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ALFANDARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-26 published
ALFANDARY, Rafael
Jewellery Designer - Peacefully on Tuesday, May 24, 2005, after a long battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Eriko MIYAZAWA. Father of Ruth (New York) and Dalia (Bali). Grandfather of Nadine, Daniel, Coban and Kai. Private Family Service. Friends are welcome to attend a gathering at Manulife, 44 Charles St. West, 31st Floor on Saturday, May 28, 2005, 2-5 p.m.

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ALFANDARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-28 published
Rafael ALFANDARY: Jeweller to the stars
By Tabassum SIDDIQUI, Staff Reporter
Rafael ALFANDARY was a man's man, but it was his affinity for women that led to his career as a jeweller whose bold pieces adorned flamboyant celebrities in the 1970s.
He had been around the world and back but returned to Toronto in 2000 to die after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer.
ALFANDARY, whose chunky metal and stone jewellery was worn by Liberace, Margaret Trudeau, Muhammad Ali and actor Lorne Greene during the heyday of his career in Toronto in the '70s, died Tuesday in his apartment studio at the age of 66.
"He wanted to die in Canada -- he had a great time in Toronto and he always identified himself as Canadian," his wife Eriko MIYAZAWA said. "When I first met him, he had a heavy Yugoslavian accent so I was surprised to hear he was Canadian."
Born in Belgrade, ALFANDARY and his mother were the only members of his Jewish family to escape a concentration camp. She died when he was 11. He emigrated to Israel when he was 20 and trained as a mechanical engineer.
In 1970, he and his first wife relocated to Toronto because he did not want his two young daughters, Dalia and Ruth, who would later go on to become jewellery designers in New York and Bali, to join the army.
While studying English at George Brown College, he stumbled into the career that would bring him fame and fortune.
"He was always a ladies' man," MIYAZAWA said. "He wanted to give a gift to his teacher, so he made some jewellery with copper wire that his landlord had. She really loved that piece and showed it to Friends who wanted more, and it all took off from there."
ALFANDARY could hardly keep up with the orders pouring in for his handmade pieces. One of his first high-profile clients was Margaret Trudeau, who wore one of his necklaces to an opening of Parliament.
"The '70s in Canada was a time of boldness, and his jewellery made sense in that era because everything else at the time was dainty and all the same, but his pieces were very individual, with a distinctive look," MIYAZAWA said. "One day Mr. Trudeau recognized him in a crowd when he was giving an interview, and he was very proud of that."
ALFANDARY soon became a media darling, known simply as Rafael. In 1973, he was commissioned to create the crown for the Miss Canada beauty pageant. He worked with Marilyn Brooks, designing pieces for her clothing line. And his jewellery also appeared as featured prizes on the popular television game show Let's Make a Deal!
By the late 1970s, ALFANDARY had sold more than half a million pieces. His jewellery was sold in all the major department stores across Canada, in airports, and six stores of his own. He had 60 employees, including a small throng of lawyers, accountants, and advertising people.
Boxer Muhammad Ali liked the large size and heft of the pieces. Jewellery-loving entertainer Liberace became a good friend. Earlier this year, singer Prince wore one of ALFANDARY's necklaces to the People's Choice Awards.
"I first met Rafael in his glory in the '70s, when he was quite well-known in Toronto circles," says friend Sam BERKEL, who was ALFANDARY's neighbour in the Manulife Centre in the '70s. The pair renewed their Friendship more than two decades later when ALFANDARY moved back into the highrise after his return to Toronto.
BERKEL recalls his old friend as a "man's man" who liked to gamble and enjoyed the high life. "His jewellery was worn by a lot of celebrities, so back then he led a very popular lifestyle -- lots of wine parties with the who's who."
In the 1980s, ALFANDARY remarried and moved to Austin, Texas, where he dabbled in fine jewellery before divorcing and heading halfway around the world to an ashram in Goa, India. He and MIYAZAWA met at a meditation retreat in Pune, India, in 1999.
The two married in Goa in 1999 but moved back to Toronto the following year when ALFANDARY was diagnosed with myeloma. Doctors told him he only had two years to live.
ALFANDARY threw himself into his work, creating new pieces of jewellery, including a line for pets, sculpture-like clocks, and intricate knobs for doors and drawers.
Though increasingly debilitated by the cancer, ALFANDARY refused to give up smoking or change his diet despite taking eight different medications daily.
"He was getting worse and worse every day, but he was still doing his thing," BERKEL said. "He had a hunger to create and design. It gave him pleasure to see women wearing his jewellery. ALFANDARY" died peacefully in the Manulife Centre apartment that doubled as his work studio."He had a full view of Toronto from his bedroom it's a beautiful view, and his life ended there," said his wife. "He lived his life so fully -- he was an amazing survivor and took total charge of his own life, and Toronto gave him a new future and broadened his horizons."
Yesterday, Friends and family gathered in a room on the 31st floor of the Manulife Centre, looking south over the city skyline, to remember ALFANDARY. It was a day for intimates, not celebrities.
"He was crazy about this building," MIYAZAWA said.
With files from Tracey TYLER

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ALFANO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-03 published
RESTIVO, Gracia Scozzari
At McMaster University Medical Centre, on Friday, December 31, 2004, Gracia Scozzari RESTIVO, in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Salvatore (Sam) RESTIVO (1980.) Dear mother and mother-in-law of Harry and Ruby THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Joseph and Suzanne HANNAH, Paul and Judy GEMMELL, Father Salvatore (Sam) RESTIVO of the Congregation of the Resurrection, Angelo and Denise CORMIER. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Grace and Gordon AITKEN, Sam, Joanne and the late Keith JOHNNY, Joseph and Paula DICECCHA, Elizabeth and David COBBAN, Michael, Steven and Deborah CROUSE, David, Alyssa and Jason IAFRATES, Gregory, Katherine, Claire WELCH and Aaron LEVO, Jude WELCH and Kelly OUIMET, Casie WELCH and Adrian DUYZER. Also remembered by her great-grandchildren Tammy and Kevin HELDMAN, Laurie ROSS, Matt, Bobby and Kate JOHNNY, Victoria RESTIVO, James and Daniel COBBAN, and great-great-grandchildren Michaela and Nikolas ROSS and Alyssa HELDMAN. She will be sadly missed by her sisters Mary ALFANO, Florence LOMANO, sisters-in-law Isabel SCOZZARI and Yolanda RESTIVO, brother-in-law Charles RESTIVO, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers Salvatore, Angelo and Thomas, her sister Angela DISTEFAN, her brothers-in-law Nicholas LOMANO, Anthony Alfano and John DISTEFAN and niece Barbara ZAVARISE. Gracia Scozzari RESTIVO was a member of the Catholic Women's League of Canada. The family will receive Friends at the Markey Dermody Funeral Home, 1774 King Street East, Hamilton (905-547-1121), on Tuesday, January 4, 2005, from 4-9 p.m. The Vigil Prayer Service will be on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 8: 00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Herkimer and Locke Streets, Hamilton (905-528-0019), on Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at 11: 00 a.m. The Rite of Committal will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. If desired, expressions of sympathy to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, The Father Sean O'Sullivan Research Centre or your favourite charity would be appreciated by the family.

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ALFANO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-27 published
ALFANO, Thomas Joseph " Tom"
Peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, September 25, 2005, at Humber River Regional Hospital, Church Site. Tom ALFANO, in his 77th year, beloved husband of Anne (BARRESE) for 55 years. Dear father of Peter and Joey. Loved brother of Frank, Louisa BATTAGLIA, and Josephine BELLISSIMO. He will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, relatives and Friends. Friends and family may visit at Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas St. West (one block east of Runnymede) Tuesday 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. from Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, 45 Ludstone Dr. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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ALFANO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-25 published
PIEROBON, Lina
God called Lina peacefully, on November 24, 2005, at the age of 80, to be reunited in Heaven with her loving husband Luigi, who passed away in 1999. Cherished by her dear children Mary (Quintino ALFANO), Oliver (Wendy), Lori (Nick PANTALEO). Proud nonna of Anthony, Michael, Paul, Jessica, Alex, Stephanie, and Kristine. She will always be remembered by her brothers and sister in Italy and held dear in the hearts of her nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and many Friends. Visitation will be held at Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332), on Friday from 2-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday 11: 00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (on Jane Street, north of King Rd., at 16th Side Road). Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (on Yonge Street, south of Hwy. 7). In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Arthritis Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Special thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at the Southlake Regional Hospital.

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ALFARO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-23 published
VASCONCELOS, Constanino (August 19, 1933-August 22, 2005)
Of Margueretta Street. Visitation 4-9 p.m. today and Wednesday at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Mass Thursday morning at St. Sebastian's Church (call for time) to Holy Cross Cemetery. Mr. VASCONCELOS, who died at Markham-Stouffville Hospital, is survived by: wife Maria; daughters Maria ALFARO (Leonardo), Virginia VASCONCELOS. Debby PEREIRA (Carlos;) son Manuel VASCONCELOS (Maria;) 4 grandchildren. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just North of Dundas.

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ALFIERI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-14 published
ALFIERI, Teresa (née FEDE)
Peacefully, with her family by her side, on May 11, 2005, at age 58. Beloved wife of Fausto. Adoring mother of Gino (Lorri), Milena and Robert. Doting Nonna of Luis and Jack. She will also be fondly remembered by her brothers and sisters, Salvatore, Felicetta, Carlo, Alda, Donato, and predeceased by Rina, Maria, Gino, and her parents Oreste and Albina FEDE. Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home - "Mississauga Chapel", 1981 Dundas St. W. (1 block east of Erin Mills Pkwy.), on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint John of the Cross Roman Catholic Church, 6890 Glen Erin Dr., Monday, May 16, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens. In memory of Teresa, donations made to the Canadian Liver Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Neweduk Funeral Home 905-828-8000 www.neweduk.com

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ALFINO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-20 published
ALFINO, Laura
Passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2005, in Toronto, at the age of 90. Cherished mother to Nicola and Ginny ALFINO. Loving nonna to Laura (Kam) and to Diana (Ivano). Laura will be sadly missed by her surviving 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Family and Friends will be received at Delmoro Funeral Home, 61 Beverly Hills Dr. (1 light south of Wilson Ave., west of Jane Street, 416-249-4499) on Thursday, January 20, 2005 and Friday, January 21, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2005 at St. Norbert Roman Catholic Church at 9: 30 a.m. Entombment at Glendale Memorial Gardens to follow.

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ALFINO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-26 published
DI CARLO, Paolino
Passed away at home, on Friday, June 24, 2005, at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Dolores. Devoted father of Josephine and her husband John D'ANTONIO, Marie and her husband David SISCA. Loving grandfather of Grace and Domenic, Teresa and Mike, Rocky and Dina, Angela and Marco, and Anthony. Great-grandfather of Alexander, Austin, Julia, Connor, Alessio, and Fabrizio. son of the late Giuseppe and Domenica (née ALFINO) DI CARLO. Dear brother of Nicola, Silvino, Celeste, Tommaso, Angelina, Andrea, and Antonio. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Bernardo Funeral Homes, 2960 Dufferin Street, (2 streets south of Lawrence) on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be on Monday, June 27th, 2005 in St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church (Dufferin and Lawrence) at 9: 30 a.m. Entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery (Bayview and Langstaff).

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ALFONSI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-21 published
ALFONSI, Angelo (1927-2005)
It is with much sadness that the family of Angelo ALFONSI announce his sudden passing on Wednesday, July 20, 2005. He leaves behind Rosa, his beloved wife of 41 years. Dear brother-in-law of Carlo and Carmela. Uncle of Mary, Mike and his wife Jane. Dear great uncle of Declan. He will be greatly missed by family and Friends in Canada and Italy. Visitation will take place on Thursday, July 21, 2005 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Bernardo Funeral Home, 2960 Dufferin Street. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 9: 30 a.m. at Saint Carlo Borromeo Roman Catholic Church at Dufferin and Lawrence, followed by burial at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

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ALFONSI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-03 published
PANTALEO, VITO
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 in his 66th year. He will be embraced in Heaven by his parents Giuseppe and Isabella PANTALEO. He will be dearly missed by his wife Felina PANTALEO of 38 years and his children Isabel and Giuseppe, Joe and Daniela. He was a loving Nonno to Alessia and Christian. He was very much loved by his father-in-law Angelo ALFONSI (late Giuditta,) his brother Nicola (Maria,) his sisters Paolina (late Raffaele) and Maria (Michele), his brothers-in-law Vito (Carmela), his sisters-in-law Teresa (Liborio) and Maria (Michele) and his nephews and nieces. He will be missed by his many Friends, staff and customers of Bill and Vito Service (Leaside). Family and Friends will be received at Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Avenue East (at Warden), Scarborough, 416-773-0933 on Wednesday, August 3, from 6-9 p.m. and on Thursday, August 4, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Mass celebrating his life will be held on Friday, August 5 at 10: 30 a.m. from Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, 3200 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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ALFONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-27 published
ALFONSO, Max
Passed away with his family at his side at the age of 63 in Paignton, Devon, England, February 26, 2005. Will be greatly missed by his partner Margo HAN, Fabiola (Sydney) MacHADO, Rufina (Cyprian) FERNANDES, Delphine (Norman) DA COSTA, Mervyn (Patsy) ALFONSO, Teresa (Mike) TUCKER, Adolf (Becky) ALFONSO and his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents John and Christina ALFONSO and sister Lolita. Funeral service will be held at the Church of the Sacred Heart and St. Teresa's in Paignton, March 1.

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ALFRED o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-18 published
ALBION, Arthur " Art"
Peacefully at University Hospital on April 16, 2205, Arthur "Art" ALBION of London in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Bessie (ALFRED) ALBION. Loving father of Heather (Paul) McCLUSKIE of Simcoe, Wendy BRADY of London, Douglas (Ursula) of London, Peter (Christine) of Kilbride, Keith (Brenda) of London, Christine (Steven) PALFRAMAN of Komoka and Dawn (David) GENEST of London. Dear grandfather of Kimberley, Patricia, John, Jason, Corey, Katherine, Caroline, Christopher, Jeffrey, Nathaniel, Jessica, Brynn, Matthew and great grandfather of Jordan. Survived by his brother Thomas (Doris) of Oshawa. Predeceased by his brothers Ernest and Kenneth. Visitation will be held in the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, on Tuesday April 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where the service will be conducted on Wednesday April 20th, 2005 at 10 a.m., with Reverend Ron DAKIN officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Memorial donations to Church of Christ Disciples or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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ALFRED o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-18 published
HENDRY, Frances Reid
Peacefully, at Humber River Regional Hospital, Finch Ave. Site, on Friday, July 15, 2005, Frances HENDRY, dearly beloved wife of the late Charles HENDRY. Dear mother of Charles and his wife June, Cathie and her husband Angus SCOTT, Victor and his wife Marilyn, Sandra and her husband Ernest ALFRED, John and his wife Elizabeth, and the late Frank and his wife Dorothy. Proud grandmother and great-grandmother of numerous loving grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be celebrated at Rexdale Presbyterian Church, 2314 Islington Ave., on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 11 a.m. The family will receive their Friends in the Church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 416-745-7555.

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ALFRED o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-13 published
FRYER, Jeanne Marie (née NEWTON)
It is with great sadness that we announce her sudden passing on Monday, August 8, 2005. Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her husband Robert FRYER of Thornbury, her brother Jack NEWTON and his wife Barbara of Birmingham, England, her son Steven WYLIE and his wife Cindy and grand_sons Brian and Michael of Mississauga, her son Michal THACK and his wife Cindy with granddaughters Bailey and Courtney of Cayuga, Ontario, her daughter Barbara DEANGELIS and her husband Lance MacMASTER of Mississauga and grand_son Jason DEANGELIS and his fiancée Jessica FERGUSON and great grand_son Adrian DEANGELIS of Hamilton, and her son Christopher THACK and his fiancée Valerie ALFRED of Toronto. A memorial service to celebrate Jeanne's life is planned for Monday, August 15 at 1: 00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Thornbury, Ontario. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Thornbury.

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