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NIED o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-14 published
KELDERS, Theodore " Theo" Joseph
Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, Sunday, April 13, 2008, Theodore "Theo" Joseph KELDERS, of North Lambton Lodge, Forest, formerly of R.R.#2 Grand Bend, age 88. Beloved husband of Adriana Maria (GROOTJEN) KELDERS. Loved father and father-in-law of Mia and Fred HUBERT of Brights Grove, Martin and Tina KELDERS of R.R.#3, Parkhill, Theo and Jackie KELDERS of R.R.#1, Thedford, John KELDERS and Jen MUMA of R.R.#2, Grand Bend, Nelly KELDERS of Toronto, Jane KELDERS and Ken KEAST of London, Rosemary ROSE and Ted BRUYNS of London, Andre and Sandy KELDERS of R.R.#2, Grand Bend, Maryann KELDERS and Dennis MASSÉ of R.R.#2, Crediton and Francis KELDERS of R.R.#2, Grand Bend. Loving Opa of Sarah and Arturo MEZA, Jessica HUBERT and fiance Mike MADILL, Nicholas HUBERT, Freddy HUBERT and Amanda NIED, Chantel KELDERS, Calvin KELDERS, Brent KELDERS, Jamie Lyn KELDERS, Jeff KELDERS and fiancee Cassie CZARNY, Matt KELDERS, Jeff MUMA, Adrian and Jenny ROSE, Shayna KELDERS, Clayton KELDERS, Michael KELDERS, Derek KELDERS, Ryan MASSE, Megan MASSE, Adam KELDERS, Melanie KELDERS and Derek QUINN. Dear brother of Anna DEBRUYN of Ridgetown, John KELDERS of R.R.#2, Grand Bend, Joseph KELDERS of Luxenburg and brother-in-law of Bill and Willy GROOTJEN of London, Carl and Joan ROOD of Exeter, Anne GROOTJEN of Thedford and Mia KELDERS of the Netherlands. Remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by brothers Peter, Anthony and Matthew KELDERS, sisters Francine LULOFS and Gertrude VAN GEEMEN, sisters-in-law Dina KELDERS, Dora ROOD, brothers-in-law Henry VAN GEEMEN, Jerry DEBRUYN, John GROOTJEN, and other family members in the Netherlands. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m.. and 7 to 9 p.m. Parish and family prayers at the Funeral Home, Tuesday at 8: 30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Grand Bend, Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Father Peter KELLER and Rev. Father Gerard BEDARD co-celebrants. Interment Pinery Cemetery, Grand Bend. If desired, memorial donations to the Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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NIEDEK 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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NIEDERHAUSER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-07 published
Heinz NIEDERHAUSER, 72: Baker And Athlete
Chocolatier became leading cross-country ski coach
By Carol COOPER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
Heinz NIEDERHAUSER never seriously strapped on cross-country skis until he was in his 30s. Once started in the sport though, he never stopped - all the way to the Olympics. Over a span of 35 years, he tested instructors, started ski clubs, co-founded the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors and served as head coach of the national cross-country team.
His rigorous training programs took a no-nonsense approach. Athletes could expect three-hour runs, their coach in the lead, and to be left in the parking lot if ever they were late. "He was very dedicated, and we worked extremely hard under him," said Margaret Holden WAECHTER, who was a member of the Ontario Junior Team in the early 1980s. "He had this love of racing and training and health and fitness and he inspired people to be the best they possibly could be."
Raised in Zurich, Switzerland, he grew up as one of three children to parents who ran a chocolate factory. Young Heinz enjoyed sports and persuaded his Friends to stay play soccer by sometimes bribing them with bits of chocolate.
Never the keenest student, he finished secondary school and worked for a while in the factory. In 1952, he began an apprenticeship as a confectioner and pastry chef in Basel. Despite his father's skepticism, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER excelled, placing first in his year.
Between compulsory stints of military training, where he trained as an army cook, he worked in a confectionery shop in Lausanne until being persuaded by his father to return to the family factory as a salesman. A year later, he left after a row with his father and immigrated to Finland in 1957.
He found a job with a candy manufacturer where he fell in love with Ann SARKKI, a co-worker. They married in December, 1958, and immigrated to Canada three years later. The family (including new son Lars) settled in Toronto, where Mr. NIEDERHAUSER worked first at a bakery, then at the Westbury Hotel. Two more sons, Tom and Glen, quickly followed.
For seven years, the family owned a bakery in Scarborough before moving east to what is now Pickering, Ontario There, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER coached soccer and became involved in fitness programs at public schools. In the late 1960s, the family took up downhill skiing near Barrie, Ontario, and, after meeting some Finns and Estonians there, switched to cross-country. Before long, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER was racing (and losing miserably) against the experienced Scandinavians. He began training year-round and was soon beating them soundly.
In the 1970s, the sport took off, and so did Mr. NIEDERHAUSER's involvement. By 1975, he was the paid coach of the South Ontario Division ski team, and moved the family to the Muskoka region, where they lived on 32 hectares of land that soon became the Raymond Ski School.
Mr. NIEDERHAUSER used it as a training facility for the team and supplemented activities with year-round, week-long training camps in provincial parks.
In 1976, he co-founded the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors and, a year later, moved to Ottawa as technical director and head coach of the national team. However, not everyone appreciated his style. Grumbling followed his introduction of mandatory, European-style, early-morning runs, and discontent ran so high that he believed it would be better if he did not accompany the team to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
To his disappointment, only the women's team competed. The Canadian Olympic Committee had deemed members of the men's team unlikely to place in the top 16 and told them to stay home.
Mr. NIEDERHAUSER was fired along with Jack SASSEVILLE, another coach. While the dismissal angered Mr. SASSEVILLE, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER chose to focus on ensuring a smooth transition. "That was his way," Mr. SASSEVILLE said. "He constantly was working towards trying to make skiing better."
That year, too, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER's marriage ended.
In 1981, he met Blanche DRAPEAU. During the next decade, the couple moved to White Lake outside Ottawa, purchased Lowney Lake Campground and started a family. From the campground, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER ran a bake shop and a landscaping business, while remaining involved in skiing.
During the 1980s, he also founded and coached the Ottawa Racers Ski Club and helped develop the city-owned Mooney's Bay facility into one for cross-country training and racing. He coached the Ontario Junior Team and served on the national ski team committee.
When the 1988 Calgary Olympics came around, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER was there as chief of manual grooming of the cross-country course. With his usual dedication, he supervised a large crew charged with touching up the trail with rakes and shovels.
Later, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER started the ski club that came to be known as Lowney Lake Nordic and was eventually based out of the campground. He also became involved with the national capital district ski program and the Ontario Junior Team. Among his protégés was Kate Brennan, who made her World Cup debut in last month's races in Canmore, Alberta.
Although Mr. NIEDERHAUSER officially retired last fall, he continued to coach. At the beginning of January, some of his athletes were competing near Collingwood, Ontario, and he took to the trails between events to prepare for an upcoming World Masters Race in Idaho in March. "It's a beautiful day for a ski," he said as they parted. He collapsed soon afterward.
Heinz Walter NIEDERHAUSER was born August 27, 1935, in Zurich, Switzerland. He died January 5, 2008, in Duntroon, Ontario He was 72. He is survived by his wife, Blanche Drapeau. He also leaves his children, Sven, Jana, Lars, Tom and Glen.

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NIELSEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-16 published
BECKINGHAM, George Edward
Peacefully, with family at his side at Parkwood Hospital, London, Saturday, February 9, 2008 after a long battle with bone marrow disease, George Edward BECKINGHAM in his 87th year. Cherished husband of the late W. Joy BECKINGHAM (née NICHOLS.) Much loved father of Terry (Valerie) of the The Pas, Manitoba, and daughter Susan STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of London. Dear grandfather of Jennifer (Jason) of The Pas, Manitoba, George B. BECKINGHAM (Frances) of Coquitlam, British Columbia, great-grandfather of Adam, Anne, Jack and Jane. Loved by sisters Mary (LANE) and Luella (ALLISTON) of Hamilton and sister-in-law Doreen TREITZ (née Nichols) of Sudbury and Audrey LAMB (née NICHOLS) of North Bay, nieces, grand nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by many other Friends and extended family. George was born to George and Philomena (NIELSEN) BECKINGHAM of Hamilton, October 23, 1921. He was a member of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders and served his country in war with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After many years as District Manager with the Fuller Brush Company in Winnipeg and Burlington, and known for his meticulous work habits, he was sought after by, and contracted with, many large companies. George was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #501, Lambeth, where he was welcomed and cared for by members and Friends. Many thanks to them and a very special tribute to the nurses and staff of the Western Counties Wing, #3rd Floor "Kent" and Doctor D. CAVANAUGH for their outstanding care of our Dad. At George's request, there is to be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place. Interment alongside his sweetheart "Joy" at Burlington Memorial Gardens. (Arrangements entrusted to Smith's Funeral Home, Burlington, 905-632-3333). In lieu of flowers, George would have appreciated a donation to a charity of your choice. www.smithsfh.com

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NIELSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-21 published
Video examined in bid to solve puzzle of landscaper's killing
By Timothy APPLEBY, Page A10
A drug rip-off? An argument that turned deadly? A case of mistaken identity?
Detectives probing the killing of a popular landscaper/painter fatally shot in the hallway of his east-end condominium Tuesday afternoon are hoping closed-circuit surveillance footage will shed light on one of the city's more mysterious homicides.
Sasha HAROUTIUN, 35, died Wednesday from a single bullet wound to the stomach after being admitted to Saint Michael's Hospital. His killing pushed Toronto's homicide tally so far this year to 13, eight of them shootings.
Mr. HAROUTIUN lived alone in a first-floor, loft-style condominium on Carlaw Avenue that he purchased several years ago, police said. He had no spouse, no children and no criminal record.
He was, however, a small-scale marijuana dealer, said Detective Sergeant Dan NIELSEN of the homicide squad.
"And that's certainly something we have to consider. People get killed for a lot of reasons and at this point we're not sure what the motive is. That's an angle we're considering but it could be something else. He might have had a dispute."
Born in Montreal, Mr. HAROUTIUN had spent most of his life in Toronto. His condominium building, located just south of Dundas Street, comprises both residences and businesses.
Police believe he was shot in the hallway outside his home, suggesting someone may have been waiting for him, or perhaps knocked at his door. Severely wounded, he nonetheless was able to crawl back inside his apartment and call 911.
The 16 surveillance cameras in the converted building may yield some clues to the identity of the killer or killers, Det. Sgt. NIELSEN said.
"Those things are hit and miss but we're hopeful. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."
There has also been a flood of calls from people who knew Mr. HAROUTIUN.
"From all accounts he was an easy-going guy with a lot of Friends, not a violent guy, his parents describe him as a free spirit," Det. Sgt NIELSEN said.

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NIELSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-16 published
Slain interior designer had been in 'downward spiral'
Toronto man had become addicted to sex, drugs and alcohol, acquaintance says
By Josh WINGROVE, Page A1
The demise of Ross MAGILL began some three years ago.
Mr. MAGILL had fallen for a Vancouver man in 2005. Their relationship blossomed quickly, and Mr. MAGILL - always prone to move on a whim - uprooted his life to be with his new partner out west.
Later that year, the couple split, and Mr. MAGILL returned to Toronto a changed man.
So began what Friends called a "downward spiral" of a gifted interior designer. Mr. MAGILL became addicted to drugs, sex and alcohol, and could not keep a job or apartment.
He grew promiscuous, bringing many younger men home to his latest midtown apartment, Friends said. Monday night, he let two others in - and soon afterward he was dead, the victim of a stabbing attack in a city where few recognized the man he'd become.
Born William Ross MAGILL in Hamilton in January, 1944, he displayed a flair for design early on. He never went to design school, instead learning on the job wherever he worked - in Florida, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Bobcaygeon, Ontario, where his mother lived.
"He was a very talented designer, really a top-flight designer," said Diane WATTS, a home furnishings designer who'd worked with Mr. MAGILL.
John MANUEL, another Toronto designer, first met Mr. MAGILL at age 17.
"He was very well-liked. He was chock full of personality and devastatingly handsome," Mr. MANUEL said. But Mr. MAGILL had a "very checkered career," he added, moving on a whim and starting over each time. "He was successful in Florida, and he threw Florida away," Mr. MANUEL said.
Eventually, Mr. MAGILL, who Friends say was Human Immunodeficiency Virus-positive, returned to Toronto to get the benefit of the Canadian health-care system. His mother, with whom he was very close, died a few years ago. Soon after, he moved to Vancouver. On December 17, 2005, he called Ms. WATTS and asked if he could move back and stay with her.
"[The boyfriend] threw him out, basically, and Ross was never the same after that," Ms. WATTS said. "It just totally messed him up."
He stayed with Ms. WATTS for two months, weeping often. She didn't believe he was addicted to drugs at the time, but knew he'd battled alcoholism. He moved out in early 2006, and after brief stays at two other apartments (one on Alexander Street in Toronto, where Ms. WATTS suspects he picked up a drug habit,) he moved into the building on Delisle Avenue, near Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue.
Over the past five months, he rarely returned phone calls from Friends. His only family, a sister, lives on the East Coast. While falling out of contact with his design associates, it appears Mr. MAGILL, at age 64, descended into a life of drugs, sex and alcohol.
"It was just a downward spiral," Ms. WATTS said. "He was really on a descent into hell."
Friends say he continued to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but that he wasn't looking for help.
"Everyone was upset about it for him, and tried in big ways to help him," Mr. MANUEL said. "It was getting to a point where I couldn't cope with his problems."
Mr. MAGILL became insular, only saying a quick hello to neighbours and choosing not to place his name in his building's front-door tenant directory.
He often brought in young male guests - "junkies," one tenant said - who neighbours believed to be lovers of his. "He got really mixed up in the wrong crowd," Ms. WATTS said.
But Mr. MAGILL, a proud man who spoke in such a way that neighbours believed he had a British accent, was shy about the relationships with young men. He would often send his partners up alone in an elevator so as not to arouse suspicion, neighbours said.
On Monday night, two men knocked on the door of his second-floor apartment. Mr. MAGILL let them in while a 23-year-old man living with him, identified by neighbours as his boyfriend of three months, was in the shower.
Soon afterward, Toronto police said, Mr. MAGILL had been stabbed "multiple" times and lay dead in his home.
"I believe he knew his attackers - at least one of them anyway. He opened the door," Detective Sergeant Dan NIELSEN said.
His 23-year-old guest heard the commotion and called police at 10: 42 p.m. He has been interviewed by police - saying he saw two men flee but was unable to give descriptions - and is not considered a suspect, police said.
Officers are reviewing security tapes from nearby buildings and found cocaine in Mr. MAGILL's apartment. They have made no arrests.
His frequent guests didn't please the superintendents of the 104-unit building. Much like his Friends, his neighbours warned him about the dangerous life he was leading, with young men coming and going.
"How can I say it nicely? I mentioned it many times, his 'friends,' said Agnes FORIKA, 47, with a knowing wink. "I promised him: 'One of them will kill you, Ross.' "
Mr. MAGILL is Toronto's 30th homicide of the year. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

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NIELSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-19 published
CAMPBELL, John Nelson
On Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, at the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga. John at the age of 79 years, loving husband of the late Margaret Elva (WOLLIS) (1995,) and Connie NIELSEN. Cherished father of John and his wife Debra, David and his wife Anna, Marylou (1995), Donald and his wife Linda, Richard, Tim and his wife Anna, Julie and her husband Kevin and Kevin and his wife Debbie. Devoted grandfather of Michael and his wife Michelle, Johnathan, Jaimi, Jacob, Shane, Nathan and Kingsley. Beloved brother of Bill and his wife Hess, sister Marlene MORRISON and her husband Bruce. John will be lovingly remembered by all his family and will be dearly missed by his many Friends from the Cooksville Curling Club, the Credit Valley Golf Club, and his Friends at Dominion Stores Ltd., where he retired from as V.P. of Retail and Marketing. Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home- "Mississauga Chapel", 1981 Dundas St. W., (1 block east of Erin Mills Pkwy.) from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, July 20th. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, July 21st, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. Private Committal Service will be held at the Mount Forest Cemetery the same day. In memory of John, memorial donations to the Elva Campbell-MaryLou Campbell Endowment Fund of Trillium Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated.
Neweduk Funeral Home 905-828-80000 Online condolences at www.neweduk.com

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NIERGARTH o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-04-16 published
BURGER, Ruth (née SMITH)
Longtime employee of the Toronto Star. Peacefully in Barrie at the Royal Victoria Hospital on Saturday April 12, 2008 in her 88th year. Wife of the late John BURGER. Predeceased by her loving son Rodney. Survived by her loving daughter Mardie and son-in-law Lionel NIERGARTH of Wasaga Beach and her grandchildren Bradley NIERGARTH; Lindsay BURGER and Amanda BURGER. At her request there will be no funeral. Arrangements entrusted to the Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, Wasaga Beach. Many thanks to the nurses and caregivers at Sara Vista Long Term Care for the loving care given to Ruth. If desired donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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NIEUWLAND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-19 published
JOLLY, James " Jim" William
Peacefully and with great sadness, the family wishes to announce the passing of James "Jim" William JOLLY in his 75th year at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Thursday, July 17, 2008. Father of Kelly and Kirby. Loving son of the late Mabel and Harry JOLLY. Cherished brother of Joan HANCOCK and the late Jacqueline "Din" WHITE/WHYTE. Forever remembered by his brother-in-laws Ron WHITE/WHYTE and the late Jerry HANCOCK. Beloved and special "Uncle Jim" of Michele, Melissa, Scott, Patti, Melynda, John, Stephen and Julie. Dear great uncle of Matthew, Paul, Lucas, Catherine, Lauren and Alana. Jim enjoyed playing euchre, bridge and bingo and watching the travel movies of Bill and Trudie NIEUWLAND at the Country Manor in Thedford, Ontario where he resided for the past few years. Jim touched the lives of many and will be fondly remembered by his Friends in Parkhill and Thedford. The family will receive Friends one hour prior to a memorial service which will be held in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Greg LITTLE officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Saint_James Anglican Church, 155 Broadway Street, P.O. Box 481, Parkhill, Ontario, N0M 2K0 or to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation, 395 Carrie Street, Strathroy, Ontario, N7G 3C9. Our heartfelt thanks to Doctor Andrew WHYNOT for his compassionate care to Jim over the years. Special thanks to the nursing staff at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital and to the Country Manor Staff for all their wonderful care and kindness. Online condolences accepted at www.amgfh.com

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