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From the Ottawa Citizen, November 21, 2019
Three found dead near Mallorytown were
the victims of ‘a cascading set of tragic circumstances’
Updated: November 21, 2019
Three people whose bodies were found in a home near Mallorytown on Oct. 11 died “as a result of a cascading set of tragic circumstances,” say Ontario Provincial Police.
The names of the deceased were released by the OPP on Thursday following a coroner’s investigation that lasted more than two months. They have been identified as David Zemel, 63, his mother Grace Zemel, 92, and father Abraham Zemel, 91.
The three members of the Zemel family were found Oct. 11 in their home on County Road 5 near the small community of Caintown about 130 km southwest of Ottawa by police, who were conducting a wellness check on the request of family. The body of the family dog was also discovered in the home.
Bill Dickson, a spokesman for OPP East Region, said he could say very little about the investigation, except that there was no foul play and no suspicious circumstances.
A number of key questions have yet to be answered, including how long the Zemel’s had been dead when their bodies were found, and the order of deaths. “The causes of death have yet to be determined. It was a very unusual case. It took some time just to confirm their identities,” said Dickson.
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PONCZEK, Gail Anne – January 4, 1954 – May 12, 2014 Gail beloved mother, grandmother and wife, of Calgary, passed away peacefully in her home Monday, May 12, 2014 at the age of 60 years. She was born in Montreal and moved to Calgary in the late seventies to be with her husband to raise her family. Gail dedicated her love to her children; Cyndie and Cory, and her grandchildren; Bobbylane and Ciarapearl. She enjoyed spending most of her time with her husband fishing, camping and long quiet drives. She will be sadly missed by family and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband Peter. Funeral Services from McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel, Calgary on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Published in the Calgary Sun.com, March 12, 2014
“Blondes have more fun, ‘cause they’re easier to find when the lights go out.”
Probable Destination: Designing donut holes
Claim to Fame: Bleach blonde, without bleaching
Activities: Skating, bowling, shooting pool, and dancing with two left feet
Terence Campbell “Terry” Smiley
January 28,1954 – December 17,2018
Terry passed away at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his father, Malcolm. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his mother, Sandra; brother, Robert (wife Kate); sister, Sharon (husband Russ); nieces, Karen and Lisa; nephews, Josh and Danny and many other family and close friends.
Terry was born in Montreal, but lived most of his life in Calgary. He was a gentle soul who enjoyed spending much of his time with family. He also loved to share his passion of painting with friends from an artist group that he was a member of.
The family would like to thank the Southwood Hospice’s doctors and staff for all the compassionate care given to Terry and family. A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held in the New Year. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Terry may be made to the Calgary Humane Society.
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BARKER, Bill. In B.C., on May 6, 1981, In his twenty-ninth year, beloved husband of Barbara Sherpe, and dear father of Brandon, beloved son of Gerry and Mary (nee Brown) survived by his brother Gerald and his wife Linda, his sisters Debbie, Donna and Sandy, Burial to take place in B.C. A memorial mass will be said at our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at a later date.
The Montreal Gazette, May 8, 1981
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Two persons were killed and another was seriously injured in a fiery two car collision last night on the Merrier Bridge. Dead are David Crawford, 13, of 81 St. Eugene St., Chateauguay, and an unidentified hitchhiker. Mario Montagano, 19, of 285 McLeod St., Chateauguay is in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in critical condition.
The Montreal Gazette, July 16, 1973
CRAWFORD, David John. Accidentally on Sunday, July I5, 1973, David J. Crawford, aged 19 years, dear son of Frances Baxter and Trevar Crawford, brother of Lynn, Trevar Jr., Janet and Ross. Resting at the Wilson Funeral Home, 123 Maple Blvd., Chateauguay. Service In Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Tuesday, July 17. Interment Mount Royal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to The Montreal Children’s Hospital.
The Montreal Gazette, July 17, 1973
Destination: World famous scientist
Probable Destination: Professional bum
Activities: Baffle, sailing, guitar
COWAN, Nigel Howard 1954 – 2018. Nigel left this world the way he lived, travelling the open roads with his loving wife Sue Palmer. He was the son of Donald and Cynthia, brother to Cathy, Laura and the late Bob. Treasured Dad to Morgan, John and Christopher. Special Gramps to Ethan, Evan and Emmerick. Funeral service was held at the Rideau Funeral Home in Dollard-des-Ormeaux on June 16. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA, St Thomas Church and River’s Edge Community Church.
Published in Montreal Gazette on June 13, 2018
Destination: Clerk at the Airport
Probable Destination: Bank Clerk
CREGG, Debbie. In Montreal on March 20, 1995 at the age of forty. Debbie Cregg, beautiful and well loved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas and Helen Cregg, is resting in peace now. She is dearly missed by her brothers Steven, John and his wife Diane and two children; her aunt Maryann; her co-workers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital; the good staff at Montreal Neurological Hospital; her neighbours and many friends. We all know she is with her loved grandparents and in the prescence of God and Jesus. Her whole life was the best example of courage and fortune. We all learned from and loved her very much. Spiritual service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Chateauguay on March 22.
The Montreal Gazette, March 21, 1995
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September 15, 1954 – July 27, 2016
Peacefully in New Port Richey, Florida after a yearlong battle with cancer. Survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine (nee Thauvette), daughter Jennifer (Martin), sons Chris (Amanda), Trevor and Derek (Stephanie), grandchildren Ashley, Christopher, Hayley, Jackson, Gavin and Skylar. He leaves behind brothers, Euard Jr, Rick and Kevin, best friend, Jack Kennedy as well as his many high school friends, his motorcycle buddies and Whitby neighbors. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Brooklin Community Center, Whitby. Burial Mount Royal Cemetery later that month.
Information provided by Lorraine Read
Destination: Fame and Glory
Probable Destination: Physical Therapy
Activities: Walking the dog
Angela Hetherington (nee Jaeger)
December 27, 1953- January 4, 2011
Peacefully at McMaster Hospital on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 , at 57 years of age. Mother of Rachel (David) Arbutnot, Nettie (John) McGlone, Grandmother of Ewan and Denholm Arbuthnot. Sister to Caroline Jaeger and Aunt to Emily and Curtis McEnroe. Sister-in-law of Shirley (Toivo) Kruusma, and Don Hetherington.
Probable Destination: Playing piano in a second-class bar
Claim to Fame: My piano
Activities: Senior AYM, swimming
Passed away suddenly at home, age 61, leaving behind a wide circle of loving friends and family. A fierce intellect, Shirley loved to cook, write and play piano, and was devoted to her cats. On Sunday, August 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., longtime companion Brian Baillargeon is holding a Celebration of Shirley’s Life at Maz, 5617 Sherbrooke St. West. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations to animal welfare organizations would honour Shirley’s dedication.
The Montreal Gazette, August 14, 2015
“Some people don’t respect old age unless it’s bottled.”
Destination: Electrical Engineer
Probable Destination: Changing light bulbs at HSB
Pet Peeve: Being called “Bugie”
Favourite Pastime: Skiing
Weakness: Snow, good music
Activities: Skiing, tennis, swimming
BINDON, Reginald (Reg) – Peacefully at the Credit Valley Hospital on Friday, September 26, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Janice. Loving son of Harold and Thelma. Dear brother of the late Bonnie. Dear brother-in-law of Susan (Brian) and uncle of Liane, Lisa and their families. He will be missed by his family and friends. Reg was a passionate cook, photographer and skier patroller. Memorial visitation will be held at the funeral home of Skinner & Middlebrook Ltd., Mississauga on October 2, 2014. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences may be placed at www.skinnerandmiddlebrook.com
Published in the Toronto Star on September 27, 2014
Destination: Big Rancher
Probable Destination: Stable Boy
Pet Peeve: People who call me “heggie”
Proto-type: Alfred E. Newman
Claim to Fame: Ripped up gym shirt
Activities: Hockey, football, basketball
Passed away at his home unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at the age of 56. Stephen leaves behind his wife Marge (Guadagni) Heggison and his children Katie (Joe Hamel), Robert (Sarah Lebeau) and Stephen (Marie-Josée Compagna). Beloved son of Anita (Ste-Croix) and the late John Heggison. Brother to Thomas Heggison (Anita Lemieux). He leaves to mourn his mother-in-law Esther (Archambault) and the late William J. Guadagni and extensive family. Resting at the Cass Funeral Home in Sherbrooke (Lennoxville) on January 15.
Heggison leaves ice legacy
I would be remiss if I did not mention the passing last month of Steve Heggison,generally regarded in the same breath as Glen Currie as one of the most elite hockey players ever to lace on a pair of skates for Howard S. Billings Regional High School.
Always slick with the puck, Heggison – who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 56 at his home in the Eastern Townships in mid-January – was a sometime hockey teammate of current Chateauguay Junior Raiders football coach Bruce Bennett.
“One could make an argument that Steve could perhaps be the best player Billings has ever had,” Bennett said, “but there were so many good ones down through the years that suffice it to say that he was at or near the top of the list.
“Steve left Chateauguay a number of years ago to try his hand at farming,” Bennett noted, “and he pretty much kept to himself. When he graduated and went through the Billings doors for the last time, most of us never saw him again.” Which more or less explains why Steve never took the time to participate in the annual Billings alumni hockey tourney. Some of Heggison’s more illustrious teammates were linemates Gary Reid and Barry Kaye, and the potent Kahnawake triumvirate of Kenny Kane, Danny White and John Lahache. The goalies were future pros Randy Burchell and Gord Laxton.
Heggison leaves behind his mother Anita, brother Thomas, wife Marge and children Katie, Robert and Stephen. He is predeceased by his dad John. Steve’s body was laid out in Lennoxville, but there was no funeral service.
Published in Le Soleil de Chateauguay, February 19, 2011
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In Chateauguay on January 3, 2013 at the age of 59, Mr. Gilbert Larocque passedaway, husband of Mrs. Helen Larocque. He was known to be a very active man in the community of Chateauguay with his involvement for many years in Softball, Baseball and Scouts.
He is survived by his daughter Amy (Daniel), his son Gregory (Kimberley), his grandchildren Caleb and Caitlyn, his sister Lorraine, their treasured family pet Lady and many relatives and friends.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral parlor on Sunday, January 13 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. A commemorative service will follow.
In his memory, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.
Bate, Steven Alfred Thomas
Aged twenty eight years, dearly beloved son of Alfred and Edith Bate of Chateauguay, accidentally near Frankfurt, West Germany on Wednesday, April 7, 1982. Funeral service from St. George’s Anglican Church, 162 St. Francis Boulevard, Chateauguay, on Monday, April 19 at 2 p.m. Thence to Mount Royal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. George’s Anglican Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated. No visitation.
BRIAN FRANCIS McINNIS It is with deep sadness that his family announces the passing of Brian Francis McInnis. Brian died peacefully on the sunny first day of spring, March 20, 2010 at age 55 surrounded by his loving family. He will be profoundly missed by his beloved wife and soulmate, Minerva Hui, his cherished parents Howard and Mary McInnis of Montague, PEI and his most treasured sons Luke, Thomas and Adam, and their mother Karna Trentman of London, Ontario. Brian’s joyful embrace of life, enormous capacity for friendship and passionate commitment to a better world was an inspiration to all.
His indefatigable spirit shone during his brave struggle against cancer. The family expresses great thanks for the outpouring of love and support from his many friends which sustained him and his family. Brian leaves a huge hole in all our hearts. He was truly one of a kind.
Published in the Toronto Star from March 22 to March 24, 2010
Brian McInnis, 55: Activist followed his conscience
Whistle-blower Brian McInnis revealed CSIS hired neo-Nazi Heritage Front informant
Published On Fri Apr 02 2010, Toronto Star
Leslie Ferenc Staff Reporter
“He lived what he believed: Every person should do the right thing and each one of us can make a difference.”
That’s the legacy of Brian McInnis who, guided by his moral compass, walked the walk and even bent rules to right wrongs and make his community — his country — a better place for all. It’s how his friend, Susan Teskey, a CBC producer, remembered McInnis as she paid tribute to the former photojournalist, community activist and political organizer, “who always did the right thing.”
And for him, that meant proudly flying the Canadian flag from his Leslieville porch every day.
McInnis died of cancer March 20. He was 55.
Describing him as a man of principle who led by example, Teskey said McInnis followed his conscience, taking on the toughest challenges including fighting big government and big business. Among his most public battles took place in the summer of 1994 when McInnis leaked a top-secret document to the Star confirming the Canadian Security Intelligence Service used a mole from the neo-Nazi Heritage Front to spy on the CBC, the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Reform Party.
It was a story right out of the pages of a spy thriller and it landed the whistle-blower, who at the time was press secretary to Conservative solicitor general Douglas Lewis, in hot water. McInnis was inadvertently outed by an identification number on the document published by the newspaper. He said he’d leaked the document because he was “disgusted” CSIS had hired white supremacist Grant Bristow — who allegedly helped set up the radical Heritage Front — as an informant. McInnis was arrested and charged under the Official Secrets Act. A conviction would have meant a long jail term.
“It was a very dark time for Brian,” Teskey said of the CSIS affair, noting with no whistle-blower legislation in Canada, he had no protection. In September 1994, McInnis described the ordeal to the Star as “living hell.”
But his sense of humour often prevailed, said Teskey, referring to a media account in which McInnis joked that a prison sentence wouldn’t be a good thing to include on his resumé. The charge was eventually dropped.
“Brian was a hero for his brave and principled stand on this fundamental issue,” Teskey said, adding the affair and McInnis’s role teach “important lessons about government, democracy and the role of the press in this country.”
Despite his treatment during the CSIS controversy, “he never stopped caring,” she added. “Brian picked himself up with grace and gusto and never gave up working to make this country better. He never gave up wanting to make a difference.”
McInnis also worked tirelessly to help the vulnerable, including women, youth at risk, the disabled and newcomers, said his wife, Minerva Hui, adding he was on the front lines when federal funding cuts threatened the work being done at the Women’s Immigration Centre, where she had been a director, and other non-profits in the city. They won that battle. Their efforts also led to the establishment of a parliamentary committee that developed protocol on how government funded grassroots agencies.
More recently, McInnis joined his Leslieville neighbours to block construction of a big-box store in the area. A community activist, he was also co-chair of the Toronto Energy Coalition and worked on political campaigns at all three levels of government.
Jack Layton, leader of the federal NDP, described his old friend as “the sort of fellow who never sought out praise.
“In fact, he always reached out to others to see how he could encourage them to develop and contribute to making the country that we have so wonderful,” Layton said in the House of Commons Wednesday.
He also touched on McInnis’s early days in Ottawa. “He worked for my father (Robert Layton) when he was chairman of the Progressive Conservative caucus,” Layton told MPs. “He worked in the research office of the Conservative party here, trying to build it and make it strong.”
Senator Andrée Champagne, also recalled McInnis’s years on the Hill. “When I was minister of youth in the (Brian) Mulroney government, Brian was a most joyful member of my Cabinet,” the senator wrote in an on-line book of commemoration. “His grin, his sense of humour, his devotion to young Canadians will be remembered by all of us who had the pleasure of working with him.”
McInnis also leaves his parents, Howard and Mary McInnis of Montague, P.E.I., sons Luke, Thomas and Adam, and their mother Karna Trentman.
Origin: Montreal, November 15, 1952
Frost, Allen. In Chateauguay on August 2, 2000 at the age of 47 years. Passed away Allen Frost. Beloved son of Gertrude and George Frost. He will be sadly missed also by his sister Alice (Michael), his brothers Leslie (Eva) and Ian (Noreen), his nephews and nieces: Stephen, Jennifer, Meghan and Andrew; also many relatives and friends. There will be no visitation. A service in the presence of the ashes will be held in the Chapel of the Dallaire & Wilson Funeral Home in Chateauguay on Thursday, August 10 at 2 p.m. The family will receive family and friends from 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Anna Laberge Hospital Foundation will be appreciated.
Published in The Gazette, August 8, 2000