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WENGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-12 published
Love is not changed by death. Died peacefully at her home on April 10, 2003 in her 81st year after a valiant battle with cancer. Cherished wife for 54 years to the late Harry APPLEBY. Dear mother to Laurence and Lynda WENGER and mother-in-law to Marvin WENGER. Devoted and greatly loved grandmother to Meredith WENGER. Caring daughter to the late Isadore and Yetta GRYMEK. Survived by her brothers Lou and Sam GRYMEK and her sisters Ann COMASSAR and Shirley KREM. A wonderful mother has gone, leaving her children to remember her strong presence, graciousness and courage. For the love and happiness we shared we are truly thankful. The family acknowledges with thanks, the efforts of Dr. Joan MURPHY, the other doctors, nurses and support staff of the Princess Margaret Hospital. Also the caring attention of Dr. Russell GOLDMAN and Teresita MADRID. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (1 light west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, April 13th at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva at 342 Spadina Road, Suite 303, Toronto, concluding Tuesday evening April 15. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Foundation, 610 University Avenue, Toronto M5G 2M9 (416) 946-6560.

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WENGLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-27 published
TENNANT, John Holmsted, Q.C.
Died peacefully on Wednesday, December 24, 2003, in Burlington, Ontario. A devoted father and grandfather he leaves behind daughters Peggy (WENGLE) and Barbara (and Malcolm MacKAY;) grandchildren Christopher, Sandy and Robert McLAREN, Heather (OUELLETTE;) Lisa and Malcolm MacKAY, and great-grandchildren Amelia, Skye and Natalie. He was predeceased by his wife Airdrie (BROWN) in 1977. Born September 10, 1915 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, he moved to Montreal, Quebec at age 14 and graduated from Université de Montréal with a law degree in 1940, winning the Bar of Montreal prize for commercial law. During the war, he served on corvettes with the R.C.N.V.R. 1941-1945. He worked for the legal department of the Industrial Development Bank and then for the law firm Howard, Cate, Ogilvy, Bishop, Cope, Porteous and Hansard. He retired in 1979 to Oakville, Ontario to be closer to his grandchildren. His family was the joy of his life and he will be sorely missed by them. A private service will be held. Calls and visits will be welcomed at the homes of his daughters. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to his favourite charities: The Salvation Army and Covenant House.

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WENNINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-21 published
The soul of Canadian basketball
The coach who led national teams to Olympics, world championships, was a well-loved motivator on and off the court
By James CHRISTIE Monday, April 21, 2003 - Page R5
Jack DONOHUE knew how to win. His underdog Canadian basketball teams won games against National Basketball Association-bound superstars -- and Mr. DONOHUE won every heart he touched.
The former national basketball coach and famed motivator was arguably the most beloved figure in Canadian amateur and Olympic sport. Mr. DONOHUE died Wednesday in Ottawa after a battle with cancer. He was 71.
With his trademark New York Irish accent and gift for telling inspirational and humorous stories, Mr. DONOHUE was the soul of basketball in Canada for almost two decades and led the national team to three Olympic Games and three world championship tournaments.
His great players included a high schooler in New York named Lew ALCINDOR (later Kareem ABDUL- JABBAR;) Canadian centres Bill WENNINGTON and Mike SMREK, who went on to get National Basketball Association championship rings with Chicago and Los Angeles respectively Leo RAUTINS, a first-round draft pick of Philadelphia 76ers in 1983; guards Eli PASQUALE and Jay TRIANO, who is now assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.
"For all he's done for basketball in this country -- not just with the national team, but with clinics and all his public speaking he should get the Order of Canada," Mr. TRIANO said.
Under Mr. DONOHUE, Canadian teams stayed among the top six in the world for 18 years. Canada finished fourth at the 1976 Montreal and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and claimed gold at the 1983 World University Games in Edmonton. In the process they beat a team of U.S. college talents that included future National Basketball Association stars Charles BARKLEY, Karl MALONE, Kevin WILLIS, Ed PINCKNEY and Johnny DAWKINS. The monumental win over the United States came in the semi-final. The gold medal match was just as much a stunner, as Canada beat a Yugoslavian team built with members of the world championship squad.
Globe and Mail columnist Trent FRAYNE recorded how the loquacious Mr. DONOHUE had steered the Canucks to the improbable triumph, making them believe in themselves:
"You've got to appreciate how much talent you have," Jack would say, hunkering down beside a centre or a guard or, every now and then, an unwary newshound (Jack is ready for anybody). "You are unique. Think about that: there's nobody else in the world like you. If you want to be happy, try to make other people happy. Hey, if you want to be loved, you must love others. The way to improve is to do something you have never done. Don't be afraid of your emotions. Let 'em all hang out. Emotions are your generator. The intellect is the governor...."
And now, in the seventh month of July, it has all come about just as Jack promised. On Saturday night in Edmonton, his players, Jack's Guys, hoisted him upon their shoulders, and, for once, Jack's jaw was still. Blue eyes blinking rapidly behind silver-rimmed spectacles, white hair tousled, Jack put the scissors to that final strand and held the net aloft.
Coaching was a passion, not so much for the trophies, but for the human victories, personal challenges and little triumphs.
"I remember my father coming home tired and dirty every night. That's not for me. I love what I'm doing, so it doesn't seem like work and never will," he said.
Since retiring as national coach in 1988, Mr. DONOHUE has been the darling of the motivational speakers' circuit. In that regard, Mr. DONOHUE never quit being The Coach. He urged captains of industry to get the most out of themselves and build teamwork among employees as he did his players.
Often, Mr. DONOHUE told them to find opportunity even in the midst of problems: "It's all a matter of attitude. A guy leaves the house wearing his new, expensive suit for the first time, trips and falls in a puddle. He can get up and curse; or he can get up and check his pockets to see if he caught any fish, " he said in an interview with The Globe and Mail before the Los Angeles Olympics.
Mr. DONOHUE, who was born June 4, 1931, received a bachelor's degree in economics at New York's Fordham University and a master of arts in health education before serving with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He began teaching in American high schools in 1954 and eventually wound up at New York's Power Memorial Academy, where he coached Mr. ABDUL- JABBAR and amassed a 163-30 record.
He later moved up to Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts., before taking the reins of the Canadian program -- at first coaching both the men's and women's teams. Mr. DONOHUE was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. He is also in the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, and was awarded a Canada 125 medal by the Governor-General.
When the National Basketball Association expanded north into Canada in 1995, Mr. DONOHUE became director of international public relations and director of Canadian player development for the Vancouver Grizzlies.
One of Mr. DONOHUE's proudest times in basketball came when Mr. TRIANO followed in his path as a national coach. At the 2000 Olympics, Canada -- with Steve NASH and Todd MacCULLOCH -- finished with a 5-2 record, defeating mighty Yugoslavia once again, as it had in 1983.
"We talked about everything from how to guard guys on the perimeter to dying. I think he's at peace with it," Mr. TRIANO said of his mentor at a recent Raptor practice.
"He taught with humour," Mr. TRIANO said of Mr. DONOHUE's coaching style. "We learned a lot because we were laughing all the time."
A colourful broadcaster, naming names -- at least pronouncing them correctly -- wasn't one of Mr. DONOHUE's many strengths. He didn't earn the nickname "Jack Dontknowho" for no reason, Mr. TRIANO said. "It was always, 'that guy,' or 'you over there,'" he said. "I've seen him struggle to introduce his kids because he couldn't remember their names. He always told me he liked doing colour for the European teams, because no one knew if he wasn't saying their names right."
He travelled the world, but the dearest sight for Mr. DONOHUE was always his own front door, in Kanata, Ontario, where he spent his last days. Behind that door were wife Mary Jane, his six kids and his grandchildren.
"We're asking you to hug your families, extra special, and we're asking you to enjoy life, because we sure did and we still are," Mary Jane DONOHUE said this week.
Somewhere, the busy coach found time for all he needed to do. He used to keep a block on his desk reminding him that there are 86,400 seconds in a day, time enough if he organized himself. Family was a priority. At least five minutes of Mr. DONOHUE's day had to be reserved for hugging his kids. He was a believer in family and in human contact. In his coaching years, when he returned from a road journey, there would be a lineup awaiting him at home, the kids taking their turns to make up for the lost minutes of hugging during his absence.
"I met him at a dance he didn't go to," Mary Jane DONOHUE said in the pre-Los Angeles Games article. "My girlfriend and I went and he had several Friends who were very up on it. But Jack said he'd rather go to a movie and would meet them later. He came through the door as my girlfriend and I were walking out.
"He asked why we were leaving so soon, and said there were two gentlemen he wanted us to meet. He introduced my friend to one of his, then I asked who the other gentleman was supposed to be. Guess who?"
Mary Jane DONOHUE felt trust instantly. "I could have gone across the country with him that night and felt safe. If he's for you, he's for you all the way."

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WENSLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-13 published
Of West Vancouver, British Columbia and Malibu Beach, California died January 29th 2003 at his home in Malibu with family at his side.
Ira spent his life in pursuit of many passions. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by the many people he touched.
Born in 1926 in Edmonton, Alberta, Ira earned his B.Sc. at the University of Alberta and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. He was an instructor in Psychology at Hobart and William Smith in Geneva, New York before starting a career in real estate. Ira founded the Western Realty Management group of companies in Edmonton in 1953 and embarked on a journey to create some of the most notable and ground breaking land development projects in Canada. He earned a reputation as one of Canada's leading private developers and builders. His vision evolved from suburban subdivision projects to apartments, office buildings, industrial building projects and shopping centers, spanning from western to eastern Canada, Los Angeles and Hawaii. Most notable was his award winning Coquitlam Center outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. 1980 Merit Award winner of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Governor General's Award for Architecture, the first two-level center in western Canada, this project was recognized for innovations in energy efficiency and the dedicated spaces and design elements furnished by local artists. It also became the catalyst for the massive development of the immediate area and realized the Town Center scheme originally proposed to the local district by Ira YOUNG's company.
It was at this time that his love and support for the arts began to eclipse his prominence in the real estate business. Starting as an avid collector of Eskimo art, Ira and his wife Lori developed a collection of art including major works of legendary American Artists; the likes of Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and perhaps the most important collection of Cy Twombly in North America. All the while they actively supported and befriended many emerging Canadian and American artists, displaying their works alongside the rest of their collection. Their collections have been shown in Vancouver, London, Montreal, Los Angeles and Halifax with over 90 pieces donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery. A member of The Vancouver Art Gallery's Board of Trustees since 1996, he was also active on the Gallery's Program, Acquisitions and Master Planning Committees, always arguing for world class standards through international and local perspectives.
In the 1980's Ira and Lori's interest in automotive racing led to the acquisition of Malibu Grand Prix in Canoga Park, California. A family entertainment company featuring 35 amusement parks across the United States showcasing ¾ scale Indy Type race cars, Ira threw his heart and soul into the venture eventually expanding into Canada, France, Portugal and Japan. True to form, he went all out and created a race team to compete in the International Motor Sports Association GTU class of racing in North America. Surprising to many, but not to him, his team won their first race out, their first season out, and earned Mazda the Manufacturers title. Ira backed this venture in more ways than one. He drove in both the Daytona 24 hour and Sebring 12 hour endurance races. Also true to form, he recognized promise and gave opportunities to then unknown drivers like Jack BALDWIN, Tommy KENDALL and crew chief Clayton CUNNINGHAM. His commitment to racing was rewarded with a team with four consecutive years as International Motor Sports Association GTU Champion and a car that now sits in an automotive museum as the most winning automobile in auto racing history.
Ira YOUNG, a real estate developer with a vision, an outspoken advocate of the arts, and a race car driver at heart, will be forever missed by wife Lori YOUNG, son Jason YOUNG of New York, son Clinton YOUNG and daughter-in-law Randi, daughters Jennifer and Susan YOUNG of Toronto, step-son Christopher WENSLEY and daughter-in-law Tatiana of West Vancouver, step-daughter Blair and son-in-law Paul DONALD of Edmonton and step-son Adam WENSLEY and daughter-in-law Laura of Upland, California and grand children Samantha, Jamie, Axel, Morgan, Miya, Dylan and Alejandro.
A celebration of his life with family and Friends will be held at the Capilano Golf and Country Club on Saturday, March 1st, 2003, 420 Southborough Drive, West Vancouver, British Columbia at 2: 00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made 'In memory of Ira YOUNG' to the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2H7 or to a charity of your choice.

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WENTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-22 published
He founded Readers' Club of Canada
Nationalist visionary struggled financially to publish Canadian writers
By Carol COOPER Special to The Globe and Mail Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - Page R7
In the early 1960s, when writers asked Peter and Carol MARTIN where to publish their manuscripts on Canada, the couple realized how few choices there were. Inspired, the Martins, both voracious readers, staunch nationalists and founders of the Readers' Club of Canada, decided to start their own press. In 1965, Peter Martin Associates came into being. Last month, Peter MARTIN died of lung cancer in Ottawa.
In an industry overshadowed by American companies, Peter MARTIN Associates was among the first in a wave of independent publishing houses to open during a time of rising Canadian nationalism.
Launched in a downtown Toronto basement on a shoestring budget, skeleton staff, idealism and enthusiasm, the company flew by the seat of its pants. Its employees were often young and new to the business. But many, including Peter CARVER, Michael SOLOMON and Valerie WYATT, went on to become Canadian mainstays.
"It really was a time of Canadian nationalism and those of us who believed in that cause could see what Peter and Carol were doing," said Ms. WYATT, a children's editor who spent four years with the company in the seventies.
During the 16 years before its sale in 1981, Peter Martin Associates published approximately 170 works, mainly non-fiction. Its presses put out I, Nuligak, the autobiography of an Inuit man; The Boyd Gang by Marjorie LAMB and Barry PEARSON; Trapping is My Life by John TETSO; and the Handbook of Canadian Film by Eleanor BEATTIE. Others who came through their doors included Hugh HOOD, Robert FULFORD, John Robert COLOMBO, Douglas FETHERLING and Mary Alice DOWNIE -- all to have their works published.
Started with small amounts of seed money from private investors and no government funding, Peter Martin Associates constantly struggled financially. At one point, for a bit of extra cash, the office became the designated nuclear-fallout shelter for the street. Pat DACEY, once the firm's book designer, lugged suitcases of books up the street to sell at Britnell's bookstore with summer employee Bronwyn DRAINIE.
Working at Peter Martin Associates was always fun, Ms. WYATT said. "You went in to work happy and you stayed happy all day."
Still, in a time when Canadian works received little recognition, she remembers finding it difficult to get media interviews for the author of Martin-published book.
Yet another title caused trouble with its subject. The company was putting out a collection of previously published sayings of former prime minister John DIEFENBAKER, called I Never Say Anything Provocative, edited by Margaret WENTE. Mr. DIEFENBAKER heard about the project, called Mr. MARTIN and threatened to sue. Mr. MARTIN stood firm.
"He handled it with such élan," said writer Tim WYNNE- JONES, then in the art department. "He was suitably dutiful, but not in awe. Mr. DIEFENBAKER was just over the top, as was his wont."
The book went to press and Mr. DIEFENBAKER did not go to court.
Once listed along with Peter GZOWSKI in a Maclean's magazine article on "Young Men to Watch," Mr. MARTIN was born on April 26, 1934 in Ottawa to a dentist father and a mother who drove an ambulance in the First World War. The younger of two sons, he attended Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario and the University of Toronto, where he earned a degree in philosophy.
During a year in Ottawa as the president of the National Federation of University Students, Mr. MARTIN met his first wife Carol. They married in 1956 and moved to Toronto. Three years later, they founded the Readers' Club in Featuring one Canadian book a month, it distributed works by Mordecai RICHLER, Irving LAYTON, Morley CALLAGHAN and Brian MOORE among others, and supplied its members with coupons. While continuing to run the Readers' Club (sold in 1978 to Saturday Night Magazine and closed in 1981), the MARTINs started Peter Martin Associates.
Throughout his career, Mr. MARTIN spoke out for Canadian publishing. Alarmed by the sale of Ryerson Press and Gage Educational Press in 1970 to American firms, he called a meeting of publishers to discuss problems in the industry. Named the Independent Publishers Association, the group started in 1971 with 16 members and with Mr. MARTIN as its first president. In 1976, it was renamed the Association of Canadian Publishers and continues today with 140 members. As a result of the group's efforts, Canadian publishing began to receive federal and provincial funding.
In the late 1970s, the MARTINs went their separate ways. Afterward, Mr. MARTIN published a small newspaper, The Downtowner, and owned a cookbook store with his second wife, Maggie NIEMI. In 1983, they moved near Sudbury, Ontario, where Mr. MARTIN did freelance book and theatre reviews, then moved to Ottawa in 1985 to work as president for Balmuir Books, publisher of the magazine International Perspectives and consulting editor for the University of Ottawa Press.
After a spinal-cord injury in 1997, Mr. MARTIN was left a quadriplegic, except for limited use of his left arm. Even so, he remained active, maintained a heavy e-mail correspondence and spent time in the park reading while seated in a bright-yellow wheelchair.
Mr. MARTIN leaves his children Pamela, Christopher and Jeremy and his wife Maggie NIEMI. He died on March 15.

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