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GETLIFFE 2008-06-16 published
At home, on June 15, 2008, Ray GETLIFFE in his 95th year. Beloved husband of Lorna (née HAY) for 74 years. Much loved father of John GETLIFFE and his wife Mary Catherine, Lorna Rae "Dee" YURCHUK and her husband Mike. Cherished grandchildren are Nancy-Dee YURCHUK, Kathryn GETLIFFE, Jane HILL (Mark), Tom GETLIFFE (Heather), Jim YURCHUK (Caroline), Hugh GETLIFFE (Tara) and Kate GETLIFFE. Dearly loved Pop of Alex, Erica, Rachel, Rebecca, Kent, Margaret, Emmie Rae, Evan, Amanda and Morgan. Predeceased by his sister Winnifred FREEMAN (2006) and his daughter-in-law Isabel GETLIFFE (1992.) Survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the memorial service will be conducted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 3: 00 p.m. Cremation, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ray are asked to consider the C.N.I.B. or the charity of your choice. Online condolences at

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GETLIFFE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-20 published
Hard-hitting winger was first to add Rocket to Richard
By James CHRISTIE, Page S8
With one perceptive comment, Ray GETLIFFE coined one of the most recognizable handles in the cultures of Quebec and Canada.
A left-winger for the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens during the 1930s and 1940s who combined scoring ability with tough physical play, Mr. GETLIFFE was at practice one day in 1942 when a breeze was stirred in the Montreal Forum by a youngster streaking down the ice, his eyes burning like anthracite coals under a shock of black hair.
"I was sitting on the bench with Murph Chamberlain and Phil Watson," Mr. GETLIFFE recounted to the Hockey Hall of Fame's Stanley Cup Journal. "Elmer Lach was on the ice with Maurice Richard and fed him a lovely pass.
"Richard got the puck and took off. I leaned over to Murph and said, 'Wow, Richard took off like a rocket!' "
A Montreal Gazette sports writer named Dink Carroll was nearby and overheard the description. Within days, the identity Maurice (Rocket) Richard was set in stone. The Rocket became an icon in the game, in popular culture and in Quebec nationalism.
Mr. GETLIFFE became a thumping journeyman. Physically imposing in his day at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, the hard-hitting winger crunched National Hockey League opponents into the boards on the way to winning two Stanley Cup championships. Mr. GETLIFFE played a total of 10 seasons with the Bruins and Canadiens.
While the Rocket's scoring feats are a famous chapter in National Hockey League history, Mr. GETLIFFE's sniping abilities were respectable in their own right whenever he got the chance to play with Mr. Lach, his favourite linemate.
On February 6, 1943, Mr. GETLIFFE brought the Montreal Forum fans out of their seats with delight when he scored five goals against the arch-enemy Boston Bruins.
Montreal forward Hector (Toe) Blake had fallen ill and wasn't at his usual post on the line with Mr. Lach and Mr. Richard. Mr. GETLIFFE, usually on the second or third unit, got moved up to the top scoring line by coach Dick Irvin Sr. He benefited from Mr. Lach's nimble playmaking while the Boston defence was paying close attention to Mr. Richard. He ended the night with six points. That season was his most prolific in the National Hockey League, with 28 goals and 53 points in just 44 games.
"He felt he could score 40 goals with a broom if he was playing with Elmer Lach," his son, John GETLIFFE, told The Canadian Press.
The next night, the teams renewed hostilities at the Boston Garden, where fans had long memories and a grudge against a former Bruin who was now wearing Montreal's colours.
"While they were waiting for the anthem, everybody had quieted down and some leather lung in the top row yelled, 'GETLIFFE, you can score five more tonight and you'll still be a bum,' " Mr. GETLIFFE recalled.
A native of Galt, Ontario, he played from the 1935-36 season until 1944-45, retiring at 31 after refusing a trade to the Detroit Red Wings.
He had 136 goals and 250 points in 393 games and won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 1939 and again as a Canadien in 1944.
After retiring from the National Hockey League, Mr. GETLIFFE refereed hockey and lacrosse and enjoyed a long, successful business career. He also found time to hone his considerable golf skills on the courses of Southwestern Ontario, even playing in the Canadian Open as an amateur. He played the game into his 93rd year, even as his eyesight faded.
In the National Hockey League lockout year of 2005, London, the city that he called home, decided to celebrate its connection to the Stanley Cup through Mr. GETLIFFE. The city perched the illustrious senior on an antique fire truck along with the huge silver cup for a ride of honour through town.
At 94, Mr. GETLIFFE was the second-oldest living alumnus of the National Hockey League, about four months the junior of ex-New York Ranger and Chicago Blackhawk Clint Smith.
Ray GETLIFFE was born April 3, 1914, in Galt (now Cambridge,) Ontario. He died June 15, 2008, in London, Ontario He was 94. He is survived by Lorna, his wife of 74 years, son John GETLIFFE and daughter Lorna Rae YURCHUK. He also leaves seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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GETSON 2008-04-04 published
MacMILLAN, Ruby Blanche (GETSON)
Peacefully on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at Longworth Long Term Care, Ruby Blanche (GETSON) MacMILLAN in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Thomas MacMILLAN (1989.) Dear mother of Wilma KEELER and her husband Ross of London, Donald MacMILLAN of Wiarton, Eileen EBIN of Florida, Rick MacMILLAN and his wife Bev of London, Robert MacMILLAN and Louis QUENNELLE of Nova Scotia. Much loved grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and her extended families of 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sons-in-law James CROWE and William ZIMMIE, her grand_son Rick COLLINS, her great-granddaughter Holly COLLINS and by her 11 siblings. Ruby was the 10th and last surviving member of her family. Friends will be received by the family on Wednesday, April 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The celebration of Ruby's life will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Doctor Arthur G. HILEY officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society, 555 Southdale Road East, Suite 100, London, N6E 1A2, as well as to the Byron United Covenant Church, 420 Boler Road, London, N6K 2K5. Online condolences accepted at Ultimately what defined Ruby was her compassion and commited love for her family. They were blessed beyond measure to have had her for a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Ruby's family wish to extend a special thank you to the "Yellow Rose" staff at Longworth Long Term Care, her home for the past 6 years, for the exceptional care she received and the sense of love of an extended family.

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GETTLER 2008-05-28 published
HEYKOOP, Jentje " Jennie" (KUIPER)
Peacefully at Clinton Public Hospital surrounded by her family on Monday, May 26, 2008 Mrs. Jentje "Jennie" (KUIPER) HEYKOOP of Goderich in her 72nd year. Beloved wife of the late Nicolaas HEYKOOP (1995.) Loving mother and mother-in-law of Mary-Ann and John NEUTEL of Brucefield; Nick and Wilma HEYKOOP of Goderich Shirley and Jake RYLAARSDAM of Clinton; Irene and Steve GETTLER of Fullarton; Nancy and Peter BEYERSBERGEN of Lucknow; Linda and Steven WOLFE of Monkton and Mike and Theresa HEYKOOP of Holmesville. Loved and sadly missed by 26 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Gerrie and John BOS of Blyth Piet and Anne KUIPER of Stratford; Margaret KUIPER of Clinton and Theresa BAKKER of Fenwick. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by one granddaughter Laura NEUTEL and by 2 brothers Cornelis "Case" KUIPER and Henk KUIPER. Friends will be received at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd - Bluewater Chapel, 201 Suncoast Drive E., Goderich on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 321 Suncoast Drive E., Goderich on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Clinton Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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GETTY 2008-03-10 published
REAUME, Muriel (née MURPHY)
96 years, of Jeannette's Creek, passed away at Copper Terrace, Chatham on Friday, March 7, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Wilfred REAUME (1988.) Loving mother of Irvin and Dola REAUME of Jeannette's Creek, Claudia and James LAEVENS of Pain Court, Ann and Larry STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of London, Elizabeth (Libby) and Luc GAGNIER of Jeannette's Creek. Dearest grandmother of 6 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by granddaughter Johnna in 1992. Predeceased by parents James and Theresa (TAGGART) MURPHY. Dear sister of the late Theresa (1996) and late husband Maurice LOUCKS (1997,) the late Gertrude (1990) and late husband Virgil GETTY, the late James (Bud) MURPHY (1989) and surviving wife Margaret of Tilbury. Dearly missed by many nieces and nephews. Visitation at Reaume Funeral Home, 6 Canal St. W., Tilbury from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Tilbury Lioness Club service 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday. Parish prayers 8 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral service from the funeral home Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m., then to Saint Peter's Church, R.R.#2, Tilbury for Funeral Mass at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Saint Peter's Cemetery. Memorial donations to Victorian Order of Nurses or charity of choice appreciated.

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