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"APP" 2003 Obituary


APPLEBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-12 published
Love is not changed by death. Died peacefully at her home on April 10, 2003 in her 81st year after a valiant battle with cancer. Cherished wife for 54 years to the late Harry APPLEBY. Dear mother to Laurence and Lynda WENGER and mother-in-law to Marvin WENGER. Devoted and greatly loved grandmother to Meredith WENGER. Caring daughter to the late Isadore and Yetta GRYMEK. Survived by her brothers Lou and Sam GRYMEK and her sisters Ann COMASSAR and Shirley KREM. A wonderful mother has gone, leaving her children to remember her strong presence, graciousness and courage. For the love and happiness we shared we are truly thankful. The family acknowledges with thanks, the efforts of Dr. Joan MURPHY, the other doctors, nurses and support staff of the Princess Margaret Hospital. Also the caring attention of Dr. Russell GOLDMAN and Teresita MADRID. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (1 light west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, April 13th at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva at 342 Spadina Road, Suite 303, Toronto, concluding Tuesday evening April 15. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Foundation, 610 University Avenue, Toronto M5G 2M9 (416) 946-6560.

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APPLEBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-01 published
Medical pot activist dies after mishap handling it
Canadian Press, Saturday, November 1, 2003 - Page A10
Ottawa -- An outspoken advocate of marijuana for medicinal purposes has died of burns he suffered when he tried to extract oil from marijuana.
Donny APPLEBY died Thursday in the company of Friends at an Ottawa hospital.
"He ended his life peacefully and surrounded by Friends," said Mike FOSTER, a long-time friend and owner of Crosstown Traffic, a cannabis paraphernalia store.
Mr. APPLEBY was an Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome patient on a disability pension and couldn't afford the marijuana he used for his illness.
While his Friends are trying not to turn his death into a political issue, many are blaming the federal government for restricting access to marijuana for medicinal purposes.
"It's a travesty that people don't have access to this stuff - a clean, safe good source and supply of it," said Eugene OSCAPELLA, a lawyer with the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy and a friend of Mr. APPLEBY.
About two weeks ago, Mr. APPLEBY suffered severe burns while trying to extract oil from low-grade cannabis using butane, which exploded in his apartment.
He was admitted to hospital with no chance of survival and had been on a ventilator until his death on Thursday.
Mr. OSCAPELLA, who was at Mr. APPLEBY's side when he died, described his friend as an "activist who tried to help people."
"The guy didn't have a lot of strength physically, but he had a lot of strength in other ways, and I think you've got to hand it to him," Mr. OSCAPELLA said.
In a July protest on Parliament Hill, Mr. APPLEBY smoked a joint and burned his Health Canada exemptions to demonstrate dismay at the government's handling of medical marijuana.

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APPLETON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-20 published
MEAKES, Elizabeth Joyce ''Betty'' (née POWELL)
Betty died suddenly at home in the evening on Thursday, December 18th, 2003. Betty was born in Liverpool, England and was the daughter of Evan and Alice POWELL. She was predeceased by her husband, J.R. MEAKES, former publisher of the Sudbury Star. She was also predeceased by her good friend of many years, Michael DUDOWICH. Betty was a special Aunt and like a mother to Nephew Michael MEAKES as well as Great Aunt to Meredith. Dear cousin of Joyce APPLETON and Elsi GORDON from England. After graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Music in her mid teens, Betty pursued a career in journalism. She was a long-time columnist at the Sudbury Star. Betty was a great supporter of arts and culture in the Sudbury area. She keenly followed politics at all levels of government and attended regular press events over the years. Many a person can share a story about meeting Betty and experiencing her clever sense of humour. She was a truly generous person and assisted many charities. Betty will be missed by her 'extended family' of Friends inside and outside of the Sudbury region. Resting at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury. Funeral Mass in Christ the King Church, 30 Beech Street, Sudbury, Monday, December 22nd, 2003 at 10 a.m. Interment in the Parklawn Cemetery. Prayers 3 p.m. Sunday. Donations to 2nd Floor Acute Care Unit, St. Joseph's Health Centre would be appreciated. Friends may call 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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