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COMASSAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-12 published
Love is not changed by death. Died peacefully at her home on April 10, 2003 in her 81st year after a valiant battle with cancer. Cherished wife for 54 years to the late Harry APPLEBY. Dear mother to Laurence and Lynda WENGER and mother-in-law to Marvin WENGER. Devoted and greatly loved grandmother to Meredith WENGER. Caring daughter to the late Isadore and Yetta GRYMEK. Survived by her brothers Lou and Sam GRYMEK and her sisters Ann COMASSAR and Shirley KREM. A wonderful mother has gone, leaving her children to remember her strong presence, graciousness and courage. For the love and happiness we shared we are truly thankful. The family acknowledges with thanks, the efforts of Dr. Joan MURPHY, the other doctors, nurses and support staff of the Princess Margaret Hospital. Also the caring attention of Dr. Russell GOLDMAN and Teresita MADRID. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (1 light west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, April 13th at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva at 342 Spadina Road, Suite 303, Toronto, concluding Tuesday evening April 15. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Foundation, 610 University Avenue, Toronto M5G 2M9 (416) 946-6560.

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COMENDADOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-05 published
A life cut short by severe acute respiratory syndrome
The only doctor to have died from the virus in North America, he was a caring professional and a loving family man
By Bill GLADSTONE Special to The Globe and Mail Friday, September 5, 2003 - Page R13
As the only doctor in North America to die of severe acute respiratory syndrome, Toronto physician Nestor YANGA may have gained more prominence in death than by anything he had accomplished in life.
He was a dedicated general practitioner, church volunteer and family man who was passionate about everything he did, according to Friends. A former president of the Canadian Filipino Medical Association, he loved dancing, gardening and spending time with his wife and two sons.
In the early days of the city's outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, as doctors were still scrambling to identify and contain the alarming new disease, a patient turned up at Dr. YANGA's east-Toronto clinic who was a family member of one of the first carriers in Canada; two more family members came to see him two days later. In medical parlance, all would be known as "super-secretors" for the highly virulent and infectious strains they carried.
"He saw them in the waiting room and told them they'd better go to the hospital," said his friend, Dr. Bina COMENDADOR, a Richmond Hill, Ontario, psychiatrist.
Shortly afterwards Dr. YANGA came down with a slight fever, then a dry cough. When the symptoms worsened, he visited a newly instituted screening centre for severe acute respiratory syndrome and was told to get to Sunnybrook Hospital right away. "Being the doctor he was, he drove himself to the hospital and he never came out," Dr. COMENDADOR said.
He died after a four-month struggle with the disease on August 13 at the age of 54. He was the 44th severe acute respiratory syndrome victim in the Toronto area.
An estimated 2,000 people, including many provincial dignitaries, medical professionals and members of the city's Filipino community, paid their last respects to Dr. YANGA at a funeral in Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral. In eulogies, he was depicted as a hero who had fallen on the front lines of medicine's unrelenting battle against illness of every kind.
"He contracted the disease while caring for one of his patients," said Dr. Larry ERLICK, president of the Ontario Medical Association. "It's a risk that physicians face every day."
As if to underscore that risk, two of the three doctors who worked with Dr. YANGA in the Lapsley Family Doctors Clinic were also infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome last April; one remains hospitalized while the other is still too weak to resume his medical duties; the fourth recently reopened the clinic and is struggling with a fourfold increase in patient load. As well, two nurses in the Toronto area have died of the virus after caring for severe acute respiratory syndrome-stricken patients.
Born in Malabon, the Philipines, on October 8, 1948, Nestor YANGA studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila he specialized in surgery and graduated in 1975. He emigrated to Canada in 1981 and was married the same year in Toronto, having met his prospective bride, Remy, during a visit two years earlier.
Passing a rigorous set of medical exams in Canada, Dr. YANGA interned at a Newfoundland hospital for two months, then at two hospitals in Toronto. Intending to become a psychiatrist, he studied at McMaster University and at the University of Toronto, but withdrew in his third year, telling Friends he preferred to practise family medicine.
Toronto psychiatrist Dr. Dulce BISMONTE recalled that Dr. YANGA had inspired her to enter psychiatry and that she was very saddened when he told her he was leaving that field. "He was so compassionate and caring, he would have made an excellent psychiatrist," she said.
As a general practitioner, Dr. YANGA got to know many of his patients as people and often spent more time with them than strictly necessary, to the occasional consternation of patients in his waiting room. Any annoyance would invariably melt away, however, as the meticulous but easygoing doctor would bestow a similar level of care and warmth upon each waiting patient in turn.
"He was the kind of person you could respect and really care about, and I think his patients felt that too," Dr. COMENDADOR said. "He would make you feel that you were special and that you were the most important patient."
Dr. YANGA sometimes assisted with surgeries at Centenary Hospital and worked as a volunteer at the sexual assault clinic at Grace Hospital. He and his wife were also dedicated members of the Filipino-dominated charismatic Catholic group Bukas Loob Sa Diyos.
Having performed in his youth with a dance group, which toured all over Southeast Asia, Dr. YANGA retained a passion for ballroom dancing, which he did with his wife, and line dancing, which he did apart from her, with others. "Nestor loved to dance," Dr. BISMONTE observed. "He might have been on the chubby side, but he was a very graceful dancer."
He was, above all, a consummate family man who always reserved plenty of time to be with his family and usually took them with him to medical conferences at resorts. "His loss is a tragedy to his family as well as to all of his patients, and I don't know how we're going to overcome it," Dr. ERLICK said. "He had a huge following and it's hard to replace a physician like that."
Nestor YANGA leaves his wife Remy, sons Nelson, 20, and Ronald, 16, brother Emmanuel and father Lauro, all of Toronto.

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COMERFORD o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-07-23 published
Dorothy Jean SMITH
It is with great sadness that the family announces the death of Dorothy Jean SMITH (née McLAUGHIN) age 67 of Saskatoon, which occurred on July 6, 2003. A private graveside service was held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon on July 11, conducted by the Rev. Henry COMERFORD with only family members in attendance in accordance with Dorothy's wishes. Arrangements were entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home.
Surviving are her loving husband Frederick, daughter Kim SMITH- CHAMBERLAIN (David) of Herefordshire, England, son of Terry of Martensville, Saskatchewan, sister Roberta McMULLEN (Doug) of Sudbury, brother Hugh McLAUGHLIN (Mollyanne) of Gore Bay, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Dorothy was predeceased by her father Wm. Burt McLAUGHLIN in 1956 and her mother Laura McLAUGHLIN in 1989. Dorothy was born in Manitowaning, on September 19th, 1935 where she grew up and completed her education at the Continuation School. She graduated from Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing in 1957 and was a life member of the alumnae. She did private duty nursing in Ottawa and obstetrical nursing at the Sudbury General Hospital. She served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Nursing Sister with the rank of Flying Officer. She married Fred SMITH on September 9, 1961 at St. George's Anglican Church, Saskatoon. Dorothy enjoyed the arts and entertainment and was a huge "movie buff." She loved gardening, music and nature and was employed in the family business until the business was sold in 2001. She was also gifted with a remarkable decorating flare which was demonstrated during all the festive seasons. Dorothy was always active in her family's lives, a devoted wife, mother and friend and will be very sadly missed by all.

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