DEMAITER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-23 published
ANNETT, Donald Stanley
Peacefully at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Donald Stanley ANNETT of Brooke Township in his 88th year. Predeceased by his wife Anna (McKINLAY) ANNETT (2004.) Dear father of Peter and Lori ANNETT, late Brian ANNETT (1973) and John ANNETT. Loving grandfather of Kim and Warren FAULDS, Kelly and Randy ROMBOUTS, Carla and Luke DEMAITER and the late Sandra ANNETT (1999) and 4 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Doris McINTYRE, Norine (Murray) SNOBELEN, Florence (Elgin) McINTYRE, Marie GOLDHAWK, Wallace (Betty) ANNETT and the late Robert ANNETT (2001.) Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Visitation Centre, 3232 River Street, Alvinston on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, April 25 at 2: 00 p.m. Rev. Jim BREEN officiating. Interment Alvinston Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hope United Church, Alvinston. Arrangements by Van Heck Funeral Home.

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DEMARAK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-31 published
BENDELL, " George" Nelson
Peacefully in Saint Thomas, Nelson BENDELL passed away on Saturday, March 29th. Nelson was in his 91st year. Beloved husband of 67 years to Mary Winnifred (BOUK) BENDELL. Devoted father of Bob BENDELL and his wife Star (Saint Thomas,) Barbara COATES and her husband Jim (London) and Trudy SKIENDZIEL and her partner Randy (Saint Thomas.) Caring brother of Betty MOSES, predeceased by brothers Norman, Bruce and Russell. Dear grandfather of Jamie SKIENDZIEL and his wife Dawn, Jason SKIENDZIEL, Alfred COATES and his wife Marta, Jennifer DEMARAK and her husband Mike. Loving great-grandfather of Conner, Daniel, Christopher and Isabella. Nelson will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and Friends. He was a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion of Saint Thomas No. 41. Nelson lived in Saint Thomas for 60 years, working with the New York Central Rail Road as a conductor and brakeman. He was sergeant of the service police with the Royal Canadian Air Force Nelson was well known to local florists and passerby's for the beautiful gladiolas that he grew and sold as a hobby. Friends will be received at the Daniel King Funeral Home, 31 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas (519) 631-0570 on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. A private family interment will be held at a future date. Memorial donations may be made to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. www.danielkingfuneralhome.com

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DEMARAY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-30 published
PATON, Donald J.
At London Health Sciences Centre Victoria Campus, on Saturday, June 28, 2008, Donald J. PATON, of R.R.#2, Mt. Elgin, in his 82nd year. Husband of Margaret Taylor URBSHOTT and the late Marguerite (MARR) PATON (2005.) Dear father of David and wife Debbie, Kathryn DEMARAY and Jim PEAKER, Lenore and husband Jim YOUNG and John and wife Lorrie. Step-father of Joan (Rick) and children Delaine and Scott (Kelly), Fred (Carol) and son Taylor, Beth (Stephen) and children Megan and Tanner, Brian (Deb) and children Cara and Kyle, Carol (Dave) and children Barb (Matt), Ben, Brad and Will, Pauline (Dean) and children Eric (Chantelle) and Chad, and Robert (Linda) and children Nathan and Emily. Grandfather of Angela and husband Scott HARDEMAN, Donnie and wife Nicole, Krista, Matthew and Jessica HICKEY, Michelle, Adam, Scott, Dylan and Courteney. Also survived by six great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Howard, Wilfred and Lawrence (Nancy). Predeceased by three brothers Albert, Norman and Jim and sister Eleanor SULLIVAN. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Rev. Jane WYLLIE officiating. Interment Mt. Elgin Cemetery. Memorial donations to Mt. Elgin United Church or charity of your choice would be appreciated. Masonic Lodge Memorial Service Wednesday at 6: 30 p.m. auspices of Dereham Lodge #624 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons

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DEMARCO 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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DEMARS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-02 published
SORENSON, Edith (née AMINSON)
Peacefully at Kelso Pines in Owen Sound on Sunday December 30, 2007. Edith SORENSON (née AMINSON,) beloved wife of the late Axel SORENSON. Loving mother of “Sandy” Alex and his wife Anne, Paul and his wife Heather and Tommy and his wife Janis. Loved grandmother of Chris and his wife Esther, Teena and her husband Joe DEMARS, John, Skylar and Rory. Loving great-grandmother Curtis, Kyle, Axel and Jesse. Dear sister of Clara McANDREW. Fondly Remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers James and Alex. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Rev. Claire MILLER officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to Saint Thomas Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family.

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DEMARS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-26 published
WELLER, Wallace “Wally” Ronald
Peacefully at his home in Owen Sound on Monday February 25, 2008. In his 80th year, Wallace Ronald WELLER, beloved husband of the late Marie WELLER (née BESTWARD.) Loving father of Patricia and her husband Kenneth CAMERON, Joyce and her husband Larry DEMARS, Kathleen and her husband Steve DORAN, Bill WELLER and his wife Kathy and Bob WELLER. Loving grandfather of nine Grandchildren Troy, Todd, Joseph, Alissa, Gerrit, Travis, Devon, Josh, Eric and three great-grandchildren Curtis, Kyle and Justyn. Dear brother of Joyce (Mrs. Floyd RAYNER.) Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his grand_son Jason, by his great-grand_son Samuel, by his brothers Ken, Bill and John, by his sister Kathleen (Mrs. Henry SCHNURR.) Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Interment in Saint Mary's Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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DEMARS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-20 published
BLUE, Alvin Earl
At Lee Manor in Owen Sound Saturday morning May 17, 2008. Alvin BLUE of Owen Sound formerly of R.R.#1 Allenford in his 90th year. Beloved husband of the former Evelyn McCULLOCH. Loved father of Donna and her husband Allan KUHL of Desboro, Shirley and her husband Dann DEMARS, Keith and his wife Donna all of R.R.#1 Allenford, and Murray and Cindy of Park Head. Lovingly remembered by his eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Dear brother-in-law of Dorothy BLUE of Owen Sound, Herb and his wife Jean McCULLOCH of Tara, Josephine (Margaret) McCULLOCH and Ed TAILOR/TAYLOR of Courtice and Dorothy WELSH of Leith. Predeceased by two sisters Verna WOOD, Euphemia WHEELOCK and three brothers Webber, Archie and Neil and his parents Duncan and Mary (née WEBBER.) Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the funeral home Tuesday morning at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Henry SIKKEMA officiating. Interment Zion Cemetery. Memorial contributions to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Allenford or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Alvin by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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DEMARSH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-28 published
BURGESS, Phyllis Jean (née IRVINE)
Of Chesley, passed away at Parkview Manor, Chesley on Monday, May 26, 2008 in her 90th year. Beloved wife of Doctor George H. Burgess. Cherished mother of Jean BURGESS (Peter DEMARSH) of Taymouth, New Brunswick, Doctor Ken BURGESS (Linda FRANK) of Hamilton, Bill BURGESS (Simin TABRIZI) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Lillian BURGESS (Jon RADOJKOVIC of R.R.#4 Chesley and Neil BURGESS (Lynn AYLWARD) of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Loving grandmother of Luke DEMARSH, Allison and Caitlin FRANK- BURGESS, Jonathon TABRIZI, Skyler, Ian and Misha RADOJKOVIC and Anna Joy AYLWARD- BURGESS. Phyllis is survived by her sister-in-law Diana IRVINE of North Battleford. She is predeceased by her brother William IRVINE, cousins Alec and Stan IRVINE and her parents, William and Edith (SMITHERS) IRVINE. Visitation will be held at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 30, 2008 at Saint_John's United Church, Chesley at 11 a.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Angola Memorial Scholarship Fund or Saint_John's United Church for medical work in Angola would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. www.cameronfuneralhomes.com

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DEMAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-05 published
DEMAS, Muriel (JONES)
Peacefully, surrounded by her family at London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital on Friday, May 2, 2008 Muriel (JONES) DEMAS of London in her 80th year. Loving wife of the late Jack DEMAS. Dear Mother of Lorraine (Gary) SWANSON, Helen (Bill) HURN and Tom (Debbie) DEMAS. Survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Forever remembered by her siblings Ruth, Ken and Louise. Predeceased by her sister Violet and her brother Fred. The family will receive Friends one hour prior to a memorial service which will be held in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Graham BLAND officiating. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, 600 - 60 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1N5 or to the London Health Sciences Foundation - University Hospital - Intensive Care Unit, 747 Baseline Road East, London, Ontario, L6C 2R6. On line condolences accepted at www.amgfh.com

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DEME o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-27 published
MacDONALD, Angus Edward " Ian"
Peacefully passed away at University Hospital in London, Ontario on Thursday, June 26, 2008, at the age of 62. Beloved husband of Rose Mary. son of Frances and the late Angus. Cherished father of Jennifer and Edward and his wife Deborah. Proud grandfather to Angus and Evan. Dear brother of Dawn DEME and her husband Steven, Karen LAUGHLIN and her husband Terrence, Margaret JONES and her husband Russell and Sandra RENCZ and her husband Andrew. Born in 1945 in Kingston, Ontario, Ian began his life with a unique understanding of people. He worked in Human Services and completed a degree in Social Work from King's University College in 1979. He spent many years devoted to his family and had a keen interest in Sports, Politics and Social History. His spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be held at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Sunday evening, June 29 from 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Church, 377 Oakland Avenue, on Monday morning, June 30th at 11 a.m. Inurnment in Holy Family Mausoleum, Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Sunday evening at 8: 50 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. "One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; That word is love." -- Sophocles

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DEMEDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-10 published
DEMEDA, Dorothy (née MRYGLOD)
Peacefully at her home after a lengthy illness on Saturday, March 8, 2008, Dorothy DEMEDA (née MRYGLOD) in her 76th year. Dearly beloved wife of the late George DEMEDA. Dear mother of Darlene and her husband John AITCHISON, Debbie, and Donna and her husband Joseph DZIEMIANKO. Loving grandmother of Caitlin, Connor, Tatiana and Leonard. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2058 Kipling Ave. (north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Monday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Panakhyda Monday 7: 30 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Demetrius Church, 135 La Rose Ave., on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. May Angels watch over her.

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DEMERCHANT o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-07-23 published
DAWSON, Lillian (BUTTERWORTH)
In Shelburne Residence on Monday, July 21, 2008. Lillian (BUTTERWORTH) DAWSON in her 109th year, beloved wife of the late Thomas K. DAWSON. Loving grandmother of Brenda CATCHER of Owen Sound, Evelyn (Reg) DEMERCHANT of Burlington and David (Camilla) PRIDDLE of Manotick, great-grandmother of Ryan and Allison DEMERCHANT, Cole and Brock PRIDDLE. Predeceased by her son Thomas DAWSON, daughter Vivian PRIDDLE and son-in-law Stan PRIDDLE. Arrangements are entrusted to McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk. For further details, please phone 519-923-3204.
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DEMERCHANT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-13 published
RALSTON, Donalda Mae (née MacPHEE)
At her residence on Sunday, March 9, 2008. Donalda Mae RALSTON (née MacPHEE) of Canterbury Street, Woodstock in her 105th year. Beloved wife of the late Rev. James Oates RALSTON (1949.) Dear aunt of Samuel MacPHEE and his wife Sandra of Nova Scotia, Jeanne MacMILLAN of New Brunswick, Caroll ESTEY and her husband Bob of Connecticut, Heather ENGLISH and her husband David and JoAnne DEMERCHANT and her husband Garnet, both of New Brunswick. Loved great aunt of Stephen ROBERTSON of England and Andrew ROBERTSON of Guelph. Also survived by several great-grand nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her step-son Keith RALSTON, step-daughters Helen and Doris RALSTON, siblings, Muriel DICKSON/DIXON, Mary MacPHEE, John MacPHEE and Donald MacPHEE. Donalda graduated from Queens University and taught at W.C.I. for several years. She was also a longtime member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock. Friends may call at the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (519-539-0004) on Friday after 12: 00 p.m. where the complete service will be held in the chapel at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. James GRANT and Marg DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS officiating. Interment later in the Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough. Contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or Knox Presbyterian Church would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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DEMERIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-19 published
SHEPPARD, Inez Willine
Born September 14, 1913-Died February 16, 2008.
Retired teacher at Watford High School. Late of Kingsville, Ontario. Daughter of the late Luvia and James SHEPPARD. Sister of Myrtle and husband Byron BROADWELL (Sr.,) and the late Wilbur SHEPPARD and aunt of the late Byron BROADWELL Jr. and Inez BROADWELL. Great aunt of Mary Ellen and Cory DEMERIS; Nancy and Scott SHEPPARD Tom and Liz BROADWELL; Ben BROADWELL; Joel BROADWELL; Beth BROADWELL and Darren DICKSON/DIXON; David and Jodi BROADWELL. Great-great-aunt of Jonathan DEMERIS and wife Lesley; B.J. FORD; Sarah SHEPPARD, Hope and Hailey BROADWELL; Kristen and Katie BROADWELL. With respect for Ms. SHEPPARD's wishes, cremation has taken place in Windsor and there will be no visitation. A Memorial Funeral Service will be held at the C. Stuart Sykes Funeral Home, 91 Division St. S., Kingsville on Thursday, February 21st at 3 p.m. Rev. Bryan GIRLING officiating. Interment of ashes in Hillview Cemetery in Woodstock, Ontario If desired, donations to the Church of Epiphany, Kingsville or charity of choice would be appreciated.

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DEMERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-19 published
CUNNINGHAM, Catherine “Cathy” Lynn (née BALL)
Peacefully at Summit Place in Owen Sound on Sunday evening February 17, 2008. In her 56th year, “Cathy” Catherine Lynn CUNNINGHAM (nee BALL,) loving wife and friend of “Jack” John Thomas CUNNINGHAM. Loving mother of Andrew and his wife Trina. Loving and proud grandmother of Truman and Sophie. Beloved daughter of Dorothy (Mrs. Bedford BALL.) Loved sister of Marilyn (Mrs. Rene DEMERS.) Fondly remembered by her aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law, her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her father Bedford BALL. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Lupus Ontario Foundation, the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Owen Sound Royal Canadian Legion would be appreciated by the family.

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DEMERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-27 published
WALSH, Victoria
At University Hospital in London, May 25, 2008. Pre-deceased by her husband Simon Sr. in 1985 and 4 children. Dear mother of Albert (Donna), Simon (Marlene), Billy (Valerie) of London, Diane HEBERT (Jean-Paul,) Marjorie DEERING (John) of London, Dennis (Cindy), Barbara DEMERS (Yvon), Holly MORISSETTE (Brian), Debbie OPPER (Richard), Brenda DUBE (Yvon), Sheryna BROUSSEAU (Rene), Brian (Rachel) and Tina. Funeral service Wednesday, May 28, 2008 from the funeral home chapel. Donations to the Alzheimer's Society would be greatly appreciated. Visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Miron-Wilson Funeral Home, Timmins, Ontario To make online donations or condolences, please visit www.mironwilson.com

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DEMETER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-26 published
LUCAS, Morley Ernest
Peacefully at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, May 24 2008, Morley Ernest LUCAS, born December 31, 1924 in Houghton Township, formerly of Courtland, passed away at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by his loving wife Eva ROBINSON (2001.) Kind, gentle and loving father to his daughter Judy Bernice DEMETER and her husband Richard of Aylmer. Amazing grandfather to his grandchildren Lucas H. DEMETER of Waterloo, Kalina M. DEMETER of Aylmer. Survived by his sisters Marion BOUK of Simcoe, Madeline RAYMOND and her husband Cleo of Simcoe, sister-in-law Fern LUCAS of Courtland and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Laurintha LUCAS, brothers Murray and Melbourne LUCAS, sisters Myrtle STEPHENS, Mildred TORRANCE and Muriel CARL, brothers-in-law Walter BOUK and Bill CARL. The family will receive Friends and neighbours at Ostrander's Funeral Home 43 Bidwell St. Tillsonburg (519) 842-5221 on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service for Morley will be held in Ostrander's Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Tillsonburg Cemetery. At the family's request memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital or a charity of your choice. Personal condolences may be made at www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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DEMETRIOUS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-17 published
DOIG, Fraser William
It Has Been 25 Years Ago Today May 17, 1983 In loving memory of our dear old Dad, Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, But remembered me in ever y tomor row. Re membered the joy, the laughter, the smiles, I've only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, Not as I am now, but I used to be. Because, I will remember you all and Look on with a smile. Understand in your hearts, I've only gone to rest a little while. As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you. Remembering much love and laughter always, Ken, Nancy DEMETRIOUS, Jennifer and families.

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DEMING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-14 published
KENNEDY, Mitchell
At Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Tuesday, February 12th, 2008, Mitchell KENNEDY of Oneida in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Shirley WHITE/WHYTE. Dear father of Melody KENNEDY (Steve DEMING) and Mathew SMIBERT. Loved grandfather of Carilyn, Krystal and Alex DEMING. Survived by siblings John KENNEDY (Pat,) Sharon KENNEDY (Hubert), Betty DOXTATOR (Chester), David KENNEDY and Jeff KENNEDY (Shiree) and predeceased by Dorothy, Charles "Ray," Joan CORNELIUS, Wilbur Elliott and Laura. Also predeceased by parents Charles and Lenora KENNEDY. Remembered by brother-in-law Larry WHITE/WHYTE (Cheryl.) Will be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews. Funeral service to be held at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mount Brydges today, Thursday, February 14th, 2008 commencing at 1 p.m. Interment River Road Cemetery.

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DEMITROFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-15 published
BROWNING, Marion Irene (née WILLICK)
A resident of Bothwell passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008 at Parkwood Hospital, London at the age of 85. She was born in Aldborough Twp. daughter of the late Ross and Georgina (RIEHL) WILLICK. Marion was member and past president of the Ladies Auxillary of the Canadian Legion, Bothwell Br. 252. Beloved wife of the late Francis BROWNING (2005.) Loving mother of Ken and Colleen BROWNING of Florence, Tom and Elaine BROWNING of Sarnia and Robert and Dianna BROWNING of Ridgetown. Special grandma of 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Frances ROBINSON of London. Predeceased by sisters Geraldine KELLY and Ruby THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and brothers George, Albert, John, Fred, Charlie, Gordon and Allan WILLICK. The BROWNING family will receive Friends at the Badder and Robinson Funeral Home, 211 Elm Street, Bothwell on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held from chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 2: 30 p.m. with Rev. Stephen DEMITROFF officiating. Interment in Bothwell Cemetery. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to Four Counties Health Services or St. Matthew's Anglican Church. Online donations and condolences may be left at www.badderfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in memory of Marion BROWNING in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp.

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DEMONE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-17 published
HUFFMAN, Marjorie (née GEROW)
A resident of Blenheim and also Masonville Manor, London for the past 5 years, Marjorie HUFFMAN passed away at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Monday, June 16, 2008 at the age of 93. Born in Harwich Township, daughter of the late Gerald and Daisy (BETTS) GEROW. Beloved wife of the late Lloyd HUFFMAN (1983.) Dear mother of Dick and Lorraine HUFFMAN of London. Grandmother of Michael and Laurie HUFFMAN of London, Meredith HUFFMAN and her fiance Shawn WILSON of London, and David HUFFMAN and Cara WOLFE of London. Great-grandmother of Megan, Tim, Riley, and Elliott HUFFMAN. Sister of Charles and Edna GEROW of Chatham, Dorothy DEMONE of Halifax, and the late Mary DARK and Mill HIND. Special aunt to Sherry and Wayne, Keith and Cathy, Susan and Dave, and their families. Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home "Ford Chapel", 141 Park Street, Blenheim on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 from 9: 30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Funeral Service will immediately follow at the Funeral Home on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Wanda BURSE officiating. Cremation with interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim. Donations to the Arthritis Society or Blenheim United Church would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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DEMONT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-08 published
DEMONT, Eric Gordon, Q.C.
80. Died in his sleep at his winter retreat in Hilton head Island Thursday, March 6, 2008. Born August 29th, 1927 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, he was the second of three boys born to Clarence and Mabel (née MacKEIGAN) DEMONT.
Eric is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia (née ROWE) and his three children, Christy (Toronto,) Frank (Robyn EATON) (New Glasgow) and Richard (Montreal) and his two beloved grandchildren, Isobel Ruth and Campbell Eric, along with his brothers Earl (Rea) of Glace Bay and Russ (Joan) of Halifax.
Eric graduated from Glace Bay's Central High School and from Acadia University, where he lettered in Rugby and Basketball and had great success in track and field. He then attended Dalhousie Law School (Class of 1956). It was during his days at Law School that Eric was introduced by brother Earl to Pat, a teacher and also a basketball player, who would become his bride the day after his graduation. During his articles, she supported him, and kept on doing so for the next 51 years. She taught him how to drive and how to be social at parties, with varying degrees of success.
Eric was a member of the Nova Scotia and Ontario Bars and practiced law with Rutledge MacKeigan in Halifax before moving to Toronto where he became Regional Counsel for CP Rail. In 1978 Eric left CP and his office on Front Street in Toronto for an office on Main Street in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he worked until retirement in 2000. He traded his Central "Y" membership in for a "gym pass" at Acadia where he played basketball with the noontime crowd until well into his 60's. A long time member of the Rotary Club of Wolfville, Eric was a Paul Harris Fellow and a past-president of the Club. He left the Club, and Wolfville, in 2005 to relocate with Pat to Halifax.
Eric was known to his Friends and family as the quintessential arbiter of fairness. He would enjoy knowing that his children think of him as the ultimate reasonable man - as he would have it, the man on the Clapham Omnibus. (Although if one ever attributed that to him, he might give a brief dissertation on the test as set out in Hall v. Brooklands Auto-Racing Club.).
He was a keen swimmer and his favourite place to be was the "Bonavista Cottage", the family vacation home at Melmerby Beach. Exiting the sometimes frigid waters of the Northumberland Strait, he always had the same refrain, "the water is great!". At 80, he was still improving his tennis game, reading the latest magazines on how to hit the topspin backhand that continued to elude him. A lifetime non-drinker and non-smoker, he was the self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur of the family, and his ongoing quest to brew the perfect cup was well-known to all his Friends.
His interests were wide and varied and included his painting and photography alongside his computer and web surfing. As a fan of Charlie Rose, he was obviously a night owl. An aficionado of the movies, Bob Newhart, and the Marx Brothers, Eric was always ready to laugh, and to make others laugh too. He was an avid cruciverbalist and enjoyed working away at the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle each week.
A life long sports fan, he was delighted to watch his grandchildren play hockey, but didn't mind that the basketball games provided considerably warmer places to sit.
Eric will be remembered for the funny stories about "back in the day" playing "foot-n-a-half" and chewing tar! With prosperity as a lawyer, he traded in the tar for the more acceptable black licorice. Eric has gone back to his personal "Mira" where he enjoyed his youthful summers in the 1930's and early 40's.
Eric's legacy of fairness and laughter lives on in his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered at a memorial service at a later date. Eric would want all to remember the words of Groucho Marx, "time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana!".
Memorial donations can be made to The Coady International Institute, at St. Francis Xavier University, (902 867-5264, www.coady.stfx.ca).
Condolences can be sent to Pat and the Family at file@ca.ns.sympatico.ca.

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DEMONTMORENCY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-16 published
JOHNSTON, Herbert Clifton
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Southampton, on Tuesday January 15, 2008. Herb JOHNSTON of Southampton in his 87th year. Beloved husband, for 61 years, of Ruth JOHNSTON (née DEMONTMORENCY) of Southampton. Dear father of Trudy and her husband John PEIRSON of Southampton, Garry and his wife Caroline of Waterloo and Jodi and her husband Jeff GROSS of Kitchener. Also survived by his sister, Melba STIRLING of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Proud and loving grandfather of Jennifer and John PEIRSON, Melissa PEIRSON and her partner Doug SANDS, Sarah JOHNSTON and Isabella and Henry GROSS. Sadly missed by his great-grandchildren, Christina, Evan and Kelsey WYBORN and Liam SANDS. Predeceased by his parents Elmer and Maysel JOHNSTON and by his brother, Gordon. Cremation. Visitation from the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton on Friday January 18, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. A Service to Celebrate the Life of Herb JOHNSTON will be held in the Southampton United Church on Saturday at 2 p.m. A Time of Fellowship and Sharing will follow in the Social Hall of the Church. Private Interment of Ashes at Southampton Cemetery. Expressions of Remembrance to the Southampton United Church, Building Fund or to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation. St Lawrence Lodge #131 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Southampton, will hold a Masonic Memorial Service at the Funeral Home, Friday Evening at 7: 30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.eaglesonfuneralhome.com.

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DEMPCIE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-23 published
LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Gertrude Ellen (née PURCELL)
Peacefully, with her family by her side at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, May 21st, 2008, Gertrude Ellen LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (nee PURCELL) in her 96th year. Predeceased by her loving husband Floyd (October 1999) and two sisters Catherine DEMPCIE and Misa McCANN. Gertrude was the last surviving member of her family. Dearly loved and missed by her son Tom and his wife Karen of West Lorne and her daughter Eleanor and her husband Allan MARKS of Saint Thomas. Loving Gramma and Nana of Kim PENNY (Perry) and their children Stacey and Stephen of West Lorne, Steven LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH of Bothwell, Kelly MARKS and her children Marcie (Tim) and Curtis MATTHEWS of Windsor, Cheryl IDESON (Brad) and their children Brennan, Stephanie and Shannon of Saint Thomas, Paul MARKS (Laurie) and their daughter Abby of Brownstown, Michigan and James MARKS of Saint Thomas. Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment McLean Cemetery. If desired, donations to charity of choice would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be made at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-10 published
GOFF, Frances Elinor (née COPELAND)
At Woodstock General Hospital on Sunday, March 9, 2008, Frances Elinor GOFF (née COPELAND) in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Harry William GOFF (2005.) Loved mother of Shirley MARTIN and her husband Judson of Toronto. Cherished aunt of Janise BROOKS and her husband Thomas of Woodstock. Sister-in-law of Molly STRICKLER of Embro. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (519-539-0004). Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital Building Fund would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com A very special thank you to Jenny DEMPSEY and Carolyn MATRESKY- POST who were her loving caregivers for the last three years.

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-11 published
GOFF, Frances Elinor (née COPELAND)
At Woodstock General Hospital on Sunday, March 9, 2008, Frances Elinor GOFF (née COPELAND) in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Harry William GOFF (2005.) Loved mother of Shirley MARTIN and her husband Judson of Toronto. Cherished aunt of Janis BROOKS and her husband Thomas of Woodstock. Sister-in-law of Molly STRICKLER of Embro. Friends may call at the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (519-539-0004) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ruth BUTT officiating. A private family interment will take place at the Innerkip Cemetery in the spring. Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital Building Fund would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com A very special thank you to Jenny DEMPSEY and Carolyn MATRESKY- POST who were her loving caregivers for the last three years.

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-31 published
VASILOFF, June
The families of June VASICOFF at this sad time would like to thank Friends and relatives for their sympathies and condolences and thoughtfulness, Stratford General (Palliative Care Unit) for their utmost compassion and care. Father Dick BESTER for his prayers and readiness of June for her next journey, the crew at Community Care Access Centre (Woodstock,) Jenny DEMPSEY for their care and tenderness, Megan and staff at Memorial Funeral Home, to Deacon Rudy PFLANZER for his words, the gang at Happy Hills Retirement Village, to the people who have made contributions to charities, and cards of condolences and anyone who we've missed. We would also like to thank Dan NEWSTEAD for his kind words. God Bless Dave Newstead Vasiloff families.

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-04 published
DEMPSEY, Eleanor G. (CHURCHILL)
At McCormick Home, on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008, Mrs. Eleanor G. (CHURCHILL) DEMPSEY of London in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Les DEMPSEY (1994.) Loving Mom of Cheryl and her husband Shonn CLARRIDGE of London and Paul DEMPSEY and Jen of Mississauga. Dear sister of Margaret RANK of Ottawa. Cherished Grandma of Mylee and Katelyn CLARRIDGE and Jacquie and Jess DEMPSEY. Predeceased by her sister Marion JACK. The funeral service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, July 4, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Eleanor are asked to consider the McCormick Home. Online condolences may be sent to condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-15 published
DELAIRE, Ainsley Catherine
After a year long challenge with brain cancer, at home with Mommy, Daddy and her brother Spencer, on Monday, July 14th, our little girl, Ainsley Catherine DELAIRE, passed away at the age of 7 years. Much loved daughter of Kate (DEMPSEY) and Trevor DELAIRE and big sister to Spencer. Loving granddaughter of Marlene DEMPSEY and John DEMPSEY of Sarnia, Jo-Anne and Barry SHORTT of London and Ray DELAIRE of Montreal. Precious niece of Kim and Claudio AVOLIO, Mike and Stacey WANLIN all of London and Elaine SAVAGE of Sarnia. Fun-loving cousin of Jessica and Zach AVOLIO, Cameron WANLIN and Rachel SAVAGE. Those who knew Ainsley were inspired with the grace and dignity with which she faced her adversity. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Wednesday from 1: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 777 Valetta Street, on Thursday, July 17th, 2008 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment, Oakland Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ainsley are asked to consider the Children's Wish Foundation or the Matthews Hall Building Fund. Online condolences may be sent to condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-07 published
ISMAIL, Kareem
Kareem passed away peacefully at home on January 4, 2008 at the age of 56. Loving husband of Rhonda ISMAIL. Beloved brother of Mohammed and wife Salimeh, Taher and wife, Fatima, Abdel RAOUF and wife , Nazek. Beloved brother-in-law of Dianne and Ron DEMPSEY, Barbara and Robert TAILOR/TAYLOR, Debra and Steve HARRIS, Delbert and Kathy SPRAGG, and Bonita and Al JACKSON. Kareem will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and Friends. Funeral services were held at ISNA Mosque at 2200 South Sheridan Way, Mississauga on Saturday, January 5. Reception will be held at the Palestine House at 3195 Erindale Station Road, Mississauga on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (January 5-7) from 6-9 p.m. Special thanks to Doctor Vincent Maida and all the nurses at Etobicoke General Hospital as well as the Community Care Access Centre. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-21 published
McLAREN, Charles William Powell " Lou"
At Soldier's Memorial Hospital, Orillia on Wednesday, February 20, 2008. Beloved husband of Mary (Shishis) McLAREN of Bolsover, Ontario. Loved father of Wylli (Phillip) SEIPP and Debbie (Derek) BENNETT. Grandfather of Anthony and Amanda and great-grandfather of Myles, Matthew, Kyle and Zach. Brother of Dorothy (Carl) DEMPSEY. Survived by nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends at the Mangan Funeral Home, Beaverton (705-426-5777) on Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment later at St. Andrew's Cemetery, Bolsover. The family would appreciate memorial donations to the Lung Association or the charity of your choice. Online condolences are welcomed at www.manganfuneralhome.com

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-13 published
BEATTIE, Betty E. (née MERRIAM)
Passed away peacefully, at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife and best friend, for 64 years, of Ralph. Loving mother of Susanne CHAMBERS (Fred,) Barbara DEMPSEY (Tom), David (Cathy), and Merri. Loving grandmother of Janice, Shannon, Sarah, Carolyn, Patricia, and Lindsay. Adored great-grandmother of Justin, Ryan, and Kristy TAGGART, and Natasha, Danny, Caitlin, and Suzanne CHAMBERS.
Betty will be sadly missed by her many Friends from Guelph, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ottawa, and Edmonton. She was a dear and special friend to so many, and made a strong and lasting impression on all whom she met. In addition to her active family life, Betty was a dedicated and highly effective volunteer. Her organizational and leadership talents led to many significant accomplishments in a number of service organizations, including guiding, hospital auxiliary work, and palliative care.
A Memorial Service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 20 Quebec Street, Guelph (day and time to be announced).
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family (cards at the funeral home 519-822-4731 or send condolences at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com).

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-28 published
BEATTIE, Betty E. (née MERRIAM)
Passed away, peacefully, at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife and best friend, for 64 years, of Ralph. Loving mother of Susanne CHAMBERS (Fred), Barbara DEMPSEY (Tom), David (Cathy), and Merri. Loving grandmother of Jamie, Shannon, Sarah, Carolyn, Patricia, and Lindsay. Adored great-grandmother of Justin, Ryan, and Kristy TAGGART, and Natasha, Danny, Caitlin, and Susanne CHAMBERS.
Betty will be sadly missed by her many Friends from Guelph, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ottawa, and Edmonton. She was a dear and special friend to so many, and made a strong and lasting impression on all whom she met. In addition to her active family life, Betty was a dedicated and highly effective volunteer. Her organizational and leadership talents led to many significant accomplishments in a number of service organizations, including guiding, hospital auxiliary work, and palliative care.
A Memorial Service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 20 Quebec Street, Guelph on Monday, April 7, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home 519-822-4731 or send condolences to www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com)

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-03 published
The war hero who returned home to help forge a booming Ontario
As executive director of an Ontario Hydro task force, he drew on all the skills he had accumulated as a soldier, a design engineer, a dean in an academic bureaucracy and a consultant to government
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S12
Although he never held public office, Richard (Dick) DILLON was very much involved in the so-called London mafia that surrounded and supported lawyer and politician John Robarts, who was premier of Ontario from 1961-1971. Mostly they were, like Mr. Robarts, veterans of the Second World War, graduates of the University of Western Ontario, and lawyers, engineers and businessmen who supported the Progressive Conservative Party.
In the late 1960s, there was a feeling in Ontario that government was growing too fast and becoming both too powerful and too cumbersome. There's nothing unusual in that sentiment, of course, or the notion that the solution lies in public-private partnerships and a reorganization of the civil service. What is slightly unusual is that Mr. Robarts, himself, in the dying days of his administration, actually did something about it by establishing Ontario's Committee on Government Productivity. Ontario Hydro was such a powerful entity that it was given its own sub-committee with the mandate to examine ways that it might decentralize some of its operations, based on the Hydro Quebec model.
Mr. Robarts wanted Dick DILLON to run Task Force Hydro. When the appointment came before cabinet, it was questioned by Leslie Rowntree, minister of financial and commercial affairs. "He could be a little bit stuffy," said Darcy McKeough, who was then minister of municipal affairs.
"We are wondering who this Richard M. Dillion is?" Mr. Rowntree asked archly, according to Mr. McKeough. To which Mr. Robarts replied: "He is the dean of engineering at the University of Western Ontario, he is the past president of The London Club, he is a past church warden at Bishop Cronyn Church and he is a past president of the Progressive Conservative Association. Is there anything else you would like to know, Mr. Rowntree?"
Clearly that was enough information for Mr. Rowntree, for the appointment was duly made, but there was much more that Mr. Robarts could have said about Mr. DILLON - holder of the Military Cross for bravery during the war, professional engineer with a gold medal from University of Western Ontario and a graduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among other attributes. What Mr. Robarts couldn't know, back in 1970, was the complex role that Mr. DILLON would later play as a deputy minister, volunteer, and facilitator of bilingual education.
Born in Simcoe, Ontario on August 4, 1920, Richard Maurice DILLON was the eldest of five children of Brigadier Marmaduke Murray DILLON and his wife Muriel (née HICKS.) His father was a soldier and an engineer who won the Military Cross early in 1918 for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty" as an officer of the 1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun corps.
The DILLONs settled in London, Ontario, where Richard went to local elementary schools and then London South Collegiate Institute. As the son of a military family, he was encouraged to join the army. He became a signaler in the Canadian Fusiliers when he was 15 and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Canadian Officer's Training Corps in 1938 when he was a first-year student at University of Western Ontario. He withdrew from university a year later to enlist in the Canadian Active Service Force after Canada declared war on Germany in September, 1939.
He joined The Royal Canadian Regiment in England in June, 1941. He was in command of a bren-gun carrier platoon in the Allied invasion of Sicily that began on July 10, 1943, with both amphibious and airborne landings. Essentially, the Italians resisted the invasion by retreating. The Germans would not be so compliant further up the boot.
It was later that same month that Capt. DILLON, like his father before him, earned the Military Cross for distinguished and meritorious service in battle. On July 23, 1943, two companies of The Royal Canadian Regiment were ordered to skirt the town of Assoro, under cover of darkness and attack it from the rear. Nothing went according to plan: The commanding officer was killed, communications broke down and Capt. DILLON, with a section of carriers, was instrumental in re-establishing contact with the beleaguered forward companies, which were in disarray. According to his Military Cross citation, he "led the carriers skillfully across difficult rocky and mountainous country during daylight under constant observed enemy artillery, mortar and machine gun fire, and through enemy patrols, contacted the forward Companies and carried out his mission. The officer displayed leadership and outstanding devotion to duty in carrying out his difficult mission." The citation is signed by, among others, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, commander of the Eighth Army.
Subsequently, he was given command of "A" Company and was wounded on Christmas Day, 1943 when a grenade exploded beside him during the battle of Ortona, a ferocious close-combat battle between German paratroops and the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. He was evacuated first to England and then to Canada and spent the rest of the war teaching at the Army Staff College in Kingston, Ontario Permanently deaf in his right ear, he would occasionally scratch pieces of shrapnel from his scalp for the rest of his life.
Throughout the war he had been corresponding with Elizabeth DEMPSEY, a young woman he had met at University of Western Ontario in 1938. She was engaged to a friend of his, and the three of them palled around. Both men went overseas, but only Mr. DILLON came back. He and Miss DEMPSEY were married in London, Ontario, on April 21, 1945.
He returned to University of Western Ontario to complete his interrupted undergraduate education and graduated in 1948 with an honours degree in mathematics and the gold medal. He and his wife then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts., where Kelly, the first of the DILLONs' three daughters, was born and Mr. DILLON acquired a masters of science degree in civil engineering in 1950 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
They returned to Canada where Mr. DILLON worked briefly for Dominion Bridge in Toronto before settling in London, Ontario That's where daughters Ann and Katherine (Kate) were born and where Mr. DILLON joined M.M. Dillon and Co. (now Dillon Consulting), a firm of consulting engineers that had been founded in January, 1946, by his father and a colleague and fellow veteran, George HUMPHRIES. Besides working in his father's firm as a design engineer, and later as a partner and director, Mr. DILLON also continued his military career as a reservist.
He rejoined the Canadian Fusiliers as a company commander in 1946 and when it affiliated with The Royal Canadian Regiment in November, 1954, he took command of the London and Oxford Fusiliers (3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment). Two years later, he retired to the supplementary reserve. Ann DILLON remembered her father's peacetime military career in the eulogy she delivered at his funeral by describing how "he would line up his three girls, shiny fresh from their baths and in their pj's and do his parade inspection," on Monday nights before he headed out, in his uniform, for his weekly commitment to the militia.
"He would prod us here and there with his swagger stick and bark out orders - shoulders back chest out… his final order was usually 'wipe that smile off your face' which produced huge laughter and, which as far as I know, never made it into the military lexicon," she said.
Monday-night drill was very different from the semi-annual Vimy dinners that were always held on Fridays at the Legion because, on Saturday mornings, Ms. DILLON said of her parents "you approached their bedroom at your peril: a toss-up between being overcome with the fumes or deafened by the snoring." As the years passed, the snoring, unimpeded by marital admonitions, probably grew louder, as Mrs. DILLON's hearing began to fail as well.
After nearly a decade working in his father's firm of consulting engineers, including serving on the advisory committee to establish an Engineering Department at University of Western Ontario, Mr. DILLON was asked to become the first dean of the Faculty of Engineering Science. It was 1960 and he was 40. In Western's First Century, by John Gwynne-Timothy, Mr. DILLON was commended for his "energetic direction" as dean in upping the quality of the undergraduate program, developing a graduate and research program and enhancing links with "the wider working world of industry and business."
Those links included serving as a project officer on the Science Research and Development Committee for the Royal Commission on Government Organization (the Glassco Commission), which recommended a decentralized organizational model for the federal government. He also went on a three-month Colombo Plan (a framework for bi-lateral aid and technical assistance that came out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers in Ceylon in 1950) mission in 1963 to Thailand to advise the government on engineering education.
From 1965-67, he was a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on Confederation, which was set up by Premier Robarts to advise the government on issues such as bilingualism and multiculturalism vis-à-vis the other provinces (especially Quebec) and the federal government. After finishing this assignment, Mr. DILLON was seconded in 1970, from his position as engineering dean at University of Western Ontario, to become the executive director of the Task Force Hydro Committee on Government Productivity, a task that required all of the skills he had accumulated as a wartime soldier, a design engineer, an aspirational dean in the academic bureaucracy and a consultant to government.
To help Mr. DILLON penetrate Hydro's monolithic culture, Mr. Robarts arranged for him to attend the meetings of the Hydro Electric Power Commission, "which was highly unusual [for an outsider]," said Mr. McKeough. "George Gathercole, who was the chair, would hold forth at great length and finally say, 'Is there anything anybody else would like to say?' To which one of the other commissioners would dutifully reply, 'No, George, you have said it all.' " And so the meeting would end, but the tale lived on in Mr. DILLON's retelling.
From the task force, Mr. DILLON was appointed deputy in Mr. McKeough's Ministry of Energy in 1973. Mr. McKeough, a younger but stalwart member of the London mafia, knew Mr. DILLON well. "He was a very bright person and an engineer and understood energy and was a fan of Candu [a pressurized heavy-water reactor] and he knew the inside of Hydro because of the task force."
In 1976, Mr. DILLON moved from Energy to Resources Development and then to Municipal Affairs and Housing before leaving the civil service in 1982 to go back into business as a founding partner of Alafin Consultants. Nevertheless, business was only part of his life for the next 15 years, which was largely devoted to volunteer work, to building dubiously road and sea-worthy vehicles with his grandchildren and to serving his regiment. He was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment, a rank he held from 1986 to 1993 and then promoted to Colonel of the Regiment (of The Royal Canadian Regiment), an honorary position he held from 1993 to 1997.
The Confederation debates of the 1960s and 1970s and the rise of the Parti Québécois, which Rene Levesque led to power in the Quebec provincial election in 1976, created linguistic aspirations and prompted conciliatory gestures in Ontario. One of them involved Mr. DILLON and Richard Schmeelk, a wealthy American banker who had represented Salomon Brothers in Ontario since the mid 1950s. After retiring as a senior executive from Salomon in 1986, Mr. Schmeelk established the Schmeelk Canada Fellowship to create a better understanding between English and French-Canadians. The idea, which percolated at a dinner with Mr. McKeough, John Turner and Mr. Schmeelk, was to have students from University of Western Ontario and Laval University in Quebec City study at each other's institutions. The initial capitalization of $1-million dollars has more than doubled over the years and the program has expanded to include the University of Calgary in Alberta and the University of Montreal in Quebec. Mr. DILLON was executive secretary from 1995 to 2001. "Dick was the guy who handled all the heavy duty [lifting] over the years and made a great contribution to the scholarship," said Mr. Schmeelk. "He went to all the meetings and did a great job and was a great friend over the years."
In the late 1990s, Mr. DILLON began to suffer from memory problems. "My father was a wonderful dancer," said his daughter Kelly MEIGHEN. "He taught the three of us how to dance, and I can remember thinking at my 50th birthday party [in November, 1999], that he no longer knew how to dance."
Mrs. DILLON cared for her husband at home until finally, when he could no longer recognize his loved ones and even a walk in the garden could frighten him, she allowed him to be moved into the veteran's wing at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on November 8, 2006. Eighteen months later, two days after the DILLONs' 63rd wedding anniversary, he died there, surrounded by his family.
About an hour later, the chaplain and some of the nurses on duty came into Mr. DILLON's room at Sunnybrook. "The Chaplain read some passages and said a prayer," said Ms. MEIGHEN. " Then she looked at my mother and said: 'On behalf of the people of Canada I want to thank you and your husband for his service to the country and for the freedom we enjoy today.' And then, they placed the flag over his body," said Ms. MEIGHEN. "It was such a lovely gesture that we were stunned."
Richard Maurice DILLON, CM, MC, was born on August 4, 1920 in Simcoe, Ontario He died of complications from Alzheimer's Disease on April 23, 2008. He was 87. Mr. DILLON is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, his three daughters, and his seven grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother, John, he also leaves sisters Shelagh and Diana and his brother, Michael, and his extended family.

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-30 published
BEATTIE, Ralph David
Passed away peacefully at Saint_Joseph's Health Care Centre, Guelph, on Wednesday, May 28, 2008, in his 91st year. He joins his beloved wife and best friend of sixty-four years, Betty, who passed away in March of this year. Loving father of Susanne CHAMBERS (Fred,) Barbara DEMPSEY (Tom), David (Cathy), and Merri. Proud grandfather of Jamie, Shannon, Sarah, Carolyn, Patricia, and Lindsay. Adored great-grandfather of Justin, Ryan, and Kristy Taggart, and Natasha, Danny, Caitlin, and Susanne CHAMBERS.
Ralph served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2 and his love of flying led to a life-long career in aviation: first as an air traffic controller, and then, as Chief of Air Traffic Control Procedures for Canada. Betty and Ralph enjoyed a long and happy retirement in Niagara-on-the Lake, and latterly, in Guelph, returning home after many years to family and life-long Friends. Ralph was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and he will be missed by many. He will, particularly, be remembered for his amazing memory and wonderful story-telling.
A Memorial Service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 20 Quebec Street, Guelph, on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. An Interment Service will be held immediately following at Woodlawn Cemetery, Guelph. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to Saint_Joseph's Health Centre (Palliative Care) would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home 519-822-4731 or send condolences at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com)
The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Saint_Joseph's Health Care Centre for their compassionate care.

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DEMPSTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-16 published
MOORE, Donald Herbert
Passed away at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, Ontario on Wednesday, February 13, 2008. Loving and beloved husband of Mary MOORE (TRIPP) for 59 years, loving father of Patricia DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS and Brian and his wife Barbara, dear Gramps of Shawn and Mark DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS and Katie, Jennifer and Sarah MOORE. Don was a very loving and caring person who always wore a smile. His first love was his family whom he cherished.
Don was born in Buffalo, New York, son of the late R. Wesley MOORE and Myra Middleton MOORE and the late Electa Strong MOORE. Brother of the late Robert M. MOORE and William E. DEMPSTER.
Don enjoyed a 45 year career with the Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada, working in offices in Waterloo, Hamilton, Toronto, St. Catharines and Timmins, where he met Mary. In 1949, Don was appointed Branch manager of Mutual Life's Oshawa branch, where he remained until 1969 when he returned to head Office in Waterloo. Following his retirement from Mutual Life in 1978, Don worked for a few years with the Kitchener Chamber of Commerce.
During the Second World War, Don served with the Royal Canadian Navy in Halifax.
Don was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club, serving as President of the Oshawa Kiwanis Club in 1967. Don was also a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Granite Club, the Probus Club, the Retired Business and Professional Men's Club and KCI's Boys of the Thirties, as well as a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Arthritis Society.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 15, 2008 at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo from 4-6 p.m. A private family service will be held at the Church of the Holy Saviour in Waterloo, where in his youth, Don served as a choir boy, and in his adult life as Rector's Warden and sidesman.
If desired, donations may be made in Don's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Arthritis Society and can be arranged through the funeral home, 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com

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DEMPSTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-08 published
SHORTILL, William Hubert "Hugh", Kt. G.C., B.Comm. - Queen's (April 22, 1906-July 3, 2008)
It is with great sorrow, the family announces the passing of William Hubert SHORTILL (Hugh) in his daughter's home in Thornhill, Ontario at the grand age of 102, while listening to Bing Crosby singing Irish songs. He leaves to mourn, his son John (Helen), daughter Deborah, grand_sons John J. (Delphine), James (Krista), Robert and Timothy and great-grand_son Matthew. Predeceased in 1990, by his beloved wife of 52 years, Jean STAPLETON (of Stratford, Ontario) and his cherished son David, in 1997. He will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews and best Friends Jim Hewitt, Harv Greer, Louis Janetta and the late Frank Bogart. Unexpectedly born in Galt, Ontario while his parents were at the races. Most proud of his Irish descent, he was the son of Cowin SHORTILL, of Ballinafad, and May DEMPSTER, of Gananoque. With the passing of his mother, in 1907, he was raised by her parents Thomas and Margaret DEMPSTER in the family home, Woodview Villa, now the Athlone Inn and Restaurant. He put himself through Queen's University, during the Depression, by working five months each summer on the St. Lawrence Ferry System. Filled with energy and ideas, he moved to Toronto in 1935, where he met and married Jean. Joined the Toronto Real Estate Board to become 'Realtor Extraordinaire'. He was instrumental in the early development of Leaside, North York, Rosedale and the Bridle Path area, where he tried to convince buyers to purchase 2-acre lots for $10,000. He served organized real estate with distinction as President of The Toronto Real Estate Board and The Canadian Real Estate Association. 'W.H.' maintained his Broker's License well into his nineties, and was proud to hold the F.R.I. designation (Fellow of the Realtors Institute) throughout his career. Hugh enjoyed many affiliations, including: The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Granite Club and Albany Club. He was a life member of York Downs Golf and Country Club and played in his nineties, although legally blind in later years. He represented York Downs in international tournaments and had the ultimate satisfaction of scoring 'A Hole in One'. Sir William H. SHORTILL was a Knight of Malta (Priory of Canada,) of The Sovereign Military Order of Saint_John of Jerusalem, and held elevated memberships as a 32nd Degree Mason (1926), Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Can. (1933), A. and A.S.R. Rose Croix, Royal Arch, Rameses Temple, a Shriner and a member of The Jesters. Always a Toronto Booster, he played an important role in the Residential/Commercial/Industrial growth and development of this city. Hugh loved to travel and his favourite method remained the many trips to Europe and The British Isles on the Q.E.2 and the Concord. He had an unquenchable interest in people - who they were and where they came from, and as an old school gentleman, often did business, simply on a handshake. Hugh was a dynamic speaker and spoke internationally on real estate issues, also an amateur historian who spoke often at various Historical Societies. He enjoyed life to the fullest and always found time to 'give back', including many charities. Above all, he was an optimist, with an amazing ability to inspire, enthuse anyone he met and give hilarious hat shows from his 100 collection and he hosted the best parties! Many thanks to his wonderful caregivers, Patricia Malcolm, Brad, Janice and Natasha. A private service to be held, with interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian National Institute for the Blind or charity of your choice. Online condolences www.rskane.ca The 'First Nations' word for Gananoque means 'Place of Good Health' - W.H. certainly enjoyed this over a long and fulfilling life. Happy travelling Dad. R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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