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SOLARIK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-21 published
ROBINSON, Dasha (née DVORACEK)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital with her family by her side on Monday, May 19, 2008, Dasha ROBINSON (née DVORACEK) of London in her 56th year. Loving wife of David ROBINSON for 13 years. Beloved mother of Frankie SOLARIK of Toronto and stepmother of Lisa ROBINSON of Vancouver and Michael ROBINSON of London. Survived by her grandchild Kai GODFROY- SOLARIK. Sorely missed by her father and step-mother Frank and Rose DVORACEK, sister Irene and her husband Tony DEAKON and niece Justine and nephew Adam. Also loved by step-brother James YOUNG and step-sister Belinda YOUNG. Predeceased by her mother Jana DVORACEK. The family will receive Friends from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where a funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday, May 22 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Julia MORDEN officiating. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 150-633 Colborne Street, London, Ontario, N6B 2V3 or to the Lung Association, 480 Egerton Street, London, Ontario, N5W 3Z6. Online condolences accepted at www.amgfh.com

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SOLBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-13 published
McLEAN, William Hugh (1941-2008)
On February 8, 2008, Bill passed away at the Verdun Hospital in Montreal, after a brief illness. He will be dearly missed by his wife Lisette DUHAMEL, his son Bradley (Julie,) his grand_son Spencer, his brothers Richard (Penny) and Dan (Susan), his sister Marilyn (late Alf SOLBY.) He is also survived by nieces, a nephew and many other relatives and Friends. Resting at the J.J. Cardinal Funeral Home, 560 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval (Tel. 514-631-1511). Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2008 and Friday, February 15, 2008 from 3: 00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service to be held in Vancouver and burial in Port Alberni, British Columbia at a later date.

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SOLESKI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-25 published
VULDERS, Leo Leonardus Martinus
Age 86 of R.R.#1 Sebringville, passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on Sunday, March 23, 2008. He was born in Sint Oedenrode, Holland son of the late Adrian and Bertha VULDERS. He emmigrated to Canada in 1948 and lived in Port Elgin for 2 years before moving to Ellice Twp. where he farmed at Lot 26 Con 7 most of his life. He was a member of St. Patricks Roman Catholic Church, Kinkora. Beloved husband of the former Loretta RUSTON. Loving father of Joe VULDERS, Theresa McGAW, Bertha HARBIN and husband Evlyn, Ann SOLESKI and friend Pete TURFORD, Maggie COOK and husband Willie, Marie HALLAM and husband Howard, Jim VULDERS and wife Ruth Ann, Don VULDERS, Donna McINTOSH and husband Doug. Dear grandfather of 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Brother of Wim VULDERS and wife Marjke, Harrie VULDERS and wife Dora, Oda and husband Pieter WILLEMS, Jo OERLERMAN, Tina DE LAAT. Brother-in-law of Toos VULDERS, Fergus and Gladys RUSTON, Lawrence and Anne RUSTON, Alice and Jim TOFFLEMIRE, Agnes CLIPPERTON, Hilda RUSTON. Also survived by many nieces and nephews here and in Holland. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Wednesday, March 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and at St. Patricks Church, Kinkora on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of funeral mass at 11 a.m. Interment in the church cemetery. Parish prayers will be said at the funeral home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to St. Patricks Church Building Fund or the Diabetes Association through the funeral home.

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SOLILO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-18 published
SHAND, Marie (JOHNSON)
At Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, Marie (JOHNSON) SHAND, of Ingersoll, in her 90th year. Wife of the late John SHAND (1996.) Dear mother of Paul SHAND and Cheryl of Woodstock and the late Robert SHAND (1975.) Dear grandmother of Michael SHAND and wife Darlene of Guelph, Patti (SHAND) and husband Peter SOLILO of Woodstock and Jon SHAND and wife Karen of Canmore, Alberta. Great-grandmother of Sebastian, Tristan, Alicia and Paige. Dear sister of Pauline ORMEROD of Ingersoll, Margaret and husband Bob SKILLINGS of Ingersoll and Phyllis and husband Harry CHASE of Nova Scotia. Predeceased by two brothers Pat JOHNSON (2006) and Ralph JOHNSON (2008) and brother-in-law Frank ORMEROD (2008.) No funeral home visitation. Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Ingersoll on Friday, June 20, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Saint Marys Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by calling McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, Ingersoll (519-425-1600).

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SOLLOWAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-21 published
LATOUR, Paul, M.D.
April 17, 2008, in Barrie, Ontario, after a long illness, aged 62. Beloved son of the late J.P.A. LATOUR and Florence VAUGHAN. Will be sadly missed and forever cherished by his children Robin (Greg PUGH,) Michael and Adam. Always remembered by lifelong friend and former wife Donna STERN, sister Anne (Bob LEWANDOWSKI,) brothers Mark, Daniel (Linda), and David (Nina) and special friend Enid SOLLOWAY. His many nieces and nephews and, in Montreal, his numerous Friends, colleagues and patients will all miss him.
Deeply loved and cherished by best friend and loving partner Susan Young MacINTYRE who, with Scott and Megan will miss him greatly. In Barrie and Toronto, his colleagues and patients will mourn his passing. Special thanks to Doctor PRESSNAIL and the team of the Palliative Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital - Barrie, who were always supportive and caring to him and his family. In lieu of flowers, donations to Palliative Care, Royal Victoria Hospital - Barrie; 201 Georgian Dr., Barrie, Ontario L4M 6M2 would be greatly appreciated.
Ceremonies at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont, Québec. 514 279 6540, wwwmountroyalcem.com Visitation Tuesday April 22 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.; Memorial Service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

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SOLMUNDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-26 published
RYAN, Mary Beatrice (née WALKER)
Peacefully, on Sunday, January 20th, 2008 at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg. Predeceased by her husband Doctor George RYAN, survived by daughters Anne (Ross) McINTYRE and Pat SOLMUNDSON, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.
Thomson Funeral Home (204) 783-7211

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SOLOMAN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-21 published
JIGJIGNESHIIKWE, Virginia Henry (née RITCHIE)
At Sarnia General Hospital on Saturday January 19, 2008. Virginia Henry (née RITCHIE) of Sarnia and formerly of Saugeen First Nation in her 68th year. Virginia was a well respected Teacher, Song Writer and Story Teller of the First Nation Culture. Dear mother of Loretta HENRY of Kitchener, Jennifer HENRY and her partner Patrick BAKER, Sonja GEORGE, and Candice HENRY and her partner Nathan WILLIAMS, all of Sarnia. Also survived by her brothers, Paul RITCHIE, Philip RITCHIE, Gabriel RITCHIE, Timothy RITCHIE, all of Saugeen First Nation and by her sisters, Rita JACOBS of Sagamok, Diane RITCHIE, Sharon SOLOMAN and Glenna CAMERON all of Saugeen First Nation. Sadly missed by her 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews and by her students of all ages. Predeceased by her parents Wilson and Georgina RITCHIE, by her brother, Reginald and by her infant daughter Margaret. A Time of Sharing and Story Telling will be held at the Maawndooshgumig Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia, on Monday January 21, 2008 from 1-4 p.m. Visitation will follow at the James Mason Cultural Centre, French Bay Road, Saugeen First Nation on Tuesday January 22, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be conducted from the James Mason Cultural Centre, Saugeen First Nation on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Interment French Bay Cemetery. Expressions of Remembrance to a Scholarship Fund in Memory of Virginia HENRY. Arrangements entrusted to the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton (800) 858-9544. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.eaglesonfuneralhome.com.

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SOLOMON o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-09-03 published
Samuel George OWL
In loving memory of Samuel George Owl, March 20, 1943 - August 25, 2008,
who passed away in Indiana unexpectedly on Monday. son of the late Levi
and Madeline (SOLOMON) OWL. Beloved husband of Jospehine (TOULOUSE) OWL
of 44 years, residing in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Loving father to
Cynthia Behm (husband Craig) of Massey, Gail Nootchtai (husband Henry) of
Aundeck Omni Kaning, Deborah Owl of Anchorage, Alaska, Sheri Owl (Joey
Stoneypoint) of Aundeck Omni Kaning, Dwayne Owl (Allison Corbiere), and
Shaun Owl, both of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Brother to Shirley Murdock
(Robert), Lori Owl, Ron Owl (predeceased), Donald Owl (predeceased),
Elsie Rose Owl (predeceased). Proud grandfather to 20 grandchildren and
one great-granddaughter. Will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and
Friends. Sam was a truck driver for 45 years, recently driving for Tandem
for 10 years where he was a driver representative, runner-up for 'Driver
of the Year,' and received the One Million Mile award. He enjoyed
spending time with his children and grandchildren, watching the history
channel, watching poker on television, being a proud member of
the 'dinosaur club' and other leisure activities. The visitation was held
from 7 pm on Friday, August 29 with the funeral service taking place at
11 am on Monday, September 1, 2008 at the Aundeck Omni Kaning Community
Centre. Burial at the Aundeck Omni Kaning Cemetery.

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SOLOMON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-14 published
SOLOMON, Westley
In loving memory of our little angel Westley Solomon who was tragically taken from us five years ago today, April 14, 2003. First the smell goes. I close your door and place your favourite blanket in a bag, hoping to trap your scent for as long as I live. Then the taste goes. I would test your milk to make sure it was perfect for your little tummy. The sound begins to go. I find myself standing with my eyes closed hoping to hear your distinctive cry, even for a second. Your touch is almost gone. I open your memory box and touch your lock of hair, but only for a second. That hair has to last my lifetime. Last, the sight begins to go. Why take his sight from me God I spent hours memorizing every inch of his body. Time is such an enemy. The only good thing with time is that with every second, I am one beat closer to seeing you again. Always missed and lovingly remembered, Mommy, Grandma Carole, Grandpa Fred and family.

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SOLOMON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-22 published
STRAUSS, Edith (née SOLOMON)
Peacefully on March 20, 2008 in Toronto, surrounded by her family. Predeceased by her beloved husband Norman STRAUSS, her best friend, business adviser and confidant. Adoring mother of A.J. STRAUSS (Lindsay) and Marina STRAUSS (Allan BLATT) and super-proud grandmother to Aaron, Elana and David BLATT. Cherished sister of Lila GOTTHEIL of Montreal, Doctor Samuel SOLOMON of Montreal (Dusty VINEBERG) and Genia ALBRECHT of Ithaca, New York One of Canada's top fashion designers, Edith STRAUSS broke new ground, building a thriving business under her own label at a time when working women/mothers were not the fashion. She turned a basement home workshop into an awardwinning design studio, selling her styles in Canada, the United States and Japan. She was a dynamo -- a big presence in the lives of those around her. Her fashions are now part of the costume and textiles collection at the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal. In recognition of her late husband's contributions, she established the Norman Strauss Fellowship for Professional Ethics in Business at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management. Her spirit and enthusiasm live on in us all. Thanks to the Mount Sinai Hospital Intensive Care Unit staff, and a hug to nurse Julie BOKROS for her care and attention over the past three weeks. Funeral service at Paperman and Sons, 3888 Jean Talon West in Montreal on Monday, March 24 at noon. Burial at the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation Cemetery, Mt. Royal Blvd., Montreal. Private Shiva. Donations may be made to McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management, 1001 Shebrooke Street West, Suite 454, Montreal, Québec H3A 1G5 towards the Norman Strauss Fellowship.

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SOLOMON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-11 published
Canadian haute couture designer was 'a woman ahead of her time'
With a business started in the basement of her Toronto home, her outfits were carried by the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue. She also became the first Canadian to sell a collection in Japan
By Lisa FITTERMAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S11
Montreal -- Edith STRAUSS once walked into her brother's Montreal apartment, stopped dead and began to cry. Curious and startled, her sister-in-law, Dusty Vineberg SOLOMON, asked why. "The curtains," Mrs. STRAUSS said, gesturing to a set of sheer drapes hung across windows that ran the length of the living room wall. "They're so beautiful."
For Mrs. STRAUSS, fabric spoke a special language that swished, whispered, or swept confidently into a room, filled with colour and texture. The long-time fashion designer, who started Edith Strauss Designs Ltd. in 1965, was fluent in all its permutations, whether a bolt of plain cotton or yards of rich white silk crepe, the latter of which she turned into a fringed and beaded dress that is considered a fine example of the transition from mini to midi lengths and is part of the permanent costume collection at Montreal's McCord Museum. Change a cut just a little - nip in the waist here and extend the hem to there - and voila! She helped her clients, including businesswomen and ambassadors' wives, feel gorgeous and appropriate for everything from the office to the fanciest of galas.
"She was a woman ahead of her time, a working mother long before it was considered normal and a designer with a vision that never wavered," said Victoria Dickinson, the McCord's executive director. "At a time when power dressing and mannish pant suits were all the rage, she believed that women could project a powerful image in more feminine clothing."
Indeed, when it came to image, there were life rules from which Mrs. STRAUSS never wavered. Tall, slender and dark-haired, she always wore her own designs and she never revealed her age. She also claimed she was from Russia, even though she really came from Brest-Litovsk, a small city with a large Jewish population that had once been claimed by Russia but was part of Poland's eastern reaches when she born in 1919. "She thought Russia felt more cultural," said her daughter, Marina STRAUSS, a Globe and Mail reporter. "She named me after a Russian princess."
Mrs. STRAUSS was the oldest of four children who all managed to rise out of humble, even impoverished, beginnings. While their father, Nathan SOLOMON, was a simple man who made boots for the Russian and Polish armies and had no interest in cultural activities, their mother, Rachel SOLOMON, pushed her offspring to question, read and appreciate all things cultural. Whenever a theatre troupe came through Brest-Litovsk, she took them. And when the performance included songs, she made them memorize the Yiddish lyrics until they could practically recite them in their sleep, just so they'd understand the performance that much better.
In 1928, Mr. SOLOMON moved to Montreal in search of a better life for his family. Sponsored by his brother, who was already there, immigration rules forced him to claim he was a bachelor on his application for entry into Canada. Better to be in the new country and already building a nest egg, he thought, than to be back in Poland with no hope at all. He found work as a cutter in a slipper factory, a low-paying job that meant it would take him eight long years, until 1936, before he was able to pay to have his family join him. The timing couldn't have been better - or cut more closely - because Europe was on the brink of war. Many relatives who stayed behind later perished in the Holocaust.
For young Edith, the move to Montreal's Jeanne Mance Street - the neighbourhood was made immortal by Mordecai Richler in novella such as St. Urbain's Horseman - heralded the beginning of a long affair with the city. She fell instantly in love with Mount Royal and the cafés, with the row-houses and their outside staircases, with the views and the cobblestone streets. She knew that she could make a life there and that she never wanted to move.
At 16, she quit school to work in a sweatshop in order to help support her family. No matter the need, she was there, even when it meant having to post $6,000 as a guarantee so her youngest sister, Genia, could attend the University of California at Berkeley as a foreign student.
"Edith was a real mix, a pragmatic, ferocious dreamer who was generous to a fault and always went after what she wanted," said Mrs. STRAUSS's other sister, Lila GOTTHEIL, who was keeper of the family's weekly financial kitty.
"Sometimes, though, she could be impulsive," Mrs. GOTTHEIL continued. "Once, I said to her, 'Why should I be in charge of the finances when you're the eldest?' So she took over and, lo and behold, she came back with a really beautiful fabric for drapes for her bedroom. I asked 'How can you spend a good part of the week's money on drapes?' But she couldn't help it. For the rest of our time in that house, her bedroom had beautiful drapes and I controlled the purse strings."
Never terribly athletic, she gamely took up skiing with the express purpose of meeting a potential husband. It was love at first sight when she was introduced to Norman STRAUSS, who wasn't really interested in settling down at that point. But she was not deterred, pursuing him with determination and inviting him over for meals that would invariably end with fruitcake made by Mrs. GOTTHEIL, who was already married and adept at baking.
"When Edith learned he loved fruitcake, she had me bake it and she presented it," Mrs. GOTTHEIL said. "I like to feel that my fruitcake had something to do with their marrying. It was my own version and it was good."
They were married in Montreal in 1949. Soon, Mrs. STRAUSS, who was working as the chief designer of a Montreal dress company, had her son A.J. and daughter Marina. Contrary to the conventions of the time, she continued to work, staying on top of her children's education and extracurricular activities and designing the uniforms for their school.
"Each morning, she'd take one bus to work and we'd take another bus to school, and she wasn't always around when we got home," Ms. STRAUSS said. "But she was our biggest cheerleader, too. She believed in us. I was always the prettiest, the smartest and the most talented, even if I wasn't."
There were, however, limits to the cheerleading. Ms. STRAUSS recalled one family dinner when she was about 10 years old, during which she mentioned she wanted to be a secretary when she grew up. Her mother was shocked. "You will do much more than that," she admonished.
At one point in the mid-1960s, Mr. STRAUSS, an executive with a steel window-and-door company, was transferred to Toronto to start a new division. Although leaving Montreal broke her heart, Mrs. STRAUSS rallied. She started her design business in the basement of their Toronto home at York Mills and Bayview, complete with cutting tables, sewing machines and several telephones that always seemed to be ringing. She made sure to surround herself with the best of the best - the best cutters, the best sewers and the best fabrics. As with her family, she had high expectations of her staff and yet was also their biggest supporter, talking up their talents wherever she went.
She never looked back. The company outgrew the dimensions of the basement and moved to a series of locations until it ended up in offices downtown, on Carlton Street, while her collection was sold in high-end stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. In 1981, she became the first Canadian designer to sell a collection in Japan, and she won one accolade after another, including the Fashion Industry Achievement Award from the city of Toronto in 1990.
Mrs. STRAUSS continued to work until she could no longer do so. In 2005, she suffered a stroke while on a visit to Montreal. Although she lived the rest of her life in a Toronto seniors' residence, she always considered it temporary, more like a hotel room than her own home.
She was convinced she was going to get better because she longed to go home. There, she had kept every letter her grandchildren ever wrote her from summer camp, practically all of her own children's school books, heaps of work-related files and notes and patterns, closets full of her designs, and the memories of her husband, who died in 1990.
Edith STRAUSS was born Edith SOLOMON on March 27, 1919, in Brest-Litovsk, Poland, and died in Toronto on March 20, 2008. She was 88. She is survived by son A.J. STRAUSS and daughter Marina STRAUSS. She also leaves sisters Lila GOTTHEIL and Genia Albrecht, brother Samuel SOLOMON, and grandchildren Aaron, Elana and David Blatt.

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SOLOMON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-09 published
STRAUSS, Edith (née SOLOMON)
Mother, wife, grandmother, sister, award-winning fashion designer, Montreal aficionado. Born March 27, 1919, in Brest-Litovsk, Poland. Died March 20 in Toronto of complications from an infection, aged 88.
By Marina STRAUSS, Page L6
As a mother, she was always a bit different. In the morning she headed to work while her two children took a bus to school. As chief designer at a Montreal dress manufacturer, she was known by her maiden name at a time when married women adopted their husbands' names.
Edith's fashion-design work took her away from her family every few months, on trips to New York and Europe. But her children, Alfred (A.J.) and Marina, didn't feel neglected. She still micromanaged many facets of their lives. She researched their schools and their Friends. She sent them to piano, drama and dance lessons. She designed her daughter's clothes, the uniform at her elementary school and the costumes for her school plays. She knew all of their teachers, and had an opinion about each.
The oldest of four children, Edith was born into a family with so little money that her father, Nathan SOLOMON, left Poland for Canada in 1928 to find more lucrative work. It took eight years before the family joined him in Montreal.
Edith's mother, Rachel, wanted a better life for her children, one rich with culture. It broke her heart that, at age 16, her eldest was forced to find work sewing dresses to help support the others. Edith's formal post-secondary education consisted of art courses at Concordia University (then Sir George Williams). For years she took university night courses on world politics.
She was a big believer in the people she loved and respected, and she was their biggest booster. Her daughter was the prettiest and the smartest. Her husband, Norman, was the most handsome, dignified and intelligent.
Norman was the love of her life, her confidant and business adviser. She had pursued him more aggressively than she had pursued her career. He put up with her eccentricities, her chronic lateness, her occasional nagging. She could be assertive; she demanded excellence. He catered to her like a queen, and she told everyone how lucky she was to have him.
He encouraged her to start her own fashion business and helped her set it up in 1965. She proudly put her married name on her label, Edith Strauss Designs. Vivid colours, fine fabrics and feminine styles were her trademark.
At home she played down her work. It's just the "shmatte business," she'd say. She'd don a housecoat, mop the floors and stop every once in a while to sketch a design. Her creative juices were always flowing. Out on the street, she had no compunction about stopping a stranger to admire her outfit. Then she'd pull out her sketch pad and draw the details.
Marina STRAUSS is Edith's daughter.

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SOLOWAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-14 published
SOLOWAY, Irving

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SOLTAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-07-25 published
DILLON, Doris Madge
Passed away peacefully on July 17, 2008 in her 88th year. Loving mother of Lola DECICIEO, Derek DILLON, Patricia SOLTAN, Peter DILLON, adopted daughter Georgine SARLAT and all of their spouses. She will be cherished by her 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by all of her family. Friends will be received at the Bernardo Funeral Homes (855 Albion Rd., one block east of lslington Ave., 416-747-7231) on Sunday from 5-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 28, 2008. at 2 p.m. at Kingsview Seventh Day Adventist Church (70 Kingsview Blvd). Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Collingwood General Hospital would be greatly appreciated.

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SOLTYS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-08 published
WILLIAMS, Audrey June
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital with her family by her side, on Sunday, April 6, 2008 Audrey June WILLIAMS of London in her 78th year. Beloved wife of the late Glenn WILLIAMS (2001.) Loving mother of Dianne and Keith ALLEN of Goderich, Donna and Larry HUMPHREY of Sault Ste. Marie, Judy and the late Andy SOLTYS of London, Vicki and Jeremy BROWNE of Belmont and Robert Glenn WILLIAMS of London. Proud grandmother of Jason and Janaine RAKE, Aaron RAKE and Krista ARIESEN, Mandy and Jeff HARLOFF, Teresa and Sheila HUMPHREY, Lee SOLTYS and Matthew BROWNE and great-grandmother of Kierra, Kailyn, Ashton Glenn, Jodi and Lauren. Dear sister of Bette HIUSSER of Seaforth. Loved by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, 2240 Wharncliffe Rd., S., Lambeth 519-652-2020 on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 from 6-7 p.m. where the Celebration of Audrey's Life will follow at 7: 00 p.m. Cremation with interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations to the London Health Sciences Centre gratefully acknowledged.

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SOLTYS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-12 published
SOLTYS, Taras Paul
Entrepreneur, father, son, brother, Orange Revolutionary. Born December 24, 1955, in Toronto. Died October 18, 2007, in Toronto of cancer, aged 51
By Alexandra CHYCZIJ, Page L8
In the 1970s, Taras knocked on our door and asked for my sister Irene. Sensing a serious suitor, I proceeded to cross-examine him, perhaps a little too aggressively for a first encounter.
He was born and raised in Toronto, the son of Stephanie and Michael SOLTYS and older brother of Dianne WITIUK.
Taras survived my questioning, and soon he joined our weekly ski excursions in Collingwood, Ontario On the ski slopes, Taras initially made up in speed what he lacked in style. He developed a passion for skiing that he shared with his children, Chrystyna and Paul, who even persuaded him to try snowboarding.
When it came to children, Taras was a natural. He handled small babies with the same ease with which he held a football.
Taras combined his love of kids with his constant quest for new adventures by organizing a road trip across Ukraine with his children and two of their cousins. Taras, with four teenagers in tow, contended with everything from bears to kropyvo, a particularly nasty stinging nettle.
Ukraine's independence made Taras a pioneer in early joint ventures, equipped as he was with Canadian know-how and familiarity with the Ukrainian language and culture.
He is remembered by his associates at Consumers-Sklo-Zorya, his first venture in Ukraine, not only for the work ethic he instilled in them but for introducing them to the concept of charitable giving. The Charity Cash Cow Club he founded provided many low-income families with a cow, which offered sustenance during the transition from a Soviet economy.
Even though he often faced insurmountable odds, Taras never succumbed to the temptation of taking the easy road by smoothing the way with a little baksheesh. He was committed to the goal of ensuring that democratic principles and the rule of law become firmly entrenched in Ukraine.
Taras was an observer during the Orange Revolution, monitoring all three rounds of the 2004 presidential elections in the Crimea, an area he knew well from his most recent project in the oil business.
As he battled cancer, we shared the poignant memory of standing on Kiev's Independence Square singing Ukraine's national anthem along with hundreds of thousands of others.
Taras's hopes and expectations for reform following the Orange Revolution have yet to be fulfilled. But his greatest legacy is his children. Whenever we see in Chrystyna and Paul a familiar gentle smile or raised eyebrow, or hear a certain tone of voice or laugh, it will remind us of the person we loved and will always miss.
Alexandra CHYCZIJ is Taras's sister-in-law.

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SOLTYS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-10 published
KITAY, Fred
(Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #34, Orillia)
Passed away with his family by his side on Saturday, March 8, 2008. Beloved husband of the late Josephine (nee: SOLTYS.) Loving father of Ann (Chris), Ken (Danuta) and Amy. Wonderful Papa to Elizabeth, Jessica, Patrick, Christopher, Jordan and Daniel. Fred will also be missed by his sisters Mary, Lucille, Vera, Ruby, Kitty and Evelyn and by his special companion Rilla BEARD. Visitation will be held at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia, on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 from 12 noon until time of funeral service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Papa will be remembered for his love of animals, his time with us at the farm and most of all, his devotion to family. We were lucky to celebrate his 80th birthday this past summer.

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