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KOVACS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-08-21 published
Laszlo "Leslie" KOVACS
In loving memory of Laszlo "Leslie" KOVACS, June 27, 1935 to August 14, 2002.
Laszlo (Leslie) KOVACS a resident of Gore Bay (Gordon Township) died unexpectedly at his farm in Gordon Township on Tuesday August 13, at the age of 67 years. He was born in Felsogalla, Hungary. Leslie was a world citizen having lived and traveled in many countries in his lifetime. He was by profession, a mechanical engineer, graduate of Liam University of the Netherlands. He served both the Canadian and United States government in special services until his retirement. He immensely enjoyed playing chess, having intellectual discussions, reading, going to auctions and collecting anything and everything, he also enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and preparing culinary delights and he especially enjoyed the quiet times when he and Heather would read in front of the fireplace. Cherished and beloved spouse of Heather YOUNG, devoted and caring stepfather of Jamie FOGAL, dear father of Norbert and Joseph KOVACS. Predeceased by numerous family members in Hungary.
Will be sadly missed by many Friends especially Charlie, Bill and Joan YOUNG, and Jessica. Leslie was cremated at his request. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangement in the care of Culgin Funeral Home, Gore Bay.

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KOVACS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2002-12-20 published
PETERSON
The family of the late Eve PETERSON would like to sincerely thank relatives, Friends, neighbors and co-workers for the support and care shown to our family during this time of sorrow and great loss. Your cards, food, flowers and memorial donations were greatly appreciated. Your love, support and understanding has certainly helped us get through these very difficult days. Heartfelt thanks to the special nurses from Victorian Order of Nurses Strathroy/Middlesex, Home Care and Parkwood Hospital - Palliative Care, their wonderful care and compassion provided to Eve was greatly appreciated. Our gratitude to Helen BATTER for her support during Eve's last few days with us, it meant so much to all of us. Special thank you to Dr. KOVACS, Dr. SWIFT, Dr. SUNDERJI and Dr. KORTAS, your support and efforts will always be remembered. To Canon David BOWYER, our heartfelt thanks for your beautiful words spoken at the funeral. Your presence was appreciated more than words can say. Thank you to all the pallbearers. To Mike STEVENSON and the staff at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home thank you for your professionalism and compassion during this most difficult time. - Norm PETERSON and family.

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KOVACS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-03 published
Engineer was 'a man of vision'
He convinced Ontario to test rivers and lakes for mercury poisoning and other toxins
By Stephanie CESCA Special to The Globe and Mail Tuesday, December 3, 2002 -- Page R11
Paul DIOSADY, a Hungarian chemical engineer who helped to modernize the Ontario Ministry of Environment, has died at his home in Toronto. He was 88.
Dubbed the "ministry's man of vision" by his colleagues, Mr. DIOSADY, who died on Oct. 24, encouraged and convinced the ministry to enhance its analytical capabilities in the 1960s and seventies critical improvements that were hailed as major breakthroughs at the time.
His influence meant that by the time he retired as chief scientist in 1978, the Ministry of Environment had introduced testing equipment and facilities for mercury, asbestos, pesticides and others.
"He was never satisfied with second-best. That was his legacy," said Otto UDVARDY, a friend and former colleague. "He was a perfectionist."
This trait earned him a reputation early on in his career in Canada. Although he arrived in 1958 with limited English skills, he was determined that all of his ideas were conveyed perfectly to everyone, all of the time.
The method he adopted while working at the ministry was to carry around a roll of paper towels everywhere he went. Whenever he couldn't communicate properly, he would simply take out a sheet of paper towel, draw a picture to illustrate his message and present it to his colleagues.
While the technique was successful, it was soon abandoned. Mr. DIOSADY was a quick learner, so with his newly acquired English skills, he began to rise through the ranks.
Born in Transylvania (now in Romania but then part of Hungary) in 1913, Mr. DIOSADY came to Canada after already establishing a successful career as an engineer in Europe. His interest in engineering began as a student when he learned about the possibilities that applied science provided. Supported by state scholarships, he studied in Romania and completed a degree in mathematics and chemistry and then a graduate degree in chemical engineering.
"He saw applied sciences as a more interesting and rewarding career," said his son, Levente DIOSADY, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Toronto. "He became a very passionate engineer. He was excited about its possibilities."
After completing his studies in 1941, Mr. DIOSADY married Irene SZABO, who was to be his wife for the next 60 years. During the war, they fled to Budapest where Mr. DIOSADY worked as an engineer for the largest leather factory in Hungary at the time. But after spending four years there, Mr. DIOSADY decided to take his expertise elsewhere, so he designed his own leather manufacturing plant, which opened in 1948. At his own plant, Mr. DIOSADY used his creative energy to experiment and invent new tanning agents.
"He thought [his plant] was his greatest achievement because he built it, designed it and ran it until the end of 1956," Levente DIOSADY said.
During that time, Mr. DIOSADY also sat on a European commission with other leading leather-manufacturing experts. Aware of the pollution generated by the leather industry, the commission discussed ways to limit environmental damage.
But Mr. DIOSADY's work on the commission and within his plant came to a halt during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He decided it was time to flee the country.
At the time, the border changed almost weekly, making it dangerous to cross. To safeguard his family, Mr. DIOSADY first reconnoitered the situation alone. He spent four days crossing the Hungarian-Austrian border and back again so that he would know exactly what to expect when it was time for all of them to go.
"He went and scouted out the route he was going to take," his son said. "He was that kind of perfectionist."
On Dec. 31, 1956, Mr. DIOSADY, his wife and their son Levente slipped away to Austria, from where they intended to emigrate to North America and leave war-torn Europe for good.
"The three of us, with another couple, dragged a toboggan with a suitcase across three miles of fields at night," said Levente DIOSADY. "We barely missed a patrol, who fortunately were talking to each other upwind. We hid in a haystack for about an hour before continuing." Finally, the party reached Austria and safety. "We crossed over a canal into Austria. The Austrian villagers had set up a hut with a stove and some wood, just for refugees," said Levente Diosady. "It was very exciting for a 13-year-old."
In Vienna, Mr. DIOSADY was given the option of moving to either Canada or the United States.
"He chose Canada because there was no conscription in Canada. He didn't want his son to go to war," Levente DIOSADY said.
After a brief stint in Montreal, which initially attracted him because he was French-speaking, Mr. DIOSADY uprooted for the last time.
In Toronto, he worked as a chemist for a short while before settling down at the Ontario Water Resources Commission, which later became a part of the Ministry of Environment.
He retired 20 years later in 1978, but only after his efforts had helped to enhance the ministry's capabilities, urging and convincing the ministry to acquire state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
As a result of Mr. DIOSADY's efforts, the ministry was able to test for mercury before 1970, when a worldwide mercury scare came to North America after poisoned fish were discovered in Ontario.
"He was a workaholic," his son said. "And scientifically ahead of his time."
Mr. DIOSADY also helped to form the Hungarian Canadian Engineers Association, and even served as its president for a term in the late fifties.
"Within the association, he was highly respected all the time," said Steve KOVACS, a friend and former president of the organization. "He really wanted to do all he could for us."
Although he was officially retired in 1978, Mr. DIOSADY continued to work on a part-time basis. He became a consultant to Canada's pharmaceutical industry and for 10 years helped in the production of generic drugs.
Outside of work, Mr. DIOSADY played the piano and the violin instruments he taught himself to play while in university. He also spent time researching Hungarian folk music and, in his final years, writing his memoirs.
In addition to his son, Levente, Mr. DIOSADY leaves his wife, Irene, and two grandchildren, Andrew and Laslo.
Paul DIOSADY, chemical engineer; born in Transylvania, Hungary, on Dec. 28, 1913; died in Toronto, Oct. 24, 2002.

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KOVACS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-19 published
KOVACS, Annette (nee) McALEAVEY -- Peacefully on Sunday, November 17, 2002, at the age of 38, after a courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Beloved mother of Emilie. Loving sister of Shelagh, Heather (Rob) and Colleen (Darren). Dear friend and companion of Michael KOVACS. Annette will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home - ''Mississauga Chapel'', 1981 Dundas St. W., (1 block East of Erin Mills Pkwy.) from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, November 20 at 11 a.m. from Saint John of the Cross Roman Catholic Church (6890 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga). A reception will follow immediately after the Mass. For those wishing to join the family, the interment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Thornhill. Donations in Annette's memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the charity of your choice. Neweduk Funeral Home 905-828-8000

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KOVACS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-22 published
STANEK, Stella -- Peacefully, on Friday, December 20, 2002 at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Beloved wife of Czeslaw (Chester). Dear sister of Marian CHABERSKI. Stella will be fondly remembered by Gayle KOVACS and her nieces and nephews. Stella was a volunteer for many years for the auxiliary at Copernicus Lodge. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Ave. from 2-4 p.m. on Monday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 1 o'clock. If desired, remembrances to the St. Joseph's Health Centre Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated.

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KOVACS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-26 published
KOVACS, Berta (née HEGEDUS) -- On Sunday, December 22, 2002, in her 78th year, passed away peacefully in her sleep, quietly valiant and courageous to the end. Predeceased by her beloved husband Istvan (Steve) KOVACS. Sorely missed by devoted daughter Eva and her husband Frank; loving son Stephen and his wife Deborah. Survived by her older brother Erno HEGEDUS of Mogyoroska, Hungary. Draga Anyuka, Your presence is missed Your memory treasured Loving you always Forgetting you never Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles) on Friday, December 27, 2002 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church (432 Sheppard Ave. E. - just west of Bayview).

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KOVEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-18 published
KOVEN, Dorothy -- On Monday, December 16, 2002 at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Dorothy KOVEN, beloved wife of Jack. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Martin KOVEN, and Philip and Anne KOVEN. Dear sister of Helen SIMPSON. Devoted grandmother of Peter and Paul. Special thanks to Lorenza MATABANG for her loving care. At Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street (Bathurst and Eglinton), for service on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 66 Collier Street. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Dorothy and Jack Koven Endowment Fund c/o Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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