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YORK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-26 published
SAWCHUK, Elizabeth (CHRISTIAN)
Of Chatsworth and formerly of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 at Country Lane Nursing Home in Chatsworth in her 86th year. The former Elizabeth CHRISTIAN was the beloved wife of the late Matthew SAWCHUK. She was the loving mother of Jane (Dick) TURNER, Ron (Wendy) SAWCHUK, and Carol Anne (Bob) WAITE. Elizabeth was the dear sister of Walter, Joe (Jackie,) Fred, Mary YORK, Alice (John) LAWRENCE, Kay (John) NAPOLIC and Elsie (Bob) LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH. Grams will be missed by her grandchildren: Terri, Tammy, Ricky (Tammy), Trevor, Jill-Ann (Tony), Jonathan, John (Jen), Ben and Andy as well as by her 5 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Currie Funeral Home 239 Garafraxa Street, Chatsworth (519) 794-2631, for visitation on Thursday from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. Pastor Howard RITTENHOUSE will officiate. Interment: Hillside Cemetery, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. If so desired, memorial contributions to the Children's Aide Society Sunshine Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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YORK o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2007-09-28 published
WAZONEK, Victor Stanley
Korean War Veteran - Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
Passed away peacefully on Sunday September 23, 2007 at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital in his 78th year. He leaves behind his wife Joan WAZONEK of Wasaga Beach. Dear father of Kevin of Wasaga Beach, Mike and his wife Karen of Shallow Lake, Vincent of Toronto and Daniel and his wife Sharon of Whitby. Beloved grandfather of Jennifer, Scott, Kealee, Evan, Ryan, Cydnee, Alex, Christine, Emily and great-granddaughter Oceana. Survived by his sister Mildred YORK of Toronto and brother Ted WAZONEK of Wasaga Beach. Predeceased by his sister Gladys HAZER, brothers Edward and Leo as well as his parents Francis and Sophie WAZONEK. The family received Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Homes, Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street on Wednesday September 26, 2007 from 6-9 in the evening. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 63 Elgin Street in Collingwood at 11: 00 a.m. on Thursday September 27, 2007. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the charity of the donor's choice in Victor's memory. Friends are invited to view Mr. WAZONEK's on-line memorial book by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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YORK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-14 published
YORK, Doctor Derek
Passed peacefully at the age of 70, in his family's loving care at Huronia District Hospital, Thursday, August 9th 2007. He will be very sadly missed by his wife Lydia, son Link and partner Lisa, his sister Margaret and brother Alan, nephews Richard and Nigel, nieces Linda and Coral, his sister-in-law Monica, niece Dessa and nephew Stefan … and by the many, many dear Friends, colleagues and students that Derek touched throughout the course of his remarkable career and life. He was a world-renowned scientist, educator, author, columnist … and of course, sports-fanatic! After graduating from University College, Oxford, Derek was invited to The University of Toronto in 1960, eventually becoming Chairman of the Physics Department. Derek was also named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, appointed the J. Tuzo Wilson Professor of Geophysics, was a Foreign Principal Investigator for National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a popular Columnist for The Globe and Mail, an author of several successful books and in 2005 was the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by The Canadian Association of Physicists. Yet knowing Derek, he would probably have counted the handful of victories of his Geophysics soccer team over arch-rivals Geology among his most cherished achievements. Derek was a truly wonderful, inspiring and devoted Husband and Dad who traveled the world (and Go Home Lake!) with Lydia and Link, on many great adventures. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the team at Sunnybrook, in particular, Doctor Scott BERRY, and R.N. Mary JAMIESON for their wonderful dedication, care and support for Derek through his battle with prostate cancer.
Derek's unique and indomitable spirit continues to shine through all who knew him. He will be greatly, deeply missed.
At a later date, there will be a celebration of Derek's life, as well as the launch of a unique on-line initiative which will continue the spirit of Derek's passion to communicate and inspire through the exchange of ideas.

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YORMAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-05 published
Sandy BAIRD 82
Ontario Publisher Began As A Paperboy
By Canadian Press, Page S8
Kitchener, Ontario -- Sandy BAIRD, a former publisher of the Waterloo Region Record, died at Freeport Health Centre in Kitchener, Ontario, on September 3. He was 82.
Colleagues at what is now The Record, a daily newspaper that serves both Kitchener and neighbouring Waterloo, described a man who was noted for his thoroughness - even going so far as to sleep with a police scanner on his bedside table to ensure no story fell through the cracks. "He listened to it all," said Don McCurdy, a retired executive editor. "If we missed something, he was all over it."
Born and raised in Kitchener, Mr. BAIRD delivered papers as a boy, then worked throwing bundles off a truck for other carriers, as an evening switchboard operator and as an office boy in the summers.
He joined the Royal Canadian Navy while still underage, serving on ships protecting Newfoundland-to-Ireland convoys and in the Normandy landings during the Second World War.
After the war, he studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario in London, graduating at the top of his class before joining The Record as a reporter.
Mr. BAIRD covered a variety of beats, worked as a copy editor and wrote a column that ran for more than 20 years. He climbed through executive positions before being named publisher in 1975.
He retired at 65 and continued writing a weekly column, but soon cut his ties to the paper in a dispute over how it was being edited. Known for his wit and folksy writing style, he displayed both in his final piece in The Record -- a letter to the editor in which he complained that "just about everyone but the weekend security man had been tinkering" with his copy.
He was predeceased by his wife, Connie, and by their only child, daughter Judith YORMAK. He is survived by grand_son, Ben YORMAK.

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