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ROGELJ o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-09 published
KMET, Anica " Ana" (née ROGELJ)
At Victoria Hospital, on Thursday, May 8, 2008, Anica "Ana" KMET in her 77th year. Beloved wife of the late Ludwig KMET (1996.) Loving mother of Albin KMET of London. Dear sister of Angelca, Cilka and Reza. Predeceased by her parents Joze and Marijeta ROGELJ, her brothers, Joze, Frence, Albin, Ivan, and Janez, and her sister Miczka. Visitors will be received in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. (Between King and York) on Saturday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Peter's Basilica on Monday, May 12, 2008, at 10: 00 a.m. Entombment Saint Peter's Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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ROGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-05 published
ROGER, William
Of Caressant Care Nursing Home, Saint Thomas passed away on Friday, April 4th, 2008, at his late residence, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Betty (SATCHELL) ROGER (1973) and dear uncle of the late Donna (Chase) FURLER. Dear brother of Joe (Jenny) WORANIUK and the late Tony WORANIUK, Anne DIAKIW and Rose GANCHER and her husband John, all of Saskatchewan. Dear brother-in-law of Bill BRIDGE. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Bill was born in Alvena, Saskatchewan on August 21, 1916, the son of the late Michael and Katherine ROGER. He lived at R.R.#1 Union over 50 years and was retired from Canadian Timken Ltd. He served in World War 2 and was a 60 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 41, Saint Thomas. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 10: 00 a.m. Visitation Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Interment in Union Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-13 published
LUSH, Mervin Leslie
Suddenly in Meaford on Tuesday February 12, 2008 in his 76th year. Mervin LUSH of Temple Hill, son of the late John and 'Annie' (née CASWELL) LUSH. Beloved husband of the former Muriel ROGERS and loving father of Karen and her husband Mike SMITH of Meaford and Brian LUSH, at home, Temple Hill. Sadly missed Papa of Riley SMITH and Chants and Milo LUSH. Dear brother of Wilda LUSH of Meaford, Winnie LUSH and Joan LUSH of Owen Sound, and Ian and his wife Marion LUSH of Etobicoke. Predeceased by a sister Mona and remembered by her husband Gordon BURRELL of Bruderheim, Alberta. Loved son-in-law of Isabel MILLS of Meaford and brother-in-law of Donna and Ron CLARKE of Goring, Doreen and Maarten KEYZER of R.R.#2, Meaford and Laverne and Cathy ROGERS of Meaford and predeceased by a brother-in-law Orville ROGERS of Meaford. Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews and their families. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E. in Meaford on Thursday from 2 to 4 and from 7 until 9 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be conducted at the Meaford United Church on Friday February 15th at 1: 30 p.m. with interment in the spring at Temple Hill Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy, donations to The Temple Hill United Church or Canadian Food Grains Bank would be appreciated.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-11 published
ROGERS, Gerald Alvin
In his 85th year. Peacefully at his home in Euphrasia Township, on Monday June 9th, 2008. Predeceased by his wife Blanche MAY. Beloved father of Gail BAXTER and her husband Ross of Meaford, Keith and his wife Brenda of Kimberly, Larry and his wife June of Edmonton, Jerry and his wife Marla of Mississauga, and Greg of Brampton. Survived by his sister Faye GREEN of Collingwood, five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Thursday June 12th at 11: 00 a.m. at the Gardiner-Wilson Funeral Home in Meaford. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. In honouring Gerald's wishes, there will be no visitation. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Alzheimer's Society, or the Meaford Hospital would be greatly appreciated.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-26 published
SITTER, Lillian Alice (née HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON)
Peacefully and suddenly at her residence at R.R.#2 Thedford, on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008, Lillian Alice (née HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON) Sitter passed away in her 75th year. Beloved wife of George SITTER for 42 years. Loving mother of Nicholas and Carla SITTER of R.R.#3 Thedford. Cherished grandmother of Cale SITTER. Much loved sister of Marion WARD, Elgin HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, Norman and Trudy HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, Muriel ALEXANDER, Elva and Clayton WALMSELY, Irene and Paul ROGERS, Keith and Marilyn HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, and Melville and Jean HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON. Sadly missed sister-in-law of Conrad and Bonnie SITTER and Dean and Mary Ellen ANDERSON. Predeceased by sister-in-law Phyllis HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON and brother-in-law Harold WARD. Resting at The Gilpin Chapel, 97 Victoria Street, Thedford for visitation on Friday, June 27, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church in Thedford. Interment at Arkona Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Christine O'REILLY officiating to follow. Memorial donations to the Knox Presbyterian Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation gratefully acknowledged. Online condolences at gilpinfuneralchapel.com.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-16 published
ROGERS, Jean Gertrude (COBDEN)
Peacefully into the arms of the Lord at Gateway Haven in Wiarton Tuesday morning July 15, 2008 after a courageous and valiant fight. The former Jean COBDEN of Brantford in her 78th year. Loving mother of Kathryn and her husband Paul SALES of Sauble Beach and James and his wife Charlene of Brantford. Cherished Gramma Jean to Craig (Julie), Karyn (Jay), Jeanette, Sarah, James (Stacy), Jennifer (Shayne) and one great-grandchild Emma. Dear sister of Don (Charlotte,) Frances STEVENS and Thomas. Predeceased by her parents Tom and Anne and sister Mary HOLLANDS. At Jean's request there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence to the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Jean by the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth 519-935-2754 or Toll Free 1-888-340-3467 “Thank you to all staff and Friends at Gateway for all your loving care and support.&rdquo

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ROGERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-19 published
WALTERS, Lila Marie (née TOLMIE)
Of Saint Thomas, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Bruce Gordon WALTERS (1995) and dearly loved mother of Nelson and his wife Barb WALTERS of London, Phyllis and her husband Kim COOK of Saint Thomas, Chris and her husband Larry BOGART of Saint Thomas, Dennis and his wife Annie WALTERS of Saint Thomas, Janice and her husband Mike URBAN of Saint Thomas and the late Mark WALTERS (1958.) Dear sister of Mae CARROLL of Lambeth, Harriet and her husband Ray CLAYTON of Saint Thomas, Bruce and his wife Penny TOLMIE of Aylmer. Predeceased by two sisters, Sheila ROGERS and Evelyn CROSBY. Dear sister-in-law of Bill ROGERS of Saint Thomas. Sadly missed by 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Lila was born in Windsor on December 7th, 1924, the daughter of the late George and Catherine TOLMIE. She was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-29 published
STILSON, Daisy
Passed away peacefully, February 28, 2008 at London Health Sciences Centre-University Hospital with her daughter Penny at her side. A strong will, tenacity and quick wit served her well into her 96th year. Loving mother of the late Gerry STILSON (Loretta,) Jim STILSON (late Joan), Marni ROGERS (Frank), Penny McGREGOR (Ron,) and Liz BECHARD. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Ted (Tanya), Ken, Leanne (Bill), Kelly (Scott), Patti (Ian), Debbie (Andrew), Jim (Kathy), Mary (Steve), John (Janet), Charlie, Andy (Dawn), Laura, Amy (Matt), and Anne Marie (John). Proud great-grandmother of Dylan, Mathew, Brittany, Michael, Gerri, Jessica, Sean, Amy, Aaron, Chelsea, Zhoe, Jenna, Celeste, Seth, Emily, Sarah, Sydney and Danielle and great-great-grandmother of Sitara. A memorial service will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Private interment of ashes will be held at Woodland Cemetery at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Daisy are asked to consider the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-01 published
MONTAGUE, Rene
(Active member of the Ontario Labour Relations Board)
Taken suddenly on Friday March 28, 2008 in his 67th year. Beloved husband of Beverly. Dear father of Mary Jean and her husband Trevor EDMOND. Loving grandfather/father of Joshua. Will be sadly missed by his sisters Marie and her husband Walter EVANS, Jackie and her husband Jiggs PLAYFORD, Clare and her husband Larry KRAMER and Francine ROGERS, as well as his brother Jean and his wife Jackie. Predeceased by his parents Louis J. and Una Jeanne and his brother Tommy. Will also be missed by several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. West, Oakville, (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10: 00 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2008 at Saint Dominic Roman Catholic Church, 2415 Rebecca Street, Oakville. Cremation. For those who wish, memorial contributions to the Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences may be made through www.koprivataylor.com

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ROGERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-19 published
PARKER, Ann (née ROGERS)
Passed away at the Hastings Manor Nursing Home, Belleville, on Friday April 18th, 2008. Ann PARKER of Belleville, formerly of Woodstock, at the age of 83. Daughter of the late Frank and Beatrix ROGERS. Beloved wife of the late Maurice PARKER. Loving mother of Anne THISTLE (Bruce Alexander) of Belleville, Phyrne PARKER of Toronto and Dave PARKER (Ann) of Woodstock. Dear grandmother of Allen, Frank (Donna), Paul, David (Jenn), Joanna (Garry) and Bryan and great-grandmother of 8. A Memorial Service will be held at the John R. Bush Funeral Home, 80 Highland Ave, Belleville (613-968-5588) on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 at 12 p.m. Visitation will be from 11-12 p.m. Cremation. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences www.quintefuneralcentres.com

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ROGERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-26 published
TAYS, Mary Elizabeth (ROGERS)
Passed away at McGarrell Place, London, on Thursday April 24, 2008, Mary Elizabeth (ROGERS) TAYS in her 81st year. Dear mother of Carol McNEIL and her late husband Earl of Barrie and Wendy CHESTERFIELD and her husband Bruce of London. Loved grandmother of 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Davie and Betty ROGERS of Fredericton, New Brunswick and Pauline BUSCOMBE of Barrie. Special thanks to the nursing and support staff for their excellent care over the years at McGarrell Place (Versa Care). A private memorial service will be held at McGarrell Place at a later date with Sue Lupson officiating. Cremation has taken place. Interment in the Woodland Cemetery, London. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Arthritis Society, 400 York Street, Suite 204, London, Ontario N6B 3N2 would be appreciated. On line condolences at www.amgfh.com A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout St. S., London, On (519-433-5184).

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ROGERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-29 published
HUMPHRIES, Florence Marie (née WATCHER)
Peacefully at Strathmere Lodge, Strathroy on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Florence Marie HUMPHRIES (née WATCHER) of Strathroy in her 88th year. Dear mother of Larry HUMPHRIES (Karen) and Mary Anne DUNN (Robert) all of Strathroy. Loving grandmother of Mike DUNN, David DUNN, Paula CADENHEAD, Gordon HUMPHRIES and Debbie RILEY, great-grandmother of Jessie and Jake DUNN and Ryan and Andrew CADENHEAD. Also survived by her brother Fred WATCHER (Voda,) sister Helen PARKER (Allen,) sister-in-law Eva HARRIS and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband Earl (1984), sister-in-law Ann ROGERS and brothers-in-law Fred ROGERS and Alex HARRIS. Marie was an avid golfer, curler and boater and enjoyed fishing. Visitation will be held at Denning Brothers Funeral Home on Friday, May 30th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a complete funeral will take place on Saturday, May 31st at 11 a.m. with Rev. Charles SEED officiating. Donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Strathmere Lodge Auxiliary Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Marie.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-26 published
SITTER, Lillian Alice (née HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON)
Peacefully and suddenly at her residence at R.R.#2 Thedford on June 25, 2008, Lillian Alice (née HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON) SITTER passed away in her 75th year. Beloved wife of George SITTER for 42 years. Loving mother of Nicholas and Carla SITTER of R.R.#3 Thedford. Cherished grandmother of Cale SITTER. Much loved sister of Marion WARD, Elgin HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, Norman and Trudy HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, Muriel ALEXANDER, Elva and Ayton WALMSELY, Irene and Paul ROGERS, Keith and Marilyn HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, and Melville and Jean HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON. Sadly missed sister-in-law of Conrad and Bonnie SITTER and Dean and Mary Ellen ANDERSON. Predeceased by sister-in-law Phyllis HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON and brother-in-law Harold WARD. Resting at the Gilpin Chapel, 97 Victoria Street, Thedford for visitation on Friday, June 27, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church in Thedford. Interment at Arkona Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Christine O'REILLY officiating to follow. Memorial donations to the Knox Presbyterian Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation gratefully acknowledged. Online condolences at gilpinfuneralchapel.com.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-03-05 published
ROGERS, Edward Allan " Buck"
Died peacefully at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia, on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Florence. Loving father of Grant (Debbie REID) of Bracebridge, Glen (Cathy) of Stittsville and Anita HILLMAN (Rick) of Bracebridge. Proud grandfather of Alison, Melanie, Scott, Dylan, Madeleine, Willow, Shelby, Cody, Genise, Jamie-Lynn and Darren. Brother of the late Jack and Harry ROGERS. Friends were received at Reynolds Funeral Home 'Turner Chapel' in Bracebridge on Sunday, March 2, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral was held at Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Bracebridge on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment took place at Highland Park Cemetery in Peterborough on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Memorial gifts to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the kidney Foundation or the Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence may be made at condolences@reynoldsfuneral.com.
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ROGERS o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-04-02 published
ROGERS, George Thomas
Of R.R.#1 New Lowell, Ontario, passed away on Saturday March 29, 2008 at the Stayner Nursing Home at the age of 93. Beloved husband (64 years) of Helen Irene ROGERS (née PASMORE.) Loving father of Will (Louise) ROGERS of Australia, Bonnie (Doug) Clark of Petrolia, Ed ROGERS of Thornbury, Raymond (Helen) ROGERS of Lloydminster and David ROGERS of New Lowell. Friends were received at the Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, 7313 Highway 26 (Main St.), Stayner (705-428-2637) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday April 1, 2008. Funeral Service will be held at the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd, 219 Scott Street, Stayner on Wednesday April 2, 2008 at 2 o'clock. If desired, donations in George's memory may be made to the New Lowell Library or the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd. For more information, or to sign the online guest book, log on to www.carruthersdavidson.com.
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ROGERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-05 published
DEBLOIS, Thomas Melville " Tom"
Passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Palliative Care Unit on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in his 91st year, following a 2 year interval at home with advancing Alzheimers and Cancer.
Survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen G. (née ROGERS,) his daughters Lynn Elizabeth LAWRENCE and Janet Ellinor (Bill LANE,) predeceased in 1986 by son Harold Melville (Hal).
Fondly remembered by his daughters in law Lurvie DEBLOIS and Anne DeBlois READ as well as his nephews Alex (Molly,) Chip (Becky) and Steve (Dawn).
Sadly missed by grandchildren Rachel (Scott McNABNEY,) Erin DeBlois READ, Alan DeBlois READ, Emilie (David ARCHER), James LAWRENCE (Joy,) Helen LANE, Heather LANE, great-grandchildren Jordan and Dufferin McNABNEY, Jack and Isabelle ARCHER.
Predeceased by brother William Alexander DEBLOIS and sister Ruth Elizabeth DEBLOIS.
Tom graduated from King's College, Halifax 1939 and Nova Scotia Technical College 1941 P.Eng. His entire Engineering career was with Canadian General Electric Co. from which he retired in 1979. Tom also taught evening Electrical Engineering courses at Seneca College for a number of years.
A memorial celebration of Tom's life will be held at Eglinton St. George's United Church, Toronto, corner of Lytton Blvd. and Duplex Ave. on Saturday, February 9th at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations would be appreciated to the Palliative Care Unit or Cancer Unit at Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation c/o 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto M4N 3M5.
The Family wish to express their deep appreciation of the exceptional care and support of Doctor Margaret BENNETT and all of the Palliative Care Staff.
Cremation and private interment will take place prior to the service.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-17 published
PUGH, E. John, B.Com, C.A.
Born July 17th, 1924. On Friday, March 14th, 2008 at his home in Oakville Jack died peacefully with his beloved wife, Maida, at his side. Dear father of the late John (Jane) and Kate (Bill GREENFIELD.) Adored Grandfather of Jay PUGH, and Jessica (Brandon HUNE,) Michael (Allison) and Meaghan GREENFIELD. Great-Grandfather to Dear Daniel HUNE. Brother of Bob PUGH and Uncle to David and Barbara (Steve ROGERS.) Brother-In-Law of Bob SHERWOOD (Sally) and Uncle to Phillip, Michael, Tiffany and Paula. Brother-in-law and friend to Eleanor SMITH.
A service of Thanksgiving will be held at Saint_Jude's Parish, 160 William Street, Oakville, on Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 at 11: 30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations in his memory to the charity of your choice. Condolences and tributes at www.koprivataylor.com.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-12 published
CONNELL, Ruth (née CONNELL)
Peacefully at the Connell Homestead with family and caregivers, on Friday, April 11, 2008 in her 92nd year. Born in Haileybury, Ontario, daughter of William Harold CONNELL and Ruth WEBSTER. Loving wife of the late Earl B. CONNELL. Dear mother of Sarah Jane (Richard) DUMBRILLE, Hally (Hugh) SIDDONS, Norah (Christopher) ROGERS and Martin CONNELL. Dear grandmother of Hal (Monika,) Sarah and Charles DUMBRILLE, Elizabeth and Connell SIDDONS and Alexandra CONNELL. Great-grandmother of Lillian DUMBRILLE. Predeceased by grand_son Andrew ROGERS. Friends may call at Grant Brown Funeral Home Purcell Chapel, Spencerville on Wednesday, April 16 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Spencerville United Church on Thursday, April 17 at 1: 30 p.m. with interment following at Oakland Cemetery, Brockville. Memorial donations to the EBC Education Fund of the Brockville General Hospital, Kemptville District Hospital Foundation, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of choice would be gratefully acknowledged.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-28 published
NEWEY, Ethel Irene (née ROGERS)
Peacefully, on Saturday, April 26, 2008, in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Brian Ernest NEWEY, loving mother of Janet Arlene and the late Noreen Evison, dear grandmother of Carlyn and Teigan. Sister of Albert ROGERS, the late Verna VAUGHAN, the late Mildred SADDLER, daughter of the late Vernon ROGERS and Aramentha POWERS of Fredericton, New Brunswick. An inspiration to those that knew her. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 from 2: 00 until 4:00 and 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way). A Funeral Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 3: 00 p.m. in the Chapel, with a reception to follow. If desired, donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in loving memory of her daughter Noreen.

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ROGERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-15 published
Toronto lawyer survived D-Day, defended Lord Haw-Haw in Old Bailey
Wounded during the Battle of Normandy, he was reassigned to defend a Nazi broadcaster accused of treason. After returning to Canada, he practised civil law for 60 years
By Gay ABBATE, Page S8
Toronto -- It was April 3, 1943, and Stanley BIGGS was on the Queen Mary, the ship transporting him and other Canadian soldiers across the Atlantic to fight the Nazis. As he passed the time playing bridge, a familiar voice came across the shortwave radio, announcing the imminent demise of the ship and everyone aboard.
"There are 5,000 Canadians aboard the Queen Mary hoping to reach Southampton by sundown. There is no way this will happen. The Messerschmitts are on the way."
The voice belonged to William Joyce, nicknamed "Lord Haw-Haw" by the British. The American-born Joyce had moved to England but fled to Germany just before the war. There, he became part of the Nazi propaganda machine, broadcasting weekly to England and Allied soldiers from 1939 to 1945. Joyce warned that German fighter aircraft would destroy the ship, but it reached port safely.
That was Mr. BIGGS's first introduction to Lord Haw-Haw. Seventeen months later, with Germany defeated, the two men sat just a few feet apart in an Old Bailey courtroom in London. Mr. Joyce was in the prisoner's box on trial for treason; Mr. BIGGS, a trained lawyer recovering from war wounds, was attached to his court-appointed legal defence team.
For long weeks in September and October of 1945, he did nothing but research treason laws dating back to the 14th century. In the process, he became an expert on the subject, writing several articles and giving speeches on the subject after his return to Canada. Of his involvement in the trial, he wrote in his memoirs: "It was a most interesting and worthwhile experience for a young lawyer to do research and to hear the presentation of argument for the Crown by the Attorney-General." The memoir, As Luck Would Have It In War and Peace, was released by Trafford Publishing (Victoria) earlier this year.
It was the duty of the defence team, Mr. BRIGGS wrote, "to research all of the relevant evidence we could find and to see that, if Joyce was guilty, he was not convicted except in full evidence with the law." During the trial, Joyce never spoke but kept looking around the courtroom as if expecting family or Friends to show up, Mr. BIGGS wrote. No one ever came. A jury convicted him of treason and he was hanged in 1946.
Stanley Champion BIGGS was not, in his own words, "a religious scholar, a cosmic scientist, a World War 2 history professional," areas of endeavour he considered beyond his abilities. The list of what he actually was is much longer: a combat infantry officer, a devoted lawyer for more than six decades, a poet, a school trustee, an environmentalist long before environmentalism was fashionable. He also devoted his life to the principle of doing good for its own sake.
He was born to the law, one of four children to solicitor Richard Atkinson BIGGS and Gertrude CHAMPION, the belle of Brantford, Ontario His grandfather, Stanley Clarke BIGGS, founded the firm of Biggs and Biggs.
Young Stan grew up on Roxborough Street in Toronto's Rosedale neighbourhood. He graduated from the University of Toronto Schools and then studied law at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1936 and then enrolling in the three-year law program at Osgoode Hall Law School. In 1939, he joined the family law firm and was called to the bar that June.
To celebrate, he and classmate J.F. BARRETT went to the world's fair in New York. A group of young ladies graduating from Bishop Strachan School in Toronto plotted to join them there. Among them was Mr. BARRETT's younger sister, Barbara, who clicked with Mr. BIGGS. The granddaughter of Sir Joseph FLAVELLE, a financier and meat packer who was well known for his philanthropy in Toronto, they became engaged by September and married the following June.
After the war broke out, Mr. BIGGS volunteered with the Queen's Own Rifles, leaving behind his wife, who was pregnant with their second son. After months of training in England, he was among the thousands of Canadian soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day - June 6, 1944.
The regiment landed near Bernières-sur-Mer at about 8 a.m., only to enter a maelstrom. A storm had just passed through the area and rough seas meant that all-important support tanks had been delayed. Unable to wait, the infantry was forced to go ashore unprotected, with the result that the Queen's Own Rifles suffered the worst casualties of any Canadian unit crossing the beaches that day: 60 men killed and another 78 wounded.
Mr. BIGGS, however, emerged without a scratch. He made it through 86 days of continuous front-line combat during the Battle of Normandy, and the long struggle to deny Germany's bitter attempt to halt the Allied breakthrough, until finally he was shot in the leg.
The machine-gun bullet that took him out of the fighting landed him in a courtroom. During and after his convalescence in England, the military decided to make use of his legal skills. Attached to the office of the Canadian Judge Advocates General, he prosecuted or defended soldiers accused of such crimes as assault or rape.
He returned home in December, 1945, with the rank of captain and resumed the life of a civilian lawyer. At first, he helped his father with his client list but also did pro bono work, defending accused who could not afford a lawyer. There was no legal aid system in Ontario until the 1960s.
Mr. BIGGS continued to practise law until 2004. "He loved the law," daughter Dinny BIGGS said. "He was passionate about the rule of law, about studying its background, the evolution of law and jurisprudence."
One of the highlights of his career was his involvement in the creation of the broadcaster CTV. He handled the negotiations that brought together the original parties who acquired the licence for a second national television station.
His client, Joel ALDRED, had originally sought the licence on his own. But with the Canadian Board of Broadcast Governors reluctant to grant one to a single entity, Mr. BIGGS helped him form a partnership with Ted ROGERS.
The new partners entered into an agreement with another group, headed by newspaper owner John BASSETT. The channel went on the air in 1961, but disagreements eventually arose between the two groups. Mr. BIGGS came up with a solution that allowed Mr. ALDRED to sell his shares while leaving Mr. ROGERS as a partner.
Mr. BIGGS continued his pro bono work throughout his career, providing free legal advice to numerous non-profit groups.
That list included the Queen's Own Rifle of Canada Trust, the Canadian Opera Foundation and the Toronto School of Art, which his artist-wife used some of her inheritance to help establish in 1968. In 1955, Mr. BIGGS was named Queen's Counsel. In 1995, he received the Law Society Medal, which the Law Society of Upper Canada awards in recognition of distinguished service in the law profession.
Not content to write just briefs, Mr. BIGGS also loved to dabble in poetry. During the war, he wrote The Queen's Own Rifles on D-Day, a poem that now hangs in the Canadian War Museum. He wrote the piece one day in 1944 when several dozen members of his regiment were killed and dozens more were injured during fighting.
Mr. BIGGS was also a landowner. During his lifetime, he planted more than 150,000 trees, beginning in the late 1940s, when he bought his first piece of farmland. He eventually sold that and bought a 40-hectare farm in Mono Township in Dufferin County, Ontario. The land was hilly and not suitable for crops, so he rented it out for cattle. For relaxation, he started planting seedlings, eventually turning the property into a managed tree farm. In 1991, he was recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources with an award for woodland improvement.
Humour was another important aspect of Mr. BIGGS's life. His was not slapstick humour but rather a keen wit, said his long-time secretary, Marjorie FOGG. "He always had cute little answers to things," she said.
Mr. BIGGS wrote of the importance of humour in his life in his memoirs: "Without the humorous twists in my exposure to life&hellip I think I would have cracked up long ago. I have always felt that the therapeutic value of good humour should be gladly welcomed."
Toward the end of his life, Mr. BIGGS prepared a final message for his family and Friends summing up the philosophy by which he lived his own life: "Live fully, share extremes, stay well, keep chuckling, have the thrill of dedication to good causes, be good on Earth for its own sake."
Stanley Champion BIGGS was born in Toronto on December 6, 1913. He died June 17, 2008, at Saint Michael's Hospital in Toronto after a brief illness. He was 94. He is survived by children Christopher, Barrett, John and Dinny, and seven grandchildren. His wife, Barbara, predeceased him in 2005.

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CROLL, Faye Richardson (A.H.)
Suddenly, on Saturday April 26, 2008, Faye CROLL, beloved wife of the late Cecil R. CROLL. Loving mother of and mother-in-law of Gail CROLL and Mark KRIEGER, and Bonnie CROLL and Robert HENRY. Dear sister of the late Shirley PURTHER, Elsie ROSENTHAL and Ida ROGOVEIN. Devoted and loving Grandma of Andrew and Sandra, Jody, Lesley and Brett, and great-grandma of Zoe and Trevor. Services will be held at the Rachel Kaplan Hebrew Memorial Chapel, 685 Aylmer Ave., Windsor, Tuesday April 29th, 2008 at 11 a.m. Interment in the Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery Windsor. Shiva 2144 Pelissier Street, #603, Windsor, on Tuesday April 29th. Continuing at 49 Rollscourt Dr., Toronto, from Wednesday evening April 30th to Friday May 2nd. Memorial donations to the Cecil and Faye Croll Memorial Fund at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Janisse Brothers Marcotte Funeral Homes.

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ROGUL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-14 published
MILLER, Allan
On Monday May 12th, 2008 after a brief illness, Allan MILLER beloved husband of Bessie, loving son, brother, father and grandfather. Dad will be fondly remembered by his children Sam, Lianne, Willie and Julie, Murray and Susy, and Rivi and Steven ROGUL. He was a tremendous inspiration for his grandchildren, Issy, Max and Genny MILLER, Allison, Amy and Adam ROGUL, and Jacob MILLER. Dad was born in Russia in 1912 and emigrated to Canada in 1920. Although he wanted to become a physician, quotas on Jewish students prevented his entry. He graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1939, and served in the army during the war. He married Bessie, the love of his life, in 1950 and they had a wonderful life together until her sudden death in May 2005. Dad remained interested in the events of the day until his final hours. He especially took great delight in the many accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, never missing any occasion despite the travel involved. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Dad was always generous and supported many wonderful causes. Family and Friends were his raison d'etre and as a result, our world is a much better place. Funeral services will be held at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue in Winnipeg, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Memorial donations may be made to the Bessie and Allan Miller Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. www.jewishfoundation.org

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