DESJARDINS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-28 published
DONALDSON, Sophia "Vi"
Surrounded by family on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late James (1999). Loving mother of Gregory "Harry" of Calgary, Peter and his wife Pauline, Margo (SALTS,) Alan, and Shawn (METCALF) and her husband Ian MacDONALD all of Sarnia. Proud grandmother of Corry SALTS and Jessica (SALTS) Odrcich (Peter), Carrie (Garreth BALFE) and Greg DONALDSON, Wesley (Janet JACKSON,) Joseph and Laura METCALF. Dearest sister of Rose KRUPPER, Sister Josephine KOWALSKI, Ann (George) LEHTO, and Roman KOWALSKI. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sons James and Bruce and brothers Joseph, Michael and Peter KOWALSKI. A lover of music, Vi played trumpet in an all girls traveling orchestra in the 1930s and 1940s. Vi was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Women's League and volunteered with Sarnia's Meals on Wheels for many years. She will be sadly missed by her favourite cat, Gus. Vi was passionate about gardening and a talented quilter and will be most remembered as a gifted baker and pastry maker. Visitation will be held at the McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina Street, Sarnia (519-244-3131), on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 8: 30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Len DESJARDINS at Sacred Heart Church at 11: 30 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2008. Cremation to follow with private family interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, Friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 714 Lite Street, Sarnia, N7V 1A6. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com A tree will be planted in memory of Vi DONALDSON in the McKenzie and Blundy Memorial Forest. Dedication service Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area.

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DESJARDINS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-30 published
LAPOINTE, Rene Joseph
At Lambton Meadowview Villa, on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at the age of 90. Beloved husband of 62 years of Lauretta. Dear father of Bruce LAPOINTE and his wife Chris, Sarnia, Leona LAPOINTE, Sarnia, Keith LAPOINTE and Helen BRUCE, London, Karen and her husband Don JORDAN, Surrey, British Columbia and Henry LAPOINTE and his wife Jill, London. Loving grandfather of Steven, Jennifer, Jeff and Dawn LAPOINTE, David and Katie JORDAN, and Michael, Danielle and Thomas LAPOINTE. Great-grandfather of Ryan, Matthew and Kirsten LAPOINTE, and Emma and Zachary KILLINGSWORTH. Brother of Napoleon LAPOINTE and his wife Rita, Sarnia. Predeceased by brothers and sisters Mary DEGRADY, Victor LAPOINTE, Emil LAPOINTE, Lucille SAINT_GERMAIN, Conrad LALONDE, Colombe GAUTHIER and Rhea LAMBERT. Rene was a veteran of World War 2 serving with the Royal Canadian Engineers in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was a member of the Carpenters and Joiners Union Local 1256. A special heartfelt thank-you to all the "Angels" at Meadowview who looked after dad and continue to do so for mom. Visitation will be held at the Mckenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina Street, Sarnia, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 2 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Len DESJARDINS at Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, Friends who wish may send memorial donations to Alzheimer's Society, 1121 Wellington Street, Sarnia, N7S 6J7 or to Lambton Meadowview Villa, R.R.#4, Petrolia, N0N 1R0. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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DESJARDINS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-21 published
LAPOINTE, Lauretta Mary (née O'GRADY)
At Lambton Meadowview Villa, on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of 62 years of the late Rene Joseph LAPOINTE. Dear mother of Bruce LAPOINTE and his wife Chris, Sarnia, Leona LAPOINTE, Sarnia, Keith LAPOINTE and Helen BRUCE, London, Karen and her husband Don JORDAN, Surrey, British Columbia and Henry LAPOINTE and his wife Jill, London. Loving grandmother of Steven and Trish LAPOINTE, Jennifer and Jason KILLINGSWORTH, Jeff LAPOINTE, Dawn LAPOINTE and Brian COLLINS, David and Katie JORDAN, and Michael, Danielle and Thomas LAPOINTE. Great-grandmother of Ryan, Matthew and Kirsten LAPOINTE, and Emma and Zachary KILLINGSWORTH. Sister of Francis O'GRADY and his wife Mary, Sudbury, Kenneth O'GRADY, Sarnia, and Bernadette O'GRADY, Wyoming. Predeceased by parents Thomas and Bernadette and brothers Mervin and Roger. A special heartfelt thank-you to all the "Angels" at Meadowview who looked after mom and dad. Visitation will be held at the Mckenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina Street, Sarnia, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 3: 30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Len DESJARDINS at Sacred Heart Church at 11: 30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2008. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, Friends who wish may send memorial donations to Alzheimer's Society, 1121 Wellington Street, Sarnia, N7S 6J7, Lambton Meadowview Villa, R.R.#4, Petrolia, N0N 1R0 or the charity of your choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com A tree will be planted in memory of Lauretta LAPOINTE in the McKenzie and Blundy Memorial Forest. Dedication service Sunday, September 21st, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area.

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DESJARDINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-25 published
MARTIN, Louis (1935-2008)
At Pavillon Alfred-Desrochers, on January 22, 2008, following a long illness passed away Louis MARTIN, journalist. He leaves to mourn his wife, Hélène FILION, his three sons and daughters-in-law, Nicolas (Élise DESJARDINS,) Stéphane (Maya HARTLEY) and Alexis (Claire GEOFFRION,) his grandchildren: Béatrice, Gabrielle, Laurent, Zoé and Éloi. son of the late Joséphine DÉCARY and the late Hector MARTIN, he was the brother of Fernande (Pierre JUNEAU,) the late Suzanne (the late Pierre BLONDIN,) the late Denise (Francis CORBETT,) Yves (Louise-Marie CHOUINARD,) Geneviève (Gilles BEAUSOLEIL,) Françoise (André LAMY,) Luc (Louise BOUCHARD,) Hélène (Michel BRÛLÉ.) He also leaves to mourn his sisters-in-law and his brother-in-law from the Filion family, as well as many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grand-nieces. The family will receive condolences on Friday, January 25, 2008 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, January 26 starting at 9: 30 a.m. at: Alfred Dallaire Memoria 1111, Laurier West, Outremont www.memoria.ca 514-277-7778 Valet Parking where at 11 a.m. a memorial ceremony will be held. The family would like to thank the management and the staff of Pavillon Alfred-Desrochers for the excellent care provided to Louis. In memory of Louis, donations to the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal would be appreciated.

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DESJARDINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-27 published
Man dies in storm drain trying to retrieve keys
By The Canadian Press, Page A7
Welland, Ontario -- An Ontario man is dead after falling head first into a storm drain while trying to get his keys back.
Lionel DESJARDINS called police yesterday to report his wallet and other personal items were taken after he left them on the counter at a store.
Mr. DESJARDINS, 57, told police he had spotted his belongings in a nearby storm sewer.
Police contacted city crews to retrieve the items from the drain, however, workers were not immediately available.
An officer left to continue the investigation and later found Mr. DESJARDINS in the drain.

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DESJARDINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-16 published
DESJARDINS, Doris (née McCOSHEN)
Wife, mother, grandmother, community supporter. Born November 28, 1925, in Île du Grand Calumet, Quebec Died October 14, 2007, in Sudbury, Ontario, of a stroke, aged 81.
By Amy COULTERMAN, Page L6
Doris went through life with the full force of her fiery red hair. She was mischievous and independent; to the consternation of her siblings, she always came out "smelling like a rose."
She was born Doris McCOSHEN to parents Irene and Gerald. The family, including Doris's two brothers and three sisters, moved during the Depression to Sudbury, where Gerald took a job in the mining industry.
Doris decided not to go to high school, instead taking a job at a laundromat. In 1945, she met Wilfred DESJARDINS, a friend of her brothers. They married on Christmas Day, 1947. They were together for almost 57 years, until Wilfred's death in 2004.
Wilfred had quit school at 16 and lied about his age to begin working in the mines for Inco, eventually becoming a shift manager. His and Doris's lives around the mines were based on building a strong family and a close-knit community.
Although money was tight at times, Doris encouraged her children - Beverly, Brian, Lorraine and James - in their education and hobbies. As a committee member at the local playground, she made sure the community's facilities were taken care of and that there were plenty of activities for area children. While team sports were common for boys, Doris bemoaned the lack of activities for girls. So when she found out about a new hockey-like sport called ringette, she was the first to offer it at the playground in the winter of 1963. She became the first coach of the first organized ringette team in Canada.
Doris was always willing to help others. She was a member of her church's Catholic Women's League for more than 25 years and she delivered Meals on Wheels, having learned to drive at 45, when she and Wilfred bought their first car.
As the couple aged, they bought a trailer site at a camp outside the city. Doris's children and grandchildren have fond memories of 25 summers of swimming, playing and cooking over an open fire.
Even after a quadruple bypass and a stroke that left her nearly blind in one eye, Doris - lovingly known as Nan, Nana and Queenie - continued to be an avid spectator at her grandchildren's sports tournaments, dance competitions and theatre performances. She taught all who were interested how to cook sugar pies, butter tarts and pickles.
When her children were cleaning her house after she passed away, they found wishbones hanging over the kitchen sink. There were nine, one for each of her grandchildren. Doris's joking and her independent spirit will be missed, but her joy and best wishes remain.
Amy COULTERMAN is Doris's granddaughter.

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DESJARDINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-29 published
DEGEER, W. Ross
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of W. Ross DEGEER.
Born Toronto July 31, 1936 he died April 27, 2008 after a short stay in the Palliative Care Unit of the Northumberland Hills Hospital. He is survived by his wife Frances (née DUNN,) daughters Lynn Elizabeth (Joseph OSTROM), Susan Gale (Rick DESJARDINS) and his son, William Drew and his grandchildren, Benjamin, Alexandra, Sarah and Yumi Francesca. Ross loved nothing more than having the family together for important occasions so to continue the DEGEER family traditions.
Educated and brought up in Toronto, Ross and his wife, Frances worked together, loved all good things together and demonstrated a mutual respect for each other only to be envied by many couples. In their over 35 years together they enjoyed music and art and exploring the highways and byways and the hills and dales of their beloved England. They also shared a love for their century home in Cobourg as well as collecting interesting things with which to decorate it.
Ross was a man profoundly proud of being Canadian. He was well aware of the obligation that the offspring of the DEGEER family that arrived in North America in 1755 had towards this country.
Throughout his entire life he was involved in organizations that were at the centre of the country and the city. In his formative years, while working as a stockbroker, he was involved in the Toronto Junior Board of Trade, an organization of over 650 young businessmen. As its Chairman, he worked assiduously to persuade Junior Chamber International to hold its International Congress in Canada and in Toronto. With his colleagues he traveled the world promoting his home city.
They were successful and the World came to Toronto in our Centennial year of 1967. For many years in the future the XXII Junior Chamber International World Congress, of which he was President was held up as the example of what a congress should be.
From 1963 and until his death he was an active member of the Albany Club; the bastion of Conservative politics since the time of Sir John A. Macdonald. As its president, in 1973/74, he continued the modernization of the facilities and worked hard at attracting new members to the organization.
Following the Progressive Conservative leadership convention in 1971 that elected William Davis leader and therefore Premier, Ross was hired by Mr. Davis as Executive Director of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario to undertake the challenge of modernizing the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. He was a founding member of the 'Big Blue Machine' and along with many others, instituted new techniques in fundraising, relationship building, campaign organization and campaigning which became the bench-mark for modern politics in Canada and which are very much in use today.
Moving from Party organization to become the Premier's Principal Secretary in 1977 meant working along side the Premier and his cabinet as new policies were devised and implemented. Ross always valued the unique opportunity to work so closely with the man for whom he had such admiration. He always felt that only in this way can one truly appreciate the difficulty in governing such a diverse province as Ontario.
In 1978 Mr. Davis appointed Ross as Agent General to the United Kingdom and Ireland. A post he proudly served for over seven years. With his wife Frances, who was born in England, they moved freely in business and diplomatic circles extolling the virtues of our great province. The son of a Welsh born mother, he and Frances were also able to establish links with this most pleasant land, promoting two way tourism and trade.
In 1985 they returned to Canada where he took up a position with Geac Computers. In 1987 he moved to the international public relations firm of Burson-Marsteller where he became Managing Director of the Toronto office. In 1996 he joined the then Canadian owned public affairs firm, Government Policy Consultants as Vice Chairman, managing the Toronto Office.
In September of 2000 he and Frances returned to London where he was Vice Chairman and Deputy Managing Director of the London office of Government Policy Consultants also serving on the European operating group.
Ross retired from full time employment at the end of 2001 and they returned to Canada to retire to Cobourg.
In retirement he was active in the Anglican church, the art gallery, the historical society and the Architectural Conservancy of Cobourg.
While never diminishing the importance of Canada to his life, Ross on more than one occasion could be heard quoting Doctor Samuel Johnson… "if a man is tired of London he is tired of life for there is in London all that life can offer".
We would like to thank all those in the Palliative Care Unit at Northumberland Hills Hospital who provided such exemplary care. Thanks, also, to Doctor David BRODERICK and his wife, nurse Carolyne BRODERICK for their support and counsel.
Friends will be received at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King Street East, Cobourg, K9A 1K7 (905) 372-5132 on Thursday evening, May 1st from 7-9 p.m.
Funeral service will be held at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, Cobourg, Ontario on Friday, May 2nd at 2: 00 p.m.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Saint Peter's Church, or to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, Cobourg. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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DESJARDINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-16 published
O'KEEFE, James E. (1918-2008)
Passed away peacefully, at K-W Health Centre of Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, on Friday, June 13, 2008, in his 90th year.
Beloved companion of Jeannine DESJARDINS and loving father of Brian, Gary (Maureen MacKAY) and Susan (Bob MAHER). Lovingly remembered by his six grandchildren, Kelly, Chanie, Liane, Patrick, Megan, and Kristen. Survived by his sisters Genevieve and Raylene.
Predeceased by his wife Gemma ARCAND (1992,) son Lawrence (1960,) and siblings Stella, Mary, Harold, and Dolores.
Jim proudly served his country in the Air Force retiring as a Captain in the Canadian Army. He then embarked on a second career as a teacher in Montreal at J.F.K. High School. For the past 30 years of retirement, Jim enjoyed many activities especially golfing and wintering in Florida.
A private family service will be held in Kitchener-Waterloo.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com

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DESLAURIERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-21 published
DESLAURIERS, Jiselle (née JANUARIO)
Peacefully on Thursday June 19th, 2008 at the Georgetown Hospital. Jiselle (née JANUARIO,) in her 46th year, beloved wife of Paul and loving mother of Nicole. Fondly remembered and deeply missed by her in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins and Friends. Predeceased by her parents Manuel and Natalie JANUARIO. Friends will be received at the J.S. Jones and son Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Rd., north of Maple Ave. Georgetown on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 224 Maple Ave. on Tuesday June 24th, at 10: 00 am. Interment Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens, Oakville. In memory contributions to the Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills would be appreciated. To send expressions of sympathy visit www.jsjonesandsonfuneralhome.com

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DESLOOVERE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-29 published
BROMILEY, James " Jim"
At the Woodstock General Hospital on Monday April 28, 2008. James "Jim" BROMILEY of Woodstock in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Irene (née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON) BROMILEY for over 65 years. Dear father of Roy (Jane) BROMILEY of Kitchener and Gaynor (late Camiel jr./Coon) DESLOOVERE of Princeton. Loved grandfather of Kristen (Greg) DECKERT, James (Steph) BROMILEY, Lee DESLOOVERE (Shauna), Rachel DESLOOVERE (Dave) and great-grandfather of five. Dear brother of Ken (Norma) BROMILEY and brother-in-law of Ernie (Fay,) Annie (John) and Ronnie (late Joan). Jim was a longtime member of the Woodstock Masonic Lodges for many years, Mercer Wilson No. 678, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons Woodstock his home lodge. Friends may call at the Salvation Army Church, 769 Juliana Dr., Woodstock on Thursday May 1, 2008 after 12: 30 p.m. where the complete memorial service will be held in the chapel on Thursday at 1: 30 p.m. with Major Elaine BECKER officiating. Cremation has taken place. Contributions to the Salvation Army, Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Longworth Funeral Home, Woodstock, 519-539-0004. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com. A Masonic Service under the auspices of Mercer Wilson Masonic Lodge #678, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Woodstock will be held at the Salvation Army Church on Thursday at service time.

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DESMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-17 published
FRANKOVIC, John
Peacefully on Monday, July 14th, 2008, at Victoria Hospital, surrounded by his family, John FRANKOVIC of London at the age of 81. Loving husband of Niki of 52 years. Dear father of Sava and Scott TAPSON of Halifax, Doctors Tanya and Scott SHULMAN of North Bay, and Ted FRANKOVIC of Shelby, Michigan. Nono John to Kristen, Kylie, Mercedes and Dexter. Also missed by sisters-in-law Sava DESMAN of Rome, Italy, and Silva SINKOVEC of Izola, Slovenia, as well as by his many nephews and nieces. He will always be forever in our hearts. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Thursday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Michael's Parish, 515 Cheapside Street, on Friday, July 18th, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment, Saint Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of John are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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DESMARAIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-01 published
WELDRICK, Gordon Aubrey
On May 25th, 2008 Gordon, age 75, formerly of Littlewood, Ontario, peacefully passed away at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Great Grimsby, England. Beloved husband of Alma of Grimsby, England. Devoted father of Sandra (Wayne) CABLE and Alice (Lauren) DESMARAIS of London, Ontario. Cherished grandfather of Bobbie Jo, Shawn, Brian, Tracie, and Jennifer. Dear brother of Mitchell and his wife Joan of Ravenna, Ontario, Joyce of Kenora, Ontario, Clara and her husband Jim of Saint Thomas, Ontario. Cherished Uncle of several nieces and nephews. Gordon will be sadly missed by his Friends and extended family in both Ontario, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Interment and a Service will be held Forest Lawn Cemetery, London, Ontario at a date yet to be determined. Memorial donations to My Sisters' Place, 546 King Street, London, Ontario, would be appreciated by the family.

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DESMARAIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-14 published
RIVEST, Norbert Cyrille
At Extendicare, Port Stanley on Saturday, July 12th, 2008. Norbert Cyrille RIVEST of West Lorne in his 82nd year. son of the late Alfred and Florina (DESMARAIS.) Loving husband of nearly 55 years of Florence (ROSE.) Dear father of Leonard RIVEST, Karen DEGRAW (Brian) and Donna RIVEST- KRITER. Loving grandpa of Mallory, Marsha, Sonya, Preston, Tiffany and Julie. Brother of Agnes BENETEAU (late Lawrence,) late Laurent (Lucille,) Hedwidge WILKINSON (late Gord,) late Leon (Eylla,) late Paul (Ruth,) Suzanne SEGUIN (Jean Paul), Rosalie GAGNÉ (Ben), Wilfred (Madeleine)(late Carol), Louis (Annette), Elise TUFFIN (Ken), Gerald (Jacqueline), Eleonore ANDERSON (Jack) and Claude (Carol.) Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Special thank you to Doctor John HOFHUIS and all staff at Extendicare, Port Stanley for their kind and considerate care over the past three years. Friends may call at the West Lorne Chapel, 202 Main St. on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers will be offered at 6: 30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary's Church, West Lorne. Father Wes GUTOWSKI celebrant. Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's 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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DESMARAIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-09 published
Air Canada skipper moonlighted as chief pilot of warplane museum
Fascinated by aviation even as a small boy, he paid for his own flight training until he was qualified to join an airline. 'Pilots like him come along two or three times in a generation'
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
Toronto -- Peter GUTOWSKI was a pilot all his adult life. He flew everything from a Boeing 747 jumbo jet to a Corsair, a powerful single-engine fighter from the Second World War. Although too young to have flown against the Axis, he performed in hundreds of air shows as chief pilot for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton.
Indeed, his life was shaped by the war. Born in Poland in 1935, his father [Michal Mieczyslaw Wojciech GUTOWSKI] was an army officer who managed to escape the massacre of the Polish officer corps by the Soviets in the Katyn Forest in 1940.
Peter, along with his brother Marek and his mother Sophie, left their family home and spent the war in Krakow. His father made his way to Britain, where he joined remnants of Polish forces. Four years later, he landed in Normandy with the 1st Polish Armoured Division just after D-Day. By the time Germany surrendered in May of 1945, he was a lieutenant-colonel commanding the 2nd Polish Armoured Regiment.
With the war in Europe over, Peter, Marek and their mother Sophie made their way first to Czechoslovakia, then Hungary, before finally meeting up with Col. GUTOWSKI in Germany.
The family moved first to England, then to Canada in 1948. Col. GUTOWSKI, a cavalry officer who won a silver medal in the 1936 Olympics, had been invited to train the Canadian army equestrian team. After that was disbanded, he spent many years instructing at the Caledon Riding and Hunt Club near Toronto. He also trained the Canadian Olympic team from 1948 to 1955.
Apart from his father, there was another war hero in Peter GUTOWSKI's life. His uncle Zbyszek GUTOWSKI, who still lives in Montreal, was a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during the war. He was captured and sent to Stalag Luft III, a prisoner of war camp that became famous in March, 1944, for the Great Escape, a bid to flee by dozens of prisoners. Although he never escaped, Uncle Zbyszek's tales of flying likely convinced young Peter GUTOWSKI to take up aviation. Even as a small boy, he was in love with the notion of flight; he filled his school notebooks with doodles of aircraft.
Peter GUTOWSKI spent his teenaged years on the outskirts of Toronto. He graduated from a high school in suburban Richmond Hill and then worked as an installer for Bell Canada. For a time, he shared an apartment with a young German immigrant whose father had been a pilot in the Luftwaffe. The two men became lifelong Friends.
While working for Bell, Mr. GUTOWSKI put himself through flight training at Toronto Island Airport. He got his private licence at 19 and started accumulating hours and qualifications required for a commercial licence. His first job in aviation was as a co-pilot with Trans-Canada Airlines, as Air Canada was then called, when he was 21.
"It was October of 1957 [and] we were in the last class to train on the DC-3," said Jack DESMARAIS, a fellow pilot at Air Canada. "And he finished on the 747-400 in 1995."
At Trans-Canada Airlines, he was so devoted to his job that when he proposed to his wife, Peggy, in 1960, she remembered him warning that flying was very important in his life.
"He told me 'You'll always come second to my flying,' " she laughed. "All that really meant was that if there was a phone call during dinner that had to do with flying, we would have to wait until he came back."
In 1967, the year he turned 31, Mr. GUTOWSKI was promoted to captain. Although his regular job was as a senior pilot for Air Canada, he loved flying so much that he decided to join the volunteers at the Warplane Heritage Museum. The group restores and flies such famous Second World War aircraft as the Lancaster bomber, the Mitchell B-25 and the Spitfire.
George STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, one of the first members of the group, remembers when Mr. GUTOWSKI approached the other pilots. "He was immaculately dressed in clean white running shoes, a leather jacket and gloves. He came up and said he'd like to fly the Chipmunk [a small trainer] and said he'd be pleased to pay for its operating costs."
Within a few years, he was the chief pilot. The others respected his skill. His training as a commercial pilot meant he insisted the pilots flying the old warplanes be prepared for any eventualities and avoid taking chances that might endanger their lives.
"He believed in showing off the airplane, not the pilot. In his Corsair, he would fly low and fast over the field but never do aerobatics," Mr. STEWARD/STEWART/STUART said. "His concern for safety probably saved a lot of our lives."
In more than three decades of flying, Canadian Warplane Heritage has lost only one pilot, Alan NESS - one of the founders of the group - who crashed a Fairey Firefly at the Canadian National Exhibition Air show in 1977. Peter GUTOWSKI was in the air at the time in a B-25.
"We saw the plane go in and for five minutes, I didn't know whether or not it was Peter," said Peggy GUTOWSKI. "We were discussing just last month how, over the years, 32 of his Friends had died in air shows."
His family travelled to many shows, and his wife went up with him in more than one of his "war birds," as the pilots call their vintage aircraft. The air shows were usually in Hamilton or Toronto but could be as far afield as Texas or the Rickenbacker Airfield in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. GUTOWSKI's mainstay at the air shows was the Chance Vought Corsair, a carrier-launched fighter capable of speeds in excess of 700 kilometres an hour. Although U.S.-built, it was also used extensively by the Royal Navy. One of them was flown by Canadian lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray in the closing days of the war. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for an heroic attack on a Japanese destroyer, and the museum chose to name its Corsair after him. Although a favourite with the crowds, it was sold several years ago to an American collector for about $1-million.
After 38 years at Air Canada, Mr. GUTOWSKI was forced to retire at 60. He immediately landed a job flying a Cessna Citation, a small jet, for Roblin Enterprises. "Peter was so keen to fly. As soon as you called him, he'd answer, 'Where am I going?' If you needed him, he was always available," said Micheline BOCOCK, the dispatcher whose husband owned Roblin Enterprises.
Mr. GUTOWSKI flew corporate jets all over North America for 11 years. One of the principal customers was Magna, the maker of auto parts based in Aurora, Ontario
He retired after he was diagnosed with cancer, but continued to fly for the Warplane Heritage Museum, and took to the skies last fall while his disease was in remission.
In 53 years of flying, he logged 30,000 hours in the air. That's 1,250 days - nearly 3½ years. In that time, he flew eight different types of aircraft for Trans-Canada Airlines and Air Canada: Douglas DC-3 Viscount; Vanguard; DC-8; DC-9; Boeing 727; 767 and two types of 747. At air shows, he flew the Chipmunk, Tiger Moth, Anson, Harvard, Corsair, B-25 and Invader.
All this without an accident, although he did experience what pilots call "incidents."
"He had some emergencies - who hasn't? Even when he had problems, he always managed to get it down," Mr. DESMARAIS said. "Pilots like him come along two or three times in a generation. He was a natural. You either have it or you don't, and he had it."
Peter GUTOWSKI was born November 17, 1935, in Leszno, Poland. He died of cancer at home in Toronto on March 31, 2008. He was 72. He is survived by wife Peggy and daughter Michele.

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DESMOND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-18 published
RYAN, Linda (WHITTON/ DESMOND)
Remembering my friend Linda (WHITTON/ DESMOND) who left us too soon, 1 year ago today, March 18, 2007. 36 years Friendship A lifetime of memories Sadly missed by Terry Fischer.

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DESMOND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-22 published
JORDAN, Frances " Daisy" (née DESMOND)
Frances (DESMOND) " Daisy" JORDAN in her 86th year died peacefully at Bluewater Health Palliative Care, Sarnia, on March 20, 2008. Fran was the dearly beloved wife of Jim for 59 years, having resided in Toronto, London, Orillia and Sarnia. Dear mother of Michael (Mary) JORDAN, London; Kathleen (Geoffrey) PERDEAUX, Sarnia; Mary "Beth" (Douglas) LOW/LOWE/LOUGH, Lake Jackson, Texas. and son-in-law Gerald MADDEN, West Vancouver. Grandmother of Brian, Michael, and Kathleen MADDEN, Linda, Sandra and Alex PERDEAUX, Christopher, Courtney, and Gregory JORDAN. Great-grandmother of Alyssa and Hallie. Predeceased by her parents John (1945) and Irene DESMOND (1972) of Palmerston, Ontario. Also predeceased by her three children Teresa May (1959,) John (1993,) and Colleen MADDEN (2000.) The funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at 11: 00 a.m. at St. Benedict's Church, 1011 Oak Ave., Sarnia. Family and Friends will be received on Monday, March 24, 2008, from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Palliative Care, 89 Norman Street, Sarnia, N7T 6S3, or to the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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RYAN, Linda (WHITTON/ DESMOND)
Remembering my friend Linda (WHITTON/ DESMOND) who left us too soon, 1 year ago today, March 18, 2007. 36 years of Friendship A lifetime of memories Sadly missed by Terry Fischer.

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DESORMEAU o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-29 published
GRINEAGE, Wallace MacPherson
Age 72 a resident of Pincher Creek, Alberta passed away at his residence on February 24, 2008. He was born in Chatham Township son of the late Walter and Levitta (DUDLEY) GRINEAGE. Dear father of Ingrid WOODS of Bellville, Michigan, Michele and Blake HANDSOR of Chatham, Marlene POWELL of Golden, British Columbia, Micheal and Karen GRINEAGE of London, Melinda BUTCHER of Chatham, Mark and Lori GRINEAGE of Pincher Creek, Alberta. Dear grandfather of Denisha and Isaiah WOODS, Mathew and Aaron HANDSOR, Dayne POWELL, Tyner GRINEAGE and Keely NIXON, Jalen BUTCHER, Morgan, Dakota and Michael GRINEAGE. Also survived by sister Mavis SCOTT of Chatham Township, brother Winston and Carol GRINEAGE of Chatham Twp. brother-in-law Lawrence HANDSOR of Dover Twp. Aunts Flo GREER/GRIER and Minniebelle COLBERT of Detroit, and Donna DUDLEY of Chatham, step-children Ken and Leanne CARSON, Virginia DESORMEAU. Step-grandchildren Mackenzie, Mikaela CARSON, Cameron, Jarett and Jillian DESORMEAU. Also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. He is predeceased by a sister Melba HANDSOR and brother-in-law Dennis SCOTT. Visitors will be received at the Thomas L. DeBurger Funeral Home, 620 Cross Street, Dresden on Sunday 7-9 p.m. Cremation has taken place. The memorial service will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Monday March 3, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Albert LAMBKIN officiating. Interment of cremains in Dresden Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made by cheque to First Regular Baptist Church, Dresden and left at the funeral home. Online condolences and donations may be made on our website: www.deburgerfuneralhome.com

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DESOUSA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-07 published
SABO, Michael
In his 50th year, suddenly at home on March 4, 2008. Beloved son of Diane (LANE) SABO and predeceased by his father John SABO (2006.) Father of Jason and Randy LIVINGSTONE and Sally DESOUSA. Survived by brothers Mark and Rob and sister Judy and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Dear grandfather of 3 grandchildren. Friend of Sue and Johnny CLUTTERBUCK. A celebration of Michael's life will be held at the Army, Navy, Air Force #393, 649 Colborne Street, London on Saturday, March 8, at 2: 00 p.m. A further celebration of Michael's life will be celebrated at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London on Monday, March 10 between the hours of 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. (Cremation arrangements entrusted to Forest City Cremation Service, London).

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DESROCHERS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-01-09 published
Rose May PICK (née CARDINAL)
1944 to 2007 (63 years)
Beloved wife of Colin PICK. Daughter of Jeanne D'Arc BEAUVAIS and Henri CARDINAL of Alban (both deceased.) Dear sister of Leo Paul CARDINAL, Henriette FAY (husband Leo,) Aime CARDINAL, Liliane HEIKKILA (husband Appo), Gerard CARDINAL (wife Rachelle ROY/ ROI), Georges CARDINAL (wife Rachelle LARCHE,) the late Gisele TACKABERRY (husband Bill,) the late Normand CARDINAL (twin brother of Armand) and Armand CARDINAL (wife Louise NAULT.) Daughter-in-law of Jean Lang PICK (99 years) and the late Prince Arthur PICK, sister-in-law of Allan PICK (wife Mary), Ken PICK (wife Kathleen - deceased,) Brian PICK (wife Bridie,) Tom PICK (wife Diane,) Ben PICK (wife Barbara) all of England. Mother of Paul SERRE (wife Sylvie ROY/ ROI, grandchildren Jacques and Jacqueline.) Anne JEFFREY (grandchildren Rocky and Tanya, great grandchild Emmitt.) Kevin SERRE (wife Heather, granddaughter Randy.) Step-Mother of Wendy RAYNOR (husband Karl, grandchildren Colleen, Stephan, Lee, Craig, Shane, Kade and great grand_son Ellis,) Helen UNSWORTH (grandchildren Catherine, Dean and Holly,) Heather TURNER (husband Ian, grandchildren Colin and Connor,) Robert PICK (wife Sarah, grandchildren Jason and Robyn) all of England.
Rose will be missed by her many nieces and nephews. Rose was the life long friend of Claudette LABRANCHE (deceased) of Sudbury. Dear friend of Monique SERRE, Cambridge Ontario, Joyce SIMISTER, London Ontario, Joyce SPRACK, Manitowaning, Laura RIGOULOT- BREDIN, Manitowaning, Lucille DESROCHERS, Copper Cliff, J. P. MILLER (deceased) of Sudbury, Queen Margaret JACKSON, Rosemary WAKEGIJIG, and all the sisters of the Red Sky Women of Manitoulin also known as the Red Hats. Rose was also a member of
the Manitowaning Friendship Club, Knox United Church Women and Southeast Manitoulin Veterans Group and an Associate of the War Pensioners of Canada. Funeral Service was held at 1: 00 pm Friday, January 4, 2008. Knox United Church, Manitowaning with Reverend Mary Jo TRACY officiating. Donations to Knox Church, local cancer charities, or Heart and Stroke would be appreciated.
Island Funeral Home.

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DESUTTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-25 published
DESUTTER, Cyriel
Peacefully at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Cyriel DESUTTER of Aylmer in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Alice (D'HONDT) DESUTTER. Dear father of Frank DESUTTER and wife Ingrid of R.R.#7, Aylmer, Anita VANROESTEL and husband Adrian of R.R.#7, Aylmer. Loving grandfather of David VANROESTEL and wife Debra, Nancy FISHER and husband Dean, Ryan DESUTTER and friend Melissa, Robert DESUTTER and friend Kim, Stephanie DESUTTER and great-grandfather of Deanna and Andria FISHER, Brody VANROESTEL. Born in Ninove, Belgium on September 11, 1923 son of the late Richard and Sedonie DESUTTER. Cyriel was a retired tobacco farmer and a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church. He came to Canada in 1951. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be held on Friday at 8: 00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Queen of Peace Cemetery. Father Gilbert SIMARD, officiating. Donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated. Personal condolences can be made at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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