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ERAMO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-11 published
Sport utility vehicle driver shot in Woodbridge
By Morgan CAMPBELL, Staff Reporter
A man found shot to death in a car outside a Woodbridge optometrist's office Wednesday night has been identified as 58-year-old Vincenzo RACO of Brampton.
RACO was in the driver's seat of a Ford Freestyle sport utility vehicle at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, stopped in the parking lot of a medical professionals' building on Islington Ave., just north of Highway 7.
According to police, witnesses: saw a man approach RACO's car just before hearing gunshots.
The man then ran through the parking lot to a waiting car, a small dark Honda or Acura, which then sped north on Islington, said Det. Sgt. Bill SADLER of the York Region police.
Police wouldn't say whether the shooter was inside the car with RACO, but the car's windows didn't appear to have been damaged.
An autopsy was scheduled for yesterday afternoon.
Police planned to take RACO's car to their Newmarket headquarters for more examination.
RACO's slaying is York Region's first homicide of 2005. Although he lived in Brampton, RACO was known to York Region police, SADLER said, although he wouldn't elaborate.
A woman who answered the door at RACO's home said the family would not speak to the media.
Many of the building's businesses were still open when the shooting occurred.
Yesterday morning at least 15 vehicles still sat in the building's parking lot, stranded there overnight and sealed in with police crime scene tape.
Police had also blocked the parking lot of the church next door to the building.
Most offices in the building were closed yesterday morning. As patients arrived, building manager Natalie ERAMO greeted them and asked them to reschedule their appointments.
She has dropped by the building at least twice a day for the last five years and has never seen an incident like this one.
"Are you serious? This is a medical building," she said. "I've had someone slip before, but that's about it."
While ERAMO was speaking, investigators sifted through the snow for clues, shuffling along Willis Rd., and along the banks of the nearby East Humber River.
Minutes later Rosie SATILLE- MINELLI emerged from behind police lines. She knew nothing of the shooting until she arrived for her 8: 30 a.m. shift as a secretary at a physiotherapist's office.
Although the building was closed she said police let her in so she could phone patients and reschedule appointments.
"I didn't figure (a shooting) would happen here," said SATILLE- MINELLI, pointing out that the office building is just metres away from an apartment building for seniors. "It's a little too close to home."
Police are looking for a "person of interest" described as male, 5-foot-11 and clean-shaven. That night he wore a hooded winter coat and a dark toque.
They would also like to speak with anyone who had contact with RACO between 7: 15 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Police ask anyone with information to call the York Region Homicide Bureau at 1-866-287-5025 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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ERASMUS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-09 published
HARRISON, Katherine Elizabeth (WEBB)
A long-time resident of Kingsville, Harrow, Colchester and Amherstburg, for 88 of her 94 years, Katherine passed away in her sleep at the Village of Winston Park Retirement and Nursing home in Kitchener on March 2, 2005. She is predeceased by her husband Brian (1999), her sisters Margaret and Julia, her brothers Francis and Bradley, and her son Bill. Katherine will be sadly missed by her sister Dorothy BOTTERILL, her three children and their spouses: Bob and Bonnie (née EGAN) HARRISON of Port Hope, Denis and Deborah (née JENNER) HARRISON of Stratford (formerly of Windsor,) and Susan (née HARRISON) and Hugh MUNRO of Kitchener, as well as her many grandchildren and their spouses: Charlie and Lisa HARRISON, Kathryn HARRISON and Alan WILSON, Michelle HARRISON, Ryan HARRISON, Jordan and Martin ERASMUS, Blair HARRISON, Kale HARRISON, Jamie MUNRO and Jessie MUNRO, and her great-granddaughter Tristin WILSON. Katherine worked for many years as an administrative assistant for the Harrow Research Station, and then later for the Harrow Public School and for W.O.F.T.A. Her real passion, however, was being a wife, a mother and a grandmother. Katherine was a woman with tremendous energy, warmth and compassion who dedicated her life to caring for her family. In her later years, her love for life led her to travel and she and Brian explored many corners of the world. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her dignity, quiet strength and selflessness. Katherine's spirit, positive outlook, determination and love will live on. Many thanks to the staff of the Village of Winston Park Nursing Home and Robertson Brown Health Services as well as longtime family friend Bertha WELZEL for their tender care during her final days. A Memorial Service to honour Katherine's life will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. at the Gerald A. Smith Funeral Home, 197 King Street West, Harrow. 519-738-6662. Visitation from 10: 00 to 11: 00 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the charity of your choice.

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