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McNEA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-28 published
BARFETT, Angelina " Ann"
Of Elgin Manor passed away at her late residence, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Stanley BARFETT (2002) and dearly loved mother of Larry HACKMAN and his wife Elizabeth Carere of London, Pam HARVEY (late David,) Michael HACKMAN and his wife Deborah JAJUSKI of Saint Thomas and the late Paul HACKMAN. Dear sister of Domenic ALVARO of London, Sam and his wife Marie of Saint Thomas, Jimmy and his wife Piovena of Toronto, Carm McNEA of Saint Thomas, Rose BRADEN of Hamilton, Polly FRANK of Saint Thomas, Pat and her husband Jack DECANDIDO of London and Bill ALVARO of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by 3 sisters Mary DOLPHIN, Catherine "Grace" SPRUCE and Margarite ALVARO and by 2 brothers Frank and Joe ALVARO. Sadly missed by thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Ann was born in Saint Thomas on March 25th, 1922. She worked at Hartz Mountain. Ann was a member of Holy Angels' Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Saturday morning and then to Holy Angels' Church where Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Angels' Cemetery. Visitation Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Friday at 4: 00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Elgin.

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McNEA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-01 published
BARFETT, Angelina " Ann"
Of Elgin Manor passed away at her late residence on Tuesday February 26th, 2008, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Stanley BARFETT (2002) and dearly loved mother of Larry HACKMAN and his wife Elizabeth CARERE of London, Pam HARVEY (late David,) Michael HACKMAN and his wife Deborah JAJUSKI of Saint Thomas and the late Paul HACKMAN. Dear sister of Domenic ALVARO of London, Sam and his wife Marie of Saint Thomas, Jimmy and his wife Piovena of Toronto, Carm McNEA of Saint Thomas, Rose BRADEN of Hamilton, Polly FRANK of Saint Thomas, Pat and her husband Jack DECANDIDO of London and Bill ALVARO of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by 3 sisters Mary DOLPHIN, Catherine "Grace" SPRUCE and Margarite ALVARO and by 2 brothers Frank and Joe ALVARO. Sadly missed by thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Ann was born in Saint Thomas on March 25th, 1922. She worked at Hartz Mountain. Ann was a member of Holy Angels' Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Saturday morning and then to Holy Angels' Church where Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Angels' Cemetery. Visitation Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Friday at 4: 00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Elgin.

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McNEA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-10 published
ALVARO, Donald
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, Donald ALVARO in his 94th year. Dear husband of the late Dena (VALENTI) ALVARO. Loving father of Diane CAMERON and Don Jr. and his wife Sue. Proud grandfather of Frank CAMERON and Jackie BOWES, Amanda ALVARO and Tony LACAVERA, B.J. ALVARO and Lindsay ALVARO. Dear brother of Sam (Marie,) Jimmy (Piovena), Carm McNEA, Rose BRADEN, Polly FRANK, Pat (Jack) DECANDIDO and Bill and brother-in-law of Emma Schults. Predeceased by his four sisters Mary Dolphin, Catherine 'Grace' SPRUCE, Margarite ALVARO and Angelina 'Ann' BARFETT. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint_Justin's Church, 855 Jalna Blvd. on Friday morning at 11: 30 o'clock. Entombment in Holy Family Mausoleum, Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Thursday evening at 8: 30 o'clock. In lieu of flowers donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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McNEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-16 published
McNEE, Donald
Peacefully on February 14th at Kensington Village, with his family by his side, Donald McNEE passed away in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Dolores (née BENFORD) of 54 years. Cherished father of Sherry (Tim) GATTEN, Michael McNEE, Lori McNEE and Joel (Heather) McNEE. Dear Grandpa of Jeremy, Emily, Alana, Hannah, Jazzmyn, Crystal, Candace, Joshua, Kyle, Grace, Rose and great-grand_son Emile. Loved brother of Beverley (Mick) MORRISON and Linda RIDDELL. Family and Friends will be received at Memorial Funeral Home, 1559 Fanshawe Park Rd. E. on Sunday February 17, 2008 from 1-4 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Reverend Christopher GATTEN officiating. Interment to take place at a later date. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, Compassion Canada or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

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McNEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-07 published
FINNIGAN, Annie Sarah (BARR)
At Stratford General Hospital on Saturday, April 5, 2008, Annie Sarah (BARR) FINNIGAN of Stratford and formerly of Goderich in her 95th year. Annie was a longtime Principal and Educator in Huron County. Beloved wife of the late Kitchener FINNIGAN. Dear mother of Sandra (Allan) McNEE of London and George (Marilyn) FINNIGAN of Stratford. Loving grandmother of Edward McNEE, Paul (Jen) McNEE, Alanna (Greg BURRELL) McNEE, Colleen (Ian) CLARK, Patrick (Jen) FINNIGAN, Devin FINNIGAN and great-grandmother of Paula, Gabriel and Thayla McNEE, Reese and Jack FINNIGAN and Reid CLARK. Family and Friends will be received at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd., at East Street, Goderich on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Service on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment Dungannon Cemetery. Donations to the Goderich Library, 52 Montreal Street, Goderich, N7A 2G4, gratefully acknowledged. Friends may sign the book of condolences at www.mccallumpalla.ca

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McNEELY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-19 published
HUDSON, Shirley Margaret (née TURNER)
Peacefully, at Kensington Village Nursing Home on Monday, February 18, 2008, Shirley Margaret (née TURNER) HUDSON of London, formerly of Thorndale. Beloved wife for 37 years of the late Herbert Kenneth HUDSON (1976) and of the late Clinton E. HUDSON (2000.) Loved by her children Margaret and Jim SMITH, London; Rhonda and Wallace McLAY, London; John and Eleanor HUDSON, Thorndale; and Donald HUDSON and Kay AHN, Pickering. She adored her 11 grandchildren Bruce SMITH and Heather McNEELY, Greg and Cathy SMITH, Krista and Glenn GREENFIELD, John and Melinda McLAY, Andrea and Chad MORE, Jennifer and Eric KUBELKA, Steven HUDSON and Jennifer DAYMENT, Mary HUDSON and Mark ADELSON, Sarah and Adam AFFLECK, Adam HUDSON, Ryan and Melissa HUDSON and her 13 great-grandchildren Megan and Kaitlin SMITH, Andrew, Kinsey and Christopher GREENFIELD, Hope, Grace and John McLAY, Kate and April MORE, Josie and Claire KUBELKA and Braydon AFFLECK. She is survived by a daughter-in-law Nancy HUDSON, a sister Joyce ARMITAGE, a sister-in-law Evelyn TURNER and Clint's family Gary and Marsha HUDSON and Sharon and Bob THIBAULT. She leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. Shirley was predeceased by her parents Wilbert and Frances TURNER and by siblings Olive ROBERTS, Bruce TURNER, Edna Shoebottom, Grant TURNER, Maxine Parkinson, Una McLeod and sister-in-law Mabelle Risdon. Shirley was born on October 13, 1918 in London Township. In 1939 she married and moved to the first concession of West Nissouri where she lived until her final home at Kensington Village, London. Herbert and Shirley were active in the community and church. Shirley loved to cook, garden, sew, do crafts but her passion was her quilts and art projects. She also enjoyed the outdoors. The family appreciates the care given to Shirley during her stay at Kensington. She will be missed. Friends will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo and Colborne St.), on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted at Siloam United Church, 1240 Fanshawe Park Rd. E., on Thursday, February 21, 2008, at 12: 30 p.m. with Rev. Sheila MacGREGOR officiating. Private family interment in Saint_John's Cemetery, Arva. Donations to the Alzheimer Society, 555 Southdale Rd. E, Suite 100, London, Ontario, N6E 1A2 or Memorial Fund at Siloam United Church would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mrs. Shirley Margaret HUDSON.

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McNEELY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-01-28 published
SCHARFFE, Joan Elizabeth
On Saturday, January 26, 2008 at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, in her 71st year. Beloved daughter to the late John and Edna. Loving sister to Margaret BATTLE of Perth. Cherished aunt to Carrie, Mark and his wife Patty, and Jason and his wife Chloe of England and great-aunt to Evan, Jennifer, Dylan, and Scarlett. Joan will be sadly missed by her special aunt Mary McNEELY of Renfrew and her many other close Friends and family. Family and Friends will be received at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. E. (east of Kennedy Rd.), on Wednesday at 10 a.m. until the Funeral Service in the Ogden Chapel at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. Interment Highland Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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McNEIL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-09 published
HART, Leslie Alton
Peacefully at his home in Owen Sound on Wednesday May 7, 2008. In his 83rd year, Leslie Alton HART, loving husband and friend of Velma HART (née ROBBINS.) Loved father of John HART and Belle and her husband Clyne HOGGARD. Loving grandfather of Lynne and her husband Joe MacNEIL, Tina and her husband Bill BOEVING, and Sueann and her husband Bob NEWBERRY. Great-grandfather of four. Alton was a World War 2 Veteran serving with the Queen's Own Rifles, was a Past County Master of the Grey West Loyal Orange Lodge and was a member of the Lady Cavell, L.O.B.A. No. 978., also a member of the Royal Black Preceptory #436, Tara. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Sunday May 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Ted CREEN officiating. Members of the Lady Cavell, L.O.B.A. No 978 are requested to attend a memorial service at the funeral home on Sunday May 11 at 4 p.m. Interment in Boyd Cemetery, Georgian Bluffs. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Trillium Home, L.O.B.A. Ontario West Inc. would be appreciated by the family.

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McNEIL o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-07-16 published
McNEIL--In loving memory of Mike McNeil who left us July 14, 2004.
Loving memories never dieAs years roll on and days pass by.In our hearts
a memory is keptOf the ones we love and will never forget.
Remembered by Craig, Kelly, Katrina, Jordan and Bradley.

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McNEIL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-20 published
SKILLEN, William " Bill"
Peacefully at Country Terrace Nursing Home, on Monday, February 18, 2008, William "Bill" SKILLEN, in his 79th year. Beloved husband of the late Irene (GIBSON) SKILLEN. Loving father of Patricia SKILLEN and Darrell BARBER of Ilderton, and John SKILLEN and Cathy KING of London. Also loved by his grandchildren and great-grandchild. Dear brother of Joyce McNEIL of London. Private family interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society. Westview Funeral Chapel (519-641-1793) entrusted with arrangements.

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McNEIL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-23 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Lois Evelyn (née McNEIL)
At Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Friday, February 22, 2008. Lois Evelyn (McNEIL) TAILOR/TAYLOR of Strathroy, born in Metcalfe Twp. on July 31st, 1924. Beloved wife of the late Clifford Daniel TAILOR/TAYLOR (1997.) Dear sister-in-law of Margaret (TAILOR/TAYLOR) and Bill JORDAN of Kerwood, Grace (TAILOR/TAYLOR) GLITHERO of Strathroy, Kathleen TAILOR/TAYLOR of Strathroy, Helen TAILOR/TAYLOR of Strathroy and Lillian McNEIL of Thamesford. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents John A. and Sarah Belle (GATES) McNEIL, sister Jessica (McNEIL) CRUICKSHANK, brothers Bruce and Hector McNEIL, brothers-in-law; Clayton, Grant and Donald TAILOR/TAYLOR, Ben GLITHERO, Raymond CRUICKSHANK, sister-in-law Florence McNEIL and loving nephews; John Ray CRUICKSHANK, Ian McNEIL, Barry McNEIL, Robert Angus McNEIL, Stewart McNEIL and Leonard McNEIL. Lois was a life member of the Napier Women's Institute and Honourary Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society. Resting at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Sunday, February 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a funeral service will be held on Monday, February 25 at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Charles SEED officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. A Women's Institute Memorial Service was held Sunday at 1: 45 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Strathroy or Napier) or your charity of choice would be appreciated. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Lois.

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McNEIL 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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McNEIL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-05 published
FITZGERALD, Dorothy
Peacefully at University Hospital on May 2, 2008, Dorothy FITZGERALD of London in her 80th year. Loving mother of Susan, Janette (Kevin DALY), Tom (Lynda STADNYK), Geoff, Evan and Ian (Jennifer BRIGGS) FITZGERALD. Proud grandmother of Mark, Catherine (Richard MOORE,) Thomas, Matthew (Mel OVERHOLT), Laurie, Emily, Jennifer and Kathleen and great-grandmother of Alexandra, Isabelle and Nolan. Dear sister of the late Colin McNEIL. Fondly remembered by Martha and Marilyn FITZGERALD, Anne and Bruce CAMPBELL, many nieces, nephews and Friends. A memorial gathering to celebrate Dorothy's life will be held at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Thursday, May 8, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. refreshments provided. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Dorothy are asked to consider the Salvation Army. Online condolences accepted at condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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McNEIL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-18 published
SANDBOE, Margaret Lucille (McMILLAN)
Peacefully, on June 16, 2008, surrounded by her family, Margaret Lucille SANDBOE (McMILLAN) passed away in her 85th year. Predeceased by her husband Alf (1996) and survived by her loving family, daughter Shirley EDWARDS; son Jerry and his wife Alana; grandchildren Lee Ann and Steve MASLEK, Katherine SKINNER and Steve McNEIL, Shane and Natalie EDWARDS and Lindsay SANDBOE; great-grandchildren Nathaniel, Micah MAXWELL and Erika. Sister of Shirley and Murray LAYMAN (Edmonton, Alberta). Predeceased by sister Dorothy CAMERON and son-in-law Brian EDWARDS (1994.) Margaret was employed for over 30 years at Kayser-Roth. Friends will be received at Memorial Funeral Home, 1559 Fanshawe Park Road East, Wednesday, June 18 from 7-9 p.m. A complete Funeral Service will be Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made to Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. On line condolences may be made at www.memorialfuneral.ca

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McNEIL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-29 published
VECCHIO, Carmela
At London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital on June 27, 2008, Carmela VECCHIO passed away after a valiant battle with cancer at the age of 48. Beloved wife of Michael. Cherished and devoted mother of Maria and Brad McNEIL; and Michael David VECCHIO. Loving daughter of Fortunato and Anna IELAPI. Dear sister of Barbara and Frank FERRARI; Dominic and Anne Marie; Immaculata and Peter ZAROLA; Vince and Elisa; and Frank and Mary. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Daughter-in-law to Frank and Leonella VECCHIO. Remembered by her sisters-in-law Franca and Tony VECCHIO, Norina and Angelo VECCHIO; and brother-in-law Albert and Alex VECCHIO. Dearly loved and greatly missed by all her family and Friends. Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. The Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 345 Lyle Street at York Street on Monday morning June 30, 2008 at 10 o'clock. Entombment in Holy Family Mausoleum at Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Sunday evening at 8: 00 o'clock. Donations may be made to the either the London Regional Cancer Program or Saint Mary's Church Restoration Fund.

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McNEIL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-15 published
McVICAR, Malcolm Campbell
At Four Counties Health Services, Newbury on Monday, July 14, 2008, Malcolm Campbell McVICAR of R.R.#1 Newbury, in his 98th year. Predeceased by his wife Florence (STALKER) McVICAR (2005.) Dear father of Duncan and Kenneth McVICAR, Margaret McNEIL. Loving Poppa of Barbara McNEIL. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 2 sisters and 1 brother, Irene WALKER, A.D. McVICAR and Anna Barbara QUICK. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 16th at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. Jo-Anne SYMINGTON officiating. Interment Kilmartin Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Beattie Haven Retirement Community or Guthrie Presbyterian Church, Alvinston.

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McNEIL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-25 published
McNEIL, John E. " Eddie"
(Retired Executive Vice President Of Royal Sun Alliance Insurance)
It is with great sadness that the McNeil family announces the passing of John, surrounded by the family that he loved, on February 24, 2008 at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Clare (née KENNEDY) for almost 52 years. Proud father of Joan, and Ken and his wife Maureen. Delighted grandfather of Niall, Riley, Lucas, Ivan and Jackson. Dear brother of Sister Margaret, Father Roderick and the late Mary DANCKERT. John's many nieces and nephews from the Danckert and Kennedy families will always have a special place in their hearts for John. He will be sadly missed by all his Friends. Friends will be received the Neweduk Funeral Home 'Mississauga Chapel' 1981 Dundas St. W., (1 block east of Erin Mills Pkwy) from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church, 1171 Clarkson Road North (south of Truscott Dr.) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 11 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Neweduk Funeral Home 905-828-8000 Online condolences at www.neweduk.com

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McNEIL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-12 published
McNEIL, Dawne
Suddenly at Sunnybrook Medical Centre on Friday, March 7, 2008 in her 57th year. Dawne, beloved wife of Rob KENNEDY. Loving mother of Jason and Steven. Dear grandmother of Madison. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 2: 30 p.m. in the Ward Chapel, followed by cremation.

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McNEILL o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-04-02 published
MacNEILL, Gladys
In Loving Memory of our dear Mother Gladys MacNEILL who passed away March 24, 2007
In tears we saw you sinking,
We watched you fade away,
Our hearts were almost broken,
You fought so hard to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping,
So peacefully free from pain,
We could not wish you back
To suffer that again.
Sadly missed by Sandra and Debbie
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McNEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-29 published
HOWARD, Frank
On February 26th, 2008, in Guadalajara, Mexico, from the effects of lung cancer. Frank, 77, was loved, and will be fondly remembered, by his wife Geraldine CASTLE- TRUDEL and her children Jennifer (widow of Brigadier-General Marc POULIOT, mother of Jessica and Nicole,) Nicholas (husband of Jennifer-Anne McNEILL, father of Noah,) Victoria NOURY (mother of David and Erik) and Mellissa (wife of Ian HOLMES, mother of Oliver.) Also bereaved are his daughters Virginia HOWARD, Susan (wife of Robin LYNCH, mother of Jessica and Alison,) Lisa (wife of Andrew FOGARASIS, mother of Peter and Alice,) Jennifer HOWARD (married to Mary SCOTT,) and their mother Patricia, as well as many other relatives and numerous Friends. When Frank retired from journalism on February 18, 1994, he was writing the Bureaucrats column in the Ottawa Citizen. As a tribute, John Gray reminisced about Frank as a journalist and friend for The Bureaucrats: Souvenir Edition. What John wrote is as affectionately appropriate today as it was then: "Many, many years ago when he was Canada's youngest city editor on Canada's oldest daily newspaper, Frank HOWARD taught me the rudiments of journalism. For this I am grateful: it has kept me off the streets in the intervening 30 odd years. Since then, however, the HOWARD scorecard is a bit smudged. Early on, he set out to save the country. He busied himself with the affairs of Quebec and talked endlessly to those who would listen about the mystic union of French and English Canada. He wanted to be, he said, un interlocuteur valable. The rest is history - the immediate birth of the Quebec separatist movement and the country's long decline into the national toilet. So much for the joys of mysticism. He was not much better outside Quebec. He travelled to Toronto to be the best man at our wedding. This was much appreciated, except that he insisted on playing the rustic, throwing himself downstairs in full view of 50 people. Two days later, at what was supposed to be a wedding party, he lectured another 50 people for 4½ hours on the evils of contraception. A lot of people still believe that I am a hideous judge of character. In the mid-1960s he persuaded me that the Montreal Star was a wonderful place to work. He left within a few weeks. And a few years later, of course, the Montreal Star died. Through long and patient effort, Frank was crucial in furthering a lifelong commitment of myself and many others to beer and related pleasures. Later he renounced the devil and all his works and he now looks upon the rest of us with sad eyes and infinite pity and superiority. My own suspicion is that this exalted moral plane from which he now views the world is his own revenge for a lifetime of short jokes. Those who know him will recognize in all this a desperate ring of truth. However, I will say this for Frank. Over the years he has resisted the temptation to teach me everything he knows about snooker. Of such forbearance is great Friendship made."
In accordance with his wishes he has been cremated, and so "Adieu kind friend, adieu…."

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McNEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-15 published
MacNEILL, Robert John " Jack," B.A., M.Sc., P.Eng., A.F.C.A.
Jack MacNEILL was born March 25, 1918 in Northern Ontarion to parents James Douglas and Bertha (SHORTREED) MacNEILL. After graduating from Queens University and Cal Tech, he began a successful career as a geologist and later as a successful businessman. Married in 1946, he retired with his wife Eleanor to West Vancouver in 1972. Turning his talents to artwork, he became well known on the west coast for his watercolours. In 1981, he was awarded the status of lifetime membership as an associate in the Federation of Canadian Artists, and his work is now on display around the world. Jack and daughter Denise were partners in the Nanaimo Art Gallery, the 'Public Hanging', where they shared their love for art, and inspired each other. Jack moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia in 1992, and remained there until he passed away peacefully on March 11, 2008 in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Jack is survived by his wife Eleanor, son Don and his wife Judy from St. George, Ontario, daughters Joanne DAY and her husband Bill, and Denise MacNEILL and her husband Rome, who live in Nanaimo. There are five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. By request, there will be no funeral. Sands ~ Nanaimo

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McNEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-31 published
NOLAN, Mary Frances (née HARPER)
Died Friday, March 28th, 2008 at Christie Gardens. Beloved wife of the late Wilfrid J. NOLAN. Loving mother of Marilyn McNEILL (Hugh CALDERWOOD), Patricia MALONE (Dennis), Catherine, Wilfrid, Norma, Anthony (Cathy DAVID), Joseph (Laura). Sadly missed by her grandchildren Colleen (Tommy GELBMAN,) Alex, Jessica, Brendan, Conor, Kieran, Kelly, Christian, Cameron. Dear sister of Doctor Jack HARPER and sister-in-law of Marnie HARPER. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Frances graduated from Saint_Joseph's nursing school in 1939 and loved her years of nursing at Saint_Joseph's Hospital, private practice, Baycrest and the Donwoods Centre. She enjoyed many summers spent at her cottage on Lake Simcoe, working around the yard, visiting her brother Jack and his family, and playing with her beloved granddaughter, Colleen. Mom retained her loving personality, compassion for others and great sense of humour while suffering from Alzheimer disease for ten years.
Many thanks to dear friend Muriel HINDS for her love and support over the years. Sincere thanks to the Christie Gardens staff for their loving care.
The Family will receive Friends at Trull Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence), Toronto, on Sunday, March 30 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and on Monday, March 31 from 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 1 at 10: 30 a.m. at Saint Margaret of Scotland Church, 222 Ridley Blvd. (near corner of Wilson and Avenue Road). Internment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be appreciated to The Alzheimer Society of Toronto or the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver.

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McNEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-01 published
MacNEILL, William " Bill" Cavendish
Passed away peacefully at Sunrise of Aurora Retirement Residence on March 30, 2008. Bill leaves behind his loving wife, Norma Lorraine MacNEILL (née SEARLE,) his loving daughters, Mary Louise BEYEA and Joanne Elizabeth ELDER, his four grandchildren, Mara Anne BEYEA, Colin MacNeill BEYEA, Christopher William ELDER and Jessica Jeanne ELDER. His loving nieces and nephew, Cathy, Celia and David, and his cousin Ramsey MacDOUGAL and his close family friend Phyllis BALDWIN. Bill was born on November 3, 1921 and was in his 87th year. Bill grew up in Owen Sound, and at 19 years of age enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served as a Flight Lieutenant during World War 2, Flying with the Coastal Command in Iceland, England and in the Azores. Following the war, Bill attended University of Toronto where he earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Following his post secondary schooling, Bill joined McRae Engineering Equipment Ltd. He retired as President and Chairman of McRae Engineering Equipment Ltd. In 1988. Bill was an avid golfer and member of the Donalda Club. He will be greatly missed by his family and Friends. We would like to acknowledge the wonderful loving care that Bill received at Sunrise of Aurora. We thank you so much. Friends may visit at The Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Dr.), on Thursday, April 3, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday at 2: 30 p.m. in the chapel. In Bill's memory donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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McNEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-20 published
McNEILL, Kenneth Gordon
Professor Emeritus of Physics University of Toronto, ended his long journey with Parkinson's disease at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge on Saturday, May 17th, 2008 in his 82nd year with his loving wife and caregiver Ruth at his side after a marriage of almost 50 years. He was the beloved father of Diane KITCHEN (Glenn) and proud poppa of Carolyn, Sandra and Johnathon. He was predeceased by his brother Sir David McNEILL. He obtained his M.A., D.Phil at Oxford and was particularly pleased to receive an honorary D.SL. from Trinity college and D.Ltt.S. from Saint Michael's College, Toronto. He joined the department of Physics in 1957 and continued to teach there up until his retirement. Kenneth had varied interests. He was especially happy at the Mono farm, tending his Suffolk sheep. He loved Scotland including fly fishing, single malts and of course Scottish dancing! He also had a great affection for Australia and the good times at Melbourne Uni. He was fascinated by English History in particular Stonehenge and Heraldry.
A Memorial Service will be held at Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Bracebridge on Thursday May 22nd, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. As your expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation or Hospice Muskoka. Arrangements entrusted to the Reynolds Funeral Home "Turner Chapel" in Bracebridge 877-806-2257. Messages of condolences may be left at condolences@reynoldsfuneral.com

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McNEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-24 published
Lowly, near-blind proofreader 'lived and breathed poetry'
Toronto poet was not above hawking his work on street corners to help make ends meet. 'He had dreams like we all do, but making money was not a big part of his life'
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S11
Toronto -- Eric LAYMAN was cranky, expansively intelligent, argumentative, affable, eccentric, possessed of an open mind that was balanced by a solid conviction that he was right, and perennially hovering near penury.
In other words, the perfect poet.
Few on Toronto's artistic scene fit the bill as well as Mr. LAYMAN, down to the beret worn at a rakish angle over flowing hair or the squashed hat and scarf combo. Fewer still had the audacity to stand on a street corner in Yorkville in the mid-sixties and sell their verse to passersby.
A lover of language and science fiction (and notably of anything to do with Star Trek), he spoke a passable Klingon, learned to read Hebrew, and could hold forth on the links between Hungarian, Finnish and Basque, followed by a flourish of politics or current events. His poetry had its sensitive moments, but it was marked mainly by a moodiness fleshed out with vivid images and spare, accessible language. Like the beginning of this 1986 offering, The Technician:
This hand, because decay is
slow but pitiless,
applies the oilcan to the
grudging wheel
force-feeds the flame that lamps
the midnight cities
defends from rust and wear the
sentient steel.
Mr. LAYMAN authored one full-length book of poetry, To a Stark and Clean Place (1987), containing 39 poems, and two chapbooks, Satires and Sunbursts (1976) and The Brightest Fire (2005). Another chapbook, Secular Hymns, is due out later this year. He also wrote short stories and book reviews for the science fiction-fantasy fan club U.S.S. Hudson Bay's newsletter, The Voyageur, and penned The Smoke Police for The Intended, a country rock band.
"He lived and breathed poetry," said his friend and fellow poet, Julie McNEILL. "He was always thinking. He was more involved in the creative process than anyone I knew."
But there was a living to be made, and he did it by selling real-estate ads, writing the odd article and proofreading for the Toronto-based weekly, The Canadian Jewish News for more than 30 years. Mr. LAYMAN had his physical limitations - deeply damaged smoker's lungs and miserable eyesight, a congenital problem - but those never got in the way. A lanky man with an erect bearing, there was an unmistakable air of dignity and healthy self-esteem about him. He bicycled everywhere, even in the foulest weather. Newspaper proofs were read with his nose touching the page.
Despite the half-inch thick glasses, or maybe because of them, few errors got past him. Canadian Jewish News staffers knew when Mr. LAYMAN was at work. Anguished cries of "Oh, who the hell wrote this?" often punctuated the quiet, sometimes followed by a rhubarb with an editor.
The job, which took about three-quarters of his time, was crucial. For too many years he had been underemployed and the job meant "I actually have enough to eat and can afford the exorbitant postage to mail manuscripts to publishers too backward-thinking to accept submissions by e-mail," he once told listeners of radio station CIUT's Sunday afternoon poetry program, Howl.
Even though he made barely earned enough to get by, "he wasn't one to bemoan the fact that he wasn't wealthy," said his brother Rod. "He had dreams like we all do, but making money was not a big part of his life."
He was the eldest of five children born to a stay-at-home mother and a career air-force pilot who had seen action during the Second World War. He spent his early years in Western Canada and in London, Ontario, before his family finally settled in Toronto in 1957. The peripatetic existence, a troubled relationship with his father and Mr. LAYMAN's failing eyesight probably contributed to his turning inward and assuming a scholarly bent, noted his brother.
He was already a fixture on Toronto's coffee house scene when he earned a B.A. in modern languages in 1967 from the University of Toronto, where he'd belonged to a club called Radicals for Capitalism. For a while, he sold advertising for The Globe and Mail before landing at The Canadian Jewish News in 1974.
He returned to University of Toronto in 1977 and completed a master's degree in comparative literature with an emphasis on German writers, including his personal favourite, Goethe. Other influences were author Ayn Rand, Appalachian folk ballads, philosopher Baruch Spinoza, Beethoven and Joan of Arc.
During the seventies and eighties, he participated in workshops held by the poetry groups Phoenix and Squid Inc., and was published in their anthologies. His work also appeared in Seraphim Editions' well-regarded 1999 anthology, The Edges of Time, alongside that of Leonard Cohen.
The art itself was never easy and he knew it. Yet, at the same time, "it's really quite simple," he explained. "I hang in there and forge ahead, even when the odds of success make what I'm doing seem rather stupid. Often, what seems the 'stupid' thing to do is the most life-affirming - and that's why I do it."
That was also why he kept plying his craft "in a cold, uncaring city jam-packed with too many other artists chasing too few dreams," once wrote his friend and fellow poet Lloyd Landa. "That's why he often rides his bike long distances in all kinds of weather, just to clear his head, eats meals at midnight, and tries to cram in a couple of hours writing before he finally calls it a night."
To Mr. Landa, Mr. LAYMAN was an avatar of a "wonderfully bloody-minded perseverance," someone who brushed aside laments about the shrinking opportunity for Canadian artists simply by responding that the answer is to "plug away, every day. Too many artists I've met are paralyzed by the understandable angst created by insurmountable roadblocks to getting themselves seen, heard or read. They tend to agonize over obstacles instead of focusing their energies on writing that next great play or song."
The Smoke Police ("Undercover smoke police skulk in holes and corners") railed against what Mr. LAYMAN felt were the Orwellian powers of the state to regulate smoking in public places. "A smoker has the right to smoke anywhere that permits it - with the owner of each bar having the right to say yes or no," he wrote in 2001. "My right to smoke in a bar is an extension of the owner's property rights. That the government has the power to ban smoking does not give [it] a moral override." He tried to quit smoking himself on several occasions, finally succeeding only after he became ill two years ago. But he continued to support freedom of choice, reasoning that "an attack on the rights of one person is an attack on every other person's rights."
The Star Trek thing was more than just an interest. Knowing he couldn't legally sell stories about Captain James Kirk and the Starship Enterprise, Mr. LAYMAN invented his own universe, complete with rich detail. The inhabitants were called the Hlu, and had their unique identities, culture and language. Their gravity was stronger than ours and their climate harsher. But they had a strong oral tradition, passed down through stories and, of course, poetry.
He set his poems to existing songs and wrote the odd haiku, but was genuinely stumped when someone challenged him to write a tanka, which consists of 31 syllables over five lines. "This is hard!" he exclaimed, though he knew it was supposed to be.
He could be quick-tempered and excitable, a trait his brother calls "an impatience with the world." But that mellowed as the years went by, he added.
His love of puns was legendary, and new ones were met with "that's not bad," or "that's awful." Only once was he stopped in his tracks, when a colleague offered a convoluted bit about Mahatma Gandhi, who, as the setup went, walked barefoot and had a diet that resulted in bad breath. The result was a "super-calloused fragile mystic hexed with halitosis." Mr. LAYMAN stood perfectly still for about a minute, then quietly pronounced, "I can't decide whether that's so good, it's terrible, or so bad, it's wonderful."
He left behind a library of 600 volumes of poetry, though curiously, nothing by Shakespeare.
In workshops, Mr. LAYMAN tried to expand his students' understanding of form. "Most of them don't know much beyond free verse; some had never heard of a sonnet," he observed. "But above all, I want them to understand that if they want to be writers, they should write. Keep writing. Then revise. Edit. Write again, until they have something that truly stands up."
Like this kiss goodbye, titled All I Need is Heaven:
I'll know life's joys to overflow
far sooner flames than rust.
Before I go, I'll share what
I know,
though the womb reclaim
my dust.
I'll leave a little joy behind me
this is my final wish.
This is all I need of heaven,
and no post-mortem bliss.
Lawrence Eric LAYMAN was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, on December 15, 1943 and died in Toronto on April 27, 2008, of complications from emphysema. He was 64. He leaves sister, Molly, and brothers Rod, John and Bill. A celebration of his life takes place tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Lodge, 110 the Esplanade, Toronto.

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McNENLY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-21 published
McNENLY, Pat
Proud veteran of Royal Air Force 263 (Typhoon) Squadron. Retired after a long and industrious career as a reporter for the Toronto Star. Passed away after a short illness on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at Oakville-Trafalgar Hospital at the age of 86. Predeceased by his beloved wife Helen. Father of Hugh and his wife Helen and Patrick and his wife Suzanne. Grandfather of Brennan, Evan, Heather, Liam, Dylan, Mat and Charlie. Friends will be received at the J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James Street, Milton (905) 878-2669 on Sunday, February 24, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Vigil prayers will be prayed in the funeral home at 8: 30 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Church, 139 Martin Street, Milton on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow, York Cemetery, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to "The Star Fresh Air Fund" would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.earlyfuneralhome.com
"Now we at tone
As exit nears
Loss of our own
Bravado years"
- Patrick J. McNenly

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