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EATOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-09 published
EATOCK, Robert Francis
Born June 16, 1923 in Fulham, London, England. Our Dad gently passed from this earth on January 7, 2007 at the Grove Park Home in Barrie, Ontario with his bride of sixty years at his side, Joan Ivy (née MURCOTT.) He lovingly raised six of us: Karen (Phil,) Janet (Garth), Roger (Silvia), Mark, Laura and Susan. Dad also dearly loved his nine grandchildren: David, Briana, Kevin, Patrick, Jacob, Angelica, Quillan, Megan and Kayla. He served with distinction as a pilot with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during World War 2. Dad's soul is now in the embrace of his beloved son Mark and his parents, Bill and Ida. Our family is forever grateful for the compassionate care Dad received in his latter years so, if desired, a donation in lieu of flowers to the Grove Park Home or to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada is appreciated. A service to share memories of Dad will be held at the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home (Clapperton and Worsley Streets) Barrie, Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 11 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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EATON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-09-16 published
Horsewoman killed by train
Shirley STOREY waited for one train, but was hit by a second leaving the Western Fair.
By Patrick MALONEY, Sun Media, Sun., September 16, 2007
A woman involved in a Western Fair competition was struck by a train and killed just outside the fair grounds yesterday, the second straight year that tragedy has marred the exhibition.
Shirley STOREY, 62, of Clinton, was waiting at a level crossing at Rectory Street with four others -- including her husband, Jim -- as a westbound train trundled past.
With the warning lights still flashing, the group began to cross when the other four noticed a freight train heading east. But Shirley STOREY, described by Friends as a "super lady," didn't see it coming.
"I was in the (Agriplex) when I heard the train brakes," said Ted LANSBERGEN, who, like STOREY, was at the fair for a equestrian competition organized by the Mid-Western Ontario Horseman's Society.
"It was terrible," LANSBERGEN said. "She's a hard-working lady. A good couple, good hard-working family."
The 7 a.m. incident blocked the tracks for about three hours, forcing local Via passengers to board buses yesterday morning.
Those involved in the horse riding competition park their trailers in a gravel lot on Rectory Street, immediately south of the train tracks running south of York Street. They walk across the tracks to the nearby Agriplex.
Making the tragedy all the more stunning is the fact Jim STOREY was there when his wife was struck by C.N. train 398, which was Toronto-bound.
He had to be pulled from the scene by Friends within the close-knit equestrian community, one witness said.
"(Shirley and Jim) were attached at the hip," said Lynn EATON, a friend and director with the horsemen's society. "They were always, always together.
"He went to a (recent) competition in Strathroy (alone) and he went home because he couldn't be without her. He missed her."
This weekend's event did go on as scheduled despite the tragedy, EATON said.
"Shirley had a plaque she always carried with her… That's what we read when we had a moment of silence for her," EATON said. "Shirley would have wanted it to go on.
"I was just joking with her (Friday) night. It's just a shock."
A tearful LANSBERGEN said the STOREY clan had been competing at Western Fair for close to a decade.
Though everyone knows to be careful on the tracks, he expressed surprise that trains travel so fast through the city.
The lights were activated and warning arms down at the time of the tragedy, London police Sgt. Greg BLUMSON said.
Though it isn't common for two trains to cross paths at the same time at a level crossing, a C.N. spokesperson said it does happen and pedestrians should be aware of that.
"If you have two tracks there, always expect a second train," Frank Binder said yesterday. "It's a tragedy for the family, it's tough for our crews (but) if the lights and bells are activated, always expect a train.
"And whatever number of tracks are there, that's how many trains there could be."
Another tragedy cast a pall over the Western Fair last year, when Londoner Janet RUDD, 32, choked and collapsed while playing a fair-run game in which she stuffed marshmallows in her mouth and tried to say the words "chubby bunny." She died in hospital.
"It's a sad note for all of us, especially those of us who knew Mrs. STOREY," fair manager Dave TAILOR/TAYLOR said of yesterday's death. "We certainly feel for the family."

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EATON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-10 published
Deadly triangle
A London teacher and one man are found dead in a car. Another man is shot in a parking lot.
By Joe BELANGER, Patrick MALONEY and Joe MATYAS, Sun Media, Mon., December 10, 2007
A London teacher is dead and a colleague recovering in hospital after a stunning parking lot ambush yesterday that preceded an apparent murder-suicide 300 kilometres away.
Angela SEDORE, 40, was found dead in her sport utility vehicle near Peterborough just hours after Ed DICKSON/DIXON -- a fellow teacher at Ashley Oaks elementary school -- was shot by SEDORE's boyfriend outside a south London plaza, family members say.
SEDORE's sister said she had been dating a man named Ray KING for two years.
The bodies of KING and SEDORE were found, apparently shot to death, in her sport utility vehicle south of Peterborough following a police chase.
"This guy obviously came for one thing and that was to kill all three of them," DICKSON/DIXON's father, Ken DICKSON/DIXON, said.
DICKSON/DIXON's father said it appears a phone call to his son's home from a colleague whom his son had just started dating may have set the tragic chain of events in motion early yesterday.
DICKSON/DIXON, 36, told his father SEDORE sounded distraught and wanted to meet him, so he decided to go see if everything was all right. He later described to his father a chilling scene.
Upon arriving at the parking lot outside the A and P store at Wellington and Commissioners roads about 1: 40 a.m., he approached the woman's vehicle when a man hopped out, armed with a gun.
The man fired, the bullet ripping through one side of DICKSON/DIXON's stomach and out the other, then through the window of his Jeep, he told his father.
"If he didn't turn (his body,) he'd be a dead man," Ken DICKSON/DIXON said after visiting his son in the hospital. "A gunshot wound to the stomach, you're a dead man."
Remarkably, Ed DICKSON/DIXON told his father he jotted down the licence plate number as the vehicle drove off.
Within an hour, SEDORE's apartment on the second floor of a quaint Hyman Street home was swarming with police officers whose dramatic arrival stunned neighbours.
Durham regional officers, east of Toronto, were on alert for SEDORE's sport utility vehicle in connection with the London shooting and would soon be following it.
About 4: 45 a.m. yesterday, the Ontario Provincial Police was asked to follow the sport utility vehicle as it travelled north on Highway 115, which runs from Highway 401 to Peterborough, SEDORE's home town.
The sport utility vehicle drove over a police spike belt and went into a ditch, about 10 kilometres south of Peterborough. SEDORE and a man found inside were dead of apparent gunshot wounds.
Police sources told Sun Media the dead man in the sport utility vehicle is Ray KING, 41.
A neighbour, who described SEDORE as a "wonderful" person, said the teacher had been dating a man named Ray.
Having dramatically changed his appearance -- dropping 30 pounds and getting a new haircut -- he was visiting her in London this weekend, the neighbour said.
Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police and city police were at SEDORE's apartment for much of yesterday, taking away a slew of items including her computer, a neighbour said.
SEDORE's birth mother, who only met her now-grown daughter three years ago, was stunned by yesterday's tragedy.
"There's no words to say how I feel," Johanna YATEMAN said when contacted at her Peterborough home. "I feel great, great loss."
The Special Investigations Unit, which probes any civilian death involving police, is investigating the case.
"This is a tragic circumstance and there's a lot to be done," the Special Investigations Unit's lead investigator, Allan EATON, said.
Ken DICKSON/DIXON, who travelled to London from Detroit during the weekend for a family Christmas party, said his son was conscious but struggling in the aftermath of his close call. "He's starting the goofy stuff -- 'I should have called the police (before going),' " he said.
Several teachers at Ashley Oaks, reached at their homes yesterday, declined comment.
A huge swath of the parking lot at the busy south-end plaza -- which houses several restaurants and a busy grocery store -- was taped off for hours as officers scoured around DICKSON/DIXON's green Jeep, a bullet hole clearly visible in its side window.
Shoppers coming in and out of the A and P were stunned by the scene.
"This city is getting bad," said one elderly woman. "You've got to have eyes in the back of your head."
DICKSON/DIXON's shooting happened fewer than 24 hours after the death of Anthony BRUN in an Old South home a few blocks away. A man [later identified as Gordon Tyler McCURDY] has been charged with second-degree murder in the 24-year-old's death.
What Happened
Late Saturday Night: Londoner Ed DICKSON/DIXON gets a distraught-sounding call from a fellow teacher at Ashley Oaks elementary school. He goes to meet her at the A and P store parking lot at Wellington and Commissioners roads, arriving about 1: 30 a.m. yesterday.
A man with a gun exits the woman's vehicle and fires a shot that rips through DICKSON/DIXON's stomach. The vehicle takes off. Wounded, DICKSON/DIXON jots down the licence plate and calls police.
Yesterday, 4: 45 a.m.: Durham Regional Police ask Peterborough Ontario Provincial Police to intercept an sport utility vehicle, wanted in a London investigation, along Highway 115, which extends north from the 401 toward Peterborough.
The sport utility vehicle runs over a police spike belt south of Hwy. 7A and ends up in a ditch, 10 km south of Peterborough.
Ontario Provincial Police find the bodies of a man and a woman Ray KING of Belleville and London teacher Angela SEDORE -- in the sport utility vehicle. They appear to have been shot to death. The sport utility vehicle is registered to SEDORE.

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EATON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-09 published
ACOMBA, Margaret Elizabeth (née EATON)
Giver of Life
Passed away peacefully on June 6, 2007 in Ajax, Ontario in her 92nd year. Gloriously came into this world on April 23, 1916. First child of George and Mary EATON of Montreal, Quebec. Devoted wife of 62 years to the late Sydney ACOMBA. Sister of dear Marie MARSH of Notre-Dame de Grace, Montreal and sister to dearly departed James EATON and Daphne FOLEY. Beloved, respected and treasured Mother to Catherine ACOMBA (Graham DARLINGTON), Jean GROULX (Gerald GROULX), David ACOMBA (Sharon KEOGH), Richard ACOMBA (Peggy ACOMBA) and honourary son David HAWCO. Adored Grandmother to Pamela, Rob, Catherine, Leigh, Craig, Jordan, Scott. Loving Great-Grandmother to Matthew, Natalie, D.J., Jack, Eva, and Oliver. Margaret's compassion for others was demonstrated through her care-giving and tireless work as a foster mother to 105 children over the years during the 1950's while in Montreal. Her passion for playing the piano and her gifted vocals will forever remain with us. All who would like to celebrate the remarkable life of this determined, loving woman, please join us Wednesday, June 13th, 10: 30 at St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church, 21 Bayly St. E. (Bayly and Harwood), Ajax, Ontario, followed by a reception in the Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Hospital for Sick Children (416-813-5320) would be appreciated by the family. She will be sadly missed.

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EATON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-27 published
EATON, Nancy Leigh " Snubby" (née GOSSAGE)
Beloved daughter of the late Leigh McCarthy GOSSAGE and Brookes Ferrar GOSSAGE, succumbed to the lingering and unforgiving lung disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease at Granite Place, Toronto on August 7, 2007 in her 82nd year. Snubby was tragically pre-deceased by her cherished only daughter, Nancy (Tiger) Alice EATON, on January 21, 1985. Snubby was a loving sister to David and Michael GOSSAGE and is fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews Jane JANSON, Diana FLOCK, Paul GOSSAGE, Susan BELL, Valerie CROOK and Graeme GOSSAGE, as well as an extended family of admiring cousins. She is also survived by her beloved poodle 'Poppy' and by a number of extremely close Friends and caregivers, particularly Dr. Gerald COOK, whose love and unfailing support over the many years brought her immeasurable comfort and Snubby's many devoted caregivers, Maria Barcelos, Rhonda Castro, Myrna Loman, Evelyn Ogalesco, Magda Gombos, Melinda Gombos and Janice Auld. She was once a member of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service and had varied interests, insights and opinions (always to be considered seriously). She was honest, frank and funny. Her bright spark and determination helped her survive the darkest of hours and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Heartfelt thanks are extended to the many other special Friends, physicians, nurses and caregivers who devoted themselves to Snubby's care and well-being, especially as she became increasingly incapacitated. In accordance with her wishes, Snubby's ashes will be buried with Tiger in the family plot at Mount Pleasant cemetery and there will not be a public funeral. A reception for family and Friends will be held at The Badminton and Racquet Club, 25 St. Clair Ave. W. on Thursday, September 6 at 1: 00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Asthma and Airways Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital (Respiratory Division) (in honour of Doctor Kenneth Chapman), the IBD Fellowship Fund at The Sunnybrook Foundation (in honour of Doctor Fred Saibil) or Toronto Botanical Garden (in honour of Susan and Geoffrey Dyer). Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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EATON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-29 published
McKENZIE, Penelope " Penny" Diana (née LEWIS)
Age 39, passed away suddenly December 25th, 2007, while on holiday in the Dominican Republic with her loving and adoring husband Perrie Herbert Gisli McKENZIE by her side. 'Penny is my life, my love, and my best friend.' Beloved daughter of Doug and Linda LEWIS; best friend and sister of Justin (Larissa) of Sydney, Australia; Matthew (Lorraine VASILAROS) of Oakville; Gillian (Danny) EATON of Vasey; and Susan (Shawn) McGRAW of Orillia. Predeceased by sister Claire Louise and brother Graydon. Daughter-in-law of Donna WARANKIE and Herb and Sharon McKENZIE and doting aunt of Sydney and Megan of Sydney, Gabriel of Oakville, Zachary and Mickayla of Vasey and Dexter of Orillia. Penny will be lovingly remembered by many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was passionate about her work as a probation and parole officer. She enjoyed her work with Meadow in Orillia's Dog Therapy Program. She was a loyal and compassionate friend to all who knew her. Penny never wavered in her fight with rheumatoid arthritis since the diagnosis at the of twenty. She overcame the unrelenting daily pain with her unquenchable spirit and attitude. Her rheumatologist, Doctor Rob INMAN, described her as the bravest patient he ever met. The late Penny McKENZIE will rest at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West Street, N., Orillia on Monday, December 31st from 2-4 p.m. and on January 1st from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Then to Saint Paul's United Church, 62 Peter Street, N., Orillia for Funeral Service on Wednesday January 2nd at 2 o'clock. If desired, Memorial Donations to the Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research Centre Foundation (R. Fraser Elliott Building, 5th Floor, 190 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4) would be gratefully appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcome at www.mundellfuneralhome.ca

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