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GERE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-24 published
BERNDL, Barbara (née RIPPEL) -- Died peacefully on Friday evening, November 22, 2002, at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada, at the age of 83, surrounded by her family. Barbel, beloved wife of Dr. Alfred BERNDL. Loving mother of Walter and his wife Leslie (née LEFEBVRE,) and Elfi and her husband Nicholas GERE. Forever Oma to her five grandchildren: Marc (Sarah), Anne and her husband Murray WILSON, Elizabeth, Kylie MADDOCK (James) and Chelsea MADDOCK. Dearest sister to Frieda DOBLHOFER (Austria) and predeceased by her brothers Hans RIPPEL (Hilda, Alice) and Toni RIPPEL. She will be remembered by her nephews Erich DOBLHOFER and wife Traudi, and Paul DOBLHOFER and wife Gerti and son Harald, all of Austria. She leaves behind a lifetime of Friends in Toronto, Kitchener, Otter Lake, Georgian Bay, Austria and Germany. Friends may call on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Speers Cremation and Burial Options (2926 Dundas St. West just west of Keele. Tel 416-767-2154). Funeral Services Tuesday at 1: 00 p.m. at Prospect Cemetery Chapel (1450 St. Clair Avenue West). Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, family and Friends may make donations to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at www.braintumour.ca or a charity of their choice.

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GEROW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-14 published
FORCE, Garnet Victor -- Quietly at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, November 13, 2002, in his 81st year. Beloved husband of the late Margaret FORCE. Dear father of Judy PINKPANK and her husband Jurgen, and Mary Lou GEROW and her husband Gordon. Loving grandfather of Lisa, Christa, Christopher and Jenny. Dear twin brother of Gordon FORCE of British Columbia. The family would like to give a special thanks to the nursing staff on First Floor, West Wing at Southlake Regional Health Centre for their loving care. Garnet will be greatly missed by his many Friends and relatives. Funeral Service from M.W. Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway S., Keswick 1-888-884-4486 on Saturday, November 16, 2002 at 1: 00 p.m. The family will receive Friends from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Interment Queensville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations made to Palliative Care at Southlake Regional Health Centre would be appreciated by the family.

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GERRISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-20 published
ORCHARD, Leila -- Leila May ORCHARD, formerly of Scarborough passed away at her residence in Stratford on Monday, November 18, 2002 in her 88th year. Predeceased by her husband Grant Albert ORCHARD. Dear mother of Noreen GERRISH and husband Don of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Eric ORCHARD and wife Wendy of Stratford. Dear grandmother of David GERRISH, Matthew and Daniel ORCHARD. Also survived by sisters Reta WHEELER and Norma HUNTER and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Mildred, Hilda, Elma, Ilo, and Norene in infancy and brother Harold. A service of remembrance will be held at Zion Wexford United Church, 2102 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 1 p.m. Cremation with interment in Stouffville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Stratford Meals on Wheels and Neighbourly Services or Greenwood Court Nursing Home through the Heinbuck Funeral Home, 156 Albert St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 3K4 (519-271-5062).

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GERTLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-11 published
MILLER, Halina -- Suddenly on Friday, November 8, 2002, at Rechovot, Israel, beloved wife of the late Sol MILLER. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Ania and Arieh GERTLER of Israel, Ruth and Nat COHEN and Pearl and Larry BELL. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Fred and Stefa JELINSKI. Dear sister-in-law of Ben and Pnina MILLER. Proud Safta of Idit and Rami, Galit and Ronen, Lisa and Anthony, Jodi and Henrick, Stephen and Shari, Andrea and Nowell, Jonathan, Sari and Howie, Michelle and Andy. Sadly missed by her fourteen great-grandchildren. Interment in Israel on Monday, November 11, 2002. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Israeli Soldiers Fund, 416-783-3053.

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GERUSSI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-31 published
Carried cans across Canada, selling shows to nascent local television stations
By Carol COOPER
Carrying cans of film across the country, sometimes screening them in feed stores and warehouses, he brought American shows to Canadian homes. John A. MacDONALD, one of Canada's first television-show salesmen has died, aged 72.
Beginning his career in 1958 with Screen Gems, the television program sales arm of Columbia Pictures, Mr. MacDONALD sold shows such as Father Knows Best, Rin Tin Tin, and the Flintstones to buyers at fledgling television stations and helped them develop their programming.
"He was a mentor in those days when I knew very little," said Merv STONE, who spent 28 years as head of programming and acquisitions at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television. As operations manager for CHAT-Television in Medicine Hat, Alta., until 1960, Mr. STONE was among Mr. MacDONALD's early clients.
After 23 years with Columbia Pictures Television, Mr. MacDONALD spent five years as vice-president and managing director of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television Canada, opening its Canadian office in Toronto when he joined the company in 1981.
Respected for his diligence, integrity and knowledge, Mr. MacDONALD belonged to a close-knit group of distributors who worked for competing companies.
"The extraordinary thing about this fraternity was that we admired each other, we were all Friends, and there was never any knifing in the back," said David McLAUGHLIN, once a distributor for Warner Bros. and later Mr. MacDONALD's boss and friend. "If a client said: 'I'm interested in such and such a show,' we never said: 'Oh, that's terrible. What you need is my show, because it's so much better.'"
The affable and articulate Mr. MacDONALD was also known for his sense of humour and for an ability to mimic. "Whenever we met, it was never a simple hello," Mr. McLAUGHIN said. "It was usually show-biz - showtime. We'd cut up and make gags and in three minutes, we were rolling around, laughing ourselves to pieces."
In fact, like many in the early days of television, Mr. MacDONALD did start out in show business.
Born in Brantford, Ontario, in 1930, he was the only child of Scottish immigrants, his father a ship plater. The family went without a telephone until Mr. MacDONALD was 6 and they belonged to a church that had no minister, organ or choir. Congregation members, including young John, sang a cappella--in harmony.
His father paid him a nickel for each book read and a penny for each word spelled and defined correctly. During his childhood, Mr. MacDONALD absorbed works by Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1941, the family moved to Victoria, so that Mr. MacDONALD's father could work in the shipyards. Mr. MacDONALD attended Esquimalt High School.
The school's strong arts program whetted his appetite for music and theatre. Mr. MacDONALD appeared in school plays, musicals and the school band. After graduation, he left home to pursue his love of the stage.
While working at a bank, Mr. MacDONALD sang and acted in productions by Victoria's Gilbert and Sullivan Society, then the world's largest, the Victoria Little Theatre and the summer Starlight Theatre at night. Guest actors from the summer theatre, Vancouver's Theatre Under the Stars, where Bruno GERUSSI and Robert GOULET spent part of their early careers, appeared in the Starlight productions. in turn, Starlight actors were invited to audition with Theatre Under the Stars.
Mr. MacDONALD, aspiring to perform full-time, joined Theatre Under the Stars in 1949 and appeared in five productions for each of the following five seasons, including the part of Sly Masterson in Guys and Dolls.
At Theatre Under the Stars in 1951, Mr. MacDONALD, met Sheilagh HENDERSON, a dancer from the Winnipeg Ballet who performed with the company to supplement her winter income. "The singers always liked to take out the dancers," she said. They married in 1953.
With little money, the newlywed Mr. MacDONALD often entertained himself and his wife by playing the piano, improving on his self-taught skill. He loved music, especially jazz and the big bands.
And he continued acting. With the Vancouver Little Theatre MacDONALD played the lead opposite film stars Peggy Ann GARNER and Mercedes McCAMBRIDGE and performed in early Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Vancouver television musicals between 1953 and 1956.
Finally needing a better day job he joined Screen Gems as its western sales representative in 1958, yet continued acting in his spare time. A move to Toronto in 1961 to become eastern sales supervisor left him no time to perform and in 1974, he was promoted to vice-president of sales and director of Columbia Pictures Television in Canada.
While on business trips, his piano-playing ability proved a good companion. Often lonely, he would ask to use the piano in hotel bars, and played requests for those who gathered, said his daughter Jeannie HEROLD.
Having a father who sold television shows didn't gain her any status with her schoolmates, though. Most thought her father repaired televisions. Still they perked up when he got her an autograph of Shirley JONES and David CASSIDY of The Partridge Family.
Despite rubbing shoulders with stars in Hollywood and Cannes, her father remained modest, she said. "He always said: 'They put their pants on one leg at a time. They're just the same as you and me.'"
Mr. MacDONALD loved old musicals and when with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, brought certain films home for family and Friends to view. Once during a poolside screening of the Battle of Britain at friend Alan KEYWORTH's house, a gust of wind blew the screen into the pool. "We got to know the neighbours rather quickly," KEYWORTH said.
A fan of television producer and director Seymour BERNS's stories, Mr. MacDONALD, who liked to talk - a lot - was fond of recounting them. Once in Hollywood, he began to tell a BERNS tale, forgetting that BERNS himself was in the room. As he went on with the anecdote, embellishing and enhancing it along the way, BERNS turned and said: "Shouldn't that story be over by now?."
But Mr. MacDONALD's theatrical bent never ended. He orchestrated the lighting for his wife's ballet-school shows and did son Glen's makeup for Halloween. And as well as being a director of the Broadcast Executives Society from 1972 to 1978 and its chairman in 1974 and 1975, he produced the organization's Christmas luncheon for many years, writing scripts and organizing entertainment.
After one successful event, the crowd of 1,000 in the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto rose to give Mr. MacDONALD, busy directing activities from the control room, a standing ovation. Mr. McLAUGHIN hurled a roll at Mr. MacDONALD, who was behind the control room's glass. Many followed suit and Mr. MacDONALD joined in the fun, ducking to avoid the "hits."
Mr. MacDONALD also helped set up the Ruth Hancock Scholarship for students pursuing a career in broadcasting and revamped the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' award ceremony. He retired in 1987.
As for his very Canadian name: "He always said he was working on the sir," Sheilagh MacDONALD said. Mr. MacDONALD leaves his wife of 49 years, Sheilagh, son Glen, daughter Jeannie HEROLD and six grandchildren.
John A. MacDONALD, actor, salesman; born in Brantford, Ontario, March 25, 1930; died in Markham, Ontario, on November 23, 2002.
Special to The Globe and Mail

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GERWIG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-16 published
HIDAS, Laszlo Otto -- Peacefully, on 14 November, 2002, at home and surrounded by his family, in his 79th year of life. Born in Budapest, Hungary, and emigrated during the October Revolution in 1956. Predeceased by his parents, Irma and Aladar HIDAS, his sister, Clara FRANCINI, and his brother, Karoly HIDAS. Beloved husband of Helga (née GERWIG) and loving, cherished father of his daughters Tina (Luke) and Madeleine (David). He will be missed by his many Friends and family both here and abroad. Our heartfelt thanks for their professional care go to Dr. Jan BLUMENSTEIN, Dr. Jennifer GRAHAM, Dr. Malcolm MOORE, Dr. Richard REZNICK, Marcia MacLEOD R.N., and their staff at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, at Windermere, east of the Jane Subway on Sunday, November 17 from 12 noon for a Funeral Service in the chapel at 1 o'clock. Cremation to follow. For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 610 University Avenue, P.O. Box 20350, Stn. Brm B, Toronto M7Y 3R1. ''Yet I am always with you''

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