BLAIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-05 published
ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Trevor
A resident of R.R.#2 Florence, passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the age of 25. Born in London, Beloved son of Joe and Karen ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Loving grand_son of Marian and the late Donald ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and Wilbert and Eleanor BLAIN. Loving brother of Brandie and her fiance Jesse MINIELLY and Nicole ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Sadly missed by his Aunt's and Uncle's Noreen and Ronald WETMORE, Charles and Jane ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Peter and Sharon BLAIN, Diane BLAIN and Serge HARVEY, Tim and Mona BLAIN, Rob and Karen BLAIN. Sadly missed by cousins, Karen and Jodie and Dylan, Janet and Joel, Ian, Mary, Elizabeth, Tammy, Joe, Julia, Natalie, Taylor, Amanda and girls, Trish and family, Camille and Ayden. Also survived by many other relatives and Friends. The ELLIOT/ELLIOTT family will receive Friends at the Badder and Robinson Funeral Home, 211 Elm Street, Bothwell on Sunday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. with Pastor Sharon CAMPBELL- RAYMENT of the Shetland United Church officiating. Interment Shetland Cemetery. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the New Florence Community Centre. Online condolences and donations may be left at our website www.badderfuneralhome.com. The Florence Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 196 will hold a Memorial Service on Monday evening at 6: 45 p.m. "A tree will be planted in memory of Trevor ELLIOT/ELLIOTT in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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BLAIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-28 published
CARROLL, James " Jim" G.
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, on Monday, May 26, 2008, James "Jim" G. CARROLL passed away in his 62nd year. Beloved husband of Sharron. Loving dad of Graham and Yvonne, both at home. Dear brother of Ethel BLAIN. Predeceased by his parents Alex and Ethel CARROLL, brother Sandy CARROLL (buried in Scotland,) and brother-in-law Jim BLAIN. Sadly missed by ten nieces and nephews. Jim was born in Greenock, Scotland and came to Canada in 1968. He worked at General Motors London for over 31 years. Jim was a proud Mason and Shriner and was a member of many lodges, also a member of the London Rangers Soccer Club and the True Blues. Friends will be received at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell) on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. A service will be held under the auspices of the Kilwinning Lodge, No. 64 on Thursday at 7 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 11 a.m. Cremation with interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens at a later date. In memory, donations to the London Shrine Club or Parkwood Hospital Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated.

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BLAIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-27 published
BLAIN, Charles Wilfred
An inquisitive mind has been silenced. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Wilfred BLAIN. Dear husband for 63 years of Dawn (née BATEMAN;) beloved dad of Christine and Robert of Ottawa, David (Lori) of Surrey, British Columbia, and the late Richard of Petawawa; cherished grandpa of Kelli Lynn (Luc), Jessica, Michael, Shawna, Stephanie, and Laura; and great-grandpa to Meaghan and Emma. Wilfred was born in St. Catherines on February 12, 1922. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and became a pilot instructor in the Commonwealth Pilot Training Program. After the war he graduated from the University of Toronto in Aeronautical Engineering and re-entered the Royal Canadian Air Force. Posting included France, Germany, Royal Military College (Kingston), Trenton, Ottawa, and St. Hubert. He retired as a Lt. Colonel (Wing Commander). He then served for 16 years as Chief Administrative Officer for the Ottawa Public Library. After retirement he volunteered with Friends of the Public Library. Wilf enjoyed golf and especially curling. Friends are invited to visit at the St. Laurent Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 1200 Ogilvie Road at Aviation Parkway, Ottawa, Ontario on Friday February 29th, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Elizabeth Bruyère Palliative Care Unit or to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Many thanks to the staff of 5E of the Elizabeth Bruyére Health Centre for your compassionate care of Wilfred during his time with you. Condolences/Donations/Tributes at: mcgarryfamily.ca 613-748-1200

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BLAINE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-18 published
HOWEY, Ruth Isobel (née CASWELL)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Monday evening July 14, 2008. Ruth Isobel HOWEY (née CASWELL,) the beloved wife of the late Beverly Robert HOWEY. Loving mother of Ken HOWEY and his wife Kathy, Debbie and her husband Stuart BLAINE and Barry THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Loved grandmother of Matthew, Brett, Allyson, Chris and Nathaniel. Dear sister of Marg (Mrs. Bill BOYD), Jean (Mrs. Ken SHEILDS) and Eleanor (Mrs. Reg SLATER). Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Barry CASWELL, and by two sisters Mary (Mrs. Jim PEMBERTON) and Dorothy (Mrs. Len RADBOURNE.) A private family service was held at Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home. Interment was in McLean's Cemetery, Bognor. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Ontario Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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BLAINE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-25 published
INGER, Clarence " Clare" Martin
Of Sparta, passed away on Saturday, February 23rd, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 82nd year. Dearly loved husband of Reta (BARRIE) INGER and loved father of Cheryl and her husband Lorne BLACKMAN of Union, Valerie and her husband John BARENDREGT of R.R.#1 Union and the late Barry Martin INGER (December 21, 2005). Dear brother of Clifford and his wife Shirley INGER of London, Ted INGER of Saint Thomas, Tom and his wife Theresa INGER of Saint Thomas and the late Alma MILLS and the late Raymond and Johnny INGER and by 2 half sisters Marjorie HENKEL and Betty BLAINE. Dear brother-in-law of Donna INGER of Saint Thomas, Joanne INGER of Woodstock and Dorothy PURVIS of Saint Thomas. Loved grandfather of Wendy, Kevin and his wife Andrea, Bradley, Brianne and Brent. Sadly missed by a cousin Audrey KERSHAW of Freelton and by a number of nieces and nephews. Clare was born in Grandview, Manitoba on February 19, 1927, the son of the late Gust and Lyla ROME) INGER. He worked at Celvite, the Tru-Die and then retired as owner of Westool Precision Products. Clare was a member of Sparta United Church. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1: 00 p.m. Spring interment in Sparta Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the charity of choice.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-06-25 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Isabel Mary (née WINTERS)
Peacefully at home on Saturday June 21, 2008 in her 75th year, of Collingwood, formerly of Duncan. Beloved wife of the late Murray THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Loving mother of Shelley (Ron) GIBBONS of Ravenna, Ron of Red Deer, Alberta, Barb (Dave) BLAIR of Brampton and Debbie (Kacey) LEGGE. Lovingly remembered by brothers Ken (Manon) WINTERS and Jack (Margaret) WINTERS of Singhampton, and sister Evelyn PORTEOUS (late Ross) of North Bay. Predeceased by parents Percy and Velma WINTERS and sister Lillian (Francis) EDWARDS. Dear sister-in-law of Lois (late Goldie) PATTISON of Owen Sound, Bessie (Marshall) SAUNDERS of Meaford, Joan (late Gary) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Markdale, and Ken (Anne) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Guelph. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews, their families, and special friend to many. Based on Mom's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family received Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Tuesday, June 24th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service to follow on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital Oncology, Cancer Care Clinic in Barrie or to the Charity of your Choice would be gratefully appreciated.
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BLAIR o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-07-16 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Isabel Mary (née WINTERS)
Isabel, who passed away June 21, 2008, was born on April 2, 1934 to Percy and Velma WINTERS of the Gravel Road in Osprey Township. She attended Tryon College in her early years and graduated from Flesherton High School at age 16. On June 18, 1955 she married Murray THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, son of Ernie and Minnie THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Duncan, and in 1967 they moved to the THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON Family Farm with their four children, where they resided for many years.
Murray predeceased her in 1987. In 1999 she left the farm and eventually settled in Collingwood where she was proud to be a volunteer at the Collingwood Hospital for the past five years.
Her many interests included Friends, family, church socials, sports, music, mini-trips, card games, and especially her grandchildren Ryan GIBBONS and Kristen LEGGE.
In addition to her grandchildren, Isabel is survived by her children Shelley (Ron) GIBBONS of Ravenna, Ron of Red Deer Alberta, Barb (Dave) BLAIR of Brampton, and Debbie (Kacey) LEGGE of Feversham. She is also survived by her sister Evelyn (late Ross) PORTEOUS of North Bay, her brothers Ken (Marion) WINTERS and Jack (Margaret) WINTERS of Singhampton and was predeceased by her sister Lilllan (late Francis) EDWARDS. In addition she is survived by her in-laws Lois (late Goldie) PATTERSON of Owen Sound, Bessie (Marshall) SAUNDERS of Meaford, Joan (late Gary) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Markdale and Ken (Anne) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Guelph, along with her many nieces, nephews and their extended families.
She will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered, by her many Friends and family.
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BLAIR o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-23 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Isabel Mary (née WINTER)
Peacefully at home on Saturday June 21, 2008 in her 75th year, of Collingwood, formerly of Duncan. Beloved wife of the late Murray THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Loving mother of Shelley (Ron) GIBBONS of Ravenna, Ron of Red Deer, Alberta, Barb (Dave) BLAIR of Brampton and Debbie (Kacey) LEGGE. Lovingly remembered by brothers Ken (Marion) WINTERS and Jack (Margaret) WINTERS of Singhampton, and sister Evelyn PORTEOUS (late Ross) of North Bay. Predeceased by parents Percy and Velma WINTERS and sister Lillian (Francis) EDWARDS. Dear sister-in-law of Lois (late Goldie) PATTISON of Owen Sound, Bessie (Marshall) SAUNDERS of Meaford, Joan (late Gary) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Markdale, and Ken (Anne) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Guelph. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews, their families, and special friend to many. Based on Mom's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Tuesday, June 24th from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Service to follow on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital Oncology, Cancer Care Clinic in Barrie or to the Charity of your Choice would be gratefully appreciated.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-14 published
MENARY, John Burton
Peacefully at the Guelph General Hospital on Friday July 11, 2008. In his 52nd year, John Burton MENARY, loving husband and friend of Diane Elizabeth MENARY (née BLAIR.) Loving father of Patricia MENARY, Jennifer MENARY and her husband Blayne SINGER, and Robert MENARY and his wife Chevaun FRANCESCHINI. Loved grandfather of Ally and Maddy. Dear brother of Randy and his wife Sharon. Dear brother-in-law of Steven BLAIR and his wife Ann Marie, Lorie BLAIR, Jackie and her husband Terry GRAHAM, and Lisa and her husband Nathan DEE. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Remembered by his best Friends Doug FRASER, Rick FITCHETT and Keith DENSMORE. John was a member of the Venture's Car Club in Guelph. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, Owen Sound (519-376-2326) on Tuesday July 15 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Interment in Boyd Cemetery, Shallow Lake. Rev. Ted CREEN officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Owen Sound Children's Chorus, c/o Nancy STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, 2526 - 8th Ave. and ldquo;A” East, Owen Sound N4K 6W5 or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-13 published
WELLS, Marvin C. Sr.
Of R.R.#6 Wallaceburg, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the age of 59. son of the late Lawrence and Marguerite BLAIR) WELLS. Beloved husband of Barb (LAMMENS) WELLS. Dear father of Tammy LEVEILLE (Jim LEVEILLE) of Corunna, Marvin WELLS Jr. (Angela WELLS) of Chatham, Michelle DE BRUYNE (Jeff SOETEMENS) of Ingersoll and Greg ROBINSON (Koren ROBINSON) of Wallaceburg. Sadly missed by 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Kind brother of William "Bill" WELLS (Irene) of Oshawa, Madge JORDAN of Blenheim and Allan WELLS (Linda) of Wallaceburg. Special brother-in-law of Lucy of Oshawa. Also missed by Special caregiver Colleen MOYNAHAN. Predeceased by a brother-in-law Ken JORDAN and a sister-in-law Nancy. Visitation will be held at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street, Wallaceburg, on Thursday, March 13, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, March 14, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. from the funeral home. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be left at the funeral home.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-13 published
SMITH, Larry E.
At the Woodstock General Hospital on Wednesday June 11, 2008 of Woodstock in his 63rd year. Beloved husband of Donna J. (nee CARTER) SMITH for over 31 years. Dear father of Clifford BLAIR and his wife Susan of West Lorne, Dan CORNELL of Edmonton, Mike CORNELL of Kamloops, John CORNELL and his wife Cathy of R.R.#4, Woodstock and Paul CORNELL and his wife Denise of R.R.#1, Beachville. Loved grandfather of Thomas, Amanda, Matthew, Shawn, Danielle, Dylan, Cody and Katy. Dear brother of Gerald and Terry SMITH and brother-in-law of June SMITH and their families. Also survived by his many cousins, nieces, nephews and Friends. Predeceased by his brother Carl. Larry was a retired employee of CAMI Automotive, Local 88 and was a member of the L.D.M.A. (Lost Dutchmen's Mining Association). A memorial service to celebrate Larry's life will be held at the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, 519-539-0004 on Saturday June 14, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Cremation has taken place. Contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the London Regional Cancer Clinic would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-05 published
STEEVES, Simone
86 years, Suddenly at Hotel Dieu Hospital on July 2, 2008. Beloved wife of the Late Walter STEEVES (1994.) Loving companion of the Late Frank HERBERT (2007.) Loving Mother of Kirt STEEVES (Lois,) Launa GROULX (Ken) and Jody STEEVES, Dearest " Gagoo" of Heidi STEEVES, Eric STEEVES, Adam GROULX (Lyn), Carrie COUVILLON (Nathan), Justin GROULX (Jill), Amber COUVILLON (Billy) and Krystal COUVILLON (Chris.) Dear Great-Gagoo of Ava and Noah GROULX, Joshua THORNTON and Adrian MUSSON. Dear sister of Florence GAMBACORT, Yvonne COURTNAGE, Jane PENNER (Walter) and Linda PORTILLIA (Frank.) Dear sister-in-law to Estelle STEEVES. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Henry JOANNETTE and by her sister Mary ILLES. Special thank you to Pauline and Al BRKOVICH for all their love and support during the last twelve years. At Mrs. STEEVES request there will be no funeral home visitation. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be held at Emmanuel United Church (1728 Lincoln Road) on Saturday July, 5, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Linda BLAIR officiating. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel United Church. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home and Cremation Centre.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-15 published
WENT, John Patrick
Forest, Ontario. It is with great sadness that we tell you that our husband, son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather and friend was received into heaven on July 11, 2008 to be with his mother Eileen and his special brother Jamie after a courageous battle with cancer. John was survived by his wife Monique (BLAIR) WENT, and sons Jeff and Jody of Ontario. Also his father Emil and sister Marian (Paul) VIENNEAU of Nova Scotia and his sister Linda (Richard) THORNHILL of British Columbia, and several grandchildren John left behind numerous Friends that he cherished for their Friendship. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He had a great love for Ontario especially his property on Army Camp Road. His heart was split between his love for here and his home in Cape Breton. Special thanks to the doctors and staff of Strathroy Hospital for their compassion during this time. Cremation has taken place as per John's wishes. A visitation for family and Friends will take place on Wednesday, July 16 at 12 noon at St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 68 Union St. Forest with a mass to follow at 1: 00 p.m. There will be a luncheon to celebrate John's life after the mass at the Legion in Forest. This will be a chance for John's family to meet his many Friends that has touched his life over the years. Family flowers only. As an expression of sympathy for John, donations in his memory may be made to the Cancer Society. John, we love you and miss you already. Until we meet again, we will keep you always in our hearts. Say hi to Jamie for us. Love you forever. Gilpin Funeral Chapel, Forest in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.gilpinfuneralchapel.com

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-19 published
STEEVES, Simone
We would like, at this time, to extend our deepest gratitude to all our neighbours, Friends relatives, and co-workers of Community Care Therapy, for their expressions of sympathy and comfort in the recent passing of our Mother, Simone. To the staff of Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital, Doctor Favot, Doctor Tan, Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit staff, and Olivia HEFNER, Lay Chaplain, our sincere thanks for the care our Mother received and the compassion shown to our family. A special thank you to Peggy and Andy McFADDEN, who stepped in to help with our grandchildren. Fran GROULX, for helping with meals, the ladies of Emmanuel Worship Committee, for helping with the luncheon following our Mother's service, and our Minister, Linda BLAIR for her compassion, calmness, and organization in planning our mother's tribute service, Koolini's for catering a great meal on such short notice, and finally thank you to Carolyn at Salon V. We were so grateful to the many family and Friends that came from Toronto, Stoney Creek, Port Dover, Port Ryerse, Brantford, Paris and London for the service. Your presence there meant so very much to us. Thank you for the beautiful floral arrangements, fruit baskets, gifts of food, cards and donations to Emmanuel United Church. Thank you to the Community Care Access Centre, especially Case Manager, Fay LAWN for her support over the last year. It meant so much to Mom to continue living independently in her own home. Thank you to Dijana PANZALOVIC, Occupational Therapist, with Community Care Therapy, for her many suggestions and implementations, making Mom's life safe and manageable in her own home. Thank you to Com Care Personal Support Workers, Heather BUTT, and Debbie CÔTÉ and St. Elizabeth Nurse, Judy SIMS. A very special thank you to Pauline and Al BRKOVICH, Andrea and Chris OSBORNE, and Val and Stephane DESBIENS, who welcomed Mom, (Danda's Sweetheart), into their family with kindness, compassion and love during their 11 year "courtship". Pauline, in this long year since Danda passed, Mom looked forward to your continued visits, meals and phone calls. They were appreciated more than you can know by Mom and us. Finally thank you to the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home, especially Hector AUDETTE, for his guidance and going above and beyond his role as Funeral Director and taking care of even the smallest of details to ensure that Mother's service was perfect. Launa and Ken GROULX, Jody STEEVES and Kirt STEEVES.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-26 published
BLAIR, Elizabeth " Dale" (née COUGHLAN) (1925-2008)
Elizabeth (Dale) BLAIR, beloved wife of the late Robert (Bob) BLAIR, passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta on January 23rd, 2008. She was born Elizabeth Dale COUGHLAN in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1925. She married Robert W. BLAIR in 1945, and the couple moved from Vancouver to Lethbridge Alberta in 1955. Dale leaves many Friends and family members to remember her and who will always miss her. Dale was predeceased by her husband Bob and her treasured daughter Georgia Dale BLAIR (HIGGINS.) She leaves three children, Elizabeth BLAIR- MATISZ (Alan MATISZ), Bob BLAIR (Leanne CHAHLEY) and Richard BLAIR (Theresa ROBERSON) and their children Arlo, April and Chelsea MATISZ; Brendan, Rebecca, Joshua and Daniel BLAIR; and Amanda and Hakeem BLAIR- ROBERSON. She also leaves Georgia's children Bob, Carole, and Brian HIGGINS and Melanie STEPHENS. Dale was blessed with six great-grandchildren Colton, Austin, Julian, and Noah HIGGINS and Connor and Landon STEPHENS. Like her late husband Bob, Dale loved her years at the ranch. She loved birds and music, her home, her garden and her many wonderful Friends. She was a loving mother and grandmother. A gifted quilter, Dale created beautiful work. She was a kind, generous and gentle woman. We were all blessed to have her in our lives. A Funeral Service will be held at 1pm., on Monday, January 28, 2008 at Martin Bros. Riverview Chapel, 6104th St. S., with Pastor Bill Roycroft, officiating. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd, Lethbridge, Alberta, 1-800-382-2901 or www.mbfunerals.com.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-04 published
BLAIR, Robert " Bob" George (1944-2008)
On Saturday, February 2nd, 2008, Bob passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, after a courageous four-year battle with colorectal cancer, in his 63rd year. He was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on March 13th, 1944, to parents W.R.N. (Buck) and Audrey (née COOKE) BLAIR. Bob is survived by his wife Virginia (Ginny) (née ROBERTS) and his daughter Kathryn (Miriam and grand_son Kameron) of Ottawa, brothers Richard (Carolyn) of Winnipeg and John (Patricia) of Calgary, and nieces and nephews Karen, Robert, Jade (Louis) and Caitlin. He will be missed by close friend and business associate Wendy Grant. Bob was a graduate of Graphic Design from the Ontario College of Art. After a brief time in Ottawa at Campeau Corporation he and Ginny moved to Cornwall in 1970 where he became a Teaching Master and then Chair of Graphic Design at St. Lawrence College for 25 years. In 1994 he, Ginny and Wendy purchased Cornwall City Press. His passions included antique automobiles, painting, fishing and spending time at the home he and Ginny built in Martintown with his family, pets and Friends. In keeping with Bob's wishes a funeral will not be held, but rather Friends and family can meet for a celebration of his life at Cornwall City Press, 700 Campbell Street, Cornwall, on Saturday, February 9, 2008 between 1: 00 and 4:00 in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's memory to The Children's Treatment Centre, 305-A Second Street East, Cornwall, Ontario K6H 1Y8 or The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, 5 East Medical Oncology Unit, First Floor, 737 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 9Z9. As a memorial to Bob, a tree will be planted in Memory Woods. A tree grows -- memories live. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Munro and Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 46 Oak Street, Lancaster, Ontario, (613) 347-3629. Condolences may be made online at www.munromorris.com

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-05 published
BAILEY, Kristine Ann (née BLAIR)
Kristy, after a long battle with ovarian cancer, passed peacefully on March 3, 2008, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Barrie at the age of 49. Her want and zest for life will be missed by her partner in life Bob and her extended family, father Lyle, Christina, and her siblings, Jay, Melissa, Elliot, and Dan. Kristy was predeceased by Mary, her mother. Her Godchildren Larry, Kristy and John and all her extended family and many Friends will miss her presence. While Kristy's life ended prematurely, she experienced many of life's joy. Her early school days, she lived in London, England and returned to Canada as a teenager. She enjoyed sailing in the Caribbean, skiing in Europe, Canada and the U.S. In the last months of her life she was nurtured by her most favorite place, her cottage on Lake Rosseau. A celebration of Kristy's life will be held at The Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, on Saturday, March 15th, at 3: 00 p.m. Her joyous spirit for life will be forever remembered. Flowers will be received by The Old Mill Inn and donations can be made to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-24 published
ATKIN, John Hamilton " Jack"
Born August 12, 1928 in Leamington, Ontario; died peacefully on May 19, 2008 in his 80th year, exactly 10 days after accepting the news of the extent of his cancer with courage and dignity - the same realistic way he dealt with every other challenge he faced throughout his life, particularly during his last few years with limited mobility and multiple health issues (to quote him, this was just another 'curve ball'). He was surrounded during his last days by love, family, Friends, music, and of course, Flowers. Needless to say, he was telling jokes right up to his last hours of consciousness. He was much loved and will be missed by his children Greg and Carolyn ATKIN, Jay and Mary Maureen ATKIN, Virginia ATKIN and Keith AMBACHTSHEER, and Jacqui ATKIN and Laurie FRASER; his grandchildren Melissa ATKIN and Mike RYAN, Sean and Lori ATKIN and Peter AMBACHTSHEER. He was also very close to and will be missed by his sisters Jane JOHNSON, Bette SHARPE and Ruth STOREY. There are also numerous nieces and nephews who lovingly remember their Uncle Jack, cousins, a multitude of Friends, and a brother Bill. Predeceased by his parents Edward and Edith (JACKSON) ATKIN, his step-mother Agatha (WILSON) ATKIN his brother Don ATKIN, his brothers-in-law, far too many Friends, and his soulmate, Mary (ROBERTSON) BLAIR, with whom he is now reunited. Always a visionary, Jack was a pioneer in the growing, mass marketing and distribution of flowers throughout his career. He was one of the first flower producers to introduce the sale of potted plants and cut flowers to major food chains and department stores. In carrying on the family business that his father started (Atkin's Flowers, then Yoder-Atkin), he advanced the year-round propagation and sale of chrysanthemum cuttings to North American markets, and was a great believer in plant breeders' rights. His innovation for packaging and distribution led the way for the success that exists in today's flower industry. He also started the direct sales business at Ontario Flower Growers. Known as 'Action Jackson', he was also an avid volunteer in numerous organizations - he was one of the founders of the Cecil Delworth Foundation and the Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation, a strong supporter of Flowers Canada and The Canadian Horticulture Council, and served on the Board of the Royal Winter Fair when they introduced the flower show into the annual program. Jack has always been recognized by the flower industry of North America and has been given many awards for his contributions over the years. He was also involved in building the Leamington District Memorial Hospital in the 1950s. His interests included having the best garden in town, curling, Kinsmen, tennis, barbershop singing, playing cards, scotch, dancing (even in his wheelchair) and more recently being a Claremont Calendar guy! Jack was always proud of the lifelong Friendships he made along the way with so many people, including his colleagues, most of his clients, and his competitors. His life was about 'caring and sharing'. He will be remembered by his 'power of positive thinking' approach to life, his loyalty and Friendship, the flowers he always had for everyone, and his lifelong ambition to make people smile. Jack's family is very grateful to Lynn WEBSTER, Natalie COPPOLINO and the entire Staff of The Claremont Retirement Residence for making the last few years of his life so happy (and the Residents, too); to Doctor Mary GOSPODAROWICZ of The Princess Margaret Hospital, and Dianne WILLIAMS and all of the very special Palliative Care Nurses at Saint Michael's Hospital for their care and compassion in easing the pain for Dad, and helping his family through this last part of his journey Dr. Gary MAY and the Gastro-Intestinal Team at Saint Michael's Hospital as well as Doctor Carmen MUELLER and Doctor Catherine WONG. Arrangements handled by The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, North York. A Celebration of Life will be held at The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto on Tuesday, June 17 at 3: 00 p.m. While there will definitely be flowers, we ask that those interested in making a donation to remember Jack do so either to The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (1.866.224.6560 or www.pmhf.ca) or to The Jack Atkin Memorial Fund at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 (payable to the University of Guelph). We are setting up a 'Jack Atkin Memories' website - you can email jacqui.atkin@sympatico.ca to send us your stories and photos, and to be added to get on our website announcement mailing list. We will all miss Jack's warmth, love of life, and jokes! It Was A Great Ride!

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-21 published
BLAIR, Sarah Margaret " Peggy" (née MILTON)
Passed away with peace, dignity and family by her side on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 after a brief illness. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Duncan Gordon (2006). Loving mother of David (Lisa) and Stephen (Jennifer). Loving grandmother of Sarah (Jay), Fraser, Erin Jane, Alecsa and Lindsay and proud great-grandmother of Liam and Angus. Predeceased by her parents Charles MILTON and Mary Lockhart MILTON, her brothers Bob, Gordon and Doug. Survived by her sister, Ruth KAZAN of Pickering, Ontario. Fiercely independent and resourceful to the end, she set a wonderful example for us to follow. We remember her boundless energy, sharp mind and always wonderful smile. Memorial Service was held on June 20, 2008 at Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1A2, (613) 233-1143, with interment at the National Military Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and Maycourt Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations to "Christie Lake Kids" (Camp), 400 Coventry Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 2C7 (613) 742-6922, or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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BLAIS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-19 published
ALLEN, Marjorie Helen (née MEYER)
At Toronto East General Hospital on January 18, 2008. Marjorie Helen (née MEYER) the beloved wife of the late Ray. Mother of Jane and her husband Mark GARSCADDEN. Nana to Owen GARSCADDEN and to Beatrice SKIDD. Sister to William J. MEYER and his wife Susan. Aunt to Kirsten (Ian SILVER), Shawn (Jennifer DUFRESNE), Andrea (Marc BHALLA) and Tara (Aaron THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON.) Auntie Mardi to Rosemary and Patti (Craig KINCH,) and to “Suns” George, Christopher, Douglas (Glory LAST) and D'Arcy BLAIS (Siobhan NEWTON.) Marjorie was a bridge fanatic, gardener, red hat wearer and true friend to many. Always remembered for her motto “Who has more fun than people?” Her career was varied, working in the newsroom of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio in Toronto (beginning on D-Day), the Owen Sound Sun Times, the Owen Sound Herald, CFOS, the office of the Mayor of Owen Sound and the member of provincial parliament for Grey-Bruce. She was Owen Sound Volunteer of the Year in 1999, Regent of the Captain William F. Owen Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, President of the women's section of the Grey Granite Curling Club, Honourary Member of the Owen Sound Kiwanis Club and a server for Meals on Wheels until she realized that most of her clients were younger than she. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, 241-9th Street West, Owen Sound, on Tuesday, January 22 from 7-9 p.m. Private interment in Greenwood Cemetery. A reception for family and Friends will be held in Toronto at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sleeping Children Around the World (28 Pinehurst Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, M9A 3A5, tel. 1-866-321-1841) or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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BLAIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-16 published
BLAIS- DIAMOND, Margaret (née JOHNSON)
Joyfully entered the world on October 10, 1919 and quietly left on April 12, 2008. She spent 88 years living, loving and appreciating the world around her. Born to Hugh and Myrtle JOHNSON, sister to Vera, Jean and Nonie, she spent her early years as a "tomboy" playing tennis, climbing trees, skipping school and doing a variety of water activities. Her lifelong love of swimming and the serenity of water began with her dodging ships on the Detroit River in a sailboat or swimming. Margaret was in the Air Force during World War 2 and began her medical career there working with the Doctors and then in Medical Records. In 1949 while living in Toronto she met and married Aime BLAIS, together they raised six children and lived in a variety of farms in Southern Ontario and eventually settling in Strathroy. Times were tough on the farms but with lots of love, and determination they weathered the storms and Margaret even completed a Hospital Administration program at University of Saskatchewan. She was in Public Relations, and as Assistant Executive Director for over 30 years at the Strathroy Hospital loving it, and totally believed in positive leadership and the balance of work and family life. To say Margaret was proud of her six children was an understatement. Her unconditional love and unwavering support was there for all of us throughout our lives. She spent her retirement living on Lake Huron with her second husband Bert DIAMOND and swimming in many oceans and lakes. Bert died in 1987. For the last 15 years she lived with her son Paul in Toronto and together they roamed the world. Margaret loved life, she was kind, funny, curious and keen to meet new people and enjoy new experiences. She always said "Yes, I'll go" We will miss her dearly and will hold her strong values of family and respect forever. We are her proud children. David (Joanie and Thomas), Don (Ruth, Lisa, Chris, Angela and Hannah), Paul (Chris), Michele (Cliff, Ian and Paul) Doug (Michael), Nicole (Holly,) and her special daughter Tena GRAY/GREY. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 21st from 2-3 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held at 3 p.m. in Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy. Tea to follow. Celebrate her life by doing something you love or donating to a charity. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Margaret.

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BLAIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-05 published
BLAIS, Joseph
In loving memory of an amazing father and grandfather who passed away May 5th, 1982, Joseph BLAIS. Days of sadness still come o'er us, Tears in silence often flow, For memory keeps you ever near us, Though you died 26 years ago. All my love forever and a day, your daughter Tracy, Scott, Jamie and Kristin.

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BLAIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-17 published
LOXTON, Douglas " Ross"
Surrounded by his loved ones, on Sunday June 15, 2008, Douglas "Ross" LOXTON, of London, Ontario, at the age of 63. Survived by the love of his life and best friend Dale BLAIS. Much loved by all his kids and their spouses, David (Kristi) LOXTON- KORDUS of Stratford, Steven and Nichole LOXTON- TURNER of British Columbia, Rick (Lynn) BLAIS- JORIS of Bowmanville, Lisa (Lee) GORDON, Heather LEYS and Deric MENARD, Andrew and Sabasgn of London. Cherished Grandpa of Cody, Cory, Kayla, Nathan and Logan. Dear brother to Robert (Trudy) LOXTON, Cheryl (Ed) BEAUVAIS, John (Carol) LOXTON all of Sarnia, Beverly (Wilfred) BEAUVAIS of Brigden, Richard LOXTON of British Columbia and brother-in-law to Wayne (Sharon) ZELENKO of London. Predeceased by his parents Madeline and Earl LOXTON. Will also be loved and remembered by many nieces, nephews and Friends. Visitation will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas St. E. (at Wavell) on Thursday, June 19, 2008 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Funeral service to follow in the chapel at 1 p.m. Burial Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice, in memory of Ross.

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BLAIS o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-01-09 published
PARKER, Elwood Joseph
Passed away peacefully on Friday December 28, 2007 with his family by his side at Sara Vista Nursing Home, Elmvale in his 80th year. Elwood of Stayner, beloved husband of Shirley for over 52 years. Loving father of Robert and his wife Susan of Lacombe, Alberta, Greg and his wife Nadine of Stayner and Andrew and his wife Michelle of Bancroft. Grandfather of Amy, Christopher, Morgan and Jackson. Survived by his sisters Wilma (Alex BLAIS) and Doreen PATTERSON. Predeceased by his brother James and sisters Leone MARSHALL and Ina PATTERSON. Elwood spent 23 years operating Parker's General Store in Glen Huron and 27 years as a favourite school bus driver. He is a life member and Past Master of the Orange Lodge, 651. Friends were received at the Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, 7313 Highway 26 (Main St.) Stayner from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday December 30, 2007. Funeral Service was held at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer, Duntroon on Monday December 31, 2007 at 11 o'clock. Interment Church of the Redeemer Cemetery, Duntroon. If desired, donations in Elwood's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. For more information or to sign the online guest book, log on to: www.carruthersdavidson.com.
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BLAIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-21 published
ALLEN, Marjorie Helen (née MEYER)
At Toronto East General Hospital on January 18, 2008, Marjorie Helen (née MEYER,) the beloved wife of the late Ray. Mother of Jane and her husband Mark GARSCADDEN. Nana to Owen GARSCADDEN and to Beatrice SKIDD. Sister to William J. MEYER and his wife Susan. Aunt to Kirsten (Ian SILVER), Shawn (Jennifer DUFRESNE), Andrea (Marc BHALLA) and Tara (Aaron THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON.) Auntie Mardi to Rosemary and Patti (Craig KINCH,) and to "Suns" George, Christopher, Douglas (Glory LAST) and D'Arcy BLAIS (Siobhan NEWTON.) Marjorie was a bridge fanatic, gardener, red hat wearer and true friend to many. Always remembered for her motto "Who has more fun than people?" Her career was varied, working in the newsroom of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio in Toronto (beginning on D-Day), the Owen Sound Sun Times, the Owen Sound Herald, CFOS, the office of the Mayor of Owen Sound and the member of provincial parliament for Grey-Bruce. She was Owen Sound Volunteer of the Year in 1999, Regent of the Captain William F. Owen Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, President of the women's section of the Grey Granite Curling Club, Honourary Member of the Owen Sound Kiwanis Club and a server for Meals on Wheels until she realized that most of her clients were younger than she. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, 241-9th Street West, Owen Sound, on Tuesday, January 22 from 7-9 p.m. Private interment in Greenwood Cemetery. A reception for family and Friends will be held in Toronto at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sleeping Children Around the World (28 Pinehurst Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, M9A 3A5, tel. 1-866-321-1841) or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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BLAISDELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-09 published
HILL- SMITH, Colleen Patricia (née HILL)
Precious daughter of Mr. Frederick W. HILL and the late Margaret Shirley HILL passed away on June 2nd, 2008 in San Diego, California peacefully and in the spirit of generosity that shaped her life. Just shy of sixty years, Colleen will also be deeply missed by her brothers and their wives, Paul and Carol HILL of Regina, Saskatchewan; Daniel and Anne HILL of Berkshire, England; Terrence HILL of Vancouver; also mourned by her most beloved sister and her husband, Marylyn and Jack HORSMAN of Kelowna, British Columbia. Colleen will also be forever remembered by 13 adoring nieces and nephews; Rosanne HILL- BLAISDELL, Shannon HILL, Matthew HILL, January YANKO- HILL, Kathryn HILL, as well as Misters James HILL, Connor HILL, Patrick HILL, and Joseph HILL. Together with Danielle BEARS, Jonathon HORSMAN, Andrea LEFEBVRE and Stephen HORSMAN. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Colleen attended both Holy Rosary Elementary School and Marion High School, and will be remembered as a Provincial champion athlete in badminton. Graduating from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Montreal, Colleen began her studies at Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Boston, Massachusetts in the late 60's. This is where she met her life long best friend Leslie TALBOT, who walked beside Colleen in the last months of her brave journey. An intrepid traveller, Colleen lived and studied in India, New Zealand and Hawaii. In 1977 she married Mr. Leo SMITH of San Francisco. They ran a successful storage company together in Lahaina, Maui for several years until Leo's passing. Colleen then continued her studies in China in 1983, and the Dominican University of San Rafael in Marin County, California in 1984. She was a natural teacher, a gifted holistic health practitioner and a passionate lover of people. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Colleen will miss her genuine interest in their lives, her sage repartee, and advise (given freely), and her sparkling sense of humour. The family extends special thanks to Colleen's many devoted Friends… and our heartfelt thanks goes to The Hospice of San Diego and especially to Doctor Roger Strong and all the angel caregivers. Prayers for Colleen are at 4: 00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8 at Mother of Confidence Church at 3131 Governor Drive, San Diego, California. The funeral service will be held at 10: 00 a.m. on Monday, June 9th at St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. Friends wishing to celebrate Colleen's memory may make a donation to the Colleen Hill-Smith Scholarship for the support of a female student at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, Box 100, Wilcox, Saskatchewan, S0G 5E0 c/o Mr. David Kenney or to the charity of your choice.

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BLAISDELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-16 published
HILL, Frederick Walter Hembling
Born September 2, 1920, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at his home in Regina, Saskatchewan. Third son of the late Walter A. HILL and Grace E. HILL, Mr. HILL was predeceased by his brothers, James, Edward and Robert; by his beloved wife Margaret 'Shirley' (MULVIHILL) HILL; and most recently his daughter, Colleen Hill SMITH. Mr. HILL leaves to cherish his memory his children, Paul (Carol) HILL, Regina, Saskatchewan; Terrence HILL, Vancouver, British Columbia; Daniel (Anne) HILL, England; and Marylyn (Jack) HORSMAN, Windfield, British Columbia. He will also be remembered as their beloved Patriarch to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with their families - Rosanne Hill BLAISDELL, Shannon HILL, Matthew HILL, Jan YANKO, Kathryn HILL; James HILL, Conor HILL, Patrick HILL, Joseph HILL; Danielle BEARS, Jonathon HORSMAN, Andrea LEFEBVRE, Stephen HORSMAN; and Mia HILL. He left us all a gift of Faith… 'that those who have lived in love, never see each other for the last time'. Born in Regina, Fred attended Lakeview Public School, Campion High School, and the University of Saskatchewan (B.A.). While attending the Harvard Business School in 1942, Fred joined the U.S. Army Air Force piloting B-17 Flying Fortress Bombers, serving in the 15th Air Force in Italy and the 8th Air Force in England. For unflinching service he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters. Upon graduating with distinction from Harvard with an MBA in 1947, Fred returned to his home province of Saskatchewan to join his father in The Hill Companies real estate and insurance business. He developed the first private residential sub-division in Saskatchewan (Hillsdale) since the 1920's. He also participated in the first light sweet crude discovery oil well in Creelman, Saskatchewan. Fred's entrepreneurial skill and business judgment were revered by all those who knew him. Subsequently he became a director of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Chairman and Director of Harvard Developments Inc. (A Hill Company), Harvard Energy (Calgary, Alberta), Western Surety Company, Harvard Investments Inc. (Phoenix, Arizona), Harvard Broadcasting, and for years he considered it an honour to serve as a member of the Papal Foundation in Rome. A man of big stature, gifted with a laser intellect and a legendary humour, Fred enjoyed reminiscing and a rousing debate. He read voraciously, loved people to the extreme and was a fully involved citizen of our world. But in his quieter hours he practiced a private and direct empathy for the vulnerable amongst us. We heard him often say… 'it is far better to err on the side of generosity'. He was a Christian profoundly dedicated to his Faith. Following the death of Msgr. Athol Murray (1976), and at the request of the Board of Regents, Fred picked up the torch from his life-long mentor 'Père', to carry on the work at Notre Dame College in Saskatchewan. From that point on, Fred maintained a life-long commitment to help young students achieve their total potential in mind, body and spirit at Notre Dame. In addition, he personally dedicated his time and resources to helping countless individuals from around the world to attain their educational and spiritual goals. Many of these people were entirely unknown to his family. He was passionately dedicated to supporting Catholic and numerous other charities. In the mid 80's he assisted Mother Teresa's work in Canada. Fred proudly became a member of the Order of Canada in 1986 and was also a recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the Cross of Merit Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Most recently he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI. And now in the words of Grant Harvey eulogizing FDR… 'there will forever more be an empty place against the sky'. The body will lie in repose at Holy Rosary Cathedral, 3125 13th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 from 7: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for private prayers. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 17th at 11: 00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral, 3125 13th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan followed by a U.S. Air Force Honour Guard ceremony at the Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, 815 Assiniboine Ave. E. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Speers Funeral Chapel, Regina, Saskatchewan. The Hill family has requested that all Friends and colleagues wishing to celebrate Fred's memory make a donation to the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, Box 100, Wilcox, Saskatchewan, S0G 5E0, c/o Mr. David Kenney.

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BLAISDELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-19 published
HILL, Frederick Walter Hembling
Born September 2, 1920, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at his home in Regina, Saskatchewan. Third son of the late Walter A. HILL and Grace E. HILL, Mr. HILL was predeceased by his brothers, James, Edward and Robert; by his beloved wife Margaret 'Shirley' (MULVIHILL) HILL; and most recently his daughter, Colleen Hill SMITH. Mr. HILL leaves to cherish his memory his children, Paul (Carol) HILL, Regina, Saskatchewan; Terrence HILL, Vancouver, British Columbia; Daniel (Anne) HILL, England; and Marylyn (Jack) HORSMAN, Windfield, British Columbia. He will also be remembered as their beloved Patriarch to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with their families - Rosanne Hill BLAISDELL, Shannon HILL, Matthew HILL, Jan YANKO, Kathryn HILL; James HILL, Conor HILL, Patrick HILL, Joseph HILL; Danielle BEARS, Jonathon HORSMAN, Andrea LEFEBVRE, Stephen HORSMAN; and Mia HILL. He left us all a gift of Faith… 'that those who have lived in love, never see each other for the last time'. Born in Regina, Fred attended Lakeview Public School, Campion High School, and the University of Saskatchewan (B.A.). While attending the Harvard Business School in 1942, Fred joined the U.S. Army Air Force piloting B-17 Flying Fortress Bombers, serving in the 15th Air Force in Italy and the 8th Air Force in England. For unflinching service he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters. Upon graduating with distinction from Harvard with an MBA in 1947, Fred returned to his home province of Saskatchewan to join his father in The Hill Companies real estate and insurance business. He developed the first private residential sub-division in Saskatchewan (Hillsdale) since the 1920's. He also participated in the first light sweet crude discovery oil well in Creelman, Saskatchewan. Fred's entrepreneurial skill and business judgment were revered by all those who knew him. Subsequently he became a director of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Chairman and Director of Harvard Developments Inc. (A Hill Company), Harvard Energy (Calgary, Alberta), Western Surety Company, Harvard Investments Inc. (Phoenix, Arizona), Harvard Broadcasting, and for years he considered it an honour to serve as a member of the Papal Foundation in Rome. A man of big stature, gifted with a laser intellect and a legendary humour, Fred enjoyed reminiscing and a rousing debate. He read voraciously, loved people to the extreme and was a fully involved citizen of our world. But in his quieter hours he practiced a private and direct empathy for the vulnerable amongst us. We heard him often say… 'it is far better to err on the side of generosity'. He was a Christian profoundly dedicated to his Faith. Following the death of Msgr. Athol Murray (1976), and at the request of the Board of Regents, Fred picked up the torch from his life-long mentor 'Père', to carry on the work at Notre Dame College in Saskatchewan. From that point on, Fred maintained a life-long commitment to help young students achieve their total potential in mind, body and spirit at Notre Dame. In addition, he personally dedicated his time and resources to helping countless individuals from around the world to attain their educational and spiritual goals. Many of these people were entirely unknown to his family. He was passionately dedicated to supporting Catholic and numerous other charities. In the mid 80's he assisted Mother Teresa's work in Canada. Fred proudly became a member of the Order of Canada in 1986 and was also a recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the Cross of Merit Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Most recently he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI. And now in the words of Grant Harvey eulogizing FDR… 'there will forever more be an empty place against the sky'. The body laid in repose at Holy Rosary Cathedral, 3125 13th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 from 7: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for private prayers. Funeral service was held on Thursday, July 17th at 11: 00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral, 3125 13th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan followed by a U.S. Air Force Honour Guard ceremony at the Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, 815 Assiniboine Ave. E. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Speers Funeral Chapel, Regina, Saskatchewan. The HILL family has requested that all Friends and colleagues wishing to celebrate Fred's memory make a donation to the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, Box 100, Wilcox, Saskatchewan, S0G 5E0, c/o Mr. David Kenney.

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