IRWIN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2005-04-13 published
COOK, Allen
Entered into rest on Friday, April 8, 2005, Allen COOK in his 72nd year. Allen COOK, husband of Leona COOK and dear father of Matthew (Mindy) COOK, Patricia Anne (David) PENNEY, Gary (Dorothy) BOEHK, Catherine (Arthur) ANDREWS and daughter-in-law Carmen BROWN (Jelly,) loving grandfather of Jordon, Mattina, Emily, Joshua, Shawn, Andrea, Robert. Survived by six sisters Marian IRWIN, Margaret AITKEN, Reta (Robert) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Sharon COOK (Bob MERRICK), Lorraine (Allan) RENNICK, Debbie (Lyle) HOLMES and a brother Stanley (Dorothy) COOK, a brother-in-law Vern (Marjorie) LONG and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents William and Catherine COOK, a son Alan BOEHK, his sisters Bernice LONG, Kathleen DEMMANS and Shirley COOK, his brothers Glen and Lloyd COOK, his brothers-in-law law Harold AITKEN, Jim DEMMANS, Jack FORTUNE, and Ted IRWIN, his sister-in-law Elsie, Josephine and Shirley COOK. Rested at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk with visitation on Monday evening and Tuesday. Complete service in the chapel on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 3 p.m. Interment in Dundalk Cemetery. Donations to Heart Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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IRWIN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2005-05-18 published
IRWIN, John " Ted" Edwin
John (Ted) Edwin IRWIN of Dundalk passed away in Markdale hospital March 5, 2005 in his 83rd year. He leaves to mourn his wife Marian (COOK) IRWIN of 54 years, three daughters and one son: Sharee (Ross) MITCHELL of Lindsay, Denise (Brian) GILES of Flesherton, Tracey (Dan) BANNERMAN of Dundalk and Dean IRWIN of Proton Station, also linked as linked as , eight grandchildren, Megan, Darryl, Derrick, Devon, Nicole, Brooke, Taylor and Fairyn. He also leaves to mourn several nieces and nephews. He is survived by one brother Robert and sister-in-law Laura of Proton Station. He is predeceased by Milton and his wife Inez, Clifford and his wife Emmanline and twin brother Fred and one sister, Elsie VANALSTINE and brother-in-law Harry VANALSTINE.
Ted was born May 29, 1922 to the late Elizabeth Wilson and Samuel IRWIN on the IRWIN family farm in Proton Township. He attended S.S.#10 school.
In his younger years he helped his father on the farm along with his brothers. He very much enjoyed taking his dogs for walks to the bush and hunting and trapping. For a few years he had a truck and cut logs along with his brothers Bob and Fred and sometimes his nephews Bill and Vic. The logs were drawn to Baxter Wright's sawmill in Dundalk.
December 1950 he married his wife Marian and moved into Dundalk. At that time he had a gravel truck and opened a pit on the Fred and Irene HARGRAVE farm at Maxwell. He liked to repair his loaders and crusher and very much enjoyed his gravel business for 35 Years. Some winters were spent working with Landgon Oil Co. and for the Highway Department at Shelburne. Because of illness he retired in 1993.
The funeral was held March 8 at McMillan and Jack funeral home with interment in Maple Grove Cemetery Dundalk.
Loved and missed by wife Marian and Sharee, Denise, Tracey, Dean and families.
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IRWIN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.markdale.the_markdale_standard 2005-04-13 published
RODMAN, Jean Irene (IRWIN)
Peacefully, at her residence, Saturday April 2, 2005 Jean Irene RODMAN (IRWIN) of Markdale in her 75th year Beloved wife of Keith RODMAN. Dear mother of Patricia MacKINNON (Leslie) of Montague Prince Edward Island, Bruce (Dana) of Calgary, and Richard (Theresa) of Barrie. Lovingly remembered by thirteen grandchildren: Rob TAILOR/TAYLOR, Rachel RODMAN, Tristen RODMAN, Gene RODMAN (Christian), Cara AZEVEDO (Luke), Richard RODMAN. Sarah RODMAN, Grace RODMAN, Kate RODMAN, Mark RODMAN, Chris MacKINNON (Melissa), Stephen MacKINNON (Angie) and Michael MacKINNON, and six great grandchildren: Alicia MacKINNON, Austin MacKINNON, Andrew MacKINNON, Curtis AZEVEDO, Justin AZEVEDO, and Lily AZEVEDO. Sadly missed by sisters Marie MOWER, Belle BUCHANAN and brother Maurice IRWIN (Shirley,) and brother-in-law Bill RODMAN (lean.) Predeceased by an infant son, parents George and Mary IRWIN, son Jack, daughter-in-law Eileen, sisters Iva Mae IRWIN, Margaret FREEMAN, Dorothy FUNNELL, infant brother John, brother Harold, brothers in-law Ted, Alvin, Charlie and Everett and sister-in-law Christina RODMAN Friends called at the May Funeral Home, Markdale Tuesday April 5 2005 from 2-4: 00 and 7-9:00 p.m. A private graveside service will be held in Markdale' Cemetery at a later date If desired, donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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IRWIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-01-19 published
COBURN, Margaret Annie (née DAVIDSON)
At the Meaford Long Term Care Centre on Thursday, January 13th, 2005 in her 89th year. Margaret COBURN of Meaford and formerly of Whitehorse, daughter of the late William and Mary IRWIN) DAVIDSON of Collingwood Township. Predeceased by her husband "Pat" COBURN in 1989. Mother of Gary COBURN of Whitehorse and grandmother of Rosie and Riley of Galiano Island, British Columbia and remembered with fondness by Wendy COBURN and her daughter Laura also of Galiano Island. Loved sister of Isabel MILLS and Kathleen SCOTT of Meaford and Pearl MILLS of Markdale and remembered as a dear aunt by her many nieces and nephews and their families. A memorial funeral service will be conducted at the Albert Place Multi Purpose Room (William Street entrance) on Sunday, January 23rd, 2005 at 2: 30 p.m. with a time of fellowship and remembrances following. Committal services and interment of Margaret's cremated remains will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford at a later date. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Nursing Home Auxiliary, the Alzheimer Society or a charity of choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher Street East, Meaford N4L 1B9 (538-1320) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.
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IRWIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-06-16 published
IRWIN, Terry
Passed away at Grey Bruce Health Services Markdale, March 28, 2005. Terrance 'Terry' Hartley IRWIN of Eugenia in his 48th year. son of Phyllis IRWIN of Meaford, and Garry IRWIN of Markdale. Sadly missed sisters Sherry, Joanne, and Valerie, aunt Jean IRWIN of Eugenia, and his extended family. A graveside service will be held in Markdale Cemetery on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to May Funeral Home, Markdale.
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IRWIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-07-29 published
MacIVOR, Mary Elizabeth (ALLEN)
Born in Arcadia, Nova Scotia, passed away on Wednesday, July 27th, 2005, at the Grey Bruce Health Services, Southampton, in her 84th year, the former Mary ALLEN, of Port Elgin. Mary will be remembered by her loving husband of sixty-two years, Walter (Wally) MacIVOR. Mother of Blair RUSK, Allison GAYTON, Dale and her husband Sandy GRIEVE, and Candy and her husband Jim IRWIN. Grandmother of Cori and her husband Rick KENNEDY, Janice HAWRELAK, Linda and her husband Ren YENKO, Cara and her husband Charles WALSH, Glenda and her husband George VAN DORP, Amber GAYTON, and Kyle IRWIN and his wife Allison. Great-grandmother of Valentino IRWIN- VAN DORP and Kali YENKO. She is also survived by her brothers Bruce ALLEN and his wife Mady, George ALLEN and his wife Ginnie, and by her sister, and best friend Isabelle and her husband Lou REDDEN. Mary was a dedicated member of Southport Golf Club, an avid Blue Jay fan, a great bridge player, and a wonderful quilter and needlepoint artist. Mary thoroughly enjoyed her love of travel, travel, travel. As per Mary's request, "Remember me with love and laughter". A private service will be held for the family following cremation. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by Mary. Funeral arrangements in the care of the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 519-832-2222. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com
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IRWIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-23 published
KENNEDY, Leonard
In Meaford on Monday, November 21st, 2005. Leonard KENNEDY, of Thornbury, beloved husband of the former Eleanor IRWIN, in his 76th year. son of the late Charles Arthur and Mary Elizabeth (BROUGHTON) KENNEDY. Loved father of Brian KENNEDY and grandfather of Braden and Simone, all of Thornbury. Dear brother of Verna KENNEDY and Kenneth KENNEDY (Isabel WHITE/WHYTE,) all of Collingwood and remembered by several nieces and nephews and their families. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, in Thornbury on Wednesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services, officiated by Reverend Brian GOODINGS, will be conducted at Grace United Church in Thornbury on Thursday, November 24th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Committal service and interment at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery to follow. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-12-30 published
VIDITO, Kelly Ann - December 30, 1995
IRWIN, Vicki - January 2nd, 1996
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glint on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
For we are never apart
Always in your hearts
- Mike LADOUCEUR
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IRWIN o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-05-18 published
VROMAN, Tamara " Tammy" (née ARMSTRONG)
Mrs. Tamara (Tammy) VROMAN a resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2005 at C.K.H.A. "Sydenham Campus", in Wallaceburg at the age of 55. Tammy was born in Chatham and was a daughter of the late George ARMSTRONG and the late Hilda LABADIE. She had resided in Wallaceburg all of her life and was an employee of Solus Manufacturing in Wallaceburg. Beloved wife of Willie VROMAN. Dear mother and mother-in-law of Sherry and Pat McGUIRE of Woodstock and Cindy and Ron WATSON of Wallaceburg. Sadly missed by 5 grandchildren. Kind sister and sister-in-law of Steve ARMSTRONG, Nicole and Brent HUNTER and Georgette and Jim KADA. Daughter-in-law of Regina (Courteau) VROMAN. Dear niece of Pearl FOSTER, Loretta MARTIN, Dianne DEDRICK and Sandra IRWIN. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. The late Tamara (Tammy) VROMAN rested at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street in Wallaceburg until Monday, May 16, 2005 when funeral services were held in the chapel of the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Fr. Greg BONIN, Celebrant. Cremation to follow and the interment of ashes will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of Tamara (Tammy) VROMAN.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-06-15 published
BELANGER, Armintha " Minnie" (née KNIGHT)
Armintha "Minnie" BELANGER a life long resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2005 at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance "Sydenham Campus" in Wallaceburg, at the age of 81 years. She was born in Wallaceburg and was a daughter of the late James and Ethel (MILLER) KNIGHT. Beloved wife of the late Art BELANGER (1985.) Loving mother and mother-in-law of Carrol and Dale GILBERT of Wallaceburg, Brenda and Silvo BASIACO of Chatham and Larry BELANGER and Carolyn of Wallaceburg. Sadly missed by 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Kind sister and sister-in-law of Sarah BURRIS, Donald and Irene KNIGHT, Nancy LABADIE, Art and Janet KNIGHT and Joyce ROUGOOR. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sister Rose IRWIN, two brothers Norm KNIGHT and Clarence KNIGHT and a great grand_son Reid STERLING. The late Armintha "Minnie" BELANGER rested at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street, Wallaceburg until Saturday, June 11, 2005, when the funeral service was celebrated in the chapel of the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Reverend Jim MILLER, officiating. Flower bearers were Alyda VAN DAMME and Sandra GREGUS. Pall bearers were Terry STERLING, Crystal MITCHELL, Mario BASIACO, Steven BASIACO, Paul BELANGER and Ryan BELANGER. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. As an expression of sympathy donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in the Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of Armintha "Minnie" BELANGER.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-14 published
IRWIN, Garnet " Ross"
Garnet "Ross" of Saint Thomas, on Saturday, February 12, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Audrey (GEE) IRWIN and dearly loved father of Debra "Deb" VOSBOURGH of Woodstock and Ruth and her husband Bill WARREN of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by a daughter Louise IRWIN and by a sister Dorene McKENZIE. Much loved grandfather of Debbie and Jason HOMAN, Bill WARREN, Becky and Tyler BRADSHAW and great grandfather of Ashton James BRADSHAW. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Ross was born in Toronto, on November 2, 1922, the son of the late Cecil WELLINGTON and Lorene IRWIN. He lived most of his life in Saint Thomas and worked over 25 years at Timken and then worked at Thermodisc. He served overseas in the Army during World War 2 and was an avid golfer. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the charity of choice.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-15 published
IRWIN, Garnet " Ross"
Garnet "Ross" of Saint Thomas, on Saturday, February 12, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Audrey (GEE) IRWIN and dearly loved father of Deborah "Deb" VOSBOURGH of Woodstock and Ruth and her husband Bill WARREN of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by a daughter Louise IRWIN and by a sister Dorene McKENZIE. Much loved grandfather of Debbie and Jason HOMAN, Bill WARREN, Becky and Tyler BRADSHAW and great grandfather of Ashton James BRADSHAW. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Ross was born in Toronto, on November 2, 1922, the son of the late Cecil WELLINGTON and Lorene IRWIN. He lived most of his life in Saint Thomas and worked over 25 years at Timken and then worked at Thermodisc. He served overseas in the Army during World War 2. and was an avid golfer. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the charity of choice.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-11 published
IRWIN, Barry Ross
At Clinton Public Hospital on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 after a valiant battle with cancer, Barry Ross IRWIN of Clinton in his 58th year. Youngest son of the late Emmerson IRWIN and the late Rachel IRWIN of Lucknow. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his sisters Wilda McMAHON of Saint Thomas, Donna CLARKE of Kincardine, Shirley (Mike) DENEIRE of Atlantis, Florida and brothers Ellwood (Joan) of Guelph and Al (Mary) of Newmarket. Also remembered by many nieces, nephews and long time Friends. Predeceased by sisters Elaine, Margaret, and Maxine (Maize) and by brother Russell and a brother in infancy. Respecting Barry's wishes there will be no visitation. Spring interment Clinton Cemetery. Donations appreciated to yourself. Feast on your life. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd., Clinton.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-22 published
IRWIN, Robert Willard
Robert Willard IRWIN, formerly of Bayfield, currently residing in Cambridge passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on March 21, 2005, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Survived by beloved wife, Jeannine DAOUST, also of Cambridge, mother Milyena STURGEON, son Robert W. IRWIN (Melody), Sandy ERICKSON (Del), Andrew ERICKSON, Luanne VAN BEERS (Paul), Lydia ERICKSON- KOYLE, grandchildren Faythe Elayne and Robert Wylie, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by beloved step-father E. Walter ERICKSON, Uncle Glen STURGEON, dear friend, Harold SMITH. Memorial visitation will be held at T. Little Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 223 Maine Street East, Cambridge (623-1290), on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. in the funeral chapel. Cremation to follow. Interment at Bayfield Cemetery. Sympathy donations can be made to your local chapter of the Humane Society or Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Special thanks go to the 5th floor Palliative Care/Oncology Ward, nurses, doctors and staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-03 published
Car hits tree killing driver, 20
Free Press staff
A 20-year-old Woodstock man was killed yesterday when his vehicle veered off a road in Norwich Township and struck a tree, police said. Todd Edward IRWIN was travelling alone about 11: 40 a.m. and no other vehicles were involved, Oxford Community Police said.
IRWIN was driving west on Patullo Avenue in Norwich when he lost control of the vehicle. Police said he died at the scene.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-18 published
IRWIN, Helen Margaret (née FEICK)
Mrs. Helen Margaret IRWIN, age 88 of Stratford passed away at the Stratford General Hospital on Saturday April 16, 2005. Born in South Easthope Township, daughter of the late Lawrence FEICK and the former Lily DOERR. Helen worked at Perth Insurance Company from 1961-1981. She was a member of Parkview United Church, and was and avid card player and enjoyed bowling at Bowl Mor Lanes.
Beloved wife of the late Glen (Skin) IRWIN who predeceased her in May 1971. Loving mother of Douglas IRWIN and wife Joanne of Brampton, Maxine ROBBINS and husband Don of Stratford and Patricia DUNCAN and husband William of Embro. Cherished grandmother of Lisa SYMONS, Scott DUNCAN and Denise CLARK, Nancy ROBBINS, Robert DUNCAN and Angela, Lynn Robbins WHITE/WHYTE and Mark, Tina CLARKE and Rev. Michael CLARKE and Joseph DUNCAN. Lovingly remembered by eight Great grandchildren. Also survived by a brother Harold FEICK of Stratford. Predeceased by a brother Norval FEICK and a sister Shirley McCULLOUGH. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Monday April 18 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Reverend Gary CLARK will officiate. Interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Parkview United Church or the Palliative Care Unit of the Stratford General Hospital through the funeral home.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-23 published
PALMER, Elizabeth " Beth" Eileen (née IRWIN)
Elizabeth (Beth) Eileen PALMER, (née IRWIN), in London on Friday, April 22, 2005, at age 91. Predeceased by her husband Reginald Andrew (1998) and her son John Robert (1945). Dear mother of Catherine LITTLEJOHN, James PALMER and Jane TASKER and affectionate mother-in-law to Hewett LITTLEJOHN, Elizabeth PALMER and Peter TASKER. Beth's love of travel and education lives on in her grandchildren Robert (husband to Catherine GLYNN,) James (husband to Catherine BOWER), Elizabeth and Mary Catherine LITTLEJOHN, Michael John and Alexis PALMER, Rory and Jessica TASKER and in her greatgrandchildren, Cayley, Cameron and Riley LITTLEJOHN of Burlington and William, David and Andrew LITTLEJOHN of Barrie.
Beth's sense of adventure led her to explore places from Albania to Zambia including a camera safari in Africa and the witnessing of Paul Henderson's famous goal in Russia. Beth was actively involved in the London community over many years: as a volunteer fundraiser for the creation of the London Girls' Group Home, as Speakers' Chairman for the Women's Canadian Club of London, and as President of the Salvation Army's Children's Village Volunteer Committee. She was a member of the Volunteer Committee to Museum London, The London Club and The London Hunt and Country Club. Deeply committed to Women's Rights, Beth wrote a book on Emily Murphy, and also co-authored a play on this Canadian judge who spearheaded The Persons Act granting Canadian women equal rights in 1928. Her research materials on Emily Murphy are copyrighted and have been given to The University of Alberta archives for the benefit of students and the people of Canada. Friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond. A memorial service will be conducted at St. James Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Askin Street, on Monday, April 25 at 11: 00 a.m., Archdeacon Kenneth ANDERSON presiding. Private cremation and interment at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Boys' and Girls' Club of London, 184 Horton Street, London, Ontario N6B 1K8.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-28 published
IRWIN, John Alexander " Jack"
At Seaforth Manor on Tuesday, April 26, 2005, Mr. John Alexander (Jack) IRWIN of Clinton in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Joyce (LUSK) IRWIN. Loving father of Barbara and Edward GRESHAM of Mississauga, John and Janis IRWIN of Grimsby, Glenn and Rosemary IRWIN of Ottawa and William and Trudy IRWIN of Salford. Loved and sadly missed by 11 grandchildren Jennifer and Iain DEANS, Christine GRESHAM, Mark, Philip, Ryan, Simona, Bridget, Marilyn, Christopher, Craig and Kelsey IRWIN. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Ross and Norma IRWIN of Norwood, Wilbert and Beatrice IRWIN of Brighton, Norman and Ann IRWIN of Stratford, Marjorie BELL of Ottawa, Ada and Robert KNAPTON of Brampton and Evelyn IRWIN of Bobcaygen. Predeceased by 3 sisters Iva ZULAK, Ella RYAN and Zetta IRWIN and 4 brothers Bruce, Oscar, George and Carl IRWIN and by sisters and brothers-in-law Ethel and Edith IRWIN and Charles BELL, Aloysius RYAN and William ZULAK. Friends will be received at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd., 153 High Street, Clinton, Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and one hour prior to funeral service on Friday, April 29, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Clinton Cemetery. Donations to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, Ontario Street United Church or Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-03 published
WOOD, L. Jean (née STEWARD/STEWART/STUART)
At Caressant Care, Woodstock on Wednesday, June 1, 2005. L. Jean WOOD (née STEWARD/STEWART/STUART) of Heron Landing and formerly of Curries and Glencairn Ave., Woodstock in her 64th year. Beloved wife of Donald A. WOOD. Dear mother of Michael WOOD of R.R.#1 Bright, Elayne WOOD- LAUERSEN and her husband Evan of Embro and Keith WOOD of Guelph. Loved grandmother of Thomas IRWIN, Kristin WOOD, Riley WOOD, Ramsey WOOD, Kelsey LAUERSEN, Stephanie LAUERSEN and Graeme LAUERSEN. Dear sister of Keith "Stu" STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and his wife Marjorie of Airdrie, Alberta and Diane STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of Woodstock. Jean was predeceased by her grand_son Todd IRWIN (2005.) A memorial gathering of Friends and family will be held to celebrate Jean's life at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #55, Woodstock, 576 Brant Street, on Saturday, June 4, 2005 from 2-5 p.m. Burial later in the Hillview Cemetery. Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital Building Fund or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would be appreciated and may be arranged through the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, Woodstock (539-0004). Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-11 published
FORBES, Margaret Patterson
Peacefully at Exeter Villa on Saturday July 9, 2005. Margaret Patterson FORBES, formerly of Thamesford, in her 100th year. Beloved wife of the late George FORBES (1993.) Dear mother of Robert (Dorothy) FORBES, Mary (John) Baker, Marjorie (Bill) I rwin and predeceased by one son James (the late Doris) FORBES. Proud grandmother of Karen, Donald, Stephen and Douglas (FORBES,) Ann and Kathy (BAKER), Frances, Bill, Chris and Rachel (IRWIN), and Brenda, Ron and the late Margaret "Margie" (FORBES.) Also loved by 29 greatgrandchildren and 2 great-greatgrandchildren. Friends may call at the Harland B. Betzner Funeral Home, 177 Dundas Street, Thamesford on Monday from 7-9 p.m. where Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 12, at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend Sarah FANNING officiating. Interment Zion 7th Line Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be given to Westminster United Church.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-17 published
FERGUSON, Mary Ellen (née FIFE)
Mary Ellen of Valleyview Home, Saint Thomas, on Friday, July 15, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 67th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Garry FERGUSON (2002.) Dearly loved mother of Ken BAKER of Brantford, Barry and his wife Erin FERGUSON of Oakville, Ann and her husband Allan AKINS of London, and loved daughter-in-law of Dawn BAKER of Brantford. Predeceased by 2 sons Dwight and Daniel. Loved grandmother of Tammy, Lloyd, Dalton, Ryan, Sean, Brent, Lisa, Christie, Matt and Rob. Dear sister of Audrey DENNY, Marion and her husband Syd GILCHRIST, Margaret and her husband Larry ABEL, all of Saint Thomas, Donna VIRAG of Fingal and Jean and her husband Bill IRWIN of St. Williams. Predeceased by sister Verna DONALDSON and Patricia McMENEMY. Sadly missed by a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary Ellen was born October 1, 1937 in Saint Thomas the daughter of the late Wilfrid and Dorothy (HARRIS) FIFE. She worked for Northern Telecom and the Arbour Glenn Day Nursery. Resting at the Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Visitation Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-30 published
IRWIN, Maureen (October 7, 1934-July 30, 2002)
Your presence is ever near us,
Your love remains with us yet,
You were the kind of mother,
Your children will never forget
Love Kevin, Jeff, Pat and Aryn

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-01 published
LOW/LOWE/LOUGH, Patricia Y. (née IRWIN)
At London Health Sciences Centre-University Hospital on Friday, July 29, 2005, Patricia Y. LOW/LOWE/LOUGH (née IRWIN) of Wellington Street North in Woodstock in her 66th year. Survived by her husband Wesley LOW/LOWE/LOUGH, her children Andrea PELANT (Samuel,) Craig NOBLE (Lindsey,) Iain LOW/LOWE/LOUGH (Kathryn,) and Michelle NOBLE, by her grandchildren Barrett, Owen, Hannah, Hamish and Clare, her brothers William IRWIN (Marjorie) and Dennis IRWIN (Janette.) Predeceased by her sister Maureen. Friends and relatives may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, (539-0004) on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. where the memorial service will be held in the chapel Thursday at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Richard HOLM officiating. Contributions to the Crohns and Colitis Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-28 published
McCALLUM, Jean (formerly MUNRO, née SMITH)
Formerly of London and Etobicoke, died peacefully at Fairfield Park, Wallaceburg, on Thursday, October 27, 2005. Born in North Dorchester Township 95 years ago, daughter of the late David SMITH and Minnie McLACHLIN. Predeceased by her first husband George MUNRO and second husband Don McCALLUM. Dear mother of Ian MUNRO of Toronto, Janet MUNRO of Toronto, Susan MUNRO and her husband Bruce NELSON of Chatham. Loving grandmother of Jacqueline NELSON, Emily NELSON, Eric NELSON and Sarah IRWIN. Cherished sister of Catharine DANIELS of Ingersoll and Eleanor DENT of Oakville. Family and Friends will be received at the Bowman Funeral Home, 4 Victoria Avenue, Chatham, (519-352-2390) for visitation on Saturday, October 29, from 2-4 p.m. and where the funeral service wil be conducted on Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Expressions of sympathy to Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences can be made at www.obituareistoday.com

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-25 published
GODFREY, Janet Louise (née IRWIN)
Peacefully at home with her family on November 22, 2005 Mrs. Janet Louise GODFREY of Port Stanley in her 56th year. Beloved wife of Marvin. Adored mother of Bobbi-Lynn GODFREY, Carrie-Lee GODFREY and Crystal-Dawn GODFREY. Daughter of Mary IRWIN and the late Keith IRWIN. Cherished sister of Thery and Brian KING and Nancy and Douglas LANGS, aunt of Tami and Jeff WILDER, Tara LESAVVAGE, Sarah FERGUSSON, and James FERGUSSON. Janet will be missed by her Granddogs Rolo, Bella, Diesel, and Senner. As per Jan's request there will be a private service for her family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Saint Thomas Animal Aid Dog Fund. "We love you now and always".

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-07 published
FICKLING, Mary " Molly" (IRWIN)
At Kensington Village, London on Monday, December 6th, 2005, Mary "Molly" (IRWIN) FICKLING of London in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Arthur "Art" FICKLING. Dear mother of Dave FICKLING and his wife Patricia and Fred FICKLING and his wife Sheila all of London. Dear sister of Muriel PODMORE of London. Predeceased by her sister Edith TUTHILL. Loving grandmother of Brad FICKLING and his wife Kimberly; Deborah BOEHLER and her husband Brad Scott FICKLING and Allison FICKLING all of London; and Doug FICKLING and his wife Sandra of Waterloo, also loved by her great-grandchildren Melissa, Tom, Bill BRADEN, Sheldon, Nicholas and Samantha. Aunt Molly will be lovingly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. "Molly" was a Charter and Life Member and Past Matron of Star of the Nile Chapter No. 308 Order of the Eastern Star Nilestown. Special thanks to the staff and volunteers at Kensington Village, Dr. William PAYNE and Chaplain Maureen DWYER for their care and kindness. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Friday, December 9th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Brian McKAY of Church of St. Andrew Memorial officiating. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. An Eastern Star service under the auspices of Star of the Nile Chapter No. 308 Nilestown will be held at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 7 o'clock. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association, 480 Egerton Street, London, Ontario N5W 3Z6 or to the charity of your choice. (Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca).

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-14 published
SEAGER, Marguerite A.
Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Monday, December 12th, 2005, Marguerite A. SEAGER of London and formerly of Toronto in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Harry SEAGER (1994.) Loving mother and dear friend of Carolynne HOARE and her husband Jim of London. Also survived by her sisters Bernice SPARKES of Peterborough and Muriel PAYNE of Largo, Florida. Greatly missed by her life long beloved best friend May IRWIN of London. Thank you to the nursing staff at Craigwiel Gardens for their love and care given to Marguerite over the last 2 years. A special thank you to Dr. A. WHYNOT and the 2nd floor nursing staff of Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, you helped to ease the emotional pain during a very difficult time. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, December 16, 2005 at 11 a.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Marguerite are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-28 published
PAPERNICK, Jean (née RITCHIE)
In her 94th year, peacefully passed away at Huronview Nursing Home on December 26, 2005. Daughter of the late Ida and William RITCHIE, she was the loving wife of the late Ivan PAPERNICK and loving mother to Larry (Susan FRIEST) and unconditionally to her first born Frances. Jean also touched the lives of her close family members, which include: Her sisters, Elsie (predeceased Robert IRWIN,) Daisy (predeceased Elmer WALL) and Violet (Jim SMITH;) Her brothers, predeceased Harvey RITCHIE (Betty) and predeceased Eldon RITCHIE (Madeline;) and granddaughter Simone PAPERNICK. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and Friends. Jean practiced as a Registered Nurse until she met her husband, at which time they opened a ladies store in Goderich - the Fashion Shoppe. Jean was a passionate nurse and fervently committed to taking care of her family and Friends all her life. She was an avid duplicate bridge player, enjoyed her golf outings and was very active in the church and other charitable organizations. Jean was unconditionally devoted to her mentally challenged daughter Frances. The special bond between them will live on forever. Jean will be fondly remembered by her very caring nature, kindness and strength of character that allowed her to overcome many obstacles with grace and dignity. By Jean's written request there will be no funeral home visitation. Cremation. A service of remembrance will be held at North Street United Church, Goderich on Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 1 o'clock. Donations to Community Living Central Huron gratefully acknowledged. McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Goderich, 519-524-7345.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-11-29 published
GODFREY, Janet Louise (née IRWIN)
Peacefully, at home, with her family, on November 22, 2005, Mrs. Janet Louise GODFREY of Port Stanley, in her 56th year. Beloved wife of Marvin. Adored mother of Bobbi-Lynn GODFREY, Carrie-Lee GODFREY, and Crystal-Dawn GODFREY. Daughter of Mary IRWIN and the late Keith IRWIN. Cherished sister of Thery and Brian KING and Nancy and Douglas LANGS. Aunt of Tami and Jeff WILDER, Tara LESAVVAGE, Sarah FERGUSSON, and James FERGUSSON. Janet will be missed by her grand-dogs Rolo, Bella, Diesel, and Senner. As per Jans request, there will be a private service for her family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Thomas Animal Aid Dog Fund. We love you now and always.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2005-02-16 published
LOVE, Doris
Peacefully at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 90 year of age. Beloved wife of the late Floyd LOVE. Loving mother of Lynda (Paul) JONES, Gwen (Warren) ASTON, and Tricia (Mark) IRWIN. Dear grandmother of 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Dear sister of the late Wray (Vie) CARSCADDEN. Friends called at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe Rd., Bradford (1-800-209-4803) for visitation on Saturday, February 12, 2005 from 3 p.m. until time of service in the Chapel at 4 p.m. Spring interment at Stayner Union Cemetery. Donations to the Hospital for Sick Children or to the Central Avenue United Church, Fort Erie would be appreciated.
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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-11 published
INGLIS, John William
Passed away at Casey House of Hospice in Toronto on January 8, 2005. John will be remembered by his partner of 14 years, Ron MERKO and their cat Puss, his brother Bruce INGLIS and wife Dayle (Badjeros, Ontario,) his sister Mearle IRWIN and husband Wayne (Schomberg, Ontario,) his brother Reverend Glenn INGLIS and wife Linda (Vancouver, British Columbia,) his cousin Bill AITCHISON, his nieces and nephews and his many dear Friends. John was predeceased by his mother Eileen INGLIS in 1982 and his father Lindsay INGLIS in 1988. John was a valedictorian at Grey Highland Secondary School and was an Honors Graduate from Queen's University. John will be missed by his colleagues and Friends from his employment over the years at Viva Zapata, Flowers and Margot and Jannsen Ortho-Biotech. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (south of Wellesley) on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. John's funeral service will be officiated by Reverend Richard FEE at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at 73 Simcoe Street in Toronto on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. An additional memorial service will be held for the community where John grew up at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Maple Valley at 2: 00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2005. John will be buried in the spring beside his parents in the South Line Cemetery at Badjeros, Ontario. At John's request, remembrances can be made through the funeral home to the benefit of Casey House Hospice, The 519 Church Street Community Centre and the Toronto Humane Society.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-07 published
LAIRD, Robert Warring " Big Rob"
"Larger than life" Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, on Friday, February 4, 2005, in his 55th year, following a brief, sudden illness. Beloved husband and best friend of Mary for the past 31 years. Cherished and devoted father of Robbie and his wife Gillian, Colin and Heather. son of the late Bill and Trudy LAIRD; nephew of Edward and Frances BEST. Special son-in-law of Bill and the late Helen IRWIN. Dear brother of Bill and the late Kathie AVERY. Wonderful brother-in-law to Peggy, Jane, Don, Teresa and Ross. Loving "Uncle Rob" to Laird, Tricia, Shannon, Will, Meaghan, Kirsten, Graeme, Tessa, Keith, D'Arcy and Marian. Dedicated teacher (Henry Hudson S.P.S.), friend, mentor, volunteer and neighbour. Expert gravy and backyard-rink maker. Rob had a wonderful, larger-than-life sense of humour and a passion for his wife, kids, Friends, family and community. He loved photography, gardening, golf, woodworking, and the occasional beer. Thank you to the gentle and caring staff at North York General Hospital who cared for Rob and all his visitors. Friends and family will be received at Jerrett Funeral Home - North York Chapel, 6191 Yonge Street (2 lights south of Steeles), on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Big Rob's life will be held on Tuesday at Saint John's York Mills Anglican (19 Don Ridge Drive, North York), at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-28 published
Karl RENNER, Aristocrat And Broadcaster: 1917-2005
Grandson of modern Austria's first chancellor, he came to Canada as an 'enemy alien' and stayed to broadcast propaganda to Germany. Later, he worked for Radio Canada International
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Monday, February 28, 2005 - Page S6
Toronto -- Karl RENNER never meant to come to Canada. He was sent here at the start of war as an internee, an "enemy alien" kept behind barbed wire in one of several camps for Germans and Austrians, many of them Jews, who were living in England when the Second World War broke out in 1939.
Although not a vengeful man, Mr. RENNER did get back at the Nazis. He later helped to create Canadian war propaganda, German-language radio broadcasts aimed at sowing doubts in the German population, and stayed on for most of 65 years.
The Nazi race laws were one of the reasons Karl RENNER and part of his family fled to England. The other was that they couldn't abide living under Nazi rule. Although his father had been a practising Protestant, the Nazis classified him as Jewish. "As far as the Nazis were concerned, he was Jewish," said Frances ASHLEY, Mr. RENNER's sister. The classification applied to his son, too.
In May, 1940, the British didn't have time to decide who was a threat and who wasn't. They put them all in internment camps, such as on the Isle of Man, and then shipped them to Canada. "The British panicked," said broadcaster and writer Eric KOCH who went to England from Germany in the mid-1930s. "We were interned by the British and sent to Canada."
Both men spent about two years in "enemy alien" camps. Later, Mr. RENNER would joke that although they were given the same rations as men in the Canadian Army, they ate better. The chef from the Ritz in London was among the detainees at his camp at Farnham in Quebec's Eastern Townships.
The internees arrived in May, 1940, and settled down to life behind the wire. Soon, however, Ottawa questioned whether they should be treated as prisoners of war and in mid-1941 reclassified them as refugees. The government also realized they could be useful. Some, like Mr. RENNER, were given a chance to work.
He spent a short time at the spy school at Camp X outside Toronto where he polished his propaganda skills. From 1943 on, Mr. RENNER and others wrote and broadcast propaganda aimed at the German population in a unit with the ominous name of the Psychological Warfare Committee. The Canadian Censorship Board also asked Mr. RENNER and many others to translate letters to and from some of the 32,000 German prisoners of war held in camps in Canada. What they gleaned was often used to advantage in their radio broadcasts. The service began transmission during Christmas, "What distinguished the German-language material was that it was prepared by very bright persons who understood German, could empathize with the German population as well as the prisoners," wrote Arthur SIEGEL in his History of Radio Canada International. "Karl RENNER, the Censorship's Board's contributor to psychological warfare, had himself been an internee when he first arrived in this country, although he was a refugee from the Nazis."
Even 10 years after the war, Canadian officials glossed over the treatment given to Germans and Austrians who had fled the Nazis. "A native of Vienna, Karl came to Canada in 1940 and worked for a time with the National War Services in Ottawa," read the announcement when Mr. RENNER was named a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation International Service, implying he arrived as a happy immigrant.
Karl RENNER was a man of polished manners and a sharp wit, a product of a privileged childhood in Vienna and a direct connection to the culture of central Europe. In Canada, where he lived for most of the past 65 years, he was always the life of the party.
He loved his connection to European socialist aristocracy. "We don't have to work, we're socialists," was a favourite throwaway line. And he had a string of them.
"He had beautiful manners, spoke several languages and was a beautiful dancer," recalled Joan IRWIN, a retired journalist who knew him in Ottawa and Montreal. "He was very aware of his family background. He lived two-thirds in the present and one-third in the past."
Karl RENNER's socialist connection came through his maternal grandfather, Karl RENNER, the first Chancellor of the Republic of Austria. He was born Karl RENNER- DEUTSCH (his father, Hans DEUTSCH, had hyphenated the two names) in Vienna in 1917. The year of his birth shaped his life. The Austro Hungarian Empire was at war with Britain, Canada and the rest of the Empire, France and Italy and soon the United States. When it ended, so did the Empire that stretched from parts of Poland in the north to Trieste and the Adriatic in the south, covering 11 ethnic groups. Vienna went from being the centre of a polyglot empire of 50 million people to being the capital of a poor man's Switzerland with just three million people.
Karl RENNER, grandfather of the man who has just died in Ottawa, was the son of a Moravian peasant and a prominent socialist politician, first elected to Parliament in 1907. In her book, Paris 1919, University of Toronto historian Margaret MacMILLAN details how Karl RENNER, who was leader of a peace delegation at Versailles, used his charm to save chunks of land for the new Austria. "Karl RENNER, a cheerful, portly man, fond of good food and drink, card games and dancing," was how Ms. MacMILLAN described the Austrian chancellor.
By all accounts, it also described his grand_son, Karl RENNER, who had long since dropped both the hyphen and his father's name. Big-picture politics continued to shape young Karl RENNER's life. When that other Austrian, Adolf HITLER, took over his native country in 1938, young Karl RENNER fled to England. His grandfather remained in Vienna under a kind of house arrest throughout the war and re-surfaced in 1945 to help Austria maintain its delicate balance between the Soviet Union and the West.
In England, the grand_son of the old Austrian Chancellor was a social hit. His dancing skills made him a favourite at balls his Austrian airs added a cosmopolitan sparkle, helped out by anti-Nazi views.
After his internment and then freedom in Canada, Mr. RENNER returned to London and worked for an oil company, travelling across Europe. In 1948-1950 he worked for the International Refuge Organization in Italy. During his time in Europe he maintained his Canadian connection, making freelance radio reports to the International Service.
In the mid 1960s, he returned to Montreal to serve as public-relations officer for the service. By then, the Cold War was at its height and much of the service was broadcasting to the Soviet Union.
Mr. RENNER's ambition was to become head of the department but worried his connection to a famous socialist family might have done in him. "Socialism and communism were seen as closely related during the Cold War," said his wife, Juliet HARRISON. Some of his Friends thought he was thwarted, in part by his own louche image.
"He loved to give the appearance of never working very hard," said Mr. KOCH. His old friend Joan IRWIN remembered that Al Johnson, the Saskatchewan-born president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, was not fond of the smooth Karl RENNER.
"Al Johnson thought Karl was frivolous," said Ms. IRWIN. And, in many ways, he was. Years of diplomatic parties gave him a weakness for drink. One of his affectations was to carry a silver flask filled with vodka. Eventually, one by one, he gave up his vices.
Some time in the mid-1970s, Karl RENNER moved to Ottawa. He loved it there. The Austrian embassy treated him as a near deity and he was invited to many receptions. Recently, the current ambassador paid him a visit.
He visited Austria often, staying with his mother at the family home near Vienna. When his mother died, the house was dedicated to his grandfather and made into the Renner Museum.
Karl RENNER was born in Vienna on February 7, 1917. He died in Ottawa on January 26, 2005. He was 87.
He is survived by his wife and by a sister who lives in California.
He asked that some of his ashes be buried beside his parents in Austria, and the rest spread at Lake Memphramagog in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-02 published
IRWIN, Katherine Elizabeth (née SMITH)
Beloved wife, sister and friend, mother of Joan, Mark and Pat, proud grandmother of Matthew. Died quite suddenly after a long decline borne with grace and dignity, aged 88. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Kaye's life will occur at a future date. Donations to the Parkinson's Foundation greatly appreciated by the family.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-21 published
WILKINSON, Dorothy (née GRIFFITH)
Mrs. Dorothy Anne WILKINSON, age 86, of Hillside Manor R.R.#5, Stratford, passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday, March 11, 2005. Born in Bexhill, England, daughter of the late Charles GRIFFITH and the former Beatrice HORSFALL. Dorothy grew up in Estevan, Saskatchewan, then, having married Ron, travelled the world. Beloved wife of the late Ronald John WILKINSON Lt. Col. (Ret.), who predeceased her on May 6, 2002. Loving mother of Judith Anne WILKINSON of San Francisco and Bruce WILKINSON and wife Darlene IRWIN of Stratford. Cherished grandmother of John WILKINSON of Waterloo. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 5T7 on Wednesday, March 23 from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Major Arthur CREIGHTON (Ret.) will officiate. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or to a charity of one's choice through the funeral home (519) 271-7411.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-30 published
SCHELL, Catherine McGillivray (née IRWIN)
At her home, 'Inverlynn', Whitby on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 in her 88th year. Wife of Herbert Robson SCHELL. Mother of Katherine "Katie" of Whitby, Peter (Jane) of Kingston, Andrew (Margaret-Elizabeth) of Whitby, and Malcom of Pickering. Grandmother of Catherine Tamara BEST (Charles ORCHARD), Adam, Sarah, Aaron, Natalie, Cedric, and Daniel SCHELL. Great-grandmother of Renée Katherine ORCHARD. Survived by her brothers John (Pat) of Marlborough, England and Peter (Joyce) of Agassiz, British Columbia. Predeceased by brothers Herbert Edward "Ward", and David M. IRWIN. The family will receive Friends at the W.C. Town Funeral Chapel, 110 Dundas Street East, Whitby (905-668-3410) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Services will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Chruch (209 Cochrane Street, Whitby) on Friday, April 1, 2005 at 4 p.m. with visitation at the Church from 3 to 4 p.m. Cremation followed by interment at Union Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-01 published
SCHELL, Catherine McGillivray (née IRWIN)
At her home, 'Inverlynn', Whitby on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 in her 88th year. Wife of Herbert Robson SCHELL. Mother of Katherine "Katie" of Whitby, Peter (Jane) of Kingston, Andrew (Margaret-Elizabeth) of Whitby, and Malcom of Pickering. Grandmother of Catherine Tamara BEST (Charles ORCHARD), Adam, Sarah, Aaron, Natalie, Cedric, and Daniel SCHELL. Great-grandmother of Renée Katherine ORCHARD. Survived by her brothers John (Pat) of Marlborough, England and Peter (Joyce) of Agassiz, British Columbia. Predeceased by brothers Herbert Edward "Ward", and David M. IRWIN. The family will receive Friends at the W.C. Town Funeral Chapel, 110 Dundas Street East, Whitby (905-668-3410) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Services will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Chruch (209 Cochrane Street, Whitby) on Friday, April 1, 2005 at 4 p.m. with visitation at the Church from 3 to 4 p.m. Cremation followed by interment at Union Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-05 published
Katherine Elizabeth Smith IRWIN
By Pat IRWIN, Tuesday, April 5, 2005, Page A20
Wife, mother, sister, friend. Born July 19, 1916, in Bay City, Michigan. Died February 28, in Toronto, of natural causes, aged Not so long ago, there was a generation that understood a gracious life, and when we lose one of its members, like my mom, we lose a little more of what makes life a bit smoother, gentler, more elegant.
Mom's generation understood things like good manners, thank-you notes, white gloves and demitasses.
I'm not exactly sure when it happened, but civility has disappeared from our society.
We all know about road rage, close calls with an sport utility vehicle driven by a Starbucks-swilling, cellphone-talking driver, poor service by indifferent sales clerks -- and don't even think about letting the kids walk to school on their own, much less play outside " 'til the streetlights come on."
Mom grew up in Hamilton within the Gillies clan, a large, close-knit bunch with their own traditions: Labour Day picnics, mince pie and hard sauce at Christmas, and the "Gillies-goodbye" that has in-laws pawing the ground in frustration. It was a stable and happy environment.
She lived in a sorority-house atmosphere with her mother, two sisters and a travelling-salesman father who had to beg to gain access to his own bathroom.
The bond forged among those three sisters is nothing short of phenomenal, tested by time, distance and illness, and never wavering I know my aunts mourn not only their big sister, but part of themselves as well.
Mom's generation was well acquainted with the things we Boomers are only now having to face -- death, war, economic hardship and understood the sustaining power of faith.
She planned, cooked and served a balanced meal, in the dining room with the best silver, even on weeknights, and even the kid's table at Christmas had a lace cloth and brass candlesticks.
Mom was not entirely a saint -- she could slam kitchen cupboards like a storm trooper, freeze you the famous Smith glare, and possessed a large supply of blackened oven mitts, scorched when flung on the hot burner in the flurry of summoning her suddenly-scattered family for dinner. We all learned to snap to it on her shape-up-or-ship-out phrase: "Are you not feeling well?"
Growing up in the 1960s, we thought being ladylike was yucky, and being a homemaker a pathetic waste of time and talent. I have to confess that in the throes of a stressful career, I sometimes felt disdain for my mother's easy suburban life. And, of course, the older I get, the more I appreciate my mother's skills and talents. It was much more than tuna casseroles and church bazaars. Was it really less hectic in those days, or did they just make it look easy?
Mom made a wonderful home for Dad and for us, but also made time to nurture her Friendships, and she has reaped the rewards. All those Friends kept in close touch until her last days -- as Emily Dickinson said, the least fan stirred by a friend's hand cools like the rain -- and we thank all of those Friends for the happiness they gave her. There truly was never a day that she did not know she was surrounded by love.
So, although I was there for all the surgeries, the emergency rooms, the wheelchairs and the tears, I choose to recall another time. I see a pretty lady in a pastel dress and an Easter hat, laughing with her Friends in the parking lot of First United Church, as the kids gather allergenic bouquets of dandelions.
A time when everything was possible, and life was full of wonder and grace.
Pat IRWIN is Katherine's daughter.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-29 published
PALMER, Elizabeth "Beth" Eileen Palmer (née IRWIN)
In London on Friday, April 22, 2005, at age 91. Predeceased by her husband Reginald Andrew (1998) and her son John Robert (1945). Dear mother of Catherine LITTLEJOHN, James PALMER and Jane TASKER and affectionate mother-in-law to Hewett LITTLEJOHN, Elizabeth PALMER and Peter TASKER. Beth's love of travel and education lives on in her grandchildren Robert (husband to Catherine GLYNN,) James (husband to Catherine BOWER), Elizabeth and Mary Catherine LITTLEJOHN, Michael John and Alexis PALMER, Rory and Jessica TASKER and in her great-grandchildren, Cayley, Cameron and Riley LITTLEJOHN of Burlington and William, David and Andrew LITTLEJOHN of Barrie. Beth's sense of adventure led her to explore places from Albania to Zambia including a camera safari in Africa and the witnessing of Paul Henderson's famous goal in Russia. Beth was actively involved in the London community over many years: as a volunteer fundraiser for the creation of the London Girls' Group Home, as Speakers' Chairman for the Women's Canadian Club of London, and as President of the Salvation Army's Children's Village Volunteer Committee. She was a member of the Volunteer Committee to Museum London, The London Club and The London Hunt and Country Club. Deeply committed to Women's Rights, Beth wrote a book on Emily Murphy, and also co-authored a play on this Canadian judge who spearheaded The Persons Act granting Canadian women equal rights in 1928. Her research materials on Emily Murphy are copyrighted and have been given to The University of Alberta archives for the benefit of students and the people of Canada. A memorial service was conducted at St. James Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Askin Street, on Monday, April 25 at 11: 00 a.m. Archdeacon Kenneth ANDERSON presided. Private cremation and interment at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Boys' and Girls' Club of London, 184 Horton Street, London, Ontario N6B 1K8. (James A. Harris Funeral Home, London)

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-04 published
METIVIER, Jill
Unexpectedly, at home in Toronto, on May 2, 2005, in her 74th year. Devoted mother of Nicholas (Boxer) and Michelle; mother-in-law of Ingrid and Mike. Cherished 'Grandma Jill' to Charlotte and Emma; Dear younger sister of John 'Pat' IRWIN. Jill will be deeply missed by her many Friends in England and Canada. Friends are invited to join Jill's family for a celebration of her life at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King Street West, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8th. Private cremation and interment at the Toronto Necropolis. Donations in Jill's memory may be made to The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation where Jill was a dedicated volunteer.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-06 published
HESS, Eleanor (née IRWIN) (1922-2005)
Passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 after a month's stay at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Frederick, her husband of 58 years, her children Peter (Janice), Elizabeth (Chris) McNAUGHT, Susan, Stephen (Linda), and Catherine (John) HENNIGAR. Much loved grandmother of Marina, Andrea, Alexandra, Nicholas, Caroline, Tia, Jasmine, Arielle, Benjamin, Ross and Jeff. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10 N of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday, May 9, 2005 at 1 p.m. Private interment Springcreek Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Trillium Health Centre Foundation.
"Weep not for me, you see
I have had a long and full life,
loving relatives and Friends to keep me company and give me joy,
and now my spirit has gone above,
to wait in peace for those I love.'

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-06 published
FINTA, Doris (formerly WALLACE)
Peacefully, at the Brant Centre in Burlington on June 4, 2005 in her 93rd year. Survived by her daughter Maria FINTA (husband Peter SMITH) of Etobicoke and her step-daughter Margit BABCOCK (husband Clyde) of Toronto. Predeceased by her first husband Albert WALLACE Royal Canadian Air Force (died 1943) and her sisters Betty LOFTHOUSE and June IRWIN. Cremation has taken place. Interment at Hamilton Cemetery to take place at a later date. Memorial donations to The Arthritis Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Dodsworth and Brown - Burlington Chapel (905) 637-5233.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-10 published
NICKERSON, Jean Olive (November 16, 1919-June 3, 2005)
The family of Jean O. NICKERSON are saddened to announce her tragic accidental death on the highway outside Bridgewater, Nova Scotia on June 3. Jean was the second child of well-remembered parents, Hubert and Freda (COX) NICKERSON of Liverpool, Nova Scotia Jean is survived by her sisters Mary (Walter McCOWAN) and Dorothy (Dr. Blake O'BRIEN;) and her brother Dr. Granville NICKERSON (Mary Louise LOCKETT); and sister-in-law Barbara IRWIN. She was predeceased by an infant sister Catherine, her nephew Granville, and recently her brother Ronald. Jean was a great favourite of all her nieces and nephews; Lynda and Ian (McCOWAN) David, Sheila and Jeanie (O'BRIEN;) Hugh, Scott and Kent (NICKERSON) Kate and Sarah (NICKERSON;) David, Marnie and Janet (REID.)
Jean was born at Cape Sable Island but grew up at Liverpool, Nova Scotia From earliest childhood her teachers noted that she was idealistic, an extraordinarily bright student. Upon graduation from high school, Jean chose nursing as a calling and graduated from Saint John General Hospital in 1942. Throughout her life she served her patients with uncompromising compassion and dedication. After her graduation Jean worked in the medical office of Dr. J.C. Wickwire at Liverpool, who, recognizing her unique abilities encouraged her to study medicine. Nevertheless, Jean was determined to bring her talents to nursing. Shortly after the opening of the Queens General Hospital at Liverpool, Jean held concurrent multiple positions as Radiologist and Lab technicians as well as receptionist in the Emergency Department. The hospital was distressed to lose her presence and talents when she left to attend Dalhousie University for a diploma in Public Health. She then served in Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa as an Industrial Nurse, and finally in the Nova Scotia Public Health Department. One of her nursing associates observed, "Jean was literally a pioneer in so much of her work".
In 1992, during the celebration of Canada's 125th year of Confederation, The Hon. Ramon John Hnatyshyn Commemorative Medal was conferred on Jean O. NICKERSON in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.
Personally, Jean was a jolly person and enjoyed humour. She had a great facility for Friendships; both children and the elderly adored her. Compassion was the hallmark of her nature. Following our Lord's example, the hungry, the needy, and the elderly frequently benefited from her anonymous generosity.
Jean retired to Bedford, Nova Scotia, enjoying the natural beauty and people of that lovely community. Chronic arthritis plagued her later years whereupon she became a resident of The Berkeley at Bedford. Life is tragic but Jean lived her life heroically.
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no public memorial service at the request of the deceased; a private family service will be held at the graveside in the family plot at the Congregational-United Cemetery, Liverpool. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Arthritis Society or a charity of one's choice.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-08 published
HERZOG, William " Bill Joseph," M C.A. (1939-2005)
At the age of 66, after an inspiring and brave battle with a brain tumour, Bill died at Freeport Hospital on Sunday, August 7, 2005. Beloved husband of Patricia (NIX) for over 40 years. Proud and loving father of daughters Wendy and her husband Mike KELLY and Lori and her husband Tom MADDEN. Adoring and adored Papa to Kristin and Liam KELLY and Brynne and Ben MADDEN. Bill is survived by his mother, Claire HERZOG and father-in-law Robert NIX and his wife Ellen. Bill was a loving brother to Shirley (Charlie) DAUB, Karen (Dave) KOWALSKI and Ron HERZOG and his wife Jan. Also survived by sisters-in-law Wendy NIX and Barbara PITCHER and brother-in-law Ken NIX and his wife Cathy. His many nieces, nephews, cousins and surviving aunts and uncles, will lovingly remember Bill. Predeceased by his father Anthony HERZOG and his mother-in-law Helen NIX. Bill had a long and revered career with both Zehrs Markets and Loblaw Companies, retiring from the position of Senior Vice President of Finance with Loblaw Companies East at the end of 2000. Bill's name conveys many things to so many people. He was a proud man who loved his life, his family and his Friends. He valued his community and worked hard to support the causes he was so passionate about. Bill was past President of the KW Racquet Club, Westmount Golf and Country Club and the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club, where he was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. Upon his retirement in 2000, he put his many talents to volunteering in the community and has served on many committees and boards including the Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation, Kids Ability Foundation, President's Choice Children's Charity and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation in Toronto. Bill took advantage of everything that life could offer him. He loved to travel and share his adventures and 'finds' with those close to him. He was an athlete who excelled at every sport he tried and who followed sports with passion and enthusiasm. Bill loved to spend time with his Friends and embraced the opportunity to meet new people. He was an avid supporter of the Stratford Festival and enjoyed relaxing with dear Friends over a wonderful bottle of wine. Bill will be warmly remembered for his clipping and sharing of newspaper and magazine articles. To receive an envelope of clippings from Bill was to know that this incredibly special man was thinking of you. For many, those envelopes will be sadly missed. Visitation will be held at Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral mass to remember and celebrate Bill's life will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, 53 Allen Street East, Waterloo, with Reverend Bernie HAYNES, CR, as celebrant. Following cremation, a private family committal will take place at Williamsburg Cemetery, Kitchener. Following the mass, Friends and relatives are invited to Westmount Golf and Country Club for refreshments and an opportunity to visit with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kids Ability Foundation to establish the Bill Herzog Endowment Fund which will help children with special needs. Donations can be arranged through the funeral home. Special thanks to the staff and physicians at Freeport Hospital, to Dr. David MacDONALD and Dr. Joseph MEGYESI and their wonderful teams at London University Hospital and to Dr. Charlie IRWIN of Waterloo. Donations/Condolences/Flowers www.edwardrgood.com 519-745-8445

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-19 published
Carmen PROVENZANO, Lawyer And Politician 1942-2005
The former member of Parliament from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and son of a steelmaker fought to save Algoma Steel when others thought it a lost cause
By Allison LAWLOR, Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, August 19, 2005, Page S7
He was a hard-working Liberal member of Parliament from Northern Ontario who listened to his electorate. He openly opposed gay marriage long before it became a hot-button issue and, as the son of a steelmaker, struggled mightily to save Algoma Steel from financial oblivion. "I'm going to reflect the wishes of my community," Carmen PROVENZANO once told a reporter. "I'm obligated to handle it that way."
The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, was one of the minority Liberal members of Parliament who voted against his party's same-sex-marriage bill. In 1999, he presented a petition to the House of Commons signed by 250 constituents who opposed the initiative.
"I have people expressing their opinions to me in quite forceful ways," he said. "They're telling me they're never going to vote for me again because of what my government is doing."
At the time, a neighbour and long-time party member had told the member of Parliament that "your government is ruining society" and warned that he wouldn't put up a Liberal lawn sign in the next election.
Despite taking a minority stance within his party, Mr. PROVENZANO always believed he had done the right thing. "He often said he would vote the same way again," said Liberal member of Parliament Joe COMUZZI.
Mr. PROVENZANO served as Sault Ste. Marie's member of Parliament from 1997 to 2004, when he lost his seat in a close race to New Democrat Tony MARTIN. It would have been a third term for the popular parliamentarian, whose loss may have been explained by his opponent's name. In fact, during last year's campaign, he chose not to hammer Team Martin signs into the front lawns of his supporters. It's not that he wanted to distance himself from Prime Minister Paul Martin, but rather from Tony MARTIN, a former member of provincial parliament who had lost his seat in the 2003 Ontario election.
"You know I would be papering the city with my opponent's name," Mr. PROVENZANO said, if he were to put up Team Martin signs. "I want to get my own name out there."
In the end, Sault Ste. Marie remained true to character as a swing riding, and Mr. PROVENZANO was defeated. But he didn't allow himself to wallow in misery; he set his sights on running for the Liberal Party again in the next federal election.
"He had a great respect for Sault Ste. Marie and its people," said Mr. COMUZZI, who represents the Northern Ontario riding of Thunder Bay-Superior North.
Described as modest and unassuming, Mr. PROVENZANO was also known for his tenacity.
"We argued a lot," said Mr. COMUZZI, who, as minister of state responsible for the federal economic development initiative for Northern Ontario, received daily calls from his colleague. "He was incessant with his requests."
Mr. COMUZZI recalled Mr. PROVENZANO saying: 'Look, if you get this done for me, I won't ask you for anything else.' " Despite the promise, he'd come knocking again a couple of weeks later. "He was so persistent. If he didn't get a good ear, he would eventually end up in the Prime Minister's office."
Paul MARTIN called Mr. PROVENZANO a man who upheld the best in parliamentary tradition.
"His aim was to serve the best he could the needs of his community and constituents," he said in a statement. "Mr. PROVENZANO was proud to be a member of Parliament, serving on a number of parliamentary committees and as parliamentary secretary to the minister of veterans affairs. He was proud, too, to be the son of a steelworker and a native of Sault Ste. Marie, and immensely proud of his family."
Carmen PROVENZANO was the son of Frank and Norma PROVENZANO. A second-generation Italian Canadian, his grandparents had settled in Sault Ste. Marie, which was once seen as a haven for Italian immigrants. Proud of his cultural heritage, he was also proud to say he was the son of a steelmaker. His father worked for Algoma Steel and, as a student, Mr. PROVENZANO would join him during the summers to work at the plant.
Having grown up in Sault Ste. Marie, he appreciated the company's economic importance. When Algoma teetered on collapse in April of 2001 and sought protection from its creditors, he understood the devastation that would ensue in the city and worked hard to get Algoma back on its feet. He is credited with playing a major role in the steel plant's restructuring and in securing $50-million in loan guarantees from the federal government to ensure its viability. He badgered Jean CHRÉTIEN until he got the loan secured, said Ron IRWIN, former Indian affairs minister. "At that time, no one had any hopes for Algoma."
Algoma weathered the storms, emerged from creditor protection in early 2002 and today employs 3,000 people.
As it happens, it was Mr. IRWIN, former member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, who encouraged Mr. PROVENZANO to run for office. In 1997, he decided to retire from federal politics and saw in Mr. PROVENZANO a "solid family man" who would represent the city well. While politics had been a lifelong dream, Mr. PROVENZANO delayed his entry because he didn't want to be far away from his family and four young children.
"His family came first," said Mr. IRWIN. "And his Friends were a close second."
At the heart and soul of Mr. PROVENZANO's family was his wife, Ada. Chance had brought them together. It was at a community parade in Sault Ste. Marie that Mr. PROVENZANO had first spotted her and later said he knew immediately that she would be his wife. "It was love at first sight," said son Lucas PROVENZANO.
After a courtship of two years, the couple married in 1966 and, over the years, filled their home with children, extended family and Friends. It wasn't uncommon to find Mr. PROVENZANO sitting down at 11 p.m. to a meal with a dozen people. "His family was an extended family. It was the community," said son Frank PROVENZANO.
One of the ways he helped others in the community was by often opting out of flying home from Ottawa on weekends and making the 10-hour drive, instead. There always seemed to be someone who needed a ride; his driving companions were often university students on their way home.
Mr. PROVENZANO attended the University of Windsor, followed by law school at Queen's University in Kingston. He spent the early years of his career, from 1972 to 1980, as an assistant solicitor for the city of Sault Ste. Marie. Later, he had a private practice with his brother Frank and was an owner of Maplewood Golf Course. Over the years, he also served on a number of local charities and boards and as a school board trustee. Attend any sporting event in the city and you were likely to see him there, too. "My father was involved in every aspect of this community," said Lucas PROVENZANO.
His pride in his ancestry was never more evident than when he took part in a federal trade mission to Italy in the late 1990s. Having the opportunity to travel as an member of Parliament to the country his grandparents had left as poor immigrants and to meet the Pope and Italian parliamentarians struck a deep cord within him. "He was very proud of how far his family had come in three generations," Mr. IRWIN said.
Carmen PROVENZANO was born on February 3, 1942, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario He died at home in Sault Ste. Marie on July 27, 2005, after suffering a heart attack. He is survived by his siblings Frank, Marlene and Nancy and by his wife, Ada, and children Frank, Lucas, Jana and Mark. Tomorrow, in Hockley Valley, Ontario, Mark is to marry Paula AMAEIO, of Tottingham, Ontario, just as his father would have wanted.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-23 published
McNICOL, Robert Malcolm " MAC"
Passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family at the Belleville General Hospital on Sunday August 21st, 2005 at the age of 68. Beloved son of the late Margaret and Cameron McNICOL. Loving husband of Jane (née TRACY) for 44 adventurous years. He will be sadly missed by his son Cameron and his wife Cori and their children Kira and Mackenzie; all of Calgary, daughter Tracy PATZELT and her husband Robert and their children Max, Morgan, Nicholas, and Sarah; all of Halifax, and daughter Peggy McNICOL, of Seattle, Washington. Survived by his sister Helen IRWIN and her husband Ron, of Dunsford. A private family service will be held. Donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Museum, Trenton or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted in the care of Quinte Cremation & Burial Services Ltd., 381 Front Street, Belleville K8N 2Z8 (613-962-7900).

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-17 published
Jill MÉTIVIER
By Susan CRAIG, Monday, October 17, 2005, Page A16
Mother, grandmother, friend, grande dame. Born May 21, 1931, in Toronto. Died May 2 in Toronto of complications from hemachromatosis, aged 73.
They called Jill the Monarch of Geneva Avenue. She'd lived on the small Cabbagetown street in Toronto for 30 years and had become its anchor point. When Jill's neighbours noticed that her Globe and Mail was still lying on her doorstep at 9 a.m. on the morning of May 2, they knew something was terribly wrong. During the night, Jill had died in her sleep.
The street responded as she would have liked, with a block party that night in her memory, where the wine and the stories flowed.
Jill's last decade had been tough. She suffered from a catalogue of ailments, which left her in chronic pain. But she never let dodgy knees, crippling arthritis or even the debilitating blood disorder hemachromatosis take the edge off her flamboyant spirit. She prized the "crip" sign (as she called it) on her car and the privileges it allowed her as well as the Mt. Sinai aquatics class that kept her mobile. On the day of her death she'd been busy organizing a big birthday party for her older brother.
Born Jill IRWIN to a family that traces its roots back to the fur trade, she grew up in Toronto and Ottawa. Her mother was a scholar and her father a newspaperman on the old Toronto Telegram. Jill liked to brag about her grandfather's rum running expertise on Lake Erie during prohibition.
At the age of 22, Jill, a tall, beautiful blonde, went to Trinidad and Tobago with her parents and did not return home. There she met Hugh MÉTIVIER, a dashing veterinarian, and married him within months. The couple led a privileged life in the old British Colony and later on a cattle ranch in Venezuela.
However, when they moved to Sussex in rural southern England, Jill was now simply the wife of a country vet and there was never enough money to go around. But Jill took charge and ran the business end of the practice. She mastered cordon bleu cooking and became a chef and caterer to the gentry, keeping the family afloat even when her marriage disintegrated.
Jill doted on her daughter Michelle and her son Nicholas who was also called Boxer. Determined that they would never look less than stylish, she taught herself to sew and made beautiful garments for them. She also saw to it that they had the best education and their many gifts were nurtured. Jill was enormously proud of her children's accomplishments, delighting in Michelle's success as a filmmaker and Nicholas's beautiful art gallery.
Returning to Toronto, Jill settled on her beloved Geneva Avenue, and built a successful career selling high-end office furniture. She later consulted in physician recruitment.
She put her bright, analytical mind and polished social skills to work. Her curiosity seemed endless and so were her occasionally strong opinions.
Jill loved being a grandmother to Charlotte and Emma and never missing a school play or concert. Emma kept a list of the things that Jill loved. It included: Miss Dior fragrance, pearls, cashmere, Ferragamo shoes, dinner parties, Christmas pantomimes, boxer dogs and the television show Pingu. Another friend had her own list of some of the things Jill hated: people feeling sorry for themselves, losing her independence as her health began to fail, the nuns who schooled her, Barbie dolls and U.S. President George W. Bush.
Everyone Jill met got the time they needed, her granddaughters in particular. "Grandma made us feel like the most special people on earth," Emma said at the memorial service.
Jill made us all feel that way.
Susan is Jill's friend.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-10 published
JAMES, Dr. Clifford Walter
Peacefully in Sault Ste. Marie, on Monday, November 7, 2005 at the age of 83 years. Dear husband of Lenore (PUNCH) and the late Frances. son of the late John and Etta (IRWIN.) Beloved father of Cliff Jr. (Diane,) Patricia CUTBUSH (Paul,) Karen STOTT (Graeme,) Robert (Debbie) and Sara JAMES (Alec.) Special friend and "Pop" to Michele PUNCH, Brian PUNCH, (Judy), Greg PUNCH and Cathy MOLONEY (Greg,) Janice JAMES, Christine BERRY, Irene NUGENT and children. Cherished grandfather of 16 and great grandfather of 8. Dear brother of Roy (Betty) and uncle to Lory and John (Carol). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He graduated from the University of Toronto in Medicine in 1947. During these challenging years he met and courted Frances ROWE. With his new qualifications and young family, he headed to Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. Cliff practiced in Kerrobert for 14 years counting one year which he spent in Vancouver to do additional studies in pediatrics. He was President of the Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians from 1958 to 1960. Actively involved in the community, he was President of the Kinsmen Club of Kerrobert. In 1960, Cliff and Fran returned to Ontario with their family of 5 children, with an 8 month stopover in Aurora and finally settling in Walkerton. In addition to his busy medical practice, he held responsibilities as District Chairman for the Ontario Medical Association as well as Chairman of the Education and Certification Program for the College of Family Physicians. He served the hospital in Walkerton as Chief of Staff and President of the Medical Staff. Away from medicine, Cliff was a member and past President of the Walkerton Rotary Club, later to be involved in the Sault Rotary Club. Upon retiring from his full time duties Cliff journeyed north to do medical locums in remote northern communities.
After the death of Frances in 1995, Cliff headed back to his birthplace, Sault Ste. Marie and married Lenore PUNCH. With always an inquiring mind, Cliff was an active naturalist and photographer. Physically he was involved in skiing, golfing, curling, fishing, hiking, hockey, biking, water sports and horses. Please join the family in celebrating Cliff's life with a Memorial Service at the Cameron Funeral Home, 1106 Yonge St. South, Walkerton on Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer Society, Parkinson Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. www.cameronfh@wightman.ca

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-29 published
Ralph GORDON, Air Force Brigadier-General (1917-2005)
As a 28-year-old, he commanded a Second World War Royal Canadian Air Force supply squadron under monsoon conditions in the Far East and went on to become a high-ranking officer
By Buzz BOURDON, Special to the Globe and Mail, Thursday, December 29, 2005, Page S9
Ottawa -- Fighting the Japanese in the Far East during the Second World was one thing but fighting monsoons at the same time was quite another. When heavy rainfall struck in June of 1945, Ralph GORDON, the 28-year-old commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force's 436 Squadron, knew he had a problem.
Not only did his squadron have to supply the British Army with fuel, food, medical supplies, cargo and men in its struggle to dislodge the Japanese from Burma, but it had to fly around the clock in a region that experienced about as much rain in one month as Vancouver received in a whole year.
Five months earlier, the newly-formed squadron had moved to Kangla, in India's Imphal Valley, to support Field Marshal Sir William Slim and his 14th Army. With Mr. GORDON commanding hundreds of pilots, navigators, ground crew, cooks and other tradesmen, the squadron shared in the fall of Mandalay and Rangoon but found the monsoon to be as daunting an enemy as the Japanese.
That June, meteorologists recorded a rainfall of 47 inches. According to Canucks Unlimited, a history of the squadron, "only the most limited of radio facilities were available and forecasting services just did not exist. Each airman was on his own and could count on little practical help."
Instead, Mr. GORDON, then a wing commander, came up with the idea of using one aircraft at a time, in rotation, to go into the air and report on meteorological conditions in a kind of informal weather network he dubbed "Watchbird." In this way, the squadron beat the monsoon and flew 1,000 hours in the "wettest and most difficult base in all of India and Burma." It was also the only air force unit that made it through the monsoon without casualties.
The heavy rain meant Mr. GORDON and his men continually improvised. "No one had operated under monsoon conditions before," he once recounted. "We didn't have proper equipment for changing engines on aircraft, or for doing laundry, or for lighting lamps, so we had to scrounge a lot.
"The technicians cut bamboo and made tripods and chain blocks to lift engines out of aircraft. They had no hangars and had to work in the rain. The runways were simply made of heavy tar paper, with steel mesh laid over them, so when it rained, the runway floated on the water. You got water over the windshield, and everywhere, when you took off.
"The Royal Canadian Air Force sent us stoves that burned wood to cook with [but] there was no wood to burn because bamboo is full of water. So we had to design stoves that burned aviation fuel."
Mr. GORDON's methods earned the respect of former airframe mechanic Art ADAM/ADAMS of Hamilton, Ontario "We all thought he was a tremendous commanding officer."
Mr. ADAM/ADAMS, currently the squadron's honorary colonel, said Mr. GORDON flouted tradition and allowed officers and men to eat together, which, in the stuffy view of neighbouring Royal Air Force squadrons, violated protocol.
"He said, 'If our squadron is going to work together and fly together, then by God, we will eat together!' [That is] one of the reasons we had such a happy and determined squadron."
Art IRWIN of Ottawa also admired his commanding officer's can-do ability. "We had a high disability rate from dysentery and other gastric disturbances, which had to do with a lack of hygiene. One of the first things he did was remove the native cooks as food handlers and have only Canadians working [in the kitchen]. His move quickly reduced our [health] problems. That was a big, big step."
For all his success, being the boss was a lonely job, Mr. GORDON told his granddaughter Heather GORDON in 1996. Commanding men in battle meant he dealt with his responsibilities in isolation from everyone else. "You couldn't be Friends and still be their boss at the same time," he said. "You knew that what you did impacted all those who served under you."
For the leadership he displayed during the nine months he commanded 436 Squadron, along with the operational missions he flew with 415 Squadron over Europe in 1944, Mr. GORDON was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on January 15, 1946. Three months earlier, he had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for "showing outstanding devotion to duty and efficiency. Most of [his] flights have been in unarmed aircraft across mountainous jungle country within range of enemy fighters. His operational flying has always been of the highest standard."
Mr. GORDON had also been mentioned in dispatches on June 14, Ralph GORDON grew up in Bobcaygeon, in Ontario's Kawartha Lakes cottage region, where his father Charles owned a boating business. After joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939, he was awarded his pilot's wings in June, 1940. Two years of instructing followed before he went to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to fly Canso maritime patrol aircraft for No. 162 (Bomber/Reconnaissance) Squadron. In May, 1944, he was sent to Britain to fly Wellington bombers against enemy shipping.
After the war, Mr. GORDON remained in the Royal Canadian Air Force and experienced first its reduction and then its dramatic Cold War expansion. By the end of the 1950s, the Royal Canadian Air Force flew 2,000 aircraft and counted 55,000 men and woman among its ranks. From 1961-65, as a group captain, he commanded Royal Canadian Air Force Station Greenwood, Nova Scotia, a key Maritime Air Command base. In August of 1965, he was promoted air commodore and given command of Maritime Air Command, making him responsible for the security of both East and West Coasts. As it turned out, he was its last commander.
In January of 1966, Maritime Air Command was amalgamated into the new Maritime Command as part of the integration of the army, navy and air force, a scheme that caused enormous controversy. When four senior admirals resigned in protest, Mr. GORDON found himself in temporary command, on July 19, 1966, of Maritime Command, which included the Atlantic fleet and Royal Canadian Air Force maritime units. His command lasted all of eight hours. The sight of Mr. GORDON's personal Royal Canadian Air Force flag flying at the heart of the navy's headquarters in Halifax caused one salty chief petty officer to growl, "It's a disgrace!"
During his career, Mr. GORDON spent more than 3,000 hours flying about 25 different types of aircraft. After retiring as a brigadier-general in 1968, he worked for the federal public service.
Ralph Alan GORDON was born on November 16, 1917, in Toronto. He died of cancer on November 8, in Ottawa. He was 87. He leaves his sons, Larry and Bruce, and his companion, Nancy GUTHRIE. He was predeceased by his wife Esther.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-04 published
McNEILL, Dianne Eleanor (née GRAINGER)
Peacefully, at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga, with family and Friends by her side, on Saturday, January 1, 2005, at the age of 58 years. Dianne, beloved wife of Doug McNEILL. Loving mother of Lisa GLEVA of Keswick, and Donna (Joseph CABRAL) of Brampton. Cherished grandma of Bostin, Madison, Taylor, Jacob, and Dawson. Dear sister of Loretta (Gordon IRWIN) of Melbourne, P.Q., Beverley (Ronald JONES) of Upper Melbourne, P.Q., and Daryl GRAINGER (Eileen) of Kingsbury, P.Q. Predecased by her parents Charles and Bertha GRAINGER of Kingsbury, P.Q. Dianne will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Scott Funeral Home, 289 Main Street N. "Brampton Chapel", 905-451-1100 on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday, with Service in the Chapel at 2 p.m. Cremation. In memory of Dianne, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Sign a book of condolences at: www.obituariestoday.com

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-11 published
INGLIS, John William
Passed away at Casey House Hospice in Toronto on January 8, 2005. John will be remembered by his partner of 14 years Ron MERKO and their cat Puss, his brother Bruce INGLIS and wife Dayle (Badjeros, Ontario,) his sister Mearle IRWIN and husband Wayne (Schomberg, Ontario,) his brother Reverend Glenn INGLIS and wife Linda (Vancouver, British Columbia,) his cousin Bill AITCHISON, his nieces and nephews and his many dear Friends. John was predeceased by his mother Eileen INGLIS in 1982 and his father Lindsay INGLIS in 1988. John was a valedictorian at Grey Highland Secondary School and was an Honors Graduate from Queen's University. John will be missed by his colleagues and Friends from his employment over the years at Viva Zapata, Flowers and Margot and Jannsen Ortho-Biotech. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (south of Wellesley) on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. John's funeral service will be officiated by Reverend Richard FEE at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at 73 Simcoe Street in Toronto on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. An additional memorial service will be held for the community where John grew up at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Maple Valley at 2: 00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2005. John will be buried in the spring beside his parents in the South Line Cemetery at Badjeros, Ontario. At John's request, remembrances can be made through the funeral home to the benefit of Casey House Hospice, The 519 Church Street Community Centre and the Toronto Humane Society.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-11 published
MANN, Della Mabel (née HISEY)
At Leacock Care Centre, Orillia on Sunday, January 9, 2005, in her 87th year. Doll MANN, beloved wife of the late Norman Craven MANN. Beloved mother of the late Dianne COWAN. Dear grandmother of Sheila NOLLERT and her husband Tom of Minesing, Bonnie MITCHELL and her husband Jim of Innisfil and Lisa IRWIN and her husband Ray of Keswick. Will be missed by her 9 great-grandchildren. A family service was held through the Scott Funeral Home Georgian Chapel, Barrie. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery, Woodbridge, Ontario. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Red Cross would be appreciated.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-12 published
INGLIS, John William
Passed away at Casey House Hospice in Toronto on January 8, 2005. John will be remembered by his partner of 14 years Ron MERKO and their cat Puss, his brother Bruce INGLIS and wife Dayle (Badjeros, Ontario,) his sister Mearle IRWIN and husband Wayne (Schomberg, Ontario,) his brother Reverend Glenn INGLIS and wife Linda (Vancouver, British Columbia,) his cousin Bill AITCHISON, his nieces and nephews and his many dear Friends. John was predeceased by his mother Eileen INGLIS in 1982 and his father Lindsay INGLIS in 1988. John was a valedictorian at Grey Highland Secondary School and was an Honors Graduate from Queen's University. John will be missed by his colleagues and Friends from his employment over the years at Viva Zapata, Flowers and Margot and Jannsen Ortho-Biotech. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (south of Wellesley) on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. John's funeral service will be officiated by Reverend Richard FEE at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at 73 Simcoe Street in Toronto on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. An additional memorial service will be held for the community where John grew up at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Maple Valley at 2: 00 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2005. John will be buried in the spring beside his parents in the South Line Cemetery at Badjeros, Ontario. At John's request, remembrances can be made through the funeral home to the benefit of Casey House Hospice, The 519 Church Street Community Centre and the Toronto Humane Society.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-06 published
LAIRD, Robert Warring " Big Rob"
"Larger than life."Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, on Friday, February 4, 2005 in his 55th year, following a brief, sudden illness. Beloved husband and best friend of Mary for the past 31 years. Cherished and devoted father of Robbie and his wife Gillian, Colin and Heather. son of the late Bill and Trudy LAIRD; nephew of Edward and Frances BEST. Special son-in-law of Bill and the late Helen IRWIN. Dear brother of Bill and the late Kathie AVERY. Wonderful brother-in-law to Peggy, Jane, Don, Teresa and Ross. Loving "Uncle Rob" to Laird, Tricia, Shannon, Will, Meaghan, Kirsten, Graeme, Tessa, Keith, D'Arcy and Marian. Dedicated teacher (Henry Hudson S.P.S.), friend, mentor, volunteer and neighbour. Expert gravy and backyard-rink maker. Rob had a wonderful, larger-than-life sense of humour and a passion for his wife, kids, Friends, family and community. He loved photography, gardening, golf, woodworking, and the occasional beer. Thank you to the gentle and caring staff at North York General Hospital who cared for Rob and all his visitors. Friends and family will be received at Jerrett Funeral Home - North York Chapel, 6191 Yonge Street, (2 lights south of Steeles) on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Big Rob's life will be held on Tuesday at Saint John's York Mills Anglican Church, (19 Don Ridge Dr., North York) at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-07 published
LAIRD, Robert Warring " Big Rob"
"Larger than life." Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, on Friday, February 4, 2005 in his 55th year, following a brief, sudden illness. Beloved husband and best friend of Mary for the past 31 years. Cherished and devoted father of Robbie and his wife Gillian, Colin and Heather. son of the late Bill and Trudy LAIRD; nephew of Edward and Frances BEST. Special son-in-law of Bill and the late Helen IRWIN. Dear brother of Bill and the late Kathie AVERY. Wonderful brother-in-law to Peggy, Jane, Don, Teresa and Ross. Loving "Uncle Rob" to Laird, Tricia, Shannon, Will, Meaghan, Kirsten, Graeme, Tessa, Keith, D'Arcy and Marian. Dedicated teacher (Henry Hudson S.P.S.), friend, mentor, volunteer and neighbour. Expert gravy and backyard-rink maker. Rob had a wonderful, larger-than-life sense of humour and a passion for his wife, kids, Friends, family and community. He loved photography, gardening, golf, woodworking, and the occasional beer. Thank you to the gentle and caring staff at North York General Hospital who cared for Rob and all his visitors. Friends and family will be received at Jerrett Funeral Home - North York Chapel, 6191 Yonge Street, (2 lights south of Steeles) on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Big Rob's life will be held on Tuesday at Saint John's York Mills Anglican (19 Don Ridge Dr., North York) at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-28 published
IRWIN, Laverna Veronica
At Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston, on Saturday, February 26, 2005. Laverna, in her 85th year, beloved wife of the late Aitken W. IRWIN. Loving mother of Catherine and her husband Larry POTTS of Newmarket, and Heather and her husband Mitch SANTAW of Tottenham. Loving Nana to Crystal, Christopher, Brandon, Alanna, and Avery. Resting at Rod Abrams Funeral Home, 1666 Tottenham Rd., Tottenham (905) 936-3477, on Monday, February 28, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2005. Interment, Mt. Tegart Cemetery.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-02 published
IRWIN, Katherine Elizabeth (née SMITH)
Beloved wife, sister and friend, mother of Joan, Mark and Pat, proud grandmother of Matthew. Died quite suddenly after a long decline borne with grace and dignity, aged 88. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Kaye's life will occur at a future date. Donations to the Parkinson Foundation greatly appreciated by the family.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-02 published
SCOTT, Raymond Stewart
Passed away suddenly, but peacefully on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 in his 100th year. Predeceased by his loving wife Ellie. He will be dearly missed by his son Larry (Ruth) and grand_sons David, Robert (Crystal), Stephen and Christopher. Fondly remembered by his brother Max SCOTT and his sister Florence IRWIN (Ken.) Ray taught at Weston Collegiate for more than 30 years and in his retirement enjoyed 37 good years of golf. Friends will be received at the Andrews Community Funeral Center, 8190 Dixie Rd., Brampton (north of Steeles Ave.), 905-456-8190, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 4th, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m., at the Norwood United Church in Norwood, Ontario. Interment will take place at the Norwood Cemetery in the spring. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of your choice.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-04 published
IRWIN, J. Mark
Passed away peacefully at home, on Thursday, March 3, 2005 surrounded by his loved ones, after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind his loving wife, Tricia, and adoring daughter Carissa. Brother of Brenda and David GRAHAM and brother-in-law to Lynda and Paul JONES and Gwen and Warren ASTON. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville, 905-844-3221 from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Service to be held at St. Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville, Saturday, March 5, at one o'clock with cremation to follow.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-07 published
MacDONALD, Lisa Jane (née IRWIN)
Passed away at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Saturday, March 5, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. Lisa Jane MacDONALD in her 41st year. Beloved wife of Glen MacDONALD. Cherished mother of Sarah, Melissa and Jessica. Loving daughter of Robert and Jane IRWIN. Dear sister of John IRWIN (Cheryl), Dan IRWIN (Ann) and Geoff IRWIN (Terri.) Darling granddaughter of Marjorie IRWIN. She will be deeply missed by her family and many Friends. Friends may call at the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Homes (Minet's Point Road and Yonge Street), Barrie on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at 11 a.m. Spring interment at Barrie Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Royal Victoria Hospital's Regional Cancer Care Centre would be greatly appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-07 published
WILSON, Charles Edward
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Charlie on Saturday, March 5, 2005 (as a result of a fall at home). Charlie was the most beloved husband to Mary for nearly 55 years and dearly loved father to Heather. Charlie was a much cherished brother-in-law to Peggy and John IRWIN and loved uncle and great-uncle to several nieces and nephews. Charlie was predeceased by his brothers Syd and John. Family and Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Monday, March 7, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Charlie's life will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow at Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations may be made to Heron Park Baptist Church (Building Fund), 4260 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto, Ontario M1E 2S6 "Absent from the body, present with the Lord"

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-01 published
IRWIN, Leona " Lee" Frances (1936-2005)
Mrs. Leona (Lee) Frances IRWIN of Calgary, Alberta passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre, on April 28, 2005, at the age of 69 years, after years fighting Scleroderma. She leaves behind her husband of 43 years, Edward (Jack) COPELAND; her three children, Robert, Peter, and David, and their spouses Carrie and Jackie and her grandchildren, Julian, Rainah, Johanna and Megan. She is also survived by her niece Valerie BEEKMAN and her children Aurora and Tamara. She was predeceased by her mother Sophia, father Albert, twin sister Jan, and brother Julian. Lee started her career as a nursing assistant in the Swift Current, Saskatchewan Hospital. She won a Scholarship to The Toronto Sick Children's Hospital where she took her training as an R.N., graduating in March 1958. She also won a Scholarship to the University of Western Ontario. Upon graduating, she returned to The Toronto Sick Children's Hospital becoming head Nurse in the Burn Ward. During this period she took over duties as Night Supervisor of nursing returning to head Nurse duties until her marriage to Jack, wherein she left Sick Kids to raise a family in Calgary in 1963. Lee loved gardening and became an active member in the Calgary Garden Club. She also contributed to the community in numerous ways, including becoming president of the St. Bernard's Catholic Women's League and lunchtime supervisor/nurse for Saint Johns School Fine Arts in Calgary. Prayer Service and Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Calgary, Alberta on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded to Lee's family through www.commemorativeservices.ca. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation - Burn Program (Suite 300, 1021-10th Ave. S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2R 0B7). Arrangements in care of Commemorative Services Funeral Directors, Calgary, Alberta, 403-265-1199. Calgary family owned and operated. "Celebrating the lives of our Community"

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-04 published
METIVIER, Jill
Unexpectedly, at home in Toronto, on May 2, 2005, in her 74th year. Devoted mother of Nicholas (Boxer) and Michelle; mother-in-law of Ingrid and Mike. Cherished 'Grandma Jill' to Charlotte and Emma; dear younger sister of John "Pat" IRWIN. Jill will be deeply missed by her many Friends in England and Canada. Friends are invited to join Jill's family for a celebration of her life at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King Street West, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8th. Private cremation and interment at the Toronto Necropolis. Donations in Jill's memory may be made to The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation where Jill was a dedicated volunteer.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-14 published
McMULLEN, Leota
After a courageous battle with cancer, passed away peacefully at Humber River Regional Hospital - Church Site, on Sunday, May 8, 2005. Most beloved sister of Caroline KALLETT, Mina McDERMID, Mary BLOETJES (Case), Mildred SPRANGE, Eunice WILSON (Jim), Helen IRWIN, Jim (Pat), Larry (Penny), and the late Nora MORRIS and Wilfred McMULLEN. Cremation. Burial in the family plot at Hilly Grove Cemetery, Manitowaning, Ontario.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-06 published
PRIESTLY, David Samuel
Peacefully after a brief illness at Southlake Regional Health Centre, on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 69 years of age. Dave, loving husband of the late Janet. Loving father of Jim and his wife Nora, and Jill and her husband Peter HEINTZMAN. Beloved grandad of Brian and his wife Dawn, Mark, Samantha, Alex, Nick, Matt, and Carly. Dear brother of Noreen and her husband Dr. Bill DIAMOND, Sandy and her husband Robert IRWIN, Victor PRIESTLY and Mila. Dear uncle of Art, Pete, Jim, Andrea, Ryan, Robin, Danny and Paul. Friends will be received at Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora (905-727-5421), on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 32 Mosley Street, Aurora. Interment Aurora Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Southlake Regional Health Centre would be appreciated by the family.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-07 published
PRIESTLY, David Samuel
Peacefully after a brief illness at Southlake Regional Health Centre, on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 69 years of age. Dave, loving husband of the late Janet. Loving father of Jim and his wife Nora, and Jill and her husband Peter HEINTZMAN. Beloved grandad of Brian and his wife Dawn, Mark, Samantha, Alex, Nick, Matt, and Carly. Dear brother of Noreen and her husband Dr. Bill DIAMOND, Sandy and her husband Robert IRWIN, Victor PRIESTLY and Mila. Dear uncle of Art, Pete, Tim, Andrea, Ryan, Robin, Danny and Paul. Friends will be received at Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora (905-727-5421), on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 32 Mosley Street, Aurora. Interment Aurora Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Southlake Regional Health Centre would be appreciated by the family.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-16 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, David Edward
At his home, in Toronto, Ontario, on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at the age of 44. Beloved companion of Liz. Loving son of Alex and Elizabeth STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Dear brother of Elaine IRWIN (Ross) and Robbie STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Cheryl.) Proud " Uncle D" to David and Stephen Stadnik and Nicole and Bradley STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Great-uncle to Gavin STADNIK. David will be sadly missed by his many aunts, uncles, cousins and Friends in Canada, Scotland and England. Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 492 Wellington St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (705-759-2522), on Monday, July 18, 2005 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Service from the Chapel on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Memorial contributions to Toronto Hospital for Sick Children or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. www.arthurfuneralhome.com

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-03 published
REID, R. John
Passed away at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston, Ontario on Tuesday, August 2, 2005, in his 79th year. Beloved companion of Dorothy EDWARDS. Beloved husband of the late Audrey IRWIN. Dear father of Gloria and Ken HEYDON, Mary Lou and Lorne GALLINGER, Sharon and Terry PRIDHAM and will be sadly missed by Dorothy's children Lynn and Les HARE, Kim EDWARDS and Tom SOMERVILLE, Robbie and Raymond JERRY and their families. Loved Poppa of Scott and Denise HEYDON, Jessica PRIDHAM and the late Todd HEYDON. Great-grandpa of Kyle and Luke HEYDON. Dear brother of the late Blanche PEACOCK and her late husband Ivan PEACOCK. Dear brother-in-law of Bill and Eva IRWIN, John ORR and Helen IRWIN and predeceased by Joseph IRWIN and survived by his wife Joanne IRWIN. John will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and Friends. Resting at the W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria Street, E., Alliston from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Alliston Union Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations to Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, 200 Fletcher Crescent, Alliston, Ontario, L9R 1W7, would be appreciated.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-17 published
McCABE, Lorraine Frances (née IRWIN)
Born in Omemee and lived in Peterborough and Toronto. Peacefully on Thursday, September 15th, 2005 on her 88th Birthday with her family by her side. Dear wife of the late Andrew McCABE. Loving mother of Ron (Gail) McCABE, Colleen RIVERS, Sue COLLEY and predeceased by her son Jim McCABE. Lorraine is survived by her ten grandchildren Lorri, Gerry (Kim), Lynn (Lee), Dea, Sean (Cheryl), Steve (Lisa), Erin (Dave), Shayne (Crystal), Tara (Bill), and Adam as well as fourteen great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her siblings Joy HAWLEY, Willie JONES, Reg IRWIN and Jack IRWIN. Adopted Nana to Adam's special Friends and Connie WITHERS. " Mom has been the foundation of our family with her strong faith, steadfast guidance, work ethic and dedication to family and Friends. Her perseverance for family traditions never wavered. She was a committed caregiver to her late husband Andy, her step-father Fred LANE, Aunt Loretta, Uncle Jack and her grand_son Adam COLLEY." Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (one block east of St. Clair Ave. E.), 416-267-4656 on Monday, September 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will take place at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 1066 Western Avenue in Peterborough on Tuesday, September 20th at 1 p.m. Visitation prior to Mass from 12 noon until 1 p.m. followed by burial at St. Peter's Cemetery. Reception to follow at the Peterborough Navy Club, 24 Whitlaw Street, off of Landsdown St. W., from 2: 30-5:30 p.m. Donations to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-28 published
McCALLUM, Jean (formerly MUNRO)
Formerly of London and Etobicoke, died peacefully, at Fairfield Park, Wallaceburg, on Thursday, October 27, 2005. Born in North Dorchester Township 95 years ago, daughter of the late David SMITH and Minnie McLACHLIN. Predeceased by her first husband George MUNRO and second husband Don McCALLUM. Dear mother of Ian MUNRO of Toronto, Janet MUNRO of Toronto, Susan MUNRO and husband Bruce NELSON of Chatham. Loving grandmother to Jacqueline NELSON, Emily NELSON, Eric NELSON and Sarah IRWIN. Cherished sister of Catharine DANIELS of Ingersoll and Eleanor DENT of Oakville. Also surviving are her step-children Ron and Maureen McCALLUM and Doreen and Jim NEVISON of Toronto. Family and Friends will be received at the Bowman Funeral Home, 4 Victoria Avenue, Chatham (519-352-2390), for visitation on Saturday, October 29 from 2-4 p.m. and where the Funeral Service will be conducted on Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m., with Reverend Clark VELTKAMP officiating. Expressions of sympathy to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences can be made at www.obituariestoday.com

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-29 published
WAINWRIGHT, Jessie Harriet (née LEWIS)
(February 25, 1919-October 7, 2005)
Sadly, her family announces her passing at her new home at Maple Bay, Duncan, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, formerly of Richmond Hill, Ontario. She arrived full of joy, expectation and anticipation for quality time and gracious living to enjoy her golf and to sail with her son-in-law, Erik. Jessie, born in Toronto, Ontario, was predeceased by her parents Wilfred and Alice LEWIS, several siblings and her daughter-in-law Claire Kaeser WAINWRIGHT. Left to remember her infectious sense of humour, her ability to listen, her willingness to take a risk and her enthusiasm for life are her husband of sixty-four years Louis Thomas WAINWRIGHT; herdaughter Donna and her husband J. Erik CAMPBELL- SMITH who now live at Maple Bay and their sons Jon of Canmore, Alberta and Jason and his wife Caroline of Braunsweig, Germany; her son Dean who lives in Montreal and his three daughters Erin, Allison and her husband Adam TETLEY and Jessie's great-grand_son Deven and Megan; her son Guy and his wife Johanne who live in Kapuskasing, Ontario with their sons Mathew, Nathan and Jeremy. Jessie is also survived by her sister Margaret PARKER and brother Oliver. Her many Friends and neighbours in Richmond Hill and those at Toronto Ladies Golf Club will also miss her. Her family particularly thanks her friend Joan IRWIN, who had become a second daughter to her and Lou these past months. A family celebration of her life was held at St. Peter's Anglican Church on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. In her memory, a donation to the York Central Hospital Foundation, Richmond Hill, Ontario or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by her family.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-23 published
IRWIN, Shirley
Peacefully at Shepherd Lodge on Saturday, November 19, 2005, in her 80th year. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Spirit Church, 3526 Sheppard Ave. E., Agincourt on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment Christ the King Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Odgen Funeral Home, 416-293-5211.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-04 published
IRWIN, John Harrison
Died peacefully at Toronto Western Hospital on Thursday, December 1, 2005 at the age of 58. Beloved husband of Dorothy IRWIN of Coopers Falls. Dear father of Doug (Jeff) of Glencairn and Cheryl (Jim) of Horning's Mills, Loving grandfather of Dalton, Trent, Paul, Michael, Tiffany and J.J. The family will receive Friends at the Reynolds Funeral Home "Turner Chapel" in Bracebridge, 877-806-2257, www.reynoldsfuneral.com on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m., followed by cremation. In keeping with John's way of life, please dress casually. As your expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Krembil Neuroscience Centre.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-13 published
IRWIN, Lillian E. (ADDIS)
Passed away at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston, Ontario, on Friday, December 9, 2005, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Howard Richard IRWIN. Loving mother of Diane McMINN, Linda and Walter BILOWUS, Barbara and Paul CARAVAGGIE. Loving grandmother of Sheri and Mike MEREDITH, Debbie and Gary LITTLER, Cathy McMINN, Brenda and Allen SCHNEIDER, Patti and Jonas MELROSE, Sandra and Mario GULIN. Loving great-grandmother of Kelly, Brad and Brody MEREDITH, Amanda, Samantha and Shayna LITTLER, Nathan SCHNEIDER, Mike and Ryan MELROSE. Loving great-great-grandmother of Lucas JACOBSON and Keagen MEREDITH. Dear sister of Doris IRWIN and predeceased by Jethro ADDIS. A Private Family Service was held at W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria Street E., Alliston, on Monday, December 12, 2005, followed by interment at Alliston Union Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations to Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, 200 Fletcher Crescent, Alliston, Ontario L9R 1W7 would be appreciated.

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IRWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-14 published
SEAGER, Marguerite A.
Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Monday, December 12th, 2005. Marguerite A. SEAGER of London and formerly of Toronto in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Harry SEAGER (1994.) Loving mother and dear friend of Carolynne HOARE and her husband Jim of London. Also survived by her sisters Bernice SPARKES of Peterborough and Muriel PAYNE of Largo, Florida. Greatly missed by her life long beloved best friend May IRWIN of London. Thank you to the nursing staff at Craigwiel Gardens for their love and care given to Marguerite over the last 2 years. A special thank you to Dr. A. WHYNOT and the 2nd floor nursing staff of Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, you helped to ease the emotional pain during a very difficult time. Cremation has taken place. A memeorial service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday, December 16th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Marguerite are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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