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Ronald Dimanche
B: 1941-03-02
D: 2018-04-21
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Dimanche, Ronald
Margaret Walker
B: 1926-05-12
D: 2018-04-19
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Walker, Margaret
Richard Jones
B: 1931-08-28
D: 2018-04-16
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Jones, Richard
Jean Bolan
B: 1920-12-30
D: 2018-04-13
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Bolan, Jean
Janet Eddy
B: 1947-01-27
D: 2018-04-13
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Eddy, Janet
Kassedi Clark
B: 1993-12-16
D: 2018-04-13
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Clark, Kassedi
Lorraine Ploss
B: 1934-05-27
D: 2018-04-12
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Ploss, Lorraine
Clifford Neil
B: 1922-10-11
D: 2018-04-11
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Neil, Clifford
Theresa Dragon
B: 1926-08-27
D: 2018-04-11
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Dragon, Theresa
Alec Trova
B: 1959-07-21
D: 2018-04-11
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Trova, Alec
James Kerr
B: 1967-03-01
D: 2018-04-10
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Kerr, James
Richard Silvano
B: 1936-03-06
D: 2018-04-09
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Silvano, Richard
Carol Harris
B: 1927-03-24
D: 2018-04-09
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Harris, Carol
Norman Shorey
B: 1924-01-27
D: 2018-04-08
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Shorey, Norman
Charles Bastow
B: 1929-10-02
D: 2018-04-08
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Bastow, Charles
David Hook
B: 1941-04-05
D: 2018-04-08
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Hook, David
Katharine Stafford
B: 1916-11-10
D: 2018-04-07
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Stafford, Katharine
Grace Banister
B: 1972-12-05
D: 2018-04-06
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Banister, Grace
Filip Blechinger
B: 1935-06-01
D: 2018-04-04
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Blechinger, Filip
John Dowling
B: 1955-02-19
D: 2018-04-03
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Dowling, John
Hannah Browne
B: 1991-12-18
D: 2018-04-03
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Browne, Hannah

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending you love.
  • With heartfelt condolences.
  • Wishing you comfort at this sorrowful time.
  • Sharing in your sorrow, thinking of you and wishing I could be there
  • to hold your hand.
  • May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead.
  • Hold tight to memories for comfort.
  • Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
  • As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
  • Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
  • You are in our prayers.
  • May your memories give you strength.
  • Remember that we love and care about you.
  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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