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ECK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-22 published
CRUICKSHANK, Howard
At Lee Manor in Owen Sound Tuesday morning August 21, 2007. Howard CRUICKSHANK of R.R.#3, Allenford, in his 92nd year. After a valiant struggle, Howard has gone home to be with his Lord. Beloved husband of Edith (MacDONALD.) Loved father of Barbara (Robert) HUEHN of Sauble Beach, Mary (Orville) GUNSON of R.R.#3, Tara, Jean (Phillip) HUTCHINS of Port Perry, Ruth VAN ECK of Bognor and George CRUICKSHANK of Owen Sound. Lovingly remembered by his nine grandchildren; David GUNSON, Carol Ann (GUNSON) BERNARD, Justin, Craig, Ryan, Tara and Paul HUTCHINS, Jeffrey and Lisa VAN ECK and one great-granddaughter Emma BERNARD. Dear brother of Margaret (Charles) MIZEN and Edith (Harry) HUFFMAN. Predeceased by his parents Wesley and Mary CRUICKSHANK, his son Gordon (1971,) sisters Olive, Sadie and Marjorie and brothers Thorald, Leslie and Kenneth. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the Hepworth Baptist Church Friday morning at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara. Expression of remembrance to The Gideons or Hepworth Baptist Church would be appreciated. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Howard by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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ECKENSWILLER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-24 published
BELROSE, Earl
Of Tobermory passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 22, 2007 in his 76th year. Cherished father of Holly ECKENSWILLER and her husband Dave of Tobermory, Nick BELROSE of Wiarton, Shelley McARTHUR and her husband Bryce of Tobermory and Lynn BELROSE and his wife Lorrie of Bobcaygeon. Special grandfather to Matthew and his wife Noelle, Debbie, Michael and his wife Felicia, Lori and her husband Mike, Angie and her husband Ronnie and Troy, great-grandfather to Hunter, Houston, Sydney and Ronnie and special uncle to Sheree. He will be sadly missed by his sister Linda TUPLING and her husband Bruce of Erin, best friend Freida Warder as well as his companion Sailor. Earl was predeceased by his wife Edna, parents Debra (HOPKINS) and Wesley BELROSE, brothers Gordon, King, Albert, Herbie and Gerald and sisters Gwen and Donna. Visitation will be held at the Light and Life Chapel, Highway 6, Tobermory on Monday, September 24, 2007 from 2: 00 to 4: 00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Earl's life will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. with Pastor Jerry CLUBINE officiating. Interment Dunk's Bay Cemetery. Donations made to the Lion's head Hospital would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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ECKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-12 published
Canada's youngest pilot was a natural flier who became a top jet jockey
It was all he ever wanted to do, and in 1938, he became the youngest licensed pilot in the country. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and later joined Trans Canada Airlines. When he finally switched to jets, it was 'better than sex'
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
Toronto -- Just hours before Allied troops landed on the beach in Normandy on D-Day, Flying Officer Frank VINES dropped 16 paratroopers and four canisters of supplies behind German lines. Just a few years earlier, he had been celebrated as Canada's youngest licensed pilot.
On June 6, 1944, Mr. VINES was a transport pilot flying Dakotas, the military version of the DC-3. On the night of June 5, he had to wait until 11 p.m. to take off since the sky was still bright at that time of year. The flight took 3½ hours and his log book mentions being hit by machine-gun fire from the ground along the way. His log also details another flight, on June 6, during which he was hit by flak from a Royal Navy ship -- "a small burst off the rear bulkhead" -- that damaged the tail of the aircraft.
"After he dropped his cargo, the plane nosed down because it had been hit in the elevator trim. They had to pull up so hard on the yoke he felt his arms were going to fall off," said his son, John VINES. "He could only do it for five minutes before the co-pilot took over."
Years later, Mr. VINES said he believed the drop zone was about 50 kilometres inland -- probably near the town of Caen in Normandy.
There were many other trips across the Channel during the Normandy campaign. On June 20, he returned to France, this time landing to pick up wounded soldiers. Margaret ECKER, war correspondent for Canadian Press, reported on the flight and the story appeared on front pages back home.
"Six Canadian soldiers were among the first battle casualties evacuated by air yesterday from the front line in Normandy to emergency hospitals in England. Less than two hours after a big transport plane lifted them from a casualty clearing station on an airfield within range of sniper's guns, the men were in bed in a tented air evacuation centre in the English countryside."
Ms. ECKER then listed the soldiers who were leaving France and the pilots who were flying them.
"Among the men who fly the England-France route when it becomes the milk run for carrying supplies across the Channel and bring back the wounded are F.O. Frank VINES, who took a planeload of paratroops across the channel on D-Day."
Later that year, during the campaign in Northwestern Europe, he was involved in dropping paratroops into Arnhem in Operation Market Garden, the Allied military failure documented in the movie A Bridge Too Far.
Although he was an experienced pilot before the Second World War, Mr. VINES almost didn't get to fly in Europe. He was so anxious to go overseas that he contrived to almost get himself court-martialed. It worked.
His problem started when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. At 19, he had been too good a pilot with too much flying experience after having qualified for his pilot's licence when he was just 17 -- at the time, the youngest pilot in Canada.
He started pilot training at 14 at the Lambeth Flying Club outside London, Ontario, and made his first solo flight six months later in a De Havilland Moth biplane. He was ready to be granted his pilot's licence when he was 15, but authorities made him wait, saying he too young.
As a boy, he had been aviation crazy. He took his first flight at the age of 6 when his parents, both English immigrants, took back to England. There, he and his father went up in a plane at Blackpool, the sea resort.
His father was a locomotive engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway and was transferred to Goderich, Ontario, where Frank later went to high school. A friend, George PARSONS, remembered a peaceful, idyllic boyhood. Their only act of rebellion, he said, was to occasionally skip school for a little snooker, a game they played all their lives. By that time, Mr. VINES and his father were both learning how to fly. The pair used to drive together to the flying school, but it was the son who received his licence first.
Mr. VINES graduated from high school in June, 1940, 10 months after war broke out. He promptly joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, which was desperate for pilots and glad to have him. He reported to the air base at Trenton, Ontario, the following month, expecting to be sent overseas almost right away. Instead, because of his flying experience, he was made an instructor.
He was eventually stationed at Windsor, Ontario, as part of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. As one of Canada's largest contributions to the war, the program trained 200,000 pilots and air crew from across the Commonwealth at airfields across the country.
The routine for Mr. VINES involved taking young men and training them to fly in a Fleet Finch biplane before moving on to more advanced training, such as the more powerful single-wing Harvard. "After six months of instructing, I thought anybody could do it -- and wished they had. It was just the monotony of it. You'd get a guy to where you thought he could fly and you'd lose him [to an active posting]. Then you started all over again with another bunch of students," Mr. VINES told author Ted Barris for the book Behind the Glory.
Despite the monotony of flight training, it could still be dangerous - many students and instructors were killed in flying accidents. After a couple of years doing it, Mr. VINES seemed no closer to being posted to an overseas squadron. So he and a friend took action.
"Frank and I got in a couple of Fleets and flew low formation over the Dominion Day event," Brick Bradford told Mr. Barris. "We did a slow roll and a couple of loops over the park" near the St. Clair River. Below them, senior Royal Canadian Air Force officers stood on a reviewing stand, outraged at the antics. The pilots' purpose was to let the brass know they were anxious to get overseas.
According to Mr. PARSONS, however, the incident had an even more dramatic effect.
"The way Frank told me was a little different," Mr. PARSONS said. "They flew their planes under the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor and Detroit. While the stunt demanded some skill, Royal Canadian Air Force brass saw it as reckless and the two of them were almost court-martialled."
But the flying partners got the desired result and were soon sent on real missions. For Mr. VINES, that meant flying Hudson bombers out of Halifax on anti-submarine missions, and then a sea voyage to England, before being posted to Gibraltar. He was assigned to 233 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, where he flew Hudsons against U-boats in the Atlantic.
Nine months later, he transferred to Transport Command, flying Dakotas from a base in Wiltshire in southwestern England. It was from there that he so often crossed the English Channel to France. In January of 1945, he joined Ferry Command and delivered bombers and Dakotas across the Atlantic to bases in Scotland and Cairo. He did that until August, 1945.
When the war ended, he VINES returned to Canada and joined Trans-Canada Airlines, the forerunner of Air Canada. He started in May of 1946, flying Lockheed Lodestars, DC-3s and larger DC-4 airliners.
At that time, Ottawa introduced a new pilot rating called the Airline Transport Pilot Licence. Mr. VINES's number was 000002, meaning he was the second pilot in Canada to get it. "He used to say the person with licence 000001 was the man from the Department of Transport who certified him," his son said.
In 1948, he left Trans-Canada Airlines and became a private pilot for Massey Harris, the tractor manufacturer. Flying Lockheed Lodestars and the amphibious Grumman Goose, among other aircraft, his passengers were almost always all directors and executives of the firm.
He stayed with Massey Harris until 1954, when he became chief pilot for Pittsburgh Plate and Glass, Canada. There, he flew everything from a DC-3 to a keenly anticipated DH-125 jet. "I asked him what the new jet was like," his son recalled. "He thought for a moment and replied, 'John, It's better than sex.' " Pittsburgh Plate and Glass cut back on its corporate jet fleet in the recession of 1981, after which Mr. VINES freelanced as a corporate pilot.
In retirement, he owned a couple of sailboats and was an active sailor until a couple of years ago. Although he was a methodical man when it came to flying and sailing, he had a whimsical side otherwise - he had a storehouse of hundreds of jokes in his memory, and was always telling funny stories.
Frank William VINES was born on February 18, 1921, in Toronto. He died at Oakville, Ontario, on May 25, 2007, of emphysema, although he gave up smoking 30 years ago. He was 86. He is survived by his wife Helen and his son John.

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ECKERSLEY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-01-08 published
ECKERSLEY, Dennis Lee (November 23, 1950-January 8th, 2004)
Memories of Lee never fade.
Mum and Dad, Sisters Lyn and Kim and their families. Lee's wife Della and children Tristan, Siena and Randal.

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ECKERT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-10 published
Flora Kathleen (Kay) McALLISTER
In loving memory of Flora Kathleen (Kay) McALLISTER, September 15, 1923 - December 28, 2006.
Kay McALLISTER, a resident of the Pioneer Manor, Sudbury, and formerly of Spring Bay, died at the Laurentian Site of the Manor on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at the age of 83 years.
She was born at Spring Bay, daughter of the late George and Margaret McCOLEMAN) CAMPBELL. Kay enjoyed quilting and had spent much of her life working alongside Gordon on their farm. Her greatest joy and pleasure was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and had dedicated her life to her family. Many wonderful memories will be cherished by all. Kay was predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon, June 2, 2001. Dearly loved and loving mother of Larry and Shirley of Naughton, Linda McLEAN and Peter HALL of Copper Cliff, Jack and Terri of Massey and Ron of Copper Cliff. Proud grandmother of Anita and Gerry, Tom, Tammy and Brian, Darren and Zacha, Darcy, Brad and Marie, Becky, Brenna and Ashley and great grandchildren Anthony, Johnny, Sarah, Aiden, Mickie Lynn and Casey.
Dear sister of Annabelle McCORMICK of Gore Bay, Eileen and Roy MORAN of Toronto, Ken and Doreen CAMPBELL of Spring Bay, Doug and Monica CAMPBELL of Toronto. Predeceased by sisters Julie WEST, Lois JONES, Wanda ANDERSON, Verzella JEFFKINS and Betty JEFFKINS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home on Tuesday after 7.00 p.m. The funeral service was conducted in the Wm. G. Turner Chapel on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 11.00 a.m. with Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating. Interment in Grimesthorpe Cemetery. In remembrance, donations to the Alzheimers Society would be appreciated.

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ECKERT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-10 published
Annabelle Margaret McCORMICK
In loving memory of Annabelle Margaret McCORMICK, a resident of the Manitoulin Lodge, Gore Bay and formerly of Spring Bay. Annabelle McCORMICK died at the Lodge on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at the age of 80 years.
She was born at Spring Bay, daughter of the late George and Margaret (McCOLEMAN) CAMPBELL. Belle enjoyed quilting and spending time with family. She was married twice. Her first husband Russell KENNEDY predeceased in 1960. She later married Clarence McCORMICK who predeceased in 1989. Dearly loved mother of Doug and his wife Vicki KENNEDY of Spring Bay. Loved grandmother of Douglas and Erica, Cheryl and Darryl and Margaret and great grandchildren Wyatt, Sonja, Johannes, Hunter, Brookelynn, Noah, Kylie, Devon and Jaime. Dear sister of Eileen and Roy MORAN of Toronto, Ken and Doreen CAMPBELL of Spring Bay and Doug and Monica CAMPBELL of Toronto. Predeceased by sisters Kay McALLISTER (December 28, 2006), Julie WEST, Lois JONES, Wanda ANDERSON, Verzella JEFFKINS and Betty JEFFKINS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home on Thursday after 7.00 p.m. The funeral service was conducted in the William G. Turner Chapel on Friday, January 5, 2007 at 11.00 a.m. With Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating.
Interment in Grimesthorpe Cemetery.

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ECKERT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-17 published
William Delanore CRONK
Del CRONK, a resident of Billings Township, died at home on Sunday, January 14, 2007 at the age of 61 years.
He was born in Kagawong, son of the late John and Laurinda (ORR) CRONK. He drove truck most of his life, with imperial Oil for over 20 years, and for commercial Transport, Day Transport and lastly Manitoulin Transport. Del loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and golfing. He will be sadly missed, but many memories will be cherished. Del is survived by dearest friend Ethel BOWERMAN of Mindemoya, brothers Mark of Billings Township , Ross (Marilyn WYERS) of Billings Township , Charles (Chris RACEY) of Gore Bay and sisters Laura MULVILLE (Ron THORNTON) of Gravenhurst, Gladys BELAND (Clifford) of Sudbury, Peggy THIBAULT (Earl DAHL) of Sudbury and Mary Ellen THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Ron) of Sault + Sainte Marie. Predeceased by brothers Thomas and Billy. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home Tuesday. The funeral service will be conducted in the William G. Turner Chapel on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 11.00 am with Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating. Cremation to follow. In remembrance, donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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ECKHARDT o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-09-19 published
QUARRIER, Lucy Viola (née ROBBINS)
Graduated to her heavenly home at Grey Gables, Markdale on Tuesday, September 11, 2007. Lucy Viola (ROBBINS) QUARRIER, formerly of Mount Forest, in her 93rd year. Loved mother of Betty KEATING (Garry) of R.R.#4 Orangeville Diane McDONALD (Dave) of R.R.#1 Formosa and Peter QUARRIER (Pam) of Calgary. Loving grandmother of Becki and Ashlee QUARRIER. Dear sister of Mitch ROBBINS (Evelyn) of Hanover. Sister-in-law of Jean ROBBINS of Owen Sound. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Peter and Sarah ROBBINS and sisters and brothers Evelyn (Bill) MAY, Vera (Earl) GRAY/GREY, Mel (Gladys) ROBBINS, Norm (Gladys) ROBBINS, Doris (Andris) ECKHARDT, Ross (June) ROBBINS, Elmer Peter (Audrey) ROBBINS and Don ROBBINS. Dearly loved by former students, Friends and caregivers. Friends called at the Hendrick Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Lucy's Life was held at the Hendrick Funeral Home on Saturday, September 15 at 3 p.m. Interment at Maplewood Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Society or the charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hendrickfuneralhome.com.
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ECKHARDT o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-04 published
MOORE, Thomas Glen
Passed away at Rockwood Terrace, Durham on Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 in his 90th year. Thomas Glen MOORE, beloved son of the late Thomas and Christina MOORE, of Glenelg Township. Uncle of Mary and John McNAIRNEY of Winnipeg, James G. BRISCO and Teresa SPENCER of Delta, British Columbia and Robin BRISCO and Dave HEISER of Fort McMurray, also four grand-nieces and nephews. Also survived by his brother-in-law, Jim BRISCO and his wife Donna of Winnipeg. He was predeceased by two sisters: Esther MOORE and Mary (Mrs. J. BRISCO.) Friends for many years of Don ECKHARDT and Jake PENNER. A Celebration of Glen's Life will be held at the Durham Presbyterian Church on Thursday, December 6th at 12 noon, with visitation from 10: 30 a.m. until the time of the service. Spring interment at Durham Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Durham Presbyterian Church Celebration and Memorial Fund would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham.

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