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VIEGAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-22 published
PEREIRA, Jacinto Santana
Peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on September 20, 2006 at the age of 75. Jacinto loving husband of Reynah. Beloved father of Maria PEREIRA, Franca VIEGAS and her husband Errol and Nicole D'CUNHA and her husband Joseph. Cherished grandpa of Mikaela, Nicholas and Declan. Dear brother of the late Anita, Aramita, Remedios, Rosario and Lourdes. Sadly missed by sisters-in-law May and her husband Ian, Greta and Etelvina, and many loving nieces, nephews, family and Friends. Friends may visit at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne St. (south of Wellesley) on Friday from 5-9 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Basil's Roman Catholic Church, 50 Saint_Joseph St. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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VIEIRA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-29 published
Trying to reconcile a man's life and death
Friends are wondering how a college student from a good family ended up shot dead by police, writes Anthony REINHART
By Anthony REINHART, Page A11
Toronto -- Until a couple of weeks ago, anyone who knew the real Shelton McKENZIE would have expected to find him out clubbing last night, toasting his 21st birthday on some Toronto dance floor in smooth urban attire and a fresh pair of Jordans.
Instead, his Friends dressed for a visitation yesterday at a funeral home in his hometown of Ajax, east of Toronto, to file past Mr. McKENZIE's coffin and wonder whether they really knew him at all.
Specifically, they've been wondering how Mr. McKENZIE -- who came from a middle-class suburban family, who worked as a produce clerk through high school, who had young women lining up for his ever-respectful attention, and who took police courses in college just last fall -- wound up shot dead by police this month.
It happened just before dawn on Thursday, April 13, near an upscale home in the Thornhill community north of Toronto, where the THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON family had just endured a home invasion robbery.
York Regional Police arrived as Mr. McKENZIE and another person fled in the THOMPSONs' pickup truck. Officers opened fire on the truck, killing Mr. McKENZIE. The second man ran off and holed up in another home and was arrested within hours.
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, which probes deaths and injuries related to police, is still examining the killing of Mr. McKENZIE.
But York police have linked the two men to five home invasions in and around Toronto since late February, including the gunpoint robbery of Sherry COOPER, chief economist at BMO Nesbitt Burns, and her husband, Peter.
As she squinted through the murk of predawn to find two masked men standing in her bedroom, Ms. COOPER felt surprised, bewildered and terrified on the morning of March 13.
Police say Mr. McKENZIE was one of the two mud-splattered men standing before her and her husband. The pair had broken into the COOPERs' ravine-side home in Hogg's Hollow, an exclusive enclave in North Toronto.
They bound the couple with duct tape, ransacked the house and fled with cash, jewellery, computers and BlackBerrys.
Their masks, and the shock that gripped the COOPERs, made them all but impossible to identify.
"We refer to the 'old guy' and the 'young guy' when we speak to each other, or the 'big guy,' Ms. COOPER told The Globe and Mail, "and we're not even sure we're referring to the same people."
Ms. COOPER, 55, was also caught without her glasses or contact lenses. "I'm not blind without my glasses, but it was pleasingly fuzzy, believe me. I didn't particularly want to be 100-per-cent conscious."
She was conscious enough, however, to talk her way to some relief after one of the men, armed with a gun, pinned her to the bed.
"He said he wanted jewellery and I said, 'Let me show you… where it is,' Ms. COOPER said. "So, fortunately, that got us to stand up and walk in there" to where her valuables were stored.
The couple were led downstairs and taped to a pillar. One man stood guard, pointing a gun at them, the other combed the house, selecting items to fill his backpack and tossing others to the floor.
Asked whether either man seemed like a novice, or a junior partner, Ms. COOPER had this to say about the one who stood guard: "Until the very end I would have thought that he was more nervous, and that he wasn't as aggressive, he wasn't a leader," she said.
"However, at the end, I managed to get myself out of the tape, and it was that stand-guard guy that saw me. And then he grabbed me and, you know, pulled me up the steps and told me, now he's going to have to hurt me, now he's going to have to shoot me, and he threw me down on the floor and said he was going to have to shoot me.
"And it was the other one who said, 'Take her back downstairs.' So they just retaped us."
"There wasn't, like, a good cop and a bad cop; there wasn't a leader and a follower," she said. "They were brutal. They clearly hated us, just [because of] what we had."
But for the people who knew or encountered Shelton McKENZIE, nothing is very clear. No one -- from coaches and former co-workers to Friends and the police themselves -- has been able to reconcile the way he lived with the way he died.
"I really don't know how or why he became involved," Detective Sergeant Fred MOFFATT of York's holdup squad said, adding that police have seen more young people from trouble-free backgrounds jumping "right into doing robberies."
Sometimes the goal is to win acceptance from a gang. Others are dragged in by underworld creditors, such as drug dealers.
"I don't know if that's the case here, so I would never say that," Det. Sgt. MOFFATT said. "We're still investigating and still trying to figure out exactly where he comes from. But yeah, it's a mystery."
Mr. McKENZIE's parents, who have requested privacy from reporters, are "just blown away" by what happened, said Lance BROWN, their pastor at Refuge City Pentecostal Church in Ajax. "I knew Shelton. He was a great kid," Mr. BROWN said.
At the No Frills on Kingston Road in Pickering, Tony CORNACCHIA recalled how Mr. McKENZIE "always asked for as many hours as I could give him" in the produce department, where he was the most experienced part-timer, until he left the job a year ago. "I left him in charge quite a few times, on evenings and weekends."
Mr. CORNACCHIA remembered driving the young man home to his parents' relatively new house in west Ajax, where he lived with an older brother, a younger brother and a sister. He described the family as hard-working and strict, particularly the mother, who insisted that her son help pay his own way.
"It seemed like they were a very disciplined family," he said, and when he heard the news of Mr. McKENZIE's death, "I was surprised just like everyone else."
Ms. COOPER had trouble squaring the wholesome image of Mr. McKENZIE with the man who caused her to feel such terror that morning, a terror that she said has changed her life forever.
"It is inconceivable to me that some normal, 20-year-old, good kid finds himself just accidentally in this kind of situation," she said. "I have a son who's not much older than that and, honestly, I just can't even fathom how you get yourself in that situation unless you've been… involved with some real bad people for a while."
If that's the case, Shelton McKENZIE kept his secret life well hidden.
At J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate, where he graduated in 2004, basketball coaches Steve DAWSON and Mike McFETTERS stood in the gym last week, puzzled.
"Whatever happened, we didn't see it coming," said Mr. DAWSON, a middle-aged man who traded easy, good-natured jibes with the popular all-star nicknamed Springz for his jumping prowess.
Mr. McFETTERS said his star rebounder avoided situations that looked like trouble and could take a beating on the court without losing his cool.
"He wasn't a violent kid," he said, but acknowledged he'd seen Mr. McKENZIE just three times, for a total of about 20 minutes, in the two years since he left Richardson. The last time was just before Christmas, when the young man dropped by the school after his first semester in the police foundations program at Durham College in Oshawa.
Mr. McFETTERS said Mr. McKENZIE was conflicted over whether to continue his studies, citing the cost and the commute as challenges.
"If he wasn't sure what he wanted to do, he didn't want to go [back to college] until he could figure things out," the coach said.
With that, he asked Mr. McFETTERS about his wife and daughter, and congratulated him on the impending birth of a second child.
With his death, "there's just questions that I don't know if we're ever going to get the answers to now," the coach said.
Similar questions are circulating among Mr. McKENZIE's Friends, 236 of whom are linked to his profile on hi5.com, a Web gathering place. Since his death, many have posted photos and comments, written in the vernacular of on-line chat.
"i cant begin 2 understand y USA did wat USA did," wrote one. 'it wasnt ur thing… it wasnt like u. buh im not tryna hold nothing on u. Ire gota 4give u… even tho now ur gone 4ever."
Several young women claimed Mr. McKENZIE as their dream man, and gave accounts of long telephone conversations, nights out dancing, tender moments and hopes for a future together.
In an interview this week, Jennifer VIEIRA, 19, said Mr. McKENZIE's attractiveness was no mystery when she met him after the 2004 Caribana parade in downtown Toronto. He was not only well-dressed, but also a gentleman.
"He said, 'I'll call you in a couple of hours,' and he actually called me back later," she said. "He was coming off real. He wasn't being fake at all."
What was real and what was fake is sure to cross the minds of many at Mr. McKENZIE's funeral this morning, inside the Revivaltime Tabernacle in Pickering.
But inside the church and out, it seems, God only knows.

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VIEIRA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-18 published
FERNANDES, Avelino (January 28, 1929-February 16, 2006)
Of Fairview Nursing Home. Visitation 12 noon-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W. at Dufferin, Toronto. Mass 1: 15 p.m. Monday at St. Helen's Church to Prospect Cemetery. Mr. FERNANDES, who died at St. Joseph's Hospital, is survived by: wife Maria; sister Gilberta ALVES (Joao) brothers-in-law Eliuterio VIEIRA (Lurdes,) Orlando VIEIRA (Maria.) Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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VIEIRA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-11 published
VIEIRA- AMBROSE, Indya Nancy
Born February 8, 2006 at North York General Hospital came into Melissa AMBROSE and Aaron VIEIRA's life at 24 weeks old and lived for 12 minutes in our arms before she had to go again. She was the beautiful granddaughter to Nancy and Tony VIEIRA, Robin AMBROSE and the wonderful niece to Jordan, Austin, Eden, Kaylee and Blaise. In her short moment of life in this world she brought perfection and peace to Melissa and my life. She will be forever remembered and cherished and has made us all better people. God Bless my little bug!

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VIEIRA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-12 published
D'ANDREA, Albert
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at the age of 86. Beloved husband of the late Nancy (née PERNA.) Loving father of Anna COE and her husband Jim, and Mary-Lou PICKEN and her husband George. He will be sadly missed and remembered by his grandchildren, Jennifer HONEYBALL and her husband Jason, Shannon VIEIRA and her husband David, and Robin COE, along with Albert's great-grandchildren, Sydney, Olivia, and Christian. Dearly remembered by his sister Mary MICELI. Predeceased by his brothers Ralph and Victor. He will also be greatly missed by his many, many animal Friends. Family and Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, from 7-9 p.m. on Monday. Funeral Mass to be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor St. W., on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment to follow at Park Lawn Cemetery. Donations to the Humane Society would be appreciated.

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VIEIRA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-06 published
SHIM, Sylvia Laura
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, in her 86th year, at the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital. Beloved wife of Ronald SHIM with whom she spent 60 wonderful years; loving sister to Rita VIEIRA and dearest sister-in-law to Maureen SHIM, Sylvia LOQUAN, Eileen CHEN, Roma SHIM and Errol SHIM. Most loving aunt to Gerry and Denise, Leslie and Alison, Marisa and Ian and her many other nieces, nephews and their families. In accordance with Sylvia's wishes, a cremation has taken place. For those who wish to pay their respects, a memorial service will be held on Monday, April 10th at 10: 30 a.m. at the St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church at 5324 Bromley Road in Burlington, Ontario L7L 3G4. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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VIEIRA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-09-20 published
Slain man had been shot in head before
By Tracy HUFFMAN, Crime Reporter
Police found the drug addict standing on King St. W. suffering from gunshot wounds to the head, arm and shoulder.
Two years later that man -- Christopher James WHITE/WHYTE -- was dying on the floor of a flophouse in that same neighbourhood with another gunshot wound to the head. That was Sunday morning. This time he did not survive.
WHITE/WHYTE, 35, was well known in Parkdale, but homicide detectives have very little information about where he was in the 12 hours before the shooting, or who may be responsible for his murder.
"We have no witnesses. No motive," said Det. Dan SHEPPARD of the 5: 20 a.m. shooting.
Two years ago, when police found WHITE/WHYTE standing in the same neighbourhood with gunshot wounds, he likely knew who shot him but refused to help with the investigation, SHEPPARD said.
WHITE/WHYTE's slaying is one of three unrelated homicides in a 4½-hour period Sunday morning.
Two hours later on Bridlington Street, near Bellamy and Ellesmere Rds., a man found his 22-year-old son, Patrick SANTOS, dead in the backyard of the family home. Police remain tight-lipped about the investigation, the man's cause of death and the motive behind the killing.
Around 10 a.m. a third man was killed, struck by a car and then repeatedly stabbed with a machete by the driver. Piratheep THARMAKULASINGAM, 25, collapsed in front of a home on Huntsmill Blvd., near Steeles Ave. E. and Warden Ave.
A first-degree murder warrant has been issued for Sujan ABEYEWARDENE, 19, of Richmond Hill. Homicide detectives plan to release a photograph of the wanted man today after showing it to potential witnesses: yesterday.
"We have checked his known addresses… his home address, his place of employment," said homicide Det. Bill VIEIRA. "He has not been found."

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VIEIRA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-29 published
Woman charged in axe killing
Victim died from blow to the head
By Moira WELSH, Staff Reporter
As a special constable for GO Transit, Dennis HOY spent his days collecting tickets on trains and keeping order when trouble broke out.
HOY, 36, died early Friday morning when he was hit on the head with an axe while visiting his girlfriend's apartment on The Queensway, near Royal York Rd.
A 22-year-old woman, who rented a room in the apartment, has been charged in his death.
Neighbours said they often saw HOY's girlfriend and the woman walking cocker spaniels along The Queensway. The two women appeared to be very close, they said.
Toronto Homicide detective Bill VIEIRA said HOY was a frequent visitor to the apartment, adding police are still trying to determine the nature of the relationships among the trio.
"The circumstances of these three individuals are going to play an important role in the trial and are certainly going to become part of the evidence as it comes to trial," he said.
Neighbours, however, said HOY had been involved in a long-term relationship with one of the women, who they said was named Nicky.
One woman said Nicky rented out her extra bedrooms to a series of people over the years, leading to numerous disturbances and calls to police."
The apartment is above a coin laundromat, and two stores down from Anna MILONE's beauty shop, Empire Spa.
Nicky was a frequent customer, MILONE said. "It is just unbelievable, that this happened right here."
She said one of the neighbours heard shouting from the apartment shortly after midnight.
VIEIRA said yesterday that the autopsy showed HOY died from "blunt impact trauma" to his head.
Ashleigh PECHALUK has been charged with second-degree murder.

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VIELANDER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-17 published
MERCER, Aubrey John “Jack&rdquo
World War 2 Veteran
At the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Wednesday November 15, 2006. In his 84th year, Aubrey John “Jack” MERCER, the loving husband of the late Willa Marguerite MERCER (née SMITH,) and the late M. Eleanor MERCER (née DAY.) Loving father of Donald MERCER of Owen Sound, Coleen and her husband Dan HARRINGTON, of Guelph. Father-in-law of Mary Lou MERCER of Owen Sound. Loved Grandfather of Mark HARRINGTON and his wife Laurel of Halifax, Paul HARRINGTON and Alescia RICHARDSON of Waterloo, Michael HARRINGTON of Toronto, Christina MERCER and John VIELANDER of Calgary and Anne and her husband Moona RAHEMTULLA of Owen Sound. Proud great-grandfather of Zarra. Dear brother of Bill and his wife Joyce and brother-in-law of Beth BEAUSOLEIL and her husband Peter of Calgary. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews and by Eleanor's family; Joyce, (Mrs. Arthur CARR) and Ian. Predeceased by his son Wayne and by his sister Marilyn (Mrs Jack RUTHERFORD). Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11 a.m. Rev. Ralph SCHMIDT officiating. Members of the Owen Sound Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6 are requested to attend a memorial service at the funeral home on Sunday evening at 6: 45 p.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
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VIENNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-01 published
MUIR, James MacKelvie
son of James MUIR and Estelle HOLTHAM, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2006 in Courtenay, British Columbia of pulmonary failure. He was a loving father to Deirdre (Courtenay) and James (Toronto), grandfather to Madailein and Nolan MUIR, and father-in-law to Brian ALLAERT and Jessica MUIR. He was predeceased by sisters Emma, Jesse, Evelyn, and brother Ian, and survived by sister Molly (Ottawa), former wife Elizabeth Gillan MUIR (Toronto), former partner Dianne DE VIENNE (New Orleans) and life-long friend David PANABAKER (Bancroft.) Born December 27, 1929, in Almonte, Ontario, Jim made Courtenay, on Vancouver Island, his home in 1992 after living for many years in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Stratford. Jim's gift was with the written word with which he could express thought deftly. He achieved the degree of Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University and spent the 50s as a newspaper reporter and editor. In addition to stints at The Ottawa Journal, the Nassau Guardian, and Kitchener-Waterloo Record, he was founding editor of the Trentonian in Trenton, Ontario. He spent a decade with Canadian National Railway in Public Relations and another decade with Puerto Rico firm Public and Industrial Relations. He was later self-employed and then moved to Stratford, Ontario, where he co-managed a successful bed-and-breakfast Inn. He moved to British Columbia in 1992 and, in retirement, occupied himself with building and business projects and explored various aspects of philosophy. Jim will be dearly missed by an extensive web of Friends and acquaintances who were drawn to his optimistic, fun-loving and gentle nature. In lieu of flowers, and knowing the gratitude he would wish to express to those who cared for him, Jim would welcome donations made in his name to Saint_Joseph's General Hospital, Comox, British Columbia A Celebration Gathering will be held in Courtenay, British Columbia, at The Elks Club, 231 6th Street, on Saturday, June 3rd at 12 noon. Yates Funeral Service and Crematorium (250) 338-2922 in care of arrangements

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VIERLINGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-07 published
VIERLINGER, Christine
Quietly at Toronto Western Hospital on Monday, March 6, 2006, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Heinz. She is survived by her niece Renate and great-nephew Jason. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto (two lights west of Yonge), on Wednesday, March 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Thursday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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