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VAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-01 published
McKEE, Rosalind Stuart (née WIGGS)
On Monday, July 30th after a valiant 33 year struggle with cancer, beloved wife and traveling companion of Fraser M. McKEE of Toronto. Mother, mother-in-law and grandmother of Ross and Wilma ALEXANDER, Rosanna and Simon in Toronto; Gillian and Erik VAL, Amy and Hana in Whitehorse; Allison, Tom CONKLIN and Jamie in Ottawa; and Hugh and Hillary POUNSETT, Sean, Ian and Madeleine in Toronto. Daughter of the late Col. C.W. and Margaret WIGGS of Quebec City. Proud of her Quebec heritage, Roz attended school there and at St Helen's in Dunham, Quebec, and attended MacDonald College of McGill University B.Sc.-H.Ec.). Over a career of volunteering she was President of the North York University Women's Club, the Evening Auxiliary of the Women's College Hospital, and of the Washington of Glenview Presbyterian Church where she also served as an Elder; she was a member of the Church's National Board of Congregational Life as Chair for Leadership Development. Roz also volunteered in various other similar organizations in Toronto, Beaconsfield, Quebec, and Markdale, Ontario Her motto was "I don't want to just be a member I want to run the organization." The family will receive Friends at a reception at Trull Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge Street, Toronto on Thursday, August 2nd, 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 3rd at 2 p.m. at Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Ave., Toronto. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, Friends may wish to make donations in Roz' name to the Canadian Cancer Society or Glenview Presbyterian Church.

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VAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-04 published
McKEE, Rosalind Stuart (née WIGGS)
On Monday, July 30th after a valiant 33 year struggle with cancer, beloved wife and traveling companion of Fraser M. McKEE of Toronto. Mother, mother-in-law and grandmother of Ross and Wilma ALEXANDER, Rosanna and Simon in Toronto; Gillian and Erik VAL, Amy and Hana in Whitehorse; Allison, Tom CONKLIN and Jamie in Ottawa; and Hugh and Hillary POUNSETT, Sean, Ian and Madeleine in Toronto. Daughter of the late Col. C.W. and Margaret WIGGS of Quebec City. Proud of her Quebec heritage, Roz attended school there and at St. Helen's in Dunham, Quebec, and attended MacDonald College of McGill University B.Sc.-H.Ec.). Over a career of volunteering she was President of the North York University Women's Club, the Evening Auxiliary of the Women's College Hospital, and of the Washington of Glenview Presbyterian Church where she also served as an Elder; she was a member of the Church's National Board of Congregational Life as Chair for Leadership Development. Roz also volunteered in various other similar organizations in Toronto, Beaconsfield, Quebec, and Markdale, Ontario. Her motto was "I don't want to just be a member I want to run the organization." The family will receive Friends at a reception at Trull Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge Street, Toronto on Thursday, August 2nd, 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 3rd at 2 p.m. at Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Ave., Toronto. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, Friends may wish to make donations in Roz' name to the Canadian Cancer Society or Glenview Presbyterian Church.

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VALACHOS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-13 published
RODA, Lillian " Lulu" (formerly LANDELL, née VALACHOS)
(April 24, 1922-June 11, 2007)
Passed away peacefully, at the Toronto General Hospital, in her 86th year. Lillian was one of the three beautiful daughters of the late James and Mary VALACHOS, well-respected owners of the original Olympia Candy Store and Restaurant in Brantford, Ontario. She is also predeceased by her brothers George, Peter, William VALACHOS, sister Kathleen HAWKEN and husbands Gordon RODA and Stanley LANDELL. She will be sadly missed by her sister Evelyn COULOS, all her loving nieces and nephews, extended family and special Friends. Lillian's long career spanned several decades with Seagram's Distillers in Toronto and throughout her life she continued an active role in the modeling profession. Lillian lived her life with grace, dignity, elegance, unconditional love and a contagious zest for life and laughter, qualities we will carry proudly with us and forever make us smile. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Doctor SCULLY, the excellent staff at Toronto General Hospital and the caring nurses in Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. A celebration of Lillian's life will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th, with a reception to follow in the Leaside Room. If desired, donations to the Salvation Army or the Red Cross would be greatly appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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VALBA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-10 published
VALBA, Elena
Peacefully, in her sleep, in her 95th year, on September 8, 2007, at the Grenadier Retirement Residence. Beloved mother of Katrin and Ele-Tiiu. Much loved mother-in-law of Martin SOWDEN and the late Hans GASTEIGER. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Erik, Kerstin, Martin and Devin and his wife Kristi. She was born in Estonia and began her life in Canada in London, Ontario, in 1950 and then Toronto in 1981. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 from 1 p.m. until the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 3 p.m.

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VALDINI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-21 published
Fire victim identified
By Canadian Press, Thurs., June 21, 2007
Markham -- Tenants in an alleged illegal rooming house in this town just north of Toronto have identified the man killed in yesterday's early-morning blaze as the building's landlord.
Thirty-four-year-old Roberto VALDINI was pronounced dead on scene when firefighters carried his body out of a second-floor room of the three-level house.
Markham fire Chief Don McCLEAN said the building is currently the subject of a court fight in a dispute over its use as a multi-unit dwelling. The landlord had been in court with York Region since September 2006, facing charges of breaking the fire code in a house that was zoned to be a single-family home.

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VALE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-01 published
Mother's actions saved child from certain death, police say
By Unnati GANDHI with a report from Tim SHUFELT, Page A14
Simply put, Jackie DO VALE- AVELAR lived for her daughter.
From play dates to cooking, drawing to shopping, the 25-year-old mother's every breath was for her three-year-old baby girl, Orbela.
That included her last.
As Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR drove home early yesterday morning to her waiting husband in Brampton, her Dodge SX collided with a tractor-trailer. Police say the truck driver fled the scene, and Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR's badly damaged car came to a stop across two lanes of the eastbound 401 near Cambridge.
Police later found the semi near Napanee, and arrested the driver for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR grabbed Orbela and put her in the ditch beside the highway's shoulder. But she returned to her totalled car, probably for her cellphone, police say.
As she tried to get in through the driver's door at about 4: 45 a.m. with her back to oncoming traffic, another rig plowed into her. She was pinned.
Ontario Provincial Police Constable David WOODFORD said she likely died on impact.
He said Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR did the right thing by immediately getting her daughter to safety, preventing what could have been an even greater tragedy.
"She got her child out. She saved her child's life, because the child would have been killed," he said.
To her closest Friends, the act of bravery sounded every bit like Jackie.
Candice SHERRETT, who said her Friendship with Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR dates back to elementary school, remembers the day Orbela was born.
"Jackie's life had been fulfilled," she told The Globe and Mail. "… I think some comfort can be taken knowing that Jackie died knowing her daughter was safe and out of harm's way."
Yesterday, Orbela was told, "Mommy has gone to heaven," she said.
Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR's husband, parents, and younger sister, Ligia, were too distraught to comment yesterday.
Jackie DO VALE married her high school sweetheart six years ago after graduating from Saint_Joseph's College School in downtown Toronto. The couple moved to Brampton and their daughter was born three years later.
Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR worked two jobs so Orbela could have whatever she wanted, said one of her best Friends, Alex POLICARPO, 25. During the week, she was a secretary at a local car dealership. On weekends, she worked at a laundromat.
"She liked to do everything in life. She was always the first to try things out," Ms. POLICARPO said.
When Ms. POLICARPO had her baby shower in July, Ms. DO VALE- AVELAR was the first to give her advice. "She told me to tell my husband to do all the work. I was supposed to just sit back and relax," Ms. POLICARPO said.
The Ontario Provincial Police also investigated another serious collision yesterday, in which a 70-year-old woman visiting from Trinidad was killed and three others were injured.
The four were travelling in the Niagara-bound lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Way near St. Catharines with a house trailer in tow just after 7 a.m. As their truck approached a construction zone, it suddenly veered off into a grassy shoulder at highway speed and struck a tree, Constable WOODFORD said.
The Ontario Provincial Police says 295 people have been killed in traffic accidents in the province so far this year, up from 280 in the same period in 2006.

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VALE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-16 published
VALE, Inez Lorraine (née BUTLER)
Peacefully at Allendale Long Term Care Facility, Milton, Ontario on Saturday, October 13, 2007 in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Bruce Winston VALE. Loved mother of John (Donna) and Eric. Dear grandmother of Janet (Chris), Jenny, Michael, Laura, Robin and Victoria. Predeceased by her siblings Gordon, Reg, John, David and Louise. A special thanks to the staff of both Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Allendale for their care and concern. A private graveside service will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. If desired, donations may be made to the Veteran's Comfort Fund, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, M4N 3M5.

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VALE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-10 published
BRYDE, Ruth Winnifred (née VALE)
Peacefully in her 81st year at Plantation General Hospital, Florida on December 5, 2007, Ruth Winnifred BRYDE passed from this life. Daughter of the late George and Winnifred VALE; widow of the late Warren BRYDE (1975;) beloved mother of Noël HOLLIDAY, Hollywood, Florida; dear sister of Jean VALE, Toronto.
Born in Toronto in 1927, Ruth graduated from Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1949. She became a partner in Gloria Vale Gifts in the new Nortown Shopping Centre, Willowdale. Later Ruth and her husband Warren BRYDE ran a marina on the Trent Waterway near Coboconk. Moving to Florida in 1968, they operated a year-round motel at Hollywood Beach, Florida.
Following cremation, a memorial service to honour Ruth's memory will be arranged in Coboconk at a later date.

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VALENTI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-15 published
FRANKE, Wolfgang E., B.A., M.Sc. (1915-2007)
Educator And Writer
Peacefully at home of natural causes on November 13, at the age of 92. With a lifetime spanning a remarkable time in history for Europe and Canada, he was born in Lünen-Horstmar, Germany on April 14, 1915 during the First World War, and grew up on the Baltic Sea in the city of Kiel during the years of the German Revolution of 1918 and the hyper-inflation of the 1920's. His early education was in Kiel where he sold his first short story to the Kieler Zeitung at the age of fifteen. After teaching elementary school in Duisburg in the Rhineland, he served in the Navy and by the end of the war was a Lieutenant Commander, in charge of radio communications in Trieste, Italy. After the war he survived four years of hardship in a concentration camp in former communist Yugoslavia, living proof of his oft quoted adage from Nietzsche 'That which does not kill us makes us stronger'. Upon his return to Germany in 1949 he resumed his doctoral studies in biology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, but decided to emigrate with his first family to Canada in 1951. Part of a large wave of immigrants willing to work hard at any job available, his first employment was as an illustrator in the Botany department of the University of Toronto. He obtained his B.A. at the U of T, and later an M.Sc. in genetics at the University of Ottawa, and worked for a period in plant pathology prior to his career as an inspiring teacher of Biology. He became principal in high schools in Morrisburg and then in Essex where he established an innovative co-op 'Occupations Program' in 1963, which liaised between education and industry, providing high school students with valuable work experience. In 1966 he pioneered in Ontario's fledgling community college system when he became founding president of Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology in Sarnia. There he developed an innovative curriculum, hired faculty and interviewed students. Similarly, he was then founding president of the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, B.C. in 1969. Toward the end of his career he was founding principal of a private high school in Toronto. A naturally talented amateur sculptor, artist and musician, he passionately promoted the Arts in all his educational endeavours. In retirement from formal education, he returned to his love of writing, producing numerous stories and essays published in many newspapers and periodicals, as well as nine novels in English and German. Always a man of conviction, he held himself and others to a high personal standard. A tireless social critic in his writings, he was nevertheless totally committed to his adopted country and recalled the glow of pride upon the induction of the Canadian flag in 1965. His description of the character Hans in his fifth novel, Over the Threshold, can be aptly applied to the author: '…a Jack of all trades, a biologist by training, but with a technical bent, a portraitist with leanings to the caricature, a teacher and perpetual student, a music lover and dreamer.' He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Rose (née VALENTI,) also a teacher, who tirelessly dedicated herself to his publishing efforts and provided devoted personal care in his final years. He was also very proud of daughter Sylvia (Andrew), sons Dean (Susan) and Norman (Carolyn), grandchildren Laura, Xavier, Dix, Egan, Natalie and Nina, and from a previous marriage his daughter Regina and son Ingo. Predeceased by his sister Lotti. Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. The family will welcome relatives and Friends to a private reception at a future date.

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VALENTI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-16 published
PATERSON, Thomas William
At home, on November 14, 2007, at 71 years of age. Loving father of Sandra PELTIER and husband Gary CURRIE of Cambridge, Ontario Thomas of Vancouver, British Columbia; Robert and wife Monique. Cherished grandpa of Jeffrey and Tina PELTIER, the late Thomas Robert PELTIER (1980,) Genevieve, Stephanie, Ryan, and Nicole. Treasured great-grandpa of Tristan PELTIER. Dear son of the late Drucilla (1968) and Thomas PATERSON (1989.) Beloved brother of Ralph and Jeanette PATERSON; the late Rosemary, survived by husband Michael DUFRESNE; the late Criss Ann VALENTI; the late James, survived by wife Leslie PATERSON; Patrick and Suzann PATERSON and Gerry and Marilyn PATERSON. Will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and Friends. Tom was a retired Detective with the Windsor Police Service. Tom was a past member of Windsor Minor Football, coached Riverside and Windsor Minor Hockey. Tom was a very gifted athlete in a variety of sports including hockey, baseball and football and was the #1 Fan, supporter and unofficial coach of his grandchildren. If you so desire, donations to, Windsor and Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation or Hospice Village or Windsor and Essex Cardiac Rehab Program would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Friday 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Prayers Friday at 7: 30 p.m. at Families First Funeral Home and Tribute Centre (519-969- 5841) 3260 Dougall Ave. On Saturday, Friends are invited to join the family after 9 a.m. at Assumption Church (350 Huron Church Rd.) followed by Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Cremation at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Fr. Mike PARENT officiating. You may share your cherished memories online at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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VALENTINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-27 published
HOFFMAN, Anne
On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at North York General Hospital. Anne HOFFMAN, beloved wife of the late Meyer HOFFMAN. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Deanie and Sid RUMACK, Gloria VALENTINE, Linda and Seymour HOFFMAN, Rabbi Howard and Elaine, and Franklin and Annabelle. Devoted Buby and Baba of Cara-Lynn, Sue-Ann, Michael, Neil, Michol, Jonathan, Merav, Tirtzah, Shira, Eve, and Jesse. Devoted great-grandmother of Jordan, Avalon, Matan, Noam, and Elior. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, June 27th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment, Kehillas Jacob section of Dawes Road Cemetery. Shiva 130 Neptune Dr., #301. Memorial donations in memory of Anne HOFFMAN may be made to the North York General Hospital Foundation, 4001 Leslie St. Toronto M2K 1E1, 416-756-6944.

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VALENTINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-22 published
LAWS, Ruth MacKenzie (formerly CLUGSTON, née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON)
Peacefully in hospital on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 in her 90th year. Beloved mother of Catherine BLAKE of Almonte, Michael CLUGSTON of Hong Kong, Mackenzie CLUGSTON (Paula) of Ottawa, John CLUGSTON (Kuniko) of Tokyo and James CLUGSTON (Jane) of Ottawa. Loving grandmother of Sarah, Megan, Russell, Richard, Alexander, Robin, Angus, Duncan and great-grandmother of Mackenzie and Zoe. Sister of Murray THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Muriel VALENTINE. Predeceased by sisters Jean, Elizabeth, Margaret and brother MacKay; by husbands Robert Bollin LAWS and Donald CLUGSTON. Ruth lived a life rich in family, Friendship, travel and art spanning many years in China, Japan, Britain and Canada. A graduate of Victoria College, University of Toronto; attended Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan. Friends may call at the Almonte Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 154 Elgin Street, Almonte, Ontario, on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. Memorial service will be held in the chapel on Friday at 2 p.m. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Council of Canadians, 170 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 700, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5V5 or Peace Fnd Canada, 145 Spruce Street, Suite 206, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6P1.

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VALETTAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-25 published
LOOPSTRA, Doctor Lawrence W., M.D., (F.R.C.S.C)
It is with great sadness that the family of Larry LOOPSTRA announce his passing on June 22, 2007 in Hamilton, Ontario after a brief illness. Larry will be greatly missed by his wife Pamela (nee ROSS,) his four children, Alyssa ALKEMA (Tom,) Emily (Nick,) Jonathan (Amanda), and Benjamin, his brothers, Chuck (Claudia), Allard (Margaret) and Bert (Willy), his mother-in-law, Betty ROSS, his sister-in-law, Susan KILNER, his brother-in-law, Robert ROSS (Jill,) his nephews and nieces and numerous other relatives, Friends, colleagues, and patients too many to mention. Larry was born in The Netherlands in 1941 and grew up in Groningen and The Hague until immigrating to Canada with his parents, the late Rev. Willem and Ekelina LOOPSTRA in 1951. He obtained his elementary and high school education in Hamilton, Ontario and attended the University of Western Ontario in London between 1960 and 1966 with a degree in medicine. Larry interned at St. Bonifice in Winnipeg, Manitoba and thereafter served 3 years as a medical doctor with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Germany pursuing his passion for medicine, travel, and skiing. On his return to Canada, he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and established his practice in Hamilton. Larry was an accomplished surgeon, obstetrician and respected clinical professor with the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre at McMaster University, delivering thousands of newborns during his career, as well as performing as a skilled surgeon. He pursued his career with dedication, professionalism and caring, while at the same time maintaining a balanced life style through family, church and his new found love for golf. His loving, caring and selfless nature shone through all his relationships (Galatians 5: 22-23). Larry was an avid sailor who loved his boat Sonic Boom, winning many Lake Ontario races. He last sailed his boat with his family on June 10, 2007. Many thanks to Leslie GAUTHIER, Doctor S. KOZIAK, Dr. N. VALETTAS, and Doctor J.D. SCHWALM. If so desired, expressions of sympathy may be directed to Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. Visitation at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 1010 Botanical Dr., Burlington, Ontario (905) 527-0405 on Monday, June 25, 2007 between 2 and 4 p.m. and 7 and 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place at the Ancaster Canadian Reformed Church, 575 Shaver Road, Ancaster, Ontario on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 commencing at 11 a.m. Private interment to follow the service. Please sign the Book of Condolence @BayGardens.ca

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VALIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-06 published
HABICHT, Tea
Peacefully at home on Thursday, January 4, 2007 aged 81 years. Beloved wife of the late Hans HABICHT. Loving mother of Martin (Lorraine) and Thomas (Barbara). Loving grandmother of Jennifer (Brian McCAMBRIDGE), Michelle, Diana, Martin Jr., Mark and Stephan. Aunt of Andres KOHLER. Predeceased by sister-in-law Reeta (Juhan) KOHLER. The family extends heartfelt thanks to Doctor Bhavna VALIA, Dr. Louise COULOMBE, Community Care Access Centre and visiting nurse Carol FITZGIBBON. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, on Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 from 10 a.m. until time of the Service in the Chapel at 11: 30 a.m. Donations can be made to the Champlain Community Care Access Centre or the Cancer Research Society.

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VALLANCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-21 published
VALLANCE, Murray Allan Jr. (1917-2007)
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Murray VALLANCE. Dad passed away in his home Sunday, June 17, 2007 with his family by his side. He fought hard to maintain his dignity and quality of life, but after a year and a half of failing health due to a heart condition, he succumbed to his illness. He wanted to pass in his own home with his wife and children and grand children with him. He took his leave on his own terms and waited until Fathers day to say goodbye. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario on March 28, 1917 to Murray Allan VALLANCE and Phyllis Marie McINTYRE. He had one brother, Walter Henry VALLANCE who pre-deceased him on June 16, 2006. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and after the war he came home and moved to Toronto in 1950. He became a Chartered Accountant and eventually went to work for Ontario Hydro where he met his future wife Theresa O'CONNOR. He is survived by his wife Theresa, his son Andrew and his daughters Kathleen BOICE and Carolyne McMAHON. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by his brother-in-law Thomas O'CONNOR, his son-in-laws Richard BOICE and Quinn McMAHON and daughter-in-law Rachel VALLANCE. Dad has six beautiful grand children, Maria-Rose, Micaela, Amelia, Saffron, Olivia and Max whom he adored immensely and was very proud to have had enrich his last years on this earth. Dad loved classic literature and poetry and we wish to leave this little poem as a parting thought&hellip
No one knew that day
God was going to call your name
In life we loved you dearly
In death we do the same
It broke our hearts to lose you
For you did not go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home
You left us beautiful memories
Your love is still our guide
And though we cannot see you
You will always be by our sides
Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again
Visitation will be held on Friday June 22 at Highland Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. (3280 Sheppard Ave E., Scarborough, 416-773-0933). Funeral Mass on Saturday June 23 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 10 a.m. (3526 Sheppard Ave E., Scarborough). Interment at Christ the King Cemetery.

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VALLARINO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-12 published
GARIGUE, Robert John
Peacefully on Wednesday January 10, 2007 in Montreal, Robert John GARIGUE, in his 55th year. Vice President for Information Integrity and Chief Security Executive, Bell Canada. Chief Information Security Officer, Bank of Montreal, retired. Lieutenant Commander, retired, of the Canadian Forces. PhD in Management (Carleton) M.Sc. (Claremont); B.A.A. (Montreal). Beloved husband of Carol Ann (née ROSE.) Loving father of Alexandra and Francesca. Survived by brother Pierre and sister Vivian VALLARINO (Victorio.) Devoted son of Philippe and Amalia Maria GARIGUE. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road, Nepean (between Bayshore Doctor and Baseline Rd.), on Sunday 7-9 p.m., Monday 2-4 p.m., and Tuesday from 9: 30 a.m. until time of service. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute (www.janegoodall.org) or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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VALLEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
McWILLIAMS, David Ireland, Q.C., LLB, B.Sc. (Mil.,) Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd)
In London, Ontario, on October 9, 2007 at Longworth Long Term Care in his 85th year. Predeceased earlier this year by his beloved wife Beverly Jane (née BROUGH.) Will be sadly missed by his children, Melanie of Windsor, Wendy (Scott McNIE) and Sheila (Michel VALLEE,) both of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Holly (Paul BERTON) of London, Ontario, and David of Hoboken, New Jersey, and grandchildren: Nicholas, Stephen and Alexandra VALLEE, Harris and Heidi BERTON, and Liam and Robin McNIE. Also survived by his brother Peter of Oakville, Ontario. Born in Toronto 1922, David attended Upper Canada College, then Royal Military College (#2721) and finally Osgoode Hall. He met Beverly while articling in Windsor, and there they made their home. For 47 years, he practised law and committed himself to his adopted community, chairing and/or sitting on boards of numerous local organizations, including Essex County's Children's Aid Society, Essex Law Association and Ontario Legal Aid Plan, the District Health Council and Essex County Hospital Planning Council. He was a former chair and founding member of St Clair College, Canterbury College (U. of Windsor), and the Greater Windsor Community Foundation. David's war service took him to the U.S.A., the North Pacific, Britain, Italy, and Northwest Europe with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC), Canadian Armoured Corps, The First Special Service Force, (2nd Canadian Parachute Battalion), First Infantry Brigade, and mustering out as captain and company commander with the Royal Canadian Regiment. Postwar service was with the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment, where he was appointed Honourary Lieutenant Colonel in 1998. Funeral service in Windsor at Saint Mary's Anglican Church (Walkerville) on 15 October 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. followed by interment of his ashes along with those of his beloved Beverly. No flowers at his express request. In lieu, donations may be made to the Canterbury College (U. of Windsor) Community or to the David and Beverly McWilliams Endowment Fund for Saint Mary's Church (Walkerville).

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VALLENTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-18 published
VALLENTYNE, John R.
On Saturday, June 16th, 2007, Jack (aka Johnny Biosphere) died peacefully at home of colon cancer. He had had severe intestinal problems for the last six months but his cancer was only recently diagnosed. After cremation, his ashes will be scattered in Lake Superior. He is survived by his wife, Ann, children, Peter, Stephen, Jane, Anne-Marie, and Geoffrey, and grandchildren, Jade, Corben, Spencer, Jenna, and Tessa. In keeping with Jack's life-long work on promoting environmental awareness, donations may be sent to Greenpeace or other environmental organizations.

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VALVERDE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-19 published
Criminologist identified boredom as the policeman's greatest enemy
University of Toronto expert on crime and punishment took police officers to task for pushing too much paper, for doing little more than maintaining the status quo and for picking on 'pukers'
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S10
Is being a police officer boring? Consider the startling research on policing in Canada carried out in the 1980s by University of Toronto criminologist Richard ERICSON.
He found that the average number of reported crimes per police officer in Canada was 30 in 1962, rising to 45 in 1977 - or about one a week. He reported that officers on average spent about half their time on the job doing paperwork, and reporting to superiors about what they did with the other half.
He repeated what has virtually become an adage about police work - that the worst part of being a police officer is boredom. The police themselves, in his study, rated fewer than 7 per cent of incidents they dealt with as "exciting."
In a subsequent book, he examined what policing really is about in Canada and concluded that it is "concerned with the reproduction of order." In other words, maintaining the status quo.
To illustrate (and here he probably won few police Friends), he reported that a common diversion among officers was to pick on "pukers" - young males of lower socioeconomic background - and minorities of any sort. Patrol officers, Prof. ERICSON said, seemed to go out of their way to stop such people, run their names through the national database and look for ways of laying charges.
"The police sell themselves as crime fighters," Prof. ERICSON said in a 1984 interview, "but do not spend much time on this activity, per se." The bulk of the patrol officer's time was spent "doing nothing other than consuming the petrochemical energy required to run an automobile and the psychic energy required to deal with the boredom of it all."
Public Misinformed
Partly, he blamed a "relatively misinformed public" for buying into the belief that cops are around-the-clock crime busters.
"The general feeling is that crime is under the control of the government as long as you keep giving tax dollars," he said. The public's acceptance of this "creates a view among citizens that they should be deferential to the police."
A year-long study done by his department of an Ontario police force seemed to support that claim. It found "an amazing compliance" by more than 400 citizens, who dutifully turned over files to officers, remained in their presence even though not under arrest, and rarely objected.
Complaining can be risky. In 1981-1982, he found that about one third of all those who filed charges against Metro Toronto Police officers were taken to court by the municipality's lawyers for malicious prosecution. Only two were spared civil damages.
The time had come, he believed, for police officers to be treated just as human beings, with citizens "criticizing them, questioning them and resisting them."
A world-renowned criminologist who challenged assumptions, ruffled feathers and put U of T's Centre of Criminology on the map, Prof. ERICSON was described by colleague David Garland of New York University as "a serial specialist with the broadest of visions, a continually curious scholar who became expert in one field after another."
Indeed a polymath, he became authoritative in several fields relating to crime and society: Young offenders, detective work, policing, defendants in the criminal process, crime reporting in the media, risk, insurance and the regulation of financial institutions, and surveillance. Lauded by scholars around the world as creative, innovative, critical and highly rigorous - and by students as a warm, wise and nurturing teacher - Prof. ERICSON authored, co-authored or edited 17 books on crime and punishment, the first two when he was 27.
"He was a sociologist who took criminology as his chosen specialty but who had an expansive view of what criminology should be and whose work transformed the scope of that discipline," eulogized Prof. Garland, who is considered the English-speaking world's top criminal theorist. "He paid attention to complexity and to detail. His research projects were large, ambitious undertakings intended to address big theoretical questions."
Prof. ERICSON was educated at the Universities of Guelph and Toronto, and received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge. Most of his career was spent at U of T's Centre of Criminology, where he became director in 1992. For a decade, he was the first principal of Green College and professor of law and sociology at the University of British Columbia, and then won an appointment as professor of criminology at Oxford University, where he was a fellow of All Souls College, among other foreign postings. He returned to University of Toronto in 2004.
His work may have been big and theoretical, but it had real-world relevance. He was known for offering a shocking new vision of police work in which data gathered by law enforcement using surveillance and other technologies is not only not protected, but brokered to other institutions.
Links To Insurance
The police, he noted, have become information dealers to insurance companies and health-and-welfare organizations whose operations are based on knowledge of risk. These institutions, in turn, influence the ways in which police officers think and act.
"It's fairly obvious, as any homeowner who's had a break-in knows," explained Mariana VALVERDE, acting director for the Centre for Criminology. "The only reason you call the police is to get a report that you can then submit to the insurance [company]. You don't actually expect the police to really find your lost CD player."
It wasn't that Prof. ERICSON had broken new ground. "It's just that nobody studied how it works, and the tremendous importance the police have by way of generating information for all sorts of agencies," Prof. VALVERDE said. "He put the work of police forces in broader context."
Prof. ERICSON also conducted the first major sociological study of the insurance industry, examining how it controls our institutions and daily lives in ways that are largely invisible, and how it functions as a kind of government beyond the state.
One alarming conclusion was that there's a lot less certainty than people may think in the insurance business - the very industry that is charged with transforming uncertainty into manageable risk.
Post 9/11 security measures, he argued, include disturbing new forms of "counter law" or "law against law," which criminalize not only those who actually cause harm, but also those merely suspected of being harmful.
Words such as vandalism are always being applied to youngsters breaking windows but almost never to "large corporations polluting the atmosphere… which in the aggregate is far greater."
Critical Of Media
And there's the matter of how the media report crime. After six months of studying how three Toronto newspapers - including The Globe and Mail - covered some high-profile sexual assaults in 1982, he found the news outlets rarely questioned the prevailing belief that it was up to women to curb their activities if they wanted to avoid sexual attack.
The articles presented a central image that sexual assault "was best controlled by having women take precautions that restricted their freedom," the study said.
"By locating the problem with the victim and by not questioning the cultural and social structures in general, and gender relations in particular, the news accounts functioned to acknowledge the existing order of values and social relations which perpetuate the subordinate place of women. The newspapers arguably perpetuated the views that it is something women do that contributes to attacks."
He rejected the old saw that journalists are mere observers. "I don't see the media as being in any way outside the process they are reporting on. The reporters, in the way they use sources, are active players. They don't reflect reality, they help to constitute the reality."
It seems incongruous that someone who tackled such bold subjects was described as not especially outgoing, often to the point of shyness. And despite being critical of police, his own son became an Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer. "It was a very proud moment in Richard's life when Matthew was sworn in," Prof. VALVERDE noted. "So it's not as though he disrespected police, or didn't have an understanding of [their] day-to-day realities. I think his sympathies were always with the rank and file."
Don't tell that to the Peel Regional Police force on Toronto's western flank.
Perhaps the biggest stink Prof. ERICSON raised was in one of his books, Making Crime: A Study Of Detective Work, in which he accused the police he was observing of routinely forging, or "left-handing" the signatures of justices of the peace on search warrants.
Force Not Named
The force he observed was unnamed in the book (though he dropped one juicy hint by mentioning 19th-century British prime minister Robert Peel in the first sentence). Peel Regional Police revealed it was them, and went on the offensive.
"It wasn't a big deal because at that time, even when real signatures were placed on warrants, the warrant approval process accomplished little," recalled colleague Anthony Doob. "That was Richard's point: Real signatures, fake signatures… it didn't matter."
It did to police in Peel, who called the book "a crock of garbage" and said the force "seriously questions Prof. ERICSON's bias in policing." They also found evidence they said totally contradicted his allegations.
As Prof. Doob recalled, one Wednesday afternoon in August, 1980, two senior police officers visited the centre "and delivered what we saw as a serious threat to get additional details about activities described in the book. After Richard refused to answer most of the questions that were put to him, we made the decision that in order to protect the identity of the police officers he had observed, his data had to be placed somewhere secure."
That somewhere was in the attic of Prof. Doob's ex-wife's grandmother's cottage in rural New Hampshire. And Prof. ERICSON, despite the intimidation, stood his ground. "I'm not revealing sources," he said, "and if I did, I might as well pack in my books."
Richard Victor ERICSON was born in Montreal on September 20, 1948. He died in Toronto on October 2, 2007, after succumbing to multiple health problems. He was 59. He leaves Diana, his wife of 38 years, and their son Matt. He also leaves his brother John, and sisters Elizabeth and Kristine.
A memorial will take place at University of British Columbia's Green College on Friday, November 23, at 2: 30 p.m.

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