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ROTMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-02 published
Murray "Mendy" HERSH
By Richard E. ROTMAN Tuesday, September 2, 2003 - Page A16
Teacher, coach, husband, father. Born February 10, 1946, in Toronto. Died May 15 in Toronto, of prostate cancer, aged 57.
As school re-opens this September at Toronto's Humberside Collegiate Institute, Murray " Mendy" HERSH won't be there. For the first time in 31 years, the remarkably popular history and economics teacher, and legendary basketball coach and player, won't take up his chalk and stand before his blackboard.
Even after receiving a terminal diagnosis, Mendy refused to quit teaching. He had accumulated more than a year's worth of sick days -- from never being ill in the past -- and declined to use them, declaring that quitting would mean giving in to the disease. In his last year, as the disease and its many enervating treatments wore him out, he sometimes taught sitting down. He maintained his fondness for the lighter side, employing everyday examples for concepts in economics such as the elasticity of demand, often basing his humorous stories on his children's life experiences. As it took an even greater toll, he reluctantly taught half-days and would return home, awakening the next day with absolute determination to keep on teaching. He maintained this regimen until two months before his death, when he was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital.
Mendy was renowned for coaching Humberside to the Senior Basketball Championship in 1979 over Oakwood Collegiate, when that school was a city hoops powerhouse. But he wasn't a coach just for the team's stars. Once there was a game late in the season and Humberside was far ahead. Mendy called the roster's 12th and least-able player to the floor. Once this player entered the game, Mendy called the plays to support him. He directed the other, more talented players to work around the 12th man's abilities so he could have the experience of passing, shooting and leading the team.
His players knew that he came by his expertise honestly. Growing up in the Annex neighbourhood, Mendy had been a basketball star in his days at Harbord Collegiate Institute. As his son Michael recounts, "My dad played on the 1965 Senior City Championship team at Harbord Collegiate. He was named a city all-star in a number of newspaper publications that year. He was the point guard and his very good friend Joe FAUST was the shooting guard. They were a dynamic combination and many people came to watch their outstanding court style and passing and shooting skills."
Mendy's family was his other unshakeable passion. He loved his wife, Barbara, with a delight so profound that it was obvious to their multitude of Friends that this was a loving marriage that worked -- for 31 years. They married when she was 19 and he was 26 and produced three children: Michael, Lara, and David. Mendy wore the title of "family man" with pride, always there for his kids and teaching nights and summers so the HERSHes could have a little more than a teacher's salary provided; each child, in turn, learned an outstanding work ethic and always contributed to their education and needs.
Mendy kept pushing forward long beyond specialists' expectations so that he could observe and participate in various family milestones, such as David's proud completion of his first year McGill. His children and Friends were shocked as the disease began to take its toll. To callers, Mendy would put on his "Cary Grant" voice robust and mellifluous -- to persuade them of his good health, yet there was no denying the changes in his appearance.
There are few like Mendy left; teaching wasn't about money, it was about the students and that was where his heart remained. He leaves behind a gigantic hole at Humberside, and also in his family and legions of Friends.
Richard is a friend of Mendy HERSH.

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ROTSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-03 published
On Thursday, February 27, 2003, at Toronto Western Hospital. Dede BOIGON, beloved wife of Irving. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Stanley BOIGON and Fern ROTSTEIN, Brian BOIGON and Susan SPEIGEL, Gary BOIGON and Michele SPANO, and Beth BOIGON and Gregor HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ed and Sylvia HYDE, and Ruth and Albert KELMAN. Devoted grandmother of Michelle, Kayla, Ryan, Stella, Austin, Melissa, Molly, Sam, Matthew, and Zoe. Shiva 355 St. Clair Avenue West #1007. If desired, donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 416-946-6560.

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ROTTERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-29 published
DARE, Ruth Eleanor (née ROTTERS)
Ruth Eleanor DARE (née ROTTERS,) born Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1918, died November 28th, 2003 at age 85, at Columbia Forest Long Term Care Centre, Waterloo. She suffered a hemorrhaging stroke in June 2002 after enjoying her 60th wedding anniversary with all her children and grandchildren in attendance. She was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Westmount Curling Club, Probus Club, a long term member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Young Women's Christian Association, a founding member of the Kitchener-Waterloo-Gyrette Club, a long term volunteer member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and worked for the Canadian Blind Institute. She was also an ardent swimmer and canoeist during her Muskoka summers.
Ruth was the much loved mother of Carolyn WILFRED (Harmon) of Christchurch, New Zealand, Graham (Sandra) of Kitchener, and Bryan (Malkin) of Waterloo. In addition she is survived by her loving husband Carl and her grandchildren Tanya LEVERETTE, Carla WOOLNOUGH (Scott), Sydney, Jacob, Kaitlin, Alexa, Katherine and Laurence DARE.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 49 Queen Street North, Kitchener at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2nd. Flowers are gratefully declined but a donation in Ruth's memory to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
We know that like a candle
Her lovely light must shine
To brighten up another place
More perfect - more divine
And in the realm of Heaven
Where she shines so warm and bright
Our loved one lives forever
In God's Eternal Light.

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