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John Conte
B: 1960-04-06
D: 2018-04-15
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Conte, John
George Coxeter
B: 1929-01-02
D: 2018-04-11
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Coxeter, George
Louis Argentino
B: 1935-11-13
D: 2018-04-09
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Argentino, Louis
Patricia Kakalow
B: 1948-01-26
D: 2018-04-09
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Kakalow, Patricia
Paul Waddock
B: 1966-08-05
D: 2018-04-07
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Waddock, Paul
Nancy Studdard
B: 1937-02-02
D: 2018-04-05
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Studdard, Nancy
Karen Dohna
B: 1946-04-20
D: 2018-04-05
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Dohna, Karen
Marie Ciccarelli
B: 1928-10-19
D: 2018-04-05
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Ciccarelli, Marie
Harold Peschell
B: 1933-10-13
D: 2018-04-04
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Peschell, Harold
Alcina Catarino
B: 1931-01-14
D: 2018-04-03
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Catarino, Alcina
Rose Marie Fortier
B: 1935-11-11
D: 2018-04-02
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Fortier, Rose Marie
Helen Lemay
B: 1930-12-04
D: 2018-04-02
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Lemay, Helen
Walter Lipka
B: 1939-08-13
D: 2018-04-01
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Lipka, Walter
Edith Johnson
B: 1922-05-14
D: 2018-03-29
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Johnson, Edith
Barbara Staehly
B: 1935-02-07
D: 2018-03-26
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Staehly, Barbara
Theresa Leo
B: 1924-11-29
D: 2018-03-26
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Leo, Theresa
Gordon Casper
B: 1917-10-19
D: 2018-03-25
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Casper, Gordon
Beverly Halligan
B: 1932-09-12
D: 2018-03-24
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Halligan, Beverly
Robert McDonald
B: 1944-02-26
D: 2018-03-23
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McDonald, Robert
Philip Ciccarelli
B: 1931-05-14
D: 2018-03-21
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Ciccarelli, Philip
Salwa Kaoud
B: 1946-09-28
D: 2018-03-21
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Kaoud, Salwa

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Condolence From: D.A.L
Condolence: Grandma,

I write this letter to you knowing that you are in Heaven with Grandpa and our family, rejoicing to be reunited and celebrating with love and light and happiness. You had a remarkable life and I know you touched the hearts of many, despite obstacles and heartbreak. Catching just glimpses of the girl, young lady and woman you were fills me with pride and wonder of your bravery and your resolute commitment to family and love and truth. It is a beacon to remember and rally around on dark days.

My fullest memories of you shall always be of your laughter, light and love. I can remember spending summers with you, two short months that felt like a lifetime of serenity and magic. Our days were full of smiles and adventures. We would go to the brook and splash about with joy, your smiling face lighting up with glee as I swam like a fish (and you admonished me for being more fish than human). Or, we would go to the beach where we built sandcastles and dozed under the warm embrace of the sun. Sometimes we would tend your flowers - beautiful and delicate soft pastel petals swaying above the richness of the dark Earth from which they sprung by the grace of your hands. I remember the twinkle in your eyes and the curve of your smile as we laughed and joked on the deck at sunset and the delight I felt when hearing one of your stories as you tucked me in at night. I remember the smile of satisfaction and delight when eating the home-fries at the Shack and the radiant joy and elegant poise you got from our dinners at the Old Lyme Inn and the Duvillage.

As time passed, beyond the girlish delights of childhood, I began to treasure your absolute resolute insistence on getting a good job, (only law or medicine) and your insistence that I would love it because I loved words and logic - of course you were right. You always pushed for me to be the very best and the your gentle swelling of pride as I fulfilled your wishes, still fills me with a sense of joy and peace that I hold close. I embrace the memory of your spirit - one that never let me back down from any goal set and dream you had dreamed. Even in your final years, your wit prompted me to be alert to the world and to go forth and claim my place in it. Whether it was debates about science and religion, history or languages, you were always on your toes and made me be so too. Beyond the rigours of the mind, age also brought me awareness of one of my most treasured lessons from you - that of love for your husband, my Grandpa. It shone through all you did with a pure brilliance. How special it is to have been lucky enough to see true love - the good, the messy and the warm delight of a friendship with bonds forged in joy and trust. Life is full of many things, but the love of a lifetime is the most special of those things. It brings a smile to my face to think of you with Grandpa, helping each other, joking with each other and just simply being together- building all the facets of love. I thank you for showing me a bond like this can exist through thick and thin. I will always remember the smile on your faces as you sat together before the harp at your anniversary. How blessed are we to have lived and been a part of that love.

My favourite memory of all however, would have to be watching you in the kitchen as you made all the wonderful and secret recipes of your mother and her mother before. Even now, I can close my eyes and smell the warmth from the pyrizkhy rising in the oven as you sat at the table preparing the sauerkraut or meat fillings by hand, with adamant warnings of “do not eat this before Christ has risen” copiously filling the air. Or smell the sweet stewing of compote or berries for varenyky wafting from the stove as you rolled out dough at the table. Or excitedly listen to the covert preparation of the special sweet potatoes you preciously guarded the secret for at Thanksgiving. You always had something cooking away or placed on the table to bring us together. It was a unifying point where we could sit down- even if only over simple buttered napoleons - and share stories. It feels like a lovely dream in my mind’s eye. Know that when I make your Christmas cakes, sweet potatoes and other delights, that a little bit of love infused with the memory of our happy days together will go into each bite. Through my hands, I hope the brilliance of your heart will shine through and touch the lives of many.

I send you all my love Grandma
Wednesday December 27, 2017
Condolence From: Penny Fairbanks
Condolence: I worked for Antonina back in 1979 until 1983 in the IGA bakery. We had a lot of laughs. She had a grumpy look about her but a huge heart of gold. She treated us all like her kids and we loved her. She used to tell us stories about her youth and how her sister used to carry her home after they worked all day in the cheese factory. We always got a kick out of her stories of her home, where she said her cat used to make “shu-shu” in the plants and that Ted used to be mesmerized by the show with the “Green man” (Incredible Hulk). I haven’t seen her in many years, but just wanted the family to know how much I liked her.
Sunday December 24, 2017
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