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LEBEAU o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-05 published
CLUFF- LEBEAU, Helen (SCOTCHMER)
At Huronview Home, on Thursday, April 3, 2008 Mrs. Helen (SCOTCHMER) CLUFF- LEBEAU formerly of Bayfield in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Jack CLUFF (1953,) and the late Fred LEBEAU (2000.) Sadly missed by her family, Jacqueline and Paul HOVEY of London, Bob and Joan CLUFF of Bayfield, Vicki McLAUGHLIN of Toronto, Judy FALLER of Loveland, Colordo, Steve and Jeannie SCOTCHMER of Oakville, and Cal and Sandy SCOTCHMER of Toronto. Cherished grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Rose SCOTCHMER of Clinton. Also loved by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Vera McLAUGHLIN, Daisy ARKELL and by brothers Gordon and Alf SCOTCHMER. At Helen's request no visitation. A service of remembrance will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, Bayfield, on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at 1 o'clock. Cremation with interment of ashes in Bayfield Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to Trinity Anglican Church, or Clinton Public Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. (Donations by cheque made payable to the appropriate charity may be forwarded to Falconer Funeral Homes, Box 47 Clinton, Ontario, N0M 1L0). Funeral arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Homes, Clinton (519-482-9521)

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LEBEAU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-19 published
SLATER, Anne Marie Madeleine (née DUBOIS)
(June 3, 1912-January 13, 2008)
At the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Predeceased by her husband Art, brother Eddie, sisters Marguerite, Jacqueline, Betty and nephew Eric. Anne Marie will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her children Peggy, Dick, and Kitty (Stan McROBERTS,) granddaughters Christy and Emilie McROBERTS. A dear aunt to Phyl SOMERSET, Barb LEBEAU, Judi JEWINSKI and Ted MITCHELL. Great-aunt to Elizabeth and Jenny SOMERSET, Nicole HUNT, Danielle JEWINSKI, Jeff and Philip MITCHELL. Fondly remembered by cousins Gérard DUBOIS (Pat) of Washington and Jacques DUBOIS (Andrée) of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and their children. At Anne Marie's request there will be a private family service. Donations in her memory to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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LEBECK o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-02-27 published
LEBECK, Henry " Allan"
Passed away peacefully, to be with his Lord, at General and Marine Hospital, Collingwood, on Sunday February 24th, 2008, in his 89th year. Allan, beloved husband of Kathleen (née CULHAM.) Loving dad of Sherry and her husband George BRISTOW, Brad, Lori and her husband David BATES. Dear grandpa of Carrie (Josh,) Tara Mae (her fiancé Glen), Emily, Jeffrey, Daniel, Cassie, Charlotte and Rachel. Brother of the late Mae BAKER, Louise MacDONALD, Myrtle SMITH, Fannie HOLT, Elizabeth COBER, Frederick and Ruth PATFIELD. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Mr. LEBECK's visitation will be held on Thursday February 28th, 2008, from 7-9 p.m. at Faith Missionary Church, 1355 River Road West, Wasaga Beach. A funeral service will be held in the church on Friday at 1: 30 p.m. Spring interment Stayner Union Cemetery. Donations made to Faith Missionary Church would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Chatterson Funeral Home, Collingwood. www.chattersonfuneralhome.com
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LEBECK o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-03-12 published
LEBECK, Henry " Allan"
Kay LEBECK and her family Would like to express their thanks to everyone who sent cards and flowers, to those who brought in meals and for all your prayers and support during our time of loss. It has been very much appreciated.
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LEBEL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-11 published
LEBEL, Joseph
At his residence on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 Joseph LEBEL of Dorchester in his 83rd year. Predeceased by his wife Connie (Barker). Loving father of Fred (wife Lauren) of London, George of Ingersoll, Mike (wife Joanne) of Putnam and Lisa SEMCHISM (husband Chris) of London. Much loved grandfather of eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Lorraine LEBEL. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Thursday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, June 13, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation with interment at Dorchester Union Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice gratefully acknowledged.

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LEBEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-21 published
HENRY, Edna Georgina (née McINTYRE)
Edna Georgina HENRY (née McINTYRE) passed away peacefully on Sunday April 13, 2008 at the Peter Lougheed Centre. Edna is survived by her daughters Catherine MOSHER (Hugh) and Sheila COOK (Pierre LEBEL) and granddaughters Nicole and Megan COOK. Edna was predeceased by her husband William (Bill) HENRY in July 1994, sisters-in-laws Betty HENRY and Eleanor HENRY in 1995, and her sister Isabel JOHNSTON in 1996.
Born in Collingwood, Ontario on October 9, 1923, Edna grew up in Collingwood later moving to Toronto where she met and married Bill in 1955. Immediately after the wedding she and Bill moved to Calgary where Catherine and Sheila were born. Edna returned to Toronto in 1966 with Bill's transfer and lived there until 1997 when she moved back to Calgary to be closer to her family.
A very active member of the Presbyterian Church she spent many years serving the Church in a variety of capacities, the most recent of which was with the Board of World Missions. Edna was a longstanding member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Calgary), Iona Presbyterian Church (Toronto) and Glenview Presbyterian Church (Toronto) where she served as an elder.
Edna was a resident of the Forest Grove Care Centre at the time of her passing and her family would like to thank Forest Grove for their care of and attention to Edna for the past 18 months.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11: 00 a.m. on Thursday April 24, 2008 at Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1P5.
In lieu of flowers donations to Glenview Presbyterian Church (1 Glenview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1P5) are welcome.
Arrangements entrusted to Leyden's Funeral Home, Reception and Cremation Centre 304 -18 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta. Tel: 403-228-4422. www.leydens.com.

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LEBENSOLD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-03 published
Champion of culture in Canada 'epitomized the values of the NAC'
Third-generation member of famous newspaper family grew up in a lifestyle of privilege and chose the diplomatic corps over journalism. Later, he helped launch the National Arts Centre and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S9
Passionate, romantic, a lover of culture, the high arts and beautiful women, Hamilton SOUTHAM was in many ways an 18th-century gentleman, given to quoting poetry, rereading the classic works of literature and history, attending opera, ballet and theatrical performances, and collecting paintings by modern masters. Until the end of his days, he expressed his faith in the ultimate meaning of life by quoting these lines from Milton's Samson Agonistes: "All is best, though we oft doubt, /What th' unsearchable dispose/Of highest wisdom brings about, / and ever best found in the close."/
Born into the third generation of the Southam newspaper dynasty, he grew up in a gilded world of wealth and privilege, in which winters were spent in Florida and summers in Europe and the family enclave at Big Rideau Lake near Ottawa. Fighting for his country for six years in the Second World War stiffened the public-service component of his complicated character. After working in journalism, he turned his back on the family business and opted for diplomacy in its Pearsonian heyday, serving as ambassador to Poland, among other postings. But it was his lengthy tenure in the trenches of the cultural, linguistic and nationalistic battlefields that forged his legacy as the builder and founding general director of the National Arts Centre, a visionary fundraiser and force behind the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation and the Valiants Memorial and an active contributor to many other cultural institutions.
How fitting that such a Canadian giant should die on Canada Day, said Peter Herrndorf, president of the National Arts Centre, describing Mr. SOUTHAM as a man of exquisite taste with a single-minded devotion to the arts and an incredible capacity for Friendship. "He had been for many years, well before I came here, one of my heroes and he stayed a hero though my professional life. Never did I imagine that I would not only build on Hamilton's legacy at the National Arts Centre, but also become his friend," said Mr. Herrndorf. "He became like a second dad to me, both in personal terms and very much in professional terms - and in typical dad terms, he was both wonderful in his support and tough when I wasn't living up to what he expected. It's a big loss because he epitomized the values of the National Arts Centre."
Gordon Hamilton SOUTHAM was born in December, 1916, and named after an uncle who had been killed two months earlier at the Battle of the Somme. His family called him Hamilton because he had an older cousin, Gordon, who lived next door, in what amounted to a family enclave in the elite Rockliffe Park area of Ottawa. His parents' house, called Lindenelm, later became the Spanish embassy.
Hamilton's father, Wilson SOUTHAM, the oldest of six sons of William SOUTHAM (1843-1932,) the proprietor of The Hamilton Spectator and founder of the Southam newspaper empire, was the publisher of the Ottawa Citizen. Hamilton's mother, Henrietta CARGILL, was the daughter of Conservative politician Henry CARGILL, who died after collapsing on the floor of the House of Commons.
The youngest of his parents' six children, Hamilton went to Elmwood School and then Ashbury College, the private boy's school in Ottawa. In those days, French was taught as though it were a dead language, so it was years before he became bilingual. But the school did nurture his love for Latin, the classics, and poetry, which he delighted in declaiming until the end of his life. He also played Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice, "lightly with exactly the right touch of flippancy," according to drama critic Ted Devlin.
After doing summer-school classes at Glebe and Lisgar Collegiates, he entered Trinity College at the University of Toronto in 1934. He graduated with a degree in history in 1939, having taken a year out, halfway through, recovering from a serious car crash that left him with a crooked smile - a rugged distinction in a classically handsome face. After U of T, he sailed to England intending to do a master's degree in modern history at Christ Church College, Oxford. Almost as soon as he arrived, Britain declared war on Germany and he enlisted in the British Army as an officer cadet in the Royal Artillery.
Simultaneously, he renewed his Friendship with Jacqueline LAMBERT- DAVID, the daughter of a sculptor from a land-owning French family. They had met in Canada that summer through family Friends. When the hostilities commenced, she managed to make her way back to London by ship from New York because the United States was still neutral. They married in London on April 15, 1940, while he was in training. (They eventually had four children and were divorced in the late 1960s; she died in 1998.) A month after the wedding, he received his commission as a lieutenant.
Meanwhile, the 40th battery of the Canadian Field Artillery (in which his uncle and namesake, Gordon SOUTHAM, had served) had mobilized for active service under Frank Keen, assistant editor of the Hamilton Spectator, as the 11th Army Field Regiment, 40th Battalion of Hamilton. As soon as the battalion arrived in England, Lt. SOUTHAM applied for a transfer from the British Army so that he could serve with the Canadian Forces. By the autumn of 1943, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division, which was heavily engaged in Italy, urgently needed replacements. He volunteered to join the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. He fought in the battle of Ortona in December, 1943, and the final battle of Monte Cassino from April to May, 1944, and was part of the advance of the Canadian Army up through Italy and later from Marseilles northward in France. He was mentioned in dispatches for "gallant and distinguished services" and demobilized with the rank of captain.
After the war, he worked briefly for The Times of London before returning to Canada and an uneasy job as an editorial writer for the Citizen in 1946. "I couldn't write quickly enough," he said in an interview at his home in Rockliffe in 2004. "My editor would give me a subject - 500 words on such and such a subject by 3 o'clock. My instinct was to go to the parliamentary library for a week and then come back with the 500 words," he said. "I was wretched." He went to his uncle Harry SOUTHAM, then publisher of the Citizen, and said, "I can't manage to do this, so I am going to External Affairs."
He wrote the examinations and joined the department in 1948 under Lester Pearson at a time when Canada "had a role to play" and when being part of the foreign service was "riding the crest of a wave, as far as I was concerned." It was "a wonderful time," Mr. SOUTHAM said, his eyes flashing under his expressive beetle brows. "Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven!" he said, quoting Wordsworth.
In 1949, Mr. SOUTHAM (and his family, which now included a second son, Christopher, who is now called Abdul) was posted to Stockholm as third secretary under ambassador Tommy Stone. After nearly four years, they returned to Ottawa before being posted to Warsaw as chargé d'affaires in March, 1959. By then, the Southams had two more children, Jennifer and Michael. This posting was one of the highlights of Mr. SOUTHAM's diplomatic career because he solved the "Polish Treasures" problem.
After Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, the curator of Krakow removed a number of treasures from Wawel Castle, including tapestries and the sword of state. Following a circuitous route, they ended up in museum warehouses in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. After the war, Poland, then behind the Iron Curtain, requested the return of its state treasures. That was fine with the Canadian federal government, but not with Maurice Duplessis, then premier of Quebec. He refused to hand anything over to a Communist government. Amid the diplomatic fracas, "we never sent an ambassador there and they never sent an ambassador here," Mr. SOUTHAM explained.
Mr. Duplessis died in office in September, 1959, and was succeeded by Paul Sauvé, "a more rational man" who agreed to ship the treasures back, causing Poland and Canada "to unfreeze their governments and to exchange ambassadors." And so, Mr. SOUTHAM's grateful government promoted him "sur place" to the rank of ambassador in April, 1960.
In 1962, the Southams returned to Ottawa, where he was appointed head of the information division at External Affairs. He was at work one day when he received a visit from Faye Loeb of the IGA grocery chain. She wanted him to help spearhead a citizens' move to build a performing arts centre in Ottawa. Rashly, he promised to find an appropriate candidate and, if necessary, to take charge himself.
"Time ran out and Faye came back," is the way he described his assumption of the leadership of the National Capital Arts Alliance in 1963. At its height, the alliance included about 60 arts organizations in Ottawa. They raised enough money (about $7,000) to commission a feasibility study, which recommended both the building of a performing arts centre and the holding of an annual national festival in Ottawa. In 1964, Mr. SOUTHAM took the completed study (with its projected costs of $9-million) to his old boss Mr. Pearson, by this point prime minister, and persuaded him that the proposed building would be an ideal centennial project for the federal government.
"He thought about it for a month and then came back and said, 'We'll do it,' Mr. SOUTHAM said. "After that, it was his project and he never gave up on it." The prime minister arranged for Mr. SOUTHAM to be lent from External Affairs to Secretary of State, which appointed him co-ordinator of the National Arts Centre in February, 1964.
The decision about the architect for the new facility was left up to Mr. SOUTHAM. He recommended Fred LEBENSOLD, who had already built the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, had won the competition for Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, and would later build Place des Arts in Montreal. Mr. LEBENSOLD did a quick estimate of $16-million and signed on as architect. Mr. SOUTHAM was appointed inaugural director of the National Arts Centre in 1967 and oversaw the construction of Mr. LEBENSOLD's hexagonal buildings on 2.6 hectares on the banks of the Rideau River, defending vociferous criticism along the way as the costs spiralled to a final tally of more than $46-million. (By this time, Mr. SOUTHAM's first marriage had disintegrated. He married Gro MORTENSON of Oslo in 1968, with whom he had two children, Henrietta and Gordon. He and his second wife were divorced in the late 1970s, but as with all of Mr. SOUTHAM's wives, she remained on affectionate terms with him.)
The multifaceted performance centre, with three halls including the country's first professional opera house, two restaurants, two theatre companies and its own touring symphony orchestra, opened in June of 1969 with the National Ballet of Canada performing two commissioned ballets - The Queen by Grant Strate to music by Louis Applebaum, and Kraanerg by Roland Petit to music by Iannis Xenakis. The following night, when the ballet danced John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, something went wrong with the technology in the orchestra pit. Conductor George Crum and some of his musicians slowly ascended above stage level, leading Mr. Crum to say later that it was "the only time I ever looked down on Celia Franca," who was performing as Lady Capulet. After two terms as director-general, Mr. SOUTHAM stepped down in March of 1977.
Less than a year later, after a short respite spent sailing his yacht, Mr. SOUTHAM was persuaded by secretary of state John Roberts to become chair of Festival Canada and take charge of the national celebrations on Canada Day. He was paid a dollar a year and required to appear before a Commons committee to answer questions about his mandate and budget. When some members criticized the fluently bilingual Mr. SOUTHAM for preparing a report in English - he said later that he hadn't had time to have it translated - he sent a letter resigning from his post in French to the minister. It was rejected and Mr. SOUTHAM oversaw celebrations in hundreds of communities across the country and a blow-out televised extravaganza on Parliament Hill on the theme "You and Me - Le Canada, C'est Toi et Moi." In the 1980s, Mr. SOUTHAM was a partner in Lively Arts Market Builders, a scheme to create a television channel devoted to producing and broadcasting plays, concerts, films and programs on the arts. The group received a cable television licence and launched the pay-television C Channel in January, 1983. But it failed to attract subscribers and went into receivership six months later. Rogers Cablesystems Inc. bought its pay-television licence that December for $12,500.
(The following year, Mr. SOUTHAM married for the third and final time. Marion TANTON, a French woman he had known and loved for many years, was the wife of the late Pierre CHARPENTIER, a former Canadian ambassador, and the mother of his three children. She died of cancer in May, 2005.)
In January, 1985, prime minister Brian Mulroney appointed Mr. SOUTHAM chair of the Official Residences Council, a civilian oversight group he had established amidst mounting criticism of the cost of maintaining official residences. Mr. SOUTHAM's tenure was not an easy one; there were political brawls about work done on the speaker's house in Kingsmere; on Stornoway, the residence of the opposition leader; and on both official prime ministerial residences.
His beloved National Arts Centre went through a long period of turmoil beginning in the mid-1980s, involving funding crises, a revolving series of chairs and artistic directors and a strike by the National Arts Centre orchestra, before it began to stabilize more than a decade later with the appointment in the late 1990s of David Leighton as chair of the board and Mr. Herrndorf as president and chief executive - thanks in no small part to Mr. SOUTHAM's behind-the-scenes lobbying. Early in 2000, during Mr. Herrndorf's tenure, a grateful National Arts Centre renamed its opera auditorium Southam Hall in his honour and threw a lavish party for him on his 90th birthday.
After attending the rededication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on September 17, 1999, Mr. SOUTHAM met some Friends for lunch at the Rideau Club. He had been "moved" by the ceremony and by governor-general Adrienne Clarkson's "wonderful" speech, and he began thinking that the fallen soldier "should have some company on Confederation Square," rather like the "great cloud of witnesses," described by St. Paul in his epistles. Those lunchtime musings led to his final public campaign, which was realized seven years later when Governor-General Michaëlle Jean unveiled the $1.1-million Valiants Memorial. He considered the Valiants his second great project after the National Arts Centre. "Parliament Hill is full of statues of prime ministers and politicians, some of them good, some of them not good. But in Ottawa, there shouldn't just be statues of politicians," he said. "It is the capital of the country and there should be statues of the men and women who have made this country."
Aside from building monuments to others, Mr. SOUTHAM enjoyed sitting in the study of his Ottawa home, a well-proportioned, light-filled room lined with bookcases, rereading the complete works of Anthony Trollope and "contemplating three generations of reading." He had his grandfather's books on the top shelf, his father's Everyman editions on the second and his own books on the third shelf. As well, he was examining his own soul. "I have lived my life, and that which I have done may God himself make pure," he said. "I meditate and I don't compare today with yesterday. I have more important comparisons, concerning my inner life, and I have much to think about." He was an Anglican, but he "was thinking the same thoughts" as a Catholic or a Jew or a Muslim. The soul is a more important part of our being than character," he said. "It is essential."
And so he spent his last years in contemplation and in visiting with close Friends and family, enjoying life and engaged with the world around him.
On Canada Day, he was about to go for a drive with his valet when he suddenly felt tired. He lay down for a rest and quietly died.
Gordon Hamilton SOUTHAM was born in Ottawa on December 19, 1916. He died July 1, 2008, at home in Ottawa of complications from cancer. He was 91. He is survived by his second wife, Gro MORTENSON, his six children and his extended family. A private family funeral is planned followed by a memorial service at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, Ottawa, later in July.

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LEBERER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-14 published
BELLIVEAU, Gertrude Adell (PUJOLAS) (1911-2008)
Born on December 5, 1911, Gertrude BELLIVEAU, wife of the late John Edward " Ned" BELLIVEAU, died in Moncton in the early hours of Saturday, January 12. She was 96.
They were the parents of five sons, William, Michael, Richard, Timothy and Peter. Gertrude and Ned were natives of Moncton, New Brunswick, and lived for over thirty years in Ontario where Ned wrote for The Windsor Star and The Toronto Star. They returned to the Maritimes in 1972.
Gertrude is survived by four sons, Bill (Sheila McALLISTER,) Rick, Tim (Suzanne PELHAM) and Peter (Lynn PARSONS), Mike's wife Rita AUFFREY, bother-in-law Frank, and nine grandchildren Tim, Paul, Anne, (their mother Elinor Woodliffe MacDONALD) Jacqueline (mother Sharon ROBINSON,) Joseph (mother Charlene LEBERER,) Peter James, Suzanne, Patrick and Rachael and four great-grandchildren Charlotte, Devynn, Jaimee, Kira and Jonah.
She was predeceased by her husband Ned, sister Myrl, son Michael and granddaughter Marie Adèle Myra.
Gertrude lived a long and generally happy life. She was always true to her own lights and a source of love and strength to her family.
Gertrude will be resting at Tuttle Bros. Funeral Home, 171 Lutz Street, Moncton. Visiting hours 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, January 14. A funeral mass will be held at St. Bernard's Church, Botsford Street, Moncton at 1: 30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Tuttle Bros. Funeral Home, (506) 857-8564.
Online condolences can be made via www.tuttlefuneralhome.ca

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LEBLANC o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-02 published
LEBLANC, John
At the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Monday December 31, 2007. Funeral arrangments to be announced in a later edition.

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LEBLANC o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-12 published
LEBLANC, John
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Monday 31, 2007. Loved son of the late John LEBLANC and his late wife Christine (née JEFFERIES.) Dear brother of Christine KENALTY and her partner Karl KAUFMAN, of Caledon, Jaquline (Tarne) of Toronto and Lenore LORD of Ottawa. Remembered by his nephews Christopher, Adam and Joel LORD, Sean and Brendan KENALTY. Treasured nephew of Kay YOUNG. John will be fondly remembered by his special Friends Don and Rosemary WESTOVER. A private family service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family (and may be made by calling Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home 376-2326).

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LEBLANC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-01 published
CLIFFORD, Myrtle Mildred " May"
At Maitland Manor on Thursday, February 28, 2008. Myrtle Mildred (May) CLIFFORD of Goderich and formerly of London in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth CLIFFORD (1968.) Loving mother of Joan PERKINS (David) of London and Bonnie DOERR (the late Terry, 1983) of Goderich. Cherished grandmother of Jane LEBLANC (Eddie) of New Brunswick, Ruth PERKINS (John MOAD) of London, Carol URQUHART (Brian) of London and great-grandmother of Samantha and Michael. Also survived by brothers Melvin MAY and Bruce MAY (Mary) and sister-in-law Bernice MAY. Special aunt to Linda SPENCER (John.) Also predeceased by brothers Jim, Russ, Earle MAY and sister Winnifred DAVIES. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held in London and announced at a later date. Donations to the charity of your choice gratefully acknowledged and may be arranged through McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Goderich, 519-524-7345. Friends may sign the book of condolences at www.mccallumpalla.ca

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LEBLANC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-04 published
STONE, John E.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of John E. STONE, on Friday, February 29, 2008 in his 78th year. John is survived by his beloved wife Kathryn (Kay SMITH,) his adoring children Robert (Jay-Dee,) Brian (Kelly,) Susan (Glenn LEBLANC,) and Warren (Laurie) and cherished grandchildren Jeromy, Michael (Tanya), Bob (Kate), Sheena (Bobby EDE), Sam SHARPE, Tony (Melissa), April (Matthew HUNTER), Brian Jr., Ashley LEBLANC, Kalynn LEBLANC, Joel and Jesse and his treasured 10 great-grandchildren. John was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Mary (née CRAWFORD) and his sister Pearl and brother-in-law Levi BUDDEN. John will be sadly missed by his surviving in-laws and by his many nieces and nephews. A heartfelt thank-you to the staff and volunteers at the McCormick Home for their wonderful care and ongoing support. Visitation will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell) on Monday, March 3, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations to the McCormick Home Foundation would be appreciated.

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LEBLANC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-05 published
LEBLANC, Brad (June 27, 1981-April 5, 2007)
In loving memory of our dear son Brad, the best part of our lives gone from us one year ago. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Forever and always in our hearts, missing you every minute. Love, Mom and Dad

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LEBLANC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-07 published
PORTER, Jack
At C.E.E. Hospital of Bluewater Health, Petrolia on Monday, May 5, 2008 Jack PORTER, 77 years, of Petrolia. Beloved husband of Pat (née NEATHWAY,) Dear father of Heather LINDSEY of Sarnia, and the late Jackie CHIVERS and Leslie PORTER. Dear step-father of Lyle and Doreen POWELL of Petrolia, Rick and Carol POWELL of Oil Springs and Cindy LEBLANC of Sarnia. Dear brother of Sandra SAINT_JEAN of Sarnia. Dear brother-in-law of Ruth WHITLOCK and Lois RACHER of Petrolia, Pearl FOX of Sarnia and the late Nellie MORNINGSTAR and Fred NEATHWAY. Also survived by twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation and may be arranged by calling the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia at 519-882-0100. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com.

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LEBLANC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-23 published
HIGGINS, Eric Bruce
Only son of Edward and Allie (EDGAR) HIGGINS, passed away at his home in the arms of his wife on June 20th, 2008. Beloved husband of Anelda (BLACK) HIGGINS for 52 years. Loving father of Lori-Ann (Philip) McNALLY and infant daughter Lee-Ann HIGGINS (1960). He dearly loved his grandchildren Marty, Kristy-Ann and Kyle McNALLY as well as precious little great-grand_son Brock Bruce McNALLY. Bruce is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law Helena and Keith DAWSON, Leona LEBLANC and Gail and Eldon BLACK. Predeceased by his brother in-law Gerald BLACK. Bruce is also remembered by his long time friend and business partner Kenneth MORGAN (Morgan and Higgins Fuels.) Also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. At Bruce's request there will be no visitation. Cremation and private burial has taken place. A memorial service for Bruce will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Watford (5331 Nauvoo Rd.) on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Tom ANDERSON officiating. Donations to the London Regional Cancer Program or Trinity Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences may be left at www.harperfuneralhome.ca. Anelda, Lori and family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the caring professionals at the London Regional Cancer Center, especially Doctor Jay ENGEL, Doctor Mary MacKENZIE, Doctor FISHER, Bruce's family doctor, Doctor Wayne JOHNSON and all of their caring nurses, especially Nurse Paul O'BRIEN. To the Nurse Angels in the Chemotherapy Suite, and the staff of the Radiation Unit, we are truly grateful. Special thanks to V.O.N. nurses Ellen, Sherry, Lorie and to our special Angels Erica, Janelle (Red Cross Care) and Jane VERHOYSEN. May God bless all of you. We will never forget you. Arrangements entrusted to Harper Funeral Home (519-876-2218).

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LEBLANC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-18 published
LEBLANC, Danny Patrick
In memory of Daniel Patrick LEBLANC, December 20, 1963-July 18, 1979. Ode to my Brother It has been 29 yrs since you left us here, Gone to Heaven but always near. Days pass by and life goes on, Thoughts of you are still so strong. Alive in my heart and mind you stay, I teach my children about you every day. Uncle Danny watching over us, I feel your presence please comfort us. Forever 15 you will always be, Handsome, youthful, full of energy. My little brother I miss you so, I wish you did not have to go. Yet one day we will meet again, God bless you brother until then. Loved and missed by your family: Sue, Cathy, Barb, Joc, Mike, Mom, Dad, Diana and Phil.

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LEBLANC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-10 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Donald " Big Daddy"
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in his 77th year. Donald, beloved husband of Rosemary. Loving father of Robin WHITE/WHYTE- KIRBY (Leonard,) Todd WHITE/WHYTE, Dawn LEBLANC (Yvon,) and Patti WHITE/WHYTE. Cherished grandfather of Celeste and Kirsten KIRBY, Danielle, Jessica, and Jordan LEBLANC, Brooke STONE, and great-grandfather of Madison and Logan. Donald is survived by his brother Gary WHITE/WHYTE, and by his sisters Florence PARKER and Roseanne RICHARDSON. Predeceased by brothers Henry and Paul WHITE/WHYTE. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at Fawcett Funeral Homes - Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street, at 2: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital or to Cancer Research in Donald's memory. Friends are invited to visit the on-line Book of Memories at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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LEBO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-03 published
SHAPERO, Sadie
Peacefully on Wednesday, April 2, 2008. Sadie, beloved wife of the late Saul SHAPERO. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Max and Ruth GOLDBERG, Jean and the late Barney BERANBAUM, and the late Rose FINKELSTEIN, Min KATZMAN, Harry GOLDBERG, Anne LEBO, and David GOLDBERG. She will be sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, family, and Friends. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West, (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, April 3rd at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 19 Lower Village Gate, #407. Memorial donations may be made to the Sadie SHAPERO Memorial Fund c/o the Baycrest Centre Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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LEBOEUF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-18 published
DYCK, Robert Edwin
On Sunday, March 16, 2008, peacefully at home surrounded by his family, Robert Edwin DYCK went home to be with the Lord in his 64th year. He was the beloved husband of Ruth (KERSEY) and the loving father of Katherine and Jonathan McCLELLAND of Deep Brook, Nova Scotia, Marvin and Heather DYCK of Cambridge, Ontario and Kevin DYCK of Toronto, Ontario. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Caleb and Seth McCLELLAND and Ryan and Amy DYCK, whom he dearly loved. He is survived by his sister Gwen LEBOEUF of Tecumseh and predeceased by his parents John and Helen DYCK and sister Lorene. The visitation will be held at Gilpin Funeral Chapel, in Forest, Ontario on Wednesday, March 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held at Lake Shore Gospel Hall, Lambton Shores, Ontario on Thursday, March 20th at 11: 00 a.m. with Marvin DERKSEN officiating. The interment will be at Ravenswood Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Gospel Trust Canada. Online condolences can be made at www.gilpinfuneralchapel.com.

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LEBOEUF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-19 published
DYCK, Robert Edwin
On Sunday, March 16, 2008, peacefully at home surrounded by his family, Robert Edwin DYCK went home to be with the Lord in his 64th year. He was the beloved husband of Ruth (KERSEY) and the loving father of Katherine and Jonathan McCLELLAND of Deep Brook, Nova Scotia, Marvin and Heather DYCK of Cambridge, Ontario and Kevin DYCK of Toronto, Ontario. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Caleb and Seth McCLELLAND and Ryan and Amy DYCK, whom he dearly loved. He is survived by his sister Gwen LEBOEUF of Tecumseh and predeceased by his parents John and Helen DYCK and sister Lorene. The visitation will be held at Gilpin Funeral Chapel, in Forest, Ontario on Wednesday, March 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held at Lake Shore Gospel Hall, Lambton Shores, Ontario on Thursday, March 20th at 11: 00 a.m. with Marvin DERKSEN officiating. The interment will be at Ravenswood Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Gospel Trust Canada. Online condolences can be made at www.gilpinfuneralchapel.com.

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