Shiva ending Friday, August 17th at noon. Memorial donations may be made to Jewish National Fund, 416-638-7200.

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TOPP o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-03 published
GASEE, Lillian
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lillian GASEE on Friday, August 31, 2007 at North York General Hospital. Lillian GASEE beloved wife of the late Henry GASEE. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Bob BAKER of Collingwood, Larry BAKER of Wyoming, and Jerry GASEE and Joan CHIN- GASEE. Devoted sister and sister-in-law of Irene and the late Dan CHESLOW, Anne and the late Sid TOPP, Mildred and the late Irving PERSOFSKY, and the late Mary and Dave KALNITSKY. Most adored grandmother of Marla BAKER and Brian SILVERSTEIN, and Jonathan BAKER. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Monday, September 3, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Adath Israel Synagogue section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation 1-888-473-4636.

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TOPPI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-03 published
Friends mourn a man who was cheerful, selfless
Constable Rob PLUNKETT is York Regional Police's first fatality in the line of duty in more than two decades
By Timothy APPLEBY and Alan CAIRNS and Tim SHUFELT, Page A8
On the chilly February day nine years ago, when 78-year-old Katherine TOPPI's car skidded across a frozen lake and then plunged through the ice close to the retirement home in Markham where she lived, her prospects could scarcely have been more dire.
Ms. TOPPI had suffered a stroke and lost control of her vehicle, which now was submerged in a couple of metres of bone-numbing water.
Fortunately for her, a couple of uniformed guardian angels were on hand.
One was York Regional Police Constable Brent LUCKASAVITCH; the other his partner, Constable Rob PLUNKETT.
Together the policemen carried an inflatable boat out across the ice and paddled it out to the stricken car, the windshield of which Constable PLUNKETT smashed with his baton. They then scooped the shivering Ms. TOPPI to safety.
A cheerful, gregarious father of three and a star athlete who ran triathlons and excelled at half a dozen other strength-testing sports, Constable PLUNKETT won a bravery award for the rescue and would likely have said it was all in a day's work.
But the volunteer work he did, over and above a 22-year police career cut short early yesterday morning, set him apart.
And his particular passion was in working with mentally handicapped athletes.
"He had a tremendous impact; he's been a great inspiration for everyone who knew him. This is a huge loss," said Deborah BRIGHT, president and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Canada. "He was just one of these good people you don't meet very often in your life."
When York Regional Police played host to the Ontario Special Olympics in 2000, Constable PLUNKETT chaired the bidding team, raising close to $1-million for the roughly 800 participants, drawn from almost 100 countries. Five events took centre stage: floor hockey, five- and 10-pin bowling, swimming and powerlifting.
As well, he was for many years instrumental in organizing the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, since 1987 the favoured charity of Ontario's police.
"Rob was one of our top fundraisers for more than 15 years," Special Olympics Ontario president Glen MacDONELL said.
"He really believed in what the Special Olympics did for people with intellectual disabilities and he was really engaged in the community. It was in his nature to be that way and he was well thought of right around the world. He was recognized locally, provincially, nationally and internationally because he was one of the best."
Why did he do it? It was not because he had any vested interest. None of his three children - two sons aged 16 and 14 and an 18-year-old daughter - bore any of the handicaps shared by the people whose cause he championed.
"He didn't do this for any obvious reasons - he was just a great man, he loved doing things for other people," said Constable Alan RICHARDSON of the Timmins Police Service, the National Torch Run co-ordinator.
"He had no connection with the Special Olympics other than that he was a police officer and that's our charity of choice. He was just a great family man who loved sports. Everybody he touched and talked to and got to know held him close to their hearts."
Constable PLUNKETT spent several years with the York Regional Police tactical squad, one of the more hazardous police duties, before switching to undercover surveillance work.
"As a police officer you'd think that might be a safer job," Constable RICHARDSON said. "But you know, there is no safe job as a police officer."
In Constable PLUNKETT's small hometown of Midhurst, just north of Barrie, residents were reeling yesterday after learning their neighbour and friend was the fallen policeman they had heard about in news reports. One family friend broke into tears.
"He was a really lovely man, with a really strong family," she said, asking not to be named, before running to the PLUNKETT home. Constable PLUNKETT's widow, a school teacher, was "devastated," the woman said.
The PLUNKETT family sat on the front porch of their grey-brick house on what is normally a quiet street. Cars lined the tree-filled front yard as Friends and family gathered to offer support.
A spokesman for the family said they were too distraught to speak about their loss. A friend of the PLUNKETTs' youngest son said he went over to the family's house after hearing the news.
"He's upset, but it hasn't really sunk in," said 14-year-old Brian HUGHES. "No one wants to believe it's true."
By every account, the veteran officer was a well-liked, if private, neighbour.
Roland DEMPSTER, a 30-year community resident, was aware that Constable PLUNKETT was a policeman but only knew him well enough to wave from his yard.
Mr. DEMPSTER shook his head at what he said was a senseless crime.
"For an airbag? Does that make any sense to you?" he said. "It's sad our society's going that way."
The PLUNKETTs' oldest child, Amanda, is preparing to go to university in the fall, said Kay RADMAN, a co-worker at the nearby Sears department store.
"She's a wonderful girl; we just love her," she said of Amanda, who attended Ms. RADMAN's 50th birthday party last weekend.
In yesterday's wilting heat, flags at all city facilities in the City of Vaughan flew at half mast, as they did at Toronto police stations, to honour the slain officer. They will remain that way until Constable PLUNKETT's funeral.
"Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with his family," Vaughan Mayor Linda JACKSON said in a statement. "The full meaning of the police motto, 'To serve and protect,' is brought home to all of us today by today's tragic event."

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TOPPIN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-05-23 published
Lucie Jane DOAN (née COLLINS)
In Loving Memory of Lucie Jane DOAN (née COLLINS) who died peacefully at the Manitoulin Centennial Manor on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at the age of 94.
Predeceased by her beloved husband Andrew in 1987. Loved by her children Betty BOWERMAN (husband Clint predeceased) of Espanola, Everett and wife Maralynn of Rexdale, Lillian (predeceased in 1975), George (predeceased in 1996) wife June of Toronto. Cherished grandmother of Sandra and husband Albert BEAVEN, Debora and husband John MERCHANT, Joanne and husband Peter KATZUR, Cathie and husband Cas BURNS, Staccy and husband Michael DUNNE, Kim and husband Jeff TOPPIN, Derwin DOAN and Samantha, Leanne and husband Royce HAMIGUCHI, Leslie and husband Dave GUYON. Special great grandmother of Chris and wife Joelle MERCHANT, Megan MERCHANT and fiance Matt, Kara MERCHANT, Ehren KATZUR, Michael BURNS and fiance Jennifer, Anthony BURNS, Patrick and Thomas DUNNE, Jessie TOPPIN, Britney and Jake DOAN, Cassidy Hamiguchi, Cole GUYON. Proud great great grandmother of two - Jack and Darcy MERCHANT. Will be missed by her siblings Alice KIRK (predeceased by both husbands Ivan KIRK and Russ HORE,) Pearl SMITH (husband Aubrey predeceased,) Dorothy WISSON (friend Orest NADOR) (husband Lorne "Spike" predeceased,) Richard COLLINS (wife Dorothy predeceased,) Clifford COLLINS and wife Moria, Percy (predeceased) wife May COLLINS, Elizabeth and husband Wilbert McCULLIGH (both predeceased,) Walter (predeceased) wife Norine COLLINS, Bella and husband Fred DENNIS (both predeceased,) Mable PETERS (predeceased,) Norman and wife Ruth COLLINS (both predeceased.) Will be forever remembered by many nieces and nephews. Visitation was 7 - 9 pm Monday. Funeral Service was at 11: 00 am Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at Island Funeral Home, Little Current. Reverend Faye STEVENS officiating. Burial in Elmview Cemetery, Sheguiandah. Donations to Sheguiandah United Church, Manor Bed Fund or to cancer.

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TOPPING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-27 published
Saint Thomas native dies at competition
By Canadian Press, Mon., August 27, 2007
Toronto -- The body of a Burlington firefighter who died suddenly during an international fire extrication competition in Indianapolis, Indiana, was escorted by fire trucks and police cars back to Canada yesterday.
Saint Thomas native Wayne TOPPING, 45, died of an apparent heart attack Friday morning minutes after participating in an extrication challenge.
TOPPING joined the Burlington fire department as a volunteer firefighter in 1998 and landed a full-time job in 2000.
About two years ago, he got involved with the department's extrication team, to compete against other fire crews in the delicate art of removing trapped passengers from crashed cars.
It was minutes after his team completed its final challenge Friday, a timed event, that TOPPING started showing signs he wasn't feeling well, said Burlington fire Chief Steve THURLOW
"After completing the scenario, Wayne felt uncomfortable. He had some water. He sat down and rested for a while and then he went into a seizure."
Despite receiving immediate medical attention, he died en route to a nearby hospital.
Yesterday, TOPPING's body was taken to Burlington fire headquarters for a brief stopover on the way to a local funeral home.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Central Arena and Recreation Centre in Burlington.
TOPPING leaves behind his wife, two sons and a stepson.

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TOPPING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-27 published
Burlington firefighter dies during competition
By Tim SHUFELT, Page A8
A funeral will be held Thursday for a Burlington firefighter who died of an apparent heart attack during a fire extrication event at a competition in Indianapolis, Indiana Wayne TOPPING, 48, collapsed Friday shortly after completing the event with his teammates, who were unable to revive him. Mr. TOPPING, a nine-year veteran of the department, was married with two sons and a stepson.

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TOPPS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-05-23 published
William Fredrick FISHER
In loving memory of William Fredrick FISHER, April 7, 1925 - May 16, 2007.
Bill FISHER, a resident of Kagawong, died at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Little Current on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at the age of 82 years, after a brief illness.
He was born on Manitoulin, son of the late Fredrick and Mildred (PRESTAGE) FISHER.
Bill owned and operated his own store in Kagawong from 1950 - 1964, was mail carrier from 1957 -1967. He was then grocery manager at the IGA in Gore Bay from 1967-1988. He was also treasurer for Saint John's Anglican Church from 1957 - 1997. Bill liked fishing in his early years and enjoyed his work. In later years, reading and doing crossword puzzles were his passion. Bill's love for his family will always be cherished and many fond memories will never be forgotten. Beloved husband of Betty (WRIGHT) FISHER for 58 years. Dearly loved father of Laurie (Paul), Christie, (Gary), Karey (friend Jamie) and father in law of Bruce. Proud and loving Grandfather of Justin (Cara), Devon (fiance Sheena), Ryan, Marty, Alasha, Adam, Dylan and Hannah. Great Grandfather of Hayley and Lyndsey. Survived by brother Jim and
sister in law Marj PIERCE. Predeceased by brothers Norm, Harry (Dorothy,) sister Laura (Bert) and sister in law Noreen. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home on Friday after 7 pm. The funeral service was conducted in the William G. Turner Chapel on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 2.00 pm with Reverend Beth TOPPS officiating. Interment in Gordon Cemetery. If so desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Little Current Hospital would be appreciated.

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