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HELLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-27 published
HELLER, Irving H., M.D., Ph.D., (F.R.C.P.C)
Born March 26, 1926, died October 26, 2003 in Montreal. Professor of Neurology (retired), McGill University. Beloved husband of Anita Fochs HELLER, father of Monica (Timothy KAISER) and Julian (Ronni BROTT) and grandfather of Natalie and Nicolas KAISER, and Jake, Alexander and Andrée HELLER. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 28 at Mount Royal Funeral Complex (1297 Chemin De la Forét, Outremont, Québec, H2V 2P9 (514) 279-6540) at 1 p.m. The family will receive Friends at home on Tuesday, October 28 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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HELLWIG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-18 published
HELLWIG- PANCZAKIEWICZ, Andrew Joseph (Retired Imperial Oil engineer)
Died on April 14, 2003 in Toronto at 81. The cause was complications from Parkinson's disease. Born on August 22, 1921 in Warsaw, Poland, Andrew was just beginning medical school in 1939 when World War 2 broke out. Escaping from Poland on skis, he joined the Polish 2nd Army Corps. He served as Lieutenant and was awarded Poland's highest medal for bravery, the Virtuti Militari, in Italy. After the war he completed a chemical engineering degree in London, England, where he met his wife, Betty. They emigrated to Canada in 1957 and Andrew worked at Imperial Oil from 1957-1983. Throughout his life, Andrew took great pleasure in his time with family organizing picnics on the shores of Lake Huron, rowing and fishing in Georgian Bay, or simply tending his rose garden and watching the birds with Betty. His smile was infectious as was his deep love of his land of birth, which he passed onto all of us. His curiosity made him a wonderful travel companion, and over decades he maintained Friendships with many in faraway places. We will all miss him. He is survived by his wife, Betty, his brother, Adam, his children, Basia, John and Stefan, and his five grandchildren, Christopher, Stefan, Sasha, Zoe and Michael. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, on Monday, April 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Basil's, 50 St. Joseph Street (at Bay) on Tuesday, April 22 at 10 am. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson Society Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, Ontario M2P 2A9 or to the Charitable Foundation of Canadian Polish Congress, 288 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2M4. The family gives special thanks to the staff at Kensington Gardens.

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HELLYER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-14 published
Thomas MacDONALD
By Joan ROBINSON Friday, March 14, 2003 - Page A24
Father, husband, caterer. Born November 12, 1915, in Liverpool, England. Died January 25, in Ottawa, of a stroke, aged 87.
Tom MacDONALD was the third of nine children born to William and Mary Ellen MacDONALD. The family emigrated from England to Canada in 1924 and settled in Kingston, Ontario With the outbreak of the Second World War, Tom and his four brothers joined the Armed Forces. Tom enlisted in the Canadian Army on January 25, 1940. He was assigned as batman/driver to Lieutenant-General H. D. R. CRERAR. In 1944, the Kingston Whig Standard featured a photo of "Cpl. T. McDONALD" sewing an extra pip on CRERAR's uniform, marking his promotion to full General; CRERAR was then Commander of the First Canadian Army. During those war years, Tom served with the general in Italy, Sicily, the Netherlands, Belgium, North Africa, France and Germany. One of his duties was to prepare the general's meals; he became proficient at obtaining and preparing reasonable meals with scant resources. It was during this time that he developed a keen interest in food preparation.
After the war, Tom remained in the army. Although he had no professional training, his natural flair for food preparation and presentation led to his employment in Ottawa by National Defence Headquarters as organizer and caterer of official banquets and what was known as "the cocktail party circuit." On a private basis, the United States Embassy also employed him in this capacity.
Among his effects are letters of appreciation from Ambassador Livingston MERCHANT of the U.S. Embassy and one from then-president Dwight EISENHOWER, thanking Tom for his efforts during the Second World War, as well as his contributions during two presidential trips to Ottawa. It concludes: "With best wishes to a former comrade-in-arms."
During this time he also accompanied General CRERAR on official business trips, wherein his role was to assist in the personal needs of the CRERAR family. Many of these trips were to major Canadian cities but in 1947, Tom accompanied General CRERAR on a trade development mission to Hawaii, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Manila. His last international trip took place in the 1960s when, in a similar role, he travelled to Cyprus with a delegation headed by Minister of Defence Paul HELLYER.
In 1965, he was honourably released from the army. He then assumed the position of steward at 24 Sussex Drive. He served with Prime Minister Lester PEARSON from 1965 to 1968 and with Prime Minister Pierre TRUDEAU from 1968 to 1975. He was again responsible for the organization of formal banquets and other entertainment. On one such occasion, a photo much prized by Tom's English mother shows him in formal dress, standing ready to serve the Queen Mother.
Although officially retired in 1975, he maintained his interest in cooking both in his private catering business and at home. He was a lively, fun-loving man and with his wife, Verena, hosted many memorable parties wherein his love of people and sense of humour had full rein.
Tom was proud of his country, his city and his war service. He could be moved to tears by memories of his war years and every year that he was physically able he marched in the Veteran's Day parade wearing his war medals.
In his declining years, he was comforted by the care and companionship of his family and Friends. At Uncle Tom's funeral they volunteered their special memories of him. There was much laughter and few tears as befitted the man. The music of his favourite song We'll Meet Again concluded the ceremony -- sung, of course, by Vera LYNN. He will be missed by many, including nieces, nephews, Friends and surviving comrades-in-arms.
Joan is Tom MacDONALD's niece.

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