WHITRED o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-27 published
WATSON, Bruce " Baldy"
Peacefully, after a year long battle with cancer, at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Sunday, December 25, 2005 Bruce (Baldy) WATSON of London and formerly of Denfield in his 60th year. Dear father of Bob WATSON and Julie DEANS of Glencoe, Brad WATSON and Lynn WHITRED of London and Kerri WATSON of Denfield. Dear grandfather of Braedan and Owen. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Wayne and Joan WATSON of Nairn and Shirley WATSON of London. Predeceased by a brother Ross WATSON. Friends may call at the C. Haskett and son Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 28th at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Ken TAILOR/TAYLOR officiating. Interment Carlisle Cemetery, Carlisle. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com

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WHITSITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-04 published
WHITSITT, Robert " Bob"
Long-time member of the Toronto-Humber Yacht Club. Passed away at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto on Wednesday, March 2, 2005, in his 85th year. Predeceased by his wife Nan (1993). Dear father of Glenda McISAAC of Calgary, and step-father of Glenn GRAHAM. Loving grandfather of Kent and Dana McISAAC and Cameron GRAHAM. Bob will be sadly missed by all his family and by his loving companion June DUPUIS. Private arrangements are entrusted with Turner and Porter "Yorke" Chapel, Toronto.

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WHITSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-17 published
KAY, John
Suddenly, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Wednesday, February 16, 2005, John KAY, 69, of Grand Bend, formerly of London and Toronto. Beloved husband of Wendy KAY. Loved father of Jackie (Don), Glen, Lesley. Loving granddad of Caitlyn, Blaire, Curtis, April and Emily. Dear brother of Doug (Jackie), Gord (Chris), Penny (Chuck), Harry (Lynn). Remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Saturday, February 19, 2005 commencing at 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 1: 30 p.m. Tracey WHITSON- BAHRO officiating. Cremation. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated. John was the proud operator of Memory Lane Photography Studio in the G.T.A. for many years. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com.

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WHITSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-14 published
BEATON, Norman Frank
Suddenly at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Tuesday, April 12, 2005, Norman Frank BEATON, age 78, of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, formerly of Mississauga. Beloved husband of Emily (LAUDER) (STEPHEN) BEATON. Loved father of Lynda and David JOHNSON of Brampton, Robert BEATON of Mississauga, Carol and Ben SKUNCA of Croatia, Katrina STEPHEN and Denise HEELEY, both of Mississauga. Loved by his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Jim and Donna BEATON of Trenton. Remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his first wife, Faye (LIPTON) BEATON (1984) and brother Murchison BEATON. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Thursday, April 14, 2005, 2 to 4 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held Thursday evening at 8 p.m. Tracey WHITSON- BAHRO officiating. Family interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Friday at 3 p.m. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Cancer Society or charity of choice would be appreciated."Stormin" Norman was a longtime trucker for Direct Transport out of Toronto and lifelong member of the Teamsters Union. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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WHITSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-15 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, J. Robert
Peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, J. Robert TAILOR/TAYLOR, of Hensall, in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (TURNER) TAILOR/TAYLOR. Dear father of Murray and Gloria TAILOR/TAYLOR of R.R.#2 Hensall. Loving grandfather of Lori, Brittany and Jennifer TAILOR/TAYLOR. Sadly missed by his sisters Mae BUTSON of Seaforth, Evelyn VENNER and her husband Rodger of Kippen, his brother James TAILOR/TAYLOR and his wife Margaret of Harriston and his sister-in-law Dorothy LEAN and her husband Cliff of Brockville. Sadly missed by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by one daughter Donna, his parents Orville and Christina (DOUGALL) TAILOR/TAYLOR, brothers Orville and Neil and brothers-in-law William BUTSON and Percy WRIGHT. Family and Friends will be received in the Hensall Visitation Chapel, 79 King Street, Hensall on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be conducted on Monday, April 18, 2005 at 11 a.m. Pastor Tracey WHITSON- BAHRO officiating. Interment Hensall Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Carmel Presbyterian Church or a charity of ones choice. Arrangements entrusted to J.M. McBeath Funeral Home, Zurich. Condolences forwarded through www.jmmcbeathfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Robert TAILOR/TAYLOR.

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WHITSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-07 published
HIGGINS, Eileen Gertrude (DAVEY)
Peaceful ly, at Blue Water Rest Home, Zurich, Friday, May 6, 2005, Eileen Gertrude (DAVEY) HIGGINS, age 82, formerly of Grand Bend. Beloved wife of the late Robert Harold HIGGINS (1982.) Loved mother and mother-inlaw of Brenda and Dwight SHEPPARD of Dashwood. Loving grandma of Jason and Amanda SHEPPARD of Exeter, Teri-Lynn SHEPPARD at home and great-grandma of Dominic, Nekka and Keigan. Dear sister of Mary KENNEY of Crediton. Remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Sunday evening 7 to 9 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held Monday, May 9, 2005 at 11 a.m. Tracey WHITSON- BAHRO officiating. Cremation followed by interment Exeter Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the C.N.I.B. or charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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WHITSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-07 published
PEARISO, Melvin Elison
Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, at Macassa Lodge, Hamilton, Monday, September 5, 2005, Melvin Elison PEARISO of Hamilton, formerly of Port Elgin and Grand Bend, age 89. Beloved husband of the late Olive (WALPER) PEARISO (1976.) Loved father and father-in-law of Ruthann PEARISO and her husband Jon LAZAROWICH of Hamilton, Gord and Marilyn PEARISO of Calgary. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by step-sisters Nora THOMAS, Lilly BECKER and brother-in-law Harvey WALPER. Predeceased by sister Irene and her husband Earl THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and step-brother Wilber WEBB. Mr. PEARISO is resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Thursday, September 8, 2005, 4 p.m to 7 p.m. followed by the Funeral Service at 7 p.m. Tracey WHITSON- BAHRO officiating. Private family interment Grand Bend Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to Tolmie Memorial Presbyterian Church, Port Elgin would be appreciated. Mel and his wife operated Mel and Olive's Variety Store in Grand Bend for many years. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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WHITSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-05 published
KENNEY, Donald Gerald
Peacefully, at Exeter Villa Nursing Home, Saturday, December 3, 2005, Donald Gerald KENNEY, 46, of Exeter. Loved son of Dorothy (DESJARDINE) KENNEY of Exeter. Dear brother of Pat and Keith CASE of R.R.#2, Dashwood, Glen KENNEY and companion Linda of Exeter. Father of Wayne, Terry-Lynn, Helena, Peter, Tina and grandfather of Jayde. Also remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his father Roy "Joe" KENNEY (1996). Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Monday evening 7 to 9 p.m.; where the Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 11 a.m. Tracey WHITSON- BAHRO officiating. Interment Grand Bend Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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WHITSON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.barrie.the_barrie_examiner 2005-08-08 published
Barrie father and son killed in plane crash
By Robin MacLENNAN, Monday, August 08, 2005
The surviving pilot involved in a deadly midair crash over Kempenfelt Bay Saturday afternoon didn't see the other plane until it was too late, says a Transportation Safety Board investigator.
“Both of the aircraft operate on visual flight rules,” said Rick PILSON. “Basically, you are operating on a see- and-be-seen basis.&rdquo
The two planes, both Cessna A185F models equipped with pontoons, collided in midair at about 3: 20 p.m.
One pilot was able to land safely and taxi his plane to shore, but the other spiralled out of control into the water.
Rescuers pulled the bodies of George “Bud” LEE, 71, and his 47-year-old son, Dan, both of Barrie, from the wreckage about 20-minutes after the crash.
A post-mortem Sunday showed both men died of severe trauma caused by the impact of the crash.
Larry MARTIN was childhood Friends with Dan, his brother, Tim, and sister, Sandra, who all attended Warnica Public School.
He said Dan was an avid competitive snowmobiler.
“We grew up together, but then you go your own directions. But, I know the family well,” MARTIN said, adding that his mother worked with Bud LEE at Kolmar Canada in Barrie until LEE retired a few weeks ago.
The plane was pulled out of the water late Saturday night and taken to the Currie Truck Centre north of Barrie where it will be examined by investigators today.
PILSON interviewed the surviving pilot. They say he took off from the Springwater Barrie Airpark on Saturday afternoon before heading out over the water, demonstrating his plane for a potential buyer who sat in the back seat. Another pilot was also on board.
Immediately before the crash, PILSON said the pilot, an experienced flyer with thousands of hours in the air, flew a circle around the bay, landed on the water and then took off again.
Around the same time, the LEEs' plane also took off from the water.
The planes collided about 250 feet in the air.
“The propeller struck the right rear float of the fatal plane,&rdquo PILSON said, adding the tail of the float plane was sheared off on impact.
The HILL- WHITSON family had been sailing off the Barrie shoreline for about an hour when the two low-flying planes caught their attention.
“I don't think they had any idea that they were in each other's airspace,” said Karen HILL- WHITSON. “It's hard to believe what we saw.&rdquo
Her 11-year-old son, Dalton, watched the planes collide, about 200 metres from their sailboat.
“At first I thought they were doing a trick or something,” he said. “They were getting so close and I thought, ‘Wow, what are they doing?' &rdquo
“It all happened so fast, and then all you could see were the pontoons in the water and the plane was upside down.&rdquo
After radioing for help, the family dropped the sail and hurried to the crash scene where more than a dozen boaters were trying to help.
“I saw one guy come up to the plane, and he didn't even stop his boat, he just jumped out into the water,” Karen said.
Derrick WAGNER was nearby on a Sea Doo when the float plane crashed.
He was in the water within minutes, working with other citizens to free the two men trapped inside.
“We tried, but we couldn't do anything,” WAGNER said. “We saw them, but we couldn't get to them.
“After about 15 minutes we had to give up because the fuel was all over the place. It was burning everyone.&rdquo
WAGNER returned to shore and was taken by ambulance to Royal Victoria Hospital where he was decontaminated and treated for a first-degree burn on his back.
“Everyone was trying to help,” he said. “People were throwing us masks, but they were all too small and the fuel was just too much.&rdquo
Firefighters, paramedics and police rushed to the scene, but the rescue efforts were hampered by the location of the crash.
“Something like this, we will definitely be responding as fast as possible,” said Barrie police Sgt. Dave GOODBRAND. “But you take the water, and the location, it always complicates the rescue effort when it happens on water because now everybody's got to get onto boats and get out there and that's not our primary mode of transportation.&rdquo
A Barrie police officer used a private citizen's boat to get to the crash site within minutes, and assist with the rescue effort.
An off-duty York Regional Police diver was also in the water helping.
Air ambulances stood by at the Southshore Community Centre, but were not used. One victim was dead at the scene, and the other was transported to Royal Victoria Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, GOODBRAND said.
Investigators say it's “close to a miracle” that three people on one of the planes walked away with just minor injuries. The pilot was treated at hospital for an injured knee.
“It's absolutely amazing,” PILSON said. “It's amazing, almost a miracle that these three people were able to walk away from this. It's amazing that the pilot was able to regain control and land the plane safely.
“He said at first it was difficult, but as the plane descended to the water, he was able to get control of it.&rdquo
After landing, the pilot taxied slowly to the dock at the Barrie marina where his boat was turned over to investigators.
Gus KRISTJANSSON was watching from Minet's Point Park.
“I heard a loud thump, but I don't know if that was the planes colliding or the one plane landing in the water,” he said. “When I looked, I saw the plane land and I followed it all the way to shore. He made a supurb landing and then took a slow, straight path to the dock.
“I can't believe he was able to land like that after crashing into another plane. It was a beautiful landing.&rdquo
While some witnesses: said it took too long for rescuers to reach the downed plane, KRISTJANSSON praised the response of emergency workers.
“I think the response here was amazing,” he said. “Within minutes there were firefighters and then paramedics and police.
“It was so quick, and there must have been about 60 people here all trying to help.&rdquo
Described as avid pilots, fishermen and snowmobilers, Bud and Dan LEE were long-time Barrie residents.
The are survived by wife and mother Barb, daughter and sister Sandy PRIEST, and son and brother Tim LEE. Bud was also grandfather to Colton and Jessi and brother to Jo GAREY and families. Visitation will be held at the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home, 201 Minet's Point Rd., on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the chapel on Thursday, at 1 p.m.

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WHITSON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.orillia.the_packet_&_times 2005-08-08 published
Plane crash kills 2 in Barrie
By Robin MacLENNAN, Monday, August 08, 2005
Barrie -- The suriving pilot involved in a deadly mid-air crash over Kempenfelt Bay Saturday afternoon didn't see the other plane until it was too late, says a Transportation Safety Board investigator.
“Both of the aircraft operate on visual flight rules,” said Rick PILSON. “Basically, you are operating on a see and be seen basis.&rdquo
The two planes, both Cessna A185F models equipped with pontoons, collided in mid-air at about 3: 20 p.m. One pilot was able to land safely and taxi his plane to shore, but the other spiralled out of control into the water.
Rescuers pulled the bodies of George “Bud” LEE, 71, and his 47-year-old son Danny, both of Barrie, from the wreckage about 20 minutes after the crash. A post-mortem Sunday showed both men died of severe trauma caused by the impact of crash.
Larry MARTIN was childhood Friends with Danny, his brother Tim and sister Sandra who attended Warnica Public School. He said Danny was an avid competitive snowmobiler.
“We grew up together, but then you go your own directions, but I know the family well,” MARTIN said, adding that his mother worked with Bud LEE at Kolmar Canada in Barrie until he retired a few weeks ago.
The plane was pulled out of the water late Saturday night and taken to the Currie Truck Centre north of Barrie where it will be examined by investigators today.
PILSON interviewed the surviving pilot, who had taken off from the Springwater Barrie Airpark on Saturday afternoon before heading out over the water, demonstrating his plane for a potential buyer who sat in the back seat. Another pilot was also on board.
Immediately before the crash, PILSON said the pilot, an experienced flyer with thousands of hours in the air, flew a circle around the bay, landed on the water and then took off again.
Around the same time, the LEEs' floatplane also took off from the water.
The planes collided about 250 feet in the air.
“The propeller struck the right rear float of the fatal plane,&rdquo PILSON said, adding that the tail of the plane was sheared off on impact.
The HILL- WHITSON Family had been sailing off the Barrie shoreline for about an hour when the two low-flying planes caught their attention.
“I don't think they had any idea that were in each other's air space,” said Karen HILL- WHITSON. “It's hard to believe what we saw.&rdquo
Her 11-year-old son Dalton watched the planes collide about 200 metres from their sailboat.
“At first I thought the were doing a trick or something,” he said. “They were getting so close and I thought ‘Wow, what are they doing?'
“It all happened so fast, and then all you could see were the pontoons in the water and the plane was upside down.&rdquo
After radioing for help, the family dropped the sail and hurried to the crash scene where more than a dozen boaters were trying to help.
“I saw one guy come up to the plane, and he didn't even stop his boat, he just jumped out into the water,” Karen said.
Derrick WAGNER was nearby on a Sea Doo when the plane crashed. He was in the water within minutes, working with other citizens to free the two people trapped inside the float plane.
“We tried, but we couldn't do anything,” WAGNER said. “We saw them, but we couldn't get to them. After about 15 minutes we had to give up because the fuel was all over the place.&rdquo
WAGNER returned to shore and was taken by ambulance to Royal Victoria Hospital where he was decontaminated and treated for a first degree burn.
Firefighters, paramedics and police rushed to the scene, but the rescue efforts were hampered by the location of the crash.
“Something like this, we will definitely be responding as fast as possible,” said Barrie police Sgt. Dave GOODBRAND.

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WHITSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-17 published
KAY, John
Suddenly, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Wednesday, February 16, 2005, John KAY, 69, of Grand Bend, formerly of London and Toronto. Beloved husband of Wendy (GRILL) KAY. Loved father of Jackie and Don STRANGE of Port Perry, Glen GRILL of Oshawa and Lesley GRILL of Holland Landing. Loving granddad of Caitlyn STRANGE, Blaire STRANGE, Curtis, April and Emily GRILL. Dear brother of Doug and Jackie MacBAIN, Gord and Chris MacBAIN, Penny and Chuck WORTON, Harry and Lynn HELLIWELL. Remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood (519-237-3532), with visitation Saturday, February 19, 2005 commencing at 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 1: 30 p.m., Tracey WHITSON- BAHRO officiating. Cremation. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated. John was the proud operator of Memory Lane Photography Studio in the G.T.A. for many years. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com.

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WHITSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-14 published
BEATON, Norman Frank
Suddenly, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Tuesday, April 12, 2005. Norman Frank BEATON, age 78, of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, formerly of Mississauga. Beloved husband of Emily (LAUDER) (STEPHEN) BEATON. Loved father of Lynda and David JOHNSON of Brampton, Robert BEATON of Mississauga, Carol and Ben SKUNCA of Croatia, Katrina STEPHEN and Denise HEELEY, both of Mississauga. Loved by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Jim and Donna BEATON of Trenton. Remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his first wife, Faye (LIPTON) BEATON (1984) and brother Murchison BEATON. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Thursday, April 14, 2005, 2 to 4 p.m., where the Funeral Service will be held Thursday evening at 8 p.m. Tracey WHITSON- BAHRO officiating. Family interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Friday at 3 p.m. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Cancer Society, or charity of choice would be appreciated. "Stormin" Norman was a longtime trucker for Direct Transport out of Toronto and lifelong member of the Teamsters Union. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-22 published
WHITTAKER, Joan
Peacefully, at London Health Sciences Centre (Universi ty Hospital) in London, Ontario, on January 19, 2005 in her 80th year. Deeply missed by daughter Diane WHITTAKER and her partner Barry McCARTHY. Beloved grandmother of Madison McCARTHY. Joan will be lovingly remembered by her dear friend Helen HARSHAW, her ex-husband Walter Leslie WHITTAKER and her brother Maurice McLAREN in England.
Joan had many Friends who will miss her keen mind, her enthusiastic participation in a variety of pursuits and her devoted Friendship. She contributed to the development of many young men and women in her 40 year career as a teacher and guidance counselor, first in England, and then for many years at Winston Churchill Collegiate in Scarborough. Joan enjoyed her membership in several groups of the University Women's Club of North York - Afternoon Duplicate, Table Hoppers, Book Study and Food with Flair and will be missed by many members of these groups. She was also a keen member of the Toronto Ladies Golf Club. Joan enjoyed tending to her beautiful perennial English garden, crosswords, tennis, cooking, golf and spending time with Madison. We wish to express our profound thanks to Juliana TABARIKI, Jackie BROWNING, Jenna GOODHAND, Rose GENDERS and the staff from ComCare who cared for Joan with compassion, love and humour for the past six months. We also wish to express deep gratitude to the nurses on the 7th floor at University Hospital whose loving care will never be forgotten. A special thanks to Breeda O'FARRELL and Dr. Valerie SCHULTZ for their loving concern and compassionate guidance. We are also grateful to Dr. STRONG and all the caring members of the Motor Neuron Clinic Team at University Hospital and the other team members on the 7th floor. Visitation at 1: 00 pm followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 24, 2005 at Central United Church, 131 Main Street, Unionville. Arrangements through Chapel Ridge Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the A.L.S. Society of Ontario would be appreciated.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-21 published
WALTERS, Lorne Alexander
Lorne Alexander, 85, of R.R.#2, Embro passed away suddenly at Celebrantion Hospital, Orlando, Florida on Saturday, March 19, 2005. He was born in West Zorra Township, Oxford County on October 19, 1919 a son of the late Frank and Della WALTERS. He had farmed at Lot 32, Con. 7 of Zorra Township and was a member of St. Andrew's United Church, Brookdale. He married the former Ruth Pauline LOWES at Princeton on July 13, 1946. She predeceased him on February Lorne is survived by one son, Bob and his wife Gail WALTERS of Stratford; four daughters, Sharon and husband Larry PYE of Ingersoll, Darlene and husband Andy WHITTAKER of R.R.#1, Embro; Judy WALTERS- CHANDLER of R.R.#2, Embro; Lori and husband Fred ELLIS of R.R.#5, Stratford twelve grandchildren, Julie, Neal and Jacqui WALTERS, Scott and wife Lisa PYE, Steven PYE, Loretta and husband Ken HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, Sherri and husband Andrew BELL, Keith WHITTAKER, Kyle WHITTAKER and fianceé Tracey AUSTIN, Sheila WHITTAKER, Jason and Rebecca CHANDLER; ten great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Thelma WALTERS of Woodstock, Ann Maslen of R.R.#1, Embro; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lois and Tom DWYER of Mt. Brydges and brother-in-law, Stuart LOWES of London. He was predeceased by brother, Lloyd WALTERS; half-brother, Roy "Bud" MASLEN; sister-in-law, Freda HALLMAN. Relatives and Friends will be received in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock Street North, Tavistock on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday March 24, 2005 at 1 p.m. The Reverend Janice AICKEN will officiate. Interment in Knox Presbyterian Cemetery, Harrington. As expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Sunshine Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the funeral home by calling 1-519-655-2431.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-28 published
WILLIAMS, Frank V.
Frank V. WILLIAMS passed away peacefully in his sleep at London Health Sciences Centre-University Campus on Sunday, March 27, 2005. Beloved husband for over 60 years of Joan I. WILLIAMS. Much loved father of David R. WILLIAMS of Vancouver. Dearly missed by his sister-in-law Vanessa and her family of Ottawa, brother Gordon WILLIAMS (Helen) of Mesa, Arizona and by his long-time Friends. Survived by a loving family of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters Marjorie (Orrin PACETTI) and Margaret (Clifford WHITTAKER) and by his brother Roy WILLIAMS (Bertha.)
Frank was a loyal member of the Kiwanis Club of Riverview. He served overseas in England with the Canadian Army for 6 years during World War 2 and saw action in Italy. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be conducted at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, on Tuesday, March 29th, 2005, at 1: 00 p.m. with visitation a half-hour prior to the service. Memorial donations in memory of Frank to the Kiwanis Club of Riverview or the London Health Sciences Foundation-University Hospital would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Westview Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements 641-1793.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-09 published
McWILLIAM, Wreatha Alexine (WHITTAKER)
Peacefully on May 7, 2005, Mrs. Wreatha Alexine McWILLIAM (WHITTAKER) of London in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Alex McWILLIAM. Loving Mother of Catherine McDONALD (Wilfred.) Dear grandmother of James SAVARD (Amy), Bridget SAVARD, Ronald SAVARD (Neely), Tim McDONALD (Linda) and Debbie AUSTIN (Richard.) Will be sadly missed by great-grandchildren Amelie, Ricky, Melissa, Ryan, Carly and Madison as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Merle, Lillian and Vi and brothers Clifford and George. Visitation will be held in the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel (520 Dundas Street, London) on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at East London Anglican Ministry of Wednesday, May 11th, 2005. Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant. Memorial donations to the East London Anglican Ministries or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-10 published
HUPMAN, Gertrude (POLHILL)
At Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Sunday, May 8, 2005, Gertrude (POLHILL) HUPMAN, of Ingersoll, in her 83rd year. Wife of the late Carl HUPMAN (1973.) Dear mother of Carolyn and husband Barry ANSTEE of Ingersoll, Barbara WHITTAKER of Ingersoll, Julie and husband John THERIAULT of Ingersoll, Crystal and husband Norman JOHNSTON of Woodstock and Robert and wife Jackie of Frankfort. Dear sister of Eileen of Woodstock, Vivian of Bayfield and Evelyn of Peterborough. Also survived by 17 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Predeceased by one daughter Sharon (1991), one sister Gladys, one brother William and dear friend Nancy Anne MURPHY. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street, S., Ingersoll Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Captain Tina Paddock officiating. Cremation to follow. Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-01 published
Man shot, killed in crowded square
At least 1,000 people were partying, with lots of police around, when shots were fired.
Canadian Press
Toronto -- Hundreds of people dropped their drinks and kicked off their sandals and flip-flops to flee the scene after gunfire rang out at a jammed public square early yesterday.
It was one of three fatal but apparently unrelated shootings in a 12-hour span.
At least 1,000 people were partying at Dundas Square, a downtown gathering spot, at 4: 30 a.m. when the shooting happened, said Toronto police Staff Insp. Jeff McGUIRE.
"It was packed, it's safe to say wall-to-wall people," he said. "I'm sure you're going to fit more than 1,000 people there."
Hundreds of police officers were on the scene as part of stepped-up security deployed for large crowds, such as the weekend Caribana festival celebrating Caribbean culture, McGUIRE said.
Ajine STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, 24, of Mississauga, was arrested soon after the shooting and faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Dwayne TAILOR/TAYLOR, 21, of nearby Brampton, who died later in hospital.
McGUIRE added he couldn't understand why someone would commit such a crime in plain view of a substantial police presence and security cameras.
"I mean, we have police officers on horses, we have hundreds of police officers in uniform and (someone would) still choose to take someone's life."
McGUIRE said the square is popular most Saturday nights, but this week's had swelled exponentially due to the city's Caribana festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over North America and the Caribbean.
But he was quick to add the shooting was not the result of the festival itself.
"Shooting people on Dundas (Street)... has nothing to do with Caribana, it has to do with a large crowd gathering after the event," he said.
In another case, the body of Umathevan THIYAGARAJAH, 26, of Toronto was found at a suburban intersection after gunfire was reported.
Elsewhere, Leroy WHITTAKER, 46, was shot through his Toronto apartment door.
No arrests have been made in those shootings, which follow a spurt of recent violence.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-21 published
WHITTAKER, Joan
Peacefully, at London Health Sciences Centre (University Hospital), in London, Ontario, on January 19, 2005 in her 80th year. Deeply missed by daughter Diane WHITTAKER and her partner Barry McCARTHY. Beloved grandmother of Madison McCARTHY. Joan will be lovingly remembered by her dear friend Helen HARSHAW, her ex-husband Walter Leslie WHITTAKER and her brother Maurice McLAREN in England. Joan had many Friends who will miss her keen mind, her enthusiastic participation in a variety of pursuits, and her devoted Friendship. She contributed to the development of many young men and women in her 40 year career as a teacher and guidance counsellor, first in England, and then for many years at Winston Churchill Collegiate in Scarborough. Joan enjoyed her membership in several groups of the University Women's Club of North York -- Afternoon Duplicate, Table Hoppers, Book Study and Food with Flair and will be missed by many members of these groups. She was also a keen member of the Toronto Ladies Golf Club. Joan enjoyed tending to her beautiful perennial English garden, crosswords, tennis, cooking, golf and spending time with Madison. We wish to express our profound thanks to Juliana TABARIKI, Jackie BROWNING, Jenna GOODHAND, Rose GENDERS and the staff from ComCare who cared for Joan with compassion, love and humour for the past six months. We also wish to express deep gratitude to the nurses on the 7th floor at University Hospital whose loving care will never be forgotten. A special thanks to Breeda O'FARRELL and Dr. Valerie SCHULTZ for their loving concern and compassionate guidance. We are also grateful to Dr. STRONG and all the caring members of the Motor Neuron Clinic Team at University Hospital and the other team members on the 7th floor. Visitation at 1: 00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2005 at Central United Church, 131 Main Street, Unionville. Arrangements through Chapel Ridge Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the A.L.S. Society of Ontario would be appreciated.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-22 published
FIRTH, Jean Carruthers
Passed away peacefully at Idlewyld Manor on January 20th, 2005. Jean was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman FIRTH. Sister of C. Grant FIRTH (2002) and Murray FIRTH (1945.) Jean lived in Hamilton all her life, she drove for the Red Cross during the second world war. The family would like to thank the staff at Idlewyld Manor for their compassionate care. Also Lee YEARWOOD, Betty HAMMOND, Sheila ELFORD, Jo-Anne LARGE and Tracy WHITTAKER. Following Jean's wishes there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Ancaster, 905-648-3852.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-24 published
FIRTH, Jean Carruthers
Passed away peacefully at Idlewyld Manor on January 20th, 2005. Jean was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman FIRTH. Sister of C. Grant FIRTH (2002) and Murray FIRTH (1945.) Jean lived in Hamilton all her life, she drove for the Red Cross during the second world war. The family would like to thank the staff at Idlewyld Manor for their compassionate care. Also Lee YEARWOOD, Betty HAMMOND, Sheila ELFORD, Jo-Anne LARGE and Tracy WHITTAKER. Following Jean's wishes there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Ancaster, 905-648-3852. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-21 published
FOSTER, " Bunny" Lenore M. (née HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON)
It is with great sadness that the family of Bunny FOSTER announce her passing on Friday, February 18, 2005 at the age of 77. Loved wife of Art for 50 years, loving mother of Brent and Tracey, and loving grandmother of Christopher and Andrew. She will be sadly missed by her sister Mary Joan and husband Bill WHITTAKER of Brampton and by her nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives, all of whom she loved very much.
Bunny particularly enjoyed curling and the many Friends she made through curling over the years. Her participation was cut short by the onset of Parkinsons in '95 but she continued to follow it closely over the ensuing years. Her own accomplishments included being on five Ladies Club Championship teams and on the Runners-Up team in '88 for the Ontario Seniors Ladies Championship.
Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, (Hwy. 10 north of Queen Elizabeth Way), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 2 p.m. Reception after at the Mississaugua GCC.
Interment will take place later, at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Penetang, overlooking Georgian Bay, and close to the cottage she loved so much. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Nathan SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER and the many other Doctors and Nurses of the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, who provided their considerable attention and care to Bunny. Memorial donations to the Parkinson Society Canada or the Multiple Sclerosis Society Mississauga Chapter, would be appreciated by the family.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-14 published
GOUGH, Barbara M.
Peacefully at home on the morning of May 9th, 2005. The daughter of Barbara and James WHITTAKER, born in Bramhall, Cheshire 83 years ago. Beloved wife and true love of Neil D. GOUGH for nearly 60 years. Dearest mother to Nigel (& Liz), Bruce (& Kate), Janet (& Roy), Stuart (& Sonja). Loving grandmother to Jessica, Meghan, Lindsay, Nigel, Miles, and Gillian. She is predeceased by her brother Arthur (Sicily, 1943) and her sister Alice (Isle of Man, 1998). Following her wishes she was cremated and a private family service was held at St. Christopher's Anglican Church, Burlington on Wednesday, May 11th, 2005.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-06 published
WHITTAKER, Lillias Christina
Passed away early on July 2, 2005 in her 94th year. Beloved wife of George (deceased in 1997), mother to Leslie and Jeffrey (Maura), grandmother to Alexandra, Walter and Julian, aunt to Ron NEVILLE (Joan) and Nancy. She is survived by brother-in-law Herbert WHITTAKER. Born in Westmount, Québec in 1911, she received her primary and secondary education with her sister Margaret at Kings Hall in Compton, Québec then worked at Sun Life Insurance and married in 1939. While George was serving overseas during World War 2 she served as an officer in the Canadian Women's Army Corp. She raised her family in Montreal and Toronto, during that time she worked at Elmridge and Maple Downs golf clubs. After retirement, Lillias and George moved to West Vancouver to be close to family. She was active in the West Vancouver Seniors Centre, particularly as a regular mah-jong player. She will be remembered as a kind, loving and generous mother, aunt and grandmother who cherished her family and loved to travel but never did enough. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the British Columbia Heart and Stroke Foundation in Lillias memory would be appreciated. The family thanks Inglewood Lodge 2nd floor care and nursing staff for their kindness to our mother in her last years. And to them from her "Hello, hello, hello.... Thanks for everything." A Funeral service will be held at Hollyburn Funeral Home, 1807 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, British Columbia at 1: 00 p.m. on Friday July 8, 2005.
Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-01 published
Homicide toll climbs to 38 after weekend shootings
Four dead in separate incidents in the Greater Toronto Area within less than 12 hours
By Timothy APPLEBY, Monday, August 1, 2005, Page A7
Toronto's homicide total for the year climbed to 38 yesterday after three disparate gunshot slayings in different corners of the city within less than 12 hours.
And just north of the city, Peel Region police were investigating the Greater Toronto Area's fourth homicide of the weekend after a woman was found suffering "severe trauma" in a basement apartment in Brampton.
In Toronto, one killing occurred shortly before dawn, as thousands of post-Caribana celebrants milled on downtown Yonge Street, and was witnessed by a police officer who chased and captured the alleged gunman nearby. Panicked onlookers fled as the gunfire erupted.
The three Toronto homicides came on the heels of a blood-soaked 48 hours less than a week earlier, when seven people were wounded in six different gun incidents that were also apparently unrelated.
The weekend violence took place just days after Statistics Canada released its annual crime report for 2004, which showed that the Greater Toronto Area had the lowest crime rate of any major Canadian city last year, with an 8.6 per cent reduction over The number of murders in Toronto dropped by 3 per cent last year, dipping to 64, even as the rate rose nationwide. (In 1991, the Toronto figure was 89, a record high.)
Together, those seemingly contrary trends suggest that while the city overall may be safer than a few years ago, the opposite holds true within the underworld, where by every measure there are more firearms available than ever before, notably handguns smuggled in from the United States.
"The biggest concern is, the number of people out there who know people who are carrying guns," Staff Insp. Jeff McGUIRE, who heads the homicide squad, said yesterday. "We need people to come forward and work with us so we can get them off the street."
The first of the weekend's slayings occurred in North York Saturday afternoon, when police were summoned by a 911 call from a 10-year-old boy living in a high-rise apartment on Flemington Road, close to where one of last weekend's shootings occurred.
Inside the apartment was Leroy WHITTAKER, 46, shot dead by bullets fired through the closed front door, apparently after a knock.
Two men seen loitering in the corridor a short while before the shooting are being sought.
As to whether Mr. WHITTAKER was the intended victim, "we don't know because the shooters themselves would not have known who was on the other side," Staff Insp. McGUIRE said.
"We're simply fortunate that the 10-year-old lad was not in the way."
Next to die, shortly before midnight Saturday, was Umathevan THIYAGARAJAH, 26, found in the well-lit parking lot of a small strip mall at Finch and Warden avenues in Scarborough.
Mr. THIYAGARAJAH, who appeared to have had no previous dealings with police, had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Several men were spied near where his body was found. Police yesterday urged any witnesses: to come forward.
Finally, at around 4: 30 a.m. yesterday, came the gunfire at Yonge and Dundas streets, killing Dwayne TAILOR/TAYLOR, 21, of Brampton, who died later in hospital.
Ajine STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, 24, of Mississauga, was arrested soon after the shooting and faces a charge of first-degree murder.
In Brampton, police responded to a 911 call about 1 p.m. yesterday after a man who was seen walking naked in the Williams Parkway and McLaughlin Road area said a crime had been committed.
Officers later discovered a 21-year-old woman "suffering from severe trauma to the head" in a nearby basement apartment, Constable Jennifer BRYER said.
The woman died of her injuries in hospital.
Police are treating her death as a homicide and have arrested the man, but he has not been charged. They say the man and woman knew each other.
Staff Insp. McGUIRE stressed that Toronto's weekend Caribana festivities appear not to have had any connection to the violence.
While much of the crowd packed into Dundas Square had been celebrating Caribana, he noted, the festival itself was by then long over and was almost entirely trouble-free.
"This had nothing to do with Caribana, it's a very unfortunate incident, I'm sure the people associated with Caribana just shake their heads."

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-06 published
WICKENS, Ewart Allen, C.A.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our cherished Ewart on August 4, 2005 at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dearly beloved husband of Norma (née NIBLOCK) of 57 years. Predeceased by his dear parents Cora and Stephen WICKENS, and sisters Phyllis CALVERT and Kathleen. Devoted brother of Betty JAMIESON of Calgary. Uncle Ewart to many loving and much loved nieces and nephews. Ewart will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Shirley WHITTAKER and her husband Jack, Susan and her husband Wilson GAUDION and Douglas NIBLOCK. Family and Friends will be received at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery "Carfrae" Chapel (375 Mount Pleasant Road), on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 one hour prior to service time at 11 a.m. Private cremation. The Wickens family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the nurses and staff of the George Hees Wing (L Wing) of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for the excellent care and kindness they received. In loving memory of Ewart, donations to The Veterans Comfort Fund of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre or The Pet Trust c/o Ontario Veterinary College -- University of Guelph, would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cardinal Funeral Home "Earle Elliott" Chapel. Online condolences can be made at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-14 published
WHITTAKER, Norma Phyllis
With sorrow, the family wishes to announce Norma's death on Saturday, November 12, 2005. Born in Peterborough, December 20, 1919. Died peacefully, after a short illness, at Toronto Western Hospital. Predeceased by her sister Margaret and brother-in-law John LONDERVILLE, her brother Jack and sister-in-law Eileen WHITTAKER, her sister Audrey (Gerry) WOOLL. Loved Aunt of Anne (Wayne) CLIFFE, Paul LONDERVILLE, Jane LONDERVILLE, Sara LONDERVILLE, Lorraine (Bob) WARNER, Mary SCANDRETT, Susan WOOLL, Nancy WHITTAKER, and Tim (Wendy) WHITTAKER. After a long career, Norma retired in 1984 from Alward and Guinlock Architects. Cremation has taken place. Interment will follow at Little Lake Cemetery. A celebration of Norma's life will be held at a later date. Donations, in Norma's memory, may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-22 published
WHITTAKER, Joan
Peacefully, at London Health Sciences Centre (University Hospital) in London, Ontario, on January 19, 2005 in her 80th year. Deeply missed by daughter Diane WHITTAKER and her partner Barry McCARTHY. Beloved grandmother of Madison McCARTHY. Joan will be lovingly remembered by her dear friend Helen HARSHAW, her ex-husband Walter Leslie WHITTAKER and her brother Maurice McLAREN in England. Joan had many Friends who will miss her keen mind, her enthusiastic participation in a variety of pursuits, and her devoted Friendship. She contributed to the development of many young men and women in her 40 year career as a teacher and guidance counsellor, first in England, and then for many years at Winston Churchill Collegiate in Scarborough. Joan enjoyed her membership in several groups of the University Women's Club of North York - Afternoon Duplicate, Table Hoppers, Book Study and Food with Flair and will be missed by many members of these groups. She was also a keen member of the Toronto Ladies Golf Club. Joan enjoyed tending to her beautiful perennial English garden, crosswords, tennis, cooking, golf and spending time with Madison. We wish to express our profound thanks to Juliana TABARIKI, Jackie BROWNING, Jenna GOODHAND, Rose GENDERS and the staff from ComCare who cared for Joan with compassion, love and humour for the past six months. We also wish to express deep gratitude to the nurses on the 7th floor at University Hospital whose loving care will never be forgotten. A special thanks to Breeda O'FARRELL and Dr. Valerie SCHULTZ for their loving concern and compassionate guidance. We are also grateful to Dr. STRONG and all the caring members of the Motor Neuron Clinic Team at University Hospital and the other team members on the 7th floor. Visitation at 1: 00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2005 at Central United Church, 131 Main Street, Unionville. Arrangements through Chapel Ridge Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the A.L.S. Society of Ontario would be appreciated.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-21 published
FOSTER, " Bunny" Lenore M. (née HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON)
It is with great sadness that the family of Bunny FOSTER announce her passing on Friday, February 18, 2005, at the age of 77. Loved wife of Art for 50 years, loving mother of Brent and Tracey and loving grandmother of Christopher and Andrew. She will be sadly missed by her sister Mary Joan and husband Bill WHITTAKER of Brampton and by her nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives all of whom she loved very much. Bunny particularly enjoyed curling and the many Friends she made through curling over the years. Her participation was cut short by the onset of Parkinson's '95 but she continued to follow it closely over the ensuing years. Her own accomplishments included being on five Ladies Club Championship teams and on the Runners-Up team in '88 for the Ontario Seniors Ladies Championship. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 2 p.m. Reception after at the Mississaugua G.C.C.. Interment will take place later at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Penetang, overlooking Georgian Bay and close to the cottage she loved so much. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Nathan SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER and the many other Doctors and the Nurses of the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital who provided their considerable attention and care to Bunny. Memorial donations to the Parkinson Society of Canada or the Multiple Sclerosis Society - Mississauga Chapter would be appreciated by the family.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-14 published
JOUDREY, Frederick " Fred"
Born, Blockhouse, Nova Scotia, passed away suddenly in Peterborough, Ontario on May 6, 2005 in his 74th year. Beloved husband of Nancy (née HAROLD) for 33 years. Dear step-father of James COOK (Tracey SMYTH) of Toronto and Cynthia COOK (Rene HELLENDOORN) of Port Perry. Proud grandfather of Matt, Jill, and Stephen COOK and Bram HELLENDOORN. Brother of Jean CONRAD (Gerald) and Lucille GOSWELL, both of Nova Scotia, and Marie WHITTAKER (Alan) of Duncan, British Columbia. Fred will be missed by his great-grandchildren and his nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held at a later time. If so desired, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, Ontario.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-15 published
WORBECK, Emil
Peacefully on Friday, May 13th, 2005 at Seven Oaks Home for the Aged at the age of 90. Beloved husband of the late Katherine. Loving father of the late Marlene WHITTAKER. Survived by son-in-law Brian and grand_son Robin. Special thanks to his personal caregivers Karen and Lourdes and the nursing staff at Seven Oaks. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of Jane Subway from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, May 17th, 2005 at 11 o'clock. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Safehaven Project for Community Living, 1173 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario, M6H 1M9, would be appreciated by the family.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-13 published
Family swim turns tragic
About 200 people watch as body found in murky water
Shocked mother didn't realize two other sons were missing
By Chris WILSON- SMITH, Torstar News Service
Guelph Mercury
With Files From Henry STANCU
Fergus, Ontario -- In shock from seeing her son's body, a Toronto woman forgot about her other two boys. And then the unthinkable happened.
One boy drowned and his two young brothers were airlifted to hospital yesterday after being discovered in an unsupervised swimming area at a conservation area in Fergus, near Guelph.
Larry LE, 9, was pronounced dead at Groves Memorial Hospital in Fergus.
Calvin LE, 7, was taken to Groves Memorial and later airlifted to Toronto Sick Children's Hospital, police said. Anthony LE, 8, was airlifted to McMaster Hospital in Hamilton and is listed in critical condition, police said last night.
"He's doing better," the boys' uncle said of Calvin, as he stood with a group of relatives last night outside Sick Kids. "He's breathing on his own now."
The uncle, who did not want to be identified, said both parents were at the Toronto hospital and were heading to Hamilton late last night.
The parents, who are in their 30s and live on Jane St. in North York, were at the park for a day trip. They have no other children.
It was the second drowning in the area this weekend. On Saturday, a Kitchener man drowned at the Dolime Quarry just outside of Guelph.
In Fergus, about 200 people watched early in the afternoon as Larry was pulled out of the water onto the crowded beach at Belwood Lake Conservation Area, said Keith WHITTAKER, a 50-year-old Toronto resident who was fishing nearby with his son.
"People were trying to save him, and it didn't look like they were doing so well," WHITTAKER said, his voice breaking.
It wasn't until someone was attempting to resuscitate Larry that the mother realized she didn't know where her other two children were.
"All of a sudden she cried out that her other two sons were missing," WHITTAKER said. "It was terrible."
A group of bystanders frantically searched the water for about 10 minutes before someone spotted the other boys under water, said WHITTAKER's 22-year-old son, Mark.
"It was the worst day of my life... if only we knew the other two kids were missing when we were all watching to make sure the first boy was living, we might have been able to do more," he said.
The Toronto brothers were found in about a metre of water in an area where beach-goers were swimming just before the first boy was pulled from the water, Keith WHITTAKER said.
"We were going crazy trying to find them, but the water was so thick... it almost made it impossible to see anything.
"Finally, somebody bumped into a body."
The older WHITTAKER said all three boys "looked lifeless."
One portion of the swimming area is fenced off for children -- it doesn't get any deeper than about a metre. Keith WHITTAKER said the bodies were found outside the kids' area, where Grand River Conservation Authority spokesperson Dave SCHULTZ said it gets as deep as 4.5 metres.
Emergency crews, including Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police and two helicopter ambulances, arrived at 1: 50 p.m. -- about 20 minutes after the second and third boys were found, said Const. Jennifer SMITH.
"This is an extremely tragic incident, and obviously the boys' mother is upset," SMITH said.
Keith WHITTAKER said waiting for the emergency crews "felt like an eternity. Bystanders said the boys' mother was having trouble communicating with emergency response crews.
"She was screaming for her sons, that's all we know for sure," WHITTAKER said. "I just wish we could have done more."
Visitors to the spot are confronted by an 2.4 by 2.4 metre sign that reads: "Beach patrol services have been discontinued... Do not leave children unattended."
The conservation authority's SCHULTZ said the beach patrol was cut in 1996 when funding from the provincial government dwindled.
"They weren't necessarily trained in emergency response, but having another set of eyes sometimes helped," he said. The authority will examine if system changes need to be made, SCHULZ said.
Extreme weekend heat was also a "likely contributing factor" in the drowning of a Kitchener man on Saturday night, SMITH said.
Three men had taken a cab from Kitchener to cool off and take a swim in the quarry, police said. The 28-year-old man, whose name was not released, jumped into the water at the Dolime Quarry at County Road 124 and Kossuth Road.
He came up once, waved his arms, went back under and did not resurface, police said.
One of the man's Friends called 911 but emergency personnel were not able to locate the victim.
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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-17 published
GALLOWAY, Gordon
Suddenly passed away on Thursday, June 16th, 2005 in Toronto in his 66th year. Survived by his loving mother Margaret WHITTAKER. Dear father of Darren (Donna), Grant (Kelly) and Steven (Pat). Proud grandpa of Madeleine, Cameron, Katelynn, Rebecca and Kelly. Lovingly remembered by his sister Kay PETROPOULOS and brother Bill (Mary). Gordon will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, family and Friends. Friends will be received at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre (1535 South Gateway at Dixie Rd. 905-602-1580) on Saturday, June 18th, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Sunday, June 19th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-06 published
WHITTAKER, Lillias Christina
Passed away early on July 2, 2005 in her 94th year. Beloved wife of George (deceased in 1997), mother to Leslie and Jeffrey (Maura), grandmother to Alexandra, Walter and Julian, aunt to Ron NEVILLE (Joan) and Nancy. She is survived by brother-in-law Herbert WHITTAKER. Born in Westmount, Québec in 1911, she received her primary and secondary education with her sister Margaret at Kings Hall in Compton, Québec then worked at Sun Life Insurance and married in 1939. While George was serving overseas during World War 2 she served as an officer in the Canadian Women's Army Corp. She raised her family in Montreal and Toronto, during that time she worked at Elmridge and Maple Downs golf clubs. After retirement, Lillias and George moved to West Vancouver to be close to family. She was active in the West Vancouver Seniors Centre, particularly as a regular mah-jong player. She will be remembered as a kind, loving and generous mother, aunt and grandmother who cherished her family and loved to travel but never did enough. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the British Columbia Heart and Stroke Foundation in Lillias' memory would be appreciated. The family thanks Inglewood Lodge 2nd floor care and nursing staff for their kindness to our mother in her last years. And to them from her "Hello, hello, hello.... Thanks for everything." A Funeral service will be held at Hollyburn Funeral Home, 1807 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, British Columbia at 1: 00 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2005. Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-01 published
A weekend of violence
3: 45 p.m. Saturday: A 27-year-old man is shot multiple times in a parking lot near 23 Driftwood Court. Taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries
5: 13 p.m.: Leroy WHITTAKER, 46, of Toronto, shot multiple times and killed in an apartment building on Flemington Rd. in the Lawrence Heights area
11: 51 p.m.: Umathevan THIYAGARAJAH, 26, of Toronto, shot and killed in the Finch Ave. E. and Warden Ave. area.
12: 17 a.m. yesterday: Non-life-threatening stabbing at 685 Yonge St.
2: 25 a.m.: Man stabbed multiple times on Richmond St. east of Peter St. Non-life-threatening injuries
2: 35 a.m.: Ontario and Howard Sts.; two men stabbed with bottles, not life-threatening
4: 30 a.m.: Dwayne TAILOR/TAYLOR, 21, of Brampton, shot and killed in Yonge-Dundas Square at Yonge and Dundas Sts. Ajine STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, 24, of Mississauga charged with first-degree murder

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-01 published
Shootings 'spike' as 3 slain
Police downplay violence as third victim shot to death
Man gunned down through closed door of his apartment
By Sikander Z. HASHMI and Bob MITCHELL, Staff Reporters
Three fatal shootings in 12 hours have jolted the city and left a neighbourhood in fear, but police are downplaying the most recent rash of violence.
"When a spike like that happens in the year, we have to remember that this stuff does level out over the average year," Toronto police Staff Insp. Jeff McGUIRE told a news conference yesterday.
Besides the two fatal shootings Saturday, a man was shot dead yesterday at Yonge-Dundas Square at Yonge and Dundas Sts.
The first shooting death, the city's 36th homicide of the year, occurred Saturday afternoon on Flemington Rd., near Lawrence Ave. and Allen Rd., in an area that saw two shootings last week. Police do not believe the incidents are related.
Leroy WHITTAKER, 46, was gunned down as he came to answer the door at his Lawrence Heights apartment. A 10-year-old boy inside the apartment, whose relationship to the victim police wouldn't disclose, called 911. Police say the shots were fired through the closed door and do not know if WHITTAKER was the intended victim.
"The aggravating factor obviously in this case is first of all the indiscriminate use of a firearm, firing through the door of the apartment when there was really no way to know who was on the other side," said McGUIRE.
Police are looking for two men between the ages of 25 and 30. One is tall with a thin build and was wearing a white do-rag on his head. The other is shorter than the first suspect and has a stocky build.
"I can't believe someone would go kill that poor innocent man," said a former neighbour. "He's so innocent. That man give trouble to no one."
Yesterday, police tape blocked off an area marked by a large dried bloodstain in front of the victim's apartment as two officers kept watch. Drops of dried blood marked the stairs leading to the floor.
Fearful neighbours barely raised their voices as they spoke about what happened.
A nearby neighbour, who also didn't want to be identified, trembled as she recounted Saturday's events. She had just returned from shopping and had noticed two men standing outside the victim's door. A few minutes later, shots rang out, followed by sirens.
There is no way she can continue to live in the area, she said.
"I'm outta here," said the 46-year-old. "I don't care how, (even) if I have to go to a shelter. I'm not living here."
Candice HEWSTON, 21, a mother of three young children who lives four doors away from the crime scene, was scared and said she had been looking to move before Saturday's incident due to violence in the past.
Over on Dorney Court, the scene of the two shootings last week, there was as much frustration as fear.
"It's just ridiculous," said a mother of three who refused to be identified. "Nobody feels safe around here any more.
"I don't care about myself, but my kids, they have to go through that, you know. It's traumatizing for them."
In the second homicide of the weekend, a 26-year-old man from Sri Lanka, gunned down late Saturday night in a Scarborough parking lot, may have been shot moments after leaving a bank machine.
Police discovered the body of Umathevan THIYAGARAJAH when they arrived at the scene at the rear of a professional building at the northeast corner of Warden and Finch Aves.
It's too early to comment on what may have led to THIYAGARAJAH's slaying, said McGUIRE. " There was a group of people around and something may have happened."
McGUIRE said police received a call about 11: 50 p.m. on Saturday that gunshots had been heard at the location, which is directly across from Bridlewood Mall.
"In the parking lot they found the victim lying on the ground, obviously badly injured and there were four or five people standing around at the time who have all been interviewed," McGUIRE said.
Police said THIYAGARAJAH wasn't known to them and that he lived in Scarborough.
McGUIRE said he was found at the base of a light standard in the well-lit parking lot.
"It's an area known for people to congregate in the evenings, hanging around," McGUIRE said. "In particular it's our understanding there were a number of people standing at the bus stop at Warden and Finch.... We expect they would have been in position to see or hear something which may add to the investigation, and we would ask that they also come forward."
Yellow police tape cordoned off the entire strip mall yesterday, including a large parking lot at the rear of the four-storey professional building at 3420 Finch Ave. E., which houses many medical and dental offices.
More than a dozen evidence markers had been placed in an area of the parking lot immediately in front of the entrance to several automated teller machines at a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce bank as forensic investigators meticulously examined the parking lot for clues.
Police said they were also checking to see if any of the businesses in the area had video surveillance that may have captured the shooting.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-06 published
WICKENS, Ewart Allen, C.A.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our cherished Ewart on August 4, 2005 at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dearly beloved husband of Norma (née NIBLOCK) of 57 years. Predeceased by his dear parents Cora and Stephen WICKENS, and sisters Phyllis CALVERT and Kathleen. Devoted brother of Betty JAMIESON of Calgary. Uncle Ewart to many loving and much loved nieces and nephews. Ewart will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Shirley WHITTAKER and her husband Jack, Susan and her husband Wilson GAUDION and Douglas NIBLOCK. Family and Friends will be received at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery "Carfrae" Chapel (375 Mount Pleasant Road) on Tuesday August 9, 2005 one hour prior to service time at 11 a.m. Private cremation. The WICKENS family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the nurses and staff of the George Hees Wing (L Wing) of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for the excellent care and kindness they received. In loving memory of Ewart, donations to The Veterans Comfort Fund of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre or The Pet Trust c/o Ontario Veterinary College University of Guelph would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cardinal Funeral Home "Earle Elliott" Chapel. Online condolences can be made at www.cardinalfuneral homes.com

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-27 published
WHITTAKER, Gloria
Her caring nature, happy disposition, insightful idioms and quick wit have left an indelible mark on our family and Friends. Gloria, thank you for sharing your love with our children Nadeen and Ryan. We have been blessed to know you. You will be missed! Helena and Terry O'CONNOR

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-27 published
WHITTAKER, Gloria
Peacefully at her residence on Friday, October 21, 2005. Gloria, beloved mother of Ava, Maureen, Denise, Philbert and the late Barrington. Sister of Hyacinth, Roy, Connie, Lettie and the late Sedley and Ian. Fondly remembered by nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, aunt, nieces, nephews and cousins. Special mention to Helena, Terry, Ryan, Nadeen O'Connor, family of her heart. Friends and family may visit at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 1057 Brock Road, Pickering (south of 401), 905-686-5589 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, October 28. A Chapel Service will take place on Saturday, October 29th at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Duffin Meadows Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to Durham Access to Care, 209 Dundas St. East, 5th Floor, Whitby, Ontario L1N 7H8 who lovingly took care of her.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-12 published
MacDONALD, John " Jack" Sutherland
Passed away peacefully at Markham Stouffville Hospital on Thursday, November 3, 2005 at the age of 79. Prior to his retirement in 1990, Jack was an Electrical Engineer with Bell Canada for 42 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Nancy (nee WHITTAKER) and his four children Jim, Judi, Janet and Jill. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Meaghan, Daniel, Richard, Joshua, Brooke and Taneisha. John is predeceased by his sister Elizabeth "Betty" DANIELS and brother James "Jimmy" MacDONALD. Donations to the Alzheimer Society of York Region (905-895-1337) or the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) would be appreciated by the family. In accordance with John's wishes private cremation to take place.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-25 published
SHERBARTH, Elizabeth Jean
Peacefully at York Central Hospital on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005. Jean, dear wife of the late John. Loving mother of Karen WHITTAKER (deceased,) Ian and Marie BENNETT of Barrie, Richard and Hella BENNETT of Sudbury and Stephen and Debbie BENNETT of Mississauga. Also survived by her 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive) on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service Monday 11 a.m. in the Richmond Hill Baptist Church, 50 Wright Street. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Jean's body will rest in the church one hour prior to the service.

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WHITTAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-18 published
CARSON, " Bill" William A., P.Eng.
In his 52nd year, at home in the arms of his loving family on December 17, 2005, due to cancer. Beloved husband of Mary Anne and remarkable father of Kelly and Kristina. Devoted son of Shirley CARSON (TAILOR/TAYLOR) and the late Robert W. CARSON of Dundas, Ontario. Big brother to Eugene (wife Kathryn WHITTAKER) and Cathy LARIVIERE (husband Henry). The loved Uncle of Lisa and Stacey. Long time employee of Ontario Hydro and the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization. Avid sportsman fondly remembered by his teammates. Friends may call at the Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 9th Line (Dundas/Hwy. 403). 905-257-8822, on Monday, December 19, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow at the Glen Oaks Reception Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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