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McCOMB o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-03-11 published
DRENNAN, Marlene (McCOMB)
Suddenly at her residence, Wednesday morning, March 9th, 2005. The former Marlene McCOMB, of Hepworth, in her 67th year. Beloved wife of Don DRENNAN. Loving mother of Brian, of Kitchener, Kim and her husband, Terry WRIGHT, of Hepworth, Donna and her husband, Scott SULLIVAN, of Kitchener, Don, of Hepworth and Joe, of Kitchener. Lovingly remembered by her six grandchildren, Terry, Cori, Khatlin, Natalie, Krystyna and Jordan. Dear sister of Bruce McCOMB, of Shallow Lake, Lyla and her husband, Cliff CHARLTON, of Clavering, Ruth CAUDLE and her partner, David LEGATE, of Shallow Lake and Betty SHARON, of Chatham. Dear sister-in-law of Darlene and her husband, Jim WILKINSON, of Owen Sound, Betty and her husband, Doug CLIFFORD, of Waterloo, Gary LEGATE and his wife, Marg, of Kitchener, Bonnie JONES, of Sauble Beach, Bill LEGATE, of Kitchener, Dave LEGATE and his partner, Ruth CAUDLE, Randy LEGATE and his wife, Chris, all of Shallow Lake and Chuck DRENNAN, of Woodstock. Also survived by several nephews and nieces. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home, Hepworth, Saturday evening from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. A private family service will be held at a later date. Interment, Zion Cemetery, following cremation. Memorial contributions to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Diabetes Association or the Lung Association would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com.
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McCOMB o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-04 published
McCOMB, Janet Stuart McKinnon (née ALLAN)
At Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Saturday, April 2, 2005. Janet Stuart McKinnon (née ALLAN) McCOMB of Owen Sound just had her 85th birthday. Janet has gone to be with her beloved husband William and her much loved son David. Cherished mother of Bill and his wife Carol of Tobermory. Sadly missed by six grandchildren, Tina and her husband Harry JANZEN of British Columbia, Janine and her husband David McLEAN of London, Dave and his wife Tina of Toronto, Sharon and her husband Ralph JOHNSON of Tobermory, Janet and her husband John MORRIS of Chatsworth, Bill and his wife Lori of Huntsville, Alabama and eight great-grandchildren Alexandre, Celine, Sage, Ethan, Bob, Jena, Jesika and John Jr. Also survived by her daughter in law Nancy McCOMB of Owen Sound. Sister of Cathy McKENZIE. Sister-in-law of Evelyn ALLAN, Phyllis and her husband John SHEDLOWICH, Francis and her husband Ron BUTLER and Terry JOHNSTON. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home, 376-3710 for visiting on Tuesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Wednesday, April 6th at 1: 30 p.m. with Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. As expressions of sympathy, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the charity of your choice. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.tannahill.com
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McCOMB o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-02 published
LANG, Barry Owen Griffiths
Peacefully, at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, on Monday evening, October 31st, 2005. Barry Owen Griffiths LANG, of Owen Sound, in his 73rd year. Loving father of Debbie LANG and her friend, Otto BECKMANN, of Owen Sound; Kelly LANG and his wife, Valerie, of Shallow Lake; Darcy Q., of Creemore; Kevin LANG and his friend, Leah McCOMB, of Owen Sound; Colleen WHITLOW and her friend, Mike, of Florida; Bill LANG and his wife, Sherri, of Petawawa; Philip LANG, of Owen Sound. Proud grandfather of Christine, Adam, Matthew, Tyler, Melissa, John and Chris LANG Zachary and Stratus KORINIS; and Emily Q. and seven great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Shirley WENZEL and her husband, Gerry, of Saskatoon. Predeceased by his parents, Reginald and Alice LANG. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (376-7492) on Thursday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00p.m. A Funeral Service for Barry LANG will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, November 4th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment in Boyd Cemetery, Shallow Lake. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Lung Association, the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #6, Owen Sound or the charity of your choice as your expression of sympathy.

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McCOMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-07 published
BURK/BURKE, Douglas S. " Doug"
Douglas S. " Doug" BURK/BURKE of Saint Thomas, husband of Lorene "Lorey" (MacKEWN) BURK/BURKE, passed away peacefully at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, January 5, 2005, in his 76th year. Father of Brenda SAGRIFF and her husband Jerry of Saint Thomas and Brian BURK/BURKE of Chatham. Grandfather of Patrick, Bradley and Sarah SAGRIFF of Saint Thomas, Ryan, Elle and Julia BURK/BURKE of Langley, British Columbia. Brother of Mary Jane JOHNSON (late husband George) of Pierrefonds, Quebec and late (infant) Barbara Ann BURK/BURKE. Also survived by in-laws, Elaine and Peter KRAH of Welland, his uncle, Ralph BLACK of Louisville, Kentucky and several nieces and nephews. Born in Saint Thomas, June 15, 1929, son of the late Stanley BURK/BURKE and late Eva BLACK) Burke McCOMB and step-son of the late George E. McCOMB. He was a retired CSX Railroad conductor. Mr. BURK/BURKE was an active member of Central United Church, Saint Thomas, past president of the St. Thomas Seniors Centre, a past executive member of the United Transportation Union, was very actively involved in his community and had a special interest in genealogy. He was a life member of St. David's Lodge #302, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Saint Thomas, a member of Mocha Temple Shrine, London and Hillbilly Clan 59 and was the Hillbilly Imperial Executive Ambassador for North America. Cremation has taken place, with private interment at Union Cemetery at a later date. A public memorial service will be held at Central United Church (Wellington and Moore St.), Saint Thomas on Monday, January 10th at 11: 00 a.m. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Sunday from 2-4: 30 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Shrine Hospitals for Children (Transportation), Pearce-Williams Christian Centre or the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation (Palliative Care Unit). A masonic memorial service will be conducted at the funeral home on Sunday at 4: 30 p.m. under the auspices of St. David's Lodge #302, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons

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McCOMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-17 published
McVARISH, Hilda and McCOMB, Mary
In loving memory of our dearest aunts, Hilda McVARISH and Mary McCOMB, who passed away on January 17, 1990 and August 21, 1981.
The kindness of your nature
The sunshine of your smile
Are the things we will remember
And treasure allthe while.
Just a thought from those who loved you
And a precious memory true
In our hearts you'll live forever
For we thought the world of you.
Always remembered with smiles and much love by Bob, Mary, Jim, Krista, Josh, Peter, Alanna, Raquel and Keefer.

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McCOMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-30 published
McQUILLAN, Jeanette Yvonne
In loving memory of a dear mother, Jeanette Yvonne McQUILLAN, who passed away January 30, 2004
Miss you, always thinking of you!
Sadly missed and always loved by your son Bill MORRIS and Beverly McCOMB.

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McCOMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-16 published
McCOMB, Madeline E. (MORAN)
At Parkwood Hospital, London on Monday, February 14th, 2005. Madeline E. (MORAN) McCOMB of London in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late Murray M. McCOMB. Predeceased by her brother John M. MORRAN. Dear sister-in-law of Shirley MORRAN of Ipperwash Beach and Betty TOULOUSE of Sarnia. Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday, February 17th at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Kevin STEEPER of Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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McCOMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-07 published
McCOMB, Crystal Leyanne
In loving memory of Daddy's Pretty Princess Crystal Leyanne McCOMB, who entered eternal life with Jesus April 7, 1997, in her 19th year.
There is a Bridge Of Golden Memories
From here to Heaven above
It keeps you very close to me
It's called The Bridge Of Love.
I Love You and Miss You every hour Crystal, you are always in my heart - Dad Ralph McCOMB

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McCOMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-23 published
ENRIGHT, Richard Michael
Richard Michael of Sparta, on Friday, May 20, 2005, at Belmont, as the result of a motorcycle accident, in his 55th year. Dearly loved husband of Susan Laureen (RAPSON) ENRIGHT and loving dad of Erin Christy, Jeremy Matthew and Devon Joel ENRIGHT. Loved son of Michael Norman and Eileen Patricia (McCOMB) ENRIGHT. Dear brother of Bob and his wife Yvonne GLASKIN- CLAY of Grand Bend, Maryann and her husband Gerry HERLINGER of Bolton, Donna ENRIGHT and Judy BREAU of Minden, David and his wife Adele GLASKIN- CLAY of Jacksons Point, Bruce and his wife Michelle GLASKIN- CLAY of Ayr and Susan GLASKIN- CLAY of Saint Thomas. Dear son-in-law of Lloyd RAPSON of Kilworth and dear brother-in-law of Marg and her husband Gerald FERGUSSON of London and Dan and his wife Fonda WALSH of Chatham. Best friend to Dennis ROWLING of Simcoe. Sadly missed by a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard was born in Toronto on November 24, 1950. He worked for the Thames Valley Children's Centre, London and was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Rick was a soccer coach at the Knights of Columbus, Aylmer, formerly coached hockey in Port Stanley, was a former scout leader and ran the Dinosaur Club (swim program) at work. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas until Wednesday afternoon and then to Faith Baptist Church for funeral service at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Woodland Cemetery, London. Visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Sunshine Dreams for Kids.

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McCOMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-24 published
ENRIGHT, Richard Michael
Richard Michael of Sparta, on Friday, May 20, 2005, at Belmont, as the result of a motorcycle accident, in his 55th year. Dearly loved husband of Susan Laureen (RAPSON) ENRIGHT and loving dad of Erin Christy, Jeremy Matthew and Devon Joel ENRIGHT. Loved son of Michael Norman and Eileen Patricia (McCOMB) GLASKIN- CLAY. Dear brother of Bob and his wife Yvonne GLASKIN- CLAY of Grand Bend, Mary Ann and her husband Gerry HERLINGER of Bolton, Donna ENRIGHT and Judy BREAU of Minden, David and his wife Adele GLASKIN- CLAY of Jacksons Point, Bruce and his wife Michelle GLASKIN- CLAY of Ayr and Susan GLASKIN- CLAY of Saint Thomas. Dear son-in-law of Lloyd RAPSON of Kilworth and dear brother-in-law of Marg and her husband Gerald FERGUSSON of London and Dan and his wife Fonda WALSH of Chatham. Best friend to Dennis ROWLING of Simcoe. Sadly missed by a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard was born in Toronto on November 24, 1950. He worked for the Thames Valley Children's Centre, London and was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Rick was a soccer coach at the Knights of Columbus, Aylmer, formerly coached hockey in Port Stanley, was a former scout leader and ran the Dinosaur Club (swim program) at work. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas until Wednesday afternoon and then to Fai th Baptist Church for funeral service at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Woodland Cemetery, London. Visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Sunshine Dreams for Kids.

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McCOMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-23 published
McCOMB, Debbie (LANGFORD) (October 19, 1957-July 24, 1990)
In loving memory of Debbie (LANGFORD) McCOMB.
Like a bird singing in the rain,
Let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.
Lovingly remembered by Mom and Mr. Walter.

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McCOMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-13 published
DEBLOCK, Emiel
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Sunday, December 11, 2005 Emiel DEBLOCK of R.R.#2 Denfield in his 85th year. son of the late Alfons and Romanie DEBLOCK. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Mary and Henri VERSCHEURE of Kingsville, George DEBLOCK and Jackie McCOMB, Alphonse (Pete) and Donalda DEBLOCK and Bernice and Pat CRUNICAN all of Middlesex Centre, Val DEBLOCK of Lucan, Mae (Newton) DEBLOCK of London and Jean DEBLOCK of Kingsville Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Albert, Frank and his wife Alice, and Hamilton. Friends may call at the C. Haskett and son Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at 2 p.m. with Carole NUNNS officiating. Interment Birr United Cemetery. Donations to London Health Sciences Centre Foundation University Hospital Dialysis Unit would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be fowarded through www.haskettfh.com

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McCOMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-19 published
TOULOUSE, Betty Lorraine
Suddenly in Sarnia on Saturday, December 17, 2005 Betty Lorraine TOULOUSE of Sarnia. Beloved mother of Lorraine DERUSH (Jim CAMPBELL,) Leslie (Richard HELBIN,) Jane (Bob RIDENOUR) and Bud (Rhonda McPHAIL.) Loving grandmother of Lauren, Vicki, Lisa, David, Meghan and great-grandmother to Cody and Kali. She will be missed by her extended family Sharon, Cindy, Shirley, Sandra, Brenda and Tim. Predeceased by her husband, Maurice TOULOUSE, and her dear friend Pius GUITARD. A great friend to Del, Diane and countless others from her time at Pinehurst, Paradise Valley and Green Haven parks, "Betty Boop" and the love of her life Megan the Cat at her side, touched all that met her with her humour, kindness and warmth. An independent woman with a zest for all that life presented, Betty will be missed by all those who were blessed to have known her. Born and raised in London, Ontario, Betty is predeceased by her brothers Bob, Edward and Murray McCOMB. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday December 20, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Family and Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. only. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stoke Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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McCOMB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-17 published
JONES, Lloyd Asquith
At Campbellford Memorial Hospital on Saturday, January 15, 2005, Lloyd JONES of R.R.#3 Havelock, in his 91st year. Predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Margaret "Rita" GARVIN. Dear father of Marguerite of Oakville, Lloyd and his wife Betty of New Brunswick and Lois PATRICK of Havelock. Lovingly remembered by his 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Dear brother of Evelyn McCOMB of British Columbia and the late Winnis CORKHAM and Thomas JONES. Brother-in-law of Leila PATTERSON of Oshawa. Lloyd will also be missed by several nieces and nephews. Resting at the Brett Funeral Chapel (20 George Street West, Havelock, 705-778-2231) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Service Wednesday at 1: 30 p.m., Reverend James ARMSTRONG officiating. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery at a later date. If desired, donations may be made (by cheque only) to The Alzheimer Society.

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McCOMB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-04 published
McCOMB, Janet Stuart McKinnon (née ALLAN)
At Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Saturday, April 2, 2005. Janet Stuart McKinnon (née ALLAN) McCOMB of Owen Sound just had her 85th birthday. Janet has gone to be with her beloved husband William and her much loved son David. Cherished mother of Bill and his wife Carol of Tobermory. Sadly missed by six grandchildren, Tina and her husband Harry JANZEN of British Columbia, Janine and her husband David McLEAN of London, Dave and his wife Tina of Toronto, Sharon and her husband Ralph JOHNSON of Tobermory, Janet and her husband John MORRIS of Chatsworth, Bill and his wife Lori of Huntsville, Alabama and eight great-grandchildren Alexandre, Celine, Sage, Ethan, Bob, Jena, Jesika and John Jr. Also survived by her daughter-in-law Nancy McCOMB of Owen Sound. Sister of Cathy McKENZIE. Sister-in-law of Evelyn ALLAN, Phyllis and her husband John SHEDLOWICH, Francis and her husband Ron BUTLER and Terry JOHNSTON. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home, 1178 4th Avenue, West, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 4W5 (1-866-376-3710) for visiting on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Wednesday, April 6th at 1: 30 p.m. with Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. As expressions of sympathy, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the charity of your choice. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.tannahill.com

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McCOMB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-13 published
McEVOY, Sharon (née McCOMB) (August 23, 1956-October 12, 2005)
Of Lansdowne Ave. Visitation 5-9 p.m. today at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Chapel Service 10 a.m. Friday then to Beechwood Cemetery. Mrs. McEVOY who died at home, is survived by daughter Holly McEVOY; son Scotty NICHOLSON. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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McCOMBE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-03 published
PEARCE, William J. " Bill"
Passed away on Tuesday August 2nd, 2005, at Toronto Grace Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer, borne with dignity, courage and a sweetness of spirit that amazed his family, doctors, and Friends alike. He was an inspiration to all. Bill was predeceased in 1991 by his first wife Barbara A. PARKER. He leaves behind two daughters, Deborah McCOMBE (late John McCOMBE) Marilyn (Marnie) REDMOND and her partner Jeff CHAPMAN. Bill leaves his much loved wife and best friend of the past 12 years, Norma (TASH/ McFADDEN) and her children Doug and Nancy McFADDEN of Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.A., David and Deborah McFADDEN of Bettendorf, Iowa, Wayne and Nancy McFADDEN of Etobicoke and Marilyn and Rick STERN of Etobicoke, plus 12 grandchildren: William and Robert McCOMBE, Lisa, Daniel and Laura STERN, Michael, Erin, D'arci, William, Liz, Alison and Andrew McFADDEN. Also, he leaves his sister, Norma McMECHAN and husband Colin of Stouffville, and two sisters-in-law, Bette ESCH and husband Norman of Toronto; Marilyn and Dr. Lawrence BOLAND of North Bay, plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Born in Cobalt, Ontario, Bill's family moved to Etobicoke when he was a boy. He attended both Lambton Kingsway Public School and Etobicoke High School. He loved team sports and played football and basketball while at High School and U of T, Ajax campus. He joined St. George's Golf and Country Club in 1947 as a golfing member and was a founding and active member of the club's curling section. Bill spent over 50 years in the printing business in sales and management with Bowne of Canada, Rous and Mann and the Pearce family business, The Northern Miner. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 1 o'clock. Cremation. Donations in remembrance of Bill's life may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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McCOMBE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-03 published
PEARCE, William J. " Bill"
Passed away on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005, at Toronto Grace Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer, borne with dignity, courage and a sweetness of spirit that amazed his family, doctors, and Friends alike. He was an inspiration to all. Bill was predeceased in 1991 by his first wife Barbara A. PARKER. He leaves behind two daughters, Deborah McCOMBE (late John McCOMBE,) Marilyn (Marnie) REDMOND and her partner Jeff CHAPMAN. Bill leaves his much loved wife and best friend of the past 12 years, Norma (TASH/ McFADDEN) and her children Doug and Nancy McFADDEN of Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.A., David and Deborah McFADDEN of Bettendorf, Iowa, Wayne and Nancy McFADDEN of Etobicoke and Marilyn and Rick STERN of Etobicoke, plus 12 grandchildren: William and Robert McCOMBE, Lisa, Daniel and Laura STERN, Michael, Erin, D'arci, William, Liz, Alison and Andrew McFADDEN. Also, he leaves his sister, Norma McMECHAN and husband Colin of Stouffville, and two sisters-in-law, Bette Esch and husband Norman of Toronto; Marilyn and Dr. Lawrence BOLAND of North Bay, plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Born in Cobalt, Ontario, Bill's family moved to Etobicoke when he was a boy. He attended both Lambton Kingsway Public School and Etobicoke High School. He loved team sports and played football and basketball while at High School and U of T, Ajax campus. He joined St. George's Golf and Country Club in 1947 as a golfing member and was a founding and active member of the club's curling section. Bill spent over 50 years in the printing business in sales and management with Bowne of Canada, Rous and Mann and the Pearce family business, The Northern Miner. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 1 o'clock. Cremation. Donations in remembrance of Bill's life may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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McOMBER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-05 published
Heath LAMBERTS, Actor: 1941-2005
Performer who possessed a genius for comedy won a string of Canadian theatre awards but was denied greatness by the curse of unpredictability and by a set of conflicting insecurities, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Saturday, March 5, 2005 - Page S9
A short rotund man with a genius for comedy, Heath LAMBERT also had a predisposition for depression. His life was often an emotional roller coaster. He achieved fame as Cyrano de Bergerac at the Shaw Festival, combatted alcoholism and found romance at the stage door in his mid-50s, only to be diagnosed with cancer two years after meeting the love of his life.
"His greatest strength was being funny, that was hismétier, his force," said actress Martha HENRY. " But the humour doesn't exist, and this is true of the great Russian clowns as well, without a huge well of tragedy and feelings of loss and betrayal. Heath always felt he didn't fit in anywhere and that was a source of great anguish for him. On the other hand," she added thoughtfully, "it was endless food for his gifts."
"He swung between two poles in his life. One was charming and helpful and totally generous and the other was quite mean and very self-centred," said director Christopher NEWTON. "He could have been one of the greats, but he had this flaw that made him unpredictable."
Heath LAMBERTS was born James LANGCASTER in the Spadina and College area of Toronto in the early days of the Second World War. His youngest brother, John, a firefighter, remembers Jimmy "as always leading me and teaching me and being here to help me in a heartbeat."
School was a struggle, with Jimmy being held back and finally pushed along from one grade to another. After Huron Street Public School, he enrolled in an art program at nearby Central Technical School but quit after a couple of years to try acting full time. " 'Go, and you'll end up selling fish in Kensington Market,' " his brother remembers the teachers saying. "They had no idea of his potential."
What they didn't seem to realize was that Jimmy was probably dyslexic and prone to depression, and his troublesomeness was likely a result of his frustration. As a teenager he joined the 48th Highlanders, training on weekends and summers, an affiliation he treasured for the rest of his life.
As a boy soprano, he appeared as part of the chorus in a couple of Canadian Opera Company productions. Later, he performed in summer stock at Vineland in the Niagara Peninsula and in at least one play for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. That's where he met actress Martha HENRY in the early fall of 1960, when he was 18.
They were having a drink after rehearsal one day when Jimmy asked what she would think if he adopted Heath LAMBERTS as a stage name. She started to laugh and then she realized he was absolutely serious. Apparently, Jimmy and his good friend, actor Colin FOX, were interested in numerology and they had sent the date and time of their births to a company that had translated the data into lists of first and last names, any of which could be conjoined to reflect their "birth paths."
Ms. HENRY and Mr. LAMBERTS had been accepted that same year into the inaugural class of the National Theatre School in Montreal. Welsh actor Powys Thomas, who was the first principal of the National Theatre School, "was incredibly intuitive and he would have seen something in Heath that possibly nobody else had ever seen," said Ms. HENRY.
From the beginning, at the National Theatre School, however, Mr. Thomas and the other students recognized Mr. LAMBERTS as the king of improvisation. "I don't think anyone had ever said that he was brilliant before," commented Ms. HENRY, adding that it was incredibly exciting "to see the blossoming of a creative being." She still remembers Mr. LAMBERTS doing an improvisation derived from Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. He was given the tutor Trofimov to play as he is awaiting the return of Madame Ranevsky from Moscow.
The scene opened with Mr. LAMBERTS lying asleep on a cot with his boots off. He bolted upright when he heard Mme. Ranevsky's carriage approach, began looking around for his boots and then, as if in a daze, went over to a chalk board and wrote something in Cyrillic letters. He then found the other boot and went rushing out of the room to meet his employer, wearing one boot and holding the other.
"It was as though Heath had been sent some kind of message from God," she said of the effect. "Heath couldn't write English, never mind Cyrillic. I have no idea where this came from. He did things like this constantly in the theatre school, things that made us laugh, of course, but that also made us sit back in wonder."
After Mr. LAMBERTS graduated from the National Theatre School in 1963, he was hired by John Hirsch, founding director of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, as a charter member of the Manitoba Theatre Centre's Young Company. He made his debut at the Stratford Festival in 1964, winning a Tyrone Guthrie award in his first season and again two years later. He appeared regularly at Stratford in the 1960s, playing in Love's Labour's Lost, Twelfth Night, Falstaff and Richard II, among other productions.
Christopher NEWTON, emeritus artistic director of the Shaw Festival, had a complicated relationship with Mr. LAMBERTS dating back to Stratford in the mid-1960s. Mr. LAMBERTS was an unpleasant drunk, according to Mr. NEWTON, but when he sobered up and joined Alcoholics Anonymous in the early 1980s, all his insecurities were still there. Although he could be generous and kind, he tended to turn on his fellow performers by belittling them as they came off stage and even undermining them during a performance, according to Mr. NEWTON. The terrible thing, he continued, was that you couldn't predict when his unpleasant side was going to "click in."
Mr. NEWTON hired Mr. LAMBERTS to play the title role in Tartuffe at the Vancouver Playhouse in the 1970s. He came out and stayed for three years with the company, of which Mr. NEWTON was then the artistic director. He did some wonderful work out in Vancouver, said Mr. NEWTON. He could "ride the scene" with you as an actor, he said, like skiing or surfing where you know the words are going to come and you are just with that other person and doing it. He could also "step out of a part and take the audience with him wherever he wanted to go." The tragedy of Mr. LAMBERTS, though, was that his problems getting along with people worked against his theatrical genius, said Mr. NEWTON.
Returning to Ontario, Mr. LAMBERTS acted at the Shaw Festival for 12 seasons. It was here that he was briefly married to Carole MacOMBER, a stage manager at the festival, and here, too, where he achieved his greatest acclaim as Cyrano in a production of Cyrano de Bergerac directed by Derek GOLDBY in 1982 and 1983. He trusted Mr. GOLDBY as a director, which probably helped him to deliver such a nuanced performance in a role that suited both his talents and his appearance. Mr. LAMBERTS was given an Order of Canada, mainly for his success as Cyrano.
The last time Mr. LAMBERTS and Mr. NEWTON worked together was in a Mirvish production of One for the Pot at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto in 1996. Mr. LAMBERTS won a Dora Mavor Moore award -- his third -- for his performance. "We planned that he should come back and so we looked for traditional British farces that he could do standing on his head. I sent him ideas and he sent me ideas and then suddenly I didn't hear from him and he was appearing on Broadway, without telling me."
The role was Cogsworth, the butler in the Disney production of Beauty and the Beast in 1994 and it marked the beginning of Mr. LAMBERTS's American period. Three years later, on the day after Valentine's Day, he met Pittsburgh quilter Louise SILK in New York. He was performing as the mute King Sextimus in Once Upon a Mattress with Sarah Jessica Parker at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway.
Ms. SILK was waiting at the stage door to get Ms. Parker's autograph for her two daughters when Mr. LAMBERTS walked out. She thought he was the best thing in the show and she tapped him on the shoulder to tell him so. They began talking and she eventually gave him her business card. For several months they telephoned and e-mailed until finally he drove down to Pittsburgh to visit her. On their first date, he took her to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting because "he wanted me to understand what it meant to him and what his life had been like."
Two years later, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had surgery but the cancer had already spread and he needed radiation and chemotherapy. Ms. SILK, a divorced mother of three, persuaded him to move to Pittsburgh so she could take care of him. "He lived life larger than most people," said Ms. SILK. "He was everything for me."
Mr. LAMBERTS introduced her to Buddhism, which they both practised. "It wasn't all peaches and cream," she said. "He was difficult and he wasn't happy about coming to Pittsburgh, but it [our relationship] was very real and alive and meaningful."
Mr. LAMBERTS's disease progressed and he developed a second cancer in his throat. Still he kept on acting, as his health permitted. He appeared in e-lectricity with Rick Kemp in December and was scheduled to appear as Justice Swallow in Henry IV this month at the Irish and Classical Theatre.
The week before last, his condition deteriorated and he was admitted to hospital. Ms. SILK sat by his bedside and reread their e-mail correspondence to him as he lay dying.
As she finished, he suddenly sat forward, opened his eyes and then slipped back and stopped breathing. It was his final curtain call, one that gives Ms. SILK much comfort to relate.
"He was an actor and he had to make a magnificent exit," she said.
Heath LAMBERTS was born James LANGCASTER in Toronto on December 15, 1941, the eldest of three sons of Cyril and Patricia Langcaster. He died in Pittsburgh on February 22. He was 63. He is survived by his partner Louise SILK and her children and by his two brothers. A memorial service is being planned in Toronto.

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McCOMBIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-27 published
BRADFORD, Peter
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Peter BRADFORD on Wednesday, August 24, 2005, following a lengthy struggle with lung disease. He died peacefully at home with Mary Elaine, his devoted and loving wife of 17 years at his side. Peter was born in North Yorkshire on December 15, 1927. Graduating from Leeds University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Laws, Peter came to Canada settling in Toronto in 1950. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the insurance industry with Prudential. Peter was a man of principle and purpose, whose life was distinguished by an abiding interest in history, literature and music. A particular passion of Peter's was early jazz music and he was a serious collector of original recordings on 78. In his later years he built with his wife Mary an extensive library of first edition books, mainly in British diplomatic and political history.
Peter was also a fine athlete, playing cricket, soccer and squash in his youth at Wrekin College, Shropshire. Peter's lifelong passion for golf began with many rounds on the Masham Golf Club in a threesome with his father and brother Jack.
Peter was a beloved father and husband and will be deeply missed by his family. Peter is survived by wife Mary Elaine (née BABYN) daughter Kathy and the late Nick McCOMBIE, and son Neil and his wife Peggy SATTLER; grandchildren, Liam, Jonathan and Emily nephews Stephen, Peter, Martin, and Augustus; nieces Anastasia and Victorie. He will be cremated as he wished. Details for Memorial Service to be announced. Panachyda after 5 p.m. mass at St. Demetrius Church, 135 LaRose Avenue on Saturday, August 27th.

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McCOMBIE, Alen Milne, Ph.D. Biology
Peacefully at the North York General Hospital Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, September 8, 2005, in his 85th year. Predeceased by his parents Helen and Willian McCOMBIE and by his sister Elna and her husband Robert "Mel" WHITESIDE. Loved uncle of Helen (Aarne) JUHOLA and the late Gail DEVINE, and great-uncle of Colin (Brenda,) and their family. Dear friend of Connie SHEPHEARD, her family and, especially, Joel. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at North York General Hospital Palliative Care Unit. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 7-9 p.m. on Friday. Service in the chapel on Saturday, September 10th at one o'clock. If desired, donations to the North York General Hospital Foundation, 4001 Leslie Street, Toronto M2K 1E1 would be appreciated.

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McCOMBIE, Alen Milne, Ph.D. Biology
Peacefully at the North York General Hospital Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, September 8, 2005, in his 85th year. Predeceased by his parents Helen and Willian McCOMBIE and by his sister Elna and her husband Robert "Mel" WHITESIDE. Loved uncle of Helen (Aarne) JUHOLA and the late Gail DEVINE, and great-uncle of Colin (Brenda,) and their family. Dear friend of Connie SHEPHEARD, her family and, especially, Joel. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at North York General Hospital Palliative Care Unit. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 7-9 p.m. on Friday. Service in the chapel on Saturday, September 10th at one o'clock. If desired, donations to the North York General Hospital Foundation, 4001 Leslie Street, Toronto M2K 1E1 would be appreciated.

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McCOMBIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-27 published
BRADFORD, Peter
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Peter BRADFORD on Wednesday, August 24th, 2005, following a lengthy struggle with lung disease. He died peacefully at home with Mary Elaine, his devoted and loving wife of 17 years, at his side. Peter was born in North Yorkshire on December 15, 1927. Graduating from Leeds University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Laws, Peter came to Canada settling in Toronto in 1950. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the insurance industry with Prudential. Peter was a man of principle and purpose, whose life was distinguished by an abiding interest in history, literature and music. A particular passion of Peter's was early jazz music and he was a serious collector of original recordings on 78. In his later years he built with his wife Mary an extensive library of first edition books, mainly in British diplomatic and political history. Peter was also a fine athelete, playing cricket, soccer and squash in his youth at Wrekin College, Shropshire. Peter's lifelong passion for golf began with many rounds on the Masham Golf Club in a threesome with his father and brother Jack. Peter was a beloved father and husband and will be deeply missed by his family. Peter is survived by wife Mary Elaine (née BABYN) daughter Kathy and the late Nick McCOMBIE and son Neil and his wife Peggy SATTLER; grandchildren Liam, Jonathan, and Emily nephews Stephen, Peter, Martin, and Augustus; nieces Anastasia and Victorie. He will be cremated as he wished. Details for Memorial Service to be announced. Panachyda after 5 p.m. Mass at St. Demetrius Church, 135 LaRose Avenue on Saturday, August 27th.

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McCOMBIE, Alen Milne, Ph.D. Biology
Peacefully at the North York General Hospital Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, September 8, 2005, in his 85th year. Predeceased by his parents Helen and William McCOMBIE and by his sister Elna and her husband Robert "Mel" WHITESIDE. Loved uncle of Helen (Aarne) JUHOLA and the late Gail DEVINE, and great-uncle of Colin (Brenda,) and their family. Dear friend of Connie SHEPHEARD, her family and, especially, Joel. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at the North York General Hospital Palliative Care Unit. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East) from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Service in the chapel on Saturday, September 10th at one o'clock. If desired, donations to the North York General Hospital Foundation, 4001 Leslie Street, Toronto M2K 1E1 would be appreciated.

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McCOMBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-30 published
PETTITT, Ronald Samuel
It is with great sadness that the PETTITT family announces the sudden passing of Ronald Samuel, in his 71st year, at Toronto East General Hospital on Monday, March 28th, 2005. Ron PETTITT, beloved husband of Dianne Ida PETTITT (née WHITE/WHYTE.) Dear father of Philip Christopher, Kelly Ann and Timothy Glenn. Loving father-in-law to Heather, Kate and Lindsay. Loving grandfather of Jaime, Chelsea and Ashley. Beloved son to the late Albert and Doris. Beloved brother to Arlene Eveline McCOMBS (née PETTITT) and the late infant brother James. Friends and family are invited to Giffen-Mack "Scarborough" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 4115 Lawrence Avenue East (just west of Kingston Road), 416-281-6800 for visitation on Wednesday, March 30th from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday, March 31st from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will take place on Friday, April 1st at 11 a.m. in Saint Margaret's-in-the-Pines Anglican Church (4130 Lawrence Avenue East). Interment to take place at Saint Margaret's In-The-Pines Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated.

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McCOMISKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-10 published
McCOMISKEY, Albert " Bert"
Passed away quietly at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Monday, March 7, 2005. Bert McCOMISKEY, formerly of Toronto, in his 82nd year. Beloved father of Scott (Patty), Andrew (Pamela) and Betty MacDONALD. Cherished grandpa of Kevin, Kate, Kaitlynn, Gordon, Jennifer and Stephanie. Close friend of Minnie POIRIER. A Funeral Service will be held at Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier Street, Barrie on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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McCOMISKEY, Albert " Bert"
Passed away quietly at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Monday, March 7, 2005. Bert McCOMISKEY, formerly of Toronto, in his 82nd year. Beloved father of Scott (Patty), Andrew (Pamela) and Betty MacDONALD. Cherished grandpa of Kevin, Kate, Kaitlynn, Gordon, Jennifer and Stephanie. Close friend of Minnie POIRIER. A Funeral Service will be held at Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier Street, Barrie on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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