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TONER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-23 published
PARK, Olive Elizabeth (née WILSON)
Betty PARK (née WILSON) died peacefully at George Hees Wing, Sunnybrook Hospital, September 14, 2003; predeceased by her husband Dr. Norman S. PARK. She will be missed by her daughter Dr. Elizabeth PARK, her husband Dr. Michael GATES, and their children Kirstin, Norman, Russell, and Thomas. Also sharing in this loss are her son Dr. Norman PARK, his partner Dr. Brenda TONER, and their children Jessica, Emma, Sari, Lindsay, and Michelle. She is survived by one brother, Dr. John WILSON, predeceased by two brothers Fred WILSON and Eric WILSON, Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew World War 2. If desired, memorial donations may be given to the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf, 2395 Bayview Avenue, Toronto.

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TONG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-07 published
CAMPBELL, Ruth Eleanor (née BEATSON)
Died on June 5, 2003 at Glynwood Retirement Residence. Predeceased by her husband Dr. Hoyle CAMPBELL. Loving mother of Dr. Kathryn CHALLONER and her husband Dorian and their children Christine, Byron and David; Virginia TONG and her husband David and their children Kathryn and Janet. A private interment will take place in the family plot at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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TONKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-20 published
Ex-politician and war hero FLYNN dies
Was chairman of Metropolitan Toronto
By James RUSK Municipal Affairs Reporter Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - Page A17
Dennis FLYNN, a war hero who parachuted into France on D-Day and eventually rose to be chairman of Metropolitan Toronto, died yesterday morning as he was preparing to observe an army reserve exercise at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa.
Mr. FLYNN, 79, who had been in poor health in recent years, collapsed, apparently of a heart attack, at his hotel in Pembroke, and was pronounced dead at Pembroke General Hospital, the Canadian Armed Forces said in a statement.
Mr. FLYNN was mayor of Etobicoke from 1972 to 1984, the longest-serving mayor of the Toronto suburb, and was chairman of Metropolitan Toronto from 1984 to 1988. He continued to serve on Metro Council until the 1997 amalgamation that created the new City of Toronto.
He served on the Toronto Police Services Board and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2001.
Major Tim LOURIE, public-relations director of the exercise, said Mr. FLYNN travelled to Pembroke on Monday to observe a reserve exercise in which the Toronto Scottish Regiment (the Queen Mother's Own,) of which Mr. FLYNN was the honorary lieutenant-colonel, was participating.
"Unfortunately, he didn't even get out to see us here," Major LOURIE said. The regiment received the call that he had collapsed in the hotel just before a group of honorary colonels was heading out to observe the exercise.
Mr. FLYNN, was born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1923. When he was two years old he migrated with his family to the Kensington section of Toronto, long a melting pot for immigrants.
In 1938, at age 15, he joined the Toronto Scottish and volunteered for active service at the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1942, he joined the joint Canadian-American unit that came to be known as the Devil's Brigade, and in 1943, he transferred to the 1st Canadian Parachute Regiment.
He jumped into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, where he was wounded by German fire. After recovery, he rejoined the regiment, jumped into Germany on March 24, 1945, in Operation Varsity, the crossing of the Rhine River, and was wounded again when part of his leg was shattered by machine-gun fire as he escorted two German prisoners across the Rhine.
As a result of the wound, Mr. FLYNN walked with a cane for the rest of his life. "One of his most self-deprecating comments, when talking to young soldiers, was that he had made only three jumps. One was for practice, one was on D-Day, and the third and last was across the Rhine," commented Lieutenant-Colonel Mike TRAYNER, commanding officer of the Toronto Scottish.
After the war, he joined the City of Toronto's clerk's department, and rose to be protocol officer. He failed in his first run for mayor of Etobicoke in 1969, but upset the incumbent, Doug LACEY, in 1972.
In 1984, he was elected chairman of Metropolitan Toronto, replacing Paul GODFREY, now president of the Toronto Blue Jays, who was then leaving Toronto politics to become publisher of the Toronto Sun. His career as Metro chairman ended in 1988, when he lost to Alan TONKS, now a member of parliament.

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TONNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-02 published
Hockey commentator made switch to print
Thursday, January 2, 2003, Page R9
Woodstock, Ontario -- Bill TONNER, a hockey commentator and former news editor of the daily Woodstock Sentinel-Review, has died. He was 86.
Mr. TONNER was the live commentator for CKOX radio for Woodstock hockey games in the 1950s and 1960s and covered some memorable moments, including the Woodstock Athletics' trip to Winnipeg for the 1964 Allan Cup senior hockey championship. He eventually made the switch to print as a reporter with the Sentinel-Review and rose to become news editor.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1916, Mr. TONNER moved to Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1924 and later spent 11 years as a sailor. During the Second World War, he was a gunnery officer on merchant ships. After the war, he went to work with a radio station in New Brunswick.
Mr. TONNER, who retired in 1981, was also a family man, with eight sons. "It was pretty busy around Christmas time," Mark TONNER said. "There was so many of us . . . He was always proud of his boys."
Mr. TONNER died at his home on Saturday. C.P.

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