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"AMA" 2007 Obituary


AMANDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-27 published
LAWRENCE, Mary Ruth (née NICOL)
Peacefully on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga at the age of 91. Beloved wife for 40 years of the late William Gennings LAWRENCE (1982.) Devoted mother of Peter and his wife Virginia. Cherished and proud Grandma of Ashley and his wife Niki, and Ailicis. Predeceased by her sisters Margaret and Zorra and brother Nick. Special thanks to Zenia AMANDY and her family for their loving and compassionate care of Ruth. Thank you to Doctor KING, Doctor FISCH and the staff at Trillium Health Centre and the Dorothy Ley Hospice. Ruth will be remembered as a teacher, veteran and artist and will be sadly missed. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter 'Peel' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of the Queen Elizabeth Way), from 5-9 p.m. on Friday. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 5 p.m. Interment Honeywood United Church Cemetery on Monday. If desired, donations may be made to the Dorothy Ley Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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AMAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-10 published
AMAR, Sara Allison Shapiro
By Pam SHAINHOUSE and Melanie ORFUS, Page A20
Daughter, sister, wife, niece, cousin, grandchild, friend. Born September 6, 1979, in Toronto. Died July 12, 2006, in Toronto of Hodgkin's lymphoma, aged 26.
Alli's yearbook quotation, when she graduated from high-school, came from a song written by one of her favourite bands, Counting Crows: I can't remember all the times I've tried to tell myself /To hold on to these moments as they pass. Although she was afforded fewer moments than she deserved, she used her time to be a strong, bright, loving person, living for her moments with family and Friends.
Alli collected her Friends from every stage of her life. She had an especially powerful bond with her grandmother, a strong woman whose maternal influence, and keen eye for a good bargain, could be seen in her granddaughter. Alli's family and Friends will always talk about her hugs -- her full, strong, straight-from-the-heart hugs. If you gave her a mediocre hug, she would let you know and then squeeze until you understood what a true hug really was.
To complement this instinct, Alli applied tenacity and wisdom in all the right situations. When the best limousine was needed for the prom and when donations were needed for the school play, you went to Alli. When her Friends wanted to give her younger brother beer at a concert, Alli stepped in. She had a real passion to express herself. Although she had two brothers to compete with, Alli's opinions were always heard -- even if you did not want to hear them! She could, and would, confront anyone; however she did so with a balance of reprimand and encouragement.
She matched this audacity in behaviour, too. At one high-school exam, the class was given the essay question in advance. Alli saw no reason to wait. She immediately borrowed some school paper and prepared her essay at home one night. At the exam, she sneaked the fully written essay in under her sweatshirt. The only evidence of her bold move was the loud coughing she produced to hide the crinkling of the paper when she pulled it out and flattened it out on her desk. Alli emerged from the exam very well-rested.
It was not long after high school that Alli was diagnosed with cancer, in her first year of Ryerson University. Instead of letting it slow her down, she graduated with a fine arts degree at the same time as her Friends. She endured chemotherapy, radiation, and a stem-cell transplant while others were drinking beer and worrying only about finals. Instead of hiding out, she maintained Friendships and made new ones; she partied at spring break in the Dominican Republic, took a group of teenagers across the United States, and travelled to Israel with her mother. In her studies, Alli worked late nights producing plays. Her attitude, energy and strength made us all forget that she was sick.
Because Alli's focus was always on somebody else, we were so thrilled when she found someone to dote on her: Philip AMAR, her other half. Philip did not consider her cancer treatment a deterrent; he proposed to her in the presence of her ailing grandmother. Married for just under two years, Phil gave Alli the undying love, exceptional support and normalcy she deserved, supporting her through a bone-marrow transplant and other treatments.
As her Friends' lives progressed, Alli's battle with cancer continued. Realizing that there was so little support available for young adult cancer patients, she began Alli's Journey -- a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for education, research and support for young adults, 18 to 35, with cancer. Its opening musical gala took place a little over a month before she died and found Alli on stage encouraging others to be a friend to the young cancer patient. She will continue to give hugs and support to others through Alli's Journey.
Pam is Alli's Mom; Melanie Alli's friend.

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AMARO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-21 published
WHIPPS, Charles Bernard
Passed away peacefully and with great dignity on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 after a brief battle with cancer. Chuck was born December 14, 1930 in San Bernardino, California. He made his way to Canada in 1950 where he played for Toronto Balmy Beach Football team (Ontario Rugby Football Union champs in 1950) and made Canada his home after retiring from the U.S. Army in 1954. He worked in the tool business in Canada and the U.S., owning Strongridge Limited until 1996 and was a valued member of W.W. Sales right up until his death. Chuck will be remembered for his love of family and Friends, his laughter, his gift of storytelling and his passion for golf.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Maria; mother Betty WHIPPS sister Marcia BELL; brother George E. (Polly) WHIPPS; children: Georgia (Glenn) WIOR; Catherine (James) REID; Charles (Lorrie) WHIPPS; Suzanne (Desmond) O'CALLAGHAN and Danielle (Peter) WATERS stepchildren: Christina (Steve) RAMSEY; Pedro (Darlene) AMARO Paul (Vi) AMARO; grandchildren: PVC Michael WIOR, Robyn (Mark) Reid SPENCER, Caitlin, Daniel and Jared REID; Ben and Chelsea WHIPPS; Conor, Sean and Kathleen O'CALLAGHAN; Shane and Shelby WATERS; Sean and Kyle RAMSEY; Jared AMARO and Michael AMARO. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and Marguerite MARLATT, the mother of his 5 children.
At Chuck's request, his remains have been cremated. Please join us for a celebration of his life to be held on Sunday, June 24, 2007 from 1 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. at The Brampton Golf Club (Maple Room) located at 7700 Kennedy Road South in Brampton. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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AMATO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-29 published
WOOLFREY, Albert George
Passed away suddenly on December 26th in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Sadie WOOLFREY, loving father and father-in-law to Allen and Janice, cherished grandfather to Mark and Diane (Brad) AMATO and great-grandfather to their son, Eric James. In accordance with Bert's wishes there will be no funeral service. A private memorial service will be held at the cemetery in the spring.

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