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DILIELLO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-14 published
MERRIFIELD, June
We would like to thank family and Friends for their support and comfort during the illness and loss of June. Special thanks to Barb FOSTER for her gentle loving care, to Vincent DILIELLO for a beautiful remembrance, to Ruth and Ralph DILIELLO for taking such good care of us, and to Needhams for their kindness. Bill MERRIFIELD and family.

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DILKES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-14 published
McGUIGAN, Frank J.
Suddenly in Florida on Monday, April 7, 2008, Frank McGUIGAN of Burlington in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Monica McGUIGAN. Loved father of Frank McGUIGAN of Montreal, Lucyanne DILKES of Ottawa, and stepfather of Valerie GRAY/GREY (Don OBERMEYER,) Anita RITCHIE (Jim,) Peter GRAY/GREY (Terri) all of Cambridge. Cherished grandfather of Fred DILKES and of many step grandchildren. Dear brother of Rita WIGGLESWORTH of Little Britain and Joan THOMAS of Toronto. Predeceased by his brothers James and Robert and sister Ronnie. Frank is also lovingly remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families. Frank retired from the Supreme Court of Canada where he worked as a court reporter. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, (one stoplight north of Queen Elizabeth Way) Burlington (905-632-3333) on Wednesday 7-9 p.m. with Vigil Prayers at 7: 30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church, 4072 New Street, Burlington on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Burlington Memorial Gardens. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be sincerely appreciated by the family. www.smithsfh.com

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DILL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-18 published
MOORE, A. Howard
At Strathmere Lodge on Saturday, February 16, 2008, A. Howard MOORE of Glencoe in his 89th year. Predeceased by his wife Florence (Dill) MOORE (1997.) Dear father of Marilyn and Keith CARROLL of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Earl and Mary MOORE of West Lorne, Anne MOORE and Vivian of South Hadley, Massachusetts, and grandfather of Jenny and Rod KEITH, Meghan and Garth HAUGEN, Anne CARROLL and Conner MURPHY, Dan CARROLL and Echo GOODVIN, and Christine MOORE. Also remembered by his great-grandchildren, Kevin, Dexter, Pacey, Kate, Jayde and Payge, his 2 sisters, Neta CARMICHAEL of Ottawa and Helen KENTNER of Brampton, and his sisters-in-law, Eleanor BRADY, Isabel RIPLEY, Alice PATERSON, Nina HURDLE and Isabella DILL and brother-in-law Alfred (Pat) PATTISON. Predeceased by one sister Olive OGG and one brother Evan MOORE. Howard was a member of Lorne Masonic Lodge #282, a Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge, the Mocha Shriners and Trinity United Church, Glencoe. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday February 20th at 11 a.m. Rev. Kenji MARUI officiating. Interment Appin Cemetery. Lorne Masonic Lodge #282 will conduct a service Tuesday evening at 7: 00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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DILLABOUGH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-19 published
DILLABOUGH, Bev
Peacefully at Norman Site of Bluewater Health in Sarnia on Monday, March 17th, 2008, Bev DILLABOUGH of R.R.#2 Forest in his 80th year. Bev is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Noreen. Cherished father to Greg and Janice DILLABOUGH of Brampton. Predeceased by brother Jim DILLABOUGH and sister Lois BUTTERS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Proud member and past President of the Forest Rotary Club. Also a proud member of Saint_James Presbyterian Church in Forest. Visitation will be held from the Ronn E. Dodge Funeral Home (James at Watt. St.) on Wednesday, March 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held from the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 20th at 2 p.m. with Rev. Joanne MacODRUM officiating. Private interment at Beechwood Cemetery in Forest. Donations to the Bluewater Health Palliative Care or Saint_James Presbyterian Church would be greatly appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences may be left online at www.dodgefuneralhome.com In memory of Bev, a living tribute has been planted. As the tree grows so will your memories - the Denning Family.

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DILLABOUGH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-19 published
DILLABOUGH, Bev
Peacefully at Norman Site of Bluewater Health in Sarnia on Monday, March 17th, 2008, Bev DILLABOUGH of R.R.#2 Forest in his 80th year. Bev is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Noreen. Cherished Father to Greg and Janice DILLABOUGH of Brampton. Predeceased by brother Jim DILLABOUGH and sister Lois BUTTERS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Proud member and past President of the Forest Rotary club. Also a proud member of Saint_James Presbyterian Church in Forest. Visitation will be held from the Ronn E. Dodge Funeral Home (James at Watt. St) on Wednesday, March 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held from the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 20th at 2 p.m. with Rev. Joanne MacODRUM officiating. Private Interment at Beechwood Cemetery in Forest. Donations to the Bluewater Health Palliative Care or Saint_James Presbyterian Church would be greatly appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences may be left online at www.dodgefuneralhome.com. In memory of Bev, a living tribute has been planted. As the tree grows so will your memories - The Denning Family.

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DILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-26 published
DILLE, Lutz
Died peacefully on July 6 in France. He was 85. Born in Leipzig, Germany he emigrated to Toronto in 1951 and went on to an acclaimed career in still photography as well as working freelance for television and also making short independent films.
Lutz had been living in France for the last 20 plus years with his wife Mary, who passed away in October 2006. He never recovered from her loss.
His creative and eccentric ways will be sadly missed by his 2 daughters Maya and Zoe, his grandchildren Francesca and Satchel and his son Oliver. There will be a memorial celebration of Lutz's life in the fall. If you would like more information please contact Maya at 416-530-0883 or maya.dille@sympatico.ca

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DILLMAN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-01-30 published
DILLMAN, Ron
Who left us so suddenly, February 3, 2007.
In the garden of our thoughts, the time is always spring.
Memories grow sweeter for our remembering.
For the beauty of the flowers is the language of the heart
And love lives forever where dear ones never part
We never ask for miracles, but today, just one would do.
to see the door push open and see you walking through..
If we could have one lifetime wish, one wish that would come true.
We would wish with all our hearts, for yesterday and you.
The things we feel most deeply, are the hardest things to say.
For we, your family, loved you. We miss you more each day.
For life is not the same, since you have gone away.
Our hearts still ache with sadness, and silent tears still flow.
For what it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.
- Loving you forever and missing you always, Mavis, Sue and Jeff, Jan and Dave, Dave and Tracy, Don and Patti.
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DILLMAN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-01-30 published
DILLMAN, Ron
In loving memory of our Grandpa, who passed away February 3, You slipped away so suddenly on that cold and wintry day, Grandpa, here are just a few things we never got to say,
We love you and we'll miss you, we'll cherish you forever.
Because you were a part of our lives, we believe they were much better,
Someday we will join you up there, way up in the sky,
So Grandpa, this is just see you soon, this is not good-bye.
- Sadly missed every day by Shannon, Ben and Tracy, Jessica, Meaghan, Lucas, Aaron.
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DILLMAN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-02-27 published
DILLMAN, Mavis (née MINO)
After a lengthy battle with cancer in Headwaters Hospital, Orangeville on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 Mavis (MINO) DILLMAN in her year, Beloved wife of the late Ron DILLMAN. Dear mother of Susan (Jeff) DAVIS, Janice (David) ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, David (Tracy) DILLMAN and Donald (Patti) DILLMAN all of Dundalk. Loving grandmother of Shannon, Ben (Tracy O'DONOHOE), Jessica, Meaghan, Lucas and Aaron. Survived by brothers Russ (Peggy) MINO, Butch (Betty) MINO, sisters Noreen (Gord) LORENZ, Gail SHERWIN, Carol (Ted) GALBRAITH. Loving sister-in-law of Ray (Penny) DILLMAN, Allen (Candy) DILLMAN; her mother-in-law Eva (Gertie) DILLMAN. Predeceased by her parents William and Wilma MINO, daughter-in-law Tracy (HOWES) DILLMAN, father-in-law Reginald DILLMAN, brothers-in-law Jim SHERWIN and Ken ROSS, niece Leeanne SHERWIN and sister-in-law Darlene ROSS. A memorial service was held at the McMiilan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk on Friday, February 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. Donations to Headwaters Hospital, Canadian Cancer Society, Dundalk United Church or the' Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Visitation was on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m.
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DILLMAN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-03-05 published
DILLMAN, Mavis
The family of the late Mavis DILLMAN would like to thank our family, Friends and neighbours for their support during our time of sorrow; for prayers, cards, flowers, donations, phone calls, visits and food. A very special thank you to Doctor Gord WILLANS, the F-Wing nurses and the Cancer Clinic nurses at Headwaters Hospital in Orangeville for their excellent medical care of our mother during her struggle with cancer. We are grateful for the comforting words and spiritual guidance of Rev. Janet ERIKSEN the assistance of Norm JACK and staff at McMillan and Jack Funeral Home; the memorial service music by Maxine COPELAND, the Dundalk United Church for use of the lower hall to visit with family and Friends and the Dundalk United Church Women for preparing and serving lunch and following the memorial service. Words can not express how deeply touched we are for all the support at this time of our loss.
- Susan and Jeff DAVIS, Janice and Dave ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Dave and Tracy DILLMAN, Don and Patti DILLMAN and families.
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DILLMAN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-21 published
DILLMAN, Mavis (née MINO)
After a lengthy battle with cancer in Headwaters Hospital, Orangeville on Tuesday, February 19, 2008. Mavis (MINO) DILLMAN in her 71st year, beloved wife of the late Ronald DILLMAN. Dear mother of Susan (Jeff) DAVIS, Janice (David) ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, David (Tracy) DILLMAN and Donald (Patti) DILLMAN all of Dundalk. Loving grandmother of Shannon, Ben (Tracy O'DONOHOE,) Jessica, Meaghan, Lucas and Aaron. Survived by brothers Russ (Peggy) MINO, Butch (Betty) MINO, sisters Noreen (Gord) LORENZ, Gail SHERWIN, Carol (Ted) GALBRAITH. Loving sister-in-law of Ray (Penny) DILLMAN, Allen (Candy) DILLMAN, and daughter-in-law of Eva (Gertie) DILLMAN. Predeceased by her parents William and Wilma MINO, daughter-in-law Tracy (HOWES) DILLMAN, father-in-law Reginald DILLMAN, brothers-in-law Jim SHERWIN and Ken ROSS, niece Leeanne SHERWIN and sister-in-law Darlene ROSS. A memorial service will be held at the McMillan And Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk on Friday, February 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. Donations to Headwaters Hospital, Canadian Cancer Society, Dundalk United Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Visitation on Friday 1-2 p.m.

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DILLON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-08 published
COOPER, Melvin
After a lengthy illness passed away at Saint Mary's Hospital July 7th, 2008 in his 67th year. Beloved husband of Barbara COOPER. Sadly missed by his children Lisa (Kevin) STONE, Billy (Angela) COOPER and step-daughters Sherri STUEBING and Liz (Hiroshi) ATSUMI. Forever in their hearts sister Ethel (Pat) DILLON, and brother Wallace (Peggy) COOPER. Predeceased by his first wife Betty COOPER, his parents William COOPER and Hilda MAYOR, step-father Melville MAYOR and brother-in-law Gerard JOHNSON. Cherished by his many nieces and nephews and dear Friends Carm and Joe JOHNSON, Judy and Larry UTTLEY and Charlie and Bonnie McEACHERN. A memorial service will be held at Little's Funeral Home, 223 Main St. Cambridge, on Thursday, July 10th 2008 at 1 p.m. Followed by a reception. As an expression of sympathy donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Diabetes.

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DILLON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-27 published
DILLON, Colonel Richard Maurice, CM, MC, ED, CD, LLD
Soldier, Engineer, Public Servant, Cabinetmaker, Sailor. Colonel Richard Maurice DILLON Born August 4, 1920. Died on April 23, 2008 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, after a long illness, borne with courage and his customary patience and grace. Eldest son of Brigadier M. Murray DILLON and Muriel HICKS of London, Ontario. He is survived by his beloved Elizabeth, his wife of 63 years, and by his loving and grateful children, his daughter Kelly MEIGHEN and son-in-law Michael MEIGHEN of Toronto, his daughter Ann DILLON and son-in-law Edmund CAPE of West Vancouver, and his daughter Katherine DILLON of Toronto. Remembered with great love and admiration by his seven grandchildren, Ted, Hugh and Max MEIGHEN and Tony, David, Katherine and Hugh CAPE whose lives have been shaped by their grandfather's enthusiasm for life's possibilities, his integrity and his wonderful sense of fun. He is also survived by his sister, Shelagh WATTERS and her husband Neil of Cookstown, his sister Diana JOHNSTON of Minden and his brother Michael DILLON of London. He was predeceased by his brother John (1926,) brother-in-law Gerald JOHNSTON and his sister-in-law Maggie DILLON. He joined The Royal Canadian Regiment in 1939, serving overseas in Italy until wounded at Ortona on Christmas Eve, 1943. For bravery in the field he was awarded the Military Cross. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A. Honours Mathematics, gold medalist) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.Sc. Engineering), Richard began his career as a civil engineer. In 1960 he was appointed the first Dean of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario and then moved, in 1971, to the Ontario government, serving as deputy minister of a number of different ministries. He found many ways to involve himself in the life of his community and his country. In London he served as Chair of the United Way, as a church warden, political organizer and confidante to John Robarts during his tenure as Premier of Ontario. He contributed as well to more distant communities through work with Canadian International Development Agency in Thailand, as President of Professional Engineers of Ontario, President of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and as a founding director of The Schmeelk Canada Foundation. Throughout his life he worked passionately to promote the strengthening of ties between English and French Canada and tried valiantly, though largely unsuccessfully, to learn to speak French. He maintained a lifelong association with the Royal Canadian Regiment, serving as Colonel of the Regiment from 1993 until 1997. Appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986, he was a proud Canadian whose record of service through his long and full life has been an inspiring example and source of pride to his family, colleagues and many Friends. Friends will be received at 4 Lamport Avenue, Toronto (valet parking provided) on Sunday, April 27, 2008 between 2: 00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 11: 30 a.m. at St. Clement's Church, 59 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Regiment Education Fund for Children of Fallen Soldiers (www.thercr.ca) or the University of Western Ontario, c/o Foundation Western, Westminster College, Suite 110, London Ontario, N6A 3K7. We would like to thank all those at Sunnybrook who provided such exemplary care, Fred GABY for his wonderful companionship and Doctor Heather GILLY for her counsel and many kindnesses to Richard and his family.

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DILLON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-24 published
CHICK, Susan (REID)
After a lengthy illness passed away peacefully at University Hospital, London on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 in her 76th year. She is survived by her children Jannaca (Paul RICHARDSON,) Rob (Diane,) Melissa KENNEDY (Glen,) and Sarah, and by her grandchildren Genevieve, Amy and Owen CHICK, Heather BENSON and Jeremy KENNEDY. She is also survived by her sister Jane HILL of Kitchener. She was predeceased by her ex-husband Jim CHICK and by her brother Terry REID. Special thanks to Marilyn DILLON and her team of caregivers. Sue requested that there be no service. The family will have a private remembrance in August. Cremation will be followed by interment at Oakland of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the London Humane Society or the May Court Club of London would be gratefully acknowledged. (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca).

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DILLON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-25 published
DILLON, Colonel Richard Maurice, CM, MC, ED, CD, LLD
Soldier, Engineer, Public Servant, Cabinetmaker, Sailor.
Born August 4, 1920. Died on April 23, 2008 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, after a long illness, borne with courage and his customary patience and grace. Eldest son of Brigadier M. Murray DILLON and Muriel HICKS of London, Ontario. He is survived by his beloved Elizabeth, his wife of 63 years, and by his loving and grateful children, his daughter Kelly MEIGHEN and son-in-law Michael MEIGHEN of Toronto, his daughter Ann DILLON and son-in-law Edmund CAPE of West Vancouver, and his daughter Katherine DILLON of Toronto. Remembered with great love and admiration by his seven grandchildren, Ted, Hugh and Max MEIGHEN and Tony, David, Katherine and Hugh CAPE whose lives have been shaped by their grandfather's enthusiasm for life's possibilities, his integrity and his wonderful sense of fun. He is also survived by his sister, Shelagh WATTERS and her husband Neil of Cookstown, his sister Diana JOHNSTON of Minden and his brother Michael DILLON of London. He was predeceased by his brother John (1926), brother-in-law Gerald JOHNSTON and his sister-in-law Maggie DILLON. He joined the Royal Canadian Regiment in 1939, serving overseas in Italy until wounded at Ortona on Christmas Eve, 1943. For bravery in the field he was awarded the Military Cross. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A. Honours Mathematics, gold medallist) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M. Sc. Engineering), Richard began his career as a civil engineer. In 1960 he was appointed the first Dean of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario and then moved, in 1971, to the Ontario government, serving as deputy minister of a number of different ministries. He found many ways to involve himself in the life of his community and his country. In London he served as Chair of the United Way, as a church warden, political organizer and confidante to John Robarts during his tenure as Premier of Ontario. He contributed as well to more distant communities through work with Canadian International Development Agency in Thailand, as President of Professional Engineers of Ontario, President of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and as a founding director of The Schmeelk Canada Foundation. Throughout his life he worked passionately to promote the strengthening of ties between English and French Canada and tried valiantly, though largely unsuccessfully, to learn to speak French. He maintained a lifelong association with the Royal Canadian Regiment, serving as Colonel of the Regiment from 1993 until 1997. Appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986, he was a proud Canadian whose record of service through his long and full life has been an inspiring example and source of pride to his family, colleagues and many Friends. Friends will be received at 4 Lamport Avenue, Toronto (valet parking provided) on Sunday, April 27, 2008 between 2: 00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 11: 30 a.m. at St. Clement's Church, 59 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Regiment Education Fund for Children of Fallen Soldiers (www.thercr.ca) or the University of Western Ontario, c/o Foundation Western, Westminster College, Suite 110, London, Ontario, N6A 3K7. We would like to thank all those at Sunnybrook who provided such exemplary care, Fred GABY for his wonderful companionship and Dr. Heather GILLY for her counsel and many kindnesses to Richard and his family.

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DILLON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-03 published
The war hero who returned home to help forge a booming Ontario
As executive director of an Ontario Hydro task force, he drew on all the skills he had accumulated as a soldier, a design engineer, a dean in an academic bureaucracy and a consultant to government
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S12
Although he never held public office, Richard (Dick) DILLON was very much involved in the so-called London mafia that surrounded and supported lawyer and politician John Robarts, who was premier of Ontario from 1961-1971. Mostly they were, like Mr. Robarts, veterans of the Second World War, graduates of the University of Western Ontario, and lawyers, engineers and businessmen who supported the Progressive Conservative Party.
In the late 1960s, there was a feeling in Ontario that government was growing too fast and becoming both too powerful and too cumbersome. There's nothing unusual in that sentiment, of course, or the notion that the solution lies in public-private partnerships and a reorganization of the civil service. What is slightly unusual is that Mr. Robarts, himself, in the dying days of his administration, actually did something about it by establishing Ontario's Committee on Government Productivity. Ontario Hydro was such a powerful entity that it was given its own sub-committee with the mandate to examine ways that it might decentralize some of its operations, based on the Hydro Quebec model.
Mr. Robarts wanted Dick DILLON to run Task Force Hydro. When the appointment came before cabinet, it was questioned by Leslie Rowntree, minister of financial and commercial affairs. "He could be a little bit stuffy," said Darcy McKeough, who was then minister of municipal affairs.
"We are wondering who this Richard M. Dillion is?" Mr. Rowntree asked archly, according to Mr. McKeough. To which Mr. Robarts replied: "He is the dean of engineering at the University of Western Ontario, he is the past president of The London Club, he is a past church warden at Bishop Cronyn Church and he is a past president of the Progressive Conservative Association. Is there anything else you would like to know, Mr. Rowntree?"
Clearly that was enough information for Mr. Rowntree, for the appointment was duly made, but there was much more that Mr. Robarts could have said about Mr. DILLON - holder of the Military Cross for bravery during the war, professional engineer with a gold medal from University of Western Ontario and a graduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among other attributes. What Mr. Robarts couldn't know, back in 1970, was the complex role that Mr. DILLON would later play as a deputy minister, volunteer, and facilitator of bilingual education.
Born in Simcoe, Ontario on August 4, 1920, Richard Maurice DILLON was the eldest of five children of Brigadier Marmaduke Murray DILLON and his wife Muriel (née HICKS.) His father was a soldier and an engineer who won the Military Cross early in 1918 for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty" as an officer of the 1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun corps.
The DILLONs settled in London, Ontario, where Richard went to local elementary schools and then London South Collegiate Institute. As the son of a military family, he was encouraged to join the army. He became a signaler in the Canadian Fusiliers when he was 15 and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Canadian Officer's Training Corps in 1938 when he was a first-year student at University of Western Ontario. He withdrew from university a year later to enlist in the Canadian Active Service Force after Canada declared war on Germany in September, 1939.
He joined The Royal Canadian Regiment in England in June, 1941. He was in command of a bren-gun carrier platoon in the Allied invasion of Sicily that began on July 10, 1943, with both amphibious and airborne landings. Essentially, the Italians resisted the invasion by retreating. The Germans would not be so compliant further up the boot.
It was later that same month that Capt. DILLON, like his father before him, earned the Military Cross for distinguished and meritorious service in battle. On July 23, 1943, two companies of The Royal Canadian Regiment were ordered to skirt the town of Assoro, under cover of darkness and attack it from the rear. Nothing went according to plan: The commanding officer was killed, communications broke down and Capt. DILLON, with a section of carriers, was instrumental in re-establishing contact with the beleaguered forward companies, which were in disarray. According to his Military Cross citation, he "led the carriers skillfully across difficult rocky and mountainous country during daylight under constant observed enemy artillery, mortar and machine gun fire, and through enemy patrols, contacted the forward Companies and carried out his mission. The officer displayed leadership and outstanding devotion to duty in carrying out his difficult mission." The citation is signed by, among others, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, commander of the Eighth Army.
Subsequently, he was given command of "A" Company and was wounded on Christmas Day, 1943 when a grenade exploded beside him during the battle of Ortona, a ferocious close-combat battle between German paratroops and the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. He was evacuated first to England and then to Canada and spent the rest of the war teaching at the Army Staff College in Kingston, Ontario Permanently deaf in his right ear, he would occasionally scratch pieces of shrapnel from his scalp for the rest of his life.
Throughout the war he had been corresponding with Elizabeth DEMPSEY, a young woman he had met at University of Western Ontario in 1938. She was engaged to a friend of his, and the three of them palled around. Both men went overseas, but only Mr. DILLON came back. He and Miss DEMPSEY were married in London, Ontario, on April 21, 1945.
He returned to University of Western Ontario to complete his interrupted undergraduate education and graduated in 1948 with an honours degree in mathematics and the gold medal. He and his wife then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts., where Kelly, the first of the DILLONs' three daughters, was born and Mr. DILLON acquired a masters of science degree in civil engineering in 1950 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
They returned to Canada where Mr. DILLON worked briefly for Dominion Bridge in Toronto before settling in London, Ontario That's where daughters Ann and Katherine (Kate) were born and where Mr. DILLON joined M.M. Dillon and Co. (now Dillon Consulting), a firm of consulting engineers that had been founded in January, 1946, by his father and a colleague and fellow veteran, George HUMPHRIES. Besides working in his father's firm as a design engineer, and later as a partner and director, Mr. DILLON also continued his military career as a reservist.
He rejoined the Canadian Fusiliers as a company commander in 1946 and when it affiliated with The Royal Canadian Regiment in November, 1954, he took command of the London and Oxford Fusiliers (3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment). Two years later, he retired to the supplementary reserve. Ann DILLON remembered her father's peacetime military career in the eulogy she delivered at his funeral by describing how "he would line up his three girls, shiny fresh from their baths and in their pj's and do his parade inspection," on Monday nights before he headed out, in his uniform, for his weekly commitment to the militia.
"He would prod us here and there with his swagger stick and bark out orders - shoulders back chest out… his final order was usually 'wipe that smile off your face' which produced huge laughter and, which as far as I know, never made it into the military lexicon," she said.
Monday-night drill was very different from the semi-annual Vimy dinners that were always held on Fridays at the Legion because, on Saturday mornings, Ms. DILLON said of her parents "you approached their bedroom at your peril: a toss-up between being overcome with the fumes or deafened by the snoring." As the years passed, the snoring, unimpeded by marital admonitions, probably grew louder, as Mrs. DILLON's hearing began to fail as well.
After nearly a decade working in his father's firm of consulting engineers, including serving on the advisory committee to establish an Engineering Department at University of Western Ontario, Mr. DILLON was asked to become the first dean of the Faculty of Engineering Science. It was 1960 and he was 40. In Western's First Century, by John Gwynne-Timothy, Mr. DILLON was commended for his "energetic direction" as dean in upping the quality of the undergraduate program, developing a graduate and research program and enhancing links with "the wider working world of industry and business."
Those links included serving as a project officer on the Science Research and Development Committee for the Royal Commission on Government Organization (the Glassco Commission), which recommended a decentralized organizational model for the federal government. He also went on a three-month Colombo Plan (a framework for bi-lateral aid and technical assistance that came out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers in Ceylon in 1950) mission in 1963 to Thailand to advise the government on engineering education.
From 1965-67, he was a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on Confederation, which was set up by Premier Robarts to advise the government on issues such as bilingualism and multiculturalism vis-à-vis the other provinces (especially Quebec) and the federal government. After finishing this assignment, Mr. DILLON was seconded in 1970, from his position as engineering dean at University of Western Ontario, to become the executive director of the Task Force Hydro Committee on Government Productivity, a task that required all of the skills he had accumulated as a wartime soldier, a design engineer, an aspirational dean in the academic bureaucracy and a consultant to government.
To help Mr. DILLON penetrate Hydro's monolithic culture, Mr. Robarts arranged for him to attend the meetings of the Hydro Electric Power Commission, "which was highly unusual [for an outsider]," said Mr. McKeough. "George Gathercole, who was the chair, would hold forth at great length and finally say, 'Is there anything anybody else would like to say?' To which one of the other commissioners would dutifully reply, 'No, George, you have said it all.' " And so the meeting would end, but the tale lived on in Mr. DILLON's retelling.
From the task force, Mr. DILLON was appointed deputy in Mr. McKeough's Ministry of Energy in 1973. Mr. McKeough, a younger but stalwart member of the London mafia, knew Mr. DILLON well. "He was a very bright person and an engineer and understood energy and was a fan of Candu [a pressurized heavy-water reactor] and he knew the inside of Hydro because of the task force."
In 1976, Mr. DILLON moved from Energy to Resources Development and then to Municipal Affairs and Housing before leaving the civil service in 1982 to go back into business as a founding partner of Alafin Consultants. Nevertheless, business was only part of his life for the next 15 years, which was largely devoted to volunteer work, to building dubiously road and sea-worthy vehicles with his grandchildren and to serving his regiment. He was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment, a rank he held from 1986 to 1993 and then promoted to Colonel of the Regiment (of The Royal Canadian Regiment), an honorary position he held from 1993 to 1997.
The Confederation debates of the 1960s and 1970s and the rise of the Parti Québécois, which Rene Levesque led to power in the Quebec provincial election in 1976, created linguistic aspirations and prompted conciliatory gestures in Ontario. One of them involved Mr. DILLON and Richard Schmeelk, a wealthy American banker who had represented Salomon Brothers in Ontario since the mid 1950s. After retiring as a senior executive from Salomon in 1986, Mr. Schmeelk established the Schmeelk Canada Fellowship to create a better understanding between English and French-Canadians. The idea, which percolated at a dinner with Mr. McKeough, John Turner and Mr. Schmeelk, was to have students from University of Western Ontario and Laval University in Quebec City study at each other's institutions. The initial capitalization of $1-million dollars has more than doubled over the years and the program has expanded to include the University of Calgary in Alberta and the University of Montreal in Quebec. Mr. DILLON was executive secretary from 1995 to 2001. "Dick was the guy who handled all the heavy duty [lifting] over the years and made a great contribution to the scholarship," said Mr. Schmeelk. "He went to all the meetings and did a great job and was a great friend over the years."
In the late 1990s, Mr. DILLON began to suffer from memory problems. "My father was a wonderful dancer," said his daughter Kelly MEIGHEN. "He taught the three of us how to dance, and I can remember thinking at my 50th birthday party [in November, 1999], that he no longer knew how to dance."
Mrs. DILLON cared for her husband at home until finally, when he could no longer recognize his loved ones and even a walk in the garden could frighten him, she allowed him to be moved into the veteran's wing at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on November 8, 2006. Eighteen months later, two days after the DILLONs' 63rd wedding anniversary, he died there, surrounded by his family.
About an hour later, the chaplain and some of the nurses on duty came into Mr. DILLON's room at Sunnybrook. "The Chaplain read some passages and said a prayer," said Ms. MEIGHEN. " Then she looked at my mother and said: 'On behalf of the people of Canada I want to thank you and your husband for his service to the country and for the freedom we enjoy today.' And then, they placed the flag over his body," said Ms. MEIGHEN. "It was such a lovely gesture that we were stunned."
Richard Maurice DILLON, CM, MC, was born on August 4, 1920 in Simcoe, Ontario He died of complications from Alzheimer's Disease on April 23, 2008. He was 87. Mr. DILLON is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, his three daughters, and his seven grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother, John, he also leaves sisters Shelagh and Diana and his brother, Michael, and his extended family.

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DILLON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-24 published
WATTERS, Shelagh Muriel (née DILLON)
Shelagh WATTERS died in Newmarket on June 22, 2008 after a short battle with cancer which she waged with dignity and courage. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Doctor Neil WATTERS, and her devoted children, grandchildren and their families: Douglas WATTERS and daughter-in-law Maggie GOSSELIN, of Toronto, grand_son Isaac WATTERS, granddaughter Doctor Caitlin PEPPERELL and husband Ted BURNS of Menlo Park, California and great-granddaughter Myrna BURNS; Doctor James WATTERS and daughter-in-law Patricia WATTERS of Ottawa, grand_son Sean WATTERS and granddaughter Sarah WATTERS Michael WATTERS and daughter-in-law Terri WATTERS of Atherton, California and grand_sons Grant WATTERS and Neil WATTERS; and daughter Louise CRAIG and son-in-law Albert CRAIG, III, of Rochester, New York, and grand_son Albert CRAIG, IV. Born in Simcoe, Ontario on January 3, 1924, Shelagh was the eldest daughter of Brigadier M.M. DILLON and Muriel HICKS. She is survived by her brother Doctor Michael DILLON of London, her sister-in-law Elizabeth DILLON of Toronto and her sister Doctor Diana JOHNSON of Minden. She was predeceased by brothers John (1926,) Col. Richard DILLON (2008,) brother-in-law Gerald JOHNSON and sister-in-law Maggie DILLON. She grew up in London, Ontario during the 30's on a small farm, and took on family responsibilities from an early age. Shelagh graduated from high school at age 15, worked for an insurance company, and quickly decided this was not for her. She completed training in physiotherapy at the University of Toronto in 1944, and then joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps as Lt. (N/S). She served in Ottawa and Montreal, and then at London Military Hospital, Crumlin, Ontario, where she met Neil. They were married in London on November 1, 1947, and lived briefly in Galt, in Toronto until 1987, and then at the farm in Cookstown, Ontario, with winters in Crystal River, Florida. Shelagh was guided by duty, love and beauty. She set herself high standards, often critical of her own work. An artist in all she did, she strove to bring harmony (at times to a house of unruly boys), nurturing both family and community. She had a special bond with her daughters-in-law and granddaughters, being both mentor and mother to all. A lifelong learner, she attended many University of Toronto extension courses. She was a figure skater in her youth, played the piano well and exposed her children to music. After trips to Europe, Shelagh became a fine chef. Her cooking was an inspiration to her daughter and daughters-in-law, and even to her sons. In latter years, bounty from Neil's garden in Cookstown was preserved for family and Friends. Each grandchild now treasures their own beautiful quilt, made by Shelagh and filled with personal references. She was an avid gardener. A member of the Garden Club of Toronto, she excelled at dried flower arrangements. Her gardens at Cookstown were included in tours. In the early 1970s, Shelagh joined the Association of Woman Electors, attending meetings at City Hall, helping to improve oversight and governance. Later in life Shelagh began to paint, and became a very accomplished watercolourist. She studied with distinguished teachers, a number of whom became lifelong Friends. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the Southlake Regional Health Centre for their skill and kindness to Shelagh, and invite those wishing to make a donation to consider the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation (www.southlakeregional.org/foun dation.html). The family invite Friends to visit us at the farm at Cookstown on Saturday, June 28 between two and six p.m., or to send messages of condolence to neilwatters3@gmail.com. Directions to the farm are at 705 458 9135.

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DILLON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-24 published
CHICK, Susan (REID)
After a lengthy illness passed away peacefully at University Hospital, London on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 in her 76th year. She is survived by her children Jannaca (Paul RICHARDSON,) Rob (Diane,) Melissa KENNEDY (Glen,) and Sarah, and by her grandchildren Genevieve, Amy and Owen CHICK, Heather BENSON and Jeremy KENNEDY. She is also survived by her sister Jane HILL of Kitchener. She was predeceased by her ex-husband Jim CHICK and by her brother Terry REID. Special thanks to Marilyn DILLON and her team of caregivers. Sue requested that there be no service. The family will have a private remembrance in August. Cremation will be followed by interment at Oakland of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the London Humane Society or the May Court Club of London would be gratefully acknowledged. (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca)

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DILLON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-07-25 published
DILLON, Doris Madge
Passed away peacefully on July 17, 2008 in her 88th year. Loving mother of Lola DECICIEO, Derek DILLON, Patricia SOLTAN, Peter DILLON, adopted daughter Georgine SARLAT and all of their spouses. She will be cherished by her 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by all of her family. Friends will be received at the Bernardo Funeral Homes (855 Albion Rd., one block east of lslington Ave., 416-747-7231) on Sunday from 5-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 28, 2008. at 2 p.m. at Kingsview Seventh Day Adventist Church (70 Kingsview Blvd). Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Collingwood General Hospital would be greatly appreciated.

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DILORENZO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-02 published
CRAIG, Walter Reid
(A Veteran of World War 2, Flight Lieutenant - Navigator)
Peacefully on Thursday May 1, 2008 in his 95th year. Walter, beloved husband of Jeanne. Loved father of Kathryn and her husband Robert McNABB, David, Bruce and his wife Sylvianne RIVARD, Cindy (Cyd) and her husband Domenic DILORENZO. Dear grandfather of Greg and his partner Robyn; Ian McNABB and his fiancée Krissy, Monique, Adam, Charlotte and Sean-Patrick CRAIG and Joseph, Alysha and Samantha DILORENZO. Special Grampie to Alyssa. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. West, Oakville, (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. A Memorial Service will take place 11: 00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Maple Grove United Church, 346 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville. Those who wish may make donations to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be made through www.koprivataylor.com

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