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OKE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-04-21 published
DICKSON/DIXON, Elizabeth Irma (née McEWEN)
Peacefully and gracefully after a short but courageous battle with cancer, at the Grey Bruce Health Services on Sunday morning, April 20th, 2008. Elizabeth Irma DICKSON/DIXON (née McEWEN,) of Francis Lake, in her 68th year. Dearly beloved wife of Bev DICKSON/DIXON. Loving mother of Tanya CAYLEY and her husband, Rod, Tracey KUHL and her husband Brent, both of R.R.#2, Tara, Tara OKE and her husband, Ted, of Exeter and Michael McCARTNEY. Proud grandmother of seven grandchildren. Elizabeth will be sadly missed by her brother, Thomas McEWEN and his wife, Sue, of Port Stanley; her sister, Verna SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER and her husband, Buzz, of Ohio; her aunt, Aileen “Toots” McEWEN, of London; her beloved dog, Bailey. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound, Ontario, N4K-3X8 (519-376-7492) on Tuesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Elizabeth DICKSON/DIXON will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Georgian Bluffs. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Grey Bruce Health Services foundation, as your expression of sympathy.

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OKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-13 published
OKE, George M.
74 years, of Petrolia, at Bluewater Health - C.E.E. Site, Petrolia on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. Loving husband of Norma. Dear father of Warren and Karrie OKE of Sarnia and Donna Marie SHIPP of Fort Erie and step-father of Linda and Bob HEDDEN of Wallaceburg, Sandra and Neil MARCHAND of Dresden, Diane and Larry DE FRAEYE of Dresden, and Ken and Laura Lee SMITH of Dresden. Dear brother of Doreen and Charlie EEDY of Denfield and the late Neil (2007) and Donna OKE of Pike Bay. He will be missed by fifteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, a nephew, and many cousins. George was predeceased by his parents Bruce and Edna OKE. Visitors will be received on Thursday February 14, 2008 from 12: 00 to 12:45 at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia, where a funeral service will follow at 1: 00 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society. Memories and condolences may be left online from www.needhamjay.com

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OKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-09 published
OKE, Lloyd Douglas
With tremendous courage after a very lengthy illness, Lloyd Douglas OKE at University Hospital on April 7, 2008. Lloyd was predeceased by his beloved wife and partner Nettie OKE (née MARTIN,) sister Audrey and brothers Orville and George. Lloyd was the father of Robert OKE, Michael OKE (Angie) and Kelley OKE (Mark PRITCHARD.) Proud grandfather of Daniel and Kristine. Uncle of Jack, Mickey and Marty CRUICKSHANK. Lloyd was born in Wascada, Manitoba. He grew up during the dust bowl in the height of the Depression, learning to be tough, smart and resourceful on a family farm that was literally blowing away. Lloyd left the farm and started his life in Copper Cliff where he met his partner of 53 years, Nettie. Lloyd became a loving husband, father and later grandfather. He became a very successful business owner of Oke Electronics. Lloyd was incredibly bright with many interests and talents. He could bake the most incredible pie, install a furnace or fix a car while hemming his pants and inserting a zipper. He loved golf, baseball, football and even won the Richmond Hotel football pool. He loved politics and good literature introducing his daughter to Indian Poetry and classics like Jane Eyre. Lloyd was a very special person who will be dearly missed. The family would like to express their very sincere thanks to Doctor SCHMIDT and his team. Very special thanks to the nursing staff of Family Medicine/ Palliative Care University Hospital. The loving care and support you provided Lloyd and his family will never be forgotten. A tree will be planted in Lloyd's memory and at the request of the family there will be no formal service. Please honour Lloyd instead by making a donation to Family Medicine/ Palliative Care University Hospital. Cheques should be made payable to Family Medicine/ Palliative Care and mailed to London Health Sciences Foundation, 747 Baseline Rd. E., London, Ontario, N6C 2R6

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OKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-16 published
IRVINE, Mary Elizabeth (CAMPBELL) (formerly ANDERSON)
Of Fingal passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Clifford ANDERSON (1957) and the late Wray IRVINE (1994.) Dearly loved mother of Doreen and Ray C. LUNN of Fingal, Ellen and Brad LUELO of Kitchener. Also fondly remembered by her grandchildren Michelle (David), John (Teresa), Scott (Jen), Jacque (Dan), Jeff, Lisa (Paul), Tara (Mark), Troy and her 11 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of David and the late Charlotte CAMPBELL of London and the late Bill and Muriel CAMPBELL. Also survived by her sisters-in-law Grace OKE, Margaret VALED and Muriel IRVINE and by several nieces and nephews and their families. Mary was born August 1, 1919 in Dunwich Township, she was a session elder and member of the church Womens Missionary Society at Knox Presbyterian Church, Fingal and a charter member of Golden Acres #305 O.E.S., Fingal. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Arn Funeral Home, 193 Shackleton St. Dutton on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 18 at 11: 00 a.m. Rev. Jim REDPATH officiating. Interment in Cowal-McBride Cemetery. Donations to Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated. Golden Acres #305 O.E.S. will hold a memorial service on Tuesday at 6: 45 p.m. E-mail condolences arnfuneralhome2@bellnet.ca

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OKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-25 published
CUDMORE, A. Caroline " Carrie" (OKE)
At Elmwood Place Nursing Home, London, on Sunday June 22, 2008 A. Caroline " Carrie" (OKE) CUDMORE in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Stewart S. Cudmore. Dear mother of Dolores GREEN of Grand Bend and Dixie McGILL and her husband Donald of London. Also loved by her 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Predeceased by her son Lorne CUDMORE and her son-in-law Kip GREEN. Cremation has taken place. At the families request there will be a private graveside service later in the Maitland Bank Cemetery, Seaforth. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the charity of choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the A. Millard George Funeral Home, London, 519-433-5184. Online condolences at www.amgfh.com

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OKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-20 published
ANDERSON- OKE, Grace K.
At Four Counties Health Services, Newbury, on Friday, July 18, 2008, Grace K. ANDERSON- OKE of Newbury in her 79th year. Predeceased by her husbands, David J. ANDERSON (1990) and Malcolm OKE (2001.) Dear mother of Lynn ANDERSON and Mike KEATING of Saint Thomas, Ann and Douglas BENNIE of Saint Thomas, Mary and Andre VANDER GULIK of Glencoe and the late Jim ANDERSON (2000.) Dear grandmother of Jennifer and Jim BENNIE, Nicholas and Nathan VANDER GULIK. Also survived by her brother, James M. CHAPLOW (Kathryn.) Dear step-mother of Sheila and John TIERNEY, Paul and Lucille OKE, late Laura and Dan WELCH, Authur OKE. Several step grandchildren also survive. Grace graduated in 1950 from the School of Nursing at the Memorial Hospital in Saint Thomas and enjoyed many years in her profession. She retired from Four Counties Health Services, Newbury as Director of Nursing. She was a Life member of Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital and Four Counties Health Services Auxiliary. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Monday evening from 7-9 p.m. where the memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 22 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Four Counties Health Services Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society.

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O'KEEFE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-04 published
TAIT/TAITE/TATE, George Eric
Passed away peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer's on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at Shepherd Lodge in Toronto. Beloved husband of Grace. Dearly loved father to John Lawrence, Lorraine (Keith SCOTT) and Kathryn O'KEEFE. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Megan, Sharon, Wade and Patricia. Loving brother of Russell (Rhoda) of Shelburne, Ontario. George was a former Commercial head of Don Mills Collegiate 1960-1980. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 5 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East). Reception to follow. Donations to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto would be appreciated.

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O'KEEFE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-14 published
Stray bullet kills Toronto man
By Omar EL AKKAD with a report from JENNIFER Lewington, Page A1
John O'KEEFE just happened to be walking down Toronto's busiest street on a Saturday night. That's all it took to cost him his life.
The 42-year-old Toronto resident and health-food store manager became the city's second homicide victim of 2008 when he was killed over the weekend. Mr. O'KEEFE, an avid environmentalist and father of a nine-year-old boy, was hit in the head by a single bullet that police believe was never meant for him. Two men now face first-degree murder charges in connection to the killing.
"The deceased was struck while he was basically just walking down the street," said Toronto police homicide detective Graham GIBSON. "He was just walking."
At around 1: 15 a.m. on Saturday, police were called to the Brass Rail Tavern, a strip club at 701 Yonge Street, just south of Bloor Street. Two men had just been kicked out of the club after acting up. After being booted from the tavern, both men began walking away, but only got a few metres before turning around.
"They did leave, but they didn't go far," said Det. GIBSON. " They took exception with security [at the Brass Rail]."
Upon returning, one of the two men allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired a single shot. Last night, police said the gun was registered to one of the suspects. Police believe it was aimed at members of the security staff outside the club.
Instead, it hit Mr. O'KEEFE in the head. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr. O'KEEFE's partner described him yesterday as a wonderful human being who loved the environment.
"Johnny was a great guy; he really was," said Susan BANAHAN. "He loved to recycle - you couldn't throw a tissue in the garbage when he was around."
Mr. O'KEEFE had a nine-year-old son from a previous relationship. Together with Ms. BANAHAN and her child, they formed a family.
Ms. BANAHAN said Mr. O'KEEFE worked as a health-food store manager at the downtown Exchange Tower. In his spare time, she said, he liked to walk around the city - the Don Valley was one of his favourite spots.
At the time of his shooting, Mr. O'KEEFE was likely walking to the subway from the Duke of Gloucester, his favourite watering hole, Ms. BANAHAN said. Like the Brass Rail, the bar is located near the corner of Yonge and Bloor.
After the shooting, both suspects allegedly ran away, heading south on Yonge Street for a few metres before turning onto Charles Street.
But within 12 hours, police had two men in custody.
"We had excellent witnesses: and support from civilians and community members and people inside [the club]," Det. GIBSON said. As a result, police had the first suspect in custody by 11: 45 Saturday morning, and the second suspect a couple of hours later. Edward PAREDES, 22, and Awet ZEKARIAS, 23, both Toronto residents, are jointly charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. They made their first court appearance yesterday morning at Old City Hall.
Saturday's killing bore eerie similarities to another shooting that rocked Toronto in December of 2005. Mr. O'KEEFE was killed just a few blocks north of where a brazen shootout claimed the life of 15-year-old Jane CREBA. Both victims were never the intended targets of the bullets that hit them, yet both were the only ones to die in each incident.
Ms. BANAHAN was devastated by the news of her partner's death - she spoke to a reporter yesterday just as news of Mr. O'KEEFE's killing played out on her television set at home.
"I'm just so sad that he won't be around any more," she said.
Last night, two of his best Friends, in shock over the fluke of their friend being in the wrong place at the wrong time, remembered him as a gentle, funny man, "brilliant at darts" and devoted to his young son and network of Friends.
"As a father, he showed his son Toronto's every ravine and heritage building," recalls Andrea ASTER, a friend for the past 20 years. "He was an ardent environmentalist whose only wish was that his son would grow up to be an environmental warrior."
She said that Mr. O'KEEFE, a 6-foot-2-inch man with "piercing blue eyes," had a way of making and keeping Friends.
"The people who were his Friends were his Friends for life," she said.
Another long-time friend, Brian EATON, 43, met Mr. O'KEEFE when they attended the same Scarborough high school. Mr. EATON said his younger brother, Tony, 42, who was in the same high-school class as Mr. O'KEEFE and remained close Friends, had invited him to the family cottage in Huntsville this past weekend. But Mr. O'KEEFE declined so that he could go skating with his son.
"I wish he had gone to the cottage," said Mr. EATON.
For the past 15 years, he said Mr. O'KEEFE was a weekly regular at the Duke of Gloucester pub, where he played darts.
"When I heard of the shooting I thought to myself I hope that was not Johnny because he was my one friend who might be walking down Yonge Street because he goes to the Duke," said Mr. EATON, adding that his friend's violent end was the opposite of how he lived.
"He wouldn't know anyone who has a gun or practices violence," said Mr. EATON.
"He was a responsible father, a responsible friend, the kind of guy that everyone loved and every kind word you would think of, you would apply to him."
Meanwhile, police are looking for witnesses: to a shooting Saturday night at Rosemary Lane in the Forest Hill neighbourhood. An unidentified man in his 20s suffered serious injury when he was shot once in the stomach near Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue, but is recovering in hospital, Toronto Police said yesterday.

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O'KEEFE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-28 published
Innocent victim dies from gunshot wounds
By Lisa PRIEST, Page A10
Toronto police are investigating the homicide of a 22-year-old man - in what is believed to be another tragic case of an innocent bystander killed by gunfire.
Shawn McLEAN died in hospital after being shot three days earlier in the neck at the Jane Street and Chalkfarm Drive area.
"Wrong place at the wrong time," Sergeant Norman SMART said yesterday. "It's one of those things, he's just there and there was an altercation and unfortunately he was hit."
Paramedics managed to revive Mr. McLEAN, who was found unconscious with a gunshot wound to the neck Tuesday night. He died on Friday, after being on life support.
Police said Mr. McLEAN, who is the city's fourth homicide, was not affiliated with gangs and had no criminal record.
Security camera footage shows he had been at the North York Sheridan Mall before he was shot on Tuesday; he was last seen walking to his mother's home.
This is the third murder involving guns.
John O'KEEFE was shot in the head January 12 after gunfire broke out on Yonge Street, near the Brass Rail Tavern. Five days later, a stray bullet killed another innocent bystander, Hou Chang MAO, outside a Chinatown market on Gerrard Street East near Broadview Avenue.

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O'KEEFE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-16 published
O'KEEFE, James E. (1918-2008)
Passed away peacefully, at K-W Health Centre of Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, on Friday, June 13, 2008, in his 90th year.
Beloved companion of Jeannine DESJARDINS and loving father of Brian, Gary (Maureen MacKAY) and Susan (Bob MAHER). Lovingly remembered by his six grandchildren, Kelly, Chanie, Liane, Patrick, Megan, and Kristen. Survived by his sisters Genevieve and Raylene.
Predeceased by his wife Gemma ARCAND (1992,) son Lawrence (1960,) and siblings Stella, Mary, Harold, and Dolores.
Jim proudly served his country in the Air Force retiring as a Captain in the Canadian Army. He then embarked on a second career as a teacher in Montreal at J.F.K. High School. For the past 30 years of retirement, Jim enjoyed many activities especially golfing and wintering in Florida.
A private family service will be held in Kitchener-Waterloo.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com

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O'KEEFE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-05 published
STRUTT, Edward Alvin " Ted"
Passed away peacefully on June 25, 2008 in Nepean, Ontario at the age of 84. Loving husband of 57 years to the late Susan Noreen O'KEEFE, Ted is survived by his sons, Mike (Anne) of Columbus, Ohio; Rick (Mary) of Toronto, Ontario, and his grandchildren, Courtney, Cale, Haley, Tyler and Carson. Ted, a native son of Pembroke, Ontario and graduate of Queens University (Science '50 - Mining/Engineering), proudly served in the Royal Canadian Air Force where he spent his happiest years as a pilot, an instructor and, after graduating from the Empire Test Pilot School, a test pilot in association with Canadair. Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1967, he worked for Transport Canada in Ottawa. At Ted's request, there will be no public service. A private family internment will take place later this summer. Special thanks to the staff of the Barrhaven Manor Retirement Residence. Donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke foundation would be gratefully accepted.

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O'KEEFE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-01-21 published
Innocent shooting victim 'worked hard'
By Michele HENRY and Betsy POWELL, Crime Reporters with files by Joanna SMITH, Donovan VINCENT and Tonda MacCHARLES.
Tomorrow would have been his last day on the job.
Hou Chang MAO, the city's second innocent victim of gun violence in a week, was days away from ending his tenure in the fruit and vegetable department of Fu Yao Supermarket when he was killed by a stray bullet Thursday night. MAO was stacking oranges on a display outside the Gerrard St. E. store when he was caught in the crossfire of a gun battle waged by two warring groups.
Described as honest, the kind of man who would pick only the nicest fruit for his customers, MAO 47, had worked at the small but busy market in the heart of Chinatown east for about two years -- ever since immigrating to Canada from Fuqing, a small coastal town in China.
He quit earlier this week, a family friend said yesterday. The father of two had agreed to stay until tomorrow due to his boss's pleadings.
MAO quit because he didn't like working outside in the cold, said the friend, who stopped by the family's home last night and did not want to be named. "He was a very good person. He worked hard and was kind to everyone. It's unbelievable "
Late yesterday evening, just feet from where MAO was struck, his younger brother met with local members of the Fuqing community to discuss funeral arrangements.
Hou Tan MAO talked privately with about 10 others, in an inner room at Fu Yao. He was appealing to people from his hometown on behalf of MAO's children, Zuo Xi, 22, and Yun Yam, 18, who both immigrated to Canada in the past two years and lived with their father in a house that sources said the father recently purchased. Friends said MAO's wife lives in China.
"They are really devastated," Jack LI, president of the Fuqing Association of Canada, said of the siblings while at Fu Yao last night for the discussion. "It's a really, really big surprise to us. It's a shock."
LI said he will post a plea in Chinese newspapers calling for help for the family of Toronto's third homicide victim of 2008.
A bouquet of flowers tied to a pole outside the store, and bullet holes in cars and on buildings on the north and south sides of Gerrard, are reminders of the shooting.
People ducked for cover as the bullets flew, but MAO was struck in the torso. He staggered toward the brightly lit entrance of the store where he worked and collapsed. He died later in Saint Michael's Hospital.
While no weapons have been recovered, police said they found two types of bullet casings at the scene of the shooting, which began amid the dinnertime rush of shoppers, around 6 p.m. Officers are searching for two male witnesses: seen leaving the scene shortly after the gun battle in a silver car with a shiny round grille.
Homicide Det. Pauline GRAY/GREY said police have more than 100 hours of surveillance tape to go through and appealed for witnesses: especially the two men, who are not considered suspects -- to come forward.
It's the second such murder in Toronto in less than a week. John O'KEEFE, 42, a father of one, was shot last weekend as he walked past the Brass Rail tavern on Yonge Street, just south of Bloor St. Two men have been charged with first-degree murder.
Even though last month Brian RAYBOULD, head of Toronto's homicide squad, suggested the chances of being a homicide victim are minute if you're not engaged in a criminal lifestyle, politicians yesterday called for a handgun ban.
Mayor David Miller toured the area yesterday morning and said he plans to ask Michael Wilson, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., for his assistance and will meet Monday with Ontario's new Attorney General, Chris Bentley.
"One of the items on the agenda will be handguns and how we can work together -- the province and the city of Toronto -- to deal with this issue," Miller said yesterday. Miller and Premier Dalton McGuinty want Ottawa to ban handguns.
The federal Tories say that won't address the "real problem."
"Handguns are already extremely tightly controlled," Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said in a written statement.
Irrespective of calls for a ban, Insp. Peter YUEN of 55 Division, which includes the Gerrard strip, said the area is peaceful, not "crime-ridden," and still a safe place to shop, live and work. "This is a very rare occurrence," he said.
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