UEBBING firstname.lastname@example.org_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-02 published
At Four Counties Health Services, Newbury, on Friday, September 29, 2006. Julien LEBERT, 85 years, of Petrolia. Beloved husband of the late Germaine (née COMARTIN) (2000.) Dear father of Paul and Karen LEBERT of Petrolia, Joanne PHILLIPS of Saskatoon, Pat REDICK of Alvinston, Gisele and Rick DEW of Alvinston, Elaine NEVE of Petrolia, Pierre and Lori LEBERT of Petrolia, Angela and Mark ANNETT of Wyoming and Doris and Dave THROWER of Petrolia. Dear brother of Aurele and Nadia LEBERT of Miller Lake, Urbain and Bernadette LEBERT of Watford, Rosaire LEBERT of Belle River, Marie UEBBING of Michigan, and the late Zoville GAGNIER, Briget DESMARAIS, Gerard, George, and Leo LEBERT. Also survived by 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitors will be received on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, where a prayer vigil will be held at 8: 45 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Phillips Church, Petrolia, on Tuesday, October 3, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wyoming. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com
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UEBERHOLZ email@example.com_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-28 published
Martin POYSER, Hairdresser And Athlete: (1965-2006)
Hairstylist from Toronto's chic Yorkville who ran marathons to raise money for children in undeveloped countries was felled by a heart attack
By Alex DOBROTA, Page S9
Toronto -- As Martin POYSER finished the 2003 Chicago Marathon, he had two reasons to feel proud: His effort had raised a hefty sum for a children's charity and he had run his first big race. On Sunday, the Toronto hairdresser ran his last. He died less than a kilometre from the finish line.
He used his first attempt to raise money for a Paraguayan boy and that thought pushed him to the end of the 41-kilometre route. "Three-quarters of the way through, my legs were starting to feel pretty tired," he told the Christian Children's Fund. "Then the thought of my little guy crossed my mind and I said to myself: 'You know what? This is a good cause. I [have] to do this.' "
Mr. POYSER's death left empty his hairdresser chair at a high-scale Yorkville salon, where he attracted a network of female confidants who admired his tall, muscular frame. His clientele ranged from the banker to the artist to the house wife. His gift for listening made him privy to his clients' deepest secrets; he acted simultaneously as a surrogate husband, a confidant and a workout mate. He was known as "Uncle Martin" to their children.
Martin POYSER grew up in Stourbridge, a town in England's West Midlands. He took up his first job at 10, as a milkman's helper. Martin would run back and forth to the milk vehicle, carrying carts and milk bottles across the streets of his town, said his sister Tina POYSER, who lives in England. While he enjoyed physical activity, the boy always shunned team sports.
His father tried unsuccessfully to initiate him to football and cricket. "I would be left watching the football and he would go play on the swings," Trevor POYSER recalled with a laugh.
As a boy, young Martin was dedicated to his two grandmothers. He also preferred the company of a sister four years his senior to that of other boys of his own age. Tina and Martin were inseparable.
The brother even followed his sister on her first date to a James Bond movie. "Martin sat in between me and the guy all the way through the film and kept his eyes on this guy every time he tried to sneak his arm over Martin to touch mine," Ms. POYSER recalled. "He was determined he wasn't going to give up his place."
After he finished high school, Mr. POYSER studied at a business college for two years, but shrank at the thought of spending his life in an office. At 18, he decided to step into his sister's footsteps and enrolled in a hairdressing school.
After graduating, he spent two years tending the hair of vacationers on a Mediterranean cruise ship and returned home with a passion for travel. In the late 1980s, he decided to experience the bite of a Canadian winter and moved to Collingwood, Ontario, to work as a hairdresser.
"He was the type of guy who wanted to see the world," said Martin KING, Mr. POYSER's life partner. "His initial plan was to spend some time in Canada but he ended up staying."
Eventually, his hairdressing talents got him noticed by the André Pierre hair salon in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood. He was offered a job and quickly made a name for himself as a skilled and versatile practitioner.
But it was his sense of humour and his knack for putting a client at ease that made him popular with Yorkville denizens. It wasn't long before his clients had to book several weeks in advance to ensure a place on his busy agenda.
"Getting a haircut suddenly became this really fun experience because the hairdresser was fabulously fun," said Michelle JOHNSON, a 38-year-old sculptor. "A really quirky laugh, and he [was] very handsome, too."
Mr. POYSER and Ms. JOHNSON became Friends shortly after the first time she sat in his chair for a haircut in the early 1990s. They would talk on the phone at least three times a week and see each other almost daily over a glass of wine or a coffee. "I used to call him so much sometimes, that I would call myself the 'nagging wife.' "
She was not alone. More than a half-dozen clients and co-workers called Mr. POYSER their confidant. Around 1996, when he quit his job at André Pierre, many of them followed him to his new workplace, Hair Excel on Cumberland Street.
During Mr. POYSER's shifts, the salon became a meeting place filled with the chatter and laughter.
"Martin was my husband No. 2," said his colleague, Jeanette UEBERHOLZ, 38. "He filled in the parts that my husband couldn't."
He routinely took her out on dance nights and lent himself to the role of a playmate for her two daughters. He even accompanied Ms. UEBERHOLZ to her prenatal classes, Ms. JOHNSON said.
For Mr. POYSER, who was never a father, his Friends filled the gap of the family he left behind in England. They would religiously attend the parties he threw at his Riverdale house on Easter, Thanksgiving and during the summer season to drink and eat heartily. At one of these parties, Mr. POYSER turned the vegetable drawer of his refrigerator into a massive sangria pitcher.
In 2003, Mr. POYSER decided to leave his Friends for a month to backpack across Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. He wanted to witness how people lived in the South-Asian country governed by a military regime.
When he returned to Toronto, moved by his experiences, he contacted the Christian Children's Fund and ended up sponsoring Enrique, a seven-year-old boy who lived with 20 family members in a three-bedroom house in a Paraguay village. The money Mr. POYSER raised in Chicago funded another bedroom for Enrique's home and a water pump for the community. Altogether, he raised $3,000 to improve the boy's squalid living conditions.
"The part he liked best is that they used some of the money to buy the little boy a bicycle," Ms. JOHNSON said.
Mr. POYSER continued running, though his marathons in 2004, 2005 and 2006 were not meant as fundraisers.
He trained with his Friends, running along Lakeshore Boulevard. The group used to stop at a coffee shop on Queen Street East for a latté.
His partner, Mr. KING, never really liked his new activity because he knew Mr. POYSER had a bad knee, but he also knew he could not be dissuaded.
His father had also tried. "At the age of 41, it's old to do that," Trevor POYSER told his son.
"Dad, you need to get more exercise," the son answered back.
On Sunday, as Mr. POYSER attempted to finish half the 41-kilometre distance of the Scotia Bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, he collapsed on the corner of Wellington and Bay streets, within 800 metres of the finish line.
Martin POYSER was born February 11, 1965, in Stourbridge, England. He died of a heart attack Sunday in Toronto. He is survived by his sister, Tina, his mother, Christine Bunn, and his father, Trevor POYSER. He also leaves his partner, Martin King.
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UELI firstname.lastname@example.org_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-01-05 published
PRINGLE, John Roy " Jack"
Passed away in Dryden, Ontario surrounded by his family on December 28, 2005. Beloved husband of Frances. Dear father of Karyl (Hans UELI) MULLER- PRINGLE of Switzerland, Nancy (Ford) LAKE of Minesing, Ontario, John (Marit) PRINGLE of Sweden and David (Laurie) PRINGLE of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Grandfather of Franzika, Benjamin, Megan, Scott, Meredith, Sarah, David, Emily, Eric, Aneita and Alina. Fondly remembered by sister Ruth BRADY (Greg,) sister-in-law Marlene, special cousin Ivan MATCHES (Verna) and many special nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Bob and Glen. Funeral service took place on December 31, 2005 at the Dryden United Church.
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UETZ email@example.com_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-17 published
GERMAN, William " Bill"
Was surrounded by loving family at his Arnstein home when he peacefully entered into communion with his Lord on Friday, June 16, 2006. Bill was the beloved husband of Benedikta "Bennie" (UETZ- PRINZ.) He was the loving father of Fred (Joanne) of Calgary, Debbie (Wayne McDOUGAL) of Blyth, Gary (Lorraine) of Medicine Hat, Norman (Bev) of Angus, Richard "Dee" of Parry Sound, Kim (Mark VANMAELE) of Courtland, Karen of Novar, Billy Joe (Tammy) of Gravenhurst, Dana (Alisha) of Calgary and step-father of Sybil (Kevin COSTELLO) of Welland, Hans UETZ (Stacey) of North Bay and Robert UETZ (Carol) of Innisville. He was the proud grandfather of 26 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Bill was the dear brother of Helen (Gerald HORLOR) of London, Mary (Gord WILLIAMS) of Grand Bend, Karen (Doug COURTNEY) of Grand Bend and was predeceased by sisters Ebba (the late Jack EXLEY), Greta GARNET, and Ella DENNCOTT (the late Gord). He was predeceased by his first wife Isabelle and is survived by his second wife Anne. The family will receive visitors at Arnstein Baptist Church, on Sunday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the church on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Arnstein Cemetery. if desired, memorial donations may be made to Arnstein Baptist Church. For more information, to make a donation, or request a Memory Card, please call the Paul Funeral Home, Powassan, 705-724-2024.
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