BRUBACHER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-01-25 published
ROBISON, June (née SIEGRIST)
Peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Monday, January 24th, 2005. June ROBISON of Owen Sound in her 83rd year. Wife of the late Lorne. Dear mother of Patricia SEWELL of Collingwood, Elizabeth and her husband Mac MORRISON of Chatsworth, Tom SANDERSON and his wife Noni of Brampton, Alf SANDERSON and his wife Alecia of Vancouver, British Columbia, Jim SANDERSON and his wife Pat of Owen Sound, Bill SANDERSON and his wife Betty of Georgetown and Mike SANDERSON and his wife Joan of Brampton. Lovingly remembered by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sister of May BRUBACHER of Collingwood. Predeceased by her parents, Oliver and May SIEGRIST and three brothers Russ, Howard and Alf SIEGRIST. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home, 376-3710 for visiting on Wednesday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday, January 27th at 11: 00 a.m. with Leslie SEARLES officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. As expressions of sympathy, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.tannahill.com
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BRUBACHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-19 published
GEDDES, Robert John " Red"
Robert John " Red" GEDDES passed away peacefully at the age of 90 at Marian Villa on Sunday, January 16, 2005. Predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Noreen Anne GEDDES (2001.) Loving father of Denice and Don FORREST and Bob and Lynda GEDDES. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Dana MORNINGSTAR (Jeff,) Greg FORREST, Jesse FORREST, Michael GEDDES and Christopher GEDDES (Evi). Great-grandpa will be missed by Danica and Dale MORNINGSTAR, Danielle, Madeline and John GEDDES and their mother Kristine. Friends are invited to join the family and share their memories at 2 pm Saturday January 22, 2005 on the 2nd Floor of The Duchess of Kent Royal Canadian Legion, 499 Hill Street, London. The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. BRUBACHER and 5th floor staff at Marian Villa for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Private family interment will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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BRUBACHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-15 published
SCHWARTZENTRUBER, Grace Magdalene (née BENDER)
Grace Magdalene (BENDER) passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at Freeport Health Centre of the Grand River Hospital, Kitchener. Grace resided in New Hamburg and was born there 74 years ago on September 5, 1930, a daughter of the late Melvin W. BENDER and Mabel ROTH) (BENDER) LITWILLER. Beloved wife of Kenneth SCHWARTZENTRUBER, whom she married June 2, 1951. Loving mother and grandmother of Virginia A. (D. Michael) HOSTETLER and children Stefan and Sofia of Nazareth, Israel; Wilda (Willie) K. (Winfred) STOLZFUS and children Marcos, Tomas, Bia, Carla, Raquel, Davi and Lucas of Bellefontaine, Ohio Michele R. (Sandro) RIZOLI and children Lucas and Eric of Toronto K. Daniel SCHWARTZENTRUBER of New Dundee and children, Alyssa, Jeremy and Tyler and their mother Annette SCHWARTZENTRUBER of Mannheim. Dear sister of Elaine (Dan) ZEHR, Gerald (Verna) BENDER, John (Janet) BENDER, Jan (Aden) BRUBACHER and Darlene (John) ROPP. Also remembered by in-laws Vernon (June) SCHWARTZENTRUBER, Leonard (Delphine) SCHWARTZENTRUBER, Eleanor (Jerry) ROTH and Jerry ROPP as well as nieces, nephews and countless loved ones in Brazil. Grace was predeceased by brother Ray BENDER, sisters Mary and her husband Bob JOHNSTON, Doreen ROPP, granddaughter Paula RIZOLI, brother-in-law Lyle SCHWARTZENTRUBER and step-father Milton LITWILLER. Grace and Ken served in Brazil with the Mennonite Church for 32 years in bookstore and church ministry. Grace was a life-long and active member of Steinmann Mennonite Church, Baden

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BRUBACHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-27 published
UTLEY, Edith " Ella" M. (née MOYER)
At her residence on Friday, June 24, 2005. Edith (Ella) M. UTLEY (née MOYER) of Woodingford Lodge Woodstock and formerly of Eastwood and Kent Street Woodstock in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Ray J. UTLEY (1981.) Dear mother of Lois WATTERS and her husband Ross of Princeton, Joan BRUBACHER of Southampton, Barbara SEYMOUR and her husband Al of London. Loved grandmother of seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Evelyn JACQUES of Woodstock and sister-in-law of Eileen MOYER of Woodstock. Predeceased by her brothers Charles, Norman, Chester and Robert MOYER, sons-in-law Edward YEOMAN and Cleason BRUBACHER, brother-in-law Joe JACQUES and by granddaughter Kathy WATTERS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Ella was a longtime member of Saint John's Anglican Church (Eastwood) A.C.W. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, 539-0004. Tuesday 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. where the memorial service will be held in the chapel Wednesday at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Keith SUTHERLAND officiating. Interment was held in the Saint John's Anglican Cemetery, Eastwood. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or Saint John's Anglican Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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BRUBACHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-26 published
NEWCOMBE, Al
The family of the late Al NEWCOMBE wish to extend heartfelt thanks to family and Friends who spent time with Al during his lengthy illness, your support is greatly appreciated and to those who sent cards, flowers and called, to Reverend Father Michael JOHNSON and Donna THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Elam for prayers, visits and service. The Catholic Children's Aid Society and Victorian Order of Nurses. Very special thanks Dr. Lloyd BRUBACHER, Kathryn LANNIGAN, R.N., Noella ARMSTRONG, R.N., and Kim, R.P.N. - your care and support will never be forgotten; also thank you to the pallbearers Mike, Jeff, Don, Wilfred, Bill and John. - The Newcombe Family.

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BRUBACHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-02 published
BRUBACHER, Margaret Isabel (RUDDELL)
On June 14, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Charles Sheldon BRUBACHER (1986). At the request of the deceased there was no service. Cremation. Arrangements by Morley Bedford Funeral Services.

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BRUBACHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-22 published
McALLISTER, John "Jack" Richard (March 6, 1923-July 25, 2005)
Founder Of Ryerson Theatre School John (Jack) Richard McALLISTER born March 6, 1923 to Alexander and Mary Olive McALLISTER, both deceased, passed away on July 25, 2005 from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Much gratitude to Dr. Sandra E. BLACK, her assistant Jennifer BRAY and staff at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre's neurology department for their care and loving kindness. Jack was predeceased by his brother Donald McALLISTER, life friend Dr. C. Donald COOK, Friends Major Charles and Margaret BRUBACHER and dog Hero. Survived by sisters Ruth GORDON, Betty Lou LAMON, sister-in-law Agnes (DEED) McALLISTER, many nieces, nephews and loving Friends. After graduating from Victoria College, University of Toronto, Jack was hired as the head of the English department at York Memorial Collegiate Institute. In 1963 he was engaged as the head of the English department of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. During his initial years at Ryerson he conducted Ryerson music operettas. In 1971 he founded Ryerson Theatre School. A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2005. If you are interested in learning more of the celebration please e-mail soulstate@hotmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please make cheques payable to Ryerson University, indicate that the gift is for the Jack McAllister Memorial Award and mail to the attention of Louise Year wood, Director of Development, Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3 or call 416-979-5000 ext. 6524.

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BRUBACHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-02 published
BRUBACHER, Margaret Isabel (RUDDELL)
On June 14, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Charles Sheldon BRUBACHER (1986). At the request of the deceased there was no service. Cremation. Arrangements by Morley Bedford Funeral Services.

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BRUBACHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-22 published
McALLISTER, John "Jack" Richard (March 6, 1923-July 25, 2005)
Founder of Ryerson Theatre SchoolJohn (Jack) Richard McALLISTER born March 6, 1923 to Alexander and Mary Olive McALLISTER, both deceased, passed away on July 25, 2005 from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Much gratitude to Dr. Sandra E. BLACK, her assistant Jennifer BRAY and staff at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre's neurology department for their care and loving kindness. Jack was predeceased by his brother Donald McALLISTER, life friend Dr. C. Donald COOK, Friends Major Charles and Margaret BRUBACHER and dog Hero. Survived by sisters Ruth GORDON, BettyLou LAMON, sister-in-law Agnes (DEED) McALLISTER, many nieces, nephews and loving Friends. After graduating from Victoria College, University of Toronto, Jack was hired as the head of the English department at York Memorial Collegiate Institute. In 1963 he was engaged as the head of the English department of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. During his initial years at Ryerson he conducted Ryerson music operettas. In 1971 he founded Ryerson Theatre School. A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2005. If you are interested in learning more of the celebration please e-mail soulstate@hotmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please make cheques payable to Ryerson University, indicate that the gift is for the Jack McAllister Memorial Award and mail to the attention of Louise YEARWOOD, Director of Development, Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3 or call 416-979-5000 ext. 6524.

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BRUBAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-10 published
WRIGHT, Gordon L.
Peacefully, surrounded by his family at the Brantford General Hospital on Monday, November 7th, 2005, Gordon, beloved husband of Marian (née NEVILLE.) Loving father of Gordon Jr. (Gilene,) Mississauga; Brian (Lisa), Toronto; Brenda (Joe BRUBAKER), Brampton, and Beverley (Brian GRENNAN,) Brampton. Loving Grampie of Philip, Lucas, Elliot, Jonathan, Danny, Lauren, Dayna, Kevin, Ross and Dean. Dear brother of Edith BLENIS of Toronto. Gordon was a veteran of World War 2 serving with Canadian Forces in Europe and was retired after a 44 year career with the head office of the Royal Bank of Canada. The Family would like to especially thank Dr. David THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and the nursing staff of the Brantford General Hospital for their care and kindness. The Wright Family will receive Friends at the McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Rd. N., Brantford, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a service complete in the chapel on Thursday morning at 11: 00. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in Gordon's memory would be appreciated. Mccleister (519) 758-1553 or mccleisterfuneralhome@rogers.com

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BRUCE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-02-15 published
WARDROP, Jeanette Arlene (née BRUCE)
At her residence on Sunday, February 13th, 2005, Mrs. Jeanette WARDROP, of R. R.#3, Wingham, age 62 years. The former Jeanette BRUCE, beloved wife of Sinclair WARDROP. Loving mother of Alison WARDROP. Dear sister of Bev and Rick KER, of Wiarton and Jim and Anna May BRUCE, of Binbrook. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two sons at birth and by parents, Marion and George BRUCE. Celebration of life services will be held at the Wingham United Church on Saturday at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend Wayne B. BEAMER officiating. Final resting place, Binbrook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. A special thank you to Dr. Philip KURUVILLA and staff in the Oncology Unit at the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre for the excellent care they provided.
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BRUCE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-29 published
LEISHMAN, William F. " Sandy"
Sandy LEISHMAN of Thornbury, and formerly of Toronto, died quietly at his home in Thornbury on Wednesday, April 27th, 2005, in his 77th year. Husband of Jean (McKEE) LEISHMAN and father of Gwen and her husband Randy LEDYARD of Kelowna, British Columbia, Julie and her husband Norman BRUCE of Vancouver, British Columbia and Geoffrey and his wife Jean of Burlington. Also remembered by seven grandchildren. Also survived by brothers Ted of Toronto and McGregor of Oakville. Cremation has taken place. A memorial funeral service will be conducted at St. George's Anglican Church, Marsh Street in Clarksburg, on Monday, May 2nd at 11: 00 a.m.. Family will receive Friends at the church following the service. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Lung Association would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, Box 556, Thornbury, N0H 2P0 (519-599-2718) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.
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BRUCE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-05-05 published
AGNEW, Robert Aikman
In his 82nd year, died peacefully at North York General Hospital after a brief illness, on Friday April 29, 2005. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, the youngest son of the late Robert John and Edith (WARD,) brother to Ward, Lavina, Corbett, and Jeanette (McLINDEN.) He will be missed by son Robert Beverly, grand_sons Robert Jared and Devon Thomas, and dear friend Ada BRUCE. Bob was a long-time employee of Atlas Steel, and served honourably aboard H.M.C.S. Warrior during World War 2. A service will be held on Saturday May 7 2005 at 11 a.m. at York Cemetery (101 Senlac Rd.) with visitation an hour prior to be held at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge St. at Goulding, south of Steeles). Expressions of sympathy in the form of a charitable donation to the Royal Canadian Legion would be appreciated by the family.
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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-10 published
BRUCE, Muriel Fawcett (née PARKIN)
Member of the Ennismore Seniors Group and the Ennismore Painting Club. Peacefully, with her family at her side, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Friday, January 7, 2005, in her 81st year. Muriel, beloved wife of the late Royal BRUCE. Loving mother of Bill and wife Cecile of Ennismore, Carol of Ottawa and Bob of Bridgenorth, and dear Grandma of Pam and Brad. She was also loved and will be missed by many other relatives and Friends in the London and Peterborough areas. Friends will be received at the Comstock Funeral Home (356 Rubidge, Peterborough) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 1 p.m. Reverend Anne GOWANS- BLINN officiating. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or P.R.H.C. Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-20 published
BRUCE, Joseph " Joe"
Peacefully, at Exeter Villa, Wednesday, January 19, 2005, Joseph "Joe" BRUCE, age 100, formerly of Grand Bend and Windsor. Beloved husband of the late Theada Adeline (HAYTER) BRUCE (1989.) Dear brother-in-law of Dorothy and Earl VANDAHL of Grand Bend, Robert and Gloria HAYTER, Frieda HAYTER all of Dashwood and June HAYTER of Goderich. Loved by his nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by sisters, Patricia, Bessie, Mildred, Lotta, Jean, Mary, Florence, brothers George, Hector, Aldridge, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Harry and James HAYTER Sr., John and Reta SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER, James and Grace BEAVIS. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Friday, January 21, 2005 commencing at 1 p.m. followed by the Funeral Service at 2 p.m. The Reverend John E. TREMBULAK, III officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Exeter Villa, Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood or charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-18 published
LEMP, Louis S.B.
At the Woodstock General Hospital on Wednesday, February 16, 2005. Louis S.B. LEMP of Woodstock in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Elsie (née Bruce) LEMP (1987) and the late Grace (née OAKLEY) LEMP (1995.) Dear step-father of Harold HACON (Shirley), Bryan HACON (Judy), Bruce HACON (Jean) and Robin HACON (Fay). Loved uncle of Gail WILKER (Bill), Barbara BRUCE, Marjorie WILSON (Tom), Marian DEMEESTER (Bruce YAUSIE), Donna McKAY (Donald), Shirley MURRAY (Dan,) Vi EKINS (late Carl,) Alan BRUCE (Diane,) and Donald BRUCE. Dear brother-in-law of Clifford BRUCE (Frances) and Howard BRUCE (Edith.) Also survived by several great-nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother-in-law James and Gertie BRUCE. Louis was the last surviving member of his own family.
Louis worked on farms for many years and was employed by Eureka Foundry for 42 years before his retirement in 1976. He was a member of Christ Church Huntingford and active in the Mens Club at College Avenue Church. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock. 539-0004 on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Eleanor CARUANA officiating. Interment later in the Huntingford Cemetery. Contributions to the Christ Church Huntingford Memorial Fund or the Woodstock General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-03 published
MATTHEWS, L. Kay (formerly BRUCE, née BAGNALL)
L. Kay of Saint Thomas, on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 78th year. Beloved wife of the late Gordon MATTHEWS and the late Clarence BRUCE. Dear sister of Mary PEARSON and her husband Chris of Springfield and Janet WOOD of London. Loved aunt of George and Rosemary KENNEDY, Janice and Doug McCALLUM, Patricia and Mark WHITFIELD, Kelly PEARSON, Bob WOOD and partner Pauline ELLUL, Jim (Sam) and Diane WOOD and Nancy and Art PUTZER. Sadly missed by a number of great nieces and nephews. Kay was born in Yarmouth Township on January 25, 1928, the daughter of the late Earl and Mary (GLENN) BAGNALL. She worked at the Co-Op and then at Marlatt Lumber. Kay was a member of the Maple Leaf Chapter and the Central Star Chapter of the Eastern Star. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 1: 00 p.m. Private interment in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation or the Shriners Hospitals for Sick Children.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-08 published
WILLIAMS, Florence (née TONKS)
Peacefully at Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Sunday, March 6, 2005, Florence (TONKS) WILLIAMS, of Ingersoll, in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of Howard WILLIAMS. Dear mother of Bernice and her husband Gail CROKER of Calgary, Alberta, Marie and her husband Bill WHATLEY of Ingersoll and Howie and his wife Gina WILLIAMS of Simcoe. Dear grandmother of David CROKER, Mark CROKER, Lisa Whatley, Jim Whatley, Jeffery WILLIAMS, Jennifer WILLIAMS and Trent PIKE. Dear great-grandmother of Kristian BRUCE, Tammy CROKER, Scott CROKER, Kayden CROKER. Dear sister of Tom (Rita) TONKS of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Gladys SPILCHEN of Beeton, Ontario and Alma SWETMAN of Abbotsford, British Columbia. Sister-in-law of Levina KILGOUR of Aylmer and Pat TONKS of Edmonton, Alberta. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Bill and Gladys TONKS, her sister Shirley TONKS and her grandchildren Patricia CROKER and Peter John CROKER.
Florence will always be remembered for the love and support given freely to her husband and family. Many Friends will remember her as a non-judgmental, always accepting person who always was there for them. For many years, she was active in the local and regional Girl Guides of Canada and St. James Anglican Church, Ingersoll. Her spirit will live on in the hearts of all the young people whose lives she influenced as an ideal role model. Private family arrangements. Memorial donations to Alexandra Hospital Foundation or Camp Hope would be appreciated by calling McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, Ingersoll (519)-425-1600).

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-17 published
PEARSON, Mary Helen (née BAGNALL)
At Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, March 16, 2005, Mary Helen (BAGNALL) PEARSON of Springfield in her 80th year. Loving wife and partner for over 56 years to Christopher (Chris) Ellis PEARSON. Beloved mother to Rosemary and husband George KENNEDY, Janice and husband Doug McCALLUM, and Kelly PEARSON, all of the Springfield area. Treasured "grammy" to Marcie and husband Matthew TENK, Tillsonburg, Erin and husband Justin CHUTE, London, and Christopher McCALLUM and friend Heather RICKARD of Lyons. Cherished sister to Janet WOOD, London. Also survived by her brothers-in-law Gerald PEARSON and Ronald PEARSON and several nieces and nephews.
Born in Springfield on April 30, 1925 to the late Earl and Mary (GLENN) BAGNALL. Predeceased by her sister Kay (Bruce) MATTHEWS (March 2, 2005,) her brothers-in-law Clarence BRUCE (1982) and Gordon MATTHEWS (1997,) sister-in-law Marie PEARSON (2002) and nephew Kevin PEARSON (2000.) She lived all of her life in the Springfield area and was an active community supporter. She was a former telephone operator and school teacher. Member for over 50 years of Carnation Chapter #135, Springfield and McDonald Chapter #167, Tillsonburg, Order of the Eastern Star; Charter member of the Springfield Lioness Club (1981); former member of the Springfield Women's Institute and long time leader of Springfield 4-H homemaking clubs. She was the caterer for over 30 years at the Springfield Lions Club Hall, long time Springfield news correspondent for the Aylmer Express, and an Avon Representative for over 25 years. She was a member of Saint John's United Church, Springfield. Special thanks to the Red Cross home care workers, Care Partner nursing staff as well as the doctors, nurses and staff at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital for their excellent care. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Dorchester Union Cemetery. Eastern Star Service Thursday at 7: 00 p.m. and Lioness Service Friday at 7:00 p.m. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-29 published
FRANK, Thomas Cecil
Thomas Cecil of London and formerly of Saint Thomas and Sarnia, on Sunday, March 27, 2005 at the Parkwood Hospital, London, in his 89th year. Husband of the late Irene (MARR) FRANK and father of Barbara and her husband Jack BRUCE of London, Thomas and his wife Dr. Beverley BRUCE of Saskatoon, Elgin and his wife Jane BRUCE of Appin and Donna and her husband Allan THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Texas. Brother of June REISING of Detroit. Predeceased by a number of brothers and sisters. Grandfather of Matthew, Michelle, Sara, Candace and Emily-Jane and great-grandfather of Kyle and Nicole. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Tom was born in Saint Thomas on February 17, 1917, the son of the late John and Edith FRANK. He was a retired Master Plumber. He was a member of the U.A. (Plumbers) Brotherhood #593. He served in the Navy during World War 2 and was a former member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Sarnia and a member of Moose Lodge, London. Tom was an avid hunter and fisherman. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow, with interment of ashes in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Thames Valley Children's Centre.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-20 published
MAIR, Jean Davis
Peacefully at her daughter's home in London, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, Jean Davis MAIR in her 100th year. Survived by much loved daughter, Joanne FORDHAM, sadly missed by granddaughters Mary-Anne SMITH, Cathy TEEGARDEN (John), Nancy BURTON (Fred), Kim HANKINSON (Steve), Lisa COUTTS (Ian). Also survived by nine grandchildren, 23 greatgrandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by husband Rev. William MAIR, daughter, Elizabeth Anne CANN, sons Stuart and Dr. Bruce MAIR, son-in-law Wayne FORDHAM, sisters Myrtle, Marjorie and Mildred, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Jean taught school for many years with the Huron County and London School Boards, and following retirement volunteered for 31 years at the London Health Sciences Centre - University Campus. Friends will be received at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Mount Zion United Church, 471 Ridgewood Crescent, on Saturday, April 23rd, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Chris KRAATZ and niece Reverend Jean BRUCE will officiate. Reception to follow. Followed by interment at Schomberg Cemetery, Schomberg, Ontario on Saturday at 4: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jean are asked to consider the Mount Zion United Church or Thames Road Elimville United Church, or a charity of their choice. Special thanks to Dr. Karen Pellar and the St. Elizabeth Home Care team for their support.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-26 published
CANNON, Debra Lynn
It is with great sadness that the family of Debra Lynn CANNON, 48, wishes to announce her peaceful death, surrounded by family at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Campus on Sunday, April 24, 2005. Debbie, predeceased by her father, Jack, in 1990, will be greatly missed by her mother, Marion, her brother Gord and wife Cathy, her sister Cheryle WILSON and husband Danny, loving aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews Laura and friend Elizabeth, Perry and wife Tracy, Jocelyn and husband Mike, and Darryl and great-nephew Joshua.
Debbie worked at ARC Industries in Woodstock all of her adult life and was involved in the Friendship Club at the Christian Reformed Church for 15 years. Time spent with support workers was also important to Debbie. She will be remembered and missed for her quiet presence, and smiling face and wonderful sense of humour. It was an honour and a privilege to have been part of her life and she taught us a lot. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Alexandra Hospital and in the Critical Care Trauma Centre of Old South Victoria Hospital for their compassionate care of Debbie, and the rest of the family as well. A special thank you goes to Dr. Lori BRUCE for going above and beyond the call of duty. Friends and family will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll on Tuesday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. where a service will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 3: 30 p.m. Reverend Norman VISSER officiating. Memorial donations in Debbie's memory can be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, Woodstock and District Developmental Services or The Friendship Club at Ingersoll Christian Reformed Church.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-06 published
KENNEDY, Jessie Eleanor (née BRUCE)
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Jessie Eleanor (BRUCE) KENNEDY, R.N. of London in her 92nd year, peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London, on Friday, June 3rd, 2005. Dearly beloved wife of Robert E. KENNEDY for 55 years. Cherished mother of Bruce and Jim KENNEDY. Grandmother of twins Derek and Allen KENNEDY. Predeceased by her parents Robert and Martha BRUCE and her brother Grant and Harley. Survived by her niece and her nephew.
Jessie was born in Glanworth, Ontario on the 7th of May 1914. She graduated as a registered nurse at Sarnia General Hospital in 1937, her nursing career took Jessie to hospitals in Cochrane, Toronto, Hamilton and London. She met her husband Robert at Sunnybrook Military Hospital and they married in June 1949. Jessie was a talented artist, loved her garden, and travelling to the Yukon, Fairbanks, Alaska, Hong Kong, Great Wall of China, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Jessie will be sadly missed by her school friend Helen WRIGHT, her sisters-in-law Betty, Jessie, Jean and Rae in Scotland and other Friends in Ontario and Nova Scotia. At Jessie's request, there will be no funeral service or visitation. Cremation has taken place. A private Family Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London on Friday, June 10th, 2005. Interment of cremated remains in Pond Mills Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit or the Complex Care Unit of Parkwood Hospital, 801 Commissioners Road East, London, Ontario N6C 5J1. The family would sincerely like to thank their family doctor Bob FULLER, Dr. FAULDS and the nurses on the 3rd floor Complex Care Unit and the 5th floor Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital for their compassion and care.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-04 published
BEACHAM, William " Bill"
Suddenly at his residence in Putnam on Friday, July 1, 2005, William (Bill) BEACHAM, in his 84th year. Husband of the late Kathleen (MORRIS) BEACHAM (1999.) Dear father of Ronald and his wife Cindy of South Lyon, Michigan, Stephen and his wife Susan of South Lyon, Michigan and Chris and his wife Charity of Putnam. Dear grandfather of Michael, Michelle and Billy. Dear brother of Ruth BRUCE of London. Predeceased by one brother David (2000.) Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Keith LEWIS officiating. Interment Putnam Cemetery. Masonic Lodge Memorial Service Monday at 7: 00 p.m. auspices of Saint John's Lodge #68 and Moffat Lodge #399 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-16 published
LANGS, Illien (CROSSETT)
Illien (CROSSETT) LANGS of Saint Thomas, on Thursday, July 14, 2005, peacefully at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family in her 80th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert (Bob) LANGS (1994) and dearly loved mother of Michael (Cheryl) of Sarnia, Doug (Lynn) LANGS, Chuck (Cindy) LANGS, of Saint Thomas, Marilyn (Ken) PHILLIPS of Essex, and Drucilla (Dave) PAUL of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by a daughter-in-law Barbara LANGS (2002.) Fondly remembered by brothers Don (Marilyn) CROSSETT, Jerry (Bonnie) CROSSETT, Eugene (Sandra) CROSSETT and sisters Janie (Elwood) BRUCE, Marie (Earl) THOMAS and Mary (Albert) PAQUETTE and sisters-in-law Jean CROSSETT, Mary (Ken) PALMER and Isaac (Mary) LANGS. Predeceased by brothers Charlie (Verna,) Huston (Shirley,) Robert (Jean) and sisters Velma (Jack) DURDLE and Evelyn (Jim) HART. Special grandmother to Lori, Kim, Melissa, Rob, Troy, Dan, Michael, Joe, Dave and greatgrandmother of 15. She was a respected aunt to many nieces and nephews. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St. Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-17 published
LANGS, Illien (CROSSETT)
Illien (CROSSETT) LANGS of Saint Thomas, on Thursday, July 14, 2005, peacefully at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family in her 80th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert (Bob) LANGS (1994) and dearly loved mother of Michael (Cheryl) of Sarnia, Doug (Lynn) LANGS, Chuck (Cindy) LANGS, of Saint Thomas, Marilyn (Ken) PHILLIPS of Essex, and Drucilla (Dave) PAUL of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by a daughter-in-law Barbara LANGS (2002.) Fondly remembered by brothers Don (Marilyn) CROSSETT, Jerry (Bonnie) CROSSETT, Eugene (Sandra) CROSSETT and sisters Janie (Elwood) BRUCE, Marie (Earl) THOMAS and Mary (Albert) PAQUETTE and sisters-in-law Jean CROSSETT, Mary (Ken) PALMER and Isaac (Mary) LANGS. Predeceased by brothers Charlie (Verna,) Huston (Shirley,) Robert (Jean) and sisters Velma (Jack) DURDLE and Evelyn (Jim) HART. Special grandmother to Lori, Kim, Lisa, Melissa, Rob, Troy, Dan, Michael, Joe, Dave and greatgrandmother of 15. She was a respected aunt to many nieces and nephews. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St. Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-22 published
CRAIG, Ruth Margaret (GREALIS)
At the Seaforth Manor Nursing Home, on Saturday, August 20, 2005. Ruth Margaret (GREALIS) CRAIG at the age of 81 years. Beloved wife of the late Gordon CRAIG (2002.) Beloved mother of Donald (Anne) of Petrolia, E. James (Tina) of Toronto, Shirley WASSELL (Donald) and J. Richard (Ronda) all of London, Dianne WILLIAMS (Edward) of Tiverton, David (Marcy) of Brantford and Sandra DUDLEY (Brian) of London. Always remembered by her grandchildren Trevor, Jennifer, Christopher, Travis, Jeffrey, Romany, Adam, Paul, Brianne, Brock and many great grandchildren. Dear sister of Ora BRUCE of Belgrave, Frank GREALIS of London, Howard GREALIS of Clinton, the late Audrey SCHRODER and Tom GREALIS. Friends may call at the Gilchrist Chapel -- McIntyre and Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph (from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday). Service at the Gilchrist Chapel on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with The Rev. Bill CHAPMAN officiating. Interment at Memory Gardens, Breslau. Memorial contributions to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated. We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at: www.gilchristchapel.com

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-07 published
BRUCE, Robbie
In loving memory of Robbie. Forever missed. Always in our hearts. Love Dad and Kathy.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-07 published
STEVENS, Lori Jane (MARSHALL)
Passed away peacefully on December 5, 2005 at Saint Marys Memorial Hospital, in her 40th year, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Loving and caring Wife to Mark STEVENS of Saint Marys. Loving Daughter to John and Betty MARSHALL of Saint Marys, Daughter-in-law to Catherine and Ian BRUCE of Halifax and Jim and Karen STEVENS of Thunder Bay. Loving Sister to Bonnie MARSHALL, Raymond and Sherri MARSHALL all of Saint Marys. Dear Sister-in-law to Michal and Steve of England, Marnie and Karen of Red Lake and William of Thunder Bay. Treasured Aunt to Ryan, Cory, Raelyn all of Saint Marys and Oliver and Isabel of England. Also missed by many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends. Predeceased by her Brother Stephen in infancy and Sister Karen (1992). Family and Friends will be received at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. South, Saint Marys (519-284-2820) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, December 9, 2005 at 3 p.m. Cremation to follow. Memorial donations may be made to London Health Sciences Centre and the Saint Marys Memorial Hospital Fund.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-06 published
SALMON, Christopher Russell Balliol
Passed away, at North York General Hospital on Friday, December 24, 2004, at the age of 89. He was predeceased by his loving wife Elaine. Survived by his dotting children, Deborah, Elizabeth (Steve), Christopher (Pam) and Richard (Laura); grandchildren Ryan BRUCE, Stephanie BRUCE and Christopher Jr. (Mini-C,) and his nephew Oliver and wife Roz. Born in England on April 19, 1915, he attended Seaford Prep School and then Tonbridge. His first job was in Derbyshire at the stone quarry where he started his bookkeeping career. He enlisted in the British armed forces and was stationed in England. He was later transferred to India where, as a Lt. Colonel, he lead dangerous reconnaissance missions. During the Allied invasion of Italy, while on reconnaissance missions he received the Military Cross, and other decorations. After the war he secured a position at Peats, a chartered accounting firm. While working for Peats he was noticed for his exemplary work ethics and his intuitive counsel by the General Manager of the J. Arthur Rank Company. He was offered a position in their Canadian office working for the Canadian Odeon Theaters company where he was President and Chief Executive Officer for more than thirty years. He met his stunning wife Elaine on a trip to Rank's New York Office, and married shortly thereafter in New York. He and Elaine settled in North York and raised their children in a home full of excitement. He retired in 1984, and lost the love of his life, Elaine, in 1989 to cancer. He was a generous man, always giving advice to others, and helping the many charities in which he and Elaine were involved. He will be sorely missed by his family and Friends, and although not a religious man, he was the most Christian of men. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite #101, Toronto M4S 3B1 or Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto M4G 3E8, would be appreciated.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-06 published
SPARKS, Warren Brown
Warren died in his 96th year at Kitchener on 4th January 2005. Warren, affectionately called "Sparky" by his many Friends was predeceased by his loving wife Letha Jean SPARKS (née BRUCE) in 1997. Warren was the eldest child of James and Sarah (PELLOW) SPARKS and was born on the family farm in 1909 near Princeton, Ontario. He spent most of his teaching career in Schumacher, Ontario ending it as Principal of Schumacher High School. Warren is survived by his sister Anna ELMES (the late Rupert) and is predeceased by his brothers Lindsay (Isabel SPARKS,) Earl (Jean SPARKS,) Ralph (the late Janet SPARKS) and Allan. As well Warren is predeceased by his daughter Mary (Doug ALEXANDER) of Thunder Bay and is survived by his children Shirley WEISMAN (the late Gustav WEISMAN) of Stouffville, Jim SPARKS (Karen SPARKS) of Erin and Susan HALL (Harry HALL) of Uxbridge. Warren is survived by his grandchildren Tom ALEXANDER (Vivian,) Jay ALEXANDER (Susan,) Susan ALEXANDER, Yasmin SPARKS (Bruce HALDENBY), Nadine SPARKS (David PAVAN) and David WING (Shauna WING,) Bruce HALL and Sarah HALL and by his grandchildren Kaleb ALEXANDER, Mirabai ALEXANDER, Elizabeth ALEXANDER, Ryan WING, Andrew WING, Fae ALEXANDER, Jayne ALEXANDER, Callum HALDENBY and Satya MARI. A Memorial Service of the Thanksgiving for the life of Warren will be held at the Calvary Memorial United Church, 91 Gruhn Street (at Park and Glasgow Sts.), Kitchener on Saturday afternoon 8th January at 2: 00. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the Westmount Funeral Chapel 519-743-8900. In lieu of flowers, please make donations toward the ongoing aid to the Tsunami disaster through the charity of your choice.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-29 published
LEISHMAN, William F. " Sandy"
Sandy LEISHMAN of Thornbury, and formerly of Toronto, died quietly at his home in Thornbury on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 in his 77th year.
Husband of Jean (McKEE) LEISHMAN and father of Gwen and her husband Randy LEDYARD of Kelowna, British Columbia, Julie and her husband Norman BRUCE of Vancouver, British Columbia and Geoffrey and his wife Jean of Burlington.
Also remembered by seven grandchildren.
Also survived by brothers Ted of Toronto and McGregor of Oakville.
Cremation has taken place.
A memorial funeral service will be conducted at St. George's Anglican Church, Marsh Street in Clarksburg, on Monday, May 2nd at 11: 00 a.m.
Family will receive Friends at the church following the service.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Lung Association would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, Box 556, Thornbury N0H 2P0 (519-599-2718) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-09 published
Peter JENNINGS, Anchorman: 1938-2005
ABC's Canadian newscaster brought the world's biggest stories into the homes of millions of Americans
By Sandra MARTIN, Tuesday, August 9, 2005, Page S9
Peter JENNINGS was a high-school dropout who became ABC television's definitive face of world events in a stellar 45-year career as a foreign correspondent and news anchor. A proud Canadian who only applied for dual citizenship in the United States after 9/11, he was a man of exceptional physical grace and legendary stamina.
Counting down to the turn of the millennium in December, 1999, he was on the air for 25 hours, winning a Peabody Award for ABC and an audience of 175 million for the biggest live television event ever. During the week of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in September, 2001, he anchored ABC's coverage for more than 60 hours, providing an informed and calming presence.
Among his many coups, he was the first Canadian journalist to arrive in Dallas after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963; he used his Canadian passport to report from inside Cuba for ABC when the country was off-limits to Americans; and he deployed his expertise on the Middle East and the Black September guerrillas to award-winning advantage during the Munich Olympics in 1972.
He loved the camera as much as it favoured him. In the early part of his career, his crisp good looks and forthright demeanour damaged his credibility as an anchor. Later, after time and wrinkles had weathered his classic good lucks, critics quipped: "He's now as good as he used to think he was." Another said: "He's 10 times better than people have a right to expect because he's so good looking."
Offstage, he was as restless romantically as he was intellectually, saying "I do" four times. Like many veteran journalists, he was a reformed smoker. He started sneaking puffs at 11 and it soon became compulsive. He consumed three packs a day until he quit in 1980 after his first child was born. He relapsed for a few months after the terrorist attacks in 2001, but conquered his addiction for a second time. He was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in April this year.
Peter Charles JENNINGS was born in Toronto, the older of two children of homemaker Elizabeth OSBORNE and Charles JENNINGS, chief announcer for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio and later vice-president for regional programming. Describing his father as one of the pioneers of radio news, Mr. JENNINGS compared him with the legendary Edward R. Murrow. As a young boy, Mr. JENNINGS remembers his father challenging him to "describe the sky" and, after he complied, telling him to "go out and slice it into pieces and describe each piece as different from the next." He also credited his father and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for teaching him to respect the audience and the ethic that "everybody in the country has a right to hear themselves represented somehow on the national broadcasting system."
Mr. JENNINGS made his own debut behind the microphone at the age of 9 when he began hosting Peter's People in 1947, a weekly half-hour Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio show of music and news for children. His father, who had been in the Middle East on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation business when the program first aired, was outraged to learn his son was broadcasting for his own employer because he "couldn't stand nepotism," according to an interview Mr. JENNINGS gave the U.S. edition of Reader's Digest in 2002.
At 11, he began boarding at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario, where he excelled at cricket, hockey and football. Six years later, he shifted to Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa (where his father had been transferred to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation headquarters in the early 1950s). School couldn't compete with sports and the real world and he dropped out before graduation, much to his parents' chagrin. "He was totally bored sitting in a classroom and learning things," said Phyllis BRUCE, an executive editor at Harper Collins publishers and a family friend since 1960. "He had a terrific education by travelling and living around the world, but formal education never suited him temperamentally."
Although he ran away from school to be a broadcaster, he ended up in the archetypical Canadian job -- a bank teller. He fantasized that the Royal Bank of Canada would transfer him to the bank's branch in Havana. Instead, they sent him to Prescott, a small town on the St. Lawrence, and then to Brockville, where he was hired by radio station CFJR for his first real job in radio.
He soon gravitated to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he hosted Let's Face It, a public-affairs show, and Time Out, an afternoon talk show. In 1962, he moved back to Ottawa for a job with CJOH-TV, where he appeared as special-events commentator and host of Vue, a daily late-night interview program that he also co-produced.
CTV lured him away to anchor the first national news broadcast out of Ottawa on the private network in 1962. Having an Adonis-like newscaster in that era of avuncular anchors moulded after Walter Cronkite was quite a departure. Naturally graceful, Mr. JENNINGS had an affinity for the camera -- and it for him. "It gave him an authority and a confidence that came across when he was covering the news that was probably inherited," remembered Ms. BRUCE, "but he certainly had the capacity to have the camera love him and he loved it back."
He was reporting on the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City for CTV when Elmer W. Lower, then president of ABC News, offered him a job as a correspondent for the network.
He left his higher-paying anchor job at CTV and moved to New York in September, 1964, to go back to reporting. "I decided, ironically enough, that I was tired of being an anchorperson," he told Jeffrey Simpson for his book Star-Spangled Canadians. "I was too young and too ill-equipped, and America I perceived as this great new canvas on which to paint, to use the cliché. I was also aware that neither CTV or Canadian Broadcasting Corporation could afford to send me anywhere."
He'd been on the job for only a few months when ABC executives plunked the 26-year-old correspondent behind a desk and made him anchor of the network's 15-minute nightly newscast. They were hoping he might entice younger viewers away from CBS's Walter Cronkite or the NBC duo of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley.
Mr. JENNINGS took the anchorman reins from Ron COCHRAN -- by coincidence, also a Canadian -- on February 1, 1965. Critics were scathing, calling him a "glamorcaster" and complaining that he was too young and inexperienced. He once jokingly asked the ABC makeup artist to draw bags under his eyes so he would look his age. Viewers didn't like his Canadian accent and the way he said "leftenant" instead of "lieutenant." When he mispronounced Appomattox, an iconic Civil War battle, and misidentified The Marine Hymn as Anchors Away at Lyndon Johnson's presidential inauguration, scathing critics sniffed blood.
He lasted three years in the anchor seat, before being sent back to the field as a roving correspondent -- a decision he never regretted for it was the making of him as a news broadcaster. Beginning in January, 1968, he spent most of the next 10 years abroad, working first in the Middle East, where he became an expert on the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict. His program Palestine: New State of Mind, for the ABC News half-hour documentary series Now, was considered by many observers to be the most thoughtful analysis of its day of the confused political situation in that area.
As head of the newly established ABC News Middle East bureau in Beirut in the early 1970s, Mr. JENNINGS conducted the first interview with Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat to be televised in the United States. When ABC sent him to Munich for the non-sports coverage of the 1972 Olympics, his hard-won expertise and his dogged reporting came into play after the Black September group seized the Israeli compound.
Not only could he provide analysis of the group's background and goals, but he also hid himself and a camera crew close enough to the compound that they were able to get clear pictures of the guerrillas, their faces masked by stockings and floppy hats, dashing in and out. "It was among the most gripping episodes ever shown on live television," wrote Barbara Matusow in her 1983 book, The Evening Stars: The Making of the Network News Anchor. Undoubtedly, he helped ABC win an Emmy for outstanding achievement in the coverage of special events.
Two years later, he won a George Foster Peabody Award for his dual roles as chief correspondent and co-producer of Sadat: Action Biography, a candid profile of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat that aired on December 19, 1974. Among Mr. JENNINGS's other scoops were his inside reports from Cuba and his behind-the-lines coverage of the civil war in Bangladesh in 1971, for which he received a National Headliner Award.
He went back to the United States at the end of 1974 for an unsuccessful stint as Washington correspondent and newsreader for A.M. America, ABC's first attempt to cash in on the lucrative early-morning news market. The two-hour show, which combined news, interviews and features, made its debut on January 6, 1975, but it failed to entice viewers away from the entrenched NBC News program Today and, on October 31, 1975, it folded.
The following month, Mr. JENNINGS was reassigned overseas with the title of chief foreign correspondent. He was promoted to foreign news anchorman of ABC's nightly evening newscast, retitled World News Tonight, in July, 1978. By then a seasoned and confident journalist, he perfectly complemented his co-anchors -- Frank Reynolds, reporting from Washington, and Max Robinson, who was based in Chicago -- in the innovative triple-anchor format that Roone Arledge, the president of ABC News, had invented in an attempt to make the network's news division more competitive with CBS and NBC.
Based in London, Mr. JENNINGS not only anchored the foreign news segment of the broadcast but also served as ABC's chief foreign correspondent.
In this capacity, Mr. JENNINGS lobbied hard for complicated international stories he thought deserved exposure in the nightly news lineup and, in the eyes of the network brass, greatly enhanced the quality of the network's global coverage. Because he was stationed overseas, he often arrived at events, such as the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981, long before his American counterparts. Moreover, his constant exposure to the European perspective insulated him from the narrow and often distorted viewpoint that is an inevitable result of so-called "pack journalism," in which reporters rely largely on the same sources for their information.
As Ms. Matusow pointed out, Mr. JENNINGS's analysis of Mr. Sadat's assassination and its political consequences was "far more penetrating" than those offered by commentators less familiar with the Middle East. He was one of the few reporters to detect in the usually demonstrative Egyptians' subdued reaction to Mr. Sadat's death a sign of the former president's estrangement from his fellow countrymen.
His long-standing interest in Middle Eastern affairs prompted him to interview Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then a relatively obscure Iranian cleric living in exile in France, several months before he returned to his homeland in triumph after the overthrow of the shah of Iran. The correspondent reported on those world-shaking events from the scene early in 1979 and returned to Tehran the following November, when militant supporters of the ayatollah seized control of the U.S. embassy there, taking some 60 hostages.
Mr. JENNINGS was also on hand for the hostages' release in Frankfurt, West Germany, on January 20, 1981, filing 11 special reports in addition to performing his usual anchor chores. During his tenure as the foreign-desk anchorman for World News Tonight, Mr. JENNINGS also personally covered, among other events, the Falkland Islands war between Britain and Argentina and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, both in 1982, and Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Poland, in June, 1983. His penchant for reporting the most important international stories himself annoyed some ABC field correspondents, who resented the repeated invasions of their turf by what they called "Jennings's Flying Circus."
Still, nobody could deny that he was a tireless and relentless reporter. "I had enormous respect for him, especially for the way he covered the Middle East," said Canadian journalist Michael MacLEAR, himself no slouch as a foreign correspondent, especially during the Vietnam war. "I remember him talking about the competitiveness of the news and how only about one out of four reports you prepared got used in the newscast because of the pressure of the day's events. But he said each one has to be approached and worked on as if it will be the one that is going to be used. I think that is the approach that we all took but I admired him because he had a very established position with a major network and he still went at it as if it were his first day on the job."
Mr. JENNINGS began a new phase in his career in September, 1983, when he succeeded Frank Reynolds as anchor of a revamped nightly newscast and also became senior editor for the program. He was now competing head-on with CBS's Dan Rather and NBC's Tom Brokaw.
"For sheer professionalism, he was way out in front," said Mr. MacLEAR. " His sense of timing -- you can't even begin to compare him with Brokaw and Rather because he is so much better." His "sheer on-camera ability," as well as his "100-per-cent credentials as a foreign correspondent" are what guaranteed his longevity as an anchor, according to Mr. MacLEAR. "If he hadn't had those qualities, and being a Canadian, he might not have lasted as long."
Mr. JENNINGS outlasted his rivals Tom Brokaw (who retired in December, 2004) and Dan Rather (who stepped down in March this year). He wrote two books with Todd Brewster. The Century, a bestseller that provided a breezily informative, if egocentrically American, perspective on key events, accompanied a multipart documentary series that was hosted by Mr. JENNINGS. The duo also produced a much more personal book about values, called In Search of America, which also had a television series.
Mr. JENNINGS appeared frail in the late spring of this year. He was said to be suffering from a cold and then an upper respiratory ailment when he didn't travel to Rome to anchor ABC's coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II early in April. Then, on April 5, ABC News announced that Mr. JENNINGS had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Network president David Westin promised Mr. JENNINGS would continue to anchor World News Tonight between chemotherapy treatments "to the extent he can do so comfortably." Looking weak and speaking in a raspy voice, Mr. JENNINGS himself appeared at the end of the newscast that night to break the news to viewers.
Peter Charles JENNINGS was born in Toronto on July 29, 1938. He died of lung cancer on August 7. He was 67. He is survived by his wife, Kayce FREED, his children Elizabeth and Christopher, his sister Sarah and three former wives.
Highlights of a remarkable career
1962: Joins CTV to anchor its national news broadcast out of Ottawa.
1964: Joins ABC News.
1965-1968: Anchor of ABC Evening News while still in his 20s.
1968-1974: Established first American television news bureau in the Arab world as ABC bureau chief in Beirut.
1975: News anchor for A.M. America, predecessor to Good Morning America.
1975-1978: Chief foreign correspondent for ABC News.
1978-1983: Chief foreign correspondent for ABC News and foreign desk anchor for World News Tonight.
1983-2005: Anchor and senior editor of ABC's World News Tonight.
Books
The Century (with Todd Brewster), published in 1998.
In Search of America, a companion book for the 1999 ABC News series The Century.
Awards
Fourteen national Emmys; two George Foster Peabody Awards; several Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards; several Overseas Press Club Awards.
source: ABC News/Associated Press

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-24 published
BARNICKE, William F. " Bill"
Of Ottawa, Ontario, passed away on October 10, 2005. Dear brother of Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem COLEMAN (Brian,) Judy BRISBIN (Jack) and Joan Barnicke BRUCE (Paul.) Loving son of the late William and Dolores BARNICKE of Mississauga, Ontario. Sadly missed by the Asselstine family of Ottawa. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Memorial Mass on Friday, October 28th at 12: 00 noon. St. Joseph's Parish, 151 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-09 published
GUEST, Valerie Franklin (née JONES)
(February 15, 1911-November 7, 2005)
Died in her sleep after a brief illness in her 95th year. Valerie GUEST (née JONES) was devoted to her family. She was the much loved wife of the late David G. GUEST, mother of Christopher, Gillian (Stuart MARWICK) and John (Helen,) and grandmother of Jennifer and Michael GUEST and Robin MARWICK. She was very close to her late siblings Barbara ELDRIDGE of New York, Marjorie BRUCE of Montreal and Ralph JONES of Ottawa and their families. She was also very close to her husband's extended family, particularly through the many summers spent at DeGrassi Point on Lake Simcoe. She leaves three dear sisters-in-law: Elizabeth OSLER, Katherine STEVENS and Andrea JONES. Through her life, Valerie actively contributed to many charitable and artistic causes in Toronto. In her early years, she was a champion figure skater and later choreographed ice carnivals for the Toronto Skating Club. Until age 82 she was an active tennis player at the Badminton and Racquet Club. She was also for 67 years a member of the Women's Musical Club of Toronto. A celebration of Valerie's life will be held at The Badminton and Racquet Club on Monday, November 14, at 3: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations would be much appreciated. Community Living Brant and The Children's Aid Foundation (The Janet McDonald Scholarship) were close to Valerie's heart.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-01 published
LAWLER, John H.
It is with deep sadness that the family of John LAWLER announce his sudden passing on November 28, 2005. John will be greatly missed by his father Herb, brother David (June) and nephews John and Andrew, sisters Ann (Fred VATNSDAL,) Elizabeth (Robert) and nephews Fraser, Gordon and Robbie BRUCE, and Jane (Jamie) and nephew Riley BLACK. John was predeceased by his mother Betty in October 2004. John was born in Winnipeg on July 22, 1952. He had a happy childhood in London, Ontario, a wonderful high school year spent in Sweden and countless summers at Heming Lake in Northern Manitoba. Before embarking on his teaching career, John worked for many years with Canadian Pacific Rail as a crane operator on the steel gang. John was a born teacher. He came to the profession later in life and embraced it with an incredible passion. John was the head of the English Department at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg. John's own accomplishments were many (Gold medalist at the University of Winnipeg, near completion of a Masters in English), but he preferred to focus on those of his students. He always said that he learned as much from his students as they did from him. John put his heart and soul into his work and was involved in every aspect of school life photographer, fundraiser, archivist, grad organizer, year book advisor, cricket coach, dance chaperone and sports team supporter. In the words of a former student he was 'the school's biggest fan'. John somehow managed to find time beyond school for his many and varied interests. He had a lifelong interest in books (John even outfitted his Canadian Pacific rail car with books to share with his co-workers), antiques, cooking, art and history, cars, the railway and finance, to name just a few. Flowers are gratefully declined. In honour of John's memory and to benefit those students he loved so much, donations may be made to the Alumni, Athletic, Cultural and Education Fund Inc. c/o Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, 720 Alverstone Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 2H1. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 2, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. in the Thomson Funeral Home 669 Broadway, in Winnipeg. Thomson Funeral Home 204-783-7211

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-12 published
FRASER, Mary Constance, B.A. (Trinity College, Toronto,) M.S.W. (McGill)
On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 in Kingston, Ontario in her 91st year. Served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Air Force in London during Word War II and founded the medical social work department at Kingston General Hospital in 1954. For years, Con offered generous and caring support for many people and organizations. Survived by her cousins Margaret BELCHER and John (Dottie) BELCHER and their family. A Choral Eucharist will be offered in thanksgiving for her life and ministry at St. George's Cathedral, Kingston, on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m., The Rt. Reverend George L.R. BRUCE, Bishop of Ontario, officiating, assisted by The Venerable John M. ROBERTSON (General Synod) and the Cathedral Clergy. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be greatly appreciated by Outreach St. George's Kingston (the weekday lunch program which Con helped establish), c/o St. George's Cathedral, 270 King St. E. at Johnson St. Box 475, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4W5.
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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-15 published
FRASER, Mary Constance, B.A. (Trinity College, Toronto,) M.S.W. (McGill)
On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 in Kingston, Ontario in her 91st year. Served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Air Force in London during Word War II and founded the medical social work department at Kingston General Hospital in 1954. For years, Con offered generous and caring support for many people and organizations. Survived by her cousins Margaret BELCHER and John (Dottie) BELCHER and their family. A Choral Eucharist will be offered in thanksgiving for her life and ministry at St. George's Cathedral, Kingston, on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m., The Rt. Reverend George L.R. BRUCE, Bishop of Ontario, officiating, assisted by The Venerable John M. ROBERTSON (General Synod) and the Cathedral Clergy. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be greatly appreciated by Outreach St. George's Kingston (the weekday lunch program which Con helped establish), c/o St. George's Cathedral, 270 King St. E. at Johnson St. Box 475, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4W5.
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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-19 published
FRASER, Mary Constance, B.A. (Trinity College, Toronto,) M.S.W. (McGill)
On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 in Kingston, Ontario in her 91st year. Served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Air Force in London during Word War II and founded the medical social work department at Kingston General Hospital in 1954. For years, Con offered generous and caring support for many people and organizations. Survived by her cousins Margaret BELCHER and John (Dottie) BELCHER and their family. A Choral Eucharist will be offered in thanksgiving for her life and ministry at St. George's Cathedral, Kingston, on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m., The Rt. Reverend George L.R. BRUCE, Bishop of Ontario, officiating, assisted by The Venerable John M. ROBERTSON (General Synod) and the Cathedral Clergy. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be greatly appreciated by Outreach St. George's Kingston (the weekday lunch program which Con helped establish), c/o St. George's Cathedral, 270 King St. E. at Johnson St. Box 475, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4W5.
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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-22 published
FRASER, Mary Constance, B.A. (Trinity College, Toronto,) M.S.W. (McGill)
On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 in Kingston, Ontario in her 91st year. Served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Air Force in London during Word War II and founded the medical social work department at Kingston General Hospital in 1954. For years, Con offered generous and caring support for many people and organizations. Survived by her cousins Margaret BELCHER and John (Dottie) BELCHER and their family. A Choral Eucharist will be offered in thanksgiving for her life and ministry at St. George's Cathedral, Kingston, on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m., The Rt. Reverend George L.R. BRUCE, Bishop of Ontario, officiating, assisted by The Venerable John M. ROBERTSON (General Synod) and the Cathedral Clergy. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be greatly appreciated by Outreach St. George's Kingston (the weekday lunch program which Con helped establish), c/o St. George's Cathedral, 270 King St. E. at Johnson St. Box 475, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4W5.
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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-26 published
FRASER, Mary Constance, B.A. (Trinity College, Toronto,) M.S.W. (McGill)
On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 in Kingston, Ontario in her 91st year. Served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Air Force in London during World War II and founded the medical social work department at Kingston General Hospital in 1954. For years, Con offered generous and caring support for many people and organizations. Survived by her cousins Margaret BELCHER and John (Dottie) BELCHER and their family. A Choral Eucharist will be offered in thanksgiving for her life and ministry at St. George's Cathedral, Kingston, on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m., The Rt. Reverend George L.R. BRUCE, Bishop of Ontario, officiating, assisted by The Venerable John M. ROBERTSON (General Synod) and the Cathedral Clergy. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be greatly appreciated by Outreach St. George's Kingston (the weekday lunch program which Con helped establish), c/o St. George's Cathedral, 270 King St. E. at Johnson St. Box 475, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4W5.
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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-29 published
FRASER, Mary Constance, B.A. (Trinity College, Toronto,) M.S.W. (McGill)
On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 in Kingston, Ontario in her 91st year. Served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Air Force in London during World War II and founded the medical social work department at Kingston General Hospital in 1954. For years, Con offered generous and caring support for many people and organizations. Survived by her cousins Margaret BELCHER and John (Dottie) BELCHER and their family. A Choral Eucharist will be offered in thanksgiving for her life and ministry at St. George's Cathedral, Kingston, on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m., The Rt. Reverend George L.R. BRUCE, Bishop of Ontario, officiating, assisted by The Venerable John M. ROBERTSON (General Synod) and the Cathedral Clergy. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be greatly appreciated by Outreach St. George's Kingston (the weekday lunch program which Con helped establish), c/o St. George's Cathedral, 270 King St. E. at Johnson St. Box 475, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4W5.
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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-24 published
BRUCE, Catherine (née McCALLUM)
Passed from this life on January 22, 2005, at home, with her family by her side. Born Catherine McCALLUM in 1951 in Guelph, she was to become the heart of a family of three sons Jordan, Jesse and Adam, husband Garnet, and her doggies Dudley and Elmo. She was the beloved sister of Margaret (Paul) MARCHESSEAU, and special Auntie to Genevieve and Keenan, Paul, Patrick and Simonne. We were so fortunate to have Catherine cared for by Dr. BLACKSTEIN and his wonderful team at Mount Sinai, and by Dr. WARD and Dr. LEE locally. Together they gave us eight precious years. Family and Friends are invited to share in the memories of Catherine's life, and the mysteries of all life, during visitation with her family at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Thursday, January 27 from 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Catherine's life will be held in the Chapel of the funeral home on Friday, January 28 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation will follow and interment will take place on Mother's Day at the Milton grave site of her parents Alan and Gertrude McCALLUM. Donations in Catherine's memory can be made directly to the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, or the K-W Humane Society and can be arranged by calling the funeral home at 519-745-8445 or www.edwardrgood.com. We know our best friend's spirit will be with us always and we will never cry or laugh alone.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-24 published
DART, Marion (née BRUCE)
Passed away peacefully at home on January 22, 2005. She will be greatly missed by her loving sons Bruce and his wife Annette, Brian, and her granddaughters Jennifer and Christine. She is predeceased by her husband Raymond (1988). She is survived by her brother-in-law Len DART, and her sister-in-law Mame FICE and many nieces, nephews and Friends. Family and Friends may call at Giffen-Mack "Scarborough" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 4115 Lawrence Ave. E., West Hill 416-281-6800 on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer Society. Cremation to follow.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-26 published
BRUCE- CAMPBELL, Rita
Passed away January 17, 2005, in her 48th year. Loving wife of Henry, dear mother of Talibah, Dameon and Aaveri. Remembered by her step-children Sanya, Roxane, and Antoinette, her granchildren Tajah, Jah-One, Trynyty, Jahmiia and Naya and her extended family. Funeral Service will be held at Smyrna Seventh Day Adventist Church, 85 Parkwoods Village Drive on Friday, January 28th at 11 a.m. Visitation from 10-11 a.m. at the church and interment at Pine Hills Cemetery.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-09 published
JACKMAN, Iris B.
Passed away peacefully on Friday, February 4th, 2005. Beloved widow of the late Reverend Harold JACKMAN and mother of Aaron GILL, Lorraine SANDY, Liza GILL- GIBBS, Jocelyn HAMILTON (née LOPEZ Carl), Phyllisia LEACOCK (née LOPEZ Trevor), Maria CAPRIETTA, Patricia JACKMAN- ELLIS, Glenda BRUCE, Reverend Jacqueline COLLINS, Llewelyn JACKMAN, Ruth GLASGOW, Ann EMMANUEL, Kenny JACKMAN, Jennifer GRIMES- JACKMAN, Cheryl MOSES, Wendy MORRIS. She will be greatly missed by her 49 grandchildren and her 31 great-grandchildren. Mrs. JACKMAN will also be missed by her sisters Florence NURSE and Monica DUNCAN, and her brothers Reginald BASCOMBE, Alphonso BASCOMBE and George DECOTEAU. Mrs. JACKMAN has family from Trinidad, and throughout the West Indies and the United States. They are coming to Toronto for the funeral. Visitation will be held at Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. E., Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Thursday, February 10 from 7-9 p.m. and also on Friday, February 11 from 5-9 p.m. The funeral will be held at Riverside Missionary Church located at 456 King St. E. on Saturday, February 12th at 11 a.m. She will be laid to rest at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-22 published
BRUCE, Isabella
Peacefully at Shepherd Lodge on Friday, February 18, 2005. Isabella, beloved wife of the late Hilliard. Loved mother of June and her husband Ron THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Barbara and her husband Tom COWAN, and Jim BRUCE. She will also be sadly missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends and family may call at the Pine Hills Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre, 625 Birchmount Rd., (north of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Saturday, February 26, 2005 from 2: 00 p.m., until service time at 3:00 p.m. Interment to follow in Pine Hills Cemetery. If desired, a donation may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-23 published
WALLACE, Mabel (BUNTY)
Peacefully on Monday, February 21st, 2005 in her 90th year. Predeceased by her beloved husband Alexander and daughter Mabel BRUCE. Loving mother of Sandy (Florentine) WALLACE and Carole (Keith) ROWLAND. Dear grandmother to Annemarie (Peter), Cameron (Diane), Heather (Phil) and Jocelyn (Skye). Great-grandmother of Dane, Evan, Leah, Robbie, Thomas, William, Timmy, Katie and Alex. Sadly missed by family and Friends in Scotland and England. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, from 9: 30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday followed by a service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Humber River Regional Hospital Foundation - Kidney Care Clinic would be greatly appreciated.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-03 published
JOHNSTON, Doris (née PLOUFFE)
Peacefully in her 93rd year, on Thursday, February 24, 2005. Predeceased by Cecil George, her husband of 69 years. Loving mother of Lilian KIRKPATRICK (Richard,) Rosemarie JARRETT (Neil,) Cecil BRUCE (deceased,) Virginia NEALE (Ray) and Michelle CAUSTON (Wayne). Fondly remembered by grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At her request, a private cremation has been held.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-23 published
STEPHENSON, William " Bill"
Formerly of Toronto, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 10th, 2005, at Lakeview Manor in Beaverton. In keeping with his wishes there was no service. Bill was predeceased by his wife of twenty-two years Rosemary WALLACE. He is survived by his step-daughter Pamela HARLE (Peter,) his step-granddaughter Melanie PAYANT of Ottawa, his sister Joan BRUCE and her husband Milton of Lively, and many nieces and nephews. Bill was also predeceased by his brother Robert (Robbie) of Espanola and his sister Olive MEISENHEIMER of Seagrave. Bill was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England, on October 21st, 1920, the second son of Robert (Bob) STEPHENSON and Edith Jane STEPHENSON (née PARKER.) The family immigrated to Canada in 1926 and settled in Creighton, near Sudbury. When Bill was fifteen, he left home to attend Queen's University. After graduating, Bill wrote for both McLeans and Star Weekly magazines for many years, travelling much of the world in the process. The Governor General's Board of Canada awarded him the President's Medal in 1954 for the best article written by a Canadian anywhere in the world for that year. Bill was also a published author with many fine books to his credit. His talents also included screen writing, he was on the production staff of the National Film Board and his involvement with Frontier College spanned many years. In his later years he continued to contribute an occasional column or article to the Toronto Star while focusing most of his energies on researching and writing his books and an occasional play or film. Bill had a full and interesting life, and will be missed by his family, and by the many Friends he acquired during his travels through life. If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, the Canadian Council on Hyperbaric Medicine, or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-01 published
BRUCE, Lillian (née BRIGGS)
Peacefully at the Mount Sinai Hospital, on Friday, April 29th, 2005 at the age of 88. Beloved mother of Susan (Bernie ROZNIAL) and Isabelle PATTISON. Cherished grandmother of Matthew, Dianne and Bernie Jr., and great-grandmother to Kaitlyn, Jonathon, Joshua, Alyssa and Emma. Will also be fondly remembered by her sister Joan. A Memorial Service will be held at the Scarborough Funeral Centre (2966 Eglinton Avenue East at Bellamy Road), 416-289-2558 on Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-05 published
AGNEW, Robert Aikman
In his 82nd year, died peacefully at North York General Hospital after a brief illness, on Friday, April 29, 2005. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, the youngest son of the late Robert John and Edith (WARD,) brother to Ward, Lavina, Corbett, and Jeanette (McLINDEN.) He will be missed by son Robert Beverly, grand_sons Robert Jared and Devon Thomas, and dear friend Ada BRUCE. Bob was a long-time employee of Atlas Steel, and served honourably aboard H.M.C.S. Warrior during World War 2. A service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2005 at 11 a.m. at York Cemetery (101 Senlac Rd.) with visitation an hour prior to be held at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge St. at Goulding, south of Steeles). Expressions of sympathy in the form of a charitable donation to the Royal Canadian Legion would be appreciated by the family.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-23 published
BRUCE, Charlotte
Peacefully, on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Charlotte, beloved wife of the late Isaac. Loved mother of Michael and his wife Helen, Mary and her husband Bill SHARP, Jim and his partner Sharon and the late Robert. Dear grandmother of Jennifer and her husband Michael and many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville (905-844-2600) from 10: 00 a.m. (today) on Friday, September 23, 2005 with a Funeral Service at 11: 00 a.m. in the Chapel. E-mail condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca; please place BRUCE on the subject line.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-24 published
Jack HURST, 83: Loyal Beach knave
Community fixture at Queen and Beech
Greeted every passerby as 'Sire' or 'Milady'
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Does every community have a Jack HURST? A man who greeted every day with a grin, who greeted every single person he passed on the street with a salutation. A man so entrenched in his community he made newcomers feel as if they too belonged there just by saying hello to them.
And his community? Four blocks or so in the east end of the Beach. A small world, but his world.
For more than 50 years he lived there, first on Silver Birch Ave., in a fourplex that used to be the old Balmy Beach Club with his "dear Mum" as he always called Isabel HURST, who brought up four kids cleaning doctors' homes after her husband deserted the family. After "dear Mum" died in 1980 he moved one block to the west to a place on Willow Ave. For the past 10 years or so -- no one is sure how long -- he lived in a ground floor bachelor with a 12-foot ceiling on Beech Ave., in the building that also houses the Fox movie house.
He had the rolling gait of a sailor navigating a storm, a Tintin tuft of still sandy hair and, in fact, the same small, open face of the French cartoon character, and he died -- at 83 on September 13 -- in the veteran's wing at Sunnybrook hospital, wanting to be back home in the Beach.
He'd been ill and increasingly immobile for a year. It would take him three traffic lights to cross Queen St. E. to the Garden Gate restaurant (known to locals as the Goof) to join the self-styled Goof Support Network, six regulars who met for breakfast Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for years.
"Jack was a really important member of the group because he made each day so bright and funny," said Doug RICHARDSON.
The two would talk about the Crusades, history, Einstein and, always, politics. HURST, a Trudeau-hating Tory, thought things were going to hell in a handbasket, grumbled about young people being on the wrong track and the rich guys moving in and spoiling his Beach -- and then would leave the Goof and stop and chat to these same children and rich guys.
RICHARDSON sometimes helped him cross back over Queen St. "We'd stand in the centre, shielding Jack from the traffic, and force people to stop," he said. "The guy had ulcers on his ankles and he couldn't move. He was in real pain."
But still HURST was out and about most days, carrying his battered soft-sided bag wherever he went. He'd stop off at the Remarkable Bean where George FOWLER would fix him a coffee. "He couldn't sit, his knees were shot," said FOWLER. " He'd stand here by the milk and cream and chat to the morning customers."
Susan FOWLER, George's mother and the owner of the coffee shop, kept an eye out for HURST. She'd greet him most mornings as she walked to work at 6 a.m. "Every day I wake up and am still breathing is a gift," he would say to her.
He was proud, he was certainly stubborn. He rejected all and any aid although there was a particular cab driver, an old school friend it is thought, who used to sit in his car in front of HURST's apartment just in case he needed to run an errand.
And the Queen St. streetcar drivers would wait for him when they saw him slowly, ever so slowly, inching his way to the streetcar stop at the corner. Some of the drivers used to help him into the car -- his knees were so stiff he had to enter and exit the car backwards.
A neighbour made him a railing with a hoop at the end so HURST could pull himself up the few steps to his home. A friend wanted to start a fund to buy him a scooter, but he didn't want one. Others also offered to buy him a motorized wheelchair, which he dismissed, saying he needed the exercise of walking.
He suffered to walk, but he needed to be out in his community, saluting the men with a "Good morrow, Sire," the women as "Milady" with a sweep of the arm and a slight bob, or simply as "Dearie." "I think I see an angel," he would say to the younger women. Always, he would tell them all, he remains their loyal knave and subject.
But for a public figure -- which is what HURST was at Queen St. E. and Beech Ave. where he would sit on the bench outside the corner natural food store, pant legs rolled up, legs out straight, telling everyone he was just getting some sun on the knees -- he was a very private man. "I was never allowed into his apartment," said Jerry SZCZUR, the Fox owner and his landlord. No one was.
He'd always been a packrat and latterly neither he nor his apartment was very clean. A neighbour bringing him some home baking last Easter said his door flew open when she knocked, revealing HURST lying on six or seven dirty mattresses on the floor in a room overflowing with empty pizza boxes and cans.
"He was obviously embarrassed and said he was sick," said Ruth Ellen BRUCE.
HURST had been a housepainter, who had painted BRUCE's home on more than one occasion. Because the Bruce home is high, he called himself Michelangelo and her two daughters "the angels." For years, he showed up at their house every Christmas and Easter with a garbage bag bearing gifts -- shortbread for the adults, dolls and later, books for the girls.
He was Rembrandt when he visited Diana ANDERSON's home those mornings and her husband, a psychiatrist, was "Freud" or " Governor."
"He had a route on Christmas morning," she said. "He'd have the same old jokes year after year. And he always told us how lucky we were to have (son) Jamie."
When he was growing up, HURST was known as Jake, and famous for the parties he gave and for being the fastest man on the rugby team at East York Collegiate. He enlisted in the army and was shipped out to England but never saw action because of his flat feet, a story he used to love to tell on himself. Never married, he trained as a teacher and taught for a couple of years before becoming a housepainter. For 10 years -- between 1965 and 1976 he was the manager at the Fox theatre.
"He was eccentric a touch," said his younger sister Dorothy MacDONALD, who lives outside Sudbury. "He lived his life the way he wanted to and he was a very happy man because he was doing what he wanted to do."
Her family often visited him when he lived with their mother, but when he moved out on his own, he discouraged visits to his home. Anyone picking him up to go to family events had to meet him at the corner.
"He was very independent," said John MacDONALD, Dorothy MacDONALD's son. "He always wanted to be in the Beaches and the family respected that."
When HURST fell ill in February and was hospitalized, the family was there, cleaning his apartment and spending nights and days in the hospital. When HURST wanted out of hospital, he was brought home for a month before his health failed again and he was re-admitted.
"When we were trying to assist Jack in his apartment, there was a constant parade of people going by asking after Jack," said MacDONALD, an architect in Kitchener-Waterloo.
He found out that his uncle had been helping people 20 years younger than he. Unbidden, he'd shovel the snow in front of his apartment building, the Goof and the local solar laundromat. He'd go grocery shopping at the Valu-Mart for a 90-year-old neighbour, even though it would take him, literally, hours to go the three blocks. And people would always offer to help him carry those groceries.
"To be exposed to the level of neighbourhood connect he had and continues to have, well, the Beaches is just a very special place," said MacDONALD. "In the end, we are all Jack's loyal knaves and subjects by virtue of his credos by which we live our lives."

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-28 published
BRUCE, Audrey Evelyn Rita
Peacefully at Muskoka Landing Long Term Care Facility on Wednesday October 26, 2005. Audrey BRUCE of Huntsville formerly of Toronto in her 85th year. Beloved wife of George. Dear mother of Heather and her husband Jim RODGERS of Wasaga Beach, Alex and his wife Sherry of Toronto, Katharine BRUCE of Toronto. Loving grandmother of Shane, Andrew, Aimee, Michael and Nancy. Great grandmother of Emily and Benjamin. Dear sister of Norma DAVIES, Aileen and her husband George TURBACH. Sister-in-law of Mary O'NEILL. Predeceased by her brother Gerald O'NEILL. Resting at the Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravensciliffe Road, Huntsville, Ontario. on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Saturday October 29, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery, Huntsville. If desired donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-01 published
McMASTER, Robert
Peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital with his wife and daughter by his side on Sunday, October 30, 2005. Bert McMASTER, dearly beloved husband of Jean McMASTER. Loving father of Cathie and her husband Ian BRUCE, Ian and his wife Karen, and Liz and her husband Mark CHAPMAN. Proud Papa of Kaitlyn, Tanya, Zachary, Brady, Audrey, Leah, Madeline, Lindsey, Noah, Samuel and Ryan. Bert will be sadly missed by all of his family and Friends. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke (two blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Wednesday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service Thursday 11 a.m. from Martingrove United Church (75 Pergola Rd. -Martingrove Rd. and West Humber Blvd.). Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive their Friends in the church Thursday from 10 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-11 published
BRUCE, Elizabeth Rebecca " Bess" (née TONES)
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 at Highbourne Lifecare Centre, in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Thomas BRUCE (1979.) Cherished mother of Shirley and her husband Ian MANN; and Carol and her husband Danny WOLF. Dear grandmother to Chris, Mike, Adrian and Katie. Great-grandmother to Patrick, Alexander, Mackenzie and Carter. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 11th between 10-11 a.m., followed by a short service at the Newediuk Funeral Home, 2104 Kipling Avenue, Rexdale. Reception to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 286, 11 Irwin Road, Rexdale. Private interment at the Memorial Gardens, Albion Road, west of Hwy. 27, Rexdale. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-25 published
RUTHERFORD, Harold Boyd
Passed away peacefully at Listowel Memorial Hospital on November 24, 2005. He resided in Listowel and was born 94 years ago in Toronto, a son of the late John and Rebecca (BOYD) RUTHERFORD. Dear husband of the late Goldie (Audrey BRUCE) RUTHERFORD who predeceased him in 2003. Cherished by his children Bruce and Patti RUTHERFORD, Marian and Gary PERRETT, all of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Murray RUTHERFORD of Monkton. Loving grandfather of six grandchildren. Lovingly remembered by his sister Marian ARMSTRONG of Unionville and his brother George RUTHERFORD of Toronto. Predeceased by his brother Jack RUTHERFORD and sister-in-law Dorothy of Scarborough and brother-in-law Lloyd ARMSTRONG. Harold's family invites relatives and Friends to share their memories at Peebles Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Monkton United Church on Monday, November 28, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. with Val PITT officiating. Spring interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Monkton United Church, Listowel Memorial Hospital or a charity of one's choice can be made by calling the funeral home at 519-356-2382.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-04 published
BRUCE, Stephen Gordon
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gord on Friday, December 2, 2005. Very best friend and much loved husband of Bev. Dearest father to Lynn and her husband Paul of Hampstead, New Hampshire, U.S.A., Stephen and his wife Donna of Scarborough and Scott and his wife Anne of Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A. Pre-deceased by beloved son Stuart. Grandfather of Kim and Kacey of Toronto. Gord was born in Leaside, lived in Scarborough for many years and retired to a wonderful life at Wasaga Beach. Thank you to the staff of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and especially to our family doctor, Dr. Don SMITH and the nurses and doctors of the Dialysis Unit. We will never forget your wonderful care and kindness. A Memorial Service will be held at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home in Elmvale on Wednesday, December 7. Visitation between 11 a.m. and 12 Noon with Service to follow at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to the General and Marine Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made by calling 705-322-2732. "Till we meet again" Expression of sympathy may be sent to lynnstone@sympatico.ca

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-19 published
BRUCE, Joseph " Joe"
Suddenly at William Osler Health Centre, Brampton on Saturday, December 17, 2005 in his 82nd year. Loving husband to Mary for 57 years. Survived by his sister Isobel, of England as well as extended family members and Friends. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, 300 Balmoral Drive on Wednesday, December 21 at 10: 30 a.m. Private cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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BRUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-28 published
BRUCE, Mary
Peacefully, at York Central Hospital, on Friday, December 23, 2005, at the age of 99. Beloved wife of the late Leslie Henry BRUCE. Cherished mother of Leslie and his wife Irene. Devoted grandmother of Laura and Mitchell. Dear sister of Christina KELLY of Isle of Man. A Private Family Service will be held at a later date. In memory of Mary, donations can be made to the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital. 'You Will Always Be in Our Hearts'

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