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DIKKES 2008-05-27 published
SMITH, John " Jack" Henry
Peacefully passed away at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital on Sunday, May 25, 2008, John "Jack" Henry SMITH of London in his 76th year. Jack fought a courageous and difficult battle with kidney disease and diabetes. Beloved husband of Jacqueline "Jackie" SMITH. Also survived by his loving daughter Lynda STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and her husband Alan of London and his grandchildren Monica and Jillian (Grandpa Jack's Precious Miracles) and loved daughter Lori VAN KERREBROECK and her husband John of London and proud grandfather of Rachel and Sean. Dear brother of Suezanne MORE and her husband Ken of London, Stella SMITH of London and John Rombough DAVIE of Kitchener. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be sadly missed by cousin Wayne PRYCE and long time loyal friend Rene DIKKES. Predeceased by his father Alfred Henry SMITH (1984) and his mother Olive Elsie DAVIE (1998,) his brothers Peter Wilcox and Larry A. SMITH. Jack served for several years in the Canadian Armed Forces. He volunteered as a Navy officer for the Navy League of Canada Sea Cadets. He retired from the University of Western Ontario Physical Plant Department in 1998. Respecting Jack's wishes, a Graveside Service will take place on Wednesday May 28, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. at Dorchester Union Cemetery, Dorchester, Ontario with The Venerable Timothy G. CONNOR, officiating, followed by a reception at 12 noon at the Cherryhill Senior's Activity Club (west side entrance), 190 Cherryhill Circle, London. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Southwestern Ontario Chapter, 201 Queens Ave., Suite 202, London, Ontario, N6A 1J1. A. Millard George Funeral Home 60 Ridout Street South, London (519-433-5184) entrusted with arrangements.

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DIKLICH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-19 published
Windsor Spitfires captain RENAUD dies
Calgary Flames' draft choice was 19
By Allan MAKI, Page S1
Family Day was supposed to be fun and relaxing for the Windsor Spitfires. Instead of practising, the players were scheduled to appear at the Windsor Arena throughout the afternoon and skate leisurely with Friends and fans of the Ontario Hockey League team.
Spitfires captain Mickey RENAUD, 19, had decided to have a few teammates over to his family home in Tecumseh, Ontario, for breakfast before heading to the arena known affectionately as the Barn.
But in the midst of an enjoyable morning, something went horribly wrong. RENAUD began convulsing, then passed out. An ambulance was called while efforts were made to revive the stricken teen.
By the time he was taken to the Windsor Regional Hospital, it was too late. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound centre was gone and a family, a team and corners of the hockey world were thrust into mourning.
"We're in a state of shock," said Tom WEBSTER, a family friend who twice coached the Spitfires and was responsible for getting the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames to draft RENAUD in the fifth round in 2007. "I don't know how to describe it. Just seeing the guys at the rink, the staff, everyone in the organization, it's really difficult to deal with. I feel just like I lost a son."
Spitfires team physician Roy DIKLICH outlined yesterday's medical efforts in a statement that said RENAUD was "absent of vital signs" when the player reached hospital. "All attempts were made at resuscitations and were unsuccessful at the emergency room."
According to a family contact, an autopsy was planned for last night to try to learn what happened to the seemingly healthy young man renowned for his character as much as his ability to play hockey.
RENAUD was in his third season with the Spitfires and beginning to assert himself as a leader. It was that trait that had the Flames looking fondly to the future.
"He was a guy who gave you a little of everything - penalty killing, he could play on the power play, he could hit," Flames scout Todd Button said. "The thing that struck me was his leadership, especially with a young team. He got the job done."
Moe MANTHA, who signed RENAUD to play for the Spitfires, recalled RENAUD's smarts, how good he was with and without the puck. MANTHA said he could tell RENAUD came from a hockey family.
"He was a very good athlete in very good shape and we were looking for that to help turn things around," MANTHA said. "I met with his mom and dad before training camp. The apple didn't fall far from the tree. They're a first-class, genuine family. I feel so badly for them."
Mark RENAUD played 152 games in the National Hockey League, most of them with the Hartford Whalers, as a solid defenceman. Mark's brother, Chris, played in the American Hockey League and was coached by Webster.
"I can't say enough good things about this young man," Webster said of Mickey. "I compare him to Adam Graves. In '88, we went to the Memorial Cup with Adam. Mickey could have been that way next year or maybe this year. He always came to the rink with a smile on his face."
RENAUD's death was felt in Uniondale, where New York Islanders head coach Ted Nolan, whose son, Jordan, plays for the Spitfires, wasn't behind the bench for the first period when his team played the San Jose Sharks. Nolan needed time to talk to his son and compose himself.
"He was my son's teammate and good friend, and it was tragic," Nolan said. "Sometimes there are a lot more important things than a hockey game."
The Spitfires are supposed to play host to the Plymouth Whalers on Thursday. There was no news yesterday whether the game will be played and when a memorial service for RENAUD will be held.
"I'd like to go pay my respects," said former teammate Mitch MAUNU, who now plays for Lakehead University. "To hear about him passing, it's heartbreaking. He was such a great guy, so full of life and energy. He had so much in front of him.
"It's incomprehensible [that he's gone], that's the best word to describe it."
RENAUD had attended the Flames' training camp last September and had scored 21 goals and 20 assists in 56 games this Ontario Hockey League season. He was in the lineup on Sunday when Windsor defeated Owen Sound 4-1.

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