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O'BRIAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-04 published
O'BRIAN, Edith Jean (née BEATTY)
(October 5, 1919-July 1st, 2008)
In Toronto at the Salvation Army Meighen Manor Alzheimer and Dementia wing, in her 89th year. Edie was pre-deceased last year by her beloved husband of 65 years, Peter, and previously by her twin brother Richard BEATTY, her sisters Ottilie BEATTY and Graeme RENGERS, and her lifelong Friends Marcia WOOD and Joy MacDONALD. She is dearly missed by her sister Barbara SPEARS, her sons John St. George O'BRIAN (Helen) and Peter Beatty O'BRIAN (Carolyn BENNETT,) her grandchildren Melanie, Amy, Meghan, Jack and Ben (all O'BRIAN) who knew and loved her as 'Dede', her nephew Douglas SPEARS, and her nieces Jean PODOLSKY (George,) Buffy ASH (Bill,) and Kit RENGERS. She is also remembered with love by her brothers-in-law, James O'BRIAN (Anne) and Liam O'BRIAN (Barbara). Edie grew up in Toronto on Cottingham Street and Ava Crescent, the third daughter of lawyer Percy BEATTY (Fraser and Beatty) and Marjorie. She attended Bishop Stachan School and Hatfield Hall and spent summers at Nares Inlet, Georgian Bay, where she first met Peter in 1936. During World War 2, she sailed to England to join 'Pete', who was serving overseas in the Royal Air Force, and they were married in London at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields in December, 1941, returning to Toronto in 1959. During the War she served with the Red Cross. She later volunteered for many years with the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire at Dixon Hall in Toronto. She delighted in her family life, her dogs, Chelsea, Hollywood and Marley, long country walks and blueberry picking by canoe in the Georgian Bay. She was fiercely loyal and supportive to those she loved, and always sided with the 'underdog'. Edie's family is deeply grateful to the Meighen Manor for the loving care provided by its dedicated staff. She is sadly missed by her devoted care-giver, friend and daily companion, Merlidita DE VERA, who faithfully maintained her dignity, confidence and humour during her decline from Alzheimer disease. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 9th at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of St. James the-Less Cemetery, 635 Parliament Street, Toronto. Donations may be made to the Canadian Alzhiemer Society or Salvation Army, Meighen Manor.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-01-07 published
SPICER loved history, humour
Elizabeth SPICER, a librarian for 38 years, organized the local history collection.
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Sun Media, Mon., January 7, 2008
A local history guru, an independent woman known for wit and determination, former London librarian Elizabeth SPICER has died.
She was 91.
SPICER died Tuesday, days after a stroke. Her legacy survives at the London public library, where for 38 years she helped anyone find information on anything, and organized the library's extensive local history collection.
To Friends who recall her "fantastic sense of humour," SPICER will always be the independent librarian -- always "Miss," but never "Ms" Betty SPICER -- who was passionate about history and architecture, a woman who took the bus where she needed to go.
Glen CURNOE, who became a librarian himself, recalls SPICER was the librarian who helped him to win a debate when he was a South secondary school student in the 1950s.
Assigned to do a speech on whether television was beneficial to teenagers, Curnoe said he went to the central library, where SPICER was working as head of the general reference collection.
"I told her about my speech and she helped me collect all this information on television," he said. "I won the debate at school."
He has other childhood memories of SPICER.
"I do remember her threatening to kick us out if we didn't keep quiet," he chuckled. "That was when libraries were supposed to be quiet places."
Eventually, he would return to the library to work, where he developed respect for SPICER. The two developed a Friendship that forever connected them each May 22, the date of both their birthdays.
In 1967, SPICER became head of the newly established London Room at the library, remaining there for 14 years.
"She loved history. She was very loyal to her causes, local history and genealogy," said CURNOE, who followed SPICER as the London Room director.
In 1981, when she retired, SPICER was made a life member of the London and Middlesex Historical Society for contributions "beyond the call of duty."
Even in retirement, SPICER remained a stalwart on the city's historical scene.
Another friend, Anne McKillop, yesterday remembered SPICER as a "tiny little woman with a fantastic sense of humour."
The two met in 1966 when together they helped form the London branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. For years, they worked together on committees to save historical sites.
"She always had this amazing ability to inject humour into things, so we could get on with things.
"I can still see her, this little woman with heavy glasses. She'd be reading a report or something and she would smile and make a dry comment that would break everybody up."
SPICER's funeral is scheduled today at 2 p.m. at the Church of Saint_John the Evangelist, 280 Saint_James St. in London.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-05 published
Meningococcal disease possible cause of death
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Sun Media, Wed., March 5, 2008
Health officials in Lambton County are investigating if the death of a 21-year-old Sarnia woman was caused by meningococcal disease.
Sara Bethany DOIG, 21, died in a London hospital from a blood infection and symptoms of the disease, said Vicki HAWKSWORTH of the Lambton County Community Health Services Department.
"We don't know how she died because we don't have lab confirmation, but if it was (meningococcal disease) it is an isolated case," she said.
The disease infects the lining of the brain or bloodstream and is fatal in about 10 per cent of patients. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, neck stiffness and vomiting.
People who were in close contact with DOIG have been treated with preventative antibiotics, HAWKSWORTH said.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-25 published
BALINT, George Anthony
Suddenly March 19th, at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, George Anthony BALINT, age 48, left those who loved him to go with the Lord. Survived by best friend and dear wife Darlene of Sarnia and special loving parents Anthony and Betty BALINT, brother David (Trudy) and nephews Daniel and Lee BALINT of West Lorne. Survived also by step children Tammy VAN TROOST (Pete,) Jody WRIGHT (Rich,) Bill O'BRIEN (Amy) and 7 Grandchildren. Dear brother-in-law of Richard BROOKS (Charlene), Diane PILON (Dwayne), William HAMIL (Ester,) and Doug BROOKS (Gail.) George was born in Saint Thomas and grew up in West Lorne. He attended Fanshawe College and began his working career in Sarnia. George was employed by Baysar Office Equipment as Service Technician Manager. He took great pride in his work and was always eager to please his customers. The day George Anthony BALINT was born the mould was broke. Cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 29th, 2008 at the Saint Mary's Parish Hall, 132 Main Street, West Lorne, Ontario, from 2-4. "Never to be forgotten. Let the angels sing".

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-04 published
O'BRIEN, Eldon
On Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich, Eldon O'BRIEN, formerly of Tuckersmith Township, in his 90th year. Beloved husband of the late Mary (DUFFY) O'BRIEN. Dear father of Frank of Australia, Lyle of Seaforth, Diane (Bill) LEWIN of Saint_John, New Brunswick, Jean of Hensall, Basil (Mary Lou) of Clinton and Margaret (Bill) TURNER of Bayfield. Loving grandfather of 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Also remembered by a brother-in-law Bob (Ruth) DUFFY of R.R.#1, Dublin and a sister-in-law Reta MANLEY of Stratford. Predeceased by a daughter Donna, parents Christopher and Helen O'BRIEN, sisters-in-law Vera (Raymond) MURRAY and Esther (Alvin) RAU and brothers-in-law Louis DUFFY and Merv MANLEY. Family will receive Friends at the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth on Saturday, April 5 from 9: 00 a.m. until the time of the Mass of the Christian Burial at 11: 00 a.m. at Saint_James Roman Catholic Church, Seaforth. Fr. Paul NICHOLSON will officiate. Interment Clinton Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or to a charity of one's choice appreciated. Condolences at www.whitneyribeyfuneralhome.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-17 published
GRESPAN, Monsignor Vito H.
Peacefully passed from this life Monday, April 14, 2008 in his 93rd year. Beloved brother of Ida Lee GRESPAN of Waterloo and sister-in-law Enes GRESPAN of Kitchener. He will be lovingly remembered by his nephews Paul GRESPAN and his wife JoAnn, Peter GRESPAN and nieces Doctor Rebecca RENWICK, her husband Frank and their daughter, Adele ANDERSON and her children, Michele GRESPAN and her son, and Janine SHARP, her husband David and their sons. Msgr. GRESPAN is predeceased by his parents Ernesto and Maria (GOLLA,) his brother Fred, sister Adele and niece Claudia. He was born March 10, 1916 in the village of Selva del Montello, Italy. His devotion to the priesthood began at an early age. He first entered the Seminary in Treviso, Italy, then moved to Canada at 18 to join his family. They had settled in Milton, Ontario. He continued his studies at Saint Peter's Seminary in London and was ordained by Bishop J.T. KIDD, D.D., in 1941, in the Diocese of London. Shortly after, he was appointed private secretary to Archbishop E. Antoniutti, Apostolic Delegate of the Vatican in Ottawa until 1947. He returned to Italy and obtained his Doctorate in Canon Law in Rome, in 1950. Back in Canada, he resumed his post in Ottawa until 1952. Msgr. GRESPAN was appointed Chancellor of the London Diocese (1952-'68) and at the same time became Chaplain to the Sisters of the Precious Blood at the London Monastery. He served as Pastor of the Saint Mary's Church in London (1968-'70), Sacred Heart Church in Ingersoll (1970-'80), Holy name of Mary in Saint Mary's (1980-'87) and then retired to St. Rose of Lima in Windsor and Saint Anne's Parish in Saint Thomas. Later he moved into the Chatham Retirement Home where he resided from 1996, and was recently moved to Riverview Gardens Nursing Home in Chatham, in declining health. Special thanks from the family to the professional and caring staff there. And our deepest gratitude to Father Patrick COSTELLO, who passed away recently, and to his sister Helen O'BRIEN who carried out Father's commitment to care for Msgr. GRESPAN in his later years. Msgr. was a 4th Degree Member of the Knight's of Columbus. Msgr. is Laying in State at Saint Anne's Church, (20 Morrison Dr., Saint Thomas) on Thursday evening from 7: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and again on Friday morning from 10: 00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Anne's Church on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. Private Interment in Mary Mount Cemetery, Guelph. 4th Degree Members of the Knight's of Columbus will be conducting prayers at the church on Thursday evening at 6: 45 p.m. Vigil prayers will be conducted Thursday evening by Father Peter POEL at 8: 45 p.m. Donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Foundation.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-21 published
KONING, Jack
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, April 19, 2008 Jack KONING of Lambeth went to be with his Lord in his 84th year. Beloved husband of the late Martha KONING (1999.) Loving father of Tina and John DERYCK of Chatham, Joanne and Martin KUSTERS of Putnam, Veronica and Tim O'BRIEN of Dorchester, Peter and Marlene of Lambeth, Mike and Elizabeth of London, Jack and Tracey of London, Robert of London, Richard and Jenna of London and Jason and Corry of Burlington. Cherished Opa of 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Vroon SCHOUTEN, Corry BLAAUW, Piet and Truus KONING, all of Holland. Loving brother-in-law of Annie KONING of Australia. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Piet and Catharina KONING, his brother Dirk, sister Jo BESSELING and his infant daughter Antonia. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, 2240 Wharncliffe Rd., S., Lambeth 519-652-2020 on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. then to Saint_Justin's Roman Catholic Church where the Celebration of Jack's Life will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 10: 00 a.m. Father Mark POULIN celebrating. Interment Saint Peter's Cemetery. Donations to the London Regional Cancer Centre gratefully acknowledged. On-line condolences and donations are available through www.mcfarlane-roberts.ca.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-23 published
BRADY, William Blake
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, London, on Thursday, April 17th, 2008, William Blake BRADY of London in his 79th year. Missed by the mother of his four children Peggy, and beloved children Michele, Michael, Bill and Sean. Survived by his beloved sisters Elizabeth O'BRIEN and Catherine SARSFIELD of Nova Scotia. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street (at Wavell), London. Memorial donations appreciated to the charity of your choice.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-14 published
MALLOY, Doctor Lawrence " Lou"
A resident of R.R.#1 Morpeth, Doctor Lawrence (Lou) MALLOY died at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Chatham Campus on Monday May 12, 2008 at the age of 82 years. Born in Kingsville, son of the late Jock and Mary Ellen (O'BRIEN) MALLOY. He is survived by a cousin Nancy NEWALL of Toronto. Doctor MALLOY served Ridgetown and area as a family physician for 50 years retiring from his practice in 2002. Following his retirement he worked part time as a surgical assistant at The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Dr. MALLOY was a member of the Ontario Medical Association. He was a graduate of Queen's University Medical College and Interned at Hamilton General Hospital. He served his country during World War 2 in the Royal Canadian Air Force as an air gunner earning the rank of sergeant. Doctor MALLOY was an avid golfer and curler and was a member of the Ridgetown Golf and Curling Club. He was also a member of the Ridgetown Canadian Legion Branch 243. Friends may call at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Thursday May 15, 2008 from 2: 00-4:30 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service at the Funeral Home on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Wm. VANDERVEEKEN and Fr. Martin JOHNSTON officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown. A Legion Service will be conducted at the Funeral Home on Thursday at 7: 00 p.m. Donations to the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Every Life Counts Physician Recruitment Fund appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-10 published
VAN PUYMBROECK, Ed
At University Hospital, on Monday, June 9th, 2008, Ed VAN PUYMBROECK at the age of 68. Beloved husband and true friend of Lorraine. Loving father and step-father of Wendy of Kimberly, British Columbia Ed Jr. and his wife Margaret of London; Jeff and his wife Carrie of Newfoundland; Lisa O'BRIEN and her fiance Andrew PRENTICE of London; Paul McELHONE of London; and Trevor McELHONE and his wife Mary Beth of Tillsonburg. Dear brother of Agnes and her husband Hugh LESTER of Lions Head, Gary and his wife Lynn of Tillsonburg, and brother-in-law of Shirley (Lawrence, 1975) of Chatham. Cherished grandfather of Mary, Katelyn, Laura, Mason and Trevor VAN PUYMBROECK, Patric and Ally McELHONE, Jill and Justin HAMMOND. Ed will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Wednesday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. as well as one hour prior to the memorial service being conducted in the chapel on Thursday, June 12th, 2008 at 3: 00 p.m. Rev. Michael JOHNSON officiating. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ed are asked to consider the Mississippi Society or the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Online condolences may be sent to condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-13 published
KAVANAGH, Margaret " Peggy"
Peacefully at Babcock Community Care Centre, on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, Margaret "Peggy" KAVANAGH of Glencoe, in her 74th year. She will be sadly missed by her dear friend Gerry ATKINSON. Loving mother of Heather KAVANAGH and her husband Bob O'BRIEN of Chatham, Kathleen KAVANAGH and her husband Don LUNN of Alvinston and Kevin KAVANAGH and his wife Sandy of Manning, Alberta. Peggy was a special Grandma to Maxine HOUNSELL of New Jersey, Melissa HOUNSELL and her husband Richard BEGIN of Glencoe, Kacie and Zach LUNN of Alvinston, Dustin and his wife Amanda KAVANAGH of Lloyd Minister, Alberta and Shawn and Cody KAVANAGH of Manning, Alberta. Peg was blessed with three Great-grandchildren; Presley and Riley KAVANAGH of Lloyd Minister, Alberta and Niya BEGIN of Glencoe. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday, June 16th at 1: 00 p.m. Fr. Frank MURPHY to officiate. Interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Four Counties Health Services or Babcock Community Care Centre.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-23 published
HIGGINS, Eric Bruce
Only son of Edward and Allie (EDGAR) HIGGINS, passed away at his home in the arms of his wife on June 20th, 2008. Beloved husband of Anelda (BLACK) HIGGINS for 52 years. Loving father of Lori-Ann (Philip) McNALLY and infant daughter Lee-Ann HIGGINS (1960). He dearly loved his grandchildren Marty, Kristy-Ann and Kyle McNALLY as well as precious little great-grand_son Brock Bruce McNALLY. Bruce is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law Helena and Keith DAWSON, Leona LEBLANC and Gail and Eldon BLACK. Predeceased by his brother in-law Gerald BLACK. Bruce is also remembered by his long time friend and business partner Kenneth MORGAN (Morgan and Higgins Fuels.) Also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. At Bruce's request there will be no visitation. Cremation and private burial has taken place. A memorial service for Bruce will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Watford (5331 Nauvoo Rd.) on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Tom ANDERSON officiating. Donations to the London Regional Cancer Program or Trinity Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences may be left at www.harperfuneralhome.ca. Anelda, Lori and family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the caring professionals at the London Regional Cancer Center, especially Doctor Jay ENGEL, Doctor Mary MacKENZIE, Doctor FISHER, Bruce's family doctor, Doctor Wayne JOHNSON and all of their caring nurses, especially Nurse Paul O'BRIEN. To the Nurse Angels in the Chemotherapy Suite, and the staff of the Radiation Unit, we are truly grateful. Special thanks to V.O.N. nurses Ellen, Sherry, Lorie and to our special Angels Erica, Janelle (Red Cross Care) and Jane VERHOYSEN. May God bless all of you. We will never forget you. Arrangements entrusted to Harper Funeral Home (519-876-2218).

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-25 published
FOURNIE, Ken
Unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 Ken FOURNIE of Shedden in his 68th year. Beloved husband for 45 years of Kate (O'BRIEN) FOURNIE. Loving father of Ken Jr. and Cheryl, Kathleen and Jeff, Kolleen and Chris and Kris. Fun and loving poppa of Alexandrea, Brent, Rachel, Allison, Marshall, Aviva, Kenny, Cole and Katie. Dear brother of Mae and Jim, Bob and Shirl, Jean and Bill, Bill and Lenora, Marlene, David and Rose, the late Harold FOURNIE (2007) and his wife Marilyn. Proud uncle of many nieces and nephews. A member of the Cameron Masonic Lodge #232, Dutton. Proud owner of Shedden Farm Equipment for 35 years. Ken loved being with his family and Friends, traveling, cutting the grass and trying to improve his golf game. He will be so sadly missed by all. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, 2240 Wharncliffe Rd., S., Lambeth 519-652-2020 on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the complete Celebration of Ken's Life will be held on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Shedden Cemetery. Donations to L.R.C.P. Prostate Cancer Research gratefully acknowledged. On-line condolences and donations are available through www.mcfarlane-roberts.ca.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-19 published
O'BRIEN, Jean (née GOWANS)
Passed away at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital on Friday July 18, 2008, Jean O'BRIEN (née GOWANS) in her 97th year. Predeceased by her husband Joseph (1988). Dearly loved mother of Marilyn PARÉ (Lou), Graham (Barb), Donna VAN SCHAIK (Fred), Joe (Betty), Mary Jane HITCHEN (Pete), Tony (Marilyn), Fran McCORMICK (Jim,) and Colleen O'BRIEN. "G.G." will be missed by her 26 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Thanks and appreciation to the nursing staff of L.H.S.C. University Campus; Community Care Access Centre and the Victorian Order of Nurses Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. The Funeral Mass will be held at Saint_Justin's Church, 855 Jalna Blvd. on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment to follow at Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Monday evening at 7 o'clock. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of jean are asked to consider London Health Sciences Centre Foundation-Palliative Care University Hospital or a charity of your choice.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2008-02-29 published
O'BRIEN, Francis " Frank"
The family of the late Francis "Frank" O'BRIEN, wish to thank everyone who expressed their condolences with your flowers, cards, e-mails, donations and phone calls.
Special thanks are extended to Father Jim McLENNAN from Saint Mary's Parish in Collingwood for the beautiful service and to the C.W.L. for the luncheon. Thank-you to Amy, Mike, and Staff at Fawcett Funeral Home, Collingwood. To Doctor REMILLARD and Staff at Meaford General Hospital. Words cannot express our gratitude.
To the Management and Staff at The Winchester Arms Orangeville. whose willingness to help, goes beyond the call of duty.
With our love.
The O'Brien Family
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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-02-27 published
O'BRIEN, Francis " Frank"
The family of the late Francis "Frank" O'BRIEN, wish to thank everyone who expressed their condolences with your flowers, cards, e-mails, donations and phone calls.
Special thanks are extended to Father Jim McLENNAN from Saint Mary's Parish in Collingwood for the beautiful service and to the C.W.L. for the luncheon. Thank-you to Amy, Mike, and Staff at Fawcett Funeral Home, Collingwood. To Doctor REMILLARD and Staff at Meaford General Hospital. Words cannot express our gratitude.
To the Management and Staff at The Winchester Arms Orangeville, whose willingness to help, goes beyond the call of duty.
With our love.
The O'Brien Family
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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-03-12 published
O'BRIEN, William (September 3, 1924-March 5, 2007)
In life we love you dearly
In death we love you still
In our hearts you hold a special place
That no one else can fill
Always remembered with love by all your family and Friends
The O'Brien Family
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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-07-16 published
ACRI, Jean Mary
Passed away peacefully on Thursday July 10, 2008 at her home in Wasaga Beach in her 87th year. Jean, beloved wife of the late Carl ACRI. Loving mother of Carlyle and his wife Carol and Guy and his wife Laurie. Much loved grandmother of Carlyle Jr., Darren, Michelle (Dave BOSWELL), Anne Marie (Dennis MOLINARO), Chase, Aric/Hunter, David and Cristy and great-grandmother of Anthony, Melissa and Frances. Sister of the late Edna O'BRIEN, Dorothy ZAGER and Brenda ENGINEER. Aunt of Doctor Dennis O'BRIEN, Greg O'BRIEN, Patti WILCOX and Dena DOYLE. Dearly missed by her life long friend Ivy BIFFIS. Friends were received at the Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home - Wasaga Beach Chapel, 509 River Road West, Wasaga Beach (E of Zoo Park), (1-888-429-8766) Monday from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1600 Flos Road Four West, Phelpston Monday July 14, 2008 at 6 p.m. Interment Wasaga Beach Cemetery. Reception followed at the funeral home. For further information and to sign the on-line guest book, log on to: www.carruthersdavidson.com
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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-12 published
O'BRIEN, Michael John
Peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family, on December 28, 2007, aged 77. Beloved husband of Anne for almost 50 years, loving father of David and Emily, dear brother of Liam and Maureen, wonderful granddad of Celeste and Nathan. A graduate of Regis, Fordham, and Princeton, Doctor O'BRIEN was a professor of Classics at Wesleyan, Yale, and the University of Toronto. Visitation at the Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. on Friday, January 18th, 2008 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 19th, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. in St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie Street. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Elizabeth Health Care Foundation (905) 968-6516 or the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care (416) 586-4800, ext. 6664.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-23 published
BRADY, Frances Mary Geraldine "Gerry" (née O'BRIEN)
The beloved bride of 66 years of Charles (Charlie) Thomas BRADY passed away peacefully at Toronto in her 93rd year on January 21st, 2008. Gerry was born in 1915 in Dixie, Ontario. Predeceased by her loving son Patrick (Lynn). She will be forever missed by her children Brenda COSTELLO (Boone), Peter (Beth), Mary Ann, Margaret, Brigid (Stephen) and Timothy. Loving grandmother of Patrick BRADY and Martha BERNEY (Mark); Droughan, Darryl and Allison (Rob) COSTELLO; Ryan and Conor BRADY; and David and William HOUSE. Greatgrandmother of Jacob, Kaitlyn and Sarah BERNEY. Loving sister-in-law to Beverley O'BRIEN and Shelagh O'BRIEN. Gerry was predeceased by her parents Florence (MILEY) and Donel and by siblings Eileen (PHELAN), Miley, Charles, Brendan, Elizabeth (Betty McGOEY,) Laureen (WEILER,) Edward and George. She will undoubtedly miss the many updates from the O'BRIEN, McGoey, Weiler, Phelan and Taylor clans. Like ripples radiating outward on the waters of Lake Joseph, her heart and mind reached ever outward in curiosity, interest and love, making connections that she always remembered. Funeral service to be held on Thursday, January 24th at 11 a.m. at St. Anselm Church, 1 MacNaughton Road, Toronto, M4G 3H3. Gerry will rest at Mount Peace Cemetery, Dixie, which was founded by her father, Donel O'BRIEN. Gerry's life was enhanced and her spirit was lifted through the attentive care provided by her nephew Doctor Paul O'BRIEN. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving Friendship and care provided by Fatma FAEED over the past two years. We also thank Vicky JOHNSON at the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, Andri at Community Care East York and the compassionate and loving angels at Saint Michael's Hospital Palliative Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Care East York, 840 Coxwell Avenue, Suite #303, Toronto M4C 5T2, 416-422-2026, or on-line at www.ccey.org. Condolences and memories may be for warded through www.humphreymiles.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-26 published
NOILES, Douglas Richard
Died peacefully on January 18, 2008 surrounded by his family.
Doug was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia on January 29, 1917. He was a Lieutenant in the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and saw action in France in World War 2. He was critically wounded during the Allied breakout from Caen to Falaise. During his prolonged hospitalization he was nursed to health by Norah MALLANDAINE, a Nursing Sister in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps at North Camp near Farnborough, England. They later married in 1948 and enjoyed 57 years of dedication and companionship. Doug graduated from Queen's University with a B.Com. in 1948 and subsequently worked as a Chartered Accountant for Alcan until his retirement in 1981.
He is survived by his four children, Doug (Debbie), Jim (Nancy), Mary (Ron), Ann (Mike); his ten grand children; his sister Marg O'BRIEN; and pre-deceased in 2005 by his wife Norah. Doug will be dearly missed by all.
A private family memorial service was held in Brampton, Ontario. A celebration of his life, for his Friends and his family, will be held in Amherst, Nova Scotia at a later date.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-09 published
WILLIAMS, Lucille Elizabeth (O'BRIEN)
Of Kitchener and later London
Peacefully in Mount Hope on 4 February 2008. Beloved wife of Dr. Don WILLIAMS, M.D., C.M. deceased, mother of Dick, Jon and Elizabeth and "Mi" to grandchildren D.J., Paul, Sara, Nick and Kristy as well as great-grandchildren Samantha, Rachel, Ayla, and Griffin. "Ceil" as she was known, was an exemplary wife to Don and the prototypical "Supermom" long before the term was in common USAge. Cremation has occurred and a celebration of her life will be announced and held in the early spring. Donations to Mount Hope Centre for Long-Term Care c/o Saint_Joseph's Health Care Foundation would be appreciated.
"Ceil, you're great!"

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-12 published
O'BRIEN, Richard George
On Sunday, February 10, 2008. Loving husband of Marna (née COOPER,) devoted father of Elizabeth (Howard) and Lynn (Gilbert), adoring grandfather to Hannah, Chloe, Charlotte and John-Raymond. He will be greatly missed by his brother and best friend Edward (Sheila), sisters Jean CARTER (Thomas), Evelyn McISAAC and Florence O'BRIEN, and his nieces and nephews. Dick was liked and respected by his former colleagues at Texaco Canada. After retirement, he and Marna enjoyed many wonderful evenings and vacations with dear Friends Bette and Ken. His greatest delight was spending time in Florida and in Toronto with his grandchildren whom he dearly loved. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Doctor Stephen JOHNSON who took such good care of Richard. The doctors and especially the outstanding nurses at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre treated Richard and his family with dedication and kindness for which we are very grateful. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 12-1 p.m., with a funeral service in the chapel at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2008. If desired, donations may be made to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3M5.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-23 published
O'BRIEN, John Thomas
(August 15, 1939-February 19, 2008)
It is with great sadness, but a sense of deep appreciation for the treasures of a very full life, that Judi announces the passing of her partner and soul-mate. For full obituary infor mation please visit www.springfieldfuneralhome.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-05 published
WELTON, Richard " Dick" Franklin
Died peacefully in Innisfail, Alberta on Saturday, March 1, 2008. Beloved husband of the late Erol Jane (McADAM) WELTON. Father of David B. WELTON and his wife Elizabeth of Innisfail, Alberta and Susan J. O'BRIEN and her husband Russell of Sydney, Australia. Brother of Kenneth C. WELTON and his wife Luella of Truro, Nova Scotia, Beverly C.M. WELTON and his wife Muriel of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia and Madelynn E. MOUNTEER of Calgary, Alberta. Will be missed by his grand_son Luke and granddaughters Claire and Stephanie. Memorial service will be held at Westview Baptist Church, 1000 Wonderland Rd S., London Ontario, Wednesday March 12th, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Alex MOIR officiating. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Alzheimer Society in Richard's name.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-06 published
An $8,000 bill to pay before he rests in peace
Neither landlady nor man's family can afford to send body home
By Anthony REINHART, Page A1
Toronto -- After working each day to build houses he couldn't afford, Alvaro Vargas FONSECA would lay his body down in a small, rented room in Toronto.
Today, Mr. FONSECA's corpse lies at a west-end funeral home, in a lonely state of limbo, where it will stay until someone pays $8,000 to send it home to Costa Rica.
Mr. FONSECA, 38, was among the estimated 20,000 illegal immigrants working in greater Toronto's construction industry when a heart attack felled him on a Mississauga job site on February 25.
With no loved ones in Canada to claim him, it fell to his landlady, Cristina CARBALLO, to have his body taken to a funeral home while she conferred by telephone with his distraught relatives in the Central American country.
Trouble is, neither Ms. CARBALLO nor Mr. FONSECA's family can afford the $8,000 cost to send his remains home.
The situation is particularly distressing to Ms. CARBALLO, who now finds herself on a financial hook for a second time for trying to do right by Mr. FONSECA.
The first time was in July of 2006, when she borrowed $2,000 in cash and put up $6,000 against the value of her modest Toronto home to bail Mr. FONSECA out of immigration detention, where he was awaiting deportation. She had never met him, but had learned of his plight though her brother, an acquaintance.
Upon Mr. FONSECA's release, Ms. CARBALLO rented him a room in her basement for $400 a month, while he worked as a framer and chipped away at the paperwork to obtain legal status.
Since Mr. FONSECA's death 10 days ago, she has asked Citizenship and Immigration Canada to return the $2,000 in bail money so that she can apply it to the cost of shipping his remains, but was told she must first provide a death certificate - then wait, possibly months - for her request to wind through the bureaucracy.
"I just want to help," said Ms. CARBALLO, 45, who came legally to Canada from El Salvador 20 years ago and now runs her own beauty salon. A single mother of three, she sympathized with Mr. FONSECA, who was sending money home to his three children.
His co-workers at a Brampton-based contracting firm have set up a fund in hopes of covering the body transport costs, to which Local 183 of the Labourers' International Union of North America has made a "substantial donation," Michael O'BRIEN, a union official, said yesterday.
Roger NAIR, a customer and friend of Ms. CARBALLO, has also come to her aid. Mr. NAIR, who runs a film production company and, by coincidence, is working on a project about the hidden lives of refugees in Toronto, has arranged for a lawyer to make inquiries with the immigration department, free of charge, on her behalf.
A Citizenship and Immigration department spokesman, citing privacy rules, declined to comment on Mr. FONSECA's case.
Beyond the specifics of government policy, Mr. NAIR finds sad irony in what he sees as a lack of official concern for the fate of the dead man's remains, or for Ms. CARBALLO, whose only motive was to help another human being.
"The Canadian government would have stepped up to the plate to deport this guy in two seconds, and sent him back and paid for his flight," Mr. NAIR said. "Now the guy is dead, so what are we doing? Are we just going to leave him to rot?"
Ms. CARBALLO, who could have walked away but chose not to, is "actually getting penalized for helping someone."
As for Canada, Mr. NAIR struggled with disquieting thoughts about a country that so often fancies itself a paragon of decency in a cold world.
"I take it that we have become so uncompassionate about people around us," he said. "We don't see that everybody's got a life, and they have a family, and we can't see beyond our noses.
"We're a well-to-do country. I don't think it's right."

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-26 published
HOLT, A. Douglas
(Royal Canadian Air Force - World War 2 Veteran)
Peacefully, on Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at Sunnybrook Hospital - Veterans' K-Wing, in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Eleanor for 62 years. Loving father of Wendy and her husband Kevin O'BRIEN. Cherished "Grandad" of Kyle. Doug will be missed and lovingly remembered by his sisters-in-law Joan and Margaret and their families, niece Diane, as well as extended family and Friends. Doug always lived his life to the fullest. He was very energetic, outgoing, friendly, warm and generous. He enjoyed many activities: sailing, flying, music and golfing but his passion was his family and many Friends.
Our family extends a heartfelt thank you to the caring and compassionate staff of the Palliative Care Unit at the Sunnybrook Hospital.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure's Roman Catholic Church (1300 Leslie Street), on Thursday, March 27th, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer society or Hospital for Sick Children. Condolences - www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-28 published
O'BRIEN, Mary Patricia (née CREAN) (1931-2008)
Died Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Dearest wife of Luke. Loving mother of Nano DREWITT (Chuck) of Sault Ste. Marie, Michael (Debbie) of Sault Ste. Marie, Siobhan GABURA (Jeff) of Oakville, Mary-Jo MULHOLLAND (Mark) of Sault Ste. Marie, Luke (Maria-Pia) of Etobicoke, Fiona SWANEK (Wayne) of Oakville and Tara DROVER (Jeff) of Oakville. Loving and devoted grandmother of Siobhan, Kyle, Ciara, Niall, Travis, Luke, Alexandra, Sarah, Kevin, Shannon, Ashleigh, Olivia, Braeden, Conlan, Bridget, Liam, Neve, Kieran, Connor and Ava Grace. Daughter of the late Hugh and Sheila CREAN. Sister of Sheila O'HAGAN of Ireland, Richard CREAN (Joanne) and the late Dorothy TRUS (Mike.) Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. West, Oakville, (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600) from 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11: 00 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2008 at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, 1150 Monks Passage, Oakville. Interment Gates of Heaven Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be made through
www.koprivataylor.com
"A beautiful life has come to an end, a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
In our hearts and in our memories Mary will always be kept, one we dearly loved and will never forget."

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-09 published
JURCZYNSKI, Isabella Glenn
Peacefully on Sunday, April 6, 2008 in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Zbigniew John JURCZYNSKI. Dear mother of Christopher and Andrew (Jane CRISPIN.) Loving grandmother of Charlie, Alexander, Emma, Isabella and William. Cherished aunt of Kathy O'BRIEN, Glenn MARTIN and Debbie BORBRIDGE. Friends are invited to visit the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday at St. Hyacinth Roman Catholic Church, 201 LeBreton Street North at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice at May Court would be appreciated.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-03 published
O'BRIEN, Reverend Monsignor G. William
Died in the Lord as he wished, on Monday, June 30, 2008 in his eighty-ninth year and the sixty-second year of his priesthood. Monsignor O'BRIEN was ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 1946 at Saint Michael's Cathedral by James Cardinal McGUIGAN. He served as Associate Pastor at the following parishes: Saint Mary's, Toronto, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Toronto, Saint Mary's, Barrie, Corpus Christi, Toronto and St. Gregory the Great, Oshawa. He served as Pastor at the following parishes: Immaculate Conception, Sutton West, Saint Paul's Basilica, Toronto, St. Timohty's, North York, Our Lady of Sorrows, Etobicoke and St. Monica's, Toronto. In 1987 he was raised to the rank of Prelate of Honour with title of Monsignor by his Holiness Pope John Paul II. Monsignor retired in 1995 and was in residence at Anglin House, Toronto. Thanks for the excellent care.
Visitation will take place at St. Monica's Church, 44 Broadway Avenue, Toronto on Thursday, July 3, 2008 from 5: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated on Friday, July 4, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Monica's Church, Toronto. Interment will follow at Queen of Clergy Cemetery, St. Augustine's Seminary. Expressions of sympathy to Saint Paul's Breakfast Club, 83 Power Street, Toronto M5A 3A8. Arrangements entrusted to the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-14 published
PEAT, Mary (formerly BONNER)
Passed away peacefully at the Strathaven Lifecare Centre in Bowmanville on March 12, 2008. She is predeceased by her husbands Ted PEAT and Cid BONNER. She leaves behind a step-son Timothy PEAT and a step-niece Marion O'BRIEN. She will be lovingly remembered by her long-time Friends and caregivers George and Margo ASHE and their family. Mary had a long and satisfying career in the Controller's Office at the University of Toronto. A special thanks for the care provided by the staffs of both Greenview Lodge, Don Mills and Strathaven Lifecare Centre, Bowmanville. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 14. A service will be held in the chapel on Mary's 95th birthday, Saturday, March 15 at 11 o'clock. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-15 published
GENDRON, Dorothea Florence (née BARRANGER)
Past member of the Caledon Lions Club At Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville on Thursday, March 13, 2008, in her 70th year; beloved wife of Norman SWAEBE and the late Paul GENDRON loved mother of Darlene CAMERON (Rick O'BRIEN;) dear grandmother of Johnny, Michael and Karleigh; also sadly missed by her brother Albert and her sisters Barb, Ruth, Marion and Judy, her nieces, nephews other relatives and many Friends; predeceased by her brother Gord. 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, March 19, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. (Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com)

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O'BRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-08 published
NOMAN- JIBRY, Haifa
Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, May 5, 2008, at the Sunnybrook Palliative Care Unit. Sadly missed by her beloved husband of 43 years Hazim, her cherished children Hanan and her husband Sean O'BRIGHT, and Hiyam and her husband Martin CECCHETTO. Loving Nana of Michael O'BRIGHT, and Sarra and Isabella CECCHETTO. Fondly remembered by her many sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, family members, Friends and neighbours. Family and Friends may call at Jerrett Funeral Home Vaughan Chapel, 8088 Yonge Street, Thornhill (south of Hwy. 407), on Friday, May 9, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 9: 30 a.m. at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Tributes may be made to www.mem.com

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