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BESAINT_D o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-28 published
JACOBS, Donald
Peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at Baycrest Hospital. Don JACOBS, beloved husband of 62 years of Bubbles. Loving father and father-in-law of Richard and Maureen, and Steven JACOBS and Susan BESAINT_Dear brother of Harvey, the late Bernice KAY, and Melvin JACOBS. Devoted grandfather of Lee, Jaclyn, Amy, Colin, David, and Tobiah. At Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave, for service on Thursday, February 28th at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Temple Sinai section of Dawes Road Cemetery. Shiva 395 Cortleigh Blvd. Memorial donations may be made to the Donald Jacobs Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation at 3429 Bathurst St. Toronto M6A 2C3, 416-785-2875 or www.benjamins.ca. or a charity of your choice. Don will be sadly missed by his family and many Friends.

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BESAINT_J o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-06 published
PIESTRAK, Joseph
At the Saint_Joseph's Health Centre on Monday, March 3, 2008, in his 91st year. Joseph PIESTRAK, long-time resident of Copernicus Lodge in Toronto, husband of the late Anna PIESTRAK. Dear cousin of Michael and Ella MANASTERSKI and family. Beloved Godfather to Ted BESAINT_Joseph will also be fondly remembered by Jonathan and Jacqueline BEST. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2058 Kipling Ave. (north of Rexdale Blvd.) on Friday, March 7, 2008, 10 a.m. to 12: 00 noon. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. at St. Casimir's Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave. with interment at Glendale Memorial Gardens.

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BESLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-16 published
BESLEY, Jean Lillian
Age 74, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Hillside Manor, R.R.#5 Stratford on Monday, April 14, 2008. Beloved wife of Donald Wallace BESLEY whom she married May 18, 1955 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Loving mother of Nancy Jean RONEY and husband Glen. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Wednesday, April 16, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Canadian Cancer Society or the Stratford General Hospital through the funeral home.

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BESSELING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-21 published
KONING, Jack
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, April 19, 2008 Jack KONING of Lambeth went to be with his Lord in his 84th year. Beloved husband of the late Martha KONING (1999.) Loving father of Tina and John DERYCK of Chatham, Joanne and Martin KUSTERS of Putnam, Veronica and Tim O'BRIEN of Dorchester, Peter and Marlene of Lambeth, Mike and Elizabeth of London, Jack and Tracey of London, Robert of London, Richard and Jenna of London and Jason and Corry of Burlington. Cherished Opa of 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Vroon SCHOUTEN, Corry BLAAUW, Piet and Truus KONING, all of Holland. Loving brother-in-law of Annie KONING of Australia. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Piet and Catharina KONING, his brother Dirk, sister Jo BESSELING and his infant daughter Antonia. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, 2240 Wharncliffe Rd., S., Lambeth 519-652-2020 on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. then to Saint_Justin's Roman Catholic Church where the Celebration of Jack's Life will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 10: 00 a.m. Father Mark POULIN celebrating. Interment Saint Peter's Cemetery. Donations to the London Regional Cancer Centre gratefully acknowledged. On-line condolences and donations are available through www.mcfarlane-roberts.ca.

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BESSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-11 published
DAVIS, Arthur Raymond
Passed away February 29, 2008 at home with his loving wife, Anita PERSSON- DAVIS, by his side. Will be sadly missed by his wife and stepchildren Maria BOOKALAM (Bill) and Maria's children William and Holly MARLES, Douglas SIDDALL and his children Christopher and Justin, Leslie SIDDALL (Julia) and their children Matthew and Stephanie, and his brother Don (Lila), their children Robert (Debra), Ronald, Gary (Jennifer), sister June BESSEY (Jim), their children Kay (Peter MILLER) and Sharon. Predeceased by parents Harvey and Winifred and niece Karen. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Art's Life to take place March 15, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. in the chapel at The Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf, 1 Royal Parkside Drive, Barrie. In lieu of flowers donations to The Bob Rumball Foundation for the Deaf or the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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BEST o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-01 published
BEST, Wallace Henry " Wally"

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BEST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-14 published
BEST, Deborah Louise
In loving memory of Deborah Louise BEST, a very dear daughter, sister, sister-in-law and Aunt who passed away 2 years ago June 15th 2006. Through tears we watched you suffer We saw you fade away Our hearts were completely broken You fought so hard to stay So many times we've needed you So many times we've cried If love could have saved you You never would have died. There will never be another love So special and so true As the love we all received From the one and only you! Deeply and sadly missed, love always, Mom; Sandra and Fred; Kim, Wayne and Teegan; Kari and Khyle.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-06 published
PIESTRAK, Joseph
At the Saint_Joseph's Health Centre on Monday, March 3, 2008, in his 91st year. Joseph PIESTRAK, long-time resident of Copernicus Lodge in Toronto, husband of the late Anna PIESTRAK. Dear cousin of Michael and Ella MANASTERSKI and family. Beloved Godfather to Ted BESAINT_Joseph will also be fondly remembered by Jonathan and Jacqueline BEST. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2058 Kipling Ave. (north of Rexdale Blvd.) on Friday, March 7, 2008, 10 a.m. to 12: 00 noon. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. at St. Casimir's Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave. with interment at Glendale Memorial Gardens.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-31 published
BOYD, Richard Norman, M.D., F.R.C.S.
(June 5, 1944-March 29, 2008)
It is with overwhelming grief that the family of Doctor Richard BOYD announces his death at age 63 on Saturday, March 29, 2008 after a heart attack and a stroke. Rick took his last breath held lovingly by his family and close Friends Doctor Frank DEMARCO and Doctor Tom ELSDON. Rick deeply loved, and was loved by, his wife of nearly 40 years, Jane (JOHNSTON,) and cherished his sons David Richard and Andrew Macartney. Rick adored his beautiful 'daughters' Kristen (SKINNER) and Lindsay (GRAY/GREY.) He was predeceased by his loving parents Doctor Norman and Barbara BOYD, and father-in-law Robert 'Mac' JOHNSTON. He will be profoundly missed by his mother-in-law Olive JOHNSTON. Left to mourn are his sisters Judy MANNING, Mary HOPKINS (Ed DAVEY) and Heather MUNRO (Bob,) his aunt Dorothy SEARLE, brother and sister-in-laws Dick and Jane JOHNSTON, cousins, nieces and nephews, and a legion of Friends. He was predeceased by his loyal Bichon Frises, Bijoux and Beaumont. Doctor BOYD graduated from the University Of Western Ontario Medical School in 1968. He obtained his Specialist Fellowship in Urology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1976, and has since then practiced Urological Surgery in Windsor. He previously served as Chief of Surgery, and was currently head of Urology, at the Windsor Regional Hospital. He was one of the founders of the prostate cancer Bracytherapy programme at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre. In recent years he has also served the community as a Provincial Coroner for Essex County. Rick was a member of the Alpha Kappa Kappa medical fraternity. An athlete, Rick ran 27 marathons around the world with a personal best of 2: 48 in Chicago. He curled in the Ontario Medical Association bonspiels, and was an avid golfer and scholar of golf history. He was a member of the Donald Ross Society. He was currently the very proud President of Essex Golf and Country Club. Rick was a skilled clinician and diagnostician, and a gentle man who exhibited great kindness to his patients. He had twinkling blue eyes, a mischievous smile and a wonderfully wicked sense of humour. Rick's prize orchids are especially beautiful this spring. Our family thanks the medical community, both doctors and nurses, who supported Rick in area hospitals over the years, and especially Ruth Anne PIETTE and Staci LEMIEUX who loyally kept his office organized in spite of him. We thank the doctors and nurses at Windsor Regional and Hotel Dieu Grace Hospitals who so valiantly tried to save him: Doctor Rob WOODALL, Doctor Anthony GLANZ, Doctor Hash PATEL, Doctor Natalie MALUS and Doctor Balraj JHAWAR, who over five difficult days demonstrated extraordinary skill, as well as great compassion and love to our family. Thank you to Carol DERBYSHIRE and Steve BRENNAN from the Hospice of Windsor; Pat BEST, Paula DEEHAN- SCHMIDT and Chaplain Joyce JARDIN from Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital; Kim VAN ALLEN and Bishop Bob BENNETT from All Saints' Church; and our community for enveloping our family in love and prayers as we ran with Rick on his last marathon. Always one to put others first, and ever the healer, Rick has made four gifts of life. His two corneas will go to enhance sight, and, ironically the "perfect urologist kidneys" will give life and hope to two patients. In order to give back to our community which Rick so loved, we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to organizations that were so a part of his life: Hospice of Windsor for care of men with prostate cancer; All Saints' Anglican Church; Windsor Regional Hospital for a Cystoscopy suite; Windsor Regional Cancer Centre for the Prostate Brachytherapy Program; and Essex Golf and Country Club for a croquet pitch and garden in his name. Visiting will be held at the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 1969 Wyandotte St. E. On Monday and Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at All Saints' Anglican Church, 330 City Hall Square on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Online condolences and audio messages may be left at www.mem.com

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-10 published
BEST, Norman Cyril (November 12, 1920-April 8, 2008)
Passed away peacefully in his eighty-eighth year at his home in Wellington, Prince Edward County, Ontario. He was born in 1920 in Southampton, England to Constance Gertrude MASON and Norman Frederick Charles BEST. Norman served in the Royal Air Force from 1936 to 1946, principally with 143 Squadron, in the North Sea, Middle East and North Africa. He was an accomplished football and cricket player and a big band singer in those years. After the war, he immigrated to New York and then to Toronto and followed a career in the aviation industry, including work on the Avro Arrow project. He continued to fly airplanes recreationally and became passionate about two pastimes-golf and painting. His wide-ranging work as an artist included dozens of paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour of meticulously accurate World War 2 aircraft and he contributed fine pieces to the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Museum in Trenton, Ontario and the Royal Military Institute in Toronto. He is remembered forever and deeply missed by his loving wife Margaret née CASEY, whom he first met on Christmas Day 1944 in Oban, Scotland during her service with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. His gentle grace, humour and fine intellect is profoundly missed by his loving daughters Patricia and Barbara and his adoring granddaughter Natalie and by their families, by his only surviving sister Dorothy, and by his many Friends acquired during a long and full life. Hearfelt appreciation from his family to the fine doctors and nurses at Picton General Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and the Wellington-on-the-Lake Medical Centre for their care of this special man. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. at Ainsworth Funeral Home in Wellington, Ontario.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-19 published
BEST, Katharine Margaret (neé BRYCE.)
Died peacefully March 13, 2008 at the Bennett Centre, Georgetown. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3 at 10: 30 a.m. at Saint_John's United Church, 11 Guelph Street, Georgetown. Lunch will be served at the church following the service.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-27 published
HUNT, Joseph Edgar " Ed" (1925-2008)
Passed away on May 20, at Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto. Born in Mabou, (Cape Breton) he was the youngest son of the late Fred and Ethel (EMBREE) HUNT. Beloved husband of Janet Ann (SINCLAIR) for over 49 years and dearly loved father of Norma Jean SANDERSON and Graham HUNT (Lara) and Grampy to grand_sons Billy and Jeffrey SANDERSON, step-grand_son Jacob BEST, and step-granddaughter Rachel ELSTON. He was predeceased by sister, Gertrude MARTIN; brother, George HUNT; sister, Ella CAMERON, and infant brother, James Arthur HUNT. A graduate of Mount Allison University, University of Toronto (B.A.Sc.), and University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A. - Wharton School of Business). Ed began his professional career as a chemical engineer with petrochemical companies such as Shell and Naugatuck Chemical, and entered the computer services industry in the mid 1960's as a Marketing Manager with Sperry Univac/ Unysis, Apollo Computer and Hewlett Packard. Upon retirement he continued his active involvement in St. Luke's United Church and became an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Islington. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (between Kipling and Islington Aves.) on Thursday, May 29, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will be held at St. Luke's United Church, 516 The Kingsway, Etobicoke, on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 2 o'clock. If desired, donations to the Islington Kiwanis Club or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-28 published
ELLERY, Winona Florence (née BEST)
Passed away on the warm rays of summer at home with her husband Bill, daughter Nancy and son Peter at her bedside on Thursday, June 26th. Nancy and husband, Rocky, proud parents of triplets, Daniel, Stephanie and Nicholas put so much enjoyment in our lives. In their younger days Winona's greatest love was reading them bedtime stories. Peter and wife Theresa with son Riley gave Winona great pleasure with their frequent visits. Special thanks to Dr. Black who was responsible for giving us so much more precious time with this gracious lady. Also special thanks to Lydia our caregiver who really cared. Our sincere gratitude to Ruth and Marlene of Community Care Access Centre for their wonderful help through the years and the nurses of Victorian Order of Nurses If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Visitation, service and reception will be held at Walas Funeral Home, 130 Main Street, Brighton, Ontario on Monday June 30: visitation: 1-3 p.m. service 3 p.m., reception 4 p.m.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-10 published
McRAE, Mary Frances (née DENHOLM)
Wife, mother, artist, teacher. Born November 10, 1920, in Taipei, Taiwan. Died January 8 in Nepean, Ontario, of organ failure, aged 87.
During Mary's funeral service her framed portrait, standing on a table, spontaneously fell flat with a resounding bang. Everyone jumped, then laughed. It was a perfect statement of Mary's strong character - she would have laughed, too.
Mary was born to medical missionary parents Doctor Kenneth and Myrtle DENHOLM. They moved to Parry Sound, Ontario, in 1923, where the family grew to include two brothers and three sisters.
After high school Mary spent two years at the University of Toronto, but with the Second World War under way, she switched to a secretarial course and joined the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (the Wrens). Her skills were put to service in the navy offices in Halifax. (Her husband often joked that during the war Mary was in much greater danger as a beautiful single woman in Halifax than he ever was flying fighters overseas.)
At war's end Mary returned to Parry Sound and a job at Canadian Industries Ltd. In 1946, Bill McRAE visited town from another CIL office. He had seen her photograph in a company publication and wanted to meet her. Two weeks after they met they were engaged, and two months later they married. During their 61 years together they moved with Bill's work from Port Arthur, Ontario, to Vancouver, Timmins, Ontario, Montreal and Toronto, finally retiring in Nepean.
Mary didn't care much for housekeeping, so once her three children were in school she registered at Queen's University as a correspondence student and completed the bachelor's degree she had begun before the war. She began teaching high school in 1963 and enjoyed teaching for many years. Spending time with young people seemed to keep her young at heart.
Mary was active in sewing, needlework of all kinds and painting. Always whistling or singing, she had a way of making things fun. She had amazing strength, of both body and spirit. Although sometimes frustrated with her challenges - she had many operations for lifelong foot problems and often needed crutches or canes - she could look beyond the immediate problem toward her goal. Even in her 70s, after two brain operations for benign tumours, she never lost her sense of humour and good nature. She worked out strategies for retraining her memory and helping her read novels again.
Over the last few years of her life Mary was increasingly crippled by arthritis and gradually withdrew from social engagements. But she always appreciated the love and support of her family, adored her six grandchildren and found something to laugh about every day of her life.
Marilynn McRae BEST is Mary's daughter.

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BESTALL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-28 published
BESTALL, Stephanie Anna (née DOMAGALY)
Stephanie passed away at home in London, Ontario on June 26, 2008, loving her husband Pat "til the 12th of never" and very proud of her son Sean. Born in Munich, Germany August 17, 1947. Married in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on September 17, 1965 to W. Patrick BESTALL, son of the late Clare BESTALL and Al BESTALL who started CKCY radio and the world's first phone in talk show. She never stopped praying with love for her now deceased parents Anne KOVACS and Zoltan KOVACS, (of whom she was so proud for his success as father and active member of the community) for her brothers and sisters, still living, Mark CHOJNOWSKI, Leon CHOJNOWSKI, Stanley CHOJNOWSKI, Gabriel GARNISS, Susan WEIGAL and "Toots" KOVACS; and finally for her aunt in Calgary Maggie GENNINGS. She wanted us to remember her great affection for her uncle Dirk, her nieces Lori and Cathy, "mom Vi" and Art, and for Friends of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in London ("Cathy the best thing you ever gave me was godchildren"). During her last days of suffering from cancer, Stephanie said she hoped all the foster children she cared for since 1976 will be as blessed as she was by a Heavenly Father who doesn't know the meaning of defeat. Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, June 29, 2008 from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd. North, with prayers at 7: 30 p.m. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 30, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle, corner of Fallons Lane and Huron St. (the round church east of Highbury), followed by a reception at the church. Private family burial at Woodland Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers to the St. Vincent de Paul Society to which Stephanie gave love, time and hope. Online condolences accepted at condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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BESTARD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-30 published
BESTERD, Harvey F.
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, on Friday, June 27, 2008 Harvey F. BESTERD of R.R.#2, Belmont in his 87th year. Predeceased by his wife Ruth (née SKEATES.) Loving father of Judy BESTARD (husband Tom) of R.R.#2, Belmont. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Robert BESTARD (wife Kristy) of Angus, Ontario; Jason BESTARD (wife Karrie) of Woodstock and Angela BESTARD of Brisbane, Australia and great-grandchildren Jordyn, Sydney and Ethan. Dear brother of Dorothy COWIN, Shirley MAGUIRE, Doug BESTERD (wife Millie), Lorraine REID (husband Gord,) Bill BESTERD and Betty Lou HUNT all of London and Marjorie Pracey of Windsor, and predeceased by sister Ruth Parker. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. (with visitation one hour prior). Interment to follow at Dorchester Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to the London Salvation Army Citadel or the Burlington Congregational Church gratefully acknowledged. Special thanks to Doctor WILSON and the staff of 4B-South at Parkwood Hospital for their exceptional care.

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BESTARD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-16 published
WREN, Sarah E. (CLARK)
Peacefully, at her residence in Watford, Ontario, on Monday, July 14, 2008, Sarah E. (CLARK) WREN, formerly of Kippen and Hensall, passed away in her 105th year. Beloved wife of the late Gordon WREN (1973.) Dear mother of Ivan and Gertrude of Port Huron, Michigan and the late Alice and Tom SMITH. Loving grandmother of Laurie WREN of Owen Sound, Joan MacDONALD of Phoenix, Arizona and Michael and Ann SMITH of Thompson, Manitoba and great-grandmother of Christopher and Nikki MacDONALD and Joanne MacDONALD. Sadly missed by her niece Doris and the late Erwin BESTARD and their son Kevin and Sue and nephew Clark and Mary FOREST and their family Julie, Lisa and Matthew. Predeceased by her sisters Mary (Robert) BUCHANAN and Ethel (Frank) FORREST and great nephew Brian BESTARD. Sarah and Gordon lived in Kippen and ran the mail route for many years. The funeral service will be conducted in the Hensall Visitation Chapel, 79 King Street, Hensall on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 1 p.m. Visitation 1 hour prior to service time. Mr. Bob HEYWOOD officiating. Interment McTaggart's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Condolences forwarded through www.jmmcbeathfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Sarah WREN.

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BESTED o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-02 published
PUFAHL, Carl William
Of Chesley, passed away peacefully at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Friday, February 1, 2008 in his 95th year. Beloved husband of the late Lena LIPSKIE (1999.) Cherished father of Ken and Lillian of Chesley and Dorothy and her husband Elgin McMILLAN of Waterloo. Carl will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Tina and Will, Adam and his fiancee Tammy and Brian, and great-granddaughter Nayal. He will be fondly remembered by his sister Marjorie and her husband Allan GATES of Sauble Beach as well as sisters-in-law Louise MILLER, Eva LIPSKIE, Jean LIPSKIE and Pearl BESTED. Predeceased by his brother Fred; sisters Margaret PUFAHL and Stella FILLSINGER and his parents, Herman and Edith (GOLEM) PUFAHL. Visitation will be held at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, Chesley on Monday, February 4, 2008 at 1 p.m. Spring interment in Desboro Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundations, Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, or to the Victorian Order of Nurses Grey Bruce would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. www.cameronfuneralhomes.com

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BESTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-04 published
WILKINS, James Roy
At Lambton Meadowview Villa, on Saturday, March 1, 2008. James Roy WILKINS, 87 years, of Petrolia. Devoted husband of Irene after 67 years of marriage. Dear father of Bob WILKINS and his wife Louise of Edmonton, Eileen WALZ and her husband Robert of Mississauga, Janet KOWAL and her husband David of Calgary, Brian WILKINS and his wife Susan of Bright's Grove and a special friend Margarethe WILKINS of Sarnia. Dear Grampa to Reid WILKINS of Edmonton, Brianne WILKINS and fiance Chris BESTER of Ajax, Lindsay WILKINS of Sarnia, Aaron WALZ of Ottawa, Michael WALZ of Mississauga and John KOWAL of Calgary. Also survived by a sister Shirley McCART of Ingersoll, a brother, David WILKINS of Quebec, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jim served his country during World War 2 with the Royal Canadian Air Force and was a Dow Chemical retiree with nearly 30 years of service. A private funeral service will be held at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia (519-882-0100) with Rev. Nancy ADAM/ADAMS of Christ Anglican Church officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Christ Church Bellringers or the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com

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BESTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-08 published
CASSONE, Joseph Rocco
Age 71, passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Joe was born in Italy, son of the late Salvatore and Elena CASSONE. Beloved husband for 44 years of Mary Margaret (DUPUIS.) Loving father of Dave (Dawn,) Greg (Donna,) Lisa KRMPOTICH (Kevin.) Loving papa to Samuel, Matthew, Joey, Alex, Lena and Daniella. Brother of Raymond (Lorna), Eugene (Gayle). Also survived by brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Paul DUPUIS (Bev,) Sandra DUPUIS and several nieces and nephews. Joe taught at Northwestern Secondary School his entire career retiring in 1994. His passion for travel took many students, teachers, Friends and family around the world throughout his life. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St. Stratford on Tuesday, from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint_Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Stratford on Thursday at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. Dick BESTER will officiate. Interment in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Stratford General Hospital through the funeral home. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com

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BESTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-31 published
VASILOFF, June
The families of June VASICOFF at this sad time would like to thank Friends and relatives for their sympathies and condolences and thoughtfulness, Stratford General (Palliative Care Unit) for their utmost compassion and care. Father Dick BESTER for his prayers and readiness of June for her next journey, the crew at Community Care Access Centre (Woodstock,) Jenny DEMPSEY for their care and tenderness, Megan and staff at Memorial Funeral Home, to Deacon Rudy PFLANZER for his words, the gang at Happy Hills Retirement Village, to the people who have made contributions to charities, and cards of condolences and anyone who we've missed. We would also like to thank Dan NEWSTEAD for his kind words. God Bless Dave Newstead Vasiloff families.

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BESTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-23 published
SCHAEFER, Mildred Johanna (née HAGGARTY)
Age 91, of Spruce Lodge, Stratford passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on Tuesday July 22, 2008. Born in Logan Township, daughter of the late Michael HAGGARTY and the former Margaret WHITE/WHYTE. Mildred and her late husband Albert farmed in Ellice Township retiring to Church Street in Stratford. She was involved with the Red Cross Homemakers and a member of the Gadshill Women's Institute for many years. Mildred was a lifelong member of Saint_Joseph's Roman Catholic Church and the Catholic Women's League. Beloved wife of the late Albert SCHAEFER who predeceased her January 21, 2005. Loving mother of Kenneth SCHAEFER. Dear sister of Helen DEVEREAUX, Frank (Betty) HAGGARTY, Jerome (Teresa) HAGGARTY all of London, Margaret (Jack) O'REILLY of Mitchell. Also survived by sister-in-law Angela HAGGARTY of Stratford and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by brothers and sisters Ellahree PAYTON, Kaye STAPLETON, Emmett (Joe) HAGGARTY, Leon HAGGARTY, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Clem PAYTON, Frank STAPLETON, Bob DEVEREAUX, Frances and Henry QUEHL, Joseph and Gertrude SCHAEFER, Marjorie and Herbert DIETRICH, Sister Victor SCHAEFER, Sister Veronica SCHAEFER, Agnes and Elmer GRIEB. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Friday July 25th from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint_Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. Dick BESTER will officiate. Interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Dialysis Unit of the Stratford General Hospital, Spruce Lodge or to the charity of one's choice through the funeral home. Parish prayers will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 2: 45 p.m. C.W.L. prayers will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 4: 30 p.m. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com

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BESTERD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-08 published
WATSON, Paul
The family of the late Paul WATSON wish to express their gratitude to the staff at the Cancer Clinic, especially Doctor HOWSON- JAN, Dr. XENOCOSTAS, and Doctor VINCENT for the excellent care during the past 5 years. A special thank you to Connie MORRISON, Mary CHRISTIE and the nurses in the chemo room who made the visits easier for us. We acknowledge Doctor JEJE and the nurses on the 7th floor, Victoria Hospital for the excellent care given to Paul in December 2007. We appreciated the visit from Bill BESTERD, Rick DONAHUE, and John MELVIN. Thank you to Paul's colleagues at the Plumber's Union Local 593 who showed their support. Thank you to our family and Friends for the cards, masses, donations, phone calls, visits and prayers. Your thoughtfulness and kindness is appreciated. Angela Watson and Family
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BESTERD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-30 published
BESTERD, Harvey F.
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, on Friday, June 27, 2008 Harvey F. BESTERD of R.R.#2, Belmont in his 87th year. Predeceased by his wife Ruth (née SKEATES.) Loving father of Judy BESTARD (husband Tom) of R.R.#2, Belmont. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Robert BESTARD (wife Kristy) of Angus, Ontario; Jason BESTARD (wife Karrie) of Woodstock and Angela BESTARD of Brisbane, Australia and great-grandchildren Jordyn, Sydney and Ethan. Dear brother of Dorothy COWIN, Shirley MAGUIRE, Doug BESTERD (wife Millie), Lorraine REID (husband Gord,) Bill BESTERD and Betty Lou HUNT all of London and Marjorie Pracey of Windsor, and predeceased by sister Ruth Parker. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. (with visitation one hour prior). Interment to follow at Dorchester Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to the London Salvation Army Citadel or the Burlington Congregational Church gratefully acknowledged. Special thanks to Doctor WILSON and the staff of 4B-South at Parkwood Hospital for their exceptional care.

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BESTWARD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-26 published
WELLER, Wallace “Wally” Ronald
Peacefully at his home in Owen Sound on Monday February 25, 2008. In his 80th year, Wallace Ronald WELLER, beloved husband of the late Marie WELLER (née BESTWARD.) Loving father of Patricia and her husband Kenneth CAMERON, Joyce and her husband Larry DEMARS, Kathleen and her husband Steve DORAN, Bill WELLER and his wife Kathy and Bob WELLER. Loving grandfather of nine Grandchildren Troy, Todd, Joseph, Alissa, Gerrit, Travis, Devon, Josh, Eric and three great-grandchildren Curtis, Kyle and Justyn. Dear brother of Joyce (Mrs. Floyd RAYNER.) Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his grand_son Jason, by his great-grand_son Samuel, by his brothers Ken, Bill and John, by his sister Kathleen (Mrs. Henry SCHNURR.) Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Interment in Saint Mary's Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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BESWARICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-18 published
HELKA, Lewis Martin
At his residence on Thursday April 17, 2008. Lewis Martin HELKA of R.R.#1 Belmont in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Marjorie (HAMILTON) HELKA. Dear father of Gordon HELKA and wife Michele of R.R.#1, Belmont, Melissa HELKA of Belmont, and Melanie and husband Rodney DEBLIECK of R.R.#1 Belmont. Loved by his grandchildren Amanda, Chris, Katie, Lauren, Hayley and Seth. Brother of Stuart HELKA, Harvey HELKA and wife Helen and Kay SHYMKIW and husband Paul. Predeceased by a brother Jack HELKA and sisters Charlotte BESWARICK and Donna BOND. Brother-in-law of Olive HELKA. Born in Tillsonburg, Ontario on October 20, 1919 son of the late John Henry and Ethel (MARTIN) HELKA. Lewis farmed all his life at R.R.#1, Belmont. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday April 21, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Necropolis Cemetery. Rev Janelle TOWLE officiating. Donations to Saint_Joseph's Health Care, Urology Department would be appreciated. Condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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BESWICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-03 published
BESWICK, James " Jim"
"Gone to be with his Lord and Saviour". At Valleyview Home, Saint Thomas, on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, in his 71st year. He was born June 26, 1937. Loved husband of Beverley BESWICK (FLEWELLING.) son of the late Jack and Eva BESWICK of Huntsville. Dear father of Sylvia (Todd) of Westbank, British Columbia, Doug (Jodi) of Ilderton, Susan (Mike) of Aylmer, Brian (Kim) of Ingersoll, and their mother Betty. Grandfather of Abigail, Adam, Colin, Ryan, Sara, Jake, Shelby, Rachel, Clark and Lindsay. Survived by his brother Shawn and his mother Mary. Also survived by his aunt and several cousins. Jim was born and raised in Huntsville. He was a graduate of Central Baptist Seminary, Toronto and U.W.O. Althouse College. He retired in 2002 from the Thames Valley District School Board. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in London. Jim had a lifelong love of music and sang praises to the Lord as long as he was able. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and woodworking prior to his surgery in 2004. Friends will be received at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home, 31 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas (519-631-0570) on Friday, April 4, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. with Pastor Wilbert UNGER officiating. Interment in Elmdale Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to a charity of one's own choice. A heartfelt thanks to all the nursing and support staff at Valleyview Home for their care and Friendship.

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