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O'NEIL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-03 published
O'NEIL, Doctor Murray Roy
On Saturday afternoon, June 30th, 2007, Essex County lost one of its great sons.
Dr. Murray Roy O'NEIL passed away suddenly and tragically doing what he loved most, piloting his beloved Piper J-3 Cub near Colchester, Ontario.
Born on May 12, 1927, and raised in Paquette Corners on the family farm, Murray's love of the land never left him.
In the fall of 1945, he left home for London, Ontario, where he studied pre- medicine and then medicine at the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1951. He returned home to practice family medicine in the town of Essex. While he went on to specialize in Allergy and Immunology and later build the largest private Allergy and Respirology partnership of its kind in Ontario, the principles of practicing good old-fashioned medicine -- of listening, caring, being there for his patients at anytime of the day and seeing them through no matter what -- always set his standard of care. Doctor O'NEIL was honoured by the medical community as President of the Michigan Allergy Society (1981-1982), President of the Essex County Medical Society (1985-1986) and in 1999 was honoured with a Life Membership by the Ontario Medical Association. He was a brilliant diagnostician and pioneered the areas of respirology and sleep medicine in Windsor, however he will surely be most fondly remembered as a simple and principled man with a genuine love for his patients, who would arrive, doctor's bag in hand, whenever needed.
In 1961 Doctor O'NEIL embarked on his second career, founding Highline Produce. After 45 years of strength and growth, Highline today is one of the largest mushroom growing facilities in Canada, employing close to 800 people at its Leamington, Ontario, Wellington, Ontario and Montreal, Québec locations. Murray's countless feats of engineering and his personally devised innovations made Highline one of the most advanced and modern facilities in North America. He was known internationally as a father of the industry, and as in his first career, held many positions of leadership, including Co-Chairing the first North American Mushroom Conference (1979) with his dear friend, Charles CIARROCCHI, serving as President of the Canadian Mushroom Growers' Association (1976-1978), as a member of the U.S. Mushroom Council (2003-2005) and being honoured as a Life Member of the Canadian Mushroom Growers' Association in 2002 for his then 41 years of service.
His final passion, the marvel of flight, is one which in his own words was "something that's been a part of me for as long as I can remember," beginning when he was given the gift of a toy airplane at five years of age, and stayed with him throughout his entire life. He first soloed a Tiger Moth in the summer of 1950 while stationed at Summerside, Prince Edward Island. His quest for knowledge, his great curiosity, and his love for the skies culminated in a commercial license by 1966.
He owned 18 different private aircraft during an aviation career that spanned over five decades and accumulated over 8,500 hours. Great moments of glory included competing in the Great London, England to Victoria, British Columbia Air Race in 1971 as part of a two-man crew in his Piper Twin Comanche (for which he received a Windsor Flying Club Special Award), and flying his "hottest" plane, a Mitsubishi MU-2 twin engine turbo prop on Highline business throughout the 1990s.
He lovingly built a single-seater, open-cockpit Volksplane, the "Cutie" which will forever hang suspended at the Windsor Airport as part of a Heritage Collection. He also restored a beautiful 1946 Piper J-3 Cub, which he taught his children to fly and which lived at his home until this Saturday's fateful accident.
For all of his many accomplishments, Murray O'NEIL will be remembered as a simple man from Essex County who loved his family and cherished close Friends, who served his fellow man and touched so many lives, and who lived life to its fullest with an abundance of optimism and a deep gratitude for all his life's blessings.
He is predeceased by his wife Judith (FITCH) O'NEIL, his son, Andrew O'NEIL, and his sister, Marjorie (O'NEIL) WRIGHT. He is survived by his brother, Ejay O'NEIL and family, heartbroken children Debra and John GALLAUGHER, David O'NEIL, and Elizabeth O'NEIL, grandchildren Brandon GALLAUGHER and Regan, Lisa, Samantha and Mallory O'NEIL, mother-in-law Dorothy FITCH, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 5th, 2007, at the Walter Kelly Funeral Home (1969 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A third visitation will be held the following morning, Friday, July 6th, at Lakeshore St. Andrew's Church (231 Amy Croft Drive, Tecumseh), from 11-12 p.m., with a funeral service at Lakeshore St. Andrew's following at 12: 30 p.m.
The family has requested a private service and interment at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Oldcastle, following which Friends and family are invited to celebrate Murray's life at a memorial celebration at Hangar 401, Windsor Airport, from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, July 6th.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you make a donation to your charity of choice or to Ability Online, an online support network for children and young adults with disabilities and illnesses (www.abilityonline.org), which Murray believed in and supported.

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O'NEIL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-10 published
CARSON, J. William " Bill"
Bill passed away at Parkwood Hospital in London, Ontario on October 7, 2007. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Pat and Mike CHATER of London, son and daughter-in-law Jim and Joan (O'NEIL) of Oakville, son Richard and partner Wendy (PERKINS) of Oakville and son Tim of Woodstock. Proud grandfather of Chris (Melissa) CHATER of Barrie, Pam CHATER of Vancouver, Ryan (Jen) CARSON of St. Catharines, Patrick (Lauren FOX) CARSON currently in South Korea, Andrew CARSON of Oakville, Richard (Stephanie) CARSON of Oakville, Robert CARSON of Toronto and Reggie CARSON of Oakville. Also survived by siblings Betty McNAMARA, Lulu CARSON, Robert CARSON and Lenore HAYMAN all of London. He was predeceased by his first wife Marjorie (PEARSON) and his second wife Toni (CLARK) and brothers Ed and John. Bill had a distinguished career with John Labatt Limited in London until retiring in 1972. Visitation at Logan Funeral Home at 371 Dundas Street, London, Ontario N6B 1V5 from 2: 00 to 4: 00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday October 11th. Funeral service at St. Georges Anglican Church at 227 Wharncliffe Road North in London at 1: 00 p.m. on Friday October 12th, 2007. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery with reception to follow. Condolences may be sent to rvchates@yahoo.com or www.loganfh.ca

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O'NEIL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-22 published
McCOLL, David Lawson
Retired Secondary School Administrator for the Frontenac County / Limestone District School Board. At the Kingston General Hospital, Thursday, October, 18, 2007, after a courageous 11 year battle with prostate cancer in his 68th year. Sadly missed by his best friend and companion on life's journey, Mary, his wife of 45 years his son Robert, and three daughters and spouses, Laura and Paul HOBSON, Beth and Andy BONVIE, and Barbara and Jeff GOSSELIN. Beloved Grandpa of Brendan and Drew HOBSON, Jacob and Alanah BONVIE, Brianna and Jackson GOSSELIN. Missed by sisters Leila LEIGHTON (Scarborough) and Donna O'NEIL (Trenton.) A celebration of David's life will be held at St. Andrew's by-the-Lake United Church, 1 Redden Street, Kingston on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 2 p.m. The family will receive Friends, Monday from 7-9 p.m. and at the reception following the celebration of David's life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada or Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada (www.prostatecancer.ca) would be appreciated by the family. (Donations by cheque only please). www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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O'NEIL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-13 published
O'NEIL, Pierre C. (1934-2007)
Journalist Pierre C. O'NEIL passed away on December 7, 2007. Predeceased by his parents, Marthe BELLEAU and Louis-C. O'NEIL, he leaves in mourning his wife Louise MARIN, his children Marin, Nathalie (John CONNOLLY,) Julie (Pierre-Marie BENOIT,) his grandchildren Pascale and Nicolas GREENFIELD of Ottawa, Ariane, Arthur and Félix BENOIT of Paris, his brothers and sisters, Louis (Huguette TANGUAY,) Georges (Carmen MESSIER,) Jean, Claire and Louise, many nephews and nieces, great nephews and great nieces, his Marin sisters-in-law and their husbands, and many generous Friends.
Pierre C. O'NEIL was a Parliamentary Correspondent for Le Devoir in Ottawa and a Correspondent, Bureau Chief and Columnist for La Presse in Quebec City and Ottawa, where he was President of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. During that period, he was often a commentator on major radio and television networks, both within and outside of Canada. He served as Press Secretary for the Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau during the years of his minority government. Following that, he became Director of the Centre d'Etudes des Sciences et Techniques de l'Information at the University of Dakar (Senegal).
Returning to Canada, he was Director of Information for radio and television at the Société Radio-Canada, Vice-President of Communications at Westburne, Senior Communications Advisor at both the Cabinet de relations publiques National Inc., as well as at Bombardier. He became Director of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada, worked as an Advisor with Letko Brosseau and was a member of the Board of Referees at the Canada Employment Insurance Commission.
Relatives and Friends are invited to visit from 2: 00 p.m. to 5: 00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., on Friday, December 14, 2007 and 11 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. on Saturday December 15, at the Urgel Bourgie Funeral Home, 1255 Beaumont, Town of Mount Royal. A Gregorian funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 15, at 2: 00 p.m. at Saint_Joseph de Mont-Royal church, 1620 Laird Boulevard, Town of Mount-Royal.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
• L'Abbaye Saint-Benoît-du-Lac
• The Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (Oncology, Saint-Luc)
• The Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation (Cardiology); and
• L'Association d'Entraide Ville-Marie.
The family greatly appreciates Doctors Jean Morin, Heart Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Richard Létourneau, Oncology Surgeon at l'Hôpital Saint-Luc, and François Mercier, General Practitioner at the Clinique Médi-Club. Our thanks also to Lise Robitaille, Research Nurse at l'hôpital Saint-Luc, and Monique Lalonde, Nurse at the centre local de services communautaires de la Montagne. We are particularly thankful to Doctor Nicole Baird from the Côte-des-Neiges centre local de services communautaires and Pierre Desforges, Nurse from l'Association d'Entraide Ville-Marie, for the remarkable care provided to Pierre in the last days of his life.
Funeral Direction: Mount Royal Commemorative Services.

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O'NEILL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-01 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Margaret Elizabeth
In her 74th year, passed peacefully at her home in Kemble, the village that she loved. Beloved daughter of the late Wilbur and Nettie TAILOR/TAYLOR (née McKINLAY.) Loving mother of Kelly BABCOCK and his wife, Geri, Chris BABCOCK and his partner, Deanna MARTIN and Danny BABCOCK and his wife, Lois O'NEILL. Devoted granny of Gennie-Wren and Nicholas. Held in the hearts of her sister, Beverley DAVIS, of Tofield, Alberta and her brother, Donald TAILOR/TAYLOR, of Chatsworth. Predeceased by her in-laws, Delphine TAILOR/TAYLOR and Lloyd DAVIS and her nephew, Jim DAVIS. Good friend of Susan MARSHALL, of Kemble and Chasity STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, of Cambridge. Margaret spent her childhood on the family farms in Kemble. As a young mother she was in the forefront of the drives to build the new arena and to convert the hall into a Senior and Community Centre. She helped to produce Christmas Concerts, was a member of the Kemble Women's Institute, taught gardening for the 4-H Club, took her turn running the snack bar at the old arena and cleaning the church. She drove rural mail and was the Post Mistress for many years. She, along with her mother and others, researched and wrote the Chronicles of Kemble. Her love of the past was evident in her wealth of stories and her respect for old things led her to a second career as a respected antique dealer. Family and Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492) on Tuesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Margaret TAILOR/TAYLOR will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Deborah MURRAY officiating. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Georgian Bluffs. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Kemble Arena or the charity of your choice as your expression of sympathy.

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O'NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-09 published
SMELA, Joan (née KING)
It is with heartfelt sadness that we tell our Friends Joan passed away peacefully at Mount Sinai Hospital on Friday, April 27, 2007, after a brief battle with colon cancer. Loving wife to Ray of 50 years and wonderful Mother to Jim (Liz O'NEILL,) Laurie (Doug WARRINGTON) and Jackie (Glenn MacDONALD.) " Buff" will be missed by all of her grandchildren - Leigh, Catie, Michael, J.D., Jamie, Charlie and Lauren. A celebration of Joan's life will be shared with family and Friends at the Mississauga Golf and Country Club on Thursday, June 14th at 3: 00 p.m. The family would like to express their appreciation to Doctor Tim DEVLIN of Scarborough Hospital, Grace Division and Doctor Carol SWALLOW and the Doctors and Nurses at Mount Sinai Hospital for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the GI Unit at Scarborough Hospital, Grace Division or Mount Sinai Hospital. Condolences may be sent to joan.smela@wardfh.com.
"Her loving presence will always be remembered and sadly missed"

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O'NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-12 published
NOONAN, Brian Francis
Suddenly at his residence at Christie Lake on Saturday June 9th, 2007, Brian F. NOONAN (Honorary Colonel of the former Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment, member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, Fourth Degree Knight, Knights of Columbus, financial specialist for over 50 years). son of the late Doctor John Francis and Ann NOONAN of Perth, beloved husband for 53 years to Patricia (O'NEILL) NOONAN; loved and respected father of Sally, Colleen (Bruce EWING), Richard (Tracy DEGROOT), Fred, Julia (Grady SAVAGE) and the late John. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Simon, Riley, Madelaine, Mitchell, Declan and Ronan and his sister Dorothy SIGOUIN. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair and son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. W., Perth Monday June 11th, 2007 from 2 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint_Johns Church, Perth Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Saint_John's Cemetery. In remembrance, contributions to the Foundation of the Great War Memorial Hospital, 33 Drummond St. W., Perth K7H 2K1 or Saint_Johns Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated.

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O'NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-21 published
MILLS- O'NEILL, Robin Suzanne (November 25, 1953-June 19, 2007)
It is with great sadness that the family announces that Robin passed away at Toronto Rehab's Queen Elizabeth Centre after a long hard-fought battle with multiple sclerosis. Robin was predeceased by her parents Sybil (ALLEN) and Raymond MILLS. Robin will be missed by beloved husband and life-long friend Patrick O'NEILL, sister Bonnie DAWSON, brothers Dale and Wayne MILLS, sister-in-laws Jean and Liliane, brother-in-law Glenn, 5 nieces and nephews, 3 great nephews and nieces, and many Friends. She was a graduate of Lakehead University, an avid sailor, and traveler. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Toronto Rehab's Queen Elizabeth Centre or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated.

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O'NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-02 published
O'NEILL, Kathleen " Kitty" Mary (née CURRID)
Wife, mother, sister, niece, friend, nurse, confidant. Born November 13, 1944, in Scotland. Died April 9 in Toronto from a brain aneurysm, aged 62.
By Jennifer KAISER, Page L6
Baptized Kathleen Mary CURRID, Kitty was born in Scotland and when she was a wee lass, her family migrated back to their homeland of Omagh in Ireland.
In 1970, Kitty with her husband Sean O'NEILL and their young daughter Siobhan, came to Canada leaving her beloved Omagh but never leaving her genuine Irish spirit. The family settled in Scarborough, Ontario, and soon added to their family with son Joe. They remained there until they eventually found a home they loved in the Yonge and Lawrence area of Toronto in 1977.
Kitty's was the first smiling face I met at my new job in a Toronto Catholic church. She volunteered in the parish office. What memorable times we had working together with the priests who resided there. Kitty was more than a friend: She was intriguing, intellectual and endearing. Kitty continued to volunteer at the parish until just before she died.
Kitty listened and never judged, her heart was filled with hope and she was genuine. She was a gifted woman, constantly questioning this world, the universe and all beings. Her essence was a song, her spirit a dance and she radiated an inner joyfulness.
She motivated me, during my grief after the death of my Mom, to live each day. Kitty would smile and say: "Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not here, so let's just live today. Isn't life grand!" Kitty would weave negative feelings into positive; her inner peace was like a magnet encouraging you to disclose your deepest thoughts with candour. She motivated many young people; inspiring them to seek happiness, with her mantra: "Just live this moment, life is grand!"
Kitty's life was chock-full: her loving husband Sean, a handsome, successful son and his wife (with a new grandbaby on the way), their dog Orla, her brothers and all the extended family. Kitty and Sean suffered a great loss 23 years ago when their young daughter Siobhan died from an illness at the age of 15. Such heartbreak she never quite got over but still she enjoyed the outdoors, dancing in the garden, listening to birds and feeling the wind on her face. She had a unique and genuine Celtic mysticism. Kitty kept her pain close but you felt her sadness, saw the light dim in her eyes.
Kitty's door was always open, her house full of people. All were welcome in their home and would find an ear to listen, a bed to rest and food for the masses. When you needed someone, Kitty was there offering you her gifts of hospitality, love, understanding and a hot "cuppa" tea - but to me, the real gift was Kitty.
Jennifer KAISER is a friend of Kitty O'NEILL.

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O'NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-09 published
O'NEILL, Dwight
Suddenly on July 3, 2007. son of Eunice and Hector ( deceased) O'NEILL of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He will be lovingly remembered by his partner Elwood LANGLEY, sister Rosemary (Terry) of Winnipeg, brother Eric (Tanya) of Halifax and his many nieces and nephews. Dwight will be missed by his many Friends and colleagues in Toronto. A funeral service will be held in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Toronto Humane Society or to a charity of your choice.

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O'NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-25 published
STEED, Reverend R. Arthur, B.A., M.Div. (1916-2007)
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing on August 23rd of a very special man who was a beloved, true and noble husband, caring brother, devoted father and proud 'poppy'. Arthur and Muriel (HAZLEWOOD) celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in June and are proud parents of T. Arthur STEED (Janie,) Barbara YOUNG, Elaine O'NEILL and David STEED (Katie) and of six grandchildren: Kerri and Adam O'NEILL, Julia FORGIE, Tanis STEED and Brian and Andrew STEED (predeceased.) He leaves his brother Rev. Harold STEED (Lilian) and two sisters Marjorie 'Kasova' GARDINER (Jack) and Muriel BAILEY (Lloyd.) Arthur was also brother-in-law to Audrey and John HAZLEWOOD, Gladys, and Jim (predeceased) HAZLEWOOD. Arthur was born in Montreal and spent his early years in Angola, Africa where his parents were missionaries. He graduated from Victoria College (University of Toronto) in 1937 and Emmanuel College in 1940. Arthur served the United Church of Canada for 63 years, with churches in Wawa, Dawn Mills (Kent County), Ayr, Hamilton (Zion), Toronto (Humber Valley), Fonthill, Bismark and Port Colborne (Central). He was the Minister Emeritus at Central and Humber Valley where he was their first minister. Arthur was also the founding chaplain of the Old Mill Wedding Chapel in Toronto as well as former chair of the United Church Toronto Conference. Arthur's love of life, gift of music and his determination and vision as well as his commitment to service helped enrich the lives of all who called him friend or minister. Visitation will be held at the James L. Pedlar Funeral Home, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill on Tuesday, August 28th 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service celebrating Arthur's exceptional life will be held at Fonthill United Church, 42 Churchill Fonthill on Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. A reception will follow at the church immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada, 3250 Bloor St. West Toronto, Ontario M8X 2Y4. Online condolences may be forwarded through www.pedlarfuneralhome.ca

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O'NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-02 published
WALKER, Elizabeth (née COATSWORTH)
Born December 20, 1910, Walkerville, Ontario, died October 29, 2007, Belmont House, Toronto. Deeply loved all of her life, first by her parents Joseph and Lucy (BRUNDAGE) COATSWORTH, her late sisters and brother, Josephine (Garnet) O'NEILL, Edith (Sim) STODGELL, Dorothy (Gordon) DEWAR and Watson (Marie) COATSWORTH, and by her adoring late husband Edward Maxwell WALKER. Elizabeth was down to earth, gracious, generous and caring, with innate wisdom and good taste, and an infectious sense of fun that attracted hosts of lifelong Friends wherever she and Max lived. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Ann HANNA (John, 1968,) grand_sons Jeffrey HANNA (Canmore, Alberta), and David (Susie) HANNA, Toronto, and great-grandchildren Will and Elizabeth HANNA, all of whom she loved unconditionally and beyond reason, her finest legacy. The dedicated staff at Belmont House 2W, with their infinite patience and understanding, are extraordinary human beings. Particularly attuned to her every nuance, her glorious willfulness and her inborn sense of humour were her special caregivers, Marilou BILLONES and Alma ABLONA. Elizabeth's family is forever grateful to each and every one at Belmont who cared so lovingly for her. A family service has been held. To honour Elizabeth, laugh with the people you love and tell them often how much they matter to you. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through
www.humphreymiles.com

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