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VIGARIO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-07 published
BENNETT, Joseph Jean-Guy
At Children's Hospital of Western Ontario, London, Ontario Joseph Jean-Guy BENNETT on December 6th, 2006 in his 13th year. Beloved son of Susanne BENNETT and Jean-Guy GIRARD. Much loved by grandmother Patricia BENNETT. Brother of Bradley, Nicole and Steven. Dear nephew of David and Philip BENNETT. Good friend of Paul ROBICHAUD, Beverly YSEBAERT and Nelson VIGARIO. Great-grand_son of the late George and Rose BENNETT. Visitation will be held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Friday, December 8th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, December 9th at 11 a.m. with Father John SHARP celebrant. Interment All Saints Roman Catholic Cemetery. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Joseph.

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VIGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-19 published
André VIGER, Athlete: (1952-2006)
A fiercely determined competitor who many times took first place in the Boston Marathon retired only after winning a gruelling 600-kilometre event in Alaska
By Mike WYMAN, Special to The Globe and Mail; with a file from Associated Press, Page S9
Montreal -- On June 3, 1973, at an age when most youngsters think they're still bulletproof, André VIGER had his outlook abruptly reversed when the car in which he was riding missed a curve and left the road.
At first, the 20-year-old Quebec steel-mill worker thought he had just broken both legs. That paled to insignificance when he was told that the damage to his spinal cord was permanent: He would never again be able to use his lower limbs. It was a diagnosis he initially refused to accept. Learning that a small percentage of people who suffered the same injury had managed to use crutches and leg braces instead of a wheelchair, Mr. VIGER resolved to be among the fortunate few.
As weeks stretched into months, Mr. VIGER learned to walk for the second time in his life. He worked relentlessly, slowly mastering the use of his orthopedic aids and, when he finally left for home, he departed on foot.
Life at home proved to be a series of challenges for which rehab hadn't prepared him. He lost his balance and fell a number of times. Reluctantly, he began to use a wheelchair. But he was determined to adapt to society rather than retreat from it.
A friend convinced him that paraplegia did not prevent him from playing sports. He tried swimming, the shot put, the discus and weightlifting before settling on wheelchair racing, a sport that promised lots of competition.
Establishing himself at the University of Sherbrooke, Mr. VIGER trained with the intensity and dedication that would be a trademark of all his endeavours. When winter put an end to his outdoor training, he rolled endless laps in tunnels that he discovered under the campus rather than mount his wheelchair on stationary rollers.
In 1979, he felt ready to compete and won a local event. Two years later, he entered the Montreal Marathon and finished third in his category. Mr. VIGER maintained his steady climb until 1984, when he went to the Olympics.
As it happened, the Los Angeles Games that year featured a number of demonstration sports, including the first 1,500-metre wheelchair event. Mr. VIGER finished third, becoming a celebrity at home and a standard-bearer for disabled athletes.
He then scored four consecutive victories. First, he won the Oita Marathon in Japan and then the 1984 Boston Marathon. He won at Boston again in 1986, setting a new record for the event, and rolled to victory the following despite being involved in a crash at the start.
At home, he was flooded with requests for public appearances. Accepting as many as possible, he spoke to everyone from children to heads of corporations. He presented a simple message, that disabled people could play a role in society.
Along the way, Mr. VIGER had trained as a jeweller, and he decided to open his own business. La Bijouterie André VIGER grew to half a dozen outlets, financed his athletic career and employed more than 30 people.
"He couldn't sit still," said Canadian Paralympic coach Jean Laroche. "There was no way he could just sit home and watch television. When he finished one thing, he had to start another. He'd leave the store, come train and go right back afterward."
Mr. VIGER continued to accumulate victories and overcome challenges. He won the Montreal Marathon a total of five times and took part in the Seoul, Barcelona and Atlanta Paralympics, bringing home two gold medals, a pair of silvers and a bronze.
In 1993, a year after winning the 10,000-metre wheelchair race in Barcelona, Mr. VIGER decided he was ready for much bigger things and entered the 600-kilometre Midnight Sun Wheelchair Marathon in Alaska.
It was his greatest challenge. The Fairbanks-to-Anchorage race which organizers say is the longest event of its kind in the world -- attracted 13 very serious athletes from as far away as New Zealand. They rode three-wheeled, all-aluminum aerodynamic race chairs, a far cry from the conventional wheelchairs used by the two co-founders (and only entrants) of the race 10 years before.
At that time, strength and concentration were about the only things to keep them from wobbling off the highway. In contrast, Mr. VIGER and the others completed the event in a hunched position with their legs tucked underneath or secured in front. At night, competitors and their support teams camped in a fleet of borrowed motor homes.
The gruelling course is never the same from one day to the next. In 1993, the first day was a 35-kilometre grind that climbed into the Alaska Range foothills, followed by 100 kilometres of headwinds. Another day is spent racing across flatlands that offered no chance of coasting, and the last stretch was an 18-kilometre downward sprint.
"It was downhill and very fast," said Mr. VIGER. " Today was like the cherry on the cake."
The cake proved to be first place and a prize of $5,000 (U.S.) for finishing with an elapsed time of 23 hours 50 minutes. He also bettered a course record set two years earlier by Canadian Ron Scanlon, a martial arts expert who moved to Los Angeles to teach kung fu from a wheelchair.
"It was an ultra-marathon with competitors covering from 20 to 75 kilometres every day for nine days over a very tough course with a lot of steep hills," said Mr. Laroche, who first began working with Mr. VIGER in 1981. "He was very happy with that win because it was an exceptional event."
Mr. VIGER never admitted defeat, said Mr. Laroche. "When he'd lose a competition, he put it behind him and concentrate his efforts on winning the next event. That's something I learned from him. He and the other athletes I coach are athletes first and foremost. We treat them like athletes and they respond as athletes."
In 1996, Mr. VIGER retired to concentrate on a new business venture, La Maison André VIGER, that supplied wheelchairs and other adapted equipment for the physically disabled. He still found time to make personal appearances.
Over the years, many honours came his way. In 1985, he was voted Quebec's athlete of the year, the same year that Jaycees International listed him among the seven outstanding young persons of the world. In 1987, he was appointed to the Order of Quebec and, two years later, he received the Order of Canada. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ottawa. In November, he was inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame.
While his athletic achievements are in the record books, and others have followed the path he paved, most notably Rick Hansen and Chantal Petitclerc, Mr. VIGER's greatest legacy may be that society has come around to his way of thinking.
"He was aware of his limitations, but they didn't stop him from doing what he wanted to do," said Mr. Laroche. "He didn't define himself in terms of his handicap. He proved that life doesn't stop just because someone is confined to a wheelchair."
André VIGER was born in Windsor, Ontario, on September 27, 1952. He died of cancer at St-Luc Hospital in Montreal on October 1, 2006. He was 54.

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VIGGIANI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-17 published
VIGGIANI, Maria
Passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on March 15, 2006, at the Toronto General Hospital, at the age of 84 years. Beloved wife of Vincenzo. Loving mother of Joe, Frank (Flavia), Tony (Mary,) and Rosanna (Nick SIRACO.) Cherished Nonna of Michael, Krystina, Nicholas, Melissa, Mathew, Laura, Vincent, Daniel, Angela and Gabriel. Sister-in-law of Giuseppe SALVADORI. Maria will be dearly missed by all of her nephews, family and Friends. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W. (1 block east of Dufferin) on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 11: 30 a.m. at Saint Peter's Church (659 Markham St.). Interment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery (305 Erskine Ave.). If desired, donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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VIGIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-28 published
ZUPPINGER, Charlotte (née VON VIGIER VON STEINBRUGG)
Born in Solothurn, Switzerland, Charlotte passed away peacefully on March 23rd, 2006 in her 87th year. Wife of the late Walter Ernest ZUPPINGER. Mother of Ernie ZUPPINGER (Dieta), Walter ZUPPINGER (Min Yan) and Charlotte MUDGE (Graham.) Grandmother of Anthony (Lori) ZUPPINGER, Marcus ZUPPINGER, Max and Zoey ZUPPINGER. Her work as Textile Conservator at the Royal Ontario Museum was her great pride and joy. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, March 31st. The memorial service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, April 1st at 1 o'clock. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Toronto Waldorf School, 9100 Bathurst Street, Thornhill, Ontario L4J 8C7 or to the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated.

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VIGIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-28 published
ZUPPINGER, Charlotte (née VON VIGIER VON STEINBRUGG)
Born in Solothurn, Switzerland, Charlotte passed away peacefully on March 23rd, 2006 in her 87th year. Wife of the late Walter Ernest ZUPPINGER. Mother of Ernie ZUPPINGER (Dieta), Walter ZUPPINGER (Min Yan) and Charlotte MUDGE (Graham.) Grandmother of Anthony (Lori) ZUPPINGER, Marcus ZUPPINGER, Max and Zoey ZUPPINGER. Her work as Textile Conservator at the Royal Ontario Museum was her great pride and joy. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, March 31st. The memorial service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, April 1st at 1 o'clock. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Toronto Waldorf School, 9100 Bathurst Street, Thornhill, Ontario L4J 8C7 or to the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated.

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VIGLIANTI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-24 published
STRANO, Francesca
Peacefully at Elmwood Place on March 22, 2006, Francesca STRANO, of London in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late Leone STRANO (1985). Loving mother of Davide (Antonietta) of Brantford, Alfonso (Natalina) of London, Caterina MASTRANDREA (John) of London, Domenico (Maria) of London, Maria VIGLIANTI (Rocco) of London, Joe (Lilliana) of London, Micheli (Laura) of Italy and Francesco (Filomena) of Italy. Dear grandmother of 27 and great-grandmother of many. She is also survived by her sister Carmela VIGLIANTI of London and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 2 brothers in Italy and a sister Antonia FRANZE (1995.) Visitation will be held in the Needham Funeral Home, (520 Dundas Street) on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where Prayers will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary's Church (345 Lyle Street) on Monday March 27th, 2006 at 11 a.m. Entombement to follow at Holy Family Chapel Mausoleum, Saint Peter's Cemetery. Donations in memory of Francesca to Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com

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VIGLIOTTA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-24 published
VIGLIOTTA, Rocco
Passed away at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, on Sunday, April 23, 2006. Loving son of Antonio and Iolanda. Dear brother of Mary and her husband Douglas, Sandra, Bruno and his wife Maria. Uncle of Lawren, Sara, Jacob, Adam and Giulia. Friends may call at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street, South, Newmarket from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral mass to be held at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 17955 Leslie Street (north of Davis Drive) 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment Saint_John's Cemetery. Donations in memory of Rocco may be made to Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation.

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VIGUS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-06 published
COOK, Victor James
On Thursday, February 2, 2006, at home, in his 74th year, after a long, courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. At last in peace. Longtime employee of Asbestos Workers Local No. 95. Devoted husband of Joan for 48 years. Dear father to Steven and wife Karen, and Jason and wife Jennifer. Proud grandpa of Samantha, Adam, Joshua, Rebecca, Sophia, and Aiden. Uncle to Theresa TUCKER and Walter COOK. Vic will be sadly missed by our longtime friend Lois VIGUS, his extended family and all who knew him, also by his faithful companion "Max" his lap cat. The family will hold a celebration of Vic's life at Foxboro Greens Club House, 2975 Erb Street Road, Baden, on Thursday, February 9 at 1 p.m. Donations may be made to the A.L.S. Society in his memory.

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