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KARAKAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-14 published
Loving husband, father and grandfather died peacefully at home in Montreal, at the age of 94 on February 12, 2003 Husband of Alis (née SALDJIAN,) father of Anna, wife of Simon TAVITIAN, all of Montreal, Quebec, Rita KARAKAS of Toronto, and beloved grandfather of Gregory TAVITIAN of Toronto and Stephanie TAVITIAN and her fiance David GUTHRIE of Barrie, Ontario. Will be sadly missed by his niece, nephew, godchildren and relatives in Istanbul, Turkey. Predeceased by his parents, sister and brother in Turkey. He led a full, rich life dedicated to his family, his Friends and his Armenian community. Funeral Saturday, February 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church, Montreal. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hayastan All Armenia Fund 416-332-0787.
May he rest in eternal peace.

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KARAVOS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-01 published
Ex-pilot aided foreigners who hid soldiers
By Kelly HAGGART Saturday, March 1, 2003 - Page F11
Robert ADAM/ADAMS, past president of a society set up to honour and assist individuals who risked their lives helping Allied airmen evade capture during the Second World War, died in Toronto this month of cancer. He was 82.
Mr. ADAM/ADAMS was a 22-year-old Canadian pilot on loan to Britain's Royal Air Force when his plane was shot down after bombing a German ship in southern Greece. Stout-hearted people on two small islands in the Aegean, risking torture or execution for their actions, sheltered the six-man crew for a month until they were rescued.
After the war, Mr. ADAM/ADAMS founded a chain of tool-rental stores in the Toronto area called ADAM/ADAMS Rent-All, which he sold when he retired in 1989.
In 1965, Mr. ADAM/ADAMS joined the newly formed Canadian branch of the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society. The group vowed to assist the citizens who had helped Allied airmen who fell into their midst escape or evade capture; thanks to their courage, almost 3,000 men had made it back to safety.
"The object of the society is to remember, " the group's literature says, "and to aid our helpers who may still be suffering the results of imprisonment and torture at the hands of the enemy, and to maintain the very strong Friendships that developed during those years."
(Ernest BEVIN, Britain's foreign secretary in 1945-51, told the first chairman of the group's British chapter: "Your society does a damned sight more good in Europe than all my ambassadors rolled together.")
John DIX, a fellow member of the Escaping Society's Canadian branch, said that, "in most cases, we only knew our helpers a week or less -- we were just passing through. But the nature of the relationship and the tension of the times were such that they became lifelong Friends. We never forgot them, we had them over to Canada every year, we kept in touch. We owed them a debt of honour."
Flight Lieutenant ADAM/ADAMS and his crew of four Britons and an Australian left their base in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of November 6, 1943, scouting for targets to bomb. They spotted a German ship anchored off Naxos, an island in the Cyclades group south of Athens.
After dropping 16 bombs, one of the plane's two engines was hit by German flak. "Luckily, it kept going for 10 minutes, which gave us time to make a getaway, Mr. ADAM/ADAMS told his daughter, Patricia ADAM/ADAMS. " Then it conked out and we had to slowly descend."
He ditched his disabled Wellington bomber flawlessly into the sea. The crew escaped through hatches, and a dinghy and a parachute popped out of the aircraft before it sank within 30 seconds of hitting the water. The men paddled ashore to the island of Sifnos, half a kilometre away.
"After complaining about our cigarettes being wet, we slept in the parachute under an olive tree, Mr. ADAM/ADAMS recalled. "In the morning, we were discovered by a girl riding by on a donkey. She went to fetch her father [George KARAVOS], and he went and got someone who could understand English and who decided we weren't German."
The initial suspicion was mutual. When Mr. KARAVOS took the men to his home and offered them water, they were afraid to drink it, until the farmer reassured them by taking a first sip.
The six men were hidden first in a mountaintop monastery on Sifnos, and then in a cave used as a goat pen on the neighbouring island of Serifos. Their presence was kept from local children, in case they unwittingly tipped off the German patrol that visited the islands several times a week from the nearby occupied island of Milos.
"During the war, 180 people on Sifnos died because they didn't have enough to eat, Mr. ADAM/ADAMS said. "But the locals made a big fuss over us, bringing food and cigarettes."
The men spent 10 days in the monastery, with a stream of hungry people climbing the steep path to bring them bread and cheese, oranges, figs, retsina and handfuls of precious, rationed cigarettes.
Then the Sifnos chief of police, Demetrius BAKEAS, who was determined the men should not be captured, arranged for them to go to Serifos, because "there are people there who can help you."
A fisherman took them under cover of darkness to Serifos. There, housed in the goat pen, they found five British commandos spying on German troop movements. Conditions were primitive in that cave for the next 20 days, but the spies had a wireless and were able to arrange the air crew's rescue. A Royal Navy gunboat disguised as a Greek fishing vessel picked them up and, moving by night, took them to safety in Cyprus.
All six men survived the war, and later learned they had succeeded in sinking that ship in Naxos harbour.
Mr. ADAM/ADAMS kept in touch with his helpers after the war, with his letters translated for him by a Greek neighbour in Toronto.
"I remember being taken to Greek community functions, " Patricia ADAM/ADAMS recalled. "And every Christmas Dad would send a parcel to the school on Sifnos, with paper and pencils, and little dime-store gifts for the children. Putting that package together every year was very emotional."
"Bob was a very great guy, with a great sense of humour, " said Roy BROWN, secretary of the Escaping Society. Mr. ADAM/ADAMS was treasurer of the society at his death, and served as president in 1995-96.
"We have about 100 members now across the country, who are in their 80s and beyond, Mr. BROWN said. "Most of our helpers are in the same or worse shape, so we're not bringing them over as we did up until five or six years ago. But we still help out when we see a helper in need."
Robert Watson ADAM/ADAMS was born on January 22, 1921, in Windsor, Ontario, where his father, Dr. Frederick ADAM/ADAMS, was the medical officer of health for more than 20 years. If he had returned to base that night after the raid on Naxos harbour, he would have received the cable informing him of his father's death back home.
After graduating from Windsor's Kennedy Collegiate in 1939, Mr. ADAM/ADAMS worked in a bank before enlisting in June, 1941. A few weeks later his older brother, Coulson, was killed during training in England, shot down by a German night fighter that had sneaked across the Channel. His other brother, John, was also a bomber pilot killed in action, shot down during a raid on Hanover, Germany, just a few months before the war in Europe ended.
Robert ADAM/ADAMS's story was featured in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-Television documentary in 1966, when a Telescope camera crew followed him and his wife, Joan, back to Sifnos, where they received a hero's welcome.
"Those Greeks had nothing to gain and everything to lose, " Mr. ADAM/ADAMS told the show's associate producer, George Ronald. "They were starving, and yet they gave us everything. They were superb.... I don't think they know just how kind and generous and how brave they were."
Mr. BAKEAS, who had moved to Athens after retiring from the police force, returned to Sifnos for the emotional reunion held 23 years after he helped save Mr. ADAM/ADAMS's life. Earlier, he had written to "my dear friend" in Canada: "It is not possible for me to forget the danger which connected us in those terrible war days. We shall be always waiting you."
In addition to his wife, Mr. ADAM/ADAMS leaves his children John, Patricia and Mary, sons-in-law Lawrence SOLOMON and Steve DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS, and granddaughters Essie and Catharine.
Robert Watson ADAM/ADAMS, chain-store founder and past president of the Canadian branch of the Royal Air Force Escaping Society born in Windsor, Ontario, on January 22, 1921; died in Toronto on February 10, 2003.

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KARETAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-07 published
Willard Adrian JACKSON
By Andrew LINDELL, Donna MORRISON Friday, March 7, 2003 - Page A18
Engineer, adventurer, grandfather. Born July 19, 1912, in Sudbury, Ontario Died February 8, in Toronto, of congestive heart failure, aged 90.
Willard Adrian JACKSON was cremated in a pine box, with no funeral, arrangements you might think were for a man without family or Friends. Yet, Willard was one of most loved men I've ever known, deeply loved by his wife of 68 years, three daughters, eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Born the son of a funeral director, he did not believe in excess or unnecessary extravagances and rituals, including funerals. He called cars "necessary evils" and did not pretend to understand the generation controlled by computers. His strong attitudes were often offensively opinionated and even politically incorrect. Still, what most warmed to in him was his belief in the simple joys of life: family, love, and good old-fashioned hard work.
Willard lived a good life and a long one -- one longer than you might expect after a life of work-related injuries and mishaps. A plane crash in 1954 during Hurricane Hazel left him with a torn ear, crushed left forearm and broken neck (he broke it twice in his lifetime; his back once, in another incident), that put him in a plaster cast from head to waist for six months. The doctors told him he would likely be paralyzed. Helped by his wife Jane by playing Scrabble for hours, forced to pick up the tiny letter pieces with his mangled hand, he fully recovered.
A graduate of Queen's University science class of 1939, as a civil engineer, Willard began his career working in the underground mines, first with Inco and then at Falconbridge, both in Sudbury. In 1940, he tried to join the war effort overseas, but wasn't accepted because, as an engineer, he was needed in his own country to help build airstrips in Goose Bay, Labrador. After the war, he worked at Canadian Pacific Railway in Sudbury for five years. He joined Clarke Steamship Co. of Montreal in the construction department and was later lured to join Caswell Construction where he helped build Highway 401. He left to set up his own business in Toronto, Consul Consultants, where, as crane specialist, he travelled all over North America investigating large construction and mining accidents for insurance companies.
Willard was a master storyteller, and loved to tell tales of his adventures hunting, building or travelling. He once had to eat raw porcupine after his food and dry-match supply ran out on a moose-hunting trip. He had a special place in his heart for Canada's Arctic, where in 1978 he befriended many of the local residents at his (now late) grand_son's wedding to (now) federal Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Nancy KARETAK- LINDELL. A week before Willard died, he was paid a visit by his longtime friend from Iqaluit, Abraham. It was one of the final highlights of his life.
My grandfather was an extraordinary male role model for seven boys growing up in divorced marriages. He taught us to work hard at everything we do. When we were teenagers, he had us blasting rocks and felling trees to build roads at his farm in Lafontaine, Ontario He was always our biggest fan, praising our accomplishments and encouraging us to take risks into fields that filled our hearts, not necessarily our wallets.
When he turned 90 last July, it became obvious that Willard himself thought he was done. Living became a necessary evil. He became crippled with arthritis and his breathing became very laboured. In November, he called the entire family together for Christmas day, knowing -- he told us -- it would be his last. With my video camera rolling, I asked him what advice he could pass on. "Be true to your values, " he said.
Andrew is Willard's grand_son. Andrew and his fiancée Donna collaborated on this essay.

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KARGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-06 published
KARGER, John Paul, B.A.Sc., M.B.A.
35 years employed with Atomic Energy of Canada with postings in Russia, Romania, Argentina, India and other foreign lands, preceded by 3 years as a pilot with the Canadian Air Force; graduating from University of Toronto '58
He died suddenly, on Friday, October 3, 2003 of a heart attack at the age of 68, in Mississauga. John will be sadly missed by his most beloved Pearl, his loving children Paula, Tomas and Lisa, stepsons Neil and Adrian, brother George and wife Jana, sister Vera and husband Igor HOLUBEC and brother and sister-in-law, the late Paul and Dorothy KARGER. The family will receive Friends at the Turner and Porter ''Peel'' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, (Hwy. 10 north of Queen Elizabeth Way), on Monday from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at 10: 30 a.m. at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, 11 Peter Street South, Port Credit (Lakeshore Road, east of Mississauga Road). Cremation. As an expression of sympathy, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be greatly appreciated.

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KARMINSKI o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-12-17 published
Deacon David Roland COLEMAN TRUDEAU
In loving memory of Deacon David Roland COLEMAN TRUDEAU at the age of 78 years Thirty years of sobriety. Died peacefully surrounded by his wife and family at the Manitoulin Health Centre on Wednesday evening December 10, 2003.
Beloved husband of Clara (FOX) TRUDEAU of Wikwemikong and first wife the late Tillie KUBUNT of Newberry, Michigan. Dear son of the late Dominic and Angeline (WASSEGIJIG) TRUDEAU of Wikwemikong. Dear step-father to Bill TUCKER, Sharon (husband Ray) Wynn and Bob TUCKER of Newberry, Michigan, Lindell MATHEWS of Wikwemikong, Annie KAY (friend Eric EADIE,) Mathew and Linda MATHEWS (predeceased.) Loving grandfather to Billy, Karen, Jimmy, Linda (friend Wayne), Ronald (friend Tracy), Maxwell, Lindsay, Michael, Darla and a few more from Newberry, Michigan (names unknown at time of printing). Predeceased by two grandchildren Linda Marie and Lucy Marie. One great granddaughter Deanna MATHEWS. Loving brother of Stella (Jim predeceased) PAVLOT of Sault, Michigan, Ursula (Bob) SCHUPP of Meza, Arizona, Elsie (John predeceased) BOWES of Shorter, Alabama. Predeceased by brothers and sisters and in-laws Tony (Margaret) TRUDEAU, Isadore (Marge) WEMIGWANS, Lena (Bova) GRENIER, and Francis (Nestor) KARMINSKI. Will be sadly missed by Godchildren Jonathon DEBASSIGE, Alison RECOLLET, Darcy SPANISH, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rested at St. Ignatius Church, Buzwah. Funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Mission, Wikwemikong on Monday, December 15, 2003 at 11: 00 a.m. with Father Doug McCarthy s.j. officiating. Cremation at the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nations Crematorium. Lougheed Funeral Home.

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KARN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-04 published
KRAFCHIK, Terrie (Theresa)
Died at Saint Mary's Hospital on Monday, November 3, 2003, at 90 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Paul Peter KRAFCHIK (February 1989.) Mother of Gail and her husband Bob HASLER of Ottawa, and Jim and his wife Lillian KRAFCHIK of Toronto. Grandmother of Michael KRAFCHIK, David KRAFCHIK, both of Toronto, and Laurel Anne HASLER of Saint John's, Newfoundland. Sister of Dorothy WEILER of Kitchener, Marie KARN of Puslinch, Loretta McCASKILL of Barrie, and Helen HIPEL of Waterloo. Sister-in-law of Gladys HERGOTT of Kitchener. Predeceased by her brothers, Irvin, Elmer and Jerome HERGOTT. Terrie was an active member of Saint Mark's R.C. Parish where she was also a member of the Catholic Women's League. She taught bridge to the blind from 1973-1975, and was very involved in parish bridge marathons from 1954-2003. The KRAFCHIK family will receive Friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519-749-8467) Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with parish prayers on Wednesday at 8: 30 p.m. Prayers will be offered at the Funeral Home on Thursday, November 6, 2003 at 10: 15 a.m., then followed by Terrie's Funeral Mass at Saint Mark's R.C. Parish, 55 Driftwood Drive, Kitchener, at 11 a.m. Fr. Bill TRUSZ officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Saint Mark's R.C. Parish Mortgage Fund or to Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Visit for Theresa's memorial.

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