CREALY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-26 published
CREALY, Caroline (1913-2008)
Died at Queens Gardens, Hamilton on Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Eldest daughter of Frederick and Lulu CREALY, Born October 19, 1913 in Caradoc Township, Ontario. Predeceased by brother William CREALY, sisters Phyllis (child) and Laura May CREALY. Survived by sisters Ethel MIDGLEY of Burlington and Alice WADSWORTH of Hamilton. Nieces Ellen TAILOR/TAYLOR of Puslinch, Patricia WADSWORTH of Hamilton. Nephews Robert MIDGLEY of Toronto, Philip WADSWORTH of Scarborough, Jerold WADSWORTH of Montreal, Brian WADSWORTH of Waterloo, and eleven great nieces and nephews. After graduating from highschool in Strathroy, Ontario, she received her R.N. in nursing from Hamilton General Hospital. For the greater part of her nursing career she was the office nurse for doctors Harry ROBINSON and Allen WYLIE, where she remained until her retirement. With her Friends, she enjoyed several trips abroad, as well as on this continent. She was an avid photographer and collected many scenes on her travels, as well as many photographs of family and Friends. She has been a member of Wentworth Baptist Church, Hamilton for sixty years. Cremation will be followed by a memorial service later in May. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Marlatt Funeral Home, Hamilton. On-line tributes may be made at www.mem.com

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CREAMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-27 published
CREAMER, Freda E. (née HARCOURT)
Peacefully at Woodstock General Hospital on Monday, May 26, 2008 Freda E. CREAMER (née HARCOURT) of Woodstock, in her 84th year. Beloved wife of Carl for 59 years. Dear mother of Carla PHILLIPS (Dave) of London and John CREAMER of Guelph. Loving grandmother of Andrew and Daniel PHILLIPS, and Stephanie and Jennifer CREAMER. Dear sister of Olive STEFANYSYN (late Steve) of Brantford, and Jack HARCOURT (Helen) of Brantford. Also lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Freda was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Auxiliary to Woodstock General Hospital, and the Telephone Pioneers of America and worked for over 25 years with Bell Canada. Friends will be received at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. An Order of the Eastern Star service will be held on Thursday evening at 6: 30 p.m. at the funeral home under the auspices of Khaki Chapter No. 27. Funeral Service in the chapel on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Jane VAN PATTER officiating. Interment at the Baptist Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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CREAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-28 published
O'BRIEN, Mary Patricia (née CREAN) (1931-2008)
Died Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Dearest wife of Luke. Loving mother of Nano DREWITT (Chuck) of Sault Ste. Marie, Michael (Debbie) of Sault Ste. Marie, Siobhan GABURA (Jeff) of Oakville, Mary-Jo MULHOLLAND (Mark) of Sault Ste. Marie, Luke (Maria-Pia) of Etobicoke, Fiona SWANEK (Wayne) of Oakville and Tara DROVER (Jeff) of Oakville. Loving and devoted grandmother of Siobhan, Kyle, Ciara, Niall, Travis, Luke, Alexandra, Sarah, Kevin, Shannon, Ashleigh, Olivia, Braeden, Conlan, Bridget, Liam, Neve, Kieran, Connor and Ava Grace. Daughter of the late Hugh and Sheila CREAN. Sister of Sheila O'HAGAN of Ireland, Richard CREAN (Joanne) and the late Dorothy TRUS (Mike.) Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. West, Oakville, (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600) from 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11: 00 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2008 at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, 1150 Monks Passage, Oakville. Interment Gates of Heaven Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be made through
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"A beautiful life has come to an end, a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
In our hearts and in our memories Mary will always be kept, one we dearly loved and will never forget."

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CREASY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-15 published
JAMES, Anne Louise
On Wednesday February 13th, 2008 in Kingston, Ontario, Anne died peacefully in her 79th year with all who loved her close by. Anne was beloved daughter of the late Margaret and Wilfred JAMES. Dear sister of Charlie, (Betty) in Kingston and George (and the late Carolyn) of Peterborough. She was also the wartime sister to Anne WHITE/WHYTE of London, England. Anne too, was the loving Aunt of Susan CREASY, Margaret, Douglas (Jackie), David JAMES and the late Michael JAMES. Anne was a wonderful Great-Aunt to Rebecca, Jack, Lucas and Victoria. Anne graduated in 1947 as head girl at Branksome Hall in Toronto and graduated in 1948 from Mac Hall in Guelph. Anne spent all her working days with distinction at the Toronto Red Cross mainly as director of Blood Donor Services and subsequently as director of Emergency Services. Anne was a long time member of The Ladies Golf Club of Toronto. A celebration of Anne's life will be held in the Chapel of the James Reid Funeral Home (1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston, Ontario 613-544-3411) on Saturday February 16th at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation be made to the Toronto Region Red Cross at 1623 Yonge Street, Toronto, M4T 2A1, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or a charity of your choice.
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CREBA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-14 published
Stray bullet kills Toronto man
By Omar EL AKKAD with a report from JENNIFER Lewington, Page A1
John O'KEEFE just happened to be walking down Toronto's busiest street on a Saturday night. That's all it took to cost him his life.
The 42-year-old Toronto resident and health-food store manager became the city's second homicide victim of 2008 when he was killed over the weekend. Mr. O'KEEFE, an avid environmentalist and father of a nine-year-old boy, was hit in the head by a single bullet that police believe was never meant for him. Two men now face first-degree murder charges in connection to the killing.
"The deceased was struck while he was basically just walking down the street," said Toronto police homicide detective Graham GIBSON. "He was just walking."
At around 1: 15 a.m. on Saturday, police were called to the Brass Rail Tavern, a strip club at 701 Yonge Street, just south of Bloor Street. Two men had just been kicked out of the club after acting up. After being booted from the tavern, both men began walking away, but only got a few metres before turning around.
"They did leave, but they didn't go far," said Det. GIBSON. " They took exception with security [at the Brass Rail]."
Upon returning, one of the two men allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired a single shot. Last night, police said the gun was registered to one of the suspects. Police believe it was aimed at members of the security staff outside the club.
Instead, it hit Mr. O'KEEFE in the head. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr. O'KEEFE's partner described him yesterday as a wonderful human being who loved the environment.
"Johnny was a great guy; he really was," said Susan BANAHAN. "He loved to recycle - you couldn't throw a tissue in the garbage when he was around."
Mr. O'KEEFE had a nine-year-old son from a previous relationship. Together with Ms. BANAHAN and her child, they formed a family.
Ms. BANAHAN said Mr. O'KEEFE worked as a health-food store manager at the downtown Exchange Tower. In his spare time, she said, he liked to walk around the city - the Don Valley was one of his favourite spots.
At the time of his shooting, Mr. O'KEEFE was likely walking to the subway from the Duke of Gloucester, his favourite watering hole, Ms. BANAHAN said. Like the Brass Rail, the bar is located near the corner of Yonge and Bloor.
After the shooting, both suspects allegedly ran away, heading south on Yonge Street for a few metres before turning onto Charles Street.
But within 12 hours, police had two men in custody.
"We had excellent witnesses: and support from civilians and community members and people inside [the club]," Det. GIBSON said. As a result, police had the first suspect in custody by 11: 45 Saturday morning, and the second suspect a couple of hours later. Edward PAREDES, 22, and Awet ZEKARIAS, 23, both Toronto residents, are jointly charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. They made their first court appearance yesterday morning at Old City Hall.
Saturday's killing bore eerie similarities to another shooting that rocked Toronto in December of 2005. Mr. O'KEEFE was killed just a few blocks north of where a brazen shootout claimed the life of 15-year-old Jane CREBA. Both victims were never the intended targets of the bullets that hit them, yet both were the only ones to die in each incident.
Ms. BANAHAN was devastated by the news of her partner's death - she spoke to a reporter yesterday just as news of Mr. O'KEEFE's killing played out on her television set at home.
"I'm just so sad that he won't be around any more," she said.
Last night, two of his best Friends, in shock over the fluke of their friend being in the wrong place at the wrong time, remembered him as a gentle, funny man, "brilliant at darts" and devoted to his young son and network of Friends.
"As a father, he showed his son Toronto's every ravine and heritage building," recalls Andrea ASTER, a friend for the past 20 years. "He was an ardent environmentalist whose only wish was that his son would grow up to be an environmental warrior."
She said that Mr. O'KEEFE, a 6-foot-2-inch man with "piercing blue eyes," had a way of making and keeping Friends.
"The people who were his Friends were his Friends for life," she said.
Another long-time friend, Brian EATON, 43, met Mr. O'KEEFE when they attended the same Scarborough high school. Mr. EATON said his younger brother, Tony, 42, who was in the same high-school class as Mr. O'KEEFE and remained close Friends, had invited him to the family cottage in Huntsville this past weekend. But Mr. O'KEEFE declined so that he could go skating with his son.
"I wish he had gone to the cottage," said Mr. EATON.
For the past 15 years, he said Mr. O'KEEFE was a weekly regular at the Duke of Gloucester pub, where he played darts.
"When I heard of the shooting I thought to myself I hope that was not Johnny because he was my one friend who might be walking down Yonge Street because he goes to the Duke," said Mr. EATON, adding that his friend's violent end was the opposite of how he lived.
"He wouldn't know anyone who has a gun or practices violence," said Mr. EATON.
"He was a responsible father, a responsible friend, the kind of guy that everyone loved and every kind word you would think of, you would apply to him."
Meanwhile, police are looking for witnesses: to a shooting Saturday night at Rosemary Lane in the Forest Hill neighbourhood. An unidentified man in his 20s suffered serious injury when he was shot once in the stomach near Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue, but is recovering in hospital, Toronto Police said yesterday.

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CREBA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-19 published
Stray bullet ended father's dreams of building a new life for his family
By Anthony REINHART with a report from Cassandra DRUDI, Page A1
In a neighbourhood nicknamed "airport" for all the Chinese newcomers it attracts, MAO Hou Chang had fast become a fixture on the sidewalks of Gerrard Street East, building his new life one orange at a time.
He could be found there most days, pointing customers to the best fruit in his bins in front of the Fu Yao Supermarket, a teeming hub for shoppers in Toronto's East Chinatown.
Thursday evening was no different, until just after dark. In the place where he made his modest living, Mr. MAO wound up dead in a blast of gunfire meant for someone else. A stray bullet hit him in the torso.
The death of 47-year-old Mr. MAO, the second killing of an innocent bystander in less than a week, sent a fresh wave of exasperation across Toronto, whose stone-faced mayor, David Miller, visited merchants before renewing his call for a federal handgun ban. It also echoed the Boxing Day, 2005, death of Jane CREBA, a 15-year-old caught in a shootout as thousands of shoppers clogged downtown Yonge Street.
Yesterday, as Mr. MAO's killer remained unknown and police made their presence felt on foot, in cruisers and on horseback, his community stumbled back to work amid a swirl of bitter winds and tough questions: Who did this? How could they? Why him?
"I think he had just come down in the front to take a look only" when the shots rang out, said William CHUI, who owns a bookshop near the grocery store. "He was shot down without any purpose."
The purpose of Mr. MAO's move to Canada two years ago was, by all accounts, a familiar one: to build a better life for his family. His 23-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter had joined him in Toronto, while his wife stayed behind in Fuzhou, a city of 2.6 million and capital of Fujian province on China's southeast coast.
His many customers knew him simply as "Mr. MAO," a quiet and likeable man with a helpful streak running through his hard work ethic.
"He's kind," said Trinh HUYNH, a neighbourhood resident for whom Mr. MAO would measure out lettuce into a plastic bag. "He's a very hard worker, even cold time he'd work outside," she said.
"We're all upset," said Mr. B. KONG, who owns a flower shop just east of the grocery and sent a bouquet to the store just before noon yesterday, when police gave it the go-ahead to reopen.
"It's never happened like this; this is a safe area," said Mr. KONG, who moved to Toronto from Hong Kong 15 years ago. "That kind of people, they come from another area," he said, referring to the gunmen.
Like many Toronto neighbourhoods, East Chinatown has evolved markedly in the 30 years since Mr. CHUI opened his bookstore, but not in a way that would explain Thursday's brazen gunfight, he said.
The Chinese population has shrunk to "two small clubs," mainly new arrivals to Canada and elderly immigrants who find city living convenient.
Gone, Mr. CHUI said, is the group in between, working families who have fled to suburban Markham, Richmond Hill, Scarborough and Newmarket.
As East Chinatown has shrunk, the residential streets around it have become increasingly gentrified as young professionals move in and start families.
At the same time, rough edges remain. Yesterday, in an alley behind the supermarket, three young people ducked into a parking garage to huddle around a lighter with pipes held to their mouths, and the notorious Don Jail looms at Gerrard Street and Broadview Avenue. Last October, a man who was arrested after Ms. CREBA's death was shot dead near the jail after visiting an inmate on a Sunday afternoon.
Whatever the outcome of Thursday's violence, Mr. MAO will be missed by those who had come to know him.
Dale CHEUNG, who as president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce spent much of his day trying to calm the frayed nerves of merchants, spent time with him last week, and again on Thursday, just before he was killed.
In the first instance, Mr. CHEUNG enlisted Mr. MAO's help in hanging 40 red pennants from poles along Gerrard Street to mark Chinese New Year on February 7.
"Because he's tall guy, he was good for helping me hang the banners," Mr. CHEUNG said, using the present tense to describe his deceased friend, as the newly bereaved often do. "He said, 'Okay, no problem,' " and spent two hours doing the work for no charge."
As evening fell on Thursday, Mr. CHEUNG stopped off at the supermarket to buy some fruit.
"He chose some oranges for me," he said. "He told me the oranges are very good, very sweet."
With that, Mr. CHEUNG walked down Gerrard Street to his office. He didn't hear the shots.
"I didn't know until this morning," he said. "I'm not happy to hear this news."

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CREBA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-19 published
CREBA, Arlene Dessie
In Victoria, British Columbia, on Sunday, April 13, 2008, peacefully, at the age of 89. Wife of the late D. Glenn CREBA (June 28, 1990,) close friend and companion of Curtis HOFFMAN (March 24, 2008,) mother of John (Toronto), Bruce (Toronto), Doug (Naniamo) and David (Victoria) and loving grandmother. Born September 24, 1918 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Arlene arrived on the prairie with a head of carrot red hair and a smile. She attended local schools in Maple Creek, but graduated from Victoria College, U of T, (Physiotherapy) in 1938. In January 1942, she joined Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and was posted overseas, where she connected with everyone with roots to Maple Creek, including Lieutenant Glenn CREBA, Royal Canadian Navy. They were married March 3rd 1945. Following separate discharges from the Army and Navy, they returned to Winnipeg in November 1945 where Glenn finished his architecture studies and they started a family. They moved to Applewood Acres, Port Credit in May 1954 to raise their four rambunctious young boys. Arlene and Glenn retired to Victoria in 1978 to enjoy the beauty and mild weather. Arlene spent her final years at Somerset House, Victoria, where family and Friends visited often. Surrounded by mountains and ocean, Arlene remained a prairie girl at heart. A remembrance gathering will be held at a future date. Donations to Victoria Hospice or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to send a message to the family, please e-mail: arlene.creba@sympatico.ca

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CREECH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-26 published
POPHAM, Louise
Of Saint Thomas, passed away at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Monday, March 24, 2008, in her 94th year. Loved sister of (her twin) Ruth MacKENZIE of London, late Reginald POPHAM and the late Kellond POPHAM. Dear aunt of Bill MacKENZIE and his wife Shelley of London, and Mary CREECH and her husband David of Collingwood. Also survived by several great-nephews and great-nieces, one great-great-nephew and one great-great-niece. Born in Saint Thomas, April 5, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Nell (OLDREIVE) POPHAM. Louise was a former employee of Banghart, Kelly, Doig and Co. and Canadian Timken. She was a member of Saint_John's Anglican Church, Saint Thomas and a charter member of the Chancel Guild of the church. The funeral service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Friday at 1: 30 p.m. Friends and relatives will be received by the family one hour prior. Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, memorial donations to Saint_John's Anglican Church or the charity of your choice will be appreciated.

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CREECH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-28 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Harry Leslie Charles
At his residence, on Friday, April 25th, 2008. Harry Leslie Charles WHITE/WHYTE of Rodney in his 55th year. Predeceased by his wife Deborah (97) and lovingly remembered by his wife Deb. Dear son of Janet BOWLES of Ailsa Craig and the late George WHITE/WHYTE. Harry will be sadly missed by his children Deb (Frank) of Leamington, Adam (Sandi) of Rodney, Justin (Anne) of Rodney and Shane (Melanie) of London and step daughter Tammy (Travis) MURRAY. Loving grandfather of Ashley, Felicia, Jessica, Brandon, Drew, Sabrina, Cody, Tenisha, Katelyn, Jade and Skyla. Brother of Margaret (2005) and Albert SCHACHOW, Wilson and Diane, Tammy and Doug BONNETT, Teddy, Terry and Bill CREECH and Tony and Tammy. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and Friends. Harry was past president of Rodney Legion, an autobody man in Rodney for many years and more recently the owner of Gigi's Variety and Bowl. Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel on Monday, April 28th, 2008 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Father W. GUTOWSKI officiating. Interment Rodney cemetery at a later date. Rodney Legion, Branch #525 will conduct a memorial service on Monday evening at 6 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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CREELMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-01 published
ROBB, William Alexander
(February 21, 1916-March 28, 2008)
William Alexander ROBB, M.D., F.R.C.S. died at his home in Calgary on Friday, March 28, 2008 at the age of ninety-two. His remarkable life began on February 21, 1916 in Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan where he was born on the family farm. Doctor ROBB received his M.D. degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1943 and was promptly shipped overseas and posted to Italy. Following World War 2, he became a family doctor in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan where he met Barbara GREEN, a schoolteacher, whom he married in 1949. Dr. ROBB returned to the University of Western Ontario and obtained his General Surgery Certification in 1953. After further subspecialty training at the Universities of McGill and Manitoba, he earned his Fellowship in Urology in 1954. The ROBB's moved to Calgary in 1955 where Doctor ROBB practiced Urology with Doctor Lorne Mitchell and Doctor Jack Noakes. Together they were recognized for their pioneering work in the 'art of the practice of medicine' when special tribute was paid to them on Surgeon's Day in 2007 by the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Doctor ROBB retired at age 77 and in his retirement he enjoyed his family and Friends, his beautiful backyard, reading history, telling stories and traveling. He was an acclaimed medical practitioner whose generosity and kindness knew no bounds. Doctor ROBB's wife, Barbara, predeceased him in 1986. He is survived by their four children; Leslie (Gordon FORD,) Angus (Susan KILGOUR,) Calvin (Jane EVENSON,) and Carrie (Ross CREELMAN;) his six grandchildren, Katie (Stephen KOTKAS,) Helen and David FORD and Hayley, Jackson and Harris ROBB; sister-in-law, Eileen ROBB and many nieces and nephews around the world. He was predeceased by his sister, Kay BRUCE (Alan) and by his brother, Jim. Funeral Services will be held at Lakeview United Church (3023 - 63rd Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta) on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com The family would like to extend their thanks to Doctor Lisa Retzer, Doctor Peter Giannoccaro, and Doctor Sid Viner. In living memory of Doctor Alex ROBB, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200

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CREEMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-15 published
TRAINOR, Mary Teresa (née CALLAGHAN)
Surrounded by the love of her family, at Parkwood Hospital, London, Wednesday, May 14, 2008, Mary Teresa TRAINOR of London, formerly of Mount Carmel, born October 20, 1922 in Dromore, Prince Edward Island. Daughter of the late John F. CALLAGHAN (1972) and Bridget Ann (KELLY) CALLAGHAN (1951.) Cherished mother of Richard TRAINOR (Mary Anne), Wendy THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Earl TRAINOR (Johanne), Cheryl HAUG (Thomas), Heather HOLNESS (Michael) and Pamela Trainor BROOKS (Keith). Loved sister of Grace MCINNES/MCINNIS, Gertrude WILFLIN and Augustine CALLAGHAN (Tena.) Adored grandmother of Jeff THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Allyson,) David and Maggie TRAINOR, Josh HAUG (and friend Jolene,) Meghan, Ben and Nicole HOLNESS. Loved aunt of Louis, Betty, George and Kenny CALLAGHAN, Jon CAVANAUGH, Imelda CALLAGHAN, Hope PRAUGHT, Bill Wilflin, Harold and Reg TRAINOR and many great-nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother James CALLAGHAN (1999,) sister Dorothy CREEMER (2000,) sister-in-law Mary CALLAGHAN (1990,) brothers-in-law Earl CREEMER (1987,) Henry WILFLIN (1981,) Tom ROSE (1945,) Albert MCINNES/MCINNIS (1990,) son-in-law Lorne THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (2002) and nephew George TRAINOR (2006.) Mary was a member of the Catholic Women's League for over forty years. She will be remembered by those who knew and loved her for her faith in God, her tremendous inner strength, her integrity and strong set of values, her generosity and capable hands, her sense of humour, her immeasurable love and her "camera happy finger" which preserved her family's growth from childhood to adulthood. Sincere gratitude and thanks is expressed to Doctor Geming TU for his excellent care over many years, to Doctor Cathy FAULDS and to the staff of Parkwood Hospital's Palliative Care Unit for their expert care. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Friday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. C.W.L. prayers at the funeral home Friday at 3: 30 p.m. Mass of the resurrection will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Father Ray LAWHEAD Celebrant. Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Cancer Society or Jesse's Journey would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com
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CREEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-07 published
TIPPIN, Isabel Lenora (née CORDICK)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on the birthday of her late husband January 5, 2008. In her 92nd year, Isabel Lenora TIPPIN (née CORDICK,) The beloved wife and friend of the late W.J. Harold TIPPIN. Lovingly remembered by her children Brenda McGREGOR, Joyce CARR and Rodger TIPPIN (Kathy.) Fond memories will be cherished by her grandchildren Toni McGREGOR, Todd McGREGOR (Stephanie), Ian CARR, Dylan TIPPIN, Jesse TIPPIN and Brandon TIPPIN. Special great-grand_son Brighton McGREGOR. Sister of Jean PERCY (Mel) and Wilda BARFOOT (late Fred.) Predeceased by her granddaughter Cynthia CARR, her son-in-law Arthur CARR and two brothers Irwin and William and her parents Francis and Irene CORDICK. Isabel was a volunteer “extraordinaire” being recognized by the Province of Ontario, and the City of Owen Sound and awards such as the Totally Dedicated “Community Salute” for her dedication, commitment and passion for volulnteer work. She enjoyed many years with the Girl Guides of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire both the Captain William F. Owen and the White Cloud Chapters. Isabel was also a life member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. She will be fondly remembered for her knitting which began for the soldiers of World War 2 leading to the children of Northern Canada and Central America. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Tuesday afternoon at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. Ted CREEN officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Isabel's family wish to send a special thank you to her Friends and the staff of Central Place. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, the I.O.D.E. White Cloud Chapter or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. “let me live on in your acts of kindness&rdquo

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CREEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-04-01 published
SHIER, Rhoda Jane (née PORTER)
Peacefully at the Kelso Pines Retirement Lodge in Owen Sound on Monday March 31, 2008. In her 99th year, Rhoda Jane Shier (née PORTER,) beloved wife of the late Allan SHIER. Dear sister of Earl PORTER, Evelyn WILLIAMSON and Clayton PORTER and his wife Betty. Fondly remembered by her extended family. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday April 2 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Rev. Ted CREEN officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family.

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CREEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-09 published
HART, Leslie Alton
Peacefully at his home in Owen Sound on Wednesday May 7, 2008. In his 83rd year, Leslie Alton HART, loving husband and friend of Velma HART (née ROBBINS.) Loved father of John HART and Belle and her husband Clyne HOGGARD. Loving grandfather of Lynne and her husband Joe MacNEIL, Tina and her husband Bill BOEVING, and Sueann and her husband Bob NEWBERRY. Great-grandfather of four. Alton was a World War 2 Veteran serving with the Queen's Own Rifles, was a Past County Master of the Grey West Loyal Orange Lodge and was a member of the Lady Cavell, L.O.B.A. No. 978., also a member of the Royal Black Preceptory #436, Tara. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Sunday May 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Ted CREEN officiating. Members of the Lady Cavell, L.O.B.A. No 978 are requested to attend a memorial service at the funeral home on Sunday May 11 at 4 p.m. Interment in Boyd Cemetery, Georgian Bluffs. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Trillium Home, L.O.B.A. Ontario West Inc. would be appreciated by the family.

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CREEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-23 published
WALSH, Walter Stewart
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Thursday May 22, 2008. In his 81st year, Walter Stewart WALSH, beloved husband of the late Lillian (Lillie) WALSH (GOLEM, nee: HEFT.) Father of Elda Mae and her husband Gordon KNAPP, Allen GOLEM and his wife Carol and Dan GOLEM. Fondly remembered by his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and his great great-grandchildren and by his nieces and nephews. Loved brother of Helen (Mrs. Lloyd KRUEGER.) Dear brother-in-law of Grace (Mrs. Alvin THOMPSETT.) Predeceased by five brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and by his parents Walter James WALSH and his wife “Nellie” Mary Helen (née STEWARD/STEWART/STUART), by his brothers Stanley WALSH, Arthur WALSH and his wife Sheila. Friends may call at Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday morning May 24, 2008 at 11 a.m. Rev. Ted CREEN officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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CREEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-27 published
FENWICK, John Matthew
Peacefully at Summit Place Nursing Home in Owen Sound (formerly of Tara) on Thursday June 26, 2008. In his 96th year, John Matthew FENWICK, the beloved husband of the late Marie (née TRASK.) Loved father of Ruby (Mrs. Wallace WATTS) and Harvey and his wife Penny. Father-in-law of Erla (Mrs. Ken FENWICK.) Proud grandfather of Stephen, Lisa, Jennifer, Stacy and Crystal. Dear brother of Ivan and brother-in-law of Olive FENWICK. John will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his son Ken, son-in-law Wally, granddaughter Marci, sisters Hazel, Lena and by his brother Howard. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery. Rev. Ted CREEN officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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CREEN 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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CREEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-14 published
SMITH, Ona Georgina May (née McCUTCHEON)
Peacefully at Lee Manor in Owen Sound on Friday evening July 11, 2008. In her 93rd year, Ona Georgina May SMITH (née McCUTCHEON,) beloved wife of the late Maxwell Dane SMITH. Loving mother of Sharon and her husband Mel HARRIS. Loved grandmother of Stephen. Chosen mom of Sharon CHEVRIER and her husband Tony DIMITRIEFF. Dear sister-in-law of Dorothy (Mrs. Morley McCUTCHEON.) Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers Morley McCUTCHEON, John (Jack) McCUTCHEON and by three sisters Vange (Mrs. Charles MacINTOSH), Lyla (Mrs. Wilbur McCULLOUGH) and Alma (Mrs. Garfield MURPHY.) Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday July 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Rev. Ted CREEN officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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CREIGHTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-12 published
CREIGHTON, Margaret (February 21, 1928-July 12, 2003)
In Loving Memory of Margaret CREIGHTON. Always passionate, caring and creative. Greatly missed by your children, grandchildren, and Friends.

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CREIGHTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-24 published
BLACKSTOCK, Mary Endicott (MANNING)
Died peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital on Saturday, March 22, 2008. Beloved mother of Brenda (James), Charles (Kelly), Larry (Wendy) and Gerald (Beth.) Dear sister of Carol POLLEN and Phyllis CREIGHTON and loving Grannie of Daniel DARROCH, Taylor and Devon BLACKSTOCK and Kai and Torin BLACKSTOCK. The family would like to thank the staff in the Palliative Care Unit at Sunnybrook Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 2: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in Saint_John's Church York Mills, 19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto. Donations to Saint_John's Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto, M2P 1H3 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto, Ontario M4S 3B1 or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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CREIGHTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-29 published
BLACKSTOCK, Mary Endicott (MANNING)
Died peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital on Saturday, March 22, 2008. Beloved mother of Brenda (James), Charles (Kelly), Larry (Wendy) and Gerald (Beth.) Dear sister of Carol POLLEN and Phyllis CREIGHTON and loving Grannie of Daniel DARROCH, Taylor and Devon BLACKSTOCK and Kai and Torin BLACKSTOCK. The family would like to thank the staff in the Palliative Care Unit at Sunnybrook Hospital. A funeral service was held at 2: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in Saint_John's Church York Mills, 19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto. Donations to Saint_John's Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto, M2P 1H3 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto, Ontario M4S 3B1 or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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CREIGHTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-17 published
CREIGHTON, James Bracewell
Suddenly at Meighen Manor, Toronto on Sunday, June 15, 2008 in his 73rd year, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Sadly missed by his beloved wife Cynthia and her daughters Nicole BELCOURT and Alexandra BELCOURT, her son Paul BELCOURT, and by his brother Douglas CREIGHTON and sister-in-law, Willa. Devoted uncle to Denny, Julia, David, Caro, Andrew, Kirstie and Zoe. Pre- deceased by his parents Denton CREIGHTON and Margaret (GILMOUR) of Montreal. Jim was born in Montreal on April 10, 1935 and attended Selwyn House School, Bishop's College School, McGill University and University of Western Ontario (MBA). Trained as an economist, Jim worked for many years with financial institutions first in Montreal and, since 1980, in Toronto. A keen skier and tennis player when he was younger, Jim maintained his interest in sports all his life. We shall all miss Jim's generosity of spirit and genuine caring for Friends and family which he continued to show even as his disease progressed. Special thanks to the staff of Dinnick Wing, 4th floor, Meighen Manor. At Jim's request, a private family service will be held. No flowers please but donations to the Parkinson Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated.

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CREMASCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-12 published
CARERE, Delina (née SCARFONE)
Passed away on July 10, 2008 after a brief illness in her 96th year. She was the loving spouse of the late Carl CARERE, retired Belle River High School teacher. Delina was a beloved mother and grandmother, and accomplished artist and seamstress. She received her Honours Degree in Fine Arts and Italian at the University of Windsor, graduating with distinction. Delina was endlessly nurturing and totally dedicated to her family. She will be profoundly missed by her children, Annemarie, George (Gianna) and Vincent (Susan) and her adored grandchildren Jaime and Carli McCLELLAN, Michael, Nicholas (Julie) Joseph, Alison, Angela and Amy CARERE She is survived by her siblings Delia AREL, Joseph, Frank, and Santo SCARFONE and her sisters-in-law, Margaret, Sally, Ann and Patricia. She has been welcomed into the afterlife by her dearest Carl, her parents Vincenza and Rocco SCARFONE, her siblings Mela and Tony and her in-laws; Mary and Mico VALERIOTE, Annie CREMASCO, Nino GERACE, Orville AREL and Joan SCARFONE. Visitation will be at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener, Ontario. Saturday July 12th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Sunday July 13th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with prayers at 8 p.m. on Sunday. The Funeral Mass will take place at St. Louis Catholic Church Monday July 14th at 1 p.m. The family asks that any donations in memory of Delina be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and Saint Mary's Cardiac Care Unit. Visit www.henrywalser.com for Delina's memorial and details on charitable donations.

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CRERAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-13 published
REANEY, James Crerar
Peacefully at Marian Villa, Mount Hope Centre, London, on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, in his 82nd year. Survived by his wife Colleen THIBAUDEAU; his son James Stewart REANEY and his wife Susan WALLACE of London and their daughter Elizabeth Wallace REANEY in Seoul, Korea; his daughter Susan REANEY and her husband Ian CHUNN and their daughter Edie Elizabeth Reaney CHUNN of Vancouver; his sister Wilma McCAIG and brother Ron COOKE. Predeceased by his son John Andrew REANEY (1966) and his parents James N. REANEY and Elizabeth CRERAR. Our thanks to the kind and caring staff and fellow residents of Marian Villa, to the many Friends who visited Jamie, and to all who have been involved in his care. A Celebration of Jamie's life will be held at Robinson Memorial United Church, 1061 Richmond Street at Sherwood Avenue, London, on Saturday, June 14 at 2: 00 p.m. A day of remembrance will take place this summer. Cremation will be followed by a private interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, London. In lieu of flowers, please consider an act of kindness to someone in need or make a contribution to a charity of your choice. (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca)

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CRERAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-08 published
CRERAR, Velva (née LONG)
On Sunday, July 6th, 2008, Velva Crerar (née LONG,) after a lengthy illness at the age of 85 years. She was born and raised in London, Ontario. Velva is survived and will be missed by her children Bruce CRERAR (Fran), Bob CRERAR (Beth) and Donna BEAVER. Loving grandmother of Kimberly ENRIGHT (Jeff,) Jennifer JACKSON (Paul,) Pamela STOEHR (Mark), Bradley CRERAR (Tara), Randy CRERAR (Janna), Robin WASCHENKO (Nick,) and great-grandmother of Tory and Cassie ENRIGHT, Ty and Kierra JACKSON, Allison and Taylor STOEHR, Brady CRERAR and Lukas WASCHENKO. Predeceased by her loving husband Russell, parents Cecil and Florence LONG, brother John LONG, sister Anita SMITH, grand_son Greg BEAVER and son-in-law Lloyd BEAVER. Despite her illness Velva met life with a positive attitude and has been actively involved at Parkwood Hospital where she has resided for 17 years. She was a member of the Family and Patient Council for a number of years and has been involved in raising funds for a variety of charity events. In addition she was a long time member of the M.S. Society. Her love of family has been ever constant in her life, her strength and love has always been a guiding factor in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Friends will be received at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel (1997 Dundas Street) East, London for a Memorial Service on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 11 a.m. Visitation 10: 30-11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Chapel. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations to the MS Society London-Middlesex Chapter, 21 Grosvenor Street, London, Ontario N6A 4V2, gratefully acknowledged by the family. The family extends a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Parkwood Hospital for their caring and kindness throughout the years.

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CRERAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-01 published
CRERAR, Kathleen Jean (née BURK/BURKE)
Kathleen passed away peacefully in Vancouver after a long and happy life, on February 25, 2008. Widow of Henry Hatton CRERAR daughter of William Willmar BURK/BURKE and Sarah Jane HUNTER, Kathleen is remembered and loved by her family: sons Bill (husband of the late Susan) of Toronto, and Tony (Maureen) of Vancouver and her seven grandchildren (and twelve great-grandchildren): Kathryn and James KIRKLAND (Ben and Megan), Lauren and Mark LINTON (Samantha and Alexandra,) Steven and Lynne CRERAR (Harrison, Alexander, and Caelan,) and Andrew CRERAR; David and Julia CRERAR (Harry and Kathleen PHILIPPA,) Suzanne and Dean WOLF (Julian, Layla, and Kirby,) and Carolyn and Sean WHARTON. Kathleen will also be dearly remembered by her Burke, Bennett, McRae, Hardisty and Bailey nieces and nephews, and her many Friends. Kathleen was born in Vancouver on May 4, 1908. She grew up in Burnaby near the now-named Burke Street. She was a primary school teacher, receiving her training at the Vancouver Normal School. Kathleen taught in Burnaby and Vancouver before her marriage to Hat on New Year's Day 1936. Later, she taught kindergarten at Athlone School in Kerrisdale for many years before retiring to Beach Grove, Tsawwassen. She played golf and bridge into her nineties, maintained her own home until her mid-nineties, and kept her wit and humour to the end. In her final years she resided at Crofton Manor in Kerrisdale. The family would like to thank all of the staff at Crofton Manor for their care and attention. At her request, no service will be held.

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CRERAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-13 published
REANEY, James Crerar
Peacefully at Marian Villa, Mount Hope Centre, London, on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, in his 82nd year. Survived by his wife Colleen THIBAUDEAU; his son James Stewart REANEY and his wife Susan WALLACE of London and their daughter Elizabeth Wallace REANEY in Seoul, Korea; his daughter Susan REANEY and her husband Ian CHUNN and their daughter Edie Elizabeth Reaney CHUNN of Vancouver; his sister Wilma McCAIG and brother Ron COOKE. Predeceased by his son John Andrew REANEY (1966) and his parents James N. REANEY and Elizabeth CRERAR. Our thanks to the kind and caring staff and fellow residents of Marian Villa, to the many Friends who visited Jamie, and to all who have been involved in his care. A Celebration of Jamie's life will be held at Robinson Memorial United Church, 1061 Richmond Street at Sherwood Avenue, London, on Saturday, June 14 at 2: 00 p.m. A day of remembrance will take place this summer. Cremation will be followed by a private interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, London. In lieu of flowers, please consider an act of kindness to someone in need or make a contribution to a charity of your choice. (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca)

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CRERAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-13 published
Author was 'one of the finest writers Canada has produced'
Long-time University of Western Ontario professor played with form, voice and space on the page, the airwaves and the stage. He rarely strayed from his regional roots
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S7
Imagine a totally creative person - poet, playwright, short-story writer, painter, pianist. That was James REANEY, one of our most diverse and prolific artists, a man whose virtuosity extended from theatrical workshops with children to literary scholarship in the academy. He played with form, voice and space on the page, the airwaves and the stage. Like Alice Munro, he rarely strayed from his physical roots in Southwestern Ontario, the source of his inspiration.
"James REANEY did not fit any of the usual Canadian literary moulds, which was one of the best things about him. He was a mould-maker," said literary scholar Germaine Warkentin, the editor of several critical volumes of his poetry and prose. Praising him as "one of the finest writers Canada has produced," Prof. Warkentin said: "He had an immense range - poetry both highly literary and very simple, plays that any company could put on, whether professional or community, opera librettos, and (early on) dazzling short stories that upset a literary applecart that needed upsetting."
Margaret Atwood says he "was a true original," who was very "playful, inventive, musical and theatrical." She still remembers seeing him perform his early work, One Man Masque, when she was an undergraduate at the University of Toronto in the late 1950s. "It was never to be forgotten by anybody who saw it," she said. "The first half was life and the second half death and, in order to make the transition, he climbed into a coffin and came out wearing goggles, furry driver's gloves and carrying a blue flashlight. It was one of the strange, surreal moments of theatre," she added - perhaps unnecessarily.
"In the late 19th century and through our own time, poetry got lost in a march toward realism and prose," said Don Rubin, founding editor of the Canadian Theatre Review and Director of York University's Graduate Program in Theatre Studies. "James REANEY was one of those few Western artists of the modern period - T.S. Eliot was another - who sought to bring poetry back into the theatre. Neither he nor Eliot succeeded, but what a glorious war REANEY fought for the art in Canada.
"His Donnellys trilogy is a mammoth achievement and one of the major building blocks of the post-Centennial theatre in this country," said Prof. Rubin. "It proved that poetry really did have a place on our stages and it proved to REANEY himself that he actually had a place on our stages as well."
James (Jamie) Crerar REANEY was born on a farm in South Easthope near Stratford, Ontario, in the middle 1920s. He was the only son of James Nesbitt REANEY and Elizabeth (née CRERAR) REANEY. An imaginative and solitary child who believed that "metaphor is reality," he absorbed the landscape, history and social networks of Southwestern Ontario and made them central to his work. As a child, he attended Elmhurst School, a country school near his home, and studied piano with Cora B. Ahrens, one of first music teachers to travel around Perth County giving lessons.
His parents separated and his mother remarried and had two other children. It may have been his step-father who first told him, when he was 10, the legend of the Black Donnellys, the Irish immigrants who were massacred in their farmhouse near Lucan in 1880. This reimagined story inspired his famous trilogy of plays in the 1970s.
For high school, he went to Stratford Vocational Institute in nearby Stratford, entering in the year that the Second World War began and graduating the same month the Allies invaded Normandy. When asked why he began to write drama, Prof. REANEY responded that the impetus could have been "anything from a neurotic compulsion to bore my community, to a healthy desire to do something that my town could focus on, to things hidden deep in childhood like toys, cardboard cut-out theatres in popcorn boxes and Christmas stockings, and so on." In fact, he wrote his first play in high school because it was expected of him - "they had a tradition of producing plays."
He moved to Toronto in September, 1944, to study English literature at the University of Toronto, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1948 and a master's degree the following year. At university, he became involved in performance and writing and Friendships with other literary and artistic types, including the anthologist Robert Weaver, the poet Colleen THIBAUDEAU, and the musician and composer John Beckwith, a lifelong friend and frequent collaborator. They later wrote four operas together, and many other works in which Prof. Beckwith set Prof. REANEY's words to music.
"What I found working with him was that he always understood musically what I was talking about, whereas a lot of writers don't," said Prof. Beckwith. "He had a musical approach and was very interested in opera literature, so it wasn't like starting from square one."
The poet Earle Birney met him in the late 1940s at a party and was enough taken by the experience that he noted: "He was still a varsity sophomore, but a very unusual one. I've never forgotten the impression he made on me that evening - a small packet of firecrackers set alight, he went sizzling and leaping mischievously from one guest to another, an excited child popping adult questions, bounding into the kitchen and back to the hall, and continually exploding with ideas, images and emotions. I thought him a marvellously inventive Ariel, and still do."
At U of T, he was strongly influenced by Northrop Frye and Fearful Symmetry, his book on the poetry of William Blake, which was published in 1947. Even as an undergraduate, he was already writing poetry and short stories. The first brought him acclaim, the second notoriety. He was only 23 when he won the Governor-General's Award in 1949 for his first collection of poems, The Red Heart. A collage in which a young man tries to reconcile his childhood memories with the harsh and often incomprehensible world of experience, the volume contains 42 poems, written during his university days, including The School Globe, in which the poet pictures himself holding the "wrecked blue cardboard pumpkin" with its lines of latitude and longitude, and laments the loss of the "fair fields and lands" of his childhood. Here is how it ends: "If I raise my hand/ No tall teacher will demand/ What I want./ But if someone in authority/ Were here, I'd say/ Give me this old world back/ Whose husk I clasp/ And I'll give you in exchange/ The great sad real one/ That's filled/ Not with a child's remembered and pleasant skies/ But with blood, pus, death, stepmothers, and lies./"
The year before, he had published a short story, The Box Social in the Undergrad, the student magazine at University College. The story, which is told from the point of view of Sylvia, a young woman from a small community who has been impregnated and abandoned by a local hero, has a surprising and disturbing payback ending. When The Box Social, with its bold (for the times) messages about illegitimate stillborn babies, was republished in New Liberty, it ignited a firestorm of protest, including inflammatory letters from 800 subscribers. The furor doused his prospects of becoming editor of Undergrad.
The Bully, another short story he wrote about this time (contrasting the etiquette rituals in high school with the pecking order in a chicken coop), was included in an anthology edited by his friend Robert Weaver in the late 1950s. Margaret Atwood read it as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto and later included it in The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories, which she edited with Mr. Weaver in 1987. In her introduction, Ms. Atwood suggested that Prof. REANEY anticipated what came to be called Southern Ontario Gothic, a group of writers including Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Timothy Findley, Jane Urquhart and Barbara Gowdy, who inhabit a literary landscape whose "main features were defined earlier by James REANEY." As for Prof. REANEY's influence on her own work, she said simply: "Without The Bully, my fiction would have followed other paths. If there are such things as 'key' reading experiences, The Bully was certainly one of mine."
After university, he travelled in France and then accepted at job teaching at the University of Manitoba, a position he held for a decade, from 1950-1960. He married his classmate Colleen THIBAUDEAU on her birthday, December 29, 1951. They had three children, James (1952), John (born in 1954; died of meningitis in 1966) and Susan (1959), and combined family life and artistic enterprise. As a poet she has published several volumes including The Martha Landscapes, The Artemesia Book and The Patricia Album.
In the late 1950s, Prof. REANEY took a two-year sabbatical to return to the University of Toronto to complete his doctoral dissertation on The Influence of Spenser on Yeats under Northrop Frye, receiving his degree in 1958, the same year that he published his second volume of poetry, A Suit of Nettles. That book, which earned his second Governor-General's Award, drew upon his academic work and echoed Spenser's The Shepheardes Calendar. Being himself, however, he set his dozen pastoral ecologues, one for each calendar month, in Southwestern Ontario and wrote from the perspective of barnyard geese living through their life cycle from birth to slaughter at Christmas time. The poems, which combine a variety of poetic forms from allegorical to graphic, show him at his quirky, inventive best.
The REANEYs returned to his creative heartland in 1960 when he accepted an academic position at the University of Western Ontario in London. The following decade was a kaleidoscope of literary activity. In 1962, he published Twelve Letters to a Small Town, a collection of a dozen lyric poems in which the poet recreates the geography and social psychology of his home town of Stratford, Ontario, in the era of the 1930s and 1940s in a mythological form.
Living in London, teaching at the university, married to a poet, surrounded by his own children, he began writing plays and books for young people, creating and printing his own literary magazine, Alphabet, on the iconography of the imagination, writing operas and collaborating on setting his poems to music with his friend, composer John Beckwith. He also began working in the theatre with Prof. Beckwith's then wife, Pamela Terry. She organized a public reading of A Suit of Nettles, and persuaded him to write The Killdeer, which she then directed at Toronto's Coach House Theatre. Reviews were mixed after the opening on January 13, 1960. Mavor Moore lauded it in The Telegram as a turning point in Canadian dramatic history, while Nathan Cohen dismissed it as "a desperately bad play" in The Star. Nevertheless, it won a prize at the Dominion Drama Festival.
Prof. REANEY was experimenting with music, form, dialogue and myth and creating his own way of expressing them. Night-blooming Cereus and One-man Masque, which showed both the gentle pastoral side of Prof. REANEY and the sardonic darker side of his sensibility, ran as a double bill in 1960 and were published in The Killdeer and Other Plays in 1963. The plays and his book of poetry Twelve Letters to a Small Town combined to earn him his third Governor-General's award that year. Other plays followed: The Easter Egg; The Sun and the Moon; three marionette plays (Apple Butter, Little Red-Riding Hood and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp); Listen to the Wind, which he also directed; and Colours in the Dark, which premiered at the Avon Theatre at the Stratford Festival. He also developed the Listener's Workshop and began working with child and adult actors.
Having escaped from this swirl of creative activity to spend a sabbatical year with his family in Victoria, about as far from his creative landscape as he could go in Canada, Prof. REANEY began writing The Donnelly Trilogy. The three plays, Sticks and Stones, The St. Nicholas Hotel, Wm. Donnelly, Prop., and Handcuffs, form the pinnacle of Prof. REANEY's work for the theatre. They went through an extensive workshop process before they were premiered at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto between 1973 and 1975 in productions directed by Keith Turnbull. They revolve around a feud which began in Tipperary in Ireland, was transplanted to Canada and culminated in the murders of James Donnelly and five members of his family near Lucan, Ontario. The material, which incorporated kin, revenge, rural Ontario, myth, and the possibility of reworking established views of innocence and guilt, was rich ore for Prof. REANEY. The middle play, St. Nicholas Hotel, won the Chalmers Award for best Canadian Play in 1974, while the trilogy is listed by the Oxford Dictionary of Plays as among the 1,000 most significant plays of all time.
He never stopped writing, painting and creating. His final books of poetry were Performance Poems (1990) and Souwesto Home (2005). The Champlain Society published The Donnelly Documents: An Ontario Vendetta, edited and with an introduction by Prof. REANEY in 2004. Only this spring, the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, Ontario, mounted The Iconography of the Imagination, more than 50 landscapes, sketches and drawings that he had made between the 1940s and the mid-1990s.
About five years ago, he was diagnosed with kidney disease. He began having dialysis and eventually needed more medical care than he could receive at home. Nevertheless, he kept on writing, painting and editing, often with the help of Friends and colleagues. Even in his last months, he was able "to make sounds and try to shape them" on an electric keyboard, according to his son James. And while the doctors said he had dementia, Prof. REANEY was able to communicate with his family, even in his final days - making a scowl, for example, when asked to create an image in response to the name Nathan Cohen.
James REANEY, O.C. PhD, F.R.S.C., was born near Stratford, Ontario, on September 1, 1926. He died at Marian Villa, Mount Hope Centre in London, Ontario, on June 11, 2008. He was 81, and had been suffering from kidney disease and dementia. He is survived by Colleen THIBAUDEAU, his wife of more than 50 years, his children James and Susan, two granddaughters, his two step-siblings and his extended family. A celebration of his life will be held at Robinson Memorial United Church in London on Sat. June 14.

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CRERAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-23 published
PRETTIE, Laura Mabel (née FOOT)
Peacefully at Belmont House, Toronto on Friday, June 20, 2008 after a long fulfilling life. Born in Vancouver in 1912, she met her future husband and moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario where they lived and raised a family. Laura and her husband Bob were true partners as they worked hard together to establish a successful wood preserving business while also raising two daughters. Laura moved to Toronto in 2000 to be near her family. Laura's charitable and community interests were many. In her early days, she was active in the Auxiliary of Saint_John's Anglican Church, the Children's Aid Society and the Annual Christmas Hamper Fund. She was also a great adventurer, keen sailor and ice-boater. Laura was pre-deceased by her devoted husband Robert James PRETTIE and by her much loved daughter Susan CRERAR in March of 2003. She is survived by her elder daughter, Audrey (the late Vere) MASON of Toronto. Well loved Noni to Kelly (James) KIRKLAND, and their children Ben and Megan, Lauren (Mark) LINTON their children Samantha and Alexandra, Steven (Lynne) CRERAR and their children Harrison, Alexander and Caelan, Rob (Kerry) NEISH and their children Robin and Oliver, Andrew CRERAR, and Geoff NEISH. Her grandchildren have wonderful memories of Nonie's sense of adventure and fun during summers spent at Lambert Island, in Lake Superior. Laura's family wish to express their gratitude to the professional and caring staff at Belmont House who made her feel at home, and a very special thank you to Adelina DEVERA, Eileen TOBIN and Tina ROBEZNIEKES. A private family service has taken place. Donations to the Susan E. Crerar Endowment Fund c/o The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2M9 would be appreciated.

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CRERAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-15 published
VERNER, Roy
Passed away suddenly March 4, 2008. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Wendy for over 35 years; dearly loved and loving Dad to Lee (Tina), Craig and his wife Kelly. He was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Mina. He will be sorely missed by his sister and brother-in-law, Freda and Eddie HARVEY in Northern Ireland. Dear son-in-law of Peter and Joan CRERAR in Australia and brother-in-law and uncle to Kevin and Maureen CRERAR and their sons Peter, Colin and Sean in California. Roy's humour and love of life will be missed by family and Friends in Northern Ireland, Australia, the U.S. and here in Canada. In keeping with Roy's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral. A memorial will be held at a later date, with interment in Northern Ireland. He'll be forever in our hearts.

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CRESS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-01-09 published
Maxie Robert CORBIERE May 31, 1953 - December 31, 2007
Maxie CORBIERE, a resident of Sault Sainte Marie for the past 25 years, died at the Sudbury Regional Hospital, Laurentian Site, on Monday, December 31, 2007 at the age of 54 years.
He was born in M'Chigeeng, son of the late Rose WABONGE CORBIERE and John Peter CORBIERE. Maxie's favourite pastime was listening to old country music, watching cowboy shows and being amongst his family. His greatest joy was spending cherished moments with his granddaughter Carolyn. Many memories will be cherished by his family. Loved and loving father of Amanda Bernadette (Rick), Miranda Rachel (Alvin), Laurie BEBONANG, Steven BEBONANG (Maxine), Shelly BEBONANG and Tina WABOOSE. Proud grandfather of Toni-Marie, Nevada, Carolyn, Swayde, Keairrah, Stefan, Samarah, Stevie, Seranden, Katelynn, Shauna and Scotty. Dear brother of Cecile EKLUND (predeceased,) Mary CRESS (Russell) of Sault Sainte Marie, Sarah NEVEAU (Mikey) of Goulais River, Alex CORBIERE (Ruby) of Sault Sainte Marie, Jim CORBIERE (Lila) of Sault Sainte Marie, Nelson CORBIERE (predeceased), Eddie CORBIERE (predeceased), Margaret COGHILL, Haviland Bay, Elizabeth BRYDGES and Hubert CORBIERE both of Sault Sainte Marie. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends called at the M'Chigeeng Complex on Thursday and Friday. The funeral mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 11.00 a.m. with Father Jim KELLY as celebrant. Cremation to follow. Culgin Funeral Home

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CRESS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-03-12 published
CRESS--In loving memory of Allan Daniel (Danny,) January 15, 1955 - March 11, 2007.
We watched you suffer
Heard you sigh
And all we could do
Was stand by.
But when the time came,
We suffered too.
You never deserved
What you went through.
God took your hand
We had to part.
He eased your pain
But broke our hearts.
Although we smile
And seem carefree
No one misses you
More than we.
Lovingly remembered by Anita and Philippe.

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CRESSWELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-20 published
WARREN, Shirley Marie
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria campus on Thursday May 15, 2008. Shirley Marie WARREN of London in her 77th year. Wife of the late Robert WARREN. Dear mother on Lynn Marie BODKIN of New York, Randy (Joe) BODKIN of Taiwan. Loving grandmother of Rob CRESSWELL of Burlington and Catherine SKULNIK of New York. Cremation has taken place. A graveside memorial service will be scheduled for late August. London Cremation Services entrusted with arrangements.

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CREWE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-19 published
CREWE, Alta Fern (née GLEESON)
(31 October 1905-17 February 2008)
At the age of 102 has gone to join her husband, Grant CREWE, her parents, Angus Bruce GLEESON and Margaret Adelaide PEET, of South Buxton, her granddaughter Kathleen, her brother Ivan GLEESON (Laura GOSNELL) of Chatham, sister Pearl (Bertram WRIGHT) of Merlin, all her in-laws and many others she knew and loved. Those who will miss her but celebrate her life are her sister Ola (John DUNCAN) of Florida, and her only child Nola CREWE and son-in-law Harold NELSON, her grand_son Derbyshire CREWE, his wife Vitoryha SHIELDS, their children, Grant and Devon; Kathleen's two children, Savannah and Dylan; her granddaughter Morgana CREWE and husband Michael KOZUROK; her granddaughter Verity CREWE- NELSON and husband Alexander AUSTRIACO and their daughters, Ella and Olivia; her granddaughter Victoria CREWE- NELSON, her husband Craig MOORE and their son Graeme; and many nephews and nieces. A talented woman who loved and excelled in sports, the Boulevard Club was her home away from home since 1932 (known then as the Parkdale Canoe Club) when she married and moved to Toronto. Fern enjoyed both work and play, and from her early days as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse, through a variety of careers, Fern returned to work as a curling pro when her husband died in 1965 and continued working until she was 85. Living independently in her Parkdale apartment, bridge, curling, oil painting, bowling, travel and her family occupied her years in retirement until at the age of 97 she moved to Chester Village following a stroke. She will rest at the home of her daughter at 74 Riverdale Avenue, Toronto on Wednesday 20 February 2008 and Friends are invited to call between 2: 00 and 8:00 p.m. Her funeral will take place at the Wycliffe College Chapel, 5 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto at 11: 00 a.m. on Thursday 21 February 2008. She will be interred with Grant at the Erie Cemetery, Wheatley, Ontario. Fern loved flowers, but would also appreciate contributions to The Heart and Stroke Foundation in her memory.

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CREWSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-25 published
NUGENT, Raymond Arnold " Dusty"
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean (nee PROKASKA;) his daughter, Jo Anne NUGENT; son-in-law, John CREWSON and his beloved granddaughter Julia, as well as the many members of his extended family. Ray was a proud veteran of World War 2. He worked for over 50 years in a job he truly enjoyed at the Toronto Stock Exchange. He loved his family, the Toronto Blue Jays, and eating home baked goodies. A celebration of his life will be held in June. Memorial donations to the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga would be appreciated. We will miss his sense of humour, especially the corny jokes. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Turner and Porter Peel Chapel, 905-279-7663.

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