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"HIC" 2008 Obituary


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HICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-06 published
HICK, Helen Hutchison (née CAMERON)
Surrounded by the love of her family, Helen passed on peacefully at Toronto East General Hospital on March 4, 2008. At the age of 90, Helen has left her family and Friends with a wonderful legacy of love, humour, kindness and compassion. Beloved wife of the late Russ HICK. Loving mother of Barbara (Bob DARGAVEL,) Sharon (Jock McANDREWS,) Mary (Bernard SIROIS,) Maureen (Paul GAUDET,) R.G. (Uli,) Elaine and Rusty (Julie RENWICK.) Proud Grandma of John (Penny), Lauren, Mark, Katie, Andrew, Melanie, Olesya, Edward, Wells, Cameron and Clara. The family wishes to express its gratitude to those who work in our healthcare system. Friends will be received at the Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Rd. (West of Victoria Park) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Road, on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 11 a.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Outreach or Mission and Service Funds of Kingston Road United Church.

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HICKEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-17 published
MATTHEWS, Ralph William
Peacefully surrounded by his family at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer, Ralph William MATTHEWS of R.R.#3, Auburn in his 75th year. He is survived by his beloved wife Doreen (BLACK) of 51 years and his children Judy and John HICKEY of Goderich, Linda and Ray McNICHOL of Listowel, Roger and Kendra MATTHEWS of Nile, Val and Henry VAN ROOY of Zurich, Lorie and Ken HURMAN of Durham. Also survived by his brothers and sisters Bernice DRENNAN, Lois and Raymond HAGGITT, Joyce and Larry BLACK, Gordon MATTHEWS and step-brother to Lorne HACKETT and Belle HACKETT. Son-in-law of Grace BLACK. Brother-in-law of Bryan and Jean BLACK, Paul and Connie BLACK. Dearly loved grandfather of Crystal and Ray Dalton, Mark and Melissa HICKEY, Ryan and Brianne McNICHOL, Elise and Morgan MATTHEWS, Corey and Kurtis VAN ROOY, Amanda and Nichole HURMAN and great-grandfather of Owen and Taylor Dalton and Madisyn HICKEY. Predeceased by his parents Ruby and Henry MATTHEWS, step-father Cliff HACKETT, brother-in-law Henry DRENNAN, step-brother Chester HACKETT and father-in-law Victor BLACK. The family will receive Friends at the McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East Street, Goderich, on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday morning at 11: 00. Interment Dungannon Cemetery. Donations to Nile United Church or Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation Connecticut Fund gratefully acknowledged. Friends may sign the book of condolences at www.mccallumpalla.ca

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HICKEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-21 published
GOODINE, Joseph Robert
Of Saint Thomas, passed away on Thursday, June 19th, 2008, at the Valleyview Home, Saint Thomas, in his 63rd year. Dearly loved husband of Sonia Anna (KOCUS) GOODINE, and loved son of Edna (Dempsey) GOODINE of New Brunswick and the late Alexander "Sandy" GOODINE. Dear brother James GOODINE of Toronto, Susan HICKEY of Toronto. Leonard (Marilyn) GOODINE of St. Catharines and Brenda (Raymond) CORMIER of New Brunswick. Dear son-in-law of Irene KOCUS of Saint Thomas and the late Frank KOCUS and brother-in-law Anita BAXTER Saint Thomas and Karen KOCUS of London and her husband the late Hank KOCUS. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Joseph was born in Mitchell Settlement, New Brunswick on July 10, 1945. He was a member of Holy Angels' Church. Joseph was retired from Ford, Talbotville. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. A private family service will be held Saturday evening at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas. Cremation to follow. No public visitation. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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HICKEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-30 published
PATON, Donald J.
At London Health Sciences Centre Victoria Campus, on Saturday, June 28, 2008, Donald J. PATON, of R.R.#2, Mt. Elgin, in his 82nd year. Husband of Margaret Taylor URBSHOTT and the late Marguerite (MARR) PATON (2005.) Dear father of David and wife Debbie, Kathryn DEMARAY and Jim PEAKER, Lenore and husband Jim YOUNG and John and wife Lorrie. Step-father of Joan (Rick) and children Delaine and Scott (Kelly), Fred (Carol) and son Taylor, Beth (Stephen) and children Megan and Tanner, Brian (Deb) and children Cara and Kyle, Carol (Dave) and children Barb (Matt), Ben, Brad and Will, Pauline (Dean) and children Eric (Chantelle) and Chad, and Robert (Linda) and children Nathan and Emily. Grandfather of Angela and husband Scott HARDEMAN, Donnie and wife Nicole, Krista, Matthew and Jessica HICKEY, Michelle, Adam, Scott, Dylan and Courteney. Also survived by six great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Howard, Wilfred and Lawrence (Nancy). Predeceased by three brothers Albert, Norman and Jim and sister Eleanor SULLIVAN. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Rev. Jane WYLLIE officiating. Interment Mt. Elgin Cemetery. Memorial donations to Mt. Elgin United Church or charity of your choice would be appreciated. Masonic Lodge Memorial Service Wednesday at 6: 30 p.m. auspices of Dereham Lodge #624 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons

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HICKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-02 published
SHEFFIELD, Mary Evelyn
Evelyn passed away peacefully on March 31st in her 75th year.
Evelyn was the most caring, warm hearted and loving person you could hope to meet. Her lasting gift was to be a loving mother to her children and the greatest of partners to Victor, her husband of 52 years. Evelyn was passionate about life's everyday pleasures a childhood in Minett (Muskoka) lead her to savour the great outdoors which she shared with many Friends and family throughout her life. She led an enthusiastic, athletic life enjoying skiing, curling and held a particular passion for golf. The last 17 winters were enjoyed RVing extensively through the U.S.A. Evelyn's gentle warmth, love and companionship will be so greatly missed by husband Victor, daughters Donna (Phil), Jo-Anne (Jon), Karen (Mike), grandchildren Amanda, Sean, Laura, great-grand_son Trent, sister Joan and brother-in-law Fred (Noreen). Evelyn was predeceased by son Glen. An extra special thank you to Doctor Bruce HICKEY for his unending support and to his family for their kindness. Thanks also to Jo-Anne QUIGLEY, Tara GAULT and Val DAWSON for their care. A service for Evelyn will be held on Friday April 4th at 1: 00 p.m. at Memorial Chapel, 5295 Thickson Road North, Whitby, Ontario. Visitations to begin at Noon. Light refreshments to follow the service. A private burial will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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HICKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-12 published
HICKEY, Harry E.
After a lengthy illness at his home, R.R.#1, Picton, on Sunday, May 11th, 2008, Harry E. HICKEY, formerly of Manitoulin Island, at the age of 81.
Beloved husband of Liz. Dear "old dad" of Jim and his wife Judy of Florida. Dear brother of Freda THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Oshawa, Marion FUCCENECCO of Toronto and the late Bill. Dear brother-in-law of Olive. Loved grampa to Julie and Jessica.
By Harry's Request His Body Has Been Donated To Queen's University School Of Anatomy, Kingston. No Visitation Or Funeral Service.
If desired, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. (Cheques Only Please).
Arrangements Entrusted To The Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main Street West, Picton, Ontario.
Online donations and condolence at www.whattamfuneralhome.com

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HICKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-10 published
BRYDON, James Fasken, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Passed away at the McCall Centre, Trillium Hospital on June 8, 2008 at the age of 86 with his family by his side. There was no fading of his strong character to the end. Beloved husband of the late Marion BRYDON (2001.) Dear Father of Christine (Jack) and Jeffrey (Barbara.) Devoted Grandfather of Saskia (VANDERLOO) and Laura (BRYDON,) the apples of his eye. Predeceased by his parents, Alexander BRYDON and Margaret CARD, brothers Douglas and William and sister Marion. Survived by nine nieces and nephews. The support that Jim received from his sister-in-law, Catherine ACKMAN, and her family was unwavering. Jim was a proud chemical engineer who dedicated his professional life to PPG Industries Canada for 41 years. He was passionately interested in conceptualizing and implementing improvements in the scientific and mechanical world around him. A fiercely independent, analytical thinker, he was driven by a profound sense of duty and caring reflected in the many quiet, unsung ways that he contributed to and cared for the well-being of family, Friends and the community at large. Dad and Grandpa, you will be so sorely missed. The family wishes to express appreciation to Doctors Bruce HICKEY and Tom REBANE and to the exceptional staff at the McCall Centre. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter 'Peel' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St. (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Sunday June 15, 2008 from 25 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday June 16, 2008 at 11 a.m. Those wishing to make a donation on Jim's behalf may do so to the charity of their choice.

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HICKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-24 published
DAWSON, Catherine " Bernie" (née GANTLEY)
Passed away peacefully with family by her side on Friday, June 20, 2008, at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Bernie is now reunited with the love of her life, her late husband, Bill. She was the loving stepmother to Gini (Nick CIRELLA,) Robert (Debbie,) Nancy (Steve KRUPNIK), Paul (Cindy) and Allana (Nelson THORNE), and caring sister to Maureen (Jack HICKEY,) Seamus and Pat (Lorie.) She will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchild and many Friends.
With the passing of Bernie we have lost a truly remarkable and inspirational woman. As a talented business woman, dedicated member of her community, devoted family woman and friend, Bernie graced the lives of many people during her 65 years. From the moment Bernie entered your life, you knew that she was a very special lady and to cherish the precious time you had with her. Bernie had a passion for life -- a gift she willingly shared with those she loved and in doing so created many special memories. Bernie will be loved and remembered forever.
Many thanks to the staff of Princess Margaret Hospital for their care and compassion, and a special thank you to Doctor SHAPIRO and the 6th floor nursing staff at Southlake.
A memorial mass will be held at Saint_John Chrysostom, 432 Ontario Street, Newmarket, on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. In Bernie's memory, please consider donations to Southlake Regional Health Centre or a charity of your choice.

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HICKLING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-23 published
WATSON, Gale Anne (née FYSH)
Peacefully, at Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008, Gale Anne WATSON of R.R.#1, West Lorne in her 64th year. Born in Ridgetown, daughter of Jack and Donna FYSH, she is dearly loved and sadly missed by her husband Norman; sons Edward (Tanya) of Granton, Allen (Michelle) of London and grandchildren Jennifer, Dustin and Marisa. Dear sister of Gloria (Dave) STOCK of Woodstock, John (Pat) FYSH of Ridgetown, Glenda (Tom) LYNCH of Blenheim, Greg (Helen) FYSH of Duart, Wendy FYSH (Rick HOMEWOOD) of Blenheim, Tim (Karen) FYSH of Dresden and David (Jody) FYSH of Ridgetown. A sister Kellie HICKLING predeceased in 2007. Friends may call at the West Lorne Chapel on Thursday 3: 30 -5:30 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Friday at 1: 30 p.m., the Rev. Jim WHITE/WHYTE officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. If desired, donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Padfield Funeral Homes (519.785.0810). On line condolences may be made at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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HICKMOTT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-24 published
HICKMOTT, Audrey (née TROTTER)
With family at her side, at Parkwood Hospital, on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Audrey HICKMOTT (née TROTTER) of London passed away in her 76th year. Dear wife of the late Gordon HICKMOTT (2002) of 51 years. Loving mother of Kim STYLES and her husband Rob. Cherished grandmother of Brittany, Ashley and Lacey. Beloved sister of Lynne GRISTEY and her husband Bill. Fondly remembered by her Uncle George MORRIS. Also survived by aunts, nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her dear Friends Doreen McCONNELL, Mary KEITH and by her canine companion Winston. Predeceased by her special Aunt Winnifred MORRIS. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Monday, April 28th, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Audrey are asked to consider the London Humane Society or The Lung Association.

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HICKS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-23 published
HICKS, Lynda Marlene (née SMITH)
Of Family Tradition (May 15, 1950 to January 21, 2008)
It is with great sadness that the family of Lynda Marlene HICKS announces her passing on Monday, January 21, 2008. Lynda will be dearly missed by her childhood sweetheart and beloved husband of 42 years William John HICKS of Southampton, She will be forever remembered in the hearts of her daughters and their families: Vicky-Lynne and her husband Grant COOK of Owen Sound, Tammy Lee and her husband David CAMPBELL of Southampton, and Kimberly Ann and her fiancé Billy NESBITT of Hanover. Devoted and loving grandmother to Kayla, Samantha, Lindsay, Tara, Chelsy, Carly, and Kailey, as well as loving Step-Grandmother to Adrienne, Carter, Mykia, Kristofer and Tasha. Great-grandmother to Keira. Lynda is predeceased by her daughter Billie-Joe, her mother Nellie Margaret May COOT and her father Clifford John Edward SMITH. Lynda touched many hearts during her time with us and she will be forever remembered for her deep love of life, music and family. Friends and family are invited to share their memories at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, January 24th. A celebration of Lynda's life will take place in the chapel on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with the Rev. Gordon WILLIAMS officiating. Interment Southampton Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Bruce County Museum or the Owen Sound Big Brothers would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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HICKS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-12 published
MORRIS, Mary Ruth (née FEE)
Died peacefully at the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Grimsby, Ontario, on Saturday, May 10, 2008, in her 97th year. Daughter of the late Thomas and Ida (STONE) FEE of Holland Centre, Ontario. Predeceased by her loving husband Jim MORRIS (1992,) and by her four brothers and six sisters. Dear mother of Robert (Mary Kay née HICKS) of Napanee, Wesley (Claudia ELLIOT/ELLIOTT) of Parry Sound, Marjorie of Welland, and David (Elizabeth McKINLAY) of R.R.#2, Owen Sound. Loved and cherished by 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate Mary's life will be held at Southminster United Church, 6801 Hagar Avenue, Niagara Falls, on Tuesday May 13, 2008, at 1: 30 p.m., followed by a time of visitation. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations to Lyons Creek United Church, Niagara Falls; to World Vision Canada, or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-25 published
HODGSON, Mary Alexandra (formerly McEWEN, née COLLINS)
Peacefully on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, Mary Alexandra HODGSON passed in her 78th year. Predeceased by her husband Arthur HODGSON and her first husband James McEWEN. Loving mother of Carol SCHUTZBACH (Adam) of Strathroy, James McEWEN (Melva) of Brooks, Alberta, Pat ROCK (Bill) of Port Franks, Kathy ROBINSON (Allan) of Bright, and George HODGSON (Bobbi) of Strathroy. Cherished grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Dearly missed by her sister Nora BOOK. Predeceased by her parents Alexander and Flora COLLINS, her siblings Lillian HICKS, Ola GILES and Gord COLLINS and 1 grandchild. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy, on Thursday March 27th from 7-9 p.m. with a Legion Ladies Auxiliary Service at 6: 30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, March 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Charles SEED officiating. Interment to follow in Nairn Cemetery. In memory of Mary, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Strathroy Hospital. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mary.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-29 published
BENOIT, William Maurice
At his residence in London on Saturday, March 15, 2008 in his 76th year. Father of John Joseph BENOIT and his wife Christine Ann HICKS and the late Shawn BENOIT (1989.) Grandfather of William James BENOIT and his wife Beth and Andre Charles BENOIT. Great-grandfather to Jeremy and Courtney. William was a member of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Cremation will be followed by a private graveside service at Saint Peter's Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (for Research) would be gratefully acknowledged. (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca)

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-27 published
DILLON, Colonel Richard Maurice, CM, MC, ED, CD, LLD
Soldier, Engineer, Public Servant, Cabinetmaker, Sailor. Colonel Richard Maurice DILLON Born August 4, 1920. Died on April 23, 2008 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, after a long illness, borne with courage and his customary patience and grace. Eldest son of Brigadier M. Murray DILLON and Muriel HICKS of London, Ontario. He is survived by his beloved Elizabeth, his wife of 63 years, and by his loving and grateful children, his daughter Kelly MEIGHEN and son-in-law Michael MEIGHEN of Toronto, his daughter Ann DILLON and son-in-law Edmund CAPE of West Vancouver, and his daughter Katherine DILLON of Toronto. Remembered with great love and admiration by his seven grandchildren, Ted, Hugh and Max MEIGHEN and Tony, David, Katherine and Hugh CAPE whose lives have been shaped by their grandfather's enthusiasm for life's possibilities, his integrity and his wonderful sense of fun. He is also survived by his sister, Shelagh WATTERS and her husband Neil of Cookstown, his sister Diana JOHNSTON of Minden and his brother Michael DILLON of London. He was predeceased by his brother John (1926,) brother-in-law Gerald JOHNSTON and his sister-in-law Maggie DILLON. He joined The Royal Canadian Regiment in 1939, serving overseas in Italy until wounded at Ortona on Christmas Eve, 1943. For bravery in the field he was awarded the Military Cross. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A. Honours Mathematics, gold medalist) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.Sc. Engineering), Richard began his career as a civil engineer. In 1960 he was appointed the first Dean of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario and then moved, in 1971, to the Ontario government, serving as deputy minister of a number of different ministries. He found many ways to involve himself in the life of his community and his country. In London he served as Chair of the United Way, as a church warden, political organizer and confidante to John Robarts during his tenure as Premier of Ontario. He contributed as well to more distant communities through work with Canadian International Development Agency in Thailand, as President of Professional Engineers of Ontario, President of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and as a founding director of The Schmeelk Canada Foundation. Throughout his life he worked passionately to promote the strengthening of ties between English and French Canada and tried valiantly, though largely unsuccessfully, to learn to speak French. He maintained a lifelong association with the Royal Canadian Regiment, serving as Colonel of the Regiment from 1993 until 1997. Appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986, he was a proud Canadian whose record of service through his long and full life has been an inspiring example and source of pride to his family, colleagues and many Friends. Friends will be received at 4 Lamport Avenue, Toronto (valet parking provided) on Sunday, April 27, 2008 between 2: 00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 11: 30 a.m. at St. Clement's Church, 59 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Regiment Education Fund for Children of Fallen Soldiers (www.thercr.ca) or the University of Western Ontario, c/o Foundation Western, Westminster College, Suite 110, London Ontario, N6A 3K7. We would like to thank all those at Sunnybrook who provided such exemplary care, Fred GABY for his wonderful companionship and Doctor Heather GILLY for her counsel and many kindnesses to Richard and his family.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-03 published
BAKER, Martha Jean (GLOVER, née IRWIN)
Peacefully, on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at London Health Sciences Centre (Westminster Campus), Martha Jean (GLOVER) BAKER, nee IRWIN, in her 76th year. Beloved wife of Ken for 33 years. Loving mother of Bob, Jayne (Mike), Brian (Doralyn) and Bob. Dear grandmother of Suzannah, Geoff, Tim, Kevin, Bryant and Ben. Dear great-grandmother of Carly and Matthew. Survived by her sister Ruth. Lovingly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by Lori HICKS. Many thanks to the wonderful Critical Care Unit nursing staff. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in Jean's hometown of Goderich, on Friday May 9th, 2008 at 1 p.m. at St. George's Anglican Church, North Street.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-04 published
CLARK, Beulah Mary " Bea" (née HICKS)
A resident of Wallaceburg, formerly of Port Lambton, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance "Sydneham Campus", in Wallaceburg, at the age of 89 years. She was born in Moore Township and was a daughter of the late Frederick and Priscilla (DICKSON/DIXON) HICKS. She was a member of the Port Lambton United Church. Beloved wife of George CLARK of Wallaceburg. Kind sister of Ruth CLARKE of Simcoe. Predeceased by her two brothers Lloyd HICKS and Rev. Roy HICKS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street, in Wallaceburg on Monday, May 5, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held from the Port Lambton United Church at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Interment in Froomfield Cemetery, Corunna, Ontario. Donations to the Gideon Bibles or the Port Lambton United Church may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in the Nicholls Memorial Forest, in memory of Bea Clark.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-05 published
CLARK, Beulah Mary " Bea" (née HICKS)
A resident of Wallaceburg, formerly of Port Lambton, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance "Sydneham Campus", in Wallaceburg, at the age of 89 years. She was born in Moore Township and was a daughter of the late Frederick and Priscilla (DICKSON/DIXON) HICKS. She was a member of the Port Lambton United Church. Beloved wife of George CLARK of Wallaceburg. Kind sister of Ruth CLARKE of Simcoe. Predeceased by her two brothers Lloyd HICKS and Rev. Roy HICKS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street, in Wallaceburg on Monday, May 5, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held from the Port Lambton United Church at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Interment in Froomfield Cemetery, Corunna, Ontario. Donations to the Gideon Bibles or the Port Lambton United Church may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in the Nicholls Memorial Forest, in memory of Bea CLARK.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-08 published
BOOK, Nora Jane Catherine (née COLLINS)
Peacefully surrounded by her family at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on May 7, 2008 Nora Jane Catherine BOOK (née COLLINS) in her 77th year. Beloved friend of Robert Crawford. Loving mother of Roy and Eileen, Dianne and Lou Gratton, Roberta and Horacio Rolica, Ruby and Rick Street and Rob and Wendy. Dear grandmother of Jackie and Laura BOOK; Mike, Chris and Randy GRATTON; Michael and Catie ROLICA; Erin BAKER; Jolene and Emily BOOK and 8 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Flora and Alec COLLINS, sisters Ola GILES, Lillian HICKS, Mary HODGSON and brother Gord COLLINS. Visitation will be held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 9: 30 a.m. with Rev. Charles Seed officiating. Interment to follow in Strathroy Cemetery. In memory of Nora, donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Nora.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-04 published
HICKS, Katharine Lenore
(December 5th, 1916 to June 4th, 2007)
It seems like yesterday that you were with us. Our love for you is and always will be as strong as ever. Know you will always be "Our Beautiful Lady" Miss you Mom. Love you always. Your daughters Jackie and Wendy.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-12 published
HICKS, Leonard Warren
At University Hospital, London, on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008, Leonard Warren HICKS, in his 56th year passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by mother Trudy (Bob) and brothers Paul (Brenda) and Scott (Vicki). Predeceased by father Raymond. Fondly remembered by many close Friends. At Len's request, there will be no funeral services. Cremation to follow.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-14 published
HICKS, Cecil
In loving memory of a dear husband, father and grandfather who passed away June 14, 2005 Gone are the days we used to share But in our hearts you are always there The gates of memory will never close We miss you more than anyone knows With tender love and deep regret We who love you will never forget. Wife Margaret, children, Jim, Larry, Deborah, Wendy and families.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-23 published
HICKS, Carole Anne
Surrounded by most of her immediate family and treasured Friends, Carole Anne HICKS, in her 69th year, was ushered into Heaven on Thursday, June 19 at 11: 30 p.m. from L.H.S.C. University Hospital. We were able to pray with her, sing to her and say thank you and good-bye. Carole had fought a brief but difficult battle against numerous illnesses. She was a brave wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. We are thankful that she no longer has to fight but is now with her Heavenly family. Carole is lovingly remembered by her husband Dave, her children Cam HICKS (Nancy, David, Aaron), her daughter Karen BUTLER (Geoff, Kirsten, Matthew), her brother Glen HABKIRK (Sandie, Arlene, Laurie of Lethbridge,) her sister Wendy ROUSCH (Wayne, Christopher, Darren of Calgary) and her sister-in-law Marilyn O'DONNELL (Peter, Melissa, Jennifer, Erin of Mississauga). A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at The Salvation Army Citadel (555 Springbank Drive). Visitation from 5: 00-6:45 p.m. There will also be a memorial service on Friday, June 27 at 2: 00 p.m. at Zion Amabel United Church in Sauble Beach. Memorial donations to Hope International or The Salvation Army (Centre of Hope). Online condolences and donations can be made at www.londoncremation.com.

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HICKS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-18 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Ralph Gordon
Peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, Ralph Gordon. Beloved husband of Dorothy. Dear father of daughter Kathryn (Brendan) HICKS and his son Kirk (Marni) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Loving grandfather of Emma, Brock, Kenedi and Brady. Visitation will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas St. E. (at Wavell) on Friday, July 18, 2008 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral service will be on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 1 p.m. in the chapel. Burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Special thanks to Nurses and staff at Baseline Regional Dialysis Unit. Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

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HICKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-18 published
CHAPMAN, Vernon Buron
Passed away on February 12, 2008, in his 85th year after a brief illness at his home in Toronto.
Vernon was a well respected member of Canada's acting fraternity. He excelled as an actor, director, teacher and in recent years as an author and historian of Canadian theatre.
Vernon began his acting career as a teenager and continued to work in stage and screen productions across Canada well into his seventies. He also served on the chair of Canadian Actor's Equity from 1967 to 1970 and in 1974. As a director, he mentored many young and aspiring thespians and was revered by many who worked with him.
He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his Friends and his family: Gary and Judy CHAPMAN and their children Cheri HICKS (husband Bruce) and Shaun CHAPMAN (wife Chantana,) Doug and Gail Gray and children Sarah and John, and great-grand-nephews Gavin, Brady, Robby and Ben.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial 'Celebration of Vernon's Life' will take place at Toronto's Performing Arts Lodges on Sunday, June 22, 2008 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Donations to 'PAL Toronto' at 110 The Esplanade, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X9 will be greatly appreciated.

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HICKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-19 published
BRAY, David Frederick
Peacefully, after a short illness, in St. Catherine's General Hospital, April 12, 2008, at the age of 76. David is survived by his close and loving family: his wife Marilyn (JACKSON;) daughters, Elizabeth McCAY, son-in-law Warren and Carolyn HICKS, son-in-law Murray; grandchildren, Emily and Thomas McCAY; nephew, Grant GUENTHER and niece, Georgia GUENTHER. Predeceased by his parents Frederick BRAY and Emily BRAY (DAVIS) and his sister Beverley GUENTHER (BRAY.)
David obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph, followed by an M.Sc. and a PhD in population genetics at Purdue University. In the fall of 1959 David joined the University of British Columbia as Assistant Professor of Poultry Genetics, followed by two years at the Animal Research Institute in Ottawa. In 1963 he was appointed Associate Professor of Genetics at McGill University. The remainder of his career was spent with the Federal Government in Ottawa, first with the Department of Health and Welfare and later at Statistics Canada. While Director of Health Statistics, David led the development of one of Statistics Canada's flagship publications 'Health Reports'. During this time he earned a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University. David was also involved in the formation of the Statistical Society of Canada, of which he was elected the first President in 1978. From 1984 to 1992 David was Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Statistics.
After retirement from the Federal Public Service in 1991, David took on a year as Interim Director of Health Policy, Research and Evaluation at Queen's University, remaining associated with Queen's for a further three years. David and Marilyn have spent a very enjoyable retirement, living in Niagara-On-The-Lake and at the family cottage, as well as deriving pleasure from travelling during those years. Volunteer activities included membership on the Niagara Health System, Research Ethics Board. Throughout David's life with Marilyn, family was always an important source of happiness and pride. He especially enjoyed nurturing the growth of his two grandchildren, Emily and Thomas. Private family service and interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery at a later date.
If wished, donations may be made to St. Catherine's General Hospital through the Niagara-On-The-Lake Chapel, Morgan's Funeral Home, 415 Regent Street, Niagara-On-The-Lake, L0S 1J0.

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HICKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-24 published
HICKS, Kevin William
Peacefully in his 78th year, on April 21, 2008 with his family at his side, Kevin slipped quietly forward to his favourite 12th hole in the heavens after a short illness. Predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Vera HICKS (née GOLDSTEIN;) survived by his brother Stuart, daughter Jane TEASDALE (Andrew,) son Alistair (Junko,) and dear companion June FIELD and family. Granddad will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Tara, Rachel, Amanda, Christian, Mireille, Liana, and Evan. Kevin, a retired chartered surveyor will be sorely missed by all his Friends, especially the golfers at Thornhill Country Club. A special thanks to the caregiver team comprised of Doctor Ann LI, North York General Hospital Freeman Centre for Palliative Care, Circle of Care, St. Elizabeth Health Care and Premier Home Care Services. Funeral Service to be held at Ward Funeral Home, 4671 Highway 7, Woodbridge, Ontario on Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 1 p.m. preceded by visitation from noon to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to North York General Hospital Foundation, Freeman Centre for Palliative Care.
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HICKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-25 published
DILLON, Colonel Richard Maurice, CM, MC, ED, CD, LLD
Soldier, Engineer, Public Servant, Cabinetmaker, Sailor.
Born August 4, 1920. Died on April 23, 2008 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, after a long illness, borne with courage and his customary patience and grace. Eldest son of Brigadier M. Murray DILLON and Muriel HICKS of London, Ontario. He is survived by his beloved Elizabeth, his wife of 63 years, and by his loving and grateful children, his daughter Kelly MEIGHEN and son-in-law Michael MEIGHEN of Toronto, his daughter Ann DILLON and son-in-law Edmund CAPE of West Vancouver, and his daughter Katherine DILLON of Toronto. Remembered with great love and admiration by his seven grandchildren, Ted, Hugh and Max MEIGHEN and Tony, David, Katherine and Hugh CAPE whose lives have been shaped by their grandfather's enthusiasm for life's possibilities, his integrity and his wonderful sense of fun. He is also survived by his sister, Shelagh WATTERS and her husband Neil of Cookstown, his sister Diana JOHNSTON of Minden and his brother Michael DILLON of London. He was predeceased by his brother John (1926), brother-in-law Gerald JOHNSTON and his sister-in-law Maggie DILLON. He joined the Royal Canadian Regiment in 1939, serving overseas in Italy until wounded at Ortona on Christmas Eve, 1943. For bravery in the field he was awarded the Military Cross. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A. Honours Mathematics, gold medallist) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M. Sc. Engineering), Richard began his career as a civil engineer. In 1960 he was appointed the first Dean of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario and then moved, in 1971, to the Ontario government, serving as deputy minister of a number of different ministries. He found many ways to involve himself in the life of his community and his country. In London he served as Chair of the United Way, as a church warden, political organizer and confidante to John Robarts during his tenure as Premier of Ontario. He contributed as well to more distant communities through work with Canadian International Development Agency in Thailand, as President of Professional Engineers of Ontario, President of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and as a founding director of The Schmeelk Canada Foundation. Throughout his life he worked passionately to promote the strengthening of ties between English and French Canada and tried valiantly, though largely unsuccessfully, to learn to speak French. He maintained a lifelong association with the Royal Canadian Regiment, serving as Colonel of the Regiment from 1993 until 1997. Appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986, he was a proud Canadian whose record of service through his long and full life has been an inspiring example and source of pride to his family, colleagues and many Friends. Friends will be received at 4 Lamport Avenue, Toronto (valet parking provided) on Sunday, April 27, 2008 between 2: 00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 11: 30 a.m. at St. Clement's Church, 59 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Regiment Education Fund for Children of Fallen Soldiers (www.thercr.ca) or the University of Western Ontario, c/o Foundation Western, Westminster College, Suite 110, London, Ontario, N6A 3K7. We would like to thank all those at Sunnybrook who provided such exemplary care, Fred GABY for his wonderful companionship and Dr. Heather GILLY for her counsel and many kindnesses to Richard and his family.

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HICKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-03 published
The war hero who returned home to help forge a booming Ontario
As executive director of an Ontario Hydro task force, he drew on all the skills he had accumulated as a soldier, a design engineer, a dean in an academic bureaucracy and a consultant to government
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S12
Although he never held public office, Richard (Dick) DILLON was very much involved in the so-called London mafia that surrounded and supported lawyer and politician John Robarts, who was premier of Ontario from 1961-1971. Mostly they were, like Mr. Robarts, veterans of the Second World War, graduates of the University of Western Ontario, and lawyers, engineers and businessmen who supported the Progressive Conservative Party.
In the late 1960s, there was a feeling in Ontario that government was growing too fast and becoming both too powerful and too cumbersome. There's nothing unusual in that sentiment, of course, or the notion that the solution lies in public-private partnerships and a reorganization of the civil service. What is slightly unusual is that Mr. Robarts, himself, in the dying days of his administration, actually did something about it by establishing Ontario's Committee on Government Productivity. Ontario Hydro was such a powerful entity that it was given its own sub-committee with the mandate to examine ways that it might decentralize some of its operations, based on the Hydro Quebec model.
Mr. Robarts wanted Dick DILLON to run Task Force Hydro. When the appointment came before cabinet, it was questioned by Leslie Rowntree, minister of financial and commercial affairs. "He could be a little bit stuffy," said Darcy McKeough, who was then minister of municipal affairs.
"We are wondering who this Richard M. Dillion is?" Mr. Rowntree asked archly, according to Mr. McKeough. To which Mr. Robarts replied: "He is the dean of engineering at the University of Western Ontario, he is the past president of The London Club, he is a past church warden at Bishop Cronyn Church and he is a past president of the Progressive Conservative Association. Is there anything else you would like to know, Mr. Rowntree?"
Clearly that was enough information for Mr. Rowntree, for the appointment was duly made, but there was much more that Mr. Robarts could have said about Mr. DILLON - holder of the Military Cross for bravery during the war, professional engineer with a gold medal from University of Western Ontario and a graduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among other attributes. What Mr. Robarts couldn't know, back in 1970, was the complex role that Mr. DILLON would later play as a deputy minister, volunteer, and facilitator of bilingual education.
Born in Simcoe, Ontario on August 4, 1920, Richard Maurice DILLON was the eldest of five children of Brigadier Marmaduke Murray DILLON and his wife Muriel (née HICKS.) His father was a soldier and an engineer who won the Military Cross early in 1918 for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty" as an officer of the 1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun corps.
The DILLONs settled in London, Ontario, where Richard went to local elementary schools and then London South Collegiate Institute. As the son of a military family, he was encouraged to join the army. He became a signaler in the Canadian Fusiliers when he was 15 and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Canadian Officer's Training Corps in 1938 when he was a first-year student at University of Western Ontario. He withdrew from university a year later to enlist in the Canadian Active Service Force after Canada declared war on Germany in September, 1939.
He joined The Royal Canadian Regiment in England in June, 1941. He was in command of a bren-gun carrier platoon in the Allied invasion of Sicily that began on July 10, 1943, with both amphibious and airborne landings. Essentially, the Italians resisted the invasion by retreating. The Germans would not be so compliant further up the boot.
It was later that same month that Capt. DILLON, like his father before him, earned the Military Cross for distinguished and meritorious service in battle. On July 23, 1943, two companies of The Royal Canadian Regiment were ordered to skirt the town of Assoro, under cover of darkness and attack it from the rear. Nothing went according to plan: The commanding officer was killed, communications broke down and Capt. DILLON, with a section of carriers, was instrumental in re-establishing contact with the beleaguered forward companies, which were in disarray. According to his Military Cross citation, he "led the carriers skillfully across difficult rocky and mountainous country during daylight under constant observed enemy artillery, mortar and machine gun fire, and through enemy patrols, contacted the forward Companies and carried out his mission. The officer displayed leadership and outstanding devotion to duty in carrying out his difficult mission." The citation is signed by, among others, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, commander of the Eighth Army.
Subsequently, he was given command of "A" Company and was wounded on Christmas Day, 1943 when a grenade exploded beside him during the battle of Ortona, a ferocious close-combat battle between German paratroops and the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. He was evacuated first to England and then to Canada and spent the rest of the war teaching at the Army Staff College in Kingston, Ontario Permanently deaf in his right ear, he would occasionally scratch pieces of shrapnel from his scalp for the rest of his life.
Throughout the war he had been corresponding with Elizabeth DEMPSEY, a young woman he had met at University of Western Ontario in 1938. She was engaged to a friend of his, and the three of them palled around. Both men went overseas, but only Mr. DILLON came back. He and Miss DEMPSEY were married in London, Ontario, on April 21, 1945.
He returned to University of Western Ontario to complete his interrupted undergraduate education and graduated in 1948 with an honours degree in mathematics and the gold medal. He and his wife then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts., where Kelly, the first of the DILLONs' three daughters, was born and Mr. DILLON acquired a masters of science degree in civil engineering in 1950 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
They returned to Canada where Mr. DILLON worked briefly for Dominion Bridge in Toronto before settling in London, Ontario That's where daughters Ann and Katherine (Kate) were born and where Mr. DILLON joined M.M. Dillon and Co. (now Dillon Consulting), a firm of consulting engineers that had been founded in January, 1946, by his father and a colleague and fellow veteran, George HUMPHRIES. Besides working in his father's firm as a design engineer, and later as a partner and director, Mr. DILLON also continued his military career as a reservist.
He rejoined the Canadian Fusiliers as a company commander in 1946 and when it affiliated with The Royal Canadian Regiment in November, 1954, he took command of the London and Oxford Fusiliers (3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment). Two years later, he retired to the supplementary reserve. Ann DILLON remembered her father's peacetime military career in the eulogy she delivered at his funeral by describing how "he would line up his three girls, shiny fresh from their baths and in their pj's and do his parade inspection," on Monday nights before he headed out, in his uniform, for his weekly commitment to the militia.
"He would prod us here and there with his swagger stick and bark out orders - shoulders back chest out… his final order was usually 'wipe that smile off your face' which produced huge laughter and, which as far as I know, never made it into the military lexicon," she said.
Monday-night drill was very different from the semi-annual Vimy dinners that were always held on Fridays at the Legion because, on Saturday mornings, Ms. DILLON said of her parents "you approached their bedroom at your peril: a toss-up between being overcome with the fumes or deafened by the snoring." As the years passed, the snoring, unimpeded by marital admonitions, probably grew louder, as Mrs. DILLON's hearing began to fail as well.
After nearly a decade working in his father's firm of consulting engineers, including serving on the advisory committee to establish an Engineering Department at University of Western Ontario, Mr. DILLON was asked to become the first dean of the Faculty of Engineering Science. It was 1960 and he was 40. In Western's First Century, by John Gwynne-Timothy, Mr. DILLON was commended for his "energetic direction" as dean in upping the quality of the undergraduate program, developing a graduate and research program and enhancing links with "the wider working world of industry and business."
Those links included serving as a project officer on the Science Research and Development Committee for the Royal Commission on Government Organization (the Glassco Commission), which recommended a decentralized organizational model for the federal government. He also went on a three-month Colombo Plan (a framework for bi-lateral aid and technical assistance that came out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers in Ceylon in 1950) mission in 1963 to Thailand to advise the government on engineering education.
From 1965-67, he was a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on Confederation, which was set up by Premier Robarts to advise the government on issues such as bilingualism and multiculturalism vis-à-vis the other provinces (especially Quebec) and the federal government. After finishing this assignment, Mr. DILLON was seconded in 1970, from his position as engineering dean at University of Western Ontario, to become the executive director of the Task Force Hydro Committee on Government Productivity, a task that required all of the skills he had accumulated as a wartime soldier, a design engineer, an aspirational dean in the academic bureaucracy and a consultant to government.
To help Mr. DILLON penetrate Hydro's monolithic culture, Mr. Robarts arranged for him to attend the meetings of the Hydro Electric Power Commission, "which was highly unusual [for an outsider]," said Mr. McKeough. "George Gathercole, who was the chair, would hold forth at great length and finally say, 'Is there anything anybody else would like to say?' To which one of the other commissioners would dutifully reply, 'No, George, you have said it all.' " And so the meeting would end, but the tale lived on in Mr. DILLON's retelling.
From the task force, Mr. DILLON was appointed deputy in Mr. McKeough's Ministry of Energy in 1973. Mr. McKeough, a younger but stalwart member of the London mafia, knew Mr. DILLON well. "He was a very bright person and an engineer and understood energy and was a fan of Candu [a pressurized heavy-water reactor] and he knew the inside of Hydro because of the task force."
In 1976, Mr. DILLON moved from Energy to Resources Development and then to Municipal Affairs and Housing before leaving the civil service in 1982 to go back into business as a founding partner of Alafin Consultants. Nevertheless, business was only part of his life for the next 15 years, which was largely devoted to volunteer work, to building dubiously road and sea-worthy vehicles with his grandchildren and to serving his regiment. He was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment, a rank he held from 1986 to 1993 and then promoted to Colonel of the Regiment (of The Royal Canadian Regiment), an honorary position he held from 1993 to 1997.
The Confederation debates of the 1960s and 1970s and the rise of the Parti Québécois, which Rene Levesque led to power in the Quebec provincial election in 1976, created linguistic aspirations and prompted conciliatory gestures in Ontario. One of them involved Mr. DILLON and Richard Schmeelk, a wealthy American banker who had represented Salomon Brothers in Ontario since the mid 1950s. After retiring as a senior executive from Salomon in 1986, Mr. Schmeelk established the Schmeelk Canada Fellowship to create a better understanding between English and French-Canadians. The idea, which percolated at a dinner with Mr. McKeough, John Turner and Mr. Schmeelk, was to have students from University of Western Ontario and Laval University in Quebec City study at each other's institutions. The initial capitalization of $1-million dollars has more than doubled over the years and the program has expanded to include the University of Calgary in Alberta and the University of Montreal in Quebec. Mr. DILLON was executive secretary from 1995 to 2001. "Dick was the guy who handled all the heavy duty [lifting] over the years and made a great contribution to the scholarship," said Mr. Schmeelk. "He went to all the meetings and did a great job and was a great friend over the years."
In the late 1990s, Mr. DILLON began to suffer from memory problems. "My father was a wonderful dancer," said his daughter Kelly MEIGHEN. "He taught the three of us how to dance, and I can remember thinking at my 50th birthday party [in November, 1999], that he no longer knew how to dance."
Mrs. DILLON cared for her husband at home until finally, when he could no longer recognize his loved ones and even a walk in the garden could frighten him, she allowed him to be moved into the veteran's wing at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on November 8, 2006. Eighteen months later, two days after the DILLONs' 63rd wedding anniversary, he died there, surrounded by his family.
About an hour later, the chaplain and some of the nurses on duty came into Mr. DILLON's room at Sunnybrook. "The Chaplain read some passages and said a prayer," said Ms. MEIGHEN. " Then she looked at my mother and said: 'On behalf of the people of Canada I want to thank you and your husband for his service to the country and for the freedom we enjoy today.' And then, they placed the flag over his body," said Ms. MEIGHEN. "It was such a lovely gesture that we were stunned."
Richard Maurice DILLON, CM, MC, was born on August 4, 1920 in Simcoe, Ontario He died of complications from Alzheimer's Disease on April 23, 2008. He was 87. Mr. DILLON is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, his three daughters, and his seven grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother, John, he also leaves sisters Shelagh and Diana and his brother, Michael, and his extended family.

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HICKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-17 published
LANGDON, James Brian " Brian"
At home, surrounded by his family and close friend, Frank RENAUD, on Thursday, May 15, 2008, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Brian LANGDON, beloved husband of Mary and devoted father of James; much loved son of James B. LANGDON and the late Shirley LANGDON; dearest brother of Leslie LANGDON and the late Lynne WOOD; dear friend and brother-in-law of James WEEKES and Donald HICKS; treasured uncle of Colin, Christine and Kathryn cherished great uncle of Jillian, Matthew, Emma and Grace. Brian was a man who devoted himself to his family and the Leaside and Southampton communities. He was a regular canvasser for The Canadian Cancer Society and The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Our family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Friends from both of our neighbourhoods who gave us so much love, support, encouragement and food over these many months. A memorial service will be held at Northlea United Church, 125 Brentcliffe Rd., Toronto, Ontario, on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Visitation to follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, Southampton or to the charity of your choice.

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HICKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-21 published
LANGDON, James Brian
At home, surrounded by his family and close friend, Frank RENAUD, on Thursday, May 15, 2008, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Brian LANGDON, beloved husband of Mary and devoted father of James; much loved son of James B. LANGDON and the late Shirley LANGDON; dearest brother of Leslie LANGDON and the late Lynne WOOD; dear friend and brother-in-law of James WEEKES and Donald HICKS; treasured uncle of Colin, Christine and Kathryn cherished great-uncle of Jillian, Matthew, Emma and Grace. Brian was a man who devoted himself to his family and the Leaside and Southampton communities. He was a regular canvasser for The Canadian Cancer Society and The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Our family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Friends from both of our neighbourhoods who gave us so much love, support, encouragement and food over these many months. A memorial service will be held at Northlea United Church, 125 Brentcliffe Rd., Toronto, Ontario, on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Visitation to follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, Southampton or to the charity of your choice.

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HICKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-24 published
WATTERS, Shelagh Muriel (née DILLON)
Shelagh WATTERS died in Newmarket on June 22, 2008 after a short battle with cancer which she waged with dignity and courage. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Doctor Neil WATTERS, and her devoted children, grandchildren and their families: Douglas WATTERS and daughter-in-law Maggie GOSSELIN, of Toronto, grand_son Isaac WATTERS, granddaughter Doctor Caitlin PEPPERELL and husband Ted BURNS of Menlo Park, California and great-granddaughter Myrna BURNS; Doctor James WATTERS and daughter-in-law Patricia WATTERS of Ottawa, grand_son Sean WATTERS and granddaughter Sarah WATTERS Michael WATTERS and daughter-in-law Terri WATTERS of Atherton, California and grand_sons Grant WATTERS and Neil WATTERS; and daughter Louise CRAIG and son-in-law Albert CRAIG, III, of Rochester, New York, and grand_son Albert CRAIG, IV. Born in Simcoe, Ontario on January 3, 1924, Shelagh was the eldest daughter of Brigadier M.M. DILLON and Muriel HICKS. She is survived by her brother Doctor Michael DILLON of London, her sister-in-law Elizabeth DILLON of Toronto and her sister Doctor Diana JOHNSON of Minden. She was predeceased by brothers John (1926,) Col. Richard DILLON (2008,) brother-in-law Gerald JOHNSON and sister-in-law Maggie DILLON. She grew up in London, Ontario during the 30's on a small farm, and took on family responsibilities from an early age. Shelagh graduated from high school at age 15, worked for an insurance company, and quickly decided this was not for her. She completed training in physiotherapy at the University of Toronto in 1944, and then joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps as Lt. (N/S). She served in Ottawa and Montreal, and then at London Military Hospital, Crumlin, Ontario, where she met Neil. They were married in London on November 1, 1947, and lived briefly in Galt, in Toronto until 1987, and then at the farm in Cookstown, Ontario, with winters in Crystal River, Florida. Shelagh was guided by duty, love and beauty. She set herself high standards, often critical of her own work. An artist in all she did, she strove to bring harmony (at times to a house of unruly boys), nurturing both family and community. She had a special bond with her daughters-in-law and granddaughters, being both mentor and mother to all. A lifelong learner, she attended many University of Toronto extension courses. She was a figure skater in her youth, played the piano well and exposed her children to music. After trips to Europe, Shelagh became a fine chef. Her cooking was an inspiration to her daughter and daughters-in-law, and even to her sons. In latter years, bounty from Neil's garden in Cookstown was preserved for family and Friends. Each grandchild now treasures their own beautiful quilt, made by Shelagh and filled with personal references. She was an avid gardener. A member of the Garden Club of Toronto, she excelled at dried flower arrangements. Her gardens at Cookstown were included in tours. In the early 1970s, Shelagh joined the Association of Woman Electors, attending meetings at City Hall, helping to improve oversight and governance. Later in life Shelagh began to paint, and became a very accomplished watercolourist. She studied with distinguished teachers, a number of whom became lifelong Friends. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the Southlake Regional Health Centre for their skill and kindness to Shelagh, and invite those wishing to make a donation to consider the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation (www.southlakeregional.org/foun dation.html). The family invite Friends to visit us at the farm at Cookstown on Saturday, June 28 between two and six p.m., or to send messages of condolence to neilwatters3@gmail.com. Directions to the farm are at 705 458 9135.

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