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SOMARS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-18 published
VAN HERWYNEN, Henricus Maria " Harry"
Age 79, of London passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 14, 2008. He was born in Velddrel, The Netherlands on May 5, 1928 and was the son of the late Henricus and Allgonda (VANHEEL) VAN HERWYNEN. Harry had been employed with the University of Western Ontario for many years, prior to his retirement. He was an avid gardener and received immense satisfaction in growing vegetables and flowers in his garden. Beloved husband of Bernice Georgina (WELLS) VAN HERWYNEN. Also survived by a brother Tony (Coby) VAN HERWYNEN of Hampton, Ontario, two sisters and two brothers in Holland, brothers-in-law William SOMARS of Saint Marys, Elmer DENCH and Richard (June) WELLS all of Stratford and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Relatives and Friends may call at the Heinbuck Funeral Home, 156 Albert Street, Stratford on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 1 p.m. Father Dominic BORG of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in London will officiate. Interment will be in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford. A reception will follow the interment at the Heinbuck Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home at 1-519-271-5062.

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SOMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-03 published
FIRTH, Evelyn (née BAXTER)
In Garland, Texas with her family at her side, Evelyn Baxter FIRTH, age 82, passed away on March 21, 2008. She was the wife of Robert C. FIRTH, London, the daughter of James and Maude BAXTER of Sarnia, and sister of Millicent Baxter VAN SOMER, Dallas, Texas, who all preceeded her in death. She is survived in Texas by her children: Linda TURNER, Karen MABRY and her husband Steve, Robert J. FIRTH and his wife Ruth Ann and Susan FIRTH- PROSSER. She was the Nana of 11 and the G-Nana of 18. She is survived by a niece, Luann VANSOMER, Philadephia, Pennsylvania, cousin, Doreen JUNEK, Point Edward, brother-in-law and wife, David and Barbara FIRTH of London, sister-in-law and husband, Joy and Peter GILES, of Comox, British Columbia and several nieces and nephews, in Ireland. Home of her father, cousins Ann Marie O'KANE and James BAXTER of County Donegal survive her. A memorial service was held in Dallas, Texas.

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SOMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-18 published
HIMMEL, Helen Rose
Of the city of Toronto, passed away peacefully in her sleep after several years of poor health on January 17th, 2008. Helen was the daughter of the late Meyer and Anna HIMMEL. She was predeceased by her brother Albert HIMELL and sisters Edith SOMER and Frances HIMMEL. She is survived by her nephews Arnold SOMERS, Michael SOMER, Brian SOMER, Myron HIMELL, and Sheldon HIMELL. Born September 28th 1914 in Toronto, Helen spent her youth in Orangeville Ontario, graduating from Orangeville High School. She subsequently received her R.N. in Hammond, Indiana and worked as a nurse in New York, Miami, and Toronto. Helen served as a Registered Nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital for many years as a private duty nurse and was much appreciated by her patients for her devoted and capable care. A graveside service will be held on Friday January 18th at 12: 00 p.m. in the Beth Jacob Cemetery in Kitchener. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was loved and cherished by her nephews.

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SOMEREN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-12 published
HARPER, John M. " Jack," Q.C., B.A., LL.B.
After a long and full life, Jack died on Thursday, July 10, 2008, at Saint Mary's General Hospital. He celebrated his 91st birthday on June 26th. Jack is survived by his beloved wife Mary (JAMIESON,) to whom he was married to for 65 years. He will be lovingly remembered with pride by his children, Jim and his wife Pauline HARPER of Waterloo, Susan and her husband John PALMER of Kitchener and George and his wife Doris HARPER of Waterloo. Jack was a great role model to his grandchildren and will be fondly remembered by them John HARPER and his wife Megan, Cynthia and her husband Derick ROSE, Stephen PALMER, Jill WROBEL, Tania and her husband Alan WILLEMSEN and Tiffany and her husband Ron VAN SOMEREN and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Rev. Betty PUGH and her husband Rev. Bill PUGH of Waterloo. He was predeceased by his parents Grace (MICKLE) and George H. HARPER and sister Helen DURNAN. Jack served his country with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada in Canada, The Caribbean, England, France and Holland. He was appointed Honourary Colonel, Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada in 1990. He began his career as a lawyer 1948 when he joined Walter McGibbon to establish the firm of McGibbon and HARPER. Through numerous mergers in his law career, Jack eventually retired from Gowlings as General Counsel December 31, 2007. He was the former President and Director of the Waterloo Insurance Company, former Vice-Chair and Director of The Economical Mutual Insurance Company and a former Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of The Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada. He was Past President of the Waterloo Lions Club, K-W Counselling Services, Westmount Golf and Country Club (Honourary Member), Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area and The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. He was a former Chair and member of First United Church, a former member of the Board of Governors of Wilfred Laurier University, was selected as one of the early recipients of the K-W Citizen of the Year Award, named a Paul Harris Fellow and most recently the City of Waterloo named a new library in his honour, the John M. Harper Public Library. Friends are invited to share their memories of Jack with his family at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo on Sunday, July 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday, July 14 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate his long and full life will be held at First United Church, King and William Streets in Waterloo on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Rick HAWLEY officiating. Interment will follow in Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo, followed by a reception. Condolences for the family or donations to First United Church, Saint Mary's General Hospital Foundation or Grand River Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and may be arranged through the funeral home, www.erbgood.com or 519.745.8445. In living memory of Jack, a donation to the Trees for Learning Program will be made by the funeral home.

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SOMERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-04-21 published
LAWSON, Norman
Died Saturday, April 19, 2008 in Toronto of respiratory failure. The fourth of five children born April 24, 1913 to John and Mary Jane LAWSON. A beloved husband and father, farmer, a small business owner, a loyal Heinz employee and a snowbird for 19 years with his beloved late wife, Faith. Norman leaves behind him to mourn his children Russell LAWSON and Ruth LAWSON (Paul,) his grandchildren James LAWSON (Jolene) and Jacquie COUSINEAU (Dave,) his great-grand_son Kaiden, his sister Jean McFADDEN, his sister-in-law Marjory SOMERS and his nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his daughter-in-law Mary-Ann LAWSON, brothers Perry LAWSON (Doreen), Russell LAWSON (Jean,) Olga DOLAN (Clive) and his brother-in-law Elgin McFADDEN. Norman lived life to the fullest, working hard in his younger and middle years, golfing, gardening and travelling in his later years. Though he was a quiet man, he played a prominent role in his church and in his family. His final 3 years were spent in a nursing home in Toronto where his patience and good humour never failed him. He enjoyed excursions through the park, identifying the trees, playing crokinole, visiting with his family and amusing the nurses with stories of the past and his beloved farm near Markdale. Friends may call at the May Funeral Home, 63 Main St. E., Markdale, on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., where a funeral service will be held Thursday April 24th at 1: 30 p.m. Interment in Markdale Cemetery. If desired, donations to the charity of your choice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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SOMERS o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2008-06-20 published
SOMERS, Paul Patrick Dominic
In memory of Paul Patrick Dominic SOMERS
One year later,
Everyday memories of you come our way.
Sadly missed by Cathy, family and Friends
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SOMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-18 published
HIMMEL, Helen Rose
Of the city of Toronto, passed away peacefully in her sleep after several years of poor health on January 17th, 2008. Helen was the daughter of the late Meyer and Anna HIMMEL. She was predeceased by her brother Albert HIMELL and sisters Edith SOMER and Frances HIMMEL. She is survived by her nephews Arnold SOMERS, Michael SOMER, Brian SOMER, Myron HIMELL, and Sheldon HIMELL. Born September 28th 1914 in Toronto, Helen spent her youth in Orangeville Ontario, graduating from Orangeville High School. She subsequently received her R.N. in Hammond, Indiana and worked as a nurse in New York, Miami, and Toronto. Helen served as a Registered Nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital for many years as a private duty nurse and was much appreciated by her patients for her devoted and capable care. A graveside service will be held on Friday January 18th at 12: 00 p.m. in the Beth Jacob Cemetery in Kitchener. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was loved and cherished by her nephews.

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SOMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-28 published
WILKINS- MINTON, Barbara Anne (née WRIGHT)
Peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 26th, 2008 at the age of 76. Predeceased by her parents Louise SOMERS and George WRIGHT. She will be deeply missed by her loving husband Bill, her devoted children Wendy (Rick), Scott (Cathy), Veronica (Brad), Hilary (Katherine deceased), Jennifer (Hiram) and Stephen (Carolyn), her loving step-children Donald, Jane (Derek), Brian (Katherine) and Tim (Rebecca) and her step-brothers Geoff (Jamie) and Bill (Sally). Her 14 grandchildren will miss their Baw Baw terribly. She was predeceased by her second husband Donald WILKINS and her step-son John. Barb lived her life to care for others, her family, her Friends and her volunteer organizations. She spent countless hours volunteering in the art world including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Friends of Museums and the McLaren Art Centre. Tennis was another passion and she will be missed by her 'tennis buddies' in Toronto, Barrie and Florida. Special thanks go to her dedicated caregivers Herma, Ruth and Rowena who cared for both Mom and Bill over the past several months. A celebration of her life will be held at the Badminton and Racquet Club, 25 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, on Saturday, May 3rd at 4: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Art Gallery of Ontario would be appreciated.

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SOMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-30 published
SOMERS, Lavena (formerly SUMMERS, née ROWE)
On Monday, April 28, 2008 at Forest Hill Nursing Home at the age of 84. Beloved wife of the late Maurice SOMERS (1996) and the late Leslie SUMMERS (1976.) Loving mother of Terry (Sylvia) and Elaine (Pierre) VILLENEUVE. Amazing Granny to Simon, Cara, Kate and Nicolas. Lavena's wonderfully caring nature and smile will be fondly remembered by her many many nieces, nephews, family and Friends. Special thanks to the entire staff at Forest Hill and the Stittsville Villa. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 580 Eagleson Road, Kanata Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Friday to Holy Spirit Catholic Church Shea Road, Stittsville, for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Capital Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice appreciated. Mom, we'll miss you by the seashore in Florida. Kelly Funeral Home 613-591-6580

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SOMERSET o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-18 published
BASSOO, Gabriel Christopher
At Saint_Joseph's hospital, London, on Monday April 14th, 2008 Gabriel Christopher BASSOO entered this world at 8: 36 a.m. and quietly left at 10: 24 a.m. In the loving arms of his parents Christopher + Abiola BASSOO. Precious grand_son of Errol + Cheryl BASSOO of London and Margaret WATKINS of Guyana and the Late Rudolph "viking" WATKINS of Jamaica. Great-grand_son of Alice BASSOO of Guyana and Richard MANGAR of Guyana. Remembered and loved by your sister Alexandra BASSOO. Nephew of Shawn BASSOO, Andrew BASSOO, Sean PERIERA, Malcolm WATKINS, Fidel WATKINS, Linden WATKINS, Samora WATKINS, Melissa PERIERA, Santaskee JARNARINE- WATKINS, Shanta. A memorial celebration will be held at the Needham Funeral Home, 520 Dundas St. London, Ontario, Friday. April 18th at 7 p.m. Many thanks to all the support and well wishes from our Friends and family in Canada, U.S.A., Guyana, and around the globe. and a special thanks to our doctor and special staff people who cared for us: Barb DEVMJER, Paul HENNING, Doctor SOMERSET (doctors) and Sheila RIDEOUT, Michele HARDING, Doris SMITH (Nurses). Footprints How very softly you tiptoed into my world. Almost silently, only for a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon my heart.

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SOMERSET o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-19 published
SLATER, Anne Marie Madeleine (née DUBOIS)
(June 3, 1912-January 13, 2008)
At the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Predeceased by her husband Art, brother Eddie, sisters Marguerite, Jacqueline, Betty and nephew Eric. Anne Marie will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her children Peggy, Dick, and Kitty (Stan McROBERTS,) granddaughters Christy and Emilie McROBERTS. A dear aunt to Phyl SOMERSET, Barb LEBEAU, Judi JEWINSKI and Ted MITCHELL. Great-aunt to Elizabeth and Jenny SOMERSET, Nicole HUNT, Danielle JEWINSKI, Jeff and Philip MITCHELL. Fondly remembered by cousins Gérard DUBOIS (Pat) of Washington and Jacques DUBOIS (Andrée) of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and their children. At Anne Marie's request there will be a private family service. Donations in her memory to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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SOMERTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-08 published
O'SHAUGHNESSY, Frank
In his 89th year passed away suddenly on July 7, 2008. A very kind, loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his late wife Gladys (2002); daughter Fay and son-in-law Bill KYDD; their daughters Charlene (Kim PICKERING) and Melissa (John SOMERTON;) and great-grandchildren Angelina and Shawna PICKERING, William and Cole SOMERTON. He was very caring, had an amazing sense of humour and was a good friend to many. Frank joined the HMS Ganges at the age of 15. During World War 2 he transferred to the Fleet Air Arm and served in this branch of the navy until 1945 as a Chief Petty Officer. He and his family came to Canada in 1951 where he enjoyed a great life with his family. Frank was a long standing member of the Ailsa Craig Legion. Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Frank are asked to consider the Ailsa Craig Legion or the London Humane Society. Online condolences may be sent to condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-08 published
SMITH, Grace Elizabeth (née SOMERVILLE)
On Sunday April 6, 2008, at Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall in her 97th year. Grace SMITH formerly of Seaforth and McKillop Twp., Beloved wife of the late Gilbert SMITH (1990.) Dear mother of Eileen and Gord ROSS of Exeter, and Lorraine and William STEPHENSON of Etobicoke. Loved grandmother to 6 grand and 10 great-grandchildren, survived by one sister Anna McNICHOL of Seaforth. Predeceased by two sisters Dorothy DRISCOLL (Ross) and Helen KIRKBY (Lou) and two brothers Archie (Cora) and Walter SOMERVILLE (Margaret,) brother-in-law Ralph McNICHOL and brother and sisters-in-law Adin and Leila FORBES, Andrew and Luella COUTTS, Adrian and Irene HOGG, and Clifford SMITH, and her parents William and Dora (SCOTT) SOMERVILLE. Friends will be received at the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich St. W., Seaforth, on Tuesday April 8th 2008 froom 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home on Wednesday April 9, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Maitlandbank Cemetery, Seaforth. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the, Cavan United Church, Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation or the Charity of your Choice. Condolences at www.whitneyribeyfuneralhome.com

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-03 published
McDIARMID, Annie Kathleen "Kai" (née SOMERVILLE)
A resident of Ridgetown and formerly of Blenheim A. Kathleen (Kai) McDIARMID passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham Campus on Sunday, June 1, 2008 at the age of 91 years. Born in Howard Township daughter of the late John B. and Elizabeth (GALBRAITH) SOMERVILLE. Beloved wife of the late Archibald G. McDIARMID (1997.) Dear mother of Janet McDIARMID of Blenheim and Debra McDIARMID of Calgary. Grandmother of Jason and Richard HARRIS both of Blenheim. Great-grandmother of Alexander HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON- HARRIS, Pagan HARRIS, and Aidan HARRIS. Sister of Marion CARRUTHERS of Strathroy and the late Jean PARSONS, Ruth SHERMAN, and Donald SOMERVILLE. The family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home "Ford Chapel" on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 from 2: 00-4:30 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Bruce COOK of Blenheim United Church officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-22 published
SOMERVILLE, James Albert

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-05 published
FRASER, Gordon William, B.Sc.-Eng. Queen's '36
Peacefully in Oakville on Friday April 4, 2008 in his 96th year. Gordon (aka 'Doc') was born in Sarnia December 27, 1912. Retired General Manager after 42 years service with Canadian General Electric Lamp Division. Founding member of The Oakville Curling Club. Long-time member of the Oakville Probus Club. Past Oakville Rotarian. Beloved husband for 65 years of devoted and care-giving wife Lorraine (née STEVENS.) Loving father of Linda (& Ian SOMERVILLE,) Steven (& Karen), John (& Barb). Proud 'Bomps' to Dana (& Tony), Kara (& Scott), Julie, Matt, Josh (& Alexis), Susan (& Derek), and Alison. Great-grandpa to Maclain and Rocky. Predeceased by siblings Thelma, Verna, Leila, Helen, Ken and Irwin. Friends will be received at Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. W. (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600), Oakville on Friday April 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial Service will be at Saint_Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville on Saturday April 12, 2008 at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian National Institute for the Blind or Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital would be appreciated. Email condolences may be made through www.koprivataylor.com

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-09 published
FRASER, Gordon William, B.Sc.Eng. Queen's '36
Peacefully in Oakville on Friday April 4, 2008 in his 96th year. Gordon (aka 'Doc') was born in Sarnia December 27, 1912. Retired General Manager after 42 years service with Canadian General Electric Lamp Division. Founding member of The Oakville Curling Club. Long-time member of the Oakville Probus Club. Past Oakville Rotarian. Beloved husband for 65 years of devoted and care-giving wife Lorraine (née STEVENS.) Loving father of Linda (& Ian SOMERVILLE,) Steven (& Karen), John (& Barb). Proud 'Bomps' to Dana (& Tony), Kara (& Scott), Julie, Matt, Josh (& Alexis), Susan (& Derek), and Alison. Great-grandpa to Maclain and Rocky. Predeceased by siblings Thelma, Verna, Leila, Helen, Ken and Irwin. Friends will be received at Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. W. (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600), Oakville on Friday April 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial Service will be at Saint_Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville on Saturday April 12, 2008 at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian National Institute for the Blind or Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital would be appreciated. Email condolences may be made through www.koprivataylor.com

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SOMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-19 published
GARRETT, Lorna Balgarnie (née SOMERVILLE)
On April 16, 2008 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia after a long illness borne with grace and courage. Beloved wife of the late Doctor John M. GARRETT. Cherished mother of Janet (Brian) and Catherine (Aras.) Predeceased by her parents, Robert W. SOMERVILLE of Toronto and Della and William EUSTES of Niagara-on-the-Lake and her sister Gwyneth CULBERT of Toronto. Survived by her dear grandchildren Caitlin, Jamie, Vanda, Amanda, Adam and Adrian and her sister-in-law Betty GARRETT (late Doctor James K. GARRETT) and her nieces Barbara, Tish and Julie. Lorna will be missed by her devoted companion Robert McGregor WHITE/WHYTE. Arrangements entrusted to The McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, (519-344-3131). Lorna has asked and her family honours her wishes that no funeral service will be held. Cremation and a private family ceremony have taken place. The family would like to thank Doctor Rex GARRETT, Kay MOTT, Roberta HURAK and the remarkable nurses and staff at Bluewater Health, Norman Street, Continuing Care for their kindness and care. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com A tree will be planted in memory of Lorna GARRETT in the McKenzie and Blundy Memorial Forest. Dedication ser vice Sunday, September 21st, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area.

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SOMLAI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-28 published
Maggy REEVES, 85: Couturier
Austrian-born designer clothed Canada's rich and famous
By Iris NOWELL, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S12
Toronto -- As a child, fashion designer Maggy REEVES became acquainted with immense wealth and one of its conspicuous spinoffs - beautifully dressed women. It changed her life so that years later she would attain the pinnacle of fashion excellence in Canada.
Born into uncertain times in Austria in 1924, she was christened Margarethe WEISZ. As a nine-year-old growing up in Austria she sensed only faint stirrings of the unrest around her. In 1937, she gained an abrupt understanding when her Jewish father, Robert WEISZ, fled the Nazis and escaped abroad, leaving behind his Catholic wife and daughters Margarethe and Trude.
During the Second World War, the threesome moved to the countryside where they were spared the worst of the conflict. In 1947, Margarethe married Willibald NAGENZAUM, a bookkeeper she had known from her school days. The marriage lasted only two years and she, with son Frederick, left Vienna to join her father in the Dominican Republic. There, she discovered he had bigamously married a niece of Rafael TRUJILLO, the country's infamous dictator. Margarethe and her son moved in with her father and his wife and, in doing so, rubbed shoulders with the elite of society. The women, she discovered, were stunningly dressed.
"I was so jealous," she said years later. "I showed off by making the wildest clothes." This achieved the desired effect: "People looked at me."
By 1949, however, she had grown unhappy living with her father's new wife and ran off and married James COURTNEY, a well-to-do Texan. This proved to be a mistake. After two tumultuous years in Dallas, they divorced and she moved to New York where she became an apprentice pattern maker.
In 1953, she moved to Montreal where she broadened her experience as a junior designer. Two years later, she settled in Toronto. There she got a foothold in couture by custom designing high-fashion clothes. By then known as Maggy, she set up a business in her home on Bayview Avenue in Toronto's Moore Park neighbourhood and hired three women as seamstresses. In her window she hung a sign: "L'elegance - Paris, Toronto, Haute Couture."
"Maggy organized little fashion shows in the living room," said her friend Edith BILEK, a fellow Austrian who served clients tea and sandwiches. "That's how Maggy began."
The business developed quickly but lacked capital to expand. A client named Reva JOSEPH, whose husband was a prosperous car dealer, offered the necessary backing. The new business was named Maggy Reeves, which is derived from their first names - Maggy and Reva. In 1957, the Maggy Reeves salon opened on Cumberland Street in Toronto. Over time, Maggy adopted it as her own name.
The business flourished and in 1962 she married Otto SOMLAI, a Hungarian who had fled the 1956 revolution. At first, he worked in a furniture factory but later quit to work alongside his wife.
By that time her salon enjoyed a staff of European-trained women who painstakingly produced the handwork that was the Maggy Reeves imprimatur -- beading, quilting, hand painting and embroidery. Working with fine silk chiffon, for example, a design might comprise six or eight hem lengths, each hand-rolled and stitched so fine the stitches were scarcely visible. Such filmy chiffon and tiny stitches allowed a dress to "float" as the wearer walked. It was a distinct mark of couture.
Ms. REEVES's workers spent hundreds of hours on handwork she could never afford to charge. Prices of her ball gowns averaged $2,000 to $3,000, which in Paris or New York would be 10 times higher. Her costliest design was $10,000.
Interestingly, the customer was not always right. If Ms. REEVES felt an outfit would not be flattering, she refused to make it and instead devised a glamorous alternative. She steered women away from tight-fitting clothes they thought were sexy. "If you wear something too tight that shows your bumps," she once told a reporter, "you will look like a snake that has swallowed eggs."
In October of 1964, an afternoon tea and fashion show at the Park Plaza Hotel put her salon on the map. Organized by her friend and public-relations whiz, the late Catherine SMYTH, the event was intended to expose Toronto women to haute couture suits, coats and ball gowns that were the equal of Paris, Rome and New York.
"Everybody went ga-ga," recalls Anne CASEY, a client who modelled in the show. "People wanted to buy the clothes right off your back."
Clientele grew quickly and Ms. REEVES often had difficulty obtaining high-quality fabrics in Canada. Twice a year, she travelled to textile mills in France, Italy and Austria in search of the best materials. Frequently, she went to New York for the luxurious ribbons, piping, vintage beads and Swarovski crystal buttons that gave her designs their characteristic touch.
In 1977, a star-studded charity fashion show in Los Angeles earned recognition in the U.S. The show, in support of the Loretta Young Auxiliary of Saint Anne's Maternity Hospital and Home for Unwed Mothers, was organized by Toronto broadcast journalist Edie FRANKEL. The clothes were modelled by the wives of actors and the event attracted celebrities and young starlets.
However, it also produced a big problem.
"Maggy took one look at the models and said, 'I told you, no breasts!' Ms. FRANKEL recalled. All along, Ms. REEVES had been concerned that naturally busty women and breast-implanted women would not fit her fashions. Fortunately, she had brought along a sewing machine, and her assistant Franca RANIERE immediately made alterations.
Ms. REEVES continued as a leader in Canadian haut couture for some years after that but demand diminished in the 1990s as fashion changed to ultra casual wear. Nonetheless, with one part-time worker she continued to make couture in her Toronto apartment for a few loyal clients.
Maggy REEVES was born Margarethe Katharina WEISZ in Vienna, Austria, on October 11, 1924. She died April 9, 2008, in Toronto of heart failure. She was 85. She is survived by her sister, Trude, and her son Fred Courtney. She was predeceased by her husband, Otto, in 1991.

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SOMMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-09 published
KENNEDY, Joseph Herbert
Peacefully at Georgetown Hospital on May 5th in his 99th year. He is survived by his loving wife Peggy Sheila KENNEDY (née REEVE) with whom he was married for 72 wonderful years, his son Brian KENNEDY and wife Lynn, his daughter Janet MAVOR and husband Leslie, his grandchildren Beth McLAY (Rusty,) Doug KENNEDY (Sonja,) Sarah FRASER (James), Christie FERGUSON (Steve), and Robert THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, as well as his great-grandchildren Katie, Joey, Livia, Liam, Ben, Abby, Cayden and Kailey. Joseph and his predeceased sisters Mildred and Gladys were born and raised in Wheatley, Ontario. Following several teaching positions, his graduation from the University of Western Ontario, a period as a school principal and many enjoyable years as a school inspector in the northern Ontario communities of Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Huntsville, he joined the Department of Education at Queen's Park. This was followed by another promotion to Regional Superintendent centred in North Bay where his responsibilities included all school systems from kindergarten to grade 13 in the North Eastern area of the Province. He was honoured to have a new school in Matheson named after him. He was also pleased to contribute in its formative years to Nipissing University in North Bay where he served on its first Board of Governors. In retirement years (38 of them) Joe and Peggy spent some of their best times at their cottage on Eagle Lake in the Sundridge and South River areas of Parry Sound District. He will be remembered for many things…his integrity, reliability, honesty, sense of humour, love of his family and more than anything else… he was a gentleman. The family would like to thank Christoff and Ursula SOMMER the owners of their excellent Mountainview Retirement Home in Georgetown and their fine staff members. The family also would like to acknowledge the compassion and care of Doctor J.P. VAN BENDEGEM, nurse Lynn HARMER of Mountainview, the care givers in the palliative care unit at Georgetown Hospital as well as the nursing staff members of Compassionate Care. A memorial service will be conducted at the Jones Funeral Home at 11582 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown, Ontario 905-877-3631 on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. A reception will follow. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Georgetown Hospital, the Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. To send expressions of sympathy visit www.jsjonesandsonfuneralhome.com

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SOMMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-31 published
HOFFMAN, Lawrence Mark
Larry died on January 28, 2008, after a valiant, nearly three-year struggle with cancer. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he was the beloved partner of Evelyn SOMMERS, cherished father of Toni, dear friend to Adam REVESZ and Lauren SHUSTER. Predeceased by his parents Sam and Mildred HOFFMAN and brother Michael. A graduate of Brooklyn College and the University of Toronto, his early training in left-leaning politics took place at the knee of his maternal grandmother who marched as a suffragette in New York City. Reading was the passion he turned into a career that included a vice presidency at Coles Books and the creation of his literary agency, Authors' Marketing Services. Full of energy and always outspoken, he loved travel, movies, bicycling, baseball, music and dancing. He will be remembered for his witty and incisive comments, keen intelligence and his direct, outgoing nature. Friends are invited to an informal gathering in memory of Larry at The Village Playhouse, 2190 E Bloor St. W., Toronto, on Saturday, February 2nd from 1-4 p.m. Donations in Larry's memory can be made to the Healing Journey at Princess Margaret Hospital, www.healingjourney.ca

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SOMMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-13 published
TILBROOK, Frank
(Retired Civil Engineer, Ontario Hydro)
Peacefully after a short illness March 12, 2008, at his home in Donway Place. Predeceased by his wife Margaret and son Stephen. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Anne MOON and son David, daughters-in-law Louise SOMMERS and Lillian TILBROOK. Will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Lisa DUNN, Joe, Anita (Owen,) Shana, Devon, Bill (Bedford,) Colin and Michael TILBROOK and his 2 great-grandchildren Aubrey and Aiden. A service will be held at York Visitation Chapel and Reception Centre, 160 Beecroft Road (1 block west of Yonge Street, north of Sheppard Ave.), Toronto, 416-221-3404 on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 7: 00 p.m. The family will be receiving visitors at 247 Brunswick Avenue, on Friday, March 14th, from 2-9 p.m., Sunday March 16th and Monday, March 17th from 7-9 p.m.

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SOMMERVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-05 published
ARGYLE, Charles Stuart " Charlie"
(Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons - University Lodge No. 496 U of T, 4T9 Engineering; P. Eng.; long time member of the Church of the Annunciation; Chief Engineer at Long Manufacturing; sailor and seasonal resident at Cawaja Beach in the cottage that he built.)
Peacefully, with his loving family and caregivers at his side, on Wednesday April 2nd, 2008 at Carefree Lodge, Toronto in his 81st year. Charlie, beloved husband of Thelma for 57 years; loving father of Ken and wife Dorothy, grand_son Alex; Nancy and husband Gord SOMMERVILLE, grandchildren Paige and Spencer; and, Cathy and husband Richard HINTON, grandchildren Brittany and Zackary. He will also be missed by Marj and Max. Friends may call Friday, April 11 from 6-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles, 416-221-1159). A memorial service will be held at The Church of the Incarnation (15 Clairtrell Road, one block west of Bayview Ave. off Sheppard Ave. E.) on Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Condolences and remembrances please, www.rskane.ca R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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