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DANBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-11 published
The greater glory of a former National Hockey League player turned Flying Father
By Roy MacGREGOR Wednesday, December 11, 2002 -- Print Edition, Page A2
Statistics, they say, don't tell the whole story.
In Les COSTELLO's case, they barely touch it.
The one he picked up yesterday will complete a 74-year run: Feb. 16, 1928, to Dec. 10, 2002.
The National Hockey League record book will say, equally forever: one season, 15 games, two goals, three assists -- but even here the numbers will cover only a small portion of Les COSTELLO's remarkable story.
He played but part of one year after having come up, a scrawny 158-pounder from South Porcupine, Ontario, to join the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 1948 Stanley Cup playoffs. Just turned 20, he would score two goals and two assists in only five playoff games to help the Leafs to the Stanley Cup as the best hockey team in the world.
He played with Teeder KENNEDY, Howie MEEKER and Syl APPS, and might have played for years had he not simply packed up his equipment in the spring of 1950 and left for the seminary, certain he would rather be a priest than a player, a young man in search of quite different glory.
Some said he could have been a great one.
Yesterday, when Les COSTELLO died in Toronto -- having been in a coma since falling on the ice a week earlier in a charity hockey game -- they said he had indeed become a great one.
I will not pretend to have known him well. My only acquaintance with him, oddly enough, was on the ice, though he last played in the National Hockey League the year I was born. But twice, once in 1983, and then again a few years ago, I was lucky enough to be on the ice opposite the Flying Fathers, the madcap, charming and yes, highly talented -- hockey team that Reverend Les COSTELLO helped put together in the early 1960s to raise money for charity.
In 1983 that cause was the Jocelyn Lovell Trust Fund. LOVELL, an Olympic cyclist, had been run off the road by a dump truck while training and would never race again. National Hockey League hall-of-famer Ken DRYDEN helped launch a campaign to raise money for the injured athlete and had combined a number of former hockey stars -- among them Gordie HOWE, Andy BATHGATE, Paul HENDERSON, Frank MAHOVLICH and Eddie SHACK -- with some oddball additions that included artist Ken DANBY, lacrosse legend Jack BIONDA, a certain sports media hack and, as coach, broadcaster Peter GZOWSKI.
Contrary to expectations, however, the old hockey greats were not the stars of the game. That belonged, almost exclusively, to Les COSTELLO and his madcap, slapstick hijinks. Perhaps you had to be there but, rest assured, the funniest person on the ice was not Mr. SHACK and the slickest not Mr. BATHGATE. Les COSTELLO might even have been more physical than Mr. HOWE. And just for the record, he did not take the Lord's name in vain during the game. He did, however, use just about every other method of swearing.
What was astonishing about that game was that Les COSTELLO had only recently learned to skate again. A few winters earlier he had become lost in the bush while hunting and lost all but two of his toes to frostbite.
No one remembers the score of that long-ago game, but all who were there remember the good-hearted Costello, his continual laughter, his bag of tricks -- and the cheque for $30,000 he and Ken DRYDEN turned over to Jocelyn LOVELL that night.
They talk about the importance of heart in hockey, but some of those who leave the game behind have even bigger hearts. Les COSTELLO returned to Northern Ontario, where he became a legend of a different sort in Schumacher, close by Timmins and his boyhood home of South Porcupine. He kept up his connections to hockey through younger brother Murray, who played several years in the National Hockey League and later served as president of the Canadian Hockey Association, and also with his Flying Fathers, who became to hockey what the Harlem Globetrotters have always been to basketball.
He was renowned as a priest for his terrible jokes, and insisted on leading off his weekly sermons with one -- at times being less than discretionary in his choice of opener. But if he was unpredictable in behaviour, he was totally predictable in reaction: If anyone needed help, he would be there for them. He set up a mission and gave out food and furniture to those in need. The rectory door at St. Alphonsus was never locked. There was always room at the inn, no matter what a person's faith or lack of faith.
"My philosophy is simple," he once said. "Bring happiness and joy into the lives of everyone you meet.
"Not a bad philosophy, I figure."
Not bad at all.
And, oh yes, one more statistic just to round things out.
Amount raised for charity: $4-million.

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DANBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-13 published
WHITING, Frank Albert -- W.W. II Veteran. Retired Post Master of Etobicoke and Weston Station 'B', and member of the 48th Highlanders and Lions Club. After a brave battle and lengthy illness, on November 11, 2002. Beloved husband of Doris Pearl WELLS for 59 years. Dear father of Sharron BUCHANAN and her husband Doug, Valerie WEBER and her husband Grant, Lynda DANBY and her husband Ken, Raymond and his wife Marilyn. Proud grandfather of Paul and Susan BUCHANAN, Todd BUCHANAN, Kimberley and Deryck SCHWARTZ, Andrea WEBER and James WEST, Christopher and Laura DANBY, Lauralea and Jim PETERSON, Steven, Gregory, Carrie-Lyn and Karen WHITING. Grandpapa to Ashley, Elizabeth, Erin DANBY, Garrett, Brianna, Aspen and Chantelle SCHWARTZ. Dear brother of Pamela HOLMES, Ray and his wife Jeanine, Ken and his wife Marlene, Carol and her husband Joe DUGGAN, Gordon, Diane and her husband Peter WAKEFIELD, and Gwen KLEIN. Predeceased by brother Tony. Will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Chapel, 52 Main St. S. (Hwy. 10), Brampton on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Friday, November 15, 2002 at 10 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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D'ANDRADE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-11-25 published
The supernova of ballet
Fun-loving character dancer lived life to the fullest
By Paula CITRON
Monday, November 25, 2002 -- Page R7
Toronto -- When John CRANKO's The Taming of the Shrew entered the National Ballet of Canada's repertoire in February, 1992, there were four advertised casts, and I was slated to see them all. It was Peter OTTMANN, then a first soloist who was appearing as Lucentio, who told me about a fifth performance -- a student matinee that featured a new member of the corps de ballet as Petruchio.
When one dancer singles out another to a dance writer, you listen, and even though I was in Shrew overload, I was there that Thursday afternoon to experience the explosive dance phenomenon known as William MARRI.
His maddeningly male, politically incorrect Petruchio kicked butt and gave no quarter, and I thought he was one of the sexiest men alive, let alone that the guy could dance up a storm.
"I felt he was going to be brilliant which is why I mentioned the performance," recalled Mr. OTTMANN. " From what he was showing in rehearsal, I knew he was going to be a major player of the next generation."
Reid ANDERSON, who staged the ballet, was the National Ballet's artistic director at the time.
"One noticed immediately William's beautiful feet and legs, and handsome, chiselled features," he said from his office at the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany. "He had the raw animal charisma that I thought would be perfect for the role."
Mr. MARRI was Shakespeare's Petruchio in real life, too -- a hard-drinking, hard-living, fun-loving bon vivant with an appetite for excitement.
His death in Manhattan on Nov. 16 -- just two days before his 34th birthday -- was a shock, but not the manner of his going. His motorcycle collided with a cab and three operations couldn't save him.
Mr. MARRI often alluded to the notion that he would die young on his beloved bike. Perhaps that's why he lived every moment to the fullest.
"He had a James DEAN quality about him," said National Ballet principal dancer Rex HARRINGTON, "like he was doomed to live fast, die young and become a supernova."
Mr. MARRI was in New York because he was the second cast lead in the Twyla THARP/Billy JOEL dance musical hit Movin' Out. The company had been searching for over six months for an acting dancer to play Eddie in the matinees until they found Mr. MARRI. "He was hungry, a quality I admire," Ms. THARP said. "He came to a role that was already defined, but he made it his own."
Perhaps the most astonishing fact about Mr. MARRI was that he didn't begin serious dance training until he was 19.
Born and raised in Montreal, he had an unsettled early life. His parents separated when he was young and he had a volatile relationship with his father. By his teens, Mr. MARRI was a street-smart, dyslexic dropout hanging out in bad company. He had also been a beach bum in Hawaii, and in fact, when he got the Broadway role earlier this year, he moved to the New Jersey shore so he could surf every morning before going to the theatre.
He became interested in classical dance after seeing Jorge DUNN of the B‚jart company perform in a movie. More to the point, he told Friends later, a dance school was home to a plethora of half-naked women in leotards.
Vincent WARREN, his first teacher at L'cole sup‚rieure de danse du Qu‚bec, remembered a guy who walked in off the street in 1987 wearing a tattered track suit on a bronzed body that was born to dance. Daniel SEILLIER, his second teacher, recalled the big personality whose wildness manifested itself in a maniacal urge to succeed.
After graduating, Mr. MARRI spent the summer at the Banff Centre's dance program where he solidified his legend as a Casanova.
He joined the National in 1990, and while not quite the stately prince with beautiful lines, he excelled in the dramatic, demi-character roles requiring both strong technique and acting.
Mr. MARRI never held back on-stage nor in his personal life, said James KUDELKA, the National's artistic director. Close Friends like Richard LANDRY and Christopher BODY from the National, and Sean D'ANDRADE, who works in hospitality, are full of William MARRI stories, many unprintable. He was a man who loved women and possessed an unrelenting sexual appetite. He could carouse all night and still show up for work the next day. As former dancer Joanna IVEY says: "If you knew him a short time, he was your friend. If you knew him a long time, he was your brother."
Mr. MARRI was a man who believed in a male code of nobility and loyalty.
Even so, women like ballet orchestra violist Valerie KUINKA adored him because he was spiritual and tender. Principal dancer Greta HODGKINSON, who was romantically involved with Mr. MARRI for more than five years, said he was vulnerable and sensitive yet brutally honest.
Complex, vain and intelligent, a suave French-Canadian who had exquisite taste, Mr. MARRI was a man of many facets. He loved watching cartoons and collecting comic books and he was interested in the supernatural. He was a master chess and pool player and an avid golfer, and also a superb cook, gourmand and wine savant. In fact, he dreamed of opening up a restaurant with his good friend, tenor Richard MARGISON, and their favourite conversations were about the world's best wines and tequilas.
Although fiercely dedicated to his craft, Mr. MARRI often refused to do press interviews or go to receptions. When he did attend, he acted outrageously. Yet, in his final years at the National, he took it upon himself to be gadfly to such talented youngsters as first soloist Guillaume COT.
"It was scary at first, but I think he saw I had the potential to become self-absorbed and egotistical," Mr. COT said. "He wanted to teach me early, what he had come to learn late."
And then there was the motorcycle.
On the day he was promoted to principal dancer, Mr. MARRI showed a dearly held, dog-eared photo of a motorbike, a Ducati, to Ms. KUINKA, telling her it was going to be a present to himself.
"His motorcycle was all about freedom," Mr. LANDRY said. "A hundred kilometres [an hour] on a bike feels different than in a car. You feel alive in the rush of speed."
For those he left behind, that was a great irony. Former soloist Roberto CAMPANELLA said perhaps it was best that death took Mr. MARRI -- anything less than 120 per cent would have been a nightmare.
William MARRI, dancer; born in Montreal on Nov. 18, 1968; died in New York on Nov. 16, 2002.
Paula CITRON reviews dance for The Globe and Mail.

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DANGLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-21 published
REID, Myrtle (n้e THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON) -- At Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville, after a lengthy illness, on Tuesday, November 19, 2002, Myrtle REID, born Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 27, 1934, beloved wife of Sammy REID, Caledon East. Dear mother of Samuel, Gary, Lee and his wife Rosa REID. Loving grandmother of Eva, Steven, Meaghan and Alanna. Cherished sister of Eileen and Bobby HAMILTON, U.S.A. and predeceased by Violet WATSON. Dear aunt of Roy and Susan HAMILTON, Debbie and Dan DANGLER, Sam and Pam WATSON. Dear great aunt of Jason and Colleen HAMILTON, Cody DANGLER and Mardi WATSON. Dear great-great aunt of Marley ROSE. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen St. South, (Hwy. 50) Bolton (905-857-2213) Sunday afternoon 2-4 and evening 7-9 o'clock. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday, November 25 at one o'clock. Interment Caledon East Public Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, 3194 Weston Rd., Toronto M9M 2T6 or Headwaters Health Care Centre Foundation, 100 Rolling Hills Drive, Orangeville L9W 4X9.

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DANIEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-16 published
POWELL, Arthur James -- (Veteran of World War 2) On December 15, 2002 in his 84th year at Bridgepoint Health Centre. Loving husband of the late Jean POWELL. Beloved father of Carolyn Jane BAIRD and her husband James DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS. Will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Tamara JEAN and Zachary DANIEL. Dear brother of Phyllis GRANT and predeceased by 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Lovingly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law. Friends and family may visit at the ''Scarborough Chapel'' of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road, (east of St. Clair Avenue East) on Tuesday, December 17 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 3 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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DANIEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-23 published
DANIEL, Grace Edna (n้e JUDGES) -- Passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday, December 20, 2002, age 94 years. Devoted wife and partner to the late Reverend L. Keith DANIEL in their pastorates in Ottawa, Brampton, Belleville, Hamilton and Toronto and a member of Highland Baptist Church, Kitchener. Loving mother of Alan and Lea DANIEL, Carolyn and David MARTINDALE, and Pat DANIEL and her husband Denis BROWNE. Fondly remembered by grandchildren, Scott and Madeline, Timolin and Steve, Melissa, Karen and Greg, Jeff and Carolynn, Kevin and Michelle; great-grandchildren, Joe, Kieran, Ethan, Kayla, Jack, Claire, Teagan and Grace. Dear sister of Colin JUDGES. Predeceased by her parents, Alice (BRALEY) and Walter JUDGES; granddaughter Tracey CAMPBELL and sisters Elsie, Dorothy and Florence. Mrs. DANIEL's family will receive Friends for a memorial visitation at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Tuesday, December 24, 2002 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Don STRATTON officiating. In Grace's memory, donations to charity of choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy or messages to the family can be arranged through the funeral home - (519) 745-8445 or www.edwardrgood.com

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DANIEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-29 published
DANIEL, Norman -- On Wednesday, December 18, 2002, Normie passed away at Humber River Regional Hospital. It was six years to the day, he had his first life threatening heart attack. He put up a good fight. To know him was to love him. ''He stated a week earlier he was ready to see Norma his wife of nearly thirty years who we lost to cancer over thirteen years ago''. His son Scott and two daughters Denise and Colleen will miss him dearly. Beloved father-in-law of Aku and Linda. Dearly loved grandfather to Nick, Alex, Ben, Samantha and Matthew. He leaves behind many family and lasting Friendships. The family is respecting Normie's wish to be cremated and no memorial service will be held. If you wish to make a donation on his behalf, please help support West Park Memorial Hospital where he was a patient and a volunteer over the last thirteen years.

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DANIELS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-25 published
DANIELS, Grace Marion
For my very special mother who passed away on this day, November 25, 1994. Things I feel most deeply Are the hardest things to say, Dearest Mom, I loved you In a very special way. If I could have one lifetime wish One dream that could come true, I'd pray to God with all my heart, For yesterday, and you.
--Amazing Gracie, you brought light into the days of everyone whose lives you touched. You will be remembered and missed forever by your son Brian.

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DANISCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-06 published
DANISCH, Herbert -- In the book of life there are memories Of the happy days we knew, And recorded in love are the blessings Of a wonderful dad like you. --We will always remember in our hearts the love and laughter, Mom, Wilf and Sandy, Ted and Christine. P.S. Your grand_son knows you will always watch over him.

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DANKAH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-24 published
KNIGHTS- DOORGAH, Ursula -- Peacefully, at her home in Toronto, on Monday, December 23, 2002. Ursula loving mother of Cheryl and Charmaine RAMCHARITAR. Fondly remembered by her grandchildren Oneika, Tywana, Hanif, Anna, John, Jubarie, and her spiritual mother Reverend ABBES- PHILIP- DANKAH, and Judith and Joyce. The family will receive Friends at the ''Eglinton Chapel'' of McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 1812 Eglinton Ave. W. (at Dufferin St.), 416-782-1197, from 7-9 p.m. Friday, December 27. Complete service and commital in the Chapel on Saturday, December 28 at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow.

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DANKERT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
HUDDART, Jack Vincent -- Passed away Sunday, December 15, 2002, at the age of 80. Jack will be sadly missed by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis (DANKERT) and his children Margaret MELDRUM and her husband Bob, John and his partner Kim JONES and Melissa HUDDART- SAMCHEK and her husband Anthony SAMCHEK. Jack was Grampa to Adam and Michael MELDRUM, Ryan HUDDART and Sarah and Anna SAMCHEK. He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Margaret HUDDART and his brother Roy. Jack is survived by his sister Shirley BEVERIDGE of Toronto, brother Lindow (Daena) of Oakville and his brother-in-law and friend Don DANKERT of Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Jack served as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2 in the Swordfish 415 Squadron. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1949 and became a member of the Professional Engineers Association. Jack retired as head of exploration for Algoma Steel, in Sault Ste. Marie, in 1982. A memorial service will be held at the Chapel in Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, Ontario on Wednesday, December 18 at 2: 30 p.m. with a time of visitation from 1: 30-2:30 p.m. In memory of Jack, donations can be made to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Breaking New Ground Fund.

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DANOS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-27 published
NEWELL, Philip -- (Veteran World War 2, Royal Canadian Air Force) At Etobicoke General Hospital on Wednesday, December 25, 2002, Philip NEWELL, Nobleton, in his 83rd year, beloved husband of the late Agnes Jane DANOS. Loving father of Kim PATTERSON, Brampton Mary Jo VAN DEN HEUVEL, Port Perry and predeceased by Elizabeth Ann MARCHILDON, Aurora. Cherished grandfather of Patrick, Maddy, Jackie and Brittany. Dear brother of William (Bill) NEWELL, Woodstock and predeceased by Dorothy SAVAGE and Ralph NEWELL. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen St. South (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213), Sunday afternoon 2-4 o'clock. A memorial service will be held in All Saints Anglican Church, Keele Street, King City on Monday, December 30 at 2 o'clock. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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D'ANTONIO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-22 published
D'ANTONIO, Umberto -- Passed away peacefully, at home in the presence of his family on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at the age of 50 years. He leaves behind his loving wife Angela and his three children Cristina, Nick, and Natalie. His parents Nicola and Cristina, and his sister Giuliana and her husband Mario FRANCESCHINI and his nephews Luciano and Piero will miss him dearly. Friends and relatives will be received at the Bernardo Funeral Homes Ltd., 2960 Dufferin St. (two streets south of Lawrence Ave.), on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held in St. Philip Neri Church (2100 Jane St. south of Wilson Ave.) on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow in Glendale Memorial Gardens (Albion Rd. and Hwy. 27). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humber River Regional Hospital Foundation.

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DANZE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-26 published
GREGORIS, Guido -- It is with great sadness that the family of Guido GREGORIS announce his passing on Tuesday, December 24, 2002 in Orlando, Florida. Devoted husband of his beloved Angela, his wife of 53 years, who predeceased him on October 3, 2002. Much loved by his children, Susan PAYNE of Chicago, Nancy (Carter) LEVEY of Oakville, Terry of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Patty (Ken) BREEDING of Orlando. Very proud grandfather of Craig (Meghan) and Julie PAYNE, Jamie, Andrew and Alexandra LEVEY, Jay and Amy GREGORIS, Rebekkah, Chase and Connor BREEDING. Brother of the late Fred and John GREGORIS, Angelo of Mississauga and Ada DANZE and Lucia AIELLO of Italy. Private Family Mass to be held at 1 p.m., Friday, December 27, 2002 at All Souls Catholic Church in Sanford, Florida. Arrangements by Gramkow Funeral Home in Sanford, Florida 407-322-3213. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society or the Hospice of the Comforter, 595 Montgomery Rd., Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714 would be greatly appreciated. Your remembrance of our parents in your prayers this Christmas would be the greatest honour.

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