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BOCCATO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-26 published
COSTANTIN, Evidio Guiseppe
A resident of Wallaceburg, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, June 24, 2008 in his 87th year. son of the late Antonio and Filomena (TREVISAN) of Italy. Predeceased by his beloved wife Lina (LATTANZI.) Loving father and father-in-law of Roland COSTANTIN and Janice of Chatham, Vic and Sandy COSTANTIN of Petrolia, Gabriel and Diane COSTANTIN of Ottawa and Sandro and Donna COSTANTIN of Wallaceburg. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Jessica, Jacob and Chris. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Angela RAPPANOTTI of Tecumseh, Bruna CALEFFI of Toronto, Rita and Carmello ATTARDI of Italy, Alfia and Antonio BISCARO of Wallaceburg and Orazio and Pino LATTANZI of Italy. He will be remembered by his many nieces and nephews in Canada and Italy. Predeceased by his sisters and brothers-in-law Adele and Altero VIOTTO, Elena and Ermenjo BOCCATO, Fausta and Giovanni DIGIOVANNI, Maria and Petro ORTOLAN and Francisco FURLONETTO, brother and sister-in-law Guirino and Clara COSTANTIN and brother Giovanni COSTANTIN. Evidio originally was born in San Dona di Piave, a province of Venice, Italy. As a young man, he was an underwater commando in World War 2. Athleticism was a major part of his life, playing semi-pro soccer and the opportunity to represent Italy in the later cancelled Olympics for the 400 meter hurdles and 400 meter relay team. He was inducted into Wallaceburg's Sports Hall of Fame with the 1975 Merchant Soccer Team and as a builder of soccer in our community. Evidio was proud of being a Canadian Citizen for over 50 years. He retired from the Lambton Generating Station but was best remembered for his horticultural services in and around Wallaceburg. He was awarded several certificates of merit for good citizenship from Wallaceburg's Parks and Recreation, Chamber of Commerce and more notably from the Governor General of Canada. Friends will be received at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street (at Elgin) in Wallaceburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. Parish prayers will begin at 6: 45 p.m. A Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Fr. Greg BONIN at Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Friday, June 27 at 11 a.m. The interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to the charity of your choice may be left at the funeral home 519.627.3231. E-mail condolences may be sent to ecostantin@cavanaghfuneralhome.ca

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BOCELLA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-25 published
DI VIRGILIO
It is with great sadness that the family of Gabriele DI VIRGILIO announce his passing on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008, in his 65th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Olga for 42 years. Born in Civitella Casanova, Pescara, Italy. Predeceased by his parents Francesco DI VIRGILIO and Giovina CIRONE. Gabriele will be sadly missed by his siblings Elisa (Vincenzo CIRONE,) Nicoletta (Giuseppe ROSSI) all of Italy, Domenico (Frances) of London, Pierina (Donato BOCELLA) of Switzerland, and Fermina (Imerio CAMARRA) of London. Predeceased by his sisters Maria (Donato DIFAZIO) and Giuseppina DIFAZIO. Cherished brother-in-law of Carmela (Ginaldo LIBERATORE,) Luciana (Antonio MASTROGIUSEPPE) and Giuseppe DIFAZIO. Adored and loved by many nieces, nephews and godchildren. Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. The Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 345 Lyle Street at York Street on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. Entombment in Holy Family Mausoleum at Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Wednesday evening at 8: 15 p.m. If desired, donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre.

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BOCHNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-25 published
GOODMAN, Doctor William E., B.A., M.D., C.M., L.M.C.C., (F.R.C.S.C,) D.A.B.O.
On Monday, June 23, 2008 at his home. Beloved husband of the late Florence (née SAMUELS) GOODMAN. Loving father and father-in-law of David and Jeanette and her daughter Julie, Richard, Janis and the late Robert GOODMAN. Dear brother of Betty BOCHNER, and the late Molye SCHWARTZ, Mosie GOODMAN, and Irving GOODMAN. Brother, husband, father and friend to multitudes - in more ways than will ever be known. The world was better for his being here. He made his way. In his own words:
A man of eclectic tastes, his interests ranged from classical guitar music (he was a founding member of the Classical Guitar Society of Toronto), to folk music (involved in the advisory board of Mariposa until his death, he continued to attend its annual concerts, as well as others in Winnipeg, Newport, Fox Hollow and Vancouver). During World War 2, while stationed in Regina as an officer with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, he became addicted to country and western music, as well. He took to motorcycle-riding at age 45, and owned and rode until 1989, a vintage Kawasaki. An honours B.A. in Economics and Political Science, and M.D. from McGill as well as becoming an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist at the pioneering University of Illinois Otolaryngology Group. Subsequently, he became an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (while still practising medicine) at the age of 56.
In the early 1980's, recognizing the marked increase in intermarriages resulting from changes in social attitudes and customs in a society now more open to Jews, he tried to start a non-profit, non-judgemental, non-institutional, multi-faceted introduction service for Jewish singles of all ages. For his part, his happy marriage to Florence lasted almost 60 years.
Although coldly rational to a fault, he passionately espoused causes in which he believed, and spent much time and substance in personal efforts on their behalf, (the battle of Beth Tzedec the fight against bureaucratic encroachment in the health-care field; the campaign to return real education to the schools and universities; and the struggle to make politicians financially responsible in their decision-making). His strong opinions, which he refused to dilute for purposes of expediency, were reflected in numerous articles published in newspapers and journals in Canada, the U.S., Finland, Australia, France, Britain, and Switzerland in many speaking engagements, T.V. and radio interviews, and debates at home and abroad; and in personal correspondence with well-known politicians, economists, educators and social philosophers. He consistently refused to practise medicine as a service of the state and when Ontario's infamous Bill 94 was passed in 1986, resigned his position as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, quit practice, and closed his office permanently. Patients persisted in requesting his return - even two weeks ago.
His multilingual capacities, as well as his never-ending curiosity, made him an avid and accomplished traveller. This curiosity also projected him, at age 60, into an unsuccessful attempt to start a singles introduction service and, at age 64, into pursuit of proficiency in the field of Macintosh micro-computers. By the time of his death, he had over 70 publications to his credit, on diverse topics such as abortion, primary and university education, politics and politicians, age and aging, computers in medicine, feminism and the war between the sexes, alternative therapies, the coming inter-generational conflict, travel opportunities for disabled seniors, options for the blind from AMD, the Canadian identity, electioneering in Canada, etc. As the long-term effects of an aging population became apparent, he made numerous television appearances debating the pros and cons of "dying with dignity" with Jesuit priests, Right-to-Life Society officials, spokespersons for the Catholic arch-diocese of Toronto, lawyers for the disabled and academic ethicists.
A lifelong admirer of the quality of "joie-de-vivre", his favourite toast was: "Salud, dineroy amory el tiempo para gustarlos". He revelled in living life to the fullest and was grateful, as are we, that he survived long enough and successfully enough to enjoy them all. In anticipation of death, he was fond of quoting the late poet and engineer Neil George: "If you will, remember me occasionally - I would like that; but no mourning, please. Death in old age is a solution, not a tragedy."
For the last nearly 20 years, he was "the Doc" at "The Breakfast Club" - an eclectic group of eccentrics who started their days breaking bread (bagels) and "solving" the world's problems. Ave atque vale!
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, June 26th at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 10 Burton Rd. Memorial donations may be made to the Doctor William E. Goodman Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst St. Toronto M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324, or at www.benjamins.ca

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BOCHSLER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-14 published
BLIER, Wilfred L.
At University Hospital on July 12, 2008, Wilfred L. BLIER, age 92 years, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Beloved husband of Ethel (Harris) BLIER. Dear father of Elizabeth BROWN (Michael) of London, Ontario, Richard (Sonya) of Victora, British Columbia, and Ron (Brenda) of Victoria, British Columbia. Dear brother of Doreen BOCHSLER of Hamilton, Ontario. Also survived by granddaughters Kristyn and Melanie and five great-grandchildren. Dear brother-in-law of Elizabeth SMITH (Vern) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Ron HARRIS (Ruth) of White Rock, British Columbia. Mr. BLIER was a lifetime member of Norwood Lodge #119 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons in Winnipeg, past President of the Kiwanis Club of Fanshawe, London, a Veteran of the Canadian Air Force and longtime employee of Westinghouse-Lamp Division. A Memorial Service will be held at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas Street (between Waterloo and Colborne St.), on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. (Visitation from 1-2 p.m.). Interment of ashes will take place at a later date in the family plot in Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca. He sought harmony among men, inspiring all with his knowledge, insight and sense of humour. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mr. BLIER.

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BOCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-07 published
VAN GORP, Andre
At the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Thursday, June 5, 2008. Andre VAN GORP of East Williams Twp. Parkhill in his 86th year. Beloved husband of the late Maria (OONINCX) VAN GORP (2005.) Dear poppy of Marlies (Harry) KOOLEN of Watford, Elly (Mark) JAMIESON of Parkhill, Adrian VAN GORP and his friend Lois of Delaware, Margaret (Otto) BOCK of Lucan, Tony (Nora) VAN GORP of Wyoming, Rita (Danny) SOETEMANS of Forest, Anita VAN GORP of Parkhill, also survived by 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, and several sisters in Holland. Resting at the M. Box and son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street, Parkhill. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Prayers at 4: 00 p.m. Sunday. Funeral mass will be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Church, Ann Street, Parkhill on Monday, June 9th at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Father Tom DONOHUE will officiate. Interment in Parkhill Cemetery. Donations to the Charity of Choice would be appreciated. Share a memory or send condolences to www.boxfuneralhome.ca M. Box and son will plant a tree in memory of Mr. VAN GORP.

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BOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-14 published
AXTON, Edward John " Ted"
Suddenly on June 6, 2008. Predeceased by his wife Adele AXTON. Loving father of Christina HOLLIS née AXTON (Robert) and Nigel Stephen AXTON (Nikki.) Cherished grandfather of Marissa HOLLIS (Graeme) and Brendan HOLLIS (Emily.) Survived by his sisters Gwen BOCK (Vern) and Peggy METAXAS; brother David AXTON; and many nieces and nephews. A former Royal Canadian Air Force officer he pursued a long and successful career in meteorology and physics. He possessed a formidable Mensa intellect until his last breath. The family will receive Friends Monday, June 16 from 6: 30 to 8: 30 p.m. and the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, 733 Mount Pleasant Road (south of Eglinton) 416 489-8811. Chapel service Tuesday, June 17 at 11 a.m. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Donations to the TGWH Foundation please.

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BOCKMASTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-13 published
LESCHAK, Stanley C. " Stan"
Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Sunnyside Nursing Home on Saturday, March 8, 2008, at the age of 84. Loving husband of Frances (née VOREL) for 61 years. Beloved father of Denise (Daniel and Jasper) and Michelle (BOCKMASTER.) He was a much loved hero to his grand_sons Andrew (Jennie), Shaun (Alexandra) and Adrian. Brother of Norman (Barbara). Predeceased by his parents Andrew and Annie. Stan's family moved to Toronto from their native Czechoslovakia while he was an infant in 1924. He was a veteran of World War 2, serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in active service on the European front as a Wireless Air Gunner. Stan flew with the French 88 Squadron and the Dutch 320 Squadron in the 2nd Tactical Air Group. Stan was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 530. He will be remembered by his many Friends at the K-W Wing 404 Royal Canadian Air Force where he was a dedicated member for 43 years. Cremation has taken place. Many thanks to all the supportive and the caring staff (Angels) at Sunnyside Nursing Home. Memorial service will be held at K-W Wing 404 Royal Canadian Air Force. (510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo) on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Sunnyside Nursing Home (donations can be made by calling the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467). Visit www.henrywalser.com for Stanley's memorial. "God bless you and embrace you on your final flight."

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BOCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-09 published
Air Canada skipper moonlighted as chief pilot of warplane museum
Fascinated by aviation even as a small boy, he paid for his own flight training until he was qualified to join an airline. 'Pilots like him come along two or three times in a generation'
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
Toronto -- Peter GUTOWSKI was a pilot all his adult life. He flew everything from a Boeing 747 jumbo jet to a Corsair, a powerful single-engine fighter from the Second World War. Although too young to have flown against the Axis, he performed in hundreds of air shows as chief pilot for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton.
Indeed, his life was shaped by the war. Born in Poland in 1935, his father [Michal Mieczyslaw Wojciech GUTOWSKI] was an army officer who managed to escape the massacre of the Polish officer corps by the Soviets in the Katyn Forest in 1940.
Peter, along with his brother Marek and his mother Sophie, left their family home and spent the war in Krakow. His father made his way to Britain, where he joined remnants of Polish forces. Four years later, he landed in Normandy with the 1st Polish Armoured Division just after D-Day. By the time Germany surrendered in May of 1945, he was a lieutenant-colonel commanding the 2nd Polish Armoured Regiment.
With the war in Europe over, Peter, Marek and their mother Sophie made their way first to Czechoslovakia, then Hungary, before finally meeting up with Col. GUTOWSKI in Germany.
The family moved first to England, then to Canada in 1948. Col. GUTOWSKI, a cavalry officer who won a silver medal in the 1936 Olympics, had been invited to train the Canadian army equestrian team. After that was disbanded, he spent many years instructing at the Caledon Riding and Hunt Club near Toronto. He also trained the Canadian Olympic team from 1948 to 1955.
Apart from his father, there was another war hero in Peter GUTOWSKI's life. His uncle Zbyszek GUTOWSKI, who still lives in Montreal, was a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during the war. He was captured and sent to Stalag Luft III, a prisoner of war camp that became famous in March, 1944, for the Great Escape, a bid to flee by dozens of prisoners. Although he never escaped, Uncle Zbyszek's tales of flying likely convinced young Peter GUTOWSKI to take up aviation. Even as a small boy, he was in love with the notion of flight; he filled his school notebooks with doodles of aircraft.
Peter GUTOWSKI spent his teenaged years on the outskirts of Toronto. He graduated from a high school in suburban Richmond Hill and then worked as an installer for Bell Canada. For a time, he shared an apartment with a young German immigrant whose father had been a pilot in the Luftwaffe. The two men became lifelong Friends.
While working for Bell, Mr. GUTOWSKI put himself through flight training at Toronto Island Airport. He got his private licence at 19 and started accumulating hours and qualifications required for a commercial licence. His first job in aviation was as a co-pilot with Trans-Canada Airlines, as Air Canada was then called, when he was 21.
"It was October of 1957 [and] we were in the last class to train on the DC-3," said Jack DESMARAIS, a fellow pilot at Air Canada. "And he finished on the 747-400 in 1995."
At Trans-Canada Airlines, he was so devoted to his job that when he proposed to his wife, Peggy, in 1960, she remembered him warning that flying was very important in his life.
"He told me 'You'll always come second to my flying,' " she laughed. "All that really meant was that if there was a phone call during dinner that had to do with flying, we would have to wait until he came back."
In 1967, the year he turned 31, Mr. GUTOWSKI was promoted to captain. Although his regular job was as a senior pilot for Air Canada, he loved flying so much that he decided to join the volunteers at the Warplane Heritage Museum. The group restores and flies such famous Second World War aircraft as the Lancaster bomber, the Mitchell B-25 and the Spitfire.
George STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, one of the first members of the group, remembers when Mr. GUTOWSKI approached the other pilots. "He was immaculately dressed in clean white running shoes, a leather jacket and gloves. He came up and said he'd like to fly the Chipmunk [a small trainer] and said he'd be pleased to pay for its operating costs."
Within a few years, he was the chief pilot. The others respected his skill. His training as a commercial pilot meant he insisted the pilots flying the old warplanes be prepared for any eventualities and avoid taking chances that might endanger their lives.
"He believed in showing off the airplane, not the pilot. In his Corsair, he would fly low and fast over the field but never do aerobatics," Mr. STEWARD/STEWART/STUART said. "His concern for safety probably saved a lot of our lives."
In more than three decades of flying, Canadian Warplane Heritage has lost only one pilot, Alan NESS - one of the founders of the group - who crashed a Fairey Firefly at the Canadian National Exhibition Air show in 1977. Peter GUTOWSKI was in the air at the time in a B-25.
"We saw the plane go in and for five minutes, I didn't know whether or not it was Peter," said Peggy GUTOWSKI. "We were discussing just last month how, over the years, 32 of his Friends had died in air shows."
His family travelled to many shows, and his wife went up with him in more than one of his "war birds," as the pilots call their vintage aircraft. The air shows were usually in Hamilton or Toronto but could be as far afield as Texas or the Rickenbacker Airfield in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. GUTOWSKI's mainstay at the air shows was the Chance Vought Corsair, a carrier-launched fighter capable of speeds in excess of 700 kilometres an hour. Although U.S.-built, it was also used extensively by the Royal Navy. One of them was flown by Canadian lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray in the closing days of the war. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for an heroic attack on a Japanese destroyer, and the museum chose to name its Corsair after him. Although a favourite with the crowds, it was sold several years ago to an American collector for about $1-million.
After 38 years at Air Canada, Mr. GUTOWSKI was forced to retire at 60. He immediately landed a job flying a Cessna Citation, a small jet, for Roblin Enterprises. "Peter was so keen to fly. As soon as you called him, he'd answer, 'Where am I going?' If you needed him, he was always available," said Micheline BOCOCK, the dispatcher whose husband owned Roblin Enterprises.
Mr. GUTOWSKI flew corporate jets all over North America for 11 years. One of the principal customers was Magna, the maker of auto parts based in Aurora, Ontario
He retired after he was diagnosed with cancer, but continued to fly for the Warplane Heritage Museum, and took to the skies last fall while his disease was in remission.
In 53 years of flying, he logged 30,000 hours in the air. That's 1,250 days - nearly 3½ years. In that time, he flew eight different types of aircraft for Trans-Canada Airlines and Air Canada: Douglas DC-3 Viscount; Vanguard; DC-8; DC-9; Boeing 727; 767 and two types of 747. At air shows, he flew the Chipmunk, Tiger Moth, Anson, Harvard, Corsair, B-25 and Invader.
All this without an accident, although he did experience what pilots call "incidents."
"He had some emergencies - who hasn't? Even when he had problems, he always managed to get it down," Mr. DESMARAIS said. "Pilots like him come along two or three times in a generation. He was a natural. You either have it or you don't, and he had it."
Peter GUTOWSKI was born November 17, 1935, in Leszno, Poland. He died of cancer at home in Toronto on March 31, 2008. He was 72. He is survived by wife Peggy and daughter Michele.

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BOCTOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-20 published
SMITH, Michael J.
Of Ingersoll in his 55th year. After a long and courageous battle with cancer. Surrounded by his family at the Woodstock General Hospital on Monday February 18, 2008. Loving husband of Diana L. (née PETTITT) SMITH for over 21 years. Devoted father of Kaitlyn and Kirsten. Much loved brother of Lila (Basir) KHAN, Norman (Marylynne) SMITH and Dawn SMITH. Dear son-in-law of Marian OGILVIE and Ron and Jane PETTITT, brother-in-law of Marsh (Dianne) PETTITT, David (Carla) PETTITT, Steve (Heather) POTTS, Geoff POTTS and Matt (Kim) POTTS. Loving uncle to Ryan (Emily,) Mitch, Adrienne, Helena (Sean), Nicole, Jessica, Jaimie, Megan, Christy, Bradley, Ben and Jack and great-uncle to Seth and Ander. Also survived by his cousin Helen WHAMOND of Scotland. He will be sadly missed by his good Friends Frances Mink of California, Ralph HEENEY of Ingersoll. Predeceased by his parents Irene (1961) and William (1974) SMITH, Uncle Norman WHAMOND and grandmother Agnes WHAMOND. Friends may call at the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, 519-539-0004 on Saturday February 23, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. and again on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral home chapel on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. with Pastor Steve BOCTOR officiating. Cremation will follow. Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital or the London Regional Cancer Clinic would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com The family would like to extend a special thank you to Doctor BONNETT and staff of the 4th floor at Woodstock General Hospital, also to Doctor VINCENT, Connie MORRISON and all the support staff at the London Regional Cancer Clinic.

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