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ONION o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-28 published
SMITH, Richard E. " Rick"
Passed suddenly Friday, January 25th at the age of 56 sitting on his brand new snow machine in the bush in northern Ontario. This was a fitting end for a man who was dedicated to his family, Friends, the outdoors and his love of life. Raised on a farm in Azilda, Rick developed uncanny instincts about animals, nature and the land. An avid hunter, fisherman, sportsman and accomplished equestrian, he left behind a huge legacy. Rick and his wife Cathy INCH, own Foothills Farm, a full service equestrian facility in Northern Ontario. Although Rick remained planted in the valley, his desire to grow intellectually drove him to develop a variety of skills. A fully accredited course designer, Rick's knowledge of horses and innate sense of construction led him into a very successful career that enabled him to travel with Cathy and his daughter Natalie to showjumping venues across North America. Never one to sit still, other hobbies included skiing, hockey and canoeing. Whether Rick was travelling in the elite world of showjumping or out in the back 40, he was renowned for his quick wit and sense of timing. Rick's genuine interest in people and incredible loyalty to his Friends and family endeared him to all. These special traits are reflected in his son and sidekick Jedd. The loss of Rick will leave a huge void in everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. He was larger than life. Beloved husband of Cathy INCH. Loving father of Natalie Rebecca SMITH (Jeff LAWRENCE) and Jedd Robert William SMITH. Cherished son of Beryl (Hill) SMITH and the late Earl SMITH predeceased 1985. Loving brother of Garry (Dorothy), James (Paulette), Darlene (Mike JOLIAT,) Nadine (Fern METHE) and Arlene (Brian ONION.) Special brother-in-law to Tracey INCH- PERRAS (Kent). Sadly missed by the Inch family and many loving nieces and nephews. Resting at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury. Friends may call 2-9 p.m. Monday only. A celebration of Rick's life will be held in Scott's Airplane Hangar across from Foothills Farm, 5715 Nickel Offset Rd. Chelmsford, Tuesday January 29th, 2008 at 3 p.m. Friends may gather in the hangar after 2: 30 p.m. Tuesday. Cremation with interment in the family plot at Maplecrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rick Smith Bursary would be appreciated. Flowers, donations, or messages of condolence available online at

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ONISTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-27 published
COOK, John Stuart Northey
Born in London, England in 1925, died peacefully at home on Tuesday March 25, 2008. Beloved husband of Nancy Elizabeth (née COUILLARD.) Dear father of Judy WOOD, David and the late Bruce (1980.) Dear father-in-law of Lawrence ONISTO, Margaret COOK, Edith HEYCK and the late Ted WOOD (1990.) Loving grandfather of Kathleen, Bruce and Matthew WOOD and Rachel, Robin and Erica COOK. He will be sadly missed by his devoted sister Peggy (Margaret) COOK of Sussex, England. John was a loving uncle, brother-in-law and cousin to an extended family both here and in England. John was a peaceful, gentle and artistic man who enjoyed his family, a good pipe, walking his dogs, reading and building models. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 29 2008 at 1 p.m. at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 1513 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario. A reception in the church hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 16586 Woodbine Ave, R.R.#3, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 4W1, or the charity of your choice, would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Tranquility Burial and Cremation Services Inc. Mississauga, (905) 855-7565

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