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SHORI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-10 published
Born in London, on December 20th, 1933 died suddenly and unexpectedly at Kelowna General Hospital on May 2nd, 2003. Dearest and most loving husband to Nola, step-father to Simone, brother to Rosalind, Jane (Dave) and uncle to Ned and Martha, sister-in-law: Melanie. Tony was a tireless worker for social justice and human rights and a dedicated volunteer for various organizations, including College and Institutes Retirees Association of British Columbia and the Kidney Foundation. Tony loved his years of teaching Sociology at Okanagan University College and was appointed an honorary Lifetime member of the Faculty Association. We will miss his intellect, immense kindness, quick wit and sense of humour. Viewing will be on Thursday, May 8th, 2003 at 11: 00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. A gathering of family and Friends will take place on Thursday, May 8th, 2003 at 1: 00 p.m. at the home of Simone SHORI, 3526 Country Pines Drive, Wesbank, British Columbia In lieu of flowers, donations to the Okanagan University College Library Fund in memory of Tony would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting our website Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, British Columbia (250) 762-2299.

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SHORT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-04 published
SHORT, Alfred John, B. of Comm. University of New Brunswick, UEL.
Died unexpectedly on December 1st, 2003. Eldest son of the late Alberta and Jack SHORT of Port Credit. Mourned by his brother Dr. Roger SHORT and his wife Marjorie SHORT of Guelph, his nephews Nicholas and his wife Claudia, Alexander and his wife Krista, his niece Allison and his many Friends. No visitation. Funeral service at St. George's Church. 99 Woolich St. Guelph. Ontario on Saturday December 6th at 11.30 a.m. Family and Friends are invited afterwards to the home of Marjorie and Roger SHORT in Guelph.

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SHORTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-10 published
STONEMAN, Douglas Wright, D.D.S., F.R.C.D. (C.) Professor Emeritus U. of T. Faculty of Dentistry, former Captain Royal Canadian Air Force Dental Corps ''The Rainbow Squadron''
Died suddenly on November 7, 2003 in his 82nd year at Sunnybrook Hospital surrounded by family. Survived and never to be forgotten by his beloved wife Lucy of 57 years, sons Bill, Rick, John, daughter-in-law Jane and grandchildren Pete, Katie and Courtney. Doug's long and remarkable life was made all the richer by family, Friends, patients and colleagues. Private family arrangements.
Special thanks to Doctors PANG and CHAPMAN and the nurses in The Schulich Cardiac Centre for their skill, expertise and most of all compassion. The family would also like to make special mention of Emergency Medical Services paramedics Ryan VAN POORTEN and Rod SHORTT who like Doug always knew the right thing to do and then did it. A life truly well lived.
Donations in Doug's memory can be made to The Schulich Heart Centre, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

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SHOULDICE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-17 published
The duke of hernia surgery
Working at the Shouldice Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, he claimed never to have seen two hernias alike and perfected a technique that reduced hospital stays
By Bill GLADSTONE Special to The Globe and Mail Thursday, April 17, 2003 - Page R9
Nicholas OBNEY, who performed more than 32,000 hernia operations during his long career at the renowned Shouldice Hospital in Toronto and Thornhill, Ontario, once told a television interviewer that he had never encountered two hernias the same.
Dr. OBNEY joined the Shouldice Hospital in 1946 and was its chief surgeon between 1965 and his official retirement in 1988. He continued working for several years thereafter "because his heart was here -- it was his whole life," said hospital spokesperson Daryl URQUHART. "He was so dedicated to his patients that he couldn't stop coming in."
The celebrated herniologist, who died in Thornhill, Ontario, at the age of 84, was on call all the time. He read every patient history before assigning them to his team of surgeons.
At his busiest, he averaged five or six hernia operations a day, six days a week, and usually performed the hospital's most difficult cases himself. He is credited with perpetuating and improving upon the pioneering medical techniques devised by his mentor, hospital founder Dr. E. Earle SHOULDICE, who died in 1965.
A hernia is a protrusion or displacement of an intestine or other internal organ through the muscular lining of the cavity in which it is located. Surgeons have referred to the Shouldice method, which uses natural tissues to strengthen the lining, as "the gold standard by which all other hernia repairs should be measured."
The original Shouldice Hospital was located in downtown Toronto but expanded northward in the 1950s into a white colonial-style mansion acquired from the estate of former Globe and Mail publisher George McCullough. The downtown facility was eventually closed and the Thornhill property later expanded into an 89-bed facility with six operating rooms, in which about 7,500 procedures are performed each year.
Until American insurance rules changed in the 1980s, nearly half of the hospital's patients came from the United States, including as a 1982 profile of Dr. OBNEY in People magazine noted -- several entertainment celebrities and even a state governor.
A photo accompanying the People article showed Dr. OBNEY helping a patient step down from the operating table. As the article noted, most patients receive only a local anesthetic and walk away from the operating room on their own steam.
As opposed to the treatment they might receive in a general hospital, patients at Shouldice are encouraged to become active almost immediately after surgery. (A second photo in the People spread showed Dr. OBNEY golfing with six bathrobed patients on the hospital's putting grounds.) Shouldice officials assert that most patients recover much more quickly than those who have hernia repairs elsewhere, and are usually discharged within two or three days.
According to senior surgeon Dr. Michael ALEXANDER, Dr. OBNEY taught him to abandon the practice of inserting a nasal-gastric tube into patients, which "used to be standard procedure for every patient having such an operation.
"He said, 'Don't put one of those tubes down, wait for the patients to declare themselves to see if they have a problem with nausea and vomiting.' And out of 300 patients, we never put a tube down. In fact, when that tube is put down, there's a much higher chance of lung complications."
The proven success of such pioneering methods has attracted scores of visiting doctors to the hospital from all over the world, Dr. ALEXANDER said.
Dr. OBNEY "did so many operations, he used to get a feel for the patient, which can only happen when you do thousands. He had a strong intuitive sense -- he had it by pure experience. I can't think of a case where he was wrong."
Few surgeons could ever hope to match Dr. OBNEY's record of 32,000 hernia operations, Dr. ALEXANDER said. "Can you imagine that many people? You'd have to fill up Maple Leaf Gardens, empty it out and fill it up again."
Born as an only child in the Ukrainian village of Ronaseowka in 1918, Nicholas's parents brought him to Canada when he was 9, and settled in Toronto's west end. As soon as he learned English, he began to excel in school -- Charles Fraser Public School, then Parkdale Collegiate. His father, a machinist, borrowed $300 to pay for his tuition to the University of Toronto medical school, from which Nicholas graduated in 1942.
Interning at Toronto General Hospital, he entered the Royal Canadian Medical Corp, where he encountered one of his former university instructors -- E. Earle SHOULDICE -- acting as an army surgical consultant attempting to reduce the number of men rejected for military service because of hernia conditions. Dr. OBNEY assisted in that effort, and in 1946 joined the newly established Shouldice Hospital at the corner of Church and Charles streets in Toronto.
"He started working with Dr. SHOULDICE as an understudy and Dr. SHOULDICE showed him his method," said his daughter, Dr. Jeannette FROST. " Then together they improved on the technique."
According to family and colleagues, Dr. OBNEY disliked travelling, especially by air, and attended relatively few of the many medical conferences at which he was asked to speak. He once went to a conference in Los Angeles by train, and came straight home when it ended a few days later. Another time, persuaded to speak in Australia, he agreed to fly there but not to stay even one day more than necessary before returning home.
He enjoyed spending time on the family's 25-acre "hobby farm" in what is now the Beaver Creek industrial area of Thornhill. When the land was expropriated about 20 years ago, he and his wife felled all of the property's 16 trees: The family still has no shortage of firewood. Aside from being extremely economical, he was known for his plain tastes in food and his perfectionism. His hobbies included military history and classical music.
He was highly organized and "ran the hospital like clockwork," according to retired supervisory nurse Brenda OWENS, who was also his cousin.
"He was always so approachable, he seemed like a volume of knowledge, he did his work quickly and accurately, and he expected the same type of behaviour from his staff."
In 1998, the American Hernia Society awarded Dr. OBNEY with a plaque that cited him as "an unselfish master surgeon" known for "his generosity with knowledge and encouragement to visiting surgeons."
Nicholas OBNEY died on February 15. He leaves his wife of 59 years, the former Stephanie KASYN; and his daughter Jeannette.

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SHOVELLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-26 published
Niagara police chief led force 6 years
Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - Page R7
Niagara Falls, Ontario -- Former Niagara Region police chief John SHOVELLER has died of brain cancer.
Mr. SHOVELLER, a Niagara Falls native who devoted 34 years to policing, died Saturday at age 67.
Mr. SHOVELLER began his career in Elliot Lake, Ontario, before moving back to Niagara region.
"He was a consummate police officer, said his wife, Leah SHOVELLER. "He loved his job so much."
Mr. SHOVELLER accomplished a long-time goal when he became chief in 1987. During his watch, a judicial inquiry looked into, and cleared, the Niagara force of corruption allegations. Later, in 1991 and 1992, when schoolgirls Kristen FRENCH and Leslie MAHAFFY were found murdered in St. Catharines, Ontario, he survived the criticism that dogged the investigation that eventually led to the convictions of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. He retired in 1993.
Canadian Press

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