LLEWELLYN email@example.com_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-04-26 published
Lexie was like a warm ray of sunshine, partner says
Founded Abernant Veterinary Services in the late 1980s
By Michael GENNINGS, Page 1
Local Veterinarian Lexie CAMERON will be remembered by family and Friends at a memorial on May 5.
Huw LLEWELLYN, Lexie's partner, said the memorial is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Abernant Veterinary Services, 6725 Hwy. 26 East.
Lexie, 49, died April 13 at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto, after sustaining head injuries at home.
In a telephone interview Thursday, LLEWELLYN said his partner fell around 11 p.m. on April 11.
He said the fall happened just as they were going to bed, after watching television, at their home in Wasaga Beach.
LLEWELLYN explained that Lexie was likely attempting to use a bathroom in the dark, misjudged the doorway and fell down the stairs.
He said the tumble caused a skull fracture and brain injuries.
"I was just going to bed, I heard a thump, put the lights on and she was at the bottom of the stairs," LLEWELLYN said. "It's an image I'll live with for the rest of my life."
He noted their 15-year-old son, named Cameron after his mother's family, was asleep in the house at the time of the accident.
Paramedics were called and Lexie was raced to Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. She was then airlifted to Sunnybrook, where LLEWELLYN said a computed axial tomography scan was done. The procedure, he added, determined there was no hope for her.
He said that Lexie's heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys were donated to people in need of organs.
Because of how Lexie died, LLEWELLYN said that the Huronia West Ontario Provincial Police investigated. The process involved talking to family and neighbours, something LLEWELLYN said he found understandable but also very hurtful. Police subsequently ruled out foul play.
In talking about his partner of 20 years, LLEWELLYN said she was like a ray of warm sunshine.
"Lexie always put everyone before herself," he explained. "She was an incredibly compassionate person."
He added that Lexie was honest also and had the highest standards as a vet and a human being.
"Everyone who knew her liked her. She was a strikingly beautiful woman as well, yet clothes and material things were of no significance."
LLEWELLYN said that Lexie was the type of person who did most of her clothes shopping at second hand stores, often buying items that contained purple, her favourite colour.
Born and raised in Barrie, Lexie was the daughter of Donald and Berhta CAMERON. For a number of years her father was the administrator at Royal Victoria Hospital.
As a child Lexie developed a passion for riding horses, LLEWELLYN said, and subsequently decided to become a veterinarian.
She attended two years of pre-vet schooling at the University of Guelph and then in 1980, after four years of study, graduated with her degree.
LLEWELLYN said he was Lexie's professor at Guelph, although the two did not date until about four or five years after she graduated. He spoke of how Lexie caught his attention.
"I was her professor and I noticed that she was so well read. She knew a lot about different things. She had a tremendous vocabulary. I could talk with her and we got along very well."
Together the couple started Abernant Veterinary Service, on a farm just east of Stayner, in 1988.
Because of a stream on the property, they chose the name Abernant, a Welsh word meaning entry of the stream.
"She did the small animals and I helped with surgery," LLEWELLYN recalled.
They built the business into a three-person practice that grew by mainly word-of-mouth, he said.
LLEWELLYN, who primarily treats horses, noted he plans to keep the vet operation open -- at some point finding a person to take on Lexie's duties.
He said that Lexie was the type of person who loved animals and people so much that if an owner couldn't pay for their pet's operation it wasn't an issue.
Lexie herself had 12 horses, thoroughbred crosses, and LLEWELLYN said he plans to keep her two favourite.
A competitor with her animals, LLEWELLYN said that in 2004 Lexie flew to Scotland and northern England to compete in jumping events over three days.
When not working she enjoyed the role of mother, was also an accomplished pianist and big reader.
"Lexie read everything, including the Bible and she wasn't a religious person -- she just read it as a book. Her favourite though was true crime stories."
Travel played a big role in their lives too, LLEWELLYN said. The couple visited Europe extensively, Mexico, Costa Rica and Florida.
Recently the couple purchased a farm, near Owen Sound, as a get-away and eventually a place to live when they retired.
"Our lives perhaps appeared glamorous, but we didn't put a lot into material things," LLEWELLYN said. "What we did was live each day as if it was our last."
He encourages everyone who knew CAMERON to attend her memorial.
He said they picked Abernant for the location because CAMERON was happiest there.
Donations in memory of CAMERON can be made to Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.
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LLEWELLYN firstname.lastname@example.org_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-21 published
LLEWELLYN, George Alfred Herbert
Peacefully, gone to be with his Lord, at Peel Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, April 19, 2006, in his 82nd year. George, beloved husband of 51 years of Bertha (née WOOLRIDGE,) of Brampton. Loving and loved father of Mark (Nanci) and of the late Stephen (Susan). Cherished grand Georgie of Drew. Dear brother of the late Marcus (Cynthia,) Carlton and Babs McMASTER. He will be missed by family and Friends. Visitation at the Scott Funeral Home, "Brampton Chapel", 289 Main St. N., 905-451-1100 on Friday, April 21, 2006 from 2-5 p.m. Funeral Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Family (Kennedy Rd., N. of Bovaird, Brampton). Interment to follow at Brampton Memorial Gardens. In memory of George, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Sign an online book of condolences at www.scott-brampton.ca
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