BOYCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-20 published
FLETCHER, Frances Claire (née BOYCE)
Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Friday February 15, 2008, Frances Claire (BOYCE) FLETCHER, of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, formerly of Burlington and Edmonton, in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Homer Lightbody FLETCHER (1983.) Dear sister and sister-in-law of Elsinore DIGGORY of Kitchener and her late husband Doctor Thomas DIGGORY and Florence OGDEN of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Robert "Bob" and Beth FLETCHER of Edmonton, Col. John FLETCHER and his wife Rita GUTHRIE of Calgary, Frances-Jane FLETCHER and her husband Don DENOON of London. Loving grandmother of Cameron FLETCHER and partner Lisa SCHINDEL, Janet and Peter GUTHRIE, Katherine FLETCHER, Keith FLETCHER and Jessica FLETCHER, Alexsis and Jodie WELCH, Scott and Melissa DENOON, Shannon and Jan KULHAY and great-grandmother of Annika GUTHRIE, Sharen Ann FLETCHER, Sarrah WELCH, Anna WELCH, Sierra KULHAY, Jessica KULHAY, Jordin DENOON, Adam DENOON and Ashley DENOON. Remembered by her cousins Barbara DALRYMPLE, Jim HUSSER, David HUSSER, Lord Michael BOYCE, Sir Graham BOYCE, Doctor Phillip BOYCE, Olwen (BOYCE) HARRISON and their families. Frances was born in London, Ontario to Herbert and Elsie Louise (FRANCIS) BOYCE, she excelled in sports and academics, graduating with honours in French and German from The University of Western Ontario in 1940. After marrying Homer on her 21st birthday she worked as a war time censor in Ottawa, lived in Chatham, Ontario until moving west to Edmonton in 1951 where she began her career as a high school teacher. Later her family returned to Ontario in 1961 where Frances became the head of Languages department at Aldershot High School in Burlington. In 1985, Frances retired to Grand Bend, Ontario to devote herself to her Friends, family and community. Frances will be remembered for her positive outlook, worldly travels, golf, bridge and love of life but mostly for her inspiration and concern for others. She will be dearly missed. Cremation. The family would like to thank Doctor O'CONNOR, the staff of Exeter Hospital and Lambton Outreach for their care and attention to Frances. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. The Rev. Susan MOORE officiating. If desired, memorial donations to the South Huron Hospital Foundation, Exeter, or the Grand Bend and Area Community Health Centre would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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BOYCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-12 published
HALE, Eileen Elizabeth (MALONE)
Peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Palmerston and District Hospital on Monday, March 10, 2008. Eileen Elizabeth (MALONE) HALE of Harriston in her 85th year. Beloved wife of Edward HALE and mother of Carolyn HEFFERNAN of Guelph, Patricia HEFFERNAN and her husband Reid and Elizabeth BOYCE and her husband Tim, all of London and Larry HALE and his wife Fran of Harriston. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Greg and Meaghan HEFFERNAN, Andrea HEFFERNAN, Christian HEFFERNAN, Jeremy HEFFERNAN, Sara BOYCE, Matt and Ben BOYCE, Jennifer HALE, Laura HALE and Julie HALE and great-grandmother of Isabelle, Blake and Rachel. Eileen will be sadly missed by her brother Ken MALONE of Ottawa, her sisters Gladys O'DWYER of Mount Forest and Marcia MORRIS and her husband Pat of Guelph and by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Anna HALE, Rita TANGNEY and Mary HALE, all of Mount Forest, Mary and Rene LORD of Cambridge, Tom and Cecile HALE of Baden and Jean HALE of Gueph. She was predeceased by her sister-in-law and brothers-in-law Helen and Charlie DADSWELL, Peter O'DWYER, Leonard HALE, Joe TANGNEY, Gerald HALE, Louie HALE and James HALE. Friends may call at the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston, on Wednesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with vigil prayers for Eileen at 8: 45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Harriston on Thursday, March 13 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Forest. Memorial donations to Saint Thomas Catholic Church or Palmerston and District Hospital would be appreciated.

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BOYCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-05 published
BECKHAM, Jean Elizabeth
Suddenly at home on Tuesday April 1, 2008 Jean Elizabeth BECKHAM of Norwich in her 66th year. Loving wife of John (Jack). Loving mother of Susanne BECKHAM and husband Mike ACKLEY of Sydney, Australia, Julie and husband Ken ROELANDT of Goderich. She will be missed by her granddaughters Angela, Alexandria and Victoria ROELANDT, Lillie and Eliza ACKLEY. Sister of Marie BOYCE and friend John of Creemore, Bruce BOYCE and wife Shirley of Arnstein, John BOYCE and wife Marjorie of Arnstein, Lloyd BOYCE and wife Diane of Norwich, Fred BOYCE of Ottawa, Olive and husband Howard CORNWELL of Norwich. Survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by sister-in-law Darleen BOYCE. Jean was an active member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary Br. #190 Norwich. Friends will be received at The Arn-Lockie Funeral Home, 45 Main St. W. Norwich (519) 863-3020 on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service to celebrate Jean's life will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday April 8, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Ladies Auxiliary service Monday evening at 6: 30 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Norwich Legion Br. #190. Online condolences www.arn-lockiefuneralhome.com

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BOYCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-25 published
BOYCE, Grace
Peacefully during her afternoon rest at Chelsey Park Retirement Community on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Grace BOYCE of London in her 99th year. Beloved daughter of the late John and Myrtle BOYCE. Loving sister-in-law of Eula BOYCE of London. Cherished aunt of Karen BOLAND- SHARP of Hamilton and Heather (Shelly) BOYCE of London. Dearly loved by her great nieces and nephews Derek, Aaron, Keri-Lynn, Joseph, Patrick and Stacey and her 6 great-great nieces and nephews. Also remembered by her several cousins. Predeceased by her two brothers Merlyn and Blake. Heartfelt thanks to the second floor staff of Chelsey Park, who became Aunt Grace's family for the latter part of her life. Your care and kindness will always be remembered. Friends will be received by the family from 6: 00-7:00 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2008 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, where the celebration of Grace's life will be conducted in the chapel at 7: 00 p.m. with Reverend Doctor Douglas H. ROSS officiating. Cremation with interment in Tillsonburg Cemetery, Tillsonburg Ontario. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program, 747 Baseline Road East, London, Ontario N6C 2R6. Online condolences accepted at www.amgfh.com

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BOYCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-17 published
BOYCE, Calvin
Of Flin Flon, Manitoba, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2008 at the age of 63 years at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre. Calvin was predeceased by his wife Sirpa and mother Ellanor. He is survived by his father Ivan BOYCE, sister Meryl GUYMER, daughters Genienne HAYES and Allison MARRA, and grand_son Tyler MARRA. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Branch #73 in Flin Flon, Manitoba. If Friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Flin Flon/Creighton Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, P.O. Box 863, Flin Flon, Manitoba R8A 1N6. On-line condolences may be made at www.dadsonfuneralhome.com.

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BOYCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-20 published
FLETCHER, Frances Claire (née BOYCE)
Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Friday, February 15, 2008, Frances Claire (BOYCE) FLETCHER, of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, formerly of Burlington and Edmonton, in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Homer Lightbody FLETCHER (1983.) Dear sister and sister-in-law of Elsinore DIGGORY of Kitchener and her late husband Doctor Thomas DIGGORY and Florence OGDEN of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Robert 'Bob' and Beth FLETCHER of Edmonton, Col. John FLETCHER and his wife Rita GUTHRIE of Calgary, Frances-Jane FLETCHER and her husband Don DENOON of London. Loving grandmother of Cameron FLETCHER and partner Lisa SCHINDEL, Janet and Peter GUTHRIE, Katherine FLETCHER, Keith FLETCHER and Jessica FLETCHER, Alexsis and Jodie WELCH, Scott and Melissa DENOON, Shannon and Jan KULHAY and great-grandmother of Annika GUTHRIE, Sharen Ann FLETCHER, Sarrah WELCH, Anna WELCH, Sierra KULHAY, Jessica KULHAY, Jordin DENOON, Adam DENOON and Ashley DENOON. Remembered by her cousins Barbara DALRYMPLE, Jim HUSSER, David HUSSER, Lord Michael BOYCE, Sir Graham BOYCE, Doctor Phillip BOYCE, Olwen (BOYCE) HARRISON and their families. Frances was born in London, Ontario, to Herbert and Elsie Louise (FRANCIS) BOYCE, she excelled in sports and academics, graduating with honours in French and German from The University of Western Ontario in 1940. After marrying Homer on her 21st birthday she worked as a wartime censor in Ottawa, lived in Chatham, Ontario, until moving west to Edmonton in 1951 where she began her career as a high school teacher. Later her family returned to Ontario in 1961 where Frances became the head of the languages department at Aldershot High School in Burlington. In 1985, Frances retired to Grand Bend, Ontario, to devote herself to her Friends, family and community. Frances will be remembered for her positive outlook, worldly travels, golf, bridge and love of life but mostly for her inspiration and concern for others. She will be dearly missed. Cremation. The family would like to thank Doctor O'CONNOR, the staff of Exeter Hospital and Lambton Outreach for their care and attention to Frances. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. The Rev. Susan MOORE officiating. If desired, memorial donations to the South Huron Hospital Foundation, Exeter, or the Grand Bend and Area Community Health Centre would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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BOYCHUK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-04-26 published
VIRTUE, Cecil John
At the South Bruce Grey Health Centre in Chesley on Friday April 25, 2008. Cecil VIRTUE, formerly of Tara in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late former Gertrude McARTHUR. Dear companion of Dorothy LOUCKS of Elgin Abbey, Chesley. Father of Iona and her husband Bob McCLURE of Pike Lake and Gerry and his wife Jackie of Alberta. Also survived by grandchildren Brad and Rod McCLURE, Cheryl BOYCHUK (McCLURE) and Wayne, Tim, Terry and Gerri VIRTUE and 11 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Iola BEIRNES and her husband Earl of Sauble Beach and brother-in-law of Alma VIRTUE of Port Elgin. Predeceased by brothers Arley, Jim, Russell and Harry. Friends may call at the Paul H. Eagleson Funeral Home in Tara on Tuesday April 29, 2008 from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral sevices will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 11 a.m. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences may be expressed online at www.paulheaglesonfuneralhome.ca

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BOYD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-14 published
SMITH, Dorothy Eileen (CROWE- BRANDON)
Passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Dorothy SMITH of Elmvale, In her 80th year. Wife of the late William E. (Murray) SMITH. Beloved daughter of the late Sara and Russell BRANDON. Dear mother of Douglas CROWE (Eldeen,) Brian (Sam) CROWE (Linda), Judy BEACOCK (Vernon) and Gerald CROWE (Marina). Sadly missed by her grandchildren Jennifer, Matthew (Jessica), Scott, Stacey (Crowe) Jason, Nicole and Miranda Craddock, Adam and Alisha CROWE and her great-grand_son Montgomery CROWE. Sister of Joan (Don) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Shirley BOYD and the late Betty McFADDEN and Morley BRANDON. Friends may call at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, Elmvale from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. Memorial Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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BOYD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-03 published
BOTHWELL, Edna Mary (née BOYD)
It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our Mom, Edna Mary BOTHWELL, in her 94th year, at the Grey Bruce Health Services-Owen Sound, on June 1st, 2008. Born May 18th, 1915, she was the only daughter of the late Bob and Sadie (COOK) BOYD. Mom will have endless stories to tell our Dad, Allan (May 23, 1959). Most importantly that two teenagers and a toddler, Mayme, Marie and Alvena increased the family to include sons-in-law, Bill HILLIS, Doug ORMSBY and Tom MARTIN; also five grandchildren and six great-granchildren. Several nieces and nephews survive, as well as special friend, Marg RADBOURNE, sister-in-law Viola (Mrs. Gordon BOTHWELL,) and Friends at the Parkway Apartments, where she thoroughly enjoyed “calling home” for the past thirty-one years. Mom loved to dance, play euchre and just talk. When her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs return, she will be the brightest star watching over them. We look forward to your visit at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound, Ontario, N4K 3X8 (519-376-7492), on Wednesday, from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Edna BOTHWELL will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, June 5th, 2008, at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Cathy HIRD officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Intensive Care Unit - Grey Bruce Health Services, as your expression of sympathy.

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BOYD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-14 published
BLACKLOCK, Clifford
Of Lion's head passed away suddenly at Markdale Hospital on Saturday, July 12, 2008 in his 75th year. Loving husband of Leora Vail BOYD and dear father of Marie BLACKLOCK of Toronto and Dan (Nancy BEER) BLACKLOCK of Port Elgin. Lovingly remembered by grandchildren Steph, Jamie, Beth, Erin and Mathew. Fondly thought of by Wendy (FIELD) and Logan TRIMBLE and remembered by Leanne and Allan COOK and family and Marie and Larry RAMAGE and family. Dear brother of Freida WARDER, Dorothy HAWKE and Betty (Kim) HOPKINS and brother-in-law of Lorraine BLACKLOCK, Donna BLACKLOCK, Eunice BLACKLOCK, Leo DUNCAN and Bob CATLEY. Cliff was predeceased by his first wife Norma (BRAY,) son Bruce, parents Bessie (GREIG) and Bob BLACKLOCK Jr., brothers Clarence, Bill and Murray and sisters Marilyn (in infancy), Kay and Barbara. Family and Friends are invited to share their memories at the Bethel Missionary Church, 18 Ferndale Road, Lion's head on Monday, July 14th from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Cliff's life will be held at the Church on Tuesday, July 15th at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Eastnor Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.georgefuneralhome.com

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BOYD 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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BOYD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-26 published
FULLER, Nona Margaret (JAMIESON)
Peacefully at her home in London on Sunday, February 24th, 2008, Nona Margaret (JAMIESON) FULLER in her 85th year. Beloved wife of Cecil FULLER for 60 years. Loving mother of David and his wife Martine, Hugh and his wife Arlene, and Andrew and his wife Joanne. Predeceased by her daughter Paula (1977). Dear sister of Jean HOLMER of Burnaby, British Columbia. Predeceased by her brothers Amos, Roland, Jack, Donald and her sister Louisa. A tender, caring grandmother of Marnie, Matthew, Jordan, Gregory and Emily. Missed by many relatives and Friends. Visitation at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London, on Wednesday, February 27th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel Thursday February 28th at 11 a.m. with Reverend Christina BOYD officiating. Spring interment at Vining Cemetery, Thorndale. Memorial donations appreciated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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BOYD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-10 published
BOYD, John W. " Jack"
In loving memory of my Dad, John W. (Jack) BOYD, who passed away 30 years ago, March 10th, 1978. Forever remembered, forever loved. Always loved and sadly missed by son Ernie.

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BOYD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-04 published
SHANAHAN, John Charles
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Wednesday April 2, 2008. John Charles SHANAHAN of London in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Norma Ileen (PICKETT) SHANAHAN (1998.) Loved father of Brenda FANSHER of Kitchener and Steven SHANAHAN of Bayfield. Dear brother of Phyllis BOYD and her husband Owen, and Sally FOSTER all of London. Also survived by his grandchildren Tracey, Joseph, Arlene, Luke, Ben and great-grand_son Ethan. Predeceased by his parents Rose and Charles SHANAHAN, his brother Gerald R. SHANAHAN and his brother-in-law Jack FOSTER. Also remembered by his many extended relatives. Cremation has taken place. At John's request, there will be no funeral home visitation or service. Arrangements entrusted to A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (519-433-5184). As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners' Hospitals for Children, 468 Colborne Street, London, Ontario, N6B 2T3 as well as the Salvation Army, 371 King Street, London, Ontario, N6B 1S4. John was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 317. John served on the Royal Canadian Navy H.M.C.S. Trentonian. After standing at attention for all this time Leading Seaman John C. SHANAHAN K4234753 can now be "at ease." Online condolences accepted at www.amgfh.com.

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BOYD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-08 published
VYSE, Ronald Leslie
On April 1, 2008 at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, Ronald Leslie VYSE of Victoria Harbour, Ontario, formerly of Ingersoll, in his 67th year. Survived by wife Jacqueline Ann. Dear brother of Kenneth (Maureen) VYSE, Woodstock, Dorothy (Tim) BOYD, Vernon, British Columbia. Stepson Roy COXHEAD. Predeceased by parents Lewis and Anna VYSE. Survived by nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place with interment at Ingersoll Rural Cemetary. Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

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BOYD 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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BOYD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-02 published
BOYD, Maxine (née COREY)
After a lengthy illness, in her 75th year, at Parkwood Hospital, London, on April 30th, 2008. Cherished wife of Harold. Beloved Mom of Susan ALLEN (Jim RICHARDSON), Mark ALLEN (Sara), Gary ALLEN and step-mother of Peter BOYD. Much loved "Nana" to Sarah and Laura RICHARDSON, Samantha ALLEN, Laura and Jordan BOYD. Sister-in-law to Russ and Ruby BOYD. Sadly missed "Auntie Max" to several loving nieces and nephews in the Sarnia area. Predeceased by her parents Jean PEDEN and Robert COREY, and brothers Ted (Dot) and Don (Liz) COREY. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. Private interment service to follow. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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BOYD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-07 published
BOYD, Harold Thomas
Quietly, at Parkwood Hospital, following a long illness, on Sunday, May 4, 2008, in his 80th year. Much beloved husband of the late Maxine BOYD. Cherished Dad to Peter BOYD (Janet,) Susan ALLEN (Jim RICHARDSON,) Mark ALLEN (Sara,) and Gary ALLEN. Awesome Grampa/Papa to Laura and Jordon BOYD, Sarah and Laura Richardson, and Samantha ALLEN. Will be sadly missed by brother Russ and sister-in-law Ruby BOYD, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins in the Sarnia, London, Saint Mary's and Ottawa areas. Predeceased by his parents Wilfred Lloyd and Grace (LOVE) BOYD, brother Roy BOYD (Doris) and sister Margaret KINSMEN, as well as sons Paul and David BOYD. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. Private interment to follow at a later date. Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation is asked to consider the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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BOYD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-10 published
SINKE, Jack
Peacefully, gone to be with the Lord, on Friday, May 9, 2008. Jack SINKE of Woodstock Private Hospital and formerly of Canterbury Street, Woodstock in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Maartje SINKE (née HOOGENDAM.) Dear father of Jasper (Wilma) SINKE and their children Keith (Ellyn,) Tanya (Rennie) DUIKER, Danielle (Paul) BIERMAN; Jim (Dianne) SINKE and their children Lindsay (Joel) BROOKS, Amanda SINKE (Sheldon), Monica VANDERHEIDE (Greg), Calvin VANDERHEIDE; Rob (Val) SINKE and their children Stephanie (Scott) BRETT, Ashley (Chad) McCARTY, Scarlett SINKE (Curtis), Adam SINKE (Adrianna;) Fred (Cathy) SINKE and their children Sarah (Tim) HESTERMAN, Shellee, Jolene, Ryan and Steve SINKE; Ina (Dave) SANDERS and their children Katie (Jeff) ZYLSTRA, Kevin (Justine,) Sheri Lynn, Stacey, Jenny, Jaden and Isaac SANDERS; Alyda (Jack) OP DE WEEGH and daughter Cassandra; Carl SINKE and his children Nicole and Trevor SINKE; Albert (Kim) SINKE and their sons Tyler and Connor SINKE; Liz (Mike) BOYD and their children Brittny, Chelsey, Samantha and Victoria BOYD. Loved Opa of Lily and Phoebe SINKE, Owen, Wesley and Joshua DUIKER, Vincent BIERMAN, Gracie SINKE, Keaghan and Nolan BRETT, Aidan and Liam HESTERMAN, and Makayla ZYLSTRA. Also survived by several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 577 Norwich Ave., Woodstock on Sunday, May 11, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. where the funeral service will be held at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church Monday, May 12, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the John Knox Christian School Endowment Fund would be greatly appreciated and may be arranged through the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (519-539-0004). Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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BOYD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-20 published
SMITH, Eileen (formerly FRAYNE)
At Exeter Villa, Exeter on Sunday, May 18, 2008 Eileen (DEAN) (CORNISH) (FRAYNE) SMITH, in her 94th year, went to be with her Lord. Beloved wife of the late Charles SMITH (1989) and the late Arthur Laverne FRAYNE (1980.) Cherished mother of Peter and Susan FRAYNE of Wiarton. Dear step-mother of Charlene BOYD of Brantford. Beloved grandmother of Michael FRAYNE, Maggie MULLIGAN, Brad SMITH, Darryl FRAYNE, Stella FRAYNE and Victoria FRAYNE. Also survivied by 17 great-grandchildren. Dear aunt of Fred LAMPORT of Strathroy. Predeceased by a granddaughter Jennifer FRAYNE and a sister Florence LAMPORT. Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Wednesday, one hour prior to the funeral service which will be held on Wednesday, May 21st at 1 p.m. with Bob HEYWOOD officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. Donations to New Tribes Mission of Canada or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com

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BOYD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-01 published
She entertained Toronto and the troops, carting her organ from stage to stage
Born to a talented family, she became a musical fixture in a growing city and beyond
By Noreen SHANAHAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
Toronto -- As a classical organist, Dorothy BROMBY's performances were like a soundtrack for a maturing city in the 20th century. From her early days in cinemas, performing during intermission, to troop shows during the Second World War and rounding up prize-winning animals at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, her music bellowed in the eclectic corners of Toronto's entertainment industry for more than five decades.
Ms. BROMBY was the first female conductor at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and at age 20, probably the youngest. She performed, produced and directed shows at the Winter Fair, the Royal Horse Show, the National Home Show, Ontario Place and Yorkdale Mall. With great dedication and care, she carted her Lowery Organ from stage to stage.
She also inspired others to succeed. David Rogers, one of Canada's leading musical theatre talents and former star of the Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera, said Ms. BROMBY taught him how to be a professional.
"[She said] that it was a business that had to be taken seriously. She always commanded respect."
Dorothy BROMBY was born into a musical and entertaining family. When her father, Harold, was still in his teens, he was personal trumpeter to the Duke of Atholl in Aberdeen, Scotland. Later, in Canada, he served as bandmaster for the 116th Battalion during the First World War. When Dorothy was a child, it was not unusual for her to find veterans camped out on the living room floor, especially during the annual Warriors' Day Parade. She also had an uncle who played the xylophone, drums and zither at the Canadian National Exhibition grandstand for afternoon circus performances.
Dorothy's first public performance was as an elementary student in Toronto's west end. In those days, children were expected to quietly line up in front of the "girl" or "boy" entrance. Once her piano skills became known, she was expected to be at the keys twice a day to herd them through the proper doors. Her uncle, Walter, even wrote a special piece of music for her called the Western Avenue School March. By the time she was in high school, the organ was her favourite instrument. In 1941, she took a job playing at cinemas across Toronto, including the Odeon Carlton, the Humber and the Danforth Music Hall.
Around the same time, she started performing for the troops at Ontario military installations, including Camp Borden, Barryfield and Muskoka's "Little Norway" base.
"She was the youngest member of the musicians' union," said sister Bernice BOYD, "and our parents had to make sure the colonel in charge at each camp would look after her."
She often teamed up with Scottish comedian Billy Meek, who went on to a regular role on Pig and Whistle, the iconic Canadian television variety show. In addition to troop shows, Ms. BROMBY volunteered to play for wounded servicemen who were convalescing in Toronto.
In her teens, Ms. BROMBY summered in the Toronto Islands. (Her mother, Lily, had lived there when she first came to Canada from Belfast in the early 1920s.) The cottage lacked a piano until one day when her parents were bicycling at the Eastern Gap harbour entrance and spied a table grand in the sand. They borrowed a Toronto Transit Commission freight wagon and, with Friends, pulled it home.
"Our parents restored it as best they could," her sister said. "And this was where Dot did all her rehearsing. When we had parties, the piano was closed and used as a buffet table."
During the war, Ms. BROMBY did shows at the Royal York and King Edward hotels, performing with four other women in a group they called The Dorothy Bromby Singers. She wrote the music and played accompaniment on the organ, pressing the 40 stops to emit different sounds, including trumpets, strings and drums.
In 1946, she was hired as the musical conductor for Stop and Go, a variety revue at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre that featured artists from wartime entertainment troupes: the Accordionettes, the Modernettes, Lay Kenny's Teenagers, the Rhythmteens and the Leslie Bell Singers.
John KARASTAMATIS, the theatre's current director of communications, noted how rare it was for women of this era to be allowed to conduct.
"Working in the home and 'slave labour' were pretty well the only jobs for women at that time," he said.
Ms. BROMBY married fellow Ward's Islander Jim SMYTHE in 1948. While overseas during the war, Mr. SMYTHE had fallen in love with a picture of her snapped by a mutual friend. He insisted on meeting her as soon as he was back in Toronto. Her reputation as a musician had also charmed him while he was away.
"I fell in love with Dorothy the moment I saw her," he said. "I married her in '48 and had 59 years of bliss. It was an island romance."
After the war, the Singers hit the road, this time taking four male performers along with them. They were hired by Chrysler and General Motors to do cross-Canada tours, putting on grand spectacles each time a new car was introduced. In 1955, Ms. BROMBY did a two-week run for GM, performing as many as five shows a day. It was an exhausting but manageable schedule, even though she had two children at home under the age of 5. The group also performed on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television during its early years in the 1960s, and Ms. BROMBY later played the organ on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation variety shows and dramas hosted by Monty Hall and Rick Campbell.
She performed as a solo instrumentalist at the Canadian pavilion in Montreal during Expo 67, mingling with other performers, including Maurice Chevalier, Marlene Dietrich and a fresh-faced Luciano Pavarotti. (Ms. BROMBY's son, Ron, also played the clarinet in his high school band at Expo).
Ms. BROMBY began working at the Winter Fair and Flower Show at the Canadian National Exhibition in the late 1960s, and remained there until she retired in 1995. It seemed as though she had found her niche and refused to abandon it. From this point on, she was surrounded by bouquets of flowers. Her dedication to the job was such that she once performed with a broken wrist. "They built a stand for her arm at keyboard height," said her son, "and the furriers covered her cast with a mink muff that matched the mink stole she wore."
After a few years at the flower show, Ms. BROMBY went on to work with the ring committee in the horse arena. Her talent as both performer and director were particularly noted, especially on the closing ceremonies.
Mr. Rogers recalls the early days of his career, following Ms. BROMBY in circles around the ring. "I remember her with her music in a binder, leading the troops with her singers and dancers behind. We'd follow her through the horses and cows [stalls], she in her fancy gown with her hair higher than anyone else's."
The ceremony consisted of a parade in the centre ring, showcasing Ms. BROMBY on the organ. (She also wrote the script.) There were award-winning horses festooned with flowers, colourful bushels of fruits and vegetables, sheep, cows, geese, chickens - for 26 years, she left nothing out.
"She brought the show business pizzazz," daughter Sandy RUTHERFORD said. "They asked her to come back, even up to two or three years ago… because it now lacks that extra flavour."
When the ring was full, the lights would go down - gradually, so as not to spook the animals - and the president of the fair would enter the gate. He'd circle the ring once or twice, sitting with his wife in a three-horse buggy, officially close the event, and exit to great applause.
During her retirement, Ms. BROMBY enjoyed spending time at the family's cottage in Haliburton, Ontario, and turning her musician's hands over to gourmet cooking.
Dorothy Bromby SMYTHE was born December 4, 1925, in Toronto. She died in Toronto on December 24, 2007, from cancer. She was 82. She is survived by husband, Jim, daughters Sandy RUTHERFORD and Pat BUIE and son, Rob BROMBY. She is also survived by her sister, Bernice BOYD, and eight grandchildren.

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BOYD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-02 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Todd Richard
Friends and family are sad to announce the death of Todd STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, age 46, who died suddenly at home in Toronto, on January 25, 2008. Beloved son of Gay Oldfield (of Simcoe and Orillia) and James STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Vancouver.) Will be sadly missed by his sisters Karen STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Simcoe) and Angela BOYD (Orillia) and his many Friends. Todd will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 9, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. at the Newbigging Funeral Home, 733 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario M4S 2N4, phone (416) 489-8811. Donations in Todd's name may be made to the Actors Fund of Canada (www.actorsfund.ca) or Casey House (heart@caseyhouse.on.ca)

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BOYD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-23 published
BOYD, Mary (née HAYES)
(July 23, 1921-February 20, 2008)
Mary passed away peacefully February 20, 2008. She was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the firstborn of Irish immigrant parents, Tom and Ella HAYES. She received a B.A. and M.S.W. at the University of Saskatchewan. She continued to practice social work following her marriage to Angus BOYD until the birth of the first child. The family moved west and settled in Edmonton, Alberta where Angus developed a thriving medical practice while Mary assumed the role of "professional homemaker" raising the family of eight children. She played an active role in the C.W.L., Catholic Family Services and the John Howard Society. While she loved theatre, travel, afternoon tea, daily Mass, regular escapes to "the Island", and her annual 39th birthday party at Lake Edith, nothing could compete with her love for Angus. In the mid 1980's they retired to their lovely waterfront home on Chalet Road, Saanich, British Columbia where they spent close to 20 happy years. Following Angus' death in January 2004, Mary moved to the Providence Care Youville Residence in Vancouver, British Columbia. Even while suffering dementia, she was a gracious woman with an ever present smile and continuing concern for others. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a woman of deep faith who will be sadly missed by her family and Friends.
Predeceased by her brother Thomas HAYES of Calgary, Alberta. and her husband, Doctor John Angus BOYD. She is survived by her sister-in-law Ann HAYES of Calgary, her children John BOYD of Surrey, British Columbia; Donald BOYD of Langley, British Columbia Mary Ellen BOYD (Dr. Monty REITZIK) of West Vancouver, British Columbia; Jean STAUFFER (Dr. Anthony STAUFFER) of Newport Beach, Calif; Patrick BOYD (Patti PAULSON) of Calgary Alberta.; Angus BOYD (Catherine COUGHLAN) of Edmonton, Alberta.; Kathleen BOYD of Vancouver, B. C and her ten grandchildren: James, Joshua, Joel, Christopher, Patrick, Jamie, Gordie, Raphael, Caitlin and Thomas.
A special thank you goes out to Doctor Marla Gordon as well as Jessica Malkoske and all the wonderful nursing staff of the second and third floors at Youville Residence. The family would particularly like to thank Mary's companions and caregivers, Rebecca and Felicia, for their loving care over the last four years.
A private funeral mass will be held in future. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care, designating Youville Residence as the recipient would be appreciated (www.tapestryfoundation.ca).

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BOYD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-06 published
SUTTON, Barry
Suddenly on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at his home. Barry SUTTON beloved husband of Phyllis. Loving father and father-in-law of Marlo and David SZELLOS, and David and Maxine. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Lisa and Bill BOYD, and the late Cindy SUTTON. Devoted grandfather of Max, Mila, Maya, and Riley. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Hebrew Friendly Sons of David section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park. Shiva daily from 2: 00 p.m. at 48 Chestnut Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Barry SUTTON Memorial Fund c/o the Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324, or www.benjamins.ca

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BOYD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-31 published
BOYD, Richard Norman, M.D., F.R.C.S.
(June 5, 1944-March 29, 2008)
It is with overwhelming grief that the family of Doctor Richard BOYD announces his death at age 63 on Saturday, March 29, 2008 after a heart attack and a stroke. Rick took his last breath held lovingly by his family and close Friends Doctor Frank DEMARCO and Doctor Tom ELSDON. Rick deeply loved, and was loved by, his wife of nearly 40 years, Jane (JOHNSTON,) and cherished his sons David Richard and Andrew Macartney. Rick adored his beautiful 'daughters' Kristen (SKINNER) and Lindsay (GRAY/GREY.) He was predeceased by his loving parents Doctor Norman and Barbara BOYD, and father-in-law Robert 'Mac' JOHNSTON. He will be profoundly missed by his mother-in-law Olive JOHNSTON. Left to mourn are his sisters Judy MANNING, Mary HOPKINS (Ed DAVEY) and Heather MUNRO (Bob,) his aunt Dorothy SEARLE, brother and sister-in-laws Dick and Jane JOHNSTON, cousins, nieces and nephews, and a legion of Friends. He was predeceased by his loyal Bichon Frises, Bijoux and Beaumont. Doctor BOYD graduated from the University Of Western Ontario Medical School in 1968. He obtained his Specialist Fellowship in Urology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1976, and has since then practiced Urological Surgery in Windsor. He previously served as Chief of Surgery, and was currently head of Urology, at the Windsor Regional Hospital. He was one of the founders of the prostate cancer Bracytherapy programme at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre. In recent years he has also served the community as a Provincial Coroner for Essex County. Rick was a member of the Alpha Kappa Kappa medical fraternity. An athlete, Rick ran 27 marathons around the world with a personal best of 2: 48 in Chicago. He curled in the Ontario Medical Association bonspiels, and was an avid golfer and scholar of golf history. He was a member of the Donald Ross Society. He was currently the very proud President of Essex Golf and Country Club. Rick was a skilled clinician and diagnostician, and a gentle man who exhibited great kindness to his patients. He had twinkling blue eyes, a mischievous smile and a wonderfully wicked sense of humour. Rick's prize orchids are especially beautiful this spring. Our family thanks the medical community, both doctors and nurses, who supported Rick in area hospitals over the years, and especially Ruth Anne PIETTE and Staci LEMIEUX who loyally kept his office organized in spite of him. We thank the doctors and nurses at Windsor Regional and Hotel Dieu Grace Hospitals who so valiantly tried to save him: Doctor Rob WOODALL, Doctor Anthony GLANZ, Doctor Hash PATEL, Doctor Natalie MALUS and Doctor Balraj JHAWAR, who over five difficult days demonstrated extraordinary skill, as well as great compassion and love to our family. Thank you to Carol DERBYSHIRE and Steve BRENNAN from the Hospice of Windsor; Pat BEST, Paula DEEHAN- SCHMIDT and Chaplain Joyce JARDIN from Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital; Kim VAN ALLEN and Bishop Bob BENNETT from All Saints' Church; and our community for enveloping our family in love and prayers as we ran with Rick on his last marathon. Always one to put others first, and ever the healer, Rick has made four gifts of life. His two corneas will go to enhance sight, and, ironically the "perfect urologist kidneys" will give life and hope to two patients. In order to give back to our community which Rick so loved, we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to organizations that were so a part of his life: Hospice of Windsor for care of men with prostate cancer; All Saints' Anglican Church; Windsor Regional Hospital for a Cystoscopy suite; Windsor Regional Cancer Centre for the Prostate Brachytherapy Program; and Essex Golf and Country Club for a croquet pitch and garden in his name. Visiting will be held at the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 1969 Wyandotte St. E. On Monday and Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at All Saints' Anglican Church, 330 City Hall Square on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Online condolences and audio messages may be left at www.mem.com

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BOYD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-05 published
BOYD, Reverend Leo Alexander, O.M.I.
Passed away peacefully on June 22, 2008 at Jubilee Hospital in Vernon, British Columbia. He was born October 14, 1925 in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan and was ordained to the priesthood in the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, June 11, 1953 in Battleford, Saskatchewan. During World War 2, when scarcely eighteen years old, and before beginning his studies for the priesthood, Father BOYD served in the Queen's Own Regiment of the Cameron Highlanders. His military service took him to Britain and to the Netherlands. Having volunteered also to serve in Pacific, he was spending a furlough at his home in Saskatchewan when the War against Japan ended. He was therefore able to begin his studies for the priesthood in the fall of 1945. He completed these studies at the Oblate Seminary in Battleford in 1954 and was immediately assigned to begin his ministry as a priest in the Yukon. Most of his priestly life was spent in the Canadian Far North. Beginning as the Assistant Parish Priest in Telegraph Creek - where he travelled to remote posts by dog team - his many years in the North brought him to most of the Catholic missions in the Yukon and Northern British Columbia, including Teslin, Whitehorse, Mayo and Dawson City in the Yukon, and Fort Nelson and Cassiar in British Columbia. Subsequently he spent five years as the Pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Yellowknife. His later years were spent at parishes in Onaway, Alberta, at Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, and, finally, during the last thirteen years, at Saint_Joseph's parish in Armstrong and Saint Ann's Parish in Enderby in the Okanagan Valley. He also served on the Provincial Council of Saint Paul's Oblate Provincial Council from 1987 to 1993. During these years he also visited Oblate missions in South America. On June 25th Bishop David Munroe of Kamloops presided at a funeral Mass in Armstrong which was attended by hundreds of parishioners from the local parishes and from various other parishes at which Father BOYD had served. One of them was the historic Saint Mary's Church on the Splats'in Indian Reserve in Enderby, British Columbia where Father Leo had recently used his skills as an amateur carpenter to carry out renovations to the Church. Father BOYD was buried at the Oblate Fathers' Cemetery in Mission, British Columbia. A second funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine's Parish in Vancouver on June 30th. The chief celebrant at that Mass was Bishop Gary Gordon of Whitehorse. Bishop Gordon spoke of the deep affection with which Father BOYD was remembered by the people of the Yukon, and of the deep Catholic faith which characterized the parishioners whom this remarkable priest had served. Fr. Leo is survived by two brothers, Rev. Ian BOYD, CSB of Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, and Doctor Mark BOYD of Montreal (wife - Lise,) two sisters, Betty BOYD of Edmonton, Alberta and Mary DANTZER of Vernon, British Columbia and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Doctor Angus BOYD of Deep Cove, Sidney, British Columbia, and Doctor Donald BOYD of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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BOYD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-19 published
Fiddler was a prolific composer and performer with a style all his own
Hateful of the violin as a child, he defied calls to conform and chose to blend such traditions as country, jazz, folk, South Asian and Scandinavian. 'I don't write music,' he said in 1999. 'I catch it as it goes by'
By Gay ABBATE, Page A12
Oliver SCHROER arrived home from high school one day to find his mother vacuuming while listening to Pink Floyd music. "Hey Mom, how can I rebel if you keep listening to my records?" he asked. But rebel he did. The gifted Canadian fiddler and composer refused to be bound by what he considered the restrictions of classical instruction and, most importantly, by the limits of any one musical genre. Through his rebellion, he took contemporary fiddling music to a whole new level. "He opened up a whole new range of possibilities," said musician Anne LINDSAY, who played second fiddle in Mr. SCHROER's band, Stewed Tomatoes.
To Grit Laskin, co-founder of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Mr. SCHROER was the ultimate musician. "His playing style of music was unique. It was his own style and physically what he did with his bow technique and the kind of rhythms and structure in the music he wrote - there was nobody else like him."
The Globe's music critic, Robert EVERETT- GREEN, referred to Mr. SCHROER's style as a "fusion of Ontario's fiddling traditions with the kind of architectural, string-crossing music of Bach's solo violin works."
For his part, Mr. SCHROER considered the violin more than a musical wooden box. "I think of my violin as a vibration generator, a drum, a sex partner, a confidant," he wrote. "We dance, we tell each other secrets, we pray. We make music."
A prodigious composer and music producer, as well as a master of the acoustic violin, Mr. SCHROER received eight Juno nominations during his 25-year career. He wrote more than 1,000 musical pieces, recorded nine CDs of his own compositions and produced 30 CDs for other artists. He also performed on more than 100 albums of new traditional, acoustic and popular music by other musicians. He recorded with such artists as composers Jimmy Webb and Barry Mann, singers James Keelaghan and Sylvia Tyson, acoustic guitarists Jesse Cook and Don Ross, and the groups Great Big Sea and Spirit of the Wind.
His most recent collaboration was with his childhood friend, the classical guitarist Liona BOYD. In late April, he played on two tracks of her new CD, to be released this fall. "He was an inspired musician," said Ms. BOYD. " Music reflects the soul of a person. You could tell he was a deep, sensitive person."
Mr. SCHROER was very iconoclastic and a global person from a cultural point of view, said his brother André SCHROER. Oliver SCHROER defied calls to conform, choosing to blend many musical traditions, including country, jazz, folk, South Asian and Scandinavian. "He was a very complex individual who in one way skewed authority and bombast but still had one foot in traditions."
Mr. SCHROER took little credit for his unique music. In his view, he merely kept his ears open to the wind. "I don't write music," he told The Globe and Mail in 1999. "I catch it as it goes by. It's all floating by for the taking."
Oliver SCHROER was born the third of four children of Hendryk and Irene SCHROER, German immigrants who had arrived in Canada in 1954. When Oliver was 10, his father, who worked in sales and management, decided to uproot his young family to the countryside. They settled in Markdale, Ontario, a village located in the Beaver Valley about 30 kilometres south of Georgian Bay and about 150 kilometres north of Toronto. It was while growing up in Markdale that he first met Ms. BOYD, who lived nearby with her family.
By then Oliver was already a budding musician, having played the recorder since he was 6. When he was 8, his parents switched him to the violin, which he did not enjoy playing and took every opportunity to get out of practising, including making a tape of the scales and exercises. "When my mother told me to go upstairs and practice, I would go into my room and play the tape," he wrote last year, after finally admitting his pretense to his mother.
Meanwhile, his parents were not musicians but they had an appreciation for classical music and resolved to expose their children to it. For a time, the only window to popular culture the children had was a weekly dose of The Wonderful World of Disney on television. Oliver's first intimate contact with popular music was when he was 12 and a friend of his older brother brought over a copy of the Beatles album, Abbey Road. His 16th birthday brought significant changes that would further expand his musical horizon: his father gave him a guitar, acknowledging his son was not interested in the violin. Later, Oliver went to Quebec on a student-exchange program and was exposed to the music of Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull and James Taylor - all of which he greedily soaked up. The guitar was his instrument of choice even after he enrolled in philosophy at the University of Toronto. There, he discovered the jazz music of Chick Corea and Lenny Breau.
It took 10 years for him to graduate from university. He never really settled to his studies and instead took time off for other pursuits. He bounced through a series of office jobs and played for a time with a country swing group called the Treverston Band. His first gig in 1982 earned him $30.
His violin, meanwhile, remained neglected on a shelf until the night a girlfriend persuaded him to learn square dancing. He took along his violin and was surprised to find a fiddler and guitarist playing for the class. The musicians introduced him to Irish and French-Canadian fiddling. He didn't learn much about square dancing because he spent most of his time jamming with the band. It was the beginning of his love affair with an instrument he had previously loathed.
He abandoned the guitar and took up the violin - this time an acoustic violin he painted blue - with one of the musicians he had met at the square-dancing class. One night, while playing in Eastern Ontario, he had a revelation that music was to be his life's work - not the law or academia as he had expected. "I hadn't ever had that thought before in that same way. This time it was for real," he once wrote. "If I could just do that, I would be so satisfied."
In 1987, he and a friend formed a jazz group called Eye Music. The quartet met with some success and was invited to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland the following year. In the early nineties he formed Stewed Tomatoes, which played across Canada and in venues ranging from small pubs to New York's Lincoln Centre. For a time, the group served as the house band on Stewart McLean's Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio program, The Vinyl Café.
In 1993, Mr. SCHROER established his credentials on the Canadian music scene with his first album, Jigzup. It was won rave reviews and earned him his first Juno nomination.
His best known solo albums are Camino and Hymns and Hers. The music for Camino was recorded in churches during a 2004 hike of the 1,000-kilometre-long Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route which meanders through the Pyrenees mountain region of France and Spain. For two months, he and friend Peter COFFMAN stopped at any church or chapel along the way that seemed acoustically promising. Mr. SCHROER would unpack his portable recording studio, take out the violin he carried wrapped in his sleeping bag and begin playing. For his part, Mr. COFFMAN recorded the adventure through photography. His pictures form a 28-page booklet that accompanies the album. Often while recording, Mr. SCHROER would have unforeseen accompaniment, such as the sound of children playing or people laughing. At one location in France, while playing The Lord's Prayer, the church clock started chiming. "I couldn't believe the fortune of that happening," Mr. SCHROER told the Globe in 2006.
Hymns and Hers followed Camino and shares some of the same deep emotion, although the sound is very different. Recorded after Mr. SCHROER was diagnosed with leukemia in early 2007, the album is a collection of introspective ensemble pieces, "Hymns and Hers is one of the most stunning records I've ever heard," said Mr. Laskin.
Mr. SCHROER's style of playing was as distinctive as his music. Four years of busking long hours in Toronto's subway stations resulted in tendinitis, a condition that has ended many a promising musical career. After taking a nine-month hiatus, during which he started composing music, he changed the way he held his bow.
In the process he discovered he could produce exquisite music, so he kept playing that way, said jazz singer and actress Michele George, a friend for 25 years. "He took something you could look at as negative and saw how it could work to take him further into a new way of making music and a way to hear music that wouldn't have happened had it not been for the tendinitis."
Mr. SCHROER's large stature in the music world was matched his physical appearance. Standing 6 feet 6 inches, with his mohawk, goatee and designer frames, he did not conform to most people's image of a fiddler. He enjoyed being outrageous and changed his hairstyle frequently for effect, his brother said. The mohawk was the favourite look. His goatee grew back bushier than ever. Over the past year, he would wear clogs - one red and one orange - just to startle people, his brother said.
Mr. COFFMAN said his friend was a wise man, but could also be silly, mischievous and goofy. Most of all he was inspiring. "He just made you want to go out and do great stuff. He was one of those rare people who expand your sense of what is possible."
Part of Mr. SCHROER's legacy is Twisted String, a project he launched about seven years ago with the idea of teaching young violinists. He was living and teaching in Vancouver and started the group after going to Smithers, British Columbia, to conduct a violin workshop. Smithers is located about halfway between Prince George and Prince Rupert, which means it is a 14-hour drive from Vancouver. As such, the children there would never have been exposed to a musician like Mr. SCHROER, said Emilyn STAM, who was one of his first students. Other artists, such as Miss BOYD, later followed in his footsteps to Smithers.
Mr. SCHROER taught his students that nothing was too crazy or wrong when playing the violin. "He told us to embrace any mistake and to turn it into something cool," Ms. STAM said.
He became a father figure for many of the students, and mentored them all as though they were his own children. "He taught us how to live life," she added.
Since then the original group has grown and several of his original students, including Ms. STAM, are now not only leading Twisted String but also establishing new groups elsewhere in the country. Some have gone on to form their own bands.
About two years ago, Mr. SCHROER was diagnosed with myelodysplasia, a condition that inevitably leads to the leukemia that developed early last year. He moved back to Toronto to be near Friends and family, and to undergo chemotherapy. It was later learned that the cancer had spread to his spine.
Mr. SCHROER did not let the disease slow him down. During his chemotherapy treatment, he composed 59 musical pieces, one for each of his students in Smithers. Each tune had the person's name in the title and totally fit each kid's personality, Ms. STAM said. The tunes make up Smithers, his final CD, which he sent to each student at Christmas.
His last public performance was on June 5 in Toronto on what he dubbed the Last Concert on the Tour of the Planet. He played one solo to a standing-room-only crowd of 800 people.
He continued to work even as the end drew near. Doctors and nurses in Unit 14A at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto let him bring in a piano and other recording equipment into his room so he and his Friends could work, Ms. George said.
A final message to Friends and fans which he posted on his website reveals that he had come to terms with his pending end on this Earth. "Some people live very intensely and burn very brightly during their time here. I think I am one of those people. A shining star while I am here. So I look at my life as I have lived it, and I feel very satisfied with all I have achieved and gone through."
Oliver SCHROER was born June 18, 1956, in Toronto. He died July 3, 2008, of leukemia at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. He was 52. He leaves his mother Irene, brothers André and Ansgar and sister Martina.
A celebration of Mr. SCHROER's life and music is being planned for early September. Details will be posted on his website: http://www.oliverschroer.com.

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BOYD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-24 published
MacLEOD, Harold Morris
Duty Carried Out Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Major (Ret.) Harold Morris MacLEOD, CD2, Bronze Cross (Netherlands,) 85, of Melville Heights Retirement Residence, Halifax (formerly of Kingsport, Nova Scotia), died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 in Halifax. Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, he was the eldest son of the late Daniel and Maude (MORRISON) MacLEOD. A graduate of Sydney Academy, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 until his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1969. Following World War 2, in 1949, he was awarded The Netherlands Bronze Cross in recognition of his participation in the liberation of the Netherlands. After retirement, Harold attended Acadia University graduating in 1973 with a B.A. and B. Ed. and was awarded the Birk's Medal in Education. He then taught grades 9 and 10 English at Cornwallis District High School, Canning, for twelve years. He had a rich, amazing life: he saved the lives of his air crew during a crash-landing in Holland; travelled the world served as an elder in the United Church of Canada; member of VP International and was an active leader in the Royal Canadian Legion - Habitant Branch, Canning. An avid pilot, gardener, carpenter and opera lover, he was a hero to his family, modelling respect, dignity, integrity, responsibility and love of family. He enjoyed all that life offered him and shared it with humour right to the end. He is survived by his daughters, Betty, Halifax, Judy (Paul BUSHNELL), Kingsport, Wendy (Rick BOYD), Cold Lake; brother, Horace, South Bar; sister-in-law, Hazel (Roy GEDDES), Sydney River; eight grandchildren, Kathryn, Ewan, Shauna, Chrissy, Tori, Sandra, Jenna and Patrick, nine great-grandchildren (10th on the way) and eleven nieces and nephews, all of whom loved him dearly. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Doris Kathryn (Winsor;) and brother, Arthur (Marion BRIDGE.) Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation by family request. The family will celebrate his life at a memorial service on Friday, July 25th at 11: 00 a.m. at Emmanuel United Church, Kingsport, conducted by the Reverend Linda Winton. Interment of his ashes will be in Habitant Cemetery following the service. A reception will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion -- Habitant Branch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel United Church, Kingsport, Prostate Cancer Research or the Palliative Care Unit 5A (V.G. Hospital). Arrangements are under the direction of the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Harold's family wishes to thank all of the professionals and Friends who supported him over the past two years - especially his newer Friends at Melville Heights. On-line inquiries may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com

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WATT, John Russell
Peacefully on July 22, 2008 in his 83rd year, with his son by his side, John Russell 'Johnny' WATT leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Tess and his son Norm of Toronto, his sister-in-law Edna (Robert ARNOLD d.1979) of Montreal, and her children Audrey (Godin) and nephews Melvin, Bobby and John and their extended families.
He was the third child born in Ville St. Pierre in 1925 to Henry and Janet WATT (née BOYD.) Following the untimely deaths months apart in 1927 of his father and his 9 year old brother Douglas, John's mother struggled to keep her two remaining sons (older brother Arnold) with her while she worked to support the family. She often took in boarders to help pay rent, while working nights cleaning at the Raleigh bicycle factory in Montreal. John spent his childhood between their first floor flat on Rue du Couvent, his mother's relatives in Worcester, Massachusetts, and with Uncle Alec BOYD in Lachine who all helped to raise and shape him during the Depression years.
At the young age of 12 John was already a 'rink rat' at the Forum, where he witnessed the longest game in National Hockey League history between his beloved Maroons and Detroit, and got his hide tanned for coming home at 2 a.m. As a young hockey player himself, he was proud to have been a childhood team mate of Doug Harvey in both hockey and softball. His love of sports stayed with him his whole life, whether it be watching les Canadiens conquer the world of hockey with their numerous Stanley Cup victories, taking in a game at Delormier stadium watching Jackie Robinson's season with the Montreal Royals, or enjoying his season tickets at Percival Molson stadium for the great Alouette teams of the 50's. He made a devoted sports fan of his son, who remembers Jr. Canadiens games at the Forum, major league baseball at Fenway Park, the 'new' Shea Stadium in 1964, seeing the World Cup Champions from England play soccer at Expo '67 and childhood afternoons playing golf with the 'old guys' at BeauChateau golf course on the south shore. Norm still plays baseball and hockey with the passion he learned from his father who was the consummate fan. One of his great thrills was to take his Dad to the 1st World Series game played in Canada in 1992.
John began working at Dominion Engineering Works (a subsidiary of GE) in Lachine as a floor sweeper at the age of 16. He stayed for 42 years, retiring as the General Foreman of Shop 1 with over 200 staff, a pretty big accomplishment for a little guy from Ville St. Pierre who never finished grade 9 at Montreal High. The only time he left was a short two years overseas beginning in 1944 to 1946 to be trained in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a tail gunner on Lancaster bombers.
Once back from the war, he would spend time at the Scandinavian Club dances with his buddy Jimmy Manley who was the bartender there. That's where he met Jeanne Newton and her younger sister Tess OBODOFSKY (a couple of young women from a Lithuanian family in Ville Emard). John and Tess were married in 1955 and set up a small shop on Rue St. Jacques, John's Handy Store, where they lived in two rooms at the back with their son. Through this time, John became the official chronicler of the family history through the eyes of the 8mm movie camera where he captured the Cousins' and Norman's early years on film.
After five years of working days at the machine shop supervising the building of turbines for the burgeoning Hydro stations in northern Quebec, and evenings at the store, John and Tess were able to save enough to move the family to their dream house in Dorval in March of 1961.
As an active member of the Masonic fraternity (St. George's Lodge, #440) John took his volunteering seriously and was committed to his duties of hospital visiting and representing the Lodge at Brothers' funerals, offering support to grieving family members. He was considered by many to be both thrifty and a wise financial planner, long before many knew what an Registered Retirement Savings Plan was. His memories of childhood poverty stayed with him, even when memory loss became a serious daily challenge. His skills in retirement planning and investing were in constant demand from family, Friends and even his own colleagues at the shop. Just before taking ill with pneumonia for the first time in 2004, John at 78 years young, acted as Executor for an old friend in the Brockville area.
In 1989, once both he and Tess had retired, they moved to Toronto to be closer to their son, settling in Guildwood which reminded them of their West Island home of 28 years.
Tess and Norm would like to extend warm thanks to the staff of Rockcliffe (Scarborough) and Lakeshore Lodge (Etobicoke) for their caring attitudes and above and beyond service in the last two years of John's life. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will take place in Montreal sometime in the fall. In lieu of flowers, Donations to the Baycrest Foundation in support of research and treatment of Alzheimer's disease would be greatly appreciated. http://www.baycrest.org/Donations/default.asp Online condolences can be sent to http://www.ridleyfuneralhome.com/death-notices.htm

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