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OFFEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-30 published
OFFEN, Robert " Bob"
Suddenly at Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary on Wednesday, April 27, 2005. Robert "Bob" OFFEN of Thamesford in his 59th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Virginia (MORSE) and dear father of Rob and Ge of Montreal, Russell and Catherine of Ottawa and Rory of Thamesford. Dear Son of Mildred OFFEN of Windsor and her late husband Frank (1975) and dear son-in-law of Andrea MORSE and her late husband Stanley (1997.) Dear brother of Bruce (Jeannine) of Angus, Doug (Terry) of Port McNicol, Wayne and Jean both of Windsor and Kathie (Russ) of Terra Cotta. Dear brother-in-law of Jon (Penny) of Amherstburg, Judy (Mark) of Stoney Point, Pat of Thamesford, Tom (Lisa) of Calgary, Jerome (Catherine) and Joe (Lorraine) all of Toronto. Bob was a beloved uncle to many nephews and nieces. Friends may call at the Harland B. Betzner Funeral Home, 177 Dundas Street, Thamesford (time of visitation and service pending). As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be given to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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OFFENBACHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-13 published
OFFENBACHER, Theresia
At London Health Sciences Centre Victoria Campus on Tuesday July 12, 2005 Theresia beloved wife of Nicholas in her 71st year. Dear mother of David and his wife Susan (Roes) OFFENBACHER of Windsor. Loving grandmother of Christopher, Matthew and Danielle. Dear daughter of Theresia BAMBACH, and sister of Ann VAN DER AA of London. There will be no funeral home visitation. Memorial Mass at Mary Immaculate Church, 1980 Trafalgar Street, on Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Entombment in Holy Family Mausoleum - St. Peter's Cemetery. Donations to London Health Sciences Centre Victoria Campus Palliative Care would be appreciated. (John T. Donohue Funeral Home).

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OFFENHEIM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-15 published
SILVA, Joao Soares (November 19, 1924-August 14, 2005)
Of Brock Avenue. Visitation 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Mass 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Sebastian's Church to Prospect Mausoleum. Mr. SILVA, who died at St. Joseph's Hospital, is survived by wife Maria; daughters Maria SILVEIRA, Leoneza SOARES (Francisco LEONARD), Maria SINOPOLI (Mike), Maria QUINTIERI (Mike OFFENHEIM) 4 grandchildren. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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OFFIERSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-25 published
COMSTOCK, William Maxwell " Max"
Peacefully at his cottage on Saturday, July 23, 2005, in his 91st year. Max COMSTOCK was the former owner of Comstock Funeral Home, Past Chair of the Board of Funeral Services of Ontario and involved with many clubs like Peterborough Rotary (recipient of Paul Harris Award), Masonic Lodge, Peterborough Sales and Ad and had a passion for Camp Kawartha. Beloved husband of Gertrude HAMILTON for 64 years. Loving father of Beverley OFFIERSKI and her husband Christopher of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Christine FORTIN and her husband Mike of Lindsay and the late Lynn (1989). Proud grandpa of his 5 grandchildren's accomplishments; Andrew, David and Jennifer OFFIERSKI, Nicole and Marc FORTIN. Brother of the late Mary MERVIN and Arleigh RISHOR. son of the late William COMSTOCK and Eva COWIE. He will be fondly remembered by sister-in-law Marjorie McMILLAN (McNEILL,) brother-in-law George (Bubs) RISHOR, nieces, nephews and their families. Friends will be received at the Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. The service will be held at Saint John's Anglican Church, 99 Brock Street, on Wednesday July 27 at 2: 00 p.m. The Venerable Gordon FINNEY and the Reverend Canon Ronald DAVIDSON will be officiating. Interment Little Lake Cemetery. In memory of Mr. COMSTOCK donations to Camp Kawartha, 5 Counties Children's Centre Foundation, or Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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OFFLESS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-02 published
BLAIN, Rosilla " Hoof" (formerly CADDY)
Passed away at Simcoe Manor, Beeton, Ontario on Monday, February 28, 2005, in her 102nd year. Now present with her Lord. Wife of the late Roy BLAIN, Lloyd STEWARDSON, and William CADDY. Dear mother of Donald CADDY and his wife Beatrice of Alliston. Loved grandmother of Donna and her husband Carl GRAHAM, Keith CADDY and his wife Debbie. Loving great-grandmother of Melonie, Michelle and Michael Graham, Ryan, Krysten and Nicole CADDY. Predeceased by her sister Jessie OFFLESS and her brother Fred EVANS. Resting at the W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria Street E., Alliston, Ontario from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2005. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, March 4, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Farringdon Burial Grounds, Brantford, Ontario upon arrival of motors at 3: 00 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2005. If so desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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OFFLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-11 published
Week Of Remembrance: George OFFLEY, Fleet Air Arm Pilot (1922-2005)
Flier was part of a group that attacked the Bismarck in antiquated biplanes
By Buzz BOURDON, Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, November 11, 2005, Page S7
Ottawa -- George OFFLEY climbed into his Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber, strapped himself in and started his engine. Nearby, on the heaving deck of the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Victorious, eight other Swordfish crews from 825 Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm were preparing to launch their aircraft in pitch darkness.
Their mission? To find and sink the Bismarck, the pride of the German navy and one of the largest capital ships afloat. Earlier that day, on May 24, 1941, the Bismarck had sunk the battle cruiser H.M.S. Hood, itself the pride of the Royal Navy. Watching grimly from the Victorious, Mr. OFFLEY, who had turned 19 five days earlier, saw the Hood blow up. "We could see the huge fireball in the sky, a thousand feet high," he said six decades later. The loss of the Hood shocked the British Empire to its core.
The Bismarck, the biggest ship in the German Kriegsmarine, displaced 42,000 tons and boasted eight 15-inch guns. On May 21, she and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen tilted the balance of power in the North Atlantic when they set out from Bergen, Norway, to raid British convoys. At this time, 11 British convoys, including a troop convoy, were at sea.
After the Hood blew up, H.M.S. Prince of Wales scored two hits but was forced to break off the action after receiving seven hits from both enemy ships.
The Bismarck, her speed reduced by the battle damage, turned south and made for German-occupied France. Admiral Sir John Tovey, the commander of the Home Fleet, ordered the Victorious's Swordfish aircraft to attack her. The open cockpit biplane, acquired by the Fleet Air Arm in 1936, had a top speed of 132 miles and hour. Many thought it was obsolete for modern warfare.
At 10 p.m. on May 24, Mr. OFFLEY pushed his throttle forward and flew his Swordfish off the deck of the Victorious in what became the first carrier-borne air strike against a battleship in naval history. Ninety minutes later, at 11: 30 p.m., Mr. OFFLEY and the other eight crews, including their leader, Lieutenant-Commander Eugene Esmond, found their target and dived to the attack.
"In appalling weather we sighted the Bismarck and moved in to attack at about 200 feet above sea level, holding [our] torpedoes till we were approximately 500 feet from the Bismarck. A little further, with the open cockpit, we could have spit on [her]," said Mr. OFFLEY.
Ignoring heavy fire from the Bismarck's secondary armament, Mr. OFFLEY and his fellow pilots dropped their torpedoes. Only one pilot managed to hit the target after going around twice to get a better shot. His torpedo hit the Bismarck's armoured belt, causing little damage.
Two days later, Swordfish from the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Ark Royal caught up with the Bismarck, by now in the Bay of Biscay. A torpedo exploded in its steering compartment, jamming its rudder and sealing its fate. The next day, the Royal Navy sent the Bismarck to the bottom.
George OFFLEY had joined Rolls-Royce in 1936 at the age of 14 as an apprentice mechanical engineer. On February 20, 1940, he volunteered for the Fleet Air Arm and pilot training. A few months later, he flew air cover during the evacuation of 338,000 British and French troops from Dunkirk, France.
He never forgot "flying over all kinds of boats, fishing boats, sailboats, tug boats, navy ships, all filled with the living, the dying and the dead. I was 18 years old, trying not to look at the complete disarray, panic and confusion below me. From the ack-ack bursts, the aircraft and I received a number of shrapnel hits, one of which I still carry with me in the centre of my forehead."
After attacking the Bismarck, Mr. OFFLEY was sent to H.M.S. Howe, a 42,000-ton battleship assigned to escort convoys through the Barents Sea to the Russian port of Murmansk. Mr. OFFLEY's job was to fly a Walrus aircraft, which acted as the ship's eye in the sky, searching for enemy submarines.
It wasn't an easy job because taking off by catapult was a challenge. "The aircraft must reach flying speed while travelling across the deck from port to starboard, or vice versa. This is the trickiest moment, the aircraft is about to leave the trolley. Do we have flying speed or not? If we do not, then like a stone, we drop."
After completing his mission, Mr. OFFLEY had to land his ungainly Walrus in the sea. The gunner climbed out on the upper wing, opened the hatch, got out the ring and held it out at arm's length to await a hook from the ship. With luck, the crane operator then lifted the aircraft back on the ship. "There [was] no room for mistakes or second attempts," Mr. OFFLEY said.
Mr. OFFLEY met his future wife, Mary HUDSON, a member of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service, at a dance in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, near the end of the war. It didn't take long for him to sweep her off her feet, his daughter Diane recalled. "He came out of the blue and [informed her], 'The next dance is mine.' She thought that he was very bold, so she went with someone else. Then he cut in and that's all it took." They were married on October 9, 1946. Mrs. OFFLEY died on January 16 this year.
After emigrating to Canada with his wife in 1947, Mr. OFFLEY spent two years with the federal government's atomic energy facility at Chalk River, Ontario Moving to Canadair, he was in charge of the mobile training unit responsible for training pilots and ground crew at various Royal Canadian Air Force stations.
Forty years after the war, the Soviet Union decorated Mr. OFFLEY with the Murmansk Medal and the Arctic Circle Medal for his service on the Murmansk run. An active and vocal supporter of veterans' rights for 60 years, Mr. OFFLEY served on the federal government's Veterans' Advisory Committee. He was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his work on behalf of veterans.
George William Clive OFFLEY was born on May 19, 1922, in Basford, Nottinghamshire, England. He died on September 1 in Ottawa, as the result of a car accident. He was 83. He leaves his daughters Diane, Margaret, Judith-Ann and Cathrine. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary.

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OFFNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-21 published
DEVRIESE, Marshall " Dick"
Marshall "Dick" DEVRIESE, a resident of Wallaceburg, passed away at the Sydenham Campus on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at the age of 93. Beloved husband of the late Winnie (WESTON) 1995. Loving father of Garry and Joan DEVRIESE of Novi, Michigan, Arlene and Vern BISHOP of Chatham, Kathi and Larry JANSSENS of Wallaceburg, and Richard and Veronica DEVRIESE of Brampton. Grandfather of 14 and greatgrandfather of 16. Brother of Rachel OFFNER of Michigan and the late Albert, Maurice, Syril and Suzanne DEVRIESE, Leontine DEWOLFE and Mary SMITH. son of the late Deserderius and Marie (PLANCKE) DEVRIESE. The family will receive relatives and Friends at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street (at Elgin), in Wallaceburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday. Parish Prayers will be at 7 o'clock. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Father John JASICA at 10: 30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church. A time of fellowship and refreshment at the Cavanagh Funeral Reception Centre will follow the interment at Riverview Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to the Sydenham Hospital Ladies Auxiliary or the Canadian Cancer Society may be left at the funeral home, 519-627-3231.

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OFFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-21 published
MacDONALD, Marjorie Eva (OFFORD)
Peacefully at St. Vincent De Paul Hospital, Brockville, on Saturday November 19, 2005. Marjorie OFFORD, beloved wife of the late Paul MacDONALD. Fondly remembered by sister-in-laws Marcie BEAUBIEN and Mary DUNPHY. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint John The Evangelist Church on Tuesday, November 22, at 11: 00 a.m. Rite of Commital, Saint John's Cemetery. Donations in Marjories memory may be made to the Gananoque Humane Society or to the Saint John's Restoration Fund.
Online condolences at www. tompkinsfuneralhome.ca

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OFFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-07 published
OFFORD, Peter I.
Surrounded by his loving family on Sunday December 4, 2005 at the Toronto General Hospital in his 78th year. Survived by his loving wife Mary. Dearest father of Andrea, Nicholas (Jutta), and Elizabeth (James). Proud grandfather of six grandchildren. Remembered by his brother Raymond. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Nursing Educations fund at Mount Sinai Hospital (416-586-4800 x 8290) or Toronto General Hospital (416-340-3935). Arrangements entrusted to Tranquility Burial and Cremation Services (905) 855-7565. www.tranquilitycremation.com

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OFFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-15 published
OFFORD, Jacqueline B. (née MURPHY)
Passed away suddenly, January 1, 2005, while with husband and Friends in Marysville, Wolfe Island. She was born June 27, 1938 in Fort William, Ontario. She was a loving wife to Eric MATCHETT for 40 years, loving mother to Brien, Seamas, Denise, Eleanore, Catherine and grandmother to four grandchildren. She was a friend to many and is dearly missed. She was cremated at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens January 4, 2005. Memorial donations may be given to the Heart and Stroke Foundation if desired.

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OFFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-07 published
OFFORD, Peter I.
Surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, December 4, 2005 at the Toronto General Hospital, in his 78th year. Survived by his loving wife Mary. Dearest father of Andrea, Nicholas (Jutta), and Elizabeth (James). Proud grandfather of six grandchildren. Remembered by his brother Raymond. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Nursing Educations Fund at Mt. Sinai Hospital (416-586-4800 Ext. 8290) or The Toronto General Hospital (416-340-3935).

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