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Lee Madden

 

st 20 years, Lee Madden passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, December 3, 2011, following a battle with cancer.   He was 75.

Lee was born in Montreal on November 3, 1936, to his parents Alfred and Josephine Madden (nee Ryan).  He grew up in Montreal where he attended Loyola College (now Concordia University).   

After graduation he began teaching at Copper Cliff High School in Sudbury, and then at Central High School of Commerce in Toronto, before moving to Iroquois High School in 1962 which eventually became Seaway District High School.  

Lee’s booming voice and sense of humour added character to school life.  He was a conscientious, demanding teacher who exhibited a sincere concern for the overall growth of his students. 

Lee took students on field trips and coached hockey, football, softball and basketball up to and including his last year of teaching.  He was a strong supporter of extra-curricular activities such as the annual OAC trip to Stratford and university field trips claiming school was more than just books. 

He somehow found time to supervise the production of Seaway’s yearbook for many years. Lee enjoyed Seaway staff social events and initiated more than his share of good times with the staff.

Lee married fellow teacher Judy Ing in 1973. One of their highlights was the five years they spent teaching for the Department of National Defence in Lahr, Germany.  They made many good friends, traveled extensively and made many memories while in Lahr. 

Lee retired in 1993, following 33 years of teaching, 25 of which were spent at Seaway District High School.  

Following his retirement Lee and Judy enjoyed many trips, both in North America and abroad.  They enjoyed spending time at their chalet at Mont Tremblant, and Lee enjoyed playing a game of golf with his friends. His unique golf swing will continue to be a topic of conversation amongst his friends.  

Lee loved to have a good time and his unique personality and sense of humour made him a central figure at any social event he attended.  

His generous, fun loving nature will be dearly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with him and call him their friend.  

Lee is survived by his wife Judy, his son Paul and his wife Marlene of Manotick, his granddaughters Jenny and Stephanie, his siblings Marilyn Chevalier and her husband Paul “Chuck” of Sun City Center, Florida and John Madden and his wife Barbara of Clifton Park, New York.  

He was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law Betty and Jack Mulvey of Arnprior.  

He will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews and their families.  He will also be fondly remembered by his many colleagues and students from Copper Cliff High School, Central High School of Commerce in Toronto, Iroquois High School, Tagwi Secondary School, Seaway District High School, and Lahr Senior School.  

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family funeral service was held on Friday, December 9th and inurnment of cremated remains was at St. Lawrence Valley Union Cemetery, Long Sault.  

For those wishing, donations to the Ottawa General Hospital Intensive Care Unit or the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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David Howarth

 

A resident of Winchester for the past 11 years, David Howarth passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sunday, November 27, 2011, following a valiant 14 month battle with cancer.

Dave was born in Thunder Bay on January 13, 1963, to his parents the late Ronald and Sylvia Howarth (nee Hostikka).

From an early age, Dave’s goal was to be a soldier and a paratrooper in the Canadian Armed Forces.  He joined the PPCLI in 1980, and in 1982 transferred to the Canadian Airborne Regiment.  

While in Petawawa, Dave became intrigued with the Intelligence operations of the forces and in 1985 he remustered to the Intelligence Branch.  Dave served as Intelligence Operator for the next nine years, with postings to Ottawa and Lahr, Germany.  

In 1994, Dave retired from the CF as a Warrant Officer and began his next career as a Private Investigator.  He worked for several years for Profile and then opened his own company, Pathfinder Investigations.  

On December 28, 1985, Dave married Elizabeth Crober and together they had two sons, Alexander and Nicholas.

Although extremely successful in his careers, Dave’s primary focus was his family.  He always put his wife and children first.   Dave, Liz, Alex and Nick enjoyed many family vacations together, a good number of them to their second home, Walt Disney World, always accompanied by extended family!  

Dave was extremely social by nature and was always there to lend a hand to others, including several years of service to his community as a Volunteer Fire Fighter in Winchester.

Dave is survived by his wife and best friend Liz, and his treasured sons Alex and Nick, both at home.  He was the younger brother of Scott of Ottawa.  He was a dear son-in-law of Charlie and Anne Crober of R.R.#1 Morrisburg and dear brother-in-law and friend of Katherine and Ray Blewett of Ottawa and Rob and Wendy Crober of Winchester.  

He was a cherished uncle of Laura, Marina, William and Madison.  

Friends may call at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday, December 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the home on Saturday, December 10th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Bob Williams officiating.  

Private internment will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Morrisburg.  

Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  

 

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Eugene Casselman

 

A lifetime resident of the area, Eugene Casselman of R.R.# 1 Chesterville, passed away at the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall, on Friday, November 18, 2011.  He was 56.

Eugene was born in Winchester, on October 28, 1955, to his parents Claude and Frances Casselman (nee Richmire).  

On July 23, 1977, he married Dianne Hutt and together they had one son Cory.  

During his lifetime Eugene worked at several locations including Kingston Dunbrick and Brown’s Foundry.  He also worked as a construction labourer and auto body repairman.  

Eugene loved to party with his family and friends.  He also enjoyed working on cars and playing cards, especially euchre. 

Eugene is survived by his wife Dianne Casselman, his son Cory (Melanie) Casselman of Ottawa and his mother Frances Casselman of Morrisburg.

He will be lovingly remembered by is siblings Cheryl Casselman of Morrisburg, Velma Plumadore (Roger Papineau) of Mariatown, Walter (Theresa) Casselman of Morrisburg, Graham (Bonnie) Casselman of Morrisburg, Valerie (Roger) Meunier of Kemptville, Joyce Casselman of Morrisburg and Ronnie Richmire of Morrisburg. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Eugene was predeceased by his father Claude. 

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday, November 22nd, from 9 a.m. until time of service.  Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Wendy Wright-MacKenzie officiating.  

Interment of cremated remains followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.  Pallbearers were his sisters Cheryl Casselman, Velma Plumadore, Valerie Meunier and Joyce Casselman.  

Donations to Carefor Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

 

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Elva Baker

A lifetime resident of the area, Elva Baker passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Monday, November 7, 2011. She was 91.

Elva was born in Winchester Township, on February 22, 1920, to her parents Samuel and Carrie De Clare (nee Jannack).  Because Elva’s mother was a live-in housekeeper for the Honorable George Challies, MPP, Elva lived north of Morrisburg with her aunt and uncle Elmer and Gladys Jannack during her public school days. During her  high school years, she lived with Maria Murdock in Morrisburg. 

On March 22, 1938, Elva married Merne Baker, and together they were blessed with the arrival of two sons, Ray and Dale.  Her husband, like many of the husbands back then, served his country as a member of the Canadian Army during World War 2.  

With her husband serving in the war, Elva was left to raise her two young sons.  She worked at the Tack Factory in Morrisburg to support her family until Merne returned.  

After the war, Merne returned home, and he and Elva were blessed with the birth of their daughter Debbie in 1946, and their son Dennis in 1952.  

Merne resumed his job as salesman for Wonder Bakeries and Elva began her retail career in the York store in the old town of Morrisburg. Then after the Seaway, she continued her sales career for many years in the Beamish store in the new shopping centre.  

She later worked for Mac Wilson at the Rexall Drug store until she stopped to care for her mother who had become ill. After her mother’s passing, she went to work at McGillis Hardware and remained there for many years until she retired in 1982.  

Elva was a very active member of the community.  She enjoyed playing darts, bowling and cards.  In the winter months she excelled at curling and shuffle board until her health problems forced her to retire from sporting activities.  She also enjoyed many bus trips to Florida with her family and friends.  

Elva was an active member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Branch 48, Morrisburg for many years, having held several different offices, including president.  She was also the catering coordinator for the Ladies Auxiliary for many years, until her health prevented her from fulfilling those duties.  

Following Merne’s death in 1979, Elva lived alone in her home at 54 Loyalist Street until moving to the Hartford Home in November of 2009. She lived for two years at the Hartford, until she moved to the Dundas Manor in Winchester, in August of 2011.   

Elva is survived by her children Ray (Charlene) Baker of Morrisburg, Dale (Sylvia) Baker of Gananoque, Debbie Helmer (Bill Renshaw) of  Morrisburg, and Dennis Baker (Fran Guindon) of Morrisburg. 

She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Joanne (Brian) Carolen, Sean (Beth) Baker, Angie (Dan) Hamilton, Laurie (Martin) Kuchirka, Jamie (Shelley) Helmer, Penny (Dave) Powell, Gerald (Donna) Baker, Kathy Fernetich (Dave Redmond), Larry Baker (Jamie Murry) and by her great-grandchildren Lexi, Ryan, Matthew, Zachary, Robin, Sierra, Kai, Stefanie, Bradley, Amanda, Taylor, Paige, Jade, Dawson, Jarred, Marissa and Ethan.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews.   

Elva was predeceased by her brother Arnold DeClare, her daughter-in-law Margaret Baker and her son-in-law Bill Helmer.   

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. A Legion Ladies Auxiliary Service was held on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.  

Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Friday, November 11th at 3 p.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating.  

Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown.  Pallbearers were grandchildren Sean Baker, Angie Hamilton, Laurie Kuchirka, Jamie Helmer, Penny Powers and Larry Baker.  

 Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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Dwayne Casselman

Dwayne Robert Casselman died suddenly at his home in Blackie, Alberta, on Thursday, October 27, 2011. He was 70 years old.

Dwayne leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Myrna, his daughters Linda and Laura and his step-daughters Shawn and Kelly. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He will be remembered by his sisters and brothers: Betty (Fred) Hutt, Anne Thompson, Shirley (Jack) Nelson, Barbara Benson (Bill Barnett), Charlotte (David) Froats, Gordon (Shirley), Marian, Karl (Brenda), Susan (Mac) Lewis, Janet, Janice Bradford, Sandra, Cathy, Darlene (Martin) Vanderbruggen and Donna (Karl) Billings. He is survived by his sister-in-law Tilda (Arnold) and by many nieces and nephews.

Dwayne was predeceased by his parents, Ken and Margaret Casselman; by brothers, Delbert Arnold, and Allen; by brothers-in-law John Thompson and Ron Bradford.

A Celebration of Dwayne’s life was held at High River, Alberta. The Honour Guard was the Sam Steele’s Scouts Association.

Donations to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Association at 200, 119 14th Street NW Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6 or the Heart and Stroke of Ontario Branch in memory of Dwayne Robert Casselman will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Bruce Stitt

With his family by his side, Bruce ‘Gussy’ Stitt, a lifetime resident of Morrisburg, passed away at the Cornwall Community Hospital on Monday, November 7, 2011, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 83.

Bruce was born in Morrisburg, on May 23, 1928, to his parents Douglas and Hilda Stitt (nee Smith). As youngsters, he and his brothers Wes and Glenn ‘Beanie’ were very skilled hockey players, and they played on several hockey teams in the area.  

In addition to hockey, Bruce was an avid member of the Morrisburg Curling Club and the Royal Canadian Legion.   

During his lifetime, Bruce was employed with the Seaway Authority, Brown’s Foundry,  and held various janitorial positions. He was also employed in the construction of the Morrisburg Arena.

Bruce retired from his working years with the Corporation of Morrisburg.  

Gussy, as he was known to many, was a die-hard Montreal Canadiens fan and very proud of the village that he lived and grew up in.  Even when he wasn’t working, you could catch him back on the mall picking up garbage and cleaning off the main mall. 

Bruce was a friend to everyone who knew him and always on the ready to lend a hand with any project that might occur.

On January 6, 1951, he married Betty Ruth Wallace and together they had three children,  Larry, Marilyn and Rosemary.

Bruce is survived by his children Larry (Brenda), Marilyn Hummel and Rosey Stitt all of Morrisburg. 

He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Shawn (Kelly) Hummel, Crystal (Craig) Belanger, Robbie Stitt, Sarah (Daniel) Couto and David Patterson, by his great-grandchildren Morgan, Mason, Reagan, Nolan, Emma and Lyla, and his brother Wesley (Janet) Stitt of Canton, New York. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.  

Bruce was predeceased by his wife Ruth and brother Glenn ‘Beanie’.     

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 10th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating.  Cremation followed.

 Pallbearers were Allan Bell, Bo Gale, Lee Kelly, Ron Lapier, Ron Hodgson and Lynden Casselman. 

Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, the Canadian Cancer Society or CHEO would be appreciated by the family.

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Marian Smollett

Marian Smollett, in her 83rd year, passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on November 5, 2011, following a brief struggle with cancer.

Marian (nee O’Meara) was the beloved wife of Ray Smollett and loving mother of Gail Flinn (David), Gwen McGill (Rod), Joyce Bartholomew (Wayne) all of Iroquois, Brenda Millward (Ian) of Morrisburg and Helen Hawley (Doug) of Kingston.

She was the cherished grandma of Melissa Flinn, Sarah, Kristy and Nicholas McGill (Lesley), Kelly Redden (Sean), Josh Bartholomew, Ty and Reagan Hawley and dear great-grandmother of Shayna, Sawyer, Madeline, Katherine, Quinton and Gavin. She was dear sister of Joan Williams of Calgary.

Marian will be missed by her nieces and nephews and by her good friends Marlene, Judy, Mary and Timmy.

Family was very important to Marian. She truly enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A longtime member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Marian was a dedicated Sunday school teacher for many years. She belonged to the Presbyterian Women’s Group and participated in many enjoyable activities. 

She was a volunteer canvasser for various charities for many years.

From a young age, Marian had a special love for animals. She also enjoyed watching and feeding the birds.

Friends visited the family at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home on November 7.

The funeral service took place at Knox Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 8, at 11 a.m. In honour of her Scottish heritage Marian was piped in and out of the church.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Sarah, Kristy, Nicholas, Josh, Melissa and Ty. Internment was at Knox Cemetery, followed by a luncheon in the Church Hall.

Memorial donations were made to the SPCA and Knox Church.

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Roelof ‘Ralph’ Bouwman

A resident of the area for the past 58 years, Ralph Bouwman passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, November 5, 2011, following a brief illness.  He was 85. 

Ralph was born in Nieuw Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on October 22, 1926, and was raised there on the family farm.

He served his country as a member of the Armed Forces, and he fought in the Indonesian war from 1945-49.  

On July 14, 1953, he married Jacoba Heuving, and three weeks later they boarded a boat to immigrate to Canada.  This, to them, was a land of opportunity even though they both had to learn to read and write the English language.  

Ralph and Coby started farming on the 2nd Concession, north of Iroquois, and eventually passed the farm on to their son Henry.  

Ralph was a devoted husband to Coby for 58 years and together they raised a family of five boys and one girl.  

Ralph loved a lot and got a lot of love in return.  He loved the Lord, he loved his family, he loved people, he loved to joke and tease, and he loved to play the harmonica and sing his favorite hymns.  

He was an avid soccer fan and was a loyal Toronto Maple Leafs fan.  

He was a faithful member of the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church, and he walked and talked daily with his Lord until the end. 

Ralph is survived by his wife Coby Bouwman (nee Heuving), his children Ralph (Wilma) of Morrisburg, Henry (Elsie) of   R.R.# 1 Iroquois, Bill (Wendy) of Merrickville, John (Amani) of Williamsburg, Andrew (Lori Ann) of Ingleside and Dorean (Garnet) DeVries of Smiths Falls and his sister Hennie (Walter) Heuving of Athens.  

Ralph will be fondly remembered by 21 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.   

He was predeceased by sisters Jantje Van Oenen and Jacobtje Boning and brothers Hendrik, Harm, William and Albert.    

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday, November 9th at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Noordhof officiating.  

Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg. 

Pallbearers were grandsons Adam Bouwman, Jonathan Bouwman, Joshua Bouwman, Eric Bouwman, Jared DeVries, and Lucas Bouwman

Donations to Timothy Christian School would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

 

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Helen MacKenzie

 

Helen Irene MacKenzie passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side at the Seaforth Community Hospital on Thursday, November 3, 2011. She was just one day shy of her 92nd birthday.

Helen MacKenzie (nee Brown) of Seaforth, was predeceased by her husband, Gordon MacKenzie in 1997. 

She was loving mother of Sharon MacKenzie of London and Rick MacKenzie of Morrisburg, and dear sister-in-law of Dorothy Papple (the late William) of Egmondville.  

Helen will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews as well as her “adopted” family Walter and Rose, Sandra and Frank, Margo and their families.  

She was predeceased by her sisters, Olive Brown, Leeta Boxall (William), Doris Drever (Howard); by her brothers-in-law Kenneth MacKenzie, Leslie MacKenzie and Ross MacKenzie; and by sister-in-law Lillian Laing-Bayton (Robert Laing and Mel Bayton).

Helen was a member of Northside United Church in Seaforth as well as the Royal Canadian Legion.

Friends visited the family at McGlynn Family Funeral Home (formerly Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home) at 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth on Sunday, November 6, 2011, from 2-4 p.m.  Visitation continued on Monday, November 7, 2011, at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of Helen’s funeral service to celebrate her life at 2 p.m.  Rev. Mary Fletcher officiated. Cremation followed.  

A luncheon was held at Northside United Church immediately following the service.

Memorial donations to the Seaforth Community Hospital, Northside United Church or a charity of choice would be appreciated.

Helen’s memorial can be visited at www.mcglynnfamilyfuneralhome.com

 

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Ranald ‘Randy’ Herbert Shaver

 

A resident of the Dunbar area, Ranald Shaver passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, October 16, 2011, with his wife of 48 years by his side.  He was 69.

Ranald was a cherished husband to Sharon (nee Montgomery).  They had three wonderful daughters Debbie, Shelley and Valerie.  He took great pride in their accomplishments especially with their choice in mates:  John Durant of Winchester, Benny Melenhorst of Mountain and David Brown of Brockville. 

Ranny was blessed with six special grandchildren: Jarrett, Randi and Mitchell Melenhorst, Mason and Evan Durant and Mackenzie Brown.  

Ranny is also survived by his dear brother Rick (Joanne) of Dunbar, his two amazing nephews Danny (Monica) Shaver and Derek (Tracie) Shaver, his dear mother in law Doris Montgomery, brother-in-law Colonel (Sharon) Montgomery, and sisters-in-law Janie Connelly, Gloria (Ken) Summers, Carol (Rod) Lafleur.  

Ranny is preceded by his parents, Reginald and Nellie (nee Presley) Shaver, grandparents Herbert and Buelah Shaver, Aunt Evelyn (Ebby) and niece Kemberley.  

Ranald was born on the 2nd concession in Aultsville on June 7, 1942.  With the coming of the St. Lawrence Seaway Project, the family was forced to relocate losing their farm land to the Goose Sanctuary, # 2 Highway, the railway and the 401.

In 1955, the family moved to a farm west of Dunbar.  Before the move, Ranny rode around in the big hydro trucks which were stationed on their property.  It was then that he began dreaming of driving a 18 wheeler.  

At the age of 16, he started working at the Morrisburg Dairy, until he realized his dream by driving a dump truck for Manlo Construction filling the Cardinal canal.  

From there, he went to work in Brockville for Cooney Haulage and Harold Smith and Sons as well as other local companies.  His last 18 years driving were for A.L. Blair Construction where he took great pride in his job and had a great respect for Art and Terry Blair.  

He loved joking with and listening to his truck driving buddies telling jokes and laughing on the C.B. and two ways.  When not at work on the weekends, he would spend hours polishing his truck.  

Ranny had a witty and quirky sense of humour and liked to tease and play practical jokes.  

He had a passion for the great outdoors.  Every season Ranny did something he loved:  Construction work in the summer, moose hunting and deer hunting in the fall, fox and coyote hunting in the winter and fishing and planting his garden in the spring. 

Gardening and lawn care were his way of unwinding and relaxing after long hours of work, but hunting was his real passion.  

During his younger years, Ranny enjoyed playing Broomball.  Over the last two years of his life, he had a new best buddy named Scooter.  The two of them went for daily drives.  Wherever Ran went you would find his dog.  

His door was always open to friends and family.  He had many close friends particularly Bob, Wayne and Sheila, Janet and the late Rae Loucks as well as brother Rick.  

Ranny spent many hours socializing, playing games and listening to old time country music.  His favourite hockey team was the Montreal Canadiens, and over the last few years he looked forward to watching Nascar.  His favourite Nascar drivers drove Ford.  

Ranald was known by many names: Ranny, Randy, Ran, Dad, Grandpa, Monday and then came Uncle Monday.  

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Chesterville, on Wednesday October 19th  from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, October 20th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ian MacLean officiating.  

Interment was held at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Danny Shaver, Derek Shaver, Aaron Wopat, Gordon McLaughlin, Jarrett Melenhorst and Wayne McHaffie.  Honorary pallbearers were Sheila McHaffie and Janet McCol, and Bob Lacelle.  

Donations to Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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