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CAGAMPAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-14 published
STOUTE, Harold " Hal" Patrick
Beloved husband, son, brother, uncle, godfather, friend, mentor, sports and music nut, lover of life. Born July 12, 1963, in Montreal. Died July 19, 2007, in Toronto of a brain aneurysm, aged 44.
By Caroline CAGAMPAN- STOUTE, Page L8
Love and passion. That's what Hal was about.
It was love at first sight when we met at a dance at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto in 1984. We eloped a year later, renewed our vows on our 10th wedding anniversary, toured Italy on our 20th and enjoyed a loving marriage for 22 years.
I was drawn to Hal's physical beauty, but I fell in love with his loving heart, genuine character and wise soul. Hal was a fearless extrovert and a born storyteller. When he laughed, which was often, it was with every particle of his being.
Hal was larger than life, with a cutting yet endearing sarcasm. He never backed down from a fight when he saw injustice, once defending a passenger being bullied on a streetcar.
Born in Montreal to Guyanese parents, Hal grew up in Toronto. He fell in love with sports as a boy and that passion for play stayed with him. He played basketball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and, as recently as last year, street hockey with the eight-year-olds in our neighbourhood. He was a diehard fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Montreal Canadiens.
He loved music of all genres, from Bob Dylan to reggae, hip hop, rock, funk, grunge, jazz and Honeyboy Edwards.
Hal danced to the beat of his own drum. He cared more about relating to people and having fun than climbing the corporate ladder. Although he graduated from George Brown College in civil engineering in 1987, he chose work that kept him connected with people. He was a youth worker for the City of Toronto and a Boys and Girls Club. He mentored young people at St. Christopher House, a community-based social service agency, and volunteered for its fundraisers. His entrepreneurial streak led him to own a coffee shop and try his hand at graffiti removal projects. Most recently, Hal was the ringleader of the Friday departmental lunch at the Toronto financial company where he worked.
Hal was devoted to his family and Friends. He took his parents to their doctor's appointments and haircuts and did their bulk shopping. He made every person in his life feel special. As his wife, I got the best of him. He was the kind of husband who left love notes featuring that evening's dinner menu. The self-proclaimed "luckiest man in the world" was a hopeless romantic who spooned or held hands in his sleep, cocooning us from the loneliness in the world.
Hal was struck down in the prime of his life, but not before enriching the hearts and lives of everyone he touched and leaving a legacy of love.
Caroline CAGAMPAN- STOUTE is Hal's wife, soulmate and forever valentine.

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CAGGIANO o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-26 published
LEGGE, Gordon Oscar
Of Elderslie Township, passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley, on Thursday, July 24, 2008 in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Ruby Mae GOWAN. Cherished father of John (Jane,) Murray (Ann), Doug (Lynda), Mary Lee (Robert) Davis, Linda (Ken) DEWAR, Patricia BOWERS (Sean MOLONEY), Sheryl (John) CAGGIANO, Elizabeth LEGGE (Peter LAWSON) and Brenda (Merv) MISCH. Loving grandfather of twenty-two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Brother of Jack (Helen) LEGGE and brother-in-law of Elsie LEGGE and Altje LEGGE. Predeceased by brothers Harry, Francis and Grant sisters Gladys HALL, Jean HALL and his parents, Frank and Mary (MANNEROW) LEGGE. Visitation will be held at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Gordon's life will be held at the Klages Mill (11 1st Ave. N.E.), Chesley on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 11 a.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery. Please no floral tributes, in lieu memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation, Chesley Friends of the Library or the Rotary Club of Chesley (Chesley Heritage Trail) would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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