DRAAISMA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-16 published
HOEKSTRA, Sytske (née FABER)
At Dearness Home, London on Monday, February 14, 2005 Sytske HOEKSTRA (née FABER) of London in her 86th year. Predeceased by her husband Gosse (2001.) Dear mother of Klasina VAN HEES (husband Tony) of Freelton, Andrew HOEKSTRA (wife Doreen) of Hamilton and John HOEKSTRA of London. Dear grandmother of six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her sister Renske DRAAISMA. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Wednesday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. (visitation one hour prior to service). Interment at Dorchester Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society gratefully acknowledged.

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DRABBANT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-11 published
SIKLOSI, Margaret
At the residence of her Friends Dr. Sandor and Mrs. Marica VIGH, Margaret SIKLOSI in her 87th year, beloved wife of the late Albert (Bela) SIKLOSI passed away peacefully on May 24, 2005. Margaret and her late husband Albert emigrated from Hungary to Canada in 1957. They became proud Canadians, conserving also their Hungarian heritage. Margaret will be sadly missed by her nephew Carl PAPP, his son Carl PAPP, Jr., wife Joan and their son Eric. Also by her nephew Rudolf SANDOR and his wife Anna (Hungary,) her godson Peter DRABBANT and his wife Christina.
Margaret was a friend to so many and they all will keep her memory in their hearts. Margaret's family want to thank all her Friends for their help and moral support they tried do lend after her beloved Albert's passing. The family wish to express their gratitude to Vera and Les FELEKI, Dr. Sandor and Mrs. Marica VIGH, Shirley HOTHAM, John EBERHARD for the exceptional Friendship they demonstrated in the final years of Margaret's life. There will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca. The Holy Sacrifice of the Hungarian Mass will be offered for the reposed of the soul of Margaret SIKLOSI Wednesday, June 15, 2 p.m. at St. Patricks Roman Catholic Church at the corner of Dundas and Oakland Ave. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mrs. SIKLOSI.

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DRABICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-04 published
KEATING, Norma (née HUNTER)
Norma KEATING (née HUNTER.) Peacefully passed away on December 24, 2004 at Country Terrace Nursing Home, Komoka. Reunited with her husband Stan (1962) and parents Clifton and Edith HUNTER. Loving mother of Susan KEATING (London) and Ronald and Loretta KEATING (Burlington.) Grandmother to Lorna and David PATANELLA (Rochester, New York) and Doctors Colleen KEATING and Greg HAYES (Cedar Rapids, Iowa.) Great grandmother to Claire and Adam PATANELLA, Hunter, Devin and Adrienne HAYES. Special sister to Enid and Victor (deceased) HORNER, Doreen and Art TALESKI, Ruth and Bill WINEGARDEN. Dear sister-in-law to Hilda RODREK, Jean DRABICK, Pearl PARKER (all of London,) Harry KEATING (deceased.) Dear Aunt and Great Aunt to many wonderful nieces and nephews. Norma resided at Country Terrace for many years where she received excellent care, support and Friendship both from attentive staff and fellow residents, especially her recreation room pals. A private memorial honouring Norma's life will be held at a later date. Interment will be at the Hunter family memorial plot in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. Arrangements entrusted to Needham Funeral Service (520 Dundas Street, London).

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DRABICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-10 published
RODREK, Hilda May (née KEATING)
At South Street Campus, London Health Sciences Centre, on Sunday, January 9, 2005, Hilda May RODREK (née KEATING) in her 95th year. Loving sister of Jean DRABICK and family. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Pearl PARKER, and brothers Jim, Stanley and Harry KEATING. A Graveside interment of ashes will be held at Woodland Cemetery, 493 Springbank Drive (meet at cemetery office) on Thursday, January 13, 2005, at 3: 00 p.m. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca. Evans Funeral Home 451-9350 entrusted with arrangements. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Hilda RODREK.

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DRABICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-30 published
DUNN, Donald Robert
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday March 29, 2005. Donald Robert DUNN of Aylmer in his 73rd year. Beloved husband of Marilyn (BEATTIE) DUNN. Dear father to Bob and wife Stella, Bill and wife Carol, Barry and wife Brenda all of Aylmer, Donna BEZAIRE and husband Joe of Pt. Bruce and Laura DUNN and Dave DALE of Saint Thomas. Also survived by sisters Doris SUMMERS and friend Stuart STACEY of Dutton and Barb DRABICK and late husband Stan of Belmont, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Born in Highland Park, Detroit, Michigan on January 20, 1933, son of the late Ralph and Irene (GRAHAM) DUNN. Don was a farmer in Springfield for many years. He retired and moved to Aylmer in 1996 but still enjoyed helping his sons work the land. He worked at Hartz Mountain in Saint Thomas from 1956 to 1973. He was a Past Noble Grand of Ark Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, Springfield. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wed. 7-9, Thursday 3-5 and 7-9. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul's United Church, Aylmer on Friday, April 01, 2005 at 11: 00 am. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge Service Thursday at 7: 00 p.m.

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DRABICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-28 published
DRABICK, James
Suddenly on Saturday, June 25, 2005. James DRABICK of Caledonia and formerly of Woodstock at the age of 22. Beloved son of Mike FLICK of Shipka, Ontario and the late Sandy DRABICK (2004.) Survived by his girlfriend Ashlee SWEETE of Woodstock, grandparents Jean and Jim DRABICK of Ft. McMurray, Alberta, great-grandfather Jon Edward WAITE (Kathy) of Simcoe, uncle Tim DRABICK of Caledonia and his great uncle Tim SMITH and his wife Dianne also of Caledonia. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue Woodstock (539-0004) on Wednesday 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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DRABICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-29 published
DRABICK, James Andrew Mark Henry
Suddenly on Saturday, June 25, 2005. James Andrew Mark Henry DRABICK of Caledonia and formerly of Woodstock at the age of 22. Beloved son of Mike FLICK of Shipka, Ontario and the late Sandy Ann DRABICK (2004.) Survived by his girlfriend Ashlee SWEETE of Woodstock, grandparents Jean and Jim DRABICK of Ft. McMurray, Alberta, great grandmother Dorothy Jean DRABICK of London, uncle Tom of Surrey, British Columbia and aunt Marjorie of Victoria, British Columbia, uncle Tim DRABICK of Caledonia and great-grandfather John Edward WAITE (Kathy) of Simcoe, and his great uncle Tim SMITH (Dianne) also of Caledonia. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue Woodstock (539-0004) on Thursday 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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DRABICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-06 published
Man dies after dive at Trout Lake Park
By Hugo RODRIGUES, Special to The Free Press
Woodstock -- A Kitchener man hurt in a diving accident at Trout Lake Park has died, the park's second water-related fatality in 10 days.
Patrick Darrell GRAY/GREY, 34, died yesterday at London Health Sciences Centre, police said.
The case has been turned over to a coroner in London, who was to perform an autopsy yesterday.
On Saturday, GRAY/GREY jumped from the highest diving board at the former quarry in Innerkip and struck another swimmer's knee with his head as he hit the water, Oxford Community police said.
GRAY/GREY had not waited for the area to clear before jumping, police said.
Former Woodstock resident James DRABICK, 22, died after jumping off the same, 6.5-metre diving board at the park on June 26.
Police can only appeal to the public's common sense to guard against such tragedies in the water, said Oxford Const. Bob McDONALD.
"It's impossible to legislate common sense," he said.
Swimming areas such as Trout Lake Park or the Pittock Conservation Area are private and a grey area when it comes to minimum safety standards, which are applied to supervised swimming areas, said Mike BRAGG, Oxford County director of public health and emergency services.
"It doesn't meet the definition of a public swimming area," he said.
This year is not the first time tragedy has struck at Trout Lake. There have been at least three other drownings at the park since Leonard Eugene WEILER drowned June 12, 1988, when he went swimming at the park after drinking and smoking hashish.
Two scuba divers died at the park during a winter dive.
The owners of the dive school were found negligent in that incident in 1991.
A Kitchener resident was injured at the park June 13, 1993, when he dived into the lake and struck some rocks.

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DRABICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-09 published
Men drowned during work break
The two young men had been doing construction work at a beachfront home.
By Patrick MALONEY, and Sharon HO, Free Press Reporters
Rondeau -- A day after two men drowned in Lake Erie's choppy waters, reminders of the failed rescue attempts still were scattered along the shoreline yesterday.
Packaging for resuscitators and defibrillator patches were among medical debris left in the sand where rescuers tried Thursday evening to save two Chatham-Kent men, both weak swimmers, who spent 30 minutes lost in the lake near Rondeau Provincial Park.
The double drowning raised the London region's death toll from water mishaps to seven since the start of June.
After working all day on a beachfront home, construction workers John MARTENS, 26, of Chatham, and Jacob KLASSEN, 23, of nearby Louisville -- related by marriage -- entered the lake.
Rescue crews were called soon after, but the two were pronounced dead at a Chatham hospital.
A third construction worker escaped to call for help.
Despite the double drowning, area residents said water conditions Thursday appeared anything but deadly.
"(MARTENS and KLASSEN) were down in what I consider the shallow area," said Tom TOWNSEND, who witnessed much of the rescue attempt.
"(It) was a nice day -- there was an undertow, but not what I consider dangerous," TOWNSEND added.
He said he was impressed with the rescue efforts, which included police officers, firefighters and two search boats.
The water around Rondeau Provincial Park is generally calm, said area business owner Lori O'SHAY/SHEA.
"You just don't think about it," she said.
"I was totally shocked. When something like this happens, you certainly do think of (the potential dangers)."
The owner of The Stone Men, a Ridgetown construction company that employed KLASSEN and MARTENS, declined comment.
Though the number of drownings in the region this season seems high, one expert said seven deaths in one month isn't uncommon.
"Drownings peak in the summer and cluster around weekends -- especially long weekends," said Ed BEAN of the Livesaving Society of Canada.
Other Area Water Deaths
- July 5: Patrick Darrell GRAY/GREY, 34, dies after a diving injury in Trout Lake in Innerkip.
- July 3: Adam MUSIALKAEWACZ, 15, of Hamilton, drowns near Cape Croker.
- July 2: Tyler REID, 6, from Bluewater, drowns at Rotary Beach in Goderich.
- June 25: James DRABICK, 22, of Caledonia, drowns in Trout Lake.
- June 4: John WATSON, 43, of Parkhill, dies after his canoe capsizes at Parkhill Conservation Area.
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DRABICK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-11 published
LANDON, Cecelia Anne (McCLEAN)
At London Health Sciences Centre Victoria Hospital on Friday, December 9, 2005, Cecelia Anne (McCLEAN) LANDON, beloved wife of the late Frank LANDON (1999) in her 89th year. Formerly of Belmont. Dear mother of Margaret DRABICK and Dave HOPPER, Sheila and Barry RYCKMAN, Kevin and Carol, Ed LANDON and Brenda BEAUDOIN, Barry and Donna, Rick LANDON and Connie COSME, Brian and Joanne. Dear grandmother of Teresa, Gerry (Haerim), Mark (Paula), Darryl (Christyne), Nathan (Tiffany), Christopher (Cheryl), Melanie (Warren), Mark, Shaun, Brett, Keith, Carla, Devin, Michael and Christopher. Great-grandmother of Bethany, Riley, Tara, Marcel, Ji Ae, Hailey and Aaliyah. Dear sister of John and Terry McCLEAN and Eileen SMITH. Predeceased by her brothers Leo and Vincent and by her sister Mary. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock with prayers at 2 o'clock. Funeral Mass at St. Joseph's Church, 89 Charles Street, on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Entombment in Holy Family Mausoleum, St. Peter's Cemetery. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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DRABIK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-23 published
ADAM/ADAMS, Daniel C. " Dan"
Passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital. Leaving to mourn his loving wife Wanda, mother and father Bonnie and Bill, brother Rob (Bonnie), brother Stuart (Melanie,) mother-in-law Stella DRABIK (Walter,) brother-in-law Vig DRABIK (Ingrid) and a large circle of family and Friends. Dan was a gifted, kind-hearted man who touched the lives of so many in his own special way. Remember the good times and hold them dear. Soar High "Free Bird". At Dan's request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at a later date.

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DRABKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-31 published
BREEN, Esther (formerly BLAZINA, née DRABKIN)
Peacefully at the Brant Centre, Burlington on Thursday, December 29, 2005. Esther Breen (née DRABKIN,) formerly of Scarborough in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late William BREEN and Drago BLAZINA. Much loved mother of John BLAZINA and his wife Amanda of Toronto, Carl BLAZINA and his wife Sonia of Portugal, Ann MORRIS and her husband Edward of Milton, Judith BLAZINA of Whitby and Karen THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and her husband Rod of Burlington. Cherished grandmother of Emily (Bill), Robbie (Sandy), Jason (Joey), Samantha (Saar), Jordan, Dave, Micah and great-grandmother of Madeline, Andrew, Benjamin, Julian and Sophia. Dear sister of Sybil. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of Queen Elizabeth Way), Burlington (905-632-3333) on Sunday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at North Burlington Baptist Church, 1377 Walker's Line, Burlington on Monday, January 2, 2006 at 1 p.m. Cremation. If desired, expressions of sympathy to Covenant House would be sincerely appreciated by the family. www.smithsfh.com

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DRABOT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-15 published
MORTIFEE, Margaret Anderson (1921-2005)
Angel 'Incognito'; Undercover
Bodhisattva; Une Grande Dame...
"Marga', born in Bloomfontein, South Africa on January 19th, 1921, made her transition to the other side surrounded by her five children and loved ones at 6: 10 p.m. on Monday, December 12th, 2005 after a thankfully brief illness with cancer.
Born of Scottish parents, Marga was raised in the Orange Free State in South Africa. A volunteer Corporal in the South African Army during World War 2, this "Canteen Cutie" served primarily in Egypt, driving 5-ton lorries and contributing to a variety of other duties. At war's end, she met and married Bill ('Monty') MORTIFEE (deceased October 1st, 1998) in Pretoria, South Africa. As the wife of a Member of Parliament, she lived half time on a sugar cane farm in Zululand and half time in Cape Town. There she had four daughters (Margaret, Ann, Mary and Jane). In 1956 the family immigrated to Vancouver where she then had a son (Peter). She volunteered for a number of organizations. She had a keen interest in modern history and current events. She loved to read, particularly biographies. She was a supporter of the arts and innumerable humanitarian charities. In her later years she was thrilled to finally take up the art of painting.
Marga was a woman of extraordinary kindness, compassion and generosity. Her greatest devotion was to diminishing the suffering of others. Nothing gave her greater satisfaction and joy than knowing that those she cared about were well. Her primary passion was her family and her dearest loved ones. She had true empathy with an unusual capacity to listen and an authentic interest in people's lives. Her outrageous and irreverent sense of humour endeared her to all who met her.
Mum/Granny is survived by her five children Margaret MORTIFEE (Julien-Jacques SABY,) Ann MORTIFEE (Paul HORN,) Mary SIMONIN (Mark DRABOT), Jane MORTIFEE, Peter MORTIFEE (Nancy FISCHER), and her eight grandchildren Georges BOIS, Robert BOIS, Dora-Jane SIMONIN, Luke SIMONIN, Devon MORTIFEE, Jessica BIRCH, Lauren MORTIFEE and Claire MORTIFEE.
It is with both grief at the loss of such a beacon of light and yet profound gratitude for all the blessings she bestowed on so many of us, that the family invite those of you whose lives were touched by her to come and join in a celebration of her life on Sunday, December 18th, 2005 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (Jericho Club House). Marga requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Salvation Army.

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DRACHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-12 published
ABRON, Murray
Peacefully at age 93 on Monday, October 10, 2005 at Toronto Western Hospital. Murray ABRON, beloved and cherished husband of Edythe née Levinter. Loving father of Sharon Abron DRACHE. Dear brother of the late Dr. Rose LAHMAN, and Oscar ABRON. Devoted grandfather of Deborah DRACHE and Michael FAGEN, Ruth DRACHE and William DUNCAN, Joshua DRACHE and Sarah GREEN, and Mordecai DRACHE, great-grandfather of Maya, Ruby, Ben, and Sophie. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street (Bathurst south of Eglinton), for service on Friday, October 14, 2005 at 12: 30 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva from 1: 00 p.m. at 260 Heath Street West #904. If desired, donations may be made to the Murray Abron Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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DRACUP o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-31 published
HOLLAND, William Lloyd " Bill"
Suddenly, in Toronto, on Tuesday, May 24, 2005. Bill, dear companion of Marie and father of Grant (Mary,) Sherie DRACUP (Jim,) Bob (Janet), Ed (Brenda), Ralph (Donna), Bruce, and Paul. Grandfather of 15 and great-grandfather of 5. Brother of Edward (the late Shirley), Gladys PAYNE, Douglas (Jean), Shirley KIRK, Raymond, Dorothy COLLINS, and the late Beverly THOMAS. son of the late Edward (Ted) and Winnifred. A private memorial service was held on Monday, May 30th followed by interment of cremated remains at Highland Park Cemetery. Ifdesired, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Community Alternative Funeral Home, 705-742-1875.

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DRAFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-03 published
MacMILLAN, Kenneth
Mr. Kenneth MacMILLAN at the Parkwood Hospital, London, Ontario on Saturday, January 1, 2005 at the age of 88 years. (Veteran of World War 2, Royal Canadian Engineers and Irish Regiment). Beloved husband of the late Betty (GOILLON) MacMILLAN (1999.) Loved father of Shirley and Carol MacMILLAN both of London, Ontario. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents William Alexander and Ellen (MacRAE) MacMILLAN, by 3 sisters Mary Ann THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (late Aden,) Evelyn May HUME, Helen May SCARBEAU and by 3 brothers Gordon Alexander MacMILLAN, Ernest David MacMILLAN and William Alexander MacMILLAN. Resting at the Wilson Funeral Home, 822 Pitt Street, Cornwall from 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 4th. (Funeral Service will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Wilson Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m..) The Reverend Ruth DRAFFIN of Saint John's Presbyterian Church celebrant. Interment at a later date in Finch Community Cemetery. Finch. In lieu of flowers contributions to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 12: 00 p.m. until the t ime of service.

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DRAFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-05 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Doris Mary (née LOGAN)
Peacefully at home in Cornwall, Ontario on January 30, 2005. Born on April 14, 1909 in Toronto, Ontario, she was the daughter of James LOGAN and Jane CALDWELL. Dearly loved mother of Sondra BREWIN (Ken) of Lochinvar Rd. Dalkeith, Ontario and Carole LIBBEY (Wes) of Cornwall. Treasured Nana to grandchildren Ian BREWIN (Jennifer) of Beaconsfield, Quebec, Michael BREWIN (Susan) of Barrie, Ontario, Andrew LIBBEY (Karen) and James LIBBEY (Johanna) of Cornwall, and Heather LIBBEY of Toronto. Special G.G. Nana to Holly BREWIN, Lauren and Ethan BREWIN, Leon and Maya LIBBEY. Predeceased by her husband Capt. John Alexander THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, C Pro C (1976) and by her brothers John (1904) and Edward (Ted) LOGAN (1962) and her sister Margaret SHAW (1990.) A private Memorial service will be held with Reverend Ruth DRAFFIN, Saint John's Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment of cremated remains will be held at a later date in Toronto, Ontario. The family of the late Doris THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON will receive Friends at their home, 1714 Jane St. Cornwall, Ontario on Sunday, February 6th from 3-6 p.m. As expressions of sympathy donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McArthur Bros. and MacNeil Funeral Home Cornwall, Ontario (613)-932-6300.

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DRAGANAC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-02 published
DRAGANAC, Frederick Henry
At Humber River Regional Hospital, Finch Site, on Wednesday November 30, 2005. Dear father of Terry and her husband Gene SLADE of Keswick and Michelle and her husband George SEDDON of Innisfil. Loving grandfather of Micheal, Dillon, Nicole, Jacob, Joshua and Shannon. Dear brother of Alan, Dorothy Chirrey, Barry and his wife Melody, Bruce and his wife Hedy, Elsie and her husband John McCORMACK. Sister-in-law of Rose DRAGANAC. Predeceased by brother Robert and sister Grace. Remembered by many nieces and nephews. Resting at the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton. Visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Service in the chapel Monday at 1: 30 p.m. Donations to Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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DRAGINDA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-03 published
WAITE, Derek
On Thursday, December 1st, 2005, in his 48th year, Derek WAITE lost his battle with cancer. Derek fought for 4½ years, determined to spend as much time as possible with his Friends and family, and managed to stay positive throughout the entire battle. He will be greatly missed by his long time partner Debbie COLLINS and her children; Catherine, Ryan and David and his fianceé Cara GROVER. Step-son of Edith WAITE. Step-brother of Linda LOW/LOWE/LOUGH (Bob DRAGINDA), Maureen BALCHEN (Paul), Patti DEKLYNE (Ron), Cathy BOGLE (Brian) and Marianne LOW/LOWE/LOUGH (Geoff BURK/BURKE.) Also survived by his aunt Diane SHEPHERD, uncle Malcolm LYSENG (Lynne) and cousin Bob SHEPHERD (Kelly.) Derek was an employee of Crystal Glass for over 25 years. Derek was an enthusiastic golfer, downhill skier, baseball and hockey player and his friendly generous attitude created many long deep Friendships. Thank you to all of his Friends who helped give him courage. Thank you to Brenda HUTTON and Shaliza MOHAMMED of St. Elizabeth's Health Care for their care and visits, Dr. Brian TAILOR/TAYLOR, Dr. Bill McKEOUGH and the staff of 8th Floor University Hospital and 6th Floor Palliative Care of University Hospital. A memorial service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 at 6: 00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Cremation has taken place with interment of ashes to follow in Alberta. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Derek are asked to consider the Glad Tidings Building Fund, St. Elizabeth's Health Care or the London Health Sciences Foundation - Cancer Centre. Online condolences can be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com.

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DRAGO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-17 published
TINABURRI, Elena Maria (PILORUSSO)
Peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday, March 16, 2005, in her 85th year, left us to be reunited with her husband Giovanni. Beloved mother of Santino and his late wife Pasqualina (DI FOLCO,) Michael and his wife Catherine (DRAGO.) Loving grandmother of Loretta (Joe PANZARELLA,) John (Sandra SPIZZIRI,) Elena, Gianmarco and Alessandro. Great-grandmother of Michael and Lauren PANZARELLA and Robert and Natalie TINABURRI. Friends and family will be received at the Demarco Funeral Home "Etobicoke Chapel", 2058 Kipling Ave. (north of Rexdale Blvd.) 416-740-8454, on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 9: 30 a.m. in St. Roch's Church (2889 Islington Ave.) with entombment to follow in Westminster Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. "You will always be loved and never forgotten"

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DRAGOJEVIC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-22 published
SAMPSON/SAMSON, Lorraine
On January 20, 2005 at the Etobicoke General Hospital, at the age of 71. Lorraine will be reunited in Heaven with her loving husband of 50 years James. Devoted mother of Gail, Sue and Sharron (John DRAGOJEVIC.) Cherished grandmother of Jason, Mandy, Jesse and John Jr. Beloved sister of Roland (predeceased) and his wife Lucille, and their many children. Very proud great-grandmother of Cristina, Hannah and Alexander. Lorraine will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by her relatives and all who knew her. Family and Friends will be received at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905 850-3332) on Monday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A funeral service will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. in the Chapel of the funeral home. Cremation to follow.

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DRAHEIM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-09 published
WALENDOWSKY, Waltraut " Walja"
Peacefully at Sunset Manor, Collingwood, on Monday, March 7th, 2005, in her 93rd year. Dear mother of Valerie DRAHEIM- WALENDOWSKY of Wasaga Beach. Oma to Rodney and Sharon, and Nicole and Patrick MURRAY. Arrangements were entrusted to the Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 132 River Road East, Wasaga Beach (705-429-1040). A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. As extressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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DRAIMIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-01 published
BADER, Morris Philip
On Monday, January 31, 2005 at The Scarborough Hospital - Grace Division. Morris BADER, beloved husband of the late Sue BADER (née COHEN.) Devoted partner of Jean COOPER. Loving father and father-in-law of Judi and William DRAIMIN, and Marvin and the late Nancy BADER (née LAND.) Beloved grandfather of Lisa and Brad KALK, and Robbyn DRAIMIN. Loving great-grandfather of Jordan Daniel, Samantha Paige, and Joshua Aaron KALK. Dedicated brother and brother-in-law of Arnold, Ethel LAMSTER, Saundra and Henry SHERMAN, and the late Ruth and Louis GOLDMAN. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (2 lights west of Dutferin) for service on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Stopnitzer Young Mens section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park. Shiva 67 Mossgrove Trail. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 416-486-2500, or The Scarborough Hospital - Grace Division for Palliative Care Unit, 416-495-2505.

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DRAINIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-07 published
George SALVERSON, Playwright: 1916-2005
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's first drama editor wrote a thousand radio plays, switched effortlessly to television and wrote a hit musical
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Saturday, May 7, 2005, Page S9
Toronto -- He was Canada's king of radio drama in its golden age. George SALVERSON wrote about a thousand radio plays in a career that began in 1945 and lasted until long after the arrival of television. He was a volume man who never kept count and, in fact, held few copies of his work. Week after week, Mr. SALVERSON generated a one-hour Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio play with a careful story line and perfect dialogue. The phrase "writer's block" didn't exist for him; he was a freelancer and he had to eat.
He did have a routine, though. For many years he worked for Stages, the main Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio drama of the week. His work week started on a Tuesday or a Wednesday with an idea. It could be something in the news, such as prison reform or mental health. Radio dramas were used to deal with social issues the same way television documentaries or long news items are today.
After the idea was nailed down, Mr. SALVERSON would write one act a day, with almost all his plays having three acts. That left him ready for the rehearsal, which took all day Saturday. During and after the rehearsal, he and the director, either Esse LJUNGH or Andrew ALLAN, would work polishing the script.
"The live performance was on Sunday," remembers Alfie SCOPP who was one of the actors. "We could come dressed casually for the rehearsal, but when we went live at 5 o'clock on Sunday we had to be dressed in a suit and a tie."
Studio G on Jarvis Street in Toronto would be filled with as many as 20 actors, including such well-known names as John DRAINIE, Aileen SEATON and Bud KNAPP. No matter how long their part, actors were all paid $45 a performance.
One example of the radio play as social commentary was a series called Return Journey, which Mr. SALVERSON wrote in 1951. It was based on research done at Kingston Penitentiary on how hard it was for a released prisoner to make it on the outside. The story tells how a prisoner was afraid of the outside world but also afraid of failure and a return to behind bars.
He did much of the research for that particular play while on his honeymoon in Kingston, Ontario His wife Olive SCOTT, went by the stage name of Sandra SCOTT, and acted in many of his productions. "George was always amazed that this glamorous actress married him," remembers his friend Mr. SCOPP.
The work on his honeymoon showed how an idea could be plucked from the headlines. In a recent e-mail to his daughter, Julie, he said the early Canadian Broadcasting Corporation almost invented documentary drama for radio. "Now it's routine in Law and Order."
Later when Mr. SALVERSON moved to television, he used the same techniques for coming up with story ideas. Once he met a man he knew who had been a successful advertising executive but could no longer find work because he was over 45. "The trouble is, I'm over-age and over qualified," the man told Mr. SALVERSON.
The same line came out of the mouth of Walter, the fictional version of the ad man in the television play, The Write-Off. Mr. SALVERSON spoke to people in the business world, talked to employment agencies and tried to find out just how many Walters there were in Canada. He figured there to be at least 500,000 under-employed older people.
"The real Walter attended one of the taping sessions and he walked into the control room as Rudi [director Rudi DORN] was directing the firing scene," recalled Mr. SALVERSON in a 1968 interview. "When I asked him was this anything like the way it really happened, he gave me a long look and remarked, 'Have you ever been through a nightmare twice?' "
George SALVERSON's early life read like an improbable script for a radio play. His father, the son of Scandinavian immigrants, worked for the Canadian National Railway and the family lived, at one time or another, in Port Arthur, Ontario, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kamloops, British Columbia, Vancouver and Victoria. Fortunately, he spent enough time in Port Arthur to go to high school there. His mother, Laura Goodman SALVERSON, wrote and published 10 books. She won the Governor General's Award twice -- for her novel The Dark Weaver in 1937 and then for her autobiography Confessions of an Immigrant's Daughter in1939.
Even so, George SALVERSON never wanted to be a playwright. He set out to be a newscaster and was headed in the right direction when he got his first job at CFAR in Flin Flon, Manitoba He performed every role at the tiny radio station, including writing and reading the news. The highlight of his newscasting career occurred on December 7, 1941, when he told the 7,000 people of Flin Flon of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and he did it dressed in a suit.
His second job came along in what was then the biggest city in Western Canada -- Winnipeg. But at CKRC, they had other plans. He could read the occasional newscast if he liked, but it wasn't news readers they wanted. They had plenty, thanks. What they needed was a playwright, someone who could knock off a quickie radio drama and also take a part or two.
His first play was a success, and Mr. SALVERSON soon found himself doing the writing, acting, producing and sound effects. He resolved to perfect his dramas, drifting over to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to pick up pointers on how to write believable dialogue and interesting story ideas.
For a couple of years, Mr. SALVERSON wrote, produced and directed plays for Eaton's, when the department store used radio dramas to sell its wares. Then, in 1948, he was given work by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and moved to Toronto. Among his first shows was Paper Railroad, a play based on his father's work life.
From the time he arrived in Toronto he was never short of works or awards. He won a first in the Canadian Radio Awards of 1948 and, the following year, received another from Ohio State University. In 1949, he adapted Dracula for radio, a play that starred Lorne GREEN, Alan KING and Lister SINCLAIR.
When the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation turned to television in the fall of 1952, Mr. SALVERSON was soon writing both radio and television plays and he became the network's first drama editor. One of his plays, The Discoverers, was performed on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and on Kraft Theatre in the United States. The play was about Banting and Best's discovery of insulin.
Later on he wrote documentaries as well as dramas for television. Perhaps his most famous was Air of Death. "That changed the course of public affairs programming on television," said Jane CHALMERS, vice-president of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio. "In October of 1967, this documentary report, written by George, and dealing with air pollution in Canada, aired on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-television, pre-empting the top-rated The Ed Sullivan Show."
His script laid the subject bare and resulted in a lawsuit.
"Dad worked for six months helping the lawyers and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with the lawsuit. They won their case," said Julie SALVERSON. "He used to joke it was the only time he had such steady work."
He wrote one production for the stage, the musical The Legend of the Dumbells, which was produced at the Charlottetown Festival in 1977. It was about a Canadian troupe of First World War entertainers and used songs from the era. It travelled to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Elgin Theatre in Toronto and continues to be staged.
When Studio G closed in July 1993, before the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation moved to its new Toronto headquarters, he wrote a 10-minute sketch for radio. It was called End Credits.
For many years, Mr. SALVERSON taught writing at Ryerson University in Toronto and, in the process, found that some people were unteachable. He told his daughter Julie, in one of their many e-mails, the story of a 50-year-old novelist who wanted to turn one of his books into a screenplay. He just couldn't do it.
"When I dramatized, I always went into the scene myself. I was sitting there doing the acting. And away went the characters, whooping it up. My writer friend remained a writer. He stood outside the scene and tried to tell you what was going on. And nobody felt anything."
As he grew older, George SALVERSON kept his mind in shape with mental exercises. One of them was memorizing The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. He could recite any verse on command, and was working on memorizing it backwards. He also wrote a lot of limericks. On the Saturday before he died, he had a new one for Alfie SCOPP. It went like this:
A well-endowed woman from Brussels
Had a veritable plethora of muscles,
She said with some pride,
There are others I hide,
And bring them out only in tussles.
He also wrote a book called Around the World in 80 Limericks, with bits of doggerel for each of the world's major cities. He wrote until the end.
George SALVERSON was born in St. Catharines, Ont, on April 30, 1916. He died on April 9, 2005, after a fall at his apartment at the Performing Arts Lodge in Toronto. He was 88. A public memorial service will be held there at 6 p.m., Monday, May 9. He is survived by his daughter Julie and son Scott. His wife died in 2000.

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DRAISEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-24 published
DRAISEY, George
In loving memory of our brother and uncle George, who passed away August 24th, 1976.
As time unfolds another year,
Memory keeps you ever near.
Silent thoughts of times together,
Hold memories that will last forever.
Loved always, Alvin, Mary and Laura.

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DRAISEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-27 published
DRAISEY, Curtis Lee
In loving memory of Curtis Lee, who passed away August 28th, Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard but always near,
Still loved and always very dear.
Loved and missed by Uncle Alvin, Aunt Mary and Cousin Laura.

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DRAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-20 published
MORRISON, Wilfred Bernard
Suddenly on Saturday, June 18th, 2005 at the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga Site at the age of 88. Predeceased by his wife Marion. Lovingly remembered by his special friend Lila WILSON. He will be sadly missed by his children Donna ERJAVEC and her husband Allan, Gary MORRISON, Dale MORRISON and his wife Kimberley. Proud Pappa of Laura and her husband Bradley TURNER, Mariah, Ryan, Sara, Gregory, Erica, Kevin and the late Kristina. He is survived by his two sisters Viola DRAK and Irene BURK/BURKE. Mr. MORRISON will be resting at the G.H. Hogle Funeral Home, 63 Mimico Ave., Toronto, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Prayers in the chapel on Friday, June 24th, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.hoglefuneralhomes.com

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DRAKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-11 published
NOLAN, Madeline
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital, on Sunday, January 9, 2005, Madeline, dear wife of the late Pat NOLAN, in her 87th year. Loving mother of Dennis NOLAN (Louise), Linda DILOSA (Felix), Mary DRAKE (Cyril,) Joan WALSH (Martin,) Elizabeth LAUR (Jim CHESNEY), Jane NOLAN, Patrick NOLAN (Debbie) and Michelle ETHRIDGE (Glenn.) Dear sister of Betty RICHARDSON and Ruth RYAN. Predeceased by her brothers Ed, William and Leo LECLEAR and her sisters Mary HESLOP, Eleanor McGRENERE and Helen RIOUX. Also survived by 26 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at St. Pius X Church, 777 Valetta Street, on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Wednesday afternoon at 3: 30 o'clock. Donations to the Arthritis Society, the Foundation Fighting Blindness R.P., 703-60 St. Clair Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. M4T 1N5. 1-800-461-3331 or the Lung Association would be appreciated.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-06 published
DRAKE, Gerald
In loving memory of Gerald DRAKE who passed away May 6, 2004.
A page in the book of Memory,
Silently turns today,
We miss you every moment,
Of each and every day.
Love Eunice Drake and family.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-27 published
IMRIE, Florence " Flossie"
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital, on Tuesday, July 26th, 2005, Mrs. Florence "Flossie" IMRIE of London in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of 65 years to George "Dod" IMRIE. Dear sister of May DRAKE of Ramsgate, England. Also sadly missed by dear Friends, John DRIVER, Bernice LUDLOW, and Frieda MEIHOFENER. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Friday, July 29th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Flossie are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-02 published
ASTLE, Dorothy Isabelle (DRAKE)
At Exeter Villa, Exeter on Monday, August 1, 2005 Dorothy Isabelle (DRAKE) ASTLE in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late William ASTLE (1978.) Dear mother of John and Marion ASTLE of Exeter and Ralph and Marie ASTLE of Dashwood. Dear grandmother of David and Judi ASTLE of Woodstock, Wendy and Eric NETHERCOTT of R.R.#1 Saint Marys, Cindy and David HYNES of Australia and Don BEAVER of Cambridge. Also survived by 7 great-grandchildren and 1 greatgreat-grand_son. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Adelaide JOHNSTON of Hamilton, Evelyn MacLEOD of Strathroy and a sister-in-law Edna THOMAS of Hamilton. Predeceased by sisters Kathleen BRUMWELL and Marion DRAKE. A private family service will be held at the Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Wednesday, August 3rd with The Reverend Father William WARD officiating. Interment Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hopperhockeyfh.com

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DRAKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-22 published
PAYNE, Velma Martha Ellen (DRAKE)

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DRAKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-23 published
PAYNE, Velma Martha Ellen (DRAKE)
On Friday, October 21st, 2005 at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Velma Martha Ellen (DRAKE) PAYNE of Strathroy was received into God's loving arms in her 83rd year. Predeceased by her husband John (1981). Lovingly missed by daughters and son-in-laws Janet (Jim) PATTERSON, Linda (Neil) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Ruth (Jerry) SOMMERS. Dear grandmother of Christopher (Pam) and Colin PATTERSON, Cheryl CLARIDGE and Heather (Jason) MacDERMID, Sarah, Kurtis, Gillian SOMMERS. Dear great-grandmother of Kyra PATTERSON. Survived by brother Louis DRAKE. Predeceased by brothers Everett, Roy, Keith and James. Visitation will be held at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, 32 Metcalfe St. W., Strathroy on Sunday, October 23rd from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 24th at 1: 30 p.m. with Dr. Brian McKENZIE officiating. Interment Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the 1st Baptist Church or Strathmere Lodge Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Velma.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-24 published
DRAKE, Ross William
Of Stratford passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Saturday, October 22, 2005. He was born and lived all of his life in Stratford. son of the late William and Rhoda (BARBOUR) DRAKE. Beloved husband of Elizabeth (Betty) (née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON) DRAKE for over fifty years. Dear father of Dr. Thomas DRAKE, Dr. David DRAKE and Sarah DRAKE of Stratford. Father-in-law of Dorothy and Cathy DRAKE and David LYNN of Stratford. Loved by eight special grandchildren, Anna, Emily and Elizabeth DRAKE; Rachel, James and Edward DRAKE; Alexander and Cameron LYNN. Brother of Glen DRAKE of Stratford. Brother-in-law of Donald MULHOLLAND of Sault Ste. Marie, Hugh and Leona THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Elmira and Kaye DIEHL of Stratford. As well as his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Ruth MULHOLLAND in September of this year. Ross retired from Bell Canada after thirty-five years of employment in Kitchener and London and was an ardent golfer and life member of the Stratford Country Club. In his retirement years, Ross enjoyed his hobby farm and apple orchard. He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Stratford. Family and Friends may call at the Heinbuck Funeral Home, 156 Albert Street, Stratford on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 from noon until the time of his service of remembrance at 2 p.m. Reverend Terry HASTINGS will officiate. Burial will be in Staffa Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Knox Presbyterian Church or to the Perth County Historical Foundation through the funeral home. (519) 271-5062

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DRAKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-24 published
PAYNE, Velma Martha Ellen (DRAKE)
On Friday, October 21st, 2005 at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Velma Martha Ellen (DRAKE) PAYNE of Strathroy was received into God's loving arms in her 83rd year. Predeceased by her husband John (1981). Lovingly missed by daughters and son-in-laws Janet (Jim) PATTERSON, Linda (Neil) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Ruth (Jerry) SOMMERS. Dear grandmother of Christopher (Pam) and Colin PATTERSON, Cheryl Claridge and Heather (Jason) MacDERMID, Sarah, Kurtis, Gillian SOMMERS. Dear great-grandmother of Kyra PATTERSON. Survived by brother Louis DRAKE. Predeceased by brothers Everett, Roy, Keith and James. Visitation will be held at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, 32 Metcalfe St. W., Strathroy on Sunday, October 23rd from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 24th at 1: 30 p.m. with Dr. Brian McKENZIE officiating. Interment Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the 1st Baptist Church or Strathmere Lodge Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Velma.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-10-25 published
PAYNE, Velma Martha Ellen (DRAKE)
On Friday, October 21, 2005, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, Velma Martha Ellen (DRAKE) PAYNE of Strathroy, was received into Gods loving arms, in her 83rd year. Predeceased by her husband John (1981). Lovingly missed by daughters and sons-in-law Janet (Jim) PATTERSON, Linda (Neil) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, and Ruth (Jerry) SOMMERS. Dear grandmother of Christopher (Pam) and Colin PATTERSON, Cheryl CLARIDGE and Heather (Jason) MacDERMID, Sarah, Kurtis, Gillian SOMMERS. Dear great-grandmother of Kyra PATTERSON. Survived by brother Louis DRAKE. Predeceased by brothers Everett, Roy, Keith, and James. Visitation was held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, on Sunday, October 23 from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service was held on Monday at 1: 30 p.m. with Dr. Brian McKENZIE officiating. Interment Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to First Baptist Church or Strathmere Lodge Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Velma.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-08 published
ELLIS, Margaret Ruth Spencer
Died Friday, July 1, 2005 in her 92nd year. Predeceased by her husband John S. ELLIS and daughter Suzanne DRAKE. Survived by her daughter Joanne and husband Louis DONOLO of Montreal and five grandchildren whom she adored, Jennifer and Bill RICHARDS, Lindsay and Bruce NIGHTINGALE, John and Martha DRAKE, Suzanne PIERCEY and Michael ELDER, Paul and Dianna DONOLO. Marg is also survived by her six cherished great grandchildren, Rebecca, Meghan, Kaitlyn, Emma, Paul and Marc.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Marg's longtime caregiver Dulce McCREADY for her compassion and kindness.
Marg always loved to entertain and put on the glitz whether at her winter residence in Atlantis, Florida or at her summer home at Crescent Beach on Lake Simcoe. She was a charming hostess and a true Lady of the Lake for over 70 years.
All are welcome to attend a service in celebration of Marg's life on Wednesday, July 20th at 11: 00 a.m. at St. Phillip's Anglican Church, 31 St. Phillips Road, Etobicoke with a reception to follow.
Should family and Friends so desire, donations may be made to 'Ladies of the Lake' c/o 28 Turner Street, Roches Point, Ontario L0E 1P0 to benefit the rescue of Lake Simcoe.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-20 published
DRAKE, Jean
Originally of Humbermouth, Newfoundland. Born March 16, 1930. It is with great sadness that the family of Jean DRAKE announces her passing on Thursday, February 17, 2005, at Toronto East General Hospital. Jean, beloved wife of the late Stanley, and will be missed by her daughters Joanne REED and her husband Phil, Cathy and her partner Margaret, and her son Robert STANLEY of Los Angeles. Also sadly missed by her grand_sons Brent and Brad REED. Survived by her sisters Alvena WELLS and Joan KEOUGH. Friends may call at the Giffen-Mack "Danforth" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2570 Danforth Ave. (at Main St. subway), 416-698-3121, on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. A complete funeral service will be held in the Chapel on Sunday at 4 p.m. Special thanks to Dr. Rami MOZES, Sharon HUNT, Debra BRACKET, and the other outstanding staff at Leisureworld O'Connor Court.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-12 published
DRAKE, Doris Eleanor (née CONNOR)
After a long life, Doris passed away at the Hyland Crest Senior Citizens Home, Minden on Sunday, February 27, 2005, in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Reg. Dear mother of Joan DRAKE of Minden and predeceased by Kathy DRAKE. Loving grandmother of Devon and Derek McALPINE of Breton, Alberta. Dear sister of the late Eric CONNOR and Kay LONGFIELD. Fondly remembered by Marie GATLEY, and by her cousins and Friends. Friends are invited to the Port Carling United Church, Port Carling for a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Memorial donations to the Hyland Crest Residents' Council or to the Breast Cancer Research would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 427, Minden, K0M 2K0 (1-888-588-5777).

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-10 published
TROMLEY, Allan
Peacefully at his residence on Friday, April 8, 2005. Beloved husband of Barbara TROMLEY (née WHITE/WHYTE) for 48 years. Loving father of Sherri TROMLEY- CRANE and husband Adrian of Ajax and Susan BAIRD and husband Terry of Pickering. Caring grandfather of Meghan, Caitlyn, Madison and Sabrina. Cherished brother of Margaret DRAKE and her late husband Bill of Parry Sound and the late Gordon and Lillian TROMLEY. Allan will also be sadly missed by his constant companions Buddy and Estee, and many nieces and nephews, family and Friends. Relatives and Friends will be received at the McIntosh-Anderson Funeral Home Ltd., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Monday from 7-9 p.m. A service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Interment will take place at Whitevale Cemetery. Donations made in memory of Allan to the A.L.S. Society or to Durham Access to Care would be appreciated. Many thanks to Community Advantage Rehabilitation Inc., St. Elizabeth Health Care, Home Life Care, Durham Access to Care and Oshawa 911 Services, for all of their assistance.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-26 published
DRAKE, Clifford George
Passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 24, 2005 at Centenary Hospital. Beloved husband of Catherine (née COULSON,) loving father of Sharon, Edward "Ted" and his wife Kelly. Grandfather of Devin and Kendra. Brother of June BOOTHE. Clifford will also be remembered by many other family and Friends. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Rd. (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Tuesday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service on Wednesday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in Clifford's memory may be made to the Lung Association.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-11 published
DRAKE, Ruth Elaine (née HAMILTON) R.N.
On Saturday, May 7, 2005 at Riverview Manor, in her 79th year. Ruth's passing is bittersweet for all those who have known and loved her. While she will be so sadly missed, her journey into the darkness of Alzheimer's has ended and for her there is now only peace and light. An obstetrics nurse for over 35 years, Ruth was to her co-workers, the "best of the best." In 1978 Ruth moved to Langley, British Columbia where she enjoyed 20 years of good health, good Friends and happy times with her father and children. Those years were her happiest, as Ruth's free spirit found great joy in the smallest of life's simple pleasures. In 1996 Ruth returned to Peterborough to place herself closer to family as her health began to fail. Ruth is survived by 5 children who will celebrate her life with every memory of her as we take pride in knowing that Ruth Drake is our mother. As per Mom's request, cremation has been held with no service. David, Stephen, Elaine, Rosemary and Suzanne lovingly bid a farewell to "Legs Hamilton."

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-17 published
ESTABROOKS, Ralph Carl
It is with great sorrow the family of Ralph Carl ESTABROOKS announces his passing on Friday, May 13, 2005 at the age of 84 years. Husband of the late Carrie ESTABROOKS. Loving father of Yvonne LAVALLEY (Phillip) of Lake St. Peter, Ontario, the late Carol GAUNCE (Ed) of Acamac, New Brunswick, Lyn CAPUTO (Vince) of Bramalea, Ontario, Joy HUSSEY (Gord) of Lake St. Peter, Ontario, Geri HALSTEAD (Frank) of Pickering, Ontario. Proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Brother of Richard of Moncton, New Brunswick. Predeceased by brothers Vaughan of Sackville, New Brunswick and Donald (Tubby) of Lakewood, New Brunswick. Predeceased by parents Carl and Lena of Saint John, New Brunswick. Ralph was a Veteran and served his country with honour during World War 2. He was enlisted in the Carleton and York Regiment from 1939-1945. Ralph was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Ralph retired from the Ministry of Correctional Services in 1985 after 30 years of service. He retired to the Bancroft area where he has lived for 17 years. Ralph lived a simple life just as he wished for. He enjoyed deer and moose hunting but his favourite pastime was attending the local auction sales. His week was not complete unless he came home with a new box of goodies to add to his collection. He will be especially missed by his best friend Mary-Lou DRAKE. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 17th from 12: 30-2:30 p.m. at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.), 416-266-4404. Aservice will begin at 2: 30 p.m. Interment will follow at Pine Hills Cemetery.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-24 published
WINEGARDEN, Austin Edward " Aus"
Peacefully at the Hamilton General Hospital on Sunday, May 22, 2005 in his 87th year. Predeceased by his loving wife Greta (nee DRAKE) 1985. Lovingly remembered by his twin daughters Joan EDWARDS (Terry) and Joyce NAYLOR. Remembered dearly by his sister Jessie CARPENTER. Cherished grandfather to David EDWARDS, Tracy EDWARDS and Lisa HENDERSON (Geoff.) Special great-grandfather to Amanda, Andrea and Matthew EDWARDS and Jack HENDERSON. Missed dearly by his devoted companion Dorothy SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER. Remembered always by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by infant daughters Penny and Marion, brother Richard (Dick) and sister Anna. After many years of service, Austin retired from Westinghouse. Austin was a member of the Canadian Airforce and a long time member of the Canadian Airforce Club in Dundas. Friends will be received by the family on Wednesday afternoon and evening from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Cattel, Eaton and Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, where a Service for Austin will be held on Thursday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens. In kindness, donations to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. www.catteleatonandchambers.ca

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-09 published
ELLIS, Margaret Ruth Spencer
Died Friday, July 1, 2005, in her 92nd year. Predeceased by her husband John S. ELLIS and daughter Suzanne DRAKE. Survived by her daughter Joanne and husband Louis DONOLO of Montreal and five grandchildren whom she adored, Jennifer and Bill RICHARDS, Lindsay and Bruce NIGHTINGALE, John and Martha DRAKE, Suzanne PIERCEY and Michael ELDER, Paul and Dianna DONOLO. Marg is also survived by her six cherished great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Meghan, Kaitlyn, Emma, Paul and Marc. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Marg's longtime caregiver Dulce McCREADY for her compassion and kindness. Marg always loved to entertain and put on the glitz whether at her winter residence in Atlantis, Florida, or at her summer home at Crescent Beach on Lake Simcoe. She was a charming hostess and a true Lady of the Lake for over 70 years. All are welcome to attend a service in celebration of Marg's life on Wednesday, July 20th at 11: 00 a.m. at St. Phillip's Anglican Church, 31 St. Phillips Road, Etobicoke with a reception to follow. Should family and Friends so desire, donations may be made to "Ladies of the Lake" c/o 28 Turner Street, Roches Point, Ontario L0E 1P0 to benefit the rescue of Lake Simcoe.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-20 published
MERCER, Beverley Belban (née BURKINSHAW)
Entered into rest at the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay on Saturday, July 16, 2005, in her 69th year. Bev BURKINSHAW was the beloved wife for 49 years to Bill MERCER of Fenelon Falls. Loving mother of Edna and her husband Bill CROFT of Orangeville. Cherished grandmother of two, Tricia and her brother Richard and one great-grand_son Brydon CROFT. Bevis survived by her sisters Eunice DRAKE of Collingwood and Joyce DUNSEITH of Cambridge. Remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sister Dora BAYLISS and parents Emma and Albert BURKINSHAW. A private family service will be held at Glendale Memorial Gardens, Rexdale on Tuesday, July 19th, 2005. Interment to follow. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay may be arranged through the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay, 705-328 2721 or online at info@mackeys.ca

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-15 published
McGURK, John Francis " Frank" (1914-2005)
Peacefully at Queen's Garden Hamilton after a life well lived, on Friday, August 12, 2005, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Nellie FLYNN (1989,) and the late Sandra Della SIEGA (2004.) Cherished father of Diane CULLEN and her husband Jim, and Donna McGUINNESS of Toronto. Proud grandfather of Gerry (Linda,) Michael (Julie), Pat (Colleen), and Peggy CULLEN, Cindy BINGHAM (Mike) and Patricia WIEMER (Kevin.) Doting great-grandfather of Meaghan, Kathleen, Molly, Rachael, and Abbey CULLEN and Brittany, Meaghan and Jesse WIEMER. Survived by his sister Theresia McCAFFREY, and by his sisters-in-law Bea McGURK, Joan GALLAGHER, Esther OLMOND, Jean DRAKE, Ann SUTTON, and Helen SPIERENBURG, and brothers-in-law Dan OLMOND and Dan GALLAGHER. Also lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Frank retired from the Otis Elevator Co. with 35 years of service, which included production of Bofur guns during the war. He served many years on the Board of Directors of Hamilton Community Credit Union, and also on the Board of the Victoria Curling Club to which he was granted a lifetime membership. He was also a faithful usher at St. Charles Garnier Catholic Church. The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the staff at Queen's Garden for their loving care. The family will receive Friends at the P.X. Dermody Funeral Home, 7 East Avenue South, Hamilton, (905-572-7900) on Monday, August 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Vigil Prayers at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Charles Garnier Catholic Church, (Hughson Ave., South at Augusta), Hamilton, on Tuesday, August 16 at 11 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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DRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-08 published
SEATH, Douglas Melville
Electrical Eng., Aeronautical Eng., P.Eng. U of T, Royal Canadian Air Force Veteran, Squadron Leader. Peacefully, with the same great dignity as he lived his life, at the Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg on Monday, November 7th, 2005. Douglas SEATH at 84 years of age. Dearly loved husband of Vivienne SEATH (nee DRAKE) for sixty years. Beloved father of Patricia MAJOR and Edward (Ted) SEATH (Mary.) Sadly missed by grandchildren Dawn MAJOR, Becky EMPIE (Doug), Brian MAJOR, Sarah SEATH, and Rebecca SEATH. Brother of Katherine, Charles, and the late John. Cremation was held with private scattering occurring at the Memorial Gardens of the Heritage Cemetery of St. Peter. Family and Friends are invited to a Memorial Reception being held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. E. in Cobourg on Thursday, November 10th, 2005 at 2 p.m. Those wishing may make a memorial contribution by cheque to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Condolences received at www.maccoubrey.com

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