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RYKACZEWSKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-05 published
DE CARVALHO, Maria Rosa (July 21, 1936 - January 3, 2005)
After a valiant and courageous fight, Rosa, in the 69th year of her life, has passed on to the other side of life at home in the arms of her loving husband, daughter and her son-in-law, and is now resting, finally at peace in the loving arms of God. Rosa is going to be terribly missed by Silvino her loving and devoted husband of 44 years and forever cherished, loved and remembered by her loving daughter Cristina and her husband Tony. She also will be sadly missed by her sisters Lucinda (Antonio), Maria Antonieta (Josť) and by her many nieces and nephews. We are extremely grateful for the unending support and prayers of all the Friends who did not let her fight her disease alone. Rosa treasured their shared moments. Rosa will be resting at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst St. (at Dundas). Visitation on Wednesday, January 5 from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday, January 6 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Helen's Church, 1680 Dundas St. West (at Lansdowne) Friday, January 7, at 9 a.m. followed by interment at Assumption Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Rd., (at Derry Rd.), Mississauga. Special thanks to Dr. H. PASTERNAK, Danuta RYKACZEWSKA and to the many caregivers for their invaluable help. Words cannot express the family's profound appreciation for all you did for Rosa.

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RYKENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-31 published
KOCK, Henry
A leading authority on native woody plants, died of brain cancer on December 25, 2005, at the age of 53. Dubbed 'Mr. Arboretum,' Henry was a horticulturist at the University of Guelph Arboretum for almost 25 years until diagnosis in July 2004. Born in the Sarnia area, Henry grew up working in the family business, Huronview Nurseries. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1977 with a focus on horticulture. Henry was a longtime fixture in Guelph. In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, he toured the province with his talks and slide shows, inspring countless people to protect wild places, to propagate native plant species, and to liberate their gardens from pesticides. Drawn to a landscape filled with sturdy, individual elm trees that had managed to resist the ravages of Dutch elm disease, Henry created the Elm Recovery Project, which will be his greatest legacy. He traversed Ontario, collecting seeds from sur viving elms. He planted and tended young elms for eventual dissemination back into the landscape. In 1991, Henry met the love of his life, Anne HANSEN, an artist and drama secretary at the University of Toronto. Anne and Henry blended her bicycle advocacy with his biological eco-activism. He rallied for peace in Iraq, renewable energy, public transit, and urban bicycling. He helped spearhead the Guelph Organic Conference, and every year, he and Anne attended International Women's Day in Toronto. Henry co-founded the Hillside Festival, which has become one of Canada's premiere folk music events. Henry received the Governor General's Award for Forest Stewardship in 1998. After Henry's diagnosis, he enjoyed 16 months of relatively robust health. Despite being on chemotherapy, he was able to bike, hike, and go on canoe trips. Henry had completed the first draft of a book on growing native trees from seed. Several of his botany colleagues now hope to complete this project. One of the last things he did this fall was to mount an old, decorated bicycle on the wall at the front of the house, a fitting symbol of how he stepped lightly on the planet. Henry is survived by his wife, Anne; his parents, Mary and Dick in Bright's Grove; his brother John COOK (Cynthia) in Forest; his sister Helen RYKENS (Dan McDERMOTT) in Toronto; as well as a neice and two nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Irene. A celebration of Henry's life will take place at the River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Saturday, January 7, 2006 from 2-4 p.m. Donations to the Elm Recovery Project (519-824-4120 ext. 52113) in Henry's memory will be greatly appreciated. (www.caringbridge.com. log-in is henrykock). (Arrangements entrusted to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph N1H 4K3; 1-519-822-0051; www.wallcustance.com).

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RYKENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-31 published
KOCKA, Henry
leading authority on native woody plants, died of brain cancer on December 25, 2005, at the age of 53. Dubbed "Mr. Arboretum," Henry was a horticulturist at the University of Guelph Arboretum for almost 25 years until diagnosis in July 2004. Born in the Sarnia area, Henry grew up working in the family business, Huronview Nurseries. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1977 with a focus on horticulture. Henry was a longtime fixture in Guelph. In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, he toured the province with his talks and slide shows, inspiring countless people to protect wild places, to propagate native plant species, and to liberate their gardens from pesticides. Drawn to a landscape filled with sturdy, individual elm trees that had managed to resist the ravages of Dutch elm disease, Henry created the Elm Recovery Project, which will be his greatest legacy. He traversed Ontario, collecting seeds from surviving elms. He planted and tended young elms for eventual dissemination back into the landscape. In 1991, Henry met the love of his life, Anne HANSEN, an artist and drama secretary at the University of Toronto. Anne and Henry blended her bicycle advocacy with his biological eco-activism. He rallied for peace in Iraq, renewable energy, public transit, and urban bicycling. He helped spearhead the Guelph Organic Conference, and every year, he and Anne attended International Women's Day in Toronto. Henry co-founded the Hillside Festival, which has become one of Canada's premiere folk music events. Henry received the Governor General's Award for Forest Stewardship in 1998. After Henry's diagnosis, he enjoyed 16 months of relatively robust health. Despite being on chemotherapy, he was able to bike, hike, and go on canoe trips. Henry had completed the first draft of a book on growing native trees from seed. Several of his botany colleagues now hope to complete this project. One of the last things he did this fall was to mount an old, decorated bicycle on the wall at the front of the house, a fitting symbol of how he stepped lightly on the planet. Henry is survived by his wife, Anne; his parents, Mary and Dick in Bright's Grove; his brother John COOK (Cynthia) in Forest; his sister Helen RYKENS (Dan McDERMOTT) in Toronto; as well as a niece and two nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Irene. A celebration of Henry's life will take place at the River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Saturday, January 7, 2006 from 2-4 p.m. Donations to the Elm Recovery Project (519-824-4120 ext. 52113) in Henry's memory will be greatly appreciated. (www.caringbridge.com. log-in is henrykock). (Arrangements entrusted to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph N1H 4K3; 1-519-822-0051; www.wallcustance.com).

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RYKERT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-26 published
LAING, Ann Josephine Hudson
Died November 24, 2005, at home with her family. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Dr. Charles LAING (2004,) her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Stavert HUDSON of Detroit and her sister Alan Hudson RILEY of Oakville. Beloved mother of Martha of Montreal, Dewar and Patricia of Harrow, Cynthia and Stephen LEVY of Windsor, and Nora and Michael ALLISON of Oshawa. Loved Granny of Sean, Brendon and Hilary LAING, and Alexandra LEVY. Survived also by her sister, Carol Hudson RYKERT of Collingwood and her sister-in-law Joyce MEANWELL of Owen Sound. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. As a volunteer, Ann served as president of King Edward Home and School, the Maycourt Club, the American Women's Club, Windsor Group Therapy Project and Quester's Maple Leaf Chapter. She served two terms on the Maryvale School Board, Iona College Board and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. For several years, she was active as an Ambassador of Tourism, where she promoted Windsor and Essex County. She was a life member of the Art Gallery of Windsor Volunteer Committee, Friends of Canterbury and the Essex Golf and Country Club. A mezzo soprano, she sang in the All Saints' Church choir and was a former member of the Windsor Symphony Chorus. Visiting in the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home, 1969 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor on Monday, 2: 00 to 5: 00, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Memorial service at All Saints' Anglican Church, City Hall Square on Tuesday, November 29 at 11: 00 a.m. Archdeacon Bill GRAY/GREY officiating. Interment in The Scott Arthurs Memorial Gardens. Memorial tributes may be made to the George F. Laing Memorial Fund at All Saints' Anglican Church. www.walterdkellyfuneralhome.com

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