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POL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-15 published
VAN DER POL, Nicholas Alexander (January 6, 1987 - November 12, Died tragically on November 12th as the result of an accident. Nicholas was the beloved son of Balthasar (Balty) and Diane, cherished brother of Christian and pet Sylvestra. Loving grand_son of Janet EDGERLY and Margheritta VAN DER POL. Fondly remembered by his Aunts and Uncles Peter (Helen), Heather (Glen), Adeline (Murray), special Aunt Adelina, (Florio) and by his cousins Morgan, Melayne, Tyler, Spencer and many Friends. Nicholas will always be remembered for his sense of humour, his quick wit, questioning mind, passion for flying, rockets, baseball, magic tricks and quick ability to do Rubik's cubes. Friends are invited to visit the family at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Ave., (3 lights north of Highway #7) (905) 305-8508 on Monday, November 17th from 2: 00 ­ 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 ­ 9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 18th at 11: 00 a.m. at Unionville Alliance Church, 4898 16th Avenue. Reception to follow at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Children's Wish Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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POLACSEK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-07 published
POLACSEK, Erich Paul
Died of old age at 96 on Saturday, July 5, 2003, surviving spouse of 62-year marriage to Elise POLACSEK, father of Haide (William AIDE), Lise (Guther KUNZELMANN), Uta (Sergio MENDES), Eric (Sheelagh O'DONOVAN), Antje, Heliane (Michael HALL) and Martin; grandfather of Christopher M., Anya, Stephen, Shaun, Rachel, Daniel, Cornelia, Oliver, Tanya, Mark, Alexis, Christian, David, Orla, Thomas, Una, Christopher A., Ivan, Johann and Tobias; great-grandfather of Erin, Hilary, Catherine, Frances, Adriane, Eric, Jakob, Emma M., Sebastian and Emma G. Funeral Services at Christ the King Dietrich Bonhoeffer Lutheran Church, 149 Baythorne Drive, Thornhilll, Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment at York Cemetery, Senlac Avenue, Toronto. Reception to follow at Church. Special thanks to all the caregivers on the 4th Floor at the York Central Hospital, Long Term Care Unit.

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POLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-25 published
MAHABIR, Harold Edwin
Feeling safe in the arms of his family, Harold died peacefully on June 22, 2003, at Princess Margaret Hospital. Harold held the key to his wife Jacqueline's heart for over 50 years. To his children, Alex MAHABIR and her husband Dave POLEY of Port Hope, Nigel MAHABIR, David MAHABIR and his partner Magi ONWUDIWE, and Nicole MAHABIR, all of Toronto, and to countless Friends and relatives around the world, Dad was a teacher and advisor in all subjects from astronomy to zoology, and a storyteller extraordinaire. His wisdom and limitless love shored us up all our lives, and continues to do so. Harold was the keeper of all secrets of the universe, and most beloved and treasured ''Grandie'' to Lucy and Grace POLEY, and remains their all-time favourite playmate. Memorial service will be held at Melville Presbyterian Church, 70 Old Kingston Road, Scarborough, M1E 3J5 (416) 283-3703 at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2003. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 727 Lansdowne Street W., Peterborough, Ontario K9J 1Z2 or at www.cancer.ca would be appreciated by the family in Harold's name.

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POLLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-22 published
Lloyd Dee FOBES
By Rena POLLEY Thursday, May 22, 2003 - Page A20
Father, brother, carpenter, baker, storyteller. Born January 31, 1934, in Ryley, Alberta. Died April 20 in Toronto, of cancer, aged 69.
Shortly after we moved onto our street, a man with a white goatee and a leather hat, wearing grey sweat pants and moccasins, went over to where the kids were playing and handed them a bag of brownies. He said he had just made them and wanted to know what they thought. The kids all disappeared, followed by the slamming of front doors, and the now-familiar scream: "Look what Dee gave us!" We all asked, "Who's Dee?"
We got weekly reports from the kids about this Dee fellow. They usually began with "Did you know..." and followed by "... that Dee was an Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer?" "... that he bakes hundred and hundreds of desserts?" "... that he has three daughters, four sisters and a brother out west, and another one he calls 'Sister' who lives nearby?" "... that he was a looker when he was younger?" "... that he drinks 20 cups of coffee a day, and if you need any work done, he is also a carpenter?" Oh, we thought, and obviously a great storyteller.
Then one Mother's Day we opened our door and sitting on our porch was a freshly baked carrot cake. "It's from Dee," the kids said, "Happy Mother's Day." The next day there was a knock at our door. Dee stood there with bags of baked goods. "I just made these," he said rubbing his hands together. "I think you will like them." We didn't introduce ourselves because we felt we knew him intimately and assumed he knew us. He came by weekly after that with more baked goods.
When the weather got warmer, Dee sat on his front porch. The kids would sit with him as he held court, regaling them with his stories. Slowly the adults began to wander over. It looked too interesting for us to ignore. We sat and ate and talked about anything and nothing. It is where we met each other: all neighbours, all on Dee's front porch, all over a few baked goods. It is where he unwittingly taught us about community.
But Dee could also draw lines in the sand. One neighbour was off Dee's baking list for two years. In a frantic state to leave on a family vacation, she had refused Dee's baking. After many apologies from her and pleading from her neighbours, Dee finally put her back on his list. If you dared to ask to buy any of the baked goods, you were off his list. If you put in a request, you were off his list. As one neighbour said, it was a sad sight to see Dee walk down the street handing out baked goods and pass by your door.
For our annual street fair, Dee would bring over 300 brownies and pecan tarts for the kids to sell. He insisted they keep the money. With part of the proceeds, we bought the kids gear for their street-hockey game. Dee enjoyed watching them play almost as much as he loved watching his Toronto Maple Leafs. We bought him a pair of handmade moccasins as a thank-you gift. When we saw him shuffling around in his old ones, we asked him why he wasn't wearing the new moccasins. He said, "Oh, they are too good to wear, I still have them in the box."
We finally met "Sister." Her name is Anne. When Dee became sick, Anne and her two daughters Alecia and Carolynne spent every day at the hospital with Dee. His daughter Karen came from British Columbia as well. We learned that after Anne's husband died, Dee lived with her for years under the guise of helping her renovate but it was really to be a good brother to her and a surrogate father to her daughters.
It has been 11 years since Dee moved into the basement apartment across the street. The porch is empty now. Over the simple gesture of sharing food, Dee taught us the power of community and made our street a better place to live.
Rena POLLEY was a neighbour of Dee Fobes.

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POLLOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-21 published
Donald MacPherson POLLOCK
By Jack POLLOCK Thursday, August 21, 2003 - Page A22
Company founder, humanitarian, storyteller, vehicle aficionado, husband, father, grandfather. Born July 22, 1917 in Kerwood, Ontario Died May 27, in Strathroy, Ontario, of natural causes, aged 86.
Born the second of four sons to William Raymond POLLOCK and Minnie Esther MacPHERSON, Donald was raised in Kerwood, Ontario, in a household that valued family, community service, music -- and horse racing. A childhood tumble from a tree resulted in a broken arm that was set improperly. For the rest of his life, he would work around this hindrance with characteristic aplomb.
Donald attended the butter maker's course at Ontario Agricultural College and joined his father in the family business, the Kerwood Creamery. Changing times brought the sale of the creamery to Carnation Milk Co. in 1943. Donald bought his first delivery truck and set out on the road to building Pollock NationaLease, the largest family-owned full-service truck leasing company in Canada (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year).
Donald (Don) was exacting in his expectations of himself. He believed in hard work, loyalty and courage. In the early years, he hauled milk to the local depot. He operated an egg-grading station and cold storage plant with his father. And he delivered television cabinets to manufacturers such as General Electric and Philips Electronics.
By 1958, his company owned 12 tractor-trailers. In the 1960s and 1970s, he expanded into other areas such as funeral coaches and ambulances. Donald enjoyed this business -- particularly when he clinched the sale of a new Cadillac hearse. But he judged that the truck market had more potential for growth. He was right. Today, Pollock NationaLease has a fleet of 3,500 vehicles and six locations from Windsor to Toronto, and in Moncton, N.B.
None of this was accomplished alone. In 1942, he married Margaret ANDERSON, known to all as Peg, a woman of considerable wit and facility with a golf club. In 1992, Donald and Peg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. At 80, in 1996, Peg succumbed to cancer.
They raised three children - -- Jim, Bill and Anne -- in their Strathroy home. In time, four grandchildren would join the family. The couple shared a love of travel and knew how to enjoy life, passing easily from their working years to the freedom of a genial retirement. The daily business of the company shifted into the capable hands of Donald's eldest son, Jim, and an experienced management team.
Donald was increasingly active in community causes, contributing to the Lion's Club for some 60 years. He was a dedicated Mason and a Shriner. He had a special fondness for Jeepsters. He loved to entertain the crowds at carnivals, parades and other community events. A soft touch for antique cars, he prided himself on having the spiffiest convertible in the parade, complete with musical horns.
Donald collected and restored other vehicles, including a 1915 Ford Brass Rad Speedster and a 1932 Model B Roadster. He entered competitions at the Canadian National Exhibition and elsewhere, filling his den with victory cups and trophies.
His other passions included bridge, gin and poker and any kind of gambling. He had his own house rules: "Quit when you're up because that's the only way to beat the bastards!" His favourite game was blackjack and he was well-known at the local casinos.
He enjoyed his last game a week before his death, playing out his hand from his wheelchair in the company of his son Bill, a devoted caregiver.
To the end of his life, Donald's mind and sense of humour remained fully intact -- his body just wore out.
Jack POLLOCK is Donald's brother.

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POLLOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-15 published
GENSER, Bonnie
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Bonnie GENSER, who died on Sunday, November 29th, 2003. She died peacefully, without pain, with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband Harold GENSER who died in 1980, and her siblings Rebecca JAUVOISH, Lottie BECKMAN, Bessie MELEMADE, David LEVIN, Rosie LEVIN, Esther POLLOCK and Harry LEVIN. She leaves to grieve her death and celebrate her life, three daughters, Naomi COHEN (Jared SABLE,) Toronto, Barbara BUTLER, Winnipeg, Susan STARR (Don STARR), Toronto, London, six grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. In addition to her immediate family, she is remembered by her sisters-in-law Esther Genser KAPLAN, Myrna LEVIN, Beverley LEVIN and Marion Vaisley GENSER, and many nieces and nephews.
Bonnie served in a leadership capacity in various areas of the community; president of the Bride's group, National Council of Jewish Women, president of Lillian Frieman Chapter of Hadassah, founder of the Shaarey Zedek Girl Guides, and later as a commissioner of the Manitoba Girl Guides. During her many visits to Israel she served as a volunteer in areas of agriculture, education, archaelogy, and social services.
She lived life to the fullest, and will be remembered for her dynamic personality, wit, charm, generosity, and infectious smile which made everyone feel special.
We wish to thank Vangie, Claire, Amy, and Ruth for their loving care.
Pallbearers were her grand_sons Scott COHEN, Paul RAYBURN, Josh BUTLER, Sheldon POTTER, granddaughters Hally and Misha STARR, and nephews Michael and Daniel LEVIN. Honorary pallbearers were Don STARR, Jared SABLE, Perry RAYBURN, and Mayer LAWEE.
Rabbi Allan GREEN officiated and her granddaughter Leanne POTTER spoke on behalf of the family. Donations in Bonnie's memory may be made to The Bonnie Genser Fund in the Women's Endowment Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, C-400-123 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3N 2B2, (204) 477-7525 or www.jewishfoundation.org or the charity of your choice.

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POLMATEER o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-02-12 published
Michael Benn JANSEN
In loving memory of Michael Benn JANSEN who passed away on Friday, February 7, 2003 at Sudbury General Hospital at the age of 23 years.
Husband of Christine. Father of Alexandra and Brianna. son of Evert & Barbara JANSEN. Brother of Serena and husband Marius VERBOOM of Providence Bay, Kyla at home, Erica of Kingston and Peter at home. Grandson of Alie JANSEN of Whitby and Azetta STEPHENS of Little Current. Predeceased by grandfathers Cornelis JANSEN and Ellwood STEPHENS. Brother-in-law of Nathan POLMATEER. Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at Island Funeral Home. Funeral Service at 11: 00 am Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at Grace Bible Church.

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POLSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-08 published
POLSON, Robin
In celebration of the life of Robin who died at home on March 6, 2003. He was 42 years old. There were so many who loved him. First and foremost his wife Rachel (''the love of my life!'') who gave him four years of exquisite happiness. And all of Rachel's family Carol and John, David and Sara, and Sarah and Scott. His parents Deirdre RAILTON, Keith POLSON and step-mother Rose POLSON who were always so proud of the courage and infectious optimism with which he confronted the frailties of his physical life. His brothers, David and Michael who were his role models and the best of companions. And his nephew and nieces Cameron, Maya and Avery with whom he loved to play. And so many people at Rogers Radio Broadcasting who over the course of more than two decades gave Robin Friendship, encouragement and love. He was a Gentle Man ''Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight. I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.'' (Canon of St. Pauls, 1909). If desired, donations may be sent to: Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario in Toronto. For those who wish to celebrate his life a Reception will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto, (3: 00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

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POLSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-08 published
Evelyn Randall THOBURN
By Liz ARMSTRONG Monday, September 8, 2003 - Page A18
Great friend, neighbour, heart of a large and loving family. Born January 5, 1911, in Toronto. Died March 11 in Unionville, Ontario, of natural causes, aged 92.
Evelyn Marion RANDALL was the fourth youngest of eight children born in Toronto's Cabbagetown to Sophie and Ed RANDALL (an organizer with Canada's first printer's union.) All the RANDALLs loved learning (including a new word every day under the tutelage of their dad); they loved to laugh and loved music. Like many of her brothers and sisters, Evie played piano by ear.
Evelyn was married twice, the first time to Norman POLSON. In 1933, the young couple moved from Toronto to Peru where he worked as an engineer for an oil company. In the Spanish-speaking town of Talara, they had the first two of their three children, Barbara and Carolyn. There Evie became an accomplished horseback rider. She also became fluent in Spanish after amusing the locals by asking for "tiny balls" rather than "lemon tarts" in her first attempt at her second language.
Tragically, in 1940, Norman was killed in an oil-field explosion. After Norman's death, Evie was given 24 hours to depart for Toronto, without even time for goodbyes. Back in Canada, pregnant with their third child (Norman, Jr.), and with very little financial help from the company, Evie decided more assertiveness was necessary. After directing her horrified lawyer to tell the company to "stuff" its apparently rather stingy offer to wind up the case, the parties finally reached an agreement that paid Ev both a lump sum and an annuity that allowed her to move to the house that became her home of more than 60 years.
A few years later, neighbours across the street asked if they might come over and bring a friend. Evie and the new friend -- usually gregarious people -- were both somewhat speechless that evening, and more than a little unnerved. He conveniently forgot his pipe and, once back with a foot in the door, never left. In order to be democratic, however, Evie sat the three kids down, presented a slate of four potential candidates, then told them to vote for their next father. She also made it clear that they couldn't complain from then on. Soon after, Evelyn and Gordon THOBURN were married in the living room of their home. (Many a time, apparently, one or other of the kids was overheard to say, "Don't blame me, you voted for him!" Evie was quite the storyteller, and her son Norman noted recently that her "slate" of four may have included the milkman, mailman and the ice-man. Clearly, the odds favoured Gordon, and the tale no doubt grew taller with time.)
Her marvellous life of 92-plus years continued to unfold -- including a fourth child, Gord Jr., who arrived in 1944. Although there was a fair share of losses and tragedies, Evie always looked on the positive side -- even after losing her eyesight -- and admonished all around her to do the same. Her lifetime motto was: "Never be a perpetrator" -- never contribute to your own grief.
Surely it was a measure of her wonderful life that on the March morning just after Evie passed away suddenly in Unionville, Barbara hurried over to the Sunrise Assisted Living Centre to find all the staff gathered in the administrator's office crying together, and sharing a loving cup of one of Evie's favourite liqueurs in her honour. In the year since her move from her home of many years, Evie had captured a whole new set of hearts, with her repertoire of favourite piano tunes (including When I Grow Too Old to Dream), her even larger stock of bad jokes and, of course, her effervescent personality.
Liz ARMSTRONG was once a neighbour of Evelyn THOBURN. She wrote this with help from Evelyn's eldest daughter, Barbara TOWE.

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