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SKOLLY 2008-02-10 published
Special Olympian embodied community spirit
By Tara BOWIE, Sun Media, Sun., February 10, 2008
Norwich -- Michael SKOLLY brought love and laughter wherever he travelled.
The Special Olympian died of heart complications January 22 at the home of his parents, Don and Heather, in Woodstock. He was When SKOLLY lived in Norwich, it was a regular occurrence to see him walking down Main Street poking his head into businesses just to say hello.
"They always say that it takes a village to raise a child and Norwich definitely helped to raise Michael," Heather SKOLLY said. "We appreciate everyone's help, support and acceptance of Michael."
The SKOLLYs lived in Norwich 20 years before moving to Woodstock to allow Michael easier access to needed programs.
A few years ago, bowling sparked his interest when longtime friend Karmelle TAILOR/TAYLOR started a Special Olympic team in Ingersoll.
"Michael didn't care whether he won or lost -- it was all just about having fun," TAILOR/TAYLOR said. "He already had his arms in the air, all excited, before the ball even made it to the end of the alley."
TAILOR/TAYLOR met SKOLLY while working with his mother, and later was his assistant teacher at Glendale high school in Tillsonburg.
She recalls her friend as a "young man as full of life as he could possibly could be. He just loved everybody and everything."
SKOLLY's sense of humour brought a smile to many, TAILOR/TAYLOR said. "He used to call me and ask if he could kidnap me, I would tell him I wasn't a kid. He would reply without missing a beat, 'Okay, how about I old-ladynap you?' "
SKOLLY won a Special Olympics Ontario title in the sport he loved and went on to the 2006 Canadian Special Olympics in Brandon, Manitoba
"He was so excited when he won, I'm surprised everyone didn't hear him," TAILOR/TAYLOR said.
SKOLLY flew with the rest of the team to Brandon and met his parents on the ground.
"I don't think his smile left his face during the whole trip," Heather said.
In Norwich, SKOLLY spent countless hours at the Village Restaurant and Jean's Coffee Bar, lunching with Friends. He worked a few seasons at the Fountainview Golf Course.
"He was always doing something with someone somewhere," Heather SKOLLY said. "We appreciate everyone who touched his life so much."

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SKOLNICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-26 published
STEIN, Helen
On Friday, April 25, 2008 at Leisure World Nursing Home. Helen STEIN, beloved wife of Meyer. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Elaine and Rabbi Howard HOFFMAN, Marsha and Howard FELDBERG, and Carol and Gordon MONTGOMERY. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Pearl and Hy CHUD, Jean BIDERMAN, Sylvia and Sollie FINKELSTEIN, Helen and the late Len BROWN, the late Harry and Frances BIDERMAN, the late Morris and Anne STEIN, and the late Bella and Aaron SKOLNICK. Devoted grandmother of Merav, Tirtzah, Shira, Marc, and Sarah. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Beth David Bnai Israel Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 89 Skymark Drive #1712, from 11: 00 a.m. daily. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society of Canada, 416-488-8772.

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SKOLNIK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-02 published
BLOCK, Pearl (née SUGAR)
Peacefully passed away at age 98, on Saturday, May 31, 2008. Daughter of the late Joseph and Etta SUGAR. Devoted and loving wife of the late William Robert BLOCK. Loving mother of Caryl ALEXANDER and Bradley BLOCK and his wife Margaret. Cherished grandmother of William, Trevor, Skottie, Michele and Jessica. Beloved aunt of many loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sisters, Rose AXLER, Helen FISHER, Bertha FRANKEL, Belle SKOLNIK, Anne FRIEDENBERG and brothers Lou, Aaron, David and Harold SUGAR. " Your strength and dignity will always be an inspiration to all your family." A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 12: 00 p.m. from Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. W. (between Yonge and Bathurst). Interment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park, on Bathurst Street. In her memory donations to her favourite charity The Hospital for Sick Children, 416-813-5320 would be appreciated.

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SKORBINSKI 2008-04-20 published
COOPER, Robert C.
Peacefully at home with his wife by his side and surrounded by his loving family, was welcomed home by the Lord on Friday, April 18, 2008, in his 58th year. Beloved husband of Elizabeth. Cherished son of the late Charles and Nancy COOPER. Dear brother of Debbie BENNETT, Brenda CHAPMAN (Ken) and Cathy ROBERTSON (Don). Lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews. He was a loving stepfather to Debbie SKORBINSKI (Ray,) Kenny DUNN (Kelly) and most cherished grandfather to Dustin, Nicholas, Stephen, Zachary, Kaycee, Tyler and Aaron. Bob's beautiful legacy to his family and Friends and to his loving grandchildren was a life lived each day to honour his Lord and Saviour and for the music he so lovingly composed and sang in His praise. He will be remembered by everyone who knew him for his gentle spirit, love of life and his inspiring political and history discussions. Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, 22424 Adelaide Rd., Mt Brydges, Ontario (519-264-1100) on Monday, April 21st, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to follow on Tuesday from the funeral home commencing at 11: 00 a.m. with Major Earle BIRT officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Victorian Order of Nurses would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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SKOROPAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-10 published
SKOROPAD, Doctor Raymond Gregory
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Doctor Raymond Gregory SKOROPAD on Monday, May 5, 2008, at the age of 73. Ray slipped away with family at his side. He was the cherished husband of Linda and the devoted father of Sasha and Mischa. Until his illness a year ago, Ray was an avid sportsman. Downhill skiing and riding his horses were his favourite pastimes. He was thrilled to have been inducted into the University of Guelph's Hall of Fame as a member of the football team that went to the Atlantic Bowl in 1959. As a veterinarian, he will be sadly missed by many patients and their guardians that he served for over thirty years in Toronto's west end. In accordance with his wishes, Ray has been cremated and a celebration of his life will be held later in May. Arrangements entrusted to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph (519-822-0051 or A special thanks to the staff of Saint Joseph's in Guelph for their care.
We will miss you Raymond. Love, Linda, Sasha and Mischa

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