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MIYAMOTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-28 published
SHIMIZU, Misao " Sal" (née MIYAMOTO)
Passed away at the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga, surrounded by her family on Monday, June 27, 2005. Beloved wife of Noboru (Nobby.) Loving mother of Kelly McTAVISH and her husband Donald, and Doug SHIMIZU and his wife Kelly. Devoted grandmother of Michael, David, Kathryn, Finn and Oliver. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 from 4-8 p.m. followed by a private service. If desired, donations may be made to the Trillium Health Centre Foundation or to the charity of your choice.

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MIYAMOTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-18 published
AKAZAWA, Richard Hisao " Dick" " Lefty"
(May 15, 1929-July 15, 2005)
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Richard AKAZAWA, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal. Beloved husband of the late Tatsuko KITAMURA (1998,) and predeceased by wife Mikako (Mickey) KONISHI (1963.) Dear father of Brenda MAIKAWA and husband Eugene (Ancaster,) Naomi (Montreal,) and Jamieson (Hamilton). Proud Jichan of grandchildren Steven and Amy MAIKAWA. Cherished brother of Edyth TAKAHASHI. Predeceased by brothers Bill EGUCHI and Jimmy AKAZAWA and sister Sachiko MIYAMOTO. Dear uncle to many nieces and nephews. Will be sadly missed by numerous Friends and relatives in Canada, U.S.A., and Japan. Resting at Rideau Funeral Home, 4275 boul. Des Sources, Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec, 514-685-3344 Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow at the same location. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal, 8155 Rousselot, Montreal, Quebec H2E 1Z7, would be appreciated.

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MIYAZAKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-05 published
MIYAZAKI, Masami " Sam"
Peacefully passed away on Monday, January 3, 2005 at the Scarborough General Hospital with his family by his side, in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Florence. Loving father of Joanne (Fred), and Lynn (Edward). son of the Late Girobei and Tama. Loving brother of Kikuye MURAOKA (late Harry,) the late Eiji (Mitsue,) the late Fumiko TAKAHASHI (Hideo,) Masako YOSHIDA (late Charles,) and the late Saburo. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews and by his extended family and Friends. Sam will be remembered for his personable nature, his love of cars, woodworking, and his baseball caps. The family will receive Friends at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Avenue East, (just west of Warden Avenue), Scarborough from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, where the service will be held on Saturday, January 8th at 10 a.m. A private burial will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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MIYAZAKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-05 published
SMITH, Donald George
(World War 2 Veteran, retired Bell Canada). Passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with illness at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 in his 84th year. Don is the dearly loved husband and best friend of Trudy. Dear father of Rae (Wes) MacLEAN, Lou-Ellen (Ed) WILMOT, stepfather of Dianne (Bob) McLAUCHLIN, and Donna (Wayne) MIYAZAKI. Proud grandfather of Andrew, Adam, Alexander Wilmot, David McLAUCHLIN, Matthew and Lauren MIYAZAKI. Don is predeceased by his sister Margaret STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (1983.) There are no words which will adequately express our gratitude to the dedicated and loving staff on 3 South B. Friends may call at the Innisfil Funeral Home, 7910 Yonge Street (Stroud), 705-431-1717 on Saturday, May 7 for a celebration of Don's life at 12: 00 noon with visitation from 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow. As your expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at donsmith@innisfilfuneralhome.ca

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MIYAZAWA 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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MIYAZAWA 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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