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INNANEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-09-16 published
INNANEN, V. Walter
Of Royal Terrace, Palmerston and formerly of London and Sauble Beach. At Stratford General Hospital, on Wednesday, September 14th, 2005, in his 88th year. Beloved husband of the late Mildred (BELL) INNANEN and father of John INNANEN and his wife Sharon, of Kitchener, James INNANEN and his wife Diane, of Huntsville and Heather KNISLEY, of London. Grandfather of Tim INNANEN, Jaimie and Stephane NOEL, Bradley INNANEN, Ruth KNISLEY and Andrew KNISLEY and great-grandfather of Kaitlin NOEL. Brother of Elsie BROWN, of Markham and Helmi "Helen" GOMEZ, of McDonald's Corners and brother-in-law of Luella INNANEN, of Longwood, Florida. Predeceased by his brothers Bill, Henry, Leo, Art and Victor INNANEN and by his sisters Esther BENDER and Elma BROWN. Friends may call at the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston, on Friday evening from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 17th at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Jack FEARNALL officiating. Following cremation, interment in Harriston Cemetery. A Royal Canadian Legion memorial service will be held Friday evening at 6: 45 p.m. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
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INNANEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-16 published
INNANEN, V. Walter
Of Royal Terrace, Palmerston and formerly of London and Sauble Beach. At Stratford General Hospital on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 in his 88th year. Beloved husband of the late Mildred (BELL) INNANEN and father of John INNANEN and his wife Sharon of Kitchener, James INNANEN and his wife Diane of Huntsville and Heather KNISLEY of London. Grandfather of Tim INNANEN, Jaimie and Stephane NOEL, Bradley INNANEN, Ruth KNISLEY and Andrew KNISLEY and great-grandfather of Kaitlin NOEL. Brother of Elsie BROWN of Markham and Helmi "Helen" GOMEZ of McDonald's Corners and brother-in-law of Luella INNANEN of Longwood, Florida. Predeceased by his brothers Bill, Henry, Leo, Art and Victor INNANEN and by his sisters Esther BENDER and Elma BROWN. Friends may call at he Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston on Friday evening from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 17 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Jack FEARNALL officiating. Following cremation, interment in Harriston Cemetery. A Royal Canadian Legion memorial service will be held Friday evening a 6: 45 p.m. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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INNANEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-30 published
BENDER, Clayton Herman
Of Palmerston and formerly of Gowanstown, passed away peacefully at Palmerston Hospital on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 in his 95th year. Beloved husband of the late Esther Lydia BENDER (nee INNANEN.) Dear father of Eric BENDER of London and Ian BENDER and his wife Marilyn of Hillsdale. Loving Grandfather of Kimberly BENDER of Bentley, Alberta, Rick BENDER of London, Jeff BENDER and his wife Trina of Ottawa and Joanne and her husband Martin "Dan" KEWAGESHIG of Stoney Point, Ontario. Loved great grandfather of Brittany, Morgan, Dylan, Cameron, Jesse, Carmen and Alicia. Predeceased by one daughter-in-law Sheila BENDER and four sisters Viola BENDER, Lorena KLEIN, Vera CARNAHAN and Mabel MANSZ. Clayton served his country overseas in the Second World War. The family will receive Friends at the Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston on Sunday, January 1, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Reverend George RUSSELL will conduct the Funeral Service in the Zion United Church, on Monday, January 2, 2006 at 11: 30 a.m. Spring interment Zion United Church Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Zion United Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 296 Harriston will conduct a service in the Funeral Home on Sunday evening at 6: 45 p.m.

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INNES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-12 published
INNES, Isabella
On Monday, January 10, 2005, Isabella INNES died suddenly in her 65th year at London Health Sciences Centre. She is survived by her husband Reginald and sister Maggie JOHNSON. Loving mother of Jennifer, Lyn, Brenda, Chris, Jamie and Ted and special grandmother to Chuck. Friends will be received at Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Road (one block east of Egerton) on Friday, January 14, 2005 from 1-3 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in the chapel with Reverend Brian McKAY. Cremation and interment later at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at www.evansfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Isabella.

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INNES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-13 published
INNES, Isabella
On Monday, January 10, 2005, Isabella INNES died suddenly in her 65th year at London Health Sciences Centre. She is survived by her husband Reginald and sister Maggie JOHNSON. Loving mother of Jennifer, Lyn, Brenda, Chris, Jamie and Ted and special grandmother to Chuck. Friends will be received at Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Road (one block east of Egerton) on Friday, January 14, 2005 from noon-2 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel with Reverend Brian McKAY. Cremation and interment later at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at www.evansfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Isabella.

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INNES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-30 published
McPHERSON, Christene (née INNES)
It is with great sadness that Marjory McPHERSON and Maxine BORLAND announce the sudden passing of their mother, Christene (INNES) McPHERSON on March 28, 2005, at the age of eighty. She is also survived by her two granddaughters, Mackenzie and Madison BORLAND to whom she was devoted, and her dear son-in-law Scott BORLAND. She was predeceased by her loving and beloved husband Russell Mack McPHERSON in 1974. Chris was the youngest child of John and Christie (McINTOSH) INNES of Embro. She was predeceased by two brothers, James (in infancy) and Albert, and three sisters, Marjory LAWRENCE, Ivy McCORMICK and Olive CHALKLEY. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews and their families, who will miss "the Matriarch".
Chris was a legal secretary for many years before becoming employed by the former Township of North Dorchester, as Deputy Clerk and Deputy Treasurer. Upon her retirement she continued her involvement with the Municipality, from 1988 to 1994. First as Deputy Reeve and then by acclamation to Reeve. She was involved for many years with the Central Board of the Dorchester United Church, was a past President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Donnybrook Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 513, and served on the board of directors of the London Middlesex Children's Aid Society for 1988 to 1994 and the Peel Region Board of Children's Air Society from 1994-1997. Chris had taken a keen interest in politics at all levels. She also loved music from a very early age. At Chris's request there will be no visitation. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at the Dorchester United Church, 4100 Catherine St. Dorchester on Thursday, March 31, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Art CHOLMONDELEY officiating. If desired donations to the Dorchester United Church or to the Children's Aid Society of Middlesex London would be very much appreciated by the family. (Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester in charge of arrangements). When I come to the end of the road and the sun is set for me I want no rights in a gloom filled room. Why cry for a soul set free. Miss me a little but not too long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the laughter and joy we shared and lovingly let me go.

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INNES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-08 published
KANGAS, Timothy Meredith
Suddenly at London Health Sciences Centre, South Street Campus, on Sunday, June 5, 2005, Timothy Meredith KANGAS in his 45th year. Proud father of Sarah KANGAS. Loving son of Wayne and Cathy KANGAS of Hornepayne. Loved brother of Mike and his wife Cheryl of Tottenham. Dear uncle of Hunter and Kayla. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock, where the funeral service will be held on Thursday at 12 noon with Pastor Bill INNES officiating. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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INNES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-21 published
INNES, Adam MacDonald "Mac"
84, a resident of the Maples Home for Seniors, Tavistock passed away in Stratford General Hospital on Saturday, November 19, 2005. Mac was born in West Zorra Township, Oxford County on May 31, 1921 a son of the late LeRoy Carl INNES and the former Mary Genetta GREEN. He had farmed in Zorra Township, Oxford County most of his lifetime. Mac was predeceased by his 1st wife, the former Dorothy Catherine MEADOWS, on Janaury 13, 1969; his 2nd wife, the former Betty Jacqueline "Jackie" (PARKER) DENNIS, on May 7, 1993 and by his brothers, Robert INNES and Ronald INNES. He is survived by two daughters, Nancy and husband Colin KITTMER of West Lorne, Joan and husband Robert BEAN of R.R.#2 Embro one son, Keith and wife Ruth Ann INNES of R.R.#3 Embro; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sisters-in-law, Jean INNES of Stratford and Joyce INNES of Ingersoll along with several nieces and nephews. A private family funeral service was held in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock Stret North, Tavistock on Sunday, November 20, 2005. Pastor Robert KARN of Rodney officiated. Interment in Knox Presbyterian Cemetery, Harrington. As expressions of sympathy, donations to a charity of one's own choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Francis Funeral Home by calling 1-519-655-2431.

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INNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-11 published
KING, Alan Campbell
Peacefully at Mount Nemo Christian Nursing Home, on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 in his 60th year. Beloved husband of Barbara KING. Loved father Terri Ann PERRY of Edmonton and Stephanie UNDERHILL of Moncton. Grandfather of Chantelle, Candice, Jamie, Joseph, Andrew and Jordan. Survived by his sisters Candace INNES (Eric) of Toronto and Betty Anne (Gary HOUDE) of Winnipeg. Predeceased by his brother Hal and sister Karen SHAW. Al was a Life Agent for several years. He was a member of Wexford Masonic Lodge in Toronto. He loved his sports; golf being his passion. Al was a good man who will be truly missed by many Friends and golf buddies. Cremation. A Service to celebrate Al's life will be held at St. Stephen United Church, 2258 Parkway Drive, Burlington, on Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the A.L.S. Society or to the Carpenter Hospice would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Smith's Funeral Home, Burlington, 905-632-3333.
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INNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-31 published
BLACK, Eda Dora Eisenhuth (née LAWSON)
Died Sunday, May 29th, 2005 in her 93rd year.
A petite, classic beauty, she was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Leslie W. BLACK in 1974. They had met at the Toronto East General and Orthopedic Hospital where she was a nurse and he an orthopedic surgeon. Eda was the last surviving of seven siblings born to Herbert Julius LAWSON and his wife Aileen LILLIAN- LEIGH.
Mrs. BLACK was instrumental in the creation of the Women's Auxiliary of the Toronto East General Hospital. She loved her golfing days at the Rosedale Golf Club, her investment group and she was an avid Bridge player.
She leaves behind her sons Malcolm, Leslie and Robin and their wives Gretchen, Ilse and Mary. She will be long remembered by her grandchildren Lindsay, Ben, Noah and Lucas. She was a loving aunt to Michael and Hugh INNES.
The family is grateful to the staff at the Central Park Lodge - Spadina, especially Narma, Tsering, Mia and Janice for their loving care and also to Dr. Sydney SMART.
The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31st.
A funeral service will be held at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1st. Interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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INNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-24 published
McFARLANE, George
Age 77, of Trawler Bay Ct. Conway, South Carolina, died Friday, June 17, 2005 at his residence. Mr. McFARLANE was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada a son of the late William John and Barbara Isabel Knox McFARLANE. After graduating from the University of Alberta he moved to Toronto, Ontario for employment as a research chemist, there he met and married Leona "Donnie" TROUSDALE and raised a family. Later he became professor at Humber College and York University. Later in life Mr. McFARLANE became enchanted with the south and brought his golf game to the land of golfers for all to bear witness. After his wife transitioned the neighbors of Myrtle Trace arranged an introduction to a community loved one, Jo VOTEL. After a dating period with a mixture of golfing and bad cooking Mr. McFARLANE proposed to Jo, two great families merged into one. Mr. McFARLANE spent his final years in the company of his Friends of the South and his family. Surviving are his wife: Jo VOTEL- McFARLANE of Conway; two daughters: Amanda LEWIS of Toronto, Ontario and Gillian McFARLANE- INNES of Nashville, Tennessee. and one son Peter McFARLANE of Costa Mesa, California: seven grandchildren; Steven and Leslie LEWIS, Natalie, Andrew, and Mackenzie SOBER, and Alora and Bethany INNES. Mr. McFARLANE also is survived by his Step-Children: Jerome J. VOTEL Jr. of Sterling, Viginia; James E. VOTEL of Miami, Florida and Judith MORTON of Louisville, North Carolina; five Step-Grandchildren: Janelle and Jackle VOTEL and Comfort, Raleigh and Regan MORTON Two brothers John McFARLANE of Edmonton, Canada and David McFARLANE of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada; one Uncle George McFARLANE and several neices and nephews. A memorial service was held 3: 00 p.m. Monday from Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel with Rev. Don Stien officiating. Memorials may be made to Horry County Literacy Council P.O. Box 1550, Conway, South Carolina 29528. An online guestbook will be available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com

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INNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-24 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Frederick Lloyd
Died November 20, 2005. Survived by loving sister Florence. Beloved uncle of Richard TAILOR/TAYLOR, Treva (Engvar) BRAATEN, John (Hannah,) Francie and Elizabeth (Firdaus KHARAS) SERVICE. He will be missed by cousins Clarence THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Elsie INNES,) Gwen TEDDER and John THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Lois) and grand nieces and nephews. Born January 25, 1919 to W. China missionaries. Member W. China Club and Victoria Tennis Club and former Crown Life employee. Memorial Service Bloor Street United, Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 2 p.m. Donations to church or charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Arrangements entrusted to Ward Funeral Home.

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INNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-05 published
FRY, William
(Veteran of World War 2) Passed away peacefully on February 3, 2005 at the Aurora Resthaven Nursing Home at the age of 85. Longtime resident of Rexdale, he will be sadly missed by Beryl and their children Patricia (Ray) HAINES, Bob (Maureen) FRY, and Nancy BOURDON (Nigel.) Grandfather to Derek HAINES, Darren (Tammy) HAINES, Kristi (Chris) CHANG, Carrie (Jamie) INNES, and Beth BOURDON. Great-grandfather to Ella HAINES. A retired Canadian Pacific Railway sales representative, Bill's main passions were sports and officiating. After being a longtime official administrator in the Toronto Hockey League, he turned to football. Bill joined the Canadian Football League in 1957 to man the yardsticks and by 1977 was named the league's director of officiating, which post he held until 1985. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, on Monday, February 7 from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, February 8 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family service will be held in the Field of Honour, Montreal at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Condolences to the family may be sent to william.fry@wardfh.com "We will miss you Buddy"

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INNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-15 published
INNES, Dorothy Isabel
Peacefully at the McCall Centre, Etobicoke, Ontario on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at the age of 88. Loving sister of Marion RUTLEDGE, Douglas GEORGE, John (Bernice) and the late Donald Ernest and Ethel Jean. She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews. 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, April 17th, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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INNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-16 published
HALNAN, Velma Ellen (née KNOWLES)
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Southampton, on Friday, April 15, 2005. Velma HALNAN (née KNOWLES) of Southampton, in her 91st year. Wife of the late George W. HALNAN. Dear mother of George Kenneth HALNAN of Aurora. Precious grandmother of Melodie Ann Ellen and her husband Shad ANSARI of Toronto, and Andrew HALNAN of Brampton. Beloved sister of Eileen WINTON of Unionville and Shirley Ann KNOWLES of Southampton. Also survived by her sisters-in-law, Helen KNOWLES of Toronto, Lois KNOWLES of Ajax, and Margaret KNOWLES of Oshawa. Fondly remembered by her special Friends Andrea and Alan RITCHIE of Brampton and Jean INNES of Southampton. Sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews and Friends of the community. Predeceased by her parents, Albert and Gladys KNOWLES, by her brothers, Bert, Roy, Wilfred, William, Warren, Bruce, Carl, and by her sister, Jean McPHIE. At Velma's request there will be no visitation. Cremation. A Celebration of Velma HALNAN's Life will be held in the Chapel of the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton, on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 1 p.m. A Time of Fellowship and Sharing will follow in the Family Centre of the funeral home. A Service for the interment of ashes will be held at Prospect Cemetery, 1450 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, on Monday, May 2, 2005 at 3 p.m. Expressions of remembrance to the Southampton United Church or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.eaglesonfuneralhome.

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INNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-31 published
BLACK, Eda Dora Eisenhuth (née LAWSON)
Died Sunday, May 29th, 2005 in her 93rd year. A petite, classic beauty, she was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Leslie W. BLACK in 1974. They had met at the Toronto East General and Orthopedic Hospital where she was a nurse and he an orthopedic surgeon. Eda was the last surviving of seven siblings born to Herbert Julius LAWSON and his wife Aileen LILLIAN- LEIGH. Mrs. BLACK was instrumental in the creation of the Women's Auxiliary of the Toronto East General Hospital. She loved her golfing days at the Rosedale Golf Club, her investment group and she was an avid Bridge player. She leaves behind her sons Malcolm, Leslie and Robin and their wives Gretchen, Ilse and Mary. She will be long remembered by her grandchildren Lindsay, Ben, Noah and Lucas. She was a loving aunt to Michael and Hugh INNES. The family is grateful to the staff at the Central Park Lodge - Spadina, especially Narma, Tsering, Mia and Janice for their loving care and also to Dr. Sydney SMART. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31st. A funeral service will be held at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1st. Interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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INNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-31 published
DECARIE, Dorothy Marion
Peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, October 29, 2005, at home in her 76th year. Dorothy, beloved wife of Gordon for 50 years. Loving mother of Ann, and Catherine and her husband Chris INNES. Proud Grandma of Cassandra, Caroline and David. Dear sister of Elsie Goodman. Family and Friends will be received at the Glen Oaks Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville (Dundas Street and Ninth Line) on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. in The Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel. Cremation.

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INNIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-24 published
KIPP, Donald Gary
Suddenly at London Health Sciences Centre, Westminster Campus on Sunday, May 22, 2005, Donald Gary KIPP, of R.R.#4 Thamesford, in his 62nd year. Beloved husband of Margaret (GROVES.) Dear son of Gordon (Bonnie) of Grand Bend and the late Muriel KIPP (1997.) Dear father of Belinda and Jack HORNER of Sarnia, Donna and Ken BENT of Saint Thomas, Don of Embro and friend Laura KEENAN, and Murray of London. Proud Papa of Jacob and Johnny. Dear brother of Gord (Ruth), Sharon McAULEY, Bill (Marion), Marlene (Gary) JOHNSTON, Barb (Brian) INNIS, Shirley (Keith) EVANS, Brenda KIPP and Joe (Linda). Also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and cousins. Friends may call the Harland B. Betzner Funeral Home, 177 Dundas Street, Thamesford on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend Sarah FANNING officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be given to the London Regional Cancer Centre.

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INNIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-29 published
PRICE, Hilda Rose May (COOMBS)
Hilda Rose May (COOMBS) of R.R.#1 Port Stanley, on Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late William George PRICE and dearly loved mother of Ellen and her husband Ken PALMER of R.R.#1 Port Stanley, Shirley and her husband Bob DURK of Delaware and Nancy and her husband Rolly INNIS of Milton. She is the last of her family. Predeceased by 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Sadly missed by 8 grandchildren, 8 greatgrandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Hilda was born in Ingersoll on April 15, 1913, the daughter of the late Thomas and Nellie (SHARPE) COOMBS. She was a member of St. Stephen's Anglican Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Friday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in St. Stephen's Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Red Cross, Victorian Order of Nurses or the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital. Visitation Thursday f rom 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

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INNIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-17 published
Leonard GERTLER, Urban Planner (1923-2005)
University of Waterloo teacher was a founding father of town planning in Canada, writes Sandra MARTIN. His environment-first strategy 'made a difference to the quality of our lives and our communities'
By Sandra MARTIN, Saturday, December 17, 2005, Page S11
A holistic and strategic thinker, Leonard (Len) GERTLER was one of the founding fathers of urban planning in this country. He became interested in cities as a researcher and scriptwriter for the National Film Board in the late 1940s and went on to write a landmark report on protecting Ontario's Niagara Escarpment and to serve as a policy adviser to Pierre Trudeau's Ministry of Urban Affairs. A pioneer in co-operative and sustainable development abroad, he involved his students, beginning in 1970, in projects in Indonesia, Jamaica, India, Japan and Uzbekistan.
Historically, planning in Canada was undertaken and taught by people trained in Britain or the United States. Prof. GERTLER, who worked as a planner in Edmonton, Toronto and the Saint John River Valley in New Brunswick before he became the founding director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo, brought a Canadian perspective to the classroom.
"Len was Canada's guru of environment-first planning for broad geographic regions. He wanted our cities to be cities [and to work for people's well-being] and he wanted the countryside -- the farmlands, woodlands and wetlands -- to stay countryside," said Linda PIM, a conservation policy analyst with Ontario Nature.
"He was able to connect the key elements of planning theory and practice in a way that resonated with me [and many other students] and stayed with me throughout my career," said David WITTY, who studied with Prof. GERTLER at U of W in the early 1970s and is now dean of architecture at the University of Manitoba. Prof. GERTLER "brought social, ecological, economic and physical components" to planning in a way "that demanded respect."
Mark SEASONS, who was a doctoral student in the mid 1980s and is now an associate professor of planning and associate dean at the U of W, described him as "a man of few but very carefully chosen words," with "a keen intellect and insights." He did not "suffer fools gladly," but "if you gained his respect, he became a loyal friend and life-long supporter."
Prof. GERTLER's passion for planning infected not only his students, but one of his own sons. "Len never cajoled or coaxed me," Meric GERTLER, now professor of geography and planning at the University of Toronto, said in a eulogy at his father's funeral. Instead, he felt an "inexorable pull" toward planning because his father's work was "so damned interesting." It made "a difference to the quality of our lives and our communities at a time when public interest in 'the environment' and all things 'urban' was enjoying its first real flowering in this country."
Leonard Oscar (Len) GERTLER was the youngest of three children of Carl Hiam GERTLER and his wife Gertrude (SLOVER). The GERTLERs and the SLOVERs had immigrated before the First World War from what was then Austro-Hungary, with the SLOVERs settling in Ottawa and the GERTLERs working on farms in an Irish settlement outside Montreal.
Gertrude and her brother had opened a store in the market in Ottawa and Hiam and his brothers started a furniture manufacturing company called Atlas Bedding in Montreal. Mr. GERTLER always hoped one of his sons would join in the family business, but it didn't work out that way.
His eldest son, Maynard GERTLER, a Roosevelt New Dealer, studied and taught economic history in the United States and Britain before returning to Canada and founding Harvest House, a Montreal publishing firm that specialized in translating the fiction of Québécois writers (such as Jacques Ferron, Anne Hébert and Yves Thériault) and in producing books on social and economic topics.
Len was seven years younger. Still, he was "my best friend from the time he was 12 years old," said Maynard GERTLER in a telephone conversation from his home in Montreal. Len was both artistic and athletic. He wrote plays, but he also played baseball and football, skied and trained as a long-distance swimmer.
Like his older brother, Len went to Queen's University to study economics and political science. In his third year, he became the founding editor of a publication called Public Affairs, soon renamed the Queen's Commentator. He emerged with an honour's degree in 1946 and an active interest in socio-economic and political issues.
During summers he found work (through a Montreal friend) with John GRIERSON at the National Film Board, which was then headquartered in Ottawa. After graduation, he joined the staff of the World in Action unit directed by Mr. GRIERSON's Disciple, Stuart LEGGE. He was researcher and scriptwriter for The Challenge of Housing and another film on the evolving National Capital Plan for Ottawa. His script was too outspoken for the National Capital Commission and he was banished from the project.
Dejected, he headed back to Montreal, where fate changed his future both romantically and professionally. In his parents' house, he met Anicka (Anita) BIRNBAUM, a Holocaust survivor from the tiny town of Svalava, Slovakia. In early teens she had been incarcerated in Auschwitz with the rest of her family. Anita and one sister were all that was left of their family when the Russians liberated the camp. She made her way to England, where she worked as a dental technician and used leftover bits of medical modelling clay to make sculptures.
Len's father, who was on the board of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society, sponsored her to come to Canada. "She only weighed about 60 pounds," recalled Maynard GERTLER. "My family sent her to l'École des métiers du meuble, which was the famous art school in Montreal. She studied sculpture and graduated at the top of the class and went on to be an excellent sculptor."
Anita and Len were married in the summer of 1948. The following year, discouraged by the National Capital Commission debacle at the film board, Len GERTLER went back to school and enrolled in a master's program in economics at the University of Toronto, studying under Harold INNIS and Tom EASTERBROOK. He was thinking of going further in his studies, but his older brother said: "Don't go into economics, that's theology. Go into planning."
Coincidentally, McGill had opened its graduate department of planning in 1950, the year he graduated from the University of Toronto. Encouraged by a friend who was already in the program, he enrolled and graduated with a diploma in 1951 and went on to a job in Edmonton as a senior planner (1951), and then as director of the Edmonton District Planning Commission (from 1952 to 1957), one of Canada's first regional planning agencies. He helped develop a workable concept of regional development during the exploration/development boom of the 1950s.
Next stop was Toronto, where he was senior planner and then deputy commissioner of planning from 1957 to 1964, working on a waterfront development plan among other projects. He left municipal government to establish a planning consultancy practice for Acres Research and Planning Ltd. in Niagara Falls.
Two years later, he was invited to help establish the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo and became its founding director. The university administration decided that he couldn't be a full professor because he lacked a doctorate, "the magic ticket," as Len GERTLER described it. If he were good enough to be the founding director of the school, he should be qualified enough to deserve a full professorship, he wrote in his memoir Radical Rumblings: Confessions of a Peripatetic Planner (2005). "Now I know that this betrayed ignorance of the ways of academia," he wrote. "But that very ignorance stiffened my back and the University conceded."
In 1967, the Ontario government of John Robarts, worried about the effects of urban sprawl, mining and recreational skiing on the natural habitat, asked him to carry out a study of the Niagara escarpment. A year later, Prof. GERTLER produced a "seminal report," according to the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, that "not only laid out a plan for a continuous undeveloped corridor along the escarpment, but also shifted the emphasis from recreation to conservation... prompted provincial legislation to restrict quarry development and, later, to regulate all land uses." The study led to the passage of the Niagara Escarpment Act, the formation of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, and the designation of the escarpment as a World Biosphere Reserve by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1990. Now, if you look at a satellite photograph of southern Ontario, you can see a green ribbon of natural habitats running from Niagara Falls to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.
Prof. GERTLER took a two-year leave (from 1972 to 1974) to serve as director general of research and policy for prime minister Trudeau's Ministry of State for Urban Affairs. "His breadth of practice and involvement spoke to the notion that the national government should have an interest in the well-being of cities, because as cities go, so goes the country, and he saw that so early on," said Prof. WITTY. "He had the ability to see ahead of his time, but I never came to appreciate it until I was out and gone from the university [of Waterloo]."
Prof. GERTLER loved to work and continued writing the second volume of his memoirs even when his health was failing precipitously. In hospital, only days before he died, he reacted with pleasure when his son Kim brought him a book on international development for which he had written the foreword.
Leonard Oscar (Len) GERTLER was born in Montreal on October 10, 1923. He died in Toronto of throat cancer on December 9, 2005. He was 82. His wife, Anita, predeceased him in June of 2004. He is survived by four sons, a daughter, four grandchildren and his brother Maynard.

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CHESTER, Molly
On Thursday, May 19, 2005 at Leisure World Nursing Home. Molly CHESTER, beloved wife of the late Irving CHESTER. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Sharyl and Jerry KATES, Janice and Morrie GOLDSMITH, and Arlene and Fred FABER. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Claire MANDEL, Nicki and Lou SHER, and the late Ida EDISON. Devoted Bubby of Shawn and Elise KATES, Marnie and Mark WAXMAN, Shelbi GOLDSMITH and Donavan INNISS, Dana and J. MANSOOR, David FABER, and the late Wendy KATES. Great Bubby of Mandy, Justin, Courtney, and Deborah. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, May 20, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Grand Order of Israel section of Pardes Shalom. Shiva 8 Livingstone Road, Thornhill. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Wendy Kates Memorial Fund, 416-978-0811 or the Perinatal Bereavement Services of Ontario, 905-472-1807.

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INNOCENTE, Nadia Maria
Peacefully, on Thursday, November 10, 2005, at the Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science Centre. Beloved daughter of Valentine and Adele. Loving cousin of Angels and her husband Enver DEMONTEE. Dear friend of Walter ZIELINSKI. She will be sadly missed by many family and Friends. Friends will be received at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W. (one block east of Dufferin), Toronto, on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 12 at 10: 30 a.m. from St. Nicholas of Bari Church, 1277 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto. Entombment Prospect Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science Centre Cancer Unit would be appreciated by the family.

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INNS, Dora Evelyn
At Cawthra Gardens Long Term Care, on Saturday, January 8, 2005, Dora peacefully passed away. Predeceased by her husband Lionel (1989.) Survived by her daughter Beverley (Donald) MEAKER; grandchildren Gregory (Alison) and Todd (Nickie) and great-grandchildren Kyle and Katelyn. Predeceased by her son Ralph (1991). Cremation. A Memorial Service will be held at Saint John's the Baptist Anglican Church, 719 Dundas St. E., Mississauga, on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment to follow at Saint John's Dixie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.

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