VERBEEK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-25 published
VANDERSTER, F. Ronald
Of Maple Ridge, British Columbia peacefully passed away in the presence of his family on April 22nd, 2006, at the age of 61. Husband of Sissel VANDERSTER. Father of Daniel and wife Laura, Alexandra and Michelle. Big brother to Frank, all family of British Columbia In Ontario, he leaves behind his mother Gina, a sister Marion (wife of Gerard) of Sarnia and a brother Richard (husband of Sheila) of Barrie, Ontario. Ronald is also survived by a special aunt, Jenny VERBEEK and her family, many cousins, nieces, nephews and Friends. Predeceased by his father Dick and his uncle Peter VERBEEK. A Family Memorial Service to be held for Ron in British Columbia and also Ontario.

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VERBEEK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-26 published
PARISH, Margaret (CLARKE)
Of Iona Station on Friday November 24, 2006 at the London Health Sciences Centre Westminster Campus in her 65th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Franklin PARISH (June 2006.) Dearly loved mother of Kenneth and his wife Diane PARISH of Iona Station, Deborah HENNING and her partner Steve SMITH of Dutton, Darlene CHAMBERS of Saint Mary's, Tammy PARISH and her partner Darcy MATTHEWS of Wallacetown and Jason and his wife Patty PARISH of West Lorne. Lovingly remembered by her mother Eleanor and her husband Carl VERBEEK of Saint Thomas and was predeceased by her father Talbot CLARKE and by son-in-law Steve HENNING (1999.) She was lovingly remembered by 12 grandchildren, by a number of brothers and a sister and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. Margaret was born February 19, 1942 in Saint Thomas and was an Associate member of Fingal United Church and was a seasonal worker at local tobacco and fruit farms. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St. Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Tuesday at 3: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Donations may be made to the Cancer Society or charity of choice.

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VERBEEK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-13 published
DE PAPP, Marilyn Esther (FRANK)
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, Palliative Care, on Monday, December 11, 2006 Marilyn Esther DE PAPP of Lambeth in her 70th year. Beloved wife for 49 years to George DE PAPP. Loving mother to the late Greg DE PAPP (2006) and his wife Annie MacDONALD, Erwin and his wife Lori and Jayson. Proud "gran" to Harley and friend Jessica, Casey and his wife Komiko, Austin, Nicole and Suzanne and 2 great-grandchildren Xavier and Kaylin. Dear sister to Mabel HAYCOCK, Gail and Joe VERBEEK, Tom and Mary FRANK, Walter FRANK, Georgie and Dave OLIVER of Alberta, Peg and Ken GOODHUE and Bob FRANK and Laurie GOODHUE. Loved by her sister-in-law Lynne FRANK. Dear godmother to Brenda and her husband Ken CHRISTIAN. Loved by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sisters Betty JELLY and Edith BENNETT and brothers Norris (Sonny) and Ted FRANK and brothers-in-law Jim JELLY, Bill HAYCOCK, George BENNETT and Ralph GOODHUE. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home (2240 Wharncliffe Rd. S. Lambeth 652-2020) on Thursday, December 14, 2006 from noon to 2 p.m. where the complete Funeral Service will follow at 2 p.m. Cremation. Donations to the charity of choice gratefully acknowledged. Friends are invited to a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #501, Kilborne Road following the service.

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VERBEEK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-14 published
DE PAPP, Marilyn Esther (FRANK)
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, Palliative Care, on Monday, December 11, 2006 Marilyn Esther DE PAPP of Lambeth in her 70th year. Beloved wife for 49 years to George DE PAPP. Loving mother to the late Greg DE PAPP (2006) and his wife Annie MacDONALD, Erwin and his wife Lori and Jayson. Proud "gran" to Harley and friend Jessica, Casey and his wife Komiko, Austin, Nicole and Suzanne and 2 great-grandchildren Xavier and Kaylin. Dear sister to Mabel HAYCOCK, Gail and Joe VERBEEK, Tom and Mary FRANK, Walter FRANK, Georgie and Dave OLIVER of Alberta, Peg and Ken GOODHUE and Bob FRANK and Laurie GOODHUE. Loved by her sister-in-law Lynne FRANK. Dear godmother to Brenda and her husband Ken CHRISTIAN. Loved by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sisters Betty JELLY and Edith BENNETT and brothers Norris (Sonny) and Ted FRANK and brothers-in-law Jim Jelly, Bill HAYCOCK, George BENNETT and Ralph GOODHUE. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home (2240 Wharncliffe Rd. S. Lambeth 652-2020) on Thursday, December 14, 2006 from noon to 2 p.m. where the complete Funeral Service will follow at 2 p.m. Cremation. Donations to the charity of choice gratefully acknowledged. Friends are invited to a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #501, Kilborne Road following the service.

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VERBEETEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-09 published
Virginia COOPER, Psychotherapist (1944-2006)
Gifted analyst who soothed the consciences of a cadre of Bay Street bankers, lawyers and executives was driven by resentment and haunted by guilt
By Alex DOBROTA, Page S9
Toronto -- The Toronto psychotherapist Virginia COOPER melded the adventurer and the poet within to tame the emotional torments of Bay Street. Working in an office filled with the scent of pink roses, she attracted Canada's top corporate brass. Investment bankers, lawyers and executive officials all fell under the spell of her soft-spoken ways.
But her success had come only at the end of a long and often unhappy quest.
Dr. COOPER's taste for adventure took her from an unhappy life as the manager of a family-owned fashion store in her native England, to the Mediterranean, as well as Africa and the Middle East. She wrote poetry and published a series of musings on the workings of the human mind. In later years, she designed theatre costumes for the Toronto Arts and Letters Club and sat on the board of directors of Tarragon Theatre.
Those who knew her appreciated her elegance in dress -- she preferred muted shades of brown and black -- and her knack for putting strangers at ease. She could relate to a teenager as easily as she could disarm the apprehensions of a jittery client. "She was always interested in people's behaviour," said John McKELLAR, a lawyer who became one of Doctor COOPER's closest Friends.
As a psychotherapist, she followed the Freudian method, spending long periods of time with her patients and weaving her practice around the themes of guilt and envy -- two forces that also shaped part of her own life.
Virginia COOPER grew up on the northern fringes of London in a small English town that happened to be home to MGM British Studios complex and to the Associated British Studios. It was there that 2001: A Space Odyssey, Indiana Jones and Star Wars were filmed.
The only child of a family of merchants, her parents owned two successful high-end clothing stores that also sold stage costumes. But during the 1960s, Virginia's father fell ill and lost his sight, forcing her to drop out of high school to help her mother at the store. While it was a twist of fate Doctor COOPER would resent for many years. She started out as a helper in one of the stores and, perhaps driven by bitterness, quickly took over the business from her mother.
"She always felt she was unsuited for business," said Doctor Yvonne VERBEETEN, a close friend.
She married a British man, but they were divorced within a year. During the 1970s, she began a relationship with a Syrian man. On a flight to Syria to see him, she sat next to her future husband, Kenneth OSWELL, then a Middle East regional partner at the accounting firm Touche Ross. The two chatted throughout the duration of the flight. "We were the last persons to leave the plane," Mr. OSWELL recalled.
They lost touch for several years only to meet again in London in 1976. They married the next year. By that time, Doctor COOPER had made up her mind to trade her small-town existence for a more exciting lifestyle at the side of a successful accountant who she would follow throughout the Middle East and much of Africa.
She sold the family business, her parents' only source of income, for £5,000, Mr. OSWELL said. At the time, the business had downsized to only one store that brought in profits of around £4,000.
Throughout the 1970s, Doctor COOPER discovered the joys of the Mediterranean from a base in Beirut where her husband was working. She often travelled to Athens to admire the classical monuments there and together the couple toured Africa extensively.
Dr. COOPER recorded her travel impressions in a series of poems that were published in Toronto in 1983 in a collection titled The River Within. One of her poems condemned apartheid in South Africa; another explored the Middle Eastern conflict through the theme of the 1976 assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon.
Amid growing unrest in the Middle East, Doctor COOPER and her husband departed for Canada in 1980, her conscience all the while troubled by having abandoned an elderly parent. "She felt guilty that she left her mother behind, and that she came here," Doctor VERBEETEN said.
It is not surprising that Doctor COOPER returned often to England, visits that multiplied during the late 1990s after her mother became seriously ill. Her death came after a protracted battle with stomach cancer, Doctor VERBEETEN added.
Mr. OSWELL had a different version of events. "She and her mother didn't get along that well," he said. "They had a long difference of opinions on many subjects."
By all accounts, Doctor COOPER never got over having to quit school and always wanted to pursue her education. In 1984, she followed her dream and enrolled at the University of Toronto.
In 1985, she was among the first group of women to be admitted to the Toronto Arts and Letters Club. The institution had been founded in 1908 as a men-only bastion and integration was daunting, recalled writer Margaret McBURNEY, who was part of the same group. "The majority had voted to have women in, but not everybody wanted us there so we treaded carefully," she said. For example, one particular man always sat a table nearest to the exit. "If a woman sat at his table, he could beat a hasty retreat."
Dr. COOPER weathered those tensions with characteristic grace. As a lover of books who enjoyed the works of Thomas Hardy and Emily Dickinson, she was an accomplished belletrist who could discuss the nuances of literature but who could also expound on the history of the First World War. "She just fit in quietly and nicely," Ms. McBURNEY said.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Doctor COOPER continued her pursuit of higher education and completed a masters degree and a doctorate in educational psychology. "She worked extremely hard," said Pat FAIRHEAD, a painter and friend. "She was intense&hellip She wanted it."
In the meantime, her marriage was disintegrating. She and Mr. OSWELL were divorced in 1990, around the same time she started her psychotherapy practice, and she channelled her energy into her work.
Her office mate described Doctor COOPER as a dedicated practitioner who went out of her way to accommodate the schedule of her clients. She never sought out the bankers and corporate officials that came to rely on her advice and care, Doctor Klaus WIEDERMANN said. They found her.
"Somebody who works with Bay Street bankers… has to be somebody who's not threatened," he said. "I think she was able to say, okay, these are [just] people.
"There were a lot of lawyers and bankers, but I think that had more to do with a circle of referrals. It means that she was able to work with people like that in ways that made them feel comfortable. She had the ability to make people feel very relaxed and welcome early on."
Dr. COOPER's work with a patient could span years as she attempted to uncover the intricacies of the mother-child relationship and how that affected the person's existence. This involved drawing from her own experience and personality to give direction to her work, Doctor WIEDERMANN said. She continued to treat clients until the very end of her life, carrying out interviews by telephone when illness confined her to her apartment.
"She was in some way trying to give meaning to her life," Doctor WIEDERMANN said. "It gave her a sense that she was doing something that was meaningful and beneficial to others. It gave her a sense that she was participating in the world."
In her will, Doctor COOPER gave $500,000 to Woodsworth College -- money she wished to be turned into bursaries for adult women who want to pursue higher education. She also donated $500,000 to the Ontario Arts Foundation for costume designers in mid-career wishing to enrich their craft in terms of research and travel.
Virginia COOPER was born in Borehamwood, England, on January 27, 1944. She died of stomach cancer in Toronto on August 27, 2006.

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VERBEKE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-01-13 published
TEDFORD, Floyd Vimy
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Wednesday, January 11th, 2006. In his 81st year, Floyd Vimy TEDFORD, the beloved husband of the late Ruth A.E. TEDFORD (née HYSLOP.) The loving father of Linda VERBEKE, of Newmarket, Joanne WALLER, and Richard and his wife Sheila, all of Owen Sound. Loving Gramps of Terri-Anne and Bing Jr., Angela and Murray, Sean and Sara, Shari and Kevin, Lorree and Justin, Trisha and Joe. Great Grampa of Jazlyn, Teagan, Kurtis, Haileigh, Jevon, Autumn and Drayton. Dear brother of Helen (Mrs. Frank CHRISTIE) and Anne McLEAN. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two sons-in-law Ron VERBEKE and Brian WALLER, by three brothers Harry, Murray and Jimmy, and by one sister Norma (Mrs. Ed MALUSKE.) Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Friday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday morning at 11: 00 a.m. Dr. Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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VERBERNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-13 published
GOODING, Mabel Josephine (née WHITTAKER)
With quiet strength and dignity surrounded by her family at Four Counties Hospital, Newbury, on Monday, September 11th, 2006, Mabel Josephine GOODING (née WHITTAKER) in her 68th year. Dear wife of 50 years to Robert S. GOODING (Bob.) Loving mother of Anne Marie DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS, Kimberley May BACH and Jim GOODING. Special grandmother of Kyle DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS, Mindy DOUGLAS, Derek GOODING, and Amber-Jo BACH. Kind mother-in-law to John VERBERNE, Joe BACH and Lisa GOODING. Best friend to Anne McNEIL. Predeceased by son Andy, brother Melvin, mother Myrtle and father Leslie. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, September 14th, 2006 at 9: 30 a.m. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Mabel are asked to consider the Four Counties Hospital, Newbury or the London Health Sciences Foundation -- Cancer Centre.

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VERBEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-17 published
CLARK, Mary Edythe " Edie" (née WOOD)
The family of Edie CLARK of Midland, Ontario is very saddened to announce her passing on Saturday, July 15, 2006 after a short but courageous battle with cancer, in her 73rd year. Beloved wife for 52 years of Jim, dear mother of Jim of Richmond Hill and David (Anne) of Midland. Loving grandma to Stuart, Ian, Heather, Erin, Emily. Sister-in-law of Catherine RICHARDSON and Margaret VERBEY. She will be sadly missed in the hearts of her nieces, nephews and cousins and forever fondly remembered by Kim and Sandy. As a teacher at Midland Secondary School for many years, Edie had a major impact on the lives of countless young people in her community. A natural leader, she was a Past President and Honourary Life Member of the Midland Curling Club, Past Chair of the Midland and District Cancer Society, Past President of the Midland Horticultural Society, Member of the Midland Historical Board and a Founding Member of the Cognashene Garden Club. The pinnacle of her many years of community leadership and volunteer service was celebrated in 2005 when she played a major role in the town of Midland winning Canada's National Communities in Bloom Award. This award made her and her family very proud. She had many passions, including cottaging on Cognashene Lake, music, singing in the choir, knitting, flower arranging, cooking, antique collecting and gardening, with a special interest in roses and lilies. Her family appreciates the care provided by Doctor GOLISKY and Doctor KETTLE and the generous community of Friends who gave so much of themselves over the past month. Friends may call at the Nicholls Funeral Home, 330 Midland Ave., Midland on Monday, July 17th from 7-9 and on Tuesday, July 18th from 2-4 and from 7-9. Service at Saint Paul's United Church, 308 King Street, Midland on Wednesday, July 19th at 11 a.m. With all of the flowers left to bloom in Edie's memory, kindly make any memorial donations to the Saint Paul's United Church Choir Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society, Midland/ Penetang Branch.

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VERBOOM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-15 published
VERBOOM, Klaas Willem
Passed away peacefully at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 in his 59th year. Klaas W. VERBOOM of Parkhill, beloved husband and best friend of Paulette (CAHILL.) Survived by sons Bill HINDLE (Brenda,) Douwe VERBOOM (Michelle,) step-son Chris CAHILL (Tanya.) son of Margaret and the late Tony Sr. (1997.) Brother of Tony (Judy,) Betty (John) HUYGEN. Predeceased by twin brother John (1986.) Grandfather to Nick and Cooper CAHILL. Uncle to Robert, Richard, Douglas and Rebecca. Survived by family in Northern Ontario and the Netherlands. The art world and London have suffered a great loss. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, June 17th at 2: 00 p.m. at the M. Box and son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street, Parkhill. A memorial visitation on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Epilepsy Canada and Canadian Cancer Society. Share a memory or send condolences to www.boxfuneralhome.ca M. Box and son will plant a tree in living memory of Mr. VERBOOM at the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Parkhill.

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VERBOOM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-15 published
Immense talent of artist Klaas VERBOOM will be missed
By Kathy RUMLESKI, Free Press Reporter, Thurs., June 15, 2006
Parkhill artist Klaas VERBOOM was praised yesterday for his spirit of giving, as well as his immense talent.
VERBOOM, 58, a London native, died at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital early yesterday from liver cancer.
"He had a heart as big as his career," said friend Teresa MARIE of Grand Bend, who considered VERBOOM her mentor. They used to meet every Monday night to paint.
"Klaas taught me how to paint. He was a wonderful, genuine and gentle person and extremely talented."
VERBOOM married his longtime partner Paulette in April, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.
"She's a surgical nurse. She just retired two weeks before they got married," MARIE said. "They were just starting their lives (as a married couple). They seem a little ripped-off."
VERBOOM's work, mostly oil paintings, is in many public collections across Canada, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Avon Canada in Montreal and Museum London.
"Museum London is very fortunate to have works by him in our permanent collection," said the museum's executive director Brian MEEHAN.
"As an artist, Klaas carried on the great tradition of landscape painting in this country and was able to capture Southwestern Ontario in beautiful detail."
VERBOOM was chosen to paint a portrait of wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen by his Man in Motion Tour in 1986.
Two of his works, Fox and Hounds, were recently accepted for the Master of Foxhounds Association of America Centennial Travelling Art Exhibition, which will open in New York in January 2007 and travel across North America.
VERBOOM's paintings fetched as much as $20,000 through the years, MARIE said.
One painting, Fall Splendor, was commissioned by a visiting Dutch businessperson browsing in Sandy Snelgrove's Gallery in London, which represented VERBOOM.
VERBOOM was once asked about his goal as an artist and said "I want people to look at my work and say, 'Boy, this guy really enjoyed painting these.' "
VERBOOM is also survived by his mother Margaret, sons Bill HINDLE and Douwe VERBOOM and his stepson Chris CAHILL.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the M. Box and son Funeral Home in Parkhill.

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VERBOVA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-08 published
Rudolf VRBA, Scientist And Professor (1924-2006)
He was the man who beat Auschwitz, writes Sandra MARTIN. In 1944, he escaped the death camp to warn the world and save the lives of 150,000 Hungarian Jews, but remained bitter that 400,000 were sacrificed
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of Walter ROSENBERG's escape from Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious Nazi concentration camp in Poland, where more than a million people were killed during the Second World War. Auschwitz irrevocably changed Mr. ROSENBERG, who was only 19 when he escaped. For the rest of his life he lived under the name Rudolf VRBA, the nom de guerre, as he called it, that he adopted after his escape.
Independent, prickly and uncompromising, Mr. VRBA, who had a successful academic career as a biochemist at the University of British Columbia and was the author of more than 50 scientific papers, hated being thought of as a victim or a survivor -- and with good reason. Nobody had rescued him -- he had beaten Auschwitz. A tough guy who tended to be a moral absolutist, he was also warm, funny and a generous and loyal friend. "He struck a very fine sartorial note," said his colleague Professor Michael WALKER. "He was always well dressed and he had a presence and a style about him."
Mr. VRBA was not the only person to flee the extermination camp, but he and his friend Alfred WETZLER were the most important of the five escapees from that hellhole of depravity. They bore detailed and accurate witness to the layout and function of the gas chambers and crematoria and they spread the alarm about the diabolical extermination plans in store for Hungarian Jews. And that is another way that the Holocaust changed Mr. VRBA: Instead of rejoicing that the Auschwitz Protocol (as his detailed report was called) saved at least 150,000 Hungarian Jews, he remained bitter that more lives hadn't been saved, believing to the end of his life that the Hungarian Jewish leaders knowingly sacrificed more than 400,000 of their countrymen in order to save themselves and their families.
The past is not a simple place, especially for those who disinter the myths that spread like moss over the moral complexities of horrific events to make them more palatable for the living. Mr. VRBA was a troubling character to many because he threatened the solidarity of the post-Holocaust Jewish community with his accusations of complicity in his memoir I Can't Forgive. (First published in London in 1963, the book was revised and expanded by Mr. VRBA several times during his lifetime.) As a result, it was easier for many to ignore Mr. VRBA's heroism than to honour it.
Ruth Linn, dean of education at Haifa University, and a native-born Israeli, had never heard about anybody escaping from Auschwitz and neither had her students -- until she watched French director Claude Lanzmann's 1985 documentary Shoah. How was it possible, she asked herself, that Mr. VRBA's memoirs had never been translated into Hebrew. Why had he never been recognized by Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority)? She was a key player in having Mr. VRBA's book translated, in seeing him awarded an honorary doctorate at Haifa University in 1998, and in accounting for his absence in popular accounts of the Holocaust in her 2004 book, Escaping Auschwitz: A Culture of Forgetting.
By then, Mr. VRBA had lived in Canada for nearly three decades. Over the years, he had made crucial depositions against Nazis trying to escape retribution, whether it was the Final Solution leadership at the Nuremberg Trials, Adolf Eichmann after his capture in Argentina in 1960, or former concentration guards living undercover in Germany. He was also a principal witness in trials of Holocaust deniers such as Ernst ZUNDEL in Canada.
"What drove him forward was his understanding of the extent to which the Nazi apparatus used Jewish wealth and Jewish labour to fuel and maintain the German war effort," said Holocaust historian Sir Martin Gilbert. "He had seen it when he was in Kanada [the warehouses that stored confiscated Jewish goods] in Auschwitz when he'd seen this vast amount of material being recycled, and the use made of slave labour."
Sir Martin was so impressed with Mr. VRBA's heroism that he supported a campaign to nominate Mr. VRBA for the Order of Canada and solicited letters from well known Canadians including then law professor Irwin COTLER (more recently minister of justice.) "I fully concur with you that VRBA is a 'real hero.' Indeed, there are few more deserving of the Order of Canada than VRBA, and few, anywhere, who have exhibited his moral courage," Prof. COTLER wrote in a handwritten letter to Sir Martin on February 18, 1992. "Canada will honour itself -- and redeem itself somewhat -- by awarding him the Order of Canada."
It didn't happen.
Walter ROSENBERG was born between the First and Second World Wars in Topolcany, Czechoslovakia. He was one of five children of Elias ROSENBERG, a steam saw-mill owner and Helena Grunfeldova. He was 15 when the Germans began their murderous march through Europe. After he was expelled from high school in Bratislava under the local version of the Nuremberg anti-Jewish laws, he worked as a labourer until he was arrested in March of 1942. Two months later, he was deported to Maidanek and transferred to Auschwitz on June 30.
He survived as prisoner No. 44070 for almost two years, using his formidable memory and analytical powers to compute the numbers of people arriving on the transports and to calculate how many were used as slave labour or were sent to be gassed at adjacent Birkenau. Early in 1944, after the Germans invaded Hungary, he observed how the camp was ramping up to prepare for the arrival of huge deportations of Hungarian Jews.
On April 7, he and an older schoolmate, Alfred WETZLER, escaped from Auschwitz and made their way to Zilina, Slovakia where, on April 24, they told their harrowing tale to the local Jewish council. Mr. ROSENBERG and Mr. WETZLER were put in separate rooms as they wrote out their reports, which were then compared, checked for accuracy against available records and compiled. The 32-page report testifying to the atrocities at Auschwitz-Birkenau was sent to the Allies, the Vatican, the International Red Cross and the Jewish leadership in Hungary -- the next victims on Hitler's extermination list.
The Jewish council gave Mr. ROSENBERG identity papers and he became Rudolf VRBA, a name he later adopted legally. The Auschwitz Protocol reached the Hungarian Jewish leadership in early May of 1944, but they didn't raise the alarm. Instead, they negotiated with Adolf Eichmann in an effort to exchange Jews for trucks and other goods needed by the depleted Nazi war effort.
"Basically, Eichmann deceived them," says Sir Martin in promising the Hungarian Jewish leadership that the trains would take the Jews to holding camps where they would be transferred to the trucks which would convey them to safety in Spain. That's why they kept silent. Between mid-May and early July 1944, nearly 440,000 Hungarian Jews (including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel) boarded "resettlement trains" in good faith and ended up in Auschwitz where most were immediately gassed. Mr. VRBA always felt that if the Jewish leaders had announced what Auschwitz was about these people would have rebelled.
By June of 1944, the Allies had received the Auschwitz Protocol. They took it very, very seriously, according to Sir Martin. "It had such a massive impact that the Germans were forced to halt the deportations." Coincidentally there was an American air raid on Budapest on July 2, 1944. Hungarian Regent Admiral Miklos Horthy believed the attack was the beginning of the threatened Allied retribution for the Auschwitz Protocol and insisted the deportations stop -- which they did on July 9, 1944. "About 150,000 Jews were saved as a result of VRBA's efforts. "He was totally and extraordinarily successful."
Mr. VRBA warned his own relatives to flee before they, too, were taken. After that, he joined the Czechoslovak Partisan Units in September 1944 and fought with them until the end of the war. He was decorated for bravery. After Czechoslovakia was liberated, he went back to school and did a series of degrees in chemistry, receiving his doctorate in 1951 and a post-graduate degree from the Academy of Science in 1956. He undertook biochemical research at Charles University in Prague from 1953 to 1958. By then, he had married a childhood friend, a medical doctor in Prague named Gerta VERBOVA. They had two daughters, Helena (who has died) and Zuza. Mr. VRBA and his wife separated in 1958, when she defected to the West and he went to a conference in Israel and never returned.
He worked as a biochemist in Israel for two years and then joined the British Medical Research Council in London in 1960. Seven years later he was appointed to the Canadian Medical Research Council and, from there, began teaching in the pharmacology department in the Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia. In the mid-1970s, he went on sabbatical to Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts., where he met his second wife, Robin, who became a successful real-estate dealer in Vancouver.
"As a scientist, he started out very well and was well respected for his work in proteins and chemistry," said colleague Prof. Michael WALKER. "He was very independent and he had his own view of what was important," and that often meant he "butted heads with the granting authorities."
Towards the end of his career Prof. VRBA wasn't getting many grants. "I don't think he was treated appropriately by the Canadian scientific community," said Prof. WALKER. "He was prescient in his understanding of his area, which is proteins, and how their function may be changed if they have glucose attached to them." Instead of complaining about his lack of research money, he "put more effort into teaching," according to Prof. WALKER. " The students loved him, especially in the last few years."
Rudolf VRBA was born Walter ROSENBERG in Topolcany, Czechoslovakia on September 11, 1924. He died of cancer in Vancouver on March 27, 2006. He was 81. He is survived by his second wife Robin, a daughter from his first marriage, two grandchildren and two nephews.

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VERBRUGGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-25 published
LANGFORD, Jean (née BLUITT)
A resident of R.R.#6 Thamesville, passed away at the C.K.H.A. Public General Campus, on Friday March 24, 2006 at the age of 87. Born in Howard Twp., daughter of the late Lorne and Maribel (STEWARD/STEWART/STUART) BLUITT. Beloved wife of the late Harold LANGFORD (1992.) Loving mother of Bill LANGFORD of Wallaceburg, Gary and Pam LANGFORD of Thamesville. Loving grandmother of Shannon, Ashley, Greggory, Ryan, and Bailey. Dear sister of Marjorie LANGFORD of Thamesville. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and 1 great-great-nephew. Predeceased by a sister-in-law Thelma VERBRUGGE, and brothers-in-law Elmer LANGFORD, and Peter VERBRUGGE. The LANGFORD family will receive Friends at the John C. Badder Funeral Home, 72 Victoria Street, Thamesville on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Monday March 27, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Anita SIPOS of Saint_James Presbyterian Church, Thamesville officiating. Interment Sherman Cemetery, Thamesville. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the charity of ones choice. A Tree will be planted in memory of Jean LANGFORD in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp.

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VERBRUGGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-10 published
STOCK, Grace Elizabeth (née STOCK)
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Grace Elizabeth STOCK of Tillsonburg, formerly of New Hamburg announces her passing at her home on Sunday May 7, 2006 in her 75th year. Grace dedicated many years of her life to teaching and coaching in Tillsonburg at Annandale High School. A passionate athlete, avid skier and joyful traveler; she will be fondly remembered by brother Hollice (Betty) STOCK of New Hamburg, sister; Dorothy (Jim) CHAPMAN of Exeter, and brother Don (Carole) STOCK of Cobourg, her skiing buddies (nieces and nephews) and by her cherished Friends Vickie and Dwayne VERBRUGGE and their son Tony of Tillsonburg. Grace was predeceased by her parents Ted and Ruby STOCK. The family welcome Friends and family to a Memorial Visitation and celebration of Grace's life at Ostranders Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell St. Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Friday, May 12, 2006 from 12 noon until 1 p.m. A memorial service will be held in Ostrander's Funeral Home Chapel on May 12, 2006 at 1 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Interment later in New Hamburg Cemetery. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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VERBRUGGEN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2006-11-17 published
Cyclist struck and killed in hit-and-run, police seek public help
A Clearview Township man is dead following a hit-and-run late Tuesday night.
Huronia West Ontario Provincial Police, paramedics and fire crews were called to Local Airport Road just west of Hwy. 26 shortly after 10 p.m. after the 28-year-old man, John VERBRUGGEN, was struck while on his bike by a driver who then left the scene.
Local Airport Road was closed for several hours between 75th street and Fairgrounds Road in Clearview.
Anyone with any information on this mishap is asked to call Ontario Provincial Police at (705) 429-3575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Meanwhile a two-vehicle collision in Angus Wednesday afternoon killed one man and left another injured. Witnesses: said a grey Hyundai sport utility vehicle drove erratically at high speed, ran into the rear of another car, hit several signs and flipped over into a ditch on Mill Street, the main thoroughfare.
The name of the dead man was not released Thursday.
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VERBRUGGEN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-11-22 published
VERBRUGGEN, Martin " John"
Passed away suddenly as a result of an accident on November 14th, 2006 at the age of 28. John, beloved son of Elly and Jan. Loving brother of Jack, Joey, Jason and Jeffrey. Dear grand_son of Leny, Kryn, and step-grand_son of Henny VERBRUGGEN. Predeceased by Oma Johanna and Opa MART. Dear nephew of Corrie and her husband Vince, John and his wife Edith, Alex, Joanne and her husband Ron, and Walter. Cousin of Samantha, Michael, Dryden, John Allen, Lisa, Johanna, Jerri, Todd and Rhonda. Survived by Jaap and his wife Marja and many relatives in Holland. Funeral Services were held at the Christian Reformed Church, Poplar Sideroad, Collingwood, on Tuesday November 21, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Presbyterian Cemetery, Collingwood. Arrangements entrusted to the Chatterson Funeral Home, Collingwood.
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VERBURG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-08 published
VERBURG, Antje (DEJOODE)
The Lord took our mother Antje (DEJOODE) VERBURG to her eternal rest on Saturday, May 6, 2006 in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Johannes VERBURG (1989.) Dear companion and friend of Doeke BUFFINGA. Loving mother of Peta and John BRANDERHORST of Hensall, Janie and Martin WILTS of Londesborough, Koos and Rita VERBURG of R.R.#1 Auburn, Tony and Roely VERBURG of R.R.#1 Auburn, Wilma and John Hessels of R.R.#2 Goderich, , and John and Margaret VERBURG of Londesborough. Grandmother of 22 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Cor BOS of Alberta, Adrianna UYL of Blyth, Freda UYL of Clinton, Jannie VANDEN DOOL, and Wim DEJOODE both of The Netherlands. Predeceased by infant grand_son (1966) and by nine sisters and brothers. Friends will be received at the Blyth Visitation Centre of the Falconer Funeral Homes, 407 Queen Street, Blyth on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Blyth Christian Reformed Church, Blyth, on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment Hope Chapel Cemetery, Hullett Twp. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation or Goderich Community Living would be greatly appreciated.

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VERCOUTTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-26 published
VERCOUTTER, Jerome
On January 14, 2006. A complete Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 27 at 11: 00 a.m. at Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst St. (near Dundas). Interment at Beechwood Cemetery.

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VERDELLEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-02 published
DORSSERS, Elizabeth " Lisa"
Of Blenheim passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 30, 2006 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Born in Helden, Limburg, The Netherlands 87 years ago, daughter of the late Leo DORSSERS and Wilhelmina VANDEKERKHOF. She is survived by sisters; of Petronella TIMMERMANS, Maria JOOSTEN, Grada LUIKING, Wilma and Gerry WILLEMSEN, all of Blenheim, Ann and Theo VANVUGT of Port Dover, Christine and Jack VANHAREN of Winchester, Dora and Bill VANDENBERG of Sarnia, Nes VERDELLEN and Yet HANEN of The Netherlands, and brothers Andrew and Ann DORSSERS, Tony and Siham DORSSERS, Bill and Mary DORSSERS all of Blenheim, Cor and Joanne DORSSERS of London, Hank DORSSERS of Seaforth. Predeceased by brothers-in-law; Wim VERDELLEN, Toén HAENAN, Peter JOOSTEN, Ben LUIKING, John TIMMERMANS, sister-in-law; Joanne DORSSERS. Al is survived by 57 nieces and nephews, 115 greatnieces and nephews and 3 great-great nieces and nephews. Resting at the J.L. Ford Funeral Home in Blenheim for visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Saint Mary's Church on Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials to the Capuchin Bursary in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Leo DORSSERS would be appreciated.

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VERDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-29 published
STEELE, William G. " Bill"
Passed away peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital, on Saturday, October 28th, 2006 William G. (Bill) STEELE of London in his 59th year. Beloved husband of Connie "Faye" (COFFIN) STEELE. Dear father of Brandon STEELE and Cindy VERDON and her husband Steve all of London. Also loved by his 3 grandchildren Alyssa, Nick and Dillon VERDON. Dear son of James A. (Jim) STEELE of R.R.#1, Dashwood and the late Geraldine A. "Gerry" (BROWN) STEELE. Dear brother of Jim STEELE and his wife Dianne of Mississauga, Sue CHADDER and her husband Paul of Guelph; Mike STEELE and his wife Tracy, Anne McKAY and her husband Brian of London; and Cathy COOMBS and her husband Kevin of Ottawa. Also loved by his nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends from 6: 00-9:00 p.m. Monday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, where funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Tuesday, October 31st. at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 442 Adelaide Street, London, Ontario N6B 3H8 or the charity of your choice. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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VERDONI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-28 published
HEGGIE, David William Macdonald
Retired C.N. employee of 37 years.
Passed away suddenly, on Thursday, January 26, 2006, after a brief illness, in his 85th year. Loving husband of Peggy. Father of Norma PHILLIPS (Bob,) and Barbara DUMOULIN (Del.) Grandfather of Blake PHILLIPS (Lorie), Kevin PHILLIPS (Jodie), Deborah DUMOULIN, and Joanne VERDONI (Louie,) and six great-grandchildren. During World War 2, he served his country proudly as a wireless operator in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Former member of Transportation Lodge 111, Montreal, and Rameses Shriners. Family and Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goudling, south of Steeles), on Monday, January 30, 2006 from 12 to 1 p.m. A Service will be held in the Chapel at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, Montreal, c/o Rameses Shriners, 3100 Keele Street, North York, Ontario M3M 2H4. Condolences www.rskane.ca

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VERDUN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-12 published
ATKINSON, Archibald Hunt "Archie", "Tommy" (1910-2006)
Peacefully in his sleep on June 4th, 2006, at Ridgeview Home, Hamilton, Ontario, in his 96th year. Born Dorris, California, U.S.A., December 28, 1910. Barefoot farm boy in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Brilliant mathematician, freshman University of Oregon 1929, alumnus U.S. Naval Academy 1934 cum laude. First graduating class Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellowship 1935 (M.B.A.), Lt. Cmdr U.S.N. (ret.), navigator pocket carrier U.S.S. Bataan (Coral Sea, Iwo Jima, Tokyo Harbour etc). Proud citizen of both Canada and the U.S.A. Hamilton Engineering Institute Engineer of the Year, 1983. Predeceased in 1998 by the love of his life, Elizabeth Eleanor ATKINSON (née ILLSEY.) Survived by son Thomas Eugene (b.1944,) daughter-in-law Linda (née POWELL,) grand_son Tyler (b.1971); son William Illsey (b.1946), daughter-in-law Laura Jo GUNTER, grand_sons Rowan (b.1991) and Stuart (b.1995) former daughter-in-law Emmy VERDUN, grand_son Jeremy (b.1976) and granddaughter Laurel (b.1979). Innumerable Friends, colleagues, and professional acquaintances throughout the Hamilton area. Archie's greatness shone like a beacon. Husband, father, friend, philanthropist, scholar, speaker, thinker, inventor, carpenter, craftsman: There was no role he did not embellish. After World War 2 he moved to his wife's home city of Hamilton, where he spent half a century in distinguished service to his community and to his profession of civil engineering. Archie never rested. He designed and built his own house from the foundation up in 1952; consolidated a reputation for elegant and innovative structural design until his retirement at age 80 from the firm he founded and helped renovate the Rectory of the Anglican parish of Saint John's Ancaster in 1956-7. Archie's mind was amazingly wide-ranging. He developed the world's first composite deck, whose permanent steel formwork and built-in connectors made the floor's poured concrete topping not a dead load but an integral part of the structure. He paid for its testing at McMaster University, convinced a hidebound steel industry to accept it, and assigned its patents and all royalties from its sale to his beloved 'Mac.' Archie loved taking on the self-important. When Canadian building codes insisted that the only function of fire criteria was the protection of property, Archie questioned why a structure must stand for half a day after smoke had killed all its occupants. The result of his work is today's standard, which gives primacy to the protection of human life. Behind the public stage was a loving, good-humoured dad who imbued his sons with a fierce love of disciplined learning, not only in the sciences but also in the arts. His influence will go on. A Memorial Service and interment will take place at Saint_John's Anglican Church, 272 Wilson Street West, Ancaster, on Thursday, June 15th at 1: 30 p.m. Reception after wards. Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew's House, 414 Barton Street East, Hamilton, Ontario. L8L 2Y3 905-523-5546 www.marlattfuneralhomedundas.com

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VERE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-18 published
MAMO, Frances
The Family of the late Frances MAMO express our appreciation and thanks to relatives, Friends and neighbours for all their support, prayers, floral arrangements, memorial donations and cards. A special thanks goes out to the incredible nurses on the 4th floor Medicine A at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance for their kindness and the special care they gave our mother. Many thanks to Father Dan VERE, The Catholic Women's League and Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home for helping on a most difficult day. Everyone's kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered. Our mother was a very special lady and was loved by anyone who met her. We will all miss her very much. Thank you Alfred, Marlene, Charles, Mary Rose, Eugene and families

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VERE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-09 published
MAILLOUX, Pat
The family of the late Pat MAILLOUX, wish to thank everyone who were so supportive during Pat's many years of illness and following her recent death. We wish to thank you for your numerous visits at home and in hospital, for the beautiful flowers, the food sent to our homes, the help we received at our homes, the cards received, the courtesies shown to us and in particular the memorial donations made in Pat's memory to our Oil Heritage District Community Centre and our C.E.E. Hospital Foundation. We are so fortunate to live in such a wonderful and supportive community. Special thanks to Pat's liver specialist, Doctor Cameron GHENT and her transplant surgeon, Doctor Bill WALL at University Hospital, who gave Pat an extra 10 years of good living following her many years of liver disease and transplant and Doctor Ian CHIN- YEE and the many other caregivers in the Chemo and Radiation department at the London Regional Cancer Centre and Victoria Hospital and the Sarnia-Lambton Community Care Access Centre who helped us at home along with V.H.A. Nursing and Victorian Order of Nurses Home Care for their excellent care over the last five months of Pat's life. Also, Dr. John BUTLER and Doctor Enoch DANIEL and the wonderful staff at Bluewater Health -- C.E.E. Site, your concern and care for Pat was beyond expectation and greatly appreciated. Also, many thanks to Father Stephen SAVEL, for his care of Pat, to Fr. Dan VERE and Fr. Paul DUPLESSIE, for con-celebrating Pat's funeral mass, and the many other clergy who visited and prayed with us. Special thanks to our Friends in the funeral profession from across Ontario, in particular, Bill and Sue HASKETT, Rob McKINLAY, and Kevin KNIGHT for making Pat's funeral a true 'Celebration of Her Life.' Your kindness will never be forgotten. Roger Steven, Laurel, Aliya and Halle Jeff, Lindsay and Miller

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VERE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-13 published
GRAY/GREY, Lois C.
Peacefully in Cobourg, Ontario, Lois C. GRAY/GREY, 94 years, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2006. She was predeceased by her husband Gerald (Gerry) Maxwell GRAY/GREY, and by one son Doug GRAY/GREY (Peggy Ann). She is survived by her children Fred (Ann), Martha CEPUCH (Leo CEPUCH, deceased), Libby (Victor VERE), Cathy (Dr. Paul HAZELL,) 16 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. A resident of Toronto until she and Gerry retired to Goodwood and after his death she moved to Thornhill and then Port Hope. She brought much joy to and welcomed all who came in contact with her. She and her husband were responsible for the reconstruction of a log school house, Bear Cave No. 5 in the Uxbridge Goodwood area. The family cottage at Gloucester Pool near Port Severn as well as Bear Cave were sites of many family gatherings. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 16th at the Coldwater Funeral Home, 22 Sturgeon Bay Road, Coldwater (705-686-3344 or 1-888-645-5485) at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Victor F. VERE, officiating. There will be a visitation immediately preceding the funeral service commencing at 1 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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