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McKNIGHT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-02 published
DANN, Isaac Robert
It is with sadness, our family announces the passing of Isaac Robert DANN on Saturday, December 30, 2006 in his 86th year. Beloved husband of 60 years to Margaret DANN (née McKNIGHT.) Dear father of Barbara (Gerry) NEWTON of London, Robert DANN of London, Brian (Maggie) DANN of Thorndale and Larry DANN of London. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Shannon (Mark) WELLS, Stacey (Gary) McMANUS, Tara NEWTON (Omar BIRANI), Kim (Moe) RODRIGUES, Lisa DANN, Samantha and Ian DANN, Kyle and Matthew DANN and predeceased by Michelle DANN. Also loved by his great-grandchildren O.J., Justin, Jordan, Kurtis, Ayden, Teryn, Kaleb, Michelle and Matthew and predeceased by Trevor "T.J." Also predeceased by his parents Robert and Charlotte (née HARNESS) DANN. Dear brother of Gerald (predeceased) and Bettie DANN, Dora and Gord WILSON and Bernice LEMON (predeceased.) Remembered by nieces, nephews, Friends and neighbours. Isaac was a veteran of World War 2, having served in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a past member of the Royal Canadian Legion #317 and worked for over 40 years at Richard Wilcox. Friends will be received at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), for visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. A Legion Service will be held under the auspices of the Victory Branch 317 on Wednesday at 7 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Children's Hospital of Southwestern Ontario.

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McKNIGHT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-04 published
Fatal chase sparks questions deaths
By Canadian Press, Mon., June 4, 2007
Toronto -- The loss of three more young lives from a north Toronto community has grieving parents demanding answers from the government as to how the latest tragedy could have been prevented.
Barely a week after 15-year-old Jordan MANNERS was shot dead inside his high school, a weeping Jannett SCOTT- JONES was told her daughter, 17-year-old Aleisha Ashley, was "brain-dead" and nothing could be done to save her.
The teenager had been in intensive care since early Saturday morning after a taxi she was riding in with her best friend, Monique McKNIGHT, 16, was struck by a teenage boy fleeing police in a stolen car.
McKNIGHT was killed, as was the stolen car's driver, 15-year-old Chevon JOSEPHS.
"I don't understand why three lives have to be lost because the police are chasing after a 15-year-old," SCOTT- JONES said as family and Friends tried to console her.
"Now a 15-year-old is dead, my daughter is dead and Monique is dead."
She questioned the wisdom of a police chase on city streets and demanded action to prevent similar tragedies.
"Does this sound like police that are here to serve and protect?"
SCOTT- JONES said the two girls were on their way home after watching television with Aleisha's aunt.

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McKNIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-02 published
SMITH, Bruce Arnold
After a richly blest and fully rounded life, Bruce sailed beyond the horizon on the 26th of December, 2006 at the Hamilton General Hospital in his 88th year after a brief battle with cancer. Beloved husband of the late Beth, and the loving and highly respected father of Kim, Cam, Kirk and Ann Elise whose accomplishments made him immensely proud. Devoted father-in-law of Marilyn, Cathy and Carrie. Dearly loved Grandpa of Laura, Jerrod Bruce, Scott, Erica and Bryan. Special uncle of Susan McKNIGHT and Doctor Michael Bruce BLAKLEY. Dearest companion and partner of Betty BARNES. Predeceased by his parents Lucetta (Merriam) and Frank, and his sisters Elsie, Eva and Alma. Bruce attended Sault Collegiate Institute and was its representative at the Coronation of King George the Sixth. He was a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto (Victoria College) (Class of '41) and of the Ontario College of Education where he was Class President. In the Second World War, he served with Second Division Signals throughout the European campaign including Verrieres Ridge with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. He took great pride from the fact that his 35 men won no less than 12 decorations for valour and dedication. Bruce had a long career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as an announcer and radio host. For 23 years his morning show 'Toast and Jamboree' was a staple in thousands of households on both sides of the border. For many years he was president of Humber Highland Curling Club and of the Toronto Marine Historical Society. He was the first Honorary Mayor of Black Creek Pioneer Village and served on the Metro Conservation Foundation. He received the Queens Confederation Medal, the North York Civic Award and the Ontario Volunteer Award. Bruce was a member of the Probus Club of Burlington, Branch 60 of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Signals Officers Club, and Monday Men's at Wellington Square United Church. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home 1167 Guelph Line, (one stoplight north of Queen Elizabeth Way) Burlington (905-632-3333) on Friday, January 5, 2007 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline Street, Burlington on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 1: 30 p.m. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be sincerely appreciated by Bruce's family for whom he was a role model. The bereft family members will miss his special presence and will forever try to live his legacy. The family would like you to sign the book of condolences at www.smithsfh.com O Valiant Heart

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McKNIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-04 published
The chase, the taxi and a neighbourhood in mourning
By Margaret PHILP and Omar EL AKKAD, Page A1
Toronto -- Monique and Aleisha were best Friends taking a taxi home from a relative's house in the early hours of Saturday morning. They would never know it, but they shared many mutual Friends with the 15-year-old boy racing blindly toward them in a stolen Acura being chased by two police cruisers. The three teens had even grown up in the same northwest Toronto neighbourhood.
The stolen car smashed into Monique and Aleisha's taxi at 2 a.m. on Saturday. By the time the sun came up, two of the three teens were dead and the third in hospital, clinging to life.
Friends have identified Monique McKNIGHT - a 16-year-old Grade 11 student at Toronto's Emery Collegiate Institute - as the teenager instantly killed in the collision, which took place when the stolen car crashed into two taxi cabs near the intersection of Finch and Islington in northwest Toronto.
Seated next to Ms. McKNIGHT was her best friend, 17-year-old Aleisha ASHLEY. Ms. ASHLEY was in critical condition at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre yesterday. The 15-year-old boy driving the stolen car was also taken to hospital, but died a few hours later.
Friends flocked to cyberspace to remember Ms. McKNIGHT, a girl described as a "sweetheart" who was funny and had a smile that "could light up a room."
"I couldn't believe it when I heard it. She was such a nice person she really didn't deserve to die," a friend named Vanessa said yesterday. "I just saw her and she was fine, now [she's] gone. Monique was one of the nicest people anyone could ever meet."
The 15-year-old boy who slammed into the taxis was speeding northbound in a stolen blue Acura on Islington Ave. near Finch in Etobicoke about 2 a.m. when two marked police cars, responding to a gun call, started a chase. After the collision, the teenage driver was taken to Sunnybrook, where he died from his injuries five hours later. The drivers of the two taxis escaped with minor injuries.
Friends of the 15-year-old driver described him as a social young man who grew up near the site of Saturday's accident and attended Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic High School. Many of his Friends last saw the teenager late Friday night, when he attended a prom after-party.
Because of the two deaths, 12 investigators from the province's Special Investigations Unit have taken over the case from the Toronto Police Service, whose officials remain tight-lipped. Two Toronto police officers involved in the chase are being investigated, while five others are considered witnesses: in the probe into whether police should be charged in the accident.
The deaths are rekindling debate about the wisdom of police launching high-speed chases, some of which have killed and maimed scores of innocent bystanders over the years.
In recent years, following public outcry over the deaths of people mowed down by out-of-control vehicles fleeing pursuing officers, police services across North America have adopted tougher rules governing police chases.
In Ontario, new regulations to the Police Act were passed seven years ago that compel officers to weigh the urgency of arresting a suspect against the risk to public safety of a high-speed chase.

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McKNIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-13 published
GERRARD, Roderick Logan "Derry" "Bunny", R.C.A.
Ontario College of Art / Industrial Design / BID honours, Toronto, Ontario
On Wednesday, September 5, 2007 surrounded by love, and with dignity and courage after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 64. A loving and devoted husband to Pamela. Loving brother of Peter GERRARD (Christel) of Luxembourg. Dearly loved father of David GERRARD (Nish), Toronto, Ontario, Lindsay McKNIGHT (Jonathan), Oakville, Ontario, Graham COLLINS, Nashua, New Hampshire, and Darla COLLINS, Bolton, Ontario. Sadly missing their Grumby are granddaughters, Maizie and Emilie McKNIGHT. Extended family and Friends also mourn him with much love and admiration. Predeceased by parents Roderick 1999, and Joan 2007. A gifted artist and designer, Rod will be fondly remembered and missed deeply by the yachting world in which his immeasurable talent and expertise will never be duplicated. To celebrate his life, there will be a memorial service on Saturday, September 15, 2007, at 2: 00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 12: 30 p.m. at Saint_John's Anglican Church, 272 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, Ontario L9G 2B9 905-648-2353. Cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of your choice.
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McKNIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-03 published
GUEST, Donald Schofield
1935 Toronto, died peacefully October 29, 2007, at his home in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia, surrounded by family and Friends after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a son of the late Jack and Mary (McDONALD) GUEST, Toronto. Don leaves his loving wife and best friend of fifty-one years, Nancy (WALDON;) sons, Donald and his wife Marilyn and granddaughter Olivia, Barrie, Ontario; Dean and his wife Brenda and grand_sons, Daniel, Nicolas and Andrew, Saint John, New Brunswick; Barry and his wife Lory and grandchildren Lauren and Spencer, Burlington, Ontario; Aunt Marjory Guest McKNIGHT and his brother John GUEST and family, Etobicoke, Ontario. Schooled in Toronto, his business career was in the Graphic Arts Industry in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. He was past president of Advertising and Sales Club, Ottawa an active athlete, winning Canadian Junior and Senior Men's Basketball Champion, Canadian High School Champion Rowing, Bronze Medal at British Games 1954 with partner Larry Stephan, Balmy Beach Football Club 1954, Canadian Football League Ottawa Rough Riders, 1956, 57 and 58. Don loved to fish, hunt and golf. He will be greatly missed by his ECI poker buddies of 55 years and Lynch Lake Fishing Club members, also sister-in-law Diane KORPELA, Mississauga, Ontario and his faithful Airedale dog 'sport'. Don served as warden St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Chester for the past eleven years. Visitation was held 7-9 p.m. Friday in Davis Funeral Home, Chester. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3rd in St. Stephen's Anglican Church with Fr. Jim McCorriston officiating. Burial to follow in the church Cemetery. Family flowers only. If desired, donations in Don's memory may be made to St Stephen's Parish Centre Building Fund, (Don's major project) or Lunenburg County Victorian Order of Nurses.

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