SARMONY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-30 published
OLIVER, Dorothy Medessa (née PURDY)
In loving memory of Dorothy Medessa OLIVER (née PURDY,) who has left us to reunite with her husband Frank. She passed peacefully at home in her sleep on November 25th, 2005. Born on December 11th, 1913. Dorothy lived a long life and will be deeply missed. Mother to Carol HAWKE, Dennis and Beverley OLIVER, Doreen and Allen YOUNG, Allan and Doris OLIVER and Richard (predeceased) and Rose OLIVER. Grandmother to Debbie (Bob SARMONY) of Australia, Louise STIVER (Jim), Leslie YOUNG, Norman (Lily) YOUNG, Shane OLIVER, Robin (Melissa) OLIVER, William OLIVER (predeceased) and Meloney REMES, Nikki OLIVER and Tammie YOUNG. Great grandmother to R.J., Zachary, Rachael, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Brooklyn, Angelica, Noah and Tristan. "Grandma" will also be greatly missed by many Friends, extended families and children who were part of her everyday life. The family of Dorothy wish to express sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who helped care for and love grandma. It is always difficult when someone close to you passes away. However, having caring compassionate nurses and support workers that assisted in the care of our mom, grandmother, great grandmother pass on peacefully and help us deal with our immense grief has helped. Doreen and Allen YOUNG were her primary caregivers and would like to send a special thankyou to Linda WHEELER, our palliative care nurse, Sheila RILEY and Susan WHITE/WHYTE, Karen from The Red Cross, Liz SMITH and Susan MUIR, the services of Community Care Access Centre, and Dr. REMPEL. Cremation has taken place and interment at Greenwood Cemetery will take place in the near future when Frank and Dorothy will be together again... Side by Side... Rest in Peace (xoxoxo). In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Hug me today, for tomorrow I go, I'm sorry I can't stay, the angels told me so. Out of your arms and into your dreams, I am leaving you now... you know what that means. Don't cry too long because I'm gone, I'm still watching over you. Forever long.

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SAROFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-08 published
SAROFF, Louis Peter
Peacefully at the Scarborough General Hospital on Sunday, March 6, 2005 in his 80th year. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy SAROFF (née AVERY.) Dear father of Gloria and Barry STRINGER, Jo-Anne and John MORETTI, Shirlie and Mike MARCELLUS, Dan, and Lou-Anne and Norm MacINALLY. Loved grandfather of Tracy LODGE, Marc GUSPIE, Robin BURMANIA, Elliott SAROFF, Danielle and Sean CURRY, and Michelle MacINALLY. Great-grandfather of Airyn LODGE and Shaedan CURRY Family. Brother-in-law to Helen SAROFF and Mike ZUGIC. Predeceased by brother George SAROFF and sister Sophie ZUGIC. Special thanks to Sabit SANKAR and the nursing staff of Scarborough General Hospital 7th Floor. Family and Friends can be received at the Scarborough Funeral Centre (2966 Eglinton Avenue East, at Bellamy Road, Scarborough), 416-289-2558, on Tuesday, March 8th from 10 a.m. till time of Service in the Chapel at 12 noon, followed by a reception. Interment Duffin Meadows Cemetery, Pickering. Donations in memory of Louis to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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SARRA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-14 published
SARRA, Nino
Passed away on January 13, 2005. Dear son of Ascenza SARRA. Will be sadly missed by his family and Friends. Friends may visit at Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst St. (near Dundas) on Friday from 2-9 p.m. Funeral on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Entombment at Prospect Mausoleum. Online memorials at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com

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SARRACINI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-29 published
SARRACINI, Rosa
Passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2005. Beloved wife of Frank and devoted loving mother of Pat and his wife Fran, Mary and her husband Joe, Enza and her husband Joe, Aldo and his wife Carla. Greatly missed by grandchildren Michael, Nancy, Jennifer, Laura, Steven, Kristina, Andrew, Julia and Olivia, and late brother Vincenzio. Wonderful sister to Maria and Antonio, Stella and Nick and sister-in-law Lorenzina. Friends will be received at Delmoro Funeral Home, 61 Beverly Hills Dr., (1 light south of Wilson Ave., west of Jane St. 416-249-4499) on Monday, November 28, 2005 from 6-9 p.m. and Tuesday, November 29, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m., from All Saints Roman Catholic Church (on Royal York, at La Rose Ave). Entombment to follow at Westminster Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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SARRAGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-28 published
WHELPLEY, Anette (née MUNCH)
On Sunday, June 26th, 2005 after a long illness, Anette (MUNCH) WHELPLEY of London in her 63rd year. Loving life partner of Ken VARLEY. Dear mother of Michael WHELPLEY and his wife Barb of Toronto and Elizabeth WHELPLEY and her husband Chad SARRAGE of Montreal, Quebec. Loving grandmother of Emma, Rhegan and Spencer. Also survived by her parents Flemming and Tove MUNCH of Lambeth, her nephew Kirk MUNCH and his family of Nairn and her brother Carsten MUNCH of Shedden.
A devoted mother and grandmother, Anette willingly shared a life long passion for books, movies, art and theatre with many Friends and family members. An avid gardener and amateur artist, Anette was an enthusiastic tour guide and supporter of Museum London. Often misunderstood as being "bossy", she was nevertheless full of good intentions and love for humanity. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. A service to celebrate Anette's life will be held at St. James Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Askin Street (at Wortley Road) London on Sunday, July 3rd, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. with Archdeacon Ken ANDERSON officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program, 747 Baseline Road East, London, Ontario, N6C 2R6 (Online condolences accepted at ww.amgeorgefh.on.ca)

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SARRICINI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-21 published
DELLAI, Dedena (née MORELLO) (June 16, 1907-May 19, 2005)
To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die. Dedena lived a long wonderfully adventurous life. Sshe began singing with the Rosslino Opera Co. in the 1940's as well as acting. Her career on radio started with CHUM, then in Hamilton, followed with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television on Wojak, with John Vernon. In her 85th year Dedena worked for various provincial courts as an interpreter. She learned to drive near age 63; after a car repair, officers would warn each other "watch out guys, Ma's on the road again." So many talented and dedicated people shared her days. Dedena enjoyed a loving working and social relationship with her dear friend Ontario SARRICINI. They shared hard work and humour, and I'm afraid pranks on and off radio were sometimes the order of the day. A Friendship that tugs at the heart as the memories linger, she will always be remembered with fondness by Ontario and his wife Anna, and their children Christina and Anthony. Predeceased by her dear husband Giovanni, precious daughter Maria, son John, deeply loved sister Pierina, brothers Aldo and Ezio. Dedena leaves her adored broken-hearted family, daughter Joan, darling grandchildren Leah, Christina, Andrea, John and Tom. She dearly loved her David (Barba Rosa) Gordon and son-in-law Paul. Great-grandmother to dear Tarra, Alex, Michael and the late Barbara. Dedena's true and deep love for her sister Ida FAZZARI was unfailing in its devotion; she held her close to her heart to keep always and forever, "Ia vita mia legato a te." She purely loved her nephews and nieces, dearest Maria, Ida, "picola" Lucille, Les, Joanne, Naldie, and the late Lolita and Anne. Her babies Nikki and Clementine were a constant joy for her, as well as little Coco who screeches "Ma" all day. Many thanks to St. Elizabeth's staff, and their caregivers Ida and Elizabeth, with special love to dear Shirley and Nadine, whose loyalty and skill were exceptional. Thanks to dear nurse Renata, and loved nurse Ganine JACKS, for their constant skill and devotion, "bella, non te scordar di me." In lieu of flowers, a prayer for families listed here today and for those who have loved ones in hospitals would be appreciated. Cremation. A celebration of Dedena's life will take place this summer. Sleep warm darling mother. Gather a star for each of us and their light shall show the strength in what remains behind.

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SARRIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-06 published
GILKS, Roberta Jean
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, peacefully, at her home on Friday, December 2, 2005, in her 85th year. Roberta was the wife of the late Merle GILKS. Survived by her sisters Lola and Esma. The mother of Otto and wife Ona, the late Robert, Grady (Wayne) and wife Joan, Walter and wife Marilynn, Hazen and wife Janis, Donald (Eugene) and wife Kathy. She will be missed by her grandchildren, Greg and wife Tracy, Kirk and wife Nikki, Jim and Blake, Andrea and Todd, Nancy and Susan, Kelly and husband Marcel and Jeff and step-grandchildren Mike and wife Tamara, Sam and wife Kim SARRIS. Great-grandmother to Kelsie, Allison, Kandis and Bradley, Christopher and Sarah, and great-step-grandmother to Samuel, Riley, Kaitlin, Masson and Ivony. She will also be sadly missed by her sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and Friends. Roberta was born in Millerton, New Brunswick, married our Dad, and moved to many Air Force bases before finally settling in Toronto. She was a strong proud Mother, who held her family together with a great deal of love and conviction. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. at Scott Funeral Home "West Toronto Chapel", 1273 Weston Road (just north of Eglinton), 416-243-0202. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in remembrance of her, to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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SARSHAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-07 published
DELLA PIA, Antonietta
Antonietta went to be with the Lord on July 6th, 2005 at the York Central Hospital; and will be re-united with her dearly departed husband Stefano. She will be cherished by her dear children Antonio (Luciana,) Emilio (Adolorata,) Concetta (Giuseppe SCALZULLO,) Mary (Tony TUCCI), Gerardo (Shari), and Lucia (Saverio SIRIANNI). Proud grandmother of Antonietta, Stefania, Antonietta, Pina, Stefano, Tony, Domenica, Kristofer, Matthew, Anna Lisa, Laura-Dianna, and Sammy Jr. She will be held dear in the hearts of her four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and many Friends. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of York Central Hospital - Shawnee and Parinaz (E.R.) Dr. R. SHAFAI- SARSHAR, and the caring nurses in the Palliative Care Unit. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd., (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332) on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11: 30 a.m. from St. David Roman Catholic Church (2601 Major Mackenzie Dr., east of Jane St.). Entombment to follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (on Yonge Street, south of Hwy. 7). In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the Palliative Care Unit of the York Central Hospital in memory of Stefano and Antonietta Della Pia.

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SARSONS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-14 published
BAUMAN/BOWMAN, Mary " May" (née McAVOY)
Peacefully at Forest Hill Nursing Home, Ottawa, on Thursday, March 10, 2005 in her 81st year. Dear wife of John G. BAUMAN/BOWMAN for 58 years. Cherished mother of Diane WALOFF (Gino TOTTI,) of Ottawa; Nancy FABIAN (Jeff) of Newmarket and Joanne ALGIE (John) of Ottawa. Loving grandmother of Katie GIBBONS (Ryan,) Paul and Alex FABIAN all of Newmarket and Iain and Malcolm ALGIE, both of Ottawa. Sister of Ed McAVOY of Hamilton, Margaret KERR of Vienna, Austria. Born and raised in Hamilton, May spent many years there, followed by retirement years, cottaging in Huntsville, wintering in Florida and finally 7 years under health care in Ottawa. May was a legal secretary for a number of years in Hamilton. From 1980 until retirement, she worked as a medical secretary in the Rehab Division of Chedoke Hospital, Hamilton. Throughout her life, May enjoyed socializing with many dear Friends in Hamilton and also at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida. Near and dear to her heart, were the many happy outings with the "Kat Klub" ladies in Hamilton, ladies bridge groups in Hamilton, OxBow Lake and Venice, Florida, and the 9-hole ladies Golf Group in Florida. Always a strong lady who smiled and rarely complained in the face of adversity, she will be missed and remembered in our hearts. The family extends sincerest appreciation for the compassionate and dedicated care given by the wonderful staff at Forest Hill Nursing Home. Warm gratitude and thanks for their wonderful care and treatment are also extended to neurologist Dr. C.R. SKINNER, speech pathologist Sally LEES, and Physio-therapist Wendy SARSONS.
For dear to me as light and life
Was my sweet Highland Mary...
But still within my bosom's core
Shall live my Highland Mary.
(Robert Burns)
There will be no visitation or memorial service. Donations in her memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at
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SARTELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-01 published
RYBACK, Nicholas
Our family is saddened to announce the passing of Nicholas, in his 81st year, on Monday, May 30th, 2005. Predeceased by his beloved wife Doreen and parents Peter and Annie, he leaves behind his loving daughters Mary ZETTEL (Douglas,) Nancy SARTELL (Douglas) and Susan HONEBROOK. He will be fondly remembered by his brother Dan and sister-in-law Doris. Dede will be sadly missed by grandchildren Kate, Michael, Matthew, Martin and Anna Zettel, Stephen, Colleen and Emily SARTELL, Gregory (deceased,) Andrew and Jennifer HONEBROOK. Special thanks to his caregivers at home and West Park Healthcare Centre. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, on Thursday, June 2nd from 7-9 p.m. Memorial Service in the Chapel Friday, June 3rd at 11 a.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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SARTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-22 published
SARTIN, Norman William
As a result of a motor accident, at the St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, on Monday morning, June 20th, 2005. Dear husband of the late Doris Kathleen and Dorothy. Beloved father of Susanne and loving grandfather of Bryan and the late Jason SINCARSIN. Will be dearly missed by his nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive) on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the Chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment Highland Memory Gardens. Donations to Trauma & Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit (c/o St. Michael's Hospital) would be appreciated. For more information regarding donations please contact the Funeral Home at 905-884-1062.

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SARTOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-12 published
SARTOR, Dercisa
Our hearts are filled with great sadness as we announce the peaceful passing of Dercisa SARTOR on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late Giovanni SARTOR. Loving and much loved mother of Bruna and her husband Joseph ODORICO, and the late Ivano and his wife Josie. Nonna will be sadly missed by her granddaughter Mary Joanne and her husband Fabrizio and her grand_son Daniel and his wife Claudia. Cherished Bis-Nonna Cisa of great-grandchildren Jordana, Jenessa, Jaclyn, Julia, Natalya and Christian. Dear sister of the late Virginia (Sante BIZZARRI) and the late Maria (the late Ivo BATINIC). The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Baycrest for their wonderful care and dedication. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 4671 Highway 7, Woodbridge (just west of Pine Valley Drive), 905-851-9100 on Friday, May 13 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 14 at Saint Margaret Mary Church, 8500 Islington Ave., Woodbridge at 9 a.m. Entombment at Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations to Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Patient Equipment would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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SARTOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-26 published
BIANCHET, Ivana Maria
It is with immense sadness and endless tears that we announce the passing of Ivana Maria BIANCHET at Toronto General Hospital, at 1: 00 p.m., Sunday, August 21, 2005, of acute liver failure. Beloved daughter of Egidio and Elsa BIANCHET, devoted and loving big sister of Stephen BIANCHET, dear niece of Eugenio and Dina BIANCHET in North Bay and Marianna ZUCCHET, Elsa BIANCHET, and Ceserina MOLENT in Italy, cherished cousin of Jerry BIANCHET and Daniela BIANCHET in North Bay, of Luisa BRUNET, Alice ZUCCHET, Carlo ZUCCHET, Roberto ZUCCHET, Linda MARZOTTO, and Denise DE BARTOLI in Italy, of Relina SARTOR in Toronto, of Gina SARTOR in Brampton, and of Carmela SARTOR, Luisa VITALE, Jimmy VITALE, and Christine ZENI in Bolton. Ivana was also a close and dear friend of Connie LABRIOLA, Grace DUKE, and Nancy and Mary BRIENZA, as well as their families, and she will also be sadly missed by other relatives and countless Friends, including her co-workers at Canada Post. Ivana was born on July 12, 1958 in Cordenons, Pordenone, Italy, in her paternal grandmother "Nona Nuta's" house, and was delivered by midwives. She emigrated to Canada in 1960 at the age of two with her parents Egidio and Elsa, who settled in Toronto after three years in North Bay, where they had joined their brother and sister Eugenio and Dina, respectively, who had married and been together in Canada since 1956. Ivana's parents added a son, Stephen, to the family in 1964. Ivana was a happy though quiet child who enjoyed school, which was negatively affected when she was very young by her lack of English and later in her teens by lengthy stays in hospital. Despite these setbacks, she always enjoyed learning new things and, throughout her life, took great care and consideration in everything she did. Ivana had the profound misfortune of being stricken with a number of serious illnesses throughout most of her life. After being diagnosed with kidney disease, she had her first kidney transplant in March 1971, at the age of 12, at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto; when that kidney failed some 22 years later, she received, at Toronto General Hospital, a second transplant in September 1993, which was donated, gladly and without hesitation, by her brother Stephen. Probably sometime in the 1970's or 1980's, she received tainted blood in Toronto through a transfusion and was infected with the Hepatitis C virus, the devastating effects of which started to manifest themselves fully in the last few years of her life. Sometime in the 1990's, some basal cell carcinomas (a type of skin cancer) were discovered on her body. She became diabetic and she also later was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (detected in early 2003). Possibly about the same time, she was also infected with the E-B virus. To compound her miseries, her cancers and viral infections were exacerbated and possibly facilitated by her decades of immunosuppression. Her last several years were spent courageously battling all of these illnesses, requiring innumerable trips to the hospital and many tests and procedures. This included four rounds of chemotherapy treatments, commencing in October 2004, to treat her lymphoma. Despite her many afflictions, Ivana was not a walking collection of illnesses. Ivana was a vibrant, cheerful, caring person, with a unique, musical laugh. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend. Ivana never complained and was forever brave and optimistic that she would prevail over the assault on her body. Her family and Friends certainly gave her the unconditional love and support to do so. She was a very good listener and patient with everyone. She placed the cares of her loved ones above her own and unselfishly was always concerned about their happiness. Everyone who knew Ivana loved her. She had a variety of interests and pursuits and two of her favourite destinations were Niagara Falls as well as North Bay, where she enjoyed visiting her relatives. Shopping was one of her joys, especially later in her battle, probably because deciding on a purchase was one of the few things in life over which she had any control. Despite all the tribulations with regard to her health, Ivana always found the goodness within herself and others, and loved to share life, laughter, and good times. She will be sadly missed by all whose lives she touched. The family will receive relatives and Friends at Ward Funeral Home at 4671 Hwy. 7, Woodbridge, Ontario, on Wednesday, August 24, between 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and on Thursday, August 25, between 7-9 p.m. Funeral to be held at 10: 00 a.m. on Friday, August 26 at St. Roch's Catholic Church at 2889 Islington Ave., North York, Ontario. Entombment at Beechwood Cemetery at 7241 Jane Street, Concord, Ontario. Many thanks to the doctors, nurses, and other support staff at the University Health Network and The Hospital for Sick Children who cared for Ivana over her 35-year heroic battle with the serious illnesses noted above. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Canadian Liver Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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SARTORETTO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-24 published
SARTORETTO, Evelino " Mario"
At Meadowpark Nursing Home, on Wednesday, March 23, 2005, Mr. Evelino (Mario) SARTORETTO of London in his 80th year. Fondly remembered by June SARTORETTO. Loving father of Benny and Elaine, Rita and Mike, Giannina and Bill, all of London. Loving grandfather who will be sadly missed by Christina, Nathan, Diana, Jazmyne, Denise, Derek, Natasha, Brianna and great-grandfather to Breanna. There will be no visitation or funeral service. A private family graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to make a contribution in memory of Mario are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. (Westview Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements, 641-1793).

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SARTY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-24 published
DUFF, Judith A. (née YALDEN- THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON)
Peacefully at her home in Wellington after a lengthy battle with cancer on Tuesday, June 21st, 2005. Beloved mother of Colin (Chinagi) of Japan and Jennifer of Toronto. Dear sister of Peter (Susie) and dear aunt to David. Loved grandmother of Allison. A true lady, her sense of humour and warmth will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. Special thanks to Dr. Peter JOHANNSSON, Kathy SARTY (Access Centre) and all Victorian Order of Nurses staff for the wonderful care. A Memorial Service will be held and announced later in the summer. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam Funeral Home, Picton. On line condolence and donations at www.whattamfuneralhome.com

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SARTZETAKIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-16 published
Bernie SHARE, 74: Kitsch king of Queen St.
His antique store a neighbourhood clubhouse
'He was so positive, so uplifting'
By Catherine DUNPHY, Staff Reporter
Bernie SHARE's funeral on April 17 was fit for the king he was. His partner, Susan, moved some of his favourite things -- Iranian carpets, the carved ornamental side tables, the bobble-headed hula dolls, the jelly mould in the shape of a naked female torso, the elf cookie jar and salt and pepper set, and five of the 40-plus cowboy hats he owned -- down Queen St. W. into four rooms of the Bates and Dodds funeral home.
SHARE, 74, was the man who owned a neighbourhood mecca. Officially it was an antique store called Gallery and Innovations; unofficially the cluttered storefront with its wondrous wares tumbling out onto the sidewalk on the south side of Queen near Niagara St. was a neighbourhood clubhouse for the denizens of this neighbourhood and customers from all over the city.
Everybody knew the guy with the English accent in the three-piece suit and the cowboy hat, and lots of them referred to him as the King of Queen St. He'd owned one store or another in the area for well over 25 years and it was in one of them 23 years ago that he met Susan. A single mom of three boys working as a waitress in the area, she'd often walked past the store but rarely stopped. "I thought it was a weird junk store," she said, unaware of the valuable chandeliers and art deco pieces often piled one on top of the other inside.
But one day she spotted an Iranian carpet and, uncharacteristically, knew she had to own it. SHARE readily agreed she could take it and pay him the $600 in four instalments. "I was impressed. He'd never seen me before and he trusted me," she recalled.
But that was how he worked.
"I don't think he even kept a ledger. I'd admire something; he'd say 'There's a crack in it.' He'd say something was $300. You'd say 'You sure'? He'd say $275," said Agnes HANNA, a neighbour and former teacher at the local Givens Shaw public school. He gave her many items for her kindergarten classes.
"I'd see a set of maracas, a teddy bear, a little chair, for the kids. 'Take it,' he'd say. 'Take it.'"
For her own Queen St. home, HANNA once spotted a late 1800s chaise longue in the rain out in front of the store with only three legs. SHARE got the fourth leg carved for her.
He would sit inside at the front of his store, a cup of coffee in his hand, surrounded by antiques and kitsch. The chairs would change, as they were sold, but the feeling was the same: this was a living room in which anyone was welcome to sit and chat. "Like an old village gathering," HANNA said.
Neighbourhood artists used to drop by, often for career advice. The talks often went on past closing time, turning into coffee-fuelled discussions of art and life and truth that lasted till midnight. In the summer, the salons, for that's what they were, moved outside and SHARE would sit there on the sidewalk amid his treasures, in suit and Stetson -- looking as if he were dressed for a wedding, HANNA said -- and talk to just about anyone passing by.
Often there was music. Susan remembers a time when a passing musician noticed a guitar SHARE had brought outside and asked if he could play it. Soon he was joined by a musician who lived next door, then by another local talent. Encouraged by SHARE, they played on... till 3 the next morning. Neighbours and strangers came, sat, sang, laughed and chatted. It was a night of magic that could only happen in the big city and that was always happening at the store and around SHARE.
Which is why Susan was determined to take that feeling to the funeral home. Together she and SHARE had a combined family of 11 children, but SHARE also knew street people and people from showbiz from when he used to supply props to movie and theatre sets. Many of these people came to say goodbye and stayed to celebrate their friend. Three members of the talented O'Hara family were there: actress Catherine, singer-songwriter Mary Margaret and SHARE's former neighbour, Marcus, from when he owned the Squeeze Box Club next door.
Several of the local restaurants spontaneously sent over trays of food, as his friend and neighbour Roger CLOWN wandered through the rooms plucking SHARE's favourite Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson tunes on his banjo. "It was a carnival atmosphere. Dad would have loved it," said his daughter Maxine SHARE- STROM.
People signed the guest book, scribbling all over and in the corners what he meant to them. Two of his Friends, Sheldon WAGNER, a psychiatrist, and musician Rick CAPREOL spontaneously sat down together for several sets of the blues.
And most everyone there had a story. An Iranian gentleman said SHARE was the first friend he and his wife, an Iranian princess, made in Canada. One of SHARE's business colleagues recalled delivering props to the then O'Keefe Centre for a show featuring Diane Keaton. SHARE assured him they could go to the stage door, that Keaton knew him. His colleague was skeptical and the security guard there was downright hostile, readying for a heave-ho, when suddenly a throaty female voice behind him called: "Bernie. Hi." It was Keaton.
SHARE was born in Flushing, Long Island, in 1930 to conservative Jewish parents who returned to England when he was 5. He was 25 and a talented but reluctant tailor when he married his first wife, Annette. They came to Canada in 1960 and opened up an antique store on Queen St. E. at Larchmount. They had a second store in the area that Maxine SHARE- STROM ran when she was 11.
She remembers being so excited to tell her father she had sold a six-place setting of Wedgwood china for $12. "He just smiled at me and said 'Good for you, honey,'" Later he showed her the setting in the reference book, telling her that it may have been worth "a little more" (it was worth probably $1,000 at the time) but that this was a good lesson for her to learn the value of things.
"That was my father. He was so positive, so uplifting," she said.
At the time, he was driving a cab to augment the family's income. SHARE- STROM remembers waking up some mornings to find a stranger asleep on the sofa, another fare down on his luck whom her father had brought home for a few days.
He moved the two stores to the Queen and Sherbourne Sts. area, and added a third across the street. All were called My Place. Later he crossed Yonge St. to set up another shop, this one on Queen St. W. closer to Bathurst St. SHARE- STROM had just graduated from high school, but she also opened a store there, across the street from her father's. "I am my father," she said. "Dad taught me to be fearless."
SHARE- STROM describes herself as the second daughter of SHARE's first "litter" of six children: five girls and a boy. Later, after his marriage ended, he had two more daughters from another relationship before meeting Susan and virtually adopting her three sons.
Now one of them, Kerry SARTZETAKIS, will be running the business with Susan.
She won't close. She can't. SHARE's presence is everywhere in this store, with its bric-a-brac, books, hat boxes, African carvings, brass beds, Czech glass and Raggedy Ann dolls. One of his cowboy hats is hanging on a peg. His chair is still at the front of the store. And his portrait sits atop one of the stacked dressers, overtop the shelf holding his favourite collectibles: the elf salt and pepper shakers, the hula dancers. In it Bernie SHARE is smiling -- and wearing his black cowboy hat.

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