SIMAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-20 published
SIMAS, Olivia Taylor (October 25, 2000-April 20, 2004)
Olivia was an angel who walked the earth 3 years old with the smile of the sun
Big brown eyes that radiated so much love
Her touch was a gentle spring breeze and her laughter filled the air like musical wind chimes dancing
To see her grow
To see her dance
To spread her love
What a wonderful grace to be given
Anyone who met her left a better person
When she touched you, you were changed for life
She was too beautiful for this world
Thou we feel crushed we are not destroyed
Olivia is now watching over us
She will guide us, and protect us
She will whisper words of love to comfort us
We may not see Olivia with our eyes
Or embrace her in our arms
But when we feel the warm sun on our face that will be Olivia watching us, and when a gentle breeze touches our cheek that will be Olivia embracing us
And she will remain forever alive and dancing in our hearts
By: Lisa
Always loved and sadly missed, Mommy, Daddy, Jessica, Brittany, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and Friends.

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SIMAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-04 published
MESQUITA, Samuel (April 11, 1910-November 3, 2005)
Of Castleview-Wychwood Towers, Christie Street. Visitation 1-9 p.m. Sunday at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Mass 9 a.m. Monday at St. Helen's Church to Prospect Cemetery. Mr. MESQUITA, who died in residence, is survived by: wife Maria; sons and daughters, Manuel MESQUITA (Leutin), Terzina SIMAS (Joe), Luduina BEZERRA, Joe MESQUITA (Fernanda); many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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SIMBOLA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-26 published
CONOCCHIA, Gina
Passed away on Friday, June 24, 2005 at Humber River Regional Hospital - Finch Site. Gina, beloved wife of Luigi "Gino" CONOCCHIA for over 63 years. Loving mother of Mary Grace. Dear sister of Antonietta SIMBOLA and sister-in-law of Milena DE GASPERIS. She will be fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, family and Friends in Italy and in Canada. Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles) on Sunday, June 26, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. and Monday, June 27, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Pascale Baylon Church (92 Steeles Ave. W.) on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 9: 30 a.m. Entombment to follow at Westminster Cemetery. Condolences to www.rskane.ca.

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SIMCES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-11 published
Saul LESZCZ
By Molyn LESZCZ and Benjamin LESZCZ, Monday, April 11, 2005, Page A14
Grandfather, grocer. Born July 18, 1912, in Warsaw, Poland. Died January 9, in Winnipeg, of congestive heart failure, aged 92.
When Saul died, his family felt grief but little grievance. Saul, usually identified by a single name, Zaide, was in many ways the universal grandfather: wise, loving, heroic, humorous, generous, stubborn and a little flirtatious.
Saul was born into a large, religious Jewish family. Among the youngest and most modern of his siblings, and the only male without a beard, Saul made an excellent living as a glass cutter. He was an ardent Zionist, active in the Shomer Hatzair and instrumental in helping many Jews escape from Europe to what was then Palestine. Saul recognized the disaster that would befall European Jewry and he escaped Poland before the closing of the Warsaw Ghetto. He urged his family to join him, but they refused. Saul regretted their decision every day of his life.
Saul fled with his first wife, Esther, and their five-year-old son, Hymie, to Central Asia, before being pushed to a Siberian labour camp. They had escaped the Nazis, but not the hunger, illness and freezing cold that would overwhelm Esther in 1944, leaving Saul to care for Hymie; they established an enduring bond.
After the war, while unsuccessfully searching for family survivors, Saul met Clara SIMCES in a refugee camp. They had a brief courtship and emigrated to Ecuador, where Saul had family. Saul, Clara, Hymie and their new daughter, Eva, made a comfortable life in Quito for three years. In 1950, they left for Winnipeg in pursuit of a more vibrant Jewish community and reunion with Clara's surviving family.
By this time, Saul was fluent in Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish, German, Russian and Spanish. English, however, was a new and difficult challenge. Winnipeg was unwelcoming for a man who refused to work on the Sabbath, and, after being let go from a glass manufacturer for that reason, Saul sought out independence and took over a small store, Touraine Grocery. Ultimately, Saul conceded to his insistent customers and began working Saturdays.
Economic stability was followed by the birth of a third child, Molyn. The business expanded to the larger S and L Food Market, which Saul and Clara ran from 1956 until their retirement in 1977. Throughout, Saul felt that running a grocery store was more than a business; it was a social responsibility. Saul knew hunger well, and many customers relied on him for sustenance between paydays. One afternoon, Saul caught a boy stealing a Popsicle, the evidence leaking through the shoplifter's pants. Saul said, "I know you've stolen a Popsicle. If you are hungry ask me for food, but don't steal." Saul sent him home with an apple.
Saul led an organization of Jewish storekeepers in Winnipeg, the Associated Retail Grocers, and he cherished the plaque he received acknowledging his "commitment to the betterment of his fellow grocers." He was a compelling orator, a skill he honed as the chairman of the Winnipeg Holocaust Remembrance Committee. He was president of the H. Levick Lodge of B'nai Brith, and he was a founding member of the Beth Israel Congregation, raising funds for the building of the synagogue even before he owned a home.
Saul endured perhaps his harshest loss when Clara died in 1994. That he thrived for the past 10 years while achingly missing her is testament to his commitment to "choose life," and to the devotion of his children and grandchildren.
When Molyn was an adolescent, he suggested simplifying the spelling of the family name. Saul responded, " LESZCZ was good enough for my father. It has been good enough for me. I expect that it will be good enough for you."
Molyn is Saul's youngest son; Benjamin is Saul's grand_son.

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SIMCHA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-14 published
HYMAN, Helen
On Saturday, March 12th, 2005 at Baycrest Hospital. Helen HYMAN, beloved wife of the late Joseph. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Stanley and Lorraine HYMAN, Mair HYMAN and Marie-Do HYMAN- BONEU, and the late Barry Charles HYMAN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Eph and Shirley DIAMOND, Ed and Ruth DIAMOND, and Marsha and the late Lou GOTLEIB. Devoted grandmother of Victor and Sara HYMAN, Steven HYMAN, Clea Eliah HYMAN, and Zephyr Joseph HYMAN. Devoted great-grandmother of Devorah MALKA, Orly BRACHA, Yoseph SIMCHA. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W. (2 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Monday, March 14th at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Temple Sinai Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 65 Spring Garden Ave #701. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Helen HYMAN Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst St. Toronto M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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HYMAN, Helen
On Saturday, March 12th, 2005 at Baycrest Hospital. Helen HYMAN, beloved wife of the late Joseph. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Stanley and Lorraine HYMAN, Mair HYMAN and Marie-Do HYMAN- BONEU, and the late Barry Charles HYMAN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Eph and Shirley DIAMOND, Ed and Ruth DIAMOND, and Marsha and the late Lou GOTLEIB. Devoted grandmother of Victor and Sara HYMAN, Steven HYMAN, Clea Eliah HYMAN, and Zephyr Joseph HYMAN. Devoted great-grandmother of Devorah MALKA, Orly BRACHA, Yoseph SIMCHA. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. (2 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Monday, March 14th at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Temple Sinai Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 65 Spring Garden Ave., No. 701. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Helen Hyman Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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SIMCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-21 published
SIMCOCK, Catherine " Kay"
In Fredericton, on Tuesday, July 19, 2005. Daughter of the late William and Agnes (DUFFY) SIMCOCK. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Col. William SIMCOCK and his wife Mary (CRAKER) SIMCOCK., brother-in- law Joseph BOWLEN and niece Sabina McGRATH.
She is survived by two sisters Mary (Joseph) BOWLEN of Fredericton, Agnes PODOLSKY and her husband Terry of Oakville, as well as nieces and nephews: Cathy BOWLEN, Kelly BOWLEN, Cathy BEACH, Eva TAILOR/TAYLOR, Bill PODOLSKY, Michael PODOLSKY, Tara PENCAK, Mark PODOLSKY, their families, and relatives in British Columbia, England, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.
Born in Fredericton she was an honours graduate in Economics and Politics from the University of New Brunswick.
Upon graduation she took up a position with the federal civil service in Ottawa and spent several years in economic analysis and research within agencies of the Department of Finance. In 1948 she was awarded a Beaverbrook Overseas scholarship and spent two years at the London School of Economics from which she received the degree of M.Sc. (Econ.) having specialized in international trade. This was followed by a short period of lecturing in Economics at the University of New Brunswick and Carleton University, Ottawa. She rejoined the Department of Finance and was appointed Secretary to the Federal Sales Tax Committee. With the completion of this work she transferred to the Treasury Board and over a period of years was the Board's program officer for a number of different federal departments and agencies. With the creation by the federal government of a regional development agency, she joined the Atlantic Development Board at its inception as senior economist, subsequently becoming Director of the Program Division. When the Board was followed in 1969 by the Atlantic Development Council she became secretary to the Council and served in that capacity for five years.
Subsequently she took an assignment with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, retiring as Director of the West European Division of the International Directorate. Following retirement Kay lived for a time in Oakville, studying, traveling and doing volunteer work. She returned to Fredericton some years ago.
The mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Dunstan's Catholic Church on Friday, July 22nd, 2005 at 12: 00 noon.

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SIMCOE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-14 published
McKOY, Vivian (née SMITH)
In Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, on Thursday, November 10, 2005. Vivian McKOY (née SMITH) 78 years, formerly of Petrolia. Beloved wife of the late Donald McKOY (1990.) Loving mother of Darlene JOLY and her husband Dennis of Fort Saskatchewan. Dear grandmother of Candace RACHER and her husband Tom of Petrolia and Catrina CLOUATRE of Sarnia. Dear great-grandmother of Rachel and Chris RACHER. Dear sister of George, Bob and Allan SMITH, Marty SIMCOE and the late Wes, Roy, Clarence and Cecil SMITH. Visitors will be received on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Hillsdale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com

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SIMCOE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-05 published
LITTLEHALES, Edward Baker, 1825 -- Died This Day
Saturday, March 5, 2005 - Page S9
Soldier and civil servant born in England in 1763.
After being educated at Oxford University, he was commissioned in the British army and rose steadily through the ranks. In 1791, he was promoted to major and made adjutant and first secretary to John Graves SIMCOE, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. A year later, he arrived with the SIMCOE party to set up the capital at what is now Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario By all accounts an able administrator, he also accompanied SIMCOE on many far-ranging expeditions to survey the colony and wrote a journal about a winter mission made partly in sleighs but chiefly on foot from Navy Hall, Niagara, to Detroit. In 1797, with SIMCOE's tenure over, he returned to England with the rank of colonel and entered public life to become Secretary of War for Ireland. Later, he became a lieutenant-general and succeeded to the BAKER family estate and was made a baronet. He died in Dorset, England.

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SIMCOE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-30 published
Edith FIRTH, Librarian And Scholar: 1927-2005
Historian who wrote the book on early Toronto was a librarian with a gift for inspired research, writes Sandra MARTIN. Although she retired in 1982, the Toronto Public Library still profits from her work
By Sandra MARTIN, Saturday, July 30, 2005, Page S9
A woman of impeccable intellectual standards, Edith FIRTH edited landmark collections of documents about the early history and culture of Toronto. As head of Canadian manuscripts at the Toronto Public Library for 30 years, she belonged to the tradition of scholar/librarians -- professionals who publish their own research while providing the tools that enable others to write and study.
"She created a scholarly haven for historians and geographers in the Baldwin Room," said geographer John WARKENTIN, who first met her as a graduate student in the early 1950s. "Aside from leading just about everybody and their brother to the materials that they built their reputations on, she was very important as a historian," said writer Stephen OTTO. " Almost anything she put on paper herself will stand the test of time."
"She was much more than capable," said historian Maurice CARELESS. "She was very confident and rightly so because she knew what she was doing. I felt a great sense of trustworthiness in her work." As for her books, "they really were very good."
Tall, elegant and reserved, she had a quick sharp wit that she shared with close Friends and confidants. While clumsy or inept researchers were treated courteously and given access to the documents they requested, she was known to mutter: "That man is a menace."
"We are still reaping the benefit of what she did throughout her career," said David KOTIN, her successor as manager, special collections, at the Toronto Public Library. "She put her stamp on them and the staff." The library's holdings now include 25,000 books relating to Canada published before 1900, about 30,000 broadsides, posters and ephemera and 80,000 pictures.
Edith Grace FIRTH grew up in North Bay, Ontario, where her geologist father had taken up teaching high-school science. The youngest of four children of Thomas and Amy FIRTH, she left home in the late 1940s to attend the University of Toronto, graduating with an honours degree in modern history and a degree in library science.
After graduation, she joined the staff of the Toronto Public Library, where she worked in general reference. In 1952, she was put in charge of the Treasure Room, where the library's rare books, especially Canadiana, were housed.
She began studying for a master's degree in history in the early 1950s while continuing to work at the Toronto Public Library and to prepare her first publication, Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Toronto Public Libraries, which was issued in 1954.
Prof. WARKENTIN, the geographer, met her in J.M.S. CARELESS's senior seminar on the history of Old Ontario at that time. They were both a little older than the other students and they "hit it off together." He remembers her "steely regard" for good scholarship. "Her standards were very high, and she was quite independent-minded."
Prof. CARELESS remembers her as "highly capable and very engaging and intelligent." She never finished the graduate degree, perhaps because she was doing historical research in her job and didn't feel the need of another qualification. In 1961, she completed Early Toronto Newspapers, 1793-1867, a catalogue of newspapers published before Confederation in the Town of York and the City of Toronto.
When the Toronto Public Library opened its Reference Library Addition in its building at St. George and College Streets in 1960, Ms. FIRTH was put in charge of the new Baldwin Room of Manuscripts and Canadiana (named after Reformer Robert Baldwin, an early advocate of responsible government) and the Toronto Room, which housed current and bound volumes of Toronto newspapers and the Early Toronto Picture Collection.
She and Prof. WARKENTIN renewed their Friendship when they met up again in the early 1960s as volunteers with the Champlain Society, an organization devoted to increasing public access to and awareness of our documentary heritage. "She was the general editor of the Ontario series and I was elected to the council [of the Champlain Society]," he said. "We were quite junior members," at least compared to the "titans of Canadian history" on the board at the time -- a list that included W.L. Morton, Donald Creighton, C.P. Stacey, W.K. Lamb (Dominion archivist and the first national librarian of Canada) and Leslie Frost, the recently retired premier of Ontario. "And there was Edith -- shy and reserved, but, if she made any remarks, they listened because it was very clear that she was respected as a scholar."
The early 1960s was an optimistic time for Canadian studies in the run-up to the centennial celebrations. Ontario, and its capital city, were no exception. It was in this era, when public money was available to underwrite large historical projects, that Ms. FIRTH made her mark as the editor of The Town of York, 1793-1815, which was published by University of Toronto Press and the Champlain Society in 1962 (with financial support from the Ontario government, thanks largely to Mr. Frost and his successor, John Robarts). She had spent more than three years amassing and editing documents related to the early history of Toronto from the library's own collections, the federal and provincial archives and many other repositories and historical societies in Canada and the United States.
In a review in The Globe, Col. STACEY, the military historian, declared The Town of York "the most important book on the history of Toronto in many years." He described it as "a big handsome volume of documents" from "the day in 1793 when Col. and Mrs. John Graves SIMCOE and the Queen's Rangers arrived to found the settlement, down to the end of the War of 1812, during which the place was twice raided by the Americans."
Five years later, on the eve of the centennial year, Ms. FIRTH compiled The Town of York, 1815-1834: A Further Collection of Documents of Early Toronto. She pushed the story ahead to the incorporation of "dirty little York" into the city we know as Toronto and the election of journalist William Lyon MacKENZIE as its first mayor.
By then, the newly minted Toronto, which had more than 9,000 inhabitants and was the biggest town in Upper Canada, had survived the cholera epidemic of 1832 and the nascent battles between MacKENZIE the reformer and the members of the ruling oligarchy later known as the Family Compact. In reviewing this volume for The Globe, Col. STACEY praised Ms. FIRTH for "the skill and ingenuity with which she has hunted documents from their hiding places and explained them, and for the lucid introduction with which the volume begins."
Prof. WARKENTIN was a frequent user of the Baldwin Room, which moved to the new Raymond Moriyama facility on Yonge Street that was opened as the Metro Toronto Reference Library in the early 1970s. He had many occasions to watch Ms. FIRTH in action on the floor, or in her office "scribbling away on her research" and attending to administrative work.
Of course, she wasn't working all the time. She and her older sister, Mary, an English teacher, lived in a house in Etobicoke, cared for their widowed mother and attended to an older sister who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. When they could, the two sisters travelled -- mainly to England -- and collected commemorative China, a passion that had begun when Edith's father had given her a plate celebrating the young Princess Elizabeth after the coronation of George Virgin Islands.
After Mary died in 1975, Ms. FIRTH continued to build the collection, which eventually included a Charles II plate from 1673, wares celebrating William and Mary and the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and a 1722 mug mourning the death of Queen Anne. The collection of nearly 400 pieces, which was displayed on shelves in the recreation room in her basement, was eventually sold at auction for £160,000 at Christie's in London in 1999.
She retired in 1982 at 55, perhaps with the intention of writing more books or devoting more time to her hobbies and her nieces and nephews. The following year, she published Toronto in Art: 150 Years Through Artists' Eyes to coincide with the city's sesquicentennial. The selection was limited to 70 works by 130 artists chosen for their historical value in depicting the city from 1834 to 1983. It won the City of Toronto Book Award in 1984.
Writer Stephen OTTO met her first as a library user and then came to know her well when he headed up the Ontario Heritage Conservation program in the mid-1970s. The odd thing, says Mr. OTTO, was that she didn't write more actively or productively after she retired. It was "almost as if she wanted to throw away her scholarship," he said. Instead, she indulged her passion for Dandie Dinmont dogs, a breed of Scottish terriers.
In the past few years, the family affliction of Alzheimer's disease began flexing its deadly tentacles. Lawyer Joseph CERMAK (a dear friend who met her after he arrived as a refugee from Czechoslovakia in 1949 and found a job as an assistant at Toronto Public Library) kept a caring watch over her, organizing a housekeeper and finally a nursing home a few weeks ago.
Edith Grace FIRTH was born in Lindsay, Ontario, on January 27, 1927. She died of Alzheimer's disease in Toronto on July 23, 2005. She was 78. She is survived by a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, six nieces and nephews and their families.

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SIME o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-03 published
HULL, John Gordon
At the Woodstock General Hospital on Sunday May 1, 2005, John Gordon HULL passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family. Beloved husband of Darlene M. HULL (née FLEMING/FLEMMING.) Dear father of Crystal McCRUDDEN (Chad) of Cambridge, John HULL (Melanie) of Winnipeg, and devoted Grandad to Evan. Fondly remembered by his family, Jean CARLTON of Stirling, Joyce SIME of Carrying Place, Doug HULL (Mary) of Belleville and Clara DAVENPORT (Don) of Carrying Place. Predeceased by his father William, by his stepmother Mary, sister Rose and by his brother Larry. John was a longtime employee of Lafarge Canada for over 46 years. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, 539-0004, on Tuesday May 3, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday at 1: 30 p.m. with The Venerable James DUGAN officiating. Interment in the Anglican Cemetery. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Woodstock General Hospital Building Fund would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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SIMEC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-21 published
WEISS, Gordon Steven
(Chaplain, Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital; Deacon, Orillia Family of Catholic Churches). Suddenly at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Thursday, May 19th, 2005 at the age of 65. Gord WEISS, of Crescent Bay, Washago, beloved husband of Marlene WEISS (née SIMEC.) Loving father of Pamela DECHAMPLAIN (Marc,) Paula HASSALL (Gord,) Marla SPENCER (Glenn,) and Gord (Joanne) all of Barrie. Grandfather of Aaron, Rachel, Alanna, Ryan, Jesse, Christopher, Cierra, Meagan, Kyle, Taylor, Gordie, Kirsten, Amber, Faith and Tyler (predeceased.) Dear son of Mrs. Adeline WEISS (and the late Steven) of Mississauga and brother of Ronald (Eileen), Sandra REDMAN (Jim), Raymond (Katharine), Steven, Victoria McINTYRE (Michael.) Patricia WEISS, William and Cathy both predeceased. Lovingly remembered by Aunt Jean COROSKY of Orillia, nieces, nephews and cousins. The late Gordon WEISS will rest at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Monday from 2-4 p.m. Then to the Church of the Guardian Angels, Orillia, for visitation on Monday evening from 7-9 p.m. Parish Prayers will be said in the church Monday evening at 8 o'clock. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Church of the Guardian Angels on Tuesday morning, May 24th at 11 o'clock. Interment: St. Michaels' Cemetery, Orillia. If desired, Memorial Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcome at www.mundellfuneralhome.com

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SIMEC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-29 published
SIMEC, Dorothy J. (née MARTELL)
At 67. New Waterford, Nova Scotia. Dorothy SIMEC passed away peacefully in her home on October 27, 2005. She was the daughter of the late Francis and Viola (MacEACHERN) MARTELL. She is survived by her sons, Francis, New Waterford, and Michael (Marci), Barrie, Ontario; sisters Ellen HENDRY, Johanna (Peter) McGILLIVARY, both of New Victoria, Patricia (Lorne) ROBERT, Ontario, Shirley (Peter) BURNS, Ottawa and brothers Francis and Gervase, both of New Waterford. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents and husband Michael. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place under the direction of McLellan Funeral Home. Dorothy will be laid to rest at a later date. Donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent directly to the family at www.mclellanfuneralhome.com

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SIMEON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-12 published
SIMEON, Evdokia
Passed away quietly in her 90th year on August 10, 2005, at Credit Valley Hospital. She joins her husband Lazaros and her sister Tala. She is survived by her brother Theodore. She will be grieved for by son Panagiotis and his wife Zoi, and daughter Eleanor and her husband Alex. Baba Evda will be deeply missed by her grandchildren Helen, Toula, Lazaros, Bill, Christine and Joe and her 14 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St. (Hwy. 10 North of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to be held from St. Barbara's Greek Orthodox Church, 7295 McLaughlin Rd., Mississauga on Saturday August 13, 2005 at 10 a.m. Interment Meadowvale Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation.

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SIMERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-22 published
SIMERSON, Mabel (née METCALFE)
Passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2005 after a valiant fight with cancer. Predeceased by her husband Bill. Dearly loved by her children Mabs (Mabel SAMPSON/SAMSON and Brian HALL,) Alan (Deborah,) Rob (Gail). Grandmother of Jon, David, Lindsay, Katelin, Alison and Julie. Great-grandmother of Jonathan. Also loved by her sister-in-law Doris METCALFE. Predeceased by her parents William and Susannah METCALFE and siblings John, Ted, Grace and Margaret. Resting at Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. East (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral Service on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in Church of the Master (Lawrence Ave. East, west of Markham Road). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Church of the Master, 3385 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto, Ontario M1H 1A8 would be appreciated.

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SIMERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-08 published
BRADBURY, Sydney Francis
Passed away peacefully, in his 90th year, at Bancroft, on May 6, 2005. Husband to the late Arlie BRADBURY (SIMERSON.) Father to Kent (Susan), Elizabeth (Bill), Ronald (Janice). Grandfather to Kelly (Shane), Scott (Laura), Mark (Jen) and Craig. Predeceased by beloved granddaughter Heather. Great-grandfather to Gregory and Thomas. Cremation. Ashes to be scattered as to his wishes. Death leaves a hearthache no one can heal Love leaves a memory no one can steal

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SIMES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-03 published
WHELAN, Constance " Ann" (née SIMES)
Peacefully, with her family by her side, at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, January 1, 2005, in her 76th year. Beloved wife and best friend of Christopher for over 51 years. Sadly missed by her loving children Kimberly PIRIE, Patricia DALLIMORE (Martyn), Michael (Mary Anne), Gerry (Linda), and Richard (Alison). Loving and proud Nana of Courtney and Ryan, Ashley, Sean and Elizabeth, Christopher, Richard and Lauren. Dear sister of the late Delbert. Ann will be held dear in the hearts of her many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. Born in Abernathy, Saskatchewan on September 27, 1929 to Dr. Austin and Ida SIMES. In keeping with her parents vocation of health care, she studied nursing at Winnipeg General in Winnipeg, Manitoba and went on to become a Registered Nurse. Ann married Christopher on June 20, 1953 and gave up her profession to raise her five children and make a home for her family. She was very active in her children's lives while they were growing up and was an enthusiastic curler and gardener. Ann suffered for many years from Lupus which ultimately and significantly impacted her quality of life. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of Four East at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for all their kind and tender care for their mother. Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home "Mississauga Chapel" 1981 Dundas St. W., (1 block east of Erin Mills Pkwy.) from 2-4 and 7: 30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2005. A Mass of Celebration and Thanksgiving of Ann's Life will be held at St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church, 1171 Clarkson Road North (south of Truscott Dr.) in Mississauga on Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ann's memory to Lupus Canada.
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WHELAN, Constance " Ann" (née SIMES)
Peacefully, with her family by her side, at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, January 1, 2005, in her 76th year. Beloved wife and best friend of Christopher for over 51 years. Sadly missed by her loving children, Kimberly PINE, Patricia DALLIMORE (Martyn), Michael (Mary Anne), Gerry (Linda), and Richard (Alison). Loving and proud Nana of Courtney and Ryan, Ashley, Sean and Elizabeth, Christopher, Richard and Lauren. Dear sister of the late Delbert. Ann will be held dear in the hearts of her many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. Born in Abernathy, Saskatchewan, on September 27, 1929 to Dr. Austin and Ida SIMES. In keeping with her parents vocation of health care, she studied nursing at Winnipeg General in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and went on to become a Registered Nurse. Ann married Christopher on June 20, 1953 and gave up her profession to raise her five children and make a home for her family. She was very active in her children's lives while they were growing up and was an enthusiastic curler and gardener. Ann suffered for many years from Lupus which ultimately and significantly impacted her quality of life. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of Four East at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for all their kind and tender care for their mother. Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home "Mississauga Chapel," 1981 Dundas St. W. (1 block east of Erin Mills Pkwy.), from 2 - 4 and 7: 30 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2005. A Mass of Celebration and Thanksgiving of Ann's Life will be held at St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church, 1171 Clarkson Road North (south of Truscott Dr.), in Mississauga on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m., followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ann's memory to Lupus Canada. Neweduk Funeral Home 905-828-8000 www.neweduk. com

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SIMESTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-19 published
WILLISON, Jeanetta Mary "Jean" (formerly TURNER)
At home on December 16, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Paul WILLISON. Predeceased by her first husband Garnet TURNER of Windsor, Ontario. Precious mother of Donna KIRKUP (née TURNER.) Dearly loved grandmother of Shanon Grace BRIDE (née KIRKUP), Richard Thomas KIRKUP (Marlene) and Sara Jean KIRKUP- REEVES (David.) Adoring great-nana of Emily BRIDE, Jenna and Ryan KIRKUP, Elliot and Benjamin and Ashley REEVES. Predeceased by brother Alfred SIMESTER and sister Daisy INCH. Aunt of Gordon SIMESTER (Barbara) of Carp, Ontario and great-aunt of Arnold, Shelley and Brett. Jeanetta loved being part of the WILLISON, Brookes and Tappenden families and cherished Friends. The family wish to thank Eden CRUZ for her loving care of Mrs. WILLISON. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2 o'clock on Wednesday, December 21, until service at 3 o'clock with reception to follow. (Private interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery). If desired, donations may be made to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5 or The Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite #101, Toronto, Ontario M4S 3B1.

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SIMESTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-19 published
WILLISON, Jeanetta Mary "Jean" (formerly TURNER)
At home, on December 16, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Paul WILLISON. Predeceased by her first husband Garnet TURNER of Windsor, Ontario. Precious mother of Donna KIRKUP (née TURNER). Dearly loved grandmother of Shanon Grace BRIDE (née KIRKUP,) Richard Thomas KIRKUP (Marlene) and Sara Jean KIRKUP- REEVES (David). Adoring great-nana of Emily BRIDE, Jenna and Ryan KIRKUP, Elliot and Benjamin and Ashley REEVES. Predeceased by brother Alfred SIMESTER and sister Daisy INCH. Aunt of Gordon SIMESTER (Barbara) of Carp, Ontario, and great-aunt of Arnold, Shelley and Brett. Jeanetta loved being part of the WILLISON, Brookes and Tappenden families and cherished Friends. The family wish to thank Eden CRUZ for her loving care of Mrs. WILLISON. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2 o'clock on Wednesday, December 21, until service at 3 o'clock with reception to follow. (Private interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery). If desired, donations may be made to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5 or The Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto, Ontario M4S 3B1.

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SIMIANA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-19 published
Joe SIMIANA, 52: Lived to ride
Joe SIMIANA loved his family, his job as a cop, and his motorcycles
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
There was no way any of Joe SIMIANA's Friends or family were going to ride in his funeral procession in a limo. That would be disrespectful to the big-hearted cop from Peel Region. So they pulled up to the church November 2 in a thunderous wave of 15 motorcycles, ridden by fellow police officers and his family.
His wife Laurie THIBEAULT rode in his pickup, the burgundy and pewter 2000 Chevy 1500 with the extended cab. He got it three years ago, finally, after years of driving clunkers. Every time he took Laurie and their 5-year-old son Augustus for a ride in it, he'd turn to her and say "I love this truck" as soon as he'd hit the highway.
She rode in it to the funeral service with the windows down, so she could hear the thunder of the honour guard as she was going down the road. Her husband had loved motorcycles, especially the Moto Guzzi manufactured by Italy's oldest motorcycle maker.
SIMIANA had three of those, including the 1972 model he'd been restoring for the past two years.
"He wasn't very mechanical," said his brother John, who is.
But he was the centre of laughter, the first son in a sprawling, loving, bike-riding Maltese family of eight kids who grew up in Oshawa listening to motorcycle stories. "We were raised on stories of the war and motorcycles," said Veronica LARKIN, Joe SIMIANA's sister.
Like the one their grandfather rode in World War I. And the German-owned Moto Guzzi captured in Libya and sold to their father, Joe, by a British officer after World War 2. That motorcycle stayed in Malta when their parents immigrated to Canada in 1950.
In 1988 the three SIMIANA sons got together to get the motorcycle over here for their dad. Joe did the letter-writing. Negotiations were tricky because the Maltese government had its eye on it for its wartime museum, but the family wanted it for their dad.
In the huge clan -- as of last summer there are 37 grandchildren it was Joe SIMIANA who was the life of every party, the prankster, the kind of guy who had to race with the kids -- and beat them. They have a videotape of a race in which SIMIANA, neck and neck with his nephew Johnny, caught his nephew's foot to cross the finish line first.
He'd put a Cabbage Patch doll in a baby's snowsuit and hurl it across the room. "Here, catch," he'd say to his horrified mother, who thought it was one of her grandchildren.
A father to four girls, as well as Augustus, he was adored by his nephews and nieces. "I'm the master of disaster," he'd say, then start an arm wrestling contest, or sock-swapping, or race everyone into the lake, even though he was a lousy swimmer.
"All our brothers and sisters, their faces light up when they talk about their relationship with Joe," said his younger brother, John. "He walked on water for a lot of us."
In high school SIMIANA broke the Ontario high jump record; he was also a good baseball, football and hockey player. When he was 18, he was in a devastating motorcycle accident. "Just a couple of weeks after that accident with a cast on his hip he was gone on his motorcycle," said John. "He loved riding anywhere, anytime."
But he was a careful rider, who always rode in full safety gear.
He became a police officer right after high school. It's what he always wanted to do.
"In his mind being a cop was like being a Boy Scout and being able to do a good deed every day," said his wife, Laurie.
He was the kind of guy who shovelled his neighbours' driveways and raked their leaves.
His work ethic was legendary -- routinely he'd show up for his shift 45 minutes early. He never took a lunch. In one 10-year period he never took a sick day. He met Laurie, his second wife, when he was investigating a case with the fraud squad; he worked in the youth bureau, in intelligence, did a stint in homicide, and loved being a uniformed patrol sergeant.
"He was a great investigator," said Const. Steve KING, who worked with SIMIANA for years both in the youth and fraud squads. "He liked to get the bad guy. He would work until he got him."
He also liked to tease his partner. KING remembered coming back to their squad car after picking up some fraud documents to find his lunch neatly laid out on the front seat, with one bite taken out of the sandwich. "Just making sure it was safe to eat," SIMIANA would say with a grin.
SIMIANA bested KING's retaliatory joke on him -- KING had laughingly signed a photo of himself with "To Joe, All the best in your career" -- by whiting out the word Joe and selling personalized versions of it to fellow officers, lawyers, even judges, for a dime each as their membership into the "Steve King fan club."
Then he went one step further by printing and tacking up posters urging people to come out and meet Steve KING throughout the Aylmer courthouse where King was testifying.
A diagnosis of a rare viral illness two years ago forced SIMIANA into a no-stress desk job, but he was recovering well and had just received the medical clearance he needed to get back to what he believed was his real work in policing. He was going to start a new posting at the start of the next week.
On his way downstairs to lift weights in their Burlington home, he told Laurie he felt great and was thrilled about his new posting.
She told him she was proud of him whatever he did and that she loved him. He told her he loved her too.
Seconds later she heard his laboured breathing and raced downstairs to find he had collapsed. He died in her arms of a heart attack. He was 52; he had been a police officer for 31 years.
More than 1,000 people came to his funeral, including Peel police Chief Noël CATNEY, who had known SIMIANA for years. During the service, in a spontaneous gesture, CATNEY bent over Augustus, told him he was an honorary policeman and gave him his father's police hat.
Everybody says Augustus is just like his father, the same grin, the same fearless goofiness, the same deep-down pride. The boy took the hat, turned to his father's casket, and saluted.
Joe SIMIANA's Moto Guzzi is now at his brother John's house. "It's immaculate," he said. "A gorgeous piece."
Eventually, John SIMIANA said, he wants to organize a memorial motorcycle ride for his brother, with the proceeds going to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. So that someone will always ride the Moto Guzzi for Joe.

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SIMIC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-08 published
SIMIC, Mike " Milan"
(World War 2 Veteran, Member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 356, Sutton) Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre Newmarket, on Wednesday, April 6, 2005. Born in Maslosevo, Yugoslavia on December 16, 1925, Mike SIMIC of Virginia, Ontario, beloved husband of Annemarie SIMIC. Dear father of Alex SIMIC of Kirkfield, Andras SIMIC and his wife Lonnie POTTER of Virginia, Michael SIMIC Jr. and his wife Stacey of Belleville and Steven SIMIC and his wife Debbie of Bowmanville. Loving Opa of Samantha, Michael Scott and Steven James. Dear brother of Savaka of Serbia. Predeceased by his brothers, Victor and Malisa. Dear uncle of Peter SIMIC, Paul SIMIC, Angela SIMIC and Stanica (Sara) SIMIC and great-uncle of Nina and Laura CAFFEE. Resting at the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral Service in the Chapel Saturday at 10: 00 a.m. Interment, Briar Hill Cemetery, Sutton. Donations to the Parkinson Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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SIMICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-23 published
TEOLIS, Helen
Peacefully at the McCall Centre, Etobicoke on Friday, April 22, 2005, at the age of 88. Helen, beloved wife of the late John TEOLIS. Loving mother of Joanne and her husband Ted SIMICK, John and his wife Beth. Fondly remembered grandmother of Michelle and her husband Steve DUNNE, Jason and his wife Josee, Kelly, Cortleigh and her husband Kevin VOWLES, Johnny and great-grandmother of Kayla, Skye, Meagan, Ryan and Taryn. Mrs. TEOLIS is resting at the funeral home of Skinner and Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd. E. (1 block west of Hurontario St.), Mississauga on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. Funeral Mass in St. Christopher's Church, 1171 Clarkson Rd. N., Mississauga on Monday, April 25, 2005 to 10: 30 a.m. Private interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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SIMILAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-29 published
MacNAB, Gerald
(30 year employee of the North York Board of Education and 30 year member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America) Quietly in his sleep surrounded by his family after a short but valiant battle with cancer at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Saturday, March 26, 2005 at the age of 77 years. Gerry MacNAB, of Keswick, loving husband and best friend of Gloria (née NELSON.) Predeceased by loving wife Evelyn (née JARICK.) Loving father of Kenneth MacNAB and his wife Sandra, Steven MacNAB and his wife Cara, Linda SIMILAS and her husband Daryl, Tracey HORTON and her husband David, Michael MacNAB and his wife Robin and Angela LINSTEAD and her husband Greg. Grandfather of Michelle and her partner Jonathan, Jeramy and his wife Dina, Leesa, Geoffrey, Nicole, Mark, Courtney, Jordon and Zachary. Great-grandfather of Lauren and Mckenna. Sadly missed by his brother Allan MacNAB. Lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews and Friends. Predeceased by his mother Mae MacNAB, his sisters Orma, Freda, Martha and his brother Don. Resting at the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Service in the Chapel Thursday at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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SIMINOVITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-11 published
Clarence FUERST, Biochemist: 1928-2005
'The perfect scientist' is credited with laying the foundation of the genetics department at the University of Toronto
By Allison LAWLOR, Monday, April 11, 2005, Page S9
As a Canadian scientist who began his career in the pioneering days of molecular biology, Clarence FUERST never lost his belief in the value of pursuing science purely for the love of science.
Credited for having played a key role in building the Ontario Cancer Institute and the Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Toronto, Dr. FUERST spent two formative years in Paris in the mid-1950s, working in what was then widely considered the best lab in Europe.
After completing his PhD in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, he was awarded a fellowship at the renowned Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1955. While at the institute, Dr. FUERST worked under the supervision of François Jacob, who would go onto win the 1965 Nobel Prize for Medicine with colleagues André Lwoff and Jacques Monod for their groundbreaking discoveries concerning the genetic regulation of enzyme and virus synthesis.
"It was the early era of microbiology," said Lou SIMINOVITCH, who is often called the father of Canadian genetics. "It was an exciting time."
Dr. SIMINOVITCH, who was at the Pasteur Institute around the same time, recalled how small the field of microbiology was in the early 1950s. He remembered attending a conference held near Paris, which drew all the scientists around the world working in the field at the time. About 80 people were in attendance, he said.
When Dr. FUERST's fellowship ended, in 1957, he chose to return to Canada instead of heading to the United States, where large pharmaceutical companies were luring scientists working in his field. He felt he owed a debt to the country that had helped him pursue his dream.
"Had it not been for the Canadian scholarships [he received], he wouldn't have been able to pursue his education," his daughter Michelle FUERST said.
Dr. SIMINOVITCH had also returned to Canada and was working in Toronto at the Cancer Institute of Ontario, located at the Princess Margaret Hospital. He was starting a microbiology lab and recruited Dr. FUERST to work with him. At the institute, Dr. FUERST continued what would become his lifelong work studying bacterial viruses or bacteriophages, which have been important in the development of our understanding of all types of viruses. At that time, there were very few scientists in Canada working in this area.
"He was a lab scientist," Dr. SIMINOVITCH said, adding that it wasn't uncommon for his colleague to spend up to 15 hours a day there. "When he did an experiment, it was always very accurate."
Clarence Ronald FUERST was born on the family farm in rural Bashaw, Alberta. He was the eldest of the two sons of Bill and Ella FUERST. He grew up through both the Depression and the Second World War, when the FUERST family, like other prairie farm families, lived through tough times. In his early years, there was no electricity or running water in the farmhouse. With little money for hired help, Dr. FUERST and his brother always had chores to do. At one point, the young Dr. FUERST feared that he wouldn't be able to finish high school because he had to devote so much time to the farm during the harvesting and planting seasons.
It was in high school where Dr. FUERST discovered he had an aptitude for science and decided to go onto study agriculture at the University of Alberta. Initially, his family was not happy, as he was expected to return home and take over the family farm. He excelled academically and was awarded scholarships to complete his master of science degree. Any prospect that he would return to the farm vanished.
Before leaving Alberta for California, where he was going to pursue his PhD, he met a young registered nurse named Katherine PAWLOWSKI on a blind date. In 1952, the couple married in California. They later had three children.
"He loved discovery for its own sake," said Paul SADOWSKI, a former colleague in the Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Toronto. "He didn't care if he got credit for his discoveries."
Sadly, much of his work lies hidden in notebooks, Dr. SADOWSKI said. He had difficulty knowing when to stop his rigorous research in order to write down his discoveries and have them published. In addition to his scientific research at the Ontario Cancer Institute, he became a full professor in 1968 in the departments of Medical Genetics and Microbiology and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto.
"From him I learned not only how to think about experiments, how to question one's reasoning all the time, but also how to keep one's humanity in a sometimes not-too-friendly world," a former student, Helios MURIALDO, wrote in a speech he delivered when Dr. FUERST retired from the university in 1993. "From him I learned that one can never be critical enough of one's own hypothesis."
Although Dr. FUERST formally retired at the age of 65, he continued to teach part-time at the university for a number of years. He also continued to participate in examining doctoral candidates.
"He was so principled," Dr. SADOWSKI said. "He was the moral compass for the department."
Between work and family, there was little time for anything else. Often he brought work home with him and, fuelled by black coffee and cigarettes, toiled into the early morning hours at the kitchen table with slide ruler in hand. "He was a quiet man," Michelle FUERST said. "The perfect scientist."
Clarence FUERST was born on May 9, 1928, in Bashaw, Alberta., and died in Toronto on March 7, 2005. Dr. FUERST died at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto on March 7 from complications due to Parkinson's disease. He was 76. He leaves his wife Katherine children Michelle, Linda and Darren; brother Gordon and grandchildren Ryan, John, Elsa, Katie and Lindsay.

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