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DRIESMAN 2007-01-09 published
Peacefully at University Hospital on January 6, 2007, Sarah DRIESMAN passed away with family by her side. Born January 14, 1922 in Romania (Gross Laseln in Transylvania). Survived by her children Jack (Karen) of Alvinston, Ontario, Sandra (Fred) FRANK of Arva, Gerald (Tina) of Strathroy, Diane MAYNE of London and Robin of London. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Sister to Anna MICKLE of London, Helen (Lloyd) CHIVERS of Vienna, George (Shirley) HILLNER of Tillsonburg, Martha McCURDY of Tillsonburg, Herta (Don) WOLFORD of Stony Plain, Alberta, and sister-in-law Marie HILLNER of Tillsonburg. Sarah was predeceased by her daughter Patricia McLAREN of Rockyford, Alberta, and her brother Michael HILLNER of Tillsonburg and brother-in-law of Harold McCURDY of Tillsonburg. A funeral service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas St. E. (at Wavell) on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 2 p.m. with visitation 1 hour prior. If desired, memorial donations to the London Health Sciences Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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DRINKWALTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-24 published
Fleeing hornet attack, man falls off roof, dies
By Canadian Press, Page A7
Milton, Ontario -- A guitarist who once played in a band with Stompin' Tom Connors has died after tumbling off the roof of his apartment building while being pursued by a swarm of angry hornets.
Wayne CHAPMAN, 52, had been enjoying a drink with a friend on the roof Wednesday when he felt something sting him, Detective Sergeant Murray DRINKWALTER said.
He got a fly swatter and started flailing at some yellow jackets that were buzzing around the fire escape of the three-storey rooming house in the southern Ontario community.
As he was retreating from the wasp attack, Mr. CHAPMAN lost his footing, fell over the side of the building and landed on the gravel driveway about six metres below.
He never regained consciousness and died of cardiac arrest a few hours later in a Toronto hospital.
"It was a case of a couple of buddies having cocktails on the rooftop and it took a turn for the tragic," said Det. Sgt. DRINKWALTER, a Halton police spokesman.
Ken MURRAY, 66, who manages the 15-room boarding house, said he had repeatedly warned Mr. CHAPMAN to keep off the roof.
He also said he told him to stop swatting at the hornets, which had a nest near the top of the roof near the fire escape.
But Mr. CHAPMAN, who lived by himself and worked as a janitor in the Milton industrial park, would often climb through his back window to get to the flat roof to socialize, play his guitar and cool off on warm nights.
Mr. CHAPMAN still had an old vinyl album with his picture on the jacket beside Stompin' Tom.
Friends said it was one of his most cherished possessions, along with a battered guitar.
"I think he'd be happy if we buried him with his old guitar," Gordon BROWN said.
It was the second bizarre insect attack in Halton this week.
On Tuesday night, a Burlington, Ontario, man inadvertently set his house on fire when he flicked his cigarette at bees swarming around him on his back porch. The embers ignited some dry material in the eaves and started a fire that caused about $60,000 damage.

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DRINKWALTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-01 published
The hurtin' life of a Milton man
By Peter CHENEY, Page M1
Wayne CHAPMAN's final stage was a warped square of plywood on the roof outside his $110-a-week rented room. He would strum his guitar, look out over the rooftops of Milton, and remember the glory days when he played with the legendary Stompin' Tom Connors.
Last week, Mr. CHAPMAN's guitar was placed in his casket, a final tribute to a man whose life exemplified the hurtin' ethos of country, the music he loved the best. Long divorced, the 52-year-old lived in a boarding house with 14 other men, many of them down on their luck. His previous residence was a room above a tavern. Mr. CHAPMAN worked as a custodian at a car-parts plant, cleaning the cafeteria and changing toilet-paper rolls.
"He didn't have much," said Ken MURRAY, the superintendent of the boarding house. "But he was a good guy."
Like Stompin' Tom, whose experiences included hard labour, abandonment and poverty, Mr. CHAPMAN was a genuine country music character, informed by heartache and loss. His possessions were limited to a few guitars and some beaten furniture. He had lived for a while in Georgetown, but moved to Milton after he was targeted in a series of robberies. His entertainment consisted of buying a case of Molson Canadian to drink with Friends. He rode to work each day on a hand-me-down mountain bike he called "The Dirty Dawg."
In Milton, he lived in a single room, where he cooked his meals in a microwave and washed his dishes in a shared bathroom. Unlike Mr. Connors, who lives in a comfortable home in a nearby township, Mr. CHAPMAN had never made enough to escape the endless cycle of low-paid day jobs. But to country music insiders, his time on stage with Mr. Connors meant that he had been validated, if not financially rewarded.
Mr. CHAPMAN's death was a strange one. On August 23, he came home from work, and went out on the roof with his guitar and a few beers.
His second-floor room was one of the hottest in the house. He liked to escape the heat by stepping out onto the roof through his window, where he would play Stompin' Tom and Johnny Cash tunes on his weathered acoustic guitar.
This day, he was joined by one of his housemates, who shared a beer with him. It was late afternoon, and the weather was perfect. The roof was the size of an average room - it was a poor man's deck, with a flat black top and no railings. As usual, there were a few yellow-jacket wasps buzzing around. The insects had built a nest inside a crack in the building's brick wall, and had defied the superintendent's extermination efforts.
Mr. CHAPMAN hated the yellow jackets. Just weeks before, he had jammed a stick into the nest, against the superintendent's recommendation, checking to see if a recent spraying had killed them off. It hadn't. Now he was in a fighting mood. He fetched a fly-swatter and began swinging at the wasps. It was a bad idea. He had unwittingly triggered the wasps' defence mechanism, and countless more poured out of the nest to help their embattled fellows.
Mr. CHAPMAN soon found himself in a full-on battle, walking backwards and using his swatter to try to fend off the growing insect horde. In the room below, Mr. MURRAY heard his footsteps on the rooftop. "Jesus," he thought. "I told him to stay out of there."
There was a thud. Consumed with his battle with the wasps, Mr. CHAPMAN had stepped off the edge of the roof and fallen six metres to the pavement. He was rushed to the Milton hospital, then airlifted to Saint Michael's in Toronto. He died of his injuries and a forensic autopsy was performed the next day. His death was ruled accidental.
"It's a very sad case," said Detective Murray DRINKWALTER of Halton Regional Police.
It was the end of a sad life, whose highlight was a 1985 appearance on a Stompin' Tom Connors album called Stompin' Tom Is Back to Assist Canadian Talent. Mr. CHAPMAN contributed two songs (My Home Town and The Bars of Vancouver) and was pictured on the cover, dressed in black jeans and a Stetson.
The album was propped on his coffin this week at his small funeral in Erin, Ontario Among the visitors at the funeral home, according to locals, was Stompin' Tom, who dropped by to pay his final respects to a fallen musical comrade. Also there were his mother and some of his brothers and sisters. The family, along with Mr. Connors, declined to talk about Mr. CHAPMAN, but others filled in a few of the blanks.
According to Fred WHITE/WHYTE, his supervisor at the car-parts plant, Stompin' Tom entered Mr. CHAPMAN's life when his father took in the iconic singer many years ago during a dark period.
"He came home one day, and there was this tall, skinny guy," said Mr. WHITE/WHYTE. "It was Stompin' Tom."
Mr. CHAPMAN went on to perform occasionally with Mr. Connors, and never stopped talking about how amazing it was to play with a genuine musical legend. "To him, Stompin' Tom was the second coming of Jesus," said Mr. MURRAY. "He loved him."
"A lot of musicians would give anything to play with Stompin' Tom," said Duncan FREMLIN, a guitarist who used to tour with Mr. Connors. "He's the real thing."
His thoughts were echoed by Bob McNIVEN, a guitarist who toured with Mr. Connors in the early 1980s. "Stompin' Tom is a legend," he said. "To play with him was an accomplishment." Mr. McNIVEN, who now works for Statistics Canada but still plays in a country band called Whiskey Jack, has never forgotten the talent and commitment that Mr. Connors brought to his performances.
"He really meant it. He'd be singing, and there were tears running down his face. You'd look out into the audience, and they were crying too."
Although he didn't know Mr. CHAPMAN (hundreds of musicians have toured with Mr. Connors's various bands,) Mr. McNIVEN said he felt a pang of recognition when he heard about the death last week. "He played guitar with Stompin' Tom. I played guitar with Stompin' Tom. In some way we were brothers. We drank from the same cup."
Back at the rooming house where Mr. CHAPMAN died, Mr. MURRAY also reflected on his companion's life and times. "He didn't have a mean bone in his body," said Mr. MURRAY as he drank his fourth tumbler of Silk Tassel scotch. "He was a good guy. But he should have left those wasps alone."
Mr. MURRAY, now 66, spent about 30 years as a professional country musician, playing in clubs and bars and, briefly, for a Montreal-based television show. Like Mr. CHAPMAN was, he's divorced and lives alone with his dusty musical equipment.
"I'm a has-been," he says. "We're all has-beens here.
"Here's to Wayne."

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DRINKWATER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
Widow of Leonard A. TAILOR/TAYLOR, nearing her 92nd birthday, died peacefully and comfortably in her home in the presence of her daughters, on December 5, 2007. Devoted mother of Eve-Lynne J. TROXEL (George Fabian) and Jocelyn M. COOK. Loving grandmother of Matthew and Allison LEE, Rebecca TROXEL and Jillian COOK. Sister of Grace (Bill) CLEMENTS. Predeceased by brothers Howard, Ernest and George RIDOUT, sister Mary AYERS, and sister-in-law Irene ANDREWS. Eve was loved, admired and respected by all who knew her and her passing will leave a huge gap in the hearts of her family and Friends. Special thanks to Doctor Mark NOWACYNSKI, Annette DRINKWATER from Senior Peoples' Resource in North Toronto and nurse Judy DEMPSEY for all their warm and loving care. Memorial service will be held at Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home at 733 Mt. Pleasant Rd. in Toronto, on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. Flowers or donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated.

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DRISCOLL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-15 published
FORER, Ruth " Ruta"
On Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at North York General Hospital, at the age of 88. She was predeceased by her husband, Harvey (Chaim) FORER, the love of her life. She leaves behind her loving daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Marv BERNSTEIN, and her beloved grandchildren (the lights of her life,) Laura DRISCOLL and her husband Brandon and Daniel BERNSTEIN. She survived the holocaust but was never the same after the death of her beloved husband. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Independant Friendly Workers Circle section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Donations in her memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 416-499-1417.

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DRIZEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-29 published
On Wednesday, June 27, 2007. Alan DRIZEN beloved husband of Barbara. Loving father and father-in-law Kevin and Joanna. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Lawrence and Esther, Stanley and Pauline, Sarah and Haron HILLEL, and Linda and Michael WOLBURGH. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 2: 30 p.m. Interment the Community section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 82 Bowring Walk. Memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, 416-499-417.

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