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DUPEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-23 published
ELSON, Elgin " Archie"
Surrounded by family at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Monday, July 21, 2008. Elgin "Archie" ELSON of Parkhill in his 88th year. Beloved husband for 59 years to Phyllis (WADE) ELSON. Dear father of Larry and Linda ELSON of Parkhill, Linda and Len RIMMER of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Kathy and Glen COCKWILL of Lucan. Jim ELSON of Parkhill, Donna JEFFREY and John WEBSTER of Parkhill, Janet ELSON of Parkhill, Laurie and Warren KELLESTINE of Ailsa Craig, Mark and Suzy ELSON of Ilderton. Dear grandfather to John and Karen. Melinda and Jason, Sarah and Daniel, Jennie and Rich, Jim and Dawn. Greg, Julie. Matt and Chantelle. Richard, Brit, Carrie, Stacey, Amanda, Aleda, MacKenzie, Emily, Calvin and Jackson. Great-grandfather to R.J., Ethan, Declan, Brian, Noah, Skye, Kiera, Christian, Isabeau and Aodhan. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Fred and Kathleen, brothers Calvin, Kenneth and Garnet ELSON, sisters Jean HOWARD, Vera DUPEE, Pearl RAPELJE, Clara PARK and Inez O'REILLY. Elgin "Archie" was a Naval Veteran in the Seconded World War. Resting at the M. Box and son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street, Parkhill. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. A memorial service will be conducted on Thursday, July 24 at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Greg LITTLE will officiate. Interment in Parkhill Cemetery. Donations to Parkhill Medical Centre or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated. Share a memory or send condolences to www.boxfuneralhome.ca M. Box and son will plant a tree in memory of Mr. ELSON.

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DUPERRON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-01-28 published
LEE, Vera
Vera passed peacefully at home in Westshore Village Retirement Residence in Port Perry on Friday, January 25, 2008. Vera was a beautiful lady in her 86th year. She was the beloved wife of William B. LEE (deceased) for 61 years and the dearest Mother of Linda IRWIN and Craig, Nancy Lee DUPERRON and Leo and Bill LEE and Wendy. She was greatly loved by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Vera celebrated her life first with her family, and then shared it with the Shrine Club's Bokhara Court and was an employee of the former Toronto Board of Education. She valued her long-time Friends and the new Friendships she formed. Vera loved to dress beautifully and was always groomed to the nines. She was a lady to the very end. The family will honour Vera's life privately. Vera would have asked you to donate to a charity of your choosing or to the Lakeridge Health Centre's Port Perry Hospital in lieu of flowers. Private family arrangements have been entrusted to the Nisbett Funeral Home and Chapel, 600 Monaghan Rd. S., Peterborough. 705-745-3211. Friends may sign the online book of condolences at www.nisbettfuneralhome.com

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DUPLANTIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-04 published
Mercurial bag-carrier teased greatness from unproven professionals
Canadian caddie's genius - and foibles - were chronicled in a bestselling book about the P.G.A. tour's wild side
By Robert THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S10
Toronto -- There was always a dichotomy to the life of Steve DUPLANTIS.
On one hand, the PGA Tour caddie from Brampton, Ontario, was known as one of the best at his trade, a man who could elicit top performances from the players whose bags he carried. He worked with several of the best and brightest on golf's premier stage for 15 years, working for players such as Jim Furyk, Rich Beem, Daniel Chopra and Tommy Armour III. Through his guidance, leadership and sheer determination, Mr. DUPLANTIS led several players to the top performances of their careers.
"He was one of the better caddies," said Mr. Armour, who used the Canadian's services when he set the tour's 72-hole scoring record in 2003. "That's why he kept getting hired. He was very confident with what he said."
On the other hand, although Mr. DUPLANTIS was all focus on the course, his life away from golf was anything but. He married his first wife, an exotic dancer, in 1995 after knowing her for just 19 days. He proposed to his second wife while still married to the first, and his predilection for a good time often led him to turn up late for tee times - then have to search for a new job.
However, his talent for elevating the play of those he worked with was undeniable, and once on the course, he could distance himself from the distractions.
"He was a throwback," said tour caddie Patrick Smith. "He raised the level of every player he worked for. He could take guys who were marginal and they would play well."
Mr. DUPLANTIS was drawn to the game of golf early in his life. As a junior member at North Halton Golf and Country Club in Georgetown, Ontario, the young golfer would often play from daybreak to dusk. When he wasn't playing, he could be found at the range, pounding ball after ball.
"He'd play 36 holes a day in weather that was below freezing and then complain that he only got in 36 before he lost feeling in his hands and toes," John MITCHELL, his mother's ex-husband, told Sports Illustrated columnist Alan Shipnuck.
His passion for the game and self-confidence led Mr. DUPLANTIS to chase a scholarship to the United States, although he wasn't a blue-chip prospect. He got a partial scholarship to Spartanburg Methodist in South Carolina, playing two years. "Maybe I wasn't as great as I wanted to be," he once said. "But I loved it."
It was in 1993, his sophomore year at Spartanburg, that Mr. DUPLANTIS was bit by the caddie bug. At the Greater Greenville Classic on the Nike Tour, he became reacquainted with Clarence Rose, a PGA Tour journeyman he had first met at the Canadian Open some years previous. Mr. Rose didn't have a regular caddie and asked Mr. DUPLANTIS whether he was interested. Mr. DUPLANTIS worked so well that Mr. Rose asked him to stay on for the summer, including caddying in a PGA Tour event that earned the rookie bag carrier $600 (U.S.).
Mr. Rose stopped playing at the end of the summer, and Mr. DUPLANTIS decided to forgo school and try to make his way as a professional caddie. In 1994, lacking a regular job, he encountered upstart PGA Tour pro Jim Furyk at the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic. Mr. Furyk asked him to carry his bag that week and finished 10th, earning Mr. DUPLANTIS $2,000 and a regular job.
"He was a very likable person," Mr. Furyk said. "He had a way about him and a charisma."
As Mr. Furyk's star rose - including wins in 1995 and 1996 - Mr. DUPLANTIS began to develop a reputation for leading a wild life away from his day job. At a tournament in Texas, he met Vicki, a woman he would later refer to as a "titty dancer," and married her a couple of weeks later. She was pregnant soon afterward and gave birth to a daughter, Sierra, in 1996. Within a year, the couple were in the midst of a divorce and an ugly custody battle.
While his personal life was in disarray, his player became a big name on the PGA Tour. Mr. DUPLANTIS caddied for him at 1997 Ryder Cup in Spain, as well as at golf's four major tournaments.
But the distractions in his personal life began taking a toll. Mr. Furyk said his caddie was late "maybe a dozen times. Maybe two dozen. It all blends together." Despite earning huge sums, the tardiness eventually forced Mr. Furyk to fire him in 1999.
Mr. DUPLANTIS didn't stay down long. In May, only months after being fired by Mr. Furyk, he was on the bag for a former cellphone salesman turned PGA Tour pro named Rich Beem. Coming into the Kemper Open, Mr. Beem was floundering, having missed five straight cuts. But that week, with Mr. DUPLANTIS urging him on and keeping him focused, Mr. Beem won the tournament. Announcer Ken Venturi called Mr. DUPLANTIS's work that week one of best caddie performances in history.
The partnership with Mr. Beem didn't last long, however. The two parted ways before the year was finished.
"He was a hell of a caddie at times and other times he was sometimes difficult to get along with," Mr. Beem said. "That's the nature of this business."
Mr. DUPLANTIS's life, warts and all, as well as his time with Mr. Furyk and Mr. Beem, was captured in Bud, Sweat and Tees, a book by Mr. Shipnuck. Released in 2001, it became a bestseller after Mr. Beem won the 2002 PGA Championship.
Through the challenges, Mr. DUPLANTIS displayed an unflagging desire to keep working.
"He just really loved everything about the game," said Ted McIntyre, editor of Ontario Golf, a magazine to which the caddie contributed as a columnist for several years. "He could be maddening, but when he delivered, it was always worth waiting for."
He worked everything from the LPGA Tour to the PGA Tour's dreaded qualifying school, six gruelling rounds played on consecutive days. In the second stage of 2005 Q-School, he carried the bag of John Maginnes, a journeyman pro on his last legs. Even though Mr. Maginnes was struggling to find some magic in his declining game, he found Mr. DUPLANTIS's instinct for the game to be exhilarating.
"He would talk you through the shot before you hit it, visualizing it right along with you," Mr. Maginnes said. "I never discovered the origin of Stevie's insight but it was apparent in his approach to the game. He couldn't realize that although I could see the shot we discussed, execution was another matter all together. But for the first time in a long time, I was excited about playing, if only for a moment."
He spent most of 2007 caddying for rising Swedish star Daniel Chopra, including a start at the Canadian Open in Markham, Ontario, where Mr. Chopra missed the cut. Family Friends say he seemed almost not to be working the weekend last July, and spent time with his daughter and family Friends. He stayed in Toronto for a short period after the Canadian Open, playing in a fundraising tournament and demonstrating his golfing prowess by taking the prize for longest drive.
At the start of the 2008 PGA Tour year, he found himself with yet another new golfer - Eric Axley, who had appeared to be on the rise in 2006 before struggling throughout 2007. It appeared to be a good match - another golfer who might fulfill his potential with the help of a savvy caddie. They were set to play the Buick Invitational, the fourth event of the PGA Tour season, in late January, when he stepped in front of a taxi and was killed.
"Am I shocked by this? No," Mr. Armour told reporters. "I tried several times to get him some help. And I told him in 2003, 'Bud, if you don't change, you're going to die a tragic death.' "
Despite his unpredictable disposition, it was his ability to get the best from others that kept those around him hoping he'd change his ways.
"He was a real charmer," Mr. McIntyre said. "Guys like Steve don't come around very often. He always found a way to make the golfers he worked for better. It was on the course that he always shined."
Steve DUPLANTIS was born in Brampton, Ontario, on September 20, 1972. He died after being struck by a taxi in Del Mar, California., on January 23, 2008. He was 35. He leaves mother Sandra and her husband Denis CANTIN; father Steve and his wife Jackie; brother Danny, sister Amy and brother-in-law Chris NORBURY, plus grandparents Dorothy and Art BILTON.
He also leaves daughter, Sierra - donations to her trust fund can be made payable to the Sierra Duplantis Trust Fund, care of the

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DUPLESSIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-15 published
LAING, Alan Murray
Passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side, on July 14, 2008 in his 61st year. Alan is now with the Lord after a valiant battle with cancer. Alan will be greatly missed by his wife Caroline and his loving children David (Tory WESTBROOK) and Danielle. Lovingly remembered by his parents W.A. (Al) and Agnes (DAISY) LAING of Thornbury and Caroline's parents Marcel and Georgette DUPLESSIS of Quebec. Greatly missed by his sister Faye YOUNG (David) and his brothers Bill (Diane) and Jim. Fondly remembered by his niece Katie and nephews James and Joe. Alan retired as an Air Canada Captain after a long aviation career and was extensively involved in the betterment of community organizations and the Air Cadet Program. Friends will be received at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home and Chapel, 280 St. David St. South in Fergus, on July 17th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 325 St. George St. West in Fergus, on July 18th at 1: 00 p.m. Memorial Donations can be directed to the Air Cadet League of Canada, cards available at the Funeral Home
(519) 843-3100 www.grahamgiddyfh.com

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DUPRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-15 published
DUPRE, Gerry
Suddenly on March 8, 2008 in his 61st year. Loving father to Darci (Greg) and devoted grandpa to Megan and Katie. Gerry is survived by his brother Dean (Mary) and predeceased by his brother Bob (Theresa). He will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews and relatives. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Saturday March 22, 2008 from 10: 00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children would be greatly appreciated. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com

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DUPUIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-08 published
CASSONE, Joseph Rocco
Age 71, passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Joe was born in Italy, son of the late Salvatore and Elena CASSONE. Beloved husband for 44 years of Mary Margaret (DUPUIS.) Loving father of Dave (Dawn,) Greg (Donna,) Lisa KRMPOTICH (Kevin.) Loving papa to Samuel, Matthew, Joey, Alex, Lena and Daniella. Brother of Raymond (Lorna), Eugene (Gayle). Also survived by brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Paul DUPUIS (Bev,) Sandra DUPUIS and several nieces and nephews. Joe taught at Northwestern Secondary School his entire career retiring in 1994. His passion for travel took many students, teachers, Friends and family around the world throughout his life. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St. Stratford on Tuesday, from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint_Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Stratford on Thursday at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. Dick BESTER will officiate. Interment in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Stratford General Hospital through the funeral home. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com

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DUPUIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-26 published
BABE, Lucy Elizabeth " Betty" (née CHAPPLE)
Betty BABE passed away quietly at Saint_Joseph's Hospice on January 24, 2008. She is survived by her son Bill and his wife Elizabeth of Thunder Bay, daughter Jennifer of Toronto, and granddaughter Gillian and her husband Stephan DUPUIS of Perth, Australia, her caregiver Gemma ARRIOLA, brother Frank CHAPPLE and his wife Irene of Burlington, Betsy BISHOP and her family of Burlington, and many nieces and nephews, Spence, Chapple, Bythell and Sprague. Great-grandmother of Annick Babe DUPUIS. Betty was predeceased by her husband Murray BABE, sister-in-law Helen Babe BYTHELL of Toronto, and her brothers Allen CHAPPLE of Victoria, John CHAPPLE of Thunder Bay and sister Jocelyn CHAPPLE Spence of Thunder Bay. Betty was born in Fort William in 1910 to Clement and Annie CHAPPLE, of Chapple's Department Stores, she lived a full life to her 97th year. She attended the University of Toronto in the 1930's where she met Murray again. They married in 1936 and lived variously in Fort Frances and Geraldton, until Murray enlisted in the Lake Superior Regiment. Betty spent the war years in Fort William and they continued to live there after the war, with Murray practicing law with Morris, Babe, Pugsley, Black and Hatherly, before being appointed to the family court bench. Betty participated with Murray in the local Kiwanis Club, volunteered at McKellar Hospital, enjoyed their family and Friends at Two Island Lake, was a keen bowler and player of golf and bridge into her early 90's. The family expresses great thanks to Doctor MYMKO and his staff, and to Gemma ARRIOLA, who collectively enabled Betty to live at home until two weeks before her death. A funeral service for Betty will be held on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. at Jenkens Funeral Home with Rev. Deborah KRAFT officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint_Joseph's Hospice, the George Jeffery Children's Foundation or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. On line condolences at: www.jenkens-funeral.ca Jenkens Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre

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