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GOMBU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-10 published
Police link deaths 50 km apart
Possible murder-suicide as woman's body found in Sutton home, man's on railway tracks
By Phinjo GOMBU, Staff Reporter, March 10, 2008
A man and a woman found dead in different parts of the Greater Toronto Area are linked in a possible murder-suicide, police say.
The body of a missing 27-year-old Newmarket woman was found by York Region police in a house on the main street of Sutton, near Lake Simcoe, on Saturday.
Investigators have not officially released her name and have refused to say how she died, but people who knew and worked with her said she was Brenda HEALEY of Newmarket.
Earlier Saturday, the man now suspected of killing her, Steve DANIEL, 41, was killed by a train near Thorah, in Durham Region's Brock Township, 50 kilometres east of Sutton.
Two investigations were launched until Durham police found a car linked to HEALEY near the train tracks, and a car registered to DANIEL was found at the home in Sutton.
"The two investigations are linked," is all York Region police Inspector Mark BROWN would say, adding police are not looking for any other suspects.
DANIEL, a former resident of Sutton, once lived next door to the home of the family friend where HEALEY's body was found.
HEALEY's family refused comment when contacted by the Star.
Both DANIEL and HEALEY worked in nearby Pefferlaw for Lois and Doug ANDREWS, who operate a bus company called Have Bus Will Travel, as well a private transportation company that serves the disabled.
DANIEL worked as a dispatcher; HEALEY was a driver. DANIEL had also lived in the ANDREWS' home for the past nine years.
"We are just floored," Lois ANDREWS said yesterday at their country home near Highway 48 and Pefferlaw Rd. as they tried to come to terms with the deaths.
The couple, who last saw DANIEL on Friday, said they did not suspect anything was wrong.
DANIEL's last words on Friday -- "See you at 10 o'clock" -- to Doug ANDREWS, indicated he would return later that night.
Lois and Doug ANDREWS described DANIEL as a charming, friendly and loyal employee who went to the local Knox United Church. As far as they knew, DANIEL and HEALEY were just Friends.
Other residents of Sutton who knew DANIEL, however, said there was a dark side to the man, whose family once owned what is now Village Traditions, a small gift store on High St.
Several residents told the Star DANIEL had spent time in jail after he stabbed a woman about a decade ago.
Outside the home yesterday, homicide investigators, in a large mobile command trailer, waited for a search warrant to enter the house.
The home belongs to John LEAROYD, whose father Harold LEAROYD was a well-known town dentist for many years.
John LEAROYD, who is believed to be in his 70s, has been in a Newmarket hospital for the past month after he was injured in a fall.
It's unclear whether DANIEL had access to LEAROYD's house, but neighbours and Friends said that the two got along well, with DANIEL often helping him with errands and other tasks.

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GOMES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-27 published
DOWARD, Lisa
Suddenly on Sunday, February 24, 2008, Lisa DOWARD of London, in her 22nd year. Cherished daughter of Sharon and Douglas DOWARD. Loving sister and best friend of Kyle DOWARD. Beloved granddaughter of Faye KOLYBABA and Millicient DOWARD. Dear niece of Debbie and Dennis CHISHOLM; Elaine and Stephen ZAMARDI; Marien BREEN Kirk and Cathy DOWARD; and John DOWARD. Beloved cousin of Dennis Jr. and Shelby; Keana and Shae; Christina and Corbin. Lisa is now an angel with her cousin J.D. Also will be missed by special Friends Dave and Leesa ROUND and daughters Lauren and Gillian who were like sisters, and all of Lisa's loving Friends. And finally by her loving boyfriend Joel GOMES. A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where a Celebration of Lisa's Life will be conducted on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Lisa are asked to consider the charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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GOMES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-23 published
SCHAT, Jelle
After a brief illness, Jelle SCHAT, born 1932, passed from this earthly life into the safe refuge of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and dear friend to many. Survived by his wife Hilda (VANDERMEER) and children Shirley and Bert KNOOP of Goderich, Joel and Marina SCHAT of Mount Elgin, Clarissa and Gary UNGER of Mission, British Columbia Derek and Nancy SCHAT of Essex. Grandfather of Nick, Chris, Jessica, Sara, Rachel, Ryan, Joshua, Janine and great-grandchildren Mylee, Kolby and Jayden. Predeceased by his brother Dirk and sister Clary. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 12 noon in East Christian Reformed Church, 476 Metcalfe Street, Strathroy, with Pastor Andrew DEGELDER officiating. Visitation 1 hour prior in church. Private interment in Grove Cemetery, Ingersoll. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. A special thanks to the staff of the Intensive Care Unit and 1st floor Nurses of SMGH as well as Doctor GOMES and Doctor CHAPESKIE. John 3: 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." Arrangements entrusted to Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy, 245-1023. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Jelle.

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