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ADKIN o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-07-20 published
FREWING, Douglas Frederick
Douglas Frederick FREWING a resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 in his 80th year. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (SMITH.) Loving father and father-in-law of Margaret and Mark FRALEIGH. Dear grandfather of Tina FRALEIGH and Erin and her husband Daryl BRAYSHAW. Great grandfather of Mitchel CHAUVIN, Brandon and Emma FRALEIGH and the late Mark. Brother and brother-in-law of Marion FOX and the late Jack, Betty ADKIN and the late Gerald, Alfred and Marguerite DUBEAU, Melissa SHEPLEY and the late Fred, Donna and Keith MEREDITH, Rita SMITH and the late Walter, Ellen SMITH and the late John and the late Stewart and Betty SMITH, Douglas SMITH, Jean and William LAPRISE, Marian and John THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Annie and Earl RAYMOND. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Doug was born in Fort Myers, Florida, the son of Albert and Maude (McPHAIL) FREWING and came to Canada when he was very young. He became a Canadian citizen in his early 60's. Doug was a member of Saint Johns Ambulance and taught first aid to hundreds of industrial workers and citizens of Wallaceburg, surrounding communities and Boy Scout camps including the Scout Jamboree in Wilkesport. He was a member of the United Auto Workers and Past Elder with Knox Presbyterian Church. The family received relatives and Friends at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street in Wallaceburg. The funeral service was conducted by Reverend David HEATH on Saturday, July 16, 2005 in the chapel of the funeral home at 2 p.m. The interment followed at Riverview Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to Saint John's Ambulance may be left at the funeral home. 519-627-3231.

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ADKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-20 published
LITTLEJOHN, Alexander "Alistair" Bayne Sinclair
At the Bobier Villa, Dutton on Wednesday, May 18, 2005. Alexander (Alistair) Bayne Sinclair LITTLEJOHN of R.R.#2 Wallacetown in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Audrey (EVANS) LITTLEJOHN. Loving father of Susan and Paul DES ROSIERS of Birr, Donald and Jan LITTLEJOHN of R.R.#2 Wallacetown, Jamie and Stacie LITTLEJOHN of R.R.#2 Wallacetown, Mary Margaret CIPU of London, Niven and Linda LITTLEJOHN of R.R.#3 Dutton, Janet and Brian ADKIN of Guelph, David and Kim LITTLEJOHN of Georgetown, the late Alistair Jr. and Jackie LITTLEJOHN of Dutton, Tom and Cindy LITTLEJOHN of Saint Marys, Andrea and Jim BROWN of London, Robbie and Delia LITTLEJOHN of Strathroy. Loved grandfather of 36 and great-grandfather of 7. Brother of David LITTLEJOHN of Edmonton, Mary Gow of R.R.#1 Wallacetown, Grace and Robert ANDERSON of Connecticut and brother-in-law of David CAMPBELL of London. Predeceased by sisters Elizabeth ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Charlotte CAMPBELL, Margaret MANCHEE and Jean GROOME. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Arn Funeral Home, 193 Shackleton Street, Dutton, Friday 2-4 and 7-9. A memorial service will be held from Saint John's United Church Dutton on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation. Donations to Daffodil Auxiliary-Cancer would be appreciated. Cameron Lodge 232 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons will hold a service on Friday at 6: 30 p.m.

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ADKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-03 published
ADKIN, Dennis William (June 5, 1919-August 24, 2005)
Well-known journalist and sports administrator, Dennis ADKIN, passed quietly last week at The Lodge at Broadmead, Victoria. Dennis had been in decline for several years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Dennis was born and raised in Monitor (near Consort), Alberta, and left to find work in Edmonton at the age of 18. During World War 2 he served as a Petty Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy in Ste. Hyacinthe, Québec and in Scotland. He then spent a year in New York studying journalism and broadcasting at Columbia University, and working at the Canadian Press office. Dennis became a reporter and editor with the London Free Press from 1947-1965, where he met and married Alison Ronalda FORTUNE in 1951. He took over as Executive Editor of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix in 1965 before becoming Editor/Publisher of The Co-operative Consumer for Federated Cooperatives Ltd., based in Saskatoon. In addition, he produced the Saskatchewan Ski Journal and wrote an independent weekly newspaper column on Canadian affairs. Dennis was honoured by the London (Ontario) Ski Club, Ski Canada, Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, SaskSki, and the Canadian Ski Museum (Ottawa) for his lifelong contributions to the development of skiing in Canada. He was a founding member and president of the London Ski Club and served as a Director of the Canadian Ski Association for many years. In his 21 years as President, then Executive Director, of the Saskatchewan Ski Association he created innovative programs to promote recreational and competitive cross-country and alpine skiing. His proposal to build the ski hill at Blackstrap, Saskatchewan was instrumental in Saskatoon's successful bid to host the Canada Winter Games in 1971. Dennis is survived by loving wife Alison, and children Monte, Laurie, and David and their families. He will be deeply missed. Condolences can be sent to the family at #1104 - 548 Dallas Rd. Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1B3.

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ADKINS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-30 published
CLARK, Violet Naomi (CLARK)
At Strathmere Lodge Strathroy on Wednesday April 27, 2005, Violet Naomi (CLARK) in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Alex CLARK (1984.) Dear mother of Derril and Valorie MANN of Kelowna, British Columbia, Fay and Hazen LEBRITTON, Dorland and Sharon CLARK and Marlyce HEUVEL all of Strathroy. Also survived by 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 2 greatgreat-grandchildren. Sister of Mary ADKINS of Swartz Creek, Michigan, Gladys CROW of Spokane, Washington, Elmer (Rose) CLARK and Inez RICHARDSON both of Strathroy and Bernice WHITLOCK of Grand Prairie, Alberta. Predeceased by her son Raymond (1964), granddaughter Brenda (1979), sister Dorothy LADCUER and brothers Ernest, Melvin, Cecil, and Keith CLARK, Visitation at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, 32 Metcalfe St. W., Strathroy on Friday April 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Saturday April 30 at 1 p.m. with Reverend Steve BOOSE officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. A Rebekah Memorial Service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 6: 30 p.m. Donations to the Memorial Fund Strathmere Lodge Auxiliary, Strathroy Hospital Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Violet.

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ADKINS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-06 published
POWELL, Shirley Carolina (née ADKINS)
At Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich on Saturday, September 3, 2005. Shirley Carolina (ADKINS) POWELL of Goderich in her 75th year. Beloved wife of Ernest POWELL. Dear mother of Rick (Denise,) Dennis (Barb,) Gary (Sandy) POWELL. Loving grandmother of Jeremy (Mandy), Tim (Crystal), Brad (Pam), Doug, Drew, Adam and Amanda and great-grandmother of Julia and Cameron. Also survived by siblings Donald (Diane), Stewart (Janice), Grace (Wilmer), Jack (Kaye) and sister-in-law Joyce. Predeceased by parents Violet and Henry ADKINS and brother Howard. Cremation. A Memorial Service will be held at Berea-By-The-Water Lutheran Church, Gibbons Street, Goderich, on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at 1 p.m. Donations to Berea-By-The-Water Lutheran Church or the Canadian Cancer Society gratefully acknowledged and may be arranged through McCullum and Palla Funeral Home, 519-524-7345.

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ADKINS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-30 published
ADKINS, Beverley Ann Catherine (née MacLEOD)
Peacefully at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener on December 28th, 2005, Beverley Ann Catherine ADKINS (née MacLEOD) of London (formerly of Sarnia) in her 74th year. Beverley was the loving mother of Catherine (Omar), David (Lynn), Paul, Margaret (Johan) and Michael (JoAnne) and proud and much loved grandmother of Adam, Zachary, Lauren, Steven, Sander, Nicholas and Jacob. She is survived by her beloved sister Rosemary TOMIE of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Beverley touched many lives in many places, cultivating long lasting Friendships and sharing her warmth and humour with all whom she knew. Her spirit and strength will always be remembered and treasured by all the Friends and relatives who knew her. Visitation will be held at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, (520 Dundas St. London) on Friday, December 30th, 2005, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, December 31st, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran Church (1449 Brydges Street, London) under the auspices of Pastor Kenneth VOEGE. Donations in memory of Beverley to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Memorial tributes for Beverley may be posted at www.mem.com.

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ADKINS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-05-03 published
CLARK, Violet Naomi (CLARK)
At Strathmere Lodge, Strathroy, on Wednesday, April 27, 2005, Violet Naomi (CLARK) in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Alex CLARK (1984.) Dear mother of Derril and Valorie MANN of Kelowna, British Columbia; Fay and Hazen LEBRITTON; Dorland and Sharon CLARK and Marlyce HEUVEL, all of Strathroy. Also survived by 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Sister of Mary ADKINS of Swartz Creek, Michigan., Gladys CROW of Spokane, Washington., Elmer (Rose) CLARK and Inez RICHARDSON, both of Strathroy and Bernice WHITLOCK of Grand Prairie, Alberta. Predeceased by her son Raymond (1964), granddaughter Brenda (1979), sister Dorothy LADCUER, and brothers Ernest, Melvin, Cecil, and Keith CLARK. Visitation was at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, on Friday, April 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service was held on Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m. with Reverend Steve BOOSE officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. A Rebekah Memorial service was held in the funeral home Friday at 6: 30 p.m. Donations to the Memorial Fund Strathmere Lodge Auxiliary, Strathroy Hospital Foundation, or charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Violet.

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ADKINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-12 published
Frank CLAIR, Football Coach: 1917-2005
Ottawa Rough Riders' coach and general manager did not always remember his players' names but he knew what it took to win the Grey Cup
By Danny GALLAGHER, Special to the Globe and Mail, Tuesday, April 12, 2005, Page S7
Toronto -- He was known as the absent-minded professor whose players' names sometimes beat him but Frank CLAIR was an innovative Canadian Football League institution. Once, when injury forced a halfback out of an Ottawa Rough Riders' game, coach CLAIR shouted frantically for backup Billy Kline to replace him. It was too late -- he had been traded two years before.
While general manager with the Riders, Mr. CLAIR signed a player by the name of Paul Moses and was telexing the move to the Canadian Football League's Toronto offices. Mr. CLAIR started typing Paul Abraham and coach George BRANCATO, who was beside him, noticed the error and told his boss: "No, it's Paul Moses."
"Oh," Mr. CLAIR answered, "I knew it was some guy from the Bible."
Whenever Montreal Alouettes' star running back George Dixon came to Ottawa, Mr. CLAIR referred to him not by name, but by number. "Gotta watch that No. 28," Mr. CLAIR would say. If the player was Calgary Stampeders' linebacker Wayne Harris, it was, "Have to watch that No. 55." Even after star Ottawa quarterback Russ JACKSON had won a host of awards, he was still "No. 12" to Mr. CLAIR.
"On occasion, he would call me Russ but usually he called me by my number. That was one of his idiosyncrasies. He didn't remember names," Mr. JACKSON recalled.
"Frank was so excited he didn't know what was going on in a game," said Dave THELEN, a former Rider and Toronto Argonaut fullback.
Mr. CLAIR was a pioneer in the Canadian Football League, introducing the short-trap play in 1950 and in the same year introducing films as a key method of assessing plays and personnel. He also had a habit of turning around moribund teams and winning a host of Grey Cup titles.
Wouldn't you know it -- in 1950, with the help of that short-trap play and his game movies, Mr. CLAIR's Argos won the Grey Cup. Two years later, they did it again. Mr. CLAIR also coached the Riders to three Grey Cups -- in 1960, 1968 and 1969, and was general manager when they won again in 1973 and 1976. He was Canadian Football League coach of the year in 1966 and 1969. All told, he compiled a won-lost-tied record of 174-125-7 and his teams finished out of the playoffs only twice in 19 seasons.
Mr. CLAIR was born in small-town Ohio, graduated from Ohio State University and gained some playing time with the National Football League's Washington Redskins. Along the way, in the field house connecting the football and basketball fields at Purdue University, Mr. CLAIR met his wife Pat and they married in December of 1948.
Mr. CLAIR was the head coach at the University of Buffalo in 1949 when he was persuaded to go to Toronto and coach the Argonauts. "Al Dekdebrun, who was a Toronto quarterback and an All-American at Cornell, dropped by our training camp in Buffalo and said I should come to Toronto and coach," Mr. CLAIR recalled in 1980. "I had never seen an Argos' game but I was enthused about the spirit of the football people in Toronto."
Yet, when he looked at film Clips of the Argo games in 1949, he was appalled. "They had a terrible team, a bad program and the physical conditioning was bad," Mr. CLAIR said. "Recruiting was virtually non-existent. I put more emphasis on films and got the owners to do films of every game."
The result was the short-trap play. "I think that's what won the Grey Cup for us in 1950," he once said. "Billy Bass was the fullback and time and time again, the holes would open. It was something the other teams hadn't seen."
It was a simple play and one he always enjoyed describing. "It looked like a sweep, with both guards pulling. There was a lot of quick hitting. One guard would pull to trap the tackle and our tackle would block their linebacker, clearing a hole in the line."
Mr. CLAIR left Toronto after the 1954 season and worked for a spell at the University of Cincinnati only to be lured back to the Canadian Football League to take over the head-coaching duties in Ottawa in 1956. "Ottawa had a terrible team in 1955 -- terribly disorganized," he once said. "I told the Ottawa directors that it would take five years to build a championship team. And it was five years, right on the nose, in 1960 when we won the Grey Cup."
Over the years, Mr. CLAIR witnessed scores of talented Canadian Football League players such as Dave THELEN, Ron STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Vic WASHINGTON, Bo SCOTT, Margene ADKINS, Whit TUCKER, Moe RACINE, Mike NELMS and Tony GABRIEL, but Russ JACKSON stood out as the "best ever."
"When he [ JACKSON] moved up behind the centre, he took command," Mr. CLAIR said. "He had a good voice... he made you think he was an army sergeant. We felt like we were going somewhere with him."
Mr. JACKSON and many others contend that one of the best offences ever assembled in Canadian Football League history was the late-1960s combo in Ottawa consisting of himself, Whit TUCKER, Mr. ADKINS, Mr. WASHINGTON and Mr. SCOTT.
"I spent some 12 seasons in Ottawa, all with Frank," Mr. JACKSON said. "The biggest memory I have of my time there was that he gave me a chance to play as a Canadian. He was very innovative in his offensive preparation when we practised Monday through Friday for a game on the weekend. We used the short-trap play in games some, but we also had the option play... in those days, I liked to run a lot."
Mr. CLAIR, a genius at snagging import talent, pulled off one of the greatest coups in the Canadian game by persuading two top-flight U.S. quarterbacks -- Condredge HOLLOWAY and Tom CLEMENTS to sign with the Riders on April 23, 1975. It was coincidence that they signed on the same day. Mr. CLAIR signed Mr. CLEMENTS in Pittsburgh and Mr. BRANCATO signed Mr. HOLLOWAY in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Frank CLAIR's run with the Riders lasted 25 years, a tenure that had its tenuous moments of rough waters, especially in the last two years when ownership wanted him out as general manager.
In 1978, in one of the stormiest controversies in Canadian Football League history, Mr. CLAIR was replaced as general manager by Jake DUNLAP. To compensate, he was offered a job as vice-president and director of player personnel with a $10,000 pay increase. Even so, Mr. CLAIR saw it as a demotion and quit. All he could understand was that he was losing his general manager's job and he wasn't being told why. Football fans were on Mr. CLAIR's side throughout the drama and club owner Alan WATERS and executive vice-president Terry KIELTY were seen as villains. The Rough Riders initiated new talks and Mr. CLAIR wound up with about $50,000 a season and the job the club had offered in the first place.
However, it was not the end of the affair. Several weeks before Christmas in 1980, the Riders said they wouldn't be renewing his contract. "I was disappointed, but I signed," Mr. CLAIR said at the time. "All I wanted to do was help the club."
All the same, he did not rule out the possibility that he would move to another Canadian Football League club. Indeed, he returned to the Argos in 1981 as a scout, tapping Canadian and U.S. college talent for seven years before heart surgery meant he finally had to pack in his football career.
Ottawa remained dear to the CLAIRs and for a time they kept their home in the Billings Bridge area and spent winters in Florida. In 1993, they moved permanently to Sarasota, Florida
That same year, Ottawa named the arena at Lansdowne Park arena the Frank Clair Stadium. Sadly, it hasn't done a thing for the city's football prospects. Ottawa hasn't come close to a Grey Cup since 1976 when Mr. CLAIR led his squad to a 23-20 victory over Saskatchewan.
Frank CLAIR was born May 12, 1917 in Hamilton, Ohio. He died March 27, 2005, in Sarasota, Florida, of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife and by a daughter.

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ADKINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-02 published
WILLIAMS, George
On October 30, 2005. George, loving husband of Bonita (Bonnie). Beloved father of George and his wife Margaret, Susan and her husband Randy ADKINS, and the late Gordon. Cherished Grampa of Norman, Andrew, Craig and Robyn. Great-grandfather of Keegan. Friends will be received at the Accettone Funeral Home, 384 Finley Ave., Ajax (905-428-9090) on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 from 12 noon until the time of service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Donations to the Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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ADKINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-03 published
WILLIAMS, George
On October 30, 2005. George, loving husband of Bonita (Bonnie). Beloved father of George and his wife Margaret, Susan and her husband Randy ADKINS, and the late Gordon. Cherished Grampa of Brian, Andrew, Craig and Robyn. Great-grandfather of Keegan. Brother of Norman, Alan and the late Bill. Friends will be received at the Accettone Funeral Home, 384 Finley Ave., Ajax (905-428-9090) on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 from 12 noon until the time of service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Donations to the Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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ADKINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-30 published
ADKINS, Beverley Ann (née MacLEOD)
Peacefully at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener on December 28th, 2005, Beverley Ann Catherine ADKINS (née MacLEOD) of London (formerly of Sarnia) in her 74th year. Beverley was the loving mother of Catherine (Omar), David (Lynn), Paul, Margaret (Johan) and Michael (JoAnne) and proud and much loved grandmother of Adam, Zachary, Lauren, Steven, Sander, Nicholas and Jacob. She is survived by her beloved sister Rosemary TOMIE of Sault Ste. Marie. Loving daughter of the late Dr. William and Catherine MacLEOD of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Beverley touched many lives in many places, cultivating long lasting Friendships and sharing her warmth and humour with all whom she knew. Her spirit and strength will always be remembered and treasured by all the Friends and relatives who knew her. Visitation will be held at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel (520 Dundas Street, London) on Friday December 30th, 2005, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday December 31st 2005 at Our Saviour Lutheran Church (1449 Brydges St. London) under the auspices of Pastor Kenneth VOEGE. Donations in memory of Beverley to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Memorial tributes for Beverley may be posted at www.mem.com

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