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FUNDERBURG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-18 published
PUTTOCK, Nigel W., M.A., P.Eng.
Died peacefully at home in Milton on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at age 79 after a lengthy battle with Olivopontocerebellar Atrophy. Survived by Babs (neé Barbara Ann BUGLER) the love of his life for over 56 years, children Shirley REABURN (John,) Roger, Pamela GRAY/GREY (Dave), Carol (Gary WALKER), grandchildren Geoffrey READY (Jolán), Gillian COLLINS (Kirby), Leigh Ann FUNDERBURG (Harry), James GRAY/GREY, Andy GRAY/GREY, Christopher PUTTOCK and Eric PUTTOCK and great-grandchildren Nathanael READY, Matthew FUNDERBURG, Owen READY and Jeremy READY. Nigel is also survived by his brother Gerald PUTTOCK of Wales and sister-in-law Jane WALLACE (Ian) of England. Predeceased by son-in-law Doug READY. son of Eric C. PUTTOCK and Mary Wilson COOK, Nigel was born in Horsham, Sussex in 1927, educated at Oundle School, Northamptonshire and Clare College, Cambridge. After serving with the Royal Air Force and Royal Air Force Vol. Reserve 1946-54 and beginning his career with Transparent Paper Ltd, he emigrated to Canada with his bride and growing family in 1957. Here his family and career thrived as he spent the next 20 years in management positions in the building materials manufacturing industry. He was president of Westroc Industries, Director of British Plasterboard, and served as a director of the National Home Builders Association of Canada. Following this Nigel chose a less travelled career path in residential real estate in the Oakville area as agent, broker and business partner. A long time member of the Oakville Club, Nigel's interests in squash, tennis, boating and music kept him active and his Friends entertained. Nigel also applied his engineering experience and technical aptitude to model railroading. He will long be remembered for the family parties he and Babs hosted with games and activities for all ages. As his disease progressed Nigel lost his joie de vivre and slowly withdrew from social activities. Nigel and Babs have been residing quietly in Milton for several years. Following Nigel's wishes, he has been cremated and a memorial service and suitable send off will be arranged when his snowbird Friends have returned. Donations may be made in his memory to the Victorian Order of Nurses Canada Foundation.

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FUNG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-11 published
SAGAR, Patricia Ann (née JOYCE)
Patricia passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, December 7 after 55 years of joyous life. She was the loving wife and best friend of Peter, and was dedicated to her beloved children, Heather and Stephen. She was predeceased by her parents, Bob and Maddie JOYCE, and will be greatly missed by her sisters Maureen (Amin) of Toronto and Nuala (Bond) of Ottawa, and brother Michael (Joyce) of Chicago, as well as by her nieces, nephews, and many Friends. Patricia dedicated herself to her family and to her professional career, which included time at National Revenue, Industry Canada, the Trade Negotiation Office, Finance Canada, and Canada's Mission to the World Trade Organization. Patricia passed her last 8 years living life to the full and raising her family, despite ovarian cancer. She succeeded due to her personal strength, love of life, and with the love of her family and Friends. And of course, we must thank the many dedicated doctors, nurses and others at the Hôpital de la Tour in Geneva, and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre. A special thanks must go to Doctor Claudius Irle of Geneva, Dr. Fung Kee FUNG and his team at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, and especially the superb, caring team of the Gynecological Oncology Unit at the General Hospital, including Kelly Ann, Jacinthe, Brenda and everyone else. Special thanks go to Doctor Coulombe and Nurse Joan Anne Walker for their help on Thursday. A service will be held at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 3 p.m., followed by a reception. Patricia believed strongly in helping others and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre or Ovarian Cancer Canada would be appreciated and be a lasting memorial. Condolences/donations: mcgarryfamily.ca

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FUNG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-11 published
RODRIQUEZ, Christopher F., PhD. Chem.
Died suddenly on Sunday, December 11, 2005 at Lake Charles, Louisiana. Beloved son of Yvonne. Cherished grand_son of Ivy WONG. Predeceased by his grandfather Arthur CHIN. Dear nephew to Dr. Maxwell CHIN, his aunt Pat FUNG and his late uncle Wilbert. Christopher will be sadly missed by many relatives and Friends here at home, in the United States and the United Kingdom. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. in the chapel of the Jerrett Funeral Home - North York Chapel, 6191 Yonge Street (2 lights south of Steeles Ave.).

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FUNK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-16 published
CRAMER, Fredrick " Howard"
Passed away suddenly on November 10, 2006 at the age of 77 years lovingly surrounded by his family. Howard was born July 21, 1929 in Penticton, British Columbia. He was the first born of 8 children to Archibald and Amelia CRAMER. Howard met and married Lydia FUNK on February 15, 1952. Their first child, Rob was born in Vancouver in 1954. In 1957 they moved to Ontario. Another son and a daughter were born once there. Howard obtained his teaching degree in 1961. It was a profession that he thoroughly enjoyed for 33 years. In 1994 he and Lydia came back to Chilliwack, British Columbia to live out their retirement years. Howard's love for the Lord was evident in his daily walk. He is lovingly remembered by his wife; Lydia, children; Rob (Kelly), Phil (April) and Lynette (Brian), 7 grandchildren and one new great-grandchild in Ontario that he never got to see. He was loved by many relatives and Friends. A Celebration of his life was held on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at Chilliwack Alliance Church. Interment at Vedder View Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chilliwack Chinese Alliance Church, 8700 Young Rd., Cilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 4P4. Woodlawn 604-793-4555

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FUNK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-29 published
ALEXANDER, Dorothy E. (née PARKER)
On Tuesday, November 28, 2006, Mrs. Dorothy E. ALEXANDER in her 94th year. Born February 27, 1913, only daughter of Annie and Albert PARKER. Predeceased by her husband Gordon. Much loved by her daughter Margaret (Gerry) BOSS, grandchildren Shelley (Harvey) FUNK and Ryan BOSS. She will be missed by great-grandchildren Alex and Emilia. Dorothy was a longtime employee of Jones Packaging, known for her kindness and wit, she'll be sadly missed by many. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 1559 Fanshawe Park Rd. E. (east of Highbury), on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 1 p.m. (visitation one hour prior). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Society would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at www.memorialfuneral.ca

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FUNK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-20 published
BAX, Anne (née VANDERLANS)
Suddenly at her residence on Monday, December 18, 2006, Anne BAX (née VANDERLANS) of Bexley St. Woodstock in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Herman BAX. Dear mother of Gerry HAGUE and her husband Jim of Beachville, Conny MOODY and her husband Jason of Michigan, Kathy HOWE and her husband Terry of Ingersoll and John BAX. Loved grandmother of James and Joseph HAGUE, Monica FUNK, and Rebecca HOWE. Dear sister of Til WOLVERS and her husband Piet, Nel VANDER HOLST, Alie VANDERLANS and her husband Gerrard, Leontien VANKLINK and her husband Andre and sister-in-law Mien VANDERLANS all of Holland. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Arie and Jan VANDERLANS. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock Wednesday 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish Thursday at 1: 30 p.m. with Father Chris GEVAERT officiating. Interment Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Lung Association of Oxford County would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com Parish prayers will be offered at the funeral home Wednesday evening at 6: 30 p.m.

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FUNK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-27 published
MATHER, Doris Maud
Born September 28, 1919 in Brampton, Ontario. Passed away from heart failure at The Residence on Garrison Road, Fort Erie, Ontario on April 25, 2006. Predeceased by her siblings Gladys, Brampton, 1919, Irwin (Dorothy), Toronto, 1972, and Lloyd (Jo), Lakeport in 2002. She is lovingly remembered and will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews: Lloyd and Linda MATHER, Thornhill, Alan and Sheila MATHER, Toronto, Betty and John BENNETT, Norwood, Gordon MATHER, Calgary and John MATHER of Fort Saskatchewan. Doris is also survived by ten great-nieces and nephews: Laura, Karen, Stephen, Sarah (Davyd FUNK), Aimee, Adam, Lindsay and Jeffrey MATHER and Chris (Carol) and Gordon (Natasha) BENNETT. She deeply loved her great-great-nieces and nephews, Erika and Meleah BENNETT and Nathan and Liam FUNK. Doris leaves many Friends in Fort Erie, especially Karen ELLY, her dearly loved, wonderful, unofficial caregiver who made her last years pleasant and easy with her loving care and Stella HARDIE who was always there to help. Miss MATHER came to Fort Erie in 1949 following three years teaching in Waterford. She taught Home Economics at Fort Erie High School for almost thirty years, retiring in 1977. She loved to travel, cook, do needlework, garden, read mysteries, take pictures and spoil her family. Over her life she cared selflessly for many Friends and relatives. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie (905-871-0444) entrusted with arrangements. A celebration of Doris' life will be held on Saturday, April 29th with visitation from 1: 00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. followed by a service of remembrance and a reception. Doris will be cremated and her ashes will be interred in the family plot in Brampton at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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FUNNELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-20 published
McNAUGHTON, Hazel (née SMILLIE)
On Thursday, January 19, 2006, Hazel McNAUGHTON, formerly of Seaforth, at the Elliott Home, Guelph, in her 99th year. Mary Hazel SMILLIE, beloved wife of the late James McNAUGHTON (1984.) Dear mother and mother-in-law of Jean and Ray FUNNELL of Guelph and Jane McNAUGHTON of R.R.#3, Kippen. Loved grandmother of Kristen McNAUGHTON, Ridgetown, Erin and her husband Andrew KEEN, Milton, James McNAUGHTON, at home, Bill FUNNELL and his wife Andrea GREENHALGH, Vancouver, Heather and her husband Jim HENNING, Guelph and Janice FUNNELL, Toronto. Dear great-grandmother of Jacob and Benjamin HENNING, Guelph and Ian FUNNELL, Vancouver. Remembered by her brother Clarence SMILLIE of Zurich and her sister Mildred SHEPHERD of Toronto. Predeceased by her son Robert McNAUGHTON and parents James and Ada (DORNTON) SMILLIE. Family will receive Friends at the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Northside United Church, 54 Goderich Street West Seaforth on Sunday, January 22 at 2: 00 p.m. Reverend John GOULD will officiate. Interment Bairds Cemetery, Stanley Township. Memorial donations to Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences at www.whitneyribeyfuneralhome.com

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FUNNELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-20 published
WAUD, Harvey
Suddenly at his residence on Wednesday, May 17, 2006. Harvey WAUD of Embro. Born December 19, 1922 and raised in the Lakeside area. Husband of Margaret (WHEELER) WAUD for 57 years. Father of David WAUD (Jacalyn), Ruth Anne McKAY (John), Lorne WAUD (Debbie), Louise McLENNAN (Dan) and predeceased by son Kenneth (1974.) Dear grandfather of Andrew, Michael and Katherine WAUD, Karen McKAY- FUNNELL (Adam), Josh, Christopher and Meaghan McKAY, Teri WAUD- GRIMBLEBY (Scott), Aaron and Hilary WAUD, and Matthew, Joan and MariJane McLENNAN. Also loved by two precious great-granddaughters Madelyn GRIMBLEBY and Amelia FUNNELL. Predeceased by all his brothers and sisters -- Charles, Hugh, Marguerite, Pauline and Victor, as well as brothers-in-law Charles and Cecil WHEELER. A husband, a father, a farmer and a friend who enjoyed good books, a passion for woodworking and collecting local rural antiques. Visitation at Harland B. Betzner Funeral Home, 177 Dundas Street, Thamesford on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church Embro on Saturday May 20, at 2 p.m. Reverend Glen WRIGHT officiating. Cremation with interment later at Townline Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be given to Knox United Church, The Embro Fire Department or the charity of ones choice.

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FUNNELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-13 published
JOHNSON, Margaret Ellen (née PRIDHAM)
(November 4, 1914-February 10, 2006)
Unexpectedly, but peacefully, in the presence of her loving family, at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Burlington, in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of Charles Walter JOHNSON for over 63 years. Loving mother of Ann and her husband Roger FUNNELL, Donald and his wife Teri, David and his wife Mary-Anne, and Mark. Cherished grandma of Christopher, Sarah (Mark), Jason (Allison), Andrew (Kim), Lucas and Charlie. Adored great-grandma to Aynsley and Reid. Born to Thomas Albert and Florence Elizabeth PRIDHAM in Sunnidale Township, she was the dearest sister to nine brothers and sisters, much loved sister-in-law and special aunt to many nieces and nephews in the JOHNSON and Pridham families. The memory of her sweet, caring and devoted life will remain with all of us forever. Visitation at Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home, 146 Mill Street North, Waterdown, on Tuesday, February 14, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where a Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Family Centre then interment at Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto. If desired, donations to Joseph Brant Hospital or The Hospital for Sick Children would be appreciated by the family. Please sign the Book of Condolence at www.kitchingsteepeandludwig.com

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FUNSTIN o@ca.on.brant.brantford.the_expositor 2006-03-17 published
CORNELL, Kyle Jesse Edward
Suddenly at his home on Thursday March 16, 2006, at the age of sixteen. Loving son of Ken and Esther CORNELL. Much loved brother of Dan, James and the late Jesse (1990). Beloved grand_son of Colleen CORNELL and the late Ken CORNELL, the late John and Mildred FUNSTIN. Kyle will be fondly remembered by his aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and Friends. Friends will be received at the Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre 88 Brant Avenue on Wednesday from 1: 00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the chapel at 2: 00 p.m. Interment will follow Saint_Joseph's Cemetery. Donations may be made in Kyle's memory to the Brant Children's Aid Society (Camp Fund). A tree will be planted in memory of Kyle in the Beckett-Glaves Memorial Forest www.beckettglaves.com

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FUNSTON o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-01-11 published
FUNSTON, Harvey (December 1, 1925-January 10, 2000)
In loving memory of Harvey (December 1, 1925-January 10, 2000).
Memories are a beautiful treasure
Of you, we have so many
Remembering you is easy to do
We do it every day,
But missing you is a heartache
That never goes away.
-Lovingly remembered, Velma, Bill, Jim, Fred, Scott and families.
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FUNSTON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-02-27 published
HEFFERNAN, Betty
Peacefully at Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus, on Sunday, February 26, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Ernie HEFFERNAN (1992.) dear mother of Rosemary and Les DYCE of Mt. Forest, Jean and Garry FUNSTON of Arthur, Joan and Bob ENGLAND of Owen Sound, Steve and Mary Frances HEFFERNAN of Mt. Forest and Donna and Doug LANGDON of Arthur. Loving grandma of Glenn (Tracy,) Rob (Deanna), Randy (Andrea), Chris, Cody, Paige and Shade. Survived by sisters Mary KENSY, Rose O'DONNELL and Theresa (Laverne) O'DONNELL and sister-in-law Leona BROWN. Predeceased by brothers Gerald & Jim BROWN. The family will receive Friends at the Crawford Funeral Home, 243 George St. Arthur on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers will be said on Tuesday evening at 6: 45 p.m. in the Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will held from Saint John Roman Catholic Church, Arthur on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 11 a.m. Father Vince HEFFERNAN celebrant. Spring interment Saint John Cemetery, Arthur. Remembrances to the Canadian Arthritis Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. Crawford Funeral Home 519-848-6872

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FUNSTON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-01 published
HEFFERNAN, Betty
Peacefully at Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus, on Sunday, February 26, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Ernie HEFFERNAN (1992.) dear mother of Rosemary and Les DYCE of Mt. Forest, Jean and Garry FUNSTON of Arthur, Joan and Bob ENGLAND of Owen Sound, Steve and Mary Frances HEFFERNAN of Mt. Forest and Donna and Doug LANGDON of Arthur. Loving grandma of Glenn (Tracy,) Rob (Deanna), Randy (Andrea), Chris, Brad (Erin), Darryl, Jason, Nick, Matt, and Jen. Great-grandma of Gage, Cody, Paige and Shade. Survived by sisters Mary KENSY, Rose O'DONNELL and Theresa (Laverne) O'DONNELL and sister-in-law Leona BROWN. Predeceased by brothers Gerald and Jim BROWN. The family will receive Friends at the Crawford Funeral Home, 243 George St. Arthur on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers will be said on Tuesday evening at 6: 45 p.m. in the Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will held from Saint John Roman Catholic Church, Arthur on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 11 a.m. Father Vince HEFFERNAN celebrant. Spring interment Saint John Cemetery, Arthur. Remembrances to the Canadian Arthritis Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. Crawford Funeral Home 519-848-6872

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FUNSTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-22 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Lillian (FUNSTON)
Beloved wife of the late Doctor Wheaton THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, of London and formerly of Walkerton and Ripley, passed away at Chateau Gardens, London on July 19, 2006 in her 92nd year. Dear mother of Don (Ann) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Exeter, Bob THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Ripley, Dale (Shirley) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Lions Head, June Marie (Rick) SMITH of London and Leone (Lloyd) RUSSELL of Newmarket. Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, brother Morley FUNSTON of Mississauga and sisters-in-law Edith BINNS of Owen Sound and Margaret COURTNEY of Grand Bend. Predeceased by brothers Mervin and Carl FUNSTON and sisters Margie BELL and Mildred THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Visitation at MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home (519-395-2969), Ripley, Saturday evening 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service from the chapel Sunday July 23, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Ripley Cemetery. Donations to the Pine River or St. Andrew's United Church or Charity of Choice appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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FUNSTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-30 published
A friend to the average family
By Mike FUNSTON, Staff Reporter
Jackie SHEPHERD never backed down from a fight, whether it was against slum landlords, political heavyweights or big supermarkets gouging consumers.
SHEPHERD, who made headlines in the Toronto Star in the 1960s as a consumer advocate and federal New Democratic Party candidate in Toronto, succumbed to cancer at home, with her family by her side, on Friday. She was 73.
"In Jackie's younger days, she was feisty and never backed down from anybody. She passed those traits on to all of her children. She's one of the strongest women I've ever known," said her son-in-law, Bob MITCHELL, a reporter at the Star.
"She was my best friend," said her daughter, Kim MITCHELL. " She was the glue that held our family together. Her daughters and sons looked up to her. That's where we got our strength. She was a courageous woman."
Jacqueline Lorraine SHEPHERD (formerly LEDREW) was born August 16, 1932, in Saint John's Newfoundland. She was an Oakville resident for the past five years but had also lived in Toronto, Newmarket, Mississauga and Calgary.
A member of the Women Against Soaring Prices, she resigned in the fall of 1966 because the organization didn't want to take the action she thought was necessary to protest against rising food prices.
When she went on television and talked about how landlords wouldn't rent to people with children, her phone started ringing off the hook. Soon afterwards, in 1967, she formed the Consumers' Housewives Union and convinced members to picket food warehouses.
SHEPHERD spearheaded a fight for better housing for low-income residents and helped convince the government of the day to pass legislation that banned landlords from refusing to rent to people with children.
She organized a march of 34 mothers on Queen's Park in February 1967, with a petition to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to prevent landlords from barring children.
"You'd think children weren't even human," SHEPHERD told the Star in 1967, after she had scanned the classified ads and found 167 apartments that wouldn't allow children.
While running the Consumers' Housewives Union out of her home in an Ontario Housing unit, SHEPHERD found time to raise her family and work part-time as a waitress and cashier.
In 1967, she petitioned city hall and won a two-week stay of eviction for 25 families from their Sylvan Court housing complex in Scarborough. In 1968, she ran unsuccessfully for the New Democratic Party in the federal riding of York West.
She also worked 27 years for the Ontario Jockey Club, primarily at Woodbine and Greenwood racetracks.
SHEPHERD leaves her husband Jack, a Korean War veteran, five children -- John, Kim, Jill, Joey and Megan -- 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Another son, Richard, was murdered on January 22, 1981. She also had 17 brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be at Oakview Funeral Home, 56 Lakeshore Rd. W. in Oakville, today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and tomorrow from 9 to 11 a.m., with eulogies to follow in the chapel. Interment at Sanctuary Park Cemetery.

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FUNSTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-06 published
2 children, wife slain, husband arrested
Teen son manages to escape attack at Aurora home
'She was a great mother. She loved her kids'
By Jim WILKES, Staff Reporter with files from Gail SWAINSON and Mike FUNSTON
An Aurora man has been arrested after a high-speed police chase sparked by the slayings yesterday of his estranged wife and two young children.
Friends identified the victims as Wendy LAFLECHE, 41, her daughter Victoria, 7, and son, Jesse, 3.
LAFLECHE's son Devon BRISBORNE, 16, was not at home at the time of the attack in the two-storey frame home just north of the town's downtown core, a few blocks north of Wellington St.
John LAFLECHE, 40, was arrested an hour later by police, who pursued a green Chrysler Intrepid from Highway 9 and Jane St. up Highway 400 and into Barrie. The car swerved to avoid a spike belt placed on the roadway by police north of Duckworth St. and was eventually boxed in near the Highway 400-Highway 11 split in Barrie's north end.
He has been charged with three counts of first degree murder. His long hair was disheveled as he appeared briefly in a Newmarket court today. He was remanded in custody and will appear in court next Monday by video link.
Friends said he had moved out of the family home a month ago after years of simmering problems that included damage inside the home, but no physical violence directed against his wife of nine years or their children.
Yesterday's deaths were the second in a week in the Greater Toronto Area in which a parent is the suspect. On Thursday, a Markham man found his two children dead in the bathtub and his wife injured in their home. Sivananthi ELANGO, 30, who is in critical condition in hospital, is charged in the deaths of Renu ELANGO, aged 2, and Movlika ELANGO, aged 3 months.
Yesterday in Aurora, police sealed off Yonge St. throughout the day as forensic detectives probed for clues to the attacks.
Co-workers of the dead woman collapsed in tears when they received word of the tragedy. They retreated to a back room at First Choice Hair Cutters on Bayview Ave., weeping inconsolably.
They later asked customers to leave and closed the shop for the day.
"I understand that they were shot -- Oh, God!" moaned manager Amanda ALLEN, who was hugged by another hair stylist.
She said LAFLECHE had a maternal streak that extended even to her job.
"She was like our mother," ALLEN said. "She was always looking after us.
"If we were sick, she was telling us to go home, always taking care of us.
"She was a great mother. She loved her kids."
At LAFLECHE's workstation was a framed picture of Victoria and Jesse and a photo of Devon was propped up beside it.
"She was just a good person, all around," ALLEN said. "She was just very friendly, good to work with. She was a really close friend.
"She did everything for her kids," she said, adding that LAFLECHE's husband worked nights, leaving her to attend to all the children's needs and household chores while working five shifts a week.
"She had it hard," ALLEN said.
LAFLECHE had worked for First Choice for three years, the past 12 months at its Aurora location after two years at its Newmarket shop.
She had worked for the BiWay store in town until the retail chain collapsed in 2001, Friends said.
ALLEN said John LAFLECHE first moved out of the home a few years ago.
"He came back and things seemed to be better and then, that was it," she said.
Recently, the couple attended marriage-counselling sessions, ALLEN said.
"They seemed to be getting along quite well since he moved out," she said.
"No, no, I don't think he was ever going to move back in. That was it for them.
"She had a few Friends, but nothing you'd consider dating."
Victoria attended nearby Wells Street Public School and was learning to play the violin.
Jesse was looked after in a day-care centre while his mother worked.
"Jesse, he was just your average 3- or 4-year-old," ALLEN said. "Yeah, a little troublemaker."
ALLEN said she last saw LAFLECHE on Saturday, when they both worked.
She said she was "fine, just her normal happy self, making jokes."
LAFLECHE's caring nature came through in a letter to the editor she wrote to the Newmarket/Aurora Era-Banner in August last year, complaining about motorists driving too fast on town streets.
"I'm afraid to ride on the street for fear of my own life," she wrote. "What is the rush? I know we all lead busy lives, but is it worth taking a life?"

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