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O'MALLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, James Clinton (1923-2007)
Born September 18th in Montreal, P.Q. and passed away peacefully on October 8th, 2007 in West Vancouver, B.C.
Jim joined the Canadian Merchant Marine and proudly served from 1942 to 1946.
He was extremely successful in his business career in the Container Industry which took him from Sarnia, Ontario to Toronto, Ontario and finally to Vancouver, British Columbia In Vancouver he owned and operated Can Am Steel Drums Ltd. which is still run as a family business.
He will be profoundly missed by his wife and best friend of sixty years Billy (Vera) and his three children, Heather, Gail (Jim SAFFREY) and Rod (Tia O'MALLEY.) Jim is also survived by his five grandchildren, Paul SAFFREY, Colleen BEZEAU (Scott) and Samantha, Jim and Travis STEWARD/STEWART/STUART.
He leaves behind his sister Grace CARR and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will held on Tuesday, October 16th at 11: 30 a.m. at Hollyburn Funeral Home, 1807 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, B.C.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Lions Gate Hospital Hospice Foundation.

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O'MALLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-30 published
WILSON, John Reginald " Reg"
Rauni's 'Big Boy' slipped away quietly late Monday night at Mount Sinai Hospital. It was the way Reg would have wanted. No fuss. No bother. No unnecessary sadness. Born January 13, l919 in Tilbury, Ontario, Reg was shy of his 89th birthday. There were no surprises in store for that celebration because he would have hated that. What would have been there is the beautiful love he inspired in all around him. His special love of 20 years, Rauni GILLESPIE was always at his side. Their life together was one of enjoyment and shared experiences. Theatre, walks, Friends and travel (Australia, Turkey, Caribbean… you name it). They were a handsome couple. From Tilbury Reg moved to Saint Mary's where he was raised by an aunt and uncle and savoured the life of one of Canada's special small towns. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 and served overseas returning in 1944. After moving to Windsor in 1947 he began his long and admirable career with Seagram's. He soon became V.P. and sales manager, ultimately advancing to Toronto to the position of District Sales Manager of Calvert Distillers. His Windsor Friends will remember him as one of the city's most active and dedicated citizens. The Windsor Jaycees, AKO fraternity, the Windsor Kiwanis Club, Ad and Sales Club, Branch 94 of the Royal Canadian Legion and Beachgrove Golf Club all benefited and were served by his energy and loyalty. Married to the former Jean CLARK, they had two children, Richard (Gloria SMITH) and Barbara (Terry O'MALLEY) to whom he was devoted. After his wife's death Reg continued his residence in Toronto. Reg is survived by Ms. GILLESPIE, his children and half-brother Alexander WILSON (Georgina) and a large array of Friends gained through his passion for curling, tennis, bridge and 45 years at his alternate home St. George's Golf Club. His presence is gone but his memory will be with us forever. His was a wonderful life. And as he would say 'I love you, too'. A funeral service will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Friday, November 30 at 12 noon. Private internment will be held Friday, November 30. Remarks and condolences can be registered at www.humphreymiles.com

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OMAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-11 published
Only one gun used in fatal Toronto shooting
By Jonathan JENKINS, Sun Media, Mon., June 11, 2007
Toronto -- Just one gun was used to pump bullets into the packed Honda carrying Jose Hierro SAEZ and several Friends, killing the teen and wounding three other men, police said yesterday, dismissing the suggestion the victims fired back.
"We have no evidence to support anyone in the Honda firing back," Toronto police homicide Det.-Sgt. Gary GRINTON said.
"If it's a gunfight, it's an awfully one-sided one."
Hierro SAEZ, 19, was hit in the head and pronounced dead at the scene Saturday afternoon.
"It's not a good time right now," said a man outside the victim's townhouse, just metres from where he died.
GRINTON said SAEZ was working as a shipper-receiver and living with his mother and sister.
Like the three other men injured with him, he was known to police, but only in "a very minor way," GRINTON said, adding police have no firm reason why their car was targeted.
"There's a lot of different possibilities that we're getting, but none that we've confirmed and none that are terribly plausible, to be honest," GRINTON said.
"There's a lot of stuff we're looking at, but nothing I could say."
McFrinn PADDY, 19, Moustaffa OMAR, 20, and Matthew DALE, 18, were all injured in the barrage, fired from inside a silver Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle about 3 p.m.
All three are speaking with police about the shooting.
One of the men was released from hospital Saturday, a second was expected to be released yesterday and the third was to be treated for about a week, the detective said.
"They're very lucky, especially the one chap who got it in the stomach," GRINTON said.
The shooting continued for about 50 metres, he said.

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OMAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-11 published
Shots only came one way, police say
By Colin FREEZE, Page A1
Toronto -- Hope has a habit of dying in Jamestown.
Joan BAKER, a mother of three, heard about six staccato bursts echo up the road from her housing project on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. "Oh, maybe it's firecrackers," is what she recalls hoping.
Then she saw a shiny silver Mercedes sport utility vehicle speed around a bend on John Garland Boulevard, followed by what looked to be a blue Honda. Before long, she saw the Honda, stopped just around the corner, with all of its doors open and the passengers having fled, all except a young man who lay dying on the grass - the unarmed victim, police say, of a drive-by attack.
Paramedics arrived and put a tarp over the man. It was at that point that Ms. BAKER held out another hope, that maybe the victim was not one of her neighbours. "Oh jeez, that person is dead," she recalled thinking, while looking at the body. "You want to bet they're going to blame it on Jamestown?"
But then she saw a distraught mother of four from across the walkway. "She was just begging for someone to tell her, 'no it was not him,' Ms. BAKER recalled. She told her neighbour she had gotten a glimpse of the victim, and that it was a young white man, wearing a white do-rag and white sneakers.
The other woman burst out in hysterical crying. Hope that her teenaged son was alive had just evaporated. It was his body that was lying under that tarp; he had gotten to within a few metres of his home after fleeing an attack.
Toronto Police yesterday identified Jose Hierro SAEZ, 19, as Toronto's latest homicide victim. The shooting seriously injured three of his Friends - Paddy McFRINN, 18, Moustaffa OMAR, 20, Matthew DALE, 18.
Homicide detectives said the victims were too "groggy" to say much about the shooters, leaving police few leads yesterday. "We have some possibilities, but even those are perhaps a stretch," Detective Sergeant Gary GRINTON said yesterday.
The detective said that most of the shooting victims held down jobs and that he has no information to indicate they are gang members. Most lived in the neighbourhood.
The shooting has been reported as a "gun battle," but detectives said yesterday that it was one-sided. "It wasn't a battle, that's the best information we have right now," Det. GRINTON said. Police believe the shots were fired from the silver Mercedes sport utility vehicle, just east of the housing project near Kipling Avenue, before the two cars got to the housing project.
"It's tremendously frustrating when these things happen because we work hard in these neighbourhoods and we work hard in Jamestown," Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said at a news conference to announce the infusion of $5-million from the province to combat crime in the downtown nightclub district. "It's tremendously frustrating when a few, frankly, idiots go out and engage in such wanton violence."
He held out hope that people wouldn't lose faith in police efforts to curb the violence. During 2005, more than 10 fatal shootings occurred in the Jamestown housing complex. Since last year, after Chief Blair announced that his force had "surgically removed" the leadership of the Jamestown Crew while arresting scores of alleged gangsters, homicides and shootings have been rare.
Still, the housing project has yet to blot out all the Crips gang graffiti on its walls, and its residents generally had little to say to reporters yesterday. "Yeah, that's what happened. That was my friend," said one young man, before walking off with a shrug. A few people laid wreaths at the crime scene, but wouldn't comment.
Twenty-four hours after the shooting, Joan BAKER sat outside watching her daughter do her homework, and warning another group of children playing soccer not to veer into the road where the cars had sped by the previous day. Many of her neighbours, she said, "think if you talk to the police or anybody, you're snitching."
Many people in the housing project mind their own business. Still, the BAKER family knew the shooting victim, not well, but they liked what they knew about him.
Every morning in the winter when Ms. BAKER walked her children out to the bus - she said she sends her children to schools farther away because of the "peer pressure" in local ones - they would see the young man warming up the car for his mother. He would say "Hi Mummy" and smile and sometimes tell jokes.
Ms. BAKER's daughter cried when she learned that their neighbour was dead. It was a grim reminder for the family of a homicide two years ago. In that incident, a man who had visited the BAKERs' house just before going a party up the street was shot in the leg when the other man was killed.
The family has been living in the project for seven years, and it's an uphill struggle at times. Still, "if I can survive Kingston 11," Ms. BAKER said, referring to her old neighbourhood in Jamaica, "I can survive Jamestown."
She hopes to move out of it one day, but "every time I think I can afford to leave, I just come back down to zero again."

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