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YURCHUK 2008-06-16 published
At home, on June 15, 2008, Ray GETLIFFE in his 95th year. Beloved husband of Lorna (née HAY) for 74 years. Much loved father of John GETLIFFE and his wife Mary Catherine, Lorna Rae "Dee" YURCHUK and her husband Mike. Cherished grandchildren are Nancy-Dee YURCHUK, Kathryn GETLIFFE, Jane HILL (Mark), Tom GETLIFFE (Heather), Jim YURCHUK (Caroline), Hugh GETLIFFE (Tara) and Kate GETLIFFE. Dearly loved Pop of Alex, Erica, Rachel, Rebecca, Kent, Margaret, Emmie Rae, Evan, Amanda and Morgan. Predeceased by his sister Winnifred FREEMAN (2006) and his daughter-in-law Isabel GETLIFFE (1992.) Survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the memorial service will be conducted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 3: 00 p.m. Cremation, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ray are asked to consider the C.N.I.B. or the charity of your choice. Online condolences at

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YURCHUK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-20 published
Hard-hitting winger was first to add Rocket to Richard
By James CHRISTIE, Page S8
With one perceptive comment, Ray GETLIFFE coined one of the most recognizable handles in the cultures of Quebec and Canada.
A left-winger for the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens during the 1930s and 1940s who combined scoring ability with tough physical play, Mr. GETLIFFE was at practice one day in 1942 when a breeze was stirred in the Montreal Forum by a youngster streaking down the ice, his eyes burning like anthracite coals under a shock of black hair.
"I was sitting on the bench with Murph Chamberlain and Phil Watson," Mr. GETLIFFE recounted to the Hockey Hall of Fame's Stanley Cup Journal. "Elmer Lach was on the ice with Maurice Richard and fed him a lovely pass.
"Richard got the puck and took off. I leaned over to Murph and said, 'Wow, Richard took off like a rocket!' "
A Montreal Gazette sports writer named Dink Carroll was nearby and overheard the description. Within days, the identity Maurice (Rocket) Richard was set in stone. The Rocket became an icon in the game, in popular culture and in Quebec nationalism.
Mr. GETLIFFE became a thumping journeyman. Physically imposing in his day at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, the hard-hitting winger crunched National Hockey League opponents into the boards on the way to winning two Stanley Cup championships. Mr. GETLIFFE played a total of 10 seasons with the Bruins and Canadiens.
While the Rocket's scoring feats are a famous chapter in National Hockey League history, Mr. GETLIFFE's sniping abilities were respectable in their own right whenever he got the chance to play with Mr. Lach, his favourite linemate.
On February 6, 1943, Mr. GETLIFFE brought the Montreal Forum fans out of their seats with delight when he scored five goals against the arch-enemy Boston Bruins.
Montreal forward Hector (Toe) Blake had fallen ill and wasn't at his usual post on the line with Mr. Lach and Mr. Richard. Mr. GETLIFFE, usually on the second or third unit, got moved up to the top scoring line by coach Dick Irvin Sr. He benefited from Mr. Lach's nimble playmaking while the Boston defence was paying close attention to Mr. Richard. He ended the night with six points. That season was his most prolific in the National Hockey League, with 28 goals and 53 points in just 44 games.
"He felt he could score 40 goals with a broom if he was playing with Elmer Lach," his son, John GETLIFFE, told The Canadian Press.
The next night, the teams renewed hostilities at the Boston Garden, where fans had long memories and a grudge against a former Bruin who was now wearing Montreal's colours.
"While they were waiting for the anthem, everybody had quieted down and some leather lung in the top row yelled, 'GETLIFFE, you can score five more tonight and you'll still be a bum,' " Mr. GETLIFFE recalled.
A native of Galt, Ontario, he played from the 1935-36 season until 1944-45, retiring at 31 after refusing a trade to the Detroit Red Wings.
He had 136 goals and 250 points in 393 games and won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 1939 and again as a Canadien in 1944.
After retiring from the National Hockey League, Mr. GETLIFFE refereed hockey and lacrosse and enjoyed a long, successful business career. He also found time to hone his considerable golf skills on the courses of Southwestern Ontario, even playing in the Canadian Open as an amateur. He played the game into his 93rd year, even as his eyesight faded.
In the National Hockey League lockout year of 2005, London, the city that he called home, decided to celebrate its connection to the Stanley Cup through Mr. GETLIFFE. The city perched the illustrious senior on an antique fire truck along with the huge silver cup for a ride of honour through town.
At 94, Mr. GETLIFFE was the second-oldest living alumnus of the National Hockey League, about four months the junior of ex-New York Ranger and Chicago Blackhawk Clint Smith.
Ray GETLIFFE was born April 3, 1914, in Galt (now Cambridge,) Ontario. He died June 15, 2008, in London, Ontario He was 94. He is survived by Lorna, his wife of 74 years, son John GETLIFFE and daughter Lorna Rae YURCHUK. He also leaves seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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YUREK 2008-04-26 published
Peacefully at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital with his family by his side on Friday, April 25, 2008 D. Rex SCIDMORE of London in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Annie SCIDMORE of London. Loving father of David and Nancy SCIDMORE and Cathy and Mark GOLD, all of Saint Thomas. Proud papa of Jennifer and Jody YUREK, Jaime SCIDMORE, Justin SCIDMORE, Kristen and Karly SCIDMORE, Melinda BELL and Matthew SCIDMORE and 3 great-grandchildren Wyatt, Gunnar and Molly. Loved by his stepsons David BRACKETT and Donald BRACKETT and his step-grand_son James BRACKETT. Dear brother of Marvia and Richard BEATHAM of Sutton. Dearly loved by his godson Michael COLLINS of New York. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Predeceased by his parents Delbert and Orpha SCIDMORE, his wife Ruth SCIDMORE and his son Larry SCIDMORE. At Rex's request there will be no visitation. Cremation. A Celebration of Rex's Life will be held at the Lambeth United Church on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Matthew PENNY officiating. Interment Elmdale Cemetery. Donations to the Lambeth United Church Special Fund gratefully acknowledged. McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, 519-652-2020 in care of arrangements.

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