BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-04 published
BALLANTYNE, William Barry
On Friday, February 1, 2008. In his 61st year, William Barry BALLANTYNE, husband of Mary Ruby (née PARCHER) and companion of Donna KYLE. Special mentor of Cassie. Brother of Paul BALLANTYNE and his wife Alice. Uncle of Sara, Neil and Joanne. Barry will also be fondly remembered by his extended family. Predeceased by his parents William and Reta, and his canine friend Buddy. Barry was an accredited member of AMP - mortgage specialist, the co-owner of “The Mortgage Centre”, he worked tirelessly in the community and the Kiwanis Club of Owen Sound. Barry's family would like to send a special thanks to his Friends for their dedicated help and work. Special thanks to Debbie, Eric and Michael. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Interment in Saint Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy to the Owen Sound Kiwanis Club - Children's Programs, the Diabetic Association, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation, would be appreciated by the family.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-04 published
BALLANTYNE, William Barry
Suddenly in Toronto on Friday, February 1, 2008. In his 61st year, William Barry BALLANTYNE, husband of Ruby (née PARCHER) and companion of Donna KYLE. Special mentor of Cassie. Brother of Paul BALLANTYNE and his wife Alice. Uncle of Sara, Neil and Joanne. Barry will also be fondly remembered by his extended family. Predeceased by his parents William and Reta, and his canine friend Buddy. Barry was an accredited member of AMP - mortgage specialist, the co-owner of “The Mortgage Centre”, he worked tirelessly in the community and the Kiwanis Club of Owen Sound. Barry's family would like to send a special thanks to his Friends for their dedicated help and work. Special thanks to Debbie, Eric and Michael. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Interment in Saint Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy to the Owen Sound Kiwanis Club - Children's Programs, the Diabetic Association, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation, would be appreciated by the family.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-22 published
FAIRBAIRN, Audrey (BALLANTYNE)
At the Exeter Villa, on Thursday, February 21, 2008 Audrey (BALLANTYNE) FAIRBAIRN in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Clarence (Jim) FAIRBAIRN (2003.) Dear mother of Ann and Stephen MOORE of R.R.#1 Westport, Bill and Julie FAIRBAIRN of Sarnia and Doug and Debbie FAIRBAIRN of Exeter. Dear grandmother of Andrew and Tori; and Heather and Chris; Michael, Kirstin and Jacqueline Letisha and Aaron and great-grandmother of Connor, Emily and Hayley. Dear sister of Jean ALLEN of Exeter and sister-in-law of Grace BALLANTYNE of Exeter. Predeceased by her brothers Wesley, William, Glenn and Ewart BALLANTYNE. Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Friday evening 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at 11 a.m. with Rev. Paul ROSS officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. Donations to the Parkinson's Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-29 published
BALLANTYNE, Gerald Glen " Gerry"
At Sudbury Regional Hospital, Memorial Site on Thursday, March 27, 2008 Gerald Glen "Gerry" BALLANTYNE in his 71st year. Beloved husband of Estelle (VAILLANCOURT) (SAINT_GERMAIN) BALLANTYNE of Sudbury. Loving father of Kevin (wife Leslie) of Kitchener, Darren (wife Stacey) of London, Steve of Exeter and Susanne of Surrey, British Columbia. Special grandfather of Justin, Tamsyn, Ashlynn, Geoff and twins Mathew and Kailey. Also survived by step-sons Maurice SAINT_GERMAIN (wife Natalie) Justin and Eric of Sudbury, Daniel SAINT_GERMAIN (wife Jenefer,) Ashley and Kitiara of Calgary and Steve SAINT_GERMAIN of Ottawa. Sadly missed by his brother Ross (wife Alma) and his sister Helen (husband Eric KINTS) all of Exeter. son of the late A. Roy and Beatrice M. (KNIGHT) BALLANTYNE. Gerry was born and raised in Exeter, Ontario. He worked for many years as a funeral director at the Lougheed/Jackson and Barnard Funeral Homes, retiring in 2005 due to his failing health. A skilled embalmer, Gerry was dedicated to the funeral profession. He was a loving husband, a proud father and grandfather. Gerry will always be remembered as a quiet and thoughtful man whose dry sense of humour was appreciated by all. Friends may call at the Jackson Barnard Funeral Home 233 Larch St. Sudbury Saturday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thence to the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter where Friends may call on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 where the funeral service will be held on Monday, March 31st at 2 p.m. with Rev. Judith RITCHIE officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. Donations to the A.L.S. Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-05 published
BALLANTYNE, Betty Louise
It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Louise BALLANTYNE (in her 78th year) announces her passing on April 2, 2008 with family by her side. Betty will be forever remembered by her husband and best friend William (Bill) and their children Charles, Elizabeth, Ken, Tom, Sharon and Darrin (Debbie). Betty will also be lovingly remembered by grandchildren Michael, Jennifer, Ashley, Samantha and Emma. Betty is survived by her brother and sisters Doreen (John), Jean, Charles (Karen), Judy (Ron) and sister-in-law Delores. Betty is predeceased by her brother Bill. Betty will also be remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear Friends. Sincere gratitude to Doctor GOLDSCHMIDT, his Team, Nursing staff and PSA's from the 4th floor at University Hospital. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. A private family gathering is being held Sunday.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-02 published
MORRISON, Donald McIntyre
Donald died peacefully from heart failure in Nanaimo Hospital on January 29, 2008. Donald was 88 and was predeceased by his beloved wife of 48 years, Helen (BALLANTYNE) and his brothers Jack and Hugh, in Alberta. Donald is survived by his children Hugh, Clarke (Margot) and Sheila and his grandchildren Kate and James MORRISON. Donald will be well remembered by his clients from his work as an estate planner with Canada Life, by his many Friends and colleagues in the Royal Military Institute in Ontario, and by his Friends at Gabriola Island in British Columbia and Go Home Bay in Ontario. At Donald's request no service will be held. Donations would be welcomed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-07 published
BALLANTYNE, Dorothy (née BROOKS)
Passed away at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at the age of 87 years. Beloved wife of the late Harold BALLANTYNE. Loving mother of Heather BENSON (Alfred) of Blairmore, Alberta. Predeceased by her infant son Ronald, as well as two sisters, Vera and Hilda. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at 1: 30 p.m. in The Church Of The Ascension, 33 Overland Drive, Don Mills. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto M4N 3M5 or The Church of the Ascension (M3C 2C3). Condolences and memories may be forwarded through
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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-26 published
BALLANTYNE, Michael Alan
Born February 27, 1945. Passed away on June 19, 2008 at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, in the loving arms of his wife and children. Beloved husband of Penny, devoted father of Erin (Michael NARDONE,) Alexandra and Nick and adored Pop-Pop to granddaughter Uma. Eldest son of the late Al and Barbara BALLANTYNE, brother of Alan, Steven, John (Pat) and Bob, uncle of Michelle, Andrea, Denise, Jennifer, Katie, Aliya, Chelsea and Amanda, Chris, Ethan, Seth, Matthew, Ian and Sean. Also survived by in-laws Gordon and Gladys AUMOND, and Mike AUMOND (Carmen) and Debra AUMOND (Russ LYBARGER.) Mike's childhood was spent on military bases in Canada, the U.S.A., and Europe. After high school in Ottawa, he studied political science at Carleton University, but left after his third year to join the civil rights movement in the U.S., registering black voters in rural Alabama and experiencing the hospitality of an Alabama jail. He joined the March on Washington and heard Martin Luther King's famous 'I have a dream' speech. He spent the next ten years travelling and working in Africa, South America, Europe and Asia. True to form, he managed to be in the most unstable and dangerous (he would say exciting) locations as often as possible. With his great friend, the late Larry Uteck, he made his way through Asia, staying to work for Save the Children Fund in Vietnam and Cambodia during the last years of the war. He and Larry travelled up the Mekong River under fire, and were together in Phnom Penh when it fell. Michael's children much preferred stories of Dad's travels to any others. Michael first came to Yellowknife in 1969 to visit his parents, who had settled there after his father retired from the Army to serve as the first Director of Industry in the newly established Territorial Government. He later worked at the Giant Yellowknife Gold Mine, and served on the CASAW executive. He won a seat on City Council in 1978, followed by two terms as Mayor of Yellowknife from 1979-83. Michael was elected in 1983 as the Member of the Legislative Assembly, and was appointed to Cabinet in 1985, serving as Minister of Finance and Minister of Justice, among other appointments. Following re-election in 1991, Michael was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and oversaw the construction and opening of the distinctive Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly building. He did not seek election for a fourth term. His colleagues recall his talents in building bridges and achieving consensus on major issues both inside and outside of government. Michael was a founding Director of the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre and worked closely from 1980-83 with Roy Megarry and Richard DOYLE of the Globe and Mail newspaper to raise funds to build a performing arts theatre in Yellowknife. He also served on the boards of many sports and community associations. In 1996, Michael joined Aber Resources Ltd., (now Harry Winston) serving as Vice President, Northwest Territories. Together with colleagues at Rio Tinto, Michael helped meet the early challenges of constructing the Diavik diamond mine north of Yellowknife, bringing it into operation and establishing the mine's reputation as a respected member of the Northwest Territories's corporate community. From 2002-2005, he also held an appointment as Vice-President of Laurelton Diamonds Inc (a subsidiary of Tiffany and Co.) and worked closely with Tiffany to establish a diamond cutting and polishing plant in Yellowknife. Michael loved nothing more than solving complex problems, and he was a master of sensitive negotiations. He loved the diamond industry, and the north, and despite his failing health, found it impossible to retire, continuing to work for Harry Winston until the time of his death. A big man with a booming voice, sharp intellect and an irrepressible sense of humour, Mike loved a good debate, preferably one that was complex, nuanced and went on into the wee hours. He read voraciously and was a fully involved citizen of the world. He loved politics, sports, military history, his Friends and family, and had a deep empathy for the vulnerable amongst us. He practiced a private and direct kindness, and treated everyone with respect. He especially enjoyed his children's Friends, and liked nothing better than to 'hold court' with a group of young people, engaging and challenging them and sharing stories of his travels and adventures. A sudden, catastrophic illness in 2000 led to a liver transplant, made possible by the selflessness of an anonymous donor, for which Mike's family will be forever grateful. The next eight years were 'bonus' years, as he liked to call them, spent enjoying every well moment to the fullest, and enduring many health challenges with strength and without complaint. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the Liver Transplant Team at the University of Alberta Hospital for their miracles, expert care and kindness over the last eight years. A very special thanks to Kate and her compassionate staff on 3G2. Thanks also to Doctor Peter Kallos for his Friendship and care of Michael for many years, and to Doctor Richard Nuttall, the CTU, West 2 and Intensive Care Unit staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 11: 30 a.m. at Saint_John the Divine Anglican Church, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria, British Columbia. A memorial celebration is also planned for July 26, 2008 in Yellowknife, at the Yellowknife Community Arena. In memory of Michael, please consider signing an organ donation card and informing your family that you have done so. If desired, donations to the University Hospital Foundation, 1H191 WMC, 8440 - 112 St. N.W., Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2B7, may be made in Michael's name; please indicate that the donation is for the Liver Transplant Program. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to ballantynefamily@yahoo.ca.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-10 published
Member of Legislative Assembly and mayor of Yellowknife built consensus and unity in Northwest Territories
With a personality as big as Northwest Territories, he used persuasion to find a seat for Northerners at the constitutional table and to include native people in diamond-mining projects
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S10
If ever a man meshed with a time and a place, it was Michael BALLANTYNE, a traveller who roamed the world's troubled spots and then made his mark in Yellowknife as mayor, territorial politician and executive at the Diavik Diamond Mine during a dynamic political and human-rights era. He was an active participant in the evolution of responsible government in the Northwest Territories, the settling of land claims, and the creation of Nunavut as a separate territory with its own political administration.
He was a Paul Bunyanesque figure, complete with black beard and booming voice. A towering 6 feet 6 inches in his socks, with an equally impressive girth, he weighed in at about 250 pounds and had a personality as big as Northwest Territories. Instead of wielding an axe, he used his persuasive tongue and expansive empathy to build consensus among disparate stakeholders. "He loved what he did," said his wife, Penny BALLANTYNE. " The more complex the problem, the more excited he got. He liked nothing better than something that seemed to have no solution and then he would figure it out."
"He was a politician who reached out to everyone," said Dennis Patterson, premier of Northwest Territories from 1987 to 1991, mentioning Mr. BALLANTYNE's "pivotal" role in settling land claims and in building a society in which aboriginal and non-natives could participate fully in public affairs. "He believed in inclusive politics and he was a friend to all, even in a climate of mistrust of the capital and a climate of fear that Yellowknife residents would do everything they could to undermine the self-determination aspirations of the Inuit [in what is now Nunavut]."
Along the way, as mayor of Yellowknife, Mr. BALLANTYNE convinced The Globe and Mail to act as chief fundraiser for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, the only fully equipped live performance theatre in Northwest Territories, and to spend a bundle air freighting in copies of the newspaper long before on-line editions made it possible to read the paper anywhere. "It cost us, but it made them all feel good," said former Globe publisher Roy MEGARRY.
"He was a take-charge guy, very vocal, incredibly friendly, bursting with life and enthused about everything," said Mr. MEGARRY. "He was a great, great Canadian, and a warm human being with great concern for the rest of humanity. He exhibited that not just in Vietnam and in Cambodia, but also in the territories, where there is a lot of poverty, especially among the native population.
"He devoted his life to doing the things that really counted and had meaning in this world and not enough people are aware of him."
Michael Alan BALLANTYNE, who was born in Toronto in the last year of the Second World War, was the eldest of five sons in a military family. His father, Ernest Alan BALLANTYNE, was a military engineer and his mother, Barbara Joyce (née STEVENS,) was a nurse. He grew up living the itinerant life of a military brat, attending many schools - three in one year was the record - throughout Canada, and on postings to the United States and Germany. He graduated from Laurentian High School in Ottawa and enrolled in political science at Carleton University. In 1963, he was tired of political theory and eager for realpolitik. As he told an interviewer 20 years later, "I was convinced I was at a university full of wimps in a nation of turkeys who never looked beyond their noses at the world around them."
At 18, he headed to the southern United States to join the civil-rights movement and help register black voters in rural Alabama. As a "white" sympathizer, he was badly beaten and had his nose broken by police, was thrown in jail, and told "you aren't in Canada now, boy." That was his "big awakening," according to his wife, Penny BALLANTYNE, about "how lucky we have it in Canada and how little we know about the reality of other people's struggle." Later that summer, he went north to join Martin Luther King's march on Washington and was in the throng at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, when the Baptist minister let his voice ring out with the words "I have a dream."
For much of the next decade, Mr. BALLANTYNE travelled and worked around the world in Africa, South America, Europe and Asia. He took a break in 1969 and went to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to visit his parents, who had settled there after his father had retired as a colonel from the army and taken on the job as inaugural director of industry in the territorial government. He found a job building houses in the boom that followed Yellowknife's designation as the capital of Northwest Territories in 1967.
By the end of a year, Mr. BALLANTYNE had enough money to head off again. Wherever he went, political upheaval seemed to find him. As the Vietnam War ground on, he worked for Save the Children in Cambodia and Vietnam, and travelled up the mighty Mekong River, arriving in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, as it fell to Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in April, 1975.
He brought searing images of poverty, child soldiers and war zones back to Yellowknife in 1976 where he found a job driving a front loader in The Giant Mine and soon became active in the Canadian Aluminum Smelter and Allied Workers, the union representing the workers at the mine. Working on the executive of Canadian Aluminum Smelter and Allied Workers whetted his appetite for politics and he ran successfully for Yellowknife city council in 1978.
As a neophyte politician, Mr. BALLANTYNE's style resonated with young people, but he also created a bridge with older, more traditional politicians. After travelling the world, he had found his métier in the North, the place "where you come to live out all your fantasies," as he told an interviewer a decade later.
"Mike was always attracted to what he called the 'interesting edges' of life," according to John Parker, commissioner of Northwest Territories from 1979 to 1989. "He liked people and events and he saw in the territories developing government, and developing populations and developing industry. He was a great people person."
In 1980, the mayor of Yellowknife retired and Mr. BALLANTYNE easily won the election to succeed him. An ebullient booster of his adopted town, he not only persuaded The Globe to steamroller a fundraising campaign for Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, he talked the territorial government into donating the slated-for-demolition gymnasium, including heating and maintenance costs, of the Sir John Franklin Territorial High School as the foundation of the new theatre complex.
After two terms as mayor, Mr. BALLANTYNE was elected a member of the Legislative Assembly for Yellowknife North, a seat he held for the next 12 years. The political system in Northwest Territories is built on a consensus model rather than an adversarial party system. Individuals run for office in a territorial election, and then the winners vote by secret ballot to select a cabinet from among themselves. After two years in the assembly, Mr. BALLANTYNE's fellow Member of Legislative Assemblys selected him for cabinet, where he served in a number of portfolios, including finance and justice, during "a very complex geo-political" time when the territorial government was a virtual "United Nations" of diverse interests and nationalities, according to former premier Dennis Patterson. " Making our government work fell to Mike BALLANTYNE because he was government house leader. He was the guy who sniffed the air with ordinary Member of Legislative Assemblys, established links with the all powerful committees, and became the intelligence, the adviser, the catalyst and the advocate of compromise to make sure that consensus government worked."
He was justice minister during the Meech Lake era. An accord was reached in June, 1987, between Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the premiers of the 10 provinces, but many Northerners, including Mr. BALLANTYNE, objected to clauses in the proposed treaty that gave provinces, but not territories, a veto over Senate reform and the creation of new provinces, and denied Northwest Territories residents the opportunity to sit in the Senate or on the Supreme Court. He argued that these provisions made Northerners "second-class citizens" and violated their equality rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and he mounted a legal challenge against the federal government. The case came to naught when the provincial legislatures failed to ratify the accord, but Mr. BALLANTYNE emphatically brought the interests of the North to the constitutional table. He didn't do his own networking connections any harm, either.
"He was very astute, very good at consensus-building and identifying common interests," said John Vertes, senior judge of the Supreme Court of Northwest Territories. The two men met in the late 1970s when Mr. Vertes was a young lawyer and Mr. BALLANTYNE was a member of the Yellowknife city council. Once met, never forgotten, but their biggest professional link came when Mr. BALLANTYNE was minister of justice in the 1980s.
At that time, Northwest Territories included what would become Nunavut, so it was a vast jurisdiction about one-third the size of Canada with a small, but diverse and remotely located population. Residents spoke 11 officially recognized languages. The courts were based in Yellowknife, the capital and only city, and travelled out to remote communities to hold criminal trials and to hear cases, but many elders were precluded from serving on juries in trials affecting their own communities because they did not speak either English or French. Mr. BALLANTYNE negotiated an amendment to the legislation governing juries in Northwest Territories, said Mr. Justice Vertes, to allow an aboriginal speaker (with the help of specially trained court interpreters) to serve on a jury, even if he or she didn't speak either of the two official languages. This innovation expanded the jury pool, made it possible to hold trials in isolated native communities, allowed locals to participate in the process and inevitably engendered a greater understanding of how the justice system functions. "This is unique in the Western world," said Mr. Vertes. "They don't do this in Australia, or in New Zealand, where Maori is an official language."
Also in the middle eighties, Mr. BALLANTYNE met and married Penny AUMOND. Both had been married before. Together, they reared three children, Erin, Alexandra and Nicholas. As a couple, the BALLANTYNEs were a striking physical contrast because she was more than a foot shorter. "I may be 5 feet 3, but I was the only one who could sit him down and read him the riot act," she said.
Having told his wife that he was going to choose his exit, he became Speaker in 1991 (the same year that Nellie Cournoyer became the first female premier of Northwest Territories) and left politics two years later. He never became premier, primarily because he represented the urban riding of Yellowknife (Northwest Territories's only city) and in the buildup to the creation of Nunavut, the unofficial consensus was that the premier should both be aboriginal and from a non-urban riding in the eastern part of the territory. Analysts might conclude that, for once, Mr. BALLANTYNE was the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time, but a more likely explanation is that he was more interested in political evolution than in clawing at power for its own sake.
Coincidentally, there was another issue brewing in the North that called out for his skill set: managing the competing interests surrounding the discovery of rich diamond deposits in the Northwest Territories in 1991, a discovery that has turned Canada into one of the world's top producers of quality and politically "clean" diamonds. He joined Aber (now Harry Winston Diamonds) as vice-president Northwest Territories, with a mandate to oversee the construction of the Diavik Diamond Mine, which opened in 2003, and to liaise with the federal and territorial governments and native groups over mineral and subsidiary rights. "We really needed a senior person in Yellowknife who could meet head to head with the president of the operating company and he stood out as the kind of guy who could do this," said George Parker, former Northwest Territories commissioner and now a director of Aber. "His familiarity with the territorial government and with the federal agencies based in Yellowknife were also very important factors. It was in Aber's interest that the project proceed smoothly and obeyed the rules and engaged Northern people, in particular aboriginal people, and it was necessary for us to have a really strong spokesman." From 2002 to 2005, Mr. BALLANTYNE also held an appointment as vice-president of Laurelton Diamonds (a subsidiary of Tiffany and Company) to establish a diamond-cutting and polishing plant in Yellowknife, so that the mine could support a secondary industry in the North.
Mr. BALLANTYNE turned 55 in February, 2000. After a glowing medical checkup, he took his family on their "first-ever" winter holiday in Barbados. That's where he developed flu-like symptoms. Within the month, he was in a coma in hospital in Edmonton, waiting for a liver transplant. He had probably harboured a dormant form of hepatitis since his travelling days, which had suddenly turned voracious. "Miraculously," says Penny BALLANTYNE, he was given a donor liver. The new liver kept him from dying, but it was not in perfect condition and so life became a struggle to stay healthy. They bought and renovated an old house in Victoria, where Ms. BALLANTYNE lived with their nearly grown children and found a job as city manager while Mr. BALLANTYNE commuted to Yellowknife and kept promising to retire.
He was in Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital for about a month this May and then he was transported by air ambulance to the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The doctors were talking encouragingly about a second liver transplant when he had a massive internal hemorrhage. Although the doctors in the Intensive Care Unit did their utmost - he'd always insisted he wanted extraordinary measures - he knew there were no more miracles. "He always told me, 'I'm not afraid to die. If I have to go, I've had a great life and I've had eight years that were a bonus,' said Ms. BALLANTYNE. "He looked at each of us, squeezed our hands and he just relaxed."
Michael Alan BALLANTYNE was born February 27, 1945, in Toronto. He died June 19, 2008, at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. He was 63. He is survived by his wife Penny, his three children, one grandchild and his extended family.

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BALLENTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-16 published
BALLENTYNE, Ellen May (née SMITH)
Peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, July 14, 2008. Ellen, beloved wife of Donald. Loving mother of John and Patty and her husband Mike BRINE of Saint Marys, Ontario. Loving grandmother of Matthew and Kimberly BRINE. Cherished sister of Mary FISHER of London, Ontario and sister-in-law of Elizabeth SMITH of Calgary, Alberta. Ellen will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all her family and Friends. A special thank you to the staff at Applewood Landmark, Amica-City Centre and the Trillium Health Centre for all their care and compassion. Ellen was born in Creemore, Ontario on December 6, 1926.
Family and Friends will be received at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre-Mississauga, 1535 South Gateway Road (2 blks. South of Eglinton on Dixie Rd.) 905-602-1580 on Tuesday, July 22 from 6-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at All Saint's Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor Street West (at Prince Edward) on Wednesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Society or Wells4Africa. To share an on-line condolence, please visit www.etouch.ca

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BALLENTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-19 published
BALLENTYNE, Ellen May (née SMITH)
Peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, July 14, 2008. Ellen, beloved wife of Donald. Loving mother of John and Patty and her husband Mike BRINE of Saint Marys, Ontario. Loving grandmother of Matthew and Kimberly BRINE. Cherished sister of Mary FISHER of London, Ontario and sister-in-law of Elizabeth SMITH of Calgary, Alberta. Ellen will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all her family and Friends. A special thank you to the staff at Applewood Landmark, Amica-City Centre and the Trillium Health Centre for all their care and compassion. Ellen was born in Creemore, Ontario on December 6, 1926.
Family and Friends will be received at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre-Mississauga, 1535 South Gateway Road (2 blks. South of Eglinton on Dixie Rd.) 905-602-1580 on Tuesday, July 22 from 6-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at All Saint's Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor Street West (at Prince Edward) on Wednesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Society or Wells4Africa. To share an on-line condolence, please visit www.etouch.ca

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BALLIE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-14 published
BRYAN, Ronald William
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital London on Saturday, April 12, 2008. Ronald William of Bond Street, Ingersoll, in his 77th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Verna BRYAN (née DAWDRY.) Loved father of Betty Jean PARKER and her husband Larry of Ingersoll, Gerald and his wife Connie of London, and Anita PONDSFORD and her husband Dave of Ingersoll. Ron will be missed by his granddchildren Cheri Lynn PARKER and her husband Clayton HARMER, Billy and Phillip BRYAN, as well as two great-grandchildren Jordan and Bexley HARMER. Dear brother of Shirley MILLS and her husband Claire, Glenda SUTCH and her husband Steve, John BRYAN and his wife Pat, and Raymond BRYAN and his partner Roddy, Bonnie BALLIE and her husband Gary, Jeannie PERKINS and her husband Greg, Kathy WALLACE and her husband Keith. Also survived by many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and Friends. Friends may call at the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock 519-539-0004 Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held in the chapel Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Pastor Christina BOYD of Reynolds Creek United Church, Putnam. Interment Putnam United Cemetery. Contributions to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada or Parkwood Hospital would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com The family would like to send a special thank you to Wayne and Eileen DAWDRY, Mary Lynne and Bill WOODCOCK, as well as Pat and John BRYAN for their many rides and visits, Parkwood Hospital and also Pastor Christina BOYD for all her visits.

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BALLINGALL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-08 published
ACRES, Jane Mary
Died peacefully at her residence at London, Ontario, May 6, 2008, after a decade-long courageous and tenacious fight against breast cancer. Jane was the dearly beloved daughter of the late A. Dixon and the late Janet Allan Nelson ACRES, and deeply devoted sister to Bill. Hers is eternal peace with her Lord. Jane is survived by a huge number of family and Friends. She was a source of inspiration and delight to all who knew her, as hers was a character impossible not to love. She will be greatly missed by her cousins in the Bargiel, King, Hayter, Acres, Guthrie, Tulloch, Nelson, Crichton, Spiegelberg families, especially Mary BARGIEL, Scott, god-daughter Katelyn, and Benjamin SPIEGELBERG, and her loving cousin and godmother Sylvia BARGIEL, cousins Sandra and Duane TULLOCH. Also will be missed by her dearly loved Friends and caregivers Jane and Michael DUNN for whom words alone cannot express thanks her community at West Park led by Pastor Kevin RUTLEDGE; the "Divas" with whom she socialized until the very end; her devoted Friends and family at Huron and King's University Colleges at University of Western Ontario, especially the Rev. Fr. Michael BECHARD, Joan ALDIS, Marilynne DAVIES, John HENG, and Erin and Andrew JARDINE. Jane's life transcended denominations and groups: her first goal was love. A memorial service with Anglican Rites will be held at the Chapel, Windermere on the Mount, 1485 Richmond Street, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008, celebrated by the Rt. Rev. Robert BENNETT, Bishop of Norfolk, with Reverend Kevin RUTLEDGE, Rev. Fr. Michael BECHARD, Rev. Canons Doctor Douglas LEIGHTON and William G. CLIFF, following a private inurnment at Oakland Cemetery, Delaware, Ontario in the family plot. Memorial donations are requested in lieu of flowers to the Jane Acres Mature Student Award, King's University College, The Jane Acres Bursary, The Faculty of Theology, Huron University College, and the Canadian Cancer Society. These can be made through London Cremation Services, www.londoncremation.com Thanks beyond measure is owed to her medical team, led by Doctor Ted VANDENBERG, Doctors BALLINGALL and REID, and to Doctor Fred SEXTON, at the London Regional Cancer Centre, the wonderful Doctor Kate Delaney, to Doctor Nancy BIEHME, her nursing teams, and to the staff at London Regional Cancer Centre for whom Jane felt great affection and unwavering respect, her loving neighbours and dear Friends too numerous to mention.

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BALLINGALL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-14 published
MacIVER, Alexander John " Jack"
It is with great sadness that the family announce the passing of Alexander John (Jack) MacIVER in Winnipeg, on Sunday May 11th, 2008, at the age of 83 years. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary; his seven children; Alexander John (Sandy) of Vancouver, Ian of Toronto, Laura-Leigh BROOK (Jim) of Breckenridge, Colorado, Douglas (Evelyn) of Winnipeg, Tracy VANDERENDE (Herb) of Vancouver, Kim TURNLEY (Dave) of Winnipeg, Jackie DRAGOJEVIC (Mike) of Toronto. Also mourning his loss are his 16 grandchildren, Meghan, Drewe, John-James, Tyler, Ryan, Shelley, Douglas, Andrew, Alexandria, Ryan, Susan, Zachery, Danielle, Shauna, Jonmikal and Seth. The annual fishing trips to northern Manitoba including Knee Lake and Bolton Lake will long live in their memories. Jack was predeceased by his sister Margaret and his brother A.B.C. (Bruce). Also left to remember him are Jack's sisters, Francis BALLINGALL of Tawassen, British Columbia and Diane MacDONALD of Winnipeg. He is remembered with fondness by Terri, Bryan, Melissa, Nicole and Michael of Los Angeles; his sisters-in-law Anne LOREQUE of New Mexico, Edna STORSATER (Ralph) of Montreal and Phyllis MacIVER of Winnipeg, along with his many nieces and nephews. Jack was born in Winnipeg on November 9th 1924 where he resided all of his life. Educated at Linwood School in St James, he joined the R.C.N.V.R. in the spring of 1943. While on active duty following the 'D' day operations his ship, the HMCS Trentonian was sunk in February 1945. Upon his return from the war he married his long time sweetheart Mary BUTCHART on November 10, 1945. Over the years, Jack remained in contact with his few surviving shipmates. He recently visited his friend and shipmate Vince HADLEY (Ivey) at their home in White Rock, British Columbia. Jack was responsible for publishing the history of the HMCS Trentonian. Jack found his calling in the automotive industry. A self made businessman Jack became owner and dealer principal of Midway Chrysler Plymouth in August 1969. Jack was recognized as the Time Life Dealer of the year in 1985. He was best known for the slogan 'where you're the boss' and the Midway jingle that followed. Jack loved Winnipeg and Winnipeggers. He was generous in giving back to his community. Often he was the anonymous benefactor for those in need especially when children and summer camps were involved. Over the years Jack remained involved in many organizations; and continued his association as past president of the Winnipeg Lions Club, the St. Andrews Society of Winnipeg, and the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association. For many years Jack served on Chrysler Canada's dealer advisory council. He was also actively involved in many civic and charitable organizations; through the Shriners [and Jesters] Ducks Unlimited, the Fort Whyte Society and as one of the few 60 year pin holders with the Masonic Temple. He also enjoyed his long time membership with cohorts in the Passwa Club and with the Winnipeg 'mafia' brain stormers. Jack was a Board member of MPIC and the Associates of the Asper School of Business. He was a lifetime member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba. Jack was a very active member of Knox United Church. He spent many years as chairman of the board of the Duval Foundation. He volunteered his energy and efforts to many diverse projects throughout the City and particularly with and through HMS Chippewa. He was gratified to learn that his last volunteer effort would also be a success when the City announced that permission had been granted for a parade honouring cadets from all levels of the armed forces [air, sea and land] to be celebrated for the first time in June 2008. Jack enjoyed many activities having been a long time member of the Winnipeg Winter Club, the Carlton Club, the Manitoba Club and St. Charles Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed his recognition as a select member of the 'hole in one' club. His favourite place of all was sitting with Mary by the fireplace at their second home at Block 12 Falcon Lake where he surrounded himself with his many Friends and family. He loved the sound of the loons in the evening. The grandchildren especially remember the sauna to warm up in after the thrilling tube rides behind the boat driven by Uncle Dave. The family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and Unit Staff of the Health Sciences Centre on 4GD for all their support during Jack's brief stay. A celebration of the life of A.J. 'Jack' MacIVER will be held in Winnipeg on Thursday May 15th, at 11: 00 a.m. at Knox United Church 400 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Interment to follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens - 4000 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba. If Friends so desire donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 1080 Portage Avenue, R3G 3M3 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200 - 6 Donald Street, R3L 0K6. Neil Bardal Inc. 204-949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca

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BALLON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-19 published
BLACKSTIEN, Sheila
On Monday, March 17, 2008 at North York General Hospital. Sheila BLACKSTIEN, beloved wife of Marvin BLACKSTIEN. Loving mother of Rob, Gerald, Rick, and Debbie. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Henry and Frances BALLON of Winnipeg, Fred and Esther BALLON of Ottawa, and Lawrence BALLON. At Adath Israel Synagogue, 37 Southbourne Avenue (Bathurst and Wilson) for service on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Adath Israel Synagogue Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 65 Skymark Drive #902. Memorial donations may be made to the Marvin and Sheila Blackstien Scholarship Fund c/o Adath Israel, 416-635-5340.

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BALLS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-23 published
DAILEY, Marion Alice (PATCHELL)
Peacefully at Lee Manor in Owen Sound Thursday afternoon February 21, 2008. The former Marion PATCHELL of R.R.#1, Kemble in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Earl DAILEY. Loving mother of Tom and his wife Gloria of R.R.#1, Kemble, Doug of R.R.#1, Wiarton, Don and his wife Wanda of R.R.#1 Kemble and Dave and his wife Brenda of R.R.#1, Wiarton. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Joanne BEATTIE (Chris), Raymond DAILEY (Dee), Andrea KESSLER (Jeremy,) Jennifer WILSON (Paul,) Ryan DAILEY (Amanda Gowan) and Denise THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Brandon) and step-grandmother of Linda MONK, Kathy BALLS, Jamie PORTER and Mike PORTER and her thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grand_son. Dear sister-in-law of Orval DAILEY of St. Catherines. Predeceased by her daughter-in-law Sharon DAILEY, two brothers Bill and Verral PATCHELL and two sisters Edna CURRIE and Mabel HERRON. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home, Hepworth Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the Funeral Home Monday morning at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Deborah MURRAY officiating. Spring interment Boyd Cemetery, Shallow Lake. Memorial contributions to the Kemble United Church or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Marion by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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BALLS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-13 published
HAHN, Thelma
Our Mom and Gram, Thelma HAHN, passed on at the Markdale Hospital in the early hours of June 12, leaving us to remember how she loved books, birds, babies and music. Remembering her now and always are Carl and Sheila BALLS, Michael BALLS, Catherine and Stuart ROBERTSON and their children Liam and Gwyneth, Bob SMITH and Sharon HARRISON, Renata SMITH, Joel and Eva SMITH, and Yolanda BARTLEY. Aunt Gert and Uncle Len, Uncle Dave and Aunt Donna, we appreciate your support and your love for Mom, especially through these last weeks. Family will gather on June twenty-first to honour Thelma's memory. If you want to remember her in a special way, please donate a book to a library in her name.

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BALM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-14 published
BALM, Ernest Joseph
Peacefully at Centenary Hospital on Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Ernest, beloved husband of the late Catherine. Loving father of Michael, Chris and his wife Jennifer. Grandpa will be fondly remembered by Michael, Alex and David. Ernest will be sadly missed by many family members and Friends. Resting at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Service in our Chapel on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

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BALMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-15 published
McDONALD, Donald Roger
Peacefully in his sleep at home on March 14, 2008, Mr. Donald Roger McDONALD in his 73rd year. Survived by his three children Angela McDONALD (Glen BALMER), Diana McDONALD (Steve BAXTER) and Lawrence (Deborah) McDONALD. Dear grandpa of Kira, Jordan, Mike and Ashley. Also survived by Madlene McDONALD and brothers Robert and Jack McDONALD. Predeceased by his parents and sister Anita. Sincere thanks to the Byron Family Medical Centre and Dr. IZAWA of Victoria Hospital. Visitation will be held in the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 3 p.m. Interment in Bracebridge to take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program.

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BALMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-27 published
WILSON, John Robert
A resident of R.R.#5, Blenheim. John R. WILSON died Tuesday June 24, 2008 at Riverview Gardens, Chatham at the age of 81. Born in Chatham, Ontario son of the late Harry and Edith (JOHNSON) WILSON. Beloved husband of Dorothy Marie (BALMER) WILSON. Dear father of Jill and Terry DICKINSON, Chatham and Jeff and Jennifer WILSON, R.R.#1, Charing Cross. Predeceased by an infant son. Grandfather of Teri (Ryan) JENNER and Adam DICKINSON; Patty, Rosemary, John and Matthew WILSON. Brother of George and Sharlet WILSON, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Agnes and Edd MASTERS, Niagara Falls and the late Geraldine WILSON. (2002.) Also survived by several nieces and nephews. John had a lifelong love of farming in Harwich Township, a former member and director of the Kent County Cattleman's Association, the Ontario Cattleman Association The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame, Vice-Chairman of the Ontario Sugar Beet Marketing Board, Past Board Member of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Board, The Land Division Committee for Kent County and an Inductee into the Kent County Agricultural Hall of Fame. He was a former and active member of the Blenheim Rotary Club, received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and the 1994 Rotarian of the Year Award. John was also active in Christ Church having served as People's Warden, Rector's Warden and a member of the Church Board of Management. A Memorial Service will be celebrated at Christ Church, Anglican on Saturday June 28, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Paul MILLWARD officiating. Cremation with Private Family Interment in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, The Blenheim Rotary Club or Christ Church Anglican Memorial Fund appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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BALOGH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-26 published
JENKS, Gladys
Of Elgin Manor, Saint Thomas on Tuesday June 24, 2008 at her late residence in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Walter Henry JENKS (1981.) Loving mother of Shirley RICKETTS of Gravenhurst, Bruce and his wife Jackie JENKS of Griffith, Joan (BALOGH) and her husband Chris SCOTT of Saint Thomas and Susan and her husband Jim CALCUTT of Tillsonburg. Gladys was predeceased by a son Howard and by sisters Mae WILSON and Irene SHUERT and a brother John SYKES. Lovingly remembered by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Gladys was born June 13, 1916 in Toronto, the daughter of the late Hanson and Hannah WILSON) SYKES. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be Friday at 4: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Visitation Friday one hour prior to the service from 3: 00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

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BALOGH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-22 published
POHRIBNY, Mary
At Aurora Resthaven Nursing Home, on Sunday, April 20, 2008 in her 80th year. Dear sister of Anne STRAPKO, Helen (Jim BALOGH) and Elizabeth ROBERTSON. Mary will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill, on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association or Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Marshall Funeral Home, 905-884-1062.

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BALON o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-03-19 published
BALON, Steve
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Creedan Valley Nursing Home at the age of 81. Predeceased by wife Annie BALON. Loving father of Wayne (Heather) BALON. Cherished grandfather of Wayne, Brandon, Jacob and Nicole. Steve is survived by his brothers Mike (Lena) and Eugene BALON. Predeceased by brother Pete and baby brother William, and sisters Nettle, Kay, Ann and Jean. Steve will be missed by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation was held Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from 6-9 p.m. at Fawcett Funeral Homes - Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Singhampton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Steve. Friends are invited to visit the on-line Book of Memories at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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BALON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2008-03-21 published
BALON, Steve
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Creedan Valley Nursing Home at the age of 81. Predeceased by wife Annie BALON. Loving father of Wayne (Heather) BALON. Cherished grandfather of Wayne, Brandon, Jacob and Nicole. Steve is survived by his brothers Mike (Lena) and Eugene BALON. Predeceased by brother Pete and baby brother William and sisters Nettie, Kay, Ann and Jean. Steve will be missed by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held Tuesday March 18, 2008 from 6-9 p.m. at Fawcett Funeral Homes - Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street. A service will be held at 11: 00 a.m. on Wednesday March 19, 2008 at Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Singhampton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Steve. Friends are invited to visit the on-line Book of Memories at: www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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BALQUIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-23 published
MAGNUSON, Rose Emma (née BELIVEAU)
On Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Rose Emma MAGNUSON passed away peacefully in her 91st year. Beloved wife for almost sixty years of the late Edgar Theodore MAGNUSON. Dear mother of Karen WEILER, mother-in-law of Bobby and grandmother of Nancy and Catherine. Sister of the late Patricia CROTEAU and the late Madgella CHAMBERS. Survived by sister Beatrice GENDRON, 93, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Rose spent most of her life in Saskatchewan and enjoyed such outdoor activities as gardening, picking wild berries, fishing, boating and swimming. The long Saskatchewan winters turned her into an avid bridge player and she became a Life Master. Another favourite pastime was listening to music and she loved any music that had a beat. After moving to Toronto, she spent many happy hours attending local concerts and musical shows, always perfectly turned out with hat and gloves. A feisty, independent senior, she eventually succumbed to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. The family wishes to express a very special thanks for their loving care, companionship and support, to her personal support worker, Neverlyn JAMES, and the other devoted members of her 24/7 team, Marialyn AGUILLON and Juvy BALQUIN. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Senior Persons Resident In North Toronto homecare program, the Victorian Order of Nurses, or the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital. The individuals within these organizations enabled Rose to end her days in dignity in her own surroundings. Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted in Blessed Sacrament Church, 24 Cheritan Avenue (Yonge Street south of Lawrence Avenue), on Thursday at 11 a.m. In accordance with her wishes, Rose will be cremated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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BALSDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-16 published
BALSDON, George
Suddenly on April 15, 2008 at Victoria Hospital in his 78th year. Loving husband of Jacqueline BALSDON. Father to Cheryl (Mark) HILL, Cindy WYLIE (John KAUFMANN.) Grandfather to Amanda WYLIE (Ken RICHER,) Nicole HILL and Kasey KAUFMANN, great-grandfather to Ken RICHER. Brother to Cora McCANN, Earl (Peg) BALSDON, Edith (Morris) MITCHELL. Brother-in-law to Marjorie WALKER and Jean (Bill) WILLIAMSON. Predeceased by Les McCANN, Dick and Mary BALSDON and Harry WALKER. Visitation will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell) on Thursday, April 17, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. Service of remembrance will be held in the chapel at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2008. Donations may be made to the Fairmont United Church, in memory of George.

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BALSDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-17 published
BALSDON, George
Suddenly on April 15, 2008 at Victoria Hospital in his 78th year. Loving husband of Jacqueline BALSDON. Father to Cheryl (Mark) HILL, Cindy WYLIE (John KAUFMANN.) Grandfather to Amanda WYLIE (Ken RICHER,) Nicole HILL and Kasey KAUFMANN, great-grandfather to Ken RICHER. Brother to Cora McCANN, Earl (Peg) BALSDON, Edith (Morris) MITCHELL. Brother-in-law to Marjorie WALKER and Jean (Bill) WILLIAMSON. Predeceased by Les McCANN, Dick and Mary BALSDON and Harry WALKER. Visitation will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell) on Thursday, April 17, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. Service of remembrance will be held in the chapel at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2008. Donations may be made to the Fairmont United Church, in memory of George.

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BALSDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-30 published
BALSDON, George
The family of the late George BALSDON want to sincerely thank everyone for their support. Your cards, calls, funeral visitation and donations were all very much appreciated. Special thanks to Rev. STOREY for your visits and prayers. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will be remembered. Jackie, Cheryl, Cindy and Families

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BALTMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-15 published
TROISTER, Deborah
On Sunday, April 13, 2008 at her residence. Deborah TROISTER, beloved wife of Sidney. Loving mother of Stephen TROISTER, and Bryna TROISTER. Dear sister and sister-in-law of David and Gail BALTMAN, Deena BALTMAN and Michael ZITNEY. Devoted daughter of the late William and Barbara BALTMAN, and daughter-in-law of Alice and the late Issie TROISTER. Devoted aunt, friend, and colleague to many. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, (south of Eglinton) for service on Tuesday, April 15th at 12: 00 p.m. Interment Holy Blossom Temple section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 47 Wembley Rd. Memorial donations may be made to The Deborah Hyla Troister Fund c/o Women's College Hospital 416-323-6400 ext. 2319 or online at
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BALTZER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-17 published
RISSLING, Mildred Doreen (née LLOYD)
Passed away at University Hospital, London, Ontario on Thursday, May 15, 2008 in her 84th year. Predeceased in 2005 by her husband of 63 years, Ned RISSLING. Also predeceased by two brothers, James and Grant LLOYD. Dearest and most beloved mother of Elaine and Craig CASWELL (Sudbury,) Sharon and David RUBY (Strathroy,) Linda BALTZER (London), Jim and Linda (Strathroy), Shirley (Strathroy), Beverley and Doug JONES (Whitby,) Dale and Jacquie (Saint Thomas,) Terry (Saint Thomas) and Douglas (London). Loving and fun loving sister of Audrey LIMOGES (Robert, deceased,) Arden LLOYD and Carolyn and Leo ROUSSY (Sudbury.) Precious grandmother of Garnet and Joh-Anna, Neil and Elizabeth, Brent and Kami-Rae, Glenn and Lianne, Gregory and Karen, Sandra and David, Beth and Mark, Karen and Jeff, Jennifer and Richard, Sherri and Steven, Frankie, Ned Jr., Tara, Amy-Jo, Shannon and Dave, Tiffany and Kyle, Drew and Amanda, Daniel and Tasha, Melissa and Jamie-Lynn. Also survived by 28 great-grandchildren. Survived by two sisters-in-law, Eva McLEAN and Regina HOSKINS of Regina, Saskatchewan. and several nieces and nephews. This was Mom's legacy - each person meant so much to her, each one equally important. She delighted in her family's visits and kept a little stash of toys and books in her home "in case the great-grandchildren came by." Born in Toronto, the eldest child of Mildred WILSON and Edgar LLOYD (deceased.) She moved to Kagawong as a child, and later to Sudbury. Her kindness in caring for her family was always her first priority - she lived by her Heart. A spirited young woman, she learned to drive the family automobile at age 14 and shared some very humorous stories with her family. She often said she could live without many things, but not without her car. Her grandchildren often teased her with their pet names of Grandma Dynamite, Little Grandma and Diamond Lil because of her love and accumulation of fine jewelry. As a young married woman, Doreen traveled to the Air Force Bases with her husband and young child and made the best of each sometimes difficult situation. A wonderful cook, who could make "something from nothing", and learned how to cook her husbands' favorite German dishes, and took great glee in his compliments of outdoing his own precious mother's cooking. Mom was often asked for her recipes and would simply say they were "all written in her Head" as she divulged her secret style. Doreen was a partner with her husband in their Family Business before moving to London over 30 years ago, although she was sad to leave her Gatchell and Sudbury Friends. She was a great card player and also enjoyed her television game shows and could "outwit" all of us with her brilliant knowledge on many topics. For the past several years in failing health, Mom gratefully acknowledged the special help of her daughter Linda, in both her and Dad's illnesses. She continued to love the simple pleasures of life and very much enjoyed the neighbourly chit chats and especially appreciated the kind help of her good friend Bob (the neighbourhood Mayor). At The Place She Loved Best, a private celebration will take place at the Country Estate Home of her daughter Sharon and Son-in-law David RUBY. Mother loved their long winding and Lantern Lit acres of green fields, with Lilac trees and a myriad of flowers - she loved the fresh fragrances of the grass and the songbirds as they playfully whipped around. She loved to reminisce about this place that reminded her of her beloved childhood home on Manitoulin Island. A spiritual woman who showed great courage in the face of her illness, her life will be celebrated as she had wished, with her family gathered together in Friendship, loads of food, gospel music, story telling and children playing everywhere, running noisily amongst the trees. She would say "it doesn't get any better than this". The Matriarch and Hub of her family, missing her is an "understatement". Safe in the arms of Jesus, peacefully resting and "Free At Last". Thank you Mother - you were the best! On-line condolences and donations may be made through www.mcfarlane-roberts.ca. or if you wish, a donation to any Food Bank would honour our mother. McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home 519-652-2020, Lambeth in care of arrangements.

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