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BOECHLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-08 published
DIRKS, Gerald Edward (1942-2008)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected death of Gerry at home in Victoria, British Columbia on February 28, 2008. Gerry is survived and deeply mourned by his loving wife Pat; devoted mother, Esther; sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Bill BOECHLER and sister-in-law, Roberta REID. He will also be sorely missed by his nephews Jason BUTCHER (husband of Maureen, father of Madigan) and Matthew BUTCHER (husband of Jenny.) Also bereaved are his goddaughters Maud Arthur and Emma MICHIELSEN, his extended family and many Friends, former students and colleagues. Gerry was predeceased by his father Edward DIRKS.
Gerry lived a remarkable life. In spite of loosing his sight entirely at an early age, he was able, with strong family support, to graduate from the University of British Columbia and to go on to complete an M.A. at Queen's University and to earn a Ph. D. from the University of Toronto. In addition to a long and successful teaching career in the Politics department at Brock University, Gerry published extensively on the subject of Canadian immigration and refugee policy. After taking early retirement in 2002, Gerry returned with Pat to his beloved British Columbia, taught a few courses at the University of Victoria, made new Friends and travelled extensively with Pat which he so loved to do.
In addition to his professional achievements, Gerry made a significant contribution to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind both as a volunteer Board member and, for a short period in 1984-85, as Executive Director of the Ontario Division. He played a central role in the establishment of Voiceprint in Canada and worked to improve the lives of the blind in other parts of the world through his involvement in the World Blind Union and his support of the World Braille Foundation.
Although he left us much too soon, Gerry died looking forward to the trips he was planning to take next and to the fine wines he was sure he would discover! We will all miss his sense of adventure, his loyalty to family and Friends and his witty humour.
No service by request. Celebrations of Gerry's life are being planned for Victoria in the late spring and for Ontario in the early summer. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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BOEHLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-02 published
BOEHLER, Mary Kathleen
Peacefully at her own home on Monday, June 30, 2008 at the age of eighty. She was the beloved daughter of the late Edward and Eileen BOEHLER, cherished sister of Msgr. Edward BOEHLER and Helen and her husband Joseph CONRATH; much loved aunt Kee of Christopher, John, Anne and Claire and her husband Andrew SUHAY proud great-aunt of baby Joe SUHAY; and dear friend over so many years with Saint_Joseph's Convent as student and novice; with the Toronto Public Library and International Nickel as librarian and as a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish and Catholic Women's League. She graced her long and happy life with a great sense of humour, witty stories and observations and most of all a loving and generous heart. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Yorke" Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2008. Funeral Mass to be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor Street West, one block west of Royal York Subway Station, on Friday, July 4, 2008 at 11 a.m. Cremation and private service later at Mount Hope Cemetery. If desired, donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

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BOELKER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-10 published
WESTON, Barbara Ellen (née HOPKINS)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, on Monday, January 7th, 2008. Barbara Ellen WESTON (née HOPKINS,) of Owen Sound, in her 69th year. Dearly beloved wife of Douglas WESTON. Loving mother of Pamela WESTON, of Owen Sound and William WESTON and his wife, Sally, of Kitchener. Proud grandmother of Michael, Michelle (Philip), Jennifer, Brian, Brett, Jennifer, Cassidy, Camille, Colby and Carly and great-grandmother of Andrea, Gregory, Crystal and Amanda. Barbara will be missed by her sister, Ruth Anne (Maurice) BOELKER, of Owen Sound, and her daughter-in-law, Patricia WESTON, of Alberta. Predeceased by her parents, Robert and Nora HOPKINS, her son, Randy WESTON, her sister, Elaine PATCHESON, her brother, Larry HOPKINS. A Funeral Service for Barbara WESTON will be held in the Chapel of the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound, (519-376-7492) on Friday, January 11th, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Claire MILLER officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Spring interment in Dunk's Bay Cemetery, Tobermory. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, as your expression of sympathy.

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BOER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-25 published
COOPER, Elizabeth M. (née INNES)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth on Friday, February 22, 2008 at The Brant Centre, Burlington at age 84. Predeceased by her parents Norman and Irene INNES, sister Norma DE BOER and husband Glen COOPER. Loving aunt of Penny LAUE of South Africa, Sheena JAMES (Herb,) Lesley RACE (Allan) of Burlington, Ontario and Catherine DAY of Abbotsford, British Columbia and their families. Elizabeth was born in Kashmir and raised in England and Scotland. After her 5 year tenure in the Canadian Women's Army Corps, she immigrated to Canada in 1946. Her love for knowledge provided her with a rewarding and fulfilling life of reading, music, and art, which she shared with many devoted Friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Oakview Funeral Home, 56 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville at 2 o'clock. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Parkinson Society Canada or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.oakviewfuneral.ca

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BOER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-07 published
JAN DEN BOER, Evert (April 27, 1912-July 5, 2008)
It is with deep sadness that we, the family of Evert JAN DEN BOER, announce his passing at his home on Saturday, July 5, 2008. Evert is survived by his wife Selma, and his sister Marguerta in Barendrecht, Holland. Predeceased by wife Maria VAN DER SCHOOR. He will be forever missed by son Tonny and wife Linda, daughter Jacomina, and step-daughter Deanna and daughter-in-law, Vera DEN BOER. Predeceased by his beloved son John who passed away on November 30, 1997. His grandchildren Heather, Jon, Helen, Andrea and husband Stefan, David and wife Melissa, Aaron and wife Jennifer, Jason, Lauren, Liam and Caitlin. Evert also leaves behind six great-grandchildren, Sydney (Heather), Nathan and Hannah (Andrea), Emily and Oliver (David), Sydney and Montanna (Helen), and Aiden (Aaron). Brother-in-law to Jean and Junior LOVEYS and uncle to Lorie and Brian. Oom Eef to Theo, Cobi and Piet and their children Carola and Frans and Carola's son Shaquielle in Holland. Evert was a true gentleman, a man of integrity who lived his life with much dignity, honour and respect. Evert had a distinguished career as a founding member of the Canadian Society of Club Managers and a member of the Club Managers Association of America. His last 16 years before retirement were spent as General Manager of Scarboro Golf and Country Club. At Scarboro he was well respected for his devoted ser vice to the members. Family and Friends will be received at the 'Scarborough Chapel' of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) 416-267-4656 on Tuesday, July 8 from 6-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held for Evert in the Chapel on Wednesday, July 9 at 1 p.m. Interment at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

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BOEREMA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-17 published
TAMMINGA, Gerrit
(January 26, 1924-April 15, 2008)
We receive our comfort from the words of the Lords, Day 1 Heidleberg catechism. "That I am not my own but belong with body and soul, both in life and death to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ." The Lord in His infinite wisdom, took unto Himself, His servant Gerrit TAMMINGA of Strathroy in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Bouwchiene TAMMINGA for 59 years. Dear father of Talo (Dina 2007,) Ann and John JONGBLOED, Mary and Rick LENTING, Janet and Rob VANDERVEEN, Grace and Jacob LENTING, George and Rolean TAMMINGA, Bill and Phyllis TAMMINGA, Fred and Jeanette TAMMINGA, Benita and Peter BOEREMA, Trudy and Dan DICKIESON, Adrian and Michele TAMMINGA, Geraldine and Bret VANLUIK and Lucy VIVEIROS. Grandfather to 53 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Brother of Trudy and Jake BOUWMAN of Burlington, Talo and Jik TAMMINGA of Chatham and several brothers, sisters and in-laws in Holland. Visitation will be held in the Providence United Reformed Church, 447 Second Street., Strathroy on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. R. POT officiating. Interment to follow in Strathroy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by Gerrit's Family. Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy entrusted with arrangements (519-245-1023) A tree will be planted at the Grace Canadian Reformed Church in Kerwood in remembrance of our Dad.

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BOESVELD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-14 published
Double shooting shakes gun-weary Toronto
Two 25-year-old men killed downtown; carjacking suspected
By Timothy APPLEBY and Jamie KOMARNICKI with reports from Sarah BOESVELD and Matthew CAMPBELL, Page A1
Toronto -- It was just after midnight yesterday when Alan DUDECK's cellphone rang, bearing the worst tidings a parent could hear: His son, Oliver MARTIN, and his son's lifelong friend Dylan ELLIS had just been shot.
The two young men had been heading home from a friend's apartment after watching a basketball game, and the frantic call came from a close friend of Mr. MARTIN.
"He said, 'Get down to St. Mike's [hospital] right away,' Mr. DUDECK recounted.
Mr. MARTIN worked for a prestigious investment firm. Mr. ELLIS was a photographer. Both were 25, with university degrees. And both, it seemed, had a shining future. Instead, both perished in an apparently random hail of bullets, leaving their families in shock.
"Pretty rough, pretty rough," Mr. DUDECK said.
Even in a city where gun killings have become familiar - yesterday's shootings bring Toronto's homicide count for the year to 25 - the double slaying, perhaps the result of an abortive carjacking, was unusual.
As police struggled to reconstruct the events west of the city's entertainment district, Detective Sergeant Gary GIROUX of the homicide squad stressed that from all appearances, neither Mr. ELLIS nor Mr. MARTIN was involved in crime.
"Both young men were loved by their families, they have a great deal of support, and as you can imagine, both families are devastated," he said.
"These two victims were not at all known - I repeat, not at all known - to the Toronto police or any police agency in Canada." The only police record of either stems from when one of them lost his passport about five years ago, another homicide investigator said.
A 911 call came in at 12: 08 a.m. yesterday to the 14 Division police station.
Mr. ELLIS and Mr. MARTIN were found in the front seat of a Range Rover that belongs to Mr. ELLIS's stepfather, outside a friend's condo where they had been watching a basketball game on television. Both were wearing seat belts and the car's engine was running, police said.
Despite paramedics' efforts, both were pronounced dead on arrival at Saint Michael's Hospital.
In the back seat of the Range Rover was a female friend who survived the attack and who is the homicide squad's key witness.
"It may well be the shooter didn't see her and that's why she's alive," Mr. DUDECK said. "We don't know."
All three had been watching the Boston Celtics pull off a comeback win against the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association playoffs.
For several hours, the car was parked outside the condo, and the three departed at around midnight. They briefly returned for what Det. Sgt. GIROUX described as "a very innocent reason&hellip they were expecting someone to come out for a very brief moment."
Instead, they were accosted by the gunman.
"I'd say the shooting took place within seconds," Det. Sgt. GIROUX said. "He may have only been targeting the males in the front seat, but they were certainly in my opinion targeted."
Multiple shots were fired - at least eight, judging by shell-casing markers on the street yesterday - killing the two young men and damaging the interior of the Range Rover.
After speaking to the traumatized young woman, Det. Sgt. GIROUX said the shootings may have been part of an abortive car jacking, and that - for reasons he did not divulge - the killer appeared familiar with the area.
"We're certainly alive to the fact that this was a very expensive, high-end vehicle and I'm looking at it as a marketable thing to steal."
Another police source suggested the violence could have erupted from something as simple as an exchange of angry words.
One witness report said a young black male in a white shirt was seen fleeing the crime scene on a bicycle. Another offered a similar description, but said the man sped away in a blue car.
Under scrutiny, meanwhile, was an array of closed-circuit video footage from buildings near the crime scene.
A friend of the victims who was at Thursday night's gathering said she and other attendees were traumatized by the shooting.
Police swiftly cordoned off the area with yellow tape, and yesterday afternoon, the Range Rover was still being examined by forensic experts.
The car was parked immediately outside 798 Richmond St. West, an upscale, five-year-old rental high-rise, surrounded by townhouses. The area comprises a mix of new money and old, a few blocks west of the downtown entertainment district.
Just metres north is a vibrant section of Queen Street West, and on all sides are older brick homes, some of Victorian vintage.
"There's a sense of community; my house has been broken into, but I do usually feel safe walking along the streets late at night," said long-time resident Maria BARABASH, who lives a block east of the crime scene on Richmond Street.
"But this is a little bit too close to home."
So too for the families of the victims.
About 30 people gathered on the lawn of Mr. ELLIS's parents' home in the upscale Rosedale neighbourhood. Some hugged, while others stood around or sat on the lawn in shock.
Tears in his eyes, a young man demanded that reporters respect the family's privacy and leave the street and its million-dollar homes and expensive cars.
Lauren WILKINS, a friend of Mr. MARTIN and Mr. ELLIS, said yesterday the two men were "just wonderful people."
A few blocks away at Mr. OLIVER's home, family members from the East Coast began filtering into the big, ivy-clad brick house, hugging and exchanging condolences.
Mr. MARTIN lived downtown in a house he shared with his sisters.
He graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business. He joined Russell Investments Canada last year and quickly made his mark as a friendly young man poised to take the financial world by storm, said company president Irshaad AHMAD.
"He was the person walking around the office always making Friends. He just made a really tremendous impact."
Mr. MARTIN and Mr. ELLIS had known each other since they were in Grade 1 in Toronto's Brown Junior Public School.
From Toronto, the pair headed for Quebec - Mr. MARTIN attending Concordia University while Mr. ELLIS pursued his passion for photography at Dawson College.
Mr. ELLIS was a thoughtful photographer with an eye for detail, his former mentor said.
"His style was a bit more urban, a bit more shadowy," recalled Laurel Breidon, co-ordinator of the college's commercial photography program.
"Not the bright, clean, happy stuff - a little funky, had a little edge to it."
Mourners set up a candle-lit shrine last night outside the building where Mr. MARTIN and Mr. ELLIS were shot. About 20 bouquets of flowers had been laid against the wall and three candles illuminated a sign taped to the building that reads "May you rest in peace Dylan and Oliver."

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BOESVELD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-19 published
Family, Friends mourn loss of 'gentle spirit'
Music, memories grace celebration of 25-year-old shooting victim's short but full life
By Sarah BOESVELD, Page A11
Friends and family used music and memories yesterday to say goodbye to Dylan ELLIS, a young man lauded as a fiercely devoted friend, brother and son at his memorial service yesterday.
A pencil sketch of a grinning Mr. ELLIS rested amid a smattering of framed photos at the sanctuary of Rosedale United Church during the memorial service.
A photo slideshow depicted the 25-year-old Mr. ELLIS and his Friends at play. Stories shared by 16 of Mr. ELLIS's loved ones drew periodic laughter from the nearly 500 guests crammed into the pews and hallways of the church.
Mr. ELLIS was shot dead early Friday morning while waiting in a Range Rover for a friend to return a set of keys. His best friend, Oliver MARTIN, 25, was also fatally shot and will be remembered in a service this afternoon.
The violent crime shook the city and surprised many who struggle to understand why the young men from Rosedale were killed in a brand of crime associated with neighbourhoods much different from their own.
Mourners heard yesterday that Mr. ELLIS's favourite food was a plain bagel soaked in Tabasco sauce. His favourite place to be was with the Friends he loved like family.
Friend Graham SMITH imagined Mr. ELLIS up in heaven "with his right arm around Jimi Hendrix and his left around his long-time crush, Audrey Hepburn."
Cody ELLIS sobbed as he described his older brother and fellow guitar player as a role model and best friend.
"You taught me how to be a good person," he said, addressing his brother directly.
Akasha ELLIS remembered his little brother's sparkling eyes and his calm, yet energetic, presence in their family.
Mr. ELLIS's girlfriend, Caitlin BROWN, said the last thing he told her was that he wanted them to grow old together.
"I wanted that more than anything," Ms. BROWN said through tears. "Your gentle spirit was taken from us in such a violent way."
The circumstances of Mr. ELLIS's death were rarely mentioned in the service.
Friends and family hunched in the pews in front of a sanctuary adorned by a weathered pair of shoes and a scuffed surfboard. A white electric guitar was plugged into an amplifier, as if waiting to be played.
A recording of Foxglove, an acoustic Bruce Cockburn song, serenaded the crowd as they sat in silence exchanging hugs and wiping away tears while watching a video slideshow featuring a smiling Mr. ELLIS.
The tricks behind his mischievous grin were also talked and laughed about during the service. Long-time friend Ben McPHEE remembered Mr. ELLIS for his playful demeanour. He recalled a paint fight instigated by Mr. ELLIS one summer when he was working as a house painter.
"I think it's safe to say every girl that met him had a crush on him," said Katie PETRIW, a close friend of Mr. ELLIS's sister, Kiri. "And if you didn't it was because the girl next to you had."
She recalled how Mr. ELLIS used to chase her around his house with a forkful of tuna after discovering she loathed the smell, taste and touch of the stuff.
A lone can of tuna rested at the scene of the crime yesterday. The sidewalk outside the condominium at Richmond and Niagara Streets where the two men were gunned down is still lined with flowers and notes, now starting to brown and wilt in the sun. A police command post and flyers begging for information also remain.
Residents of the complex held a community meeting last night to discuss how to tackle the recent violence in and around their neighbourhood.
Police have ruled nothing out and are still digging for clues while they consider a YouTube campaign and a reward posting to help find the suspect, described as a black man with a light complexion who rode away on a bike.

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BOESVELD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-20 published
Shooting victim loved to laugh
Mourners packing church hear of young investment banker's humour, perseverance
By Sarah BOESVELD, Page A16
One week after she witnessed the slaying of Oliver MARTIN and Dylan ELLIS outside a friend's condominium, Mr. MARTIN's girlfriend attended his memorial service at Rosedale Presbyterian Church yesterday in a flood of tears.
She was the backseat passenger in the Mr. ELLIS's Range Rover, the two young men in the front, when someone came by the vehicle at 12: 08 a.m. last Friday and fired the fatal shots.
Investigators released two YouTube videos yesterday asking anyone with tips to come forward. One of the videos features the notes, flowers and photos left outside the condo at Richmond and Niagara Streets. In the other, lead investigator Toronto police Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux appeals to the public for help solving the slayings. Propped up by a friend, Mr. MARTIN's girlfriend sobbed as she left the sanctuary, walking past the people who had meant the world to him.
The church was packed with about 200 mourners and just as many were standing on the damp lawn outside where they could hear the service over loudspeakers. There were stories celebrating Mr. MARTIN's dry wit, mischievous nature and devotion to his Friends and family.
It was a scene much like Mr. ELLIS's memorial service on Wednesday.
The crowd laughed through their tears as Mr. MARTIN's family and a pack of about six of his Friends, simply dubbed "the boys," shared stories.
Mr. MARTIN's mother and stepfather, Susan and Alan DUDECK, sat in the front pews among members of their extended family, many of whom had arrived from the East Coast. His father, Richard MARTIN, also attended.
Oliver MARTIN's three older sisters, each introducing herself as his favourite, took turns sharing memories of their brother. One of the sisters, Ally, said he was naturally lucky, winning small lotteries and scooping up poker chips at weekly tournaments with Friends.
"But Oliver didn't believe in luck, he believed in perseverance," she said, choking over her words.
She mentioned Mr. MARTIN's lifelong struggle with anxiety and dyslexia and how he overcame them and graduated from university. He finished a chartered financial analyst exam little more than a week before he was killed.
She called him a natural philosopher who often pondered life's big questions. He was also passionate about his career as an investment banker and about partying with his many pals.
"Nobody was able to converse and tell stories the way he did," one friend said. "He created a brotherhood amongst his Friends."
Jordan PELOSI looked over the tearful crowd as he spoke about his friend.
"In truth we're going about this all wrong. Oliver loved to laugh. He loved life, with that beautiful smile and that beautiful spirit. And most of all, he loved all of us," he said.
"And I'll tell you, if he was here right now to see all this sadness, he would walk down each and every aisle and give each and every one of us a bitch slap, possibly followed by some name calling just to set us straight."
Rev. William MacLELLAN comforted mourners as he read a passage from the Bible traditionally reserved for weddings "Love is patient. Love is kind. …"
Mr. MARTIN's eldest sister, Georgie, said he would have wanted everyone to continue onward and keep his spirit in their hearts.
"I don't feel like he's gone. He's with me in every step I take. I will continue to push forward; I will keep you in my memories always."
The family has created the Oliver Martin Memorial Trust Fund and encourages donations to any branch of TD Canada Trust to transit number 1967 and account number 5003122.
They also sent out a message thanking the public for its condolences and support: "During this tragedy, our experience has been that the City of Toronto is a place of good."

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BOESVELD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-05 published
Three Friends who perished in watery crash were ‘full of life'
By Anthony REINHART and Sarah BOESVELD and Matthew CAMPBELL, Page A1
Minett, Ontario, Toronto -- Peninsula Road is worth taking slowly, if only for the postcard-pretty views of the Joe River, as the locals call it.
On Friday, where the road curves before crossing the river, cottage-bound travellers slowed to take in a starkly different sight: 20 metres of metal guardrail ripped from the ground, a pine tree shorn at a point as high as a basketball hoop, and various bits of the Audi S4 that literally flew through here and into the river on Thursday evening, killing three young men inside.
A fourth occupant, a young woman, survived somehow.
Ontario Provincial Police identified the dead as Tyler MULCAHY and Cory MINTZ, both 20 and from Toronto, and Kourosh TOTONCHIAN, 19, of North York.
The Audi belonged to Mr. MINTZ, but Mr. MULCAHY was driving when the car crashed into the lake.
Friends and family said Friday that the young men were “full of life” and loved to have a good time up at the cottage while on a break from their university studies.
Mr. TOTONCHIAN's father, Ali, said Friday that his son was “a great boy” who was finishing his second year of business at the University of British Columbia, and had dreams of becoming a lawyer.
“He was a people person. He could always charm his way through anything, ” Mr. TOTONCHIAN said.
Ryan SILVERSTEIN, who had known Mr. MINTZ for seven years, said the young man was starting an acting career and was seeking an agent. He had finished his first year at the University of Western Ontario in London and was living in his mother's boyfriend's cottage on Peninsula Road during the summer while running his own boat-detailing business.
“He wasn't just a best friend, he was my brother, ” he said of Mr. MINTZ. “He was a hipster guy, liked to party, wore tight jeans, listened to cool music.&rdquo
A family member said the group was driving home from Cory MINTZ's cottage at the time of the accident.
Mr. MULCAHY attended Upper Canada College and had completed his third year at the University of San Diego. Friend Andrew REBURN described him as “fun guy to be around. He had a great sense of humour and always seemed to be happy.&rdquo
Nastasia ELZINGA, 19, of Toronto escaped the wreckage and was taken to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. Friends say she attends McGill University in Montreal and is “athletic and very bright.&rdquo
“I don't know how she walked away, ” Ontario Provincial Police Constable Skeeter KRUGER said of the 7 p.m. accident, “but she said her Friends were still in the car” as the first of many emergency workers arrived.
The car came to rest on the rocky river bottom with its passenger side down and the badly damaged driver's side protruding less than 30 centimetres from the water, Constable KRUGER said.
Police, local volunteer firefighters and bystanders scrambled down an embankment of granite boulders and waded into 1.5 metres of water to retrieve the young men. They tried to resuscitate them, but to no avail, Constable KRUGER said.
The wrecked car, leaking fuel, was pulled from the river afterward.
On Friday, driver after driver pulled over, some with bouquets and all with sober expressions, off the winding road, which has a posted speed limit of 80 km/h.
Ontario Provincial Police traffic investigators were not ready to discuss the speed of the Audi or who was driving, but it was clear that the car left the road at substantial speed, given the length of ripped-out guardrail, the tree broken four metres above ground, the strewn debris and a set of curving skid marks that indicated a failed attempt to cling to the yellow centre line.
Herwig SCHROTH, 71, a resident of nearby Port Carling, said that every summer he sees vacationers in high-performance cars, speeding. Last year's example, which he witnessed near Bala, involved “two cars racing at at least 150 km/h; one a Corvette, one a BMW. They were just chasing each other, ” Mr. SCHROTH said at the roadside, where a pine scent wafted from the snapped tree.
“It's the kind of thing that happens every year, ” said Alf MORTIMER, 84, a lifelong Muskokan who owns the marina in Port Sandfield, a few kilometres south of the crash site. “But this is a bad accident.&rdquo
Beyond the obvious loss to the young men's families and Friends, Constable KRUGER said, the deaths unnerved colleagues. The Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police detachment has now seen six deaths in four incidents in recent weeks -- three on the roads and one, last weekend, on the water.
“Having to do [death] notifications is one of the worst jobs we have to do, ” he said. “There isn't one person who goes home at the end of the day and doesn't take a piece of this with them.&rdquo
Autopsies were scheduled for today; subsequent toxicology tests will determine whether alcohol played a role.
In the meantime, Constable KRUGER said, “there has to be higher respect for our roads and our waterways across the province. We continue to educate people about making good driving decisions, and it would be great if some of those messages would get through to people.&rdquo

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BOESVELD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-09 published
Motorists' flash of anger ignites a fatal confrontation
By Sarah BOESVELD, Page A1
It was all over in a minute.
In a crash that police say was fuelled by a split-second fit of road rage, a man was killed yesterday when he was ejected from his black sport utility vehicle after a dramatic showdown with another driver in the eastbound lanes of a busy Ontario highway.
The early-morning crash caused five hours of traffic headaches for thousands of commuters heading eastbound on Highway 401 outside the town of Milton, just west of Toronto, and shined a spotlight on the dangers of driving while raging.
By late yesterday, police had arrested a man and charged him with criminal negligence causing death, dangerous driving and failure to remain and assist at the scene of a collision.
Reached last night, the mother of the arrested man said she knew police were looking for her son when she heard about the crash through the news media.
"Right away, I knew who it was. The time, the place, the colour of the car and the make of the car," she said. Her other son was also in the car. Both men were heading to work in Mississauga at the time of the crash.
"It's like a nightmare," their mother said. "I can't believe it, I can't believe it."
From eyewitness reports, police gave a detailed account of events leading up to the crash.
A 55-year-old man was heading to work from his Milton home. He was driving north on James Snow Parkway when, at 5: 16 a.m., a maroon Pontiac Grand Prix pulled up beside him.
While police don't know what precipitated it, they allege the two drivers began a duel of sorts, jockeying to be the first on the Highway 401 ramp ahead. They accelerated "at a high rate of speed" toward the on-ramp, said Staff Sergeant Dennis MAHONEY- BRUER of the Ontario Provincial Police Port Credit division.
The man driving the sport utility vehicle managed to surge ahead and merge into the centre lane, but the Pontiac driver wasn't conceding defeat: He accelerated and cut in front of the sport utility vehicle, then slammed on the brakes - a classic road-rage manoeuvre, police say.
To avoid rear-ending the Pontiac, the sport utility vehicle driver swerved to the left and lost control, smashing into the cement median and rolling at least three times, police said. The sport utility vehicle bounced about 300 metres until it landed upright. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle; he landed about four metres away, police said.
The time was 5: 17 a.m.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released his name at the request of the family. [He was later identified as Tony GRECO.]
Although police do not often write "road rage" into their collision reports, Kenford Nedd, a stress specialist based at the Western Medical Centre in Vancouver, said most crashes can be directly linked to stress. He also sees an increasing number of patients admitting to their road rage.
When a driver's blood boils after being cut off on the road, a muscle stimulation prompts the hypothalamus to secrete cortisol, a hormone offering a natural high, Doctor Nedd said.
"When the impulses go to the hypothalamus, you can get a sense of euphoria, a sense that you're not responsible, you can almost do anything, there's a lack of control," he said.
But regaining control can take "just nanoseconds," he added. It can be as easy as taking a deep breath. "We need to learn to respond to situations rather than to react like we're wind-up toys ready to be released when any twig falls."
In the Highway 401 case, Staff Sgt. MAHONEY- BRUER said old-fashioned common courtesy could have prevented the crash.
"It's hard to be angry at somebody that waves a hand and says sorry, but when you get two hotheads together, that really precipitates the problem," he said. He said the crash is also an example that the public isn't getting the message about the life-saving benefit of wearing a seatbelt.
Wayne WINSOR, 39, of Milton, turned himself in to the local collision reporting centre at 2: 40 p.m. yesterday. Ontario Provincial Police officers picked him up and brought him to their Port Credit detachment for questioning.
He is scheduled to appear in court this morning.

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BOESVELD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-12 published
'I just want my big brother back'
Mourners say goodbye in funeral for third crash victim in tragic Muskoka accident
By Sarah BOESVELD, Page A10
Nastasia ELZINGA laid both hands flat on the wooden casket decked with white and pink lilies yesterday as she gave her final goodbye to boyfriend Tyler MULCAHY.
As she leaned over the casket, she wasn't crying, but smiling, perhaps because so many loved ones gathered to honour Mr. MULCAHY, who died in a horrific car crash in Muskoka along with two other Friends last Thursday.
Ms. ELZINGA was also in the car and survived.
Hundreds gathered to pay tribute to Mr. MULCAHY at Grace Church on-the-Hill yesterday afternoon. Before a crowd of people crammed in the pews and lining the walls, the 20-year-old was described by his Friends as an anchor, by his sisters as a protector, and by his father as a reason for living.
"Tyler is the reason we hurt so much," said his father, Tim MULCAHY. "We hurt because he loved us and we loved him."
Mr. MULCAHY motioned toward the pews where Alan MINTZ and Ali TOTONCHIAN, fathers of Cory MINTZ, 20, and Kourosh TOTONCHIAN, 19, who also perished in the crash, were sitting. He thanked them for their support and for phoning to console him after the tragedy.
"Alan MINTZ said we were in a club. When I reflected upon the club, I realized it was the most expensive club in the world, but one nobody wanted to join," he said.
Mr. MULCAHY recollected the early-morning phone call to his hotel room last Thursday in Italy, where he was on vacation. It was the police reporting the unthinkable. He returned to Canada and the scene of the crash on Peninsula Road in Muskoka, where the Audi his son was driving missed a turn and crash-landed into Lake Joseph.
Yesterday, the Ontario Provincial Police confirmed that speed and alcohol were factors in the fatal collision. Autopsy reports confirmed the young men drowned. All were wearing seatbelts, police said. Ms. ELZINGA wrestled her way out of the car and made it to shore.
Tyler MULCAHY's younger sister, Chanel, recalled her brother's merciless teasing, but also how he was always there for her. She said he revelled in the time they spent together and he would never pick up his cellphone if it rang during one of their weekly lunches.
"Tyler was so brilliant, I don't know why he got into that car," she said. "I just want my big brother back."
Shaya MULCAHY highlighted four things she remembers about her brother: the hoodies he wore, his basketball talent, the flamboyant hats he sometimes modelled for laughs, and the joy he brought to so many.
"Without a doubt, Tyler was the happiest person I've ever known," she said. "Tyler knew how to live life."
Mourners wore round white buttons handed out before the service that read "Tyler MULCAHY 1988-Forever" and pictured a blue Converse shoe with Cory and Kourosh's names etched into the sole.
Friends said Mr. MULCAHY was a teacher, a rock and someone who excelled at everything he put his mind to, especially sports and his studies.
Lorne GREENBERG remembered Mr. MULCAHY's ability to make Friends with virtually anyone. He recalls walking in Yorkville with Mr. MULCAHY and hearing voices behind them yelling "Tyler, Tyler, Tyler!"
"Sure enough, two homeless guys come running toward us," he said. "Tyler didn't care about who you were Friends with. Tyler just cared about who you were, and that's something very rare and very special."
Choral music and the scent of lilies wafted through the church full of tearful people young and old. Mourners sang the traditional Upper Canada College hymn, Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven, after tributes were given to the young man, who attended the prestigious school before spending a year studying arts at the University of San Diego.

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BOETTCHER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-01-09 published
SEYMOUR, Frank
Frank SEYMOUR of Thornbury, and formerly of Collingwood Township, passed away peacefully at Errinrung Nursing Home in Thornbury on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 in his 89th year.
Frank was born in Collingwood Township, a son of the late Ivor and Edith (née LEMINGTON) SEYMOUR of England.
As a young man, Frank was employed in the farming operations of the area and purchased his first house from his father located behind the Ravenna Store. After renting a farm for a few years, Frank purchased his own farm - the first farm south of Ravenna - which he managed as a mixed farming operation for over fifty years. Frank also worked at the Georgian Peaks for a number of years and will be remembered as a mail carrier on R.R.#2 Clarksburg. He was employed at Mitchell's Apple Plant both before and after it was destroyed by fire.
Following the sale of the farm, he and his wife moved into Thornbury where they resided for the past eleven years.
He will be lovingly remembered as a beloved husband by his wife of some fifty-two years, the former Leona WILSON.
He was the cherished father of John (Nancy) SEYMOUR of Ravenna, and Brenda (Doug) HEWGILL of Clarksburg.
He will be a most sadly missed Grandpa of Trish (Vaughn) PRIMEAU of Bowmanville; Ashley SEYMOUR of Kitchener; and Morgan, Darren and Blake HEWGILL all of Clarksburg. Sisters Marion (late Roy) SCARLETT, Violet (Howard) DAVIES and Georgina (late Harry) BOETTCHER all survive their brother Frank and he was predeceased by a brother Ernie (late Joan) SEYMOUR.
Funeral services, officiated by Reverend Doctor Brian GOODINGS, were conducted at the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, in Thornbury on Friday January 4, 2008 with committal and interment following at Maxwell Cemetery.
Granddaughter Ashley SEYMOUR served as a flower bearer and Roy ROBERTSON, Eric MARRIOTT, John McKEAN and grand_sons Morgan, Darren and Blake HEWGILL served as pallbearers.
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BOETTCHER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-03 published
SEYMOUR, Frank
At Errinrung Nursing Home in Thornbury on Wednesday January 2, 2008. Frank SEYMOUR of Thornbury in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the former Leona WILSON. Cherished father of John (Nancy) SEYMOUR of Ravenna and Brenda (Doug) HEWGILL of Clarksburg. Sadly missed grandpa of Trish (Vaughn) PRIMEAU of Bowmanville; Ashley SEYMOUR of Kitchener; and Morgan, Darren and Blake HEWGILL all of Clarksburg. Survived by sisters Marion (late Roy) SCARLETT, Violet (Howard) DAVIES and Georgina (late Harry) BOETTCHER. Predeceased by brother Ernie (late Joan) SEYMOUR. The family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, Thornbury on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral services with the Reverend Dr. Brian GOODINGS officiating will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday January 4th at 1 p.m., with visiting the hour prior. Committal and interment will follow at Maxwell Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society, Meaford General Hospital Foundation or Errinrung Residence Council would be appreciated and can be made through the funeral home.

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BOETTCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-05 published
SHIELDS, Sandra Jean (née WHITE/WHYTE,) R.N.
Sandy SHIELDS died peacefully December 19, 2007 surrounded by the love of her family in Austin, Texas. She was born in Lindsay, Ontario in 1929. She trained as a nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She moved to Portland, Oregon and later to Nehalem, Oregon. She had two daughters, Diana of Austin, Texas and Martha of Portland, Oregon. She was predeceased by her husband H. James and survived by her daughters Diana (Tom BENTLEY) of Austin and Martha (Daniel BOETTCHER) of Portland; her brothers John of Fonthill, Ontario (ph. 905-892-8432) and Moore of Haliburton, Ontario. A Memorial Service has been held in Austin and another will be held in Nehalem in the Spring. Memorial donations may be made to The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8.

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

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BOEVING o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-09 published
HART, Leslie Alton
Peacefully at his home in Owen Sound on Wednesday May 7, 2008. In his 83rd year, Leslie Alton HART, loving husband and friend of Velma HART (née ROBBINS.) Loved father of John HART and Belle and her husband Clyne HOGGARD. Loving grandfather of Lynne and her husband Joe MacNEIL, Tina and her husband Bill BOEVING, and Sueann and her husband Bob NEWBERRY. Great-grandfather of four. Alton was a World War 2 Veteran serving with the Queen's Own Rifles, was a Past County Master of the Grey West Loyal Orange Lodge and was a member of the Lady Cavell, L.O.B.A. No. 978., also a member of the Royal Black Preceptory #436, Tara. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Sunday May 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Ted CREEN officiating. Members of the Lady Cavell, L.O.B.A. No 978 are requested to attend a memorial service at the funeral home on Sunday May 11 at 4 p.m. Interment in Boyd Cemetery, Georgian Bluffs. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Trillium Home, L.O.B.A. Ontario West Inc. would be appreciated by the family.

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