BAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-14 published
GROSKORTH, Elwood Cassius Henry
At Huronview on Monday, December 12, 2005, Elwood Cassius Henry GROSKORTH formerly of Goderich in his 95th year. Beloved husband of Ila May (BAGG) GROSKORTH. Dear father of Paul and Joy GROSKORTH of Australia, Karen and Jim MOFFAT of London. Loving grandfather of Shauna SIOSTROM, Matthew GROSKORTH, Heather ROBINSON and Ansley BAN. Brother of Otto GROSKORTH of Newmarket. Predeceased by a granddaughter Kimberly GROSKORTH and one brother Carl GROSKORTH. The family will receive Friends at the McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambrian Road at East Street, Goderich on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday afternoon at 1: 00. Interment Maitland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the "Treasurer, County of Huron" for a Huronview sanitizer or the Alzheimer Society gratefully acknowledged.

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BAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-21 published
DIRSTEIN, Bruce Emke
Born in Chesley, Ontario, April 19, 1927, passed away at the Guelph General Hospital, Thursday, January 20, 2005, in his 78th year. Predeceased by his parents Reuben and Elizabeth DIRSTEIN. Survived by; sisters Blanche WILSON of Etobicoke and Jean DIRSTEIN (Frank KLUCSARTIS) of Rockwood, brothers Gerald (Ruth) of Waterloo and Bob (Robert Ardner) of Mexico (formerly from Toronto) and close friend Ivica BAN of Toronto. Sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Bruce worked for Desilu Productions in Hollywood, California for several years as well as an Interior Decorator in Toronto, associated with Dirstein and Weale Interiors and previously worked with his brother Robert Dirstein and Partners. Funeral service will be held at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph Saturday, January 22, 2005, at 2: 30 p.m. with the Reverend Lynne BANDY officiating. (Reception to follow in the Wall-Custance Family Reception Centre). Interment Chesley Memorial Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to a charity of choice would be appreciated.
(Wall-Custance 519/822-0051; www.wallcustance.com)

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BANARES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-07 published
MANCHEE, Charles P.
Surrounded by his family, his devoted caregiver Sam BANARES and his beloved labrador Becky, Charlie died peacefully in Aurora on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 in his 85th year. The younger brother of the late Frank, Laurie and Ralph, Charlie's death spells the end of an era. He will be missed dearly by his wife of 58 years Jeanne 'Taffy', his children Michael (Carrie), Philip (Penny), Susan (David), Stephen and Jane (Joe), his grandchildren Neil, Ryan, Marc, Jesse, Kyle, Hailey, Stuart and Jaime, as well as his in-laws, stepfamilies and many nieces and nephews. Charlie was a Taurus and met life head on. He embraced his family, his years in the Navy, his business and his hobbies. His father was killed in an accident months before his birth, he lost his left eye as a child, and like so many others, he lived through the hardships of the Depression. He emerged with a strength of character and strong drive to succeed, coupled with devotion and a yearning to provide for his family. In World War 2, Charlie served his country in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in Halifax, Nova Scotia It was there he met his wife, Taffy Tate who was serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force (Womens' Division). They married in 1947. His expediting skills honed in the Navy and his eye for quality, along with his integrity, honesty, business acumen and a natural sales ability were the foundation of his entrepreneurial talents. His career in women's fashion led to his position as Sales Manager for The Davis Tannery, which provided quality leather for the shoe, handbag and garment industries. Their location in Newmarket prompted Charlie and Taff to buck the trend, leaving Toronto for a farm near Stouffville in 1955. Their beloved Spinneybeck Farm spawned multiple Spinneys, from kennels to cottages to sailboats. In 1961, Charlie founded Spinneybeck Enterprises, a company that under his leadership, and subsequently under the leadership of his son Philip, became the leading North American importer of Italian calfskin for furniture, aircraft, and other applications. While sold in 1989, Spinneybeck continues to be a leader in leather marketing worldwide. The success of Spinneybeck afforded Charlie the wherewithal to pursue his charitable endeavors. The Manchee Foundation was initially created to further education in the arts and design fields and has since expanded to include support for health and medical institutions in Ontario. Charlie's business life came full circle in his 75th year with the reestablishment of Manchee Leisure Wear based at Point Manchee in Bala, Muskoka. Very few Muskoka boaters leave their docks without one of his laminated maps. 'Who else but Charlie would be selling fleece shirts out of the trunk of his car?'. Charlie MANCHEE - adventurer, avid sailor, enthusiastic skier, fisherman, world traveler, captain, commodore, cribbage player, chairman, mentor, friend - Dad was all of these things. Captured by his ever-present camera, Charlie has left us a lifetime of memories. A Service of Celebration will be held at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto on Friday, October 14th at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. Gathering of family and Friends at Spinneybeck Farm Saturday, October 15th from 2-8 p.m. Donations in Charlie's memory to the Alzheimer's Society, The Manchee Foundation or a charitable organization of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. Condolences on-line available at www.humphreymiles.com

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BANARES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-07 published
MANCHEE, Charles P.
Surrounded by his family, his devoted caregiver Sam BANARES and his beloved labrador Becky, Charlie "C.P." died peacefully in Aurora on Tuesday, October 4, 2005, in his 85th year. The younger brother of the late Frank, Laurie and Ralph, Charlie's death spells the end of an era. He will be missed dearly by his wife of 58 years Jeanne "Taffy", his children Michael (Carrie), Philip (Penny), Susan (David), Stephen and Jane (Joe), his grandchildren Neil, Ryan, Marc, Jesse, Kyle, Hailey, Stuart and Jaime, as well as his in-laws, stepfamilies and many nieces and nephews. Charlie was a Taurus and met life head on. He embraced his family, his years in the Navy, his business and his hobbies. His father was killed in an accident months before his birth, he lost his left eye as a child, and like so many others, he lived through the hardships of the Depression. He emerged with a strength of character and strong drive to succeed, coupled with devotion and a yearning to provide for his family. In World War 2, Charlie served his country in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in Halifax, Nova Scotia It was there he met his wife, Taffy Tate who was serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force (Womens' Division). They married in 1947. His expediting skills honed in the Navy and his eye for quality, along with his integrity, honesty, business acumen and a natural sales ability were the foundation of his entrepreneurial talents. His career in women's fashion led to his position as Sales Manager for The Davis Tannery, which provided quality leather for the shoe, handbag and garment industries. Their location in Newmarket prompted Charlie and Taff to buck the trend, leaving Toronto for a farm near Stouffville in 1955. Their beloved Spinneybeck Farm spawned multiple Spinneys, from kennels to cottages to sailboats. In 1961, Charlie founded Spinneybeck Enterprises, a company that under his leadership, and subsequently under the leadership of his son Philip, became the leading North American importer of Italian calfskin for furniture, aircraft, and other applications. While sold in 1989, Spinneybeck continues to be a leader in leather marketing worldwide. The success of Spinneybeck afforded Charlie the wherewithal to pursue his charitable endeavors. The Manchee Foundation was initially created to further education in the arts and design fields and has since expanded to include support for health and medical institutions in Ontario. Charlie's business life came full circle in his 75th year with the reestablishment of Manchee Leisure Wear based at Point Manchee in Bala, Muskoka. Very few Muskoka boaters leave their docks without one of his laminated maps. "Who else but Charlie would be selling fleece shirts out of the trunk of his car?". Charlie MANCHEE - adventurer, avid sailor, enthusiastic skier, fisherman, world traveller, captain, commodore, cribbage player, chairman, mentor, friend - Dad was all of these things. Captured by his ever-present camera, Charlie has left us a lifetime of memories. A Service of Celebration will be held at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto on Friday, October 14th at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. Gathering of family and Friends at Spinneybeck Farm Saturday, October 15th from 2-8 p.m. Donations in Charlie's memory to the Alzheimer Society, The Manchee Foundation or a charitable organization of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. Condolences on-line available at www.humphreymiles.com

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BANAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-14 published
MARR, John A. " Jan"
Peacefully with his wife by his side on Thursday, May 12, 2005 at William Osler Health Centre - Etobicoke Campus in his 81st year. Beloved husband and best friend of Mary (née BANAS) for 54 years. Dear brother of the late Jarek and Draha, brother-in-law of Lida and Kay and the late George. Dear uncle of Lydia (late Steve), Eva (Paul), Susan (Jim), George, Sarka (Jarek), Janik (Helen), and Sarka (late Jarek); great-uncle of many nieces and nephews in Canada, United States and the Czech Republic. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. Rosary prayers Sunday 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, (5255 Thornwood Dr.) Mississauga, on Monday, May 16, 2005 at 11 a.m. If desired, donations to Sts. Cyril and Methodius Building Fund would be appreciated.

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BANASCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-24 published
HENRY, Geraldine
Peacefully, at home on Wednesday, February 23, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Honourable Charles HENRY. Dear mother of John (Dolores) of Toronto, Mary-Christine (Peter BENSON) of Mount Albert. Sadly missed by Catherine and Vincent PELLETTIER. Cherished grandmother of Jennifer BENSON (Sidney HEENEMAN) and Ross BENSON of Calgary, and Carolyn and Charles HENRY of Toronto. Great-grandmother of Annika Geraldine HEENEMAN of Calgary. Dear sister of the late Patricia O'BRIEN, the late Rita (wife of the late Larkin MALONEY) and the late Rosemary (wife of the late Georges BENOIT.) Geraldine will be greatly missed by her niece Rosemarie (Mimi) BENOIT of Ottawa, nephews Brien BENOIT, M.D. of Ottawa, Paul BENOIT, M.D., of Ottawa, Pierre BENOIT of Hillsborough, California and David BENOIT of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Longtime family Friends Joan LAVELLE and Peggy BANASCO. The family wishes to express words of gratitude to Dr. Peter BARRECA. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, February 28th. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 78 Clifton Road, on Tuesday, March 1st at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery with reception to follow in the Leaside Room of the funeral home.

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BANASCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-19 published
BANASCO, John Sr.
Quietly passed away, on Saturday, September 17, 2005, after a brief illness. Loving husband of the late Margaret. Beloved father of Lynda, John and Janet. Will be lovingly missed by his 9 grandchildren, Mark, Jenna, John, Michael, Ashley, Michelle, Austin, Dean and Nolan. Survived by sisters Marie and Helen. John was a proud longtime employee of Ferranti-Packard, Weston. A Mass in his memory will be held at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church (45 Ludstone Dr., Weston), on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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BANBURY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-16 published
PATTINSON, Dorothy (formerly CHISHOLM, née DURHAM)
(June 15, 1912-May 14, 2005)
Passed away in Niagara Falls after a brief illness. Loving daughter of Rose STAMM and George DURHAM. Predeceased by her sister Evelyn Kilkenny EFFRICK and brother George DURHAM. Dot married James CHISHOLM (passed away in 1970) in 1937 and they had five children Adrienne BANBURY (Larry) of Lansdowne, Ontario, Mary Lou REIMAN (Barry) of Niagara Falls, Dr. Robert CHISHOLM (Ginny) of Toronto, Marnie STUNT (John) of Pembroke and Barb SONIER (the late Pierre, 1996) of London, Ontario. She leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren who will miss her great love and interest in their lives. Dot married Jack PATTINSON in 1979 and she is fondly remembered by her stepchildren; Sandy REYNOLDS of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Tom PATTINSON of Uxbridge, Ontario, Jake PATTINSON of Burlington, and Betsy PATTINSON of Toronto. Her family will forever be deeply inspired by her generosity and love of life. Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Hetherington & Deans Funeral Chapel, 5176 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 1 p.m. at Stamford United Church, 3855 St. Peter Avenue. Interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery. Online tributes may be made at www.mem.com.

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BANCROFT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-12 published
WILTSIE, Dora Irene (née McNEIL)
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, March 11, 2005. Dora Irene WILTSIE of Aylmer in her 84th year. Beloved wife of Frank WILTSIE. Loving mother to Beverly WILTSIE and wife Nancy of Aylmer, Russell and wife Sue of Aylmer, Elaine McCRACKEN and husband Ted of Melbourne and Max WILTSIE and friend Veronica of Saint Thomas. She will be sadly missed by a brother Alex McNEIL and wife Evelyn of Lyons, 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, a niece and a nephew. Predeceased by a granddaughter Kari, brothers Ronald and Russell and a sister Eileen. Born in South Dorchester Twp. on April 4, 1921 daughter of the late Hugh and Mabel BANCROFT) McNEIL. Dora, along with her husband Frank were founders of Wiltsie Truck Bodies. He was a member of St. Paul's United Church and the United Church Women. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday, March 14, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Reverend Janess BINNS- LANDELL, officiating. Donations to the St. Paul's United Church or Saint John's United Church would be appreciated.

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BANCROFT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-01 published
BANCROFT, Eric
Born in Nelson, Lancashire, August 17, 1925. Died in Duncan, British Columbia September 27, 2005. Survived by Mary Ellen (Myrtle), his devoted and loving wife for 59 years; children: Clifton (Hiromi), Eric (Anita), Lisa (Alain), and Mary Lynn (John), 9 grandchildren, sister Effie (Jack) WILSON (Peterborough, Ontario,) and brother Ramon (Nelson, Lancs).
Eric had a lengthy career with the Ford Motor Company in Oakville, Saint Thomas and Dagenham before retiring to Vancouver Island where he lovingly tended sheep, chickens, dogs and grandchildren at his beloved Low Fell Farm.
Cremation and memorial service held October 1, 2005 at First Memorial Services, Duncan, British Columbia In lieu of flowers, donations in Eric's memory are gratefully appreciated to: Lookout Emergency Aid Society, 429 Alexander Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 1C6.

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BANCROFT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-14 published
LEGGAT, Allan
Passed away peacefully, at the Houses of Providence, on Monday, January 10, 2005, after a lengthy illness. Beloved father of Diana Louise LEGGAT. Loving son of the late John and Anne LEGGAT. Grandson of the late Margaret (Maggie) McCALLUM- McBREARTY. Brother of Louise, James, Hugh (Christine), Gordon (Kimberley), and the late Jackie. Nephew of "Uncle" James (Shirley) McBREARTY of Leaside, and the late Josephine McBREARTY- BANCROFT of Decater, Illinois. Uncle of Dale, John and Dan TORANGEAU, Andrea Louise LEGGAT, and Jackie and Ali LEGGAT. Great-uncle of Cameron and Kathryn TORANGEAU of Brantford, and James and Joshua TORANGEAU of Clarkson. A Man's a Man for a' that. For a that, and a' that, It's comin' yet for a' that Tha man to man the world o'er Shall brother be for a' that. Poem by Robbie Burns. -Sadly missed by Louise and family.

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BANCROFT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-18 published
BANCROFT, George Winston the First
(Professor Emeritus of University of Toronto)Peacefully on May 16, 2005 at his residence. Loving husband of Carole. Devoted father of George Winston the Second. Beloved brother of Clarence (Olive), Wilfred and the late Gwendolyn. Caring uncle to his nieces and nephews. Cherished son-in-law of Hector and Linda LAW. George was born in Guyana and has lived in Canada since 1948. He served on the Hall-Dennis Commission on Education in 1968. He was appointed to the Council of Ontario College and University Affairs; was the Executive Director of Citizenship Services and was nominated for the Order of Canada. George served on the Ontario Human Rights Commission, was named Distinguished Educator of Ontario Institute for Studies in Education / University of Toronto in 1997 and authored many university publications. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 20 at 11 o'clock at Saint Mark's Presbyterian Church, 1 Greenland Road. If desired, donations to the University of Toronto Faculty of Education (Transitional Program) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Role Model, Poet and Scholar of true distinction, he will be missed.

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BANCROFT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-27 published
George BANCROFT, 82: Mentor and role model
George BANCROFT, 82, opened doors for black students
Former University of Toronto prof fought for diversity in the workforce
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
A commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, executive director and senior policy adviser to the minister of multiculturalism and citizenship in charge of 125 staff and a $16 million budget, one of the seven-person team who wrote the groundbreaking Hall-Dennis report on Ontario's education, professor emeritus for scholarship at the University of Toronto, author, editor and contributor to a dozen papers and books, chair of umpteen educational community groups and professional organizations.
That's not all.
Hundreds of students credit George BANCROFT for their post-graduate degrees in education.
Claire ALLEYNE, registrar at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, said he was a "stalwart" in the black community, a dignified, old-school role model for the many he mentored.
"He was a fighter, but he did it by putting forth an educated, well-reasoned argument," she said.
Poet and University of Toronto professor George Elliott CLARKE hailed BANCROFT as one of a generation of black intellectuals whose work set high standards and opened doors for generations of black academics.
"These were the forebearers, the torch bearers, the door openers," he said. "We owe people like George BANCROFT a great debt."
BANCROFT was also the founder of the Harry Gairey scholarship awards (which has now been folded into the Harry Jerome Awards for outstanding black youth), one of the founders and a board member of Caribana as well as the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. He was also a popular keynote speaker known for telling it like it is, not as people, even those listening, wanted it to be.
The latter trait is why his family believes he never received some of the appointments they think he should have. Plaques and honours from Indo-Canadian organizations, First Nations and Chinese-Canadian groups line the walls of his North York home, yet when he died May 16, at 82, BANCROFT had not received an Order of Canada nor a Senate seat, each of which his admirers had lobbied for on his behalf.
"He would have liked that," said his wife, Carole. "George was always passionate about seeing more blacks in stronger positions."
At university convocations, he would scan the crowd of graduates for black faces. He believed, fervently, that education would empower and promote young blacks within Canadian society.
"Where are they?" he would say to Carole. "They should stop dancing and start studying."
Friends have told her that while her husband was not afraid "to speak the truth to the powerful," he could also be quite acerbic about what he called the "race-relations industry."
In a 1984 edition of Graduate, University of Toronto's alumni magazine, he wrote of his decision to leave his tenured professorship and campus for "a rather palatial office with Her Majesty's Government of Ontario."
"I am a member of what is euphemistically called the visible minorities -- a wretched term," BANCROFT wrote. "As a result of increasing demand for significant rather than token recognition of minorities and to refute, 'you people do not apply,' Friends prevailed upon me to do so. I do not pretend reluctance. I wanted to enter what seemed to me to be the world of practical affairs."
But he missed his academic freedom and after three years he returned to U of T.
Even in the 1970s and 1980s, when multiculturalism policies were sweeping the country, BANCROFT often challenged what he saw as examples of stereotypical thinking. At one dinner attended by influential policy- makers and politicians, he ruffled feathers when he wanted to know why an Italian-Canadian couldn't be considered for the High Commission in Britain, as an example, instead of Italy.
"His main focus was how multiculturalism worked," said his son, George Jr., a 23-year-old student at the University of Toronto. "People shouldn't stay in their own groups all the time."
Upon learning of the appointment of Adrienne CLARKSON as Governor General, he personally wrote Jean CHRÉTIEN, prime minister at the time, expressing disappointment the post had not gone to a native Canadian.
In 1989, he was one of two commissioners of the Ontario Human Rights Commission calling for an investigation into the organization about its hiring practices after it became known that the head, Raj ANAND, had failed to hire any visible minorities for seven senior posts.
"I question why not a single non-white person was hired for the seven positions, especially considering the quality of some of the non-white candidates who applied," he told the Star in an article that noted that BANCROFT had "broken ranks" by speaking out.
BANCROFT called for an investigation of the matter. "The survival of the commission is at risk... (and) no taint can be attached," he said at the time.
BANCROFT came to Canada from his native Guyana in 1948.
"He was a young gentleman in white shoes, white suit, white panama hat and flamboyant ties who used purple ink," according to his older brother, Clarence, who said BANCROFT would have become president of the University of Guyana had he not followed so many of his countrymen to Montreal to study at McGill University.
He worked as a porter for Canadian Pacific Railways to finance that education, shining shoes, hauling luggage and learning how to hold his hand, palm up, close to his body, to receive the discreet tip.
"He talked to me about the emotions of that time. He was angry but never bitter," his son said.
Father also told son that many of the men with whom he worked became significant in their own right. Legendary head porter Harry GAIREY encouraged him to stay in school and BANCROFT never forgot. They were Friends until GAIREY died in 1993 when he was BANCROFT graduated from McGill with degrees in French and English, and moved to Toronto where he received his Master's degree and his PhD in educational theory. He taught at Forest Hill Junior High and Forest Hill Collegiate Institute for a decade -- although he had an unhappy work relationship with a principal there who never acknowledged his doctorate.
In 1967, he got a job in the U.S. at the faculty of education at New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson University but returned to Canada in 1969 to teach at U of T's faculty of education.
"He wanted to come back to Canada because it was less discriminatory although I hate that word -- than the U.S. and had an atmosphere in which he could make a better contribution," said Clarence, who is a retired school superintendent and church minister. George BANCROFT met his wife in 1976 at a Chopin black tie affair at Casa Loma.
She was a music teacher and graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and he was a music lover who was studying the saxophone and piano, and less successfully, the violin. He was 60 when their son was born. He was ecstatic. "He thanked me for months for giving him an heir," she said.
After he retired he had more time for his hobbies: he was an enthusiastic collector of antiques and roadside treasures. "We have antique doors, pots, vases, tables chairs -- he liked finding things," said George, Jr.
The students continued to seek him out. They would come to him, to sit with him in his magnificent and cluttered study under the gaze of his collection of busts of Voltaire, Paul Robson, W.E.B. Du Bois and other great men to get help on their theses and work up their oral presentations with him. Even now, they telephone just wanting to come to the house.
"They still want to be connected with him," said Carole.

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BANCROFT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-07 published
RAYMOND, Blanche (née BANCROFT)
Peacefully, at Alexander Place, Waterdown, on Sunday, November 6, 2005, with family by her side, Blanche RAYMOND (née BANCROFT,) age 84, of Waterdown (formerly of Etobicoke). Beloved wife of Max. Cherished mother of Wanda (Earl) WITTY of Richmond Hill, Karen (Rick) EDWARDS of Waterdown. Dearly loved grandmother of Laura and Christine WITTY and Kimberly and Grant EDWARDS. Cremation has taken place. Private service and interment to take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home, Waterdown, 1-905-689-4852.

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BANCUR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-21 published
DURRANT, Tony "Anthony" J. (October 20, 1939-March 18, 2005)
Tony passed away suddenly at his home on March 18, 2005. Born in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England on October 20, 1939, he immigrated to Canada in 1967. An electrician by trade he retired as Operations Manager from the Royal Bank Computer Centre, Guelph site in December 2003. As a designer and workshop leader in theatre lighting, he was active in community theatre in Ontario for over 35 years. Tony loved life and lived it to the fullest. He will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Virginia BANCUR of 22 years, his brother Bryan, his wife Rosemary and their son Michael, of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England along with relatives in England. Friends may say goodbye at the J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James Street, Milton (905-878-2669) on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held from the Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m., with a lunch to follow. Cremation to take place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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BAND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-23 published
BAND, John Trumbull, K.St.J.
Peacefully in Toronto, on Sunday, September 18th, 2005, in his 91st year. son of the late Charles S. BAND and Helen Warren BAND. Husband of the late Elizabeth Rogers BAND (née LUMBERS.) Predeceased by his sisters Priscilla MORLEY and Helen BAND. Survived by his sister Barbara GUNN.
He leaves his cherished children and their spouses: John M. BAND and Teri, Sarah BAND, Victoria MacRAE and Rick CLARKE, Jalynn BENNETT and Bill JAMES and Jennifer ROGERS and John HEWGILL. John leaves his beloved partner Patty FISCHER.
Papoo and Papa to his treasured grandchildren and their spouses: Kara McINTOSH and Jeff TAILOR/TAYLOR, David MULLER and Anna POTVIN, Alexandra BENNETT, Braden BENNETT, Ryan McINTOSH and Alison LOVELL, Ashlynn BAND and David LOW/LOWE/LOUGH, Jeremy and Rebekah McINTOSH, Courtney BAND, Sam BENNETT, Matthew BAND and Zoe BAND. Cherished great-grandfather to eleven lively great-grandchildren: Elias, Graydon and Esmée TAILOR/TAYLOR; Olivia, India and Kai MORGAN; Eloise, Tucker and Luci McINTOSH; Jack McINTOSH and Ella MULLER.
Respecting John's wishes, a private burial has taken place. A service of thanksgiving and remembrance will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 227 Bloor Street East, Toronto, on Friday, September 30th at 12 o'clock.
By special request, donations may be made to the Trinity College School, History Department, 55 Deblaquire St. N., Port Hope, Ontario, L1A 4K7 or St. Clement's School, Music Department, 21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8 or Princess Margaret Hospital, Sarcoma Research, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2M9.
"He who plants kindness gathers joy"

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BAND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-24 published
John BAND, Executive And Art Collector (1915-2005)
Navy officer who hunted U-boats during the Second World War returned home to become an insurance broker and a collector of Canadian art
By Sandra MARTIN, Saturday, September 24, 2005, Page S9
Although he was a distinguished veteran and a former insurance executive, John BAND found his true calling in companionship and art. He was passionate about collecting, gardening, fitness, the navy, red wine and crossword puzzles. A good listener, he was the master of drawing people out.
Born into a family of prominent Canadian art collectors, he inherited his parents' eye and their zeal for collecting. "I wish I knew the first time I shook his hand," said art collector Ken THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, chairman of The Globe and Mail. "I think it was in the mid-50s and it must have been about art."
For half a century, the two men discussed upcoming auction sales, although their Friendship meant they never bid against each other. "I respected his judgment on paintings," Mr. THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON said. Whenever Mr. BAND was "adamant" about a picture, such as The Steamship Quebec, painted by Cornelius Krieghoff in 1853, "I jolly well bought it. There wasn't going to be any doubt about that," Mr. THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON admitted.
"He was always around the corner from my house and up here," tapping his forehead with his finger, "he was right beside me all the time," Mr. THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON said. "I never got along with anybody better."
Mr. BAND's love of art was ingrained growing up in a home where Arthur LISMER and Fred VARLEY were frequent guests and painting was a major dinner table topic. "John had a very keen eye for choice works and he sometimes went about acquiring them as though he was a detective," said Lisa Balfour BOWEN, a family friend and art critic. "To my knowledge, he was filling gaps in his collection virtually until the time of his death."
There was nothing passive about Mr. BAND. "He spoke his mind, but it was something that you welcomed. There were no shades. He was always direct and clear," said Dennis REID, chief curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario. "I have to say I loved him."
John Trumbull BAND was the eldest child and only son of insurance broker and art collector Charles Shaw BAND and his wife, Helen WARREN. His parents moved to New York in 1914 when Mr. BAND was transferred to the American office of James Carruthers and Co. Mr. BAND was born there a year later.
While they lived in the United States, the BANDs bought canvases painted by the Hudson River Valley artists. They sold that collection when they returned to Toronto in 1923 with John and his younger sisters, Priscilla, Barbara and Helen.
"They wanted to collect what was important in the life of Canada their country and the countryside they knew," said Mr. BAND's stepdaughter, management consultant and corporate director Jalynn BENNETT. The BANDs bought an island in Georgian Bay and became good Friends with several members of the Group of Seven.
"Their home was a testament to the art of the Twenties and Thirties in Canada," said Mr. REID. " The dining room was stupendous because it was all Lawren HARRIS's Arctic sketches. There must have been 10 of them."
Two years after the BANDs moved back to Toronto, they sent John to Trinity College School in Port Hope. He was 10. His daughter Sarah, an entrepreneur and retailer, has his first school report framed in her bathroom. "He is rather backward for his age, but he has ability and is a neat and careful worker," his teacher wrote.
In 1929, the year of the stock-market crash, the school's main building burned down. Hard economic times and the school's rebuilding difficulties persuaded his parents to withdraw him in 1931, the year he would have graduated, and send him to Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto instead.
Nevertheless, Mr. BAND was a committed Trinity College School old boy. With his family's help, he gave himself an 80th birthday gift in 1995 by endowing an annual history prize.
Mr. BAND went to work in 1937 for Irish and Molson, a firm of insurance brokers that became Marsh and McLennan and later Marsh Canada. After war broke out, he enlisted in the Navy and was commissioned a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1941. About the same time, he met Mona MORROW (later CAMPBELL,) daughter of financier and company director Frederick MORROW. They married in 1942.
During the war, Mr. BAND served on H.M.C.S. Swansea, a river-class frigate in 1943 as first lieutenant. The ship, which was known as a happy and successful one, helped to sink three German U-boats in the North Atlantic in March and April of 1944 and assisted in essential enemy sweeps before the invasion of Normandy in June of 1944. He transferred to H.M.C.S. Stone Town, another frigate, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, that November and served as its commanding officer until August of 1945.
For decades afterward, Mr. BAND caught up with his wartime cronies at an annual navy lunch he organized, inviting specialist speakers on military subjects. One of the regulars was Tony GRIFFIN, another distinguished naval veteran. "There were very few officers I could put in the same class as John BAND," he said this week. "He knew how to handle ships and men and he had a keen appreciation of the Navy."
Michael WHITBY, senior naval historian at the Department of National Defence, agrees with that assessment. "He was one of the typical Canadians who volunteered to go fight the war and who did an outstanding job." Mr. BAND's strength was to lead by gentle persuasion and quiet example. On Swansea, for example, he insisted that classical music was played on Sundays.
When peace came, he went back to Toronto and to Marsh and McLennan, working mainly on Toronto establishment accounts until he retired in 1980 as a senior executive. He needlessly regretted that the war disrupted his plans to go to university, according to Paul O'DONOGHUE, a business colleague from Marsh and McLennan who became a lifelong friend. "He was the best-informed man I ever met."
Mr. BAND and his wife Mona had three children, John, Sarah and Victoria (Vickie), but the marriage fell apart in the mid-1950s. After an acrimonious divorce and custody settlement, Mr. BAND married Elizabeth Lumbers ROGERS, a widow with two children (Jalynn BENNETT and Jennifer ROGERS,) in 1959.
His son lived with them and his daughters stayed with their mother. "We weren't allowed to see him for a long time," said his daughter Sarah, who became extremely close to her father in the past few decades. "He was my best friend," she said this week. "We talked four times a day."
As a stepfather, Mr. BAND was "warm and caring and curious about our lives without being intrusive," says Ms. BENNETT, who was 15 when her mother remarried.
He was very outgoing and had a keen sense of whimsy. He once jokingly confided plans for his funeral: a procession down Bay Street at noon with a Brinks truck following the hearse with a big sign on top saying: "Who says you can't take it with you?"
Some years after his second wife Betty died in 1992, Mr. BAND formed a new attachment with Patty FISCHER, the former wife of industrialist Michael DEGROOTE, owner of Laidlaw Transport and the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
Mr. BAND turned 90 in late August. He celebrated his birthday two weeks ago at a party he organized himself at the Toronto Hunt Club, where he'd belonged ever since his mother had bought him a membership for his 20th birthday.
His friend Ken THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON tried to give him a small J.E.H. MacDonald painting of the family island in Georgian Bay as a birthday gift. Knowing the value of the painting, Mr. BAND refused to accept it, although he delighted in pointing out familiar landmarks. Finally, he agreed to "borrow" the painting after attaching a note to the back saying it belonged to Mr. THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. He only had a few days to enjoy it. The painting has now come back to Mr. THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, layered with "priceless" sentimental value. He plans to hang it near his desk in his office until he gives it eventually to the Art Gallery of Ontario. "But that paper is going to stay with that picture," he insisted. "That's a condition."
Last Tuesday, Sarah BAND took her father to a medical appointment where he learned that his cancer was terminal. He went home, made a final "to do" list to settle his affairs and then "crumpled."
John Trumbull BAND was born in New York on August 25, 1915. He died on Sunday of metastasized sarcoma. He is survived by one sister, three children, two stepchildren, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A private family burial took place on Thursday. A memorial service is planned for September 30 at noon at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Toronto.

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BAND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-27 published
BAND, John Trumbull, K.St.J.
Peacefully in Toronto, on Sunday, September 18th, 2005, in his 91st year. son of the late Charles S. BAND and Helen Warren BAND. Husband of the late Elizabeth Rogers BAND (née Lumbers.) Predeceased by his sisters Priscilla Morley and Helen BAND. Survived by his sister Barbara GUNN.
He leaves his cherished children and their spouses: John M. BAND and Teri, Sarah BAND, Victoria MacRAE and Rick CLARKE, Jalynn BENNETT and Bill JAMES and Jennifer ROGERS and John HEWGILL. John leaves his beloved partner Patty FISCHER.
Papoo and Papa to his treasured grandchildren and their spouses: Kara McINTOSH and Jeff TAILOR/TAYLOR, David MULLER and Anna POTVIN, Alexandra BENNETT, Braden BENNETT, Ryan McINTOSH and Alison LOVELL, Ashlynn BAND and David LOW/LOWE/LOUGH, Jeremy and Rebekah McINTOSH, Courtney BAND, Sam BENNETT, Matthew BAND and Zoe BAND. Cherished great-grandfather to eleven lively great-grandchildren: Elias, Graydon and Esmée TAILOR/TAYLOR; Olivia, India and Kai MORGAN; Eloise, Tucker and Luci McINTOSH; Jack McINTOSH and Ella MULLER.
Respecting John's wishes, a private burial has taken place. A service of thanksgiving and remembrance will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 227 Bloor Street East, Toronto, on Friday, September 30th at 12 o'clock.
By special request, donations may be made to the Trinity College School, History Department, 55 Deblaquire St. N., Port Hope, Ontario, L1A 4K7 or St. Clement's School, Music Department, 21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8 or Princess Margaret Hospital, Sarcoma Research, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2M9.
"He who plants kindness gathers joy"

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BANDARRA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-31 published
BANDARRA, Fernando Marreiros (January 15, 1943-May 28, 2005)
Peacefully, early Saturday morning in his 62nd year, Fernando, son of the late Joao Augusto and Francisca Marreiros from Faro, Algarve, Portugal. Will be lovingly remembered as a committed and devoted husband and family man by his wife Lucilia DA CASINHA and his children Fernando Jorge, Celia Maria (Alexander BYRON,) Sandra (Frank AMORE) and Liza Vera, and his grandchildren Alexander and Jason BYRON. Brother of Joaquim and Florentina BANDARRA, Jorge and Manuela BANDARRA, and the late Maria Lucilia BANDARRA (1951). He enjoyed spending time with his family and local Friends from the Atkinson Housing Co-op, Augusta Ave. and Kensington Market. He will be deeply missed and passionately remembered. Special thanks to the nurses and medical team at Toronto General Hospital who looked after him diligently and professionally with the utmost care. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Ave. (just south of Wellesley), 416-924-1408 from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2005. Funeral Service will follow in the Coach House Chapel of the funeral home on Thursday at 11 a.m. Parking adjacent to funeral home.

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BANDEEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-15 published
Schools mourn 'hero' teacher
By Kate DUBINSKI, Free Press Reporter
Two rural communities struggled yesterday to cope with grief after an elementary school teacher collapsed while reading to his class and died.
Mark MUELLEJANS, 33, collapsed in his rocking chair while teaching his Grade 2 class at North Meadows public school in Strathroy Tuesday.
The Glencoe native was in his fifth year of teaching, and was known in both communities as an upbeat, committed and inspiring teacher.
"He had a great spirit. He never gave up," MUELLEJANS's mother, Colene, said yesterday.
MUELLEJANS, who had an enlarged heart, was well-known in Glencoe after surviving a fatal form of cancer during his teenage years.
"He was 17 when he was diagnosed and the doctors didn't think he would make it," said his father, Peter.
"We almost lost him then."
Through complications with lymphoma, MUELLEJANS continued to inspire others, attending his prom in a wheelchair wearing a fedora to cover his bald head.
"He was quite a legend in this community because of his fight and his survival," said Jane BOWLEY, a physical education teacher at Glencoe District high school, which MUELLEJANS attended. "He had such a great sense of humour. One of the only ways I know how to describe him is 'carpe diem.' He's a hero. He lived his life to the fullest."
MUELLEJANS was devoted to his nine-year-old son. He shared custody of the boy with his wife, from whom he was separated.
He was a Terry Fox Run representative at Ekcoe Central public school.
MUELLEJANS attended Ekcoe Central public school as a child and later taught there.
He spoke about his battle with cancer at the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Glencoe and walked the Survivor's Walk for the last two years. Last year, he ran the entire 12 hours of the relay.
An athlete, MUELLEJANS also ran marathons, played basketball and volleyball and swam.
His death this week, doctors told his parents, was next to impossible to predict.
"They said that his heart was one-and-a-half times the size of a normal heart and it's amazing he was able to do all the things he did," Peter said.
MUELLEJANS's first teaching job, five years ago, was at Ekcoe Central.
Teachers and those he taught were in shock yesterday.
"The impact that he had on the staff and students, it's impossible to measure," said principal Sue BANDEEN. "He was the heart of the community. He was a Glencoe boy through and through."
MUELLEJANS's classrooms were "animated but disciplined," BANDEEN said. "He was a very positive teacher. You walked into his class and he was telling a joke or a story. He just lit up a room."
MUELLEJANS coached sports and volunteered at after-school activities. He became a role model for healthy life choices while on the healthy schools committee at Ekcoe Central, BANDEEN said.
This school year would have been MUELLEJANS's second at North Meadows in Strathroy.
Yesterday, the Thames Valley District school board's trauma team was at both elementary schools helping people cope. Some teachers took the day off to collect themselves.
Some schools will pause during tomorrow's Terry Fox run for a moment of silence.
Others will give special tributes to the passionate teacher later this month.
MUELLEJANS' funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Van Heck Funeral Home in Glencoe.

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BANDELOO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-18 published
PAYNE, David William
David William of R.R.#3 Saint Thomas, on Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 71st year. Dearly loved husband of Barbara (COWIE) PAYNE. Loved father of Heather and her husband John TODD of Byron, Rick PAYNE and his partner Sonia BANDELOO of Ilderton and the late David PAYNE, Kevin HOLBORN and his partner Wendy NEVILLE of Saint Thomas, Cory MORNINGSTAR and her partner Paul VEEL, London and Connie HOLBORN of Saint Thomas. Loved grandfather of Stephen, Janelle, Spencer, Sean, Melissa, Ali, Tristin, Jazz, Brandon, Jade, Safire and Connor. Predeceased by 3 brothers Ernie, James and Ronald. Dear brother-in-law of Marlene PAYNE of West Lorne. Sadly missed by several other brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and cousins.
David was born in Rawleigh Township on May 8, 1935, the son of the late George and Mary (SUMMERFIELD) PAYNE. He has lived most of his life in the West Lorne and Saint Thomas area and was retired from Canadian Timken. David enjoyed horses, A.T.V. riding and was a member of the Otter Ridge Riders Club. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Friday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow in London. Visitation on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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BANDERA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-15 published
BANDERA, John
Passed away on November 14, 2005 at Southlake Regional Health Centre in his 67th year. Loving father of Lorrie, Sheri, Robert and David. Proud grandpa of Lee-Ann, Nicole, Jon, Jessica and Aidan. Great-grandpa of Audree-Ann and Kaidan. Cherished brother of Danny, Laura, Emilio, Mary and the late George Jr. Beloved son of George and Anna (deceased). John will forever be remembered by Sharon, Chris, Steve, Gary and by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Taylor Funeral Home "Newmarket Chapel", 524 Davis Dr., Newmarket (905-898-2100) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2005. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church, 17955 Leslie Street, Newmarket. Rite of Commital to follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Toronto. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Friends are welcome to sign the online book of condolence at www.taylorfuneralhomenewmarket.com "Forever In Our Hearts"

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BANDOLA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-17 published
CZOPINSKI, Andrew
At University Hospital on Thursday, June 16, 2005, Mr. Andrew CZOPINSKI of London, in his 47th year. Beloved husband of Melanie. A great and loving dad to Tom and Conrad, both at home. Cherished son of Jerzy and Zofia CZOPINSKI. Dear brother to Jarek and his wife Malgorzata all in Poland. Also survived by his father-in-law Remigiusz WYSOCKI and by his brother-in-law Wojciech, also in Poland. Also left to mourn are Willie and Amy, Samantha and Eric ZALEWSKI and Stella BANDOLA. Visitation in the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road, North (2 blocks North of Oxford) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be conducted on Monday, June 20 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery. Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Andrew, are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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