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WYATT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-06 published
CAMPBELL, Jean
At Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Friday January 5th, 2007 Jean CAMPBELL of Mount Brydges in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Graham CAMPBELL (1985.) Dear mother of Blair and Anne CAMPBELL of Mount Brydges. Grandmother of Krista of Mount Brydges and Angela of Chatham. Sadly missed by sister Jessie NOBLE of Middlesex Centre and sister-in-law Marjory WYATT of London. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and Friends. Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mount Brydges on Monday January 8th from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. An Eastern Star service will be held at 6: 30 p.m. Monday evening. Funeral service to follow on Tuesday January 9th from the funeral home commencing at 11 a.m. Rev. Kathy FRASER officiating. Interment of ashes Poplar Hill Cemetery at a later date. Donations to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation-Computed Tomography Scan or charity of ones choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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WYATT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
JOHNSTON, William " Bill" C.
A resident of Chatham, William "Bill" C. JOHNSTON died at his residence on Monday, January 12, 2007 at the age of 84. Born in Aldborough Township, son of the late George O. and Mary Bell (MacPHERSON) JOHNSTON. Beloved husband of Teresa "Terry" (ASHTON) JOHNSTON for nearly 63 years. Loving father of Linda and James HENDERSON of Tilbury, Larry and Marilyn JOHNSTON of Kingston and Mary Lee JOHNSTON of Vancouver, British Columbia. Grandfather of Adriane and Matthew WAGNER, Erica and Ben HAZZARD, Scott JOHNSTON and Chantelle JOHNSTON. Great-grandfather of Miriam, Naomi and Phoebe WAGNER, Emma HARPELL and "soon to be" Baby Hazzard. Brother of Ada WYATT of Strathroy, Glenn and Nancy JOHNSTON of Keene and predeceased by Arthur, Harold, Donald, Ralph and Hector JOHNSTON. Bill retired from Ministry of Transportation of Ontario as a driver examiner in 1986. He was a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #628, Sprucedale United Church, White Cane Club and Senior Centres in both Dresden and Chatham. He enjoyed volunteering at Thamesview Lodge for many years. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time at the family cottage at Colpoy's Bay, Ontario. He and Terry wintered in Texas with their recreational vehicle for several years following retirement. His cooking prowess centred around "Bill's Dills", chilli sauce and baked beans. Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Monday afternoon from 2: 00-4:30 p.m. Service at 11: 00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 from the Funeral Home with Pastor Pat Milliken of Sprucedale United Church officiating. Interment of cremated remains in Aylmer at a later date. Donations, made by cheque, to Outreach for Hunger, Diabetes Association or Cancer Society appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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WYATT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-01 published
WYATT, Ronald Arthur
WYATT, Ronald Arthur passed away peacefully at North York General Hospital on Wednesday May 30, 2007 in his 81st year. Born August 16, 1926 and raised on a farm near Drayton by his Aunt Margaret and Uncle Joseph WALLACE. A teacher and principal in the Guelph, Welland and York County Areas, and later office manager for Canadian Indemnity Insurance Co. Toronto. He bought a small insurance agency and expanded it to Wyatt International Insurance Inc. with offices in Canada, U.S. and Britain. Specialized in aviation insurance including gliders and had many Canadian Flying Farmer clients. Was an a active member of International Flying Farmers and enjoyed flying his plane. Talented musician who often played his guitar and sang at parties, conventions, and cornroasts. He began his musical career on CKNX Wingham when he was just a teen. Was a member of the United Church Choir in Zephyr prior to moving back to Willowdale. Enjoyed farming in Zephyr. Loved raising his Appaloosa Horses and riding with the Zephyr Squires' Club. Dearly missed by his wife of 59 years Mary and his dear children Mary Ellen and her husband Gary JONAS and son Bob WYATT and friend Joanne. Also dearly missed by granddaughter Shannon and her husband Billy JONAS and great-granddaughter Jaidyn and granddaughter Julie and her husband Travis POZZEBON as well as grandchildren Jerry, Marianne and friend O'Neil, Chris, Sarah and greatgrandchildren Hannah, Sebastian, Alana and Kayla. Mourned by sisters-in-law Roberta and her husband Jim WISE also Audrey and her husband Larry LONG. Uncle to Dan WISE, his wife Frances and daughter Isabelle, nieces Stacey LONG, her husband Sean and son Heath, Amy LONG and T.J. DAWE. Friends may call on Friday, June 1, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel. Reception to follow at R.S. Kane. Interment at York Cemetery. Condolences www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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WYATT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-15 published
Ron WYATT: Pilot, Farmer and Insurance Agent
He didn't just become a pilot - he covered them
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
Ron WYATT turned two of his hobbies into a lucrative business. A private pilot and weekend farmer, he joined the Flying Farmers, a club made up of full- and part-time farmers who flew their small planes from private farm landing strips and other small airfields across the country. Soon, he wasn't just flying with them - he was covering them through his small insurance agency, which expanded into aviation almost exclusively.
The Flying Farmers first got off the ground in the United States in 1945, but the idea soon spread north - the Saskatchewan chapter, for example, was started in 1955 when an American member on his way home from a fishing trip stopped to refuel in Estevan, Saskatchewan., and started chatting with the locals.
The Ontario club was started in 1963 by Peter IRWIN, an Air Canada pilot with a farm just north of Toronto's airport. That year, there were 50 members. Mr. WYATT, who flew a two-seater Piper Tri-Pacer, soon joined.
He set to work remedying one of the problems with private aviation at the time: finding insurance.
"Back then, insurance wasn't mandatory as is today, but it was more expensive if it was outside a group plan," said Barbara CARROLL, who is the current president of Ontario Flying Farmers and worked for Mr. WYATT's company for many years.
"It also had to be a pretty specific policy," she said. "It covered people with private planes who kept their aircraft on their own property, in most cases, and flew from grass strips often to larger airstrips. For example, my husband John flew his Aeronca Champ from our grass strip to LaGuardia in New York."
The group policy Mr. WYATT came up with saved the pilots at least 25 per cent. It kept the Flying Farmers covered and happy, and also propelled his business into other aviation ventures. For instance, he had a chance encounter with someone from the Soaring Society of America and was soon insuring gliders and their pilots.
Insuring pilots and planes was a complicated business, Ms. CARROLL explained. Each state had its own insurance regulations, so Wyatt International Insurance Inc. had to register in each of the states where it did business. For a while, Mr. WYATT had an office in Britain, but he found it was a stretch.
He upgraded his own plane and bought a Cessna Cardinal, a more powerful version of the popular Cessna 172, a four-seater, single-engine aircraft. During trips to visit clients in the United States, he took rides in gliders, although he never owned one.
"Have you ever been up in a glider? It's the most wonderful feeling," said Mary WYATT, who flew with her husband and accompanied him on many of his trips. Mr. WYATT sold insurance to almost 3,000 North American glider owners before selling that part of his business to a U.S. company in 1990.
The Flying Farmers business eventually dropped off. At its peak in the early 1970s, there were more than 700 members of the Ontario chapter, representing about 350 planes. Today there are just 128 members, with as few as 20 planes.
"Young people just aren't into flying the way their parents were," Ms. CARROLL said.
Ronald WYATT was born in Toronto in 1926. His parents, both from England, were in bad financial shape and left their son with a babysitter. When she died, he went to her sister, Margaret WALLACE, and her husband Joe, who lived on a farm near Drayton, 100 kilometres west of the city.
Mr. WALLACE died when Ron was 12, and he and the woman he called his aunt moved into town. After high school, Ron went to teacher's college and started working at a small school near Drayton.
He continued teaching in other public schools and became principal at Quaker Road Public School, near Welland, Ontario But he wanted to make more money, so he took a job as office manager for the Canadian Indemnity Insurance Co., in downtown Toronto.
Mr. WYATT rose to manager of personnel before buying a small general-insurance agency of his own in the late 1950s. He ran the firm from an office in Willowdale. In 1972, he bought a farm in Zephyr, north of the city, and commuted to work. He later moved his office to the farmhouse.
On his farm, he raised Appaloosa horses and rode with the Zephyr Squires Club. He played the guitar, sang and performed with musical groups, and was in the choir at the local United Church.
Ronald Arthur WYATT was born in Toronto on August 12, 1926. He died of a heart attack on May 30, 2007. He was 80. He is survived by his wife, Mary, his daughter Mary Ellen and son Bob.

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WYATT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-24 published
WYATT, Mabel Lydia (née ZURBRIGG)
After the recent celebration of her 90th birthday, Mabel, loving wife and mother, cherished grandmother, aunt, friend, and beloved member of St. Andrews United Church, passed away on November 23, 2007, surrounded by her family. A graduate of Macdonald Institute (University of Guelph), predeceased by her husband Sam, Mabel leaves her children Peter (Joan), Bill (Cheryl), Mike (Penny), John (Heather), Mary (Lorne), and Sarah (Gary), 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Mabel is survived by her brother Gordon ZURBRIGG and predeceased by siblings Gertrude, Frank, Leroy and Lloyd, and parents Henry (Harry) and Mabel ZURBRIGG. The McCleister Funeral Home, Brantford, will be handling the funeral arrangements (519) 758-1553; mccleisterfuneralhome@rogers.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Andrew's United Church Building Fund would be appreciated.

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