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DATLEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-07 published
KELLY, Norman Henry, B.A. (Hons.,) M. Ed., Cert. Guid. And Couns.
Died peacefully with his family at his side, at 62 years of age in Toronto on Sunday, September 4th, 2005. Dearly missed and remembered as an amazing individual who touched so many lives, and for his quirky sense of humour, love of the theatre in all its aspects, pride of Canada, occasional constant flirtatious nature, and maker of industrial strength Caesar salads. Norm always loved a party and was often the last to leave. He took great joy in helping others grow strong and reach their full potential, and valued his role as mentor to many, many people. Dearly beloved and loving soul mate, partner and husband of Barbara DATLEN- KELLY for 26 years (back to 1979;) former husband of Mary Ellen JAMIESON; father of Sheila Anne KELLY; stepfather of James DATLEN (Dave CLEGHORN) of Brampton, Stephen DATLEN (Rachel) of Brampton, and John DATLEN (Jennifer) of San Francisco; eldest son of Dr. Norman KELLY and the late Helen KELLY née McCARTHY) of Toronto; brother of Robert KELLY of Toronto; eldest nephew of many aunts and uncles, and eldest of 22 cousins. He will be sorely missed by many Friends and former colleagues. A lifetime resident of Toronto, and graduate of De La Salle (Oaklands), York University and University of Toronto (O.I.S.E.), Norm was a classroom teacher for 12 years and then moved to guidance at the elementary, secondary and board levels in the former M.S.S.B. (now T.C.D.S.B.) for the next 23 wonderful years. He also taught a wide variety of psychology and counselling courses for Humber C.A.A.T., York University and the University of Toronto. The undisputed 'Mayor' of University City, Norm was President of the University City Community Association, President of the Board of Directors of York Condominium Corporation #54 for 17 years, Chairman of the North York Secondary Plan Committee for York University, and was Master of Ceremonies for numerous Canada Day celebrations in University City. His theatrical experience included 25 years with T.C.D.S.B. Staff Arts as both a performer and technical producer and 8 years with Spotlight Music Productions as a performer. He set a shining example of courage by performing 8 different shows while confined to a wheelchair over the last 4 years. Norm fought a crippling Parkinson's Plus disorder, Multi System Atrophy, for 7 1/2 years with grace, courage and determination. Norm's quality of life was greatly enhanced by a dedicated group of 15 Friends and neighbours who conducted speech therapy sessions with him on a regular basis for over 3 years. Our deep appreciation for their excellent and compassionate care goes to Dr. Mark GUTTMAN, Jill BURKHOLDER and Janice STOBER from the Centre for Movement Disorders; Bonnie BERESKIN, Speech Language Pathologist and the Day Hospital staff at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care; Christine MacKIE and Jackie WILLIAMS from Visiting Homemakers Association staff at Bellwoods Centre; Valda LEE of St. Elizabeth Health Care; Margaret WILTSHIRE from Toronto Community Care Access Centre Maggie DIDIANO from Canadian Paraplegic Association; and all the staff (especially those on Oxford West) at Kensington Gardens Long Term Care Facility. Friends may call at the Rosar Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (south of Wellesley), on Thursday and Friday, September 8th and 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parking adjacent to the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto (Queen/Power Street), at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10th, 2005. Cremation will be held at the Saint John's Norway Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the following organizations, and sing a song in memory of Norm. Donations to the Centre of Movement Disorders, 2780 Bur Oak Avenue, Basement Level, Markham, Ontario, L6B 1C9, The Parkinson's Society of Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, Ontario, M2P 2A9 or to Kensington Gardens Long Term Care Facility, 25 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2L9.

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DATLEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-07 published
KELLY, Norman Henry, B.A. (Hons.,) M.Ed., Cert. Guid. and Couns.
Died peacefully with his family at his side, at 62 years of age, in Toronto on Sunday, September 4th, 2005. Dearly missed and remembered as an amazing individual who touched so many lives, and for his quirky sense of humour, love of the theatre in all its aspects, pride of Canada, occasional constant flirtatious nature, and maker of industrial strength Caesar salads. Norm always loved a party and was often the last to leave. He took great joy in helping others grow strong and reach their full potential, and valued his role as mentor to many, many people. Dearly beloved and loving soul mate, partner and husband of Barbara DATLEN- KELLY for 26 years (back to 1979;) former husband of Mary Ellen JAMIESON; father of Sheila Anne KELLY; stepfather of James DATLEN (Dave CLEGHORN) of Brampton, Stephen DATLEN (Rachel) of Brampton, and John DATLEN (Jennifer) of San Francisco; eldest son of Dr. Norman KELLY and the late Helen KELLY née McCARTHY) of Toronto; brother of Robert KELLY of Toronto; eldest nephew of many aunts and uncles, and eldest of 22 cousins. He will be sorely missed by many Friends and former colleagues. A lifetime resident of Toronto, and graduate of De La Salle (Oaklands), York University and University of Toronto (O.I.S.E.), Norm was a classroom teacher for 12 years and then moved to guidance at the elementary, secondary and board levels in the former M.S.S.B. (now T.C.D.S.B.) for the next 23 wonderful years. He also taught a wide variety of psychology and counseling courses for Humber C.A.A.T., York University and the University of Toronto. The undisputed "Mayor" of University City, Norm was President of the University City Community Association, President of the Board of Directors of York Condominium Corporation No. 54 for 17 years, Chairman of the North York Secondary Plan Committee for York University, and was Master of Ceremonies for numerous Canada Day celebrations in University City. His theatrical experience included 25 years with T.C.D.S.B. Staff Arts as both a performer and technical producer and 8 years with Spotlight Music Productions as a performer. He set a shining example of courage by performing 8 different shows while confined to a wheelchair over the last 4 years. Norm fought a crippling Parkinson's Plus disorder, Multi System Atrophy, for 7 ½ years with grace, courage and determination. Norm's quality of life was greatly enhanced by a dedicated group of 15 Friends and neighbours who conducted speech therapy sessions with him on a regular basis for over 3 years. Our deep appreciation for their excellent and compassionate care goes to Dr. Mark GUTTMAN, Jill BURKHOLDER and Janice STOBER from the Centre for Movement Disorders; Bonnie BERESKIN, Speech Language Pathologist and the Day Hospital staff at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care; Christine MacKIE and Jackie WILLIAMS from Visiting Homemakers Association staff at Bellwoods Centre; Valda LEE of St. Elizabeth Health Care; Margaret WILTSHIRE from Toronto Community Care Access Centre Maggie DIDIANO from Canadian Paraplegic Association; and all the staff (especially those on Oxford west) at Kensington Gardens Long Term Care Facility. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (south of Wellesley) on Thursday and Friday, September 8th and 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parking adjacent to the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto (Queen/Power Streets) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10th, 2005. Cremation will be held at the Saint John's Norway Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the following organizations, and sing a song in memory of Norm. Donations to the Centre of Movement Disorders, 2780 Bur Oak Avenue, Basement Level, Markham, Ontario, L6B 1C9, the Parkinson Society of Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, Ontario, M2P 2A9 or to Kensington Gardens Long Term Care Facilit

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DATLEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-10 published
Norm KELLY,62: Teacher, friend, actor
Norm KELLY: educator, amateur thespian, 'good best friend'
Despite debilitating illness, he retained his interest in others
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
In the late summer afternoons, Norm KELLY was always on the pretty front porch of his flag-strewn house atop a little hill on Linnsmore Cr. in Toronto's east end. He'd be smiling and waving to the people streaming up from or toward the Greenwood subway station, and usually they'd be smiling and waving back.
Many of them stopped to talk to the friendly man in the power wheelchair, probably because it was hard to miss the notice printed on hot pink or neon green or orange computer paper pinned to both sides of the garden pergola right at the sidewalk.
"Norm on the porch says hello," it read. "Please say hello back."
On Fridays, he changed the signs. These ones read: "Please join us for tea and cookies on the porch."
Admittedly most of the people who did join them there were neighbours, but as one of them told KELLY and his wife, Barbara DATLEN- KELLY, they hadn't known one another before the couple moved onto the street in 1996. KELLY and DATLEN- KELLY invited all their neighbours over for a barbecue the minute they finished their renovations that year. After that, everyone would gather at their home every Christmas for their open house as well as for their annual barbecues.
In 2003, when the barbecues were becoming too big for DATLEN- KELLY to handle, they decided to have a dinner party every Saturday night from late June until the Saturday after Labour Day for a rotating cast of 12 to 16 people from all aspects of their busy and varied lives.
"Norm was just a very friendly guy," said DATLEN- KELLY.
He was more than that.
He was a community builder who not only organized his own funeral, he attended it.
He died at 62 on September 4 of multiple system atrophy, a crippling Parkinson's Plus disorder of relatively late onset, which robs people of their mobility and ultimately of their speech.
KELLY was 54 and a year away from retiring when he noticed he was having difficulty working the computer mouse.
It was a particularly devastating illness for KELLY, who had been a guidance counsellor with the Toronto Catholic District School Board and a real presence at Jean Vanier secondary school where he, 6-foot tall and 250 pounds, danced "The Sugar Plum Fairy" in a tutu at the annual Christmas assembly to cheers and howls from students.
"He was the highlight of the show," said KELLY's friend, former school principal Mike LEROUX. " But he also had the total respect of the kids."
KELLY also performed in 21 Broadway shows put on by Staff Arts, a group of talented and musical teachers and Catholic school board employees. His first show was Fiddler on the Roof; his favourite show was Guys and Dolls, where he was Nicely Nicely Johnson and got to sing "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat."
He had never been a star; "Norm would say he was first on right, back row," said DATLEN- KELLY. He was too sick to be in this year's Beauty and the Beast, but he was in the four shows before that in his wheelchair. For Oliver in 2003, DATLEN- KELLY managed to find an antique wheelchair for him to appear in.
"He loved being on stage, everything off stage and everything backstage," said his friend Mary Jane McKEEN, who was part of his set painting crew. "I think the theatre gave him focus and kept him going."
He grew up in the Dundas/Dufferin area of Toronto in an apartment over the bakery run by his Scottish parents and began teaching after a one-year post-high school course. He studied at nights, earning a B.A. and eventually a masters' degree in education.
In 1972, he and his then wife, Mary Ellen, and daughter Sheila moved to University City, one of many young families attracted to the innovative townhouse and apartment complex south of Finch Ave., one of the city's first planned communities.
The developers had designed the complex with a vehicle-free promenade to encourage a feel of community, but it was KELLY who made that a reality. For 17 years he was head of the condo board, earning him his nickname the Mayor of University City.
It used to take him an hour to fetch a jug of milk from the store that was five minutes away because he stopped to talk to everyone.
He was always organizing something -- winter carnivals, dances and huge Canada Day celebrations. More than 5,000 people used to turn out, recalled former neighbour Terri HOPE, making it the second largest July 1 celebration in Ontario, if not Canada.
"Norm was the epicentre. He ran the best all-candidates meetings I've ever been to," she said.
He spearheaded the community's political fight to keep nearby lands for parkland and, with DATLEN- KELLY, helped run the Four Winds Sentinel, the longest running community-operated newspaper in North York until it folded after 17 years in 1993.
Married in 1995, he and DATLEN- KELLY had been together since 1979 and had just really moved into their new east-end neighbourhood when he began noticing symptoms. In the winter of 2000-01, he and HOPE wrote a letter to 50 Friends -- "Norm came up with the initial 50 or so names. Who the hell else could do that?" HOPE exclaimed -- asking for volunteers for a circle of support helping him with speech therapy.
For four years, they kept up that circle. "I probably got more out of it than Norm did," said his friend LEROUX. They'd vary the speech exercises by riffing about George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice to the tempo of "Who's On First." And Terri HOPE's husband Bob searched out naughty limericks for KELLY's exercises.
"Norm KELLY had this amazing group of Friends because he was such a good best friend," said Bonnie BERESKIN, the Baycrest Centre's speech therapist who helped coordinate the Circle of Support. "It was sort of like putting money in the bank. He had given a lot over the years."
BERESKIN said she'd been worried that people might drop out when KELLY's condition inevitably worsened. "I thought they would be afraid, but instead they devised new ways of helping him and started doing other things that were needed."
They organized cleaning crews for the house, brought over casseroles, took him places, and continued the therapy sessions even during the last two months of his life when KELLY finally lost his ability to speak.
"I would say Norm dealt with this in a state of grace," said DATLEN- KELLY. "He was determined to do everything he possibly could."
But last year, he decided it was time to move into a nursing home. He put up a sign on the pergola -- "I have chosen to go into a beautiful nursing home because I can no longer stay safely at home" -- and people were upset when they read it.
But KELLY always knew he would be coming back to the neighbourhood. For his funeral he specified he wanted a street party, the music he had loved to sing, and he wanted the hearse containing his remains to stop by and stay awhile. And that's exactly what happened.
"As we turned the corner, I could see the tables and chairs on all the driveways. Someone had put big plastic flowers out and I thought Norm would get such a kick out of it," said DATLEN- KELLY. "It was like he was welcomed back home. It was beautiful."

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DATO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-16 published
DATO, Cristoforo Joe
Passed away, at the age of 70 years, in Chicago, Illinois, on March 2, 2005. A Funeral Mass, in his memory, will be held on March 17 at 7: 15 p.m. in St. Bernardo Church, Lawrence Ave. and Jane St.

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DATTOLICO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-22 published
DEL BEL BELLUZ, Pietro
Passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Monday, November 21, 2005. Beloved husband of Gioconda (née PALU.) Devoted father of Sonia (PACE) and Arlene (DATTOLICO.) Loving grandfather of Daniel, Michael, Alyssa, and Jenna. Predeceased by his sisters Dina, Pina, Dorinda, Anna, and brother Dino. Loving brother to Giuseppe, Vico, and Angelo, and sister Rosalia. He will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews. He will always be remembered for the strong passion he had for the outdoors, art, gardening, fishing, and the good times spent with Friends and family. Friends and family will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Toronto, on Wednesday, November 23 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Thursday, November 24 at 9: 30 a.m. at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 1415 Royal York Road (north of Eglinton). Entombment at Beechwood Mausoleum, 7241 Jane Street, Concord, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the William Osler Palliative Health Care Foundation (Etobicoke Campus).

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DATTRINO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-22 published
WILSON, Elizabeth "Betty" Agnes (née HEFFORD/ TOON)
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth (Betty) Agnes WILSON (née HEFFORD/ TOON) wife, sister, mother, aunt, cousin, grandmother, greatgrandmother, friend and lady. Betty died peacefully on September 18th, 2005 at Princess Margaret Hospital at the age of eighty-one surrounded by her loving husband and family. Betty was born July 28, 1924 at Toronto, Ontario. Betty is survived by her husband of 37 years William (Bill) G. WILSON, her son and daughter in law, Garry and Karyn TOON and her daughter, Elizabeth TOON, her four stepsons and their partners: Tony and Susan, George and Myrna, Kevin and Denise, and Scott WILSON, as well as her grandchildren: Maryrose VERNER (née COLEMAN,) Robert COLEMAN, Emily REA (née COLEMAN), Kali COLEMAN; Joanne, Robert, Danielle Mae and Geordie TOON; Emma, Craig, Kelly, Kevin and Christopher WILSON; her brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Marylou HEFFORD, along with more than thirty-five cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. Betty's absence will be palpable for us all. Betty loved to travel and her journeys with Bill took her the world over. One trip that she talked about often was to South Africa for a photo safari. She also organized a family trip with her cousin Nancy DATTRINO to England, Scotland and Wales on a quest to discover her lineage. Betty and Bill enjoyed winters in Florida away from the cold of Toronto and they would invite family and Friends to come and visit for winter holidays. The tradition of toasting the sunset over the gulf was started at Madeira Beach and continued when they moved to St. Augustine to be closer to her niece Debbie CASCADDEN. There was a cottage at Belmont Lake that was a special place for Betty and her family and is the source of many funny stories. Then later on when Betty and Bill bought a cottage on Paint Lake they would host tremendous parties for the whole gang. When she set the table you felt honoured to be there with her. When Betty had a party there was always dancing, and her husband continued to dance with her right to the end. Betty enjoyed sitting on the deck swing and watching the hummingbirds feed and the evening sunsets were so beautiful over the lake that the whole cottage would be filled with a golden light. Betty was predeceased by her parents, Tom and Mae HEFFORD (née JONES,) her niece Elizabeth-Anne HEFFORD and her grand_son Simon WILSON. Visitation will be held Sunday, September 25th at 11: 00 a.m. followed by a service at 1: 00 pm at Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. The family of Betty WILSON wishes to acknowledge the excellent care and compassion given by the Princess Margaret Hospital staff. Words alone cannot express our thanks for the support given our family during Betty's last days. Donations in Betty's memory may be made to Casey House Hospice, the Scott Mission or a charity of choice.

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DATTRINO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-21 published
WILSON, Elizabeth "Betty" Agnes (née HEFFORD / TOON)
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a dear wife, sister, mother, aunt, cousin, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and lady. Betty died peacefully on September 18th, 2005 at Princess Margaret Hospital at the age of eighty-one surrounded by her loving husband and family. Betty was born July 28, 1924 at Toronto, Ontario. Betty is survived by her husband of 37 years William (Bill) G. WILSON, her son and daughter-in-law, Garry and Karyn TOON and her daughter, Elizabeth TOON, her four stepsons and their partners: Tony and Susan, George and Myrna, Kevin and Denise, and Scott WILSON, as well as her grandchildren: Maryrose VERNER (née COLEMAN), Robert COLEMAN and Emily Rea (née COLEMAN) Joanne, Robert, Danielle Mae and Geordie TOON; Emma, Craig, Kelly, Kevin and Christopher WILSON; her brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Marylou HEFFORD, along with more than thirty-five cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. Betty's absence will be palpable for us all. Betty loved to travel and her journeys with Bill took her the world over. One trip that she talked about often was to South Africa for a photo safari. She also organized a family trip with her cousin Nancy DATTRINO to England, Scotland and Wales on a quest to discover her lineage. Betty and Bill enjoyed winters in Florida away from the cold of Toronto and they would invite family and Friends to come and visit for winter holidays. The tradition of toasting the sunset over the gulf was started at Madeira Beach and continued when they moved to St. Augustine to be closer to her niece Debbie CASCADDEN. There was a cottage at Belmont Lake that was a special place for Betty and her family and is the source of many funny stories. Then later on when Betty and Bill bought a cottage on Paint Lake they would host tremendous parties for the whole gang. When she set the table you felt honoured to be there with her. When Betty had a party there was always dancing, and her husband continued to dance with her right to the end. Betty enjoyed sitting on the deck swing and watching the hummingbirds feed and the evening sunsets were so beautiful over the lake that the whole cottage would be filled with a golden light. Betty was predeceased by her parents, Tom and Mae HEFFORD (née JONES,) her niece Elizabeth-Anne HEFFORD and her grand_son Simon WILSON. Visitation will be held Sunday, September 25th at 11: 00 a.m. followed by a service at 1: 00 p.m. at Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. The family of Betty WILSON wishes to acknowledge the excellent care and compassion given by the Princess Margaret Hospital staff. Words alone cannot express our thanks for the support given our family during Betty's last days. Donations in Betty's memory may be made to Casey House Hospice, the Scott Mission or a charity of choice.

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