WATTS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-26 published
ALJOE, William James
Suddenly as the result of an accident on Sunday, March 23, 2008. “Bill” ALJOE of Hanover, formerly of Durham in his 81st year. Husband of the late Isabelle (née STODDART.) Loved father of Gregory (Virginia WATTS) of Waterloo and Milford Bay, Suzanne (Gerald) of Owen Sound and Michele DOUCET of Waterloo. Sadly missed by grandchildren Michael and Krista KARN, Steven and Lori KARN, Stacey and Jeff GOLDIE, 5 great-grandchildren and sisters Evelyn PATTERSON, Helen SMITH and Ada (Harry) STYLES all of Durham, Beatrice (Hartmut) RIDDERBUSCH and Sharon BURGESS all of Hanover, Lorna (William) ZADUK of Guelph, and Doreen FRYER and Norma BARRETT both of Collingwood. Predeceased by three children Carol, James and Mary and brothers Vernon, Arthur and Murray. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett-McEachern Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, Durham on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Durham at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2008. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Durham Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

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WATTS 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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WATTS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-27 published
FENWICK, John Matthew
Peacefully at Summit Place Nursing Home in Owen Sound (formerly of Tara) on Thursday June 26, 2008. In his 96th year, John Matthew FENWICK, the beloved husband of the late Marie (née TRASK.) Loved father of Ruby (Mrs. Wallace WATTS) and Harvey and his wife Penny. Father-in-law of Erla (Mrs. Ken FENWICK.) Proud grandfather of Stephen, Lisa, Jennifer, Stacy and Crystal. Dear brother of Ivan and brother-in-law of Olive FENWICK. John will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his son Ken, son-in-law Wally, granddaughter Marci, sisters Hazel, Lena and by his brother Howard. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery. Rev. Ted CREEN officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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WATTS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-04 published
PLANK, James Wilfred
Heard his name on February 29, 2008. His release from earthly pain was welcome and well prepared as his loved ones were gifted with time to acknowledge and share their love and admiration for this first-class man - a gentleman and a scholar, Jim modeled a life of strong Christian values, solid family ideals, and a deep work ethic. His joy was found in his love of the Lord, his lifelong sweetheart, his family, great literature, and fine works of music. Jim had the ability to inspire those around him to rise to greater heights morally, intellectually and spiritually, challenging us all to follow our own paths. His impact was felt by many after 34 years of teaching - many of these at Herman Collegiate Institute in Windsor. And, he lent comfort to many through his years of Pastoral Care in jails and hospitals, and his Elder work in his churches. His careers included selling subscriptions to Liberty magazine as a young boy, reining in run-away horses on his 2nd job as milkman, teaching and volunteering with the Alzheimer Society. Born on October 29, 1930 in London, Ontario, Jim spent most of his school years there before moving with his parents to a farm in Merlin, Ontario. Jim enjoyed a blessed and rich childhood. He will be dearly missed by his sisters Audrey LUMLEY (John,) and Marion WINDELL. He is predeceased by his parents Laura and Fred PLANK, his sister Helen ZANIER and his brother Fredrick PLANK. Jim takes temporary leave from his wife of 53 years, Mildred PLANK and his four children - Cynthia MORRIS, Grant PLANK (Linda PLANK), Amy ROBINSON (Claude ROBINSON) and Jennifer PLANK (Michael WATTS.) He is well loved by his grandchildren: Nicole PLANK, Jennilee PINO (Brad), Benjamin ROBINSON, Andrew MORRIS, Kimberly PLANK (Eduardo), Patrick ROBINSON, Nicholas ROBINSON, Helen WATTS, Dakota ROBINSON, Emma WATTS, Nakita ROBINSON, and his Great-Grandchildren: Lucca CONTE, Amilia PINO, Ella PLANK. We invite you to share our tears and joys in celebrating the life of Jim PLANK through your prayers of thanksgiving for a life well lived. At the request of James, there will be no funeral or public memorial service - his spirit lives on when you gather for prayer, raise your voice in song, or are moved by fine prose. Donations to the Foundation of Chatham Kent Health Alliance-Magnetic Resonance Imager Campaign (http://www.foundationckha.com/mri/mri.html) or charity of your choice, would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham. (519) 351-2040. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfunralhome.com "Lift up your hearts and share with me, God wanted me now He set me free"

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WATTS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-28 published
HALES, Margaret Elizabeth (née RITCHIE)
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, March 27, 2008. Margaret Elizabeth HALES of Aylmer. Beloved wife of the late William S. " Clair" HALES (1979.) Predeceased by her son Herbert R. HALES (2008,) daughter-in-law Sandra M. HALES (1996) and brothers James R. RITCHIE (1996,) and Donald M. RITCHIE (2000.) Dear aunt of Judith BEAUDRY of North Bay, Jean REID of North Bay and Donald T. RITCHIE and wife Sue of Parry Sound. Born in St. Chrysostome, Quebec, daughter of the late David and Margaret (McCAIG) RITCHIE. Margaret moved to Aylmer from Winnipeg in 1963. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday March 31, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Rev. Cam WATTS, officiating. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Donations to the Diabetes Assoc. or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences at kebbelfuneralhome. com

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WATTS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-16 published
BEHIE, Clarence
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday April 14, 2008. Clarence BEHIE of Aylmer in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Mildred (HARRIS) BEHIE. Dear father of Aleta BEHIE of Saint Thomas, Fran WHALEY and husband Tony of Aylmer, Kevan HAYMAN of Sarnia, Duane BEHIE and wife Sandra of Saint Thomas. Loved by a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Born in Hudson Bay Junction, Saskatchewan on January 1, 1919. Clarence had been a foreman at Jaeger Machine in Saint Thomas. In his retirement he enjoyed woodworking. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Monday April 21, 2008 from 6-7 p.m. A celebration of Clarence's life will follow at 7: 00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Cam WATTS, officiating. Burial of Ashes Aylmer Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (Brain Tumor Research) appreciated. Personal Condolences can be made at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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WATTS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-14 published
WATTS, F. John
In loving memory of Dad, F. John WATTS, who left us May 14, 2004. God looked around His garden, And found an empty space, He then looked down upon the earth, And saw your tired face, He put his arms around you, And lifted you to rest, God's garden must be beautiful, For he only takes the best, God knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain, He knew that you would never get well, In this world again and wanted out, So he closed your weary eyelids, And whispered "Peace be thine", It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home, You bade no one a last farewell, But thought of us till the end, You were gone before we knew it, And only God knew why. Forever cherished, never forgotten, and deeply missed, Dorie, Alf and family.

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WATTS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-16 published
CLAUS, Lorna Annabelle (née HOPKINS)
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday May 14, 2008. Lorna Annabelle CLAUS of Aylmer in her 74th year. Beloved wife of the late Arthur Jay CLAUS (1988.) Dear mother of Deborah FACEY and husband Robert of Aylmer, Douglas CLAUS and wife Brenda JOHNSON of R.R.#2 Aylmer, Dianne CLAUS of Aylmer, Randy CLAUS of R.R.#2, Saint Thomas. Loved by 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Sister of Carl HOPKINS and wife Marjorie, J.D. HOPKINS and wife Audrey, Betty McARTHUR, Mary WILSON and husband David, Isabelle McMASTER and Linda McBEATH. Predeceased by a brother James HOPKINS and a sister Shirley DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS. Born in Durham, Ontario on May 7, 1935 daughter of the late Frank and Murnn (IRWIN) HOPKINS. Lorna worked at the Ontario Police College for 31 years as the kitchen staff manager. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment, St. Luke's Cemetery, Vienna. Rev. Dr. Cam WATTS, officiating. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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WATTS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-21 published
CLARKE, Wilma Elizabeth (née TOLL)
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, May 20, 2008. Wilma Elizabeth CLARKE of Chateau Gardens, Aylmer and formerly of R.R.#2, Springfield in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late Charles CLARKE (1995.) Dear mother of Kenneth and his wife Evelyn of R.R.#2 Springfield, Marjorie PAYNE and her husband Dr. William of London and Carolyn CLARKE of Saint Thomas. Grandmother of Kristen PAYNE of Chatham, Doctor Michael PAYNE and Sarah MILES of Australia and Andrew PAYNE of London. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Rev. Ellsworth and LeRoy TOLL. Born in Walkerville, Ontario on May 2, 1911 daughter of the late Rev. Sylvester and Maude (ROBERTS) TOLL. She was a member of the Aylmer Baptist Church and the Evertrue Mission Circle. Wilma graduated from Victoria College at the University of Toronto in 1933, the Ontario College of Education and taught at the Ontario Ladies College in Whitby for seven years. She also taught at Springfield Public School. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, May 23, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Cam WATTS, officiating. Donations to the Aylmer Baptist Church would be appreciated. Condolences can be made at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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WATTS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-28 published
HOLDSWORTH, Bryan
Bravely, after a brief illness, with his family by his side, at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, May 26, 2008. Bryan HOLDSWORTH of Pt. Burwell in his 59th year. Beloved best friend and companion of Barbara LONG and her family Greg and Cindy LONG and Derrick LONG. Dear brother of Nancilee Clausius and Archie Gilbert of Port Burwell. Nephew of Helen SMITH of London. Loved by a number of cousins. Predeceased by a number of aunts and uncles. Born in Woodstock, Ontario on February 13, 1950 son of the late Bruce and Doris (SMITH) HOLDSWORTH. Bryan was a long time employee of Big Otter Marina and Campground and a 30 year member of the Port Burwell Legion. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 7-9 p.m. A private family funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2008. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Cam WATTS, officiating. Bryan's family wish to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Larry LEATHERDALE and staff for their excellent care over the past thirty years. Thanks also to Mike GARRY at the Marina for his Friendship and trust; to Bryan's many Friends and neighbours for their acts of kindness during his illness. Donations to the Humane Society or Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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WATTS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-22 published
ABELL, Evelyn Anne (née WATTS)
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on July 20, 2008. Evelyn Anne ABELL of Metcalfe Gardens, Saint Thomas and formerly, R.R.#1, Aylmer in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Russell ABELL (1988.) Survived by step-daughters, Doreen WARD of Emsdale, and Dorothy MEYER and husband Warren of R.R.#7 Aylmer. Step-grandmother of Megan ABELL of R.R.#1, Aylmer and sister-in-law of Heather WATTS of Edmonton, Alberta. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Precedeceased by a stepson Leonard ABELL and wife Pamela and a brother Ensley WATTS. Born in Malahide Township Ontario on April 23, 1920 daughter of the late Hubert and Myrtle (LAUR- ENSLEY) WATTS. Evelyn had lived most of her life in Aylmer and Malahide Township. She was member of the Verdun Chapter #36, of the Order of the Eastern Star. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Dunboyne Cemetery. Rev. Donald GRAHAM, officiating. Donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated. Condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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WATTS o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2008-04-18 published
COLLINS, Walter Edward
The family of Walter COLLINS would like to thank all those Friends and relatives who brought so much love, Friendship and joy into the life of our husband, father and grandfather.
On the sad occasion of his sudden passing, we would like to send sincere thanks to the attending Wasaga Beach Paramedics, Ontario Provincial Police and the Fire Department. Thank you for the professionalism shown and the respect for Walter's dignity that he was so deserving of Thank you to all those who telephoned, emailed, sent flowers and donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Thank you to Doctor James LANE and all the staff at Stayner Medical Centre for 20 years of care, compassion and patience. Also, to Irma and all the staff at the Wasaga Beach IDA.
Special thank you to Watts Funeral Home in Wasaga Beach for the care and respect given to Walter's service. A very special thanks to Darrin WATTS for going above and beyond the call of duty in preparation for Walter's final journey home.
Thanks to Noreen, her daughter Suzanne, Wilma, Luanne, Eddie and Arlene. The Dyconia (Pat and John), and the many more Friends who helped with the food. To The Beacon (Guy) for the get together after the service.
To Walter's sister Eileen BURNELL and Chad WALLACE who spoke at the service. Chad, Patsy and Doug WALLACE who sang so beautifully. To the Toronto Emergency Medical Services Honour Guard and all former co-workers, especially to Paul HESS, his partner for 30 years. To Reverend Keith LOCKHART, who oversaw the service. To Julie SHAND and Kirk WHITLOCK who prepared the wonderful slide show, thank you all so very much.
To Robert FRIEND, our rock and anchor, Thank You.
To his brothers of the Wasaga Wobblers, we know it was all about the love. Foward… he got his hat.
May his memory always bring a smile to everyone he knew. He touched us all with his special gift of true Friendship. We love you all.
The COLLINS Family
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WATTS o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-05-28 published
HAMILTON, Eva (GREER/GRIER)
Dan HAMILTON and Family would like to Thank Family and Relatives for the many cards and flowers since Eva's passing.
Thank you to the Staff and Nurses of Sunset Manor Georgian 2, where Eva and Dan have lived for the past 5 years, and for the continuing care and support of Dan. Also to the Nursing Staff of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital for Eva's last days of care. A special Thank You to Darrin, Barbara and Max WATTS of Watts Funeral Home for their Service, Support and Care during our time of sorrow.
Eva will be forever remembered in our hearts. She was a Very Special Lady who touched our Hearts.
Lovingly Remembered by; Dan, Mary, Laura, Nick, Amy, Joe, Angie, Danny and Nickolas HAMILTON
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WATTS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-01 published
PERRY, Doctor Victor Roland, M.B.E.
F/L Royal Canadian Air Force 421 Squadron O/S
On January 19th, 2008 The Great Circle closed. Once again, he sits on the Hill in Western Bay, Newfoundland. where it all began in 1911. Surrounded by nature's wonders, rugged beauty, and history, he looks out to sea, now knowing Life's Mystery. With an excellent mind framed by outstanding memory, he saw through 'fog' to find essence. He married UofT Meds '39 classmate Barbara WATTS (1996) and together they raised four children: Vicki (2002), Donna, Ron, and Bob. As they grew, as Friends came, and as the family expanded to include spouses and grandchildren, he instilled meaning through discovery, honouring learning. He encouraged everyone to make the most of their lives to the best of their individual abilities. In art, gardening (especially roses), writing, music, and all he did, he pursued knowledge and expression. Patients, contemporaries, and Friends respected him. His strong spirit carried him through a torpedoing on D-Day and the horrors of war. He was appalled by but recognized the roots of mankind's inhumanity. He cherished Nature and was abhorred by its destruction. Humble beginnings with seven siblings and deep family bonds taught him to focus on what mattered; he lived unfettered by our materialistic culture, and he knew how to improvise and be independent. People and living were understood through basic principles. In his last chapter, he felt fortunate to have shared a special companionship with Margaret YOUNG. He was very proud of everyone in his extended family and all of their accomplishments. When skies were darkest, he would say to watch for the breaking sunshine. So, with what he stood for, he touches all he knew. Cremation has taken place. A future family gathering will celebrate his life.

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WATTS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-10 published
WATTS, Barbara June (EMSON)
Peacefully at her home at R.R.#3, Mount Forest on Monday June 9, 2008. Barbara June (EMSON) WATTS in her 79th year. Beloved wife of the late Maurice WATTS. Loved mother of Ian WATTS and wife Ann of Port Perry and Julie BENNS and husband John of R.R.#3, Mount Forest. Loving grandmother of Brendon and Michael WATTS and Mersadi BENNS. Dear sister-in-law of Dick MEAD of England. Predeceased by sisters Audrey SMALL and husband Joe and Jacqueline MEAD. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at the Hendrick Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Thursday June 12th from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. A private family service will be held. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated by the family.
On line condolences may be made at www.hendrickfuneralhome.com

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WATTS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-18 published
GABY, Phyllis Van Norman (née TURNER)
At Toronto, on Saturday, June 14, 2008. Daughter of the late James Wilson TURNER and the late Florence Turner MAIZE. Niece of the late Walter and Mabelle WATTS of Chatham, Ontario. Wife of the late Robert MacBeth GABY (1995.) Mother of Robert Turner, Peter Benjamin and his wife Suzanne. Grandmother of Spencer Robert and Jacqueline Elle. The family funeral was held on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at Rosedale United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library - Talking Books, Attention: Donor Services, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4G 3E8 (Tel. 1-800-563-2642).

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WATTS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-21 published
GABY, Phyllis Van Norman (née TURNER)
At Toronto, on Saturday, June 14, 2008. Daughter of the late James Wilson TURNER and the late Florence Turner MAIZE. Niece of the late Walter and Mabelle WATTS of Chatham, Ontario. Wife of the late Robert MacBeth GABY (1995.) Mother of Robert Turner, Peter Benjamin and his wife Suzanne. Grandmother of Spencer Robert and Jacqueline Elle. The family funeral was held on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at Rosedale United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library - Talking Books, Attention: Donor Services, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4G 3E8 (Tel. 1-800-563-2642).

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WATTS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-16 published
Slain interior designer had been in 'downward spiral'
Toronto man had become addicted to sex, drugs and alcohol, acquaintance says
By Josh WINGROVE, Page A1
The demise of Ross MAGILL began some three years ago.
Mr. MAGILL had fallen for a Vancouver man in 2005. Their relationship blossomed quickly, and Mr. MAGILL - always prone to move on a whim - uprooted his life to be with his new partner out west.
Later that year, the couple split, and Mr. MAGILL returned to Toronto a changed man.
So began what Friends called a "downward spiral" of a gifted interior designer. Mr. MAGILL became addicted to drugs, sex and alcohol, and could not keep a job or apartment.
He grew promiscuous, bringing many younger men home to his latest midtown apartment, Friends said. Monday night, he let two others in - and soon afterward he was dead, the victim of a stabbing attack in a city where few recognized the man he'd become.
Born William Ross MAGILL in Hamilton in January, 1944, he displayed a flair for design early on. He never went to design school, instead learning on the job wherever he worked - in Florida, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Bobcaygeon, Ontario, where his mother lived.
"He was a very talented designer, really a top-flight designer," said Diane WATTS, a home furnishings designer who'd worked with Mr. MAGILL.
John MANUEL, another Toronto designer, first met Mr. MAGILL at age 17.
"He was very well-liked. He was chock full of personality and devastatingly handsome," Mr. MANUEL said. But Mr. MAGILL had a "very checkered career," he added, moving on a whim and starting over each time. "He was successful in Florida, and he threw Florida away," Mr. MANUEL said.
Eventually, Mr. MAGILL, who Friends say was Human Immunodeficiency Virus-positive, returned to Toronto to get the benefit of the Canadian health-care system. His mother, with whom he was very close, died a few years ago. Soon after, he moved to Vancouver. On December 17, 2005, he called Ms. WATTS and asked if he could move back and stay with her.
"[The boyfriend] threw him out, basically, and Ross was never the same after that," Ms. WATTS said. "It just totally messed him up."
He stayed with Ms. WATTS for two months, weeping often. She didn't believe he was addicted to drugs at the time, but knew he'd battled alcoholism. He moved out in early 2006, and after brief stays at two other apartments (one on Alexander Street in Toronto, where Ms. WATTS suspects he picked up a drug habit,) he moved into the building on Delisle Avenue, near Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue.
Over the past five months, he rarely returned phone calls from Friends. His only family, a sister, lives on the East Coast. While falling out of contact with his design associates, it appears Mr. MAGILL, at age 64, descended into a life of drugs, sex and alcohol.
"It was just a downward spiral," Ms. WATTS said. "He was really on a descent into hell."
Friends say he continued to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but that he wasn't looking for help.
"Everyone was upset about it for him, and tried in big ways to help him," Mr. MANUEL said. "It was getting to a point where I couldn't cope with his problems."
Mr. MAGILL became insular, only saying a quick hello to neighbours and choosing not to place his name in his building's front-door tenant directory.
He often brought in young male guests - "junkies," one tenant said - who neighbours believed to be lovers of his. "He got really mixed up in the wrong crowd," Ms. WATTS said.
But Mr. MAGILL, a proud man who spoke in such a way that neighbours believed he had a British accent, was shy about the relationships with young men. He would often send his partners up alone in an elevator so as not to arouse suspicion, neighbours said.
On Monday night, two men knocked on the door of his second-floor apartment. Mr. MAGILL let them in while a 23-year-old man living with him, identified by neighbours as his boyfriend of three months, was in the shower.
Soon afterward, Toronto police said, Mr. MAGILL had been stabbed "multiple" times and lay dead in his home.
"I believe he knew his attackers - at least one of them anyway. He opened the door," Detective Sergeant Dan NIELSEN said.
His 23-year-old guest heard the commotion and called police at 10: 42 p.m. He has been interviewed by police - saying he saw two men flee but was unable to give descriptions - and is not considered a suspect, police said.
Officers are reviewing security tapes from nearby buildings and found cocaine in Mr. MAGILL's apartment. They have made no arrests.
His frequent guests didn't please the superintendents of the 104-unit building. Much like his Friends, his neighbours warned him about the dangerous life he was leading, with young men coming and going.
"How can I say it nicely? I mentioned it many times, his 'friends,' said Agnes FORIKA, 47, with a knowing wink. "I promised him: 'One of them will kill you, Ross.' "
Mr. MAGILL is Toronto's 30th homicide of the year. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

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WATTY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-17 published
JACOBSON, Caroline (née WATTY)
Omnivorous reader, traveller, social democrat, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt. Born November 13, 1900, in Kirkwall, Scotland. Died December 25, 2007, of old age in Thunder Bay, aged 107
By Ken MORRISON, Jean MORRISON and Clarence JACOBSON and Maxine LORENTSON, Page L8
The first of 13 children, Caroline moved to Canada in 1903 with parents Malcolm and Emily WATTY and her baby sister.
Thanks to Ontario's Free Grants and Homestead Act, the family took up land in Dorion, Ontario, a new settlement on the Canadian Pacific Railway line northeast of Thunder Bay.
Caroline thrived in this milieu. With only one year of formal education she taught herself to read. This she did avidly, later acquiring a vast library of books on biography, history, politics and geography.
At 18, she cut pulpwood for shipping to the mills. During a smallpox scare she moved at age 21 to Schreiber, Ontario, a Canadian Pacific Railway divisional and crew-change point, where she replaced quarantined cooks and cleaners at the Canadian Pacific Railway's Young Men's Christian Association.
Qualified for a railway pass after one year's employment, Caroline took the train across Canada whenever possible.
She indulged her love of travel until age 95, with flights to Europe and Cuba and automobile journeys to both coasts. She learned to drive at 68 - and took a car maintenance course before getting her licence.
After her marriage in 1938 to Alvin (Jake) JACOBSON, a railway conductor, Caroline continued working at the Y until her son Clarence was born.
The family moved to Port Arthur in the early 1940s, and Caroline gave birth to her second son, Douglas, who predeceased her in 1996. Jake died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1962.
Caroline was in on the planning of Castlegreen, one of Canada's earliest housing co-operatives, in Thunder Bay. Never missing a meeting or a chance to volunteer, she lived there from its opening in the 1970s with, later, daily attention from her son Clarence, until going into a nursing home at age l03.
She insisted that her daily "porridge" of oatmeal, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, blackstrap molasses and a whole bulb of garlic contributed to her longevity and to her freedom from arthritis, allergies, headaches and deafness.
But the main secret toher long life, she confessed, was that she never worried about anything.
Caroline had a passion for politics. She voted when first eligible and in every election thereafter. She was a life member of the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation/New Democratic Party, attended conventions and worked in campaigns until she was 90.
Caroline once summed up her long life this way: "When I was young I admired clever people. Now that I am old I admire kind people."
Always smiling in spite of adversity, Caroline was a kind, calm person.
Ken and Jean MORRISON are Caroline's Friends, Clarence JACOBSON is her son and Maxine LORENTSON is her niece.

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