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LEO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-12 published
LEO, Peter Natalie
Passed away peacefully in his sleep at Parkwood Hospital on July 11, 2008. Loving husband, friend, and companion of Veronica (LAROCQUE) proud father of Peter and Marianne; grandfather of Cheyenne and Jareth. Predeceased by his parents Samuel and Kathleen (BERNARDO,) and brothers Patrick, Victor, James and Fiorindo. Born on Christmas Day in 1920 Peter was a devout Catholic, a World War 2 naval veteran and long-time employee of Canada Post. The family invites relatives and Friends to share memories and celebrate Peter's life at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Mary's Church, 345 Lyle Street, on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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LEO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-19 published
LEO, Peter N.
Thank you from the LEO family Veronica, Peter, Marianne, Cheyenne and Jareth would like to express their gratitude for the help, comfort and good wishes they received following the death of Peter N. LEO on Friday July 11th, 2008. We wouldn't have made it through the last week without the love and support of good family and Friends who came to the visitation and funeral. We appreciate all the cards of condolence and flowers, as well as the mass intentions and charitable donations made on behalf of our husband and father. Special thanks to the staff at Donohue Funeral Home, the Knights of Columbus, and the clergy and Catholic Women's League at Saint Mary's Peter would have loved his send off.

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LEON o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-12-17 published
Gloria Cecilia BARTER (née LEON)
Born March 31, 1926, slipped away peacefully November 18, 2008 in Cape
Town, South Africa. Artist, philanthropist, counsellor, friend,
entrepreneur, humorist, Jill-of-all-trades, musician, diplomat,
matriarch. Beloved wife of Peter: cherished mother of Colleen, Anthony,
Lari-Anne and Marck: adored granny of Cary, Brian, Adam, Arran and Seth:
most recently great gran of Callista. A memorial gathering was held
Saturday, November 22 at 4 pm for family and close Friends at the Round
House Restaurant in Camps Bay, Cape Town. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to Cotlands Baby Sanctuary, Somerset West, Cape Town, P.O.
Box 3377, Somerset West, 7129.

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LEON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-20 published
GORDON, Louis
On Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Louis GORDON loving father of Hope Leon. Devoted grandfather of Erica LEON, and Michael LEON. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 21, 2008 at 11: 30 a.m. at the Junction Synagogue section of Lambton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, 416-489-7100.

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LEONARD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-05 published
HELLYER, Darlene Marie (née KARN)
Peacefully with her family by her side, at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, on Friday morning, January 4th, 2008. Darlene Marie HELLYER (née KARN,) of Owen Sound, in her 50th year. Dearly beloved wife of William (Bill) HELLYER. Loving mother of Jason (Nicole) HELLYER, of Wiarton and Justin (Trina) HELLYER, of Hepworth. Proud grandmother of William, Makayla and Trey HELLYER. Dear sister of Marilyn (Ben) BROWN, of Petawawa, Larry (Marilyn) KARN, of Windsor, Leone RINGEL, of Owen Sound, Linda (Al) LEONARD, of Windsor, Phyllis VAN- NIEDEK, of Kingston, Jerry (Barb) KARN, of Windsor, Jack (Anne) KARN, of Fergus, Karen (Bill) JONES, of Shallow Lake, Sharen (Wayne) HEWITSON, of Walter's Falls, Terry (Lynn Stewart) KARN, of Shallow Lake and Sammie (Paula McGUINNESS) KARN, of Shallow Lake. Dear daughter-in-law of Mary HELLYER of Wiarton. Darlene will be sadly missed by her in-laws, Carol (Ron) BAIN, of Wiarton, Nancy (Rick) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, of Lion's Head, Jim (Carol SPRUNG) HELLYER, Kathy (Rick) GLASSCO, Ray (Debbie) HELLYER, Tracy (Jim) PORTER and Penny (Brian) MEPSTED, all of Wiarton. Predeceased by her parents, Sam and Elda KARN and her father-in-law, Roy HELLYER. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound, Ontario (519-376-7492) on Sunday evening from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. only. A Funeral Service for Darlene HELLYER will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, January 7th, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, as your expression of sympathy.

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LEONARD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-19 published
CRANE, Cecil Phillip
Dad's struggles are over and he has peace and rest at last. On Saturday, February 16th, 2008 at Alexandra Hospital, Cecil Phillip CRANE of Ingersoll passed away in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Ilene for 57 years. Loving father of Tom CRANE (Barb,) Bonnie RIBARIC, Harold CRANE (Sandie) of Ingersoll, Dan CRANE (Joanne) of Beachville, Nancy LEONARD, and Pat CATTELL (Dave) of London. Dear grandfather of Darryl (Lisa), Mel, Colleen, Chloe, Karlo, Matt, Josh, Tina, Aidan, Zach, Courtney, Katelynne and his latest joy, great-grand_son Nathan. Dear brother of Molly LANDON, Dorothy HUDSON (John), Bernice MITCHELL (Bill), Mary KNEAVES, Jack CRANE, and the late Albert CRANE (Joyce.) He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and Friends. Cecil was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Woodstock Navy Club, and the Optimist Club. Cecil was the Canadian five pin singles champion in 1963. He retired from Ingersoll Machine after over 40 years and also served on the Ingersoll Fire Dept. for 25 years. Friends will be received by the#2 hours prior to the funeral service which will be held at Ingersoll's Baptist Church (Thames Street, Ingersoll) on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery in Woodstock. In memory of Cecil, contributions to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or the Ingersoll Fire Dept. would be greatly appreciated.

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LEONARD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-17 published
MAYO, Ernest " Red"
At Bluewater Health - Norman Site, Sarnia, on Sunday, March 16, 2008. Ernest "Red" MAYO, 86 years, of Sarnia and formerly of Wyoming. Beloved husband of the late Elsie MAYO (née LEONARD) (2006) Dear father of Leonard and Marti MAYO of Reno, Nevada and Sandra HOSKIN of Innisfail, Alberta. Dear grandfather of Robert and Heather MCINNES/MCINNIS and Keith and Melissa MCINNES/MCINNIS. Dear great-grandfather of Kaelin, Danika and Joshua MCINNES/MCINNIS. Also survived by a nephew, Harold HILL of Sarnia and a special niece, Nancy FREER of Corunna. Predeceased by a brother, William MAYO and two sisters, Ruby DEACON and Myrtle HILL. The funeral service will be held at the Wyoming Chapel, Broadway Street, Wyoming, on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m., with Rev. Kelvin TOFFELMIRE of Wyoming United Church officiating. Visitors will be received on Wednesday from 12 noon until service time at 1: 00 p.m. Interment of cremated remains in Wyoming Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the charity of you choice. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com

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LEONARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-12 published
MARTENS, Margaret Louise Eleanor (née HOUSTON)
Of Regina
With great sadness, the family wishes to announce the passing of Louise, dear mother and grandmother on Sunday January 6, 2008 at the age of 92 years, with her grand_son at her side, after a brief illness and her half-century-long battle with osteo-arthritis. Her memory will linger in our hearts forever. Louise was predeceased by her husband Ernest Allen MARTENS in 1953 (b. family homestead, Main Center, Saskatchewan,) her parents, Kate Matilda GARDINER in 1960 (b. family farm, Westbrook, Ontario) and Arthur Russell HOUSTON in 1966 (b., family homestead, Starbuck, Manitoba,) her maternal grandparents, Charlotte Eleanor LEONARD in 1916 (b. Westbrook, Ontario) and Jacob James GARDINER in 1923 (b. family homestead, Westbrook, Ontario,) her paternal grandparents, Margaret McBURNEY in 1943 (b. Beverly, Ontario) and Robert HOUSTON, Sr. in 1934 (b. Lesmahagow, Scotland). A true Canadian with deep roots here, Louise is a descendant of a family (Leonard/Chilton) who came to North America in 1620 on the Mayflower, and she is also a descendant of another family (McDonell) of United Empire Loyalists. She is survived by her sons Geoffrey of Westport, Ontario, and James (Lorena May BLONDIN) of Regina, and her grandchildren, Robert and Miranda. Louise was the daughter of a Canadian Pacific Railway station-agent and was born in the station-house in Perdue, Saskatchewan, in 1915. Her early schooling was there, and her piano-lessons only a short ride away over the rails to Saskatoon where she subsequently attended the University of Saskatchewan (Home Economics), and later on, business school in London, Ontario. With a young family to support, Louise returned to work (Government of Saskatchewan), finally retiring in 1982. Where did the time go? She will be remembered for her independence and her dedication and generosity to her family, Friends and co-workers. She loved Rachmaninoff; but despised country-music. She was her own woman to the end. A memorial service will be held at Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina, Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m.; coffee and tea to follow at the Family Centre.

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LEONARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-02 published
DUDER, Joyce Mary
Peacefully at home on January 31, 2008 at the age of 90. Beloved wife of the late Edward, dear mother of Gillian HUNTLEY (the late Merv,) Louise WRIGHT (Rodger) and Michael DUDER (Joan.) Loving grandmother of Ted WRIGHT, Sarah Wright LEONARD, Rob HUNTLEY and Nicholas, Michelle and Julia DUDER. A private memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Humphrey Funeral Home is overseeing the arrangements.

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LEONARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-18 published
LEONARD, Adelene Esther (née SMITH)
Passed away at the White Eagle Residence, Toronto, on February 13, 2008, at the age of 94. Beloved mother of Bruce (Gale) and Barbara, all of Toronto, wife of the late Etheridge W. LEONARD (Oak Bank, Manitoba,) and sister of the late Reginald SMITH (Winnipeg.) She is fondly remembered by Jean SMITH (Winnipeg,) Betty-June and Phil HALEY (Toronto), Evelyn HENDERSON (Ottawa), Wesley LEONARD (Simcoe), other members of her extended family and many Friends. The daughter of Hylton and Maud SMITH, Adelene was born and raised in Minnedosa, Manitoba. She had a lifelong passion for music and was a talented pianist. She achieved the highest level of accomplishment in piano teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She was also very active in the Girl Guide movement before moving to Winnipeg to begin her teaching career. She and Etheridge married in 1943 and five years later they moved to Oak Bank, Manitoba, where they spent the rest of their 53-year marriage. She taught piano in Oak Bank for several years before returning to teaching school in Winnipeg. While continuing to teach, she studied at the University of Winnipeg, graduating with a B.A. in 1972. Many years at Sisler High School rounded out her teaching career. Adelene was always active in the Oak Bank United Church, where she served as choir leader, organist, board member and in many other capacities. She was also an early member of The Costume Museum of Canada. In 2001, she reluctantly said goodbye to her many Friends in Manitoba and moved to Toronto to be closer to her children. A memorial service will be held at the Oak Bank United Church, Oak Bank, Manitoba at 11 a.m. on February 23 with the Rev. Dawn Ballantine-Dickson officiating. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For all the care Adelene received during her years in Toronto, the family wishes to thank the staff at the White Eagle Residence, and to express heartfelt gratitude to Deanna Derksen and Michelle Doucette whose visits brightened so many of her days.

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LEONARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-16 published
Academic became a religious triple threat
Denied the voice she sought in Catholicism, she converted, then mentored hundreds of other women
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
Joanne McWILLIAM felt she was outside her beloved church, looking in. Faced with the lifelong prospect of being denied the voice and role she sought in Roman Catholicism, she found an alternate route. She became an Anglican and a priest.
A religious pioneer and predictor of change who mentored and encouraged hundreds of women in academia and the priesthood, Dr. McWILLIAM tallied several milestones: She was the first woman to earn a doctorate in theology from the University of Toronto's Saint Michael's College; the first ordained woman to receive tenure on the divinity faculty at U of T's Trinity College; and the first Canadian woman elected president of the American Theological Society.
She was recalled as a warm, self-effacing woman, but serious about many things: teaching, her church and advancing the cause of women, both in her field and beyond. Her son, Gonzalo DUARTE, recalled a T-shirt his mother bought him in 1977 bearing the words: "Men of quality are not threatened by women for equality." It was a message she carried and heeded throughout her life.
Dr. McWILLIAM was a kind of religious triple threat. As a trained philosopher, theologian and priest, she had a wide knowledge of secular thought, of Christianity (especially its early development) and of what it takes to shepherd a congregation - all within a liberal framework. "She understood deep traditions very thoroughly, yet could advance new developments without fear," said Canon Alyson BARNETT- COWAN, a friend and colleague.
A tolerant woman, she had a healthy respect for those of other denominations and faiths. "She didn't have a proselytizing bone in her body," said her son, Sean DEWART. " She was not remotely judgmental."
An internationally acknowledged expert on the theology of St. Augustine, Dr. McWILLIAM's specialty was patristic studies, which focuses on the early church fathers. She wrote or co-wrote dozens of books, articles and book chapters on Augustine, feminist theology and Christology, the study of Jesus's divine nature.
For 15 years, she was a single mother and pursued her academic credentials while raising four children, who recognize today that she was a tireless advocate for women's rights who established herself as a major figure in a largely male domain, yet devoted years to studying the harsh patriarchy of the early Christian church.
Dr. McWILLIAM was raised in an ecumenical environment. She was the only child born to an electrical engineer who'd been a sapper during the First World War - a Catholic who had known discrimination in Toronto - and a stay-at-home mother who converted to Catholicism from the Presbyterian church. It was an arrangement that was deemed controversial in its day.
Their daughter graduated in philosophy and history from the University of Toronto in 1951, earning the Cardinal Mercier Medal in Philosophy, and completed a master's degree in the subject in 1953.
The next year, she married Leslie DEWART, who was born in Spain and raised in Cuba. His medical studies were interrupted by a strike, so in the early 1940s, at 19, he came to Canada to join the Royal Canadian Air Force. He flew reconnaissance missions over the North Atlantic and went on to teach philosophy at Saint Michael's College. The couple divorced in 1972.
During the mid-1950s, Doctor McWILLIAM held a variety of jobs. She taught high school and lectured in philosophy at the University of Detroit. For a brief time, she was a reporter at the Toronto Star, covering "magistrate's court," but grew disenchanted. "She felt she was too much the observer and not enough of a participant," said daughter Elizabeth DEWART.
She returned to school and earned a second master's degree, this one in theology, from Saint Michael's College in 1966, followed two years later with a doctorate in theology, also from Saint Michael's. "She was an unbelievably hard worker," said Ms. DEWART.
Over the ensuing years, she held several teaching positions at Saint Michael's College, the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto's religious studies department, which she chaired for two terms.
But something was gnawing at her. She never voiced an outright disappointment in the Catholic Church, but "she felt things needed to change… that she didn't have a voice," said one of her former doctoral students, Ellen LEONARD of the Sisters of Saint_Joseph.
She found that voice in the Anglican Church of Canada, whose synod on whether to ordain women she addressed in 1975 as a Catholic theologian. The following year, in November, the church ordained its first female priest.
"I remember her telling me that she was leaving the [Catholic] church," Ms. DEWART recalled. "It was so solemn. She didn't see the opportunity to become a priest. That was a huge decision for her."
Dr. McWILLIAM became a deacon in the Anglican Church in 1987, the year she married Peter SLATER, an Anglican priest and fellow theologian, and was ordained a priest the next year, at the age of 60. For one thing, she felt it was important for female students to have a female priest on the faculty.
While continuing to teach, transferring from the Catholic Saint Michael's College to the divinity faculty at Trinity College, Canada's oldest Anglican theological school, she served as honorary assistant at Toronto's Christ Church Deer Park. In 1997, she was appointed by Michael Peers, then leader of the Anglican Church of Canada, to a high-level review of central religious issues. The first Primate's Theological Commission, which lasted until 2003, produced three workbooks to assist the church on "fundamental theological questions."
She addressed such matters as the nature of God. The Christian tradition of labelling the members of the Trinity - the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit - as "persons," was "on the whole a bad decision," she wrote (noting that Augustine and many others have said so) "because when we use it, we cannot but think of human persons, and attribute the characteristics of human personhood to God."
The Trinity "is a mystery and cannot be explained in any rational way."
An optimist, she felt the global Anglican communion will weather its spasm over homosexuality and avoid schism. She cited examples of other threats to unity - slavery and the place of women - that failed to split the church.
Dr. McWILLIAM taught for five years at the Episcopal Church's General Theology Seminary in New York, the first woman to hold a chair in dogmatic theology. Back in Canada, she contributed to the decision in 2001 to provide joint recognition to Anglican-Lutheran ordinations in this country.
Health conscious before it was fashionable, she ingested plain yogurt and chicken livers for breakfast. But a regular tipple of sherry was never turned aside. Minutes after doctors informed her that her cancer was untreatable, she asked her daughter Leslie to drop by for a glass, reasoning that "there's no point allowing life to go completely to the dogs."
Still with sherry, just a few weeks before her death, she insisted that her son Sean pour from an older bottle. When he asked why he shouldn't open the fine new one he had just bought, she replied, "I'm saving it!"
She died a week before the worldwide Anglican church voted to allow women to serve as bishops.
Joanne Elizabeth McWILLIAM was born in Toronto on December 10, 1928, and died there of cancer, nine years after the first diagnosis, on July 1, 2008. She was 79. She leaves husband C. Peter SLATER, children Leslie GIRODAY, Elizabeth DEWART, Sean DEWART and Gonzalo DUARTE, and 12 grandchildren.

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LEONARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-01-28 published
LEONARD, Diane (née McKAY)
Peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones, after a long battle with cancer, characterized by tremendous courage and resolve, on Sunday, January 27, 2008, in her 58th year. Diane, beloved wife of Ray. Loving mother of Scott, Samantha, and Ben. Dear daughter of Edward and the late Annie McKAY. Twin sister of Danny and sister of Jaqueline. Friends may call at Trinity Anglican Church (79 Victoria Street, west of Yonge, south of Wellington, Aurora), from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Service in the Church Friday morning at 11 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Southlake Cancer Care would be thankfully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral Home, Aurora, 905-727-5421.

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LEONARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-11 published
PUPULIN, Eva Maria
Peacefully with courage and grace at Huntsville Hospital on Saturday, March 8, 2008 in her 70th year. Predeceased by her husband, Bruno (2000.) Beloved mother of Linda BOUCHER and husband Luc; Marie PALOZZI and husband Nick; Jerry PUPULIN and wife Darlene. Cherished grandmother of Sarah, Luke, Hilary, Michele, Lisa, Angela and Andre. Great-grandmother of Nicholas, Andrew and Jenna. Remembered by special people in her life, Karen PUPULIN, Ruth LEONARD, Diane BENNETT and Anne DONKERFGOED. The family would like to extend our gratitude to the Special Care Unit and the Staff of the East Wing of Huntsville Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eva's memory can be made to Mount Sinai or Princess Margaret Hospital. At our mother's request, there will be no memorial service. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers.

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LEONARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-14 published
LEONARD, Molly
Molly will be remembered especially for her accomplishments as a Figure Skater with Barbara Ann SCOTT, subsequently a Music Teacher and a Pianist, with even the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Jack and Molly shared a successful family business for 25 years. Their love is now reunited. Peacefully after a battle with cancer at the Trillium Health Centre Mississauga on Thursday, March 13, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Jack, dearest mum of Suzanne, Richard, Mark, Hughie and Molly-Anne (Lococo). Grandmother to Mathew and April. Friends may call at the funeral home of Skinner and Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd. E. (one block west of Hurontario St.) Mississauga on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Service in the chapel on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 11 a.m. Private family interment at Springcreek Cemetery to follow the service.

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