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McCOLEMAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-10 published
Flora Kathleen (Kay) McALLISTER
In loving memory of Flora Kathleen (Kay) McALLISTER, September 15, 1923 - December 28, 2006.
Kay McALLISTER, a resident of the Pioneer Manor, Sudbury, and formerly of Spring Bay, died at the Laurentian Site of the Manor on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at the age of 83 years.
She was born at Spring Bay, daughter of the late George and Margaret McCOLEMAN) CAMPBELL. Kay enjoyed quilting and had spent much of her life working alongside Gordon on their farm. Her greatest joy and pleasure was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and had dedicated her life to her family. Many wonderful memories will be cherished by all. Kay was predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon, June 2, 2001. Dearly loved and loving mother of Larry and Shirley of Naughton, Linda McLEAN and Peter HALL of Copper Cliff, Jack and Terri of Massey and Ron of Copper Cliff. Proud grandmother of Anita and Gerry, Tom, Tammy and Brian, Darren and Zacha, Darcy, Brad and Marie, Becky, Brenna and Ashley and great grandchildren Anthony, Johnny, Sarah, Aiden, Mickie Lynn and Casey.
Dear sister of Annabelle McCORMICK of Gore Bay, Eileen and Roy MORAN of Toronto, Ken and Doreen CAMPBELL of Spring Bay, Doug and Monica CAMPBELL of Toronto. Predeceased by sisters Julie WEST, Lois JONES, Wanda ANDERSON, Verzella JEFFKINS and Betty JEFFKINS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home on Tuesday after 7.00 p.m. The funeral service was conducted in the Wm. G. Turner Chapel on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 11.00 a.m. with Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating. Interment in Grimesthorpe Cemetery. In remembrance, donations to the Alzheimers Society would be appreciated.

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McCOLEMAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-10 published
Annabelle Margaret McCORMICK
In loving memory of Annabelle Margaret McCORMICK, a resident of the Manitoulin Lodge, Gore Bay and formerly of Spring Bay. Annabelle McCORMICK died at the Lodge on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at the age of 80 years.
She was born at Spring Bay, daughter of the late George and Margaret (McCOLEMAN) CAMPBELL. Belle enjoyed quilting and spending time with family. She was married twice. Her first husband Russell KENNEDY predeceased in 1960. She later married Clarence McCORMICK who predeceased in 1989. Dearly loved mother of Doug and his wife Vicki KENNEDY of Spring Bay. Loved grandmother of Douglas and Erica, Cheryl and Darryl and Margaret and great grandchildren Wyatt, Sonja, Johannes, Hunter, Brookelynn, Noah, Kylie, Devon and Jaime. Dear sister of Eileen and Roy MORAN of Toronto, Ken and Doreen CAMPBELL of Spring Bay and Doug and Monica CAMPBELL of Toronto. Predeceased by sisters Kay McALLISTER (December 28, 2006), Julie WEST, Lois JONES, Wanda ANDERSON, Verzella JEFFKINS and Betty JEFFKINS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home on Thursday after 7.00 p.m. The funeral service was conducted in the William G. Turner Chapel on Friday, January 5, 2007 at 11.00 a.m. With Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating.
Interment in Grimesthorpe Cemetery.

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McCOLL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-31 published
GEORGAS, William Christopher “Bill&rdquo
At his home in Owen Sound on Monday morning July 30, 2007. In his 90th year, William Christopher GEORGAS, the loving husband and friend of Helen GEORGAS (née KARES.) The loving father of Betty Jane and her husband Peter GRAHAM, Christopher GEORGAS and Katherine and her husband Keith McCOLL. Loving grandfather of Roderick and his wife Shelly, Kristan and her husband Mark SEYMOUR and great-grandfather of Emily, Hillary and Chelsea. Dear brother of Louis, Helen (Mrs. Bert WEBBER,) Georgia (Mrs. Anthony NINOS), James (Barbara), Freda (Mrs. Bob GILLSON), Earl (Cora) and Nick. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a daughter Catharine, his brother George and his sister Connie (Mrs. James ROBERTSON.) Bill will long be remembered for his involvement in Owen Sound and area. His love of family, Friends, skiing, rollerblading, golf and sing songs at area nursing homes. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Owen Sound Rotary Club, St. George's Anglican Church or the Grey Bruce Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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McCOLL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-31 published
City loses a 'favourite son'
By Scott DUNN, Sun Times staff, Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Bill GEORGAS cross-country skiing at the Owen Sound Golf and Country Club in February, 2005. Photo:
The end came unexpectedly for Bill GEORGAS, a man so physically impressive that at 89 he shoveled snow off his roof, in-line skated and skied.
Though small in stature, Mr. GEORGAS' remarkable physical stamina, strength and cheerful spirit were extinguished after his wife found him fallen on the stairs about 4 a.m. Monday. A post-operative examination late Monday suggested he had a heart attack that caused him to fall.
People who knew him heaped superlatives on a man Owen Sound Mayor Ruth LOVELL called a "legend," an "outstanding citizen," the "epitome of a person who loved his community," and an Owen Sound "favourite son."
Marg CAPEL, who selected Mr. GEORGAS as the feature of a "roast and toast" event in June, called him Mr. Owen Sound. She also called him a "wild man on skis."
He visited the city's 150th anniversary homecoming Meet and Greet tent Sunday for a multi-faith church service in the afternoon, then for the evening concert. His family didn't leave with him until about 10 p.m. because Mr. GEORGAS was enjoying himself, talking with people the whole night, his eldest daughter Betty GRAHAM said.
Mr. GEORGAS was the second-oldest among 10 children, all of whom were born in Owen Sound. He attended Northern Business College as a young man but he had always worked in the family movie houses, the Classic and the Savoy theatres.
When those closed he moved to another Famous Players theatre, The Roxy, as a projectionist and retired from there about 20 years ago. His daughter Betty said her dad loved life and was single-minded about things he got interested in, be it golfing, skiing, in-line skating or piano playing. He saw the good in people, as his own dad did, and was a hard worker, she said.
Freda GILLSON, Mr. GEORGAS' sister, said: "He was a very cheerful person and (was) loved by everyone who knew him. He offered encouragement and joy wherever he went."
Younger brother Jimmie GEORGAS, himself a senior champion duathlete, said "He was my mentor."
Mr. GEORGAS loved life and taking chances. When the snowbanks were high he would ski off his roof on top of them. When he was 85 and skiing alone on the West Rocks, he fell through a crevasse but managed to find a way out. He returned the next day to put down boards to protect other skiers.
He skied downhill at Blue Mountain last winter and in-line skated just a couple of weeks ago. A couple years ago he skated to Shallow Lake and back. He would head out, saying little of his destination and not carrying identification because, as he would say, everybody knew him.
In fact, he has fallen a lot and has told people he should have died 20 times over, his daughter recalled. It drove his family crazy, his daughter said.
Mr. GEORGAS's parents were Christ and Sadie GEORGAS, who were born in the Greek town of Sparta. They bought a house in Owen Sound in 1923, which still stands across from A and P.
Mr. GEORGAS was honoured by the city and by the province for his accomplishments as a volunteer. His house is full of awards and honours he received over the years. Pictures of him, usually while cross-country skiing, often appeared in The Sun Times.
In 2003 he told a reporter he'd raised about $180,000 over 23 years in the Rotary Club's annual Winterama cross-country skiing and snowmobiling fundraiser based in Wiarton.
One year he received the Rotary club's prestigious Paul Harris Award. He was inducted in the Owen Sound Sports Hall of Fame in the early 1980s for skiing.
Mr. GEORGAS played piano in local seniors' homes, jumping around excitedly as he played standards of the 1940s. His wife, Helen, would sing and invite men to dance. They did this almost daily in nursing homes around Owen Sound.
Mr. GEORGAS was also a religious man and, in April, he carried the cross for a few steps in the Good Friday procession to city hall. He admired Benny Hinn, the television preacher who claims to heal people of incurable illnesses. Mr. GEORGAS particularly admired Hinn's work to help orphans, Betty GRAHAM said.
"He had a deep compassion for underdogs and for poor people," GRAHAM said of her dad. He was known as "Bible Bill" in his youth and he believed God wanted him to do good in the community. He was a life member of the Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen of St. George's Church in Owen Sound.
LOVELL saw Mr. GEORGAS most mornings as she walked her dog past his house. He would always ask her how she planned to keep fit that day. He once taught her to downhill ski in the Beaver Valley and left her exhausted by morning's end, while he went up and down the hill the rest of the afternoon.
"Honestly, everybody has a story because he had incredible energy, absolutely incredible energy. He defied age. The years weren't important to him."
William Christopher GEORGAS leaves his wife Helen, and their children Betty Jane and her husband Pete GRAHAM, Christopher GEORGAS and Katherine and her husband Keith McCOLL, grandchildren and great-grand children, nephews and nieces.
Visitation takes place Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home. The funeral service will take place at St. George's Anglican Church Thursday at 11 a.m. Interment is to take place in Greenwood Cemetery.

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McCOLL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-11 published
McCOLL, William Ross, P.Eng.
Peacefully, in Burlington on Saturday, July 07, 2007 in his 97th year. Beloved husband of the late Marion McCOLL (1999.) Loving father of Doctor Mary Ellen McCOLL and her husband Peter BRADLEY of Victoria, and Lewis and his wife Jane of Port Dover. Cherished grandfather of Keith, Matthew, Aileen, Lori, Sherri and David, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Also missed by brothers Robert and Donald, both of Conestoga. William was a graduate of 3T3 Engineers - the last of Sixteen Civils. He spent 40 years at Stelco in Hamilton. Predeceased by his sister Louise ROWLAND. A Funeral Service will be held at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street, Burlington (905-632-3333) on Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 2: 30 p.m. Cremation to take place. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Carpenter Hospice, Burlington would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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McCOLL 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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