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FIRBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-18 published
FIRBY, Rose Emma (née CARREL)
At the Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday February 16, 2008. Rose Emma FIRBY of R.R.#4, Aylmer in her 88th year. Beloved wife of Max FIRBY. Dear mother of Ralph FIRBY and his wife Dale of R.R.#4, Aylmer, Donna Paget and husband Bev of R.R.#1, Brownsville and Ron FIRBY and wife Cathy of R.R.#4, Aylmer. Loved by 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Sister of Tom CARREL and wife Muriel of R.R.#4, Aylmer and Jack CARROLL and wife Vicky of Port Burwell. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Born in Tillsonburg, Ontario, December 17, 1920, the daughter of the late Edward and Adele (NANT) CARREL. Rose had lived at R.R.#4, Aylmer most of her life. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family funeral service will be held on Wednesday February 20, 200 Interment Aylmer Cemetery. Donations to the Cancer Society or the Diabetes Association appreciated. Condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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FIRBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-12 published
DAMPHOUSE, Hazel Elizabeth Ellen (née WOODWARD)
Peacefully on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Aurora Resthaven, formerly of Petrolia, with family and caregivers at her side at the age of 81. Predeceased by her beloved husband Louis DAMPHOUSE (1998.) Cherished mother of Patricia DAMPHOUSE (Terry VERITY,) Aurora, Maureen WOODWARD, Windsor, Denise DAMPHOUSE, Newmarket, Joanne DIBATTISTA (Tino,) Sarnia and Marianne BROWN (Dennis,) Strathroy. Loving grandmother of Justin, Jocelyne and Julian VERITY, Carla, Kyrsten and Ashley FIRBY, Jared, Brittany and Trevor NOLAN, Michael, Brent and Tyler DIBATTISTA and Amelia and Nathaniel BROWN. Dear sister-in-law of Anna and Adelord CHAPUT, Comber, Theresa LALIBERTE and Rita and Don PARE, Tilbury. Predeceased by parents Alfred (1960) and Amelia (1971) WOODWARD, brother Charles WOODWARD (R.C.A.F. 1942) and granddaughter Lindsay DIBATTISTA (1996.) Special friend of caregiver and companion Isabella. Sincere thanks to Isabella and the wonderful staff at Aurora Resthaven for their loving care. Visitation at the McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 Christina Street, N., Sarnia on Wednesday from 11: 30 a.m. until 1: 30 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel at 1: 30 p.m. officiated by Fr. Jim HIGGINS. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, Friends who wish may send memorial donations to The Parkinson's Society of Canada, 4500 Blakie Rd., Unit 117, Meadowbrook Business Park, London, N6L 1G5. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com A tree will be planted in memory of Hazel DAMPHOUSE in the McKenzie and Blundy Memorial Forest. Dedication service Sunday, September 21st, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area.

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FIRBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-14 published
PATTERSON, Ray Malcolm
Suddenly on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at the University Hospital (London Health Sciences Centre), with his loving family by his side, Ray Malcolm PATTERSON of R.R.#1 Brownsville, at the age of 60 years. Born in Tillsonburg, son of the late Charles PATTERSON and the late former Violet EPPLE. Ray was a dedicated S.W. Oxford Municipal Services Mechanic and employee for the past nine years retiring at the end of February. Ray previously was an Ontario Hydro employee for 11 years. He served his community of Brownsville and S.W. Oxford Twsp as a dedicated Brownsville Firefighter for twelve years. Ray was an avid outdoorsman who like hunting, trapping and scuba diving. Recently, he once again offered his services as a diver to assist the Kiwanis and town with the Lake Lisgar Fountain Installation. "Beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandpa and good friend, Ray valued his family, neighbours and Friends greatly." Beloved husband of 27 years of Shirley (FIRBY) PATTERSON. Much loved father of: Melissa PATTERSON (Dean MASSON) of Eden, Dawn PATTERSON, at home. Proud and loving grandpa of: Dean Richard Ray Jr. Dear brother of Jim PATTERSON (Janice) of Dereham Centre, Jean (Len SHELLY) and Keith PATTERSON (Mary) all of Tillsonburg, nieces, nephews and cousins. The PATTERSON family will receive Friends on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg (519-842-4238). Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Ray PATTERSON to be conducted on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Verhoeve Funeral Home Chapel, Tillsonburg by Rev. Hyuk CHO of the Brownsville United Church. Interment Delmer Cemetery. Memorial donations (payable by cheque only) to the Brownsville United Church or the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. "Always remembered, Always loved"

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FIRESTONE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-30 published
FIRESTONE, Shirley
On Sunday, June 29, 2008 after a joyous 90th birthday celebration. Shirley FIRESTONE, beloved wife of the late Harry FIRESTONE. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Leigh and Bud EISENBERG, and Michael FIRESTONE and Carol ALBERT- FIRESTONE. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Melville and Joy DUNKELMAN, and Toby and the late Lorne DUNKELMAN, and sister-in-law of Helen and the late Mark GROSS. Devoted grandmother of Kimberly and Mick GANNON, Cara and Steve BOGUSZ, and Curtis, and Kevin EISENBERG. Great-grandmother of Aoife, Aislinn, and Daniel GANNON, and Evalynn, and Vivien BOGUSZ. Service at Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street (south of Eglinton) on Monday, June 30th at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva 34 Strathearn Road. Memorial donations may be made to the Shirley and Harry Firestone Endowment Fund c/o Baycrest Centre Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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FIRMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-04 published
McLEOD, Thomas Hector MacDonald "Tommy"
Thomas McLEOD was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan in August 1918. He was an only child. He took his schooling in Weyburn, graduating from Weyburn Collegiate with honours. It was in Weyburn that Tommy met T.C. Douglas, the young Baptist minister who would play such an important role in his life. During the Depression, Douglas organized a boys' group which devoted its time to sports and boxing, and to debating and drama. Douglas was a graduate of Brandon College, and persuaded several of his 'boys' to attend that venerable institution. There Tommy received a B.A. with distinction. After a Masters degree from Indiana University, he was urged by President Evans to come back to Brandon to teach Economics, where he stayed for three years and also met his beloved wife Beryl.
In 1944, when T.C. Douglas led the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation party to a landslide election victory in Saskatchewan, Premier Douglas asked Tommy to come and work for the new government. Tommy said that he would have to consult with the College; Douglas breezily replied that he had already sent his resignation to the President. Thus began an exciting period of his life, beginning as advisor to the premier and general troubleshooter, taking on assignments as Secretary of Health Services Planning, Secretary of the Economic Planning Board, Chair of the new Budget Bureau, and ending as Deputy Provincial Treasurer. In between jobs, he earned two degrees from Harvard University, a Masters in Public Administration and a PhD in Economics.
When University of Saskatchewan President W.P. Thompson called in 1952, offering the position of Dean of the College of Commerce, Tommy decided to begin a new challenge. He enjoyed the Saskatoon experience immensely. During this period he also served on several boards and commissions, chairing the Saskatchewan Commission on Taxation.
In 1964 Tommy returned to Regina as Dean of Arts and Vice Principal at the new university. In 1971, the Canadian International Development Agency offered a broader mandate, where Tommy joined the senior ranks of Canadian International Development Agency travellers, attempting to sort out administrative problems in several countries, including Turkey, Iran, Nigeria, and Botswana. So the family moved to Ottawa, where they stayed for 26 years. Tommy moved from Canadian International Development Agency to the Federal Management Institute, acted as administrator of the Anti-Inflation Board, and held other management positions. Among other honours, he was especially pleased to be awarded the Vanier Medal from the Institute of Public Administration in 1971 and the Order of Canada in 2003. He co-wrote a popular biography of T.C. Douglas with his son Ian; Tommy Douglas, Road to Jerusalem was published in 1987.
In 1997 Tommy moved to Victoria, loving the gardens and life style. He died there peacefully on New Years' Day, 2008. He leaves behind his loving wife and companion of over 62 years, Beryl, children Beth BILSON, Ellen (John HEANEY), Ian (Vicki McLEOD), Brian (Lorraine THOMAS,) and Morna (David FIRMAN,) grandchildren Max BILSON (Jane CHAPCO,) Kate BILSON (Paul BEKE,) Martin and Brendan HEANEY, Adrienne and Kelly Firman McLEOD, and Tom and Will McLEOD. His family and many Friends will remember his wit and wisdom, his sincere modesty, his devotion to family, and pride in his children's many accomplishments, his unfailing good humour, his rapport with students, his negotiating and administrative skills, his ability to relate to almost everybody, and his keen interest in music, books, cooking and gardening. Indicative of his wide ranging tastes was that his favourite poets were Robert Burns and Rumi.
(Epitaph)
Know thou, O stranger to the fame
Of this much loved, much honoured name
(For none that knew him need be told)
A warmer heart death ne'er made cold.
Robert Burns
A memorial service will be arranged at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Tommy and Beryl McLeod scholarships at Brandon University, 18th St. Brandon, Manitoba, or donations to United Nations Children's Fund or the Stephen Lewis Foundation would be appreciated.

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FIRMIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-07 published
FIRMIN, Alma Lorrine (née WALKER)
Quietly in her sleep at Sunnybrook Health Sciences in Toronto on Friday January 4, 2008 at the age of 86. Married for 65 years, Alma is survived by her loving husband Clifford James FIRMIN, son Larry and his wife Susan SNELGROVE and her two grandchildren, Michael and Jeremy. Predeceased by her sisters June, Eileen and her brother Charles, all of Saint Thomas, Ontario. Alma is remembered by all who knew her as a loving spirit who had a ready smile and a kind heart. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto (2 stoplights west of Yonge Street) on Thursday, January 10 at 11: 00 a.m. Reception to follow.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-03 published
FIRTH, Evelyn (née BAXTER)
In Garland, Texas with her family at her side, Evelyn Baxter FIRTH, age 82, passed away on March 21, 2008. She was the wife of Robert C. FIRTH, London, the daughter of James and Maude BAXTER of Sarnia, and sister of Millicent Baxter VAN SOMER, Dallas, Texas, who all preceeded her in death. She is survived in Texas by her children: Linda TURNER, Karen MABRY and her husband Steve, Robert J. FIRTH and his wife Ruth Ann and Susan FIRTH- PROSSER. She was the Nana of 11 and the G-Nana of 18. She is survived by a niece, Luann VANSOMER, Philadephia, Pennsylvania, cousin, Doreen JUNEK, Point Edward, brother-in-law and wife, David and Barbara FIRTH of London, sister-in-law and husband, Joy and Peter GILES, of Comox, British Columbia and several nieces and nephews, in Ireland. Home of her father, cousins Ann Marie O'KANE and James BAXTER of County Donegal survive her. A memorial service was held in Dallas, Texas.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-31 published
FIRTH, Audrey Beatrice
The family of the late Audrey FIRTH, much loved Wife, Mother, Gramma and Nanny, wish to express their heartfelt appreciation to Family, Friends, Sweet Adelines and Kiwanians, for the flowers, condolences, memorial donations, phone calls, cards, visits and caring thoughts at the time of our bereavement. No words can express our gratitude to see how many lives she truly touched. Thank You to the wonderful Staff at Westview Chapel for their kindness, guidance, patience and special care shown to our Family and for the lovely reception following the service. Thank You to Doctor LO and the caring Staff on 3rd floor, Chelsey Park Long Term Care Facility. Your love and care of Mom was always evident. Special thanks to Rev. Keith Rameshwar for his moving memorial to Mom. God Bless You. Thank you to a very special lady, Louise WOODS. Your visits with Mom did not go unnoticed. You were "the lady from Church" when Mom had difficulty remembering names. Thank You All. "To Live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." Sincerely, Abe FRITH, Judith and Leonard PICKERING and Family, Dianne and John KNUDSEN and Family and Barbara and Ken WEEKS and Family.
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FIRTH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-01 published
HARRISON, Eldridge "Al"
Peacefully at Bluewater Health Palliative Care on Friday, May 30, 2008 Eldridge HARRISON age 77 of Sarnia formerly of Cascapedia, Quebec. Beloved husband of the late Gloria (McWHIRTER) HARRISON (2006.) Loving father of Brenda (Steve) FIRTH of Armstrong, British Columbia and Bob HARRISON of Mooretown. Cherished grandfather of Brittany and Daytona HARRISON. Loving brother of Conrad (Donna) HARRISON of London, Ontario and Oliver (Sue) HARRISON of Houston, Texas. Survived by brother-in-law Bob (Gisele) McWHIRTER of New Richmond, Quebec, several nieces and nephews including Linda BLAKE of Oshawa, Nancy (Peter) MAHER of Calgary, Ian (Judy) BROWN of Sarnia, Lorie and Tracy HARRISON of London and Oliver and Steven HARRISON of Texas. Predeceased by his parents Eddie and Bernice HARRISON. Al was a Steam Engine Fireman and Engineer with C.N. and Via Rail and was active in the Railroad Pensioners Association, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Temple Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held on Monday, June 2, 2008 at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia at 2: 00 p.m. The Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Family and Friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 1: 00 until 4:00 p.m. only. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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