FARACE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-15 published
FOLLIOTT, Natalie (née DERANGO)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Natalie after a courageous fight with ovarian cancer on March 13, 2008 at Toronto General Hospital with her loving family at her side. She will be greatly missed by John, her husband and best friend for 28 years, her cherished sons Matthew and Michael, and her extended family. She was born December 21, 1957 in Rende, Italy, the cherished daughter of the late Enrico and the late Rosa DERANGO. She is survived by her loving siblings Frank DERANGO (Rena,) Oletta BRETTONE (Arturo), Anna FARACE (John), Eva ALBERGA (Tony), Carlo DERANGO (Joyce), Delia DERANGO (Edward) and Timina SCARMATO (Frank), nieces and nephews Anthony, Marie (Joe), Rick (Vicki), (late) John, Angela, Lucy, Tony (Helen), Rosina, Adam, David (Sabrina), Ashley, Marta, and Julian and her many great-nephews and nieces. She will be greatly missed by her in-laws Wendy HAMILTON (Tom,) Bill FOLLIOTT (Sandy,) Betsy MALLANY (John) and Larry FOLLIOTT (Linda.) She was a loving aunt to Jay (Lea,) Tammy (Franco,) Brian (Shannon), Kim, John Paul, Crystal, Robert, Sydney and Amy and will also be missed by her great-nephews and nieces. Natalie will be fondly remembered for her great courage, love of family, passion for gardening and her wonderful outlook on life. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and from 3-8 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 17 at 10: 30 o'clock in Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto. If desired, donations may be made to Ovarian Cancer Canada, 101-145 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1E3. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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FARAH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-15 published
HADDAD, Marie (née FARAH)
Passed away peacefully, on February 13, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Joseph (May 2007). Cherished mother of Tony and wife Peggy, Mary Jo and husband Jim FORSTER, Diane, Joe and wife Mary Lou, Shirley, Richard and wife Terry. Precious Siti of Kate and husband Marc JONES, Matt; Stephen, Nicole and Jonathan; Joshua and Kristopher; and Rachel. Predeceased by parents Naphie and Nassim FARAH. Survived by brother Joe and Dolly FARAH. Sadly missed by many loving nieces, nephews and Friends, especially best friend Adele SALHANY. If you so desire, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) or M.S. Society would be appreciated by the family. Visiting Friday 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 7: 15 p.m. at Families First Funeral Home and Tribute Centre (519-969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave., Windsor. On Saturday, family and Friends are invited to continue visiting from 10: 30 a.m. until 12: 45 p.m. followed by funeral procession to St. Rose of Lima Church for Mass at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Heavenly Rest Cemetery. You may share your cherished memories online at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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FARAZEKAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-21 published
KYLE, Mary (née CURTS)
Peacefully at her residence in Forest with her family by her side on Saturday, April 19th, 2008. Mary (CURTS) KYLE aged 67. Beloved wife of the late Tom (1996.) Loving Kelly DALTON and her husband Will ROWE of Welland and Michael DALTON and wife Toni HALL of Calgary. Loving grandma of Emily ROWE, Tyler and Morgan DALTON. Cherished daughter of Ileen (RIDLEY) and George CURTS of Forest. Dear sister of Barb WHETSTONE of Goderich (late Pete, 2000) and Darlene and Lloyd RICHTER of Arkona. Friend of Ernie FARAZEKAS of Thedford. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd from the Gilpin Funeral Chapel, Forest at 5: 30 p.m. Visitation 2 hour prior to service. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations to V.O.N. gratefully acknowledged. Online condolences at www.gilpinfuneralchapel.com

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FARB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-08 published
SILVERMAN, Mamie (formerly GEIST)
On Thursday, February 7, 2008 at her home. Mamie Geist SILVERMAN, beloved wife of the late Harry SILVERMAN and Samuel GEIST. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Annette and Harvey GERLOCK, Harvey and Barbara GEIST, Hennie and Marvin ELKIND, Marvin and Terry GEIST, Frances and Jerry GOTKIN, Sheldon and Hélène SILVERMAN, Honey and Roy AGAR, Moishe SILVERMAN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Mary DALE, Helen SNIDERMAN, Rosalind and Fred SHAPERO, and Shirley and the late Sidney GOLDBERG. Devoted grandmother of Elaine and Jeff TOKAYER, Steven and Sheila GERLOCK, Ken and Ruth GERLOCK, Lisa and David BELDEB, Rhonda and Neil NEWMAN, Joy and Ira EISEN, Stephen and Magdie GEIST, David GEIST, Shari ELKIND, Cindy and Saul ROSENBAUM, Suzanne and Matthew FARB, Michael GEIST, Benjamin GEIST, Michael and Jody GOTKIN, Stephen and Francine GOTKIN, Sam and Danny GOTKIN, Michelle and Blair MICHENER, Nadine DAVIS, Cindy SILVERMAN, Shimmy SILVERMAN, Yossie SILVERMAN, Rivka and Moishe TORON, Yehuda SILVERMAN, and Israel SILVERMAN, and great-grandmother of 37. At Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street (Bathurst south of Eglinton) for service on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Stashover Young Mens section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park. Shiva 135 Antibes Drive #2601. Memorial donations may be made to the Baycrest Centre, 416-785-2875.

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FARBSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-24 published
ZUCKERMAN, Murry (1918-2008)
Beloved husband of Estelle ZUCKERMAN and the late Rayzel ZUCKERMAN, loving father and father-in-law of Alan and Debbie, Linda and Jeff FARBSTEIN, Gary and Beverly, Stuart and Joanne, Mitchell, and Lloyd and Shari, brother of the late George and Arthur ZUCKERMAN grandfather of Leo, Jonah, Eli, Blair, Chase, Aubrey, Chloe, Adam, Rachel, Jeremy, Jesse, Noah, Riley, Taylor, Andie, Hannah, Ben, Sam, Aaron, sadly missed by Estelle's children and their spouses Lori and Jeff GOSSACK, Karen and Steven MILLER, Robin and Elic ANBAR, and Barry and Susan ASTROFF, son of the late Charles and Rebecca ZUCKERMAN. Murry's life was rich in chapters, beginning as a semi-pro ball player in his youth, and later graduating as a dental surgeon, and opening a practice. In 1955, he decided to join the family textile business, where he worked alongside his brother George until his retirement in 1990. Together, they grew a small quilting business in Toronto into one of Canada's largest textile companies, with operations across Canada and spanning into Europe. Murry was loved, respected, and held in the highest regard by all who knew him: From Friends to strangers, he loved people and nurtured relationships, and so people loved him back. His reputation was impeccable. He was kind, compassionate, a true gentleman and friend. Murry was fortunate to spend his life with two wonderful women. His loving marriage to Ray produced 6 children, and along with their spouses, 19 grandchildren. Upon his retirement, he was fortunate enough to meet and marry Estelle ZUCKERMAN, and together they traveled the world. Murry will be sadly missed by us all, but the legacy he left behind is rich and bountiful. Services at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, Friday April 25th, Internment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Any memorial donations may be made to the Rayzel Zuckerman Endowment Fund c/o Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.

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FAREWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-21 published
JOHNSTON, Peter Arthur Edward (1921-2008)
On February 19 at Victoria Hospice (British Columbia) in his 87th year, loving and beloved husband of Rosanne (née HUGHES) and, before Rosanne, of Valerie (née FAREWELL) who died in 1973, father of Celia (HUNTER,) Geoffrey, Stuart and Sarah (LALUMIÈRE,) grandfather of Kate and Sophie, Isobel, Robert and Hugh, Alison and Caroline, and great-grandfather of Reese. Peter lived a full life. An Honours graduate of the University of Toronto in modern languages and literature, and French in particular, he was a keen traveller, amateur linguist and analyst of Russian affairs during most of the years of the Cold War. As a soldier (1940-45) he served in England, Italy and Holland - Mentioned in Despatches. As a diplomat Peter served in various posts, and ultimately as Canadian ambassador to Indonesia, Czechoslovakia, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. He served as an election observer in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Angola for the United Nations and the Organization of American States, and was the author of the lighthearted memoir 'Cooper's Snoopers And Other Follies'. At his request, no funeral or memorial service will be held. Cremation arrangements in care of the First Memorial Funeral Services, Victoria. Condolences may be sent to www.firstmemorialfuneral.com

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FAREWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-25 published
Former Canadian ambassador got his start as a wartime spy
With dashing looks and a gift for languages, he served as high commissioner in London and as ambassador to Indonesia, Czechoslovakia, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic
By Alicia PRIEST, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S10
Victoria -- It was 1975, and the Canadian ambassador to Indonesia was busy conducting his usual diplomatic duties. Peter JOHNSTON was obliged to host colleagues, visit regional governors, negotiate aid projects, lobby cabinet ministers on behalf of Canadian business interests, advise distraught parents whose children had run afoul of the law, open art shows and attend an endless series of meetings, military parades, state dinners and cultural functions.
Then, in late November, the former Portuguese colony of East Timor declared its independence. Within two weeks, the Indonesian army invaded and eventually slaughtered as many as 100,000 East Timorese. When the fighting supposedly stopped, the Jakarta regime invited Mr. JOHNSTON to tour its new and allegedly peaceful territory, hoping to polish its tarnished international image.
As directed by his government, however, Mr. JOHNSTON "had nothing to do with it." As he explained in his 2002 memoir Cooper's Snoopers and Other Follies, accepting the offer would have condoned the Indonesian takeover.
"But what stung a little," he continued, "was the fact that I was not instructed to do any 'deploring' at the Indonesian foreign ministry… and External Affairs in Ottawa, as far as I knew, had made no fuss about the matter either publicly or through diplomatic channels. To me, personally, the incident was a good illustration of Talleyrand's advice to his ambassador, 'Surtout point de zèle,' or more to the point, 'Keep your head down and shut up.' "
In some ways, that counsel captured Mr. JOHNSTON's modus operandi precisely. With his dashing looks, poise and gift for languages, he made an ideal envoy. Fluent in French, Italian, Spanish and Russian, he could get by in German and Czech and taught himself rudimentary Swahili and Indonesian. The one language he balked at, declaring it too difficult, was Japanese. As a diplomat, he served at the Canadian high commissions in London and Tanzania, and was Canadian ambassador to Indonesia, Czechoslovakia, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
But while he performed the protocols of the foreign service with aplomb, he possessed a more critical and less reverent side - all bolstered by a questioning mind and a wicked sense of humour. Undoubtedly, those traits made his life both more difficult and more interesting. "I don't think he was always popular with his senior officers. They may have found him a little difficult to work with from time to time," said long-time friend and former journalist Charles King. "But that was the strength and beauty of the man. He was an un-diplomat, really."
Diplomacy was actually Mr. JOHNSTON's second vocation. Earlier, he had been a spy and security-information analyst, working in counterintelligence during the Second World War and the Canadian intelligence community during the Cold War.
Raised in Toronto, he was the eldest of four children whose father, George, was a Toronto lawyer and mother, Gladys, was an immigrant from England. His mother refused to send him to private school, so he attended Brown School and then Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto. He showed a keen interest in languages, inspired no doubt by his father, who had learned to read and write Russian.
One lunch hour in the spring of 1940, Mr. JOHNSTON walked into a Royal Canadian Air Force recruiting station, seeking to become a fighter pilot. He was 18 and had yet to finish Grade 13. Rejected as pilot material for failing to distinguish red dots from green, he enlisted as a foot soldier immediately after graduation. Sent to England, he was accepted for training as a German-speaking interrogator.
By August, 1942, he was under the command of Bill Cooper, of the First Canadian Field Security Section, and joked about being a "Cooper's Snooper." However, at the time, the term referred to investigators from the British Ministry of Information who were charged with measuring the state of the nation's morale and answerable to then-head Sir Duff Cooper, formerly First Lord of the Admiralty. (The Ministry of Information and its Cooper's Snoopers were much parodied in fiction, particularly by Graham Greene in The Ministry of Fear and by Evelyn Waugh in Put Out More Flags.) As the war intensified, Mr. JOHNSTON was sent to the Mediterranean for the invasion of Sicily in July, 1943. Over the next two years, as the Allies slowly captured the remainder of Italy, he scouted the length of the country - mostly on motorcycle - in pursuit of spies, traitors, collaborators, bogus refugees and other suspicious types.
Although hardship, danger and fear were constant, his account of his adventures resembles the Keystone Kops more than James Bond. A case in point were his experiences at Riccione, a town near Rimini on the Adriatic Sea that was still partly occupied by the Germans. Ordered to enter the town to establish a base and put up roadblocks, the event was celebrated in a 1981 Canadian Intelligence and Security book that reported how Mr. JOHNSTON and a friend saved a military police officer's life by shooting a group of armed Germans.
But according to Mr. JOHNSTON, that's not actually what happened. Entering the town, the two men hid their jeep and bedded down for the night in a comfortable house. Their sleep was soon disturbed by a mortar barrage. They fled the house "bare-assed," wearing nothing more than their shirttails, and hid behind a hedge. "We hid because we sensed that the troops marching along the road&hellip were wearing the wrong kind of helmets. We didn't wipe them out because we had nothing to wipe them out with, our armoury having been left upstairs under our beds."
Nevertheless, his intelligence efforts were honoured and Mr. JOHNSON was mentioned in dispatches. Returning home after the war, he enrolled in the University of Toronto, graduating with a degree in modern languages and literature in 1948. One year earlier, on a blind date, he met Valerie FAREWELL, a Toronto teacher. It was love at first sight; the couple soon married and went on to have four children.
As postwar global relations morphed into the Cold War, Mr. JOHNSTON's linguistic skills and professional discretion became increasingly valued. He worked briefly for the communications branch of the National Research Council, then joined the Department of External Affairs (now the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade), where one of his duties was to analyze events in Africa and Cuba. His 1960 assessment of Fidel Castro said he was creating a "nationalist and not a communist government" and that U.S. hostility to the new regime could force the Cuban leader to turn to the Russians for support. Two years later, the Cuban missile crisis erupted.
As a young child, daughter Celia HUNTER remembers her father spending long hours away from home but never mentioning his work. "In Grade 5, we all had to say what our fathers did. I told the teacher mine was a civil servant and she looked at me and said, 'A garbage man?' I just shrugged and said, 'I have no clue.'"
In 1962, the family moved to London, where Mr. JOHNSTON served as counsellor at the Canadian High Commission. Four years later, he filled the same post in Tanzania. On his return to Ottawa, he headed a division of security intelligence where, after four Kafkaesque years of endless meetings, producing reports that no one read and recommending changes that never happened, he suffered what his doctor diagnosed as a "nervous breakdown."
Upon recovery, he accepted a position as counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Japan. But tragedy struck in 1973 when Valerie was hit by a car as she was hailing a taxi in Tokyo. Some time after her death, he married Rosanne HUGHES, an embassy secretary.
Intrigued with the manoeuvrings of global politics, he served as ambassador in various posting until 1983, when he moved to British Columbia and briefly taught history at the University of Victoria.
In his early 80s, he set about recording what he called "fragments" of his life. True to form, Cooper's Snoopers and Other Follies proved to be both politically irreverent and astute. But as the reminiscences of someone who knew a lot about some very interesting goings-on, it is full of gaps. Friend and former intelligence colleague Robert McLaren says Mr. JOHNSTON applied to have another 18 pages of information cleared by Ottawa, but the request was denied.
John Starnes, the first civilian director-general of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service, the author of six spy novels and of the memoir Closely Guarded, was Mr. JOHNSTON's boss at External Affairs.
Although Mr. JOHNSTON often spoke his mind bluntly, "I trusted him completely, and he was dealing on a daily basis with very sensitive, tricky intelligence data," Mr. Starnes said. "He was a remarkable, delightful human being."
Mr. JOHNSTON's interest in world affairs never abated. In his early 70s, he worked as an election monitor in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Angola for the United Nations, and for the Organization of American States. Until recently, he was active in the Victoria branch of the Canadian International Council.
Peter Arthur Edward JOHNSTON was born in Toronto on September 18, 1921. He died February 19, 2008, in Victoria. He was 86. He is survived by his wife, Rosanne JOHNSTON, and by his children Celia, Geoffrey, Stuart and Sarah. He also leaves his sister, Jane Rae, and numerous grandchildren.

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FARGO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-18 published
TENNANT- HILL, Anne Mary (formerly HILL, née FARGO)
At the Woodstock General Hospital on Sunday, March 16, 2008 in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Douglas McKinley TENNANT (2002) and the late Joseph Walter HILL (1966.) Dear mother of Robert HILL and his wife Nancy of Woodstock and Judi McLEOD and her husband Leonard of Oakville. Loved grandmother of Paul HILL and his wife Mary of Woodstock, Robert HILL and his wife Angela of Cambridge, Catherine and Christine McLEOD both of Oakville and great-grandmother of Andrew, Lucas, Jacob and Javan HILL. Dear sister of Margaret MOSES, Gilbert FARGO and his wife Leslie, Gord FARGO and his wife Lorna, Joseph FARGO and his wife Beverly and survived by her several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers Anthony and Albert FARGO and by her sister Elsie HEIDELBRECKT. Anne was a past member of All Saints Anglican Church Woodstock, a founding member of the Y Promenaders, Past President of the Oxford Weavers Guild, was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award and was a past employee of Gloria Ruth's Restaurant, Harvey WOODS, Woolworths, a Singers Sewing teacher and finally the O.R.C. Friends may call at the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, 519-539-0004 on Thursday, March 20, 2008 after 12: 00 p.m., where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Bruce GENGE officiating. Interment in the Anglican Cemetery following cremation. Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com.

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FARIA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-21 published
DASILVA, Julia Maria
At Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Julia Maria DASILVA of Strathroy in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Tony DASILVA. Dear mother or Maria FARIA and her husband Jose and grandmother of Alda and Joe and Tony and Liz. Also survived by her great-grandchildren Greg and Natalie, Stacey and Ermal, Rachelle, Justin and Zachary and great-great-grandchildren Isaiah and Braylon. Visitation will be held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Thursday, February 21st from 7: 00 p.m. to 9: 00 p.m. Parish prayers will be said at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Strathroy on Friday, February 22nd at 11: 00 a.m. Father Lucio COUTO celebrant. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Donations to Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Julia.

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FARIAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-02 published
Stabbing ends 20 years of peace for Afghan couple
Police detail fatal attack at Brampton mall
By Anthony REINHART and Timothy APPLEBY and Susan KRASHINSKY, Page A1
Brampton, Ontario -- They called him Papa around the Planet Ford dealership, although Rahim SHAHGHASY was just 53.
The nickname just seemed to fit Mr. SHAHGHASY, a car detailer with a fatherly manner whose love of friendly chatter came a close second to the fondness he held for his wife, Nazifa, and their two grown children.
Yesterday, those children, along with Friends, relatives and neighbours, struggled with a horror at odds with the peaceful life the couple had led since leaving Afghanistan for Canada two decades ago: their violent deaths outside a Brampton strip mall at the hands of a seemingly crazed man they didn't know.
"This man was armed with two knives and the attack was completely unprovoked," Inspector Norm ENGLISH of the Peel homicide squad told a packed media conference.
"The husband saw what was occurring and attempted to save his wife, but was overpowered by the male."
The 28-year-old assailant remains under police guard in hospital recovering from serious knife wounds he inflicted on himself after the noon-hour attack on Wednesday outside the Red Maple Plaza.
The incident was initially thought to be a marital dispute in which a woman was killed along with a male passerby trying to help her, but police amended their theory yesterday.
Insp. ENGLISH said Ms. SHAHGHASY had just made a dental appointment at the plaza and was walking to her car when she was accosted by the knife-wielding man, who was "very well known" to police, though a stranger to her.
Her husband, meanwhile, had made a quick trip into a small grocery store in the plaza. When he came out, he saw his wife being attacked and ran to her.
"Both victims suffered fatal stab wounds and died at the scene," Insp. ENGLISH said, adding that Mr. SHAHGHASY first made his way, bloodied, into another business in the plaza to ask a merchant to call for help.
Police arrived to find the assailant stabbing himself in the neck and used a taser to subdue him. His condition, described as critical but stable yesterday, has prevented police from questioning him and has delayed the laying of second-degree murder charges. His name will be withheld until that happens, likely in the next few days, the officer said.
The suspect, a Brampton resident, was out on bail on a charge involving violence, which Insp. ENGLISH would not disclose.
Autopsies will be conducted today and the funeral will be held as soon as possible, in keeping with Islamic custom.
The circumstances of the triple stabbing, which pushed Peel's homicide tally for the year to 11, are being examined by the province's Special Investigations Unit, which probes all police-related confrontations resulting in death or serious injury.
"The victims are wonderful people who were outstanding members of our community," Insp. ENGLISH said.
The impact on the community was evident in the parade of vehicles that converged yesterday on Siesta Court, a quiet cul-de-sac of 13-year-old homes where the SHAHGHASYs bought a tidy, brick-clad two-storey house for $415,000 in 2006.
Their home, about 10 kilometres from where they died, was often the scene of happy gatherings, but yesterday, relatives and Friends wept and embraced in the street, while news reporters and a few neighbours looked on.
"The family is in a state of shock," said Shawn JAMSI, whose wife is Ms. SHAHGHASY's sister. "My wife has been in the hospital, back and forth" from the shock, he said.
Ms. SHAHGHASY ran a clothing store in Brampton, and "I'd always see her dress up really professional with a briefcase or a purse, and I always thought, 'wow,' said neighbour Christina SASSO.
Yesterday morning, Ms. SASSO watched as the couple's 19-year-old daughter, Kubra, prepared the outside of the house for the onrush of grieving kin.
"I just saw her sweeping the driveway, the dirt; I was just watching her, just sweeping and sweeping," Ms. SASSO said. "It looked like she was in a daze, and it just brought tears."
Mr. SHAHGHASY had been slowly but steadily recovering from a workplace accident about two years ago, neighbours said. He had been using a walker to get around, but had recently moved up to a cane.
"I said, 'I'm so happy to see you like that,' and he said, 'Yes, I'm doing really good,' Gorretti ANDRADE, who lives a few doors away, recalled from an encounter three weeks ago.
The couple's positive outlook and good humour came up time and again in interviews with those who knew them.
Giovanni ZAMBITO, who lives next door, recalled them as "probably the nicest people I ever met, to tell you the truth."
Gurpreet VANDER, also a neighbour, broke into tears upon learning what had happened. She said Mr. SHAHGHASY often played with her children and would stop on the way to get his mail and chat, since they both spoke Urdu.
"No other families understand our language, and we don't understand their language," Ms. VANDER said. "So sometimes we would talk."
Mr. SHAHGHASY's penchant for talk was well known to several car dealers in the Brampton Auto Mall along Bovaird Drive, where he cleaned cars in preparation for delivery. He most recently worked at Planet Ford, while the couple's 22-year-old son, Qaiss, is a salesman at a nearby Mitsubishi dealership.
Between phone calls in the showroom yesterday, a young receptionist at Planet Ford described the elder Mr. SHAHGHASY as a wise man who, despite being unable to work recently, would drop in to share stories of his Afghan childhood or dispense fatherly advice.
"He would tell me stories about how he was raised back home, and how he met his wife, and how he loved his wife," she said.
Yesterday, his co-workers found themselves in the same state of sad confusion as the couple's relatives and neighbours.
"I couldn't believe it; it was devastating," Julee FARIAS said from behind her desk in the service department. "We did love him."

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FARLEY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-26 published
HUTTON, Monica Patricia (FLOOD)
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Southampton, on Sunday, February 24th, 2008 at the age of 84 years, the former Monica FLOOD of Port Elgin. Beloved wife for 52 years of Gordon HUTTON. Mother of Robert of Toronto. Sister of Teresa and her husband Roy FARLEY of Peterborough. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sisters, Josephine and Marie. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th, 2008. A funeral mass will be celebrated in Saint_Joseph's Church, 920 Wellington Street, Port Elgin on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Parish prayers will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 8: 30 p.m. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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FARLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-03 published
AXFORD, Audrae (FARLEY)
Of Caressant Care Home, Saint Thomas, passed away on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008, at her late residence, in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Milton Ivan AXFORD (1967) and dearly loved mother of Terry AXFORD. Much loved grandmother of Terry and his wife Julia AXFORD and their daughter Reece and Christopher AXFORD of Saint Thomas. Audrae worked at Dowler's Mens Wear and then as a seamstress. She was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. A private family service will be held at Elmdale Cemetery on Friday morning at 11: 00 a.m. No visitation. Cremation has taken place. Remembrances would be appreciated to the Alzheimer Society. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas in charge of arrangements.

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FARLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-16 published
MAXWELL, Lawrence Douglas
On Tuesday, January 15th, 2008, in Oakville, Doug completed the journey through his very full life which he started in Cleveland, Ohio on April 6, 1910. Predeceased by his beloved wife Violet and sister Margaret, he leaves his two loving daughters and their families: Gail (John) ROLLAND and their sons Robert, David and Richard (Selena and their children Justin, Braden and Jacqueline) and Sandra (Jim) FARLEY and their sons Max (Ceilia and their children Adam and Morgan) and Mike. The family wishes to express their appreciation for the care which Doug received in his later years from Doctor Robert GABRIEL and Doctor Don PEAT and the medical and hospital community which allowed him to enjoy an active life until the last. A service in celebration of Doug's life will be held at Saint_Jude's Church, 161 William Street, Oakville at 11: 00 a.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2008. Remembrances in his honour may be made to the Oakville Hospital Foundation, 327 Reynolds Street, Oakville, Ontario L6J 3L7, or Saint_Jude's Church, L6J 1C5. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, Oakville. There will be no visitation. He will live in the hearts of his family.

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FARLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-16 published
WILDING, Manfred George
Suddenly, on Monday May 12, 2008 after a brief illness at the age of 76. Loving husband of Janice Ruth WILDING. Loving brother of Elizabeth BRUGGER of Germany and Erika WILDING of Woodbridge. Manfred will be missed by his niece Silvia and her husband Pierre DORNBERGER of France. Survived by his stepson Paul FARLEY and his wife Franca and their children Luke, Justine and Miranda. Manfred was highly respected in the business community. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of the cardiology unit and cancer care unit at Southlake Regional Health Centre for their excellent care and support. Fred will be greatly missed by his many Friends and business associates. Friends may call at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South 905-727-5421 on Tuesday May 20, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in our Chapel on Thursday May 22 at 1 p.m. Interment at Aurora Cemetery. Donations may be made to Southlake Regional Health Centre or Canadian Cancer Society.

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FARLINGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-16 published
ROWE, Mary Anderson (FARLINGER)
Graduate of The Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal in 1947.
Entered into rest at the Brockville General Hospital, Charles Street Site on Saturday, June 14th, 2008. The former Mary Anderson FARLINGER of Brockville aged 82 years. Beloved wife of the late Michael J. ROWE. Dear mother of Susan J. VAN TINE of Hamburg, New York, Doctor Fraser F.R. BLISS of Finland, Douglas G. BLISS of New Brunswick and Michael J. ROWE of Brockville. Mrs ROWE is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Sister of Mrs. Jane W. REEVES. Predeceased by a son David A. BLISS, brother's Donald C. FARLINGER and Doctor Fraser A. FARLINGER.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Brockville on Saturday, June 21st, 2008 at 4 p.m. Interment will be at a later date. In memoriams to the Charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. East, Brockville entrusted with the arrangements. Message of condolence may be sent on line at www.barclayfuneralhome.com

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FARNCOMB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-26 published
FARNCOMB, Henry John
After conquering a stroke seven years ago, John was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, July 15th with a severely broken arm and died suddenly at Lions Gate Hospital of a heart attack on Sunday, July 20th, 2008.
John was born in London, Ontario on December 7th, 1935. He grew up on a farm in Burr, Ontario. He attended high school in London and the University of Western Ontario. His business sales career began with Emco Ltd. and ended as general sales manager of Western Canada of Canplas Ltd., being their first employee to retire.
Sports were John's main hobby. He was a Winnipeg Bluebomber during the heyday years of 1959-1960. He leaves his wife, Myrna, sisters, Edith SHRIER (Nick) and Lucy CARTER (Dr. Paul), cousins Don FARNCOMB and John FARNCOMB and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial service will be held at the Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia on Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Vancouver Branch, would be appreciated. First Memorial Funeral Services 604 980-3451

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FARNESS o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2008-03-28 published
COX, Barbara (née McDONALD)
Passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, March 25th at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital in her 61st year. Barbara, beloved partner of Ed LEAKEY and cherished mother of Heather and Louise, will be always be remembered by her precious granddaughters Brittany and Keziah, sons-in-law Peter HILSON and Harry BURGLER, as well as many Friends she considered to be family including Evelyn and Linda PARKER, Wendy FARNESS and Barb LEAKEY to name just a few. Surviving siblings include Betty, Reginald, Ross and Gloria, as well as siblings of her late husband James COX including Ron (Eve,) Irene (Norm) HENDRY, Ann (Bob) RAWN, Bill (Karen) and the late Barb (Earle) OSBURN. She was also predeceased by sisters Marg (Doug) JEFFRIES, Frieda, Doreen and brothers Albert and Bob. Barb was also a special Aunt to Sharon and Doug (Gina) JEFFERIES, Calvin McDONALD; Randy, Roxanna (George), Rob (Gayle), Joyce, Jerry (Marie), Greg, Earl (Sue,) and the late Rick (Connie) OSBURN; Sharon (John) VANDERKRABBEN, Robert, James (Carl), Michael and Jeffrey (Katrina) RAWN; Sherry (Wayne) PFEFFER and Terry (Sherald) COX; Doug (Lois), Jane, Norm, Bob, Ann and John HENDRY; Joshua and Bradley. Barb will also be sadly missed by the younger generation in her network of family and Friends including Jennifer and Jessica ROLLING, Jesse and Carlee LAWSON and numerous other great nieces and nephews. Throughout her life Barb showed incredible determination in overcoming adversity and always appreciated having her days brightened by family, Friends, former neighbours, Bendix co-workers and Laundry Factory customers. She choose to be grateful for what came her way rather than to complain about what didn't and, while receiving excellent care from Doctor QUIGG, Community Care Access Centre, hospice workers and nursing staff on the second floor of the G&M Hospital during her final months, was able to eloquently remind us all about what is truly important in life. May her spirit live on to help make the world a better place. Visitation will be held Friday, March 28th from 7-9 p.m. with funeral to follow on Saturday March 29th at 1 p.m. all at Fawcett Funeral Home - Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street. Luncheon to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion, Collingwood. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Doctor Mark Bernstein/Brain Tumour Research c/o Toronto Western Hospital or locally to the Collingwood G&M Hospital. For further information and to sign the on-line guest book please go to: www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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FARNSTROM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-01 published
TATTERSALL, Jack
Proud Veteran of World War 2, Royal Canadian Air Force Branch 560, Royal Canadian Legion Member of St. Hilda's-St. Luke's Anglican Church, Saint Thomas for 50 years Cope Stone Lodge #373, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons Welland, Ontario Palestine Chapter #54, RAM, Saint Thomas, Ontario Burleigh Preceptory #21, Knights Templar, Saint Thomas, Ontario Mocha Temple Shrine, London, Ontario Hi Ro Shrine Club of Saint Thomas-Elgin At the Kingston General Hospital in Kingston on Friday, February 29, 2008 in his 97th year. Beloved husband of the late Ruth Miriam COWPER. Loving father of Retired Col. Allan TATTERSALL and his wife Dianne of Kingston and Retired R.C.M.P. Sergeant James TATTERSALL and his wife Jean of Prescott, Ontario. Proud grandfather of John (Clarice), Alan (Lucinda), Peter (Janet), Stephanie (Justin), Kathy (Henry), Russell (Marion), Michael and David, as well as 17 great-grandchildren. Also remembered by nephews David TATTERSALL of Michigan and Wayne TATTERSALL of St. Catharines. Predeceased by brother Bertram TATTERSALL and by a half-sister Mrs. Alice FARNSTROM. Resting at the James Reid Funeral Home, Cataraqui Chapel (1900 John Counter Boulevard) Kingston, on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at 3: 30 p.m., The Reverend Canon Tony CAPON officiating. All members of the Masonic Order are invited to attend a Masonic Memorial Service at 3 p.m. Interment will take place on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Elmwood Memorial Park, Saint Thomas, at 2 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family. (Donations by cheque only please). James Reid Cataraqui Chapel, Kingston (613) 544-3411. www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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FAROUGH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-31 published
FAROUGH, James Robert
At Victoria Hospital, London, on Thursday March 27th, 2008, James Robert FAROUGH of London in his 73rd year. Predeceased by his wives Barbara (1991) and Janice (2007). Dear father of Maria and son-in-law. Loved by his 9 grandchildren James, Barbara, Jose, Maria, Jorge, Vanessa, Joanna, Gerardo and Adriana and 1 great-grand_son Luisito. Dear friend of Catherine. A private family gathering will be held. Memorial donations appreciated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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FAROUGH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-06 published
Commemorating the tragedy that history forgot
The water was calm when officers set out for a Lake Simcoe patrol on June 7, 1958. But a hellish storm swept through that night, taking five lives in the worst single-incident death toll in Royal Canadian Mounted Police history
By Barry WARD, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page A12
It was the largest single-incident loss of life in the 135-year history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which stretches from the skirmishes of the Northwest Rebellion to the slaying of four officers near Mayerthorpe, Alberta.
But history has largely forgotten five officers who drowned 50 years ago this weekend on a stormy Lake Simcoe night in what should have been a routine patrol of the "dry" Georgina Island Indian Reserve. As with recent Royal Canadian Mounted Police tragedies, the officers were young - four had less than two years of service - and the ensuing controversy reached Parliament Hill. The incident led to changes in Canada's boating regulations.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will take a step toward rectifying the oversight with a ceremony at the Newmarket detachment tomorrow. Family members of the dead Mounties are expected to attend, along with the last living member from that ill-fated patrol on June 7, The deaths still haunt Murray SMITH, 69, now retired and living in Victoria Harbour, Ontario In a last-minute decision, Mr. SMITH gave up his seat in the boat to another officer.
"I think about it an awful lot," Mr. SMITH said. "I've had a lot of close calls but never that close. It makes cold chills go up your back."
Two weeks after graduating from training, Mr. SMITH was part of a team patrolling the lake in a 14-foot, cedar-strip boat with a 35-horsepower outboard motor. The officers made several arrests for liquor infractions. After supper, the Mounties decided to make one more run from Paradise Beach, west of Jackson's Point.
"I was in the boat, the motor was started and, for some reason, a member came down to the dock and walked right up to the boat and said, 'Smitty, you've been in the boat all afternoon, how about letting me go?' Well, it didn't matter to me, so I got out and he got in and I pushed the boat off and went back up and sat in the police car all night."
That was about 10: 30 p.m., and the lake was calm. After midnight, "a hell of a storm" swept through the area. Mr. SMITH and another Mountie, Ron McDONALD, began to worry. "We kept saying, 'They'd be on land by now, they should be okay.' But we couldn't understand why they didn't call us on the radio."
Mr. SMITH and Mr. McDONALD went to a nearby marina for help. A search party headed out at first light, quickly finding the boat, submerged except for its bow, running lights still on. They also discovered the body of Corporal Herbert SMART, 33, of Toronto, the officer in charge. It was apparent he had been trying to get into a life jacket.
Constables Glen FAROUGH, 22, of Stockton, Manitoba, Maurice MELNYCHUK, 21, of Prince George, British Columbia, David PERRY, 19, of North Burnaby, British Columbia and George RANSOM, 21, of Melville, Saskatchewan., were missing. All were good swimmers, but little hope was given for their survival. None was wearing a life jacket and the water temperature was determined to be 11 degrees on the surface and much colder a few feet down.
After the accident, justice minister Davie FULTON defended the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the House of Commons, saying all rules were followed, the boat had the necessary equipment and was not overloaded. However, a few days later it was brought to his attention that the maximum load for 14-foot boats was 740 pounds, and the five officers weighed a total of 860 pounds.
Within two weeks, before the lake had given up another body (all eventually were found), an inquest was under way at the town hall in Pefferlaw, Ontario, newly painted for the occasion. It included a re-enactment of the patrol with five similar-sized men in the recovered boat. When the men jumped into the water, none of them could use the standard life jackets and cushions. The five-member jury concluded that the boat was likely swamped by 1.4-metre waves, perhaps when one of the fuel tanks ran dry. The jury also found the boat was overcrowded and overloaded, the standard life jackets and cushions were unsatisfactory in emergencies and the metal plaque listing the boat's capacity at 950 pounds was ambiguous.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials testified they believed the weight to exclude the boat's motor, which weighed 129 pounds. Officials from the government, boat manufacturers and boating groups said the motor was included, although they agreed the wording was subject to different interpretations. The five Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers also had about 100 pounds of equipment on board.
By the last day of June, Mr. FULTON had told the Commons he would implement the jury's recommendations, including new rules to clarify capacity. On July 1, the Transport Department announced new wording for load-warning plaques, making it clear the specified weight limit included everything in the boat, including motor, gear and people.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced it would set up a board to examine the risks of water patrols. A week later, the last body, that of Constable RANSOM, washed up on shore.
A memorial service was held on Georgina Island that September. The incident then disappeared into history. Corporal Marc LaPorte, an Royal Canadian Mounted Police media relations officer, said the initiative to mark the 50th anniversary came from the force retirees association.
"Why it took 50 years, I'm not sure," Cpl. LaPorte said. "Most people are unaware of it."
The event will begin at 11 a.m., when a plaque will be unveiled. Mr. SMITH will be there, reading Psalm 46, which refers to troubled water. He is glad the deaths are finally receiving some recognition.
"We lost four members in Mayerthorpe, Alberta., and the media picked up that that was the worst tragedy that had ever happened," Mr. SMITH said.
"Although the four members were shot, I can't think of a more tragic death than drowning in ice-cold water in the middle of the night."
Mr. SMITH spent 32 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, retiring as a staff sergeant from the Hamilton detachment. He has a son and daughter who are police officers.
In a final twist, Mr. SMITH ended up being posted to Orillia to replace one of the dead officers, where one of his duties was patrolling Lake Simcoe. "I used that boat for the next two years," he said.

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FARQUHAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-27 published
FARQUHAR, Marjorie (née COUSINS)
Peacefully, surrounded by her family, at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, London on Saturday, April 26, 2008 Marjorie FARQUHAR (née COUSINS) formerly of R.R.#2, Belmont in her 90th year. Predeceased by her husband Harold (1991). Loving mother of Gord (wife Donna) of R.R.#2, Belmont. Much loved grandmother of Barb SEARS (husband Rob) of London and Jamie FARQUHAR (wife Julie) of R.R.#2, Belmont; great-grandmother of Richard (Samantha), Alisha, Ryan, Alley and Faith; great-great-grandmother of Lillian and Devyn. Predeceased by her beloved twin-sister Marguerite HAYCOCK and brothers Henry, Billie and Gordon (Cousins). Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Monday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment at Dorchester Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to the London Regional Cancer Program gratefully acknowledged.

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FARQUHAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-30 published
DISBROWE, Dorothy Mary (WHITE/WHYTE)
Peacefully called to 'New Life' with God, Dorothy Mary DISBROWE (WHITE/WHYTE) passed away at L.H.S.C. University Hospital on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late George E. DISBROWE (September 2005.) Loving mother of Sister Janet DISBROWE, School Sister of Notre Dame, Hamilton, Mary Lou and Gordon FARQUHAR of Port Franks, Connie and Arthur PEARSON of London, Georgina (Gina) and Anthony FUOCO of Mississauga, Guy and Maria DISBROWE of Toronto, Catherine and William (predeceased) LOWTHIAN of London, Elizabeth and Ian BUIST of Ottawa and Angela and Richard ELIE of London. Predeceased by her daughter Sally DISBROWE (July 1964.) Also survived by 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her grandchildren Colin and Melissa. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Thursday, May 1, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Michael's Church, 515 Cheapside Street, London on Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Chatsworth, Ontario. Prayers Thursday evening at 7 o'clock. Donations to the Children's Health Foundation or School Sisters of Notre Dame, 1921 Snake Road, Waterdown, Ontario, L0R 2H0. 'You will be in our hearts forever'

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FARQUHAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-06 published
FARQUHAR, Kenneth Wilfred " Tiny"
At Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich, on Saturday May 3, 2008 Mr. Kenneth Wilfred (Tiny) FARQUHAR of Blyth in his 70th year. Beloved father of Lynn and William MEEMS of Simcoe, and Carolyn and Tim LANGRIDGE of Kitchener. Cherished grandfather of Will, Hannah, Ayla, Savannah, and Leia. Dear brother of Ann and Bob LAWSON of Clinton. Predeceased by his parents Stewart and Margaret FARQUHAR, and by his brother Robert FARQUHAR. At Ken's request there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will held at the Clinton Cemetery, Clinton, on Thursday May 8, 2008 at 11 a.m. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the Huron County Connecticut Scanner Fund would be greatly appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Homes. Clinton (519-482-9521)

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FARQUHAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-21 published
HENDERSON, Gordon John
Peacefully at University Hospital, Gordon John HENDERSON in his 84th year on Thursday, June 19, 2008. Beloved husband of Lois and partner of Belle, both predeceased. Loving father of Roger (Roberta) HENDERSON, Cindy (Jim MURPHY) and Knola HENDERSON (predeceased). Will be sadly missed by grandchildren Katie (Dave HOOPER) and Kelly, Rick (Melanie) MURPHY and Lisa MURPHY; and great-grandchildren Fiona and Hayleigh HOOPER. Special step-father to Roger (Darlene) McCOY and Larry (Cathy) McCOY; and step-grandfather to Brandon and Lindsay McCOY. Gordon worked for the C.N. Railway for over 50 years and was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy. Special thanks to Mary for being a good friend and Doctor FARQUHAR and the nurses of 6th floor. Family and Friends will be received at Memorial Funeral Home, 1559 Fanshawe Park Road (east Highbury) on Sunday, June 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. Service in the Chapel on Monday, June 23 at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. Memorial donations to ALS Society (300-265 Yorkland Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M2J 1S5) would be appreciated.

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FARQUHAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-15 published
FARQUHAR, Alexander James
Alexander James FARQUHAR, native of Brooklyn, Hants County, son of the late Judge Hiram Smith FARQUHAR and Eva Mary DIMOCK, died at home in Halifax on Sunday, March 9, 2008, in his 82nd year. Married for 57 years, he leaves his beloved wife Glennis, brother Hugh (Claudette DERDAELE,) children Alec (Kathleen McDONNELL,) James (Liliane SAYEGH,) Sarah (Randy SUTHERLAND,) Megan (David GRAVES), Donald (Kathryn MYERS), Anaya (Donald CARRIER) and Katherine (Robert LALONDE,) thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and Friends. After first pursuing postgraduate study in physical education at Springfield College, Massachusetts, Alex felt and responded to a call to the ministry, enrolling at Pine Hill Divinity Hall, Halifax, Nova Scotia. While serving on a student mission field in rural Saskatchewan, he met Glennis LAMB, of Wawota, Saskatchewan, and they were subsequently married in 1950. After ordination in the United Church of Canada in 1951, Alex was called to a succession of pastorates in Nova Scotia (Lockeport, Baddeck, Sydney River, and St. Matthew's, Halifax), Ontario (First-St. Andrew's, London) and Quebec (St. Andrew's-Dominion Douglas, Westmount), before bringing his ministry to a close at Zion United Church, Liverpool, Nova Scotia in 1991. As a pastor, Alex was deeply devoted to his parishioners, serving them faithfully and with a profound sense of privilege. The words of Psalm 16: 6 held for him a special significance: 'The lines have fallen unto me in pleasant places yea, I have a goodly heritage'. Known and respected widely for his insightful and scholarly sermons - some of which were included in such published collections as 'Outstanding Sermons from Canadian Pulpits' (Evergreen Press, 1966) - Alex was invited on many occasions to preach at churches across North America and to address various conferences, student convocations and other assemblies. He also represented the United Church in international events pertaining to the Reformed Wing of the World Church, including the 1961 Kirchentag in Berlin, the 1962 Japan Evangelism Project of the U.S. National Council of Churches, and the 1970 dedication of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. As a member of the United Church Committee on Christian Faith, in 1968 Alex helped to craft the United Church Creed, and as a member of the Committee on Church Union in the 1970's, he participated in conversations then being held between the United Church and the Church of England. During the 1980's, Alex served as President of the Montreal InterFaith Task Force on the Liberation of Soviet Jewry and in recognition of his leadership in this cause, he was presented with an Award of Merit at the 1992 Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Jewish Congress. In 2005, Alex was named Pine Hill's distinguished alumnus of the year. Throughout his life, Alex was passionate about sports and during his early years, he was an outstanding varsity athlete who excelled at track, basketball and football. He was named captain of Dalhousie University's football team in 1945. His summers in youth were occupied with baseball, as he played with the Halifax Saint Mary's softball and baseball teams (provincial runner-ups) and later with teams in Pictou, Lockeport, Shelburne, Nova Scotia and Lampman, Saskatchewan. Alex coached the Lockeport High School girls' basketball team to two Nova Scotia championships in the early 1950's, and concluded his own athletic career in 1958 as a member of the Cape Breton All Stars Maritime Basketball Champions. A funeral service will be held in Edgewood-Oxford United Church, 3055 Connaught Ave., Halifax, on Saturday, March 15, 2008, 10 a.m., followed by a reception at the Atlantic Funeral Homes. A brief committal service will be held in Newport United Church, Brooklyn, Hants Co. the same afternoon at 3 p.m., prior to interment at the Riverview Haven cemetery. Any who are moved to honour Alex's memory with a gift are gratefully encouraged to consider a contribution in his name to the church or charity of their choice, or to Dalhousie University (the Hiram and Eva Farquhar Bursary for students in the School of Social Work, or the Doctor James W. Reid Lectureship in Medical Humanities). The family extends a heartfelt thanks to all who participated in Alex's care. On-line condolences may be made at: www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com

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