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PLEASANT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-15 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, David
Born in Belleville on February 18th, 1934 and passed suddenly on Friday March 7th, 2008 in Toronto. Longtime member of Saint Paul's United Church, past President of the Men's Club, member of The Belleville Temple Lodge Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons No. 123 G.R.C., A.O.T.S., Toronto West Presbytery and board member of the Humbervale Foundation. Former member of Wesley Mimico United Church Couples Club and South Simcoe and Toronto International Railways. Loving husband of 18 years to Lois THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Father of Shareen (Danny PRAKS) and Dwayne THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Sherri.) Step-father to Sandra (Patrick AMES) and Scott McGILVRAY. Dear grandfather of Evan and Dana PRAKS, Mitchell and Caitlin THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Chantelle and Cory PLEASANT, Derek McGILVRAY and Brendan AMES. Great-grandfather of Nathaniel and Nashaun PLEASANT- BLACKMAN. A service to celebrate David's life will be held at Saint Paul's United Church (85 - 31st Street, Etobicoke) on Saturday March 22nd at 11 a.m. Condolences to the family or memories of David may be left at www.hoglefuneralhomes.com

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PLEIJSTER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-18 published
SCHUCK, Pieter M.B.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Pieter M.B. SCHUCK at the age of 81. Pieter passed away suddenly with his wife, Annie VAN GINKEL- PLEIJSTER, by his side, in Zeist, the Netherlands on June 11, 2008. Dearly missed by his children and their families: Peter, Joanne, Robyn, and Mark Eric, Jennifer, Nicole, Tanya and Kevin; Anita, Dean, Conner and Kyla; Saskia, Simon, Tevis and Keegan. Predeceased by his wife Anna. Pieter and Anna were long time residents of Keppel Township. Service and cremation will be held in Zeist, the Netherlands. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund (http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/pettrust) would be appreciated.

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PLETCH o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-04-09 published
GILLESPIE, Ralph " Squirt" Gordon
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 1, 2008 at the General and Marine Hospital, Collingwood at the age of 84. Ralph of Wasaga Beach, formerly of Orangeville, beloved husband of Gene. Loving father of David and his wife Carofyn, Mike and his wife Gail and Jill and her husband Duncan PLETCH. Dear grandfather of Lisa, Martin, Andrew, Matthew, Elizabeth and Kaitlin. Brother of the late Bill, the late Beatrice, the late Douglas, Grant and Walter. A Memorial Service was held at the Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home - Wasaga Beach Chapel, 509 River Road West, Wasaga Beach (705-429-8766) on Friday April 4, 2008 at 1 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph's memory may be made to the General and Marine Hospital Foundation, Collingwood. For more information or to sign the online guest book, log on to www.carruthersdavidson.com.
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PLETSCH o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-03-26 published
ALTON, Frederick " Fred" George
Lifelong Markdale resident and respected community leader Frederick (Fred) George ALTON passed away on March 12, 2008 at the age of 78. Visitation was held on March 14 at the May Funeral Home in Markdale. Fred's humour and passion for life were celebrated on Saturday, March 15 at Annesley United Church in Markdale. Rev. Mark R. WAUGH officiated the funeral service. He remembered Fred as a loyal member of the congregation who had the ability to spread laughter throughout the church. David FRIES acted as the Director of Music. Eulogies were given by Fred's daughter Mary Anne, his grandchildren Jackie BURNS, Gracie ALTON, and Sam McKEE, as well as his longtime friend and fellow Rotarian Jerry BARTLEY. Pallbearers were Stan BAKER, Jerry BARTLEY, Carl BENNINGER, Oscar BURNSIDE, Ernie NICHOLLS and Don PLETSCH as well as honourary pallbearers Paul HANERBACH, Erling PEDERSEN and Lloyd SEWELL. Grandchildren Gracie ALTON, Jackie BURNS, Anthony DURKACZ and Sam McKEE acted as flower bearers. Interment followed at Markdale Cemetery. Family and Friends shared their memories of Fred and enjoyed refreshments served by the Annesley Women's Ministry Network in the Annesley Fellowship Hall. Fred was the longest-serving member of the Markdale Rotary Club (49 years) and owned and operated Alton Pontiac Buick for 36 years before retiring in 1998. Fred acted as volunteer firefighter and fire chief for the Markdale Fire Department and attended every Markdale Street Frolic since 1938. Fred was married to his beloved wife Glenora McGEE for 55 years. He was the loving father of Mary Anne ALTON and Andy McKEE of Owen Sound, Glenn and Donna ALTON of Florida and Robert ALTON of Owen Sound. He was a special grandfather of Jackie BURNS and her husband Anthony DURKACZ, Sam McKEE and Gracie ALTON and great-grandfather of Nate DURKACZ. He was predeceased by parents Cecil ALTON and Annie STAPLES, brother Cecil (Sandy) ALTON and sisters Florence PORTER and Ruth BURNSIDE. Donations were made to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation and Annesley United Church Memorial Fund.
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PLEVA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-12 published
Londoner helped map kids' studies
University of Western Ontario professor's lifetime works would fill a book.
By Randy RICHMOND, Sun Media, Tues., February 12, 2008
A Londoner who put Canada on the map for millions of school kids has died.
Edward Gustav PLEVA, a father of Canadian geography and Ontario's conservation movement, was 95.
His accomplishments would fill a book. But his biggest influence may have been as editor of The Canadian Oxford School Atlas, shown at right. The yellow- and black-covered collection of maps was common on school desks across Canada from 1957 on.
"People of my generation all grew up with the atlas," said David STOVER, president of the Oxford University Press.
"I would think there are millions of them in print."
PLEVA was editor for the first three editions. Coming up to its ninth printing, the atlas remains Oxford's biggest seller of all time in Canada, STOVER said.
"He never took a penny for it" said Dan SHRUBSOLE, head of the University of Western Ontario's geography department.
PLEVA also helped to create Ontario's conservation authorities, established the geography department at University of Western Ontario and played a lead role in developing the geography curriculum for millions of Ontario school children.
"He had a very significant impact in geography and resource management in Canada," SHRUBSOLE said.
Yet, PLEVA was a "very humble man, very committed to people," SHRUBSOLE added.
A consummate educator, whose name adorns the top award for teachers at University of Western Ontario, and a planner who helped shape the London region, PLEVA lived what he preached, a love of the geographic world.
"He loved camping and hiking, photography and baseball," SHRUBSOLE said.
His love of the outdoors grew naturally from his birthplace, Minnesota.
PLEVA was born May 12, 1912, and earned three degrees -- a bachelor's, a master's and a doctorate in geography -- from the University of Minnesota.
In 1938, Western hired the 26-year-old to teach and establish its geography program.
The Second World War interrupted the plan, when PLEVA served at the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, D.C.
Even so, PLEVA found time in 1941 to sit on the committee that developed Ontario's conservation authorities.
At the time, the province was losing its forests to over-exploitation and drought, SHRUBSOLE said.
"The landscape in Ontario was deteriorating."
The government also wanted to find work for veterans who would return after the war.
The result was the 1946 Conservation Act and the 35 conservation authorities that protect Ontario's landscape today.
By 1948, PLEVA had Western's geography department up and running and served as head for 20 years. He retired from teaching in "He was just a great teacher," SHRUBSOLE said.
After his retirement, PLEVA continued to teach some first-year courses.
Graduate students would fill the lecture hall just to hear him speak again, SHRUBSOLE said. "He must have put on quite a show."
So good a teacher was he, that University of Western Ontario named its annual award for teaching excellence the Edward G. Pleva Award.
While teaching, PLEVA found time to chair and sit on several city, regional and neighbourhood planning committees and boards and become the first editor of The Canadian Geographer journal, still published.
In 1969, London honoured PLEVA as "one of Canada's distinguished geographers" and awarded him the Distinguished Community Service Award.
PLEVA died February 7.
He was pre-deceased by his wife Grace and leaves behind sons James of Guelph and Michael of London.
His funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home in London.

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PLEVA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-11 published
PLEVA, Doctor Edward Gustav
At Chelsey Park Retirement Community, London, on February 7, 2008 at the age of 95. Dearly beloved husband of the late Mrs. Grace C. PLEVA. Beloved father of James F. PLEVA of Guelph and Michael G. PLEVA of London. Dear brother of the late Joseph F. PLEVA. Cherished uncle of Betsy J. SINGER and her husband Michael of California and Laird A. HORMAN and his wife Mary Lou of Florida. Also survived by sister-in-law Ethel F. HORMAN of Florida. Founder and former head of the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario. Chaired city and suburban planning boards for London and region. Played a major role in developing Ontario's geography curriculum for secondary schools. First editor of "The Canadian Geographer" and the "Ontario Geography Monographs". Received honorary degrees from Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfred Laurier University) and the University of Western Ontario. In 1987, the University of Western Ontario established the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching awarded each year to full-time members of the faculty of Western and its affiliated colleges. Friends may call during the hour preceding the funeral service which will be conducted at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 Saint_James St. at Richmond, London, on Thursday, February 14 at 2: 00 p.m. Rev. Keith RAMESHWAR of Robinson Memorial United Church officiant. Cremation with interment at a later date. Memorial contributions to the E.G. Pleva Fellowship Fund at the University of Western Ontario (care of Foundation Western, Westminster College, Suite 110, London, Ontario N6A 3K7) would be gratefully acknowledged.

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PLEWES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-13 published
PLEWES, Ruth Isobel
Passed away peacefully after a valiant struggle on Monday, February 11th, 2008, at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Predeceased by her beloved husband Tom (1998). Loving mother of Doug, Don (Joanne) and Scott (Tawnye). Devoted grandmother of Michael, Rachel, Shenoah, and Jacelyn. Sister of Doug DAVIDSON (Anna). Resting at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue, 4 lights north of Highway 7, Markham (905-305-8508). Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 14th, from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held Friday, February 15th, at 11: 30 a.m. in the Chapel. Entombment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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PLEXMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-17 published
BALFOUR, Jeannie Eleanor (née PETTIPIERE)
Peacefully in Peterborough, Ontario, on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 in her 88th year. She is lovingly remembered by husband William sons Charles and John; grandchildren Megan and David; brother-in-law David BALFOUR; sisters-in-law June PETTIPIERE and Dorothy BALFOUR nieces Moira-Jane PLEXMAN, Judy CURTIS, and Linda PETRIE; and by nephews Steven and Keith PETTIPIERE, and Robert and Fraser BALFOUR. A funeral service will be held at Saint_John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 99 Brock Street, Peterborough, on Wednesday, July 23rd at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. Thank God for so richly blessing us via the life of His servant Jean. If so desired, condolences to the family, directions to the service, and donations in Jean's memory to, for example, the historic "Saint_John the Divine Anglican Church", Maple Ridge, British Columbia, or the Charity of Your Choice, may be made at www.CommunityAlternative.ca or by calling Community Alternative Funeral Home at 705-742-1875.

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