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

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McLEAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-23 published
Bill HARCOURT, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Producer 1925-2005
Newspaper reporter who switched to broadcasting launched Newsmagazine, Ombudsman, Tuesday Night and Marketplace
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, August 23, 2005, Page S9
Bill HARCOURT pretty well invented the television documentary. An experienced reporter and editor who cut his teeth working for Canadian and British wire services, he helped develop two areas of television news: live specials and long features.
He started working in television news in 1960, only eight years after it came on the air in Canada and by 1969 he was the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's main man on the biggest story of the year -- if not the decade. In late July of that year, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon and Bill HARCOURT spent 26 hours straight in a control room masterminding coverage for a captivated Canadian audience.
As the head of News Specials, he co-ordinated coverage from the United States and across Canada. It was a complex broadcast, hosted in Canada by the eccentric Gordon DONALDSON, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporter with a thick Scottish brogue.
What Mr. HARCOURT was doing was, in fact, creating what is now called a long-form documentary, building excitement into the empty space when the astronauts were just travelling. He had experience with live television -- political conventions and elections -- still the most difficult form of broadcasting since mistakes can't be edited.
The documentary form of television was something he helped mould at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, first as a producer with Newsmagazine, travelling around the world with a cameraman, soundman and reporter, then with a weekly documentary series, Tuesday Night.
"He made a real contribution, in my book, to establishing the documentary on television. There was already the National Film Board of Canada form, but the television documentary had to be invented," said Michael MacLEAR, a television reporter and documentary maker who worked with Mr. HARCOURT in the 1960s.
"Bill HARCOURT is one of the great unsung heroes of news and current affairs," said Mr. MacLEAR. "And he was my favourite executive producer."
Well-read and confident, he let the reporter get on with telling the story -- all of which made him easy to work with. All his former colleagues mentioned his good manners and even temper. Ray HAZZAN, who was executive producer of Newsmagazine before Mr. HARCOURT took the job, said he was so polite and well dressed that others took to calling him The Senator.
Bill HARCOURT grew up in Guelph, Ontario, the son of doctor. He graduated from Guelph Collegiate Institute and went on to Loyola College in Montreal.
During summers Mr. HARCOURT worked on passenger ships on the Great Lakes. At that time, it was a popular form of travel from ports such as Toronto, Detroit and Duluth. He started as a cabin boy and worked his way up to chief purser.
One of the ships on which he was purser was The Noronic, known as the Queen of the Great Lakes. As it happened, a disastrous fire aboard the Noronic was also his first and only front-page story at the Kitchener Waterloo Record where he had taken a job as a junior reporter. The ship was moored overnight in Toronto when a little after 2 a.m. on September 15, 1949, fire raged through its five decks. Of the 571 passengers -- mostly Americans sailing from Detroit -- and 174 crew on board, 119 died.
As luck would have it, Bill HARCOURT was in Toronto that night and reported the tragedy back to his newspaper. "It was particularly tough for Bill," said his wife, Nada HARCOURT. "He knew many of the crew members on board the Noronic."
A short while later, Mr. HARCOURT went to work for Canadian Press in Toronto and almost right away moved to New York to cover two different beats: the United Nations and Broadway. For him, it was no trouble to juggle show business and international politics and that impressed his boss, Gil PURCELL, who wanted him to come home and report from across Canada. Instead, Mr. HARCOURT went to London and worked on the North American desk at Reuters.
After five years, he returned home to a job at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he was made a writer and line-up editor on The National, but soon moved to Newsmagazine, a weekly half-hour program that took an in-depth look at stories.
Michael MacLEAR recalled there were two types of stories that made it on Newsmagazine: longer-form news items on stories of the day, and features. During the 1960's and early 1970's, Mr. HARCOURT accompanied such Newsmagazine reporters as Mr. MacLEAR and William STEVENSON to cover stories in South Africa, Vietnam and Russia.
"He was much under-estimated," said Mr. STEVENSON, who went on to write A Man Called Intrepid, the story of the Canadian spymaster William STEPHENSON. " One of the reasons he was so easy to get on with was that he didn't need to bolster his importance as so many executive producers do."
In late 1969, after the success of the moon walk and Newsmagazine, Mr. HARCOURT became executive producer of Thursday Night, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's flagship documentary program. The show later changed its broadcast night and name to Tuesday Night.
In January of 1974, Mr. HARCOURT started the program, Ombudsman, with Robert COOPER, an unknown 28-year-old lawyer. With Mr. COOPER acting as a crusader for the little guy, Ombudsman was a first in Canadian broadcasting.
"He was very serious about his work and kept the program out of legal trouble," remembered Mr. COOPER. "I think I was nervous and difficult at first but he was patient."
After seven years on the program, Mr. COOPER went on to be a successful producer in Hollywood where he still works. "I learned from Bill how to take a subject that seems to be educational and earnest and turn it into compelling television."
In 1977, Mr. HARCOURT also took over as executive producer for Marketplace, the long-running consumer-affairs program. It was perhaps the only time one person was executive producer of two major network programs at the same time. He finished his Canadian Broadcasting Corporation career at The Journal, where he worked as a senior adviser.
William Vernon HARCOURT was born on January 23, 1925 in Guelph, Ontario. He died on August 7, 2005. He is survived by his wife Nada, daughter Shelagh and brother John.

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McCLEARLY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-06 published
PEARSON, John Lewis
(Royal Canadian Air Force 1942-1945) Suddenly at home, on Friday, February 4th, 2005, in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Margaret (FLAHERTY) and the late Verna Joan PEARSON. Loving father of Kip and his wife Venise, Pam and her husband Dave McCLEARLY, Kenneth and his wife Helen, Kelly and her husband Jeff AURINI and loved step-father of George FLAHERTY and his wife Deborah, David FLAHERTY and his wife Brigitte, Douglas FLAHERTY and his wife Jill and Helen and her husband Wayne BACIK. Proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grand_son. Dear brother of Virginia PINCOMBE and the late June WEBSTER. John will be missed by his nieces and many Friends. Mr. PEARSON will be resting at the funeral home of Skinner and Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd. E. (1 block west of Hurontario St.), Mississauga (Parking off Ann St.) on Monday evening from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, February 8th, 2005 at 1 p.m., followed by cremation. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

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McCLEARY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-01-20 published
MARQUIS, Mary Emily (MEREDITH)
Passed away, at Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale, on Tuesday, January 18th, 2005. Mary Emily MEREDITH, beloved wife and lifelong sweetheart of the late Joseph Clark, in her 89th year. Emily was the dear sister and best friend of Eva McCLEARY and sister-in-law of Isla MEREDITH. Predeceased by two brothers, Elmer and Howard MEREDITH. Emily will always be loved and remembered by her adoring nieces and nephews, extended family, large circle of Friends and neighbours. Her loving nature and Friendship extended to everyone she met. Resting at the May Funeral Home, Markdale for visitation from 6: 30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 20th and at Annesley United Church, 82 Toronto Street South, Markdale, on Friday, January 21st from 11: 30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with funeral service to follow at 1: 00 p.m. Spring interment in Markdale Cemetery. Donations to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation in memory of Joseph and Emily would be appreciated by the family.
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McCLEARY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-23 published
BAGOT, M.L. "Lil" (née HOPE)
Mrs. M.L. (Lil) BAGOT in Terrace, British Columbia, on Monday, December 20, 2004. Lil (Hope) BAGOT, in her 81st year, dear wife of the late M.D. (Denny) BAGOT. Dearly loved mother of Peggi McCLEARY and her husband Willie of Terrace, British Columbia, and the late Gregory BAGOT of Orangeville. Loved grandmother of Andrew and Alison McCLEARY. Also survived by her two sister, Edythe, and Dorothy, and a brother George, who live in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Lil was predeceased by three sisters and a brother. Born in Yellow Grass. Saskatchewan, December 14, 1924, she was the daughter of the late John W. HOPE and Florence A. (DOBBYN) HOPE.
Lil moved to Saint Thomas in 1947, and was a Registered Nurse at the Memorial Hospital for a number of years. She then moved to the Saint Thomas Psychiatric Hospital, where she worked for 31 years, and became an Area Supervisor. She retiring in 1980. Cremation took place in British Columbia. A memorial service will be held at Central United Church, 135 Wellington Street. Saint Thomas, Monday, March 28th, 2005, at 11: 30 A.M. Interment will be made in Elmdale Memorial Park. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Memorial Fund at Central United Church would be appreciated by the family, and may be made through the R.E. Allen Funeral Chapel, Saint Thomas, Ontario.

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McCLEARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-21 published
SHEPHERD, Ralph Herbert
On Tuesday, October 18, 2005. Ralph was the elder son of George Herbert SHEPHERD and Gladys Houston SHEPHERD of Creemore and brother of George Houston SHEPHERD and his companion Brenda McCLEARY of Hornings Mills. Ralph loved his family deeply and committed his intelligence and spirit to their care. Together with his beloved Marj, who he lost this spring, he took their four children out into the wider world. Ralph was proud of them and the lives they created: Greg, his wife Siara and grand_sons Seth and Cody beautiful Geoff (1960-1981); Roger, his partner Patricia and youngest grandchildren Remy and Chloe, and Nan and her partner Katherine. Ralph believed in the older virtues. Discipline, discretion and a lifetime of prudent risk-taking took him from the drafting board to the presidency of one of the largest oil mining operations in the world. But he was not dull. Once, when the way Nature had sculpted one of his fields did not please him, Ralph took an entire summer and five considerable machines to rearrange it. He always kept drafting paper and a lot of land close by and never really did understand why trees didn't grow in straight lines. Friends may visit the Fawcett Funeral Home - Creemore Chapel, 182 Mill Street, on Friday, October 21, 2005 from 6-9 in the evening. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Saint John's United Church, 192 Mill Street, Creemore at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Creemore Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor 's choice. Friends may leave messages for the family on line by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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McCLEARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-26 published
SMITH, Leslie Vincent
At the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Hospital Drive Site, on Monday, January 24, 2005. Leslie Vincent SMITH of Lakefield, formerly of Mississauga, in his 92nd year. Husband of the late Alice Victoria CRAWFORD. Loving father of Allan and his wife Bernice of Brampton, Leslie and her husband Gordon YOUNG of Peterborough and Kimberly and her husband David LAMOND of Mississauga. Dear brother of the late Winnifred McCLEARY, Lillian GRAY/GREY, Nellie AUSTIN, Robert and Maurice SMITH. Also survived by seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A funeral service will be held at the Hendren Funeral Home, Lakefield on Friday, January 28, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Visiting one hour prior to service. Reverend Glenn DUNCAN officiating. Interment Lakefield Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Five Counties Children's Centre, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Gideon's International would be appreciated by the family. Friends may make donations or send condolences at www.hendrenfuneralhome.com

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McCLEARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-07 published
PEARSON, John Lewis
(Royal Canadian Air Force 1942-1945) Suddenly at home, on Friday, February 4th, 2005, in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Margaret (FLAHERTY) and the late Verna Joan PEARSON. Loving father of Kip and his wife Venise, Pam and her husband Dave McCLEARY, Kenneth and his wife Helen, Kelly and her husband Jeff AURINI and loved step-father of George FLAHERTY and his wife Deborah, David FLAHERTY and his wife Brigitte, Douglas FLAHERTY and his wife Jill and Helen and her husband Wayne BACIK. Proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grand_son. Dear brother of Virginia PINCOMBE and the late June WEBSTER. John will be missed by his nieces and many Friends. Mr. PEARSON will be resting at the funeral home of Skinner & Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd. E. (1 block west of Hurontario St.), Mississauga (Parking off Ann St.) on Monday evening from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, February 8th, 2005 at 1 p.m., followed by cremation. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

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McCLEARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-11 published
DORAN, Robert
Suddenly on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, at age 72. Robert, beloved husband of the late Patricia. Loved father of Corey ELLIS, his wife Gillian McCLEARY, and the late Dana ELLIS. Dear grandfather of Jesse and Dylan ELLIS. Loved brother of Betty DORAN and sister-in-law Kaye STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Visitation at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, from 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral service 1: 00 p.m. Monday, February 14, 2005 in the chapel. Cremation. For those who wish, memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Email condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca; please place DORAN in the subject line.

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McCLEARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-07 published
MORAN, Valerie Ruth
Suddenly, at the Toronto East General Hospital, with her family by her side, on May 5, 2005, in her 53rd year. Much loved wife of the late Ric MORAN (1993.) Loved mom of Lee MORAN, Kathy (Mike) MORETON, and Jay MORAN. Cherished grandma of Michael, Dee-Jay, Denise and Lisa. Sadly missed sister of Jim (Heather) LEWIS, and Corrine (David) KOLPAK and their families, and predeceased by sister Brenda McCLEARY and brother Geoffery LEWIS. A private cremation service has been held. Arrangements in the care of the Sherrin Funeral Home (416-698-2861). "God save the Queen"

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McCLEARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-08 published
McCLEARY, Michael James
After a brief illness with Cancer at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga on Saturday, September 3rd, 2005, at the age of 51. Beloved son of Lillian and the late Jack McCLEARY. Loved brother of David and his wife Pamela and Carl and his wife Mari-Anne. Dear friend of Donna SVERDRUP. Dear uncle of Dayna and Sandra. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of Skinner and Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd E. (1 block west of Hurontario St.) Mississauga (parking off Ann St.) on Sunday, September 11th, 2005 at 3 p.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Interment of ashes will be held at Sundridge Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations to the Trillium Health Centre, Oncology Unit would be appreciated in his memory.

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McCLEARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-20 published
SHEPHERD, Ralph Herbert
On Tuesday, October 18, 2005. Ralph was the elder son of George Herbert SHEPHERD and Gladys Houston SHEPHERD of Creemore and brother of George Houston SHEPHERD and his companion Brenda McCLEARY of Hornings Mills. Ralph loved his family deeply and committed his intelligence and spirit to their care. Together with his beloved Marj, who he lost this spring, he took their four children out into the wider world. Ralph was proud of them and the lives they created: Greg, his wife Siara and grand_sons Seth and Cody beautiful Geoff (1960-1981); Roger, his partner Patricia and youngest grandchildren Remy and Chloe, and Nan and her partner Katherine. Ralph believed in the older virtues. Discipline, discretion and a lifetime of prudent risk-taking took him from the drafting board to the presidency of one of the largest oil mining operations in the world. But he was not dull. Once, when the way Nature had sculpted one of his fields did not please him, Ralph took an entire summer and five considerable machines to rearrange it. He always kept drafting paper and a lot of land close by and never really did understand why trees didn't grow in straight lines. Friends may visit the Fawcett Funeral Home - Creemore Chapel, 182 Mill Street, on Friday, October 21, 2005 from 6-9 in the evening. A Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Saint John's United Church, 192 Mill Street, Creemore at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Creemore Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Friends may leave messages for the family on line by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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McLEAVY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-22 published
BELL, Emmeline
Peacefully at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Home, Barrie on Saturday, August 20th, 2005. Emmeline BELL of Barrie in her 104th year. Dear friend of May McLEAVY of Barrie, Bertha TREVORS of London, and the late Maude BOUGHEN. Friends may call at the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home, Clapperton and Worsleys Sts., Barrie on Tuesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., parish prayers at 8: 45 p.m. Funeral Mass from Saint Mary's Church, Barrie on Wednesday, August 24th at 10 a.m. Interment Barrie Union Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Also remembered by Friends, acquatances and extended family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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McLEES o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-09-27 published
MADILL, Harold Stuart
A man ahead of his time. Peacefully at the Wiarton Hospital on Sunday, September 25th, 2005. Harold MADILL of Lion's head in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Josephine (SKALIK) MADILL. Harold is also survived by nieces and nephews. Lovingly remembered by Bill and Jo McLEES of Lion's head and by his many Friends in the solar and environmental groups on the Bruce Peninsula. Predeceased by one sister, Betty HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, and one brother Ralph MADILL. Cremation has taken place. Interment of cremated remains in Eastnor Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to Green Tags Ontario would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com
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McLEES o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-12-17 published
MADILL, Josephine Elizabeth "Jo" (SKALIK)
Peacefully at Gateway Haven Nursing Home, Wiarton on Friday, December 16th, 2005. Jo (SKALIK) MADILL of Lion's head in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Harold MADILL (September 25th, 2005). Jo is survived by several nieces and nephews and lovingly remebered by Bill and Jo McLEES of Lion's Head. Cremation has taken place. Spring interment of cremated remains in Eastnor Cemetery, Lion's Head. Donations to Friends of Gateway Haven or the Alzheimers Society would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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McLEES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-27 published
MADILL, Harold Stuart
A man ahead of his time. Peacefully at the Wiarton Hospital on Sunday, September 25, 2005. Harold MADILL of Lion's head in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Josephine (SKALIK) MADILL. Harold is also survived by nieces and nephews. Lovingly remembered by Bill and Jo McLEES of Lion's head and by his many Friends in the solar and environmental groups on the Bruce Peninsula. Predeceased by one sister Betty HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON and one brother Ralph MADILL. Cremation has taken place. Interment of cremated remains in Eastnor Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to Green Tags Ontario would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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McLEES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-17 published
MADILL, Josephine Elizabeth "Jo" (SKALIK)
Peacefully, at Gateway Haven Nursing Home, Wiarton, on Friday, December 16, 2005. Jo (SKALIK) MADILL of Lion's Head, in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Harold MADILL (September 25, 2005). Jo is survived by several nieces and nephews and lovingly remembered by Bill and Jo McLEES of Lion's Head. Cremation has taken place. Spring interment of cremated remains in Eastnor Cemetery, Lion's Head. Donations to Friends of Gateway or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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McLEESE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-18 published
PHILLIPS, John Mackinnon
At home, with family by his side, on Saturday, April 16, 2005 in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Jane. Loving father of Diana McLEESE, John (Carol), Catherine SCIME (Michael) and James (Colleen). Step father of Karen MEDD (Leslie) and Steven RAMSAY (Tracey.) Proud grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 6. John will be sadly missed by his Friends and colleagues. In addition to private practise in Oshawa, John was a former member of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. Among his many interests John was an executive of the Oshawa Green Gaels, the Canadian Pony Club and will always be remembered for his passion of horses, sailing and golf. A private family gathering to celebrate John's life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Taylor Funeral Home "Newmarket Chapel", 905-898-2100. For those who wish, donations to the Canadian Academy of Endodontics Endowment Fund in memory of Dr. John PHILLIPS would be appreciated.

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McLEESE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-19 published
PHILLIPS, John Mackinnon
At home with family by his side on Saturday, April 16, 2005 in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Jane. Loving father of Diana McLEESE, John (Carol), Catherine SCIME (Michael) and James (Colleen). Step-father of Karen MEDD (Leslie) and Steven RAMSAY (Tracey.) Proud grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 6. John will be sadly missed by his Friends and colleagues. In addition to private practise in Oshawa, John was a former member of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. Among his many interests John was an executive of the Oshawa Green Gaels, the Canadian Pony Club and will always be remembered for his passion of horses, sailing and golf. A private family gathering to celebrate John's life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Taylor Funeral Home "Newmarket Chapel", 905-898-2100. For those who wish, donations to the Canadian Academy of Endodontics Endowment Fund in memory of Dr. John PHILLIPS would be appreciated.

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McLEISH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-07-06 published
PENTNEY, Illa May (née TAYLES)
Passed away, at Grey Bruce Health Services, Southampton, on Monday, July 4th, 2005. The former Illa May TAYLES, of Southampton and formerly of Thistletown, now known as Rexdale, in her 99th year. Wife of the late Robert (Bob) PENTNEY and daughter of the late Thomas and Minnie (CASTATOR) TAYLES. Beloved mother of five children, Robert of Southampton, Bernice GOODHEAD of Barrie, June and her husband Jack FOTHERBY of Southampton, Mary and her husband Mac McLEISH of Washago and Penny MacDONALD of Southampton. Sadly missed and fondly remembered by eighteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by her brother-in-law, Charles PENTNEY and his wife Hilda, of Manitoba. Predeceased by all her siblings, brothers, George, Armour and Noah, sisters, Arvilla WILCOX, Mildred SHEPHERD, Minnie MURIHEAD, and Lillian LOUGHEED, by her son-in-laws, Jack MacDONALD, Bill LOUGHEED and Alex GOODHEAD and by her grand_son Norman. Illa was a Charter Member of the Burwick Women's Institute of Woodbridge, Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Canadian Legion Branch #286, Thistletown, and was a Life Member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Legion Branch #155, Southampton. During World War 2, Illa served as an Air Raid Warden in Thistletown. Visitation from the Eagleson Funeral Home, 234 Palmerston Street, Southampton, on Wednesday, July 6th, 2005 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted in the Chapel of the Funeral Home on Thursday at 2 p.m. Reverend Margaret GREENHOW will officiate. Funeral parking on the lot of Southampton United Church. Interment Southampton Cemetery. Donation's to Illa's favourite charity, the Canadian Cancer Society, would be appreciated as your Expression of Sympathy. Southampton Legion Branch #155, Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Memorial Service at the Funeral Home 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday evening. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.eaglesonfuneralhome.com.
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McLEISH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-22 published
SAHOTA, Rick
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Saturday, February 19th, 2005, Mr. Rick SAHOTA of London and Toronto in his 32nd year. Life partner of Sonia RODRIGUES. Beloved son of Jas and the late Bakshi (1995) SAHOTA of London, grand_son of Joginder and Surjit of Coventry, England and Chanchal and the late Jit (2004) of Nottingham, England, and step-son of Mabel also of London. Very sadly missed by big "sis" Sharan McLEISH of London and little sisters, Shazla and Saajane. Loving uncle Ricky to Brya and Bailey. Also left to mourn are his close uncles, Manny and Billy, and their families in England, and his uncle Kamal from Woodstock. Rick touched the lives of his cousins, many other family members and Friends. He will be missed by all. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 24th from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, (2 blocks north of Oxford), London, where the funeral and committal services will be conducted on Friday, February 25th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation and private family inurnment to follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Rick are asked to consider the Lupus Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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McLEISH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-02 published
ROBITAILLE, Jerome " Jerry"
At his home on Friday, April 29th, 2005, Jerome "Jerry" ROBITAILLE of Sarnia in his 73rd year. Survived by his wife Patsy ROBITAILLE of Sarnia. Predeceased by his son Ricky ROBITAILLE. Beloved father of Michele and Jim BERNARDI, Randy ROBITAILLE, Kim and Bob GEROMETTE all of London, Mark and Jackie ROBITAILLE of Belmont, Lorenzo and Lisa HASTINGS of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Theresa MATHESON of Sarnia. Dear grandfather of Tamara and Rachel BERNARDI, Brodie and Jordan GEROMETTE all of London, Cole and Kylie ROBITAILLE of Belmont, Patty MATHESON of Sarnia, Cody, Anthony, and Austin HASTINGS of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Cassy HASTINGS of Ann Arbor. Dear brother of Collete and Ashton, Gertrude, Mable and Wally, Eugere, Barney and Linda, Rosie and Karen, Phil and the late Bella, Reg and Arlene, Jeanette and Bill. Also survived by his in-laws; Delma SEYMOUR and family of Billings, Montana, Gail and Bill GILLESPIE and family of Essex, Ontario, Sally and John McMAN from Port Huron, Michigan, Lucy and Bruce McLEISH and family of Granger, Indiana, Ted and Sandy ROSKEY and family of Peck, Michigan., Kathy and Eldon AUSTIN and family of Chatham, Ontario, Pearl and Don INGRAM and family of Washougal, Washington, Carl and Susie ROSKEY and family of Croswell, Michigan. The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London for visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Where the funeral service will be on Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 at 1 p.m. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the United (Metachromatic) Leukodystrophy Foundation, 2304 Highland Drive, Sycamore, Illinois 60178 or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770.

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McLEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-14 published
McLEISH, A. Don
Suddenly, at the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at the age of 75. Loving husband of Molly for 53 years. Devoted uncle of Stewart and Penny JOHNSTON, Mike and Sue JOHNSTON, Penny and Steve POGSON, Kathy and Wayne FULFORD, and Greg and Anne McCRACKEN. Devoted grand-uncle to Michelle, Patrick, Heather, Doyle, Janice, Joseph, Shawn, Krista, Corey, Daniel and Cayla. Don was a successful businessman in the Toronto area for many years. He was always supportive of his business associates, his staff, and the A.I.C.C. (an industry association). During his retirement, Don enjoyed his Friends at the Etobicoke Lawn Bowling Club and was an active volunteer with Etobicoke Meals on Wheels. Over the years Don supported many charities. His most recent favourite charities were the Dorothy Ley Hospice and the Scleroderma Society. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Monday, January 17, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. For those who wish, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Beautiful memories Are wonderful things, They last till the longest day, They never wear out, They never get lost, And can never be given away. To some you may be forgotten, To others a part of the past. But to us who loved and lost you, Your memory will always last.

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McLEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-17 published
McLEISH, A. Don
Suddenly, at the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at the age of 75. Loving husband of Molly for 53 years. Devoted uncle of Stewart and Penny JOHNSTON, Mike and Sue JOHNSTON, Paul JOHNSTON, Penny and Steve POGSON, Kathy and Wayne FULFORD, and Greg and Anne McCRACKEN. Devoted grand-uncle to Michelle, Patrick, Heather, Doyle, Janice, Joseph, Shawn, Krista, Corey, Daniel, Cayla, Sarah and Elise. Don was a successful businessman in the Toronto area for many years. He was always supportive of his business associates, his staff, and the A.I.C.C. (an industry association). During his retirement, Don enjoyed his Friends at the Etobicoke Lawn Bowling Club and was an active volunteer with Etobicoke Meals on Wheels. Over the years Don supported many charities. His most recent favourite charities were the Dorothy Ley Hospice and the Scleroderma Society. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Monday, January 17, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. For those who wish, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Beautiful memories Are wonderful things, They last till the longest day, They never wear out, They never get lost, And can never be given away. To some you may be forgotten, To others a part of the past. But to us who loved and lost you, Your memory will always last.

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McLEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-22 published
SAHOTA, Rick
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Saturday, February 19th, 2005, Mr. Rick SAHOTA of London and Toronto, in his 32nd year. Life partner of Sonia RODRIGUES. Beloved son of Jas and the late Bakshi (1995) SAHOTA of London, grand_son of Joginder and Surjit of Coventry, England and Chanchal and the late Jit (2004) of Nottingham, England, and step-son of Mabel also of London. Very sadly missed by big "sis" Sharan McLEISH of London and little sisters, Shazla and Saajane. Loving Uncle Ricky to Brya and Bailey. Also left to mourn are his close uncles, Manny and Billy, and their families in England, and his uncle Kamal from Woodstock. Rick touched the lives of his cousins, many other family members and Friends. He will be missed by all. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 24th from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, (2 blocks north of Oxford), London, where the funeral and committal services will be conducted on Friday, February 25th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation and private family inurnment to follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Rick are asked to consider the Lupus Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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McLEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-06 published
PENTNEY, Illa May (née TAYLES)
Passed away, at Grey Bruce Health Services, Southampton, on Monday, July 4, 2005. The former Illa May TAYLES of Southampton and formerly of Thistletown, now known as Rexdale, in her 99th year. Wife of the late Robert (Bob) PENTNEY and daughter of the late Thomas and Minnie (CASTATOR) TAYLES. Beloved mother of 5 children, Robert of Southampton, Bernice GOODHEAD of Barrie, June and her husband Jack FOTHERBY of Southampton, Mary and her husband Mac McLEISH of Washago and Penny MacDONALD of Southampton. Sadly missed and fondly remembered by 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by her brother-in-law Charles PENTNEY and his wife Hilda of Manitoba. Predeceased by all her siblings, brothers, George, Armour and Noah, sisters, Arvilla WILCOX, Mildred SHEPHERD, Minnie MURIHEAD, and Lillian LOUGHEED, by her sons-in-law, Jack MacDONALD, Bill LOUGHEED and Alex GOODHEAD and by her grand_son Norman. Illa was a Charter Member of the Burwick Women's Institute of Woodbridge, Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Canadian Legion Branch 286, Thistletown and was a Life Member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Legion Branch 155, Southampton. During World War 2 Illa served as an Air Raid Warden in Thistletown. Visitation from the Eagleson Funeral Home, 234 Palmerston Street, Southampton, on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted in the Chapel of the Funeral Home on Thursday at 2 p.m. Reverend Margaret GREENHOW will officiate. Funeral parking on the lot of Southampton United Church. Interment Southampton Cemetery. Donations to Illa's favourite charity, the Canadian Cancer Society, would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Southampton Legion Branch 155, Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Memorial Service at the Funeral Home 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday evening. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.eaglesonfuneralhome.com

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McLEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-22 published
McLEISH, Catherine " Kay"
Peacefully, at Extendicare - Cobourg, on Thursday, October 20, 2005, in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late George. Lovingly remembered by son Doug and his wife Carol, grand_sons Shawn (Christine), Todd (Kerry), great-granddaughters Peyton (Todd and Kerry), and Sydney (Shawn and Christine). Fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Kit McLEISH and Eileen JICKELLS, niece Ann McLEISH and nephews Neil and John McLEISH and Wayne JICKELLS. Predeceased by sister Hazel and brothers Robert and Gordon. Kay was born in 1919 in the Tri-Town area of Cobalt, Haileybury and New Liskeard. The Great Fire of 1922, considered to be one of the worst disasters in Canadian history devastated much of this area. Kay and her family survived the fire by taking refuge in Lake Temiskaming. For the rest of her life, she bore the burn scar on the back of her neck. A debilitating stroke in 1998 caused her to spend her remaining years in a nursing home environment, first in Buckingham Manor (Stouffville) and then Extendicare (Coburg). The staff of these facilities deserve accolades for their care and concern. Words cannot express our appreciation. Thank-you all very, very much. Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. N. (Markham Rd.), Markham, on Sunday, October 23 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the Chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. "Death Is Not Extinguishing The Candle, It Is Putting Out The Light Because Dawn Has Come."

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McLEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-24 published
OLAR, Rick " Richard" Walter Louis
At the Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, at the age of 53 years, of Sault Ste. Marie. Rick passed away after a courageous battle on Friday, October 21, 2005 with his family by his side. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife and best friend Donna. Devoted father of Richard OLAR (friend Sue,) Mike OLAR (friend Jenna,) Scott OLAR (Amy,) Jamie DEVOE (Tania,) Kevin DEVOE (fiancée Trish,) and Lisa DEVOE. Special Pappa of Bruce DEVOE. Loving son of Isabell OLAR and the late Walter OLAR. Son-in-law of Fred and Muriel MARQUIS. Grandson of the late Fred and Maria OLAR and the late Louis and Nellie PREMO. Dear brother of Randy OLAR (Donna,) RoseMary BORTON (Pat,) RuthAnn O'TOOLE (Richard,) Rusty OLAR (Sylvia,) late Roberta TATASCIORE (Pat,) and Ronnie OLAR (Bonnie). Rick will also be missed by many nieces, nephews and all of his buddies at Algoma Steel. Friends may call at the Northwood Funeral Home (942 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 705-945-7758) on Monday, October 24, 2005 from 6: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service in the Chapel on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Bruce McLEISH officiating. Interment Goulais River Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Southlake Regional Health Centre Cancer Unit would be appreciated by the family. A special thanks to Dr. ZIBDAWI, all the nurses and staff of the Cancer Care Unit at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario for all their loving care given to Rick, also to Alex and Rin for all the special visits and prayers. www.northwoodfuneral.com

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