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MAMANE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-20 published
MESTEL, Gita Amsel
In Montreal, at the age of seventy-two, after a courageous and valiant twenty-year battle against cancer, on Saturday, September 17, 2005. Left to grieve are her cherished husband of fifty-two years, Hyman, and her children and their spouses Channah and Sheldon, Judith, Miriam and Gilles, Zev and Jewel. Daughter of the late Rose Spira AMSEL Z'l and the late Henry AMSEL Z'l. Gita leaves behind a wonderful legacy of ten grandchildren: Stephanie and Eli BELDICK; Sarah-Rose MESTEL; Philippe, Raphael and Nathaniel MAMANE; Mitchell, Joni, Shayna and Aviva MESTEL. The family wishes to express its deepest appreciation to the nurses and doctors of 15 west and 10 east (palliative care), at the Montreal General Hospital, whose names are too numerous to mention, for the gentle and compassionate care they provided to our wife/mother and to the family. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. Michael Thirwell for the care and devotion he has provided to Gita since her diagnosis over twenty years ago. Funeral Service took place on Sunday, September 18, 2005. Shiva is being observed at the Mestel residence: 2260 Paton Street, V.S.L., Québec, H4M 1C6. Prayer Services are being held at 7: 00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the residence. Donations, in Gita's name, may be made to the Israel Cancer Research Fund, 514-481-2723, The Starlight Foundation, 514-737-4447, or to the charity of your choice.

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MAMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-15 published
MAMER, Elizabeth Jean " Beth" (née McGRANDEL)
Peacefully on August 12, 2005 at the Windsor Regional Hospital Metropolitan Campus at the age of 53 years. Cherished wife of Wayne. Predeceased by parents Stewart (1998) and Elsie (2004). Loving sister of Al McGRANDEL. Dear sister-in-law of Orval MAMER and wife Jane MONTGOMERY and Janis TERON and husband Jim. Survived by many cousins and nieces and nephews. Beth was a dedicated employee of McDonald's Restaurant (Teoumseh and Lauzon Rd.) for 20 years; and her involvements included Girl Guide's of Canada (avolunteer for 23 years); Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America (Bokhara Court 22); Daughter of the Nile and Oronto Temple 69 The Supreme Council Order of the Amaranth Inc. (Lily of the Valley Court 12). Visiting at The Windsor Chapel Funeral Home 1700 Tecumseh Road East on Monday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. in the Chapel. Rev. Paul ALMOND officiating. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to "The Quiet Place at Camp Bryerswood Girl Guides of Canada." Online condolences may be shared with Beth's family at

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MAMMOLITI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-11 published
God called Concetta peacefully on October 9th, 2005 from the William Osler Health Centre - Etobicoke at the age of 74. She will be reunited in Heaven with her loving husband Michele. She will be cherished by her dear children Salvatore (Natalina), Pasqualina, Luciano (Ida), and Leonardo (Diana). She was the proud nonna of eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Concetta will always be remembered by her brothers and sisters. She will be held dear in the hearts of her nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and many Friends. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332) on Tuesday, from 2-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10: 00 a.m. from St. David Roman Catholic Church (2601 Major Mackenzie Dr., east of Jane St.). Entombment to follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (on Yonge Street, south of Hwy. 7). In lieu of flowers, the Mammoliti family will accept donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Sunnybrook Hospital (Cancer Ward) and St. Michael's Hospital (Cancer Ward).

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MAMMOLITI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-07 published
O'NEILL, Grace Evelyn (July 18, 1905-November 5, 2005)
Amazing Grace Takes Her Final Bow. Predeceased by her husband Thomas H. O'NEILL and her devoted son Kenneth T. O'NEILL. Survived by her son Robert A. O'NEILL (Catherine,) daughter Doreen KENNEDY (Arthur,) 7 grandchildren Michael O'NEILL (Lori,) Rosemary O'NEILL (Gilles COLOUMBE), Anne RIALL (Michael STORONIAK), Susan ARNAUD (Tony), Carol-Anne SCOTT, Janet MAMMOLITI and Linda BAKER- GARBIN. Loved nana of 15 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Avery special thanks to Rosemary RYAN, M.C. CLARKE and Monica MITCHELL and "A" Wing staff at the Harold and Grace Baker Centre. Dear Mom and Nana we all love you and you will forever be in our hearts. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home 159 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto (2 stoplights west of Yonge Street) Tuesday, November 8, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held in Saint Margaret's Of Scotland Church, 222 Ridley Blvd., Toronto on Wednesday, November 9, at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

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MAMO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-15 published
James McLEOD, Writer, Lawyer And Teacher (1947-2005)
University of Western Ontario professor who was regarded as 'the conscience of the family law bar and judiciary in Canada' was misunderstood as a sexist reactionary
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, November 15, 2005, Page S9
Toronto -- It's no small feat to be compared in one's lifetime to libertarian journalist H.L. Mencken and right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh. James McLEOD just sought to make the world a better place but, on at least one occasion, was adjudged to have done the opposite.
A prolific writer, editor, appellate lawyer and professor at the University of Western Ontario's law school for 33 years, Prof. McLEOD was remembered by colleagues as Canada's pre-eminent barrister and scholar of family law. Those close to him recall a frighteningly encyclopedic knowledge that could be summoned in an instant, with clarity, accuracy and wit. His mastery of family law was so prodigious and widely known that a judge once openly wondered whether Prof. McLEOD slept with a dictaphone.
Known to Friends as Jay and to family members as Gary (his middle name,) Prof. McLEOD's name was virtually synonymous with Canadian family law and all its arcana. As editor-in-chief of Reports of Family Law for 27 years, he screened tens of thousands of cases -- virtually every written family law ruling in the country.
And as author of more than 1,000 case commentaries (known as annotations), he helped shape and develop important legal concepts. Those annotations were the stuff of legend; while highly regarded, they were not always flattering.
"Much as a producer of a new Broadway play waits anxiously to read the reviews by the critics the next morning, judges were always apprehensive about what Prof. McLEOD might think of their decision and whether they would pass his rigorous standards," wrote long-time colleague, co-author and self-described tag-team partner, London, Ontario, lawyer Alfred MAMO, whose firm Prof. McLEOD had joined for 17 years to write opinions and handle appeals.
One tribute to Prof. McLEOD's "phenomenal" stature in family law is the fact that his writings have been quoted with approval by virtually every court in the land with jurisdiction in family law, and on numerous occasions by the Supreme Court of Canada, Mr. MAMO said. "To a large degree," he added, "Jay was the conscience of the family law bar and judiciary in Canada," and his comments were "the gold standard" for legal analysis in family law.
Sometimes, his parsing of a case was longer than the case itself. Toronto family lawyer Harold NIMAN, a long-time friend whose daily e-mail exchange with Prof. McLEOD would begin at 5: 30 a.m., recalls a court ruling this year on whether a set time a child spends with one parent should be calculated in hours or days. The decision was contained in half a page. Prof. McLEOD's annotation ran for four pages "as he analyzed in his Einstein-like way the abstruse existential territory of time-space and relativity, and whether sleeping and being in school qualified" as time spent with a parent.
Prof. McLEOD was "often like a dog with a bone when it came to a legal issue.... He was without a doubt the most energetic and entertaining speaker I have ever heard. He could pack more into a lecture than any person I have heard or seen. I was so exhausted after hearing him speak that I often needed to have a nap," said Mr. NIMAN, whose firm Prof. McLEOD joined as counsel in 2003. "Jay was the H.L. Mencken of family law."
He was able to reduce the most intricate and forbidding legal case to its "barest human essentials," wrote University of Western Ontario colleague Rande KOSTAL in the student newspaper Nexus. "He regarded the law as a way -- an imperfect way -- of imposing some rational order on the unruly tragicomedy of everyday life. And he strove, with legendary success, to be the funniest man on the funniest subject of them all: the rituals of human love, marriage and parenthood."
To others, he wasn't always so funny.
In the late 1980s and early '90s, Prof. McLEOD championed the "causal connection" theory of spousal support, which posited that a person shouldn't be obliged to support an ex-spouse unless the marriage "caused" or contributed to the ex's need for support. His theory was promptly attacked as reactionary and sexist; according to a 2000 profile in Lawyer's Weekly, he was once introduced at a conference as "family law's answer to Rush Limbaugh." (He was also reportedly pelted with buns at a dinner.) A band of family law practitioners even wrote and performed a protest song, The Ballad of Jay McLeod.
A 1992 Supreme Court of Canada decision put an end to the theory and, although Prof. McLEOD later said he regretted that it had been used to hurt long-term spouses (almost always middle-aged women), he defended it: "All the causal connection theory said was, 'You come into marriage as individuals. You leave marriage as individuals. And you shouldn't have a right to support from the other person unless somehow the circumstances that cause you to need money are somehow related to the relationship," he said in the Lawyer's Weekly piece. "That was it."
Born to a full-time homemaker and a labourer who had served in the wartime Canadian navy, he was the oldest of five siblings and the first member of his family to attend university. And he did so with a vengeance. After two years as an undergraduate at Western Ontario, he enrolled in law school (because there was "no market for Robin Hood," he would later quip), and placed first in each year, going on to win the Gold Medal by a wide margin in 1971. He earned a master's degree in law at the University of London in 1972, the year he joined University of Western Ontario's faculty to teach corporate and commercial subjects, and two years before his call to the Ontario bar.
In 1978, he was invited to annotate and edit the Reports of Family Law, and he never looked back. "Once I got going in the area and started to write these things, all of a sudden it dawns on you, 'My God, in three pages you can have a lot of fun saying this stuff,' " he recalled. "It took on a life of its own. The annotations basically built and created me."
He went on to edit other legal publications, including those on child custody and matrimonial property. Many lawyers eagerly awaited his pithy and popular weekly on-line newsletter, This Week in Family Law. When he died, he was the University of Western Ontario law school's associate dean for administration and a respected teacher at the university's Ivey School of Business.
While taking one of Prof. McLEOD's third-year classes, an older student, a single mother of two, turned to her friend and wondered, "Is he always such a jerk?"
The word became a "term of endearment," chuckles Margaret McSORLEY, who married her professor in 1981. Years later, the two legalists found themselves on opposite sides of a case, he representing the wife, she the husband. They soon negotiated an agreement.
"He talked a mile a minute and would always make you laugh," says Ms. McSORLEY, a family lawyer who was named a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 2003. "But what a stickler."
Indeed, Prof. McLEOD was a long-time proponent of rigour in family law. "We are law, too, and I want it treated that way," he said. Even the Supreme Court of Canada was criticized for laxness. "I think this court is a discretion court and that hides a multitude of sins," he said five years ago. "I don't like undisciplined power or uncontrolled power. I like rules. I like some form of clearly structured discretion."
He helped set some of those rules, winning important cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal, including Elliot v. Elliot, which set a precedent on compensatory support in the province.
He didn't relax much, apparently. Some golf, maybe an old movie. Mostly, he worked. He wanted to make a mark. "I'd hate to think that I would go through life and was nothing but average as I did it," he told Lawyer's Weekly. "So I have got an opportunity doing this stuff, and I try to use it."
James Gary McLEOD was born in Guelph, Ontario, on November 29, 1947, and died in New Hamburg, Ontario, on October 4, 2005, of a heart attack. He was 57. He leaves his mother, Pauline McLEOD, his wife, Margaret McSORLEY, five children and four grandchildren.

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