O'BRIEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-20 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Alberta (JORDAN, née HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON)
Peacefully in Owen Sound, surrounded by the love of her family on Sunday, November 19th, 2006. Alberta (JORDAN) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (nee HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON) at the age of 75. Dearly beloved wife of the late Howard THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Loving mother of Diane JORDAN, Anne SIMPSON (Carey), Sandi GREGORY (Bruce), Gail JORDAN (J.P. LABELLE), Bonnie WYONCH and Sandy THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Doug ACTON.) Proud grandmother of Trevor SCHWANDT (Val HEAD), Sheldon SCHWANDT (Cindy STAMP), Melissa GREGORY- WARWICK (Andrew), Paige GREGORY (Robbie KAUFMAN), Jordan HALL and Jamie HALL, Heather SHOULDICE (Mark), Kelly WYONCH, Rebecca SIMPSON, Matthew SIMPSON (Nikki McARTHUR), Heidi LUTE (Dave) and Derek ACTON (Kelly O'BRIEN.) Much loved sister of Iola BODDY and Brenda SKINNER (Glen.) Alberta will be missed by her sisters-in-law Marie JORDAN and Susan HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON. Predeceased by her parents Albert and Melissa HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, her brother Carl HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, her sisters Dorothy HOLMES and Eleanore LAROCHELLE. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492) on Tuesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Alberta Thompson will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, November 22th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. David SHEARMAN officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice as your expression of sympathy.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-07 published
JONES, Noella Violet
Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Thursday, January 5th, 2006, Noella Violet JONES of Strathroy in her 79th year. Beloved wife of Lorne JONES of Strathroy and dear mother of Laurie JONES and John, and Timothy JONES all of Ottawa; also survived by 7 grandchildren and a fondly remembered sister of Peter CAIN of Vancouver, Sylvia O'BRIEN and Ray of Peterborough, Bernice POLKER of Michigan and Bernard CAIN of North Bay. Predeceased by a sister Marjorie CAIN of Picton. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service for Noella will be held at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, 32 Metcalfe St. W., Strathroy on Monday, January 9th at 1: 30 p.m. with Dr. Brian McKENZIE officiating. Donations to Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Noella.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-09 published
HENRY, Mary Ellen " May"
At McCormick Home on Saturday, January 7, 2006, Mary Ellen (May), dear wife of the late Frank HENRY, in her 91st year. Beloved mother of Mary Elaine. Predeceased by her son Ron HENRY. Dear grandmother of Timothy HENRY. Mother-in-law of John KEMINK. Dear sister of Dolores CONCANNON, Alice TREEHUBA and James WALKER (Velma). Predeceased by Gertrude WALKER, Frances O'BRIEN, Anna HEMSWORTH, Catherine O'HAGAN and Richard and John WALKER. Dear sister-in-law of Catherine HENRY, Noreen and Leo HENRY and Bernard HENRY. She will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews, especially Kevin CONCANNON, who was her second son. Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1057 Oxford Street, E., on Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Tuesday evening 7 o'clock.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-17 published
Crash claims energetic A student
Phillip MacLACHLAN was a University of Western Ontario engineering student, water polo player and loyal friend.
By Patrick MALONEY, Free Press Reporter, Tues., January 17, 2006
An intern at Links Coatings, he died a day after a two-vehicle crash at Airport Road and Dundas Street.
The funeral of a top-notch University of Western Ontario student and promising engineer killed in a two-vehicle crash will be held tomorrow.
Phillip Nakahara MacLACHLAN, 22, a University of Western Ontario chemical engineering student and varsity water polo player, was badly hurt in the rush-hour collision at Airport Road and Dundas Street about 5 p.m. Thursday. He died of his injuries a day later.
A former professor recalled MacLACHLAN -- who had been interning full time with an Airport Road-area firm since May -- as a dedicated student with loads of professional potential.
"He is a good student, every professor knows that," said Jesse ZHU of University of Western Ontario's engineering department, who helped MacLACHLAN land the year-long internship at Links Coatings.
"He's an A student... and he's very quiet, but he's actually fairly active."
To his loved ones, MacLACHLAN, a graduate of Lucas secondary school, was an energetic person who worked nights at the Ceeps pub and always made time for his girlfriend, Friends and family.
"He just liked to keep himself active," said Jim MacLACHLAN, his older brother.
"He was always here for the family," Jim MacLACHLAN added. "He was an all-around great guy."
In addition to his studies and work schedule, MacLACHLAN was also president of a University of Western Ontario intramural sports club.
An endowment likely will be established in his honour to benefit future chemical engineering students, ZHU said.
MacLACHLAN's obituary notice painted him as a promising young man from a big London family -- he was one of Emmy and Fred MacLACHLAN's four children.
"He lived intensely in all that he did and will greatly miss his wonderful Friends at school and work," it read.
Visitation is scheduled for today, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Harris Funeral Home on James Street. The funeral is set for 1 p.m. tomorrow, followed by a private cremation.
MacLACHLAN was driving north along Airport Road, London police said, and about to turn left on Dundas Street when he collided with a southbound driver.
Investigators were probing the crash yesterday and details were sketchy, Const. Amanda PFEFFER said.
The second driver suffered minor injuries.
The Airport-Dundas intersection wasn't named on a list of London's top 20 crash-prone zones, released last week by Sgt. Tom O'BRIEN of the traffic management unit. But crashes there can easily result in serious injuries, O'BRIEN said.
"When I hear there's been a collision with injuries at Dundas and Airport, high speed and big vehicles come to mind. That's the problem," he said.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-13 published
VAN DER WYNGAARD
At University Hospital, on Friday, February 10, 2006, Simon Karel VAN DER WYNGAARD in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Pieternella VAN DER WYNGAARD. Dear father of Ingrid BOULTER (Richard) of London, Ellie O'SHAY/SHEA of Taylor, Michigan, Maria VAN DER WYNGAARD (Terry) of London, Johanna DESABRAIS (Richard) of Saint Thomas and Simon Johannes VAN DER WYNGAARD (Julie) of London. Brother of Sam VAN DER WYNGAARD (Margaret), Joanna O'BRIEN, Lydea THYSSEN, Rea TRAFFORD (Larry), Nellie THORNTON (Malcolm), Abraham VAN DER WYNGAARD (Linda), Susan SZEKERES (Louie), and Theresa BLAGO. Also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his son-in-law Donald O'SHAY/SHEA. Visitors will be received on Monday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. At the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. where the Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-15 published
Teen dies after hit-run crash
By John HERBERT, Free Press Crime Reporter, Wed., February 15, A London teenager has died after being struck by a car in an early-morning hit-and-run crash.
Matthew BELL, 19, was crossing Adelaide Street north of Grenfell Drive yesterday at about 1 a.m. when he was hit.
BELL was taken to hospital, but died last night from injuries suffered in the crash.
Sgt. Tom O'BRIEN of the London police traffic management unit said the motorist involved failed to remain at the scene but contacted police a short time later.
The driver, who has been identified and interviewed by police, has not been charged, police said.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal crash.
O'BRIEN said collisions involving pedestrians are becoming so common, they happen almost every day in the city.
BELL was the 28th victim this year, and the second pedestrian to die from injuries suffered in a car-pedestrian collision.
Last year, 225 pedestrians -- more than one every other day -- were hit on London streets.
Two pedestrians died after being hit by cars in 2005 and 14 people died in car crashes in London.
"It's not a problem London faces. It's occurring everywhere," O'BRIEN said. "Toronto will have 50 pedestrians struck and killed in a year. It's about people sharing the use of our transportation system walking on roads or driving cars.
"Motorists have to be concerned about pedestrians. Cyclists have to worry about pedestrians. Pedestrians have to worry about cyclists. None of the highway users can do so in a vacuum.
"Any time a pedestrian ventures onto the road it's not the safest place to be. We have to look out for each other."
O'BRIEN said some pedestrian-car collisions are also difficult to avoid.
"We've learned all our lives children dart out -- that's why a lot of children are hit," he said. "We know the elderly may not take as much care stepping off the curb and that could be related to hearing and eyesight."
A second hit-and-run crash during rush hour yesterday -- this one involving two vehicles -- sent a 25-year-old woman to hospital
A van driving west on Dundas Street struck a vehicle heading south on Highbury Avenue just before 5 p.m., police said.
The van, which left the scene, was chased by witnesses: who called Officers stopped the van a short time later on Dundas Street and a 47-year-old man was arrested for failing to remain at the scene of an accident and impaired driving.
The 25-year-old woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-18 published
MICKLE, William " Bill" Laird
Of Exeter and formerly of Hensall, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2006 at Stratford General Hospital in his 76th year. Husband and dear friend of Frances (TAILOR/TAYLOR) MICKLE. Father and father-in-law of Pam and David O'BRIEN of Blenheim, Judith and Randy POLLOCK of Saint John, New Brunswick, and John MICKLE of London. Grandfather of Michael, Steven, Daniel, Andrew and David. son of the late Laird and Dorothy MICKLE of Hensall. Missed by sisters and brothers Betty MacMILLAN of Waterloo, Charles MICKLE of Hamilton, Bob and Lynne MICKLE of Ayr, and Ann and Bud COLLINS of Waterloo, sisters-in-law Marg ROBERTSON of Cambridge and Isabel McMULLEN of North Bay, brother-in-law Bill WALKER of London and several nephews and nieces. Bill was active and enjoyed being President of the Hensall Kinsmen Club, Deputy Governor, Governor and National Director of the Kinsmen Association. Served as Director of the Ontario Egg Producers Marketing Board and the Canadian Egg Marketing Association. Bill was also the Vice-President of the Canadian Egg Producers Council. Served as Deputy Chief with the Hensall Fire Department for fifteen years. Bill was Councillor for the Town of Exeter for two years and for fifteen years served as the Reeve of Exeter and Councillor on Huron County Council. During that time he was Chair of the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities and President of the Association of Municipalities for Ontario. Bill enjoyed choir singing, curling, lawn bowling, golfing, fishing and a good story. He loved a good joke. He thanks his family and his many Friends for his wonderful life. Friends may call at the Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at Exeter United Church, 42 James Street, Exeter on Tuesday, February 21st at 11 a.m. with Reverend Paul ROSS officiating. Cremation has taken place with interment in Exeter Cemetery to follow. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Stratford General Hospital Foundation or the Exeter United Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hopperhockeyfh.com.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-27 published
MILLEN, Shirley Edith (née UMPHERSON)
It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the death of their mother Shirley Edith MILLEN (nee: UMPHERSON) of Tillsonburg at Strathroy General Hospital on Saturday February 25, 2006 in her 80th year. Beloved wife of the late Clarence "Jake" MILLEN (1991.) Dear mother of Fred (Sandra) EMPEY of Komoka; Brian GRAY/GREY, and Heather FLANNELLY of Black Creek, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Cherished and much loved grandmother to Tadd EMPEY of Toronto; Sheris, and Freddy EMPEY of Komoka; Kelly (Adam) RUTHERFORD of Guelph. Great grandmother to Sierra and Avery RUTHERFORD. Dear sister of Margaret and the late Gerald DELANEY of Sydney, Nova Scotia; Jim (Selma) UMPHERSON of Toronto; Kathleen (Gerald) O'BRIEN of Courtland. Shirley was also predeceased by her grandchildren Jeffery EMPEY (1989;) Darryl EMPEY (1995,) and brother Murray UMPHERSON (1985.) Also, survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends at Ostrander's Funeral Home 43 Bidwell St. Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Tuesday February 28, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Services for Shirley will be held in Ostrander's Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 1 p.m. Reverend Stan STANHOPE of Courtland United Church officiating. Interment Cultus Cemetery. At the families request memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society; Diabetes Association or to a charity of your choice. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-08 published
BRYCE, James David
Peacefully on Monday, March 6th, 2006, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, James David BRYCE of Watford in his 84th year. Loving husband of Yvonne (née MANSFIELD.) Dear father of Karen and her husband Scott O'BRIEN and Brian and his wife Rose. Survived by brother Ken and Helen BRYCE. Also survived by 6 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Eunice and her husband Bert. Also predeceased by parents Ivan and Verna (née SHAY/SHEA) and nephews Scott MANSFIELD. Friends may call at the Harper Funeral Home, Watford (519-876-2218) on Thursday, March 9th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Havelock Masonic Lodge #238 will hold a memorial service at the funeral home at 7: 30 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral service will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, March 10th at 2 p.m. with Reverend Christine O'REILLEY officiating. Interment at Watford Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-24 published
ROTONDO, M. Bernice
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, London, on Wednesday March 22, 2006 Mrs. M. Bernice ROTONDO of London and formerly of Bayfield in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Joseph ROTONDO. Loving mother of Darrel GAWLEY of Larder Lake, Brian and Reina GAWLEY of London, and Eva and Dennis ROTONDO- O'BRIEN of London. Cherished grandmother of 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Barb CULLEN of Maynooth. Predeceased by daughter Sharon ROMANIUK, sister Dorothy ARMSTRONG, and brothers Gordon and Maitland CROWE. Friends will be received at the Falconer Funeral Home, 153 High Street, Clinton, on Friday from 7-9 p.m and on Saturday from 2 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 3 p.m. Interment Bayfield Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the charity of one's choice would be greatly appreciated.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-11 published
O'BRIEN, Jane Marie
At Fiddicks Nursing Home, Petrolia on Monday, April 10, 2006 Jane Marie O'BRIEN passed away in her 76th year. Dear sister of Jack and his wife Marilyn. Loving aunt of Sean (Janet) and great aunt of Mark and Dallas. Funeral Mass will be held in Our Lady Chapel, Saint Peter's Basilca, 196 Dufferin Avenue, London, on Wednesday morning 10 o'clock. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery, London. Donations to Saint_Joseph's Health Care Foundation, London, would be appreciated. (John T. Donohue Funeral Home)

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-25 published
CREELMAN, Roberta Isabella (née McLELLAN)
Of Saint Thomas on Sunday, April 23, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Eugene F. CREELMAN and loved mother of Col. Ira and his wife Judy CREELMAN of Beaverbrooke, Nova Scotia, Sharon and her husband Paul WILSON of Saint Thomas and the late Silas "Si" CREELMAN. Sadly missed by 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Roberta was born in Noël Hants County, Nova Scotia the daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth (O'BRIEN) McLELLAN. She has lived in Saint Thomas area over 55 years. Roberta taught public school at Centennial Ave., Homedale, New Sarum and over 12 years at S.S. #17. She was a member of Central United Church and the Wohelo Group and Philathea Group of Central United Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Thursday afternoon and then to Central United Church where funeral service will be held at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-30 published
O'BRIEN, Meda (née SURERUS)
Peacefully, at Bluewater Rest Home, Zurich, on Friday, April 28, 2006, Meda (SURERUS) O'BRIEN, formerly of Toronto and Zurich, in her 102nd year. Beloved wife of the late A. LeRoy O'BRIEN (1978.) Dear stepmother-in-law of Donna O'BRIEN of Zurich and Lois O'BRIEN of St. Williams. Sadly missed by 5 step-grandchildren and 7 step-great-grandchildren. Survived by nieces Ruth DIETRICH, Eileen WILLERT, nephews Bill and Elsie WILLERT and Ken MILLER and many great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Daniel and Gertrude (WEBER) SURERUS, stepsons Don and Bill O'BRIEN, sister Flossie and Otto WILLERT, brothers Gordon and Alvin and Alys SURERUS, niece Margaret MILLER and nephews Jerome DIETRICH and Lloyd WILLERT. Visitation in the J.M. McBeath Funeral Home, 49 Goshen St. N., Zurich on Monday, May 1, 2006 from 12 to 2 p.m. where the funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Rev. Alex McGILVERY officiating. Interment Emannuel United Cemetery, Zurich. Memorial contributions may be made to the Emannuel United Church, Bluewater Rest Home or a charity of one's choice. Condolences may be forwarded to www.jmmcbeathfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Meda O'BRIEN.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-01 published
GRUNDY, F. Bruce
Suddenly, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, on Saturday, April 29, 2006 F. Bruce GRUNDY of R.R.#1 Mount Elgin (Dereham Centre) in his 67th year. Proprietor of BK Services and an active participant in his Church-Bethel Temple and in his community). Bruce was born in Strathroy, April 13, 1940, son of the late Gordon GRUNDY and the late former Myrtle NOYES. Survived by Muriel PAYNE of Ailsa Craig and the late former James PAYNE. Much loved husband of 44 years of Doris (CLARK) GRUNDY. Much loved father, father-in-law and loving, proud grandfather of: Kim and Paul PERCY and their children: Nicole, Morgan and Blake of Grand Bend Cathy and Tim O'BRIEN and their children: Bridget and Meghan of Poplar Hill; Kevin and Angela GRUNDY and their children: Christina and Rebecca of Tillsonburg; Randy and Kelly GRUNDY and their children: Caitlin and Chelsea of Kingston; and Sonya GRUNDY and Jon GRANT of Brampton. Survived by two brothers: Rae GRUNDY and Allan GRUNDY and four sisters: Madalene BRANAN, Stella SHIEL, Leona OLDRIDGE, Gloria TOPPING. Predeceased by two grand_sons: Jonathan and Jesse GRUNDY; three sisters: Esther OLDRIDGE, Donna WEBSTER and Betty HOOPER and three brothers: Edwin, Bill and Robert GRUNDY. Friends and relatives are welcome to share memories and visit with the Grundy family on Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg (519-842-4238). Visitation will again occur Tuesday 12: 30 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. at Bethel Temple, 119 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg. Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Bruce GRUNDY is Tuesday at 1: 30 p.m. at Bethel Temple by Rev. Johnathan TINLIN. Interment to follow in the Delmer Cemetery. Memorial donations (payable by cheque) to "Bethel Temple" or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-12 published
HAGARTY, Evelyn Joan (née REILLY) R.N.
Graduate of St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, London daughter of Walter and Josephine REILLY (Walter killed overseas in World War 2;) predeceased by her sister Winnie O'BRIEN, Rathmalyon, County of Meath, Ireland and Madeline RYAN, Chicago; survived by her sister Norma and Doctor Richard TURNBOW, Tulsa, Oklahoma, husband William and six children: Maura and Murray BANNON, Nassau, The Bahamas, Megan and Geoffrey SMITH, Oakville, Sean, Gerard and Catherine, London, and Doctor Sarah HAGARTY and her husband Dr. Kevin DRAXINGER, Chicago and nine grandchildren. Many thanks to Rev. Leslie, Doctor GILBERT, Doctor SANATANI and the caring nursing and supporting staff at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street on Saturday evening from 7-9 o'clock and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue, on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Sunday afternoon at 3: 30 o'clock. In lieu of flowers may wish to donate to London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital 4th floor Medicine Nursing Fund.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-17 published
BRAIN, Elva (née BOND)
Peacefully, with her family by her side at Toronto Western Hospital, on Monday, May 15, 2006 at age 73. Elva (née BOND) beloved wife of Jack BRAIN of Prince Albert. Much loved mother of Bill and his wife Peggy of Lindsay, Steve and his wife Sue of Sweaburg, Chris BRAIN and Bonnie ALTELAAR of Lindsay, Brian and his wife Margot of Port Perry, Donna Jean and her husband Bob BRANTON of Oshawa and Mary-Ellen and Nathan MARTIN of Oshawa. Loving grandmother of 12 grandchildren including Krista and her husband Marc O'BRIEN of London. Great-grandmother of Jenna Lynn. She will be missed by her large extended family and Friends. The family of Elva BRAIN will receive Friends at the Wagg Funeral Home, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171) on Thursday, May 18th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Service to celebrate her life will be held in the Chapel on Friday, May 19th at 11 a.m. Private interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation. On-line condolences may be left at www.waggfuneralhome.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-19 published
DAY, B. Lenore (CARTER)
Gone to be with Our Lord, B. Lenore (CARTER) DAY of London, age 93, on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital. Beloved wife of Alfred B. DAY. Daughter of the late Albert (Bert) and Beatrice (Doll) CARTER. Lenore was born and lived her whole life in London South. Predeceased by her brother John (Jack) CARTER and his wife Marie (BELL;) her nephew Bill CARTER, brother-in-law Lewis DAY and his wife Leslie MONTGOMERY, and Kenneth DAY and his wife Evelyn (SHORTEN). Loving aunt of Carol (CARTER) O'BRIEN and her husband Ray of South Carolina, Barbara (CARTER) ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and her husband Jim of British Columbia, John CARTER and his wife Lynda of Waterloo, Linda (DAY) JOHNSON and her husband Ed of Courtice, and Maureen DAY of Minneapolis, Nancy (DAY) MANDLY and her son Justin of West Hartford, Connecticut. Lenore was always interested in catching up on "the happenings" of her nieces and nephews (great and great-great). Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday May 19th at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Saturday May 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Evangelical Mission of your choice. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca Dear Lenore; Grace was in her walk, Love was in her smile, Peace that passeth all understanding was ever in her presence. Thanks be to God.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-27 published
SHACKLADY, Marie (KERR)
Peacefully, in her sleep at Meadow Park Nursing Home on Thursday, May 25, 2006, Marie (KERR) SHACKLADY, loving wife of the late James Edward SHACKLADY, in her 86th year. Dearly loved Mum of Kathleen NURSE, Maureen DUNCAN and her husband Jim, Colleen SMILY and her husband Rick all of London and Tom SHACKLADY and his fiancée Susan BANKS of Calgary. Proud Gramma of Erica O'BRIEN and her husband Darryl, Josh DUNCAN, Laura, Sarah and Patrick SMILY, Ellyse SHACKLADY and Charlotte NURSE. Cherished Great-Gramma of Cassidy SMILY and Brendon O'BRIEN. Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint_Justin's Church, 855 Jalna Blvd., on Monday morning at 11 o'clock. Cremation with interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. The Rosary and Parish Prayers will be on Sunday afternoon at 3: 15 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Society or charity of choice would be appreciated.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-31 published
MURRAY, Elizabeth Veronica "Vera Duffy" (née DUFFY)
Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, born in McKillop Township, April 7, 1920, passed away suddenly at Seaforth Community Hospital on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 in her 87th year -- bringing an end to a long and inspiring life. Elizabeth Veronica (Vera Duffy) MURRAY of Seaforth and formerly of McKillop Township, beloved wife of the late Raymond MURRAY (2003.) Cherished mother of seven, Bill and Martha MURRAY of R.R.#5, Seaforth, Elaine and Gerry VAN DEN HENGEL, of Seaforth, Mary Lou and Pat JORDAN of Stratford, Joe and Wendy MURRAY of Whitby, Patricia and Frank CROWLEY of R.R.#5, Seaforth, Doug and Darcy MURRAY of Japan and Jean and Brian HARRIS of Kitchener. Loving grandmother of 26 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Esther RAU, Exeter, Rita MANLEY, Stratford, Bob (Ruth) DUFFY, R.R.#1, Dublin, Eldon O'BRIEN, Goderich, Tom (Maddie) MURRAY, Vincent MURRAY and Grace MURRAY, all of Seaforth. Also remembered by several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by her parents William and Loretta (O'REILLY) DUFFY, a brother Lou DUFFY, a sister Mary O'BRIEN and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Alvin RAU, Mervyn MANLEY, Mary (Zack) RYAN, Frank (Marion) MURRAY, Dominic MURRAY, Dorothy MURRAY, Christine MURRAY and Hazel MURRAY. Family will receive Friends at the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth on Thursday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and Friday from 3: 30-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at Saint_James Roman Ctholic Church, Seaforth on Saturday, June 3 at 11: 00 a.m. Fr. Chris GILLESPIE will officiate. Parish prayers will be held on Friday at 3: 45 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment St. Columban Cemetery. Memorial donations to Seaforth Community Hospital or Right to Life appreciated. Condolences at www.whitneyribeyfuneralhome.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-02 published
RENNING, Jeremy
On Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Jeremy RENNING, 24, of Weyburn, and formerly of R.R.#4, Seaforth. Cherished son of Maureen (ERB) and Ken RENNING of R.R.#4, Seaforth. Loving Daddy of Dakota. Lovingly remembered by his sister Paula (Jamie) RENNING- O'BRIEN of Vanastra, three brothers Ron RENNING, Tom RENNING and Josh RENNING, all at home, and his step-sister Katrina ROBERTS of Texas. Loved uncle of two special nephews, Bailley and Brayden. Dearly loved grand_son of Roy and Lenore ERB of Zurich, Tom and Noella TRIEBNER of Exeter and Ron and Val RENNING of Guelph. Dear nephew of Marvin ERB, Martha (Johnathan) A AT- MMENSAH, Murray ERB, Matthew (Janet) ERB, Mark ERB, Bill (Darlene) RENNING, Alan (Denean) RENNING and Denise (Andrew) TROYER. Also missed by his cousins. Welcomed into rest by his grandmother Doreen ERB (1991.) Family will receive Friends at the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Zurich Mennonite Church, Zurich, on Tuesday, June 6 at 2 p.m. Interment Zurich Mennonite Cemetery. Condolences at www.whitneyribey funeralhome.com.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-14 published
O'BRIEN, Lyla Mae (née MATTHEWS)
A resident of Wallaceburg passed away at the Sydenham Campus on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Thomas O'BRIEN (1971.) Long time companion of Jim RIEDL (2006.) Loving mother of Marilyn and Philip GARDNER of Tecumseh and Barbara and Gerry Stewart of Windsor. Cherished grandmother of Hannah, Elliott, Libby, Tess, Bridgett, Alex and Gaby. Loving sister of Marcelline and Bert HUEY and the late Charles, Marjorie, Helen, Valley and Clayton. Lyla was the daughter of the late Lee and Dora (BASSETT) MATTHEWS. Friends may call at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street, in Wallaceburg from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. The Funeral Service will be conducted at 1 o'clock on Thursday, June 15, 2006 in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment at Riverview Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to C.K.H.A. -- Sydenham Campus may be left at the funeral home 519-627-3231. Online condolences may be left at lyla.obrien@cavanaghfuneralhome.ca

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-15 published
O'BRIEN, Lyla Mae (née MATTHEWS)
A resident of Wallaceburg passed away at the Sydenham Campus on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Thomas O'BRIEN (1971.) Long time companion of Jim RIEDL (2006.) Loving mother of Marilyn and Philip GARDNER of Tecumseh and Barbara and Gerry STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of Windsor. Cherished grandmother of Jody and Jim WICKENHEISER, Joel GARDNER, Jeffrey and Lucy STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Great-Grandmother of Hannah, Elliott, Libby, Tess, Bridgett, Alex and Gaby. Loving sister of Marcelline and Bert HUEY and the late Charles, Marjorie, Helen, Valley and Clayton. Lyla was the daughter of the late Lee and Dora (BASSETT) MATTHEWS. Friends may call at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street, in Wallaceburg from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. The Funeral Service will be conducted at 1 o'clock on Thursday, June 15, 2006 in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment at Riverview Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to C.K.H.A. -- Sydenham Campus may be left at the funeral home 519-627-3231. Online condolences may be left at lyla.obrien@cavanaghfuneralhome.ca

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-23 published
Crash injuries claim London teenager
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Free Press Reporter, Fri., June 23, 2006
A London couple is devastated today as they prepare to bury their 19-year-old son, a popular University of Western Ontario student who was injured in a crash this month.
Brad HARRIES died Tuesday, two weeks after his car was hit by an sport utility vehicle that crossed the median on Wonderland Road. He was recovering from several broken bones and a punctured lung and had been transferred from London Health Sciences Centre's Victoria Hospital to Central Park Lodge when he died, his mother, Ellen HARRIES, said yesterday.
"We are going to be lost without him. He was the centre of our universe," she said, her voice crumbling throughout a telephone interview. "He was our baby. We went to everything he was ever involved in, his volleyball games, everything… our lives revolved around him."
The science major who graduated from Saunders secondary played on Western's volleyball team. Yesterday, Western News announced his death on its website.
"Brad was a wonderful young person and he will be dearly missed both on and off the court," volleyball coach Jim SAGE is quoted as saying.
HARRIES, who worked at West Haven Golf and Country Club, "burned the candle at both ends," his mother said. A dedicated athlete, he also loved guitar and played in several bands over the last few years.
HARRIES said she and Brad's father, Ty HARRIES, will miss the piles of shoes at the door that meant "the boys" were over.
"He was a social butterfly and he was so likable," she said. "There would be a party here and you couldn't get the door open for all the shoes."
London police are still probing the June 6 crash that sent HARRIES to hospital and they expect charges will be laid, Const. Brian ARMSTRONG said yesterday.
"At this point in time, we still need to determine a few things before we can determine what is the most appropriate charge," he said.
So far, it has been confirmed that HARRIES was driving south on Wonderland when a northbound sport utility vehicle jumped the raised median in the middle of four lanes of traffic south of Springbank Drive.
The collision closed down a section of Wonderland for six hours that day and sent HARRIES to hospital in critical condition with several injuries, including a broken femur, broken pelvis, punctured lung and cracked ribs.
He died as a result of complications from those injuries, his mom said, adding the teen's older brother and sister are "devastated" by the loss.
Visitation is from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. today at Westview Funeral Chapel. His funeral will be held at Forest City Community Church tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-10 published
JEFFREY, Richard Francis
Suddenly at his summer residence Pine Lake, R.R.#2 Bayfield on Sunday, July 9, 2006 Richard Francis JEFFREY of Milton in his 56th year. Beloved husband and best friend of DiAnne (CLEAVE) JEFFREY. Loving father and father-in-law of Shannon and Kevin DEAN, Ryan JEFFREY, Shailene and Steve PAPPLE, all of Milton and Corinn and Craig CALDWELL of Clinton. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Brandon, Brookelynn and Kennedy. Dear son-in-law of Ilene CLEAVE of Clinton. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Mike JEFFREY, Marilyn JEFFREY and friend Delbert SHEWFELT, all of Goderich, Shirley and Eugene O'BRIEN of Goderich, Sharon and Allan BROKENSHIRE of Zurich, Joy and Maynard HYMERS of Clinton, Glenn CLEAVE of London, Jack CLEAVE of Exeter and Allan and Nancy CLEAVE of Hensall. Also loved by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Richard (1969) and Monica JEFFREY (2000.) Friends will be received at the J. Scott Early Funeral Home Inc., 21 James Street, Milton on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd.-"Bluewater Chapel", 201 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Peters Roman Catholic Church, Goderich on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Bayfield Cemetery. Parish prayers will be held at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd., on Wednesday at 8: 30 p.m. Donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd.-"Bluewater Chapel", Goderich, 519-524-1221.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-16 published
REED, Carli (PERKOVICH)
Born February 17, 1931 -- Died September 17, 2005
My dearest twin, I miss you so much and am looking forward to when we will be together again. Pauli O'BRIEN

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-09 published
EMBURY, Kenneth Douglas
Unexpectedly in his sleep, on Thursday, October 5, 2006 Kenneth Douglas EMBURY of London in his 51st year. Beloved son of Jean and the late Alex EMBURY (2002.) Dearly loved by his daughters Melissa EMBURY of Vancouver and Emily EMBURY and their mother Maryanne O'BRIEN of Eganville. Loving brother of Elaine and Richard HORNER of Alberta, Brian and Trish of Toronto, Carole McFADDEN, Lorrie, Stephen and Julie, all of London. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home (2240 Wharncliffe Rd. S., Lambeth 519-652-2020) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the complete Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m. with Reverend Christian KRAATZ officiating. Cremation. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association gratefully acknowledged.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-09 published
Loss hits home
Mark Andrew WILSON is the first Londoner killed in action in Canada's mission in Afghanistan.
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Free Press Reporter, Mon., October 9, 2006
London native Mark Andrew WILSON of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, based in Petawawa, was the 40th Canadian to die in Afghanistan since 2002, matching the number of British soldiers killed in the country since the Taliban were overthrown. The vaunted Nyala RG-31 armoured vehicle WILSON was travelling in was hit while on a pre-dawn run to pick up other troops in the Panjwaii district of southern Afghanistan, military officials said. (Canadian Press)
As Canadian families joined to count their blessings this Thanksgiving, one London family gathered in grief.
Relatives and Friends poured yesterday into a home still marked by yellow ribbons awaiting the return of London native Mark Andrew WILSON.
WILSON, 39, a father of two boys who live in Sudbury with his wife, became the 40th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan since 2002 when his armoured vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb Saturday.
The first Londoner killed in action, he was also Southwestern Ontario's third fatality in Afghanistan.
"We put the ribbons up when he left for Afghanistan in August. We weren't going to take them down until he returned," his mother, Carolyn WILSON -- visibly shaken, but trying to be strong -- said last night at the family's home.
Similar ribbons decorate trees and lamp posts throughout WILSON's boyhood home on Toulon Crescent.
WILSON, a soldier with the Petawawa-based Royal Canadian Dragoons, died Saturday when a roadside bomb exploded as he rode inside a Nyala armoured truck in the Panjwaii district of southern Afghanistan.
He leaves behind wife Dawn and sons Josh, 17, and Ben, 11, along with a tight-knit family based in London: his parents, 35-year old twin brothers and a 28-year-old sister, all devastated by his death.
Between anguished breakdowns and tearful hugs, family members hailed the eldest son as their "rock," the "caretaker," "the one who was always smiling."
"He was my caretaker, my biggest big brother," said Andrea, 28, who was with her parents at a Peterborough-area cottage for Thanksgiving when they received the news they had feared most.
"He was the kind of guy everybody loved," said Sean, 35. "He was the one who was always smiling," he added, overcome by emotion.
"I'm sorry, I'm so mad."
Sean's twin Scott was rushing home from Sudbury to be with the family last night.
WILSON joined the army at 35, far later than most troops.
An outdoor enthusiast who loved camping, kayaking and hiking, he had already tried his hand at many things, including a bed and breakfast with his wife in Killarney and several jobs in London, when he "woke up one day and decided to join the military," his younger brother said.
"Then he told us he wished he had done so straight out of high school. He just loved it," added his mom.
"I wasn't real comfy with it, but I would support my son in any decision he made."
And it would have been hard not to, once the family saw how happy WILSON was being a soldier.
"He said, 'I can't believe they would pay me to do this,' " said Sean. "He absolutely loved it. He said he would have volunteered to do it."
In an online entry posted late in August, WILSON seemed optimistic about Canada's mission to Afghanistan.
"We can definitely make a difference in the lives of many, many people who are in such need of the assistance," he wrote.
At the beginning, he was upbeat, his mom said, but last week things changed after Cpl. Robert MITCHELL, another Canadian soldier, was killed.
"He sounded really upset because his friend had been killed," she recalled of her last phone conversation with her son, last Wednesday.
"I think he sounded really, really frightened," she said.
"He said, 'I know we're doing a good job, but it's so horrible, we don't know who our enemy is.'
"He said nothing could have prepared them (the military) for what they were facing," she said.
But even as they mourn their loss, the family has nothing but support for the soldiers in that mission, said WILSON's father, Carl, who spent years as a principal in the local Catholic school board before retiring eight years ago.
"We support the military and I am so proud of (Mark)," he said.
"He loved what he was doing, he knew it was dangerous, but he was proud. And I am proud because he was."
The phone at the family home was ringing off the hook last night as members of the military and relatives from around the world called in.
WILSON's wife and sons plan to meet WILSON's parents in Toronto on Wednesday and travel together to Canadian Forces Base Trenton when his body arrives home.
A military funeral in London is scheduled next Monday in London.
WILSON was the third soldier from Southwestern Ontario to be killed in Afghanistan.
Pte. William CUSHLEY of Port Lambton, near Sarnia, died last month and Cpl. Matthew DINNING of Wingham, in Huron County, in April.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-13 published
GEORGE, Margaret (née O'BRIEN)
91 years, peacefully, on October 8, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Doctor George GEORGE (2002.) Loving mother of Betty and husband Eddie ESCAF, of London; Doctor Robert and wife Sybil, of Oregon Linda MERIFIELD (the late Arthur,) of Grimbsy; Michael and wife Debbie, of Moncton, New Brunswick. and the late Doctor William GEORGE (1997). Visiting Monday, from 2: 00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Marcotte Funeral Home and Chapel, 12105 Tecumseh Road, Tecumseh (519-735-2830). The funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 10: 00 a.m. from the funeral home to St. Gregory the Great Church for a Mass at 10: 30 a.m. Fr. Gary GOYEAU will be the celebrant. Interment at Saint Anne Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy, a donation to the Polycystic Kidney Research Society of Canada, Suite 158, 3-1750 The Queensway, Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 5H5 (www.canadahelps.org) would be appreciated. You may share a memory at www.marcottetecumseh.ca

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-13 published
Storm topples tree on woman
By Jennifer O'BRIEN and Kate DUBINSKI, Free Press Reporters, Fri., October 13, 2006
Filomena PALMEIRI shelters herself with a blanket from a howling snow squall yesterday. She was watching her son's football team from Mother Teresa high school battling the Saint Thomas Aquinas high school team at Aquinas's field in London. (Dave CHIDLEY, The London Free Press)
Yesterday's unexpected snowsqualls and wind gusts broke a large tree that fell on and seriously injured an elderly woman.
It was just one of many calls paramedics faced yesterday because of slick roads and weather-related injuries.
The elderly woman was walking along Central Avenue near Wellington Street when the tree fell.
"She sustained extensive internal injuries," said Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services duty manager Chris DARBY.
"She was not trapped under the tree, but she was under a branch. Paramedics were able to immobilize her and treat her before transporting her" to hospital.
The woman was simply "in the wrong place at the wrong time," DARBY said.
Accidents occurred throughout the day, including one at Adelaide and Oxford streets, where a vehicle crashed into a former bank building, DARBY said.
The injuries in that crash were not serious.
A car crash southeast of London that claimed the life of a 27-year-old Langton woman also was blamed on slick and snow-covered roads.
Norfolk County Ontario Provincial Police said the driver of a minivan that slid into oncoming traffic on Concession Road 2 in the former Houghton Township near Tillsonburg died from her injuries.
Jaclyn SZALKAI, 27, of Langton, was pronounced dead in a Tillsonburg hospital after the 2 p.m. crash. Ontario Provincial Police said snow and slush-covered roads contributed to the crash.
Another crash south of London sent a minivan driver to hospital with minor injuries. The driver in that crash T-boned a dump truck, which slid into the opposite lane of traffic.
The truck driver steered his vehicle back into the southbound lane of Highbury Avenue near Westminster Drive and wasn't injured. He was on his way home because he'd been told Highway 401 was too slick to work on.
The fall blast of snow caused havoc elsewhere in London yesterday.
Blinded by the snow, University of Western Ontario students, many in T-shirts, raced for the nearest cover.
The first squall dismayed students taking part in a Bike for A.I.D.S. bike-athon outside Western's University Community Centre.
"Oh no, this was not supposed to happen," groaned organizer Samantha ROBERTSON, holding an arm over her face to block the wind as balloons danced behind her and jugs holding donations tipped over.
"What the hell is going on?" shrieked a woman, head down as she plowed through a white wall of snow.
"Um, Okay folks, we are just going to break for a few minutes here and reassess the situation," announced the lead singer of a band that had been playing on a stage.
While organizers did so, students ran in all directions, often bumping into one another in the scramble.
But not even wintry weather could break the spirit of the 150 people participating in the bike-athon, designed to raise money to buy bikes for workers with African A.I.D.S. agencies.
"Well, I guess it's a tradition," Jackie STRECKER said. "The first year we ran it in April and it snowed, so this year we moved it to October, and look at this."
Though the snow may have come as a surprise to most people, it isn't really out of the ordinary, an Environment Canada meteorologist said.
"This time of year, the air masses travel across the Great Lakes…. You're warm, then the next day you're cold. That's the way it goes," Andre Cyr said.
Yesterday's snowsqualls came to southern Ontario after crossing Lake Michigan and tossed about one centimetre of snow onto London.
That's far from the record, said Cyr, citing a 6.8-centimetre dump on October 12, 1988.
Flurries are expected to return tonight when the low dips to -2°C. Highs for the next few days will be in the high single digits, well below the normal high for this time of year of 14.9°C.
Analynda MIELKE and Bill CHERNIAK of University of Western Ontario's Triathlon Club were at the bottom of a hill when the snow hit.
"It was really, really intense," said MIELKE, her face wet.
Though wacky weather may have cut into on-site donations for the event, organizers of the bikeathon still hoped to reach their $10,000 goal, STRECKER said. Each of 14 teams paid $200 to take part and a charity party was planned for last night.
Last year the event raised $7,500, which bought about 32 bikes to be sent to A.I.D.S. workers in Africa.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-18 published
PEPPER, Robina " Ruby" (formerly McLEOD, née O'BRIEN)
At Exeter Villa, on Monday, October 16, 2006 Robina "Ruby" (O'BRIEN) (McLEOD) PEPPER of Exeter and formerly of London in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Roy McLEOD and the late Roy PEPPER. Dear mother of Pearl KIRK, Marion PLUNKETT and Grace and Bill GILFILLAN all of Exeter, George and Agnes McLEOD of Goderich, Barb and Rick ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of Hensall, Donna and Bob LAVERY of Banff and Dianne and Wayne MORE of Cambridge. Dear grandmother of 30 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Alma LOSTELL of London and Nettie TINNEY of Exeter. Predeceased by a daughter Betty LANG and sisters Margaret LOSTELL and Ella DALRYMPLE. A private family service will be held at the Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Thursday, October 19th with Pastor Kevin RUTLEDGE officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hopperhockeyfh.com.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-06 published
Petrolia man dies in sport utility vehicle crash
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, and Hank DANISZEWSKI, Free Press Reporters, Mon., November 6, 2006
A Petrolia man died Saturday after the sport utility vehicle he was driving missed a curve and careened over a cliff in Lambton County, tumbling down a ravine into a creek.
Dennis M. HARTMAN, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene
Two female passengers survived the crash in Enniskillen Township. Chantal FORTIN, 34, of Petrolia was able to crawl out of the densely wooded ravine and went to a nearby home to get help. The resident of the home went to the crash site and found Caitey Kali FORTIN, 29, the sister of Chantal. She had also managed to get out of the vehicle, but suffered more serious injuries. Both were treated in hospital in Petrolia.
The crash occurred on Rokeby Line east of Fairweather Road.
The incident occurred when the westbound sport utility vehicle on Rokeby Line missed a curve in the road and struck a cable on the south side. When rescue workers arrived, the vehicle was partially submerged.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-15 published
Huron Ontario Provincial Police mourn officer's death
Const. David MOUNSEY died Monday of injuries in a crash a month ago.
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Free Press Reporter, Wed., November 15, It was a sad day for area Ontario Provincial Police members yesterday as officers prepared to bury Const. David MOUNSEY, who died Monday a month after his cruiser struck a utility pole in Huron County.
The father of three will be honoured Friday with a full police and fire funeral in Wingham, said Huron Ontario Provincial Police spokesperson Const. Jeff WALRAVEN, a colleague and close friend of MOUNSEY.
"He was just a top-grade guy, a guy that went out of his way to help anybody," WALRAVEN said yesterday. "He had a great sense of humour with a British accent.
"I don't know when he came to Canada, but it was our blessing when he came here."
MOUNSEY was a member of Britain's Royal Air Force before joining the Ontario Provincial Police eight years ago, first working out of the Haldimand-Norfolk detachment, then Huron County. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Blyth and was very active in the community. He umpired minor soccer and was proud to have completed his first marathon just over a month ago.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda, and his children -- Ryan, Wyatt and Dalton.
WALRAVEN said members of the Huron County detachment had been hoping and praying for MOUNSEY's recovery since the October 14 crash that sent the officer to hospital.
The incident occurred as MOUNSEY was responding to a truck rollover on Harrison Road, west of Wroxeter. As he travelled along Brussels Line, his cruiser went off the paved portion of the road, striking a utility pole.
"He will be missed. He enhanced the community with his presence," said WALRAVEN.
While in mourning, police were preparing for MOUNSEY's funeral and not yet available to comment, said WALRAVEN.
A news release issued yesterday morning quoted Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino saying, "The men and women of the Ontario Provincial Police and the entire policing family are mourning the tragic loss of a fellow officer and a friend."
Visitation will take place today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Falconer Funeral Homes Blyth Visitation Centre at 407 Queen St.
The funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. at the North Huron Wescast Community Complex, 99 Kerr Dr., Wingham.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-11 published
HUNTER, Dale Anne
Peacefully, surrounded by family and Friends at Victoria Hospital on Saturday, December 9th, 2006, Mrs. Dale Anne HUNTER, of London, in her 43rd year. Beloved wife of Andrew HUNTER. Loving mother of Joshua and Matthew. Dear sister of Sheila (Gary) and children Geoff, Brianne and Jordan MacDONALD of Guelph, Michael WEBSTER also of Guelph. Daughter-in-law of Gary and Mary HUNTER of London. Sister-in-law of Gary (Tammy) and children Hannah, Emily and Gary HUNTER of London, Kimberly (Sam) and children Holland and Olivia VANDERSCELDE of London. Special niece of Norma (Art) O'BRIEN. Also survived by her Uncle Bert and Aunt Connie and family of Ilderton and Aunt Nancy of Ailsa Craig, as well as many special Friends. Dale was an active member of Daypuck Karate in London for many years. Friends may call at the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London (519-434-9141) on Tuesday, December 12th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service from the chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment Littlewood Cemetery, Ilderton. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-12 published
HUNTER, Dale Anne (née WEBSTER)
Peacefully, surrounded by family and Friends at Victoria Hospital on Saturday, December 9th, 2006, Mrs. Dale Anne HUNTER, of London, in her 43rd year. Beloved wife of Andrew HUNTER. Loving mother of Joshua and Matthew. Daughter of the late Douglas and Ila WEBSTER. Dear sister of Sheila (Gary) and children Geoff, Brianne and Jordan MacDONALD of Guelph, Michael WEBSTER also of Guelph. Daughter-in-law of Gary and Mary HUNTER of London. Sister-in-law of Gary (Tammy) and children Hannah, Emily and Gary HUNTER of London, Kimberly (Sam) and children Holland and Olivia VANDERSCELDE of London. Special niece of Norma (Art) O'BRIEN. Also survived by her Uncle Bert and Aunt Connie and family of Ilderton and Aunt Nancy of Ailsa Craig, as well as many special Friends. Dale was an active member of Daypuck Karate in London for many years. Friends may call at the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London (519-434-9141) on Tuesday, December 12th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service from the chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment Littlewood Cemetery, Ilderton. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-20 published
O'BRIEN, Eileen Marie (January 8, 1915-December 18, 2006)
Retired teacher with the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board. Born in Goderich the eldest daughter of the late Dan and Maude O'BRIEN. Predeceased by her brothers Gerry and Joe and her sister Evelyn. Eileen is survived by her sister Alma STEPHENSON and her many nieces and nephews; Mike (Barb) O'BRIEN, Dan and (Shirley) O'BRIEN, Kathleen O'BRIEN and Gerry (Lorraine) O'BRIEN, Patricia (Sam) CINO, Robert STEPHENSON, Kathy (Bill) WESTBROOK, Brian (Carole) STEPHENSON, Maureen (Peter) FUSS, Bette (Ken) WRIGHT, Kevin (Debbie) O'BRIEN, Maureen (Mike) KENNY, several great-nieces and nephews and four great-great-nephews. Eileen began her teaching career in Oakville in 1935 and retired from Saint Mary's School in Goderich. She received provincial recognition for her volunteer work in literacy. She was an active member on the Goderich District Collegiate Institute all years reunion committee. Her family would like to thank the compassionate and caring staff at Huronview. Visitation will be held at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East St. Goderich on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Goderich on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment Saint Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Donations to Saint Peter's Catholic Church or the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-21 published
O'BRIEN, Eileen Marie (January 8, 1915-December 18, 2006)
Retired teacher with the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board. Born in Goderich the eldest daughter of the late Dan and Maude O'BRIEN. Predeceased by her brothers Gerry and Joe and her sister Evelyn. Eileen is survived by her sister Alma STEPHENSON and her many nieces and nephews; Mike (Barb) O'BRIEN, Dan and (Shirley) O'BRIEN, Kathleen O'BRIEN, Tim (Beverly) O'BRIEN, Tom O'BRIEN, Pat (Robin) O'BRIEN, Sheila O'BRIEN and Gerry (Lorraine) O'BRIEN, Patricia (Sam) Cino, Robert STEPHENSON, Kathy (Bill) WESTBROOK, Brian (Carole) STEPHENSON, Maureen (Peter) FUSS, Bette (Ken) WRIGHT, Kevin (Debbie) O'BRIEN, Maureen (Mike) KENNY, several great-nieces and nephews and four great-great-nephews. Eileen began her teaching career in Oakville in 1935 and retired from Saint Mary's School in Goderich. She received provincial recognition for her volunteer work in literacy. She was an active member on the GDCI all years reunion committee. Her family would like to thank the compassionate and caring staff at Huronview. Visitation will be held at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East St. Goderich on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Goderich on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment Saint Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Donations to Saint Peter's Catholic Church or the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-30 published
DICKINSON, Robert Alan
Suddenly at University Hospital, London on Thursday, December 28, 2006 in his 78th year. Beloved husband and best friend of the late K. Joan DICKINSON. Loving father of Diane of Toronto, Lyn and Carol of London. Dear brother of Doctor Taylor DICKINSON and his wife Arlene of New York. Dear brother-in-law of Betty O'BRIEN of Don Mills and Barbara SINCLAIR of Kingston. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the four good Samaritans that came to Alan's aid. Cremation with interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. (James A. Harris Funeral Home 519-433-7253)

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2006-01-10 published
JONES, Noella Violet
Peacefully, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Thursday, January 5, 2006, Noella Violet JONES of Strathroy, in her 79th year. Beloved wife of Lorne JONES of Strathroy and dear mother of Laurie JONES and John, and Timothy JONES, all of Ottawa; also survived by 7 grandchildren and a fondly remembered sister of Peter CAIN of Vancouver. Sylvia O'BRIEN and Ray of Peterborough, Bernice POLKER of Michigan, and Bernard CAIN of North Bay. Predeceased by a sister, Marjorie CAIN of Picton. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service for Noella was held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, on Monday, January 9 at 1: 30 p.m. with Dr. Brian McKENZIE officiating. Donations to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Noella.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-30 published
JOHNSTON, Miss Helen Margaret
At Trenton Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 28, 2006, one day prior to her 84th birthday. Dear sister of Esther BANNON (Thomas) of Ennismore and Grace STACEY (Albert) of Pickering. Predeceased by brothers Mel, George, Russel and Herb JOHNSTON, and one sister Ethel BOWES. Daughter of the late Earl JOHNSTON and Margaret O'BRIEN. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Helen will be missed by her Friends at Pathways to Independence and her Friends of the Friendship Club. Friends are invited to call at the Kaye Funeral Home "Memorial Chapel" 539 George Street North on Friday, March 31st from 2: 00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by service in the Chapel at 3: 00 p.m. Rev. Jim MOULTON officiating. Interment Saint_John's Cemetery, Ida. Donations to Pathways To Independence or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-03 published
PRESTON, Sheila Delia K.
By Ann SILVERSIDES, Page A16
Executive medical secretary, mother, friend. Born June 29, 1922, in Howth, Ireland. Died September 18, 2005, in Toronto, of complications after a fall, aged 83.
Sheila never knew who her father was, but speculated that she was the illegitimate daughter of a murdered Irish patriot. This wasn't necessarily just the romantic daydream of a woman who was never told the identity of her father. After all, her mother Delia's close Friends included William O'BRIEN, the Irish member of Parliament, journalist and author (1852-1928), and his wife Sophie, also an author. William and Sophie were Sheila's godparents, and she and her mother spent holidays with the O'BRIEN's at their home in Mallow. After William died, and Delia married Joseph O'ROURKE, Sheila continued to spend most of her boarding school holidays with Sophie, who dedicated one of her books to Sheila.
While working at the War Office in London, Sheila fell in love with a Canadian, Royal Canadian Air Force pilot Lou H. PARKER, and made plans to return to Canada with him. PARKER was shot down and killed in the spring of 1945, but remained the love of her life. A black and white photo of the two of them in uniform, standing in a doorway, was on her bedside table after her death. An immaculate and stylish dresser all her life, Sheila rarely went out without her Royal Canadian Air Force wing pin on her lapel, in memory of her great love.
Sheila married another Canadian on the rebound, and came to Canada when she was pregnant with her first child, daughter Leueen. That union fell apart several years after their son, Kevin, was born with Down syndrome. Sheila never remarried.
She worked as a secretary in Chalk River, Ontario, and then, in the early 1960s, with my father at the Addiction Research Foundation in Toronto. That association let to her lifelong Friendship with our family, with many holiday visits to our log house near Perth, Ontario
Sheila was fiercely intelligent with an extraordinary memory that made lesser mortals (like me) feel woefully ignorant. She kept up to date about current affairs and was a student of history especially military, particularly aviation. She scribbled margin notes in her many books about the Second World War, commenting on (and often disputing) the facts.
She was fierce in her devotion to Kevin, who, as an adult, lived in a Toronto group-home until his death in 2001. It saddened and angered Sheila that some of Kevin's group-home peers were virtually abandoned by their families.
After working for physicians at several Toronto hospitals, Sheila ended her career at St. Michael's Hospital. Family practice residents of the late 1970s to late 1980s will no doubt remember her organizational skills and her insistence on good manners.
In retirement, Sheila made several trips home to Ireland and was interviewed by Irish radio about her memories of her famous godparents.
An early tenant of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, Sheila spent the last 15 years of her life in subsidized housing for seniors in east-end Toronto. She was grateful for the housing and railed against the "sheer stupidity" of politicians who chose not to understand that adequate housing is the key prerequisite to health and well being. She wrote about these concerns to politicians and media figures, and gave a significant portion of her limited income to charities she approved.
Sheila didn't suffer fools, but was noted for her small courtesies and thank-you notes to those she appreciated.
Sheila was predeceased her son and is survived by many Friends as well as her sister Margaret, daughter Leueen, son-in-law Bill and grandchildren Michael, Kathleen and Patrick.
Ann is a friend of Sheila PRESTON.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-08 published
MORRISON, Madge (née O'BRIEN)
Born on July 1, 1935 in Cardinal, Ontario passed away on March 7, 2006 at St. Michael's Hospital. Beloved wife of Don; dear mother of Lynn (Craig) McDOUGALL, Michelle (Darren) BARNABÉ and Scott (Kristin); proud grandmother of Kim, Blair, Erin, Grant, Megan, Dana, Jesse, Kaitlin, Emily and Evan; sister of Betty Barbara, Mary, Marty, Hamp (deceased), Dap, Bill, Joe and Bernie. A special thank you to the professional and dedicated staff of Sunnybrook and St. Michael's Hospital for their care and kindness. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne St. (south of Wellesley) on Wednesday, March 8 from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Anne's Catholic Church, 120 First Avenue, Toronto on Thursday, March 9th at 10: 30 a.m. Donations in Madge's memory may be made to the A.L.S. Society or the Good Shepherd Centre.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-13 published
BODNAR, Henrietta " Etta" (née MacDONALD)
Peacefully at Lakeridge Health, Bowmanville, on Sunday, March 5, 2006, with her family at her side. Born Henrietta MacDONALD, beloved wife of the late August Gus BODNAR, loving mother of Bonnie and husband Paul O'BRIEN, Greg and wife Jayne, Carolyn and husband Peter EVANS, Andrea and husband John GERENDA, and Cheryl and husband Brian GRONKE. Proud Nana to Melissa, Meaghan, Jay, Calli, Tegan, Ryan, Eric, Alexandra and Lara. Predeceased by her parents Roderick and Margaret MacDONALD (née MONTGOMERY) her brothers Jack, Alister, and Roderick; and sister Peggy (Margaret) PORTER. Born in 1922 in Stornaway, Scotland on the Isle of Lewis, she was only three years of age when her mother, father, and two older brothers left for a better life in Canada. After settling in Toronto, she and her brothers learned English, although Gaelic remained the predominant language spoken at home. Her family came from modest means but they managed to afford highland dancing lessons for her at a local dance school. When the depression hit in 1929, her family moved to Fort William, now Thunder Bay, where she continued her dancing and won many championships. She also played the bagpipes in the Fort William Girls Pipe Band. It was in Fort William that she also met her husband of 57 years and high school sweetheart, Gus BODNAR. Etta was a devoted wife and with his successful hockey career as player, and later coach and manager which frequently caused him to be away from home, she raised their five children all the while creating a home environment that emphasized family and fostered interests and opportunities that were not possible when she was growing up. Etta and Gus enjoyed spending time with and entertaining their many Friends, as well as her adventures with Bonnie and Paul in the far northern reaches of the Yukon, with Carolyn and Peter returning to Etta's native Scotland, with Andrea and John in sunny Bermuda, and with Cheryl and Brian in Ontario's cottage country. Etta particularly enjoyed her time with Gus, and their many Friends and family at their winter home in Lake Placid, Florida, playing golf and relaxing in the warm southern climate. Etta was active throughout her life, not only with highland dancing (she could still do a fling in her 70's) but golf and curling and she maintained a regular exercise routine throughout her 80's. She adored her grandchildren and took pleasure in seeing them blossom through the years. She will be very much missed as a loving and devoted wife, mother, nana and friend. In accordance with Etta's wishes a private family gathering was held. In lieu of flowers, charitable receipted donations can be made in Etta's memory to the Highland Dancers Association of Ontario c/o 24 Baymark Road, Thornhill, Ontario, L3T 3X9.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-22 published
O'BRIEN, Ford Moody
(Born In Renfrew, Ontario, Member Of Canadian Armed Forces Brigade)
On Monday March 20, 2006 at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Ford was 83 years young. Anything he took up whether it was the steel 'nut and bolt' business, real estate, curling or golf - Ford excelled because of his self pride. Ford will be missed by many family and Friends. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, (905-844-2600) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral service 11: 00 a.m. Thursday at Saint_John's United Church, 262 Randall Street, Oakville where he was a longtime member. A reception will follow the sevice at the Oakville Golf Club, 1154 Sixth Line, Oakville. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-30 published
CHRONES, Jim (1925-2006)
Mercifully released from his longstanding suffering and surrounded by his loving family and the compassionate staff on March 27, 2006 at Salvation Army Isabel and Arthur Meighen Manor in Toronto. Survived by his truest Angel, his beloved wife Matina (née PRASSAS,) his daughter Eleni (David SMOLEN, Deposit, New York;) his oldest son, Tom (Toronto;) his son Jamie (Adele WEDER, Queen Charlotte, British Columbia;) his 2 granddaughters, Julia SAGE and Natalie ROSE and his extra-special son, Adam SHEIKH (Toronto.) Additionally, survived and blessed by his beloved mother-in-law, Loula PRASSAS (Toronto;) his two beautiful sisters-in-law, Koula O'BRIEN and Georgia PRASSAS (Toronto;) and his brother Jack (Saskatoon.) Jim now journeys to his beloved Angel daughter, Julia Caren, who opens her small wings to embrace him after all these years and to his beloved sister Kay (Dr. Katherine METRAKOS, Montreal) who predeceased him after her own valiant struggle. Special thanks to the fine staff at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the expert care of Doctor Ron KEREN. We will miss his silly, fun-loving spirit and he will be pleased to know we are submitting his name to the Guinness Book of Records for the "longest goodbye." A private, family interment will take place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. If needed, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-03 published
BRILL, Jessie
Peacefully on April 1, 2006 in her 89th year, Jessie loving wife of the late Doctor Benny BRILL. Survived by her beloved brother Tom O'BRIEN, her son Robert, 3 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Cremation, followed by a private burial in North Bay.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-11 published
Ian SINCLAIR, Last Of The Railway Titans: (1913-2006)
He ran Canadian Pacific almost single-handedly, operating the giant company at a time when it was still the most powerful corporate force in the country
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
He was Canadian Pacific's last titan. Ian SINCLAIR ran Canadian Pacific from 1969 to 1981, a time when it was still the most powerful company in the country and owned everything from the railway, a shipping line and a hotel chain, to an airline and oil-and-gas assets. In 1988, he was identified as one of six Lords of the Line, a book by writer-historians David Cruise and Alison Griffiths that put him right up there with the first presidents of Canadian Pacific Railway: George STEPHEN, William VAN HORNE, Thomas SHAUGHNESSY, Edward BEATTY and Norris Roy (Buck) CRUMP.
Ian SINCLAIR was a tough and demanding boss at Canadian Pacific Enterprises. "We don't go to work at Canadian Pacific, we report for duty," he once said and cracked down on office workers goofing off in the middle of the day. He did not want to see them loitering around the concourse of Windsor Station, the head office of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In his view, being seen in the favourite public gathering spot of the railway employees outside of lunch hour or coffee breaks could be a firing offence. Later in his career, he was known as Big Julie, but it's unlikely anyone ever called him that to his face.
Unlike many corporate leaders of the day, Mr. SINCLAIR was outspoken on public issues and even a bit of a Canadian nationalist. He got on so well with prime minister Pierre Trudeau that he was named to the Senate after he retired in 1984.
The empire Ian SINCLAIR ruled over had started out the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Canadian Pacific Railway picked up a lot of its assets in the 19th century, including a land grant of 25 million acres to build the railway. Much of the land was sold to settlers, but oil was later found on the railway's properties. Hotels were built along the way, as well as a shipping line to bring immigrants and goods to Canada. By the time he left, the railway no longer took passengers, the airline was gone and the company had strayed so far from its roots that it had invested in huge swathes of forest. The trees were a mistake but, even so, Ian SINCLAIR had increased the assets of the Canadian Pacific Railway and made it easier for the company to be broken into five pieces in 2003.
Mr. SINCLAIR rose to prominence under Buck CRUMP. Both men were tough and confident leaders of Canada's greatest company. Mr. SINCLAIR joined Canadian Pacific Railway in 1942 in Winnipeg. His father had come from Scotland to work in the repair shops of the Grand Trunk Railway, one of the railways that made up rival Canadian National. Ian SINCLAIR went to the University of Manitoba, where he took a degree in economics and then another in law.
His first job at the Canadian Pacific Railway was as an assistant solicitor and he quickly made his mark. Four years later, he moved to head office at Windsor Station in Montreal. Mr. SINCLAIR was known as the Perry Mason of railway law, for his resemblance to the burly television lawyer and for his dogged defence of railway interests in a series of royal commissions and tribunals.
At that time, it was still a railway world. Mr. SINCLAIR and other top executives would travel across the country in private railway cars kept on sidings in Windsor Station. Ian SINCLAIR straddled the era of the steam engine and the diesel locomotive a struggle with the unions over who was to man the trains was one of his great victories.
The job, as he saw it, was to get rid of firemen. Steam engines required an engineer to drive the train and a fireman to feed the boiler. With the end of steam and the introduction of diesel electric trains, there was no need for firemen, but the union contract still called for them. It was a textbook case of feather-bedding. Mr. SINCLAIR won his case against the unions and the firemen were gone. In 1960, he became vice-president of law at Canadian Pacific Railway. He was next put in charge of the operating and traffic departments, so that by the time he was made president in 1969 there wasn't a piece of the railway he didn't know. He was 52.
Mr. SINCLAIR was a textbook workaholic who read the Globe and Mail and Report on Business first thing every morning and loved his job. "Some people may think that work is distasteful, but not I. I'm very happy when I work," said Mr. SINCLAIR. To him, running Canadian Pacific Railway was a group exercise. "Sometimes, we have our disappointments and we back off and take another look. Then we solve something -- when we make it good -- that's when work's most enjoyable."There were many problems to solve at the start of his reign. Canadian Pacific Railway wanted to get out of the passenger business. People were using highways and planes to get around and railways across the continent were dying. As a result, Via Rail was born as a merger of the passenger services of Canadian Pacific and Canadian National.
That did not mean there weren't profitable parts of the business. In 1958, Canadian Pacific Oil and Gas, the predecessor to PanCanadian Petroleum -- later Encana -- was formed with the purpose of reassembling the land, which had been leased to oil companies.
Four years later, Mr. CRUMP created a subsidiary called Canadian Pacific Investments, which was given all of Canadian Pacific's non-transportation assets (a structure designed to keep those interests off limits when Canadian Pacific had to undergo review by federal regulators). The new subsidiary's mandate was to acquire and develop resource operations.
The chief architect in the execution of this was Mr. SINCLAIR, who oversaw a period of unprecedented growth at Canadian Pacific. At the start of 1970, Canadian Pacific's asset value was $2.2-billion. A decade later, it was $13-billion, a spectacular growth even allowing for inflation. In the same period, Canadian Pacific's annual revenues swelled to $10-billion from $616-million, moving Canadian Pacific to No. 1 from No. 6 in the corporate size sweepstakes.
And he did it all in a way that is denied today's corporate executives. David O'BRIEN, the last man to run the entire Canadian Pacific empire, said in 2001 that life was different for Chairman SINCLAIR.
"I knew Ian SINCLAIR when I was a young boy. I don't think he met with more than three analysts the whole time he was running Canadian Pacific," said Mr. O'BRIEN. " Now, they're banging down your door every day."
Though Mr. SINCLAIR became a politician late in life, he was often frustrated by politics. In particular, he disliked the victory of the separatist government in Quebec and how it had hollowed out the business centre of Montreal. One after the other, companies fled for Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
Corporate chronicler Peter Newman told a story of visiting Mr. SINCLAIR in his office at Windsor station and interviewing him across the giant oak desk once owned by Sir William VAN HORNE, the man who built the Canadian Pacific Railway. Mr. Newman asked him about the corporate exodus from Montreal.
"What's left in Montreal?" bellowed Mr. SINCLAIR, pounding his desk. "This damn desk."
That gruff personality was usually misunderstood, his daughter, Christine SINCLAIR, said yesterday. "In fact, he was a shy person and had trouble approaching people unless he already knew them."
She said he enjoyed gardening, particularly roses, and revelled in chopping wood. "He loved to see a cord of word stacked neatly."
All things considered, Mr. SINCLAIR probably would have taken to retirement earlier if Mr. Trudeau had not come calling. In 1983, Mr. SINCLAIR was made Senator SINCLAIR, just as he was leaving Canadian Pacific after 42 years. He surprised many of his corporate Friends by supporting the National Energy Policy and fighting free trade. He said the Americans were protectionist.
Mr. SINCLAIR was one of the toughest businessmen of his generation, and one of the most colourful. He stood well over six feet and once weighed as much as 240 pounds, bringing columnist Allan Fotheringham to describe him as "a linebacker who stumbled into the chairman's office by mistake."
For that, he did commit some spectacular errors. The man who engineered Canadian Pacific's enormous growth also made giant blunders. Among his mistakes was a missed opportunity to buy MacMillan Bloedel in 1979. A proposed buyout of the forestry giant prompted a corporate brawl between premier William Bennett and Mr. SINCLAIR. "B.C. is not for sale," declared Mr. Bennett, who had visions that MacMillan Bloedel would become little more than a branch office of the Montreal company whose railway had opened up the West.
Years later, Mr. Bennett confided that Mr. SINCLAIR had rubbed him up the wrong way -- much too arrogant, he said.
Another mistake was Mr. SINCLAIR's 1981 attempt to buy Hobart Corp. of Ohio, the appliance maker. For years, Canadian Pacific had wanted to establish a manufacturing arm, and by all accounts it was to be the foundation of that core business. Reports at the time suggested Mr. SINCLAIR mishandled the situation.
For all that, he didn't make many mistakes in office. While other North American railways failed in the transition from steam, Mr. SINCLAIR did his job -- he made Canadian Pacific hugely profitable.
Ian David SINCLAIR was born in Winnipeg on December 27, 1913. He died on Oakville, Ontario, on April 7, 2006. He was 92. His wife Ruth died in 1994. He is survived by his four children, Ian, Susan, Christine and Donald.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-12 published
HAGARTY, Evelyn Joan (née REILLY) R.N.
Graduate of St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, London daughter of Walter and Josephine REILLY (Walter killed overseas in World War 2;) predeceased by her sister Winnie O'BRIEN, Rathmaylon, County of Meath, Ireland and Madeline RYAN, Chicago; survived by her sister Norma and Doctor Richard TURNBOW, Tulsa, Oklahoma, husband William and six children: Maura and Murray BANNON, Nassau, The Bahamas, Megan and Geoffrey SMITH, Oakville, Sean, Gerard and Catherine, London, and Doctor Sarah HAGARTY and her husband Dr. Kevin DRAXINGER, Chicago and nine grandchildren. Many thanks to Rev. LESLIE, Doctor GILBERT, Doctor SANATANI and the caring nursing and supporting staff at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street on Saturday evening from 7-9 o'clock and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue, on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Sunday afternoon at 3: 30 o'clock. In lieu of flowers may wish to donate to London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital 4th floor Medicine Nursing Fund.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-20 published
SHAND, Alexander Thomas Basil " Sandy," C.B.E.
(26th October 1925-13th May 2006)
Died peacefully at home. He was predeceased by his life partner and best friend of 43 years John PHILLIPS in October 2003. Sandy is survived by his sister Pamela, sister in law Frieda, widow of his younger brother Ian, nephew and nieces including Jackie, his link to family and Friends in England. Both Sandy and John were helped and supported by their companion, Dennis O'BRIEN, who made their later years so comfortable, with the help of Rose and all their wonderful Friends including in particular, Michael and Paulette of Carden Street West. Sandy took charge of his family's civil engineering and construction company at a very early age due to the untimely death of his father. His working life was devoted to the family enterprise, the Shand Group, and which was a major force in industrial Britain. His other love, shared with John, was the opera which he enjoyed throughout the world from Covent Garden to Victoria which became home in 1988. Sandy counted among his Friends many of the world's great opera singers including John Lanigan, Joan Sutherland and Victoria's Richard Margison. In 2004, Sandy and his late partner John became the founding members of The Bravo Society at The Pacific Opera Victoria Foundation. Their generous bequest was made to help ensure a vital future for opera in Victoria. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses and staff of the home dialysis unit that allowed Sandy to enjoy his final days at home. Donations in lieu of flowers to the home dialysis unit of the Jubilee Hospital and Pacific Opera Victoria.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-11 published
MARSH, John Ross
Peacefully at South Lake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Bernice (née LEONARD.) Wonderful father to Garry and his wife Connie. Loving grandfather to Kelly and her husband Barry O'BRIEN and Graham and his wife Dawn. Proud "Papa John" to little Graham, Eileen and Geoffrey. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive), on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary Immaculate Church, 10295 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-05 published
O'BRIEN, Stephanie Frances (née SWIRE)
Passed away peacefully in her 88th year on Monday, October 2, 2006 at New Edinburgh Square in Ottawa. Beloved wife of the late Vice Admiral John Charles O'BRIEN, O.C., C.D., loving mother of Gale and Christopher, grandmother of Siobán, Deirdre, Ben, Fulya and Suzan, and great-grandmother of Ella. Private cremation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to World Wildlife Fund or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements in care of the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 613-233-1143.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-21 published
O'BRIEN, Stephanie Frances (née SWIRE)
Passed away peacefully in her 88th year on Monday, October 2, 2006 at New Edinburgh Square in Ottawa. Beloved wife of the late Vice Admiral John Charles O'BRIEN, O.C., C.D., loving mother of Gale and Christopher, grandmother of Siobán, Deirdre, Ben, Fulya and Suzan and great-grandmother of Ella. Private cremation. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 125 MacKay Street, Ottawa on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the World Wildlife Fund or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements in the care of the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-09 published
VON ZUBEN, Ross Edward
It is with a deep sense of respect and love that we announce the death of our father Ross on Wednesday December 6, 2006, in his ninety-eighth year. Loving husband of the late Kathleen for sixty years. Dear father of Marilyn C.N.D. (Cameroon, Africa), Catherine, Carol, Janice (OMELON) and Mary Jane (COCHRANE). Father-in-law of Doctor Jerry OMELON and Brian COCHRANE. Grandfather of Patricia (Michael HAYWARD) and Michael O'BRIEN (Melissa CROFT,) Stephen (Julie KRAEMER) and Cathy BARBETTA, Sidney and Christopher OMELON, and Jennifer and Bradley COCHRANE. Great-grandfather of Tristan and James HAYWARD and Sydney and Ryan James BARBETTA. An avid golfer, Ross was the longest standing member at York Downs Golf and Country Club. A private Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. We sincerely thank the staff of the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence for their kindness and loving care. Condolences www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-29 published
SAWDON, Henry " Harry"
Passed away at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of 53 years to Kathleen (FLANNERY) SAWDON. Dear brother of Thomas (Mae) SAWDON of Niagara Falls and Freda (Ed) O'BRIEN of Sarnia. Dear brother-in-law of Margaret (Gerald) WAGHORN of Corbeil. Sadly missed by his niece Kathleen COEN of Toronto and by several other nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Bridget, his brother William and his sisters Margaret Austin and Lavinia Howard. Friends are invited to call at the Patterson Funeral Home, 6062 Main Street, Niagara Falls visiting Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 12: 00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Entombment will follow at Fairview Mausoleum. In memory of Mr. SAWDON donations to the G.N.G.H. Foundation would be appreciated. On-line condolences at www.pattersonfuneralhome.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-30 published
DICKINSON, Robert Alan
Suddenly at University Hospital, London on Thursday, December 28, 2006 in his 78th year. Beloved husband and best friend of the late K. Joan DICKINSON. Loving father of Diane of Toronto, Lyn and Carol of London. Dear brother of Doctor Taylor DICKINSON and his wife Arlene of New York. Dear brother-in-law of Betty O'BRIEN of Don Mills and Barbara SINCLAIR of Kingston. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Cremation with interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. (James A. Harris Funeral Home 519-433-7253)

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-27 published
MacNEIL, Theresa
Peacefully, at The Brant Centre, Burlington, on Wednesday, January 25, 2006. Theresa, formerly of Iona, Nova Scotia and longtime resident of Toronto, in her 80th year. Beloved daughter of the late John and Annie MacNEIL. Survived by her brothers Rod and his wife Helen, Jamie and his wife Louise, Mendel and his wife Colleen, all of Nova Scotia, Joe and his wife Alice of Cambridge, and sister Marie O'BRIEN and her husband Ron of Burlington. Predeceased by her 3 sisters, Annie O'TOOLE, Monica MacNEIL, and Louise GILLIS. Theresa will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and Friends. She was a retired employee of Toronto Public Libraries and a former member of St. Monica's Roman Catholic Parish, Toronto. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street (one block north of City Hall), Burlington (905-632-3333), on Friday from 3-5 p.m., where a Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 9: 00 a.m. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations to Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. www.smithsfh.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-14 published
O'BRIEN, June Mary
Peacefully at home in Toronto on Sunday, February 12, 2006. Cherished best friend of Pat DODD. Loving sister of Les and wife Marie of Toronto, Geoffrey and wife Veronica of England, Catherine and husband Bill WHITE/WHYTE of England and Veronica and husband Ian SELMAN of Scotland. Much loved aunt and great-aunt to many nieces and nephews in Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. June taught at St. Francis of Assisi School, Manning Ave., Toronto, for many years. Throughout her teaching career she touched the lives of many students and colleagues. She will be fondly remembered by many Friends, neighbours and of course Gypsy. Visitation will be held at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne St. (south of Wellesley), 416-924-1408, on Tuesday, February 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (Sherbourne and Earl) on Wednesday, February 15 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WaterCan, 321 Chapel Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7Z2, or the charity of your choice.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-06 published
WATTS, Margaret E. (SMEATON)
Peacefully at King Nursing Home, Bolton on Sunday, March 5, 2006, Margaret E. SMEATON in her 88th year, beloved wife of the late Harold G. WATTS, Weston. Dear mother of Eleanor (deceased;) Elizabeth (Betty) and Ed PATTERSON, Kelowna, British Columbia; Susan and Dan HAYES, Bolton; Gorden WATTS; Mary and Kevin O'BRIEN, Georgetown. Lovingly remembered by 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Edith (Mickey) DRAPER, Ruth LAUDER, Isabel BOHUN, Sheila HOOKER, William and Letty SMEATON. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Tuesday afternoon 2-4 and evening 7-9 o'clock. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday morning, March 8 at 11 o'clock. Following a reception at the funeral home, interment will be Sanctuary Park Cemetery, Weston. If desired, memorial donations may be made to King Nursing Home Volunteer Fund, 49 Sterne Street, Bolton L7E 5T1. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-08 published
MORRISON, Madge (née O'BRIEN)
Born on July 1, 1935 in Cardinal, Ontario, passed away on March 7, 2006 at St. Michael's Hospital. Beloved wife of Don; dear mother of Lynn (Craig) McDOUGALL, Michelle (Darren) BARNABÉ and Scott (Kristin); proud grandmother of Kim, Blair, Erin, Grant, Megan, Dana, Jesse, Kaitlin, Emily and Evan; sister of Betty, Barbara, Mary, Marty, Hamp (deceased), Dap, Bill, Joe and Bernie. A special thank you to the professional and dedicated staff of Sunnybrook and St. Michael's Hospital for their care and kindness. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne St. (south of Wellesley) on Wednesday, March 8 from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Anne's Catholic Church, 120 First Avenue, Toronto on Thursday, March 9th at 10: 30 a.m. Donations in Madge's memory may be made to the A.L.S. Society or the Good Shepherd Centre.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-28 published
DUNN, Edna (née DUNLAVEY) (1919-2006)
Peacefully, on Sunday March 26, 2006, in Markham, Ontario, at age 87 years. Edna, formerly of Granby, Québec, wife of the late Peter M. DUNN. Edna leaves to mourn her four sons Robert (Diann D'AVIGNON), Phillip (Betty-Lou HAMILTON), James (Patricia O'BRIEN) and Timothy; four grandchildren, Mark DUNN and his wife Brooke, Lauri, Rachel and Zachary DUNN, and great-granddaughter Olivia DUNN; sister Wilma FORAND of Bakersfield, Vermont; brothers Morris DUNLAVEY of Cowanswille, Québec, Emmett and Elmer DUNLAVEY and their wives of Worcester, Massachusetts; brother-in-law Cecil McMAHON of Enosburg Falls, Vermont; sisters-in-law Clara LEBLANC and Laura NICHOLLS of Granby, Québec. Predeceased by 3 sisters, Winnifred McMAHON, Eileen CAMPBELL and Marie CHOQUETTE. Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. N. (Markham Road), Markham, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Patrick, 5633 Hwy. 7 (East of McCowan), on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. Burial of ashes at a later date, in the Cemetery of St. François Xavier Church, Bromont, Québec.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-31 published
HANCOCK, Albert Edward
Passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 in his 93rd year, at the Pembroke General Hospital. A former golf pro at Pembroke Golf and Country Club and Island Brae. Predeceased by his wife Hannah (O'BRIEN,) his brothers and sisters Dorothy (Allan,) Reg (Lil), Fred (Pat), Gladys. Survived by his brother Bill (Grace - deceased) of Etobicoke (Humber Bay) and his nephews and niece Ralph, Ron and Beverly. Visitation will be held Friday, March 31, 2006, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Murphy Funeral Home, 296 Isabella Street, Pembroke, with the funeral service to be held Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 2: 30 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Pembroke Handi-Bus.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-03 published
BRILL, Jessie
Peacefully on April 1, 2006 in her 89th year, Jessie, loving wife of the late Doctor Benny BRILL. Survived by her beloved brother Tom O'BRIEN, her son Robert, 3 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Cremation, followed by a private burial in North Bay.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-15 published
O'BRIEN, Martha Joan
Peacefully on Thursday, April 13th, 2006 at Grand River Regional Hospital, Kitchener. Dearly loved daughter of Terence and Kathleen O'BRIEN. Beloved wife of Martin GRIFFITHS. Dear sister of Mary Jo, Colleen, Kathleen, Kelly, Mark and Michael. Martha will be dearly missed by many relatives and Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Monday, April 17, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memeorial Mass will be held at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, 409 Markland Drive, Etobicoke. Time to be announced.

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O'BRIEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-26 published
LEE, William Burton
Suddenly on April 24, 2006, at his home in Peterborough, Bill passed away. Bill was born in Vancouver on November 19, 1918. He leaves his beloved wife Vera of sixty years; daughters Linda (Craig,) Nancy LEE (Leo) and son Bill (Wendy;) grandchildren Bill Jr. and Meghan, Derek and Aly, Kristeen and Steve, Kim and Derek, and Kristy and Jesse. Bill also leaves 4 great-grandchildren Max, Stephanie, Lauren and Thomas and his sister Margaret O'BRIEN. Bill was a member of Melita Lodge, Rameses Shrine and the Royal Order of Jesters. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Curling Club and Cedar Brae Golf Club, and the Downtown Kiwanis Club when younger. Bill served in World War 2 R.C.E.; was a survivor of the Canadian raid at Dieppe, and was a prisoner of war for 3 years. At Bill's request there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 29th at the home of Bill and Wendy LEE, 2-5 p.m., 2489 Sherbrooke St. W., Peterborough, 705-741-2211. Friends and family are welcome. Arrangements entrusted to Nisbett Funeral Home and Chapel, 600 Monaghan Rd. S., 705-745-3211. If desired, memorial donations to the Shriner's Hospital would be appreciated. Friends may sign the on-line book of condolence at www.nisbettfuneralhome.com

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O'BRIGHT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-28 published
JONES, Marguerite (1914-2006)
Peacefully, on Sunday, February 26, 2006 at University Hospital in her 92nd, year. Her leaving was as her life peaceful and gracious. Cherished mother of Constance PRITCHARD and Patricia HARDING. Predeceased by her daughter Susan SISCO. Loving grandmother to Tracy and Bryan O'BRIGHT, Catharine and Vince TRUDELLE, and Emily HARDING and Murray CROSS. Great-grandmother to Brooke and Paige O'BRIGHT, Dakota TRUDELLE and Ariel CROSS. Special thanks to Helen BODICE, my special assistant and helper and to her neighbours Pat and Jim HARPER, and Penny and Jim LIABOTIS for their kindness. Friends will be received by the family from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 7: 00-9:00 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, March 2nd, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with the Major Debra BEAUPRE officiating. Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery, London. For those who wish to honour Marguerite's memory, a donation to the Salvation Army, 371 King Street, London, Ontario, N6B 1S4 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 617 Wellington Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3R6 would be much appreciated. We have lost a truly wonderful person who was dearly loved by all who were fortunate enough to know her. Her sparkling personality and her enthusiasm for life will always be remembered. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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O'BRYAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-10 published
O'BRYAN, George
Passed away peacefully, at Scarborough General Hospital, on Saturday, January 7, 2006, at the age of 81. Born in Ireland, he was a Royal Canadian Navy Veteran of World War 2. George was a great golfer, fisherman and a kind and gentle man. He will always be remembered and loved by his wife of 52 years, May. Loving father of Megan (Stephen). Cherished Grandfather of Michael and Patrick. Dear brother of Maureen (Fred). He will also be missed by his numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Mary and George Sr., and brothers Jim and Alex. A Memorial Service will be held at Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Avenue East (just west of Warden), on Thursday, January 12th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tony Stacey Centre For Veterans Care, 59 Lawson Rd., Toronto, Ontario M1C 2J1.

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