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WITELSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-24 published
Beloved philanthropist left a rich legacy
Irving ZUCKER cared passionately about the arts
Order of Canada among many honours in life
Paul MORSE Torstar News Service
Irving ZUCKER is best known as Hamilton's most celebrated patron of the arts and learning.
But he was so much more.
An Order of Canada recipient, a Canada Council for the Arts member, World War 2 veteran, founder of a radio station and a successful entrepreneur -- Mr. ZUCKER was a something of a Renaissance man.
The long-time philanthropist died as a result of heart surgery at Toronto General Hospital Sunday morning. He was 82.
"He was a great friend. We worked on a lot of projects together and he will be sorely missed," said Heritage Minister Sheila COPPS, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East. "He had a finger in a lot of pies."
Even in retirement, Mr. ZUCKER was active on the Canada Council and was a citizenship court judge.
"He really, really cared about his Hamilton community, and his (Jewish) faith was really important to him," COPPS said.
Bernard BASKIN, rabbi emeritus of Hamilton's Temple Anshe Sholom, gave the eulogy at Mr. ZUCKER's funeral yesterday at Adas Israel Synagogue, attended by more than 300 people. Those in attendance included COPPS, former Ontario lieutenant-governor Lincoln ALEXANDER, local politicians and members of the arts community.
Outlining the many accomplishments of his late friend, BASKIN said that for Mr. ZUCKER, wealth was an instrument to be used for improving the world, not a deity to be worshipped.
"He was an outstanding philanthropist," BASKIN said in an interview. "I don't know anyone else who measures up to the depth and variety of his giving."
He believes Mr. ZUCKER's giving nature was a product of his early life. "He came from a modest background. He became successful early in life. Perhaps he felt he had to give something back."
Across Hamilton, grieving community leaders remembered a man who left a lasting legacy on the city's artistic life.
Larissa CIUPKA, communications officer with the Art Gallery of Hamilton, said Mr. ZUCKER defied description.
"He was larger than life and yet very approachable, friendly, happy to see you."
As a philanthropist, she said, he led by example. "It's one thing to get up on a soapbox and talk about it, it's another thing to actually do it. He was a doer."
"I'm devastated," said Theatre Aquarius artistic director Max REIMER.
"He was one of the first people I met when I came here. He took me out and talked the theatre and the city as if it was his. It was pretty exciting to think there was somebody like that here."
Mr. ZUCKER, or Zeke to his Friends, was born in Hamilton in 1920 and grew up in the city's north end, where his father was a watchmaker. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2 and trained aircrew in bombing and gunnery.
He became interested in broadcasting after the war, and founded CHIQ radio and later CHAM in Hamilton. He eventually assembled a network of radio stations in Ontario and eastern Canada. He bought CKOC/K-Lite FM in Hamilton and CJBK in London, Ontario, in 1993 and sold them three years ago.
In addition to his broadcasting interests, Mr. ZUCKER was president of Standard Industries Ltd. and Public Service Lighting Inc., and a director of Income Life Insurance Co.
During the 1960s, Mr. ZUCKER began to acquire paintings and sculptures. By the 1980s, he was concentrating on his art collection.
"He was always interested in upcoming and established artists," said Linda MacRAE, owner of Westdale Gallery and a long-time friend.
"He was always very much interested in abstract art and so he always wanted to be made aware of any new artist who'd come to my gallery," she said.
"He was like a kid in a candy store, actually."
In 1988, Mr. ZUCKER provided the funds for the restoration of the Blair Bruce painting collection at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. He donated works of art valued at $2.5 million to the gallery in 1991 and his $500,000 donation was instrumental in allowing Theatre Aquarius to proceed with the construction of its new theatre building.
In 1994, he donated seven sculptures that had adorned his own garden to the Art Gallery of Hamilton. The pieces are located in the Irving Zucker Sculpture Court on Commonwealth Square adjacent to the gallery.
Louise DOMPIERRE, Art Gallery of Hamilton president, said she will meet with Mr. ZUCKER's close Friends in the new year to plan a fitting tribute for him on behalf of the gallery.
"We're shocked and sorry about his passing. He was a true friend of the arts and the art gallery," she said. "He was a very generous contributor, not only to the art gallery but to the theatre and to individuals in the community. He will be missed enormously.
"He's leaving a big void."
Throughout his business career, Mr. ZUCKER supported various Jewish charities, as well as the United Way and fundraising for the Hamilton Place Auditorium.
In 1967, he founded the Irving Zucker Foundation, financed from his business ventures. The foundation established scholarships at McMaster University and has funded the Zucker lecture series at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business.
In 1999, he endowed McMaster's faculty of health sciences with the Albert Einstein-Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience.
"This was a major gift he'd wanted to make to the university, which he had so much respect for," said Dr. Sandra WITELSON, who was named to the chair.
Mr. ZUCKER's $1 million donation was matched by the university.
In 1995, Mr. ZUCKER was inducted into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction, which honours prominent citizens who have brought credit to the community.
The last time Hamilton Mayor Bob WADE saw Mr. ZUCKER was a couple of months ago. He simply wanted to remind the mayor he was available if help was needed.
"That's the kind of man he was. He wanted to be a part of anything where his contribution could be made," Wade said. "He'll be missed by the community. He has helped the city tremendously."
In 1983, he was appointed to the Economic Council of Canada for three years. Thirteen years later, Sheila COPPS appointed him to the board of the Canada Council for the Arts. He was reappointed in 1999 to serve another three years.
But Mr. ZUCKER was most proud of being named a member of the Order of Canada for his philanthropy by governor-general Romeo LEBLANC in 1997.
He was honoured in 1999 by the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation for his leadership and commitment to area hospitals.
Mr. ZUCKER didn't limit his generosity to the arts community, said former Hamilton councillor Geraldine COPPS. When she needed his help for Lakeland Pool, he gave generously.
"It wasn't something particularly close to his heart, but if it was good for the community, Mr. ZUCKER would be there."
Stan KEYES, the federal Liberal caucus chair and Hamilton West Member of Parliament, called Mr. ZUCKER a leader and a good friend.
"There will be a void, a huge void, until someone steps up to the plate, but I don't know if anyone will be able to step up and fill the void that Irving has left."
Four years ago, Mr. ZUCKER received an honorary doctor of laws degree from McMaster University.
President Peter GEORGE called Mr. ZUCKER a good friend to the university. "He reached out into so many activities in this community and all of Canada."
Mr. ZUCKER leaves his children Martin, David and Susan ZUCKER- RAKOFF, brother Bernard ZUCKER, sister Faye LEIBTAG and close companion Irene HALE. He had been divorced from his first wife for many years.
Hamilton Spectator

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WITHERSPOON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-20 published
WALLACE, John Tucker Forbes -- Peacefully, at Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga, on Thursday, December 19, 2002, after a brief illness, in his 77th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Mary E. (WITHERSPOON) for over 50 years. Devoted father of Anne and Nancy. Respected father-in-law of Chris GIBBS and adored Grandpa of Anne and Andrew. Born and raised in Woodbridge, Ontario, attended Weston Collegiate, veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1945, graduate of the University of Toronto, U.C. 1949. Career in pension management and employee benefits. son of the late May and Robert T., brother of William (Nancy) and the late Betty (Bert YOUNG), Ruth and Bob. Brother-in-law of Eva WALLACE, David and Erna WITHERSPOON and the late Nancy and Dean RICHARD. Good times will be remembered by nieces and nephews and John's many Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 23rd at 11 a.m. from St. Matthew's Islington (Anglican) Church, 3962 Bloor St. West, Etobicoke. Cremation to follow and interment will be held at a later date. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

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WITTENBOLS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-28 published
CODY (Chodyniecki,) Hazel -- At her residence on Friday, December 27, 2002. Hazel, beloved wife of the late William J., loving mother of Edward and his wife Rose-Marie, Carolyn and her husband Hugh McCARTNEY, dear grandmother of Michelle and her husband Chris CHANG, Theresa and her husband Quinn BINGHAM and Kevin McCARTNEY and his wife Doreen WITTENBOLS, dear great-grandmother of Abby. Dear sister to Pauline KANTOR and Nell CODY. She will be sadly missed by her family in Saskatchewan. Mrs. CODY's family will receive Friends at the ''Eglinton Chapel'' of McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 1812 Eglinton Ave. W. (at Dufferin St.), 416-782-1197. Visitation Sun. 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Monday, December 30, 2002 at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church at 10: 00 a.m. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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WITTY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-06-05 published
William Grant WITTY
In loving memory of William Grant WITTY, January 29, 1922-June 1, 2002.
Grant Witty, a resident of the Manitoulin Lodge and formerly of Gordon Township, died at the Mindemoya Hospital on Saturday, June 1, 2002 at the age of 80 years. He was born in Gordon Township, son of the late Thomas and Flora (SCOTT) WITTY. Grant was a veteran of WW2, and had served overseas. When he returned from the war, he worked in a steel plant in Sault Ste. Marie, then moved to Mills Twp. where he farmed until moving to Gordon Twp, and then sold monuments. He continued to sell monuments until 1988 when his son Bruce took over the business. He had many hobbies including hunting and especially fishing. He enjoyed carpentry work, and was a "handyman" who could fix anything. He was a dedicated and faithful member of Br.514 Royal Canadian Legion, Gore Bay. Grant was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed, but his memory will be cherished and his legacy will be carried on by his children, whom he instilled a love of life.
Dearly loved husband for 58 years of Adeline (BURMASTER) WITTY of Gore Bay, Loving and loved father of Chester (wife Donna) of Hanmer, Clifford (wife Lori) of Thessalon, Bruce (wife Linda) of Gore Bay and Peter (wife Melanie) of Unionville. Proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. Dear brother of Willard WITTY (wife Bessie) of Evansville, Nellie NOLAND (husband George predeceased) and Ken WITTY (wife Maizie) of Sault Ste. Marie. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Bella and her husband Boyd McKINLEY, brother Jim WITTY and infant sister Ruby. Friends called the Culgin Funeral Home on Sunday June 2, 2002. The funeral service was conducted in the Wm. G. Turner Chapel on Monday June 3, 2002 with Mr. Les CRAMP officiating. Interment in Gordon Cemetery.

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WITTY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-11-06 published
Willard B. WITTY
In loving memory of Willard B. WITTY, August 9, 1908 to October 31, 2002.
Willard WITTY, a resident of R.R#1 Evansville, passed away at the Mindemoya Hospital on Thursday, October 31, 2002 at the age of 94 years.
He was born in Burpee Township son of the late Thomas and Flora (SCOTT) WITTY.
Willard began working on the fishing tugs at the age of 17 and fished all his life until his retirement. He was a member of the Ontario Commercial Fisherman's Association and the Trapper's Association. He also enjoyed hunting, trapping. A loving and loved husband, father, and friend, he will be sadly missed, but many memories will be cherished.
Dearly loved and loving husband of Bessie (McKINLEY) WITTY, loving and loved father of Delena and husband John DEEG of Evansville and Darwin and wife Karen of Courtice. Dear brother of Ken WITTY of Thessalon, and Nellie NOLAND of Gore Bay. Predeceased by sisters Ruby and Bella and brothers James and Grant. Dear grandfather of David (Michelle), Brian (Ashley), Cheryl (Sean), Janice and Paul. Great grandfather of Rebecca, Thomas, Brett and Mickey-Lynn. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Relatives and Friends called the Culgin Funeral Home on Friday November 1. The funeral service was conducted at the Burpee Mills Complex, on Saturday, November 2, 2002. Interment in Burpee Mills Cemetery. If so desired, donations to the Burpee Mills Cemetery fund or Mindemoya Hospital Auxiliary would be appreciated, and may be arranged through the Culgin Funeral Home, Gore Bay, 705-282-2270

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WITZENHAUSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-12 published
BILLINGS, James (Jim) -- Peacefully at the Brampton Memorial Hospital on November 10, 2002 at the age of 87 years. Beloved husband of Pearl (née GRAHAM) for 59 years. Loving father of Gail WITZENHAUSEN (Richard POERSCH,) Karl (Jo-Anne) and Ross (Marcy), and daughter-in-law Carolyn. Dear grandfather of Andrew, Konrad, Travis and Nicole. Dear brother of Mary, Florence and Charlie. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home ''Brampton Chapel'', 52 Main St. S., (Hwy. 10) Brampton on Tuesday 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 1 p.m. Interment Brampton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the West Park Healthcare Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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