THOMS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-13 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Thelma Norene (née COOK)
Thelma passed away at Grey Bruce Health Services in Meaford at the age of 84, on Saturday May 3, 2008, after a brief illness. Born in Euphrasia Township on April 9, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Harman and Clara (née HINDMAN) COOK. Thelma married Arthur Herbert TAILOR/TAYLOR on October 26, 1946. The couple enjoyed working together in the family orchards in Clarksburg for many years. Bird watching, quilting, gardening and baking apple pies were some of Thelma's many interests. Thelma will be remembered for her ever present smile and quiet manner. She was committed not only to her family but also to her church and community. She will be forever remembered as a loving mother by her daughter Bonnie and her husband Brian McCOLGAN of Meaford, son Ted TAILOR/TAYLOR and his wife Sonia of Chatham, and daughter Joyce GAUCI of Meaford. Thelma was predeceased by her beloved husband Art in February 1994 and by her daughter Linda THOMS of Craigleith in August 2004. Thelma was the cherished mother-in-law of Brenda TAILOR/TAYLOR of Clarksburg and Stewart THOMS of Craigleith. Thelma will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren: Taylor and Kelly; Michelle (Kevin), Michael (Anna), Meghan (Mike), Joey and Jessie; Erin (Blue); Dustin and Josh and by her great-granddaughters; Caitlin, Keira and Kendra. She was predeceased by her brother, Beverley COOK of Rocklyn, in September 2000 and is warmly remembered by her sister-in-law Eileen COOK of Owen Sound. Thelma will be sadly missed by her sisters-in-law Edna (late Fred) TAILOR/TAYLOR of Victoria British Columbia and formerly of Clarksburg, Edna (late Willard) JULIAN of Meaford, Elsie (late Don) WATTS of Clarksburg, and Audrey (late Howard) EAGLES, of Meaford. Her several nieces and nephews and their families will also recall their Aunt Thelma with great affection. Thelma's funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford and funeral services, officiated by Reverend Dr. Robert BUCHANAN, were conducted at Saint Paul's Presbyterian Church in Thornbury on Tuesday May 6, 2008. Son-in-law Brian McCOLGAN and son Ted TAILOR/TAYLOR offered remembrances of Thelma in tribute to her life during the service. A service of committal and interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford where Thelma was interred beside her late husband Art with pallbearers being grand_sons Kelly McCOLGAN, Michael and Joseph TAILOR/TAYLOR, Blue MELNICK, and Dustin and Josh GAUCI. May God hold you in the palm of his hand until we meet again.

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THOMS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-22 published
THOMS, Fred
68, passed away on May 15, 2008 after a long battle with cancer. He had boundless energy, drive, resourcefulness, generosity and availability for family, Friends and anybody in need. He had a passionate love for life, appreciating each single day. An avid skier and sailor, a respected businessman who always stood by his word. He was the most honest man, a real 'mensch'. His legacy in construction contributed to shaping Toronto's skyline and many abroad. However, Fred's greatest monument will be the fond memories of those who knew and loved him. He was a dignified person, generous husband, loyal brother, father and grandfather. Taken from us before his time. Cremation has taken place but his spirit lives on in the hearts of his wife, children and grandchildren who will continue his dreams on his behalf. Memorial Service to be announced at a later date.

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THOONEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-02 published
BOYER, Lizabeth " Betty" (née SMITH)
Of Eden, formerly of Saint Thomas, passed away at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Monday, March 31, 2008, in her 62nd year. Dearly loved mother of Lisa THOONEN and her husband Mark, and cherished grandmother of Taylor and Tanner THOONEN, all of Aylmer. Dear sister of Rosemary NUNN of Saint Thomas, the late Donald G. SMITH (1982) and the late Gary J. SMITH (2003.) Loved aunt of Dean NUNN of Calgary, Alberta and Darla NUNN of Saint Thomas. Also fondly remembered by one aunt and several cousins. Born in Saint Thomas, April 8, 1946, the daughter of the late Jack and Pearl (McLACHLIN) SMITH. Betty was a retired clerk at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital where she worked in the Central Registry Department for over 25 years. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and private interment will be made in Elmdale Memorial Park. A public memorial service to celebrate Betty's life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Friday, April 4th at 11: 00 a.m. Friends and relatives will be received by the family on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations to Pets/Friends for Life or the charity of one's choice gratefully appreciated.

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THORBURN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-20 published
WINSOR, Harry C.
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Harry C. WINSOR on February 17 2008, at age 90. Harry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sylvia; his three children Rod (Julie THORBURN,) Terry (Megan CLIFFORD) and Barbara (Reno PICCINI;) and his seven grandchildren Stephen, Robyn, Christopher, David, Sarah, Emily and Alexander.
Harry was born in Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland, son of the Rev. John and Elizabeth WINSOR. In 1944 he was appointed secretary to the fishery products committee of the Combined Food Board (established by the Allied powers to allocate food supplies during World War 2). After the War he remained in Washington, with the International Emergency Food Council and the fisheries division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He moved to Rome when the permanent Food and Agriculture Organization headquarters was established there in 1951. It was there that he met and married Sylvia. In 1953 he returned to Newfoundland as a member of the newly-established Newfoundland Fisheries Development Authority and served as a member of the South Coast Commission. In 1964 he rejoined Food and Agriculture Organization in the Caribbean. He returned to Rome in 1968 as Food and Agriculture Organization Director of Operations for Fisheries. He was regarded by Friends and colleagues around the world as thoughtful, considerate and loyal. He was a principled man of great integrity and generosity, a gentleman to the end who always put others before himself.pHe cared deeply about his family and was an inspiration and guide to all of them. In his later years, his grandchildren were the focal point of his life. They shared wonderful times with him, particularly during the summers in Haliburton.
The family would like to thank the staff at Briton House for their care. Funeral services will be held at the Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. on Wednesday February 20 at 1: 00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society.

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THORBURN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-04 published
GILMOUR, Barbara Frances (CHOATE)
Passed away peacefully on Monday, June 2, 2008 in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Douglas for over 64 years. Loving mother of Susan NORWOOD (Jim), Ian GILMOUR (Brenda DARLING), and Sheila THOMAS (Bill.) Grandmother to Kenneth NORWOOD (Kathy,) Alexa GILMOUR, Ramona GILMOUR- DARLING (Sandy THORBURN), Rob NORWOOD (Lindsay,) Neil THOMAS (Sonja COSENTINO,) Janet THOMAS and Kevin THOMAS. Great-grandmother of Bailey PROCTOR, and Blair and Samantha NORWOOD. Loving sister of the late Grover CHOATE and aunt of Kay and of her late beloved twin sister, Elizabeth Francis and aunt of Bob, John and Jane. Loving sister-in-law of Margaret McKILLICAN and aunt of Cathy and Jeannie. Heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of Sunrise of Mississauga. Barbara will be remembered for her warm, gracious and caring love. A Memorial Celebration of Barbara's Life will be held at Kingsway Lambton United Church, 85 The Kingsway, on Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer's Society or to a charity of your choice.

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THORLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-05 published
THORLEY, Douglas
Past Master of Confederation Lodge #720, affiliated with Doric Lodge #424. 1999 President and Life Member of Scarborough Shrine Club and Past Patron of Laurel Chapter #164, member of Scarborough Chapter #231 and affiliated with Ontario Chapter #227 Order of Eastern Star.
Passed away suddenly on Wednesday April 2, 2008 at Ajax Pickering Hospital in his 87th year. Doug, beloved husband of the late Vera. Loving Dad of Graham (Judy,) Christine (Wayne) HODGSON and Gail (Shane) ARDIEL. Proud grandad of Ian (Carol Ann,) Paul (Darlene), Jennifer (Billy), Julie (Chris), Kyle, Brittany, Simone and Sydney. Cherished great-grandad of Charlotte and Peter, Emma, Hannah and Alexander. Doug will be sadly missed by all of his family and Friends. Doug was a retired teacher and owner/operator of children's daycare centres. Resting at the McDougall and Brown Funeral Home (Scarborough Chapel) 2900 Kingston Rd. (1 block east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. A Masonic Service and Eastern Star Service will be held on Sunday at 2: 00 and 2: 30 p.m. respectively. Funeral Service will be on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. in our Chapel. Cremation. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated by the family.

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THORNBACK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-10 published
JENSEN, Kjeld Berg
Peacefully at his residence, R.R.#1 Elgin on Tuesday January 8, 2008. Kjeld JENSEN in his 85th year. Beloved Husband of Dorothy ABEL. Dear Father of Chris (Doris) JENSEN of Sarnia, Randi (Amber THORNBACK) JENSEN of Ottawa, Lisa (Don) JENSEN- BONHAM of New York. Dear Brother of Ruth JENSEN of North York, Eric JENSEN of Toronto. Fondly remembered by grandchildren; Nissa (Terry), K.C. (Jessica), Kirsten, Dana and great-grandchildren; Kelby, Bryton, Cordae and Callen. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel of the Scotland Funeral Home, 27 Main Street, Elgin on Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation-Cancer Centre or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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THORNDYCRAFT o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-01 published
DUNLOP, John Arkle, Q.C.
(June 16, 1917-April 30, 2008)
Passed away peacefully at his home in Markdale in his 91st year. Survived by Edith Alice (TUCK) wife of sixty two years. Beloved father of Tom and his wife Lynn (GALBRAITH,) Bill of Markdale, Martha and her husband Jim THORNDYCRAFT of Toronto, Andy and his wife Sherry (BEARDSALL) of Markdale, Mary and her husband John NISAVIC of Waterloo. Survived by his sister Margaret (PRICE) of Toronto. Remembered by his grandchildren Maggie, Daniel, Matthew, Brett, Kieran, Carmen, Lee, Alex and Michael. Sadly missed by great-grandchildren Devin, Owen and Brodie. Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Margaret DUNLOP and grand_son Andrew. Arkle was born on a farm in Moonstone, Ontario, Simcoe County. He left the farm to attend Osgoode Hall where he graduated as a lawyer in 1940. Upon graduation he joined partnership with Walter HARRIS in Markdale, Ontario. He practised law in Markdale for 60 years. He volunteered for service with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in World War 2, where he fought in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He retired from the army with the rank of Major and was Mentioned in Dispatches and was awarded the Croix De Guerre with Gold Star, for valour. He was very active in the village of Markdale serving as town clerk for 16 years, and village solicitor for 50 years. He was also solicitor for Glenelg and Artemesia townships for many years. He was past president and long time member of the Rotary Club of Markdale. He was also an active volunteer in Minor Hockey and sports in Markdale. His funeral service will take place in Christ Anglican Church in Markdale where he was superintendent of the Sunday school for 16 years and member of the church choir since 1940. Visitation will be held at the May Funeral Home, Markdale Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Flesherton-Markdale Branch 333 Royal Canadian Legion will hold a memorial service in the funeral home Friday at 6: 45 p.m. A Funeral service will be held at Christ Anglican Church, Markdale, Saturday May 3rd at 2: 00 p.m. Interment in Markdale Cemetery. If desired, in lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Markdale Minor Hockey would be greatly appreciated.

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THORNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-14 published
THORNE, Garnet Doug " Dougie"
Suddenly, on Thursday, June 12, 2008, Garnet Doug "Dougie" THORNE at the age of 48 years. Cherished father of his loving and devoted children Lucas and Brianne THORNE and Lisa JURY. Dear son of Barbara THORNE (Bill RANK) and the late Garnet THORNE. Remembered by his brothers; Larry, Brad, Brian and Tom. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Doug was an avid Leaf fan and Hot Rod enthusiast. Visitation will be held at the Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Rd. (1 block east of Egerton), on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted in the Evans Chapel on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Woodland Cemetery. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Doug.

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THORNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-09 published
HARDING, Mary Eileen
Peacefully at University Hospital on Monday, July 7, 2008, in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Douglas H. HARDING. Loving mother of Suzanne FREELE of Burnaby, British Columbia and Angie THORNE of Cranbrook, British Columbia. Dear grandmother of Jeffrey FREELE and Paul McDERMOTT and his wife Ingrid. Friends may call during the hour preceding the funeral service which will be conducted at Saint_Jude's Anglican Church, 1537 Adelaide Street at Fanshawe Park Road, on Saturday, July 12 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged. (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca)

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THORNE o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-01-30 published
PHILLIPS- RUFFOLO, Kenda
After an amazing and lengthy battle with cancer on Saturday January 19th, 2008, at the young age of 52 years. Kenda will be sadly missed by her loving husband Dougie and their family Brandon and Danielle and ever loving daughter and best friend of Mommy and John THORNE and the late Kenneth PHILLIPS. Daughter-in-law of Vi. Devoted sister to Paddy, Brian and Donna. Aunt to Christine, Sabrina, Ashley, Meagen, Cyle and Nicky. Aunts and Second Moms to Kenda Mary and Ano (Rita). Kenda will be fondly missed by family and her many Friends, but most sadly leaving behind her 2 pets Maggie and Angel.
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THORNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-13 published
EVANS, Kenneth Warren
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 9, 2008 in the Palliative Care Unit of Parkwood Hospital, London, Ontario, with his wife, Marianne, by his side. Ken was born in Montreal, August 31, 1926, an only child to the late Albert EVANS and Dora THORNE. At the age of fourteen Ken and his parents moved to Toronto where he attended Oakwood Collegiate Institute. At age seventeen he left school and embarked on a fifty-two year career in the property/casualty insurance industry. His first job was with the venerable old British firm, the Union Insurance Society of Canton on King Street. Ken began as a clerk in the accounting department and eventually became a marine underwriter. This Company spawned many success stories in the property/casualty insurance industry. Due to a General Manager by the name of Jim Price, who died suddenly, a group was formed to honour his memory and was named 'The Old Cantonese Society'. This group met yearly at a black tie dinner in a downtown Toronto hotel and was officially disbanded after 40 years. In 1944, and shortly after his eighteenth birthday Ken enlisted in the Army during World War 2 he never left Canadian soil and did the usual training but, alas, the War ended in 1945 and he was as discharged. Upon release from service he returned to the Union of Canton. He was an articulate and well read man with a sharp wit and a penchant for silly humour. His interest in music was catholic and open-minded, ranging from E. Power Biggs to Frank Sinatra, Neil Young and the Beatles. Ken enjoyed many late hours with his father philosophizing and listening to their shared taste in music over a bottle of Remy Martin. His son, George, also had the good fortune to spend many late hours with his father, and listening to a new brand of music that Ken eventually embraced. He moved to The Travelers Insurance Company and was eventually appointed Assistant Manager for Canada. In 1969 he was asked to take over the Canadian Operation of the Reliance Insurance Co. of Philadelphia. In 1973 Ken was asked to join The Insurance Corporation of Ireland (Canada) Ltd. of which he was so proud because he had birthed and nurtured the Canadian Operation and, ultimately, was devastated by its shut down due to overseas in-house problems in the London office. Over a twelve year period Ken was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Operation. He enjoyed over twenty years of membership at Markland Wood Country Club. His group of four golfing buddies was known as the T.A.T.S. Group (That's A True Story). They enjoyed each other's company and shared a lot of laughter together, with some golf thrown in for good measure. Ken is the last member of that group to pass on. He is predeceased by former wife Ethel. Together, they raised three children - Warren, Victoria and George (Hazel); grandfather to Michael Warren, Louisa and Noah. A man who was known to take a drink, Ken had enormous stamina and drive and loved to be the last man to leave the party. He was also regarded as a man of integrity and, with all the success that he enjoyed in business, he never lost the common touch. But the last years were not kind to Ken as his body succumbed to a lifetime of hard work, drinking and smoking. He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife, Marianne GENISE, who nursed him throughout his long illness. His adored Labrador, Bella, was a constant source of comfort and joy to him. Special thanks to Hospice of London; Personal Support Workers Saffie, Linda and Helen; Doctor Maurice BUTCHEY (who's sartorial attire Ken always admired;) nurses Cheryl, Barb, Liz and Mary in the Palliative Care Unit of Parkwood Hospital. Special thanks, also, to wonderful Friends for their tireless devotion throughout Ken's illness; the daily phone calls, chauffeuring, visiting, meals, meals and more meals, really good humour and, of course, caring for our Bella. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Celebration of Ken's life will be conducted at Saint Paul's Cathedral, 472 Richmond Street, on Saturday, February 16th, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. with Archdeacon D. Ian Grant officiating. Cremation with interment of ashes at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto at a later date. If so desired, donations may be made to Hospice of London. 'death is not the end'

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THORNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-26 published
PHILLIPS, Ruth Muriel
Suddenly she passed away at East General Hospital on April 22, 2008 in her 80th year of diabetes and heart complications. Predeceased by husband Rowland PHILLIPS in 1995. Cherished by her dear children Patricia RITCHIE (Alex), Barbara THORNE (Doug), Jo-Anne BLIZZARD (Jim), Michael PHILLIPS (Tina), John PHILLIPS (Amey), Gary PHILLIPS (Linda) and Ricky PHILLIPS (Marina.) Sadly missed by her eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road (between Eglinton and St. Clair Ave. East) on Friday, April 25, 2008 from 6 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place in the chapel Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 9 a.m. Ruth's final resting place will be at Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Canadian Diabetes Association.

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THORNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-24 published
DAWSON, Catherine " Bernie" (née GANTLEY)
Passed away peacefully with family by her side on Friday, June 20, 2008, at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Bernie is now reunited with the love of her life, her late husband, Bill. She was the loving stepmother to Gini (Nick CIRELLA,) Robert (Debbie,) Nancy (Steve KRUPNIK), Paul (Cindy) and Allana (Nelson THORNE), and caring sister to Maureen (Jack HICKEY,) Seamus and Pat (Lorie.) She will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchild and many Friends.
With the passing of Bernie we have lost a truly remarkable and inspirational woman. As a talented business woman, dedicated member of her community, devoted family woman and friend, Bernie graced the lives of many people during her 65 years. From the moment Bernie entered your life, you knew that she was a very special lady and to cherish the precious time you had with her. Bernie had a passion for life -- a gift she willingly shared with those she loved and in doing so created many special memories. Bernie will be loved and remembered forever.
Many thanks to the staff of Princess Margaret Hospital for their care and compassion, and a special thank you to Doctor SHAPIRO and the 6th floor nursing staff at Southlake.
A memorial mass will be held at Saint_John Chrysostom, 432 Ontario Street, Newmarket, on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. In Bernie's memory, please consider donations to Southlake Regional Health Centre or a charity of your choice.

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THORNHILL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-10 published
THORNHILL, Charles Leslie " Bud"
On July 8th 2008, Charles Leslie "Bud" THORNHILL peacefully passed away at Parkwood Hospital in his 88th year. Bud was the beloved husband of Eleanor (née ANDREW.) Father to Bill (Mary Ann,) Doctor Jim (Tanya) and Jeff (Kathy). Beloved grandfather to Rebecca, David, Amanda, Tasha, Travis and Shawn. Dear brother to Connie MAYO and predeceased by sister Ethel and brother Herb. Bud was a proud serving member of the Canadian Forces in World War 2, longtime member of the Corinthian Lodge #330 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, as well as Metropolitan United Church. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 11th, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Parkwood Hospital, 801 Commissioners Rd. E. (Please use open gate at parking lot #3 and side entrance). A memorial service will be held Saturday July 12th at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd with a reception to follow. Interment of ashes will take place at Dorchester Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made in Bud's honor to the Veterans Care Fund, Parkwood Hospital, c/o Saint_Joseph's Hospital Foundation. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca. Evans Funeral Home, (519) 451-9350, entrusted with arrangements. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mr. THORNHILL.

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THORNHILL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-15 published
WENT, John Patrick
Forest, Ontario. It is with great sadness that we tell you that our husband, son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather and friend was received into heaven on July 11, 2008 to be with his mother Eileen and his special brother Jamie after a courageous battle with cancer. John was survived by his wife Monique (BLAIR) WENT, and sons Jeff and Jody of Ontario. Also his father Emil and sister Marian (Paul) VIENNEAU of Nova Scotia and his sister Linda (Richard) THORNHILL of British Columbia, and several grandchildren John left behind numerous Friends that he cherished for their Friendship. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He had a great love for Ontario especially his property on Army Camp Road. His heart was split between his love for here and his home in Cape Breton. Special thanks to the doctors and staff of Strathroy Hospital for their compassion during this time. Cremation has taken place as per John's wishes. A visitation for family and Friends will take place on Wednesday, July 16 at 12 noon at St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 68 Union St. Forest with a mass to follow at 1: 00 p.m. There will be a luncheon to celebrate John's life after the mass at the Legion in Forest. This will be a chance for John's family to meet his many Friends that has touched his life over the years. Family flowers only. As an expression of sympathy for John, donations in his memory may be made to the Cancer Society. John, we love you and miss you already. Until we meet again, we will keep you always in our hearts. Say hi to Jamie for us. Love you forever. Gilpin Funeral Chapel, Forest in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.gilpinfuneralchapel.com

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THORNHILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-21 published
THORNHILL, Philip George, MM, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 16, 2008. Phil's love of life and thirst for knowledge were inspirational to his devoted wife of almost 63 years, Mia, and their children Frankie, Jan and Bruce, and to his grandchildren, Jenny, Eric and Sean. He is also survived by his loving sister and brother, Mary of Toronto, and Richard of Winnipeg and family. Phil was highly respected in his field of metallurgical engineering and proud of his many accomplishments, which included the development of patented nickel refining processes. He received the prestigious Airey Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in recognition of his achievements in nonferrous extractive metallurgy, and is listed on the Legion of Honour by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc. for his technical contributions to the profession. He retired as director of metallurgical research in 1982 after 31 years with Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd. and consulted for the nickel industry well into his 80s. He served on the board of the Nickel Producers Environmental Research Association from 1981 to 1990 and continued to write and review reports until recently. Phil was renowned for his exceptional writing skills and published many technical papers. After retirement, Phil continued to embrace new experiences and learn new skills, taking up humour writing, golf, snooker and jazz piano. Phil fought in the Second World War, serving with the Ontario Regiment from 1941 to 1946, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He was recognized for his heroic actions while commanding a tank in Italy and was presented the Military Medal by King George VI for leading wounded soldiers to safety under enemy gunfire. In 2004, he was selected by his regiment to represent the unit on a tour of Italy with the Governor General to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Italian campaign. He was also a hero in the eyes of everyone who knew and loved him and is deeply missed. His sense of humour remained intact until his final days. A most grateful thank you goes to the Friends whose visits and phone calls in recent months brightened Phil's days. The family also extends sincerest gratitude to the wonderful women and men who helped provide tender, professional care. Without their daily visits, it would not have been possible for Phil to achieve his final goal: to die at home. A memorial service will be held at the home in Newmarket later this month where family and Friends will share their memories of this remarkable man.

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THORNHILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-25 published
THORNHILL, Philip George
Memorial Service 2-5 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2008, 330 Second Street, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3W6

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THORNLEY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-28 published
COUTURE, Joseph Rudolph “Rudy&rdquo
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Saturday evening January 26, 2008. In his 93rd year, Rudy COUTURE, loving husband and friend of Jessie COUTURE (née GARVIE) for over seventy years. Loving father of Leora and her husband Keith WILSON and Rudy Jr. and his wife Jean. Dear father-in-law of Sharon (Mrs. Bob COUTURE.) Dear grandfather of sixteen grandchildren and twenty-nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his son Bob, his daughter Marilyn, by his three brothers Jimmy, Charlie and Wilfred and by his six sisters Clara THORNLEY, Irene KELLY, Viola HAWKE and Doris BRIGHAM, Bertha MORTON and Olive COUTURE and by his parents Charlie COUTURE and Eliza Jane (née MOLE.) Rudy enjoyed playing his fiddle. Friends may call at the Breckenridge- Ashcroft Funeral Home on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Spring interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Hepworth #586 would be appreciated by the family.

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THORNLEY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-05 published
WEST, Doris Freida (née DAWSON)
On Friday May 2, 2008, at Central Place Retirement Home. Doris WEST (née DAWSON) in her 86th year. Sadly missed by her brothers and sisters, Beth WOODS, Mabel (Lorne SMITH), and Rollie DAWSON (Norma,) all of Owen Sound, Bill DAWSON, Normi DAWSON, Grant DAWSON (Elsbeth,) all of Kemble, Winnie MUNSON (Rich) of California, and Elaine WHETTON (Bryan TAILOR/TAYLOR) of Wiarton. Predeceased by her sisters Ollie WHITE/WHYTE, Ida THORNLEY, Mary HOWELL, Joan DAWSON, by her brother Herb DAWSON, and by her parents Fred and Dorothy DAWSON. Aunt Doris will be missed by her niece Leanne SUTHERLAND. At Doris's request, cremation has taken place and no service will be held. Interment of ashes Mount Pleasant cemetery.

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THORNTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-05 published
STEEVES, Simone
86 years, Suddenly at Hotel Dieu Hospital on July 2, 2008. Beloved wife of the Late Walter STEEVES (1994.) Loving companion of the Late Frank HERBERT (2007.) Loving Mother of Kirt STEEVES (Lois,) Launa GROULX (Ken) and Jody STEEVES, Dearest " Gagoo" of Heidi STEEVES, Eric STEEVES, Adam GROULX (Lyn), Carrie COUVILLON (Nathan), Justin GROULX (Jill), Amber COUVILLON (Billy) and Krystal COUVILLON (Chris.) Dear Great-Gagoo of Ava and Noah GROULX, Joshua THORNTON and Adrian MUSSON. Dear sister of Florence GAMBACORT, Yvonne COURTNAGE, Jane PENNER (Walter) and Linda PORTILLIA (Frank.) Dear sister-in-law to Estelle STEEVES. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Henry JOANNETTE and by her sister Mary ILLES. Special thank you to Pauline and Al BRKOVICH for all their love and support during the last twelve years. At Mrs. STEEVES request there will be no funeral home visitation. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be held at Emmanuel United Church (1728 Lincoln Road) on Saturday July, 5, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Linda BLAIR officiating. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel United Church. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home and Cremation Centre.

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THORNTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-23 published
MILLAR, William James
Suddenly at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 William James MILLAR of Goderich, in his 92nd year. Beloved wife of Edith (PATTERSON.) Dear father of James (Robbie) MILLAR of Cambridge, Iris (Ken) THORNTON of Dorchester and Ann PARKER and Bud of Wallaceburg. Loving grandfather of Deanna, Sherry, Derek, Willie and Debra-Jean. Also survived by sister Laura JOHNSTON of Northern Ireland. Friends may call at the McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Goderich, on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, Goderich on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Interment Maitland Cemetery. Donations to St. George's Anglican Church or A.M. and G.H. Computed Tomography Scan gratefully acknowledged. Friends may sign the book of condolences at www.mccallumpalla.ca

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THORNTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-24 published
MILLAR, William James
Suddenly at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 William James MILLAR of Goderich, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of Edith (PATTERSON) MILLAR. Dear father of James (Robbie) MILLAR of Cambridge, Iris (Ken) THORNTON of Dorchester and Ann PARKER and Bud of Wallaceburg. Loving grandfather of Deanna, Sherry, Derek, Willie and Debra-Jean. Also survived by sister Laura JOHNSTON of Northern Ireland. Friends may call at the McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Goderich, on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, Goderich on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Interment Maitland Cemetery. Donations to St. George's Anglican Church or A.M. and G.H. Computed Tomography Scan gratefully acknowledged. Friends may sign the book of condolences at www.mccallumpalla.ca

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THORNTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-22 published
LEIGHTON, Thomas Swinburne
(December 12, 1921 to January 20, 2008)
Tom passed away peacefully the morning of Sunday, January 20, 2008 at Grand River Hospital, Freeport Health Centre in Kitchener, Ontario, in his 87th year, following a bravely borne and lengthy illness. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Doris, his daughters Anne (Eric LAVENDER) of Kitchener, Helen (Andrew MAXWELL) of Mississauga, and his son, Stephen of Mississauga. Tom is lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Robert and Katherine LAVENDER, and Alexander, Nicholas and Emily MAXWELL. Tom is also survived by his sister Stella KELLY, his sisters-in-law, Marie GUEST and Isabel THORNTON, and many nieces and nephews in England. Tom was born in Seaham Harbour, England. He served in the British Merchant Marine (Blue Funnel Line) during the Second World War during which he survived a torpedo attack which sank the ship on which he was serving. Tom joined Lloyds Register of Shipping in 1949, and lived and worked in many countries during his tenure. He was their Senior Principal Surveyor for Canada from 1969 until his retirement in 1986, and will be well remembered in the marine community. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 24th from 2: 00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 4: 30 p.m., at the McKersie Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main Street, Milton, Ontario. Please join the family for a celebration of Tom's Life at the Grand Chalet Banquet Hall, 324 Steeles Ave. Milton. The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made in Tom's name to The Darling Home for Kids (formerly Rose Cherry's Home for Kids) in Milton. Letters of condolence may be left for the family at www.mckersie-kocher.ca

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THORNTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-05 published
THORNTON, Dora Frances (née RILEY)
Peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Extendicare Nursing Home. Mother of Peter, Jill and Jeff; grandmother of Kristin, Ryan, Mark, Brent, Clare and Tighe. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2008 at Saint_John's Parish, 786 Kingston Road. Interment at Pine Hills Cemetery. Family and Friends are invited to a reception in the church hall following the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements in the care of Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road, Toronto, 416-698-2861.

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THORNTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-02 published
DICKSON/DIXON, Arnold Rex, M.A. Oxon.
Born in Yorkshire, England on May 16, 1913, Rex passed away peacefully in Ottawa on Saturday, May 31, 2008, at the age of 95. Beloved and kind husband of Joyce for 61 years. Loving father of Ann McDONALD (Paul.) Proud grandfather of Heather McDONALD (Brad THORNTON) of Ottawa and Ian McDONALD of Waterloo. Predeceased by his son John and his brothers Aidan and Oswald. He attended Lincoln College, Oxford, earning an Honours Degree in Law. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Artillery and Bedfordshire Yeomanry and finished with the rank of Major. At Dad's request, there will be no visitation. Private Cremation will take place. A Memorial Service will be held at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore Doctor and Baseline Rd.) Nepean on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 11 a.m. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until time of service. For those wishing, donations may be made to the Leukemia Research Fund (936 The East Mall, Toronto, Ontario M9B 6J9). Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com.

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THORNTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-02 published
HUFNAGL, Jill (née THORNTON)
Passed away peacefully on June 27, 2008 at Toronto East General Hospital. Loving mother of Kristin (Peeter) and Ryan. Dear sister of Peter and Jeff (Laura). Caring aunt of Mark, Brent, Clare and Tighe. Her caring and positive spirit will be missed by her Friends and family. Friends will be received at the Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Rd. (West of Victoria Park, 416-698-2861), Toronto on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Aiden's Anglican Church, 70 Silverbirch Ave., Toronto on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 11 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

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THOROGOOD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-02 published
PIETT, Carolyn Leigh
Suddenly on Monday, March 31, 2008, Carolyn Leigh PIETT of Embro in her 24th year. Beloved daughter of Ron PIETT of Embro and Pauline PIETT and her partner Rob ZYLSTRA of Woodstock. Cherished sister of Allison WILKS and her husband Jeff of Embro, Stefani PIETT (Brett HARRIS) and Tracy PIETT all of Embro. Loved granddaughter of Alice (née BAUTE) FRANK of Woodstock and special aunt of Ava WILKS of Embro. Dear niece of Beverly (Jim) MATHESON, Eileen (Marvin) HART, Carol (Doug) THOROGOOD, John (Mary) FRANK, Dan (Patricia) FRANK, Geraldine (Bob) GRAY/GREY. She is survived by her many cousins, Friends and will be remembered by Scott and Ryan ZYLSTRA. Predeceased by her Grandparents Jack FRANK (1998,) Stuart PIETT (2000) and Christine (née MATHESON) PIETT (2007.) Carolyn was involved with Embro Minor Hockey filling many roles as coach, assistant coach and will be missed by the teams for which she played, the Embro 97's and the midget girls. She shared her love of hockey with a new generation of young women. Friends may call at the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, 519-539-0004 on Thursday, April 3, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate Carolyn's life will be held at Knox United Church, Embro on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Frank STAPLES officiating. Cremation to follow. Interment later in the North Embro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Embro Minor Hockey Association would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com "Carolyn's unique spirit, smile and passion for life reflected in everything she did; she will be missed and loved by all."

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THOROSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-09 published
RUSSELL, Gordon Ian, B.Sc., P.Eng.
(July 7, 1923-January 7, 2008)
Peacefully while resting at home. Beloved husband to his late wife Ann Marie (née HARVIE,) respected and honoured father of Sheila (Ray THOROSKI), David, Gordon, William (Catriona). Proud grandfather, cherished by Ian, Scott, MacKay, Shona and Liam. Much loved brother of Bernice RUSSELL (Milton WYLIE) and very special uncle to Alison, Heather and Gordon. Will be greatly missed by 1st Cousins -- Mary FLAGLER, Lois DEVAL, Jean COOK, Jean THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Charlie McALLISTER.
Born in Greenock, Scotland, he maintained a deep love for Scotland and his Scottish family. Gordon loved the open water and sailing. In World War 2, he served with the Royal Canadian Navy on Atlantic/North Sea duty. Graduated in 1948 from University of Toronto (Mechanical Engineering). After working for Union Gas and Trans Mountain Pipeline companies, in 1956 he established G.I. Russell and Company Limited, his consulting professional engineering practice. He founded Interprovincial Corrosion Control Ltd. and Isoionics. As a pioneer in promoting corrosion prevention for steel integrity maintenance, he conducted R and D, designing and applying cutting edge and innovative solutions, aiming to ensure public safety and optimal corrosion prevention. Gordon was Founding Chair, Southern Ontario Committee on Electrolytes, Founding Chair, National Association of Corrosion Engineers (Canadian Division) and Principal, Walter W. Smeltzer Corrosion Laboratory at McMaster University.
Close to his heart were his family, many Friends and time spent enjoying Ellie, Cairn and Muskoka.
The family will receive Friends at Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, 2241 New Street (at Drury Lane), Burlington, 905-637-5233, on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m. Flowers kindly declined. If desired, donations to the Salvation Army or charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

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THORPE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-04 published
SMIBERT, John Thomas "T.J."
Of Sparta Line, passed away on Sunday, March 2nd, 2008, in his 49th year. Loved partner of Karen PHILLIPS and dear step-father of Amanda and her husband Jeremy SMITH and Belinda and her husband Ron THORPE. Loved brother of Tipple SMIBERT (Steve NIBLOCK.) Dear grandfather of Natalie, Ashley and Heidi. Predeceased by a grand_son Andrew. Special family to Katy and Amanda. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews. John was born in Winnipeg on January 19, 1960, the son of the late Thomas Arnold and Aileen (MONEY) SMIBERT. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Animal Aide.

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THORPE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-17 published
LOMBARDO, Jean (née NORTON)
Peacefully at Mount Hope - Saint_Joseph's Hospital, London on Friday, May 16, 2008 Jean LOMBARDO in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Hubert LOMBARDO (2006.) Survived by her sister Shirley (Peggy) FRAUMENI. Loving aunt, great-aunt, great- great-aunt and great-great-great-aunt to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Gertrude NORTON, her brothers Leslie and Stanley and her sister Elsie THORPE. Jean was a devoted, dedicated teacher for 40 years. First teaching at rural school near Thamesville, in Ballymote, North London and the Thames Valley District School Board at Chelsey Ave. Public School in London. Jean and Hubert loved their cottage and Friends in Orchard Beach, Port Stanley where they spent many summers, and their daily trips to the Covent Garden Market to greet their Friends. The family will receive Friends at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Monday, May 19th, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, Wharncliffe Rd. North on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 at 10 o'clock. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Memorial donations to the London Public Library (Children's Library) 251 Dundas St. or to the Alzheimer Society, Suite 100, 555 Southdale Rd. East, London, Ontario, N6E 1A2 will be gratefully acknowledged. Rest in Peace. Love never fails or ends.

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THORPE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-20 published
FOSTER, Harry Logie
Of R.R.#1 Union, passed away unexpectedly, peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, May 17th, 2008, at his late residence, in his 81st year. Dearly loved best friend and husband of 38 years of Shirley (THOMAS) FOSTER. Dear brother-in-law of Carolyn THOMAS of Saint Thomas, Bob and his wife Margery THOMAS of R.R.#1 Union and the late Patricia THORPE. Loved uncle of Jim and his wife Sue THORPE of Burbank, California, Jane THORPE of Ottawa and her fiance Wayne JOHNSTON, Doctor Brien THOMAS and his wife Doctor Adrienne WILSON of Adelaide, Australia, Bruce and his wife Nelly THOMAS of Richmond Hill, Katie THOMAS of Guelph and Mark THOMAS of Toronto. Harry was born in Port Elgin on July 22, 1927, the son of the late Logie and Reta (MULVENEY) FOSTER. He lived all of his life in Saint Thomas and Union. He attended Wellington Street Public School, Saint Thomas Collegiate Institute, University of Western Ontario and Osgoode Hall, Toronto. Harry retired after a career as an investment dealer. He was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. He loved farming and raising animals. He and his wife raised Thoroughbred and Morgan horses on their farm "Kennoway" and enjoyed participating in horse shows and sales in Canada and United States. A private service was held on Tuesday morning, with interment in Union Cemetery. Remembrances would be appreciated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas in charge of arrangements.

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THORSELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-18 published
Philanthropist won Breeder's Cup as the owner of thoroughbreds
With her husband, Ernie SAMUEL, she made significant donations to the Royal Ontario Museum. Together, they also owned Dance Smartly, at one time the world's top money-winning mare
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S10
A woman with an insatiable appetite for life and an inherent belief in the value of giving back, Liza SAMUEL was a volunteer, a horse breeder, president of the second oldest company in Canada, a philanthropist and probably the richest woman in the country. As a couple, Liza and Ernie SAMUEL were Friends, lovers and lifelong partners in a range of interests and pursuits including family, business, the Gaslight nightclub, which they owned and operated in Yorkville in the 1960s, sailing, horse breeding and even a hydroponics venture. "They believed if you can dream it, you can do it," said their son Mark.
Elizabeth (Liza) June SAMUEL was the only child of William Roy and Constance (WRIGHT) CHADBURN, a family of missionaries and entrepreneurial inventors. One of her antecedents invented the Chadburn telegraph, a device that enabled a crew member on the bridge of a ship to pull a handle that would ring bells in the engine room to communicate instructions, such as "dead slow" and "full steam"; the company, centred in Liverpool, England manufactured a great number of navigational instruments. Her parents lived in England, but happened to be visiting Paris in June, 1933, when she was born.
In the early days of the Second World War, when Liza was about 6, she and her mother were evacuated to Canada. Her daughter Kim still has the beloved doll her mother brought with her on the ship crossing the treacherous Atlantic. They settled in Montreal and Liza attended The Study, a private girls school. Her father, who was in the Home Guard, stayed behind in England until after the Germans were defeated. After joining his wife and daughter, he moved his family to the Moore Park area of Toronto and sent his daughter to Bishop Strachan School in Forest Hill.
When she was about 14, Liza went on a blind date with 16-year-old Ernest (Ernie) SAMUEL, a student at St. Andrew's College, a boarding school in Aurora, Ontario Although immediately smitten, she wisely decided to connect with him as a friend - while "she conspired with the nanny of the house to eliminate all other suitors," Mark SAMUEL said. After high school, she entered Trinity College at the University of Toronto, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1955. She married Mr. SAMUEL on September 4, 1956. Children Kim, Tammy and Mark followed.
Mr. SAMUEL, who was born Ernest WILLINSKY, was the great-grand_son (on his mother's side) of Lewis SAMUEL, who founded the steel company Samuel, son and Company in 1855, a dozen years before Confederation. He was also the grand_son of Sigmund SAMUEL, a noted philanthropist who bequeathed the Sigmund Samuel Canadiana Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. After his parents' marriage disintegrated when he was 3, Ernie and his mother moved into his grandfather's house, which was literally a treasure trove of furniture and the decorative arts.
At his grandfather's request, Ernie WILLINSKY legally assumed SAMUEL as his surname. After graduating in engineering from the U of T, he joined the family firm, which was then a steel-warehousing and distribution business, in 1953. Less than a decade later, he was president. He redirected the company into processing, then product manufacturing.
"He took over the company as a $6-million-dollar business and by the time he was done it was a $2-billion operation," Mark SAMUEL said. "He was an enterprise builder and she [his mother] was very supportive of that."
Mrs. SAMUEL, who had done some work as an actress in radio plays, "kept the home fires burning" while her husband built the company, which is now a leading North American processor and distributor of carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum industrial products. In 1985, Mr. SAMUEL transferred the manufacturing and technology operations into Samuel Manu-Tech Inc., a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and expanded Samuel into the United States after the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1988.
In the 1960s, the SAMUELs became involved in horse racing after they bought the show-jumper Canadian Club. The horse, ridden by equestrian James Day, was part of the Canadian team that won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. They then moved into thoroughbreds, buying two foundation mares in 1972, and establishing Sam-Son Farm in Milton and the Sam-Son training centre in Ocala, Florida, which produced a number of champion horses, including Chief Bearheart, Sky Classic, and above all, Dance Smartly, a granddaughter of Northern Dancer and daughter of Danzig. In addition to everything else, Mrs. SAMUEL named all the horses.
As a three-year-old, Dance Smartly (known as Daisy because of the white flower-shaped mark on her forehead) ran her way into the record books in 1991 as the first filly to win Canada's Triple Crown, the first Canadian-bred winner of a Breeder's Cup Race and, for quite some time, the leading money-winning mare in the world. Mr. SAMUEL was named Racing Man of the Year in Canada and received the American Thoroughbred Horse Racing Eclipse Award for outstanding owner in 1991, the year Sam-Son Farm netted $6.9-million and broke the record for earnings. As a broodmare, Dance Smartly produced two consecutive winners of the Queen's Plate: Scatter the Gold (2000) and Dancethruthedawn (2001) and was inducted into both the Canadian and American horse racing halls of fame. After suffering an irreparable injury in an arthritic knee joint, she was euthanized in August, 2007, at 19, and buried at Sam-Son Farm in Milton, Ontario
Following the tradition established by his grandfather, Mr. and Mrs. SAMUEL were generous benefactors of the Royal Ontario Museum. His family tradition meshed seamlessly with her interests. She began as a volunteer in the 1980s, trained as a docent and became president of the museum volunteers. Besides hands-on work, the money she and her husband gave in the 1980s and 1990s enabled the museum to complete its Samuel European Galleries. They both served as board members, with Mrs. SAMUEL chairing the board and co-chairing the foundation board of governors.
In the late 1990s, Mr. SAMUEL suffered a head injury while on a sailing vacation with his wife and was in extremely ill health for about three years. She retreated from her volunteer activities to care for her ailing husband, while taking on many of his responsibilities at the family business. Having been a director of Samuel Manu-Tech since 1986, she became chair and also moved up from vice-chair to chair of Samuel. "She was very strong on governance," said her son, describing how she instituted boards of directors at both the public and private companies. Just as Mr. SAMUEL was recovering from his head injury, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and died four months later on May 25, 2000. He was 69.
Instead of enjoying retirement with her husband after more than 40 years of marriage, Mrs. SAMUEL had to rebuild her life as a single woman. One of the first places she turned was to the Royal Ontario Museum, which as an institution had always been "close to her heart," according to her children.
"She carried on with a tremendous ferocity," said William THORSELL, who became chief executive officer of the Royal Ontario Museum in August, 2000. "I think she found the Royal Ontario Museum was a way of re-establishing with the broader world," he said, pointing out that she began serving on committees and boards at the museum again, including the committee to select the architect for Renaissance Royal Ontario Museum. (She favoured Daniel Libeskind.) In 2002, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for her contributions to the community.
The next year, she donated $5-million to the museum, which dedicated its newly restored rotunda in memory of Mr. SAMUEL and in honour of Mrs. SAMUEL. She was also extremely generous to Renaissance Royal Ontario Museum, donating a total of $8.5-million. Later this year, the museum will unveil a 1,000-square-metre "green roof" in her honour on the south roof of the building's west wing. Built with donations from several trustees, Liza's Garden will be visible from the C5 restaurant.
Daughter Tammy SAMUEL- BALAZ took over the leadership of Sam-Son Farm, the family's horse breeding and racing interests, after her father's death in 2000. Like her brother and sister, she had been involved with horses all her life. An accomplished rider when she became president and general manager of the family's horse operations, she became one of the most significant figures in Canadian thoroughbred racing. In her 20s, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Although she appeared to have triumphed over the disease, and went on to marry and have two children, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and died in January.
Mrs. SAMUEL's own ill health forced her to step down as chair of the Samuel group of companies in favour of her son Mark in January, 2006, although she accepted a position as Chairman Emeritus. Daughter Kim SAMUEL- JOHNSON is in charge of the family charitable foundation.
Stalwart even after her daughter Tammy's death, she enjoyed smoking and drinking "and did both right up to the end," according to her son. A few days before, she indulged in a last drink and a final cigarette and told her daughter Kim: "You know I have loved your father all my life."
Elizabeth June SAMUEL was born June 20, 1933, in Paris. She died of cancer and emphysema at her home on March 16, 2008. She was 74. Predeceased by husband Ernie and daughter Tammy, she is survived by daughter Kim, son Mark, five grandchildren and extended family.

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THORUP o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-17 published
BRANDT, Willy
Peacefully at Kensington village in London on Friday, March 14, 2008 Willy BRANDT in his 71st year, passed away with his loving family by his side. Beloved husband of Ulla (SUSSI) BRANDT. Dear father of Laila (Greg) COSTELLO, Linda (Geoff) AXFORD, and Flemming (Cheray) BRANDT. Fun loving grandfather of Jason, Michelle, Mitchell, Alana, Kira-Lea and Tanner. Great-grandfather of Ryann. Also survived by sister Lise THORUP of Dorchester and Gert BRANDT of Denmark. Willy was the second youngest of nine children born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Those willing to make a donation in memory of Willy are asked to donate to the Alzheimer Society. www.alzheimerlondon.ca. A memorial service will take place Wednesday March 19 at 11: 00 a.m. at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, London (corner of Wonderland and Lawson Roads).

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