STERNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-26 published
STERNE, Doris Muir
In loving memory of Doris Muir STERNE, a Yorkshire Lass, 1927-2005. We will remember you. Charlie, Rob, Chris, Cyndi, Carly and Jonathan.

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STERRITT o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-04-30 published
PARK, Bruce William
On April 26th, 2008 at General and Marine Hospital, Collingwood in his 71st year. Beloved husband of Joan (HARDY) PARK of Wasaga Beach. Dear father of John (Chris) TROWELL, Barrie. Sharon GRAY/GREY (Dan) Manilla, Greg (Beth) PARK, Sutton. Susan (Frank ROBERTS), Barrie, Kim (Andre COTE) Ottawa. Also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Brother to Murray PARK (Rita) Toronto, Nancy (Angus IVORY) England, Denise (Dennis STERRITT) Toronto. Visitation at the Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 132 River Road Fast, Wasaga Beach, (705 429-1040) on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008, 11-1 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3rd, 2008. Donations may be made to Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, as expressions of sympathy. Cremation.
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STERSHIC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-03 published
FISCHMAN, Ruth
With profound sadness the family announces the death of Ruth FISCHMAN, 83, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on December 30, 2007. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, David, in December 2006 and her beloved son, Bruce, in May 2007. Mrs. FISCHMAN, a noted educator, was the cherished mother and mother-in-law of Enid and Eric GOSSIN, Toronto, Joel and Ellen FISCHMAN, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sybil and Michael STERSHIC, Allentown, Pennsylvania and Fredda FISCHMAN, Allentown, Pennsylvania. She was the quintessential Bubby of Ben, Leora, Beth, Scott, Amy and Angelo, and Jason. Shiva will be observed locally Saturday night January 5 and Sunday, January 6 at the home of Enid GOSSIN, 80 Brookshire Circle, Thornhill. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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STETHEM o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-12 published
SIEGRIST, Elmer Richard
Peacefully surrounded by the love of his family, at the University Hospital in London, on Thursday, January 10th, 2008. Elmer Richard SIEGRIST, of Owen Sound, in his 71st year. Dearly beloved husband of the late Marjorie SIEGRIST. Loving father of Richard SIEGRIST and his wife, Jenniffer, Catharine NUHN and her husband, Brian, both of Owen Sound and Jennifer WELLS and her husband, Brad, of Acton. Proud grandfather of Bradley SIEGRIST, Chadd NUHN and his wife, Melissa, Amanda BAKER and her husband, Tim, David and Jason WELLS and Lisa STETHEM and great-grandfather of Katrina, Ava, Alekzandor and Johme. Elmer will be sadly missed by his sisters, Ruby JOHNSTON, of Kemble and Betty MacDONALD, of Owen Sound, his sister-in-law, Dolly SIEGRIST, of Owen Sound and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Christina SIEGRIST; his grand_son, Gavin SIEGRIST; his brothers, Irvin and Percy SIEGRIST. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound, (519-376-7492) on Monday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Elmer SIEGRIST will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. David SHEARMAN officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society as your expression of sympathy.

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STETHEM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-29 published
MORRIS, Angus Meredith
Peacefully on March 19, 2008 at Connaught Home in North Hatley, Québec, in his 90th year, son of the late Ruth (née ROSS) and W.A. MORRIS and brother of the late Helen (Peter) KILBURN of Montreal and Knowlton, Québec. Survived by his wife June Richards MORRIS and by her daughter Gale (Howard) RICHARDS of Melbourne Beach, Florida. Also by cousins Althea CARR- HARRIS of Oakville and Greta STETHEM of Montreal and their families, by nephew Peter M. KILBURN (Michèle) of Barnston West, Québec, by niece Susan R. KILBURN of Almonte, Ontario and by a number of great-and great-great nieces and nephews. Angus will be missed. Cremation has taken place and a gathering of family and Friends will take place in July at his beloved Marshall's Bay (Arnprior, Ontario). The family thanks the staff at Connaught for the kindness shown to Angus during his three year stay there. Donations in his memory to Connaught Home, 77 Main Street, North Hatley, Québec J0B 2C0 would be greatly appreciated.

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STEVEN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-05-07 published
STEVEN KEITH LEWIS
In loving memory of Steven Keith Lewis, December 29, 1970 - April
29, 2008, who died suddenly at the age of 37. Cherished son of Earl
& June (née Legge) Lewis (both predeceased). Loved younger brother
of Don (wife Colleen), Michael, Larry (wife Lucille). Dear uncle of
Amanda, Warren, Erin, David and Cassandra. Great uncle of three, Mia,
Jada and Madelyne. Survived by his grandma Evelyn Pattison. Forever
remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins and Friends. Steven loved
sports, he was an avid fan of the Blue Jays, and loved to play
Kanasta on the computer. Family and Friends gathered to celebrate and
remember Steven's life at 11 am, Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Salem
Missionary Church, Spring Bay. Burial at Grimesthorpe Cemetery.
Donations to the Salem Church or the Mindemoya Hospital Aux would be
appreciated. Arrangements with Island Funeral Home. His smiling face
will be greatly missed.

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STEVEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-07 published
BOSSENCE, Roger
With sadness we announce the passing of Roger BOSSENCE on May 29, 2008 in his 67th year. Predeceased by mother Marie (Turner) and father Grant, beloved father of Adam ELSDON, dear brother of Judy STEVEN of Ottawa, best friend cuz of Pauline DUNCAN- THRASHER, loving cousin of Rosemary BUDDEN, Richard PRINCKOWSKI and Cathy OSTRANDER all of London. Roger was loved and will be remembered by his niece Jennifer STEVEN of Vancouver, who had fondly referred to him as "Uncle Backward" since she was a toddler. Lovingly remembered by Adam's mother Debbie and sister Becky. Roger's wit and charm will be greatly missed. His memory will endure with loyal Friends and extended family. A memorial service to celebrate Roger's life will be held at Saint_Justin's Church Hall (Ernest and Jalna), London on Tuesday, June 10th from 11: 00 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Special thanks to all of his Alcoholics Anonymous Friends who helped him along the way. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Westover Treatment Centre or Save the Children

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STEVEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-01-28 published
MacINNIS, Donna
Passed away suddenly at Kingston General Hospital, on January 25, 2008. Loving daughter of Nancy SMIT. Beloved sister of Nancy KELLY, Linda (James JOY), Ian (Joanne), George, Marcia (Mark BATHURST), Wendy (Mike DULYEA), Wanda (Gord STEVEN), and step-sister of Wilma (Bob McGREGOR,) Steven and Eddie SMIT. Niece of Mary-Jo and Leo FORTIN and Dave and Jean DEAN. She will be sadly missed by her good friend Herb, her many nieces, nephews, Friends and family. The family would like to thank the ACT Team for all their help over the years. A Memorial Service will take place at Mount Lawn Reception Centre (21 Garrard Rd., Whitby, 905-665-0600), on Friday, February 1, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

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STEVENETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-03 published
GRAYE, Jerry Walter
Of London in his 60th year, peacefully passed away unexpectedly after health complications on Tuesday, April 1st, 2008. Beloved husband and best friend of 28 years to Louise (STEVENETT.) Cherished father of Sue and the late Billy GRAYE. Dear brother of Neil (Sandra,) Val HARTLEY (Carl) and Rhea PETERSON (Leslie.) Also loved by his grandchildren Tori, Lucas, Liam and Faleon. As well as his nieces, nephews, other family members and Friends. Retired after 30 years from Ford Talbotville. Visitation from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street (at Wavell), London. A service to celebrate Jerry's life will be held in the chapel Friday, April 4th at 11 a.m. Memorial donations appreciated to the University Hospital Cardiac Unit, in recognition of the amazing care given to him and the family.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-27 published
GOODYEAR, Helen (née LAUBER)
Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of her family. Best friend and beloved wife of 49 years of James B. GOODYEAR. Loving mother of Shelley GREB (Ross) and Mark (Anna SAINT_JOHN.) Proud grandmother of Theresa, Brittany and James. Helen is also survived by her brother, Harold LAUBER (Marg) and sister Doris CHOWN. She will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Helen is predeceased by her parents, John and Mabel LAUBER. Helen was dedicated and devoted to her family and their family business. Thank-you to Doctor STEVENS, Doctor WARD and to the nursing staff from Com Care for the wonderful care Helen received that enabled her to stay at home. Friends may call at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service celebrating her life will take place on Friday at 11 o'clock at the funeral home with Fr. Dave LEWIS officiating. A reception will follow at the Ratz-Bechtel Family Centre. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre or the Arthritis Society. Share memories of Helen on-line at www.mem.com

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STEVENS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-16 published
ROGERS, Jean Gertrude (COBDEN)
Peacefully into the arms of the Lord at Gateway Haven in Wiarton Tuesday morning July 15, 2008 after a courageous and valiant fight. The former Jean COBDEN of Brantford in her 78th year. Loving mother of Kathryn and her husband Paul SALES of Sauble Beach and James and his wife Charlene of Brantford. Cherished Gramma Jean to Craig (Julie), Karyn (Jay), Jeanette, Sarah, James (Stacy), Jennifer (Shayne) and one great-grandchild Emma. Dear sister of Don (Charlotte,) Frances STEVENS and Thomas. Predeceased by her parents Tom and Anne and sister Mary HOLLANDS. At Jean's request there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence to the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Jean by the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth 519-935-2754 or Toll Free 1-888-340-3467 “Thank you to all staff and Friends at Gateway for all your loving care and support.&rdquo

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STEVENS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-01-23 published
Anna May NOBLE
In loving memory of Anna May NOBLE, September 9, 1909 - January 20, 2008, who died peacefully at the Manitoulin Health Centre on Sunday morning at the age of 98. Predeceased by husband Donald NOBLE (1988.) Loved mother of Anne HOUSTON (husband Gary) of Almonte, Noreen PARKINSON (Blake SAINT_JACQUES) of Little Current, son-in-law Wesley PARKINSON (predeceased.) Cherished grandmother of Heather LANG (Glenn KUBIAN,) Lianne LANG (Jason STEVENS), Rob HOUSTON (Nathaly), Kelly PARKINSON (predeceased), Darren PARKINSON. Special great grandmother of Erin and Haley KUBIAN, Anna STEVENS, Mackenzie and Wade HOUSTON. Dear sister of Willard and wife Sadie CARLISLE (both predeceased,) Evelyn (predeceased) and husband Ken MURRAY. Remembered by nieces and nephews. Family and Friends will gather to celebrate Anna's life at 11 am on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at Island Funeral Home. Reverend Faye STEVENS officiating.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-01-23 published
Annie Lauretta VAN HORN
In loving memory of Annie Lauretta VAN HORN, March 20, 1929 - January 19, 2008.
Annie VAN HORN, a resident of Little Current, died at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Little Current on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at the age of 78 years.
She was born at Elizabeth Bay, daughter of the late William and Rebecca HUBBARD) RUSSELL. Annie had worked in the kitchen at the Little Current Hospital for many years. She enjoyed country music, and liked to go to community events and community dinners. She was often seen driving her car and she loved to shop. She will be sadly missed in her community. Annie was predeceased by her husband Stuart VAN HORN in 1966. She is survived by her loving brother Melvin RUSSELL of Elizabeth Bay and sister Marie STEVENS, husband Hugh of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and sister in law Elaine RUSSELL, (husband Teasdale predeceased) of Massey. Predeceased by sister Lizzie WITTY. Also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home, Gore Bay on Tuesday from 12 - 1 pm. The funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 1 pm with Pastor Erwin THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON officiating. Spring interment in Silver Lake Cemetery. If so desired, donations to the Manitoulin Health Centre, Little Current would be appreciated. Culgin Funeral Home.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-01-30 published
Ethel CASE
In loving memory of Ethel CASE who died peacefully at the Manitoulin Health Centre on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the age of 98.
Born in Manitowaning on November 2, 1909 to Matilda (née McMURRAY) and Henry McMULLEN. She has been a resident of Sandfield since 1947. She has always been very active in her community, an ardent church supporter, a long time member of Sandfield Women's Institute, and the Tehkummah Senior Triangle Club. Ethel loved going to Bingo. She had many talents, quilting, knitting, sewing, gardening, crocheting, and cooking. Ethel enjoyed several trips, seeing the east and west coast, Florida, Edmonton, and other points in Saskatchewan. Cherished husband William James CASE (predeceased 1965). Proud mother of six children: Burton (wife Audrey) CASE, Vilda (husband Ron) FETTERLY, Rex (wife Glory) CASE, William (wife Margaret predeceased) CASE, Marlene (husband Darrell) DEWAR, Dennis (wife Lynda) CASE. A Grandma with a special place in her heart for 19 grandchildren; Allison (Steven) CASE- BLAKEY, Jill (Mark) WOOD, Sally (Vince) BELLISSIMO, Lori (Dale) WIENS, Mark, Leanne, and Lisa FETTERLY, Sandra (Aeron) DOYLE, James (Laurie) CASE, Bradley (Colleen) CASE, Larry (Sue) CASE, Bartley (Raechell) CASE, Terry (Lori) CASE, Kelly (Kevin) HANER, Anita DEWAR (Cindy WATSON), Valerie (Mark) MUSSINGTON, Rodney (Amy) CASE, Ryan (Jodi) CASE, Melanie CASE and twenty two very special great grandchildren; Megham and Jared BLAKEY, Emily, Joshua and Ashley WOOD, Travis and Steven WIENS, Beth TURCOTT, Jeremy DUMAS, Christopher, Alexander & Aaron CASE, William and Evan CASE, Lindsay KELLER and Benjamin CASE, Aiden CASE, Alyssa and Alayna, Braedan and Brady CASE, Koral and Konnor HANER, Sydney & Ian MUSSINGTON, Jackson CASE, Anais DOYLE. Dear sister of Bertha CHATWELL of Owen Sound, Tessie HILL of Wikwemikong Nursing Home, sister-in-law Ethel VANHORN of Little Current. Predeceased by sisters Ella Mae McMULLEN and Ruby COULTIS. Predeceased by brothers Bill and Harry McMULLEN. Predeceased by several brothers and sisters-in-law. Loved by many nieces and nephews. Visitation was 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 Tuesday. Funeral Service is at 2 pm, Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at Island Funeral Home. Reverend Faye STEVENS officiating. Donations to Mindemoya Hospital Aux or to Fairview United Church would be appreciated. Burial in Hilly Grove Cemetery in the spring.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-13 published
RABBITTS, Larry Mark
Of Saint Thomas, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Sunday, February 10th, 2008. Dearly loved husband of 47 years of Patricia (THOMAS) RABBITTS and much loved father of William (Gregory) and Ann Maurie (Daniel) STEVENS. Much loved grandpa of Nicholas, Andrew, Matthew and Christopher. Predeceased by a grand_son Joseph David (Joey) (2004). Sadly missed by a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews. Larry was born in Simcoe on April 6, 1939, the son of the late Mark and Ruby BROADHEAD) RABBITTS. He was retired from the Saint Thomas Police Department. Larry was a member of Talbot Lodge #546 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Aylmer Chapter #81, R.A.M.G.R.C., Burleigh Preceptory, Murton Lodge of Perfection, Hamilton and the Hi-Ro Shrine Clown Unit. A private family service to be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas. Remembrances would be appreciated to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Shriners Hospitals for Children. A book of condolences may be signed at the funeral home. Condolences may also be sent to ahughson@execulink.com

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STEVENS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-13 published
ROLSTON, Ivy G. (ZURBRIGG)
Peacefully at the Kingsway Lodge, Saint Marys on Monday, February 11, 2008, with her family at her side, Ivy G. (ZURBRIGG) ROLSTON age 92 years. Beloved wife of the late Raymond ROLSTON (1975.) Loving mother of Jane ROLSTON of Blanshard WARD and Russ of Stratford and Julie STEVENS and Joe of Saint Marys. Proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Dear mother-in-law 0f Beverley ROLSTON of Lockport, Manitoba. Dear sister of Brooks ZURBRIGG of Blanshard Ward. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sons Leonard ROLSTON (1998) and Randal ROLSTON (2007) and his wife Janet (1996,) a sister Lucille PODBURY (2007) and her husband Horace (2003,) a brother Leonard ZURBRIGG (1941) and a sister-in-law Thelma ZURBRIGG (2000.) Resting at the L.A. Ball Funeral Chapel, 7 Water St. N., Saint Marys on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Saint Marys Presbyterian Church (147 Widder St. E.) on Friday, February 15, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. John FRASER and Pastor Irene RICHARDSON officiating. Interment will follow in Saint Marys Cemetery. In her memory donations to Saint Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation, to the Church of your choice, Kingsway Life Care or the Thames Valley Children's Centre would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Online condolences at www.ballfc.ca.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-14 published
OLIPHANT, Gordon
Age 88 of Dresden passed away at Chatham Kent Health Alliance Public General Campus Monday February 11, 2008. Born in Glencoe son of the late El and Nellie (STEVENS) OLIPHANT. Surviving are his loving wife Mary (David) OLIPHANT of Dresden, one daughter Lynn CAMPBELL and husband Dugald of Grand Rapids Michigan, one daughter-in-law Eileen OLIPHANT of Chatham, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One son Richard OLIPHANT, three sisters and seven brothers have predeceased. Visitors will be received at the Thomas L. DeBurger Funeral Home, 620 Cross St. Dresden Friday from 4: 00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Saturday February 16, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Janice AICKEN officiating Cremation will take place with the interment of cremains in Dresden Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions would be appreciated by the family and may be made by cheque and left at the funeral home to Canadian Diabetes Association, Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice. On line condolences and donations may be made at our website: www.deburgerfuneralhome.com

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STEVENS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-08 published
RABBITTS, Larry Mark
Patricia A. RABBITTS, William and Gregory RABBITTS, Ann Maurie and Daniel STEVENS and the family of the late Larry M. RABBITTS would like to take this opportunity to extend their sincere thanks to Saint Thomas Police Chaplain Roger LANDELL for his kind prayers and ministrations. To those who sent flowers, e-mails, called at the funeral home to sign the register or sent tokens of remembrance and to their many kind Friends and neighbours for all their acts of kindness. Special thanks to Doctor John HOFHUIS and Staff at the Port Stanley Family Practice; Doctor Paula DONAHUE and Staff of the Chemotherapy Unit of Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff of the London Health Sciences Centre (Victoria Campus) for their care and kindness. An expression of gratitude and appreciation for the compassion and empathy extended to the RABBITTS' family from Allan and Gary HUGHSON and their staff of Williams Funeral Home. Dad, Be at Peace. Your gentle, guiding hand on our shoulder will remain with us forever. We say goodbye with a final "pinky wave". Until we meet again. Your Loving Family

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STEVENS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-14 published
GILROY, Shirley Lolita
At Bluewater Health (Mitton Site), Sarnia, on Saturday, April 12, 2008, Shirley Lolita GILROY, age 83, of North Lambton Lodge, Forest, beloved wife of the late Orville GILROY (1994.) She will be sadly missed by: her children Doreen GILES and husband Gerry of Kingsville, Dick STEVENS of Chatham, Sharon DODGE and husband Doug of Wyoming, Wayne and wife Norma of Petrolia, Gary and wife Darlene of Melbourne, Lynda GILROY of Toronto and Brian and wife Marie of Petrolia, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a brother Fred McGRATH and Wife Gina of Sutton. Predeceased by a daughter Audrey REYNOLDS of Calgary and 2 sisters Terina ATKINS and Wilma DICKSON/DIXON. Friends and relatives may call at the Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William St. S. Chatham from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Tuesday's visiting will be at the North Lambton Lodge, 39 Morris Street, Forest from 6-9 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 11 a.m. in St. Christopher's Church, Forest. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia.. Donations to Bluewater Health Continuing Care would be appreciated. Online condolences welcomed at www.peseski.com

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STEVENS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-26 published
FAUST Frank H.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 14, 1911, died in Oakville, Ontario on April 24, 2008. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, with a B.Sc. Degree in Chemistry, Frank's professional life was with his father's Company Yokum Faust Chemicals in London. After the sale of Yokum Faust Chemicals to a national firm, Frank and his family relocated to Montreal, Quebec for several years and then to Oakville, Ontario. Predeceased by his wife of nearly 60 years, Mildred C. FAUST, he is survived by his three children: Francia STEVENS (John) in Naples, Florida, Tom FAUST (Judy) in Oakville, Ontario, Mari-Ellen MARTIN (Joe) in Vancouver, British Columbia; his grandchildren: Derek JOHANNSON (Anne) in Baltimore, Maryland; Leslie SIMMONS (Scott) in Wilmington, North Carolina Stephen FAUST (Julia) in Uxbridge, Ontario; Heather FAUST- MAZUREK (Robert) in Santa Cruz, California; and Joseph, Jason and Jeremy MARTIN in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is survived by nine great-grandchildren and four step grandchildren. He is survived by his brother Tom FAUST (Julia) of Oakville, Ontario and Freeport, Bahamas and sister Erdyne KILLINGSWORTH in London, Ontario. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 28th, 2008 at The Oakview Funeral Home Chapel at 56 Lakeshore Road West (one block East of Kerr Street) Oakville 905-842-2252 at 10 a.m. A parishioner of Saint Michael's in London, St. Malachy's in Montreal and St. Andrew's in Oakville. Frank will be interred at Saint Peter's Cemetery in London, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-26 published
THRASHER, Margaret May (née STEVENS)
Passed away on April 23, 2008 with her family by her side at the Humber River Regional Hospital - Church Site at the age of 83. Loving wife of the late Bud THRASHER. Loving mother to April, Martha, and Grant. Cherished grandmother to Christopher, Nathan and Vanessa. Predeceased by her sisters, Eileen STEVENS and Mildred THOMAS (Bill THOMAS.) She will be sadly missed by her friend and neighbour Arthur and her other long time Friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans Wing. (K-Wing) or the Bloorview Children's Hospital.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-23 published
TAUSS, Betty Lou
Of Saint Thomas, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in her 75th year. Dearly loved mother of Wendy and her husband Carey PROCTER and Joanne STEVENS (late Robert STEVENS,) of Saint Thomas. Loved grandmother of Bryan PROCTER and dear sister of Margaret GUENTHER of Saint Thomas. Betty Lou was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on September 30th, 1933 the daughter of the late Conrad and Lena (SCHWANZ) TAUSS. She was retired for Siemens, Canada. She was a member of Saint_John's Lutheran Church, Aylmer. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow, with interment of ashes in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-16 published
TUCKER, Loreen E. (née DECHER)
Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto, on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Jack TUCKER (1991.) Loving mother of Barbara STEVENS and her husband Michael, (Parry Sound,) Michael TUCKER and his wife Martha, (London) and Theresa SIMONIK and her husband Martin, (Richmond Hill). Devoted grandmother of Jennifer (Jacques) LAURIN, Erin and Matthew STEVENS, Trish (Steve CLARK) and Katie TUCKER, Marc, Lauren and Alya SIMONIK. Delighted great-grandmother of Ben and Abbie LAURIN. Sister of Thelma KIMMELL (Jack), Betty HETT (Howard), Norma NUHN (Henry), Ruby BOETTGER (Jack,) Cora HAGEN (Gerald) and sister-in-law of Ruth (Robert) and Eva (Carl) DECHER. Predeceased by her sisters Mildred BARNES (Sam,) Gladys PONTIN (Maurys,) brothers Carl and Robert DECHER and her parents Charles and Elvina (née SCHAEFER) DECHER. Loreen will also be lovingly missed by members of the TUCKER family, Donna Wilson and many lifelong Friends. Loreen's family will receive relatives and Friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Thursday, July 17, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with parish prayers at 8: 30 p.m. Prayers will be offered in the funeral home on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 9: 20 a.m. followed by a procession to Saint Mary's R.C. Church, 56 Duke Street W., Kitchener, for a funeral mass at 10: 00 a.m. Fr. Jim LINK officiating. Interment following at Parkview Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donations to the "Jack and Loreen Tucker Burse", c/o Congregation of the Resurrection, Resurrection College, 265 Westmount Rd. North. Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G7 would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Visit www.henrywalser.com for Loreen's memorial.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-07 published
GLOVER, Marjorie Alice (née BISSETT)
Peacefully at Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga on January 3, 2008 in her 86th year. Predeceased by husband Henry GLOVER (1998.) Loving mother of Janet STILL (Robert), Jim GLOVER (Cathryn) and Susan STEVENS (Tony). Grandmother to Shannon STILL, Andrea STILL, Eric GLOVER and Julie GLOVER. Sister of Helen SHAVER (née BISSETT). Niece of Phyllis FORBES. Graduate of North Toronto High School and an active member in their IOTA Club. Member of Glenview Presbyterian Church. Her parents were founding members. Long time member of the curling section at Toronto Cricket Curling and Skating Club. Enjoyed her family cottage in Haliburton all her life. Loved to play bridge. Three no trump was her favourite hand. Funeral service to be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto (2 stoplights west of Yonge Street), on Saturday, January 12 at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Reception to follow. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff and residents of King Gardens Retirement Home in Port Credit.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-05 published
FRASER, Gordon William, B.Sc.-Eng. Queen's '36
Peacefully in Oakville on Friday April 4, 2008 in his 96th year. Gordon (aka 'Doc') was born in Sarnia December 27, 1912. Retired General Manager after 42 years service with Canadian General Electric Lamp Division. Founding member of The Oakville Curling Club. Long-time member of the Oakville Probus Club. Past Oakville Rotarian. Beloved husband for 65 years of devoted and care-giving wife Lorraine (née STEVENS.) Loving father of Linda (& Ian SOMERVILLE,) Steven (& Karen), John (& Barb). Proud 'Bomps' to Dana (& Tony), Kara (& Scott), Julie, Matt, Josh (& Alexis), Susan (& Derek), and Alison. Great-grandpa to Maclain and Rocky. Predeceased by siblings Thelma, Verna, Leila, Helen, Ken and Irwin. Friends will be received at Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. W. (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600), Oakville on Friday April 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial Service will be at Saint_Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville on Saturday April 12, 2008 at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian National Institute for the Blind or Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital would be appreciated. Email condolences may be made through www.koprivataylor.com

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-09 published
FRASER, Gordon William, B.Sc.Eng. Queen's '36
Peacefully in Oakville on Friday April 4, 2008 in his 96th year. Gordon (aka 'Doc') was born in Sarnia December 27, 1912. Retired General Manager after 42 years service with Canadian General Electric Lamp Division. Founding member of The Oakville Curling Club. Long-time member of the Oakville Probus Club. Past Oakville Rotarian. Beloved husband for 65 years of devoted and care-giving wife Lorraine (née STEVENS.) Loving father of Linda (& Ian SOMERVILLE,) Steven (& Karen), John (& Barb). Proud 'Bomps' to Dana (& Tony), Kara (& Scott), Julie, Matt, Josh (& Alexis), Susan (& Derek), and Alison. Great-grandpa to Maclain and Rocky. Predeceased by siblings Thelma, Verna, Leila, Helen, Ken and Irwin. Friends will be received at Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. W. (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600), Oakville on Friday April 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial Service will be at Saint_Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville on Saturday April 12, 2008 at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian National Institute for the Blind or Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital would be appreciated. Email condolences may be made through www.koprivataylor.com

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-26 published
FAUST, Frank H.
Frank H. FAUST, born in Newark, New Jersey on March 14, 1911, died in Oakville, Ontario on April 24, 2008.
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, with a B. Sc. Degree in Chemistry, Frank's professional life was with his father's Company Yokum Faust Chemicals in London.
After the sale of Yokum Faust Chemicals to a national firm, Frank and his family relocated to Montreal, Quebec for several years and then to Oakville, Ontario.
Predeceased by his wife of nearly 60 years, Mildred C. FAUST, he is survived by his three children: Francia STEVENS (John) in Naples, Florida, Tom FAUST (Judy) in Oakville, Ontario, Mari-Ellen MARTIN (Joe) in Vancouver, British Columbia; his grandchildren: Derek JOHANNSON (Anne) in Baltimore, Maryland; Leslie SIMMONS (Scott) in Wilmington, North Carolina; Stephen FAUST (Julia) in Uxbridge, Ontario; Heather FAUST- MAZUREK (Robert) in Santa Cruz, California; and Joseph, Jason and Jeremy MARTIN in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is survived by nine great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. He is survived by his brother Tom FAUST (Julia) of Oakville, Ontario and Freeport, Bahamas and sister Erdyne KILLINGSWORTH in London, Ontario.
Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 28th, 2008 at The Oakview Funeral Home Chapel at 56 Lakeshore Road West (one block East of Kerr Street), Oakville 905-842-2252 at 10 a.m.
A parishioner of Saint Michael's in London, St. Malachy's in Montreal and St. Andrew's in Oakville. Frank will be interred at Saint Peter's Cemetery in London, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-19 published
ASTLES, Garry (August 3, 1951-May 17, 2008)
Garry died at home at the age of 56 after a long struggle with Multiple Myeloma. Garry was predeceased by his mother, Margaret DUSTAN. He is survived by his wife, Brenda (née BURGESS,) children Caitlin (Tony SILVA,) David and Christine, and step-sons Christopher ALBERT, Gregory ALBERT and Jeff ALBERT (Cherie,) his sister Susan McGILLIS (Rick,) and nieces Heather NICOLARDI (Tony,) Jennifer KING (Jeff,) nephew Sean KING (Lisa) and great-nephews and great-niece Andrew, Danielle, and Michael NICOLARDI, and Joshua KING. Garry graduated from the University of Toronto as a Civil Engineer in 1974 and worked for Dominion Bridge for 18 years. He then became a Project Manager at Babcock and Wilcox, Nuclear Division, and worked on projects at St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in Florida, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Maryland, and most recently at the Bruce Power Plant in Ontario. Garry was an avid photographer, played hockey with his University classmates for over 30 years, played baseball with the New Dundee Old Timers, and enjoyed the many challenges of his golf game - truly a man for all seasons. Garry made many Friends on whatever project he was working, and his professionalism, integrity, directness and sense of humour will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank Doctor Bob STEVENS, Doctor Erinn OWENS, and especially the nurses in the Chemo Suite at Grand River Cancer Centre, and the Paramed nurses through Community Care Access Centre. The care, respect and genuine feelings all of them displayed when caring for Garry made this difficult journey bearable. A special thanks to Garry's employer Babcock and Wilcox, and PEER Group where Brenda and Christine work, for being so generous and giving us the gift of time with Garry over the past few months. Visitation will be held at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 21 from 10-10: 45 a.m. The funeral service to celebrate Garry's life will follow in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, May 21 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated and may be arranged by contacting the funeral home at 519-7458445 or www.erbgood.com

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-24 published
GODKIN, Douglas Jack (1921-2008)
Jack died peacefully at K-W Health Centre of Grand River Hospital on Friday, May 23, 2008, at the age of 87.
Predeceased by his wife Mary (1988). Lovingly remembered by daughter Ann (Dave) and son John (Cathy), granddaughters Danielle and Jacquie KELTON, Claire, Erin and Beth GODKIN, his sister June BURNETT (Robert) and sister-in-law Ann WOOD of California.
B.Comm. (Queens) (1942) and M.B.A. (Harvard) (1948). Served with 14th Field Regiment R.C.A. (North West Europe 1942-1945). Jack was a longterm employee of the Ford Motor Company (Oakville). He lived most of his life in Mississauga, relocating to Waterloo for the past five years.
Thanks to Doctor Bob STEVENS, Doctor John SEHL, the staff of the Terrace on the Square and 6th floor K-W Hospital nurses for their excellent care of Jack.
At Jack's request, a private family service will be held. Following cremation, interment will be with Mary at Springcreek Cemetery, Mississauga.
Memories of Jack may be shared with his family by contacting the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445. Memorial donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation may also be arranged with the funeral home.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-02 published
GERRITZEN, Bertha A.
Passed away peacefully on May 30, 2008 in her 89th year. Wife of the late Taco GERRITZEN. She is survived by daughter Lucie Gerritzen STEVENS (George) and son Arnold GERRITZEN (Kathy) and grand-daughters Christina, Alexandra, and Jolene. Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday June 3, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. at the Jerrett Funeral Home - "Vaughan Chapel", 8088 Yonge Street, Thornhill (just south of Hwy. #407). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hill House Hospice.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-09 published
MAYES, Philip Frederick
(August 6, 1921)
Peacefully at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Saturday, June 7, 2008 in his 87th year. Philip will be sadly missed by his wife Bernice (née PRZEDWOJEWSKA " Prescott,") sisters Christine (Bill predeceased) Pearson and Wendy (Norman) LAWRENCE, his children Diana (Barry HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON) EGMORE, Suzy MOORE (predeceased) and husband Peter, Bernice (Jim) HOLLETT and Richard STEVENS. Grandchildren Jamie HOLLETT (predeceased,) Anna (Mark) CUTHBERTSON, Willy (Amy) HOLLETT, Matthew and Chad STEVENS, Samantha and Tiffany EGMORE, Naomi and Joanna (predeceased) MOORE, and great-grandchildren Jessica and Jacqueline CUTHBERTSON and Wyatt and Everett HOLLETT. Philip grew up in Birmingham, England, went to King Edwards school and at age 18 went directly to the Territorial Army. In 1939, Philip enlisted in the British Army as an anti-aircraft gunner. He then became a Lieutenant and was sent to India where he served until the end of the war. He then graduated from the University of Birmingham in Electrical Engineering. Philip came to Canada and worked at Canadian Westinghouse and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., where he met his wife Bernice. He retired at age 62 and enjoyed his gardening, theatre and travelling. A special thanks for the wonderful care provided by Champlain Manor Retirement Residence and the Palliative Care Unit at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. The late Mr. Philip MAYES will rest at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West Street North, Orillia, on Monday from 7-9 p.m. Then from 1 p.m. until time of funeral service in the chapel, Tuesday afternoon June 10th at 3 p.m. Interment Saint Martin of Tours Cemetery, Whitney, Ontario. If desired, memorial donations to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Charity of Ones Choice would be appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.mundellfuneralhome.com.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-10 published
Member of Legislative Assembly and mayor of Yellowknife built consensus and unity in Northwest Territories
With a personality as big as Northwest Territories, he used persuasion to find a seat for Northerners at the constitutional table and to include native people in diamond-mining projects
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S10
If ever a man meshed with a time and a place, it was Michael BALLANTYNE, a traveller who roamed the world's troubled spots and then made his mark in Yellowknife as mayor, territorial politician and executive at the Diavik Diamond Mine during a dynamic political and human-rights era. He was an active participant in the evolution of responsible government in the Northwest Territories, the settling of land claims, and the creation of Nunavut as a separate territory with its own political administration.
He was a Paul Bunyanesque figure, complete with black beard and booming voice. A towering 6 feet 6 inches in his socks, with an equally impressive girth, he weighed in at about 250 pounds and had a personality as big as Northwest Territories. Instead of wielding an axe, he used his persuasive tongue and expansive empathy to build consensus among disparate stakeholders. "He loved what he did," said his wife, Penny BALLANTYNE. " The more complex the problem, the more excited he got. He liked nothing better than something that seemed to have no solution and then he would figure it out."
"He was a politician who reached out to everyone," said Dennis Patterson, premier of Northwest Territories from 1987 to 1991, mentioning Mr. BALLANTYNE's "pivotal" role in settling land claims and in building a society in which aboriginal and non-natives could participate fully in public affairs. "He believed in inclusive politics and he was a friend to all, even in a climate of mistrust of the capital and a climate of fear that Yellowknife residents would do everything they could to undermine the self-determination aspirations of the Inuit [in what is now Nunavut]."
Along the way, as mayor of Yellowknife, Mr. BALLANTYNE convinced The Globe and Mail to act as chief fundraiser for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, the only fully equipped live performance theatre in Northwest Territories, and to spend a bundle air freighting in copies of the newspaper long before on-line editions made it possible to read the paper anywhere. "It cost us, but it made them all feel good," said former Globe publisher Roy MEGARRY.
"He was a take-charge guy, very vocal, incredibly friendly, bursting with life and enthused about everything," said Mr. MEGARRY. "He was a great, great Canadian, and a warm human being with great concern for the rest of humanity. He exhibited that not just in Vietnam and in Cambodia, but also in the territories, where there is a lot of poverty, especially among the native population.
"He devoted his life to doing the things that really counted and had meaning in this world and not enough people are aware of him."
Michael Alan BALLANTYNE, who was born in Toronto in the last year of the Second World War, was the eldest of five sons in a military family. His father, Ernest Alan BALLANTYNE, was a military engineer and his mother, Barbara Joyce (née STEVENS,) was a nurse. He grew up living the itinerant life of a military brat, attending many schools - three in one year was the record - throughout Canada, and on postings to the United States and Germany. He graduated from Laurentian High School in Ottawa and enrolled in political science at Carleton University. In 1963, he was tired of political theory and eager for realpolitik. As he told an interviewer 20 years later, "I was convinced I was at a university full of wimps in a nation of turkeys who never looked beyond their noses at the world around them."
At 18, he headed to the southern United States to join the civil-rights movement and help register black voters in rural Alabama. As a "white" sympathizer, he was badly beaten and had his nose broken by police, was thrown in jail, and told "you aren't in Canada now, boy." That was his "big awakening," according to his wife, Penny BALLANTYNE, about "how lucky we have it in Canada and how little we know about the reality of other people's struggle." Later that summer, he went north to join Martin Luther King's march on Washington and was in the throng at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, when the Baptist minister let his voice ring out with the words "I have a dream."
For much of the next decade, Mr. BALLANTYNE travelled and worked around the world in Africa, South America, Europe and Asia. He took a break in 1969 and went to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to visit his parents, who had settled there after his father had retired as a colonel from the army and taken on the job as inaugural director of industry in the territorial government. He found a job building houses in the boom that followed Yellowknife's designation as the capital of Northwest Territories in 1967.
By the end of a year, Mr. BALLANTYNE had enough money to head off again. Wherever he went, political upheaval seemed to find him. As the Vietnam War ground on, he worked for Save the Children in Cambodia and Vietnam, and travelled up the mighty Mekong River, arriving in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, as it fell to Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in April, 1975.
He brought searing images of poverty, child soldiers and war zones back to Yellowknife in 1976 where he found a job driving a front loader in The Giant Mine and soon became active in the Canadian Aluminum Smelter and Allied Workers, the union representing the workers at the mine. Working on the executive of Canadian Aluminum Smelter and Allied Workers whetted his appetite for politics and he ran successfully for Yellowknife city council in 1978.
As a neophyte politician, Mr. BALLANTYNE's style resonated with young people, but he also created a bridge with older, more traditional politicians. After travelling the world, he had found his métier in the North, the place "where you come to live out all your fantasies," as he told an interviewer a decade later.
"Mike was always attracted to what he called the 'interesting edges' of life," according to John Parker, commissioner of Northwest Territories from 1979 to 1989. "He liked people and events and he saw in the territories developing government, and developing populations and developing industry. He was a great people person."
In 1980, the mayor of Yellowknife retired and Mr. BALLANTYNE easily won the election to succeed him. An ebullient booster of his adopted town, he not only persuaded The Globe to steamroller a fundraising campaign for Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, he talked the territorial government into donating the slated-for-demolition gymnasium, including heating and maintenance costs, of the Sir John Franklin Territorial High School as the foundation of the new theatre complex.
After two terms as mayor, Mr. BALLANTYNE was elected a member of the Legislative Assembly for Yellowknife North, a seat he held for the next 12 years. The political system in Northwest Territories is built on a consensus model rather than an adversarial party system. Individuals run for office in a territorial election, and then the winners vote by secret ballot to select a cabinet from among themselves. After two years in the assembly, Mr. BALLANTYNE's fellow Member of Legislative Assemblys selected him for cabinet, where he served in a number of portfolios, including finance and justice, during "a very complex geo-political" time when the territorial government was a virtual "United Nations" of diverse interests and nationalities, according to former premier Dennis Patterson. " Making our government work fell to Mike BALLANTYNE because he was government house leader. He was the guy who sniffed the air with ordinary Member of Legislative Assemblys, established links with the all powerful committees, and became the intelligence, the adviser, the catalyst and the advocate of compromise to make sure that consensus government worked."
He was justice minister during the Meech Lake era. An accord was reached in June, 1987, between Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the premiers of the 10 provinces, but many Northerners, including Mr. BALLANTYNE, objected to clauses in the proposed treaty that gave provinces, but not territories, a veto over Senate reform and the creation of new provinces, and denied Northwest Territories residents the opportunity to sit in the Senate or on the Supreme Court. He argued that these provisions made Northerners "second-class citizens" and violated their equality rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and he mounted a legal challenge against the federal government. The case came to naught when the provincial legislatures failed to ratify the accord, but Mr. BALLANTYNE emphatically brought the interests of the North to the constitutional table. He didn't do his own networking connections any harm, either.
"He was very astute, very good at consensus-building and identifying common interests," said John Vertes, senior judge of the Supreme Court of Northwest Territories. The two men met in the late 1970s when Mr. Vertes was a young lawyer and Mr. BALLANTYNE was a member of the Yellowknife city council. Once met, never forgotten, but their biggest professional link came when Mr. BALLANTYNE was minister of justice in the 1980s.
At that time, Northwest Territories included what would become Nunavut, so it was a vast jurisdiction about one-third the size of Canada with a small, but diverse and remotely located population. Residents spoke 11 officially recognized languages. The courts were based in Yellowknife, the capital and only city, and travelled out to remote communities to hold criminal trials and to hear cases, but many elders were precluded from serving on juries in trials affecting their own communities because they did not speak either English or French. Mr. BALLANTYNE negotiated an amendment to the legislation governing juries in Northwest Territories, said Mr. Justice Vertes, to allow an aboriginal speaker (with the help of specially trained court interpreters) to serve on a jury, even if he or she didn't speak either of the two official languages. This innovation expanded the jury pool, made it possible to hold trials in isolated native communities, allowed locals to participate in the process and inevitably engendered a greater understanding of how the justice system functions. "This is unique in the Western world," said Mr. Vertes. "They don't do this in Australia, or in New Zealand, where Maori is an official language."
Also in the middle eighties, Mr. BALLANTYNE met and married Penny AUMOND. Both had been married before. Together, they reared three children, Erin, Alexandra and Nicholas. As a couple, the BALLANTYNEs were a striking physical contrast because she was more than a foot shorter. "I may be 5 feet 3, but I was the only one who could sit him down and read him the riot act," she said.
Having told his wife that he was going to choose his exit, he became Speaker in 1991 (the same year that Nellie Cournoyer became the first female premier of Northwest Territories) and left politics two years later. He never became premier, primarily because he represented the urban riding of Yellowknife (Northwest Territories's only city) and in the buildup to the creation of Nunavut, the unofficial consensus was that the premier should both be aboriginal and from a non-urban riding in the eastern part of the territory. Analysts might conclude that, for once, Mr. BALLANTYNE was the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time, but a more likely explanation is that he was more interested in political evolution than in clawing at power for its own sake.
Coincidentally, there was another issue brewing in the North that called out for his skill set: managing the competing interests surrounding the discovery of rich diamond deposits in the Northwest Territories in 1991, a discovery that has turned Canada into one of the world's top producers of quality and politically "clean" diamonds. He joined Aber (now Harry Winston Diamonds) as vice-president Northwest Territories, with a mandate to oversee the construction of the Diavik Diamond Mine, which opened in 2003, and to liaise with the federal and territorial governments and native groups over mineral and subsidiary rights. "We really needed a senior person in Yellowknife who could meet head to head with the president of the operating company and he stood out as the kind of guy who could do this," said George Parker, former Northwest Territories commissioner and now a director of Aber. "His familiarity with the territorial government and with the federal agencies based in Yellowknife were also very important factors. It was in Aber's interest that the project proceed smoothly and obeyed the rules and engaged Northern people, in particular aboriginal people, and it was necessary for us to have a really strong spokesman." From 2002 to 2005, Mr. BALLANTYNE also held an appointment as vice-president of Laurelton Diamonds (a subsidiary of Tiffany and Company) to establish a diamond-cutting and polishing plant in Yellowknife, so that the mine could support a secondary industry in the North.
Mr. BALLANTYNE turned 55 in February, 2000. After a glowing medical checkup, he took his family on their "first-ever" winter holiday in Barbados. That's where he developed flu-like symptoms. Within the month, he was in a coma in hospital in Edmonton, waiting for a liver transplant. He had probably harboured a dormant form of hepatitis since his travelling days, which had suddenly turned voracious. "Miraculously," says Penny BALLANTYNE, he was given a donor liver. The new liver kept him from dying, but it was not in perfect condition and so life became a struggle to stay healthy. They bought and renovated an old house in Victoria, where Ms. BALLANTYNE lived with their nearly grown children and found a job as city manager while Mr. BALLANTYNE commuted to Yellowknife and kept promising to retire.
He was in Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital for about a month this May and then he was transported by air ambulance to the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The doctors were talking encouragingly about a second liver transplant when he had a massive internal hemorrhage. Although the doctors in the Intensive Care Unit did their utmost - he'd always insisted he wanted extraordinary measures - he knew there were no more miracles. "He always told me, 'I'm not afraid to die. If I have to go, I've had a great life and I've had eight years that were a bonus,' said Ms. BALLANTYNE. "He looked at each of us, squeezed our hands and he just relaxed."
Michael Alan BALLANTYNE was born February 27, 1945, in Toronto. He died June 19, 2008, at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. He was 63. He is survived by his wife Penny, his three children, one grandchild and his extended family.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-19 published
MILLER, Lois Mary (née TOMKINS)
(August 29, 1916-July 12, 2008)
Lovingly and tenderly supported by family and caregivers at Toronto Western Hospital, Lois passed away peacefully to her heavenly journey on Saturday July 12th in her 92nd year. She was the treasured sweetheart of the late S. Dickson MILLER and a loving partner of the late Doug STEVENS; cherished mother of Catherine MILLER (Cliff KACHALUBA,) Marnie (John KOWALEWSKI,) Bruce (Ginny,) and Peter (Celeste); devoted Nana to Camille, Andrew, Scott, Stephanie (Paul), James, Kristen (Andre), Alicia (John) and Stephen; great-grandmother to Kaiya.
Lois's life was defined by her love of family, Friends and faith in God. She will be remembered for many things: devoted to her parents, notable Lisgar (Ottawa) graduate, Queen's graduate (Arts '39) and one of Queen's first two female cheerleaders, a loving mother, grandmother and wife, an activist through her volunteer and professional work, and a woman always progressive in her thinking: a woman of grace and quiet strength.
In recent days confronted with failing health she continued to be independent, thoughtful and loving to family and her support team. She maintained her amazing sense of humour and even while facing her final days she possessed the strength and faith to graciously accept God's master plan for her.
Lois's example of living with integrity, wisdom and love continues to inspire and guide us.
As she wished, a private family service has been held and a Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held Monday August 25th, 1 p.m. at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto (2 lights west of Yonge St.). Her family will be present to welcome you during the hour before the service and the reception following.
In lieu of flowers in Lois's memory you may consider contributions to a charity of your choice or to one of her favorites: Big Sisters of Ontario, Richmond Hill or Forest Hill United Church, Queens University or Young Women's Christian Association National Office.

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STEVENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-01-28 published
McCRACKEN, Grace Dorothy " Dot" (née STAPLES)
Died peacefully in her sleep at Toronto East General on Friday, January 11, 2008, in her 76th year. Dot was the mother of 2 daughters and their families, Deborah and Andrew STEVENS of Calgary and Ann, Dan, Greg and Jillian BROWN of Barrie. Dot requested cremation with no funeral services. A private celebration of life was held by the family on January 12. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice in Dot's memory would be fitting. Deeply loved, missed and remembered by Debby and Ann.

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