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DOCHERTY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-04 published
STEPHEN, Elizabeth " Betty" (née LYNCH)
Died peacefully at Georgian Heights, Owen Sound on Thursday, July 3, 2008. Betty STEPHEN (née LYNCH) formerly of Chesley, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late John STEPHEN. Loving mother of Glenna REILLY of Owen Sound and Eleanor (Jim) PURDIE of Kitchener. Cherished grandma of Colin (Kelly), Kevin (Jodi), Scott, and Peter and great-grandma of Maya Elizabeth PURDIE. Also survived by her brothers Andrew and Matthew LYNCH, both of Scotland, sisters-in-law Vivian SCHOPF, Vera LETTAU and Pearl STEPHEN and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Jerry REILLY, sister Annie DOCHERTY and brothers-in-law Alex STEPHEN, William LETTAU, Addie SCHOPF, Harry STEPHEN and Donald McCOLEMAN. Cremation has taken place. Private family burial at a later date. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Grey Bruce Cremation and Burial Services 519-371-8507.

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DOCHERTY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-03 published
Search for snowmobilers ends in tragedy
Bodies discovered under the ice as Lake Simcoe thaws with mild weather and freezes again in cold snap
By Anthony REINHART, Page A8
Virginia, Ontario -- At a time of year when it's too early to trust the ice, Darlene CAMERON took comfort when her husband, Willie, pledged to stay off Lake Simcoe on New Year's Day.
He'd just taken delivery of a 2008 Ski-Doo on December 21, and the 40-year-old father of two said he wasn't about to risk losing it, or harming himself, for the sake of catching a few thrills with his snowmobiling buddy, Steve DOCHERTY, 43.
When neither man returned home Tuesday night, any such comfort turned to fear. When their bodies were found under the lake ice off Georgina Island late yesterday, the fear turned to grief.
The discovery of the bodies sent a chill through an already frigid day of searching by York Region and Georgina Island police, firefighters, the victims' families, Friends and area residents, fuelled by the faint hope that somehow, some way, they would turn up alive and unhurt.
"They're responsible sledders, they're not idiots," Ms. CAMERON told Friends inside the Virginia Beach Marina and Restaurant, the unofficial community hub in the tiny settlement of Virginia, a few hours before the bodies were found. "I just can't figure out how two of them can disappear. Two of them."
But, when volunteer searchers on their own risky snowmobile foray found a helmet atop the ice off the island's northeast shore at 4: 45 p.m., police had their first firm clue that the men had indeed ventured far out onto the lake, despite uncertain ice conditions and whiteouts on Tuesday afternoon.
Police searchers descended from a helicopter shortly afterward and found the first body, using poles, in three to four metres of water. The second body was found at about 9 p.m.
It is believed the men fell into a patch of open water, and that the water then froze over as the temperature plunged overnight.
The changeability of conditions in what is still early winter only underscores the danger the men and their searchers faced throughout the ordeal, despite their extensive snowmobiling experience and familiarity with the area, said Sergeant John LOUGHRY, who conducted the search for York Regional Police.
"The ice is treacherous enough that at any given time somebody could be going through," Sgt. LOUGHRY said. "The lake is dangerous, and it's going to stay dangerous."
Ms. CAMERON had not expected her husband to encounter danger when he set off to meet Mr. DOCHERTY on Tuesday at about 12: 30 p.m. A few hours before the first body was found yesterday, she stood shivering by the lakeshore and recounted his last words to her.
"Do you mind me going out for a boot with Steve?" Mr. CAMERON asked his wife. "We're not going on the lake; it's not safe and you can't see a foot in front of you."
With that, the two men headed off, and were last seen travelling north along Sunkist Road - toward the lake.
The search effort included two search-and-rescue helicopters, one belonging to police and the other from Canadian Forces Base Trenton; several propeller-powered air boats, some equipped with heat-sensing infrared equipment; and a pair of police snowmobiles.
Dozens of area residents joined in on snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles to comb trails around the small settlement of Virginia, where both men lived, and nearby Georgina Island, home to the Chippewa First Nation, which sits in plain view about one kilometre offshore.
There was precious little to see on New Year's Day when the men headed off in whiteout conditions.
"It was horrible," said Felicia SISI, a server at the Virginia Beach Marina and Restaurant, on the waterfront where police placed their command post.
"You couldn't even see the island."
Like many here, Ms. SISI knew both men.
"They're my neighbours," she said. "One lives in front of me and the other one lives behind me."
Mr. DOCHERTY's rock band performed regularly at community events, and the CAMERONs came into the restaurant for breakfast most Sundays.
People here are well accustomed to severe winters, and to keeping close tabs on ice conditions, not only for recreational reasons but for practical ones - an ice road is the only link between Georgina Island and the mainland for much of the winter.
That road, however, follows a specific band of shallow water that freezes earlier than deeper waters nearby, as evidenced by the slushy ferry channel just west of it that remained in use yesterday.
"This lake is ever-changing," Sgt. LOUGHRY said.
When police put an airboat onto the ice just after midnight yesterday morning, the infrared sensor quickly began to measure wild variations in its thickness, "from open water to a foot thick," he said.
"Five miles straight out from here, you are on open water - or you were this morning," the officer said, noting yesterday's severe drop in temperature.
While Mr. CAMERON and Mr. DOCHERTY were universally described as responsible and experienced snowmobilers, police nonetheless had to include the lake in their search, based on the men's departure route from home.
"If you're last seen northbound on Sunkist Road, where do you snowmobile from there?" Sgt. LOUGHRY asked, before answering his own question. "At some point, you're going to use the lake."
Police also combed hundreds of kilometres of trails that lead from the nearby Pefferlaw River, a known destination for the two men in the past.
Mr. CAMERON was carrying a cellphone, but hadn't answered any calls since his wife began calling him about four hours after he left home.
With an array of television cameras rolling, her voice broke as she described what her husband and his friend were wearing, in hopes the information might yield clues to their disappearance.
"If anybody has seen them, Steve has a Yamaha coat; it's blue and white, it's brand new, he just bought it at the sled show this year," she said.
"Willie has a brand new Ski-Doo coat; it's yellow and black, mainly yellow with all the reflectors. It was brand new. I just bought it for him for his birthday, at the sled show."

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DOCKRILL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-01 published
QUESNEL, Kenneth S.
Of Port Colborne passed away with his family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer at the Port Colborne General Hospital on Thursday January 31, 2008 at the age of 75 years. Beloved husband of Ruth QUESNEL, loving father of Murray (Sherry) QUESNEL of Stevensville, Sharon (James) DOCKRILL of St. Catharines and Robert QUESNEL of Port Colborne, brother of Donna ROBINSON of Kitchener. Mr. QUESNEL was predeceased by his son Scott QUESNEL (1979,) his parents Charles and Mabel QUESNEL, his brothers Jim QUESNEL and Charles QUESNEL and his sister Thelma HUNTER. He worked at INCO for over 40 years from where he retired. He was a member of the INCO Quarter Century Club. At his request there will be no visitation or service. Cremation will take place. Interment of ashes will be in Overholt Cemetery at a later time. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Port Colborne Chapel of the Davidson Funeral Homes 135 Clarence St. Online guest register and condolences available at www.davidsonfuneralhomes.com

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DOCKSTADER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-25 published
DOCKSTADER, Myrtle
After a courageous struggle, while surrounded by her family Myrtle passed away at the Crescent Park Lodge on May 22, 2008 in her 88th year. Predeceased by her beloved husband Arthur Edward. Survived by her loving children Patricia (Larry) HILL and Thomas (Cynthia) DOCKSTADER. Proud grandmother of Jennifer, Eric, Andrew, Karl, Jeffrey, Anthony, Justin and Angeline and great-grandmother of Mark, Kathryne and Mabel-Ann. Predeceased by her 7 brothers and sisters. Myrtle was a dedicated member of the Niagara Chapter of Native Women and a member of the Board of Directors of the Gonawaga Urban Homes. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave. Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. A Celebration of Myrtle's Life will be held on Sunday May 25th at 7 p.m. in the Benner Funeral Chapel. Myrtle's cremated remains will be returned and interred in her place of birth, Muncey, Ontario on Monday May 26th at 4 p.m. at the United Church.

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DOCKSTADER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-04 published
CHRISJOHN, Maxine (formerly NICHOLAS, née DOCKSTADER)
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital surrounded by family on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008, Maxine CHRISJOHN (née DOCKSTADER) of Oneida in her 74th year. Predeceased by first husband Richard NICHOLAS and second husband Mervin CHRISJOHN. Loving mother of Mason (Wendy) NICHOLAS of London. Loving grandmother of Daniel, Darren, Dallas and great-grandmother of Austin. Remembered fondly by sisters Anderine GANT, Joyce KECHEGO, Carol DOCKSTADER and brother Robert DOCKSTADER. Predeceased by sister Winnifred JACOBS. Will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. Special thank you to the 5th floor staff of Parkwood Hospital for their care. Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mount Brydges, on Thursday, June 5th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday commencing at 11 a.m. with cremation to follow.

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DOCKSTEADER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-04 published
HEIKKILA, Raimo Tapani
63 Years
Passed away on January 22nd, 2008 following an accident in the Florida Everglades. An extraordinary person who was described by all as larger than life, he led an exemplary life of generosity, inspiration, achievement and passion. Beloved longtime soulmate of Geraldine DOCKSTEADER of Toronto. He was a hero to his daughter Dr. Shelley Ann ROUTHIER (husband Guy Noel) and pilot in command to his grand_sons Jeremie and Demitri, all of Sudbury. Also survived by his dear sister Irene (husband Allan TURNER) and nieces Hanna and Ria of Surrey, British Columbia. Raimo was born in Finland and immigrated to Sudbury at the tender age of 7 with his parents Toini and Tuure HEIKKILA (both predeceased.) After graduating from Laurentian University in 1968, he pursued a law degree at Osgoode Hall. He practiced labour law in Toronto for many years and later became a member of the International Lawyers Group. Raimo's true passion in life was aviation, an art that he practiced well over 30 years. A world traveler, he took tremendous joy in the discovery of new lands and people. A great aviator, he embraced the challenge of flying with an unsurpassed zeal. Fluent in 5 languages, he is best described as simply brilliant. A mentor to so many Friends around the world, a man for all seasons, a witty intellect and a humble human being, he will be greatly missed. Raimo contributed tremendously to the enrichment of the lives of those who were privileged to call him friend. A Memorial Service to celebrate Raimo's life will be held at a later date. Flowers, donations or messages of condolence available online at www.lougheed.org. (Funeral Arrangements Entrusted To The Lougheed Funeral Home 252 Regent Street, Sudbury).

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DOCKX o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-12 published
ROSS, Gladys
21 August 1918 to 9 June 2008
Unexpectedly at Tillsonburg Hospital in her 90th year. Pre-deceased by her husband Ormond. Loving mother of David (Katherine SPENCER- ROSS) and devoted Grandma of Caroline and Andrew. Last survivor of the five McCormicks of Harrow, Ontario - Ruth, Gladys, John, Keith and Ralph. During her long and fulfilling life Gladys was everyone's friend. Her cheerful and caring nature brightened the day. A farm girl by birth she had a mischievous streak and captured Ormond's heart (and earned her father's temporary wrath) by slipping a pen pal note into a box of tomatoes destined for Toronto. Waiting for him to return from the war she worked as an executive secretary at General Motors, Windsor. They married in 1945, moving initially to St. Hyacinthe, Quebec and later to Halifax. Two years later, when he retired from the Navy, they settled in Weston and built a house together while she worked at Inglis. In 1956, David was adopted and life was never the same. A devoted mother, Gladys immersed herself in home and school activities and was renowned for hosting innumerable school Friends for meals and snacks. An entrepreneurial bent lay just below the surface and she established the Relique Boutique antique shop at Jane and Buttonwood, later renaming it Early Years and moving it to Jane and Bloor. Spending an extra hour with clients over a cup of tea was indicative of her ability to listen to others and drew in many new Friends and acquaintances. On Ormond's retirement in 1979 and the subsequent closing of their shop in 1984 they decided to move to Tillsonburg where they lived out their remaining years in their own home entertaining Friends and family. Special thanks to Mike and Fran, as well as Donna, Marion, Diane, Doctor DOCKX and the Community Care Access Centre and Canadian Red Cross caregivers, whose support and efforts made staying at home possible. Gladys will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched. There will be a memorial service at Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519) 842-5221 at 11: 00 a.m. Monday 16 June, 2008. Rev. Maurice FRANCIS officiating. Private interment of ashes at Colchester, Essex County, will be at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations (payable by cheque) may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated. Personal condolence may be made at www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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DOCTERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-07 published
VAN BENNEKOM, Robert Mark " Bob"
Suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in London on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008, Robert Mark (Bob) VAN BENNEKOM in his 40th year. Loving father of Shannon and Mikayla and a dear friend of their mother Debra HAAS. Dear son of Cornelius and Martha VAN BENNEKOM of London, and dear twin brother of Mike and his fiance Barb. Lovingly remembered by his partner Kelly POGUE. Survived also by his aunt Clara DOCTERS and many other relatives in Canada and the Netherlands. Visitation from 6-9 p.m. Saturday March 8th at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street (at Wavell), London. Cremation to follow, and there will be a private service for the family at a later date. Memorial donations appreciated to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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DOCTERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-07 published
DOCTERS, Clara
Peacefully, on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the Lucan Restview Retirement Home, Clara DOCTERS passed away in her 82nd year. Loving wife of the late Carl (1998). Beloved sister of Cornelius and his wife Martha VAN BENNEKOM. Dear aunt of Connie BREEDVELD, Mike VAN BENNEKOM (Barb CHEATLEY) and great-aunt of Shannon and Mikayla VAN BENNEKOM. Lovingly remembered by family in Holland. Predeceased by siblings Metta BREEDVELD, Hank VAN BENNEKOM and nephew Bob VAN BENNEKOM. A private family service will be held at a later date.

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