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WONG o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-11 published
BARTMAN, William " Bill"
Passed away peacefully at Walkerton Hospital on Friday, June 8, 2007. Bill BARTMAN of Carlsruhe in his 71st year. son of the late Milton BARTMAN and Eleanor ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Husband of Florence. Father of Doug (Ruthann) of Durham, Emily WONG (partner Frank PATINO) of Toronto and Carol (Guy) ALEXANDER of Deer Lake, Newfoundland. Grandfather of Sandra, Victoria, Christina, Laura, Elizabeth, Melissa and Joseph. Step-grandfather of Shawn and Dereck. Step-great-grandfather of Chad and Bailey. Brother of Helen HARRON of Hanover and Lenore (Charlie) HUNTER of Durham. Predeceased by daughter Pauline WAECHTER, grand_son Ryan BARTMAN and brother Gordon BARTMAN. Cremation. A graveside service will be held at Hanover Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation or the Children's Wish Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Grey Bruce Cremation and Burial Services 519-371-8507.

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WONG o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-08-29 published
HOLMES, Shirley
The family of the late Shirley HOLMES expresses their sincere thanks to the neighbours for their kind visits to the hospital and home during Shirley's battle with cancer. Our gratitude also for food brought in during times throughout her illness, and for the floral tributes, memorial donations and expressions of sympathy at the time of her passing. Thank you to Doctor WONG and the nursing staff of Meaford Hospital and to Doctor QAWI and the oncology staff at the Owen Sound Hospital for their care and compassion. Thanks also to the staff of the Ferguson Funeral Home for their guidance in a time of need and to Reverend Steve WEBB for his visits at the hospital and the house throughout Shirley's illness and for his words of comfort at the funeral service. To the ladies of Knox Presbyterian Church for the luncheon and to the Victorian Order of Nurses and Homemakers involved in Shirley's care - we express our gratitude for a job well done by all! Thank you, Ivan HOLMES and family
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WONG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-06 published
WONG, Lynn Elizabeth (née MATTHEWS)
(May 6, 1946-January 2, 2007)
With deep regret, we announce the sudden passing of mother, sister, and wife Lynn Elizabeth WONG. Lovingly remembered by son and daughter Tim and Dana; sister Jeannie; and husband Garry. Lynn finally rests in the arms of her parents, Pete and Jessie MATTHEWS. Lynn was a giving and caring friend to all who crossed her path and will forever be remembered for her animated charisma and zest for life. The family wishes to thank the staff at Whistler Medical Clinic and Vancouver General Hospital Cardiac Care Unit for their kindness and support over the past week. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Whistler Health Care Foundation, 4380 Lorimer Road., Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4. A celebration of life will born Eng held on Monday, January 8 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club (Fir and 16th Ave). Condolences may be offered to the family @ http://www.Kearneyfs.com

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WONG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-25 published
KROPP, Lilia " Lee" Violetta Breglia
Passed away peacefully at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga on Monday, July 23, 2007 at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late Norbert. Loving mother of Richard and his wife Stephanie, Marissa and her husband Brent IMLACH, and Marina and her husband Kevin DUNAL. Affectionately " Nana" to Sebastian, Remington, Emerson, Brittany, Liam, and Kara. Mom will be remembered as Dad's forever "Lipinski", a one-of-a-kind Mom, and a loving and proud Nana. Mom cherished Family, Home, the Chalet, and the celebration of food. She was a longtime volunteer to the hospital, the church, and the Lion's Club. A unique collector, she was a woman of style and flair, forever a fashion plate right up to the last outfit. A heartfelt thank you to Holly and Mark. We are forever grateful to Alice and Arthur. Special thanks to Doctor Michael WONG, the nurses and staff at Kings Garden for their exceptional care. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St. (Hwy 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at Saint Dominic's Church, 625 Atwater Ave., Mississauga on Friday, July 27, 2007 at 10: 00 a.m., followed by a celebration of Lee's life at The Boulevard Club. Private interment Mount Hope Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Trillium Health Centre Foundation or to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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WONG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-08 published
At least nine drown over civic holiday weekend
By Geoff NIXON, Page A5
The long, hot days of summer see more people hitting lakes, pools and rivers, and subsequently more drownings, often in accidents that could have been prevented.
Over the civic holiday weekend alone, at least nine people drowned nationwide.
"Unfortunately, I'm not surprised," Barbara Byers, public education director of the Lifesaving Society, said of the number of weekend drowning deaths.
"What's sad about it, is that most of these are preventable and that many people just don't realize the risks and aren't quite aware of what they can do to reduce the chances of drowning," she said.
The weekend deaths include two young girls and seven adult men who drowned in separate incidents:
On Saturday, a three-year-old girl drowned in an inflatable pool in her backyard in Stoney Creek, Ontario, near Hamilton, in the early evening.
Earlier that same day, 56-year-old Bernard Morneau of Victoria was found unconscious on the banks of the Athabasca River after his canoe overturned. A 24-year-old Hamilton man also died early Saturday after jumping into a closed swimming pool at a motel in Sauble Beach, Ontario Police said Bruno LARANJEIRO, who was in the pool with several people, didn't know how to swim.
On Sunday, a 39-year-old man drowned after falling off a log in a provincial park near Chilliwack, B.C.
On Monday, a five-year-old girl from Hamilton drowned at a conservation area swimming pool in Dunnville, Ontario, during a church picnic.
There were two other deaths the same day in Ontario: A man drowned in Musselman Lake just north of Stouffville, Ontario, and 19-year-old Lucas TINSLEY drowned at a provincial park northeast of Lake Simcoe.
The body of Calgary's Scott Grimes, 26, was found in Alberta's Clearwater River on Monday. He was last seen on July 29 when he was swept away from a group of fellow swimmers.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police suspect alcohol was a factor in the feared drowning of a 19-year-old man in a provincial park near Moose Jaw in the early hours of yesterday morning. The man had been swimming with a group of young people when he apparently got pulled into the current, police said. He has not been seen since.
The body of 55-year-old Tony WONG was pulled from Chemong Lake near Peterborough, Ontario, yesterday by police divers. He had been fishing with his family Monday and went into the water without a lifejacket.
For children's water safety, Ms. Byers said it is important for them to learn swimming skills, but they also need to be closely supervised.
Ms. Byers added that a drowning can occur without drawing a lot of attention from nearby swimmers, and can happen much more quickly than some would think.
"Parents don't realize how quickly a person can drown, how quiet it is," she said. "Unlike what we may have seen from old movies where people are waving their arms and screaming… that's not what happens.
"Most people, you don't hear anything," she said. "They just get a gulp of water, another gulp of water and then it's over in 30 seconds."
And parents can be vulnerable too: In the two weeks before the holiday weekend, two fathers were killed in tragic accidents while trying to save their children from drowning.
On August 1, a 44-year-old Quebec man drowned while saving his teenage son from undercurrents at Cavendish Beach National Park in Prince Edward Island. In a similar incident only days before, a 47-year-old father of three from Vancouver drowned while trying to save his 10-year-old son who ran into trouble while swimming in Lake Superior.
In both cases, the children survived but their fathers died.
In general, Ms. Byers said, of the few hundred drowning cases that happen each summer, many can be prevented by people taking better stock of their surroundings: The danger comes when people ignore the risks of their swimming environments or overestimate their swimming abilities.

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WONG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-19 published
Former councillor remembered as a trailblazer
By James RUSK, Page A13
Former Toronto councillor Ying HOPE, the first Chinese-Canadian to be elected to the Toronto School Board and to city council, has been remembered as a trailblazing politician who left behind, in the words of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, "a wonderful legacy of service."
The Prime Minister's words were read at Friday's funeral for Mr. HOPE, who died last week at age 84. They also lauded Mr. HOPE for his "determined effort" to seek redress for the head tax once imposed on Chinese immigrants and for the exclusionary laws that prevented them from voting. These efforts by Mr. HOPE and other Chinese leaders were rewarded last year when the government apologized for a half-century of mistreatment of Chinese-Canadians.
But it was his two-decade career in city politics where Mr. HOPE, who grew up as one of eight children in the family of a tailor in Victoria, made his mark.
An engineer who had worked on the Avro Arrow and on the Dew Line, Mr. HOPE was first elected to the school board in 1964, made chair of the board in 1967, and won a seat on city council in 1969 as part of the Civic Action Group that included future mayors David Crombie and Art Eggleton.
A Progressive Conservative, who remained active in the party until he died, Mr. HOPE ran provincially in 1967 and federally in 1984.
He lost his council seat in 1985, won it back in a 1987 by-election, but his career as an elected official ended in 1988 when he lost his seat in that year's vote.
Until Mr. HOPE's election, the Chinese immigrant community had not played a direct role in electoral politics in the city, as Chinese families, traditionally leery of politics, preferred to handle political problems through intermediaries such as Bill Wen Sr., the owner of Sai Woo Restaurant.
Mr. HOPE's election led the way for Chinese-Canadians into the mainstream of civic politics, where he was followed by councillors like Gordon Chong and Denzil MINNAN- WONG.
"I agree with the view that Ying HOPE was a pioneer. He was one of the early politicians of Chinese descent who played politics the way it always has been played with less reliance on a totally Chinese base," said Susan ENG, former chair of the Police Service Board.
Former Toronto mayor John SEWELL, who was a rookie councillor with Mr. HOPE in Toronto in 1969, said that he was "somebody I would call a moderate. He was not a vote reformers could count on, but he was not part of the developer group headed by Fred Beavis."
Mr. SEWELL described Mr. HOPE's election in a ward that included traditionally Anglo areas of the city such as the Annex as a breakthrough in city politics. Mr. HOPE did not win simply with a big block of Chinese votes at his back.
"What was interesting was that he was not elected from the Chinese part of the city, and was not referred to as an ethnic candidate. … No one had a feeling that he was beholden anyone, and so he was allowed to act as a normal politician," Mr. SEWELL said.
"He was remarkable in his time. Ying HOPE was one of those people who established a beachhead," said Mr. MINNAN- WONG, who, like Mr. HOPE and Mr. CHONG, has been elected to council from wards that do not have large Chinese-Canadian populations.
"Both Gordon and I weren't running as 'Chinese' candidates. We were running as mainstream Canadians who had Chinese names," Mr. MINNAN- WONG said.
Mr. MINNAN- WONG, who represents Don Mills in council, said that circumstances have changed since Mr. HOPE was the pioneer.
"My father ran for council in 1976, and he wasn't successful. Back then, it wasn't easy to run with a double-barrelled Chinese name like MINNAN- WONG in an exceedingly suburban area that didn't have the same concentration of immigrant population you have now," said Mr. MINNAN- WONG.
Don Mills now has enough immigrants that its population is similar to rest of Toronto, and acceptance of multiculturalism makes its easier for him to run.
Even so, Mr. MINNAN- WONG noted, in general, the Chinese community is primarily interested in business, reluctant to participate in politics, and despite Mr. HOPE's example, still under-represented at elected levels relative to its share of the population.

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