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LUCA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-11 published
MARTINO, Domenic
Surrounded by the love of his family on July 9, 2007 after a special weekend with the marriage of his son. Domenic MARTINO, loving husband of Sandy and beloved father of David and Stephen passed away after a courageous fight with cancer. Domenic just welcomed Mirella into his family with David's marriage on July 6, 2007. Domenic was known for his incredible sense of humour, his deep commitment to his family, his straightforward nature and honesty. He built D. Martino Construction into a strong and thriving business. He passes on to his two sons a wealth of knowledge, sense of fairness and commitment to quality. He leaves behind his parents Francesco and Carmela MARTINO, his sisters Teresa LUCA (Joe) and Rosemary MARTINO (Jonathan,) father-in-law Domenico SANSALONE (Pamla,) sister-in-law Adelaide SANSALONE (Vittorio,) and brothers-in-law Giancarlo (Mirian), Fortunato (Lina). He leaves numerous nephews and nieces, Friends and many, many extended family members that will be left with a gaping hole in their hearts. We will all miss him. Visitation will be at Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major MacKenzie Dr). Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 10 from 6-9 p.m. and on Wednesday July 11 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Saint Mary Immaculate Church 10295 Yonge St. Richmond Hill at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 12. Domenic's brave, courageous, uncomplaining battle against mesothelioma can be recognized by a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society (please designate for mesothelioma research). This would be appreciated by the family.

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LUCAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2007-01-09 published
JANSSENS, August
Peacefully, at home in Kerwood, on Thursday, December 21, 2006, in his 89th year, August JANSSENS. Survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Josephine. August will be sadly missed by children Michel (Maria) JANSSENS, Paul JANSSENS, Raymond (Diane) JANSSENS and Rita (Rick) LUCAN. Survived by grandchildren Michelle (Serge,) Matthew, Michael, and Marcus; Lisa, Andrew, Miranda, and David Rick and Britney and great-granddaughter Olivia FERREIRA. Also survived by sister Rosalie. Also remembered by many extended family. August is predeceased by his first wife Johanna (1959), daughter Rita (1952), granddaughter Kristel (1987), four brothers, and one sister. Visitation was held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, on Tuesday, December 26, 2006, from 7-9 p.m. with a funeral service in the chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Father George Chimbinda officiating. Interment followed at Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Strathmere Lodge Auxiliary Fund or Saint_Josephs Neo Natal Care Unit would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to August.

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LUCAS o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-06-27 published
MacKINNON, Beverley Ann (née WYLLIE)
Peacefully on Saturday June 23rd 2007, age 69 at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, after a brief and courageous struggle with cancer. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Ian. Proud and loving mother of Nancy (Andrew LUCAS,) of Alliston and Shawn (Tara ATHOE) of Brampton. Beloved Nana of Cameron and Shannon LUCAS, the light of Bev's life. Devoted sister to Dorothy KLAZER (Ron) and Jim WYLLIE (Fran,) of Brampton. Sister-in-law of Gordon MacKINNON, Toronto, Muriel BAIRD (the late Jim,) Ridgetown, and Jeanne MacKINNON (the late Ronald,) France. Auntie Bev will be lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Cherished by her many Friends, especially colleagues in teaching, Rachel Massey and Iris Dunse. Bev and Ian left Brampton in 1992 to start their retirement adventure in Wasaga Beach. Spending time at home, the cottage, and enjoying winter vacations down South, Bev and Ian were inseparable for over 45 years. Family, Friends, needlework, Toronto Blue Jays and spending summers near Parry Sound were Bev's passion. She is now reunited with her young son, Scotty who predeceased her in 1974, and her parents, Andrew and May WYLLIE of Lambton Park and Brampton. Cremation has taken place. Friends and family are invited to Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, 7313 Highway 26 (Main Street), Stayner, Ontario (705-428-2637) on Thursday June 28, 2007 for visitation at 1 p.m. with a Memorial Service to follow at 2 p.m. Refreshments following. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations of remembrance to “Sleeping Children Around the World” (www.scaw.org) or Tenderfeet Education Centre, Nairobi, Kenya (tenderfeetkids.org).
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LUCAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-08 published
LUCAS, Harry W.
(Veteran World War 2 as a Spitfire Pilot; Early Member of the Canadian Race Drivers Association; Member of Recreational Aircraft Association of Canada; Retired Vice President Canadian Colemans Peacefully at The Davis Centre, Bolton, on Saturday evening, January 6, 2007, Harry W. LUCAS, Bolton, in his 84th year, beloved husband of Mary WALKER. Loving father of Mary LUCAS, Oakville Mike LUCAS (deceased) and his wife Susan LINDSEY, Bolton; Scott LUCAS and his wife Susan RICHARDS, Bolton. Dear grandfather of Jillian and Evelyn LUCAS. Sadly missed by his sister Mary and her husband Bill ABBOTT, Port Perry. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street South (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213), Wednesday morning, January 10 from 10 o'clock until time of memorial service in the chapel at 11 o'clock. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Peel, 60 Briarwood Avenue, Mississauga L5G 3N6 or the charity of your choice. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com.

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LUCAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-13 published
LYNCH, Donald Kenneth
Born March 12, 1925 near Saint John. Died September 9, 2007 in Ottawa
Aviation was a major part of Don's life. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the final years of World War 2, then with the Royal Air Force after the war - Bomber Command, Berlin Airlift, reconnaissance flights to the Near and Far East were his terms of reference. It was in England that he was given his nickname "Benny" which stayed with him for life. On returning to Canada with Vicky, his war bride, he joined Maritime Central Airways in Moncton, then Bradley Air Services and Spartan Airways in Ottawa. He spent years doing aerial surveying of the Canadian North and of parts of South and Central America. Later, with the Ministry of Transport, he began and ran the Cabin Safety Department for commercial airlines.
Benny had heart problems for half his life, stemming from a bout of rheumatic fever during his training days with the Royal Canadian Air Force. But even as his strength waned, he was as humourous, cynical and curmudgeonly as ever.
He was predeceased by Vicky in 1991 and is survived by his daughters Verna (husband, Tom HOWARD) and Dawn (husband, Michael LUCAS) and by Daisy, Benny and Hamish, his grand-dogs and by Ellie, the "damn cat".
A private burial is planned.

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LUCAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
KELLEHER, Diane (née BUGA)
University of Connecticutt, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.
Peacefully after a short illness on Thursday October 11, 2007. Born June 26, 1951 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Predeceased by her parents Michael and Irene BUGA. Survived by her loving husband Tim. Dear cousin to Gloria LUCAS (Washington, D.C.) and Marlene CARLSON (New Jersey.) She will be remembered by her brother-in-law Robert KELLEHER, sister-in-law Ann GILBERT and her husband Peter and all of her nieces and nephews. Family and Friends may call on Sunday, October 14th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding south of Steeles). Service in the Chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

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LUCAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-19 published
WALKER, Margaret (née BROWN)
Peacefully at Hospice Niagara on Friday, November 16, 2007 at the age of 92. Margaret was born August 26, 1915 in Glasgow, Scotland to Peter and Marion BROWN. Predeceased by her husband Peter (1948.) Beloved mother of Margaret Elizabeth FAIRMAN. Dearest grandmother of Fraser (Kimberley) of Yellowknife and Patricia FAIRMAN of St. Catharines. Loving great-grandmother of Max and Stella. She will be missed by her niece Shelia Marie LUCAS and her great niece Christina GRAMIER, nephews Bradley and Darryll LUCAS, her family back home in Scotland. Margaret was a proud member of Knox Presbyterian Church and a retired employee with over 35 years of service with the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. As per Margaret's request cremation has taken place. A Celebration of her life will be held at the Downtown Chapel of Butler Funeral Home, 33 Duke Street at James (behind the Court House), 905-684-2334, on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Niagara would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.butler-duke.ca. Margaret will be remembered for her elegance and grace.

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LUCAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-01 published
LUCAS, John " Jack" William
Passed away peacefully at Elim Springs on Sunday, November 25. He and his wife, Audrey, moved there just over a year ago. When Audrey passed away last year they had been married for 58 years. It was apparent to all that Jack missed her very much.
The son of a builder, Jack loved to work with his hands. His many projects ranged from building his own garage to the boat in which he and Audrey explored Lake Ontario. His designing and building skills were not limited to his beloved house where they lived almost all of their married lives. After serving in the Second World War, Jack worked as a draughtsman for several decades at Massey Ferguson. He was also invaluable at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Toronto. Jack will be fondly remembered by his church family as a gentle, thoughtful, and ever- helpful friend. A remark still heard at his church. "Oh that's something that Jack LUCAS made."
A service to celebrate the lives of Jack and Audrey LUCAS will be held at Elim Springs, on Thursday, December 6 at 8: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Elim Springs (3838 Bloor St. W., Etobicoke, M9B 1L1).

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LUCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-05 published
DE CANDOLE, Nancy (née LUCE)
Nancy DE CANDOLE passed away peacefully in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia on December 3, 2007. She was 96. She was the last member of her generation and was predeceased by her husband Corry, brothers Charles and Arthur and sisters Rachel NASH and Kathleen LUCE. She is survived by her four children: daughters Janet HOLT and Clare BENNETT (Keith) and sons James and Richard (Wendy,) Luce and de Candole nephews and nieces in the U.S., England, New Zealand, Kenya and Zimbabwe, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren. Nancy was born to Richard and Mary LUCE on April 25, 1911 in Derby, England. Her father was a medical doctor who during World War I served as the Director of Medical Services of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force and later became a Member of the British Parliament. As a teenager Nancy attended Sandecotes School for Girls where she excelled in music. In 1931 she attended the Royal College of Music in London obtaining an A.R.M.C. in piano. While in London she met her husband Corry and they were married on January 30, 1933 in Bombay where Corry received his first posting as a medical doctor with Royal Army Medical Corp. They returned to England in the late 1930s and immigrated to Canada in 1951 where Corry took positions as a physiologist with the Department of National Defence first at a research lab outside Medicine Hat, Alberta then in Toronto. In 1965 they retired to acreage outside Qualicum Beach where Nancy lived for over 40 years. Nancy taught piano for nearly 70 years and was an inspiration to many students. Many people were also touched by her Christian faith and generous heart. In the 1950s she became an Associate with the Sisters of Saint_John the Divine based in Toronto. In Qualicum Beach she was a long-time member of Saint Mark's Church, founded an inter-denominational meditation group and was active in local peace and environment initiatives. She also served as pianist for the Parksville Community Choir. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice. A memorial service will take place on December 8 at Saint Mark's Anglican Church, Qualicum Beach.

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LUCERO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-21 published
ZUBATA, Bernice (née ABRAMSKY)
On Monday, August 20, 2007 in Toronto. Bernice ZUBATA, loving mother of Sharon MIMRAN, Adrienne and Brent ZYLBERBERG, and Elaine and Hershy WEINBERG. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Mortimer and Shirley ABRAMSKY of Kingston, and Joseph and Betty-Rae ABRAMSKY. Devoted grandmother of Kaylee, Alexander, Mercedes, Jade, Aja, Nechemiah and Shevy, Sonia and Avi, and Ruby. Devoted great-grandmother of Miri, and Nochi. She will be deeply missed by her loving companion and caregiver Annabelle LUCERO and her nieces, nephews and cousins. at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin), for service on Wednesday, August 22nd at 10: 00 a.m. Interment, Beth Israel Cemetery in Kingston, Ontario at 2: 00 p.m. Shiva 240 Heath Street West, #1504, Toronto, beginning Thursday evening. Memorial donations may be made to Kohai Educational Centre, for learning disabled children, 41 Roehampton Avenue, Toronto M4P 1P9, 416-489-3636.

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LUCIO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-08 published
'An irrational act'
Top-ranking female officer, retired superintendent found in scene of horror The service pistol used belonged to Kelly JOHNSON, a leader in fighting domestic violence.
By Randy RICHMOND and Kelly PEDRO, Sun Media, Fri., June 8, 2007
Just before London police's "rising female star" and her ex-lover, a retired officer, were killed in a murder-suicide, she made a mysterious stop at the police station.
Then, Acting Insp. Kelly JOHNSON, the force's highest- ranking female officer, jumped into a waiting van.
Minutes later, two gunshots were fired inside a van before it crashed into a brick wall six blocks away from the station, outside JOHNSON's apartment building at 7 Picton St.
Stunned neighbours found JOHNSON, 40, dead, her face bloody, her 9 mm Glock service pistol -- which she wasn't authorized to have with her -- on her lap.
Beside her, the driver of the van and her ex-lover, retired superintendent David LUCIO, 57, was slumped over with what witnesses: called a bullet wound to the head.
Neighbours called 911 at 12: 01 a.m. yesterday and police arrived within four minutes to discover the unthinkable: two of their own were dead.
Even more unthinkable -- police and civilian sources and witness accounts pointed yesterday to JOHNSON -- a noted community leader in fighting domestic violence -- as the one who shot LUCIO.
A subdued police Chief Murray FAULKNER stressed police won't know who shot whom until after an autopsy scheduled for today.
"Nothing that happened last night makes any sense right yet," he told The Free Press. "There will be sources that say that (JOHNSON was the shooter,) and I understand that."
"But we need to have proof, not just speculation, not just opinion," FAULKNER said.
Even after the autopsies, police may never know why the killings occurred.
"Was there anything yesterday that would indicate there would be a problem at midnight last night? Not a single thing. Was there anything in her mood, anything? No, no," FAULKNER said.
FAULKNER said he didn't know why JOHNSON, after leaving work about 5 p.m., returned just before midnight.
"Did she come to get some workout clothes? Did she come to get her service revolver? I don't know."
She wasn't authorized to take her gun home, FAULKNER said.
An officer who saw JOHNSON at the station noticed nothing amiss, FAULKNER said.
The first civilians to find JOHNSON and LUCIO after the shooting described a scene of quiet horror.
"I heard a gunshot, then I heard an engine revving and then a crash," said Brian KEARN, who was in the front lobby of his apartment building near where the van crashed.
He and several other building residents ran outside.
"We tried to get in the van and help the victims but the doors were locked," he said.
KEARN said he saw a female passenger, with a severe head wound from a gunshot, sitting in the passenger side. A handgun rested on her lap.
The male driver appeared to have a bullet wound to his right temple, KEARN said.
"There was no movement. The people were obviously dead."
Other witnesses: described seeing the man with a bloody left arm and blood down his back.
"It was awful, just gruesome" said one woman, a nearby resident. "You could see blood on the airbags."
Another resident of the same building said he heard a bang and watched from his second-floor window as the van rolled back after hitting the wall.
When he got to the van, "they were lifeless."
Police on the scene grew instantly quiet once they opened the van, KEARN said.
"There were quite subdued. They were quite quiet."
JOHNSON was an 18-year veteran of the force.
She's served for several years as the detective sergeant in charge of the sexual assault and child abuse section and supervised the force's domestic violence co-ordinator.
Five days ago, she was named acting inspector of the department's professional standards branch.
Kelly "was a very bright, articulate community-minded officer&hellip If there was a rising star, specifically female, she was it," FAULKNER said.
LUCIO retired as superintendent in 2004 after 35 years of service.
JOHNSON was a role model for many of the about 100 female officers, FAULKNER said.
"LUCIO was a role model for many of the male officers," FAULKNER said.
"When you see this happen to two people that you either very much admire and emulate, it shakes your confidence."
Most of the force's 180 civilian employees took the news especially hard, FAULKNER said.
"It's the tough cop that doesn't show emotion, but civilian staff are not used to that."
A shaken police board chairperson, Ab CHAHBAR, said it was a sad day for the force.
"You can see it all over their faces," he said.
FAULKNER confirmed JOHNSON and LUCIO had had a relationship, but didn't say how close they were.
The two were ex-lovers, several sources told The Free Press.
JOHNSON had been married for several years to a fellow London officer, Steve PEARSON, but they separated.
LUCIO was also separated from his wife.
It wasn't clear if LUCIO and JOHNSON still had a relationship.
The deaths stunned not only the 720 members of the force, but hundreds more in community groups where the two high-profile officers volunteered.
"It's just a great personal tragedy for both families, Friends and loved ones and anyone who worked with either one of them," said Megan WALKER, head of the London Abused Women's Centre.
"He was a very, very close friend of mine… He loved being a cop," said Dave SCATCHERD, owner of the Oakwood resort in Grand Bend.
Police called Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, which probes civilian deaths and injuries from police actions, but the agency left the case to London police because the "subject officer" was dead, FAULKNER said.

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LUCIO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-08 published
'A terrible tragedy'
She was London police's highest-ranking female officer, respected and moving up quickly; he was a tough, compassionate cop retired after 35 years. Their deaths have stunned a city.
By Jane SIMS, Sun Media, Fri., June 8, 2007
Kelly JOHNSON broke through the glass ceiling of the London police department and had become a role model for the women on the force.
About to take over the helm of the professional standards branch as an inspector, the force's highest-ranking woman, she was viewed as a potential future chief.
She was born with policing in her blood. She was the only child of Merv JOHNSON, who retired as London's deputy chief.
She started with the police force 18 years ago, travelling up the ranks in traffic and criminal investigations.
Along the way, the 40-year-old JOHNSON earned the respect and admiration of many in the anti-violence community.
Yesterday, those who knew her as a friend, officer and anti-violence advocate reacted with shock and sadness to her violent death.
"It's sad. It's terrible," said retired superintendent Don ANDREWS, who was JOHNSON's father's partner on the break- and-enter squad years ago.
ANDREWS knew JOHNSON from her childhood and attended her wedding to London police Insp. Steve PEARSON about a decade ago.
PEARSON retired from the force last Friday. The couple was estranged. JOHNSON was set to fill the post left by PEARSON. She'd earned it.
ANDREWS, admittedly never a strong supporter of women in policing, said: "She was one of the ones I thought was a good one."
Most recently, she headed up the force's sexual assault and child abuse section, an area that includes domestic violence investigations.
She was a respected member of the London Co-ordinating Committee to End Women Abuse.
"What she brought was the understanding of a criminal justice perspective and an openness and a willingness to understand from a community perspective as well," said Barb MacQUARRIE, community director of the Centre of Violence Against Women and Children.
She seemed open to anything. She'd recently attended a forum on the sex trade, an area police have struggled to deal with, MacQUARRIE said.
"This is a terrible loss in our community. It is going to have a big impact on many people that (LUCIO and JOHNSON) worked with," she said.
Middlesex Crown attorney Geoff BEASLEY said JOHNSON will be "sorely missed" by colleagues in the justice system.
"She was highly respected for her skills as a police officer and for the professionalism and compassion she brought to the investigations she conducted," he said.
One of JOHNSON's most challenging cases in recent years was that of Edith SANDERS, an octogenarian child abuser who tortured her biological daughter and an adopted daughter and held another woman in virtual slavery for decades.
Megan WALKER, executive director of the London Abused Women's Centre, served with JOHNSON on anti-violence committees and spoke of her "valuable contribution."
Yesterday, she recalled a recent conversation the two had on a protest march downtown. It was cold that morning, and JOHNSON wasn't dressed for the chill.
Nevertheless, "we had a lovely early-morning chat in this protest march… a wonderful warm talk.
"I am just overcome with sorrow for those who will be impacted by the loss," she said.
"We talk all the time about domestic violence and getting involved," WALKER said. "Truly, we really don't know what goes on in the lives of people, do we?"
JOHNSON also faced personal tragedy. Her mother, Donna, died of cancer late in 2005. She had been seriously hurt before that, struck by a vehicle.
"She was ill in one way or another for quite some period of time, but when Donna did pass away, Kelly and Merv joined together and faced it in a strong fashion," said former London deputy police chief Elgin AUSTEN.
Her parents were proud of how quickly JOHNSON moved up the police ranks, he added.

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LUCIO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-08 published
London police probe death of two officers
Canadian Press
London, Ontario -- Two police colleagues involved in a murder-suicide that saw them pulled from a crashed van with fatal gunshot wounds had a relationship, police said yesterday.
Authorities identified the victims as Acting Inspector Kelly JOHNSON, 40, and retired superintendent David LUCIO, 57.
Police Chief Murray FAULKNER said the two had a relationship, although the exact nature of it was not immediately known.
Both were shot before the vehicle they were travelling in crashed into Ms. JOHNSON's apartment building.

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LUCKASAVITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-03 published
Friends mourn a man who was cheerful, selfless
Constable Rob PLUNKETT is York Regional Police's first fatality in the line of duty in more than two decades
By Timothy APPLEBY and Alan CAIRNS and Tim SHUFELT, Page A8
On the chilly February day nine years ago, when 78-year-old Katherine TOPPI's car skidded across a frozen lake and then plunged through the ice close to the retirement home in Markham where she lived, her prospects could scarcely have been more dire.
Ms. TOPPI had suffered a stroke and lost control of her vehicle, which now was submerged in a couple of metres of bone-numbing water.
Fortunately for her, a couple of uniformed guardian angels were on hand.
One was York Regional Police Constable Brent LUCKASAVITCH; the other his partner, Constable Rob PLUNKETT.
Together the policemen carried an inflatable boat out across the ice and paddled it out to the stricken car, the windshield of which Constable PLUNKETT smashed with his baton. They then scooped the shivering Ms. TOPPI to safety.
A cheerful, gregarious father of three and a star athlete who ran triathlons and excelled at half a dozen other strength-testing sports, Constable PLUNKETT won a bravery award for the rescue and would likely have said it was all in a day's work.
But the volunteer work he did, over and above a 22-year police career cut short early yesterday morning, set him apart.
And his particular passion was in working with mentally handicapped athletes.
"He had a tremendous impact; he's been a great inspiration for everyone who knew him. This is a huge loss," said Deborah BRIGHT, president and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Canada. "He was just one of these good people you don't meet very often in your life."
When York Regional Police played host to the Ontario Special Olympics in 2000, Constable PLUNKETT chaired the bidding team, raising close to $1-million for the roughly 800 participants, drawn from almost 100 countries. Five events took centre stage: floor hockey, five- and 10-pin bowling, swimming and powerlifting.
As well, he was for many years instrumental in organizing the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, since 1987 the favoured charity of Ontario's police.
"Rob was one of our top fundraisers for more than 15 years," Special Olympics Ontario president Glen MacDONELL said.
"He really believed in what the Special Olympics did for people with intellectual disabilities and he was really engaged in the community. It was in his nature to be that way and he was well thought of right around the world. He was recognized locally, provincially, nationally and internationally because he was one of the best."
Why did he do it? It was not because he had any vested interest. None of his three children - two sons aged 16 and 14 and an 18-year-old daughter - bore any of the handicaps shared by the people whose cause he championed.
"He didn't do this for any obvious reasons - he was just a great man, he loved doing things for other people," said Constable Alan RICHARDSON of the Timmins Police Service, the National Torch Run co-ordinator.
"He had no connection with the Special Olympics other than that he was a police officer and that's our charity of choice. He was just a great family man who loved sports. Everybody he touched and talked to and got to know held him close to their hearts."
Constable PLUNKETT spent several years with the York Regional Police tactical squad, one of the more hazardous police duties, before switching to undercover surveillance work.
"As a police officer you'd think that might be a safer job," Constable RICHARDSON said. "But you know, there is no safe job as a police officer."
In Constable PLUNKETT's small hometown of Midhurst, just north of Barrie, residents were reeling yesterday after learning their neighbour and friend was the fallen policeman they had heard about in news reports. One family friend broke into tears.
"He was a really lovely man, with a really strong family," she said, asking not to be named, before running to the PLUNKETT home. Constable PLUNKETT's widow, a school teacher, was "devastated," the woman said.
The PLUNKETT family sat on the front porch of their grey-brick house on what is normally a quiet street. Cars lined the tree-filled front yard as Friends and family gathered to offer support.
A spokesman for the family said they were too distraught to speak about their loss. A friend of the PLUNKETTs' youngest son said he went over to the family's house after hearing the news.
"He's upset, but it hasn't really sunk in," said 14-year-old Brian HUGHES. "No one wants to believe it's true."
By every account, the veteran officer was a well-liked, if private, neighbour.
Roland DEMPSTER, a 30-year community resident, was aware that Constable PLUNKETT was a policeman but only knew him well enough to wave from his yard.
Mr. DEMPSTER shook his head at what he said was a senseless crime.
"For an airbag? Does that make any sense to you?" he said. "It's sad our society's going that way."
The PLUNKETTs' oldest child, Amanda, is preparing to go to university in the fall, said Kay RADMAN, a co-worker at the nearby Sears department store.
"She's a wonderful girl; we just love her," she said of Amanda, who attended Ms. RADMAN's 50th birthday party last weekend.
In yesterday's wilting heat, flags at all city facilities in the City of Vaughan flew at half mast, as they did at Toronto police stations, to honour the slain officer. They will remain that way until Constable PLUNKETT's funeral.
"Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with his family," Vaughan Mayor Linda JACKSON said in a statement. "The full meaning of the police motto, 'To serve and protect,' is brought home to all of us today by today's tragic event."

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LUCKOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-28 published
LUCKOCK, Cawthorne Clifford " Cort" (1914-2007)
Passed on peacefully in his 94th year, July 26, 2007 at Bloomington Cove Nursing Home, Stouffville, Ontario Beloved husband of Virginia (LEROY.) Loving father of Cameron of Vernon, British Columbia, Douglas (Barb) of Bradford, Ontario and Gloria WIGG (Gerry) of Wilberforce, Ontario. Dear grandfather of 7 and great-grandfather of 16. Cort began his life's career in the printing ink business. Originally an ink chemist and later combining his technical skills with his natural sales ability to become the top salesman with Sinclair Valentine Printing Inks. His interest in the graphics industry was only exceeded by his love of Jazz. He spent many hours listening to radio and records. He attended many concerts and clubs where he generously entertained clients and family. His all time favourite was Louis Armstrong having personally met with Louis many times. It was fitting that he passed listening to his favourite. Hopefully Louis is playing for him now. Cort was a lifelong member in the Masonic Lodge supporting and attending meetings. Bloomington Cove's staff, for the past five years, provided special care and attention to his needs. The family wishes to thank the entire staff and in particular Doctor Sampson, Dr. Brodie and Nurse Rhonda. A private family memorial service will take place at a later date.

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LUCY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-18 published
TRUCKEL, Linda and DILLON, LUCY
June 2006
My dear friend and mother, you are always in my thoughts. I so miss the both of you. Suzie

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