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"OLI" 2007 Obituary


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OLIPHANT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-18 published
MUNDEN, Doris Eva
Peacefully on December 12, 2007 at Riverside Place, Windsor, Ontario. Age 102. Doris came to Canada from England as a young woman of 17 and had a successful career as an executive secretary. She is predeceased by her husband Ernest and is survived by her children William and Nancy MUNDEN of Mill Bay, British Columbia, John MUNDEN and Debbie DAVIS of Adelaide, Australia and Robert and Lynn MUNDEN of Windsor, Ontario. Survived by Sister Winnefred KAYES of New Liskard and predeceased by brother George, and sisters, Ruby, Jay, Daisey and Ivy. Beloved grandmother to Brian and Colleen MUNDEN, Glen and Rae MUNDEN both of Alberta and Scott and Eliza OLIPHANT of Brampton, Ontario. Great-grandmother of David, Sarah, Amanda and Anika. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Doris was a long time member of The Donway Covenant United Church. After retirement she volunteered in various capacities for many years before moving to Windsor. Services to be held Saturday, December 22 at The Donway Covenant United Church at 2: 00 p.m., 230 The Donway West, Don Mills (Toronto) Ontario. Should it be desired, in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Salvation Army or the C.N.I.B. would be appreciated.

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OLIVA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-04 published
HEROLD, Elly
Passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 at the age of 82. Beloved friend of Leonardo OLIVA. Much loved mother of Wally and his wife Irene. Loving Oma of Spencer and his partner Kasia, and their daughter Wiki. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Friday from 6-9 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Elly's Life will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 11 a.m.

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OLIVEIRA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-06 published
MAJSZTRIK, Katalin " Kay"
(President of ACE Packaging Limited)
Peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2007. Beloved wife of the late Geza MAJSZTRIK. Loving mother of Vicky SALIBA (Roger,) Kathy DEGUARA (Francis), Judy INGRAM (Tom) and Tamy OLIVEIRA (George). Proud grandmother of Michael, Rachel, Tom, Nicole, Katie, Tommy, Sierra, and Sabrina. Sister of Rita HOLLO, Tamas NAGY, Aladar NAGY and the late Attila NAGY and Gerzson NAGY. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (north of Lawrence Avenue), Weston on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 11 a.m. If desired, donations to Covenant House would be appreciated by the family.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-06-13 published
Celebration of Life Service
On Saturday afternoon, May 26 a Celebration of Life service was held for John Oliver RITCHIE in the Annesley United Church, Markdale when a large crowd of Friends and relatives attended.
Prior to the service Bill McMEEKIN provided bagpipe music as the people entered the church. He concluded with playing the hymn "O God of Bethel", a family favourite and the hymn which was played as the Ritchie forefathers boarded the ship to come to Canada.
The eulogy was given by his sister, Rosemary RITCHIE, who related about growing up on the Old Durham Road, Artemesia Township the son and daughter of John and Sadie (Sarah OLIVER) RITCHIE and attending the Old Durham Road School. She recalled many experiences of their young and teenage years and then of John Oliver going off to train for a nurse. She recalled how he graduated from the Owen Sound General and Marine Hospital then obtained his B.A. from Waterloo University before heading west in 1974.
He chose to live in Delta, British Columbia where his great-uncle and former British Columbia premier, John OLIVER, had settled. There he enjoyed nature, creating a wonderful garden and walking his dogs.
He completed a M.A. at Simon Fraser University and became a teacher at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Douglas College where he taught for 30 years. He was much loved and admired by colleagues and students alike.
He enjoyed music and sang with the Vancouver Bach Choir for several years in performances of Handel's Messiah, the Aida performance at British Columbia Place and subsequent travels to perform in Japan.
Rev. Mark WAUGH of Annesley United read scripture and gave the meditation.
George ACHESON and Marilyn GUY sang several solos and duets during the service.
Les MacKINNON, a cousin, recalled memories of John Oliver as did Katie HARRISON, a classmate.
Others taking part and recalling memories were Joe TAILOR/TAYLOR, Lynn MOREWOOD, Katherine HALL, and Mary HALL.
All classmates were presented with roses upon entering the church and at a specific time during the service went forward and placed them on the table at front of the church.
Following the service a time of fellowship was enjoyed in the church's Fellowship Hall.
John Oliver RITCHIE's ashes were interred in the family plot in Evergreen Cemetery, South Line, former Artemesia Township.
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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-06-13 published
SPENCER, Helen Irene (OLIVER)
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Sunday, June 10, 2007 of Priceville in her 69th year Irene is the beloved wife of the late Donald and daughter of the late Alma and Cliff OLIVER. Loving mother of Cliff (Leslie) of Brampton and Barb (Tony) DUFF of Priceville. She will be loved and remembered by her grandchildren Rebecca, Ross, Christopher, Stephanie, Amiee, Jennifer and Matthew. The family received Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Tuesday, June 12 from 7-9 p.m. Visitation continues at the Gentle Shepherd Community Church, Eugenia on Wednesday, June 13 from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Interment - Glendale Memorial Gardens, Toronto. Memorial contributions to World Vision or the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated.
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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-07-11 published
RITCHIE, John Weir
Peacefully at Rockwood Terrace, Durham, on Friday, July 6, 2007, formerly of Markdale and Priceville in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Sadie OLIVER and son of the late Edgar RITCHIE and Bessie WEIR. Loving father of Rosemary RITCHIE (Wayne PILKINGTON) of Vancouver and the late John Oliver RITCHIE. Also survived by sisters at heart Mary (Ken) HALL of Scarborough and Margaret (Robert) MONTGOMERY of St. Catharines. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Friday, July 13 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held at Annesley United Church, Markdale on Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m. Interment Evergreen Cemetery, Artemesia. Memorial contributions to the John Oliver Ritchie Scholarship Fund c/o Douglas College Health Sciences Dept., Bachelor of Science in Nursing Faculty, Box 2503, New Westminster, British Columbia V3L 5B2 or Rockwood Terrace would be gratefully appreciated.
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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-07-18 published
RITCHIE, John Weir
It is with sadness, yet recognition of a life well-lived, that the family announces that John Weir RITCHIE departed from us on July 6, 2007 at Rockwood Terrace in Durham.
Beloved son of Edgar and Bessie RITCHIE, John was born in 1918 at his parent's Elbow, Saskatchewan farm where he lived until the age of four. When his father died at 24, John moved with his mother to Durham, Ontario and joined his uncle Thomas WEIR's family.
Married to Sarah (Sadie) OLIVER in 1944, they lived on their Old Durham Road farm near Priceville to raise two children, John Oliver and Rosemary. In addition to farming, John worked at Hewgill's sawmill in Pricevilie and for both Farquhar and John MacKINNON over the years, and drove a high school bus route. Retirement took John and Sadie to their retirement home, "Cape Horn" on the outskirts of Markdale.
Always well-respected by his community, John was noted for his humility and kindness as he exemplified rural life, enjoying all that it offered. He was an enthusiastic member of Annesley United Church, the Markdale Curling Club and a ten-year volunteer at Rockwood Terrace. Predeceased by his wife, Sadie in March 1997, and his son, John Oliver in February 2007, John is survived by his daughter, Rosemary RITCHIE (Wayne PILKINGTON) of Vancouver and sisters-at-heart, Mary (Ken) HALL of Scarborough and Margaret (Robert) MONTGOMERY of St. Catharines.
Funeral service of remembrance and thanksgiving was held at Annesley United Church, Markdale, on July 13 with Rev. Don PLETSCH presiding. Music during the service consisted of the congregation singing the family favourite "O God of Bethel" and "Faith of Our Fathers". Also providing music were the Gospel Couriers and Ian LEITH playing his fiddle. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, South Line, Artemesia.
Memorial contributions towards the endowment fund for John's son can be made to: John Oliver Ritchie Scholarship Fund, c/o Douglas College Health Sciences Dept. Batchelor Science of Nursing Faculty, Box 2503, New Westminster, British Columbia V3L 5B2.
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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-11 published
SMITH, Dennis Murray
Suddenly in Owen Sound on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Dennis SMITH of Meaford, beloved husband of Frieda WIDEMAN, at the age of 67. Predeceased by his former wife Carol (née TIPPIN) in 1990. Loved father of Jerry and Naomi SMITH of Port Perry, Wendy SMITH and George UHLARIK of Branchton, Paul SMITH and Tammy KEAN of Meaford, and Chirs and Jane SMITH of Georgetown. Also remembered by Frieda's children Christine and Mitch BRADLEY of Elmira, Kathy and Richard GRAVELLE of Kitchener, and Gerry and Sue WIDEMAN of Drayton. Sadly missed grandpa of seven and step-grandfather of seven. Dear brother of Leta (Mrs. Bud WHITE/WHYTE) of Vancouver, British Columbia and predeceased by a sister Joanne (Jim) OLIVER of Meaford. Special nephew of Nina SMITH of Meaford. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., in Meaford on Tuesday from 1: 30 until 4 p.m. and from 7 until 9 p.m. Thence to Knox Presbyterian Church in Meaford where funeral and committal services, officiated by Reverend Steve BEDARD, will be conducted on Wednesday, June 13 at 1: 30 p.m. with cremation to follow. As your expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-12 published
SPENCER, Helen Irene (née OLIVER)
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Sunday, June 10, 2007 of Priceville in her 69th year. Irene is the beloved wife of the late Donald and daughter of the late Alma and Cliff OLIVER. Loving mother of Cliff (Leslie) of Brampton and Barb (Tony) DUFF of Priceville. She will be loved and remembered by her grandchildren Rebecca, Ross, Christopher, Stephanie, Amiee, Jennifer and Matthew. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, FLESHERTON on Tuesday, June 12 from 7-9 p.m. Visitation continues at the Gentle Shepherd Community Church, Eugenia on Wednesday, June 13 from 10: 00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens, Toronto. Memorial contributions to World Vision or the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-10 published
RITCHIE, John Weir
Peacefully at Rockwood Terrace, Durham on Friday, July 6, 2007 formerly of Markdale and Priceville in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Sadie OLIVER and son of the late Edgar RITCHIE and Bessie WEIR. Loving father of Rosemary RITCHIE (Wayne PILKINGTON) of Vancouver and the late John Oliver RITCHIE. Also survived by sisters at heart Mary (Ken) HALL of Scarborough and Margaret (Robert) MONTGOMERY of St. Catherines. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Friday, July 13 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held at Annesley United Church, Markdale on Saturday, July 14 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Evergreen Cemetery, Artemesia. Memorial contributions to the John Oliver Ritchie Scholarship Fund c/o Douglas College Health Sciences Dept., Bachelor of Science in Nursing Faculty, Box 2503, New Westminster, British Columbia V3L 5B2 or Rockwood Terrace would be gratefully appreciated.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-13 published
SMITH, Nena Eileen
In her 95th year. Passed away at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Beloved daughter of the late Albert and Christina SMITH. Predeceased by two brothers Edward and Allan SMITH. Dear aunt of Leta WHITE/WHYTE of Vancouver. Also predeceased by her niece Joanne OLIVER and her nephew Dennis SMITH. Survived by thirteen great nieces and nephews and their spouses. Resting at the Gardiner-Wilson Funeral Home, Meaford, where the funeral service will be held on Saturday morning, July 14 at 11 a.m. Interment Duxbury Cemetery. Visiting on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. As your expression of sympathy donations to The Meaford General Hospital Foundation or The Meaford Nursing Home Memorial Fund would be appreciated.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-31 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Larry Allan
Suddenly in Meaford on Sunday, July 29, 2007. Larry WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford, beloved husband of the former Leona ELLIS, at the age of 66. son of the late William and Margaret (FOTHERGILL) WHITE/WHYTE. Loved father of Vicky COOK of Kitchener and Larry Jr. “Sam” WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford. Sadly missed grandfather of Chelsea, Colin and Cameron COOK, and Vanita WHITE/WHYTE. Dear brother of Dorothy Doran (Kenn RAPP,) Gwen (late Doug) OLIVER, Marjorie (late Reg) GIRARD, Keith (Lois) WHITE/WHYTE all of Meaford, Myrna (Ernie) ZWANCK of Brampton and Sharon (late Paul) DUNN of Meaford. Predeceased by a brother Laverne WHITE/WHYTE and a sister Marilyn (late Edward) McQUARRIE. Remembered also by brothers-in-law Kenneth and Ronald ELLIS of Meaford and by his many nieces and nephews and their families. A private family service of committal and interment of Larry's cremated remains will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford officiated by Reverend Gary PARKER. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford N4L 1B9 (519-538-1320) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-01 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Larry Allan
Suddenly in Meaford on Sunday, July 29, 2007. Larry WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford, beloved husband of the former Leona ELLIS, at the age of 66. son of the late William and Margaret (FOTHERGILL) WHITE/WHYTE. Loved father of Vicky COOK of Kitchener and Larry Jr. “Sam” WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford. Sadly missed grandfather of Chelsea, Colin and Cameron COOK, and Vanita WHITE/WHYTE. Dear brother of Dorothy DORAN (Kenn RAPP,) Gwen (late Doug) OLIVER, Marjorie (late Reg) GIRARD, Keith (Lois) WHITE/WHYTE all of Meaford, Myrna (Ernie) ZWANCK of Brampton and Sharon (Paul) DUNN of Meaford. Predeceased by a brother Laverne WHITE/WHYTE and a sister Marilyn (late Edward) McQUARRIE. Remembered also by brothers-in-law Kenneth and Ronald ELLIS of Meaford and by his many nieces and nephews and their families. A private family service of committal and interment of Larry's cremated remains will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford officiated by Reverend Gary PARKER. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford N4L 1B9 (519-538-1320) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-01 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Larry Allan
Suddenly in Meaford on Sunday, July 29, 2007. Larry WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford, beloved husband of the former Leona ELLIS, at the age of 66. son of the late William and Margaret (FOTHERGILL) WHITE/WHYTE. Loved father of Vicky COOK of Kitchener and Larry Jr. “Sam” WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford. Sadly missed grandfather of Chelsea, Colin and Cameron COOK, and Vanita WHITE/WHYTE. Dear brother of Dorothy DORAN (Kenn RAPP,) Gwen (late Doug) OLIVER, Marjorie (late Reg) GIRARD, Keith (Lois) WHITE/WHYTE all of Meaford, Myrna (Ernie) ZWANCK of Brampton and Sharon (Paul) DUNN of Meaford. Predeceased by a brother Laverne WHITE/WHYTE and a sister Marilyn (late Edward) McQUARRIE. Remembered also by brothers-in-law Kenneth and Ronald ELLIS of Meaford and by his many nieces and nephews and their families. A private family service of committal and interment of Larry's cremated remains will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford officiated by Reverend Gary PARKER. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford N4L 1B9 (519-538-1320) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-06 published
RUSSELL, Patrick " Pat" George
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, on Friday, August 31st, 2007. Patrick (Pat) George RUSSELL, of Owen Sound, in his 65th year. Special friend of Miranda OLIVER, and her fiancé Greg GARBUTT, of Owen Sound. Predeceased by his parents John and Catherine RUSSELL (née JOHNSTONE.) Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 -- 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492) on Friday from 10: 00-11:00 a.m. A funeral service for Pat RUSSELL will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, September 7th, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. with Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-21 published
OLIVER, Jean
Suddenly at her residence, Spruce Lodge, Stratford, on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at the age of 85. Beloved wife of Ervin (1996). Stepmother of Eddie and his wife Wendy, Wayne and his wife Sonjia and Betty-Sue KING. Aunt to Jack (Jean) COUTTS, Libby (Ken) BEITZ, Maureen (Bob) DE GRAW, George COUTTS and Rob (Tracy) COUTTS. Will be sadly missed by her close Friends Sherry, Judy and Betty. Predeceased by her brothers Lloyd and Ken COUTTS. Jean's memorial service will be held in the chapel of the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home (519-745-9495) 621 King St. W., Kitchener on Friday, September 21, 2007 (today) at 1 p.m. Interment Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to United Westminster Church. Online condolences may be sent through www.mem.com.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-10 published
WIPPERMAN, Frances Wynn (née WALKER)
At her residence at Meaford Long Term Care Centre on Tuesday October 9, 2007. Fran WIPPERMAN, daughter of the late Cecil and Ellen (MINTHORN) WALKER, in her 82nd year. Wife of the late John “Jack” WIPPERMAN and loving mother of Douglas WIPPERMAN (Rebecca HALLAM) of London, and David WIPPERMAN and his wife Jana of Meaford. Sadly missed Grandma of Hillary and Hope, John and Samantha. Fondly remembered by Kelly WIPPERMAN also of London. Predeceased by a brother, Carl WALKER, formerly of Drayton. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher Street East in Meaford, on Wednesday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. Funeral services, officiated by Reverend Judith OLIVER, will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday, October 11 at 11: 00 o'clock with interment and committal to follow at Lakeview Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation would be appreciated.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-29 published
KEENAN, Keith Ronald
At Grey Bruce Health Services in Meaford on Saturday, October 27, 2007. Keith Ronald KEENAN of Meaford, in his 79th year. Beloved husband of the former Marjorie ELLIS of Meaford. Loving father of Nancy EAGLES and her husband Paul and Joanne COLLYER and her husband Chris, all of Meaford. Sadly missed by grandchildren Justin, Brandon and Kourtney EAGLES and Jordan and Emma COLLYER. Fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Betty BELTON, Helen SMITHSON, Lynda RUEST, brother-in-law Neil MASTERSON and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a sister Eldora and a brother Lionel. Visitation will be held at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E. in Meaford on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Meaford United Church on Wednesday October 31st at 11 a.m. with Reverend Judith OLIVER officiating. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Meaford United Church would be appreciated.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-24 published
SCHULTZ, Ruby Margaret (BUMSTEAD)
Peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services in Meaford on Saturday December 22, 2007. The former Ruby Margaret BUMSTEAD of Meaford, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Hugh J. SCHULTZ (1988.) Dear mother of Peggy SCHARF (Lester;) Kathy HORN (Del;) Lorraine JAGO (Bob) all of Nanaimo, British Columbia; Ross SCHULTZ (Isabel) of Meaford; John SCHULTZ (Laura) of Desboro; Donna SPEIDEL (Wayne) of Nanaimo, British Columbia; David SCHULTZ (Brenda) of Meaford Bawn CLARK (Bob) of Owen Sound; Betty WHITTINGTON (Don) of Toronto Charlie SCHULTZ (Jan;) Linda BOWINS (Leonard) all of Meaford Joanne JONES of Hamilton; Sandra GREEN (Ted) of Latchford; and Paul SCHULTZ (Judy) of Meaford. Fondly remembered by 39 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild and a sister, Laura BARFOOT. Predeceased by daughters Dorothy WILLAN and Eleanor SMOOK, a son Roger SCHULTZ, brothers Wilmer, Earl, Jim, Percy, Gordon, Walter, sisters Mary WILSON and Eleanor MOULTON and an infant sister Jessie. Also survived by sons-in-law Jim WILLAN and Gene SMOOK and a brother-in-law Ken. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, Meaford on Sunday afternoon from 2 until 5 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at Meaford United Church on Monday December 24th at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Judith OLIVER officiating. A private family service of interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-06 published
MITCHELL, Sonja (née BRUGGMAN)
At Bluewater Health -- Norman Site, Sarnia on Thursday, January 4, 2007. Sonja MITCHELL (née BRUGGMAN,) 73 years, of Oil Springs. Loving wife of Jim MITCHELL. Beloved mother to Paul and Joanne MITCHELL and their children Jacob and Andie of Courtright, Judy and Fred NEATHWAY and their daughter Nikki of Sarnia, and Tom MITCHELL and his children Andrew and Courtney of Corunna. Dear sister of James and Diane KELLS and Ernest and Margo KELLS all of Sault Ste. Marie. Dear sister-in-law of Wilbert and Shirley MITCHELL of Oil Springs, Lillian HOSKIN of Sarnia, Marie DEKEYSER and Don YOUNG of Sarnia, Betty and Earl JOHNSON of Petrolia, Reta McLEAN of Wallaceburg, Donna and Cliff OLIVER of Brigden, and Doris and Ed STOREY of Thamesville. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Sonja had a great love for her family and was an avid square dancer (37 years), loved camping and spending the winter in Arizona. Visitors will be received on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia where the funeral service will be held on Monday, January 8, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Rev. Mark PERRY officiating. Interment in Oil Springs Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the charity or your choice. Memories and condolences may be sent on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-03 published
OLIVER, Lise Marie (née BARRETTE)
Of Norwood, Ontario. Serenely at Campbellford Memorial Hospital on Sunday, July 29, 2007. Predeceased by her husband and friend William OLIVER, parents Armand and Alice BARRETTE, and siblings Françoise, Jean and Lucien BARRETTE. Survived by her loving children Robin SCOTT (Peter), Brian OLIVER (Nancy PERKINS), cherished grand_son Alex SCOTT, and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews in Montreal, Toronto and Dartmouth. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-03 published
OLIVER, Lise Marie (née BARRETTE)
De Norwood, Ontario. Nous a quitté sereinement CofE dimanche le 29 juillet à l'Hôpitale Campbellford Memorial. Prédécédé par son époux et ami William OLIVER, des ses parents Armand et Alice BARRETTE, frères et soeurs, Françoise, Jean et Lucien BARRETTE. Elle laisse dans le deuil ses affectueux enfant Robin SCOTT (Peter,) Brian OLIVER (Nancy PERKINS,) son petit fils chéri Alex SCOTT, ses belles soeurs, nièces et neveux de Montréal, Toronto et Dartmouth. Donnation à la fondation des maladies du coeur seraient appréciées.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-29 published
WILSON, Mary Hélène (née OLIVER)
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Mary at Etobicoke Hospital on Tuesday, August 28, 2007, in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Glen Allen WILSON. Loving mother of Bill (Dorothy) and Doug. Cherished grandmother of Matthew. Lovingly remembered by Lee and Paula. Mary taught school in Saint Mary's, Ontario and then pursued a nursing career (Toronto Western, Class of '44). Family and Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (north of Lawrence), Weston, on Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-06 published
OLIVER, Evelyn Jean (May 13, 1932-September 4, 2007)
Evelyn passed away at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital September 4, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer. Evelyn was the daughter of the late Margaret Irene and Albert James OLIVER. Dearly loved sister of Marion K. WILSON and brother-in-law H. Roger WILSON of Sechelt, British Columbia. Evelyn will also be missed by her four nieces Nancy, Sandra, Sharon and Andrea. No funeral by her request. Cremation with interment in Shelburne, Ontario. Sands ~ Nanaimo

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-03 published
Good guy found fame and pain as the Missing Link
He stayed in character outside the arena, avoiding eye contact and speaking in grunts, as steroids and marijuana took over
By Greg OLIVER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
Success came late to Dewey ROBERTSON. It wasn't until he was in his 40s that he achieved international attention as a professional wrestler. And to do so, he had to chisel his body with the use of steroids, shave most of his head, paint his face green with blue accent and stop talking.
The transformation from a good-looking hero from Hamilton, known across Canada through the Maple Leaf Wrestling television program in the 1960s and 1970s, to the cartoonish Missing Link caveman character in the 1980s was one of the most remarkable in the colourful history of the bizarre pseudo-sport of wrestling. It was such a complete change that it even fooled old Friends.
Dale Hey, a bodybuilder from Vancouver, wrestled against Mr. ROBERTSON in the early 1970s under the name Dale Roberts, half of a bad-guy tag team known as the Hollywood Blonds. Mr. Hey praised Mr. ROBERTSON's work as a clean-cut good guy, and considered him a friend. Then in a dressing room in Oklahoma in 1984, he was confronted by a "weirdo" who kept staring at him. "I thought I recognized him. But he totally freaked me out. I kept looking at him, looking at him. And he kept looking at me," said Mr. Hey. "Finally, he laughed and said, 'It's Dewey ROBERTSON.' I just remember hugging him, saying 'God, I don't believe it.' "
The switch helped at the box office as well, explained Bill Watts, who promoted the Universal Wrestling Federation.
"Dewey ROBERTSON was a high-class guy I was really proud of, to be working with our group, in our area, but it just didn't convert into money. And I can remember trying with him pretty hard because I was so impressed with him, but it just wasn't there as far as box office," Mr. Watts said. "But then as the Missing Link, it added some ingredient and I think he actually became that alter ego."
As the Missing Link, Mr. ROBERTSON even stayed in character away from the arena, avoiding eye contact, never speaking more than guttural grunts, moving his head by grabbing his hair and nodding slowly, mouth agape. Often, he was accompanied by his wife, Gail, who served as the Link's "handler," Sheena, catering to her charge's whims.
But what the character actually masked was a man in turmoil: He was addicted to steroids, which kept up his massive physique, and marijuana, which kept him calm and soothed the pain of the constant travel and physical abuse in the ring.
Few would have predicted such a road for Byron James John ROBERTSON, nicknamed Dewey by a grade-school classmate. For a while, a career in hockey seemed certain for the first-born son of Ken and Ethel ROBERTSON of West Hamilton, who divorced when Dewey was 14. School was not a priority, and Mr. ROBERTSON dropped out after Grade 9.
In 1958, when he was 19, Mr. ROBERTSON tried bodybuilding to bulk up for hockey. Many wrestlers also worked out at Spittles's gym, run by a former wrestler, and he was invited to give it a try. "He told me he was bodybuilding and all that, because he thought he was too thin," said his mother, Ethel. "Then he came home and said he was starting to wrestle. I didn't like it but there was nothing I could do about it."
Mr. ROBERTSON wrestled part-time through a variety of jobs - making nails at Stelco, cutting furs and lifeguarding at Mountainside pool in nearby Burlington, where he met Gail, with whom he had two sons. By the mid-1960s, he was travelling as far as Pittsburgh, three or four wrestlers to a car for $25 a match. It was a way of paying his dues.
The big break came when Mr. ROBERTSON was invited to join Toronto-based Maple Leaf Wrestling, run by promoter Frank Tunney and the most famous wrestler in Canada, (Whipper) Billy Watson.
Mr. ROBERTSON moved to Keswick, Ontario, built a home on part of Mr. Watson's rural property and became the older man's protégé.
The trips grew longer - St. Louis, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Australia - as Mr. ROBERTSON's skills improved and his name circulated. But the family decided to settle in Burlington, where Mr. ROBERTSON ran two gyms: Dewey Robertson's Athletic Club (1973 to 1976) and Dewey's Gym (1976 to 1979). He helped train weightlifters and wrestlers, running weekly grappling shows.
Wrestling in Maple Leaf Gardens, Mr. ROBERTSON donned a simple white fabric mask to cover his face. A broken leg and a bout of Ankylosing spondylitis (a type of spinal arthritis) kept him sidelined for a spell, but he would recover and travel to Japan to wrestle.
In 1978, Mr. ROBERTSON was invited to work for Jim Crockett Promotions, based out of Charlotte, North Carolina The family moved with him, and the Burlington gym, mismanaged by Friends, went under. He was still a feature performer in Toronto, and won the Canadian heavyweight championship in a 1979 tournament, defeating Greg (the Hammer) Valentine in the final match. This period marked the financial pinnacle of his career - he made $4,000 some weeks - but also the beginning of his downfall.
Charlotte was where he began using steroids and a variety of recreational drugs. In his autobiography, Bang Your Head!, written with Meredith Renwick, he freely admitted the use of steroids and drugs, especially marijuana.
In Kansas City, Missouri, he got a chance to work as a "bad guy" for the first time. His addictions got worse there, however, and the family was always broke. At one point, Gail hocked her jewellery to buy groceries.
"I began smoking every day to get high and to forget all the troubles that low income brings," Mr. ROBERTSON said.
Desperate for direction in a career and life that was spiralling out of control, Mr. ROBERTSON turned to an old friend, Gene Lewis, who was wrestling in Texas as the Mongol, with a black tuft of hair on a shaved head and a Fu Manchu mustache. Convinced that a tag team would be a success - despite Mr. Lewis saying the territory had enough villains - Mr. ROBERTSON cut his hair and changed his appearance.
"I walked into my house and there's Dewey sitting in my chair with his bald head and his hair cut like the Mongol," Mr. Lewis recalled. "He had this smile on his face and he was determined."
While begging for employment in the Dallas office, a telephone call came in from the Louisiana territory run by Bill Watts. It needed a bad guy right away. Mr. ROBERTSON went, and "Mad Max, the Missing Link" was born. His beard would grow bushier, black fur was added to his boots, knee and elbow pads, and face paint was applied. The 270-pound Missing Link moved around the ring slowly and meticulously, growling and stomping like a beast. His head became his primary weapon - he would grab the large tuft on the back of his skull and wallop his forehead into wooden tables, metal chairs and opponents. "I knew if I wanted to be the Missing Link, I had to act like the Missing Link. Changing my face, not speaking, not looking at anybody," Mr. ROBERTSON said.
In demand again, he was back to making thousands of dollars a week. But under cover of his new persona, he descended further into addiction, wrestling while stoned and forcing his manager to move him from town to town.
The World Wrestling Federation, having seen the double-page photo of the Missing Link in a Sports Illustrated feature, came calling in 1985 and offered greater recognition. The chance was there for Mr. ROBERTSON to get rich. But angry at the changes the World Wrestling Federation wanted to make to his character and the separation from his wife, he abruptly left after six months, content to return to work in Texas and Louisiana.
The professional wrestling business was changing, and smaller, regional promotions were on the way out as cable television powerhouses such as the World Wrestling Federation took over. In the summer of 1988, the ROBERTSON family had their furniture and memorabilia stolen from a storage locker. With no money, they drifted in and out of Friends' homes, often eating out of restaurant dumpsters. Unable to afford steroids, Mr. ROBERTSON lost 70 pounds, but was unable to shake his need for alcohol and marijuana.
Just before Christmas, the ROBERTSONs returned to Canada with $26 to their names and borrowed winter clothes. Mr. ROBERTSON landed a job as a court escort, and working with young offenders, got interested in helping young people straighten out. In 1991, he quit and entered rehab to kick his own marijuana addiction. The next year, he started attending Alcoholics Anonymous and began a speaking career, aiming to warn youngsters off his path.
In 1993, he began having mental-health issues due to past drug use. While in the hospital, doctors discovered cancer and he had one of his kidneys removed.
The next few years were a blur. Mr. ROBERTSON continued to wrestle occasionally, including a tour of Japan, and helped train wrestlers in his backyard. A few acting roles came his way, including YTV's Maniac Mansion and CTV's Due South. Gail left him in 1995, and Mr. ROBERTSON went on marijuana binges, not eating for days before being hospitalized.
In 2000, he began working in earnest on his life story, a focus that brought him back into the wrestling fraternity. He attended fan fests and conventions in Texas, New Jersey, New York and Las Vegas. The autobiography came out early in 2006. The high of the book launch was marred by a recurrence of kidney cancer. A year after the diagnosis, he entered Hamilton's Henderson Hospital, where he was told that the cancer had spread to his liver and lungs. He did not leave the hospital again.
Wrestler Jay Bowles, also known as (Soulman) Rocky Johnson, praised Mr. ROBERTSON for his honesty.
"He was like anybody else that had a substance abuse problem, they didn't want to recognize it. And back then, Dewey wasn't alone, mind you. It just trapped him a little bit more than some of the other guys, but there was a bunch of guys doing it," Mr. Bowles said. "And he's completely honest, that's what I love about him. 'This is what I did - good or bad, this is what I did.' "
Byron James John ROBERTSON was born in Hamilton on February 28, 1939. He died in Hamilton on August 16 of lung, liver and kidney cancer. He was 68. He is survived by mother Ethel; brother Ken son Mark, daughter-in-law Kim and granddaughter Katherine; son Jason, daughter-in-law Chrissy and granddaughters Courtney and Brittany.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-12 published
SUMMERHAYES, Donald Clair (December 21, 1931-November 8, 2007)
Surrounded by the physical presence and unconditional love of those closest to him, Don passed away very gently at Saint_Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto, just before 11 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2007. Grace and courage marked the last months of Don's life, as he lived with cancer diagnosed too late for treatment. Don was a poet, teacher, critic and photographer. He was an unflinchingly loyal and deeply loving parent, grandparent, partner and friend. Don will be missed by many, among them his wife, Merlin HOMER his children, Siobhan, Christopher, Jonathan and Jennifer (Hall) his sister Anne (MacFARLANE;) his grandchildren Caitlin and Alicia HALL and Devin and Polly SUMMERHAYES; and John HALL and Deborah GIRVIN. Many thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Saint_Joseph's Health Centre, especially Doctors McLEAN, MAZZOTTA and CRISPINO to all the members of the Home Care Team, especially Diane OLIVER, R.N. and to the circle of Friends who provided emotional, material and spiritual support. Don made regular contributions to Saint_Joseph's Health Centre, The Aids Committee of Toronto, the Scott Mission, the Toronto Symphony and an education fund for his grandchildren. If wished, contributions to any of these would support his ongoing priorities. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Service will be held at the G.H. Hogle Funeral Homes, 63 Mimico Avenue, Toronto on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.hoglefuneralhomes.com'

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-17 published
OLIVER, Joan Evelyn
Joan OLIVER of Bracebridge and Port Carling, formerly of Toronto, passed away peacefully yesterday, November 16th, 2007, surrounded by family and Friends. She will be sadly missed and forever remembered by her loving husband Donald, sons Mark (deceased 1993), Glen (Carolyn), and Cory (Leilani); granddaughter Kaitlyn, brother David (Bonnie), and many more extended family that have filled her life with love. Friends will be received at the Reynolds Funeral Home "Turner Chapel", Bracebridge, on Saturday, November 17th, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The service will be held in the chapel on Sunday, November 18th, 2007 at 1 p.m. followed by cremation. As your expression of sympathy, the family would appreciate memorial gifts to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation or to the Mark Oliver Endowment Fund at North York General Hospital, 4001 Leslie Street, Toronto M2K 1E1. Messages of condolence may be left at condolences@reynoldsfuneral.com.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-20 published
LECH, John Karl
Passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at Lisaard House in his 47th year. Beloved husband of Lynn, loving father of Stuart and Kirsten, dear son of Beth and late William LECH. Dear brother of David (Kathy,) Cathy Lech (Stephane) FURRER, and Margie LECH, uncle of Caroline, Duncan and Phillipe, son-in-law of Margaret and Norman OLIVER, brother-in-law of Lyle (Nina) OLIVER, and Alison (Jim) NELLA. Uncle of Drew, Scott, Kaitlin, Josh, Katrina and Beth.
A service of remembrance for John will be held at the Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Boulevard, Cambridge, on Thursday, November 22nd at 11 a.m. Those who wish may make a memorial donation to either Lisaard House or to Hospice of Waterloo Region.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-22 published
HUFFMAN, M. John " Jack"
Peacefully on December 17, 2007 at age 85. Beloved husband for 59 years of Doreen OLIVER. Loving father to Ken (Julia,) Bob (Ona) and Jane CHABAN (Mark.) Devoted and playful Gramps of Tom and Jack, Nancy and Alanna and Willy and Michael. Dear brother of Bert, Cecil and Ray HUFFMAN. Predeceased by his parents Milo HUFFMAN and Gladys McCLURE and sister Mary McDONALD. Born in Blairmore, Alberta and raised in Calgary, Lethbridge and Regina, Jack served four years in the Canadian Army (Calgary Highlanders) in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Netherlands. Jack had a 34-year career with Imperial Oil in Alberta and Toronto and played a role in the evolution of the industry in Western Canada. In retirement Jack and Doreen explored the world and Canada, with lots of special times with family and Friends near and far. Jack had a wonderful sense of humour and was an enthusiastic, and sometimes successful, golfer, bridge and gin player, skier, and photographer. Special note of thanks to Lakeshore Lodge for the care and compassion over the past four years. A celebration of Jack's life will take place Saturday, January 5 at 1100 with reception to follow, at St. Luke's United Church, Kipling @ The Kingsway, Etobicoke. In lieu of flowers the family appreciates donations to St. Luke's United Church Memorial Fund, the Alzheimer Society or the Parkinson Society of Canada.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-22 published
OLIVER, Reverend Stephen M.
(Former Rector of Saint Margarets Anglican Church, North Toronto and St. Davids, Hardington; World War 2 Naval Veteran)
Peacefully on Thursday December 20, 2007 at Sunnybrook Hospital in his 84th year. Survived by his loving wife, Valerie HUME- OLIVER. Dear father of Stephen (Dr. Jenny TURNER) of Gurnsey; Philip (Mary NOBLE); Peter (Rose ZANETTI) and Susan (Jim GODSELL)and grandchildren Kate, Becky, Julia, Vicky, Diane, Genevieve, Emily, Alexandra and Oscar. Lovingly remembered by his brother Paul and his wife Marion of Bobcaygen and niece Eden (Scott FAIRLEY) and nephew Mark OLIVER of Vancouver. Fondly remembered by Marion Harris. Friends my call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.) on Thursday December 27, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday at Saint Margarets Anglican Church, North Toronto, 53 Burnaby Blvd. (one block north of Eglinton and Avenue Rd.) at 1: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Saint Margarets Anglican Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated.

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OLIVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-29 published
DE JONCKHEERE, Amy Millicent (formerly DILWORTH, née OLIVER)
Died quietly on December 28, 2007 at Valleyview Residence, aged 103. Predeceased by her first husband, Edwin Leslie DILWORTH, her second husband, Marcel DE JONCKHEERE, her first grand_son John David SILLERS, and her son-in-law David Morton SILLERS. Left to mourn her loss are her daughter Patricia SILLERS, her grand_son Robert and his wife Patricia, her grand_son Thomas, three beautiful great-granddaughters, Rachel, Paula and Robyn, and her very many Friends. Millie (sometimes known as "Skinny") made Friends everywhere, most especially in Thomson, Manitoba, where she was one of the town's pioneer settlers. Many thanks to the kind and caring staff at Valleyview who treated her with courtesy and affection. In accordance with Millicent's express wishes, cremation will take place, but no funeral or service will follow. Condolences may be expressed by a donation to a charity of choice in her memory.

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