EDE: Sheila of Sidney

Posted by on March 22, 2016

images-4**this isn’t so much obituary as a remembrance of my mom, my dad, and my step-dad, a glimpse into their lives as viewed through my own. the photo’s with sheila, bill, ted, and his girlfriend rose at a restaurant i worked at, circa 1991**

It was a beautiful sunny March 5th morning and a lovely day to bring my mom to, as they say, her final resting place.

Back in the late 80s she and my step-dad bought a piece of land (it was actually possible to do that in those days) and built their retirement home near a lovely little public beach. They later pragmatically downsized into a condo, and while I was visiting that condo one weekend (as I did over several years) they discussed where they would like their ashes to be distributed. Dad’s navy days, plus our time as a family living in the Bahamas, plus living on an island, all inspired ideas for offshore distribution. From a boat out at sea, perhaps? I forget the other ideas, but they finally settled on “our little beach.”

It wasn’t really “their” little beach, near the retirement home they built, it was a public beach. But they had moved from Alberta, and there was hardly ever anyone at that little beach, so it was particularly special. Later in life they weren’t able to traverse the rocky trail and the steep steps, or clamber over the misplaced logs – former living trees that fall off the barges taking them (and local jobs) to distant sawmills in foreign lands – but, it remained forever “our little beach.”

Sadly, as the years progressed, my mother distanced herself from me. A couple of years before she died she’d fallen and broken her jaw, and her personality changed noticeably after that. She went from being friendly and extroverted, to somewhat surly and quite antisocial, even denying her closest friend visits. I’m not sure what she saw, or didn’t see, in me that threatened or hurt her. I wasn’t able to be there for her at the end of her life because she specifically told me she didn’t appreciate my visits. It hurt, but I honoured her request and let her go as graciously as I could.

I was definitely there for my dad in his final year though. I helped him move into a small, friendly seniors’ facility and visited him every week with flowers. A special bond evolved between us, even through his dementia. By some miracle I was able to be at his bedside through his final hours, holding his hand and wondering if he could hear, in his semi-coma state, the lovely voice of my friend Pashta singing his spirit to freedom. I’ve written about that experience elsewhere … today I’d like to offer a little obituary for my mom, and my step-dad, and my birth father too, as I say another final goodbye to their bodies while holding onto the happy memories we’ve shared.

Sheila Kitching was born on May 1st, 1926 in Darlington, England. Sheila’s mother, my grandmother Mary, I’ve learned, worked setting tables in one of the big Downton Abbey-like mansions in Northern England. I recall also learning that Mary’s family had a post office of some sort and Mary would hike through the fields in her long dress and petticoats to deliver parcels and letters and in the process she met Bert Kitching, my grandpa. Bert worked on the trains. He and Mary eventually married, and raised Sheila plus her four brothers – Norman, Dennis, Raymond, and Stanley – in a small row house, kind of like a townhouse. They’re all deceased now, Sheila was the last to go.

Many years ago mom told me she forged my granddad’s signature so she could join the war effort when she was still slightly underage. She later denied that, so I don’t really know what the truth is. She was in the Royal British Air Force, though, and claims she was an airplane mechanic. I began to wonder about that when I was old enough to really think about what that would involve, and we got a flat tire and called Dad for help. But mom insisted she helped the mechanics fix the airplanes, for the war effort.

In her younger years Mom was a very beautiful, social, out-going, fun spirited and musical person. She told me stories about sneaking out of the camps when she was younger, with a girlfriend of hers, to go to the dances. Certainly the war, for women of that era (and for men too), was one of the only places they could find any freedom. Their other choices were to work in the factories (which mom did not want to do), or have babies.

Mom eventually did have babies, obviously … she met Ted Bandcroft in London after the war. Ted was a bus driver on the double deckers and mom’s job was to collect tickets from the passengers. The funny story is that Sheila suffered motion sickness so she’d signal to Ted whenever she needed to stop and deal with that particular challenge. I guess that experienced contributed to a bond between them.

The emigrated to Canada with my brother Maurice when he was about 8 years old, sometime in the late 1950s. Ted came first and travelled on the train across Canada. He decided to stop in Edmonton because he’d heard there was work there, and got a job driving a bakery truck. He later drove city bus, until he retired from that job later in life.

I was born in 1961, obviously it wasn’t a planned birth. My mom told me she’d been told she’d never have any more children after my brother was born, 12 years prior to me. So, I was a bit of a surprise. Maybe this unresolved disappointment (or however you want to describe what it would be like to be a 35 year old woman with an unexpected pregnancy) is what rose to the surface in those final years, who knows.

I remember riding on the city bus with dad in Edmonton now and then, but I especially enjoyed the mornings on the “Winnifred Stewart” bus, picking up the special needs kids and taking them to their school.

Mom and my Ted dad split up when I was about 6 or 7. I don’t really remember any details, just that dad didn’t come home anymore. Ted was very kind to me throughout my life, even though I didn’t often live in the same city as him. He always wrote to me, and telephoned when that became more accessible. I still have some of the postcards he sent to me when I was living in Manitoba, in Puerto Rico, and in the Bahamas.

My mom met Bill Ede at a dance and I was happy with my “Uncle Bill” too. One day early in their relationship, I remember, we were in Edmonton driving to go visit friends of Bill’s and mom said “what would you think if I married your Uncle Bill.” I said that sounded ok, and then she said that would mean we’d be moving. I didn’t really understand what that meant, I was only 8 or so, but I trusted them.

They were married on July 25th 1970 and I was there, in a little purple dress with white gloves and a hat. I inherited two more big brothers, John and Raymond, and their families which included, eventually, nieces and nephews.

Mom and Bill dad and I lived in Brandon Manitoba for about 2 years, the boys didn’t travel with us because they were all old enough to be living on their own. I made some really great friends in grade 4 in Brandon, so when it was time for the next move I was a little more hesitant because I knew it meant leaving those friends. But, we were going to Puerto Rico, and that sounded pretty cool. My friend Christine and I wrote letters to each other for many years, and later found each other on facebook. And, when we met up again in 2012 we discovered that we’re still really good friends, which is also pretty cool.

So my new dad, Bill, worked in the oil industry as a contractor. His work in Brandon, then Ponce, and then in Freeport (where we lived for 2.5 years) was about opening and closing “plants.” In those days the oil and gas industry was more a means to an end than an end in itself. It wasn’t until years later that I began to understand the extent of the environmental damage that oil and gas creates, it’s so much more now than it was in back then. Even way back in the mid 70s I remember we would have to scrub patches of oil off our feet after visiting beautiful and otherwise pristine beaches in Freeport, because of the spillage from the offshore oil rigs.

There were definitely some challenging times and difficult conversations, as I was growing as an activist for peace and environment. My birth dad, Ted, was very supportive of that work. He drove me to the Clayoquot Sound action camp in the early 90s, and spent time walking around the camp talking to people. He loved going to pow-wows, as did I, and we would talk about the plight of native people and the challenges ahead of us trying to keep the air and water clean, working for peace in world where war is waged for profit and oil.

With Bill, I learned to respect the work that he did in the “plants,” or factories as I later learned is a more accurate description of them. And I think Bill learned to understand my concerns, later in life. In his day they were providing energy to local communities across Canada in ways the world had never seen before. To people living in a cold nation, many of whom had grown up without electricity or central heating systems, this was nothing short of miraculous. During one of our conversations he agreed that what’s going on now, in the northern tarsands, where infrastructure is being massively expanded for the purpose of exporting bitumen offshore (for profit), is radically different than what he was working on. I recall him saying “it’s gone too far.” We agreed to meet there, and didn’t talk about it anymore.

Bill and Sheila and I moved from Freeport back to Edmonton in 1975 and again I had to say goodbye to friends and this time go back to a very cold snowy environment, quite different than the pre-teen years we’d spent in the sun and on the beaches! Bill had 40 acres near Fort Saskatchewan so, after a year in Edmonton living in the Dovercourt house of mom’s (at 12423-135 St, an address that has stuck in my brain since I was encouraged to memorize it as a kid), we moved out to the farm. I thought this was pretty cool because it meant I could have a horse, a love affair I’d begun while volunteering at a riding stable in Freeport. We lived in a little trailer while building a house on dad’s property, and eventually built a barn for the horses too. My brothers all helped build that house, and Mom and I did too.

I lived on the acreage until after high school, and then left for Vancouver in 1983. I made sure to bring the horses with me, it was a huge amount of work to care for them in the winter and I wouldn’t have left that with my mom and dad. I had acquired enough office and computer skills to land me a good job in Vancouver which, in retrospect, is darned lucky considering I had my two dependents with me! Ah, the impetuous confidence of youth ….

But this isn’t about me, except in the context of viewing my parents’ life through these eyes (which is really the only option we all have), so, back to their story. My dad Ted continued to communicate regularly with me, now we had better phone access and he enjoyed visiting me and my brother in Vancouver about annually. Mom and Bill built a machine shop on the back-40, they could see that the industry was growing all around them and it was a smart business decision to service some of that equipment. They sold the business and retired in the late 80s and moved to Vancouver Island, to build another beautiful home. They travelled quite a bit in those years, too. My dad Ted also enjoyed travelling.

It was an interesting time to be alive on the planet, for that generation. So many big changes … radio, tv, internet! They became devout patriots at a young age, fought in the big war, and ventured overseas without really understanding what they were coming to or whose land they were taking. For the most part, at least for my parents, they worked hard, earned their pensions, enjoyed socialized health care, and they all had a comfortable retirement.

As happens, they all also got older and older and older. I watched, as compassionately as I could, as their brains began to abandon them and their memories began to fade. I wasn’t able to be with my Ted dad as much as I would have liked to have been in his final years because I was a rather impoverished student and then working to establish a non-profit street newspaper (which ALL my parents contributed to, by the way, bless them). I also didn’t really understand the process of aging and dying. I did travel to see my dad about once a year, I was there for his 80th birthday party, and I was lucky to see him in the home his brother and my aunt, and Dad’s lady partner friend, had chosen for him and helped move him into. It took him a minute to recognize me, but when he did a big smile emerged. “Is that Janine?” he said. It was a precious moment and I began to realize this would likely be the last time I’d see him.

And it was. Mom broke the news a couple of weeks later that he had died. I’m so glad to have had that last visit with him, and I learned a big lesson. When it was time to care for Mom and Dad, I wanted to be there.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Mom decided she didn’t want me there. I fought that at first, sincerely believing (as I do to this day) that she was confused and misguided and that the efforts to estrange me were unfounded. But eventually I had to give up, and just let her go the way she wanted. She had been such a social butterfly, and in the end she was quite reclusive. Who knows what happens, right?

I was delighted, however, to see my Bill dad every week while he was in his final home. Dad seemed quite content … he had his own room, and I made sure he was comfortable there. I got permission from mom to bring a couple of beautiful paintings, got him a TV and the most comfortable chair imaginable. For his 90th birthday I contacted as many family and friends as I could and encouraged them to send cards or telephone. Of course many of them would have done that anyways, but I wanted to be sure Dad knew how much he was loved. I figured it was probably his last birthday, though I did encourage him to start thinking about his 91st!
It wasn’t long after his 90th birthday that Bill dad began to visibly decline. He no longer wanted to leave his room for the music sessions, whereas previously he’d absolutely loved those! He couldn’t remember what he’d had for breakfast, but he could reach for song lyrics he’d known since he was a boy in Croydon. He was an inspiration, for sure, and they loved him and his enthusiastic singing. That singing, by the way, was definitely a big part of my life growing up with he and mom. They sang all-the-time! It was usually mom who would instigate it, whatever tune came into her head, or she heard on the tv or radio, or saw something that triggered a memory, and next thing I knew the two of them would be singing up a storm. Many years ago they bought me a piano book with a bunch of their old songs, and I’d do my best to keep up with them as they sang ahead of my efforts to play them!

One day, a couple of weeks before he died, Bill dad asked me about Jesus. He said some people believe they’ll see him when they die, don’t they? We were never a family for regular churchgoing, but I have found spiritual strength and understanding through yoga and wiccan and buddhist teachings, so I told him that yes, some people believe that and if he wants to believe it too, he sure can. I assured him that, as I believe, wherever he’s going it’s a place full of music and love. I told him he’ll be able to see his family and friends there too, he’ll be surrounded by lots of love and warmth, and whatever he imagines, that’s where he’ll end up. That seemed to comfort him somewhat, and he began the slow march towards death. I’m really really glad I was there to help him cross over on his final day.

I remember reading somewhere that there’s the year we’re born and the year we die, but all of our life is contained within that little dash between those years. These are the dominant memories emerging as I say goodbye to my last parent, of course there is so much more. As my dad Ted said, though, “all we have, in the end, are our memories.” He’s right! So to make happy ones, to live a life truthfully and not to fear the darkness.

Lionel Philip (Ted) Bandcroft: April 21st 1924 – August 20th 2007
William John (Bill) Ede: February 15th 1925 – May 6th 2015
Sheila Kitching (Bandcroft) (Ede): May 1st 1926 – January 31st 2016

It feels different, now having parents. And especially, I think, because I don’t have children. Suddenly I feel “grown up” in a way I haven’t previously, even though the final years are so much different than the younger years when we can still call our parents to chat, and share our concerns, and seek guidance. Eventually, I suppose, we all learn to look within.

The morning I took mom’s ashes to the ocean I also sprinkled some wildflower seeds into pots on my balcony, those seeds will grow into flowers that will feed hummingbirds. Mom and Bill dad both loved birds, every house we lived in had several bird feeders. Mom made sure I knew that if you start to feed them through the winter, you must continue because the birds become dependent on the supply. She taught me a lot of good things, they all did.

Rest in peace, guys, I’ll be there too someday. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying life in the dash lane.

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Ameen: Parvaiz M of Prince Albert

Posted by on March 22, 2016

images-4Passed away unexpectedly in his home town, Haripur, on February 8th, 2016 in his 68th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Mamoona (Khan) for 39 years. Dearly loved father of Farsa Imran of Red Deer, Alberta, Sarah Iqbal (Waqas) of Sialkot, Hafsa Jatt (Talha) of Lahore, and Dilawar Aziz (Anna) of Flin Flon, BC. Dear brother of Aziz of Karachi, Ameen of Red Deer, Alberta and the late Sheena Ifthikar (Hassan). Also survived by several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Parvaiz will be sadly missed, he is an immense loss for family and friends but a priceless gain for heaven.

A private family funeral will be held in Haripur on a later date. A memorial will be held in Red Deer, AB in June 2016.

For those who wish, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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WARREN: Frank C. of St. Thomas, Ont

Posted by on February 25, 2016

Frank Warren

WARREN – It is with great sadness that the family of Frank Charles Warren announces his passing on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in his 87th year.  Frank is survived by his children Cindy Howlett of St. Thomas, Martin (Paige) Mills of Winnipeg, Anne (Bill) Martin of St. Thomas, Kevin Mills of B.C., Russ Earhart of St. Thomas, and Judy (Bob) Holt of St. Thomas; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; his twin brothers Bill (Ruth) Warren of St. Thomas and Harry (Dorothy) Warren of Stoney Creek; and by his sisters-in-law Shirley (late Herb) Percival and Margot (late Gordon) Bolton all of Guelph; and many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his wife Joyce Warren (2012), his sister Jean Chiasson, and his brother-in-law Rev. Canon Harold Thomasson.  Frank had retired after many years of service as a nurse’s aide at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.  Visitation will be held at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570) on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, with the funeral service will taking place in the chapel at 12:00pm.  Cremation to follow.  If desired, donations to the Salvation Army – St. Thomas or the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) would be appreciated. Personal condolences to the family can be made at www.shawnjacksonfuneralhome.com.


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GABORIAUD, Henri of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on February 3, 2016

GABORIAUD, HenriThe family announces with great sorrow his passing in Sudbury, Thursday, December 31, 2015 at the Maison Vale Hospice at the age of 92 years. Beloved husband of the late Val (née Radey) predeceased 1994. Predeceased by his parents Hilaire and Berthe Gaboriaud. Loving father of Elaine Gaboriaud and Susan Gaboriaud (Marlene). Dear brother of Thérèse Bourrier. Predeceased by his siblings Madeleine, Eugène and Gabriel of Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba. Cherished grandfather of Alex. A special place in his heart was taken up by Ellen, Terry (Lynn), Vance (Lisa), Stephanie, Brennan and Kayla. Brother-in-law to Flo Radey and Theresa Houle. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Henri was a veteran of the Second World War and a long time member of the Legion Branch 76. He was retired from Inco where he worked as a miner for over 40 years. Henri shared his passion for life with everyone. Meeting him meant walking away with a smile. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 222 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 2-5 & 7-9:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St-Jean de Brébeuf Church, Sudbury . Donations to the Maison Vale Hospice and Meals on Wheels can be made by cheque or online at www.cooperativefuneralhome.ca.

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RONDEAU: Grant Stephen of Winnipeg

Posted by on January 30, 2016

images-4After a hard fought battle with cancer, Grant Rondeau, beloved husband, father, and grandfather has passed away at his residence on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the age of 63 years.

Predeceased by his parents Alfred and Cecile and survived by the love of his life Kelly; daughter Jody; son-in-law Billy; step-children Gary, Cheryl, Josh(Angie) and Tyler as well his siblings Bruce(Phyllis), Tim(Angie) and Kathy(Sinc). He also survived by his 13 grandchildren, Marissa (Jon), Chase, Lacey, Storm, and two foster children Larry, Elyssa, Jennifer, Michael, Keri and Kailee, Parker and Willow.

Grant previously attended Glenwood and Glenlawn Schools. Around the age of 15 he ran his own grocery store, which was one of his first jobs. He was a jack-of-all-trades but his true passion was carpentry; something which has inspired his grandson Chase to follow his footsteps.
In 1987 he and Kelly met and it was love at first sight. Grant was a kind, caring and gentle man. He was there for you when you needed it whether you just needed a good laugh or you needed some advice. He also cared very much for animals and treated his dog Kiki as if she was another human daughter. He always knew how to make anyone laugh with his countless jokes even if the joke had been told several times before. 

All-in-all, Grant was an incredible man who loved to make everyone happy and he will forever live on in his family who loved him dearly.

Grant’s life will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016 in the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road.  At Grant’s request, please arrive with only good humour and fun memories; leaving as many tears at home as possible.

The family would like to give their deepest sincere thank you to Dr. Dawe and nurse Debbie from CancerCare Manitoba and to his “Earth Angels” from the WRHA Palliative Care Program for the professional and compassionate care they provided Grant in his time of need.

Jody and Billy would like to express a very special thank you to Kelly for taking the best of care of Dad.

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PLUCHINSKI: Eleanor of Winnipeg

Posted by on January 30, 2016

images-4It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved sister, aunt and friend, Eleanor Marion Pluchinski on January 6, 2016

Eleanor was born April 19, 1948 to Hedwig (Howke) and Ernest Pluchinski.  She grew up in Whitemouth before the family moved to Winnipeg in 1953; settling in East Kildonan.  Eleanor attended Miles Macdonell Collegiate, graduating in 1964.  After graduation, Eleanor was employed by the Winnipeg School Division #1, retiring in 1990 after 25 years of dedicated service.

Eleanor was predeceased by her parents and baby brother Alfred.  She is sadly missed by her sisters, Dolores (Ewald) Knopf, Margaret (Henry) Splett and Valerie (Alvin) Pescitelli; brother Harvey (Emilie) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Eleanor’s life was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016 in the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Crescent. Following a reception, her ashes were interred in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens, Garden of Everlasting Life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.


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POLEC, Douglas B. of London

Posted by on January 29, 2016

Polec 1 - edited POLEC, Douglas B. – Passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on Friday, January 29, 2016 in his 71st year.  Lovingly remembered by his daughter, Deborah-Ann Polec of Los Angeles, California.  Sadly missed by his sister Winona “Nonnie” Hoffinger of Portland, Oregon; his brother Gary Polec of Winnipeg, Manitoba; his best friend Francoise of London; and his nieces and nephew: Glenn, Lori, Sheri and Cathy.  Doug was a caring, gentle and dedicated man who appreciated his family, friends and his former co-workers at 3M Canada.  He had a passion for golf and will be fondly remembered by his golf buddies.  A memorial reception to celebrate Doug’s life will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, February 5th, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with Words of Remembrance at 11:30 a.m.   Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Doug are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program.  For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

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SMITH: Irene Alice (Jelly) of Chesley, formerly of New Liskeard and Hamilton

Posted by on January 29, 2016

Irene SmithAlice “Irene” (Jelly) Smith of Chesley, formerly of New Liskeard and Hamilton, passed away at Elgin Abbey, Chesley on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in her 101st year.

Beloved mother of Brucie (Jelly) and her husband Bruno DeLazzer of Bramalea, Ellen (Smith) and her husband Paul Muir of Winnipeg, Charlotte (Smith) Roberts of Elmwood and mother-in-law of Debbie Jelly of Ingersoll. Irene will remain in the hearts and minds of her 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 6 great great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son David Jelly, husbands George Jelly and Charles Smith and siblings, John, Albert, Margaret, Patty and Agnes MacKenzie.

Irene’s wishes were for cremation to take place and private family services will follow.

If desired, memorial donations can be made to Grey Bruce Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.


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STAM, Rev.Clarence (Klaas) of Hamilton

Posted by on January 3, 2016

STAM, Rev. Clarence (Klaas)


Peacefully, on January 1, 2016, our beloved husband, father, and Opa was called home in his 68th year, to be with his Lord and Saviour. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 45 years, Marga (nee Kraal), and his children Lawrence Stam, Richard and Tracey Stam, Alina and Michael Noot, and Anne-Marie and Rick VanIperen. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Jordan, Austin, and Logan Stam; Liana, Alexa, and Jared Noot; and Megan, Kristen, Clark, Natalie, Ruth, and Ariella VanIperen. He was predeceased by his beloved son Edward Stam in 1992. Loved brother of the late Jenny and the late Gerrit VanWoudenberg, the late Ben and Ria Stam, Len and Hennie Stam, John Stam, and Bev and Bill Schouten; and brother-in-law of Jane Stam, Hilly and the late Wim Van Ingen, Egbert and the late Betty Kraal, Jaap and Grietje Kraal, Geke and Frans Tijssen, Jacomien and Henk Broer, Alet and Theo Aalbers, Eveline and Jan Neutel. He will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Clarence faithfully served the Canadian Reformed churches from 1972 to 2004.  Special thanks go to the doctors and nurses of Juravinski E3 for their care and compassion during his illness. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at CORNERSTONE CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 353 Stonechurch Rd. E., Hamilton, where a Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. Rev. John Louwerse officiating. Interment to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Donations to Mission Brazil (Gospel Action Brazil) in support of the ongoing mission and aid project in Maceió Brazil, or to the Harvest Endowment Foundation in support of Christian education would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.


“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

? (2 Timothy 4:7-8)?

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PAWLEY, Honourable Howard R.

Posted by on January 2, 2016

WEB_Pawley_HowardP.C., O.C., O.M., Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.D.(Hons.)

Passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 30, 2015 at the age of 81 years. Funeral Arrangements Pending. Arrangements entrusted to Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Share memories or photos at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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Lu, Ying “Lily” of Sarnia

Posted by on December 30, 2015

yingwebYing (Lily) Li Lu, of Sarnia, died at 8:15 pm, Sunday December 27th, 2015 at the Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario. She was born (1932) in Nanking, China to parents Ai Hui Chao and Fen Sun Chen. She married Hsiang Sung Lu in 1959 and he survives. Also surviving are her son-in-law David Barton and 3 grandchildren: Michael, Brenna and Kailynn Barton of Ann Arbor, Michigan, cousin Nancy Lichon (husband Fran), and other family members. Her daughter Alice Lu Barton preceded her in death.Lily received her Bachelor’s Degree at Taiwan University and her Master’s Degree at the University of Oklahoma. She was a long time resident of Sarnia and was a librarian at Sarnia Public Library.Lily was a loving mother and grandmother. She was outgoing, humorous and kind. She enjoyed traveling and time with her family. She and her husband were generous donors to a variety of organizations including Northwestern University, Sarnia Public Library, Sarnia Art Gallery, Canadian Cancer Society and many others. She and her husband were awarded the Lambton County Award for generous donations and ongoing support to the Cultural Services Division. Services will be held at the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 between the hours of 7:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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MCDONALD (NEE CONWAY): Rita Christine of Kamloops Formerly of 100 mile house,bc, and Sault Ste Marie , Ontario

Posted by on December 29, 2015

images-4Rita peacefully passed away on Decenber 22, 2015
She was the Mom for her seven children Kelly,Kim,Heather,Trish,Maureen,Melinda,Emmett.She was married to Keith Gordon Mcdonald who passed on Dec 13,1990.Mom was one of 15 children born in the sault sre marie ontario to Howard and Lillian(Lilly) Conway and mom is also the last of that family.She will be missed by all that knew her especially her children.R.I.P. Mom..Until We Meet Again

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FILBERT: Barry John of Spruce Bay

Posted by on December 29, 2015

images-4Barry John Filbert, 76, passed suddenly from natural causes, in the afternoon of Monday, December 21, 2015, in his home he built on 6 Colleen Avenue in Spruce Bay, Manitoba, with his wife of 56 years and his youngest son at his side.

He is survived by three more of his sons, his daughter, his grandson, his grand daughter, and his four cats. We all loved each other and we all knew it.

In the spring his ashes will be given back to nature.

“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.”
– D.H. Lawrence

In lieu of tribute, please donate to your local Humane Society.

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STRUCK: Amelia Elizabeth of Sarnia, formerly of Brigden

Posted by on December 26, 2015

STRUCK, Amelia Elizabeth (Pretty) – Age 98, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. Beloved wife of the late Elgin J. Struck (1988). Daughter of the late Russell and Frances (Johnson) Pretty. Loving mother of Barbara (Wm. J.) Kilbreath of Lions Head, Nancy (late Charles) Roberts of Wallaceburg, Patricia (late Murray) Mills of Oil Springs, Jack (Sheila) Struck of Sarnia, Frances (Peter) Clarke of St. Andrews Manitoba, Russell (June) Struck of Brigden, Dorothy (Terry) Harapiah of Winnipeg Beach Manitoba. Cherished grandmother of 17, great-grandmother of 38 and great-great-grandmother of 17. Predeceased by her sisters Mary (Clyde) Lobban, Elvie (Harold) Johnson and Olive Pretty, brother-in-law Charles (Ruth) Struck and great-grandson Jeremy Mills. Amelia was a Life Member of Lady Martha Rebekah Lodge in Brigden. Amelia and her husband owned and operated Struck’s Red and White Store for 20 years in Brigden, after Amelia worked in merchandise sales in Sarnia for many years. She will be sadly missed by all her family.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.
Cremation has taken place. A visitation and memorial service followed by a graveside service will be announced at a later date.
Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Arrangements entrusted to STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden 519-864-1193.

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BELL: Elsie Jane of Chesley

Posted by on December 10, 2015

ElsieBell, Elsie Jane

December 15, 1918 – December 8, 2015

Elsie Bell of Chesley, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the age of 96 from a sudden heart attack. Elsie was born in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba and was predeceased by her husband, Cecil Bell in 1986. She lived independently and remained active and involved in the Chesley community. Elsie is survived by two sons, Donald and Larry (Gwenne), granddaughter Ashley and six of fourteen siblings, Cameron McNabb (Mary), Audrey Findlay (Allen), Grace Graham (Ronald), David McNabb (Linda), Douglas McNabb (Ardithe) and Raymond McNabb (Irene). A Celebration of Elsie’s life will take place at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 2 p.m. with a social time to follow. Inurnment in Chesley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chesley Baptist Church or charity of your choice.


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ALLEN: Paul of London

Posted by on December 10, 2015

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Sadly in Winnipeg, MB, on Friday, December 4, 2015, Paul Allen in his 46th year. Beloved son of Penny Hunter (Terry) and John Allen (Pam). Loving brother of Rebecca Granger (Craig). Dear father of Nick and Jake. Cherished uncle of Justin, Baylee and great-uncle of Carter. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the London Food Bank, 926 Leathorne Street, London, ON N5Z 3M5. A. Millard George Funeral Home, entrusted with cremation arrangements 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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MOORE, Thomas “Lefty of Sarnia

Posted by on December 4, 2015

TomMoore03-webMOORE, THOMAS “Lefty” – At Bluewater Health on Thursday, December 03, 2015, Thomas “Lefty” Moore, age 90 of Sarnia passed away. He was the loving husband of Donna (Stewart) Moore and dear father of Michael Moore and his wife Rosalind of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Maureen Janssen and her husband Michael of Bright, Ontario and grandfather of Marcus and Megan Moore, Matthew and Michelle Janssen. He was the brother in law of Jean Moore of Sarnia. He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Elizabeth and his brother Wesley Moore. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tom was a member of Grace United Church, Sarnia Golf & Curling Club, Central United–Century Club and the Retired Teachers of Ontario. He was a Secondary School Teacher for over 30 years at Northern Collegiate in Sarnia. Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held on Monday, December 7th at Grace United Church (990 Cathcart Blvd., Sarnia) at 11:00 am. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Sunday, December 6 between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Memorial gifts made through donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd or the charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre.

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Markevich: Thomas (Tom) of Sherbrooke Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on December 2, 2015

images-4Thomas Markevich formerly of Winnipeg, passed away in Sherbrooke Quebec, on Friday November 6, 2015.
He will be missed by his wife Else, daughters, Leslie (Jim Thorne) and Lisa (Jason Tietz) and son Jonathan (Tina), and grandchildren, Karl and Breanna. He is survived by his brother Herb Markevich of Calgary and his sister Betty Mitzok of Winnpeg and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a Memorial Service at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada, Cancer Society or Maison Aube Lumiere (Palliative Care Unit). Website: http://lamaisonaube-lumiere.qc.ca

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BREGMAN, Hendrik “Hank” of RR 6, Goderich, age 82

Posted by on October 28, 2015

BREGMAN:  Peacefully, at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich, on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Hendrik “Hank” Bregman, of RR 6, Goderich, age 82.  Beloved husband of Margaret Rosie (Keller) Bregman.  Loved father and father-in-law of Diane Bregman (Steve Layton) of Clinton, ON., Morgan Bregman of Olds, AB., Jan William Bregman of Edmonton, AB., Christopher Bregman of Goderich, ON., Gary (Judy) Carlisle of Brockville, ON.,  Renée (Ben) Worsell of Olds, AB. Cherished grandpa and Opa of many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.  Dear brother and brother-in-law of Robert (Agnes) Bregman of Teeswater, ON., Ann Keller of London, ON., John (Marie) Bregman of Winnipeg Beach, MB., Ada (Earl) Telfer of Paris, ON., Jake Martens of Red Deer, AB., Eulene (Bill) Baker, Grace (Fred) Sanders all of London.  Hank will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by his parents John and Heltje (Bos) Bregman, sons Gordon and David Bregman, daughters Lynn and Katherine Carlisle, brothers-in-law Lloyd Keller, Milton (Erma) Keller, Mervin (Sue) Keller, Eugene Keller and sister-in-law Verda Martens.  At Hank’s request cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held at Berea-By-the-Water Lutheran Church, 326 Gibbons St, Goderich, on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 1 p.m. with visitation commencing at 12 p.m. The Rev. John E. Trembulak III Officiating.  Interment Calvary Cemetery, Dashwood.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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MOONEY: Franklin George of West Lorne

Posted by on October 2, 2015

Peacefully at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Franklin “Frank” George Mooney of West Lorne passed away at the age of 75. Loving husband of Veronica Rose (nee Andrei). Beloved father of Mark and step father of Ed Rose and Loretta Tremtsidis. Dear brother of Paul (Diane) Mooney, Catherine Williams, Flora (Cecil) Chandler, Joy (Terry) Handsor and Sandra Mooney. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents George and Marjorie Mooney, sister Donna Jean Mooney, brothers Mark, Tom and Horace Mooney. Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF WEST LORNE 519-785-0810 on Monday, October 5th from 12:00 pm until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Reverend David Tatsu officiating. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to West Elgin Daffodil Society. Online condolences accepted at www.denning.ca

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NOWAK, Stanley of Onaping, ON

Posted by on September 21, 2015

NOWAK, StanleyIn loving memory of Stanley Nowak who passed on August 3, 2015 in his home at the age of 94 years , his family at his side. Beloved husband of Mary J. (Rosastik), married for 68 years. Father of Gregory (Francis), Elaine Vezeau (Dennis) and Christine Eady (Glen). Proud grandfather of Betty Nowak (Kevin), Ben Nowak (Lisa), Derek Vezeau (Valerie), Helena Castonguay (Derek), Angela Vezeau (Marty), Kayla Vezeau (Brenan), Tyler Eady (Sarah) and Zachary Eady (Mel). Great grandfather of Mathew, Catie, Riley, Merrick, Dieter, Levi, Piper, Hannah, Elizabeth, Ian, Leah, Thomas and Chelsey. Survived by his brothers Kazmer (Bernice) and Edward both of Swan River, Manitoba. Stanley was predeceased by his father and mother Bronislav and Francisca Nowak and sisters Yanina and Helen King. Stanley served in WWII as a radar technician and has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 70 years. After the war, he attended McGill University and graduated as an electrical engineer. He worked for Falonbridge Nickel Mines Ltd. for 29 years and retired as Electrical Superintendent for the Onaping Area. He was a pioneer in establishing the Kukagami Lake road and served on the Kukagami Local Roads Board for many years. He was instrumental in obtaining electricity and telephone service for camps on the lake. He enjoyed his camp, gardening, picking blueberries and family gatherings. He once said “Family is the love of my life”. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the employees of CCAC, We Care, Bayshore and Home Instead, especially Michelle, Cathy, Marley, Joanne and Janet of Veteran’s Affairs. The family will receive relatives and friends the Cooperative Funeral Home, 4691, R R 15, Chelmsford, Thursday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, August 7, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in St-Bartholemew Church, Levack. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Northern Cancer Foundation or to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 503 by cheque or on line at www.cooperativefuneraire.ca

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ADAMS; Joyce of Chippewas of Sarnia First Nation

Posted by on September 20, 2015


Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Saturday, September 19, 2015, JOYCE EVELYN (nee Ferns) Adams, age 79 of Chippewas of Sarnia First Nation. Predeceased by her beloved husband Telford Adams (1992) and son Daniel McKinlay and daughter Denise Brock. Will be greatly missed by her children; Deborah Balcombe, Diane St. Jean and her husband Roland, Darlene Woods and her husband Scott, David McKinlay and Dale Lepold and husband Walter. Loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 20 great – grandchildren. Loving sister to Judy Evans and Cathy Ritchie. Predeceased by her parents Percy and Catherine Ferns, sisters June Ethier, Joan Foley and brother Bob Ferns. Also will be greatly missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and her many friends. Joyce was a member of the Chippewas of Sarnia First Nation Reserve. A funeral service will be held at The Maawn Doosh Gumig Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia, on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to service time with the interment to follow in the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Reserve Cemetery. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia.  Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca  Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria Street, Sarnia, ON.





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WILLITS: George D. of Woodstock

Posted by on August 30, 2015

WillitswebWILLITS, George Donald – At rest on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Woodstock, ON. Late of 82 Wellington Street North, Woodstock. Born in Bothwell, ON in 1931. Beloved husband of 61 years to Kathleen (nee Rodwell). Survived by children Gordon & Christine of B.C., David of Brockville, Mary-Ann & George M. of Woodstock, 10 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.   Predeceased by son Daniel (1982), sisters Betty (2003), Margaret (2012) and Dorothy (2014). Brother to Larry of Winnipeg, Robert of Napanee and Daniel of London. George was Brother of King Hiram Lodge #78, Comp. Prince of Wales Chapter #133, Sir Kt. Templar Gondemar Preceptory #16, Noble and past Brockville Boss Klown, Tunis Temple Shrine. Past manager Eastern Canadian Division Tillsonburg Pipe and Supply. Retired manager Brockville Branch Mutual Life of Canada (after leading it to #1 position). Past Chairman of Mutual Life Managers Council, of St. Lawrence-Rideau L.U.A.C./C.L.U. Education Committee of several Brockville Wall St. United Church Committees, Past Clerk of Session Trinity United, Smiths Falls; as well as Past President Smiths Falls Jaycee and the B.C. & Yukon J.C.I Senate. Author of The Willits Families of Upper Canada et alia.   Friends and family are invited to a memorial service at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11 am. Immediately following the service the family invites everyone to 82 Wellington Street North, Woodstock for a memorial reception. Interment will take place at a later date in Bothwell Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Knox Presbyterian Church – Bell Tower, The Ronald McDonald House or the Special Olympics Woodstock. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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HUNT, Dorothy Kerstine of Sarnia

Hunt-webHUNT, DOROTHY – Dorothy K. Hunt (nee Haslund), age 97, passed away peacefully at Bluewater Health on Tuesday, August 24, 2015. She was born on February 14th, 1918 to Danish pioneer immigrants on a farm near Inwood, MB. She married her husband Percy in 1941 who predeceased her in 1990. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Marilyn Gregory of Winnipeg and Rita Damoiseaux (John) of Point Edward, granddaughters Elise Chamberlin (Sean) of London, Leila Damoiseaux (Josh Webb) and Kiana Damoiseaux, great-grandson Ronin Chamberlin and sister Georgia Lemoine, MB. She is predeceased by her sisters Signe and Ruth, her brother Arne and many brothers and sisters-in-law. She lived a full, interesting and hardworking life. She was a great lady with a sound mind, quick wit and a loving heart to the very end and will be greatly missed by all who knew her, but we rejoice in the assurance she is with her Lord and Saviour and all of her relatives and friends who have gone before. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at Trinity Anglican Church (1194 Murphy Rd, Sarnia) at 11:00 am., Saturday August 29, 2015. Visitation before the service is from 10:00 – 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations are appreciated to War Amps of Canada, Trinity Anglican Church or a charity of choice. The arrangements are entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria Street, Sarnia. Messages of memories and condolences may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca  

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MCKIE: Francis “Frank” David of Wasaga Beach

Posted by on August 20, 2015

Mckie2Frank D. McKie, retired businessman, full-time husband, dad, papa, grandpa, neighbour and all-around great human being, has left all our lives more empty when on Tuesday August 18, 2015 he died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, at age 82.

Frank’s vitality, his larger-than-life personality, his healthy zeal for life has made his sudden passing all the more difficult to comprehend. No one feels his passing more than Sonia, his beloved wife of 57 years. Their lives were so intertwined with love it is impossible to say “Frank” without “and Sonia.”

Frank touched so many lives with his kindness and humour that a complete listing of those who mourn his passing is impossible. His children, Paul (Ellen Robinson), Ian, and Ross (Debra Felstead) will carry his memory and those genetic “Frankisms” forever. Daughter-in-law Estelle Anderson always had a special place in Frank’s heart.

Grandchildren Sean and Thomas McKie, Sagan Rayner, Emma, Declan, and Ben McKie and newest family member Jude Felstead will all miss their grandpa/papa very much, as he was such a fun and devoted grandfather who loved them dearly.

Frank’s sisters Kathleen Pick (Alan) and Madeleine McKie in the UK mourn the passing of their cherished older brother. Sonia’s brother Gilbert Marley and sister Pamela McGregor were always very close to Frank. Frank was predeceased by his brother Bernard (Margaret).

Frank’s appetite for new horizons began in South Shields, UK on June 13, 1933. As a lad he cheered on AFC Sunderland and honed his intellect at St. Aidan Grammar School. Frank left his longtime home at 79 Quarry Lane when he married Sonia Marley on Dec. 26, 1957. Their children are forever grateful they had an easy anniversary date to remember.

Frank, Sonia, Paul and Ian emigrated to Canada on the Empress of England and became landed immigrants on July 22nd, 1963. From there Frank’s peripatetic ways took the family from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia (where Ross appeared) to several cities in Ontario.

Frank plied his trade as a corporate credit manager which took his talents from carpets to hardware to shoes and his family from Brampton to Georgetown to London and back to Brampton/ Caledon and then back to Georgetown. Along the way Frank made innumerable friends and kept them in his life and his heart. Frank and Sonia retired to Wasaga Beach in 1994.

Over the years Frank has been involved in everything from acting at the Georgetown Little Theatre to volunteering at the Collingwood Hospital. He was an avid tennis player, golfer and hiker, covering many kilometres with Sonia, both here and in England. Frank loved his garden, spending peaceful hours tending to the flower beds and trees and making the yard a refuge for many birds.

What Frank did, though, was never as important as who Frank was. He gave Sonia his love, his time, his soul. He taught his children perseverance, humility, strength, kindness and best of all, humour. He was a patient and kind father and grandfather. He never met a pun he didn’t like. He was exactly the kind of person with whom you would love to share a pint of Newcastle Brown Ale.

We will celebrate and honour Frank with a Memorial Service on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home, 509 River Road West, Wasaga Beach, Ontario. In lieu of flowers please send donations to one of Frank’s favoured charities, the Alzheimer’s Society. For further information and to sign the Book of memories, log on to www.carruthersdavidson.com

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