SMITHERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-04 published
Dr. Ian NAKAMURA, 44: A kind, gentle man
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
He was a doctor with heart -- a huge heart -- and in the end it killed him.
Dr. Ian NAKAMURA made house calls, lots of them. Every lunch hour he would slip away from the busy Richmond Hill practice he shared with his sister, Liane, to see his patients who were shut-ins, or frail, or unable or even unwilling to leave their homes.
Sometimes his workdays started at 7 a.m. -- because that's when patients could see him -- and often they ended long past 6 p.m.
"He'd call and say he was going to be a little late. That he was just stopping to see a patient on the way home," said his wife Silvia, with a rueful smile.
She knew that meant he would be having a very late meal when he finally got home. "He took care of everybody."
He lent money to a patient whose husband ran off with the car, baby seat and all, and the cash from their bank account. Because the parents of a child undergoing chemotherapy were worried about him coming into contact with people with colds and viruses in the waiting room, he went to their home. An elderly patient who had broken her foot was surprised to find the doctor at her door one day, bearing her pain medication.
He sat long into the night at the home of one man who was dying of colon cancer. There was little he could do medically by then, but he wanted to comfort the man's family. He stayed until after 2: 30 a.m., driving home in time to pick up his own family and head to the airport for their vacation and an early flight to Florida.
But first he phoned his sister, on a mini-vacation in Niagara-on-the-Lake with her own family, and extracted a promise from her that she would take over in his absence and go to the man's home to pronounce him dead when the time came. The man had wanted to die at home and Ian NAKAMURA was determined he would have his wish, which he believed meant not being taken to a hospital to be pronounced dead.
"He did that with every patient," said Liane NAKAMURA, also a doctor. "If someone's kid had an earache he'd call the next day. He didn't know where to draw the line. He gave out a lot of himself and in the end it took all his energy."
Ian NAKAMURA died May 12. He was 44 and he had forgotten how or was unable to heal himself instead of others.
"Within our family we thought he could never say no, even when it was bad for his health. His good-heartedness meant he had a higher level of stress," said his oldest brother, Glenn. "But he would tell us that it brought so much comfort to all those families."
Ian NAKAMURA suffered a stroke in January 2004, when he awoke one morning so dizzy he couldn't stand up. Doctors discovered he'd been born with a hole in his heart and put him on blood thinners to prevent further clots and strokes. He was off work for a record five weeks, but when he returned to the office he went back to his old ways. His wife, who worked with him in the clinic as a laser hair-removal technician, tried to block off some downtime for him in the appointment book.
"He would pace in the office, worrying why he didn't have any patients to see," she said.
Always a worrier, he had been under a great deal of stress since the previous summer when he was notified he was going to be audited by the Medical Review Committee. According to his sister, the red flag had been the number of house calls he made.
"He was outside the norm of house calls. He was doing one or two a day when most doctors don't do one a month," she said.
He was so devastated when he got the audit package in May 2003 that he couldn't come into work for three or four days. These audits are a contentious issue with the country's doctors, and both the Ontario and Canadian medical associations are on record as being strongly opposed to them.
"They do make you feel you are doing something wrong," Liane said.
In her brother's case, the auditors had spent a day in the office, poring through files and grilling him about various billing procedures. Expecting the worst, he had remortgaged his house in Maple while he awaited their decision.
"It was like a black cloud over his head," said Liane.
A week before NAKAMURA died, George SMITHERMAN, Ontario's health minister, got a standing ovation at the Ontario Medical Association's annual general meeting when he announced that the government had stayed proceedings for all audits in progress, as a result of an independent study submitted to it April 22 by former justice Peter CORY that concluded the physician audit system was detrimental to the province's health services.
The patients never knew that their gifted doctor was worrying about his own troubles.
"They all thought of Dr. Ian as their friend," said Silvia.
"And as family," said Liane.
Although Ian was 6 years older, she graduated from medical school just one year after him. Ian had dropped out of university in 1981 to return home to care for his mother who was bedridden with terminal cancer. "He lost a lot of time," said Glenn. "He had to start from scratch and reapply for med school."
He graduated from the University of Alberta's medical school in 1990, the same year he married Silvia.
He worked at a walk-in clinic and in the North York Branson hospital's emergency ward before he went into his own practice; he used to tell his sister he'd still be working emergency at Branson if she hadn't set up the clinic.
"I always thought it would be the two of us working together, just family," she said.
After five years they were each carrying a full patient load (about 2,000 each). Every day, Ian and Silvia's children, Kristen, 13, and Alex, 10, would come to the clinic after school, along with their cousins, Liane's children, Madison, 10, and Mackenzie, 3, all of them heading to the back where there was a television to watch their favourite soap opera, Passions, before doing their homework.
"They're like one family, with two fathers and two mothers," said Glenn.
But last December, Ian NAKAMURA underwent non-open heart surgery to try to close the hole. "Part of his goal in having the surgery was to get off the blood thinners so he could play football again," said Liane.
A season ticket holder for the Argos back when few other people were, he had been playing with the Fierce Rooters of the Metro Touch Football League for 20 years with guys he'd grown up with on Parent Ave. in Downsview.
But the procedure didn't work and in April he was admitted to hospital. "There was a risk of bleeding and that's what happened," said Liane. "It bled into his brain."
More than 1,000 people came to pay their respects to the family 600 attended the Monday morning service. Glenn told them Ian had donated his organs to five people in Ontario, one of whom was a 10-year-old. "A final act of love from a man whose capacity for caring was boundless," he said.
He was the one who bought their father a new van for his 65th birthday, bought Glenn a big-screen television for his 50th and then decided to give the same gift to the family of their brother, Nolan, who had died in 1999 at 45, on the day he, too, would have been 50. But he refused to let Silvia do anything big for his 40th birthday. He thrived on giving; receiving made him uncomfortable.
The family has set up an education trust fund for his children. Liane's husband, Anthony BELO, is administering it, c/o ITF Kristen and Alex, at the clinic at 10815 Bathurst Street, Unit 25, Richmond Hill, L4C 9Y2. Hundreds of his patients have contributed to it one wrote a cheque for $5,000 -- perhaps because this was to be the only way they could ever thank Dr. Ian NAKAMURA for all those house calls and extra attention.

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SMITHERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-06 published
Beland HONDERICH: Remembering a crusader
He wanted only an 'informal gathering' and he got it: 300 Friends, politicians and journalists trade stories about the extraordinary longtime Star publisher
By Jessica LEEDER, Staff Reporter
A man widely known for his decisiveness and direction, Beland HONDERICH left strict instructions for his family regarding his memorial. Instead of a funeral, he wrote to them, he wanted an "informal gathering," memories shared over glasses of wine, "without fuss."
There was much laughter and negligible levels of fuss at a downtown reception last night where the former Toronto Star publisher and fierce perfectionist was remembered as nothing less. More than 300 guests traded stories of the legendary man who was one of the most influential publishers in the newspaper's history. He spent 22 of his 52 years at the Star as publisher.
HONDERICH died November 8 at his home in Vancouver following a stroke. He was 86.
In a final letter to the family read by his son John, who was publisher of the Star between 1994 and 2004, HONDERICH described his life as one "that was far from perfect, but endeavoured to make a useful contribution to society."
Others were far less humble. Political dignitaries and journalists alike remembered HONDERICH as an infallible man of enduring principles and with a steadfast commitment to Canadian society.
"I've met very few men in my public life or since who were more dedicated to this country," said former Ontario premier William DAVIS, adding that HONDERICH had "a real commitment to trying to reduce the diversity between those who have and those who have not.
"We may not have achieved all of his objectives, but it's not because he didn't provide the leadership, desire, motivation," DAVIS said. "He was a deeply committed Canadian and a very sensitive human being."
For Maithily PANCHALINGAM, that sensitivity has permanently marked her life.
A decade ago, the 28-year-old Star advertising employee learned that she had won a Honderich Scholarship award.
Then a new immigrant from Sri Lanka going through a "rough patch," the award -- for high grades and financial need -- was a chance to succeed where she might not have been able to on her own. "Just the fact that you're an immigrant, you're not going to have the right connections," she said, adding that the scholarship, combined with part-time jobs at the Star, helped her earn a degree from York University.
"He gave me a start. He made success possible for many students like me," she said.
More than anything, HONDERICH was held up last night as an advocate for those who most needed someone like him.
"I believe that he was a person who never forgot his roots, the common man, the underdog, the 'little people,'" said Frank IACOBUCCI, a former Supreme Court justice and current Torstar chairman.
"He championed the cause of the disadvantaged, minorities, equality, and fundamental freedoms of religion and of the press long before there were legislative or constitutional provisions reflecting these and other basic human values of an enlightened democracy."
The two-hour event included taped speeches from former Toronto mayor David CROMBIE, and several current and former Star editors, including former managing editor Mary Deanne SHEARS.
Using the boyish nickname he had for his elder brother, Ted HONDERICH, a London-based philosopher, delivered one of the evening's most touching tributes.
"He improved what, out of his good principle he preserved, which was the newspaper of the greatest value to his country. There was a greatness in this," he said. "Death without another life afterward did not make this life meaningless. Goodbye, B.B."
Also in attendance were Premier Dalton McGUINTY, Ontario Conservative Party Leader John TORY, former Ontario premier Bob RAE, Education Minister Gerard KENNEDY and Health Minister George SMITHERMAN

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SMITHERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-08 published
LATHAM, Joan (HILL)
Peacefully at Four Counties Health Services in Newbury on Sunday, February 6th, 2005, Joan (HILL) LATHAM of Alvinston and formerly of Komoka, in her 81st. year. Beloved wife of the late Stephen LATHAM. Dear mother of Michael LATHAM (and Nancy WILSON) of Komoka, Lynda SMITHERS and her husband Ken of London, and Susan LATHAM and her husband Eddie PILON of Alvinston. Loved by her 2 grandchildren Jason and Alysha. Remembered also by John EYLAND and Eddie SYMONS of England, "sons by choice". Cremation has taken place, and a private interment of cremated remains will be held at Woodland Cemetery, London. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the London Humane Society, 624 Clarke Road, London N5V 3K5. A Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, in care of arrangements.

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SMITHERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-19 published
SMITHERS, Lucia (HARDY)
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, on Saturday April 16th 2005, Lucia (HARDY) SMITHERS of London in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Carman W. SMITHERS (1983.) Dear mother of Dr. James SMITHERS and his wife Marcella of Thunder Bay, Ralph SMITHERS and his wife Helen of London, Frederic SMITHERS and his wife Joan of Forester's Falls, and Jerry SMITHERS and his wife Mary-Lou of London. Dear sister of Edythe ANDERSON of Mount Forest. Predeceased by her brothers Wilmer HARDY, Murray HARDY, George HARDY and her sisters

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SMITHERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-22 published
SMITHERS, Don
In loving memory of my dearest husband, Don, who passed away April 22, 1990.
To hear your voice, to see your smile,
To sit with you and talk awhile,
To be with you in the same old way,
Would be my greatest wish today.
Cherished, loved and sadly missed, your loving wife Jenny.

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SMITHERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-09 published
FISHER, Robert Mackenzie (November 20, 1986-September 8, 2005)
It is with great sadness we must announce Mackenzie has lost his 20 month battle with leukemia. His inner strength and determination were an inspiration to all. Never complaining, never asking why, always concerned about his family and Friends, Mackenzie was a truly remarkable young man. His kindness, thoughtfulness and willingness to help anyone at any time touched many and will always be remembered. Mackenzie's passions were his family, Friends, playing hockey, playing cards and an avid reader of all things historical. Mackenzie was very grateful for the wonderful care and support from the devoted doctors, nurses and Friends at London Health Sciences Oncology, 7th floor. He was the loving son of Robert FISHER and Sandra SMITHERS. Mackenzie will be greatly missed by his sister Courtney and his brother Matthew who lovingly donated his stem cells to help Mackenzie in his fight. Loving grand_son of Don and Sylvia SMITHERS, London, and the late Bill and Freda FISHER. Beloved nephew of Sylvia BRAND, Doug SMITHERS, Debbie SMITHERS, James SMITHERS, Suzanne FISHER and Alexander LECKIE. Lovingly remembered by his cousins and Friends. The family requests that you become regular donors of the Gift of Life as a tribute to Mackenzie. Family will receive Friends at the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth on Saturday from 7-9pm and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Egmondville United Church, Egmondville on Monday, September 12 at 2: 00 p.m. Pastor Stephen HILDEBRAND will officiate. Interment Egmondville Cemetery. Condolences at www.whitneyribeyfuneralhome.com

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SMITHERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-10 published
FISHER, Robert Mackenzie (November 20, 1986-September 8, 2005)
It is with great sadness we must announce Mackenzie has lost his 20 month battle with leukemia. His inner strength and determination were an inspiration to all. Never complaining, never asking why, always concerned about his family and Friends, Mackenzie was a truly remarkable young man. His kindness, thoughtfulness and willingness to help anyone at any time touched many and will always be remembered. Mackenzie's passions were his family, Friends, playing hockey, playing cards and an avid reader of all things historical. Mackenzie was very grateful for the wonderful care and support from the devoted doctors, nurses and Friends at London Health Sciences Oncology, 7th floor. He was the loving son of Robert FISHER and Sandra SMITHERS. Mackenzie will be greatly missed by his sister Courtney and his brother Matthew who lovingly donated his stem cells to help Mackenzie in his fight. Loving grand_son of Don and Sylvia SMITHERS, London, and the late Bill and Freda FISHER. Beloved nephew of Sylvia BRAND, Doug SMITHERS, Debbie SMITHERS, James SMITHERS, Suzanne FISHER and Alexander LECKIE. Lovingly remembered by his cousins and Friends. The family requests that you become regular donors of the Gift of Life as a tribute to Mackenzie. Family will receive Friends at the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Egmondville United Church, Egmondville on Monday, September 12 at 2: 00 p.m. Pastor Stephen HILDEBRAND will officiate. Interment Egmondville Cemetery. Condolences at www.whitneyribeyfuneralhome.com

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SMITHERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-19 published
PICKERING, Evelyn Leona (née SHANK)
Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital, Friday, November 18, 2005, Evelyn Leona (SHANK) PICKERING, 75, of R.R.#3, Dashwood. Beloved wife of the late Ross Edmund PICKERING (2003.) Loved mother and mother-in-law of Stanley PICKERING of London, Mike and Jo Anne PICKERING of R.R.#3, Dashwood, Susan GUENTHER of Brechin, Nancy and Randy REGIER of R.R.#3, Zurich, Jane and Dale KERSLAKE of Sarnia. Loving grandma of Chad and Cecile, Angela and Rene, Rebecca, Pamela and Jesse; Ben and Katie, Sean; Nicholas and Pam, Meghan and Jason; Courtney and Sydney. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ada DIETRICH of Grand Bend, Ellen SMITHERS of R.R.#2, Zurich, Eva TAILOR/TAYLOR of London, Lawrence SCOTT of R.R.#2, Dashwood, Rena and Orville TRUEMNER of R.R.#3, Parkhill, Grace and Valere DENOMME of Arva, Marilyn and Willis ROCK of R.R.#3, Parkhill, Betty and William COECK of London, Ken PICKERING of R.R.#2, Dashwood, Cathy PICKERING of London, Leonard and Judith PICKERING of London, Karen PICKERING of Ingersoll, Marilyn PICKERING of R.R.#2, Dashwood, Bertha PICKERING of Parkhill and Joyce ELDER of London. Remembered by her many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by brothers Lloyd SHANK in infancy, Floyd SHANK (1944,) parents John and Ethel (BLAIR) SHANK, brothers-in-law Roy DIETRICH and Cecil SMITHERS. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Saturday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Zion United Church, Crediton, Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 2 p.m. The Reverend Sheila MacGREGOR officiating. Interment Crediton Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to Zion United Church or charity of choice would be appreciated. Evelyn was very active within her Church and community. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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SMITHERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-02-15 published
LATHAM, Joan (HILL)
Peacefully at Four Counties Health Services in Newbury, on Sunday, February 6, 2005, Joan (HILL) LATHAM of Alvinston and formerly of Komoka, in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Stephen LATHAM. Dear mother of Michael LATHAM (and Nancy WILSON) of Komoka, Lynda SMITHERS and her husband Ken of London, and Susan LATHAM and her husband Eddie PILON of Alvinston. Loved by her 2 grandchildren, Jason and Alysha. Remembered also by John EYLAND and Eddie SYMONS in England, sons by choice. Cremation has taken place, and a private interment of cremated remains will be held at Woodland Cemetery, London. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the London Humane Society, 624 Clarke Road, London, Ontario N5V 3K5. A Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, 433-5184 in care of arrangements.

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SMITHERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-31 published
DURRANT, Wendy Alison (née MARTIN)
Owner of Country Cairn Kennels. Suddenly, at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville, on Friday, January 28, 2005 in her 58th year; beloved wife of Gary DURRANT of Grand Valley, formerly of Palgrave; loved mother of Shelley of Bolton and Jason of Caledon Village; dearest daughter of Kathleen MARTIN and the late Harry MARTIN and sister of Trevor and Paul MARTIN, all of England predeceased by her sister Carol SMITHERS. Friends may call at the Dods and McNair Funeral Home and Chapel, 21 First Street, Orangeville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Guelph Animal Research Centre would be appreciated. A tree will be planted, in memory of Wendy, in the Dods and McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 11th, 2005 at 2: 30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com

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SMITHIES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-06 published
MEYER, Fritz
Departed the world peacefully, at his home, at the age of 90, surrounded by the love of his family, on Tuesday, October 4, 2005. Best friend and loving husband of Renate for 50 years, wonderful Vati of Marianne (Norm KAPITAIN,) and Suzanne (Brian SMITHIES,) beloved Opa of Jamie (Heather,) Sean (Veomany,) and Greta, and great-grandfather of Kadyn, Cole Fritz, and Taryn. Fritz will be dearly remembered by Friends and family in Canada and Germany. He will be with us and loved forever. The Meyer family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Wolfgang GLAS of Germany, Dr. David SWARTZ of the Toronto Grace Palliative Care Program, and the staff of the Etobicoke Community Care Access Centre and the Dorothy Ley Hospice for their warmth, care and support. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Friday, October 7, 2005 from 2 p.m. the until time of the Service in the Chapel at 3 p.m., followed by a reception. Private interment Park Lawn Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Toronto Grace Hospital - Palliative Care Unit or to the Dorothy Ley Hospice.

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SMITHIES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-06 published
MEYER, Fritz
Departed the world peacefully, at his home, at the age of 90, surrounded by the love of his family, on Tuesday, October 4, 2005. Best friend and loving husband of Renate for 50 years, wonderful Vati of Marianne (Norm KAPITAIN,) and Suzanne (Brian SMITHIES,) beloved Opa of Jamie (Heather,) Sean (Veomani,) and Greta, and great-grandfather of Kadyn, Cole Fritz, and Taryn. Fritz will be dearly remembered by Friends and family in Canada and Germany. He will be with us and loved forever. The Meyer family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Wolfgang GLAS of Germany, Dr. David SWARTZ of the Toronto Grace Palliative Care Program, and the staff of the Etobicoke Community Care Access Centre and the Dorothy Ley Hospice for their warmth, care and support. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Friday, October 7, 2005 from 2 p.m. until the time of the Service in the Chapel at 3 p.m., followed by a reception. Private interment Park Lawn Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Toronto Grace Hospital - Palliative Care Unit or to the Dorothy Ley Hospice.

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SMITHIES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-24 published
CORNISH, Phyllis (LEFLER,) R.N.
Graduate 1950 Brantford General Hospital Passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, Ontario on Sunday, October 23, 2005, in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Russel CORNISH. Loved mother of Brad CORNISH and his wife Sandy of Oshawa and Ward CORNISH of Alliston. Loved Grandma of Erin, Dylan, Mike and Amanda. Predeceased by her brother George LEFLER. Dear sister-in-law of Kaye SMITHIES, Hazel CORNISH and Evelyn FERGUSON. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and many Friends. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria Street E., Alliston, Ontario on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. If so desired, memorial donations to Simcoe/Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, Ontario L4M 6M2 would be appreciated.

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SMITHRIM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-01 published
McEACHREN, Florence Lillian (McKELLAR)
Florence Lillian (McKELLAR) McEACHREN formerly of Glencoe, peacefully at Country Terrace Nursing Home on Sunday, January 30, 2005 in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Duncan J. McEACHREN. Dear mother of Elizabeth HARRIS (the late Jim,) Agnes THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Bob,) Earl McEACHREN (Marg,) Elaine SMITHRIM (Gary,) and John McEACHREN. Loving grandmother of Louise (Terry) COATTA, Robert THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Karen (Joe) PASZTERNAK, Bryan (Bonnie) SMITHRIM, MaryLou SMITHRIM, Darryl (Christine) SMITHRIM, Stephen and Nicole HARRIS, Shana (Nathan) CRAWFORD, Lara McEACHREN, David (Rhonda) McEACHREN, Frank (Maria) McEACHREN, Katelyn and Celeste McEACHREN. Special great-grandmother of Tristan, Spencer, Tiffany, Amy, Oliver, Georgia, Ashly, Katie, Julia and Mason. Dear sister of Annie POLE and the late Bessie LITTLE and Mary CRAWFORD. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe, where the funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, February 3rd at 1: 30p.m. Interment Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Glencoe Presbyterian Church.

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SMITHRIM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-23 published
BROWN, Winnifred Pearl
Winnifred Pearl BROWN in her 91st year passed away suddenly at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Monday, March 21st, 2005. Dear mother of Marilyn Ada CONVEY (John) (California,) the late James H. (Jean) (Saskatchewan), Rick (Jill) (Saint Thomas) and Edward F. (Susan) (London). Dear friend George NEEDHAM. Sister Donna ROSS (London,) sister-in-law Margaret SMITHRIM (Strathroy,) Evelyn SCHOTT (Grimsby.) Predeceased by sister Gertrude BUTCHER and brother Evan SMITHRIM. Remembered by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 9 nieces and 9 nephews. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Service will be held March 26th at 2 p.m. at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home with Reverend Susan EAGLE officiating. Visitation from 1 until service time. Interment at Strathroy Cemetery to follow. Donations to the Delaware Legion or the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Winnifred.

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SMITHRIM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-10 published
SMITHRIM, MAC
At Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Wednesday, June 8th. Mac SMITHRIM in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Olivia Mary SMITHRIM (DEMPSTER) (PENTAL). Predeceased by his wife Margaret SMITHRIM (SUMNER) (1994.) Dear father to Gary (Elaine) of Belleville and Gayle (Bill) HERRINGTON of Gravenhurst. Will be remembered by grandchildren Karen (Joe) PASZTERNAK, Bryan (Bonnie) SMITHRIM, Mary Lou SMITHRIM, Darryl (Christine) SMITHRIM, Debbie (Doug) RAGAN and Diana HERRINGTON. Great grandchildren Tiffany and Amy PASZTERNAK, Oliver and Georgia SMITHRIM and Ashly KENNY. Survived by sister Viola PAISLEY. Predeceased by sisters Marguerite McINTYRE, Olive BURDON and Evelyn GORTZEN. Brother-in-law of Evelyn and Evan STEAD, Frances SUMNER, Marion DAVIS and John SUMNER. Many nieces and nephews.
Mac was a longtime and dedicated member of the Odd Fellows and past district Deputy Grand Master. Past president of the Middlesex Federation of Agriculture and past member of the Hospital Board and the Cemetery Board. Proud volunteer of the Victorian Order of Nurses. Visitation will be held at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home in Strathroy on Friday, June 10th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. An Odd Fellows memorial service will be held at 6: 45 p.m. on Friday, June 10th. Funeral Service will take place in the chapel on Saturday, June 11th with Reverend Jock TOLMAY officiating. Interment to follow at Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mac.

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SMITHRIM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-03-29 published
BROWN, Winnifred Pearl Brown
In her 91st year, passed away suddenly at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Monday, March 21, 2005. Dear mother of Marilyn Ada CONVEY (John,) California; the late James H. (Jean,) Saskatchewan Rick (Jill), Saint Thomas; and Edward F. (Susan), London. Dear friend of George NEEDHAM, Sister Donna ROSS, London, sister-in-law Margaret SMITHRIM, Strathroy, Evelyn SCHOTT, Grimsby. Predeceased by sister Gertrude BUTCHER, and brother Evan SMITHRIM. Remembered by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 9 nieces, and 9 nephews. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. with Reverend Susan EAGLE officiating. Interment at Strathroy Cemetery followed. Donations to the Delaware Legion or the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Winnifred Pearl.

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SMITHRIM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-06-14 published
SMITHRIM, MAC
At Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Wednesday, June 8, 2005, Mac SMITHRIM in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Olivia Mary SMITHRIM (DEMPSTER) (PENTAL). Predeceased by wife Margaret SMITHRIM (SUMNER) (1994.) Dear father to Gary (Elaine) of Belleville and Gayle (Bill) HERRINGTON of Gravenhurst. Will be remembered by grandchildren Karen (Joe) PASZTERNAK, Bryan (Bonnie) SMITHRIM, Mary Lou SMITHRIM, Darryl (Christine) SMITHRIM, Debbie (Doug) RAGAN, and Diana HERRINGTON; great-grandchildren Tiffany and Amy PASZTERNAK, Oliver and Georgia SMITHRIM, and Ashly KENNY. Survived by sister Viola PAISLEY. Predeceased by sisters Marguerite McINTYRE, Olive BURDON, and Evelyn GORTZEN. Brother-in-law of Evelyn and Evan STEAD, Frances SUMNER, Marion DAVIS, and John SUMNER; many nieces and nephews. Mac was a long-time and dedicated member of the Odd Fellows and past District Deputy Grand Master, past president of the Middlesex Federation of Agriculture and past member of the Hospital Board and the Cemetery Board. Proud volunteer of the Victorian Order of Nurses. Visitation was held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home in Strathroy, on Friday, June 10 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. An Odd Fellows memorial service was held at 6: 45 p.m. on Friday, June 10. Funeral service took place in the chapel on Saturday, June 11 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Jock TOLMAY officiating. Interment followed at Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mac.

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-05-11 published
TOMLINSON, Lucile Willetta
At Fosterbrook Long Term Care, Newcastle, On Friday May 6th, 2005, in her 100th year, Lucile TOMLINSON, formerly of Port Elgin. Beloved wife of the late William "W.R." TOMLINSON. Grandmother of Julie and her husband Jack WILKINSON of New Liskeard, Janice and her husband Ron BATEMAN of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Libby and her husband Mark SMITHSON of Newtonville, and Michael DOLLAR of London. Loved great-grandmother of ten grandchildren and great-great-grandmother of four. She is also survived by her sons-in-law William DOLLAR and Rod AVIS. She is predeceased by her daughter Shirley DOLLAR- AVIS and by her grand_son Robert DOLLAR. Friends may call the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin from noon to 2: 00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14th. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Saturday at 2: 00 p.m. with the Reverend Gordon WILLIAMS officiating. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Port Elgin United Church or Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com.
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SMITHSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-23 published
MOSEDALE, Margaret " Peggy" (née SHORTT)
Margaret "Peggy" MOSEDALE (née SHORTT) passed away peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre-Universi ty Campus on Sunday, February 20, 2005 in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Eric MOSEDALE (1987.) Survived by her niece Janet LADD of Amersham, England and her family. Peggy will be dearly missed by her many Friends. A memorial service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London, on Friday, February 25, 2005 at 2 p.m. with Reverend Sid SMITHSON of Saint Martin-In-The-Fields officiating at the service. A reception to follow. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-08 published
ROBERTS, Doug
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Campus on Thursday, April 7, 2005, Doug (Robbie, Bu-ba) ROBERTS of London in his 85th year. Loving husband of 59 years of Bea (KRUGER) ROBERTS. Dear father of Doug Jr. and his wife Barbara ROBERTS and Paul and his wife Ann ROBERTS all of London. Loving grandfather of (his 3 angels) Katie, Abby and Kelly and her husband Jeff JOHNSTON all of London. Predeceased by one brother Chuck ROBERTS. Friends will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo and Colborne St.) on Saturday from 9: 30-11 a.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Sid SMITHSON officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Friends who wish may make donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the London Regional Cancer Centre. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Doug.

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-09 published
SMITHSON, Norman John
At Parkwood Hospital, London, on Saturday, May 7th 2005, Norman John SMITHSON of London in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Katherine (KALUS) SMITHSON. Deeply loved by Linda, Don and Kimberly SULLIVAN, and Rhonda MEDEIROS (Manny.) Dear brother of Dorothy McCALLUM, William SMITHSON and his wife Phyllis all of London, and Gordon SMITHSON of Lethbridge, Alberta. Also survived by his nieces and nephews.
Norman retired from Beal Secondary School in 1986. He was fondly known as "Mr. Bones" at Cherryhill Mall and Extendicare because of his love of music. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (433-5184), where the complete funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Wednesday, May 11th at 11 a.m. with Reverend Lorenzo RAMIREZ of Empress United Church officiating. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Alzheimer Society, 555 Southdale Road East, Suite 100, London N6E 1A2; the Memorial Fund of Empress United Church, 75 Blackfriars Street, London N6H 1M8, or the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital c/o Parkwood Hospital Foundation, 801 Commissioners Road East, London N6C 5J1. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-10 published
SMITHSON, Norman John
At Parkwood Hospital, London, on Saturday, May 7th 2005, Norman John SMITHSON of London in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Katherine (KALUS) SMITHSON. Deeply loved by Linda, Don and Kimberly SULLIVAN, and Rhonda MEDEIROS (Manny.) Dear brother of Dorothy McCALLUM, William SMITHSON and his wife Phyllis all of London, and Gordon SMITHSON of Lethbridge, Alberta. Also survived by his nieces and nephews.
Norman retired from Beal Secondary School in 1986. He was fondly known as "Mr. Bones" at Cherryhill Mall and Extendicare because of his love of music. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (433-5184), where the complete funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Wednesday, May 11th at 11 a.m. with Reverend Lorenzo RAMIREZ of Empress United Church officiating. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Alzheimer Society, 555 Southdale Road East, Suite 100, London N6E 1A2; the Memorial Fund of Empress United Church, 75 Blackfriars Street, London N6H 1M8, or the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital c/o Parkwood Hospital Foundation, 801 Commissioners Road East, London N6C 5J1. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-18 published
COWIE, Eric
Eric passed away peacefully at Chelsey Park Nursing Home on July 15th, 2005 in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Lavine COWIE (MUNDY.) Loving father of Ward COWIE (Jane) of Kelowna, British Columbia, and two grandchildren Beth and Peter. Brother of Howard COWIE (Maxine) of Dunnville and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be conducted at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, on Wednesday July 20, 2005 at 2 p.m. Rev. Canon Sidney SMITHSON will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Society.

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-01 published
FULKER, Harold
The family of the late Harold FULKER wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to family, Friends and neighbours for their support and kindness during the recent loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. A special thank you to Dr. EBERHARD, Dr. WINTERBURN and staff for their care over the years, and to the police officers and London Health Sciences Centre staff who attended to Harold and supported us during our loss. Our sincerest appreciation to Reverend Sid SMITHSON for his touching service and to the staff at Westview Funeral Chapel for their compassionate assistance. Thank you for the flowers, cards and memorial donations. Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered. Sincerely, Mary FULKER, and daughters Stella SALMON, Annmarie MATUZIC and families.

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-03 published
BROWN, Audrey
Peacefully at Grand Wood Park on Saturday, October 1st, 2005, Ms. Audrey BROWN of London, in her 91st year. Loving daughter of the late Allan and Lorena BROWN. Predeceased by her brother Allan BROWN and his wife Isobel. Audrey worked for many years at the London Public Library in the music department, and will be fondly remembered by her relatives and Friends. Resting at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London on Tuesday, October 3rd from noon until the time of service at 1 p.m. Reverend Sid SMITHSON officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Memorial donations to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-05 published
SMITHSON, Vera
In loving memory of my dear mother, Vera, who passed away November 5, 1973. The tears we shed can be wiped away, But the ache in our hearts will always stay Too dearly loved to ever be forgotten by daughter Bette, Ray and family.

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-24 published
REDDICK, Bruce L.
Peacefully at his residence, on Thursday, December 22nd, 2005, Bruce L. REDDICK of London in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Lois (BARTLETT) REDDICK. Dear father of Susan SINGLETON and her husband Peter of Huntsville, Gail SWIFT and her husband Gerry of London, and Bruce REDDICK and his wife Sandy of London. Also loved by his 7 grandchildren: Kim, Krista, Lexi, Nicole, Andrew, Hillary and Megan. Bruce was a long time member of Sunningdale Golf and Country Club. He was a devoted husband and friend to Lois. Dad will be remembered as a great father, grandfather and dear friend to all who knew him. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Monday, December 26th from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at Saint Martin-in-The-Fields, 489 Pinetree Drive, on Tuesday, December 27th, 2005, at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Sid SMITHSON officiating. Interment, Woodland Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bruce are asked to consider the Saint Martin-in-The-Fields Building Fund.

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-29 published
BREWER, Allen George
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our husband and father at Parkwood Hospital, London, on Tuesday, December 27th, 2005. Allen, who turned 84 on October 19, will be greatly missed by Elinore, his wife of 62 years, daughter Janet and husband Dan WOODS of London, son Jim and wife Cindy of Woodstock, grand_sons Jamie and Jeremy BREWER, great-grandchildren Dylan, Taylor and Abbey and step-granddaughter Sara WOODS. Predeceased by his brother Glenn in 2002, he is also survived by his sister-in-law Paula in Miami, Florida, nieces, nephews and cousins. Allen was a Navy Leading Seaman during World War 2, retired after 37 years at C.N. Rail and was a Past Commodore of the Kanagio Yacht Club in Port Stanley. He was also an active member of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Thursday, December 29th from 3: 00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, 489 Pinetree Drive, on Friday, December 30th, 2005, at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Sid SMITHSON officiating. Cremation and private interment of ashes to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Martin-in-the-Fields would be greatly appreciated. Private condolences may be made at mail@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-17 published
KIRWAN, Mary Ann (née SMITHSON)
Died June 15, 2005 after a lengthy illness. Survived by her loving children Nancy GRUSZEWSKI, Stephen BURROWS, Laura BURROWS (Mike,) Elizabeth KIRWAN, granddaughters Kaitlyn, Victoria and Madison, brother Sidney SMITHSON (Elizabeth,) nephew David, niece Lisa and dear Friends Loretta GRANT and Patricia WOOD and other relatives and Friends. Predeceased by her husband Donald KIRWAN, parents George and Audrey SMITHSON and sister Nancy. Visitation will be held at Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 9th Line (at Dundas), Oakville, Friday, June 17th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service Saturday June 18th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ian Anderson House.

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SMITHSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-17 published
KIRWAN, Mary Ann (née SMITHSON)
Died June 15, 2005, after a lengthy illness. Survived by her loving children Nancy GRUSZEWSKI, Stephen BURROWS, Laura BURROWS (Mike,) Elizabeth KIRWAN, granddaughters Kaitlyn, Victoria and Madison, brother Sidney SMITHSON (Elizabeth,) nephew David, niece Lisa, and dear Friends Loretta GRANT and Patricia WOOD, and other relatives and Friends. Predeceased by husband Donald KIRWAN, parents George and Audrey SMITHSON, and sister Nancy. Visitation will be held at Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 9th Line (at Dundas), Oakville, Friday, June 17th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service Saturday, June 18th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ian Anderson House.

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