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NES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-22 published
DE JEU, Mary E. (née VERNOOY)
Peacefully at Woodstock General Hospital on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, Mary E. DE JEU (née VERNOOY) of Woodstock and formerly of Innerkip, in her 67th year. Beloved wife of Ted for nearly 46 years. Loved mother of Linda (Carolyn) of Peterborough, Joe (Kim) of Waterloo, Rob (Dana) of Innerkip, and Doug (Tammy) of Waterloo. Loving Oma of Dawson, Jada, Nathan, Courtney, Isabella, and Alexandria. Dear sister of Nick VERNOOY (Betty) of Innerkip, Teresa VAN NES (Jack) of Stratford, Rev. Paul VERNOOY of Scarborough, John VERNOOY (Mary) of Bright, Corrie VINK (Bill) of Innerkip, Bill VERNOOY (Pat) of Fort Erie, Pete VERNOOY (Linda) of Woodstock, Betsy COLEMAN (Terry) of Ingersoll, Joe VERNOOY (Joze) of St. Pauls, and Jim VERNOOY of Sweaburg. Dear sister-in-law of Piet DE JEU (Gertie) of Delaware, Columba SNYDERS (Tony) of Lambeth, Joe DE JEU (Isobel) of Dorchester, John DE JEU (Marie) of Delaware, Leo DE JEU (Bernice) of London, Ernie DE JEU (Jeanne) of Delaware, Nellie BRADICA (Sam) of Clinton, and Pauline VAN LEERZEM (Hank) of Strathroy. Also lovingly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents John and Cornelia VERNOOY, sister Anne VAN GERWEN, sister-in-law Cora VERNOOY, niece Julie VERNOOY, brothers-in-law Harry VAN GERWEN, Jacob DE JEU, and Ed WAMMES, and parents-in-law Johannes and Maria DE JEU. Mary was an active Catholic Women's League member for 35 years, including two terms as President, as well as a volunteer for Canadian Food for Children, Meals on Wheels, Woodingford Lodge, Caressant Care, and the Holy Trinity sewing group. She was an avid stamp collector and loved to knit, crochet, play cards, travel, and especially watch and cheer her grandchildren in their many activities. Friends will be received at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Friday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. C.W.L. and parish prayers on Friday evening at 6: 30 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 904 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment at Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Mary's wishes were in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to Canadian Food for Children. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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

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NESBITT o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-04-11 published
PHILLIPS, Dorreta Georgina (née KARN)
Of Chesley, passed away at Elgin Abbey, Chesley on Thursday, April 10, 2008 in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Ivor C. PHILLIPS. Dear mother of Dale and her husband Russ WILCOX of Waterloo, Bruce of Coldwater and Brian of Chesley. Loving grandmother of Tanya, Sean, Amanda, Brinley, Evan, Carissa (Shawn) and Victoria. Dear sister of Beatrice HATTEN, Lorraine (Lionel) NESBITT, Harold (Violet) KARN, Alvin (Betty) KARN, Dean (Betty) KARN and Larry (Ruth) KARN as well as sister-in-law of Bernice and Betty. Predeceased by her brothers Gordon and Wilmer, sisters Luella KUHL, Alvena KUHL and Viola JACKSON and her parents, Harry and Elizabeth (WEPPLER) KARN. Visitation will be held at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 14, 2008 at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, Chesley at 2 p.m. Spring interment in Chesley Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Saint Mark's Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. www.cameronfuneralhomes.com

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NESBITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-17 published
DUBYK, Carole " Kay" (née LUSCOMBE)
Of Saint Thomas, passed away on Tuesday, April 15th, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 74th year. Beloved wife of the late John DUBYK (May 24, 1996) and dearly loved mother of Jo-Anne DUBYK and her partner Jerry BIRCH of Saint Thomas and Mary-Anne and her husband Steve MANSELL of Saint Thomas. Dear sister of Dorothy PROCTOR of Saint Thomas and the late Fred "Sparky" LUSCOMBE and Larry LUSCOMBE. Loved grandmother of Hayley NESBITT (Mike HUMPHRIES) and John NESBITT, Bobby BURROWS Christie IRWIN) and Darren and Kelsey MANSELL. Loved great-grandmother of Hayden BURROWS. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews. Kay was born in Saint Thomas on July 12th, 1934, the daughter of the late Fred and Mary (GILLICK) LUSCOMBE. She worked at McDonald's. A public memorial service to celebrate Kay's life will be held on Friday, April 18th at 1: 00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas. Cremation has taken place. Visitation Friday from 12: 00-1:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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NESBITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-19 published
ARN, Willon
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, April 18, 2008. Willon ARN of Aylmer in his 94th year. Loving husband of the late Margaret (COOPER) ARN (2006.) Dear brother of Harold ARN and wife Margaret of Glencoe and Opal NESBITT of Aylmer. He will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a sister Pearl FARROW and a brother Keith ARN. Born in Simcoe on November 22, 1914 son of the late Theadore and Catherine ARN. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday, April 21, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Rev. Bryan MORRIS, officiating. Donations to the Cancer Society, the Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital Palliative Care or the Aylmer Missionary Church would be appreciated. Condolences can be made at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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NESBITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-02 published
BARCLAY, Gladys Margaret (née DOLMAN)
Peacefully passed away on December 31, 2007 at York Central Hospital at the age of 93. Gladys, beloved wife of the late James BARCLAY. Dear sister of Ruth YOUNG (James) and the late Inez NESBITT (Kenneth) and Claire NESBITT (Kenneth.) Cherished aunt of David NESBITT (Brenda,) Doug NESBITT (Donna) and Kathryn MALONEY (John) and great aunt of Jamie NESBITT, Tricia NESBITT (Jamie McGARRY,) Keri MALONEY (Lance), Kenneth NESBITT, and Ian JONES. A special thank you to the staff at Glynnwood Retirement Residence and York Central Hospital especially the doctors and nurses on 4 north and 3 west for their care of Gladys. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior at Forest Grove United Church (43 Forest Grove Drive). As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the North York General Hospital Foundation, 4001 Leslie Street, Toronto, Ontario, M2K
1E1. Condolences www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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NESBITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-26 published
WOOLACOTT, Orville M.
Passed away peacefully on January 22, 2008 in his 104th year. He is predeceased by his wife Alvera nee: MARZOLF, his sisters Mrs. Vera E. NESBITT of Lindsay, Ontario, and Mrs. Verlie H. MARK of Simcoe, Ontario, and his brothers Ernest and Fred. He leaves behind many family and Friends. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home (159 Eglinton Avenue West, 2 lights west of Yonge), on Monday, January 28, 2008 between 5-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at the Eden Cemetery in the spring. If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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NESDALE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-22 published
GORRIE, Wayne Allen
With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Wayne on the nineteenth of May 2008. The adored and cherished husband of Sue and dear and much loved father of Jason. Remembered with love by step-mother Shirley of Sarnia, Aunts Vey NESDALE (Frank) of Mississauga, Grace COMPTON of Truro and many cousins in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Most loved brother-in-law to Annette WALKER (Geoff.) Adored uncle to Mark WALKER (Sally) and Godfather to Paul WALKER (Anya) and Sue's family in England. Predeceased by his mother Doris (née RUDD) 1967, father Donald (1995) and sister Carolyn (1967). Wayne was raised in Sarnia and attended the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business graduating in 1970. He enjoyed a successful career in the footwear industry. The "Shoeman" will be sorely missed by Friends, colleagues and business associates in Canada and abroad. Wayne lived life to the fullest. His passion for family, nature, and hockey complemented a successful career, yet he always had time for those less fortunate. Wayne enriched all of our lives with his intelligence, wit and guidance and touched all with the warmth of his smile and his caring personality. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling) on Sunday, May 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 26 at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor Street West (west of Royal York Rd.). Interment at a later date. A lunch reception will follow at 1: 30 p.m. at Lambton Golf and Country Club, 100 Scarlett Rd., Toronto. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation. Condolences to the family may be made at www.turnerporter.ca.

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NESDALE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-22 published
GORRIE, Wayne Allen
With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Wayne on the nineteenth of May 2008. The adored and cherished husband of Sue and dear and much loved father of Jason. Remembered with love by step-mother Shirley of Sarnia, Aunts Vey NESDALE (Frank) of Mississauga, Grace COMPTON of Truro and many cousins in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Most loved brother-in-law to Annette WALKER (Geoff.) Adored uncle to Mark WALKER (Sally) and Godfather to Paul WALKER (Anya) and Sue's family in England. Predeceased by his mother Doris (née RUDD) 1967, father Donald (1995) and sister Carolyn (1967). Wayne was raised in Sarnia and attended the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business graduating in 1970. He enjoyed a successful career in the footwear industry. The 'Shoeman' will be sorely missed by Friends, colleagues and business associates in Canada and abroad. Wayne lived life to the fullest. His passion for family, nature, and hockey complemented a successful career, yet he always had time for those less fortunate. Wayne enriched all of our lives with his intelligence, wit and guidance and touched all with the warmth of his smile and his caring personality. Just watching the way you live your life has deeply affected the way we try to live ours. There are so many things we have learned from you and so much about you we love and admire. Not only have you been a caring person but also a wonderful teacher who has taught us some of life's most important lessons through the beautiful example you give. You will live in our hearts forever. The family is grateful to Sue's Air Canada family who has been tremendously supportive. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling) on Sunday, May 25th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor Street West (west of Royal York Rd.). Interment at a later date. A lunch reception will follow at 1: 30 p.m. at Lambton Golf and Country Club, 100 Scarlett Rd., Toronto. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation. Condolences to the family may be made at www.turnerporter.ca

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NESDOLY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-09 published
MASLO, Anna
In her 94th year, passed away early on April 8, 2008 at University Hospital with her family by her side. Beloved wife of the late Onufry MASLO. Ann is lovingly remembered for her joy of life by her daughters Iris MASLO and Jan STAPLES, and her precious granddaughter Anna Lise STAPLES, all of London. She will also be fondly remembered by her sister Stella EWANCHUK (Walter) of Saskatchewan and Rose SCHMALTZ of British Columbia, and also by her special nephew Nick MASLO and his wife Emily of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ann was predeceased by her parents Michael and Henrietta (JAWORSKY) MARCINIAK, brothers Joseph, Walter and Raymond MARCINIAK and her sister Mary NESDOLY, and son-in-law Harold STAPLES. Visitors will be received at the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William Street, with Funeral Mass at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, times and dates to be announced in Thursday's paper. Private interment in Thunder Bay.

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NESDOLY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-10 published
MASLO, Ann (née MARCINIAK)
In her 94th year, passed away early on April 8, 2008 at University Hospital with her family by her side. Beloved wife of the late Onufry MASLO. Ann is lovingly remembered for her joy of life by her daughters Iris MASLO and Jan STAPLES, and her precious granddaughter Anna Lise STAPLES, all of London. She will also be fondly remembered by her sister Stella EWANCHUK (Walter) of Saskatchewan and Rose SCHMALTZ of British Columbia, and also by her special nephew Nick MASLO and his wife Emily of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ann was predeceased by her parents Michael and Henrietta (JAWORSKY) MARCINIAK, brothers Joseph, Walter and Raymond MARCINIAK and her sister Mary NESDOLY, and son-in-law Harold STAPLES. Visitors will be received at the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William Street, on Thursday from 2: 00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10: 30 a.m. in Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic church, 707 Nelson St. Private interment in Thunder Bay. Panachyda Thursday at 6: 00 p.m.

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NESHIKIWE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-06-11 published
Vincent Joseph LAVALLEE
In loving memory of Vincent Joseph LAVALLEE, 66 years, Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Little Current. Former husband of Elizabeth NESHIKIWE.
Loving father of David (Valerie,) Mingo (Bonnie Jo,) Jackie (Darren SHAWANDA,) Monica BISHOP, Mary Elizabeth (Chris), Martina DEBASSIGE and Sonia (Tim PANGOWISH.) Cherished grandfather of 20 grandchildren. Dear son of David and Julia LAVALLEE predeceased. Dear brother of Joseph LAVALLEE (wife Rozina,) Mary LAVALLEE and Archie FRANCIS predeceased, Sylvester OSAWABINE, Thaddeus LAVALLEE (Bonnie,) Thomas WEMIGWANS (Elizabeth,) Wilfred WEMIGWANS (Evelyn,) Veronica WEMIGWANS (Wendy), Rose BEAUPRE (Ron), Henry WEMIGWANS (Corrine). Dear Godfather to Jacob and Patrick. Sadly missed by many loving nieces and nephews and their families. Vincent was a kind, caring and humorous person. He was a hard worker. He had volunteered his time and money to help out fundraising for Our Lady of Grace Church and the South Bay Community Centre. He will be missed for his generosity and helpfulness. Miigwheech to all Family and Friends with your kind words, prayers and helpfulness during our time of sorrow. Thank you to the doctors and nurses for all you did for Vincent. Miigwheech to Wikwemikong Health Centre staff and Amikook staff. Personal Support workers and Meals On Wheels and drivers who helped us care for Vincent in our home for the past 2 ½ years. And finally thank you to Wikwemikong Housing for all your assistance.
Respectfully, David, Valerie, David Junior Kaith-Lynn and Curtis LAVALLEE.

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NESKAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-14 published
NESKAS, Ruth
In loving memory of Ruth NESKAS who left us many away ago. You're not forgotten Mother, dear, Nor ever shall you be; As long as life and memory last We shall remember thee. Always remember by Dawn, Bob, Sharon and Joan.

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NESKAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-17 published
NESKAS, Ruth
In loving memory of Ruth NESKAS who left us many year ago. You're not forgotten Mother, dear, Nor ever shall you be; As long as life and memory last We shall remember thee. Always remembered by Dawn, Bob, Sharon and Joan.

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NESS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-09 published
Air Canada skipper moonlighted as chief pilot of warplane museum
Fascinated by aviation even as a small boy, he paid for his own flight training until he was qualified to join an airline. 'Pilots like him come along two or three times in a generation'
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
Toronto -- Peter GUTOWSKI was a pilot all his adult life. He flew everything from a Boeing 747 jumbo jet to a Corsair, a powerful single-engine fighter from the Second World War. Although too young to have flown against the Axis, he performed in hundreds of air shows as chief pilot for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton.
Indeed, his life was shaped by the war. Born in Poland in 1935, his father [Michal Mieczyslaw Wojciech GUTOWSKI] was an army officer who managed to escape the massacre of the Polish officer corps by the Soviets in the Katyn Forest in 1940.
Peter, along with his brother Marek and his mother Sophie, left their family home and spent the war in Krakow. His father made his way to Britain, where he joined remnants of Polish forces. Four years later, he landed in Normandy with the 1st Polish Armoured Division just after D-Day. By the time Germany surrendered in May of 1945, he was a lieutenant-colonel commanding the 2nd Polish Armoured Regiment.
With the war in Europe over, Peter, Marek and their mother Sophie made their way first to Czechoslovakia, then Hungary, before finally meeting up with Col. GUTOWSKI in Germany.
The family moved first to England, then to Canada in 1948. Col. GUTOWSKI, a cavalry officer who won a silver medal in the 1936 Olympics, had been invited to train the Canadian army equestrian team. After that was disbanded, he spent many years instructing at the Caledon Riding and Hunt Club near Toronto. He also trained the Canadian Olympic team from 1948 to 1955.
Apart from his father, there was another war hero in Peter GUTOWSKI's life. His uncle Zbyszek GUTOWSKI, who still lives in Montreal, was a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during the war. He was captured and sent to Stalag Luft III, a prisoner of war camp that became famous in March, 1944, for the Great Escape, a bid to flee by dozens of prisoners. Although he never escaped, Uncle Zbyszek's tales of flying likely convinced young Peter GUTOWSKI to take up aviation. Even as a small boy, he was in love with the notion of flight; he filled his school notebooks with doodles of aircraft.
Peter GUTOWSKI spent his teenaged years on the outskirts of Toronto. He graduated from a high school in suburban Richmond Hill and then worked as an installer for Bell Canada. For a time, he shared an apartment with a young German immigrant whose father had been a pilot in the Luftwaffe. The two men became lifelong Friends.
While working for Bell, Mr. GUTOWSKI put himself through flight training at Toronto Island Airport. He got his private licence at 19 and started accumulating hours and qualifications required for a commercial licence. His first job in aviation was as a co-pilot with Trans-Canada Airlines, as Air Canada was then called, when he was 21.
"It was October of 1957 [and] we were in the last class to train on the DC-3," said Jack DESMARAIS, a fellow pilot at Air Canada. "And he finished on the 747-400 in 1995."
At Trans-Canada Airlines, he was so devoted to his job that when he proposed to his wife, Peggy, in 1960, she remembered him warning that flying was very important in his life.
"He told me 'You'll always come second to my flying,' " she laughed. "All that really meant was that if there was a phone call during dinner that had to do with flying, we would have to wait until he came back."
In 1967, the year he turned 31, Mr. GUTOWSKI was promoted to captain. Although his regular job was as a senior pilot for Air Canada, he loved flying so much that he decided to join the volunteers at the Warplane Heritage Museum. The group restores and flies such famous Second World War aircraft as the Lancaster bomber, the Mitchell B-25 and the Spitfire.
George STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, one of the first members of the group, remembers when Mr. GUTOWSKI approached the other pilots. "He was immaculately dressed in clean white running shoes, a leather jacket and gloves. He came up and said he'd like to fly the Chipmunk [a small trainer] and said he'd be pleased to pay for its operating costs."
Within a few years, he was the chief pilot. The others respected his skill. His training as a commercial pilot meant he insisted the pilots flying the old warplanes be prepared for any eventualities and avoid taking chances that might endanger their lives.
"He believed in showing off the airplane, not the pilot. In his Corsair, he would fly low and fast over the field but never do aerobatics," Mr. STEWARD/STEWART/STUART said. "His concern for safety probably saved a lot of our lives."
In more than three decades of flying, Canadian Warplane Heritage has lost only one pilot, Alan NESS - one of the founders of the group - who crashed a Fairey Firefly at the Canadian National Exhibition Air show in 1977. Peter GUTOWSKI was in the air at the time in a B-25.
"We saw the plane go in and for five minutes, I didn't know whether or not it was Peter," said Peggy GUTOWSKI. "We were discussing just last month how, over the years, 32 of his Friends had died in air shows."
His family travelled to many shows, and his wife went up with him in more than one of his "war birds," as the pilots call their vintage aircraft. The air shows were usually in Hamilton or Toronto but could be as far afield as Texas or the Rickenbacker Airfield in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. GUTOWSKI's mainstay at the air shows was the Chance Vought Corsair, a carrier-launched fighter capable of speeds in excess of 700 kilometres an hour. Although U.S.-built, it was also used extensively by the Royal Navy. One of them was flown by Canadian lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray in the closing days of the war. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for an heroic attack on a Japanese destroyer, and the museum chose to name its Corsair after him. Although a favourite with the crowds, it was sold several years ago to an American collector for about $1-million.
After 38 years at Air Canada, Mr. GUTOWSKI was forced to retire at 60. He immediately landed a job flying a Cessna Citation, a small jet, for Roblin Enterprises. "Peter was so keen to fly. As soon as you called him, he'd answer, 'Where am I going?' If you needed him, he was always available," said Micheline BOCOCK, the dispatcher whose husband owned Roblin Enterprises.
Mr. GUTOWSKI flew corporate jets all over North America for 11 years. One of the principal customers was Magna, the maker of auto parts based in Aurora, Ontario
He retired after he was diagnosed with cancer, but continued to fly for the Warplane Heritage Museum, and took to the skies last fall while his disease was in remission.
In 53 years of flying, he logged 30,000 hours in the air. That's 1,250 days - nearly 3½ years. In that time, he flew eight different types of aircraft for Trans-Canada Airlines and Air Canada: Douglas DC-3 Viscount; Vanguard; DC-8; DC-9; Boeing 727; 767 and two types of 747. At air shows, he flew the Chipmunk, Tiger Moth, Anson, Harvard, Corsair, B-25 and Invader.
All this without an accident, although he did experience what pilots call "incidents."
"He had some emergencies - who hasn't? Even when he had problems, he always managed to get it down," Mr. DESMARAIS said. "Pilots like him come along two or three times in a generation. He was a natural. You either have it or you don't, and he had it."
Peter GUTOWSKI was born November 17, 1935, in Leszno, Poland. He died of cancer at home in Toronto on March 31, 2008. He was 72. He is survived by wife Peggy and daughter Michele.

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