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KESHET o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-07 published
By Leah KESHET Friday, February 7, 2003, Page A20
Mathematician, husband, father, grandfather. Born March 21, 1917, in Mlawa, Poland. Died January 27 in Vancouver, British Columbia, of natural causes, aged 85.
Michael EDELSTEIN was born to a respected, well-to-do, traditional Jewish family: His grandfather, Zisha ZILBERBERG, owned a large brick tenement building and a grocery store; his father, Baruch, prospered in the leather trade.
As a young child, Michael received a Jewish education. During his impressionable teen years, Michael discovered a copy of Darwin's Origin of Species abandoned in his grandfather's attic by a fleeing soldier. The discovery led him toward a life of science, and away from religion. As an adolescent, he excelled in mathematics and physics. He was an avid reader, astute in current events, and a scholar of history, who retained detailed knowledge of turbulent events of the two centuries spanned by his life.
Rising anti-Semitism in Poland of the 1920s and 1930s blocked higher education for Jews (via "Numerus Clausus" -- the quota system). His sister Sarenka persuaded Michael to study abroad at the fledgling Hebrew University of Jerusalem (in then-Palestine). He arrived alone in that bewildering land in 1937. There he struggled with the language and culture, and was beset by loneliness and homesickness. Ultimately, this dislocation spared his life. The firestorm that erupted over Europe in 1939 was to consume his family in the Holocaust.
On the Mt. Scopus campus of Hebrew U., conditions were rough, stipends meagre, and hunger and deprivation were rampant. War interrupted his studies: With the onset of the Second World War, Michael enlisted in the British Army, serving in Italy and Egypt. He later fought in the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, and participated in defense research.
The 1950s were years of happiness and rejuvenation. He was reunited, in Israel, with his sister, the single family member who had survived Auschwitz. In 1951, Michael married a warm, caring, beautiful native bride, Tikvah SEGAL; two years later, their only daughter was born. The couple struggled to make ends meet while completing higher degrees, Michael a mathematics D.Sc and Tikvah a botany Ph.D.
In 1962, the family undertook a journey, through Ithaca, New York, and Michigan, which eventually led them, in 1964, to a new home in Canada. Michael was recruited as a mathematics professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he became a founder of the mathematics graduate and research program. He inspired colleagues, trained students, carried out research, and taught there for more than two decades before his retirement and relocation to British Columbia.
Michael saw his own life as a series of personal losses: of his beloved mother Ester-Leah (when he was 6), of his young wife (at age 51), his sister in later life, and many others. By age 85, he had outlived an entire generation of kin. He struggled with internal demons in personal interactions, often leaving Friends and loved ones grieving over sudden, inexplicable estrangements. A miraculous reunion in recent years, with his once-estranged daughter who had followed his footsteps to become a mathematician, led to a close bond. It remained unbroken until his dying day, January 27, 2003, in Vancouver.
Michael was an exceptional chess player (gaining the title of International Master in Correspondence Chess in the 1990s), but mathematics was his first love and lifelong passion; he never tired of transmitting that passion to students and even to casual acquaintances. While infirm with Parkinson's disease at an advanced age, he took pleasure in his mathematics books, and braved some of the most notoriously challenging problems in mathematics.
Leah KESHET is Michael's daughter.

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KESLICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-25 published
Pilot 'displayed utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty'
By Tom HAWTHORN Special to The Globe and Mail Monday, August 25, 2003 - Page R5
Jack KESLICK, a pilot who won a Distinguished Flying Cross for his several daring bombing missions over Germany in the Second World War, has died in Richmond Hill, Ontario He was 81.
Mr. KESLICK, a flying officer, had several scrapes with disaster, losing engines on two sorties and being hit by flak on two others.
On August 9, 1944, he lost an engine during an attack on a launch site for the V-1 flying bomb at Prouville, France, but managed to return safely to base at Leeming, Yorkshire, home of No. 429 (Bison) Squadron. The following month, he again lost an engine on a mission. Though he had yet to reach his target at Calais on the French coast, Mr. KESLICK continued with his bombing assignment before returning to England.
Four days later, on September 28, a wave of 38 Lancaster and 214 Halifax bombers was assigned to take out coastal guns at Cap Gris Nez. Many crews had to return with their bombs because of poor weather, but Mr. KESLICK was able to strike the target.
On October 12, Mr. KESLICK's Halifax was hit by flak while joining 95 others in a sortie against oil plants at Wanne-Eickel, Germany. His plane was not seriously damaged.
His crew also took part in the massive attack on the Wilhelmshaven naval base on the night of October 15-16, as 119 Halifaxes and 19 Lancasters dropped more than one million pounds of incendiaries and high explosives on the port city.
From July 28 to November 6, 1944, Mr. KESLICK logged more than 165 hours of flight on 31 sorties, but his most harrowing mission was yet to be flown. On November 24, his bomber was one of a baker's dozen on a mining operation on the Kattegat, the strait separating Denmark and Sweden. His Halifax was hit by flak, damaging the bomb bay and the starboard outer engine. He nursed his Halifax back to Scotland.
John Leask KESLICK was born in Toronto on May 25, 1922. He enlisted on July 29, 1942, and had been promoted to pilot officer by the time he left military service.
He was presented his medal at Government House in Ottawa by Governor-General Vincent MASSEY in 1953, according to research by the military historian Hugh HALLIDAY. The citation noted that Mr. KESLICK had "invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."
Mr. KESLICK died of congestive heart failure at Richmond Hill, Ontario, on July 15. He leaves a son, a daughter and a sister. He was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn.

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KESTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-28 published
Peggy lived her life as a beautiful, special person who brought joy, love and light to everyone she touched. Her kindness, compassion and overwhelming energy to help others was ever present from her days as a nurse at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and the Victorian Order of Nurses, to her work as a nursing instructor at Centennial College and as a public health nurse for the City of Toronto. A wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a wonderful friend. Peggy lived courageously with ovarian cancer for the last four years, her strength, positive outlook and love of life never wavering. Peggy died peacefully at home, on May 25th, 2003, wrapped in the love of her husband and best friend Bruce and her daughters - Sarah, Rebecca and Martha and son-in-law Josh KESTER. Peggy will be dearly missed by all who knew her including her parents John and Beth SAULT, her in-laws Marg and Os TRUSCOTT, her siblings Mary McKELVEY (Max,) Cathie HUGHES (Wayne,) John SAULT (Linda,) Barb SAULT (Liz THOMAS,) Patty BONTJE (Michael) as well as by her many Friends, cousins, nieces and nephews. We wish to thank Dr. J. STURGEON and Dr. D. DEPETRILLO (Princess Margaret Hospital), Dr. J. MEHARCHAND (Toronto East General Hospital), Dr. J. RIEGER (Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care,) and nurses Barb MOFFAT and Ann Marie HOGAN (St. Elizabeth Health Care) for their compassionate and supportive care. At Peggy's request, a private cremation has occurred, arranged by The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre. A service celebrating her life will be held for family and Friends at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, Ontario (905-893-1121) on Monday, June 2nd, 2003 at 5: 30 p.m. The family extends a warm welcome to all who wish to join them. In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations to the National Ovarian Cancer Association, 27 Park Road, Toronto M4W 2N2 (416-962-2700). In September 2002 Peggy founded the first annual ''Walk of Hope'' to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. Please join us on September 7th, 2003 at the second annual National Ovarian Cancer Association ''Walk of Hope'' and remember Peggy. Further details will be available at:

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KESTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-27 published
SAULT, John Henry (1918 - 2003)
Died peacefully in Toronto on Friday, October 24, 2003 surrounded by his wife and family. Loving husband of Beth (HARRISON) for over 60 years. Great Dad to Mary (Max McKELVEY,) the late Peggy (Bruce TRUSCOTT), Cathie (Wayne HUGHES), John (Linda), Barb (Liz THOMAS,) Patty (Michael BONTJE.) Wonderful Grampa who will be missed particularly at Boshkung Lake by his grandchildren Keith, Andrew and Heather McKELVEY; Sarah, Rebecca (Josh KESTER), and Martha TRUSCOTT; Alison, Calum and Jeremy HUGHES; Harrison and Alex BONTJE. Predeceased by sister Helen (SAULT) LINDSAY whose children looked to him as a mentor and guide. Special Uncle to his many nieces and nephews. Jock, affectionately known as ''Saltie'' was a long-time salesman for the Canadian Salt Company. Along with a busy career and active family life, Jock coached hockey, golfed and drove the water-ski-boat. He was a dedicated Big Brother, Boy Scout Leader and Elder at Forest Hill United Church. Later in life he volunteered with North Toronto Meals on Wheels. He served a term as Mayor of Donarvon Park, Boshkung Lake and spent a cherished year as President of the Boshkung Lake Cottagers Association ending the summer by holding the First Annual Presidents Ball. A large man who loved life, he will be missed by his family, many relatives, Friends and co-workers. Jock was well known for his favourite saying, ''It's great to be alive''.The family extends sincere gratitude to the staff at Kingsway Retirement Home and the Trillium Health Centre (Mississauga) for their devoted and professional care. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West at Windermere, east of the Jane subway from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm, Monday; Memorial Service in the Chapel on Tuesday October 28, 2003 at 3: 00 pm. If desired a donation may be made to National Ovarian Cancer Association, 27 Park Road, Toronto, Ontario Canada, M4W 2N2.

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