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MAHARAJ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-26 published
MAHARAJ, Bhagirath Rishy (Ricky) -- Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 24th, 2002 at our family home, surrounded by his loved ones. Beloved husband of Bindrawattee (Betty), cherished father of Savi, Ravi, Daya, Rudra and Shanta, loving father-in-law of Krishan and Jennifer, adoring grandfather of Dev, Meera, Nandini, Nityan and Mahesh. Brother of Ram, Ramesh, Prakash, Sati and Ravi. Son-in-law of Kubair SINGH of Trinidad, brother-in-law of Mohan and Roy KUBAIRSINGH of Trinidad, Rajdaye of England, Kheimtee and Indrani of Mississauga. He will be sadly missed by all. Family and Friends may pay their respects at The Scott Funeral Home, 289 Main Street North, Brampton. Visitation: Thursday 3-5 p.m., Friday 6-8 p.m. Funeral services and cremation on Saturday, December 28th, at 1 p.m. at Meadowvale Crematorium, 7732 Chinguacousy Road, Brampton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or The Canadian Cancer Society.

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MAHAVOLICH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-11 published
Former Maple Leaf led Flying Fathers
Staff, Canadian Press Wednesday, December 11, 2002 -- Print Edition, Page S2
Father Les COSTELLO, who gave up a promising career with the Toronto Maple Leafs to devote his life to the church, died yesterday afternoon. He was 74.
COSTELLO helped the Leafs win a Stanley Cup in 1948, but he was better known as a founding member of the Flying Fathers, a barnstorming team of Roman Catholic priests that has raised more than $4-million for charity since the early 1960s.
Born in South Porcupine, Ontario, COSTELLO was a graduate of St. Michael's College School in Toronto, a hockey powerhouse that has produced more than 100 National Hockey League players, including Frank MAHAVOLICH and COSTELLO's younger brother Murray.
He spent three seasons with the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League between 1947 and 1950, and played in five playoff games with the Leafs in 1948, scoring two goals and two assists. He played 15 games the following season and then surprised the hockey world by entering St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto.
He was ordained in 1957 and spent most of his career at St. Alphonsus Church in Schumacher, Ontario, in northern Ontario. He modelled himself on Saint Martin de Porres, a mixed-race saint from Peru who devoted his life to serving the poor.
"He kept his door open 24 hours a day," said Frank QUINN, the manager of the Flying Fathers. "You'd wake up in the morning and you'd find two or three people sleeping on the couch who he didn't know."
COSTELLO laced his sermons with off-colour jokes and never failed to draw a large crowd on Sundays.
"He's going to be missed," said Gus MORTSON, who played with COSTELLO both as a Maple Leaf and with the Flying Fathers and has attended many of his services. "Now the other Catholic churches in town are going to get some of their members back."
The exploits of the Flying Fathers attracted attention from Hollywood in the late 1970s, prompting director Francis Ford COPPOLA to pay him a visit. As they talked about a possible film deal over a glass of wine, COSTELLO told COPPOLA that he thought his recent film, Apocalypse Now, was immoral.
COPPOLA smiled sheepishly and replied, "Well, it made me a lot of money."
"There are more important things in life than making money," COSTELLO snapped back.
A little over a week ago, COSTELLO hit his head on the ice while playing a game with the Flying Fathers in Kincardine, Ontario He sat out the team's game the next night in Lindsay, Ontario, saying he wasn't feeling well. He was taken to hospital in nearby Peterborough.
The next day he was brought to St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, where he fell into a coma. He died a few hours after his family chose to take him off life support yesterday.
COSTELLO's funeral will be held in Schumacher.
He is survived by his brothers Murray and Jack and his sister Rita.

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MAHER o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.enterprise-bulletin 2002-05-07 published
MIRRLEES, Donald Fraser
Passed away at the General and Marine Hospital, in Collingwood, on Thursday, May 2, 2002. Don MIRRLEES, beloved husband of the late Dorothy MIRRLEES. Dear father of Sharon, (Mrs. Eric PADDISON,) of Collingwood. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Carol McNABB, Colleen MINOR and Scott JELLY and 5 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Isobel YOUNG, of Collingwood, Judy CHARTRAND, of Collingwood and the late Anna MAHER, Helen PATTERSON, Bill MIRRLEES and Ross MIRRLEES. Cremation. A memorial service will be held at the Chatterson-Long Funeral Home, 404 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, on Thursday, May 9, 2002 at 11 a.m. Interment of cremains Collingwood Presbyterian Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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MAHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-16 published
PHILLIPS, John Gavin (Jack) -- Age 81. Passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, November 3, 2002, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Northern Ireland but came to Toronto as a child where he spent the rest of his life. He retired after a lengthy service with (Supertest) British Petroleum. During W.W. II, Jack served in the 12th Manitoba Dragoons and was very proud to have fought for the liberation of Holland. son of the late Gavin PHILLIPS and the late Leonora PHILLIPS, he was predeceased by his wives Nan in 1965 and Margaret in 1985. He is survived by his stepdaughter Diane GOBEL, her husband Werner of Newmarket and their four sons. He is also survived by his sisters Rae BARKER, Aurora, and Leonora CRAMMOND, Newmarket, and his brother William (Bill) of Jackson's Point. He was predeceased by his sisters Reta KENNEDY and Doris MAHER. Jack will be fondly missed by many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2002 at the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, 733 Mt. Pleasant Road (south of Eglinton), Toronto at 11 a.m., with Reverend Deborah HART officiating. The family wish to thank the Hiley family and Dr. Lisa BELGIUDICE for all their wonderful care and request that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Sunnybrook Hospital Cardiopulmonary Unit.

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MAHONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-31 published
MAHONEY, John Joseph -- (Longtime employee of Toronto Separate School Board) Suddenly on Sunday, December 29, 2002 at St. Joseph's Health Centre. John, beloved husband of Ellen (née GROGAN) of 46 years. Loving brother of Bridie (Tom TAILOR/TAYLOR,) Margaret SANDERS, Mary PEPE, James MAHONEY and the late Michael MAHONEY and fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Dearest friend of Michael BURK/BURKE and Lulu HARRINGTON and will be sadly missed by many Friends and relatives in Cork, Ireland. The family will receive Friends at the Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas St. West (1 block east of Runnymede) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday from Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 3055 Bloor St. West at 1 p.m. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. John was very generous to several charities and in his memory, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.

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MAHOVLICH 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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