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PLUMB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-18 published
BURLAND, Charlotte A. " Gale"
Passed away at the Milton District Hospital on Tuesday, October 16, 2007. Gale BURLAND, a member of the Baha'i Spiritual Assembly of Milton, formerly of Shelburne, Nova Scotia and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Loving mother of Doctor Susan G. BURLAND and her husband George T. PLUMB of Hinsdale, Illinois, Anne L. BURLAND of Albany, New York, and William B. BURLAND of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Dear sister of June D. and her husband John R. GREGORY of Caledon, Ontario. Dear aunt of Lesley GREGORY and her husband Colin RICHARDS, Charlotte GREGORY and Taylor GREGORY. Gale will also be missed by her cousins. Family and Friends are invited to visit at the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home 114 Main St. Milton 905-878-4452 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. A Baha'i Service will be held on Friday, October 19, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. at Victoria Lawn Cemetery in St. Catharines. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Letters of condolence may be left for the family at www.mckersie-kocher.ca

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PLUMB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-13 published
DUBOIS, Macy
We announce with great sadness that Macy DUBOIS passed away suddenly on November 9th, 2007. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 20th, 1929, Macy obtained an Engineering Physics degree from Tufts University, served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and received his Masters of Architecture from Harvard University in 1958.
In addition to having been the principal of a successful architectural practice, he was President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, President of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Chairman of the Toronto Chapter of the Ontario Association of Architects and a teacher and lecturer at numerous Universities in Canada and the United States.
Macy is survived by his wife Helga PLUMB, his children Mark and Lindsay DUBOIS, from his first marriage to Sarah BUCHANAN, his step-sons Colin and Marc PLUMB, his granddaughters Andrea and Sofia, his sister-in-law Mildred DUBOIS, and their many family members.
A small family service took place in Toronto on Monday, November 12th. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers we are establishing an award in Macy's name. For further information please contact macyduboismemorial@gmail.com

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PLUMMER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-14 published
PEARCE, Marlene Sandra (née PLUMMER)
Peacefully at the Collingwood Hospital on November 9th in her 66th year. Marlene, beloved wife of Albert. Loving mother of Danny (predeceased,) Darrell and Shawn HUGHSON. Loving grandmother of Kyle, Jenna, Trevor, Taylor, Tori, Teegan and Austin. Dear daughter of the late Sandy and Grace PLUMMER. She will be sadly missed by her brothers Bradley and Dale PLUMMER. A remembrance service of Marlene's life will be held at the New Life Brethern In Christ Church, 28 Tracy Lane (Hwy. 124 North of Poplar S/R) Collingwood on Friday, November 16th at 2 p.m. The family will receive Friends after 1 p.m.

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PLUMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-25 published
Mom, 2 kids killed, son, dad injured in horrific crash
Police say the Hamilton-area crash occurred when a van ran a stop sign.
By Rob LAMBERTI, Sun Media, Sat., August 25, 2007
Hamilton -- A family's plan of a new start to their lives ended in tragedy when a van ran a stop sign and demolished their minivan near Brantford, killing a mom and two of her kids.
Shannon O'LEARY, 32, and her two-month-old daughter Hailey O'LEARY- FERGUSON died instantly in the 9: 06 p.m. Thursday crash at Brant County Rd. 4 and the Burford-Delhi Townline Rd.
Shannon's daughter, Taylor O'LEARY, 10, died at 3 a.m. yesterday in Hamilton hospital, say Friends and neighbours, and her organs were donated.
Her son, Ethan, 4, is in a medically induced coma following surgery for severe head trauma and Shannon's husband, Dennis FERGUSON, is in stable condition.
The 21-year-old driver of the other van, a Chevy Astro, is in grave condition. He is accused of running the stop sign and slamming into the victims' northbound Pontiac Montana, which was almost split in two by the tremendous impact.
Ariel VARGA, 12, said she's finding it difficult losing a close friend. Taylor "was a good person. She was nice, She liked to go shopping a lot," Ariel said. "She had lots of Friends around here."
Friend Natalia ALFANO, 9, said the neighbourhood girls would play cheerleading, dolls and gymnastics. "It was really fun to play with her," Natalia said. "We always used to laugh together and play."
Ontario Provincial Police Const. Larry PLUMMER said investigators were told by a witness driving behind the Chevy Astro that there were no brake lights before the Chevy crashed into the passenger sliding door of the victims' Montana.
"It was an incredible, terrible impact," he said.
"We don't have a clue" why the driver failed to stop, PLUMMER said, adding the area is flat and it was a "beautiful moonlit night."
"There's no rhyme or reason and the only person that obviously knows was driving the vehicle and we don't expect to talk to him for quite a while, if we ever do."
PLUMMER said it took Brant County volunteer firefighters about 20 minutes to free the trapped man.

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PLUMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-09-11 published
Woman dies in 403 crash
By Canadian Press, Tues., September 11, 2007
Brantford -- A London-area woman is dead following a car crash on Highway 403 late yesterday afternoon.
She was killed after her eastbound car suddenly veered across the highway into the westbound lanes and struck the rear tires of a tractor-trailer. Ontario Provincial Police Const. Larry PLUMMER said the woman's car was not travelling at an excessive speed and witnesses: said it just veered across the grass median into the path of oncoming traffic.
Her identity is expected to be released today.
This is the second fatal crash on that stretch of the highway since Saturday.
David REGALADO, 21, of Brantford, was killed after an eastbound stolen car he was driving drove into a westbound tractor-trailer.

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PLUMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-09-12 published
London woman identified as victim in Highway 403 collision near Brantford
By Free Press Staff, Wed., September 12, 2007
A 63-year-old London woman has been identified as the victim of a collision on Highway 403 near Brantford Monday.
Lynda GARRETT, 63, of Thornicroft Crescent, was killed after her eastbound silver Toyota RAV4 veered across the highway into the west lanes and struck the rear tires of a tractor-trailer, Brant County Ontario Provincial Police said yesterday. The accident occurred about one kilometre west of the Wayne Gretzky Parkway about 4: 30 p.m. Weather was not a factor, said Const. Larry PLUMMER of Brant County Ontario Provincial Police.

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PLUMPTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-20 published
CHAPMAN, " Frances" Ruth
In her 82nd year Ruth passed away at Sunrise Senior Living Home Saturday June 16th, 2007. Loving Aunt to Barbara and Kevin GIBSON of Peterborough, Nancy and Brian GUENTHER of Pickering and Donna and Kevin PLUMPTON of Kemptville. Great Aunt to Heather, Katie and Peter GIBSON, John and Cameron GUENTHER and Derek, Megan and Dylan PLUMPTON. Sister of the late Peter CHAPMAN. Sister-in-law to Beth (CHAPMAN) MURPHY. Ruth will also be sadly missed by her dear friend Marjorie TUCKER of Pender Island, British Columbia The family will receive Friends at R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles) on Saturday June 23rd, 2007 from 1: 30 to 2:30 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 2: 30 p.m. A heartfelt thank you to the wonderful staff at Sunrise for their loving care. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice. Condolences - www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane 416.221.1159

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PLUMRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-04 published
ROBB, Lyle James
Peacefully, at Parkwood Hospital, on Monday, January 1, 2007, Lyle James ROBB, of London, in his 95th year. Loving brother of Muriel POYNTZ. Predeceased by brothers George (1960,) Alvin (2000) and sisters Joan CHALLIS (1993) and Gladys AGAR (2003.) Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Rd. (1 block east of Egerton), on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted in the Evans Chapel on Saturday, January 6, 2007, at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Andrew PLUMRIDGE officiating. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Lyle ROBB.

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PLUMRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
ROBB, Lyle
The family of the late Lyle ROBB wish to express their sincere appreciation to family and Friends for their kind words, donations, cards and support shown to them during this difficult time. Special thanks also to the staff of 5B South at Parkwood Hospital for their care of Lyle the last six years. We would also like to thank Evans Funeral Home for their professional help and guidance, the Taste of Heaven caterers for the wonderful reception and Rev. Andrew PLUMRIDGE for the beautiful service that captured the essence of Lyle's life. Your kindness has been appreciated and will always be remembered. Sister Muriel and all of the family.

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PLUNKETT o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-07-18 published
PLUNKETT, Murray Alan
At Hamilton General Hospital on Sunday, July 15, 2007, Murray A. PLUNKETT of Heritage Village in Vineland, aged 81 years. Predeceased by his wife, Marjorie in 2006. Father of Alana and her husband Roy ANDREWS. Also survived by grandchildren Lisa and Stephen MOSTOWY, Michael BUTCHER and Jasmine TAULLA. Predeceased by brother Ron PLUNKETT. Survived by sister-in-law Valerie PLUNKETT. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Murray's life will be held at the Vineland Chapel of the Tallman Funeral Homes, 3277 King St. on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 10: 30 a.m. A reception will follow in the Tallman Fireside Room. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
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PLUNKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-03 published
York officer dies attempting arrest
Const. Rob PLUNKETT, 43, was dragged by a car, pinned to a tree, then thrown from the vehicle.
By Steve RENNIE, Canadian Press, Fri., August 3, 2007
Markham -- A pre-dawn police probe into air bag thefts turned tragic yesterday when a veteran York Region officer died after being dragged by a car, pinned to a tree and then thrown from the vehicle while attempting an arrest, police said.
Const. Rob PLUNKETT, hailed as "true hero" by his police chief, was the force's first officer to die in the line of duty since 1984 and only the third in the department's history.
A 19-year-old man faces a manslaughter charge in the death of the 43-year-old Markham married father of three and police said additional charges are pending.
PLUNKETT's death came as a heavy blow to a force not accustomed to loss, said Deputy Chief Bruce HERRIDGE.
"It's an organization where we've not lost many officers, but even one is one too many," said HERRIDGE, adding that PLUNKETT was well-known within the force.
The tragic confluence of events that sent PLUNKETT to hospital with fatal injuries were outlined yesterday by York police Chief Armand LA BARGE.
During a joint investigation between 5 District criminal investigation bureau and the York police special services unit into airbag thefts, police surveillance officers spotted two Hondas -- one white and one gold -- leaving a Toronto address.
Police said there have been a rash of airbag thefts since last September and 43 thefts since January of this year. Stolen airbags can net between $1,500 and $2,000, LA BARGE said.
Officers believed at the time the gold Honda was stolen, LA BARGE said. He confirmed at the afternoon news conference the car was indeed reported stolen.
The two Hondas were driven to a crescent in Markham, just north of Toronto, where plainclothes officers saw the drivers park their cars. The driver of the gold Honda opened his door and police allege he took out a stolen air bag.
Just after 5 a.m., PLUNKETT moved toward the open driver's side door of the gold Honda intending to make an arrest, said LA BARGE.
"As Const. PLUNKETT attempted to arrest the suspect, the suspect put the vehicle into reverse and accelerated over a curb, across a lawn and over several shrubs," he said.
PLUNKETT was then pinned between the open door and a tree as the suspect kept trying to drive away, LA BARGE said. The officer was then dragged onto a nearby lawn and thrown from the car.
"The suspect continued to reverse across the lawn at which time assisting officers rammed the vehicle to stop its progress," said LA BARGE.
A local resident, who didn't want to be named, said he heard two loud bangs outside his window and looked out to see a man lying on a lawn across the street.
The neighbour said he heard cries of, "He's bleeding, he's bleeding," shortly before an ambulance arrived.
PLUNKETT was taken to a hospital in east Toronto, where he died of his injuries.
Nadeem JIWAH, 19, has been charged with manslaughter and police say more charges are pending.
A second suspect, 23-year-old Baseer YOUSAFZAI, was also arrested and is facing charges of theft, mischief and bail violation.

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PLUNKETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-03 published
'True hero' killed in the line of duty
Two men face charges after 22-year veteran is slammed into a tree while attempting to arrest suspected airbag thief
By Timothy APPLEBY and Geoff NIXON with a report by Alan CAIRNS, special to The Globe and Mail, Page A1
Markham, Ontario -- An undercover York Regional Police officer, dragged to his death yesterday by an alleged car thief on a sleepy residential street, is "a true hero" who paid the ultimate price for his "selfless sacrifice," Police Chief Armand LA BARGE said.
A charge of manslaughter has been laid against a 19-year-old Toronto man, with further charges pending. A second suspect in custody also faces an array of criminal charges.
Constable Robert PLUNKETT was a 22-year veteran of York Regional Police and 43-year-old father of three. He died after an abortive 5 a.m. operation when he approached the driver's side of a car to arrest a man suspected of trying to steal airbags - a profitable mini-industry in the auto-theft world.
The suspect threw the Honda into reverse and Constable PLUNKETT was trapped by the open driver's-side door. The vehicle drove over a curb, across a lawn and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring the officer, Chief LA BARGE said.
Backup police then rammed the vehicle and arrested the driver as he attempted to escape. The other suspect, nearby in a second car, was also quickly apprehended.
Rushed to Scarborough Grace Hospital, Constable PLUNKETT died soon afterward - the first York Regional Police officer killed in the line of duty in more than 20 years.
The slain officer once won a bravery reward for rescuing an elderly woman from a frozen lake and was renowned for his work on behalf of the Special Olympics, a forum for disabled athletes.
"Rob and police officers like him are true pillars of the community that we serve, and their selfless sacrifice and their hard work ensures that the communities that we call home are safe places in which to live and to raise a family," Chief LA BARGE said.
Asked if Constable PLUNKETT's approach of the suspect was in line with normal procedure, Chief LA BARGE replied, "Surveillance officers, when they undertake these types of details, formulate a plan as to how they would effect the arrests where arrests need to be made."
As upwards of 30 officers descended on the crime scene early yesterday, residents of Ascot Crescent described the chaos.
Startled awake by the ruckus, one resident described seeing Constable PLUNKETT lying on the street.
"I heard a very loud noise and somebody yelling," said a woman who asked that her name not be published. "He was lying on the ground and they were trying to get him to breathe."
She said she took a blanket outside to an emergency worker in hopes that it would be passed on to Constable PLUNKETT, but it was too dark for her to tell if it was eventually placed upon him.
A few doors away, at a home directly across the street from where he was killed, another homeowner recounted hearing officers yelling, "Breathing! Breathing!"
Police had followed two cars - both Hondas - from an address in Toronto to Ascot Crescent, in the Birchmount Road and Steeles Avenue area. At least one of the vehicles was stolen and police believe it had been taken to a quiet location to remove its airbag.
The driver was trying to do just that when Constable PLUNKETT moved in for the arrest, Chief LA BARGE said.
The death is the first killing of a police officer in York Region since 1984, when two officers died in the line of duty within weeks, and sent shock waves across the force, formed in 1971 and now serving more than 900,000 people.
"It's an organization where we've not lost many officers, but even one is one too many," Deputy Chief Bruce HERRIDGE said.
The theft of airbags and other auto accessories is a long-established business, said Detective Staff Sergeant Scott MILLS, who heads the Ontario Provincial Police auto-theft unit.
"There is a very large grey market for replacement auto components, airbags being one, along with Global Position System, stereos, body components - things that can easily be put into high-end vehicles," he said.
"Body shops buy them. There's a very low profit margin in auto body repair, so if the owner can buy, say, airbags for a Cadillac Escalade for $100 on the grey market, then he doesn't have to go to General Motors and buy them for $400."
As for the thieves, police say they range from drug-hungry addicts needing a fix, to slick, well-organized criminal gangs.
"And some shops buy them up like candy," another police source said.
In this instance, detectives believe the suspects specialized in the theft of airbags, which also get shipped abroad to developing countries.
Chief LA BARGE suggested Constable PLUNKETT had no choice but to act as he did.
"Surveillance officers work in a team environment, but the situations that they encounter can happen so quickly that there is absolutely no alternative but for the surveillance officers to make those arrests," he said.
"And this is the particular situation that we are dealing with here."
Chief LA BARGE indicated that 43 airbags had been stolen in Markham since January of this year - most from Honda and Acura model vehicles - and that this particular investigation had been under way for two or three weeks.
Nadeem JIWA, 19, has been charged with manslaughter, which usually describes an act of unintentional homicide. Baseer YOUSAFZAI, 23, faces charges of breach of bail and possession of stolen property.
Both men are from Toronto and likely face additional charges, police said.

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PLUNKETT 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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PLUNKETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-09 published
Officer remembered as friend, athlete
'Affable manner and his Huron County charm made him a very easy person to get to know,' Chief says
By Sean Patrick SULLIVAN, Canadian Press, Page A10
Newmarket -- Thousands of police officers from across Canada paid tribute yesterday to slain Detective Constable Robert PLUNKETT, who was remembered at his funeral service as a dedicated family man with a personal motto of: "Go big or go home."
Det. Constable PLUNKETT, 43, a 22-year veteran of York Regional Police, was killed last week when he was struck by a car while attempting to make an arrest.
Officers in dress uniform were marshalled on a grass-covered slope before marching into the complex in this city north of Toronto, followed by a solemn stream of mourners.
The complex's 3,500 seats were filled, as was an overflow room. Some 1,500 other mourners - many of them uniformed police officers - listened to the ceremony from the parking lot in 30-degree temperatures.
York Regional Police Chief Armand LA BARGE praised Det. Constable PLUNKETT's athleticism and superb physical conditioning, which he said set the officer apart from others in his rookie year.
"Rob's affable manner and his Huron County charm made him a very easy person to get to know, and as a member of our police service, Rob distinguished himself as a very determined and a very gifted athlete," Chief LA BARGE said.
York Inspector Tom CARRIQUE said Det. Constable PLUNKETT's colleagues valued his ability to bring levity to a situation with a practical joke, often at the expense of an unsuspecting supervisor.
He recalled how "Plunk" and a few accomplices were once caught carrying a colleague's Austin Mini Cooper across a parking lot on their way to hiding it in a corn field.
Glenn MacDONNELL, president of Special Olympics Ontario, said Det. Constable PLUNKETT's love of sport - and his belief that policing is more than just law and order - prompted the enthusiastic officer to throw himself into organizing events for the group, including acting as chair for the Special Olympic Spring Games in 2000.
Det. Constable PLUNKETT received a number of accolades throughout his career, including one in February, 1998, when he was recognized for bravery in assisting in rescuing an elderly woman from the freezing waters of Swan Lake in nearby Markham.
He is survived by his wife Sonja and three children, Amanda, Matthew and Jeffrey.
The funeral comes one day after a charge against a suspect in Det. Constable PLUNKETT's death, Nadeem JIWA, 19, was upgraded from manslaughter to first-degree murder. Baseer YOUSAFZAI, 23, faces at least four lesser charges. Both suspects appeared in a Newmarket courtroom yesterday and will return to court later this month.

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