KARSAI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-15 published
HAMILTON, Bruce (February 29, 1924-May 13, 2005)
Peacefully in his 81st year, in Ajax, Ontario. Beloved husband to Edna HAMILTON (née LAMOUREUX,) adored father of Carol McMILLAN, Donna WHISKIN, Tawnee BOSSOM, Teena Marie Hamilton KARSAI and Catherine COSENTINO. Brother of Bernice ROBERTSON and the late Kenneth HAMILTON. Elated grandfather of ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Bruce learned to play guitar at the age of twelve and was with the Cheerio Variety Entertainers before joining the Air Force. Bruce served for three years in World War 2 as a Corporal with the Canadian Air Force. Bruce worked at Grinnells for twenty-eight years and thoroughly enjoyed his employment with Rowntree/Nestle for twelve years. Bruce had a love of planes and in his memory his collection of plane paraphernalia has been donated to The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, 151 Squadron in Oshawa, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations to the The Royal Canadian Air Cadets would be appreciated.

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KARSH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-29 published
MEZZA, Lawrence
At his residence on Sunday, March 27, 2005, Lawrence MEZZA in his 98th year. Dear husband of Jean (WALDEN, 1983.) Dear father of Brenda MEZZA of London, Jane KARSH of Strathroy, Daniel and Martha, both of London. Dear grandfather of Nigel and Amanda KARSH. Dear brother of Angela FORD and Louis MEZZA both of Henderson, Nevada. Predeceased by his brothers Antonio, Peter, Ernest, John and Joseph, and his sisters Mary and Jean. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Thursday morning from 10 o'clock until the time of the funeral service at 12 noon. Interment to follow in St. Peter's Cemetery. Donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society would be appreciated.

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KARSH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-01 published
James GUILLET, Chemist and Teacher: (1927-2005)
University of Toronto professor figured out how to produce polymers that will degrade or break down plastic litter in sunlight, writes Sandra MARTIN. He discovered he could 'make it disappear'
By Sandra MARTIN, Saturday, October 1, 2005, Page S7
A "green" chemist, James GUILLET was fascinated by photosynthesis in plants and the wonders that nature could create with solar light and water. He wanted to mimic the function of natural systems in his laboratory.
As a scientist, he was a pioneer in establishing photochemistry and photophysics of the polymer system as an important and separate discipline in chemistry. As an inventor, he used his scientific discoveries in practical applications for human and environmental benefit. During his lifetime he registered more than 100 patents, including a process for making plastics (such as foam coffee cups and fast food clam-shell containers) decompose in sunlight, and an agricultural mulch film That smothers weeds during the growing season and then breaks down into the soil in the winter.
Although he was honoured as a scientist, he did not see his progressive ideas widely embraced by industry and government in this country. On the contrary, he was frustrated by self-interested environmentalists and paper manufacturers who lobbied against the industrial use of his "man-made plastics."
He was revered by colleagues and students, many of whom called him "the Boss" and came from around the world to work with him. "He was not the professor with blinders on his eyes who could only see science," says his Polish colleague Maria NOWAKOWSKA. He loved opera and theatre, growing orchids, swimming and sailing at the family cottage he designed and built nearly 50 years ago.
James Edwin GUILLET was born into an academic Toronto family his father, Edwin, was a prominent historian and the author of Early Life in Upper Canada, among many other books. They lived in the Annex neighbourhood of the city before moving to the suburbs when Jim was 12. Summers were spent with their Ohio relatives at on Horseshoe Island in Stoney Lake near Peterborough.
Musician Sue POLANYI went there, too, as a child because her father was the Anglican Minister at the rectory on the island. "He was immensely handsome as a young man," remembers Ms. POLANYI, and he "grew up to have a grip on business like no other chemist" because he "wasn't a dreamer -- he was a practical man."
After attending Huron Street School, young Jim GUILLET went to the University of Toronto Schools and then the University of Toronto. He joined the campus camera club, winning first prize in a photography contest judged by Yousuf KARSH, with a black and white picture called "Valley of the Shadows" that he had taken of the rocks in the creek at the bottom of his parents' East York home. Prof. GUILLET always attributed his success in finding summer jobs at Eastman Kodak to his early passion for photography.
He graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours degree in physics and chemistry in 1948. Unable to find a job in Canada, he began working fulltime as a research chemist for Eastman Kodak, first, in Rochester and, then, in Kingsport, Tennessee.
During the day, he worked on new types of graft and block copolymers but spent his evenings enjoying the company of Helen BIRCHER, a young university graduate from Nashville, Tennessee., who had recently moved to Kingsport to work for the Girl Scouts. "It was a very small town and everybody knew everybody and we had a ball," she said, "dating and hiking and parties and church." They were married in 1953 in Nashville.
The next year, the GUILLETs went to Saint John's College, Cambridge, in England. Rationing was still in effect, the best form of transport was a bicycle, and they found lodging in a thatched cottage. He studied under R.G.W. Norrish, a future Nobel laureate, earning his Ph. D in photochemistry in 1955. Twenty years later, the university honoured him with an Sc. D, a doctor of science.
After Cambridge, the GUILLETs went back to Kodak in Kingsport, where all four of their children were born. James worked as senior research chemist and later research associate in charge of polyolefin research before joining the chemistry department at the University of Toronto as an associate professor in 1963. At the time, he had 30 U.S. patents and had published 20 scientific papers.
John POLANYI, a future Nobel laureate in chemistry, was on the hiring committee. "He had a great string of patents to his name and we worried that he wasn't going to fit into academe," he remembered, noting the cultural disparities between industry and the "ivory towers."
Fears that Prof. GUILLET's approach might be too commercial proved groundless. In 1969, he was promoted to full professor and named professor emeritus in 1991. "His bent was to do academic science and to figure out why things happened the way they did, rather than how useful they were," said Prof. POLANYI. "He warned all the time against letting the applications of science dominate the university agenda."
At the time, polymer chemistry wasn't a particularly sexy field. That changed largely because of Prof. GUILLET's work. Hearkening back to his early interest in light and shadow in photography, Prof. GUILLET's main areas of research involved studying the way polymers react to light. Polymers are large molecules made from smaller and simpler molecules. They can be artificial, such as plastics, or natural, such as proteins and DNA. Before his time, people were interested in how light reacts with small molecules and he advanced the science with large molecules.
This research led to one of his most important discoveries: how to produce polymers that will degrade or break down in sunlight. In other words, a potential antidote to much of the world's litter problems.
In true scientific fashion, the solution came to him while he was working with his students on the opposite problem: creating a polymer that is resistant to the sun's rays. Electrical wires, which are insulated with plastic, have to be replaced every so often because the sun rots the plastic, making it useless as an insulator.
In 1969, while Prof. GUILLET was working on developing sun-hardy polymers, he went on vacation with his wife Helen to Andros Island in the Bahamas. Disturbed by the litter floating ashore from cruise ships, he realized he could "make it disappear," according to Mrs. GUILLET. All he had to do was to create polymers that were less resistant to ultraviolet rays from the sun.
And of course he did. He registered three patents for photodegradable polymers in 1970, assigning the rights to the U of T. That same year, he started a high-tech company called EcoPlastics to manufacture ecolyte bio-cyclic plastics. The company, which also did contract research on tar sands and greenhouse films, was never able to raise the necessary capital in Canada. A Dutch deal collapsed after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries oil crisis of the 1970s. About 50 per cent of EcoPlastics was acquired by a American entrepreneur in 1986.
Instead of a stock-market bonanza for the U of T, Prof. GUILLET was awarded a Lindbergh Grant worth $10,000 in recognition of his efforts to create a better balance between technology and the environment. He and a colleague were also awarded a gold medal and Canada's patent number 1,000,000 for inventing photodegradable plastics. Some years later, a cynical Prof. GUILLET observed, "It is perhaps a measure of the government's commitment to science and technology that the medal turned out to be gold plated!"
During his career, James GUILLET published nearly 300 scientific papers and wrote 80 patent applications. He founded two other companies besides EcoPlastics. Medi-Pro Sciences Ltd., which was incorporated in 1976, did research on artificial skin and medical applications of plastics. Solarchem Corporation (1984) tried to develop pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals for pollution control using sunlight as the primary energy source.
He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981, a Killam Research Fellowship in 1987 and the International Award of the Society of Polymer Science in 1999. During his career, he supervised 28 Ph. D. theses, 26 masters degrees and 50 post-doctoral fellows and research associates.
He immersed himself in the lives and problems of his students and the scientists who came from around the world to work with him. "I thought he was a wonderful person who cared about his students and would spend hours and hours tutoring them if they were having a problem," says Susan ARBUCKLE, his secretary since she moved here from California in 1971.
That sentiment was echoed by John FRASER, Master of Massey College at the U of T, who called on Prof. GUILLET a number of times to mentor troubled science students. "He was just incredible," said Mr. FRASER. "He knew what their log jam was and who they should speak to." He also gave the college two Paul Kane portraits that had belonged to his father.
One of his research associates was Maria NOWAKOWSKA, now vice-rector for research and international relations at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Back in the early 1970s, Prof. NOWAKOWSKA, then a Ph. D student, went to an international conference in Prague, one of the few places she could visit before the fall of communism. Prof. GUILLET, who was the keynote speaker, spoke with her after her presentation because he "always had the idea to approach young people who needed his hand and his help," Prof. NOWAKOWSKA said by telephone from her home this week.
He invited her to work in his lab, a trip she couldn't make for 15 years because of work and family commitments and the hurdles erected by the state to keep her from defecting to the West. She says his lab, then, was the best in the world in photophysics and photochemistry and "supervisors were fighting" to find places for their students "to work with Jim GUILLET."
She arrived with no luggage, no place to stay, no computer, and almost no cash, so Prof. GUILLET took her home where she was treated as a member of the family and given a bed until she found a place to live. It was the beginning of an international collaboration that continued until his death. Working with him was like being in "a volcano of ideas," she said. "People respected him and each other."
She met with him for the last time before Prof. GUILLET underwent heart surgery in August. Even in hospital he was still encouraging her to pursue new patents on natural polymers and publish the results.
James Edwin GUILLET was born in Toronto on January 14, 1927. He died September 23, 2005, from complications following successful bypass surgery. He is survived by his wife, two siblings, four children and nine grandchildren.

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KARSTEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-01 published
KARSTEN, Armin Klaus
Born July 5, 1942 in Danzig, Germany. Died October 30, 2005, Toronto, Ontario. Armin is a retired Air Canada Employee of 28 years. Armin will be missed by his wife of 35 years, Elke, son Michael, brother Paul and his wife Brigitte, niece Sabina, nephew Thomas and family here and in Germany. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2005 at 11 a.m. Resting at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 52 Main Street South (Hwy. 10), Brampton. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Peter Urqhart Cardiac Centre, care of University Health Network would be appreciated. Condolences to the family may be sent to armin.karsten@wardfh.com

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KARTASH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-25 published
LASKIN, Morris
Passed away on April 23, 2005. Loving and affectionate husband of Doris and the late Lila; father of Rena KIRSHENBAUM (Ken,) Judith NEFSKY (Bill STROLL,) Grit LASKIN (Judith,) the late Miriam EARLS, Barbara BOYLE (Robert), Cheryl TAVEROFF (Michael) and Gilbert NEFSKY (Phyllis;) grandfather of Jaron, Sam, Ezra; Jessica, Aragorn; Ari, Alex; Leigh, Jessie; Julia and Colman; great-grandfather of Jacob and Aiden; brother of Evelyn KARTASH and the late Rose SATOK. All of us will miss his willingness to dance at the drop of a hat, his ability to outswim his children, his gentle nature, and his unstinting love of his family. Funeral service at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. West, Tuesday April 26. Please call 416 663-9060 for the exact time.

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KARTOSHEFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-25 published
KARTOSHEFF, Chris
Husband of the late Sofia KARTOSHEFF. Father to Dean CARTER. Grandfather to Julia CARTER. Step-father to Jim STAVROU and his wife Irene. Grandfather to George and Chris STAVROU. Step-father to Stojan STAVREV and his wife Georgina. Grandfather to Vickie, Vane and Stephan. Will be missed by Donche and Aleksandra KOSTADINOVSKA and other extended family and Friends. Visitation will be held at The Heritage Funeral Centre, 50 Overlea Blvd., 416-423-1000, on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 from 5-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12 p.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hills Cemetery.

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KARU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-14 published
KUNGLA, Anne Eva
Passed away peacefully in Scarborough on May 7th, 2005, in her 66th year. Anne, beloved daughter of Linda KARU. Loving wife to the late Rein KUNGLA. Cherished mother to Trond, Linda, Marika and Krista. Caring adopted mother to Roz, Hamish, Mike, Scott, Caitlin and countless other lucky souls. Joyful spirit to all she knew. Visitation will be held Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Pine Hills Chapel, 625 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough (416-267-8229). Funeral services will be held Monday, May 16 at Pine Hills Chapel at 1 p.m. If desired, donations may be made in her memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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KARVAT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-02 published
EILEY, Deena (née ADLER)
At home in Montreal, in her 95th year, on Tuesday, March 1st, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Isaac. Devoted mother and mother-in-law of Stan and Sharon, Hy and Joan, and the late Ray KARVAT. Cherished Bubby of David and Carol, Stuart and Randy, Mark and Maia, Stephanie, Bram and Alexia, Susan EILEY and Barry SIMON, Janet EILEY and fiance Jeffrey KARP, Miriam KARVAT, Jack KARVAT, Debbie YEUNG. Adored "Bubby Deena" of Lindsay, Emily, Matthew, Harley, Erica, Julia, Benjamin, Mitchell, Olivia and Tetsuo. Dear sister and sister-in-law of the late Jack ADLER and the late Sylvia KATZ, the late Abe and the late Betty ADLER. She will be sadly missed by her beloved companion Baruch SILVER, and by her many nieces, nephews, relatives and Friends. Very special thanks to her wonderful caregivers, and in particular for the exceptional love and devotion of Maribe and Rosa. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, Montreal, on Thursday, March 3rd at 2: 30 p.m. Burial in Montreal. Shiva private. Donations in her memory may be made to the "Eiley Endowment Fund" c/o The Reena Foundation, (905) 889-6484 or to the charity of your choice.

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KARVAT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-30 published
YEUNG, Debbie Pik Ling (MATSUZAKI, KARVAT)
Debbie passed away peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital on November 29, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer at the young age of 47. Loving mother of Tetsuo MATSUZAKI and beloved wife of Jack KARVAT. Devoted daughter of YEUNG Ying Han and the late YEUNG Tong. Adored sister of Charles, Big Yue, Kathy, Sunny, Betty, Erica and Chris. Debbie will be fondly remembered by her sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many Friends. Visitation will be held at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. E., Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the Ogden Chapel on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow at Westminster Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Woodgreen Community Services Day Care which Debbie cherished.

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KARVONEN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2005-01-05 published
Oliver KARVONEN
In loving memory of Oliver KARVONEN of Espanola who passed away at the Espanola General Hospital on Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 in his 88th year.
Predeceased by the love of his life Justina (née PETERS) Dear son of the late John and Lidia (née RITRATILAINAN) Karvonen. Loving father of Sharon (husband Jack OATWAY) of Worthington, John (wife Gloria) and Ian (wife Gisele) both of Espanola and the late Ilona LEVERT and Regina KARVONEN. Will be sadly missed by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Very dear brother of the late Helen MacARTHUR. A memorial service was held at the Bourcier Funeral Home, Espanola, on Friday, December 31st at 2: 30 pm with the Reverend
Cathy RUSSELL officiating. Interment of ashes in Mountain View Cemetery.

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KARVOUNIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-15 published
SEABROOK, Norman John, B.Comm.
(Veteran of World War 2). Peacefully, at home, on October 13, 2005, in his 84th year. Beloved husband of the late Louise (BOOMER.) Father of the late Sharon APPLETON (Bruce) and father of Lori KARVOUNIS (George) of Etobicoke, Raymond (Marilyn) of Denver, Colorado, and Jim (Stella) of Mississauga. Will be missed by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1922, the son of the late Lloyd and Violet SEABROOK (TROTTER.) Predeceased by sister Frances (WARRILLOW) and brothers William and Robert. World War 2 Flying Officer Navigator with Royal Canadian Air Force, University of Toronto B. Commerce in 1948. Employed with Swift Canadian for thirty-five years in the meat packing industry. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. in the Chapel. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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KARWAT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-29 published
KARWAT, Josephine Helen
Peacefully, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, with her family by her side, Mrs. Josephine Helen KARWAT passed away on April 27, 2005 at the age of 78 years. Josephine was predeceased by her husband Andrew KARWAT. She will be sadly missed by her children: Joseph, Helen (the late Joseph) and Michael (Anne). Josephine will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Patricia, Andrew, Melissa and Jesse. She is survived by her sister Mary and will remain in the memory of her many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas Street W. (1 block east of Runnymede) on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Saint Mary's Polish Parish, 1996 Davenport Rd. on Monday May 2, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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KARWOWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-24 published
KASZUBA, Norman F.
Suddenly at his home, on Saturday morning, October 22, 2005. Beloved husband of Marthana (Marty). Loving father of Judith and Dan KARWOWSKI, Marek and his fiancée Gretchen, Philip, Sandra, Tara and Carl HUDON. Cherished Poppa to Sean and Emma, Ryan and Andrew and Eric and Zachary. Brother of Alfred and Pat KASZUBA and brother-in-law of Marc and Karen MATTESON and their families. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive) on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at Saint Mary Immaculate Church, 10295 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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