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SURBECK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-09 published
ROSE, Dennis Gerald
Passed away, with his family at his side, on February 5, 2008, at Saint Michael's Hospital, Toronto, following an accident. He is survived by his dearly loved wife, Barbara (SURBECK) and their three beautiful daughters: Catherine (Sean FIGUEROA) of Toronto, Rhonda (Jonathan GERALD) of Toronto and Chantal (Scot HUTTON) of Quadra Island, British Columbia. Dennis was so proud of his "girls" and of course of his two grandchildren: Alexandra HUTTON and Django HUTTON. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Gerald and Rosaleen ROSE of Hamilton. Dennis will be greatly missed by his brother and closest friend, Roger ROSE (Judy) of Hamilton and by many nieces and nephews in Hamilton, Ottawa, Charlettown and in the U.S. Dennis was born in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan but moved as a young child to Hamilton, Ontario for his formative years. Dennis was an artist from the beginning, studying drawing and painting in Hamilton, working in a graphic design studio there until he received a scholarship to study painting in England. In his next years he again turned to the graphic design and illustration business and to working as an Art Director in advertising agencies in Montreal before starting his own graphic design business there. After 20 years in Montreal he moved the business and the family to Toronto. During his active work life he continued his studies in fine art and graduated from Concordia University, Montreal, with a Bachelor of Fine Art. Since selling his business in 2000 Dennis has been pursuing his painting interests and has been an active member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. A man for all seasons, Dennis relished the rush of a good long distance bike ride, an invigorating long swim and the challenge of a cross-country ski course. His motto was always "just try a little harder". A Service of Remembrance will be held at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations will be gratefully received by The Canadian Hearing Society at 271 Spadina Road, Toronto, M5R 2V3, or Timothy Eaton Memorial Church at 230 St. Clair Avenue West, M4V 1R5, or please plant a tree in Dennis' memory. We cherish our bountiful memories and miss him deeply.

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SURETTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-22 published
STRAHL, Barbara Mae (née TODD)
Suddenly in St. Lucia on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 age 69 years. Beloved wife of the late Claus STRAHL. Loving and devoted mother of Jamie (Josiane,) Gregory (Karin) and Jennifer (David SURETTE.) Cherished grandmother of James, Megan, Hannah Mae, Sadie and great-grandmother of Riley. She will be lovingly remembered by her family, her business associates, many Friends and neighbours. Barbara was formerly President of Claus Strahl Insurance Broker Ltd. and a life member of The May Court Club of Ottawa. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A service to celebrate the life of Barbara will be held at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue (at Bank Street), Ottawa, on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 2: 30 p.m. Memorial donations to the Hospice at May Court, 114 Cameron Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 0X1 would be appreciated by the family.
Condolences/Donations/Tributes at mcgarryfamily.ca (613) 233-1143

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SURMACZ o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-26 published
VERMEER, Suzanna " Susan"
Of Saint Thomas, passed away on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 80th year, Beloved wife of the late Pieter VERMEER and dearly loved mother of Gary and his wife Moira VERMEER of Saint Thomas and Debbie and her husband Mike CAUGHELL of Calgary. Much loved grandmother of Julie and her husband Chris SURMACZ, Peter VERMEER, Ben and his wife Christine VERMEER, Sonya VERMEER and Nicholas and Richard CAUGHELL. Sister of Pete and his wife Ann VOSKAMP of Saint Thomas. Also survived by a number of family in Holland. Susan owned and operated Vermeer Flowers with her husband Pieter. She was born in Holland on January 3rd, 1929 and came to Canada in 1951. Susan was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 10: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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SURMACZ o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-27 published
VERMEER, Suzanna " Susan"
Of Saint Thomas, passed away on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 80th year, Beloved wife of the late Pieter VERMEER and dearly loved mother of Gary and his wife Moira VERMEER of Saint Thomas and Debbie and her husband Mike CAUGHELL of Calgary. Much loved grandmother of Julie and her husband Chris SURMACZ, Peter VERMEER, Ben and his wife Christine VERMEER, Sonya VERMEER and Nicholas, Richard CAUGHELL and loved great-grandmother of Cole SURMACZ. Sister of Pete and his wife Ann VOSKAMP of Saint Thomas. Also survived by a number of family in Holland. Susan owned and operated Vermeer Flowers with her husband Pieter. She was born in Holland on January 3rd, 1929 and came to Canada in 1951. Susan was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 10: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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SURVIVE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-11-12 published
WADE--In memory of my son Brent WADE who was killed on the job at the age of 22.
Also in memory of all those parents who have lost a child, please know my
thoughts and prayers are with you.
Oh how the past nine years have flown.
I think of the self I was and no longer am,
And the different self that now has grown.
November 9, 1999, is when Brent's life ceased and this new life of mine
began.
In so many ways it seems like yesterday, the pain of losing him was so
intense.
With pain so unimaginable, my body had no means of self defense.
My heart ached, my stomach pained, thoughts of blackness, helplessness
and hopelessness filled me.
Our family circle now broken, a life without him I could not see.
SURVIVE! I asked how can anyone survive when your child dies and is gone
forever.
I felt broken and beaten like an uprooted tree.
Feelings of envy, anger, resentment and the question " WHY," always on my
mind.
Our children are an extension of ourselves, so much a part of us, part of
our dreams. They are the future.
Nine years later I now say, " YES," to taking the reins to reclaim my life
and now feeling so very, very blessed.
How did I endure this never ending journey of grief, through the maze of
emotions and the dark valleys so deep, to find this new meaning, new hope
and see light?
The success of my journey has been dependent on many.
1) My daughters and I always there for one another through this
rollercoaster ride.
2) My very special close Friends, you know who you are. Uncle Wayne and
Anna, Marg and Roy, Dan and Auntie Jen like family you are. You have all
been there, never ceasing to understand and to care. You would listen in
non judgemental ways to my stories as over and over I would share.
Sometimes family, because of their closeness to Brent and because each of
us are unique with our own grief and possibly are afraid of causing pain
and tears, cannot understand how important sharing memories, sharing
stories, acknowledging him on special occasions, helps us as Brent's
immediate family to travel this journey of grief to come to a point of
healing.
It is not to get over it as some people say, it is to learn to cope and
move on in a positive way.
3) The first couple of years the letters and calls from his Friends
sharing their stories, their memories of Brent, showed how they cared and
how Brent had touched their lives. Never underestimate the healing power
of your child's Friends.
4) A big part of my journey to healing has come from my involvement with
The Threads of Life, a national not for profit organization which came
into existence 5 years ago. Our mission is to provide peer support for
those who have suffered losses in the workplace and to increase awareness
of safety within the workplace. I am a volunteer family guide in this
organization.
We are available to make presentations to schools, to companies large or
small. We share our story about how losing our child to a workplace
tragedy, injury or occupational disease affects every aspect of our life.
By sharing my story not only does it validate Brent's life but if it
makes even one person more conscientious of workplace safety and
increases awareness of their responsibilities and rights as an employee
and co-worker and one life is saved, then Brent's death has not been for
nothing. We want to make a difference. One thread alone is weak, when
woven together it is strong. I raise my glass in a toast to you Brent, of
whom I love so dearly and miss so very much each day. I love you my son.
Love always into eternity Mom, Chrissy, and Laura. Xoxo

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