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    1. [NS-CB] Cape Breton Deaths FEBRUARY 24, 2019 MONDAY
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    3. Cape Breton Deaths courtesy of CAPE BRETON GENEALOGY & HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE - <> < <>> NEW MEMBERS WELCOME Cape Breton Deaths FEBRUARY 24, 2019 MONDAY There were 10 obituaries published today LAWRENCE “NEWF” GALPIN - 77 YRS FREDERICK JOSEPH GILLIS - 65 YRS JEAN BEATON (SIMPSON) GRANT - 75 YRS PETRONELLA EVELYN (MACKINNON) HANSON - 72 YRS AUBREY LLOYD HARRIS - 71 YRS JEAN ALEXIS (WILTON) MCNEIL - 66 YRS IRENE (BUTTS) RICE - 90 YRS HAZEL MARGARET (ROETT) RUCK - 87 YRS GRACE PHYLLIS (MACKEIGAN) STANFORD - 91 YRS ROSELLA (PINK) STEVENSON - 94 YRS LAWRENCE “NEWF” GALPIN - 77 YRS GALPIN, Lawrence ‘Newf’ Sydney We, the family of Lawrence Maxwell ‘Newf’ Galpin, regret to announce his passing on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born February 21, 1943, in Codroy Valley, NL, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Jessie (Samms) Galpin and stepson of the late Arthur Janes. In his early years, Lawrence worked as a moose guide and until retirement, worked as a laborer in the construction industry. He is survived by his longtime companion, Mary Kelly; daughter, Marina (Marie Farr), Sydney; son, Benjamin (Lily), Dartmouth; the mother of his children, Marie Bauer; grandchildren, Natalie, Violet and Blair; great-grandchildren, Roderick, Joseph, Maxwell and Chloe; stepchildren, Sandra, Mike and Paul, as well as their families; sister, Thelma Snow, St. George’s, NL; and brothers, Walter, Codroy Valley, NL and Eddie, ON. Besides his parents, Lawrence was predeceased by his sisters, Dorothy Samms and Eileen Musseau; brother, Gordon. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, February 25 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Canon Brenda Drake officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the An Cala Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Words of comfort can be sent to the family at <> or e-mail [email protected] <http://[email protected]/> FREDERICK JOSEPH GILLIS - 65 YRS GILLIS, Fredrick Joseph Northside East Bay It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved dad, papa and husband, Fredrick Joseph Gillis. Dad passed away on February 21, 2020 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital at the age of 65. Born in Sydney on June 12, 1954, he was a son of the late Mary ‘Tootsie’ (MacLellan) and Fredrick Gillis. Like his father and grandfather, Dad was an avid farmer and hunter. There were few things he enjoyed more than moose and deer hunting and raising animals. Dad was loved and respected by many because of his kind and generous heart. He was always willing to help anyone in need. When his mother got sick, he cared for her for many years. He was a very strong and selfless man. Dad will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his wife, Anita; his children, JJ, Angie (Sonja), Megan and Christina (Scotty); 13 grandchildren, Janda, Jonathan, Jaylynn, Jagger, Wilson, Ella, Eeva, Reagan, Ronna, Christian, Allison, Vinson and Vayda; siblings, Mike (Arlene), Karen (Reggie), Heather (Derek), Linda (Donnie), and many nieces, nephews and godchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Patricia and best friend, Jimmy. His family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and the many volunteers at the Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, who helped Dad feel comfortable in his final days. We would also like to thank his brother, Mike and nephew, Mikey for caring for his animals. Visitation will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25 at the Northside East Bay Firehall and continue until the day of the service. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, at St. Mary’s Church, East Bay, Fr. Paul Murphy will officiate. Words of comfort may be made to his family by visiting <> JEAN BEATON (SIMPSON) GRANT - 75 YRS GRANT, Jean Beaton (Simpson) Glace Bay Jean Beaton (Simpson) Grant of Glace Bay, age 75, passed away on February 18, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born in Glace Bay, Jean is survived by her sons, Greg Morrison and wife Robie, Scott Morrison and wife Sherrie; sister, Marilyn Newell and her husband Andrew. Nana Jean was dearly loved by her eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her spouse, Lonnie Grant; her parents, James and Margaret (Beaton) Simpson, and sister, Deborah (Simpson) Corbett. The family would like to give special thanks to the care provided by all the wonderful VON nurses, Palliative Care Staff, with a special thanks to Michelle Kelly who was an angel, Dr. Stephanie Ellerker and the McGillivray staff. As per her request, cremation has taken place. There will be a private memorial service held for immediate family only. Online condolences to the family can be expressed at: <> Arrangements entrusted to V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Center, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. PETRONELLA EVELYN (MACKINNON) HANSON - 72 YRS HANSON, Petronella Evelyn, age 72 Bedford “I got my comeuppance. At least I didn’t get my come downs.” – Petronella Hanson With her terrific sense of humour, a great deal of courage, and surrounded by loved ones, our beautiful mother passed peacefully from this world on Friday, February 21, 2020. Fiercely loving matriarch of her tribe of fourteen, she leaves behind four daughters, Rhonda (Sheldon), Laurie (Tony), Erin (Cyril) and Heather. Through example, she showed her girls how to be strong, loving, and how to have a good belly laugh. Her daughters were her best friends, confidantes, and together with her sons-in-law, her greatest comfort, especially during her illness. She left behind seven grandchildren, Sarah Brittany, Lachlan Joseph, Ella Jo, Jacob Stuart, Emmylou Rose, Angus Philippe and Makayla Elizabeth, who have filled the last eleven years of her life with tremendous joy and pride. She loved any opportunity to spend time babysitting, going to the movies, shopping, or having sleepovers with her amazing grandbabies, who adored her. Petronella’s love of music came from her Gaelic singing parents, Stephen and Mary MacKinnon. She had a wonderful singing voice, and a keen memory for lyrics. She cherished family parties with her siblings, Mary (Albert), Vera (Joe), Steve (Lily), Kathleen (Ed), Neil, Frankie (Rose), Cecelia (Steve), Loretta (Bob), Tena, Monica (Terry) and Joe (Michelene), where they would gather round and sing the old songs, tell stories, play cards and eat night lunch until they were polluted. She was also beloved by her many nieces and nephews. Another favourite pastime was driving to Cheticamp to play cards with cherished friends and visit her favorite bakery. Her loyal friend Laurie Anthony was with her until the end and has been part of our family for many years. Petronella was a gifted nurse who late in life, while raising four girls, pursued not only her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, but also her Master’s Degree in Health Services Management. She excelled in management by building her team up and always advocating for the people in her care. No matter what any of us needed, Mom was always there for her children, siblings, nieces, nephews, and friends. Family was always her first priority, and she lived that through her actions. She will be sorely missed by so many. “Then hearts that would listen/ to words born of wisdom/ never dreamin’ this would end/ and in all my confusion, somehow you got to me/ and I’ll have to say you taught me well” - Rita McNeil In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choosing. An open house at her residence in Bedford will be held from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later date to be announced. Online condolences may be sent by <> AUBREY LLOYD HARRIS - 71 YRS HARRIS, Aubrey Lloyd Louisbourg It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the sudden passing of our Dad, poppy, great grand poppy, brother, cousin and friend to all, Aubrey Lloyd Harris, age 71, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, after a brief illness. Born on June 7, 1948 in Louisbourg, Aubrey was the son of the late Lloyd Harris and Catherine (Beaver) Harris. Dad started work at a young age at Hopkins fish plant and then had an opportunity to take part in the reconstruction of Fortress Louisbourg. He left the fortress and went to work at Lewis & Company. After the closure of Lewis & Company he returned to the fortress as a blacksmith where he currently worked and had planned to retire in March 2020. From a young age Dad was a very active volunteer in and around Louisbourg with many years coaching Louisbourg little league, flooding the town rinks, being a charter member of the Louisbourg Lions Club, probation officer, ambulance attendant and he served over 50 years as a member of the Louisbourg Fire Department. One of his biggest prides was his role in the annual Louisbourg Crab Fest where he was an undeniable pillar and could always be found with a big smile around the crab pots. Throughout the years as a man wearing many hats in and around the community, Dad met and made thousands of friends, who are all sure to have their own story of Dad's kind character and good nature. He always wanted to do the little favours for people and groups but remain anonymous as he never wanted to take credit for helping people out. Dad was a proud family man and cherished his wife, Patsy and their kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He enjoyed going to Red Cup, chase the ace, spending time with his friends at Beavers transfer for weekly meetings, pool at Branch 62, weekend drives in the white Impala, and relaxing on his back step at home with a drink of Lambs amber. As many of you know, Dad was happiest with Mom when they would ride his Gold Wing and in later years go for drives and walked the lighthouse and old town trails. The two would often be seen sitting together somewhere on the trail in the red chairs. He unexpectedly lost Mom on July 9, 2019, they would have been married 50 years on July 26, 2019. Dad is survived by his son, Jason (Tanya); daughters, Jocelyn (Matthew Horne), Janice and Joanne; sister, Ruth (John Berlett) in British Columbia; grandchildren, Justin (Sarah) Katie, Ireland, Jonathan (Shelby), Julianna and Jayne; great-grandchildren, Allie, Emily, Cory and Chloe, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was also a very dear and close friend of many years to Davey Wadden (otherwise known as Dad’s number 1 son). At this time, we the family are finding some comfort in knowing that Mom and Dad are finally back together again. We all know how much he longed to be with her. Visitation for the late Aubrey Harris will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Stella Maris Church in Louisbourg from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Stella Maris Church, Louisbourg with Father Evo DiPierro officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. Memorials in Aubrey’s memory may be made to the Stella Maris cemetery fund. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at <> “Come aboard and bring your dory” and “I’ll see you off of Scaterie” -Aubrey Harris JEAN ALEXIS (WILTON) MCNEIL - 66 YRS McNEIL, Jean Alexis It is with an emptiness in our hearts that we announce Jean Alexis McNeil, age 66, passed away peacefully after a courageous yearlong battle with her family by her side. Daughter to Herbert Neil Wilton and Elizabeth Jean Wilton (deceased). Mom was a beautiful soul who loved to open the imaginations of her grandchildren, whom she loved unconditionally, to a world filled with hopes, aspirations and dreams. She did so by sharing tea parties, quests, and fairy stories. Mom was an amazing, fun, and loving woman who found joy in being active, adventurous and enjoying her favourite show Supernatural (Non Timebo Mala), she was a dancing queen. She had a passion for reading, baking, crafts, and her favourite Sunday drives with her soulmate. She created stories that will live on to be remembered. Mom worked for the public service for 26 unwavering years, in which she advocated on behalf of veterans for their rights and compensation deserved. She was a staunch union representative helping her fellow employees, guiding them and fighting for their rights. Survived by her ever faithful, loving husband and best friend of 43 AMAZING years, Brian Leonard McNeil; daughters, Lisa McNeil (Dominic Landry), Anne (Dennis) Thornton, Brianne (James) Malanka and sons, Kyle Littler and Troy Linton; grandchildren, Cole, Lance, Landon, Levi, Alexis and Logan; sisters, Etta (Ray) Holland, Violet Young, Robeena Haig, Rita (Lawrence) DeBreau and Karen (Nick) Epifano. She will be sadly missed by her fur babies, Thor, Pearl, Flower and Toby. Predeceased by her loving father and mother-in-law, Michael Francis McNeil and Annie Rita McNeil; brothers, Herbert Wilton and Joseph Boutlier and sister, Mary Boutlier; nieces and nephews, and many brothers and sisters-in-law. Every end is a new beginning, just remember to breath. I will wait for the day that we can be together again. I love you my special angel, Brian. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the SPCA would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through <> IRENE (BUTTS) RICE - 90 YRS RICE, Irene Sydney Mines It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mother, Irene Rice (nee Butts), at the age of 90. She passed at home in her sleep as family kept vigil during the evening on Thursday, 20 February 2020. Ma was born in Florence, NS on 12 August 1929 to the late James and Mary Ester Butts (nee Gear) and was the loving wife of the late Albert Vincent Rice for over 71 years. Irene and Albert built a strong and independent family that she was extremely proud of and gathered many wonderful friends throughout Cape Breton and everywhere they travelled. She possessed an adventurous spirit and would take on any challenge with a sense of pride and purpose. Ma was a hardworking Mother and the glue that held a very large family close together for over seventy years. The true joy in Ma’s heart was her nine children and a large contingent of grandchildren, and great grandchildren spread out across Canada. Ma loved to swim and to her it wasn’t swimming unless she couldn’t see land or touch bottom. She enjoyed years of camping and Sunday family gatherings outdoors. Nothing gave Ma more pleasure than having her family seated around the table for a dinner, the laughter and chatter was music to her ears. She was remarkable in her compassion and thoughtful generosity towards others, always having room in her heart and a picture on her fridge of a child she was sponsoring in far off lands. Ma enjoyed her weekly gathering with her friends as a member of TOPS and the group that continued on, as well as the Anglican Woman’s Committee that she enjoyed so much. Irene is survived by her nine children, Albert (Vonda), James ‘Bud’ (Sandra), Walter (Colleen), Lily (Rick Tomanek), Dianne MacPherson, Ester (Steve Woods), Gale (Roy Williams), Rubyann (Denis Filion) and Darlene (Steve Haggett). She is also survived by sisters, Ada (Rocky) Manzuk and Ester Tremblett. Along with her parents and husband, Ma was also predeceased by brothers, James and Ernie; sisters, Lily, Violet, Doraella, Janie, Ruby, Alice, Gertie and Doris. Irene ‘Ma’ will be remembered with great love in the hearts of all who knew her. Visitation for Irene Rice will take place Monday (today), February 24, 2020, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in J. M. Jobes Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, Queen St., Sydney Mines, with Rev. Jackie Warren officiating. A very sincere thank you to the wonderful caring people at Northside Home Care, VON, Palliative Care, Dr. Kholsmith and Dr Abboud. Also, a special thank you to Betty Smith who we consider a part of our family. She attended to our Ma with loving care and devotion. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit, Sydney Regional Hospital. Words of comfort may be forwarded to her family at <> When the first star glimmers in the darkening sky, We remember a heart of love and a life gone by. Our Ma. HAZEL MARGARET (ROETT) RUCK - 87 YRS RUCK, Hazel Margaret (Roett) Dartmouth, NS Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. (Proverbs 31: 10) In gratitude to God, we are honoured to share with you that our Mom, Hazel Margaret Ruck (87), was welcomed into the arms of her loving Saviour, Jesus Christ on February 18, 2020 surrounded by the love of her children and prayers of the Saints. Mom was a child of God and her faith was always anchored in her “never failing God” whom she welcomed each morning by saying “Good Morning Father God”. Our Mom was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia to the late Wesley and Eunice (James Johnson) Roett on December 12, 1932. Following the early death of her mother at the age of 13, Mom remained thankful to God for the loving care of her dad and the countless women in community who loved her as their own and taught her how to “Be a Good Friend” to herself first. Our mother possessed a humble and graceful elegance. She didn’t boast in her achievements among which there were many including being a Certified and Registered Nursing Assistant for over 35 years, at St. Rita’s and the Sydney City Hospital. Mom began her post-secondary education after she retired, out of her love for learning. Her attendance was also motivated by the desire to help her children when it was their turn and demonstrate to them that post-secondary education was not only possible, but theirs to attain. While attending university, Mom frequently chose to centre her assignments on topics that would illuminate the richness of our Black/Caribbean history. Mom also was the wind beneath our Dad’s wings, and with her love and support he excelled as a professional. As Dad transitioned to our Heavenly Father’s care, he shared that she was indeed the “love of his life”. Mom was a member of St. Alban’s Church, North Preston Seniors, where she served as secretary, and the Emmanuel Baptist Church Seniors Group. Mom’s crowning achievement was becoming a mother to her children, a calling which she said was an answer to prayer. She instructed her children in the things of God and reminded them to put Him first in all that they do. Mom taught us life lessons through laughter and stories that were passed down to her and these “sayings” continue to provide us strength and nourishment for our soul and spirit. Mom loved through gifts and acts of service. This was shown through many meals she prepared for seniors, widows, friends and anyone in need. She opened her home freely to love many including, children, youth and adults in community, always willing to give of herself. Mom was an amazing cook and baker and would make incredible Caribbean dishes and hosts dinners for family and friends alike. Mom loved to knit and freely donated her shawls, slippers, and socks to those whom she loved or felt needed them. She had a heart for and prayed for “the refugees” regularly. Mom loved unconditionally! Mom treated people fairly, respected others and instilled these values into her children. We called Mom a “Senior Political Correspondent”. This is because when she watched the news, she would debate on many political issues. Mom treasured reading her Bible and her ‘Daily Bread’ devotional, with her pocket dictionary at hand; she also loved to research and collect articles for scrapbooking. Our mother was simply amazing! She epitomized the meaning of motherhood and love. We are so blessed and honoured to have had 87 years with this incredible woman of God. Words cannot express our gratitude and love towards her. Her sacrifice is beyond what we could ever articulate or describe. Our mother always reminded us of how special we all were and to “Get something underneath your belt” (meaning an education). Each day, she talked with us about the awesomeness of God reminding us to use our gifts in service of others. Mom was predeceased by her husband, Winston Ruck; siblings, Alma, Vera, Thomas, Dorothy, Olive, Wesley, Gloria, Everett, and Raymond in infancy. She is survived by her loving daughters and son, who showed endless love towards their mother, Joyce (Ralph) Ruck Poupart, Marlene Ruck Simmonds and loving son, Ken (Nancy) Ruck; adopted daughter, Clara Coward; grandchildren, Brittanni, Bridgette, Mariah and Monica; adopted grandson, Joey Marsman; sister-in-law, Joyce Ruck; many loving nieces, nephews and cousins; special daughters, Andrea, Merlene, Somaya, Cheyanne and special friends, Sybil Coward, Bridget Marshall and Sarah Hayward. Visitation will be held from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26th followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. in Emmanuel Baptist Church, 633 Pockwock Rd., Upper Hammonds Plains, Rev. Dr. Lennett Anderson officiating. Repast to follow. A second Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 28 at 2 p.m. following visitation from 1-2 p.m. in Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd., Sydney, Rev. Michael Morrison officiating, with a reception to follow. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery, Sydney to take place at a later date. The family would like to thank Dr. Rev. Lennett Anderson, Rev. and Mrs. Carl Price, Pastors Art and Flora MacDonald for their support and prayers. To Dr. Toma, the Physicians, nurses, and staff at the Dartmouth General Hospital and all family and friends who showed their love, compassion and care for our mother as well as the food, cards and gifts of love may God richly bless. Donations may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting <>, Dartmouth Chapel. GRACE PHYLLIS (MACKEIGAN) STANFORD - 91 YRS STANFORD, Grace Phyllis In celebration of an amazing life, we the family of Grace Phyllis Stanford, announce her peaceful passing at the Dartmouth General Hospital on February 18, 2020 at the age of 91. Grace was born on December 19, 1928 in Glace Bay. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 64 years, Walter and her cherished parents, Archie and Catherine MacKeigan. She is survived by her sons, Paul (Kathy), Dartmouth and Alan (Sally), Truro; and her grandchildren, Laura (Andrew), Charlottetown, PEI and Mark (Katrina), Vancouver, BC. Grace was intelligent, friendly, and beautiful inside and out. Grace graduated from Glace Bay High and Provincial Normal College in Truro and worked as a teacher. She was a member of Newsom United Church and later Grace United Church. She was an active member of Newsom UCW for many years. Grace had wonderful memories from Ingonish (summer and winter), Mira, Florida and Bangor shopping trips. She enjoyed local tea/sales and craft shows attending many over the years. Grace and Walter lived in Glace Bay for 55 years before moving to Dartmouth to be closer to family. In Dartmouth, Grace loved gathering her family together every Sunday for dinner, where we enjoyed her wonderful cooking and baking (Grace had a sweet tooth!). She made a wonderful prime rib roast dinner which she continued well into her 80’s. Her favorite times were when we were all together as a family. Grace had a wonderful memory and all who knew her will miss her storytelling of times past. In the past two years at Parkland she participated in the book club, adult coloring, rummoli, church services, movies, bingo, musicals and much more. She very much enjoyed her life there, including the staff and the new friends she met. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Interment/graveside service will be held at a later date in Oakfield Cemetery, Cape Breton. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting: <> ROSELLA (PINK) STEVENSON - 94 YRS STEVENSON, Rosella It is with sadness that the family of Rosella Stevenson announces her passing on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Taigh Na Mara with her family at her side. Rosella was born on January 30, 1926 in Glace Bay. She was the second of seven children of a fishing family. Her parents were Jenny and Walter Pink. Rosella left school to work at Phalen’s Bakery and spent all her free time skating, where she met Tom Stevenson. They were married August 5, 1947. They moved to a house on Brookland Street, where they raised a family and spent almost the whole of their married life. She dedicated her whole life to her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Rosella and Tom had a close circle of friends with whom they danced and partied and celebrated life to the fullest. And she and Tom skated until they were 80. Rosella is survived by her daughters, Corinne Stevenson (Keith Macdonald) and Ina MacEachern; granddaughters, Jeannie MacEachern, Trina MacEachern and Breanna Langley; great-grandchildren, Keagan and Kaylee Muise; sisters-in-law, Jean Stevenson, Vera Deering and Teresa Pink; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Rosella was predeceased by her husband, Tom Stevenson; her parents, Jenny and Walter Pink; her brothers, Alvin, Walter (Junior), David and Albert Pink; sister, Elsie Pink; niece, Tracey Pink; nephew, Chris Pink; brothers-in-law, John and Edward Stevenson, and sister-in-law, Anne Linton. The family would like to extend a special thanks and appreciation to the staff at Taigh Na Mara where Rosella lived for the past six years. Their care and compassion will not be forgotten. Family was everything for Rosella Stevenson. She was never happier than being in the company of her husband and her children and their children. We were blessed more than we knew. Rosella will be missed but not forgotten. She is at peace now. There will be no visitation as per Rosella’s wishes. A private family service will be held sometime later in the year. Donations in Rosella’s honor can be made to the charity of one’s choosing or by helping someone in need. Online condolences can be sent to www. <>

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