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RUDANYCZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-26 published
WATT, Julia Conn
Died peacefully, after a valiant struggle, at her Toronto home April 16, 2003. She is survived by her sons Jeremy and Joshua, her grand_sons Zachary and Cody, and Friends from all walks of life too numerous to mention. Born in Sherman, Texas on May 22, 1951 Julia graduated in 1969 from Kirbyville High School, Texas and later obtained a B.Sc in Education from Stephen F. Austin University, Texas. She attended the University of Kansas M.B.A. program while continuing to work to finance her education and support her young family. Julia demonstrated a rare drive, determination, and knack for business at an early age, starting her own small enterprise at the age of nine. She rose through the ranks of the computer industry to eventually become President of Tech Data Canada Corp. Though retired for the last few years, she shared her expertise through her role as director of a number of companies. She also devoted much time and energy to the community and was a former member of the Board of Directors of Sunnybrook Hospital. Julia loved her adopted home Toronto but she never forgot her southern roots. In her daily life, she always expressed the highest ideals of kindness, perseverance, and decency. She will be greatly missed. Her family and Friends ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made for a Memorial to: Leon RUDANYCZ in trust for Julia Watt Memorial, c/o Cornermark Capital Corp, Suite 1800, 130 King Street West, P.O. Box 427, Toronto, Ontario M5X 1E3 or charitable donations to Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 re: Angiogenesis Research Account in Memory of Julia Watt or re: Virtual Oncology Resource Centre Account in Memory of Julia Watt. A Celebration of the Life of Julia Conn WATT will be held at 7: 30 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2003 at The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 141 St. George Street, Toronto.

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RUDDEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-12 published
McCOOL, James Francis Patrick
Died on November 10, 2003, Peterborough, Ontario at the age of 77. Survived by his loving wife Jean; his children Sean (Victoria), Brian (Jamestown, North Carolina , Gael (Vancouver), Kerry (Peterborough), Dennis (Whitby) and Douglas (Ottawa); ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his sisters Sister Ann Marie McCOOL (Convent of The Good Shepherd in Toronto,) Lorraine TISCHART (Beamsville) and brother Joseph (Toronto); predeceased by his sisters Mary RUDDEN and Theresa HOWARD. Jim had a life-long interest in aviation. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a Flight Engineer and Air Gunner on Coastal Command during World War 2. After retirement from the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce he dedicated his time as a volunteer at the Alberta Aviation Museum, where he became President and a member of the Board of Directors for some years. He was also President of the West Edmonton Senior's Association and served on the Boards of a number of community organizations. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 1: 00 p.m. in St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 1066 Western Street at Clonsilla Avenue, Peterborough. Arrangements entrusted to Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street.

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RUDIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-12 published
Lise Aerinne WAXER
By Diane YIP, Barbara YIP, Jonathan RUDIN, Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - Page A18
Teacher, musician, writer, traveller, scholar, activist, mentor, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, wife. Born May 30, 1965, in Toronto. Died August 13, 2002, of complications from ulcerative colitis in Hartford, Connecticut., aged 37.
Inspired by her piano teacher, Lise was in Grade 10 when she first announced that she wanted to be an ethnomusicologist and study the people and the music of different cultures. At that time we didn't even know what ethnomusicology was. She pursued that goal with a single-minded dedication.
Her formal university education included degrees at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Illinois. While in Toronto, Lise produced and hosted one of the city's first world-music programs, on CIUT Radio, was on planning committees for a range of cultural and musical events, and provided translation for visiting Spanish-speaking musicians.
In 1987, after graduating with her bachelor's degree in music from the University of Toronto, Lise travelled to Nepal for two months and ended up staying a year.
After Lise finished her master's degree at York University in 1991, she pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Her mandatory course-work completed, she embarked on field-work research on salsa music in Cali, Colombia.
But she did not spend all her time doing fieldwork: Lise formed the first all-woman Latin jazz ensemble in Colombia: Magenta Latin Jazz. She also met the man who would be her husband: journalist, author and poet, Medardo Arias SATIZABAL.
Lise's time in Cali is summed up in her second book -- The City of Musical Memory: Salsa, Record Grooves, and Popular Culture in Cali, Colombia -- published posthumously by Wesleyan University Press.
After completing her PhD, Lise accepted a teaching position in the music department at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Teaching allowed her to continue her travels. In addition to returning to Colombia, she also went to Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Trinidad.
In Hartford, her adopted city, Lise was very committed to making a difference. In particular, she wanted to ensure that the university understood the vibrant life in the city's Hispanic community. She made those connections in a number of ways.
Every year, Lise put together a student ensemble called Salsafication. Students learned the joys and intricacies of salsa music and the band was always in demand to play at numerous functions. Her energy and leadership not only changed the way the students looked at music, but also the way they looked at themselves.
Lise was the driving force behind Ritmo de Pueblo -- a cultural event that brought Hartford's Hispanic community and the university together in a way that had not occurred before. Lise felt that the resources of the university needed to be shared and her goal was to bring down the fences, figuratively, starting with the Puerto Rican community. She saw the arts as a non-threatening way for people to see that they are not that different from each other. As someone with parents from different backgrounds -- Chinese and Jewish -- Lise knew how important it was to celebrate our differences rather than allowing them to marginalize us. Lise taught us all the power that music and dance can have in breaking down walls.
Lise dreamed big dreams and lived fully; she packed a lifetime of experience into her 37 years. Her life touched so many of us.
Diane is Lise's mother, Barbara is her aunt, Jonathan is her uncle.

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