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BYE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-05-20 published
BYE, Barbara Elizabeth (née LIHOU)
Loving hands, generous heart, courageous spirit. It is with deep and fond memories that her family announces the passing of Barbara at home with family and Friends, Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 (her mother's birthday), in her 57th year. Beloved and devoted wife of John, for 34 years. Loved mother or Melissa BYE and Amy (Lenny) FONTE. Also survived by sisters Brenda (Art) CRUICKSHANK of Owen Sound and Beverly (Howard) MCINNES/MCINNIS of Saint Thomas. Dear daughter-in-law of Jean BYE of Owen Sound and sister-in-law of Mary (John) COLLIER and Kathy (Marty) ROACH both of London. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Alf and Thelma LIHOU and father-in-law Lester BYE (all formerly of Owen Sound.) Barb was a former secretary at West Hill Secondary School and Sydenham Community School, Owen Sound and June Avenue Public School, Guelph. She was the current secretary at Priority Park Public School, Guelph. Cremation. Friends will be received at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Friday, May 27th, 2005 (2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m). Inurnment at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 762 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Saturday, May 28th, 2005 at 9: 00 a.m. A memorial service, to celebrate Barbara's life, will be held at Trinity United Church, 400 Stevenson Street, N., Guelph, Saturday, May 28th, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Memorial contributions to the Trinity United Church, Heritage Fund, 400 Stevenson St. N., Guelph N1E 5C3 would be appreciated.
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BYE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-10-13 published
STEVENS, Edmund "E.C."
"The old band leader has marched off the square." Peacefully, at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, on Wednesday morning, October 12th, 2005. Edmund CAMPBELL STEVENS, of Owen Sound, in his 95th year. Dearly beloved husband of the late Dale STEVENS (née BYE.) Loving father of Thomas STEVENS and his wife, Jodie, of Connecticut; Pamela WALKER and her husband, Monty, of Florida and Edmund (Ted) STEVENS and his wife, Nancy, of Owen Sound. Proud grandfather of Michael, Edmund and Sarah STEVENS; William WALKER and Susan RAYLS; Andrew and Eric STEVENS and great-grandfather of Mackenzie and Emily. Edmund is survived by one sister, Helen NIXON, of Mississauga. Predeceased by his parents, Francis and Christine STEVENS and six brothers. Edmund was a former teacher, principal, Board Chair, D.D.G.M. and leader of the O.S.C.V.I. Trumpet Band and will be sadly missed by family and Friends. North Star Masonic Lodge #322 will hold a Masonic Service at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound, N4K-3X8 (376-7492) on Thursday evening at 7: 30 p.m. All Masonic Brethren are invited to attend. A Memorial Service for Edmund STEVENS will be held at Division Street United Church, 997 - 4th Avenue East, Owen Sound, on Friday, October 14th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Cathy HIRD and Father Edward WAGNER officiating. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Society of Grey-Bruce, the Division United Church or the Grey Bruce Health Services Foundation as your expression of sympathy and may be made through the Funeral Home.
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BYE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-12 published
BLAKE, John
Suddenly as a result of a motorcycle accident in London, Ontario. John BLAKE in his 39th year passed away on Friday September 9, 2005. Will be sadly missed by his mother Pat BYE and by his father Tim BLAKE and their spouses Wayne BYE and Sue BLAKE. Loving brother of Paula and her husband Paul MERRICK, Taryn and her husband Sean HIPKISS. Cherished uncle to Caitlin, Blake and Liam. Nephew to Suzanne SYMSYK. Cousin to Meghan, Krystyn and Michael. Dear step-brother to Kevin and Chris STREET. Will be sadly missed by his many Friends and family. John was a dedicated employee to Formet Industries in Saint Thomas, Ontario. He prided himself on his expertise in robotics. John's family and Friends will always remember his compassion, strength and love of life. Friends may call at the Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, 2241 New St. (at Drury Lane) on Tuesday September 13, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday September 14, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held from Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave., Burlington on Thursday September 15, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Burlington Memorial Gardens. A special thank you to the support team at the London University Hospital, the London Police Department for their kindness and compassion.

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BYE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-01 published
SKIENDZIEL, Mary Ann (née KRUKLINSKI)
Of Valleyview Home, Saint Thomas on Monday, October 31, 2005, at her late residence, in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late Frank SKIENDZIEL (1976) and dearly loved mother of Helen BYE of Toronto and Edward SKIENDZIEL of Saint Thomas. Dear mother-in-law of Trudy SKIENDZIEL of Saint Thomas and the late Duncan BYE. Loved grandmother of James and Jason SKIENDZIEL. She was the last of her family. Mary was born in Poland on March 27, 1908, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Adam KRUKLINSKI. She came to Canada in 1929 and was a member of Saint Anne's Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St. Saint Thomas until Wednesday morning and then to Saint Anne's Church where Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11: 00. Interment to follow in Holy Angels' Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 7: 00 p.m.

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BYE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-27 published
BYE, Stanley George
Passed away peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2005 at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital in his 91st year. Stanley, beloved husband of the late Evelyn Mary BYE. Loving father of Frederick BYE, Irene SMITH, Reva and her husband Wayne THORNINGTON, Edward BYE and Paul and his wife Patricia BYE. Will be forever cherished in the hearts of his 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Harold BYE. Predeceased by sister Florence and parents Robert and Mary BYE. At Stanley's request, noformal funeral services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the charity of the donor's choice in Mr. BYE's memory. Friends may leave comments for the family by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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BYER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-06 published
BYER, Virginia Mae (née KINCH)
Suddenly on January 3, 2005 in her 64th year. Loving mother to her five children and their spouses: Donny JOHNSTON (Marg,) Sherry CLAUS (Paul), Leah JOHNSTON (Tim), Jennifer Sue and John BYER. Will be lovingly remembered by her sister Susan and her children Ryan and Brandon. Dear grandmother to Brandy Virginia, Jasmin, Brandy, Haylie, Christina, Brady, Lindsey, Curtis, Presley, Desirée, Kasey, Dallas and Kolby. Beloved great-grandmother to Kayden and Andrew. Virginia will be sadly missed by her many Friends in Parkdale and all her Friends from the York Road Manor in Odessa, Ontario and, last but by no means least, her beloved Maltese Poodle Maxi. Friends may visit at the Ross Craig Funeral Home, 1357 Queen St. West, Toronto (1 block east of Lansdowne), 416-532-4446 on Thursday, January 6, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a complete service in the chapel on Friday at 1 p.m. Cremation. If desired, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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BYER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-14 published
LING, Judy
Passed away peacefully January 12, 2005, surrounded by loved ones. Devoted daughter of Maud and Kyrie BYER. Beloved mother to Kimberly, Roger and Kenneth. Judy will be dearly missed by her 4 brothers, 7 sisters, 2 grand_sons, son-in-law and her many, many nieces, nephews, in-laws and Friends. Resting at Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough for visitation on Friday 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, 3200 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 9: 30 a.m. Cremation. Donations may be made to St. Frederic's Baptist Church, 1082 Danforth Ave., Toronto, M4J 1M2.

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BYERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-05 published
BYERMAN, Ronald Edward
On May 31, 2005 died suddenly at home in Dorval in his 74th year. Predeceased by his loving wife and best friend Mary CLEMINSON and beloved daughter Bonnie. Survived by his sister Muriel SMYTH (Bob,) sister-in-law Anne BANNON and brother-in-law John CLEMINSON (Phyllis) and 10 nephews and nieces who will always remember him with special fondness and love. He retired as Sales Manager of P.L. Robertson for Quebec and Eastern Canada, having begun his career in Milton, Ontario He will be sadly missed by all for his warmth, outgoing personality and love of life and especially by his fishing, curling, and golf buddies. Resting at J.J. Cardinal Funeral Home, 560 Pr. Lakeshore Dr., Dorval, Quebec, 514-631-1511. Visitation Sunday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service at Summerlea United Church, 220 50th Avenue, Lachine on Monday, June 6 at 1: 00 p.m. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Summerlea United Church, Lachine.

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BYERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-03-03 published
THORNTON- CARR, Grace Luella (formerly THORNTON, née BYERS)
Peacefully at Gateway Haven Nursing Home, Wiarton, on Saturday, February 26th, 2005. Grace Luella (BYERS) THORNTON, of Wiarton, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Thomas D. THORNTON (1992) and the late Allan O. CARR (1974.) Predeceased by her parents, D.J. BYERS and Janet Luella CURRIE, step-mother Hazel W. PARKE, one brother, David James BYERS and one step-son, Edwin (Ted) CARR. Survived by three nephews, Craig (Diane,) Jim (Mickie,) David (Lindsey) and one great-niece, Victoria. Also survived by sisters-in-law, Pat BYERS, Florence MARSHALL and brother-in-law, Evan STEACY. The family will receive Friends at the George Funeral Home, 430 Mary Street, Wiarton, on Tuesday from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted from St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 553 Gould Street, Wiarton, on Wednesday, March 2nd at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend David LEGGATT officiating. Spring interment, Bayview Cemetery, Wiarton. Donations to St. Paul's Presbyterian Church would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com
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BYERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-06 published
GORDON, Ruth Monetta (née BYERS)
At Saint Mary's Hospital in Kitchener on Tuesday April 5, 2005. In her 90th year, Ruth Monetta GORDON (née BYERS,) the beloved wife of the late Alvin GORDON. The loving mother of Eunice ISHERWOOD, Janice and her husband Jerry SWARTZ, and Sheila and her husband Leonard LEE. The loving grandmother of Natalie and Andrew ISHERWOOD, Angela and her husband Louie ANTONIOU, Kevin SWARTZ and Anne and Erin LEE. Dear sister of Walter BYERS and his wife Eva, Allan BYERS, Gordon BYERS and his wife Mildred, Marjorie and her husband Lester REIST, Naomi and her husband Clarence GUSE, Shirley and her husband Calvin McLEAN. Sister-in-law of Inez (Mrs. Austin BYERS,) and Willa (Mrs. Edwin BYERS.) Predeceased by her grand_son Christopher ISHERWOOD; her brothers, Austin and Edwin and her sister Jean. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, on Thursday from 7: 00 to 9:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home, on Friday morning, at 11: 00 am. Interment in Brethren in Christ Cemetery, Stayner. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either The Lung Association or to the Calvary Missionary Church would be appreciated by the family.
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BYERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-22 published
HOWE, Josephine " Joey" Alicia (BEST)
At South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Walkerton, on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at the age of 76 years, the former Joey BEST of Paisley. Wife of the late Mervin HOWE. Mother of Linda and her husband Stewart BYERS of Hanover, Wayne of Paisley, and Bruce of Stoney Creek. Grandmother of Kevin of Walkerton, and Lisa and her husband Lee KERR of Nile. Great-grandmother of Nicholas and Mariah. sister-in-law of Ruth HOWE of Saint Thomas and Marion BORLAND of Woodford. She is predeceased by her brother Fred BEST, her sister Julia CRUICKSHANK and by her great-granddaughter Melody. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Paisley Chapel, 216 Queen St. S, Paisley, on Friday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Murray ROUNDING officiating. Memorial contributions to the Victorian Order of Nurses or the Red Cross Community Health Services would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com
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BYERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-08-24 published
WILCOX, Shelly LeeAnn (ROBERTSON)
On August 22nd, 2005, in her 41st year. Surrounded by her family at Saint Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton. Loving wife and mother of Mike WILCOX and Brendan WILCOX, at home in Burlington. Loving daughter of Margaret ROBERTSON. Caring sister of Shannon REID (Tom,) Stacey UPTON (Dave;) dear aunt of Matthew and Ashley REID, J.D. UPTON; like a loving daughter to Sherran BURDGE, all of Owen Sound. Predeceased by grandparents, Margaret and Douglas ROBERTSON, and Mildred and Edgar BYERS. Sister-in-law to John WILCOX (Tisiana), Bev BELANGER (Larry), Karen PONTING (Gary), and families. Friends are invited to turner and porter, peel chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, Ontario, 905-279-7663, for visiting on Wednesday, August 24th from 7: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at the chapel, Thursday, August 25th at 1: 00 p.m. Memorial donations to the Home Hemo Dialysis department at Toronto General Hospital.
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BYERS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2005-02-09 published
Dorothy Pearl DOBRANSKI
In loving memory of Dorothy Pearl DOBRANSKI who died peacefully in Whitby on Thursday, February 3, 2005 age 77 years.
Born to Neil and Pearl (née LEWIS) McALLISTER of Manitoulin Island on May 28, 1927.
Predeceased by her beloved husband Mike (Mickey) DOBRANSKI. Cherished mother of Teresa and husband Kevin. Sadly missed by family Marie (Richard) LAVOIE and Calvin (Winnifred) McALLISTER. Beloved grandmother of Mike (Kim,) Rick (Kelly) BYERS and great grandmother to Victoria, Sam and Eric. Remembered by Robert (Jen) and Trinity LAVOIE and many relatives and Friends, especially for square dancing. A gathering of family and Friends to remember her life was held on Sunday from 2 - 4 and the Funeral Service was held at 11 am on Monday at Island Funeral Home, Little Current.

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BYERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-11 published
BYERS, Jean Margaret (née HANMER)
At her residence on Friday September 9, 2005, Jean Margaret BYERS (née HANMER) of Tobin Place, Woodstock in her 76th year. Beloved wife of the late John "Jack" Edward BYERS (2002.) Dear mother of John and his wife Gaye and Mark and his wife Julie all of Woodstock and Robert and his friend Diane of Brantford. Loved grandmother of Brandon, Justin and Lindsey. Dear sister of Mary STIENSTRA and her husband Lou of Toronto and Clara McLAUGHLIN and her husband Tommy of Long Point. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Kirk HANMER. Jean was an avid golfer and member of Craigowan Golf and Country Club for many years. Cremation will be taking place. An open house and luncheon will be held at her residence on Saturday September 17, 2005 from 1-5 p.m. A memorial service will be held at St. John's Anglican Church in Otterville on Sunday September 18, 2005 at 2: 30 p.m. with Reverend Zena ATWOOD officiating. Interment to follow in the Otterville Cemetery. Contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be arranged through the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, Woodstock (539-0004). Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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BYERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-27 published
VIGLIANTI, David Alfred
At the Stratford General Hospital on Sunday, September 25, 2005. David A. VIGLIANTI of Parkhill in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Sophia (MICARTEK) VIGLIANTI. Dear father and father-in-law of Barry and Sheila VIGLIANTI of Georgia, U.S.A., Karen and Starr and her fiancé Richard WOODS of London, David and Judy VIGLIANTI of Cambridge, Gina and Brent BYERS of Caledon. Dear grandfather to Tosha, Tara, Kristin, Adam, Gabrielle, Isabella, Benjamin and Sophie. Brother of Marie BUGYRA of Exeter, Henry "Hank" VIGLIANTI of Michigan, Margaret SAUNDERS of Michigan, Frank and Lyall VIGLIANTI of London, Rosemary and Kevin CLARK of Kitchener. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. VIGLIANTI was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy. A memorial funeral service will be conducted at the M. Box and son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street, Parkhill on Friday, September 30th at 1: 00 p.m. Visitation 1 hour prior to the funeral service. Reverend Greg LITTLE will officiate. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Share memories or send condolences to www.boxfuneralhome.ca. M. Box and son will plant a tree in living memory of Mr. VIGLIANTI at the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Parkhill.

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BYERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-17 published
BALDWIN, Ralph
Suddenly as the result of a heart attack on Friday October 14, 2005, Ralph BALDWIN of Mount Pleasant in his 57th year. Cherished husband of Janice BALDWIN (KAMPHORST,) loving father of Andrea BYERS and her partner Tony ASCROFT of Dundas and Jason BALDWIN of London. Proud grandfather of Noah Harrison BYERS, brother of Lynn LALONDE (Wayne) of Saint Thomas, Al BALDWIN (Tricia) of Ottawa, Carole HEIDT (Phil MARK) of Saint Thomas, Gary BALDWIN (Teresa) of Shedden and Doug BALDWIN (Betty-Ann) of Saint Thomas. Nephew of John and Evelyn HARGREAVES of Saint Thomas, Shirley ROBINSON of Aylmer and Victor and Shirley HARGREAVES of Kippen. Son-in-law of Rose KAMPHORST, brother-in-law of Herman KAMPHORST (Yolanda,) Lori KAMPHORST and John KAMPHORST all of Moncton, New Brunswick. Ralph is also fondly remembered by many cousins, nieces, nephews and step siblings. Predeceased by his parents William HARRISON (1987) and Blanche HARRISON (née HARGREAVES, 1993,) his brother J. Barry BALDWIN (1997) and his sister Wendy PINNEY (1977.) Born in Saint Thomas on March 12, 1949, Ralph led a very active life in Saint Thomas. Curling, baseball and umpiring were just a few of his interests. Ralph and Janice moved to Brantford in 1992 to start their own business and were successful in creating Arrow Flight Delivery. As a result of the business Ralph became very active in the Brantford Community. He was a member of the Brant Curling Club, a member of Freemason Lodges; Saint John's 209a, Ozias 508 where he was Worshipful Master in 1998, Brant Lodge 45 and was District Deputy Grand Master of Brant Masonic District (2002-2003). Ralph is the current president of the Brantford Shrine Club and was very involved in fundraising with both the Masonic Lodge and Shrine Club. He was also an Auxilliary Police officer with the Brantford Police and a member of the Brantford Nissan Senior Slo-pitch team. Friends will be received at the McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Road North, Brantford, on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Masonic Memorial Service Tuesday at 6: 30 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Hope Christian Reformed Church, 64 Buchanan Street, Brantford, on Wednesday at 12: 00 noon with Reverend Paul HARTIG officiating. Interment in Saint Thomas to take place Thursday. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Found. Or the Shriners Childrens Hospital grately appreciated (519) 758-1553 mccleisterfuneralhome@rogers.com. "Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped away into the next room just around the corner. All is well"

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BYERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-12 published
PRATTEN, Wallace Alfred
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Thursday, November 10, 2005. Wallace Alfred PRATTEN " Wally," of London in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Ethel (MARTIN.) Dear father of Brian (Susan) of Thorndale and Kevin and Virginia both of London. Also loved by three grandchildren Alex, Jeremy and Katy. Dear brother of Marguerite (Jack) BYERS of London. Predeceased by one sister Emma WOODS (1978.) Also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the Harland B. Betzner Funeral Home, 177 Dundas Street, Thamesford on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Monday, November 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. Reverend Art CHOLMONDELEY officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be given to the London Health Sciences Centre Foundation or charity of one's choice.

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-01 published
SIMPSON, Harland Alfred " Harley"
Passed away Sunday, February 27, 2005, at home, in his 75th year. Harley was the cherished husband of Jean (née VAN DER VORD,) son of the late Mildred and Harold SIMPSON and brother of Donald. He will be greatly missed by his children Jennifer (Pat BYERS,) Peter (Diane PAP,) Ann WICKS (Brian,) and Linda ROOTE (Kevin) and his grandchildren Matthew, Richard, Amanda, Adam, Josie, Spencer, Brittany and Ashley. Many other relatives and Friends, including Ross FREESTONE and Helen and Neil FIELD will also remember Harley fondly.
Harley and Jean enjoyed a lifetime together. They met in kindergarten Harley proposed at age 14 and they were married for 51 happy years. Even in his last days, Harley was worrying about how his "bride" was feeling. Aside from his family, Harley loved his cottage, his car, his grass, his workshop and a good game of cards. He was a successful businessman who served as a mentor for many individuals along the way. Harley was a man to be counted on when help was needed. Thanks to Doctors KHAN, BARNES and PARKER, V.J., ROBINS and all the others who helped Harley over the past months. You are truly credits to your professions. Family and Friends will be received at the 'Scarborough Chapel' of McDougall & Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (1 block east of St. Clair Ave. E.), on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 2 p.m. Donations in Harley's name may be made to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-03 published
BYERS, Robert Reid " Biker Bob"
Bob died suddenly and mercifully among his Friends and courier colleagues, on Thursday, June 16, 2005, on a midday break from high-speed messengering around downtown Toronto. "Mercifully", because he died doing what he loved.
A legend among Friends and family, Bob was a true eccentric and iconoclast who never bowed to authority, but held tight to traditions of love and loyalty. Born January 17, 1947, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Bob was predeceased by his parents, Mary Winnifred (REID) and Robert Clyde BYERS, and by two siblings, Peter Clyde and Mary Sue (Douglas). He leaves his remaining siblings and in-laws, nephews and nieces: Anne TRORY, Susan and Jill, and Jim TRORY in Vancouver; John and Jane BYERS, Nathan, David and Alan in Espanola; Jim and Kathleen BYERS, Samantha, Millie and Lexy in Toronto; Peter DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS, Scott, Graham and Trevor in Toronto and Mary GORDON, Kennedy and Kip in various parts of Ontario, and all of their mates and children. Bob is missed by his many Friends and co-workers
Bob was raised in the Abitibi Canyon and in Mattawa. He married young and had two children, while he worked a strenuous stint in the mines in Sudbury. When his marriage ended, Bob left on his lifelong quest for individuality and independence. He traveled everywhere in Canada, usually on a bike, and he did all sorts of work, from hard labour at the Victory Mills to social and residence work at Domum.
He was a journeyman bookbinder, a loving son, a demanding chess player, a generous uncle, a mentor to his colleagues, and often loved a spirited argument in politics, morality, and ideas. He was kind, gentlemanly, and generous. He made a difference in the world around him.
According to his wishes, Bob was cremated right after his death. Friends and colleagues are invited to join his family at a memorial service on Saturday, September 10, 2005, at 12 o'clock noon, at the Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East in Toronto. Following the service, his family will carry him north to Massey, Ontario, where he will be buried with his beloved parents in the Grandview Cemetery on Sunday, September 11 at 1 o'clock p.m.

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-24 published
LONGERAN, Ernest " Ernie"
Ernest LONGERAN, beloved husband of Katherine LONGERAN (née O'KEEFE) passed away on December 21, 2005 at the age of 78 years after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Katherine, his wife of 53 years, his 4 daughters, Patricia LONGERAN, Barbara BYERS, Nancy LONGERAN- LARSH, Jan WATEROUS, his 3 sons-in-law, John LARSH, Jim BYERS and Adam WATEROUS, his 9 grandchildren, Michael, Kathleen and Christopher BYERS, Matthew, Paul and James LARSH, Connor, Riley and Liam WATEROUS and his 2 sisters, Margaret LONGERAN and Gaye MacKINNON. He is predeceased by his parents and infant son. Ernie grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and moved to Toronto in 1960 with his young family to work with Shell Canada. He retired after approximately 30 years with the company and spent his retirement doing what he liked best - being with family, traveling with Katherine and playing lots of golf. Visitation with family will take place on Wednesday, December 28th between 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (2 stoplights west of Yonge Street). Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 29 at St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie Street, Don Mills (south of Lawrence Avenue) at 10: 30 a.m. Special thanks to Dr. BRANDWEIN and Dr. ANNA at Princess Margaret Hospital and the palliative care team at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be given to the St. Clare's Monastery, 170 St. Paul Street, R.R.#1, Alexandria, Ontario K0C 1A0

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-28 published
LONERGAN, Ernest " Ernie"
Ernest LONERGAN, beloved husband of Katherine LONERGAN (née O'KEEFE) passed away on December 21, 2005 at the age of 78 years after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Katherine, his wife of 53 years, his 4 daughters, Patricia LONERGAN, Barbara BYERS, Nancy LONERGAN- LARSH, Jan WATEROUS, his 3 sons-in-law, John LARSH, Jim BYERS and Adam WATEROUS, his 9 grandchildren, Michael, Kathleen and Christopher BYERS, Matthew, Paul and James LARSH, Connor, Riley and Liam WATEROUS and his 2 sisters, Margaret LONERGAN and Gaye MacKINNON. He is predeceased by his parents and infant son. Ernie grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and moved to Toronto in 1960 with his young family to work with Shell Canada. He retired after approximately 30 years with the company and spent his retirement doing what he liked best - being with family, traveling with Katherine and playing lots of golf. Visitation with family will take place on Wednesday, December 28th between 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (2 stoplights west of Yonge Street). Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 29 at St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie Street, Don Mills (south of Lawrence Avenue) at 10: 30 a.m. Special thanks to Dr. BRANDWEIN and Dr. ANNA at Princess Margaret Hospital and the palliative care team at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be given to the St. Clare's Monastery, 170 St. Paul Street, R.R.#1, Alexandria, Ontario K0C 1A0

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-06 published
DOBRANSKI, Dorothy Pearl (née McALLISTER)
Peacefully died in Whitby on Thursday, February 3, 2005, age 77 years. Born to Neil and Pearl (née LEWIS) McALLISTER of Manitoulin Island on May 28, 1927. Predeceased by her beloved husband Mike (Mickey) DOBRANSKI. Cherished mother of Teresa and husband Kevin. Sadly missed by family Marie (Richard) LAVOIE and Calvin (Winnifred) McALLISTER. Beloved grandmother of Mike (Kim,) Rick (Kelley) BYERS and great-grandmother to Victoria, Sam and Eric. Remembered by Robert (Jen) and Trinity LAVOIE, and many relatives and Friends. A gathering of family and Friends to remember her life will be held on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Funeral Service at 11: 00 a.m. Monday at Island Funeral Home, Little Current. Donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-01 published
SIMPSON, Harland Alfred " Harley"
Passed away Sunday February 27, 2005, at home, in his 75th year. Harley was the cherished husband of Jean (née VAN DER VORD,) son of the late Mildred and Harold SIMPSON and brother of Donald. He will be greatly missed by his children Jennifer (Pat BYERS,) Peter (Diane PAP,) Ann WICKS (Brian,) and Linda ROOTE (Kevin) and his grandchildren Matthew, Richard, Amanda, Adam, Josie, Spencer, Brittany and Ashley. Many other relatives and Friends, including Ross FREESTONE and Helen and Neil FIELD will also remember Harley fondly. Harley and Jean enjoyed a lifetime together. They met in kindergarten; Harley proposed at age 14 and they were married for 51 happy years. Even in his last days, Harley was worrying about how his "bride" was feeling. Aside from his family, Harley loved his cottage, his car, his grass, his workshop and a good game of cards. He was a successful businessman who served as a mentor for many individuals along the way. Harley was a man to be counted on when help was needed. Thanks to Doctors KHAN, BARNES and PARKER, V.J., ROBINS and all the others who helped Harley over the past months. You are truly credits to your professions. Family and Friends will be received at the McDougall and Brown Funeral Home "Scarborough Chapel", 2900 Kingston Rd. (one block east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Tuesday March 1, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday March 2, 2005 at 2 p.m. Donations in Harley's name may be made to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-18 published
Couriers honour mentor
City's oldest messenger dies on job
More than 100 attend impromptu wake
By Sikander Z. HASHMI, Staff Reporter, Page B3
He was their mentor, their "grandfather."
They were his life.
More than 100 bike couriers working in the city's core came out to remember Bob BYERS, who died Thursday while on the job. He was 58.
"I'm blown away," said Jim BYERS, " Biker Bob's" younger brother, as the crowd gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Duke of Richmond on James St. BYERS died on Thursday afternoon of what his Friends believe was likely a massive heart attack.
John, a courier who didn't want to give his last name, recalls passing BYERS at the corner of Queen St. W. and James St. that afternoon and saying "Hi." About 10 minutes later, BYERS reportedly turned purple and collapsed. He died soon after.
The crowd of couriers, dispatchers, drivers and walkers gathered to pay their respects to BYERS and to have "a beer for Bob."
"We're gonna... send him off peacefully to heaven, where he belongs," said Eric WUTTUNEE, one of the organizers of the wake for BYERS, who had been a courier for 18 years.
There's no question that BYERS was a giant in the courier community. A gentle giant.
"He was a great guy all around," said WUTTUNEE.
"He was always more compassionate to younger guys coming on the road, always trying to give them the lowdown of the do's and don'ts as a courier.
"No matter what age you were, he'd always talk to you as if you were the same age as him."
It's believed that BYERS was the oldest courier in town.
"I will forever be a rookie to this guy," said a courier, who didn't want his name used.
"He was always in a good mood," said another.
"Fiercely independent" is how Jim described BYERS. "He was the family hermit."
But that didn't diminish his fondness for his brother.
"He was completely invincible till yesterday," Jim BYERS said.
Kip GORDON said his uncle's biggest fear was to become incapacitated before he died.
"He just wanted to ride."
But there was no riding or driving on Queen St. for a couple of minutes as the couriers took to the street and lay down their bikes in memory of BYERS.
"It was a hero's goodbye, I guess," GORDON said.

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-26 published
Bob BYERS, 58: Bike courier, outlaw
Died while on a delivery at 58
'He had all the Friends he wanted'
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
His buddies stopped traffic June 17, the day after he dropped dead on the job.
Bob BYERS was 58; one of the oldest bike couriers in town, an urban outlaw who traded in jobs more often than some people get haircuts but at the same time a mentor and father figure to any Lycra-clad, pierced kid starting out in the strange and dangerous rebel world where work is weaving 10-speeds through Toronto traffic.
Everybody knew him as Biker Bob, although some of the young ones took to calling him Old Bob -- probably because he was always good for a loan, even if the tab was up to $900, as was the case with at least one of the guys who hung around on their breaks outside the Duke of Richmond pub in the Eaton Centre.
More often than not, on Mondays Biker Bob would stand them to a round of beers with the winnings from his weekend chess games at the tables in the park near St. Michael's church.
This was his world; they were his family -- even his own family believes that.
"His second family was that courier community," said his sister Mary GORDON of Peterborough. "He found a way to be alone and in a group. It was the only way he could handle life, to be alone."
"The courier business was perfect for him, " said his younger brother Jim, a Toronto Transit Commission driver.
For the past three or four Christmases, Jim BYERS would find a frozen turkey on the porch, a gift from his brother, who refused every year to join the family for Christmas dinner. It wasn't a good time of year for BYERS anyway; it was a time when he usually lost his battle with booze.
"He was the family hermit, my uncle was kind of a recluse," said Kip GORDON. " But he lived the way he wanted to. He was a free spirit."
BYERS lived near his nephew and always stopped him on the street to ask about the family. "He was happy. He had all the Friends he wanted in the world," Kip GORDON said. "In that crowd no one asks unnecessary questions but they have unconditional loyalty to each other."
A long-faced grizzled guy with skinny legs, rock hard thighs and a beer gut, whose grey ponytail trailed halfway down his back, he was opinionated and stubborn and convinced he was right about most things.
He lived in one of the city's real lofts -- a 300 sq. ft. space accessed by a freight elevator that had no stove and was littered with bike parts. The bathroom was down the hall; inside BYERS had one chair and one plate that he ate from -- but it was Royal Doulton china.
He may have been an iconoclast and anti-authoritarian, but he subscribed to The Globe and Mail and he was a stickler for the rules of the road. He never rode on sidewalks and was humiliated on the one occasion he got a ticket (for failing to stop at a stop sign).
He was a complicated guy, hating bosses and unions, but loving to work.
A photo was taken of him on January 13, 1999, after the mayor of the time, Mel LASTMAN, called in the army to deal with the snowstorm that had socked Toronto -- but not Biker Bob.
"That was another part of Bob's pride -- he did it in winter," said Jim BYERS.
His bikes were stolen and banged up -- his last accident was three or four years ago when he was sent flying by a right-turning car. "He rode in a city that was dangerous and polluted and it was a thrill for him," said his nephew.
Toronto has had a thriving courier population since the heydays of the '80s, when at least 500 of them were working the city's streets.
It's been one of the main world cities for them, according to Wayne SCOTT of the Hoof and Cycle Active Transport Guild and a courier himself.
"We're as much a fixture in the downtown as the C.N. Tower or the Scotia Plaza," he said.
He was a legend among couriers and so after he died about 150 of them gathered to hoist a few to him, then hoist their bikes over their shoulders and trek down Albert St. to outside 20 Queen St. W., the site of BYERS' last delivery, to lay their bikes on the road and stop traffic -- their way to pay tribute.
"I was so happy when I heard that," said Kip GORDON. "He hated drivers."
One of five children, he grew up in Mattawa but left home at 16 and got a job in Toronto making a buck an hour working the stock room on roller blades at the Canadian Tire store at Yonge and Davenport.
He went back home to complete grades 11 and 12, then took off again, hitchhiking across Canada in 1966 before returning to sign up for the army.
He was rejected because of a heart defect incurred when he suffered from rheumatic fever as a child.
He married and fathered two children and went to work in the mines. When his marriage broke up after three years, he signed away his parental rights because his ex-wife's new husband was taking over, and began several adventurous years wandering around the country. In 1982 he settled down with a partner, and worked as a bookbinder until 1991.
"He ended up binding the Sears catalogue," said his sister Mary GORDON. "He tried to fit in at different times in his life."
But when this relationship ended, he became a courier.
He compromised his healthy work lifestyle by smoking and drinking too much. He knew he was living on borrowed time after a doctor diagnosed serious problems with his aortic valve five or six years ago and told him to alter his lifestyle to allow him to operate. BYERS never did.
He always told them he never wanted a funeral -- "Throw me off a bridge first," he'd say -- and his family obeyed his wishes. But on September 10 they held a memorial service for him outside on the lawn of Metropolitan United Church.
A lot of his courier Friends were there, their bikes forming a sort of honour guard.
"I think that is what he would have wanted," said Mary GORDON.

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BYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-11 published
BYERS, Gordon Robert
Went to be with his Lord, after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday November 9, 2005. Gordon was in his 75th year. Born in Owen Sound to the late Cecil and Doris BYERS. Loving husband of Mildred (née CARGILL.) Loving father of Robert (Toronto,) Lynn (Calgary,) and Christine and husband Neil TROTTER (Cambridge.) Loving grandpa to Lauren, Lindsey and Elyssa. Gordon was the eighth of ten children. Friends will be received at the "Woodbridge Chapel" of Scott Funeral Home, 7776 Kipling Avenue (at Hwy. 7) on Friday, November 11, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Visitation will also take place on Saturday, November 12, at Rexdale Alliance Church (2459 Islington Ave.) at 12 p.m. A funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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