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It's always sad to lose one of our own; however, they will live forever in our memories.  Here is a forum for us to share some of those special moments with the rest of the Uxbridge Secondary School Family.
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↑Doug St. John: 1946 - 1966 
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↑In Astra 2005 - 06 - Scott Brett
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↑In Astra 2000 - 01 - Logan Tindall
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↑In Astra: 1986 - 87 -Brian Riddell
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↑1986 - 87 - Shawn Barnett ↑
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↑1985 - 86 - Mike Watson ↑
Passed away at the age of 51 after a 19 year courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Left to miss her dearly are husb
Passed away at the age of 51 after a 19 year courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Left to miss her dearly are husband Trevor, daughters Lindsay (Tom) & Meaghan (Kyle), as well as siblings Michael (Barbara), Ian (Pam) and Mary (Stan). Nana is the "guardian angel" of Nathan, Mitchell, Abby and Avery. Jill was predeased by parents Moir and Kathleen. We miss you "Neats"!
↑July 8, 1953 - July 16, 2004 - Jill Clark ↑
↑Francis Kai John Dechert: Oct. 21, 1961 - Nov. 25, 2012
Francis Kai John Dechert  – Born on October 21, 1961 in Scarborough, Ontario and died at age 51 on November 25, 2012 in Surrey, BC. After a nine month struggle with lung cancer he succumbed, but he never surrendered.  Francis grew up and lived in Ontario for much of his life, moving to Vancouver six years ago and loving his Kitsilano home. He was in his teens when personal computers became available and his whole professional life was spent doing computer programming, computer automated design and information technology management and consultation. But his most cherished times were hiking in the mountains on BC’s North Shore and Whistler area, and he loved the physical and intellectual challenges of his favorite recreation of geocaching. Francis had a sharp wit and well-informed opinions and his attention to detail made him a valuable planner. He was a loyal friend and loved his family fiercely. He is survived by his loving mother Karen Dechert, brothers John (Buzz) and Robert, sisters Victoria and Christine, nephews Robert, Michael, Jon, Kai and David, niece Maggie and his valued extended family in Denmark. Predeceased by his beloved father, John Earnest Nelson Dechert.

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Donna Croxall (Arnold)

May 5th, 1955 - October 19th, 1989

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We lost Donna suddenly and tragically in a car accident on a snowy fall morning in Essex County, Ontario. Donna was a 1973 graduate of USS and a 1977 graduate of the University of Guelph. She was happily pursuing her career calling as a Early Childhood Educator. Those who knew her are better people for having had the experience. We shall not forget.

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Jill Morrison (Clark)

July 8th, 1953 - July 16th, 2004

Passed away at the age of 51 after a 19 year courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Left to miss her dearly are husband Trevor, daughters Lindsay(Tom) & Meaghan(Kyle), as well as siblings Michael(Barbara), Ian(Pam) and Mary(Stan). Nana is the "guardian angel" of Nathan, Mitchell, Abby and Avery. Jill was predeased by parents Moir and Kathleen.
We miss you "Neats"!

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Kenneth James Dobratz

May 18th, 1956 - March 28th, 1980

Ken died in a tragic house fire, 24 years old ..... he definitely lived life to the fullest.

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From Joyce Roncken on March 15th, 2013

We still feel your loss today - such a tragedy

Your friend always,

Joyce

 

 

Thomas Harrison

June 1st, 1957 - April 25th, 2013

Tommy was handed the biggest challenge imaginable.  He developed ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease) which took 11 years to rob him of all that he held dear;  his ability to work at Toronto Hydro, his ability to walk and hunt in the wild, and his dream of retiring to the good life.  He fought fearlessly until the end when he simply breathed his last and let go of "now".
He is sorely missed by his wife, Juliette and his two children Gordie and Katie.

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Steve Horton

February 22nd, 1959 - December 2nd, 1999

"When a parent dies, you lose your past; when a child dies, you lose your future". - Anonymous
Sadly, Steves' parents Shirley and [former U.S.S. Teacher] Lloyd devastated by grief both passed away in 2003.

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From Jim Schwan on December 23rd, 2014
I had the pleasure of teaching Steve @ USS & were good friends of his great parents Lloyd & Shirley,teaching with Lloyd for several years @ USS.I watched Steve,his brother Jim & sister Cindy grow up on Reach road & spent time relaxing @ their cottage in Minden with its own home made golf course.After graduating Steven became an accomplished helicopter pilot in Canmore Alberta where my oldest son David trained & became an accomplished pilot himself with Alpine Helicopters.I visited with Steven in Canmore shortly before his tragic death in a helicopter accident in the Maldives.Steve was highly regarded in the helicopter pilot community in the west & his death was very difficult for his family,friends & fellow pilots.We all remember Steve's million dollar smile & his genuine love of life & humour & his gentle demeanour.God Bless you my friend,soar to the highest heights & reunite with your wonderful parents.    
 

Doug Irvine

May 30th, 1969 - May 2nd, 2012

Doug had the time of his life at high school. Thanks to all his friends & the teachers at USS for creating those memories for him. Remember him with a smile at the reunion, he would have had a blast.

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From Brad Prentice on June 20th, 2013
Doug was a great guy -- I remember him in the 1985 musical.  Thanks for the good times, Doug...
 
From Jodi Ginter (Holmes) on February 2nd, 2014
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Doug was such a great friend that I grew up with! Walking up and down Bell St., ice cream in my grandparents back yard as kids in the summer, being Doug's grad escort. I moved away after high school and thankfully the wonderful world of internet brought Doug and I back to friendship for the final years of his life! He was a wonderful friend and is greatly missed! 
 

James Irwin

1987 - 1996

The Associate Class was saddened by the loss of one of their comrads, James Irwin in November this year.
Although James was with us only for a brief time, we came to know h im, love him, and respect his zest for life despite his many challenges.
We'll miss you James.

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Renee Jones

April 2nd, 1964 - March 9th, 1987


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Stephanie Redwood

1962 - 1978

Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near ; still loved,
still missed and very dear.
Treasured in our hearts you'll stay,
until we meet again some day.
 
Taken away so young from us all, Stephanie had so many friends and touched so many hearts...
Forever loved, never forgotten, always missed.
 
Mom, dad & sister Karen x

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Doug St. John

April 15th, 1946 - June 19th, 1966

At the opening ceremony published as "Our Courtyard Opening - A Historical Event," Mr. Newton delivered a memorable tribute. In it he emphasized that Doug had possessed qualities admired in students and adults. He was dedicated to all students who strive for and achieve these qualities.  The plaque was unveiled by Mr. Grant and Gord Elford. Following this, a prayer of dedication was given by Rev. McDowell.
The USS courtyard will be used for relaxation, discussion and contemplation in the years to follow. (by Peggy Passmore, History Club)

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Douglas was killed in an auto accident. He had just completed 2nd year at Victoria College, University of Toronto. He was killed by a drunk driver who hit Doug's car head on by passing another car on the wrong side of the road on the brow of a hill.

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