NESRALLAH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-04 published
Patrick CARDY, Composer and Teacher: 1953-2005
Open-minded, all-embracing Ottawa musician was known for bridging gaps in an area of the arts that is often strongly divided. For him, it was all about communicating with his audience
By Randy RAY, Special to The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, May 4, 2005, Page S7
Ottawa -- During a career that saw him receive more than 40 commissions from performers and institutions, including acclaimed Canadian concert pianist Angela Hewitt and Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra, Patrick CARDY rarely separated himself from those who hired him to compose music.
"Patrick dispelled the stereotype of composers as introverted and dour and who do their own thing. He was always enthusiastic to work with us, and about the process of working with us," says Peter DUSCHENES, artistic director for the Platypus Theatre in Ottawa.
In 2001, Mr. CARDY was commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra to co-write music for Rhythm in Your Rubbish, a Platypus Theatre production that told the story of two tramps who discover the beauty of music.
As was usually the case, Mr. CARDY took on the project with great enthusiasm, attending workshops and rehearsals, where he collaborated with actors and the director to make the music and story work well together. "He was a fantastic collaborator who was so willing to jump into the process of creating," says Mr. DUSCHENES.
Others to commission Mr. CARDY include the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Vancouver Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival and Thirteen Strings. In addition to Ms. HEWITT, he wrote for soprano Julie NESRALLAH, flautists Robert CRAM and Jean-Guy BRAULT, and for the violin/viola duo of Jerry and Janos CSABA, who premiered his Mimesis on the National Arts Centre's Music for a Sunday Afternoon series in 1988.
Often, his support and interest in those who commissioned him did not end once his music was put to paper: When Rhythm in Your Rubbish toured Ontario, Mr. CARDY attended performances in many cities, including Kitchener, and Toronto, where the Toronto Symphony performed his score. He would often have a beer with musicians after a performance to ask how they enjoyed playing his music and to determine if revisions were necessary. Anyone who is familiar with his compositions says his music is characterized by colourful, evocative sonorities, a strong sense of dramatic gesture, an elegant lyricism and an accessible directness of expression -- traits that have captivated both listeners and performers.
Mr. CARDY's work ranged from pieces for children's theatre to liturgical music. He was just as likely to be inspired by the music of a Renaissance composer, as he was to experiment with synthetic musical scales. A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Records disc of his work Virelai, for clarinet and string orchestra, was nominated for a Juno award in the Best Classical Composition category in 1992, and another Canadian Broadcasting Corporation disc including his Éclat for Organ, was named Best Classical Recording at the 1999 East Coast Music Awards.
Mr. CARDY, who was also a flutist and teacher, was in demand as a guest lecturer and music adjudicator Canadawide, and often visited area high schools to encourage students to consider music as a career. In 1977, he became a professor in music composition and theory at Carleton University's School for Studies in Art and Culture, where he was known as an attentive and creative teacher.
Mr. CARDY was president of the Canadian League of Composers from 1989 to 1993, and was on the Canadian League of Composers's executive council for many years, during which he was "well spoken on issues of concern to Canadian composers and very generous with his time and advice," says Canadian League of Composers president John BURGE of Toronto.
While president, he used his close proximity to the Canada Council's Ottawa office to work on a number of items, including trying to increase the amount of Canadian music performed by Canadian orchestras, says Mr. BURGE. He also oversaw the highly successful 40th-anniversary celebrations of the Canadian League of Composers in Winnipeg in 1991.
"He cared deeply about our country and wanted us all to appreciate the wealth of our musical heritage and to provide opportunities for current and future composers," says Mr. BURGE.
On March 11, the Ottawa Chamber Music Society performed a tribute concert to Mr. CARDY's work at a local church. The concert was recorded by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to be broadcast later across Canada. "It was a beautiful event," says the society's artistic director, Julian ARMOUR, noting that the society on 29 different occasions used the composer's work in its performances. The March concert included pieces written for his two children. It began with CARDY's Hope, a short, sweet piece for strings dedicated to son Michael, and also included Quips and Cranks dedicated to son Jonathan.
"He wrote music to be played and listened to," says Mr. ARMOUR. "He loved the reaction of audiences and that his music brought out strong emotions."
With his open-minded approach, Mr. CARDY, who was a devout Catholic, was known to bridge gaps in an industry that is often strongly divided. "These days there is an extremely wide spectrum of music and few composers have respect for the whole spectrum, but Patrick brought people together and he always fostered respect for what others were doing.
"He was a great, positive and healthy force in the Canadian music industry."
When he was not composing, Mr. CARDY loved to play sports and keep fit, says close friend Al MacKEY, who had known Mr. CARDY and his wife, Janet, for 20 years.
"He was a passionate debater who liked to take opposing views and provoke his Friends on just about any subject," says Mr. MacKEY, who remembers his friend as an enthusiastic curler and softball player, and a huge hockey fan who never missed his son Jonathan's games and practices.
In 1996, Mr. CARDY served as music adviser to the National Arts Centre Orchestra for its new music festival, A Tonal Departure, and more recently was a consultant on the National Arts Centre New Music Program. Over the years, he wrote a handful of pieces of chamber music for both the orchestra and its musicians and was active in suggesting new music the orchestra should add to its concert series.
"One of his roles was to serve as the voice of conscience for the National Arts Centre Orchestra in our new music program," says Christopher DEACON, the orchestra's managing director. "He gave us guidance; there was ongoing dialogue and if he felt we were not doing enough, he would nip at our heels."
Andrew CARDY was a patient collaborator, says Mr. DEACON. "He would not just say 'here is a proposal,' he would give me a very elaborate range of options. They were always very thoughtful options and he was very responsive to what we had to say."
Like the 18th-century composer Joseph Haydn, Mr. CARDY signed all his compositions with the Latin Deo gratias -- thanks be to God.
Patrick CARDY was born August 22, 1953, in Toronto. He died of a heart attack March 24 in Ottawa, after being treated for a broken arm suffered while curling. He was 51. He is survived by his wife, Janet, and two sons, Michael, 7, and Jonathan, 11. On the night he died, the National Arts Centre Orchestra dedicated its performance to him.

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NESS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-03-11 published
BELYEA, Mark Freeman
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, in Owen Sound, on Wednesday, March 9th, 2005. Mark Freeman BELYEA, the loving husband and companion of Sandra HENRI. Loving son of Jeanne Belyea NESS (nee FREEMAN) and her late husband, Cecil Ross BELYEA. Dear step-father of Heather HEWITSON- KEELING and her husband, Allen KEELING, Susan HEWITSON and Tanya and her husband, Mark SAARI. Much loved brother of Denise BELYEA, Karen BELYEA and Peter BELYEA. Mark will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews, Katie, Tony, George and Genevieve. Special Papa of Ashleigh, Claire, Avery, Emerson, Pilar, Abigail, Karter, Chris, and Justin. Mark will be remembered for his love of animals and computers. His neighbours will miss his manicured flowerbeds, as well as, his kindness in helping them with their flower beds and gardens. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, on Sunday evening, from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend David SHEARMAN officiating. Interment in York Cemetery, Toronto. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
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NESS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-28 published
NESS, Lois Claire (née COLEMAN)
After a long, happy and productive life (86), Lois passed away gently, at the Birchmere Retirement Residence, Orillia, on Thursday, November 24th, 2005. Lois NESS of Toronto, Claremont, Bass Lake and Orillia, beloved wife of the late Charles (Chuck) NESS. Predeceased by her son John (Chris Ray of Texas), "Mom" will be sadly missed by Gord (Theresa) of Nestleton, Nancy (John CAMERON) of Hawkestone and Roy (Penelope) of Whitehorse, Yukon. A proud "Gramma" to 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and special "Auntie Looie" to many nieces and nephews. Cremation to take place. A Memorial Service will take place in the chapel of the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West Street North, Orillia, on Wednesday morning, November 30 at 11 a.m. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and or Charity of One's Choice would be appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.mundellfuneralhome.com.

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NESS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-11 published
BELYEA, Mark Freeman
At the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Wednesday, March 9, 2005. Mark Freeman BELYEA, the loving husband and companion of Sandra HENRI. Loving son of Jeanne Belyea NESS (née FREEMAN) and her late husband Cecil Ross BELYEA. Dear step-father of Heather HEWITSON- KEELING and her husband Allen KEELING, Susan HEWITSON and Tanya and her husband Mark SAARI. Much loved brother of Denise BELYEA, Karen BELYEA and Peter BELYEA. Mark will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews Katie, Tony, George and Genevieve. Special Papa of Ashleigh, Claire, Avery, Emerson, Pilar, Abigail, Karter, Chris, and Justin. Mark will be remembered for his love of animals and computers. His neighbours will miss his manicured flowerbeds as well as his kindness in helping them with their flowerbeds and gardens. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, Owen Sound on Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11 a.m. Reverend David SHEARMAN officiating. Interment in York Cemetery, Toronto. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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LUND, Gladys V. (née NESS)
Peacefully, on Wednesday, November 23, 2005, at Scarborough Centenary Hospital, in her 86th year. Beloved mother of Pat McNEILL, Mary and her husband Robert LOCKIE, and Diane and her husband Harlan NICHOLS. Loving companion and best friend of Jack ROGERS. Dear sister of Joan, Lena, Ruby, Margaret, John, Helen, Violet, Barbara, and the late Gus. Gladys will be sadly missed by all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and Friends will be received at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. E. (east of Kennedy Rd.), on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Complete Funeral Service in the Ogden Chapel on Monday at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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NESS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-21 published
McDONALD, Gerald John
Passed quietly into eternity at the age of 82 on Sunday, December 18, 2005. Gerald was born November 24, 1923 in Toronto, Ontario, a surviving World War 2 Veteran, a loving father and grandfather. Gerald zipped around with his new found freedom on his scooter, independent and living on his own until the end. Gerald believed in hard work and was always a gentleman. He loved the theatre and always enjoyed good food. Survived by his sister Lucille CASTRUCCI, daughters Patricia NESS, Janet McDONALD, son-in-law David NESS, 6 granddaughters, Danielle, Erin, Emily, Elana, Olivia and Emma and a dear and close life partner Jean NICHOLS and friend Edna JACKSON. Resting at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in Annunciation Church (Victoria Park, south of Ellesmere). Cremation. Donations can be made to the Lung Association or St. Christopher House.

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NESSETH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-26 published
PETERSON, Viola Grace
On Sunday, July 24, 2005 Mrs. Viola Grace PETERSON, of Clinton passed away peacefully at Maitland manor, Goderich in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Andrew PETERSON for 54 years. Dear mother of Doug and Laurel PETERSON of Amherstburg and Don PETERSON of Kitchener. Loving grandmother of Gillian, Andy and Brittany, all of Amherstburg. Deeply missed by siblings, Patricia and Charles SVENDSEN of Whitebear Lake, Minnesota, Betty NESSETH of Komoka, and Henry and Joyce BOLEY of Wallaceburg. Also missed by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother-in-law Art NESSETH. At Viola's request, there will be no funeral home visitation. A private family service will take place. Interment Clinton cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd., Clinton. (519) 482-9521.

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NESTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-05 published
NESTER, William Edward
(Formerly of East York, retired to Dunsford, Ontario) Entered into rest suddenly at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay on Thursday November 3, 2005, in his 72nd year, after a courageous two year battle with his health. Bill was the beloved husband for 47 years of the late Leonie (2003). Loving father of Jeff and his wife Sandra. Cherished grandfather of Christie and her spouse Justin, Melissa, and one great granddaughter Taylor. Survived by his brothers and sisters: Margaret, Melvin, Cliff and Adeline. Predeceased by his brothers Norman and Glen. Also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law: Alice, Marie, Lomer, Roger, Aurelle, Yvon, Eva, Ida, Carmen, Robert, Ginette, Lea, Junior, Jean-Maria, Andre and Patrice and predeceased by Henry. Visitation at the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay (705-328-2721) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial from Saint Mary's Church, 40 Russell Street East, Lindsay on Tuesday, November 8th at 11: 00 a.m Following cremation, interment will take place at Dunsford Cemetery.

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NESTICO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-25 published
NESTICO, Vincenzo
(Born January 23, 1932). Died April 23, 2005, after battling leukemia. Beloved and loving husband for 47 years of Agata. Caring father and grandfather of Pino, Liz, Sarah, and Laura NESTICO Antonello, Janet, Jackie, Sofia, and Nicholas NESTICO; Elena, Walter, Spencer, and Elliot Semianiw. Brother of Elena NESTICO of Isca, Italy. Vincenzo cared deeply for all of his family - sharing in their joys and feeling pain in their sadness. He always proudly touted their achievements and willingly offered assistance in their times of need. Vincenzo was a master tailor and an avid gardener. He had many Friends and enjoyed visiting with them often. He will be greatly missed by Friends and family here and in Italy. You taught us the importance of hard work and of caring for and sharing with others. You enriched our lives. We love you and will remember and hold you dear always. Your spirit will live on in all of us and we will do our best to carry on your legacy of dedication, loving, caring, and sharing. Friends may call at the Bernardo Funeral Home, 2960 Dufferin Street, on Monday, April 25, 2005, from 4-9 p.m. A Mass in celebration of Vincenzo's life will be held at Saint John Bosco Church, 402 Westmount Ave., on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, 305-172 King St. East, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B7.

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NESTLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-22 published
POTRYKUS, Erika
Passed away peacefully, at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga, on Wednesday, July 20, 2005, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Alfons. Loving mother of Renate GITTENS and her husband Joe, Dietmar and his wife Linda, and predeceased by her son Uwe. Dear grandmother of Mark, Lisa, Kim, and the late Christina. Survived by brothers Willi and Gerhard BOTHE and her sisters Gerda NESTLER and Helga EHRHARDT of Germany and Colorado. Predeceased by her sister Erna SEIBEL. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way), from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, July 25, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Springcreek Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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NESTOROWICH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-18 published
FEDUN, Bill
Of Burlington, formerly of Montreal, at the age of 78, passed peacefully at the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington on Saturday, July 16, 2005. Beloved husband of Eugenia (née NESTOROWICH.) Cherished father of Linda POWIDAJKO and loving grandfather of Elliot and Kasaundra. Dear brother of Doris and her husband Raymond EDWARDS of St. Bernard de Lacolle, Quebec, George and his wife Margaret FEDUN of Edmonton, Alberta, John and his wife Dr. Marlyn FEDUN of Edmonton, Alberta and Phyllis and her husband Dr. Graham HUGHES of Muskegon, Michigan. Brother-in-law of Michael and his wife MaryAnn NESTOROWICH. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, (one stoplight north of Queen Elizabeth Way), Burlington (905-632-3333) on Wednesday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 419 Pearl Street, Burlington on Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 9: 30 a.m. Urn burial to follow at Burlington Memorial Gardens, 3353 Guelph Line (north of Highway 5), Burlington. Panachyda Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Funeral Home. www.smithsfh.com

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