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RADBOURN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-06 published
FRANCIS, Marie (née TROUGHTON)
Passed away peacefully at Hanna Walker Place in Owen Sound on Tuesday, September 4th, 2007. The former Marie TROUGHTON was the beloved wife of the late Lorne FRANCIS (1971.) She was the daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (Kate) TROUGHTON. Loving aunt of Frank and Norma SPARROW of Wasaga Beach and Harry and Dorothy TROUGHTON of Oakville. She will be fondly remembered by her great nieces and nephews: Jan RADBOURN (Rob,) Dave SPARROW (Arlene,) Brenda SULLY (Ross,) Arlene ATKINSON (Steve,) and Carol LA RUE (Paul) as well as by great-great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers: Wesley (Gertrude) and Howard (Luella) and a sister Irene SPARROW. Friends are invited to call at the Currie Funeral Home in Chatsworth on Friday, September 7th, 2007 for visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service, which will be conducted in the chapel at 1 p.m. Pastor Howard RITTENHOUSE will officiate. Interment: Markdale Cemetery. As expression of sympathy, memorial contributions to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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RADBOURNE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-05 published
RADBOURNE, W. James " Jim"
With his family by his side at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Monday September 3, 2007. W. James (Jim) RADBOURNE, 81 years of age, beloved husband of the late Betty M. RADBOURNE (née SMITH.) Loved father of Ron RADBOURNE and his wife Linda, and Marilyn and her husband Bill SHEPPARD. Loving grandfather of Jennifer and her husband Steve FROOK. Fondly remembered by special friend Jessie Drane and the late Vi Schwandt and her family. Predeceased by his brother R.W. (Bill) RADBOURNE and his parents Wilfred and Margaret. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Members of the Burns Lodge No. 436, Hepworth are requested to attend a memorial service on Thursday evening at 6: 45 p.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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RADCLIFFE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-01-05 published
GRAHAM, Douglas Evans
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Thursday, January 4, 2007. In his 78th year, Douglas Evans GRAHAM, the loving husband and friend of Mary M. GRAHAM (née RADCLIFFE.) Loving father of Ian and his wife Denise, Lynn and her husband Paul TRASK. Loving grandfather of Sean, Sarah and Evan. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Kenneth and his sister Eleanor. Funeral arrangements will be announced in the Saturday newspaper.
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RADCLIFFE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-01-06 published
GRAHAM, Douglas Evan
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health services in Owen Sound on Thursday January 4, 2007. In his 78th year, Douglas Evan GRAHAM, the loving husband and friend of Mary M. GRAHAM (née RADCLIFFE.) Loving father of Ian GRAHAM and his wife Denise, and Lynn and her husband Paul TRASK. Loving grandfather of Sean GRAHAM, Sarah and Evan TRASK. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Selby GRAHAM and his wife Lillian, his brother Kenneth and his sister Eleanor. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Lung Association or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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RADCLIFFE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-14 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Mabel (née ADAM/ADAMS)
Of Wiarton passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, July 12, 2007 in her 101st year. Step-mother of Linda BETTS of R.R.#6 Wiarton and Raymond THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of British Columbia and special Aunt of Ruth HALLICK (Allan) of Grande Prairie, Alberta and Lois SEALEY (Francis) of London, England. She will be sadly missed by 15 step-grandchildren, many step great-grandchildren, 3 great-nieces and 3 great-nephews as well as step daughters-in-law Mary THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Diane THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Mabel was predeceased by her husband George, parents Mary (CAMPBELL) and Samuel ADAM/ADAMS, brothers Gordon ADAM/ADAMS and William ADAM/ADAMS, sisters Ruby CROWE and Mary RADCLIFFE, step-daughter Wilda THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and step-sons Morgan THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Aldon THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Wilmer THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Visitation will be held at the George Funeral Home, Wiarton on Sunday, July 15, 2007 from 2: 00 to 4: 00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Mabel's life will be held at the funeral home on Monday, July 16, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. Rev. Ed LAKSMANIS officiating. Interment Colpoy's Bay Cemetery. Donations made to the Wiarton Hospital or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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RADLER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-10 published
SCHMIDT, Robert Lloyd
Suddenly on Friday, September 7th, 2007, at the age of 79 years, Lloyd SCHMIDT of Port Elgin and formerly of Bruce Township. He is survived by his loving wife the former Gertie STANLEY (BROWN) of Port Elgin. Also surviving is his stepson Leslie BROWN and his wife Nicole, their children Nicholas and Jonas of Port Elgin, his stepson-in-law Gary SCHAEFER and his children Charlene RADLER and her family of Kitchener and Todd SCHAEFER and his family of Elmira. He will also be missed by his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many cousins. Predeceased by stepdaughter Barbara SCHAEFER. Friends may call at the at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, (Town of Saugeen Shores), from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, September 10th. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Tuesday at 2: 00 p.m. with Nathanial SWAN officiating. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery, Port Elgin. Memorial contributions to the Heart and Stoke Foundation or the Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Memorial and portrait online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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RADMAN 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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