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LAIDLAW o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-21 published
McFARLANE, Florence Underwood (LAIDLAW)
Peacefully at Longworth Long Term Care, London, Ontario, on June 19th, 2008, Florence Underwood McFARLANE (LAIDLAW) of London, formerly of Chatsworth, Ontario, in her 90th year. Predeceased by her beloved husband Melville (1995). Florence was a loving Mother to her children Nancy and Wayne PEARCE of Exeter, Myrna and Bernie FISHMAN of Owen Sound, Janice and Bert DE GROOT of London and Bill McFARLANE and Jill HAINES of Owen Sound. She will always be in the hearts of her grandchildren Marnie, Steven, Andrea and Craig, Jason and Lindsey, Joel and Kathryn, Melissa and Terry, Chris and Laura and Sara and Jake. She will be missed by her great-grandchildren Jemima, Eli, Garrett, Luke, Spencer, Luci and Rylie. Predeceased by her sisters Pauline and Jane and brother Bill and survived by her brother Cam and Jane LAIDLAW of Toronto. Fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Florence was a determined woman whose grace and strength were an inspiration to her family and those who knew her. She never gave up or complained in spite of significant challenges, and always greeted everyone with her gentle smile. The family will always be grateful to Longworth for ensuring that Florence lived her life with dignity. She was loved by the staff and residents at Longworth, especially her dear friend Phyllis, and friend Pauline MAHER of Owen Sound. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 12: 00 noon, United Church Cemetery, Chatsworth, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society Ont the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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LAIDLAW o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-02 published
HARRIS, Vera (WATSON)
The family and Friends of the late Vera (WATSON) HARRIS who passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 20th gathered to celebrate her life on Wednesday March 26th at the Daniel King Funeral Home in Saint Thomas. Memories of Vera were shared by her daughters Marilyn FREEMAN, Cheryl EXLEY and Marg MILLER and granddaughter Heather NEWTON. Gifts of music given by Gillian LAIDLAW, Ann WINDSOR and Dave and Betsy EXLEY were appreciated by the family. A lovely luncheon was prepared by "The Friends of Saint Mark's Church" and served at the funeral home. A private interment followed at the Elmdale Memorial Cemetery with Vera's granddaughter Heather NEWTON, grand_sons Paul FREEMAN, Steve and Dave EXLEY, David NEWTON and great-grand_son Daniel NEWTON serving as pallbearers. A sincere thank-you to Christine KING for her quiet, gentle care given to the family. To Shawn JACKSON and the staff of Daniel King Funeral Home for all the details they attended to. Special thanks to Barb DAWSON and Marjorie SMITH for their kindly ministrations in assisting with the service and cheerful visits especially over the past few months and weeks. The family was blessed and will not forget the outpouring of love with visits, food, cards and flowers from Friends and relatives. Many were fed and fellowship was enjoyed! Relatives attended from Colorado, Florida, Forest, Hamilton, Idaho, Kincardine, London, North Carolina, Philadelphia and Waterloo. It would be appreciated if any further memorial donations be directed to the Elgin Saint Thomas Community Association for the Joanne Brooks Foundation in memory of Vera's special niece.

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LAIDLAW o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-10 published
CLINGERSMITH, John Wesley
A resident of Chatham passed away while surrounded by his loving family Wednesday April 9, 2008 at the Chatham Health Alliance Public General in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Margaret FRANCES for 64 years. Father of Charlene PROUDY (Ken,) Robert CLINGERSMITH (Brenda,) Raymond CLINGERSMITH (Christine) and Glen CLINGERSMITH (Pam.) Loving grandfather of Chris LAIDLAW (Jeff,) Marcia DAIGNEAULT (Charles,) Adam and Nathan CLINGERSMITH, Kevin CLINGERSMITH (Jen), Kim KRAEMAR (Eric) and Jay SCOTT (Tracy). Great-grandfather of Chloe, Quintin, Jaxon, Laila and Ella. Also survived by many nephews and nieces. Predeceased by brothers Orval and Manley and sister Mildred. John served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War 2 and retired after 37 years of service at International Harvester. The family will receive guests for visitation Friday April 11, 2008 from 6-9 p.m. at the Bowman Funeral Home, 4 Victoria Avenue, Chatham (519-352-2390). A funeral service will be held Saturday April 12, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment to follow in Maple Leaf Leaf Cemetery. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences are welcome at www.bowmanfh.ca

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LAIDLAW o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-08 published
JEFFERSON, Norman Roy
71, of Saint Marys and formerly of R.R.#1, Fullarton passed away at Saint Marys Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Beloved husband of Barbara (BEARSS) JEFFERSON whom he married on October 6, 1962. Dear father of Debra JEFFERSON (Carmen AIELLO,) Anne (Larry) SCANLON, Steven (Cathy) JEFFERSON and Donna (Brian) LOCKE. Loving grandpa of Christopher and Timothy AIELLO, Jeffrey, Matthew and Elizabeth SCANLON, David and Claire JEFFERSON. Dear brother of Mary (Bill) CHESSELL, John JEFFERSON, Ruth LAING, Margaret CLELAND, Olive (Don) RIEHL, Eva (Gordon) LAING and Ina (Bill) LAIDLAW. Lovingly remembered by the Bearss family. Predeceased by his parents John and Jeanette (RINGLER) JEFFERSON, sister Laura LAFORGE, brothers-in-law Bob LAING, Bruce CLELAND and Charles LAFORGE and sister-in-law Norma JEFFERSON. Norm was a faithful member of Thamesview United Church and served his community in many different ways. Friends will be received at the Lockhart Funeral Home, 109 Montreal Street, Mitchell on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Thamesview United Church, Fullarton on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Susan CAMERON officiating. Interment in Bethel Munro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Camp Bimini Pool Fund or Thamesview United Church would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.lockhartfuneralhome.com.

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LAIDLAW o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-31 published
WALDIE, Gordon Russell
Peacefully at Sprucedale Care Centre, on Thursday, May 29, 2008, Gordon Russell WALDIE passed in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Gertrude (LAIDLAW) WALDIE of Strathroy. Loving father of Elizabeth (Betty) and Rob FARRIS of North Bay, Don and Wendy WALDIE of London, Louise WALDIE of Toronto, John and Karen WALDIE of Whitby and Keith and Laurie WALDIE of Sarnia. Dear grandfather of Laura and David FARRIS; Rebecca WALDIE; Michael and Paul YASSA; Jennifer, Linda, Jonathan and Daniel WALDIE and Mark and Shawn WALDIE. Predeceased by his brothers Thomas and Robert and infant granddaughter Jennifer (Jenny) FARRIS. Visitation will be held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy, on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. where the funeral service will take place on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Steve BOOSE officiating. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Cremation to follow. In memory of Gordon, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer Society. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Gordon.

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LAIDLAW o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-21 published
McFARLANE, Florence Underwood (LAIDLAW)
Peacefully at Longworth Longterm Care, London, on June 19th, 2008, Florence Underwood McFARLANE (LAIDLAW) of London, formerly of Chatsworth, Ontario, in her 90th year. Predeceased by her beloved husband Melville (1995). Florence was a loving mother to her children Nancy and Wayne PEARCE of Exeter, Myrna and Bernie FISHMAN of Owen Sound, Janice and Bert DEGROOT of London and Bill McFARLANE and Jill HAINES of Owen Sound. She will always be in the hearts of her grandchildren Marnie; Steven, Andrea and Craig; Jason and Lindsey; Joel and Kathryn; Melissa and Terry and Chris and Laura; Sara and Jake. She will be missed by her great-grandchildren Jemima, Eli, Garrett, Luke, Spencer, Luci and Rylie. Dear sister of Cam and Jane LAIDLAW. Florence was a determined woman whose grace and strength were an inspiration to her family and those who knew her. She never gave up or complained in spite of significant challenges and always greeted everyone with her gentle smile. During her five years at Longworth she received exemplary and compassionate care. Florence loved the staff who cared for her, the volunteers who visited her and especially her dear friend Phyllis and fellow residents. The family will always be grateful to Longworth for ensuring that Florence lived her life with dignity. Interment Chatsworth United Church Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday June 25, 2008 in Owen Sound. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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LAIDLAW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-29 published
In building a national literary culture, he saw that 'writers need an audience'
Technically a radio producer, he spent half a century nurturing Canadian talent
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S8
When Alice LAIDLAW was a student at the University of Western Ontario, she heard that somebody named Robert WEAVER was buying short stories and broadcasting them on the radio. After he bought a story from a friend of hers, she wrote him a letter in 1951, enclosing "The Strangers" and "The Widower." He suggested some changes to the first story and offered to buy it.
"That was probably the greatest moment of my life," she said in a telephone interview yesterday. Not only did she have a piece accepted, but she "was going to be paid." And so began Mr. WEAVER's long relationship with the writer we now know as Alice MUNRO.
But it wasn't just praise that she and so many other yearning writers, including Mordecai Richler and Norman Levine, appreciated from Mr. WEAVER, a radio producer, anthologist and magazine editor.
"He was always wonderful to work with because he didn't pull any punches. Even after I was selling stories fairly regularly, his criticisms were very valuable," Ms. MUNRO said. "His approach was always encouraging, businesslike - I think it was very Canadian. It wasn't overly enthusiastic, but it accepted the fact that this was important work to you and to him and we were bound to do our best with it." This was very comforting to Ms. MUNRO in the days when she had "nobody else" beyond her first husband to encourage her.
"He was the guy," Margaret Atwood said yesterday of Mr. WEAVER, one of Canadian literature's most formidable talent spotters from the 1950s through the end of the last century. She recalled reading one of his first anthologies of short fiction when she was still in high school. "It was crucial for me because it told me that there were [Canadian] writers." He broadcast some of Ms. Atwood's early stories on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in the 1960s, and the two later worked together with editor William Toye on two editions of The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English (1986 and 1995). He was a "doll" to work with, she said.
"He always concealed the extent to which he was well read and literary," Ms. Atwood said, describing Mr. WEAVER as self-effacing and apparently untutored. "That was his front. Underneath he was very smart and he had a very, very good ear," she said. "He took a chance on unpublished writers and he understood that writers need an audience - and he was providing that audience," through radio programs such as Anthology and the short stories that he collected and published in more than a dozen anthologies, including five volumes of Canadian Short Stories published by Oxford University Press.
Although technically a radio producer, Mr. WEAVER's real métier was broader and deeper. Essentially, he was a literary editor who was obsessed with discovering new talent and nurturing it by providing outlets and markets. Almost unconsciously, he was also building an audience and a literary culture as he traversed the country, meeting with writers and the staff at local Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stations, serving as both a talent scout and a bridge-builder between Toronto and the regions.
He would hold impromptu salons in hotel rooms, where he puffed on his pipe, chatted with writers and swallowed an inordinate amount of hard liquor, while conversation swirled around him. He never seemed drunk - "not ever," according to Ms. Atwood - but he must have had a hollow leg, according to people who knew him in those days. While he could be a stern critic, he also bought less than stellar work from good writers who were broke and in need of a commission.
Robert Leigh WEAVER was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on January 21, 1921. His father, Walter WEAVER, was a doctor and a widower with one daughter when he married Jessie GEARY, the daughter of a local historian who had written books about the War of 1812. Bob was their first child, followed two years later by Grace, so he grew up sandwiched between two sisters in a small town that had a patina of sophistication from its powerful tourist attraction.
Although he loved sports and remained a hockey and football fan all of his life, he was not much of an athlete, according to his biographer Elaine Kalman Naves in Robert Weaver: Godfather of Canadian Literature. Reading was an early pleasure, but one that he realized also had a seriousness of purpose - especially in a family in which reading "was part of the process of being human." The public library, which he frequented from the time he was in grade school, alternately sated and aroused his appetite for books.
His father died in 1931, when Bob was 10, just as the Depression was beginning to wreak its economic havoc. Two years later, an impoverished Mrs. WEAVER moved with her children to Toronto, where they settled in a rooming house owned by four of her late husband's sisters near the University of Toronto. Bob went to high school at Lawrence Park Collegiate, but he was a desultory student who was much more interested in reading and learning on his own than being taught by "unmarried, frumpish, middle-aged women." He graduated from high school in 1938 and got a job at the Dominion Bank on the corner of Avenue Road and Davenport, delivering bank drafts and picking up deposits from local businessmen.
In 1942, he tried to enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, but failed an examination and switched to the army. He was stationed near Kingston, but was never sent overseas. The army did what it did for so many veterans: It gave him the opportunity to attend university, through the financial support of its veterans' aid program.
He entered University College at the University of Toronto in 1944, when he was 23 and mature enough to realize how lucky he was to be alive and involved in an expansive scholarly and social environment inhabited by the likes of Northrop Frye and Morley Callaghan. He joined the staff of The Varsity, edited the University College magazine in his second year, made Friends with three nascent literary talents - Henry Kreisel, James Reaney and Colleen Thibodeau - and became a force in The Modern Letters Club, a group that was agitating to bring the study of literature into the modern world. He was writing fiction, poetry and prose himself, but even then, with the help of some blunt comments from Mr. Reaney, he realized that his real talent lay in editing.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. as a program organizer in the Talks and Public Affairs Department in November, 1948. He was given a 15-minute program niche on Friday evenings called Canadian Short Stories and a magazine-style show of arts reviews called Critically Speaking. These were the outlets that he used to create both a home and an audience for new writers as well as established ones, such as Malcolm Lowry and Sinclair Ross. And he raised the rates from $35 to $50 for any stories he broadcast.
A year later he began editing (with Helen James, his radio producer) an anthology of stories that they had broadcast on Canadian Short Stories and thereby provided his writers with a crossover audience from radio to print. That first anthology included stories by Mr. Ross, Hugh Garner and Ethel Wilson. By 1954, Mr. WEAVER had persuaded his bosses to let him produce Anthology, a 30-minute literary magazine. It first aired on October 19, 1954, with a lineup that included The Secret of the Kugel, a short story by an expatriate Montreal writer in London: Mr. Richler.
Anthology broadcast literary fiction by scads of writers who are now famous, including Austin Clarke, Leonard Cohen, Timothy Findley, Margaret Laurence, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Michael Ondaatje, Alistair MacLeod, Brian Moore, Al Purdy and Jane Rule. By 1968, the program had been extended to a 60-minute format and moved from Tuesday to Saturday evenings. According to Ms. Kalman Naves, Anthology regularly drew an audience of more than 50,000 listeners, "a figure that probably exceeded the combined readership of all the little magazines in the country at the time."
By 1974, Mr. WEAVER was head of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Arts. Four years later, Howard Engel became the producer of Anthology and Mr. WEAVER moved up the hierarchy again to become executive producer, literary projects. A decade later, he published The Anthology anthology to commemorate the program's 30th anniversary. It finally went off the air when budget cuts squeezed Mr. WEAVER into early retirement in 1985, although he continued to have an office at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation until 2002, when he was 81.
In 1956, he approached Ivon Owen, the managing editor of Oxford University Press and an acquaintance from university days, about starting a literary quarterly. Mr. Owen brought Mr. Toye, another editor from Oxford, to the initial lunch. The three men were soon joined by Kildare Dobbs, then an editor at Macmillan, poet Anne Wilkinson and Millar MacLure, an English professor at the U of T, with all of the editors working for free, although contributors were paid. Nominally a collective, Mr. WEAVER's strong editorial hand was evident until Tamarack folded in 1982.
Mr. WEAVER and his first wife, Mary McKELLAR (now COUTTS,) divorced in the mid-1960s and he married Audrey MacKELLAR in December, 1968. She became the mother of his two children, David and Janice. In 1979, he suffered a couple of strokes, which slowed him down, but didn't deter him from developing another literary bastion: the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Competition. As he explained to his biographer: "I think I was always coming up with new things to do because I was afraid that some of the things we were doing would come to an end and then… how do you feed writers and keep going?"
There were 3,000 submissions the first year, an outpouring that has continued over the decades. The Canada Council became a partner in 1997 and began providing the prize money for what is now called the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Awards/Prix Littéraires Radio-Canada. Winning entries are published in English and French in enRoute magazine and broadcast on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio.
Robert Leigh WEAVER was born January 21, 1921, in Niagara Falls, Ontario He died January 26, 2008, in the Toronto East General Hospital from complications from pneumonia. He was 87. Mr. WEAVER is survived by his second wife, Audrey, children David and Janice, and younger sister Grace. A private family service is planned.

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LAIDLAW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-02 published
ARNOLD, William Douglas
(Regimental Sergeant Major, Lorne Scots Canada)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William at the National Veteran's Home, Toronto on January 29th, 2008 at the age of 88. Bill was predeceased by his wife Wynnifred Margaret Lenore (ROONEY) 1994; sister Muriel THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON; and parents Sheldon and Ida May (LAIDLAW.) He leaves behind daughters Heather M. ARNOLD and her children Christian, Devon and Stewart WALSH; Lori M. ARNOLD (Tom LEVESQUE) and their children Nicolas and Simon LEVESQUE. As per his wishes he has been cremated and the memorial service will be held at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Halifax on Saturday, March 22nd at 2 p.m. Bill loved and lived life to the fullest, and in return was loved deeply. We will miss his strong and gentle spirit.

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LAIDLEY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-05-14 published
LAIDLEY--In loving memory of a dear husband, father, grandfather and
great grandfather, George, who passed away May 18, 1998.
Never more than a thought away,
Quietly remembered every day.
No need for words except to say,
Loved and still missed every day.
Lovingly remembered by Cay, Bruce, Carmen, Brian, Nora and Jonathan, Tom,
Gail, Christopher, Crystal, Steven, Ryan, Cindy, Steve, Ethan and Seth.

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LAIER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-02-06 published
LAIER, Brenda (née CHAPMAN)
Was known by all as the most generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and friend, passed away in the presence and love of her family and Friends on Sunday morning at 11: 30. Brenda was born 63 years ago in Toronto to her mother Lorna (RUSSELL) CHAPMAN of Chatham and her father, the late Stanley CHAPMAN (1976.) She is survived by her loving husband Bill LAIER and together, he and Brenda were in their 35th year of marriage. A marriage that became even stronger as Bill supported Brenda's courageous two-and-a-half year battle with cancer. Brenda will be sadly missed by her children Michelle HARE of Blenheim, Kevin LAIER of Dorchester, Lori REED (Dale) of Calgary, Lisa ENGELAGE (Jim) of British Columbia and Dan LAIER of Merlin. Grandmother will be missed by nine grandchildren Jason, Scott, Tina, Nicole, Danielle, John, Duncan, Natalie, Jennifer. Brenda was also a special niece to Leona and Mel HENRY of Dundalk, and she was the proud Auntie of Jeff CHAPMAN, Shelby GILBERT (Pete) and Paul CHAPMAN. She is predeceased by her brother Don CHAPMAN (1996.) Brenda had a generous heart and gave freely of her time to the Blenheim United Church U.C.W., Randolph Churchill Chapter Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Meals on Wheels and in keeping with her playful spirit, she was also a member of the Red Hat Society, "Classie Lassie" Chapter. Brenda always enjoyed her time living out by St. Clair Bush. From her backyard she could always watch the birds feed and the rabbits play. She always had a great love for animals and was known for bringing in any stray cat or dog that needed a warm and loving home. Family records indicate that at one point in time, there were seven cats and two dogs that made Brenda's home their home too. Visitation was held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley Street, Blenheim on Tuesday January 29, 2008. A Funeral Service celebrating Brenda's life was held from the Blenheim United Church, on Wednesday January 30, 2008. Officiating was Rev. Bruce COOK of the Blenheim United Church. Interment followed in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Friends wishing to make a memorial donation in honour of Brenda's life are asked to consider either the Cancer Society's Blenheim "Relay for Life", Ontario Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (O.S.P.C.A.), or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Donations by cash, debit, credit card or cheque may be arranged by contacting the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 519-676-9200. Online condolences and donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com.
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LAIMON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-07 published
DAVIDNER, Arnold
The family is deeply saddened by the passing of their sweet and loving father, grandfather and brother on May 30, 2008 in Toronto. Arnold, who was 92, and was predeceased by his devoted wife Mary in 1978, was a kind and gentle man who put his family above all else. He is survived by his children, Doctor Mark (Diane) DAVIDNER of Kansas City, Barbara (Ken) LAIMON of Toronto, and his brother David H. DAVIDNER of Winnipeg. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Marilyn, Alissa and Greg, Jennie and Frank, Mia and Adam, Rachel and Shana, great-grandchildren Zachary and Alexandra and his many nieces and nephews.
Arnold was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1916 and lived there until the 1970's when he moved to Calgary. He later retired to Toronto. Arnold was active in all the communities in which he lived. He was blessed with a long life, good Friends and a caring family. He will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.
The family wishes to thank the compassionate and competent staff of the Nephrology Department at Toronto General Hospital and especially his long-time doctor and friend, Doctor Sheldon KATZ.
Donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the charity of your choice.

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LAINE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-16 published
VOLKER, Gwenyth Jeanette (formerly LAINE, BAILEY, née GIBSON)
Laine Bailey VOLKER died peacefully at Parkwood Hospital after a battle with cancer on Monday, April 14, 2008 in her 73rd year. Dear mother of Karen LAINE, Janice ZIMMER (Gary.) Loving grandmother of Richard and Brett. Dear sister of Lorraine MORAN (Paul,) Bernice GIBSON (Ron HARDING), Christine GAIOTTO (Loris), Tim GIBSON (Vicky) and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husbands Leonard George LAINE and Robert Leroy BAILEY, her parents Jean and Robert GIBSON and her brother Bobby GIBSON. Cremation has taken place. The memorial service will be held at Mount Zion United Church, 471 Ridgewood Crescent, London at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2008. The family will receive Friends one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow. Expressions of sympathy and donations (Wellspring London and Region, Mount Zion United Church or Canadian Cancer Society) would be appreciated and may be made through London Cremation Services (519) 672-0459 or online at www.londoncremations.com

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LAING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-26 published
GOWDY, Irene Florence (née STILL)
Mrs. Irene Florence GOWDY, age 93, passed away peacefully at Greenwood Court, Stratford on Monday, February 25, 2008. She was born in Chatham, New Brunswick. Daughter of the late David and Florence STILL. Irene was active most of her life in girl guiding, nursing and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. She was a member of the Ontario Street Baptist Church, Stratford. Predeceased by her husband William K. GOWDY in 1982, by a daughter and son-in-law Pam and Alex L'HEUREUX, by her son David GOWDY and daughter-in-law Brenda GOWDY. Survived by her children Glenna JENSON, Ken GOWDY, Brent GOWDY and wife Betty, Nancy CLIFTON and husband Arnie, all of Kitchener; daughter-in-law Janet GOWDY, London; 40 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was loved and will be missed by all. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Friday, February 29, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Ontario Street Baptist Church, 230 Ontario Street, Stratford on Saturday at 10 a.m. Pastor Terry LAING will officiate. Interment in Avondale Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or Ontario Street Baptist Church through the funeral home. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com

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LAING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-22 published
LYNCH, Edward George " Ted"
Peacefully, at home, on Thursday, March 20, 2008, after a lengthy illness, Edward George (Ted) LYNCH at the age of 80 years. Ted leaves his wife, Elva Jean (LAING) of 57 years who loved him dearly. Also left to mourn his loss are his children Thomas, Anne, Mark (Deb), Terry (Karen) and Wendy. He was the loved Papa of six wonderful grandchildren: Jennifer (Dave), Stuart, Carlotta, Madison, Meagan and Quinn and great-grandfather of Nicole. His brother Paul, of Kingston, also survives. Ted was born in Peterborough, Ontario, son of George and Irene (DORIS) LYNCH. After finishing school, he started work in the lumber business there and this remained his profession for over 40 years. After retirement, he volunteered with Saint_Joseph's Hospitality Centre, the London Chapter of the Huntingtons Society and was a member of the Board of the John Howard Society. With his beloved Elva, he enjoyed their "Island Retreat" at Ashby Lake - his heaven on earth. Although Ted's last few years were plagued by illness, he never lost his sense of humour which was a joy to all who knew him. He lived his life well, with integrity and honesty and has now been called home where one day we will all be together again. Visitors will be received on Monday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in Saint Michael's Church (Cheapside St. at Maitland) on Tuesday at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Dan ROCHELEAU officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Private entombment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Parish prayers Monday afternoon at 2: 30 p.m.

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LAING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-08 published
JEFFERSON, Norman Roy
71, of Saint Marys and formerly of R.R.#1, Fullarton passed away at Saint Marys Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Beloved husband of Barbara (BEARSS) JEFFERSON whom he married on October 6, 1962. Dear father of Debra JEFFERSON (Carmen AIELLO,) Anne (Larry) SCANLON, Steven (Cathy) JEFFERSON and Donna (Brian) LOCKE. Loving grandpa of Christopher and Timothy AIELLO, Jeffrey, Matthew and Elizabeth SCANLON, David and Claire JEFFERSON. Dear brother of Mary (Bill) CHESSELL, John JEFFERSON, Ruth LAING, Margaret CLELAND, Olive (Don) RIEHL, Eva (Gordon) LAING and Ina (Bill) LAIDLAW. Lovingly remembered by the Bearss family. Predeceased by his parents John and Jeanette (RINGLER) JEFFERSON, sister Laura LAFORGE, brothers-in-law Bob LAING, Bruce CLELAND and Charles LAFORGE and sister-in-law Norma JEFFERSON. Norm was a faithful member of Thamesview United Church and served his community in many different ways. Friends will be received at the Lockhart Funeral Home, 109 Montreal Street, Mitchell on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Thamesview United Church, Fullarton on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Susan CAMERON officiating. Interment in Bethel Munro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Camp Bimini Pool Fund or Thamesview United Church would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.lockhartfuneralhome.com.

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LAING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-12 published
BRUSH, Gerald Holmes
Peacefully with his family by his side, at Victoria Hospital, on Saturday, May 10, 2008, Gerald Holmes BRUSH, at the age of 71. Loved husband of Donna. Loving Dad of Sandra, and Bill and his wife Penny. Proud Grampa of Connor and Renee. Dear son of Helen LAFRAMBOISE (BRUSH) and the late Leslie BRUSH. Brother of Shirley and the late Bill LAING, the late June and Garnet BRAUN, the late Leslie (Bud,) Lynwood and his wife Pat, Nancy and the late Jim LENSON, all of Amherstburg, Sharon BERNARD of London. Will also be missed by brother-in-law Bob CHAFEE and his wife Beatrice, sister-in-law Susan CHAFEE and her husband Ian WHITE/WHYTE, all of Toronto. Will be fondly remembered by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and Friends. Jerry was originally from Amherstburg and a long time dedicated Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce employee. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Jerry's Life will be held at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 3: 00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Donations in Jerry's memory may be made to London Health Sciences Foundation-Cancer Program. The family has great appreciation for those who cared for Jerry at Victoria Hospital, LRCP, Community Care Access Centre, and Victorian Order of Nurses during his lengthy illness.

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LAING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-16 published
LAING, Melba G.
A resident of Dresden and formerly of R.R.#2 Croton passed away Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Sydenham Campus, Wallaceburg at the age of 86. She was born in Dawn Twp. daughter of the late John and Verna (WRIGHT) LAING. She is survived by a sister-in-law Arvilla LAING. Predeceased by sister Madge REYNOLDS and brothers Ronald "Wayne" LAING and John F. LAING. At Melba's request there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 10: 00 a.m. with Rev. Joel BYER officiating at the Dresden Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Badder Funeral Home and Reception Centre, Dresden. Online condolences may be left at www.badderfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted in memory of Melba LAING in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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LAING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-20 published
SCHREIBER, Gabriele (1951-2008)
On Thursday, February 14, 2008.
Gabriele was a sales representative for Random House, Canada and recently S&B Books.
Daughter of Ingrid and the late Willy SCHREIBER; sister of Benita (Ian) LAING.
Friends are invited to a memorial gathering at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday, February 21 from 2-5 p.m.
Condolences for the family and donations to your local library or the Nature Conservancy of Canada may be arranged through the funeral home, 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com. In living memory of Gabriele, a donation will be made to the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home.

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LAING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-02 published
McINTYRE- SMITH, Fiona (née CLAYTON)
Peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, with family at her side on Friday, May 30, 2008 at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital at the age of 45. Daughter of Maureen LAING and the late Doctor Alaister CLAYTON. Survived by her loving husband Steve McINTYRE- SMITH, her two sons Liam and Oliver BEDARD, brother Ian CLAYTON (Tronie.) first husband Frank BEDARD, stepmother Denise CLAYTON, step-father Douglas LAING, in-laws Jeff and Sheila FINCH and her extended family. A Celebration of Fiona's Life will be held at the Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville (905) 257-8822 (9th Line / Dundas Street) on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 11 a.m. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and would be appreciated by the family. A special thanks to all the staff at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion. Online condolences available at www.glenoaks.ca

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LAING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-03 published
McINTYRE- SMITH, Fiona (formerly BEDARD, née CLAYTON)
Peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, with family at her side on Friday, May 30, 2008 at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital at the age of 45. Daughter of Maureen LAING and the late Doctor Alaister CLAYTON. Survived by her loving husband Steve McINTYRE- SMITH, her two sons Liam and Oliver BEDARD, brother Ian CLAYTON (Tronie.) first husband Frank BEDARD, step-mother Denise CLAYTON, step-father Douglas LAING, in-laws Jeff and Sheila FINCH and her extended family. A Celebration of Fiona's Life will be held at the Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville (905) 257-8822 (9th Line / Dundas Street) on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 11 a.m. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and would be appreciated by the family. A special thanks to all the staff at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion. Online condolences available at www.glenoaks.ca

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

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LAING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-21 published
LAING, Marguerite Elizabeth (née GOSSET)
Betty of St. Hilda's Towers, died peacefully in Toronto, on Friday, July 18, 2008, in her 97th year, with her Friends at her side. Only daughter of Marguerite Lee and Ernest GOSSET. Betty was predeceased by her husband Stuart, brother E. Lee GOSSET, sister-in-law Margaret DEVANEY and nephew Michael GOSSET. She is survived by her niece Lee Anne SMITH (GOSSET) and her husband Robert, nephew David GOSSET and his wife Malia and great nieces and nephews Tannis, Stephanie and Philip SMITH and Courtney, Taylor and Spencer GOSSET. The family will receive Friends at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street at Heath Street on Tuesday July 22, 2008 from 11: 00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In Betty's memory, donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4G 3E8 or St. Hilda's Greenhouse, St. Hildas Tower, 800 Vaughan Road, York, Ontario M6E 2Z4 would be appreciated by the family. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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LAING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-26 published
BINET, Herbert George " Micky"
Died peacefully on July 25, 2008, a day after this 91st birthday. Father of Stephen (Lynda), David and Elizabeth. Loving grandfather of Brittany and Billy BINET; Andrew, Robert and Penfield BINET and Elizabeth and Alexandra LAING. Predeceased by his wife Elizabeth and their son Peter. Veteran of World War 2 (Royal Canadian Air Force). A private family service was held in the Ward Funeral Home, Oakville (905-844-3221). Special thanks to his caregivers Elma SALUDARES and Edwin NENE and to Doctor R. GABRIEL.

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LAIRD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-19 published
DEGRAW, Duncan
A resident of Blenheim, Duncan DEGRAW died peacefully at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Sydenham Campus on Friday April 18, 2008 at the age of 97. Born in Rodney, son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (LAIRD) DEGRAW. Beloved husband of the late Lena (BENO) DEGRAW (2003) Brother of the late Flossie GILLON, Teresa HANSEN, Clarence, Mac, Roy, Jim, and Allen DEGRAW. Survived by his sister-in-law Elva DEGRAW of Dutton. He is also survived by a son Lloyd, daughter Dorothy, and many nieces and nephews. Duncan farmed until his retirement in 1969. He was a member of Blenheim Baptist Church where he had served as an Usher and as a Trustee for many years. He was also involved with the Blenheim Senior's Centre, and the Blenheim Men's Senior Bowling League. Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, "Ford Chapel", 141 Park Street, Blenheim (519-676-3451) on Monday April 21, 2008 from 12: 30-1:30 p.m. A Funeral Service will follow at the Funeral Home at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Bill TERRIS of Blenheim Baptist Church officiating. Interment Rosedale Cemetery, Tilbury East Township. Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation, Cancer Society or a charity of one's choice appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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LAIRD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-03 published
LAIRD, Bill
In memory of a loving husband and father and my best friend Bill, who passed away 9 years ago, July 3, 1999. Bill, you are always on my mind, No matter what I do, I have so many fond memories, Of special times with you. You did so many things for the kids and I, Your heart was kind and true, And when I needed you, I could always rely on you. To me you were the best, What more is there to say, Except to wish you were here with me. God has you in His hands, I have you in my heart always, You are our Angel now. Deeply missed and loved forever Ruth, Rod, Liam, Hayden, James, John, and Brianne.

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LAIRD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-03 published
LAIRD, Bill
In memory of a dear friend Bill who passed away July 3rd, 1999. Thinking of you today Bill, But then that is nothing new, I thought about you yesterday, And the day before that to, We will think of you tomorrow, And each day as they come and go, We will think of you forever, We miss and love you so. Thank you for the memories. Loving you always, forever in our hearts. "Ride Free Bill" Sadly missed and never forgotten Peter, Nancy, Troy, Paul and Justin Thomas.

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LAIRD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-10 published
LAIRD, Bertha (1908-2003)
In loving memory of Bertha who passed away July 10, 2003. Bertha would be celebrating her 100th birthday this year. Grandma the great, we love you, Today recalls memories of a dear mother and grandmother. Love Daughters, Sons, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren.

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LAIRD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-11 published
HAMMOND, Frances Mary (née LAIRD)
In her 89th year, Frances Mary HAMMOND (née LAIRD) of Guelph, Ontario passed away peacefully at the Nottingham Retirement Home, The Elliott Community in Guelph on March 5, 2008. Pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 64 years, Kenneth William HAMMOND, she is survived by her loving children; daughter Doreen Frances HAMMOND of Kitchener, and sons Kenneth Laird HAMMOND of Bermuda and Bruce William HAMMOND of Walkerton. Dear mother-in-law to Margaret Frances HAMMOND (née PAYNE,) she was a loving grandmother to Jenny Christina HAMMOND, Jeremy David HAMMOND and Matthew Payne HAMMOND. Frances was pre-deceased by her brothers John LAIRD, Wilbur LAIRD and James LAIRD. Unfailingly gracious, Fran was a remarkable woman, a gentle and compassionate person who quietly and deeply affected the lives of those who had the good fortune to know her. She will be greatly missed by family and Friends. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will follow at a later date. A celebration of Frances' life will be held on Saturday, May 10th, 2008 and will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Community Living Walkerton and District, 19 Durham St. E., Box 999, Walkerton, Ontario, N0G 2V0 would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph (519-822-0051 or www.wallcustance.com).

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LAIRD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-26 published
HAMMOND, Frances Mary (née LAIRD)
In her 89th year, Frances Mary HAMMOND (née LAIRD) of Guelph, Ontario passed away peacefully at the Nottingham Retirement Home, The Elliott Community in Guelph on March 5, 2008. Pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 64 years, Kenneth William HAMMOND, she is survived by her loving children; daughter Doreen Frances HAMMOND of Kitchener, and sons Kenneth Laird HAMMOND of Bermuda and Bruce William HAMMOND of Walkerton. Dear mother-in-law to Margaret Frances HAMMOND (née PAYNE,) she was a loving grandmother to Jenny Christina HAMMOND, Jeremy David HAMMOND and Matthew Payne HAMMOND. Frances was pre-deceased by her brothers John LAIRD, Wilbur LAIRD and James LAIRD. A gathering to celebrate Frances' life will be held on Saturday, May 10th, 2008 from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. in The Atrium at The Elliott Community, 170 Metcalfe Street, Guelph. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Community Living Walkerton and District, 19 Durham St. E., Box 999, Walkerton, Ontario, N0G 2V0 would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph (519-822-0051 or www.wallcustance.com).

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LAISHLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-10 published
LAISHLEY, James George
Peacefully at Saint Michael's Hospital on May 7, 2008 at the age of 72. Loving father of Derek and Russell. Dear brother of Elizabeth. Companion to Linda. Private arrangements. The family asks that memorial donations be made in memory of James to the Saint Michael Hospital Foundation, 30 Bond St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8

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LAITY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-03 published
CHANCE, David Godwin, D.F.C., B.A.
Pilot, 424 Squardron - Halifax Bombers
On Wednesday, April, 30, 2008. Born in Ottawa in 1923 to Gladys and Leslie CHANCE, David was educated at the Ottawa Normal Model School and Lisgar Collegiate, where he was commanding officer of The Lisgar Cadet Corps. Upon graduation in 1942, he joined The Royal Canadian Air Force and earned his Pilot's Wings before going overseas, where he completed a tour of operations in 1945. Returning to Canada, he was enrolled in Queen's University, graduating in Arts '49. In 1950, he married Nancy COMPLIN. They have three children: Christopher (Kathleen,) Jennifer (Robert LAITY) and Judith (Paul MASON) as well as four grand_sons, Robert and Michael LAITY and John and Benjamin MASON. He is also survived by his twin brother John and their older brother Peter. David retired from his position as Secretary to The International Joint Commission in 1988. He was a keen cross-country skier and golfer and devoted much time to various volunteer works at St. Columba Church, The Victorian Order of Nurses, Scouts of Canada and The Hospice at May Court. He was a devoted and much loved husband and father, a kind and gentle man. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to Dr. David DAVIDSON of The Family Medicine Centre, Dr. Luc BEAUCHESNE of the Heart Institute and the staff at the Montfort Hospital for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Hospice at May Court or a charity of choice would be appreciated. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 125 MacKay Street, Ottawa on Tuesday, May 6 at 11: 00 a.m. Condolences/ donations at: mcgarryfamily.ca (613) 233-1143.

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