McGUCKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-14 published
MILLER, Myrtle
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Sunday, February 13, 2005. Myrtle MILLER (née WILKINSON) of Mt. Albert and formerly of Sharon in her 101st year. Beloved wife of the late Harvey MILLER. Loving Mom of Evelyn and her husband late Howard McGUCKIN, late Lorne, Lorna and her husband Ira COATES, Bob and his wife Donna, Rae and his wife Joan, Marilyn and her husband Dennis GALAN. Cherished Grandma of 15 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 19153 Centre Street, Mt. Albert for visitation on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Mount Albert United Church, 41 Alice Street, Mt. Albert on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Queensville Cemetery. In Myrtle's memory, donations to Southlake Regional Health Centre or to the Mount Albert United Church would be appreciated.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-08 published
GRAHAM, Donald Nixon "D.N."
It is with great sadness that his family announces Don GRAHAM, in his 87th year, peacefully entered into his eternal rest on Thursday January 6th, 2005 at the Brantford General Hospital. Don was the beloved husband of Ruth (née FACEY) for 57 years and loving father of Linda McGUFFIN (David,) Windsor, Barbara WOOD (Philip), Dundas, Jean FARHOOD (Wayne), Waterloo, Eleanor GRAHAM (Henry VOGELSANG), London, Peter (Veryan), England, Stanley (Tracy), Delhi, and John (Luraine), Ottawa. He was always interested in the lives of his 16 grandchildren, Scott (Tracy), Aimee and Sarah McGUFFIN, Eric (Melissa) and Andrew WOOD, David (Cheryl) and Stephen FARHOOD, Jonathan, Tatiana, David and Imogen GRAHAM, Nicole, Lesley and Duncan GRAHAM, Ian and Katherine GRAHAM. He had one great-grandchild Ethan FARHOOD. Don has two surviving sisters, Dorothy ABRAHAM (Bill) of Petrolia and Isobel HUGHES of Ilderton. He was predeceased by his parents Peter L. and Grace, his brothers George and Stanley and sisters Gladys WELCH and Marjorie PETRIE. He will also be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and Friends.
Don was the Agricultural Representative in Brant County from 1950 - 1983 and since retirement remained very active in the community, in the Rotary Club, the Probus Club and as a faithful member of Heritage United Church (formerly Colborne Street, Brantford United Church). Friends will be received at the Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, 88 Brant Ave., Brantford on Saturday January 8th, and Sunday January 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at Beckett-Glaves on Monday January 10th at 1: 00 p.m. Reverend Randall MacKENZIE Officiating. Cremation. If wished, donations to the Heritage United Church, 360 Colborne St. or Canadian Foodgrains Bank, P.O. Box 767, 400-280 Smith Street, Winnipeg Manitoba, R3C 2L4 would be appreciated. A tree will be planted for Don in the Beckett-Glaves Memorial Forest.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-19 published
McGUFFIN, Arnold K.
Peacefully at Craigwiel Gardens on Tuesday, January 18th, 2005, after a brief illness, Arnold K. McGUFFIN formerly of West Nissouri Township, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Marie McGUFFIN (née PERKIN.) Loving father of Nancy LUM and her husband Bud. Dear grandfather of Melanie and Chad LUM. Also survived by brother Harold McGUFFIN and sister-in-law Evelyn McGUFFIN. Predeceased by brothers Ivan and Wilmer; and sister Hazel. Family will receive Friends at the Memorial Funeral Home, 1559 Fanshawe Park Rd. E. (east of Highbury) on Wednesday, January 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 20th at 1 p.m. Reverend Jane VAN PATTER officiating. Interment to follow at Siloam Cemetery. Memorial donations to Zion United Church would be appreciated. Memorial Funeral Home. 452-3770.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-18 published
McGUFFIN, Richard Thomas
In loving memory of a dear son Richard Thomas McGUFFIN (Rick,) who passed away 3 years ago May 18, 2002.
Time slips by, but memories stay,
Quietly remembered every day,
Happy thoughts of times together,
Memories that will last forever.
Thinking of you today Rick, and wishing you were still here. You are loved and remembered every day. I miss you more than I can say. You are in my heart always. Love Mom.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-18 published
McGUFFIN, Richard Thomas
In loving memory of Richard Thomas McGUFFIN who passed away May You are always in our mind,
No matter what we do,
All the time within our hearts,
There are thoughts of you.
Lovingly remembered by brother Bob and sister-in-law Loretta.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-28 published
McGUFFIN, Marie D. (née PERKIN)
Peacefully, on Tuesday September 27, 2005, at the Kensington Village Nursing Home, Marie D. McGUFFIN (née PERKIN), formerly of West Nissouri Township, in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Arnold McGUFFIN (2005.) Loving mother of Nancy LUM and her husband Bud. Dear grandmother of Melanie and Chad LUM. Survived by her sisters-in-law Ruth PERKIN and Evelyn McGUFFIN and brother-in-law Harold McGUFFIN. Predeceased by her sisters Margery, Irene and Ruby and brother Eldon. The family will receive Friends at Memorial Funeral Home, 1559 Fanshawe Park Road (east of Highbury), on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2005, at 1 p.m. Reverend Jane VAN PATTER officiating. Interment to follow at Siloam Cemetery. In Memory, donations to the Zion United Church would be appreciated.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-15 published
McGUFFIN, Marie
The family of the late Marie McGUFFIN would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation for the flowers, cards, memorial donations, and expressions of sympathy in memory of a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. A special thanks to the staff at Kensington Village for your compassion and excellent care. Thank you to the Memorial Funeral Home, pallbearers Chad LUM, Gerald (Perk) PERKIN, David McGUFFIN, Robert McGUFFIN, Kevin McGUFFIN, and Peter VANDEN BOOMEN, the Zion United Church women for the lovely lunch, Reverend Jane VAN PATTER for the touching service and Melanie Lum and Lynn ARDIEL for your kind tributes. Nancy and Bud LUM and family

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-19 published
HENDRA, Frederick Stanley " Stan," B.A., M.A., M.Ed.
Born April 8, 1925 in Toronto, died May 16, 2005 at Chester Village, after a long fight against Alzheimer's disease. Predeceased by his daughter Patricia, he is missed by his wife Norah (McGUFFIN,) brother Gordon of Kingston, three sons Jim/Seamus, Gordon (Rosemary) and Patrick; grandchildren Cuilean (Susan), Laoghan, Sionnach, Speireag; Graham, Geoffrey and Andrew; and great-grand_son Luca.
From 1950-56, Stan was a high school history teacher in Saint Mary's, Ontario, 56-58 at Royal York Collegiate in Etobicoke, 59-64 at North Toronto Collegiate Institute, transitioning to Guidance. In 1965 he obtained his Masters in Education at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. From 1966-68 he was head of Guidance at East End High School, then transferred to Northern Secondary School until 1973, when he became the School Placement Officer for the Toronto Board of Education at 155 College Street, finally retiring in 1983.
Stan was always active throughout his life, enjoying many seasonal sports, including golf, tennis, swimming, and skating. Stan had a passion for camping and canoeing, and as a teenager would spend summers with his Friends exploring the lakes and rivers of Algonquin Park. In 1958, Stan and Norah bought property in Haliburton county, and have enjoyed summers there ever since.
A Memorial service will be held at 3: 00 pm on Thurs May 26, at the Church of St Timothy, 100 Old Orchard Gr., Toronto. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Stan was an incredibly warm, good-humoured person, who had an amazing capacity to make those in his presence feel special. He will be greatly missed by his family, and by all who knew him well.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-13 published
BULLER, Elizabeth Charlotte " Lily" (née McGUFFIN)
On October 11, 2005 in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late John Charles BULLER. Dearly loved mother of Betty-Lou SANDLOS (Hank) and the late David BULLER. Cherished grandmother of Lisa (Dave), Karyn and John (Yolanda). Delighted Great Grandmother of Maya, William and Zachary. She will be remembered for her grace and devotion to us all. Memorial donations to the David Buller Scholarship Fund -- c/o University of Toronto, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3, would be greatly appreciated by the family. Rest well Mom. Friends may leave condolences for the family on-line by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-20 published
HALSE, Marion
At Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, on Saturday, March 19, 2005, in her 89th year. Marion HALSE, of Newmarket, wife of the late Leslie Charles HALSE. Dear mother of Wayne HALSE of Newmarket and Sharon ROSE of Toronto. Proud grandmother of Darren ROSE. Sister of Lillian McGUFFIN of Newmarket, and predeceased by her sister Mae (Dolly) PRESTON. Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday at 10 a.m. followed by cremation. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-24 published
KEYS, Thomas James
At London Health Sciences Centre, South Street Campus on Tuesday, March 22, 2005. Thomas James KEYS of London in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Mary Helen (MITCHELL) KEYS. Dear father of Nancy WELLARD and her husband Richard of London. Dear brother of Irene McGUGAN and her husband John of Penetanguishene. Predeceased by his brothers Raymond and Murray KEYS. Also loved by his grandchildren Jillian and Scott. Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, Friday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Saturday, March 26th at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend J. Murdo POLLOCK officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-21 published
MacTIER, Florence Eleanor (née ROADHOUSE)
Passed away peacefully on May 19, 2005 at Malden Park Continuing Care. Beloved wife of the late Malcolm (Mac) MacTIER (1988.) Loving mother of Cathryn (Cathy) and Fred CULL, Calvin (Kelly) and Barb MacTIER, Don and Jane MacTIER. Cherished grandmother of Shannon and Mark McGUGAN, Heidi CULL and friend Jason CAPSTICK, Todd and Denise MacTIER, Shawn and Trica MacTIER, Chad and Katie MacTIER, Peggy and Bill STOBBS, Penny and Mike BOWSER. Greatgrandmother of Josh, Kyle, Tyler, Ashley, Jacob and Wyatt. Dear sister of Dorothy and the late Carl ESPING (1997.) Dear aunt of the late Carlene ESPING (1997,) Jeff and Penny ESPING, Laurie and Ed FLOOD and families. Special cousin to Jean RENSHAW. A sincere thank you to the staff at Maiden Park for their loving care, especially Dr. Gary ING. If you so desire, donations to St. Stephen's Anglican Church or the Mississippi Society would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Visitation Sunday, May 22, 2005 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. and on Monday, May 23, 2005 from 10 a.m. until time of the Funeral Service to Celebrate Florence's Life at 11 a.m. at Families First Funeral Home and Tribute Centre (519-969-5841), 3260 Dougall Avenue, Windsor. Interment of ashes to follow at St. Stephen's Cemetery. You may leave your cherished memories online at www.familiesfirst.net.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-30 published
CULL, Harriet Louisa
In her 98th year of serving our Lord, Harriet Louisa CULL was called home on Thursday, December 29th, 2005. Predeceased by her husband Alex, granddaughter Caroline, and son-in-law Neil WILLIAMSON. Dear mother of Lily WILLIAMSON, Fred CULL (Cathy) and Barbara CONNOR. Loving grandmother to Shannon McGUGAN (Mark,) Heidi CULL (Jason CAPSTICK), Jeff LEWIS, Greg LEWIS (Dawn), Brad LEWIS (Joan), Tim LEWIS (Denise), Deborah BRADFORD and Rob BRADFORD. Devoted Nana to Alec, Tim, Brian, Karen, Kristen, Scott and Monique. Loving sister to Lily GORMAN. The visitation will be held on Friday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road, North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, December 31st, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Harriet, are asked to consider World Vision. Harriet's family would like to thank the staff of Longworth Long Term Care Facility for their kind and compassionate care.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-31 published
KELSO, Annie E. (née DENT) R.N.
Passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Home for the Aged, St. Thomas on Friday, December 30, 2005, in her 96th year. Wife of the late William C. KELSO (1984.) Mother of Fred KELSO and his wife Pat of Saint Thomas, Ruth Anne VICKERS and her husband Carden of R.R.#5, Mildmay, and Jane McGUGAN (late Gary) of Saint Thomas. Sister of Irene ROBINSON of Prescott. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers, Jack and George DENT and sisters, Margaret SHEPHARD and Frances HUNT. Born in Russeldale, Ontario, November 21, 1910, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (GLEASON) DENT. A Registered Nurse, she was a 1932 graduate of the Guelph General Hospital. Mrs. KELSO was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Saint Thomas. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Sunday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. where the funeral and committal service will be held on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park, Saint Thomas. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-05 published
McLELLAN, Angus Ronald
Born April 18, 1924 in Glasgow, Scotland. Died March 1st, 2005 in Victoria, British Columbia after an eight year struggle with the effects of a stroke. Only child of the late Helen Stewart and Angus McLELLAN Sr. The family immigrated to Toronto when Angus was a child. He grew up in East End Toronto. Most beloved husband of Patricia. Also survived by Pat's brother Brian DOWNES, his wife Jenny and their children Sam and Lucy in England; cousin Archie McGUGAN and Elizabeth in Victoria, cousins in Scotland and Pat's extended family of Aunts and cousins in England, Toronto and India.
To correct a stammer (that's another story!), Angus applied to and was accepted by at the Lorne Greene Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto. He was an early graduate. He became head Writer for Greene's daily newscasts on CKEY when it was the #1 station in Toronto. After CKEY, Angus was one of the founders of the television station in North Bay, Ontario
In the mid-'50's Angus moved to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio News in Toronto. He had found his niche in broadcasting! He originated Sunday Morning Magazine and The World At Six (and Eight) and Radio News' national coverage of many federal elections. He also did a stint as Executive Producer of Specials for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television News, responsible at the time for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Watergate coverage. He was briefly Executive Producer of W5 for CTV. Radio remained his real love and he returned to it for the rest of his working life in Toronto until he and Pat moved to Victoria in 1982.
He was a very strong supporter of public broadcasting and of equality and social justice for all. He considered his documentary on the American singer Paul Robeson one of the highlights of his career along with his two-hour documentary and analysis at the end of the Viet Nam war.
No service and no flowers by Angus's very specific request. Donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, #402 - 720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. M5S 2T9 or Mount Saint Mary Hospital, 861 Fairfield Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 5A9.
A Memorial Tea will be held on Thursday, March 10th, 2005 at 2.00 pm at First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, British Columbia V8Y 1B4.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-29 published
ROBERTSON, Bruce
Past Master and longtime member of the Claude M. Kent Masonic Lodge, and new member of the Shriner Club of Canada. Passed away peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, October 27, 2005, at the Credit Valley Hospital, at the age of 54 years. Beloved husband of Judy for 32 years. Loving father of Dawn and Andrew. Dear son of Norma and the late Alexander ROBERTSON and Lloyd IMHOFF. Son-in-law of Kathleen and Peter GRAY/GREY. Brother of Doug ROBERTSON (Sandy), Lorna McGUGAN (Ed) and Wayne IMHOFF (Sandra.) Brother-in-law of the late Linda HARASYM (John). Bruce will be sadly missed by all of his many Friends and family members. Friends will be received at Erin Mills United Church, 3010 The Collegeway, on Friday, November 4, 2005 from 2 p.m. A Celebration of Bruce's Life will begin at 3 p.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pencer Brain Tumour Centre or to Brainchild - Hospital for Sick Children would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Neweduk Funeral Home - "Mississauga Chapel," 905-828-8000. Online condolences at www.neweduk.com

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McGUIFFIE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-23 published
COMISKEY, Sister Helen Aurelia
Of the Precious Blood Monastery in Hamilton, died the Feast of the Presentation of Mary, Monday, November 21st, 2005. In union with Jesus, and in a spirit of faith, she lovingly accepted her cross of suffering from recurring cancer. As she realized her time on earth was limited, it became very evident how much she was longing for eternal life...to be with the God she loved and served so faithfully. Sister Helen Aurelia was in her 90th year and 70th year of Religious Vows. Sister entered the Precious Blood Monastery in London in 1933 and was one of the Founding Members of the Peterborough Monastery at 83 Robinson St. Sister served our Congregation in various places and in responsible positions. She served as Superior, General Bursar, charge of Altar Bread Department and in the Secretary's Office where she became energized while responding to the needs of the people who contacted us for prayer. Her love and confidence in the Precious Blood of Jesus will continue to be a lasting inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed. Sister Helen Aurelia is predeceased by her parents Joseph James COMISKEY of Ingersoll and Mary Ellen MURPHY of Silverhill, Ontario; her brothers James, Bernard, Joseph and by her sisters Mary KEARNS, Mable McMILLEN, Agnes McGUIFFIE and Sister Anne PATRICK, S.C.J. She is fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Betty and numerous nephews (especially Father John COMISKEY) and nieces. Visitation will be held at the Precious Blood Monastery, 154 Northcliffe Ave., Hamilton, on Thursday, November 24th from 3: 00-5:00 and 6:00-9:00. There will be a Prayer Vigil at 7: 30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at the Monastery, Friday, November 25th at 10: 30 a.m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington, Ontario.

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McGUIFFIE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-24 published
COMISKEY, Sister Helen Aurelia
Of the Precious Blood Monastery in Hamilton, died the Feast of the Presentation of Mary, Monday, November 21st, 2005. In union with Jesus, and in a spirit of faith, she lovingly accepted her cross of suffering from recurring cancer. As she realized her time on earth was limited, it became very evident how much she was longing for eternal life...to be with the God she loved and served so faithfully. Sister Helen Aurelia was in her 90th year and 70th year of Religious Vows. Sister entered the Precious Blood Monastery in London in 1933 and was one of the Founding Members of the Peterborough Monastery at 83 Robinson St. Sister served our Congregation in various places and in responsible positions. She served as Superior, General Bursar, charge of Altar Bread Department and in the Secretary's Office where she became energized while responding to the needs of the people who contacted us for prayer. Her love and confidence in the Precious Blood of Jesus will continue to be a lasting inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed. Sister Helen Aurelia is predeceased by her parents Joseph James COMISKEY of Ingersoll and Mary Ellen MURPHY of Silverhill, Ontario; her brothers James, Bernard, Joseph and by her sisters Mary KEARNS, Mable McMILLEN, Agnes McGUIFFIE and Sister Anne PATRICK, S.C.J. She is fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Betty and numerous nephews (especially Father John COMISKEY) and nieces. Visitation will be held at the Precious Blood Monastery, 154 Northcliffe Ave., Hamilton, on Thursday, November 24th from 3: 00-5:00 and 6:00-9:00. There will be a Prayer Vigil at 7: 30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at the Monastery, Friday, November 25th at 10: 30 a.m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington, Ontario.

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McGUIFFIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-23 published
COMISKEY, Sister Helen Aurelia
Of the Precious Blood Monastery in Hamilton died the Feast of the Presentation of Mary, Monday, November 21st, 2005. In union with Jesus, and in a spirit of faith she lovingly accepted her cross of suffering from recurring cancer. As she realized her time on earth was limited, it became very evident how much she was longing for eternal life... to be with the God she loved and served so faithfully. Sister Helen Aurelia was in her 90th year and 70th year of Religious Vows. Sister entered the Precious Blood Monastery in London in 1933 and was one of the Founding Members of the Peterborough Monastery at 83 Robinson St. Sister served our Congregation in various places and in responsible positions. She served as Superior, General Bursar, charge of Altar Bread Department and in the Secretary's Office where she became energized while responding to the needs of the people who contacted us for prayer. Her love and confidence in the Precious Blood of Jesus will continue to be a lasting inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed. Sister Helen Aurelia is predeceased by her parents Joseph James COMISKEY of Ingersoll and Mary Ellen MURPHY of Silverhill Ontario; her brothers James, Bernard, Joseph and by her sisters Mary KEARNS, Mable McMILLEN, Agnes McGUIFFIE, and Sister Anne Patrick, S.C.J. She is fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Betty and numerous nephews (especially Father John COMISKEY) and nieces. Visitation will be held at the Precious Blood Monastery, 154 Northcliffe Ave., Hamilton, on Thursday, November 24th from 3: 00-5:00 and 6:00-9.00 p.m. There will be a Prayer Vigil at 7: 30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at the Monastery, Friday, November 25th at 10: 30 a.m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington, Ontario.

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McGUIGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-11 published
JACKLIN, Laura Elizabeth (née McGUIGAN)
At home, August 9, 2005, surrounded by the family she loved, Laura Elizabeth JACKLIN of Aylmer in her 71st year, lost her long and courageous battle with M.S. Left to mourn her passing are her husband of 50 years, Ron JACKLIN; 3 daughters Pat SMALE and husband Bob of Crampton; Karen JENNINGS and husband Ralph of Vienna; and Brenda MILLER and husband Ed of Aylmer. Beloved grandmother of Jennifer and Dawn SMALE, Diane and Craig JENNINGS and Adam and Amanda MILLER. Born on March 6, 1935 at Saint Mary's Road, P.E.I., Laura was one of 12 children. Dear sister of Ethel JAY, Toronto; Eileen DODSON, Halifax; Dorothy HARDY, Toronto Lois IVES, Halifax; Lillian WILSON, Halifax; Emily LANDRY, Charlottetown Leo McGUIGAN, Charlottetown and George McGUIGAN, Charlottetown. Pedeceased by her parents, James and Laura McGUIGAN and by three brothers, Philip, James and Lorne McGUIGAN. Friends and relatives will be received at the Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer, Ontario on Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be conducted by Fr. Adam GABRIEL on Friday, August 12 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment at Queen of Peace Cemetery to follow the service. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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McGUIGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-27 published
Ted ARCAND, Diplomat: 1934-2005
Outspoken Canadian ambassador to Lebanon during the 1982 invasion by Israel was a 'hero in Beirut' and the last Western diplomat to leave
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, May 27, 2005, Page S7
Surveying the charred rubble of his West Beirut residence one July day in that wretched summer of 1982, Ted ARCAND pronounced, "This is the work of a child of Israel." It was a bit more than seven weeks into Israel's wrenching invasion of Lebanon and siege of Beirut and the Canadian ambassador's fifth-floor apartment in the seaside Muslim sector of the Lebanese capital had sustained heavy fire and blast damage when an Israeli jet attacked a building across the street.
It was "unbelievable that people are treated like this," Mr. ARCAND lamented, noting that 80 people had been killed in the raid. "So much for pinpoint bombing."
Israel's behaviour had disappointed him: "I always had an enormous admiration for the Israelis, their musicians, their men of science, which I try to think of despite my travels in south Lebanon," he told the Associated Press. "I have seen all the human misery... and I wonder where the Israel I knew has gone." To his detractors, Mr. ARCAND failed to understand Israel's plight, or didn't care and in a most undiplomatic fashion. Some charged that his remarks betrayed a glaring lack of impartiality and maybe even sympathy toward the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Others lauded him for sheltering over 100 Palestinian women and children in the Canadian embassy, and for his principled and singular courage, evidenced by the fact that he was the last high-level Western diplomat to leave West Beirut.
Why did he stay when he could have easily bugged out, probably with Ottawa's blessing? Partly because the Department of External Affairs, as it was then called, did not order him and his skeleton staff out of Beirut until August 2, 1982 -- nearly two months after the Israeli incursion began, and then only to the town of Jounieh, about 20 kilometres north of the capital -- but also because he had "a deep sense of duty," said his son, Jean-Louis, who was then just 17 and went through the ordeal with his parents.
"He was scandalized and shocked by what was going on. [But] people from his generation were profoundly idealistic Canadians, part of the Trudeau generation. He was a typical example of a francophone who did well by dint of the Trudeau years. These people really believed in their jobs and in representing their country."
His boss, then external affairs minister Mark MacGUIGAN, backed him up. "He was doing a great service for his country... for the cause of world peace," Mr. MacGUIGAN told the House of Commons in August of 1982, stressing that Mr. ARCAND was ordered out for his own safety. Indeed, just a few weeks earlier, the House unanimously adopted a resolution -- a very rare occurrence -- praising Mr. ARCAND for his "tireless dedication and unflinching devotion to duty."
Mr. ARCAND described Beirut as "a living hell... truly a scene from Dante's Inferno." With tears welling in his eyes, he said the destruction caused by Israel's land, sea and air bombardment, "would make Berlin of 1944 look like a tea party." He also criticized the early withdrawal of peacekeeping forces from West Beirut, saying the move was a major factor leading to the massacres in September of 1982 of at least 800 Palestinians, including many women and children, in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps at the hands of the Phalange, a Christian militia.
A mainstay of U.S. network newscasts, Mr. ARCAND once stuck his telephone out the window of his residence and asked the reporter on the line, "does that sound like a ceasefire to you?"
As Mr. MacGUIGAN wrote in his memoirs, Mr. ARCAND stayed behind in Beirut to assist those who needed visas and to help keep up the spirits of the populace. As a result, he "suffered Israeli indignities not visited on any other ambassador." Because he had to cross Israeli barricades to bring supplies into West Beirut, his car was stopped and searched repeatedly, despite the fact that it had diplomatic licence plates and flew the Canadian flag.
Such searches were "in total contravention of the Vienna accords on the treatment of diplomatic personnel. The Israeli government knew that and was aware of what was going on but was either unable or unwilling to bring [then General Ariel] Sharon and the military to heel," Mr. MacGUIGAN wrote.
In the end, the department persuaded Mr. MacGUIGAN to accept an "insincere letter of regret from [then Israeli prime minister Yitzhak] Shamir."
Mr. ARCAND was urged to stand his ground, at least until the order to move came through. That same day, one of two local embassy employees who had asked to stay for personal reasons was shot to death.
Two days later, Canada delivered a formal diplomatic protest to Tel Aviv, calling on Israel to stop its bombardment. "He was a hero in Beirut. The fact that he stayed made him an enormous hit with the citizens," said Peyton LYON, a foreign-affairs analyst and long-time critic of Israel who knew Mr. ARCAND from the Middle East Discussion Group, an Ottawa salon for retired diplomats. "But he never got the recognition he and his wife deserved for staying behind."
Born in the wheat-farming region of eastern Alberta, Mr. ARCAND studied history at Laval and McMaster universities. It was at the latter where he met wife, the English-born Jennifer GARNER- ASHMORE, whose family was scandalized that she married a devout Catholic.
A career diplomat who joined the foreign service in 1957, Mr. ARCAND had postings to Czechoslovakia, Cameroon, Tanzania, the Vatican and Denmark under his belt before being assigned as ambassador to Lebanon (with concurrent accreditation to Jordan and Syria) in 1979, in the thick of the country's civil war. Despite regular firefights between Muslim and Christian factions, car bombings and sniper attacks, "life was fairly agreeable," recalled his son, now an economist with the French government. "A lot of people simply adapted."
Mr. ARCAND was among the first Western diplomats to discern a groundswell of Islamic fundamentalism. Officially, Canada forbade contacts with the Palestine Liberation Organization at the time unofficially, related his son, Mr. ARCAND had extensive dealings with the organization, including with Yasser Arafat.
His son believes that mandarins in Ottawa assumed his father had gone soft on Palestinians. "That's why people tend to get transferred. You end up being more of a representative to people you are accredited to than of your own country."
Following the tumult of Lebanon, Mr. ARCAND was sent to Hungary and followed that with a four-year stint in Ottawa as chief of protocol. After that, he returned to the Holy See, this time as ambassador. He loved the job. "The Vatican for him was most efficient intelligence-gathering organization in the world," his son said. "It was pure political work."
Back in Ottawa for good in 1993, Mr. ARCAND did a series of jobs at External Affairs involving protocol and security but his heart wasn't in it. His wife died the same year, said his son: "He could not fathom serving abroad without her."
Théodore Jean ARCAND was born in Bonnyville, Alberta., on June 25, 1934, and died in Montreal on April 16, 2005, of a heart attack. He was 70. Besides his son, he leaves three sisters.

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McGUIGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-19 published
MacGUIGAN, James
After a lengthy illness on August 17, 2005. Jim was in his 88th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Betty and his brothers Vernon and Gerard. Loving father of David, Janice and her husband Peter and Karen and her husband Ken. Devoted grandfather of Kevin, Brian, Ian, Alice, Monica and Melissa. He will be sadly missed by his brother Leo, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and dear Friends. Visitation will be held at the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, (733 Mt. Pleasant Rd., South of Eglinton Ave.) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (78 Clifton Rd., Mt. Pleasant Rd. and St. Clair Ave.) on Monday at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, (8361 Yonge Street, South of Hwy. #7). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society or the charity of your choice.

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McGUIGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-11 published
POTALIVO, MARY (née SGRO)
God called Mary home peacefully on July 9th, 2005 during her final stay at Princess Margaret Hospital where she fought her battle with leukemia like a champion. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Mike, children Joanne (Mike FRUSTAGLIO,) Susan (Richard McGUIGAN,) Nick, the late Gino (Debbie,) and Christina. Proud nonna of Angela, Samantha, Samuel, Sophia and Espen. Survived by her mother Liberata, she will also be missed by her sisters Caterina (Angelo), Rose, Yolanda (Robert), Rita (Nick), and brother Sam (Debbie). Dear sister-in-law to Amelia (Dave), Mary (late Pat), Irma (Carl), and Linda (Robert). She will be held dear in the hearts of her nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, RBC colleagues and many Friends. She touched the lives of everyone she ever met with her warm loving heart and endless generosity - even trying to entertain visitors from her hospital bed. The family would like to thank her nurses and doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital, especially those from 14A and the transfusion clinic for all of their love and support since October. Friends will be received at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Home (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Her life will be celebrated at St. Clare of Assisi Parish (Weston and Rutherford) on Wednesday at 9: 30 a.m. followed by a service at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital Leukemia Research Fund would be greatly appreciated.

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McGUIGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-19 published
MacGUIGAN, James
After a lengthy illness on August 17, 2005. Jim was in his 88th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Betty and his brothers Vernon and Gerard. Loving father of David, Janice and her husband Peter and Karen and her husband Ken. Devoted grandfather of Kevin, Brian, Ian, Alice, Monica and Melissa. He will be sadly missed by his brother Leo, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and dear Friends. Visitation will be held at the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, (733 Mt. Pleasant Rd. south of Eglinton Ave.) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, (78 Clifton Rd., Mt. Pleasant Rd. and St. Clair Ave.) on Monday at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, (8361 Yonge Street, south of Hwy. 7). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society or the charity of your choice.

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McGUIGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-29 published
McGUIGAN, Nicholas Wilmot
Passed away peacefully on Friday, October 28, 2005 in Toronto. Born in Cedar Springs 84 years ago, son of the late Finlay McGUIGAN and Fern CLAUS. Nick will be sadly missed by his beloved wife the former Eileen MANNERING. Dear father of Gillian (Gil) ADAMSON and Randy WOOD, Hugh and Nancy McGUIGAN, Sheila McGUIGAN and Don TRIMM. Proud grandfather of six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren all of Toronto, brother of Peter and Shirley McGUIGAN of Blenheim. Nick was a fifty year jewel member of the Kent Masonic Lodge and was a former Zone and District Commander for the Canadian Legion. He was a World War 2 Veteran, serving with distinction with the 12th Field Regiment, 43rd Battery. He had a long career with the City of Toronto where he became the City's first Noise Control Co-ordinator. Resting at the J.L. Ford Funeral Home in Blenheim for visitation on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and where a Legion Memorial Service will be held at 7: 00 p.m. and a Masonic Memorial Service at 8: 00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. with Padre Bill TERRIS, Legion Chaplain officiating. Interment in Craford Cemetery. Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Sunnybrook, especially the K wing. Donations to the Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, The Kidney or Heart and Stroke Foundations appreciated.

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McGUIGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-10 published
ROBERTS, Leo Michael Sr.
Peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, December 8, 2005, at Etobicoke General Hospital, at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Mary (née McGUIGAN.) Predeceased by his beloved son Leo Michael Jr. and by his great-granddaughter Leanna. Sadly missed by his daughter-in-law Delma. Loving father of Allan (Anna), Ronnie (Doreen), Patricia AXWORTHY (Norm), Brenda ABBOTT, and Bernadette LOCKHART (Frazer.) Proud grandfather of Sherry, Donna, Robbie, Lisa, Carrie-Lynn, Jesse, Thomas, Michelle, Michael, Stacey, Kyle, Carrie-Ann, Jo-Jo (Joseph), Tammy, Teta (Patricia), and Adam. He will be greatly missed by many great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brother Roy and niece Rosemarie DUMSHA (Frank). Leo was a member of the West Acres Social Club and the Thistletown Seniors Centre. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke (two blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.), Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass from St. Benedict's Church, 2194 Kipling Ave., Monday at 9: 30 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital would be appreciated.

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McGUIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-03 published
McGUIN, Ralph Kenneth
Peacefully at Burton Manor on July 30, 2005. Predeceased by his loving wife Marion, infant son Robert and sister Carole NICHOLSON. Survived by sister Dorothy GREENBURG (Jules) of Bobcaygeon, sister-in-law Isobel WILLIAMS of Williamsburg, and several nieces and nephews. Ralph was a highly respected fifty year employee of Sun Chemical. Special thanks to the staff at Burton Manor for their care and compassion and dear friend Ed BAMBER for his unfailing support. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2005 at the Andrews Community Funeral Centre, 8190 Dixie Rd., (north of Steeles) 905-456-8190 at 3: 00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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McGUINNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-04 published
McGUINNES, Rhoda " Marion" (née RUDWICK)
Peacefully, at Queen's Garden on Saturday, January 1, 2005 in her 89th year. Predeceased by her beloved husband Charles (Charlie 1972) and her precious sister Sheila (1989). Marion will be sadly missed by her relatives and Friends. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Swackhamer, Blachford and Wray Funeral Home, 1341 Main Street West, Hamilton (opposite McMaster). Interment in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. A special thank you to the staff at Queen's Garden for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, donations to your favourite charity would be appreciated.

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

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McGUINNESS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-25 published
ADAM/ADAMS, Robert John " Rob"
(Member, Plumbing and Pipefitting Workers Local 46). Suddenly as the result of an automobile accident on Sunday, October 23rd, 2005. Rob ADAM/ADAMS, in his 36th year, loving companion of Kim POIRIER and her daughter Jade. Beloved son of David and Heather Anne ADAM/ADAMS. Sadly missed by his sister Helen and her husband Brett McGUINNESS. Fondly remembered by his many aunts, uncles, cousins and Friends. Resting at Rod Abrams Funeral Home, 1666 Tottenham Road, Tottenham, 905-936-3477 on Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. James Church, Colgan, 11: 00 a.m. Thursday, October 27th, 2005, followed by interment in St. James Cemetery, Colgan. Donations in Rob's memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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McGUINNESS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-23 published
BETTS, Arthur W.
(Purchased Village Grill, Bolton October 1952, sold May 1968, became Real Estate Agent September 1968; Member Toronto Real Estate Board for 36 years; Member True Blue Lodge Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons No. 98, Bolton; former member Rotary Club of Bolton)
Peacefully, at his home, on Tuesday, November 22, 2005, Arthur W. BETTS, Bolton, in his 83rd year, beloved husband of Rita and the late Julia (Judy) WOVCHUK. Dear father of Arthur and Nancy BETTS, Bolton and predeceased by Andrew. Dear step-father of Joe and Cathy LANGEN, Caledon; Ron LANGEN and Deanna McGUINNESS, Tottenham; Susan and Allan PRESTIDGE, Baxter. Loving grandfather of Greg, Adam, Dalton and Courtney; Kurtis and Bernadette; Vanessa, Richard and Jeremy; Dylan and Katrina. Dear brother of Allan BETTS, Myrtle BETTS and predeceased by Fred BETTS, Hilda STELLA, Edgar BETTS, Ethel BUSH, Ivan BETTS and Louise MAIDMENT. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213), Friday afternoon 2-4 and evening 7-9 o'clock. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, November 26 at 2 o'clock. Private family interment Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bolton. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Caledon, 12295 Hwy. 50, Unit 4, Bolton L7E 1M2. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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McGUINTY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-03 published
'Eco-hero' HUNTER dead at 63
Seminal figure in global environmental movement
Respected author of 13 books had long career in television news
By Joseph HALL, Staff Reporter
The ice was cracking as the sealing boat bore down on Bob HUNTER and the cold green sea was bubbling up around his feet.
"I said, okay, when this ice goes, you jump to the right and I'll jump to the left," his friend and fellow environmental activist Paul WATSON recalls of that David and Goliath confrontation he shared with HUNTER off the Labrador coast back in 1976.
"But Bob said ' I'm not going anywhere.' And the damned boat stopped."
HUNTER, the Greenpeace co-founder who came into countless Toronto living rooms in his housecoat as a quirky commentator on Citytv's Breakfast Television, died yesterday after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 63.
Described by Friends and colleagues as a congenial, funny, kind and fiercely brave rebel, HUNTER was a seminal figure in the global environmental movement. His Greenpeace work in the 1970s and 1980s helped achieve moratoriums on whaling and the Newfoundland seal hunt (since lifted) and a ban on nuclear testing in the Pacific.
It also ushered in a general global concern for the environment that had been largely absent before he and his "eco-warrior" comrades took the stage.
HUNTER was Citytv's environment reporter for 15 years, and also was also a founding contributor to the Toronto weekly eye and the author of 13 books.
Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, October 13, 1941, HUNTER became "a child of the '60s" and dropped out of school for a career in writing.
He ended up at The Vancouver Sun, ultimately becoming the country's first counter-culture columnist before sailing aboard the Phyllis Cormack in late 1971 to demonstrate against U.S. nuclear tests on Amchitka Island off the coast of Alaska.
That trip precipitated the formation of the group that would become Greenpeace. He was the organization's original president and chairman and held the first membership card.
In the mid-'70s as the organization's president he didn't hesitate to take on those he deemed irresponsible.
In 1976, he took Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to task for Canada's continuing export of nuclear technology to developing countries. He called the leader "one of the greatest living threats to the survival of the planet."
But by 1982 he had returned to his first love as a writer for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Beachcombers series and as a columnist for The North Shore News in Vancouver
"I was the right person in the right place," said HUNTER of his pivotal role in Greenpeace's dissident activities to halt the slaughter of whales.
"But when it's done, I think you can get into a habit of just clinging to it because you don't know what to do next, whereas I knew all along I wanted to get back to what I was doing already."
WATSON, however, says HUNTER's role in the success of Greenpeace cannot be overstated.
"There are a lot of us who could be called (Greenpeace) co-founders, but I would describe Bob as the founding father," he says.
"He was the one who picked it up when it was faltering in the early 1970s and made it what it is today. If not for Bob HUNTER, there would not be a Greenpeace Foundation today."
"Bob was one of a critical mass of environmental people with a media focus," says long-time friend Dan McDERMOTT, director of the Sierra Club of Canada's Ontario chapter.
"He had the vision to look across cultures and to use the media to move the message."
Confrontational stunts at sea became his Greenpeace trademark even as they literally put HUNTER's life on the line.
Indeed, many say it was the televised image of a harpoon flying over WATSON's head and into a whale he was trying to protect in the mid-'70s that brought environmentalism into the public eye.
Premier Dalton McGUINTY paid tribute to HUNTER, who ran for the Liberals in a 2001 by-election, finishing second to New Democrat Michael PRUE.
"Ontario and Canada have lost a very important citizen. Bob HUNTER was larger than life," McGUINTY said yesterday.
"Some people talk about saving the world. Bob HUNTER devoted his life to saving the world," he said.
In 2000, HUNTER was named one of Time magazine's eco-heroes of the century.
HUNTER died surrounded by his wife, Bobbi and his children Will, Emily, Conan and Justine, according to Citytv.
A memorial service will be announced shortly.
With files from Ashante INFANTRY and Robert BENZIE

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McGUINTY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-16 published
Friends bid activist farewell
Hundreds jam memorial service
'Hug this tree, for me. Love, Bob'
By Emily CHUNG, Staff Reporter
The Great Hall at the University of Toronto's Hart House was jammed yesterday with hundreds of people inspired by Bob HUNTER's conviction that one person can make a difference in the world.
The event was a memorial service for HUNTER, who died May 2 of prostate cancer but lived for 63 years before that as a journalist and world-renowned environmentalist who co-founded Greenpeace.
The service was attended by all ages. Some were pierced and dyed, others dressed neatly in black. Some wore expensive jewellery, some toted bike helmets.
"There's more trouble in this room than I've ever seen in one place," said HUNTER's friend Gord PERKS.
Trouble like Katrina MILLER of the Toronto Environmental Alliance, one of the many activists whose causes HUNTER publicized during his 15 years as an environment reporter with Citytv.
HUNTER awarded her a title for her work getting pesticides banned in Toronto that she wears proudly.
"There's something very special about Bob HUNTER calling you a Damn Fine Activist," MILLER said.
And there were dozens of fans like Bonnie and Kerre BRIGGS, long-time activists (mostly anti-poverty these days) who admired HUNTER but never met him.
"The Wales and the seals are really going to miss Bob," Bonnie said.
Kerre recalls that as a "schlubby, long-haired" 14-year-old, he started a petition to protest nuclear testing in Alaska the same week HUNTER co-founded Greenpeace. At the time, environmentalism was "a hippie thing of no great consequence," Kerre said, but HUNTER changed that. "He is my role model. He was my inspiration."
In the official program, letters were read from Prime Minister Paul MARTIN, environmentalist David SUZUKI and Toronto Mayor David MILLER. Friends and family, from HUNTER's wife Bobbi and Citytv boss Moses ZNAIMER to Premier Dalton McGUINTY and fellow activist Paul WATSON, shared memories in their eulogies that drew both laughter and tears.
As they followed a bagpiper's "Amazing Grace" out of the hall, people cradled tiny spruce saplings that had been laid out on the forest-green tablecloths for Friends to take home and plant. To each tree was attached a note that read, "Embrace your Friends, Love your family, Celebrate all life, And hug this tree, for me. Love, Bob."
Outside the doors, many paid tribute to HUNTER by continuing his work. A table solicited donations for a memorial environmental studies scholarship at the University of Toronto.
Greenpeace activists took the photos and signatures of supporters for a "virtual march" against whaling in Korea.
WATSON told the crowd that an activists' ship fuelled by alternative energy is getting ready to launch.
"The ship will be called the Robert Lorne Hunter," he said. "Bob will be going back to sea."

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McGUINTY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-06 published
Beland HONDERICH: Remembering a crusader
He wanted only an 'informal gathering' and he got it: 300 Friends, politicians and journalists trade stories about the extraordinary longtime Star publisher
By Jessica LEEDER, Staff Reporter
A man widely known for his decisiveness and direction, Beland HONDERICH left strict instructions for his family regarding his memorial. Instead of a funeral, he wrote to them, he wanted an "informal gathering," memories shared over glasses of wine, "without fuss."
There was much laughter and negligible levels of fuss at a downtown reception last night where the former Toronto Star publisher and fierce perfectionist was remembered as nothing less. More than 300 guests traded stories of the legendary man who was one of the most influential publishers in the newspaper's history. He spent 22 of his 52 years at the Star as publisher.
HONDERICH died November 8 at his home in Vancouver following a stroke. He was 86.
In a final letter to the family read by his son John, who was publisher of the Star between 1994 and 2004, HONDERICH described his life as one "that was far from perfect, but endeavoured to make a useful contribution to society."
Others were far less humble. Political dignitaries and journalists alike remembered HONDERICH as an infallible man of enduring principles and with a steadfast commitment to Canadian society.
"I've met very few men in my public life or since who were more dedicated to this country," said former Ontario premier William DAVIS, adding that HONDERICH had "a real commitment to trying to reduce the diversity between those who have and those who have not.
"We may not have achieved all of his objectives, but it's not because he didn't provide the leadership, desire, motivation," DAVIS said. "He was a deeply committed Canadian and a very sensitive human being."
For Maithily PANCHALINGAM, that sensitivity has permanently marked her life.
A decade ago, the 28-year-old Star advertising employee learned that she had won a Honderich Scholarship award.
Then a new immigrant from Sri Lanka going through a "rough patch," the award -- for high grades and financial need -- was a chance to succeed where she might not have been able to on her own. "Just the fact that you're an immigrant, you're not going to have the right connections," she said, adding that the scholarship, combined with part-time jobs at the Star, helped her earn a degree from York University.
"He gave me a start. He made success possible for many students like me," she said.
More than anything, HONDERICH was held up last night as an advocate for those who most needed someone like him.
"I believe that he was a person who never forgot his roots, the common man, the underdog, the 'little people,'" said Frank IACOBUCCI, a former Supreme Court justice and current Torstar chairman.
"He championed the cause of the disadvantaged, minorities, equality, and fundamental freedoms of religion and of the press long before there were legislative or constitutional provisions reflecting these and other basic human values of an enlightened democracy."
The two-hour event included taped speeches from former Toronto mayor David CROMBIE, and several current and former Star editors, including former managing editor Mary Deanne SHEARS.
Using the boyish nickname he had for his elder brother, Ted HONDERICH, a London-based philosopher, delivered one of the evening's most touching tributes.
"He improved what, out of his good principle he preserved, which was the newspaper of the greatest value to his country. There was a greatness in this," he said. "Death without another life afterward did not make this life meaningless. Goodbye, B.B."
Also in attendance were Premier Dalton McGUINTY, Ontario Conservative Party Leader John TORY, former Ontario premier Bob RAE, Education Minister Gerard KENNEDY and Health Minister George SMITHERMAN

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