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RYAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-08-13 published
Phillip Howard DEBASSIGE
In loving memory of Phillip Howard DEBASSIGE, February 5, 1947 to August 9, 2003. "Lover of Horses" Phillip DEBASSIGE, a resident of M'Chigeeng First Nation, began his spiritual journey through the western door, on Saturday, August 9, 2003 at the age of 56 years. He was born in Mindemoya, son of Vincent DEBASSIGE and the late Margaret (MIGWANS) DEBASSIGE.
Phillip worked in M'Chigeeng teaching computers at Kenjgewin Teg, a member of the Economic Development Committee and worked with the Union of Ontario Indians as well as Metis Nation of Ontario. He also enjoyed band politics especially the First Nation Governance Act. Phillip enjoyed playing the trumpet, playing lotteries especially Keno and horse racing. He was a great community worker as he helped many work in their garden, visited elders, enjoyed his time at the maple sugar camp and helped others with house construction and renovations. This familiar sight walking in the neighbourhood or on his way to Gus's store to play his numbers, will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Loving father of Corena RYAN and husband Justin, Ladeanne DEBASSIGE and Nathan MIGWANS. Loved Mishomis of Justice and Reign RYAN. Survived by his former wife Giovanna. Dear brother of Ina PANAMICK, Alfred DEBASSIGE (wife Gladys), Marjorie WEBKAMIGAD, Greg DEBASSIGE (friend Bonnie,) Norma CORBIERE (friend Charlie,) Lyla KINOSHAMEG (husband Ray,) Nicolas DEBASSIGE (Alice,) Patrick DEBASSIGE, Joanne DEBASSIGE (Amadeo), Stanley DEBASSIGE (wife Donna) and Doris DEBASSIGE (friend Ronnie.) Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends called at the home of Alfred DEBASSIGE Monday and Tuesday. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, M'Chigeeng on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 11: 00 a.m. with Father Robert FOLIOT as celebrant. Interment in M'Chigeeng Cemetery. Culgin Funeral Home

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RYAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-02 published
Lee RYAN
By Tim RYAN Thursday, January 2, 2003, Page A18
Poet, television producer, conservationist. Born September 13, 1939, in Toronto. Died December 17 in Boise, Idaho, of Alzheimer's disease, aged 63.
Lee RYAN survived a crash-landing in the Namib Desert of Africa 17 years ago, but like more than four million others in North America, she couldn't survive the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease. The mother of four -- an accomplished poet, television producer and African wildlife conservationist -- died 12 years after being diagnosed as an "early onset" victim of the disease that robs one's identity as it kills brain cells, slowly diminishing mind and body.
Lee was born Mary Leona MUIR in Toronto, daughter of Scottish/Irish immigrant parents. Her father Alex was yardmaster of the Canadian National Railway terminal in Toronto. Her mother, Mina O'GORMAN, a native of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, raised Leona and three siblings; sister Sandy, brothers Michael and Gerard, all of whom still live in Canada.
Lee was educated at Loretto Abbey and obtained her Registered Nurse degree at St. Michael's Hospital College of Nursing in Toronto before marrying sportscaster Tim RYAN in 1961. They moved with children Kimberley, Kevin and Jay to Oakland, Calif., in 1967 as Mr. RYAN advanced his career in the U.S. Following the birth of their fourth child, Brendan, the family moved to Larchmont, New York, where they lived for the next 21 years.
While Mr. RYAN became a nationally known announcer with National Broadcasting Company, Columbia Broadcasting System and Fox before rejoining National Broadcasting Company Sports in 1998, Lee began her own television career, producing programs for the local cable access station in Westchester County. She became an accomplished fencer and tennis player and began to dabble in writing (her whimsical story about the family cat was published in the New York Times features section). But her life changed dramatically when she and Tim became trustees of the Save African Endangered Wildlife Foundation.
Through the 1980s, the RYANs joined a small group of New Yorkers assisting in the effort to save the black rhino, heavily poached in southern Africa. They spent one month a year working with researchers, wildlife experts and parks people in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia.
Lee proved to be an intrepid safari traveller, confronting lions, elephants and Cape buffalo with a brave insouciance, armed only with a camera. Her love and respect for the animals and the environment inspired several of her poems, many of which are in a private publication The Gift of Lee.
But her most frightening African incident was with an airplane, not an animal. In 1985, Lee, Tim and three colleagues from the Foundation were flying by private aircraft from Johannesburg to a tiny camp in the desert of Namibia to meet with a rhino researcher. They ran out of daylight and the pilot was forced to land on the desert floor, miles short of the destination, on rocky terrain. The nose wheel of the six-passenger Cessna struck a rock and it nearly rolled over as it ground to a halt with another wheel collapsing and one wing digging into the ground.
The passengers escaped unhurt, but had to spend a night and day in the barren desert before finally making radio contact with a commercial airliner and effecting a rescue by police from a remote tin mine miles away.
The RYANs continued their travels to Africa for five more years, until Alzheimer's changed their lives forever. With the children off on their own, they moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1991.
Three years later, Lee required nursing home care. Her final resting place, the Boise Samaritan Village, was a long away from her beloved Africa. She died peacefully, her husband at her side.
Tim RYAN was Lee RYAN's husband.

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RYAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-24 published
Died This Day -- Norman (Red) RYAN, 1936
Saturday, May 24, 2003 - Page F10
Career criminal born in Toronto in July, 1895; in First World War, joined Canadian Army; deserted to commit numerous robberies in Ontario, Quebec and the United States; captured and made spectacular escape from Kingston Penitentiary; in 1923, recaptured in United States and deported; sentenced to life imprisonment in Kingston became model prisoner, the "darling" of prison reformer Agnes McPHAIL and premier R.B. BENNETT; in July, 1935, won parole for 10 months, toured as spokesman for prison reform while secretly re-establishing underworld contacts; killed in shootout with police while robbing Sarnia, Ontario, liquor store of $394.

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RYAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-27 published
GAMMON, Elizabeth Catherine
Died quietly at Beechwood Court in Mississauga, on Thursday, September 25th, 2003 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Richard ''Dick'' GAMMON. Loving mother of Ted and his wife Mary Alice, Nancy and Susan and her husband John McDONALD. Dear grandmother of Michael and David RYAN. Sister of the late William WOODLEY and Barbara LAILEY. Sister-in-law of Betty WOODLEY and Joseph LAILEY. Fondly remembered by Geoff BEYER, Doris PATTERSON, her niece Alison and nephews Lawrence, Bill and Brian. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Avenues), from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral Service will be held at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 3962 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke, on Monday, September 29, 2003 at 2 o'clock. Cremation.

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RYAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-13 published
BOYD, Professor Robert Gavin
Died unexpectedly at his home in Halifax on Wednesday, December 10, 2003. Born in Brighton, Victoria, Australia on May 16, 1924, he was the eldest child of the late Robert Gavin and C. Margaret BOYD. He was educated at St. Patrick's College and graduated in Political Science from the University of Melbourne. He became a Research Officer for the Joint Intelligence Bureau of Australian Government and served on the S.E.A.T.O. Research Team in Bangkok, Thailand from 1956-1959. He returned to the Australian National University In Canberra where he wrote his 1st book. ''Communist China's Foreign Policy'', which earned him a Fullbright Fellowship to Notre Dame University, Indiana for two years. He spent a summer semester at Stanford University's Hoover Institute for Peace and moved to George Washington University, Washington, D.C. with the family and taught there. The family returned to Canberra in 1965 and he resumed his research studies and writing at the A.N.U. A Canada Council Fellowship took him to Carleton University in Ottawa following a lecture tour in the Maritimes, he was asked to join the Political Science faculty at Saint Mary's University where he taught from 1967 to 1989. On retirement he taught at Rutgars's University, New Jersey and was named Honorary Professor. He returned to Halifax and Saint Mary's in 1991 and taught part-time in the M.B.A. programme until his death. He wrote and also collaborated on many books in his field of Political Science and organized a most successful series of fall seminars at Saint Mary's to which distinguished guest scholars contributed. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children, Angela, Stephanie (Peter HORA,) Dominic (Theresa FOX), Mary Catherine, Austin (Beckett FICHTER), Christopher, Felicity and Hilary (Bret BARTON.) He was grandpa to Alexander and Lawrence HORA, Frances, Katie and Michael BOYD, Andrew and Connor BOYD, Matthew and Julia BARTON. He is survived by his sister, Carmel RYAN (Peter,) Canberra, A.C.T. Australia three nieces and two nephews. He was a man of strong faith, generosity of spirit and loyalty to his Catholic beliefs and principles. Family will be re ceiving Friends at J. A. Show Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax on Monday, December 15, from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Memorial mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 16, in Canadian Martyrs Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Mary's University Faculty Women's Association Scholarship Fund or to Hope Cottage.
Well done thou good and faithful servant, Cavin.

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