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PIM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-17 published
Leonard GERTLER, Urban Planner (1923-2005)
University of Waterloo teacher was a founding father of town planning in Canada, writes Sandra MARTIN. His environment-first strategy 'made a difference to the quality of our lives and our communities'
By Sandra MARTIN, Saturday, December 17, 2005, Page S11
A holistic and strategic thinker, Leonard (Len) GERTLER was one of the founding fathers of urban planning in this country. He became interested in cities as a researcher and scriptwriter for the National Film Board in the late 1940s and went on to write a landmark report on protecting Ontario's Niagara Escarpment and to serve as a policy adviser to Pierre Trudeau's Ministry of Urban Affairs. A pioneer in co-operative and sustainable development abroad, he involved his students, beginning in 1970, in projects in Indonesia, Jamaica, India, Japan and Uzbekistan.
Historically, planning in Canada was undertaken and taught by people trained in Britain or the United States. Prof. GERTLER, who worked as a planner in Edmonton, Toronto and the Saint John River Valley in New Brunswick before he became the founding director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo, brought a Canadian perspective to the classroom.
"Len was Canada's guru of environment-first planning for broad geographic regions. He wanted our cities to be cities [and to work for people's well-being] and he wanted the countryside -- the farmlands, woodlands and wetlands -- to stay countryside," said Linda PIM, a conservation policy analyst with Ontario Nature.
"He was able to connect the key elements of planning theory and practice in a way that resonated with me [and many other students] and stayed with me throughout my career," said David WITTY, who studied with Prof. GERTLER at U of W in the early 1970s and is now dean of architecture at the University of Manitoba. Prof. GERTLER "brought social, ecological, economic and physical components" to planning in a way "that demanded respect."
Mark SEASONS, who was a doctoral student in the mid 1980s and is now an associate professor of planning and associate dean at the U of W, described him as "a man of few but very carefully chosen words," with "a keen intellect and insights." He did not "suffer fools gladly," but "if you gained his respect, he became a loyal friend and life-long supporter."
Prof. GERTLER's passion for planning infected not only his students, but one of his own sons. "Len never cajoled or coaxed me," Meric GERTLER, now professor of geography and planning at the University of Toronto, said in a eulogy at his father's funeral. Instead, he felt an "inexorable pull" toward planning because his father's work was "so damned interesting." It made "a difference to the quality of our lives and our communities at a time when public interest in 'the environment' and all things 'urban' was enjoying its first real flowering in this country."
Leonard Oscar (Len) GERTLER was the youngest of three children of Carl Hiam GERTLER and his wife Gertrude (SLOVER). The GERTLERs and the SLOVERs had immigrated before the First World War from what was then Austro-Hungary, with the SLOVERs settling in Ottawa and the GERTLERs working on farms in an Irish settlement outside Montreal.
Gertrude and her brother had opened a store in the market in Ottawa and Hiam and his brothers started a furniture manufacturing company called Atlas Bedding in Montreal. Mr. GERTLER always hoped one of his sons would join in the family business, but it didn't work out that way.
His eldest son, Maynard GERTLER, a Roosevelt New Dealer, studied and taught economic history in the United States and Britain before returning to Canada and founding Harvest House, a Montreal publishing firm that specialized in translating the fiction of Québécois writers (such as Jacques Ferron, Anne Hébert and Yves Thériault) and in producing books on social and economic topics.
Len was seven years younger. Still, he was "my best friend from the time he was 12 years old," said Maynard GERTLER in a telephone conversation from his home in Montreal. Len was both artistic and athletic. He wrote plays, but he also played baseball and football, skied and trained as a long-distance swimmer.
Like his older brother, Len went to Queen's University to study economics and political science. In his third year, he became the founding editor of a publication called Public Affairs, soon renamed the Queen's Commentator. He emerged with an honour's degree in 1946 and an active interest in socio-economic and political issues.
During summers he found work (through a Montreal friend) with John GRIERSON at the National Film Board, which was then headquartered in Ottawa. After graduation, he joined the staff of the World in Action unit directed by Mr. GRIERSON's Disciple, Stuart LEGGE. He was researcher and scriptwriter for The Challenge of Housing and another film on the evolving National Capital Plan for Ottawa. His script was too outspoken for the National Capital Commission and he was banished from the project.
Dejected, he headed back to Montreal, where fate changed his future both romantically and professionally. In his parents' house, he met Anicka (Anita) BIRNBAUM, a Holocaust survivor from the tiny town of Svalava, Slovakia. In early teens she had been incarcerated in Auschwitz with the rest of her family. Anita and one sister were all that was left of their family when the Russians liberated the camp. She made her way to England, where she worked as a dental technician and used leftover bits of medical modelling clay to make sculptures.
Len's father, who was on the board of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society, sponsored her to come to Canada. "She only weighed about 60 pounds," recalled Maynard GERTLER. "My family sent her to l'École des métiers du meuble, which was the famous art school in Montreal. She studied sculpture and graduated at the top of the class and went on to be an excellent sculptor."
Anita and Len were married in the summer of 1948. The following year, discouraged by the National Capital Commission debacle at the film board, Len GERTLER went back to school and enrolled in a master's program in economics at the University of Toronto, studying under Harold INNIS and Tom EASTERBROOK. He was thinking of going further in his studies, but his older brother said: "Don't go into economics, that's theology. Go into planning."
Coincidentally, McGill had opened its graduate department of planning in 1950, the year he graduated from the University of Toronto. Encouraged by a friend who was already in the program, he enrolled and graduated with a diploma in 1951 and went on to a job in Edmonton as a senior planner (1951), and then as director of the Edmonton District Planning Commission (from 1952 to 1957), one of Canada's first regional planning agencies. He helped develop a workable concept of regional development during the exploration/development boom of the 1950s.
Next stop was Toronto, where he was senior planner and then deputy commissioner of planning from 1957 to 1964, working on a waterfront development plan among other projects. He left municipal government to establish a planning consultancy practice for Acres Research and Planning Ltd. in Niagara Falls.
Two years later, he was invited to help establish the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo and became its founding director. The university administration decided that he couldn't be a full professor because he lacked a doctorate, "the magic ticket," as Len GERTLER described it. If he were good enough to be the founding director of the school, he should be qualified enough to deserve a full professorship, he wrote in his memoir Radical Rumblings: Confessions of a Peripatetic Planner (2005). "Now I know that this betrayed ignorance of the ways of academia," he wrote. "But that very ignorance stiffened my back and the University conceded."
In 1967, the Ontario government of John Robarts, worried about the effects of urban sprawl, mining and recreational skiing on the natural habitat, asked him to carry out a study of the Niagara escarpment. A year later, Prof. GERTLER produced a "seminal report," according to the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, that "not only laid out a plan for a continuous undeveloped corridor along the escarpment, but also shifted the emphasis from recreation to conservation... prompted provincial legislation to restrict quarry development and, later, to regulate all land uses." The study led to the passage of the Niagara Escarpment Act, the formation of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, and the designation of the escarpment as a World Biosphere Reserve by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1990. Now, if you look at a satellite photograph of southern Ontario, you can see a green ribbon of natural habitats running from Niagara Falls to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.
Prof. GERTLER took a two-year leave (from 1972 to 1974) to serve as director general of research and policy for prime minister Trudeau's Ministry of State for Urban Affairs. "His breadth of practice and involvement spoke to the notion that the national government should have an interest in the well-being of cities, because as cities go, so goes the country, and he saw that so early on," said Prof. WITTY. "He had the ability to see ahead of his time, but I never came to appreciate it until I was out and gone from the university [of Waterloo]."
Prof. GERTLER loved to work and continued writing the second volume of his memoirs even when his health was failing precipitously. In hospital, only days before he died, he reacted with pleasure when his son Kim brought him a book on international development for which he had written the foreword.
Leonard Oscar (Len) GERTLER was born in Montreal on October 10, 1923. He died in Toronto of throat cancer on December 9, 2005. He was 82. His wife, Anita, predeceased him in June of 2004. He is survived by four sons, a daughter, four grandchildren and his brother Maynard.

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PIM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-29 published
GERTLER, Len -- I Remember
By Linda PIM, Thursday, December 29, 2005, Page S9
Montreal -- Conservationist Linda PIM of Montreal writes about Len GERTLER, whose obituary ran on December 17.
Len's 1968 Niagara Escarpment study is so legendary in conservation circles that it is referred to simply as "the Gertler report."
A few years ago, a citizens group I work with was fighting a development proposal on the escarpment and sought the influence that Len could bring to bear. I asked him to write a letter to an Ontario cabinet minister, and from that contact emerged our Friendship. A pacifist, humanist and environmentalist, Len cared deeply about the fate of the Earth and about the welfare of the world's people. He was well-read, had eclectic tastes in music, and had a mischievous sense of humour. At the same time, he was often an enigma -- a great friend, yet also cautious about how much of himself he revealed.
Intriguingly, Len also wrote about a dozen unpublished short stories of fiction on the theme of socially progressive international development. Richly descriptive of people and environments, they were all set in Indonesia and drew on his experiences with United Nations assignments there.

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PIMBERT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-10 published
FUNNELL, Dudley
Died at home in Venice on December 6th, he was 79 years old. Born August 5th, 1926 in Surrey England. He served in the Royal Navy for two years. A fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland, the Institute of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, chairman for the I.A.C.A. as well as an associate of the Society of Actuaries. He practiced in England and Scotland before moving to Canada in 1959. He was the past president and chairman for Tomenson-Alexander and later a Director for William M. Mercer until his retirement in 1987 when he moved to Venice, Florida. He was an accomplished athlete with many honors in cricket, soccer, field hockey, golf and tennis. A member of the Mission Valley Country Club, Courtside Tennis Club, Venice Stamp Club and the past president of the Oakville Club. He is survived by his wife Barbara; three daughters, Alison (Ted) PIMBERT, Louise (Rob) BULL and Celia BRAZIER all of Toronto, Canada; his son Eric (Erika) FUNNELL also of Toronto; two step-sons, David RUTHERFORD of Toronto and Ian (Pam) RUTHERFORD of Kingston, Ontario; his brother Barrie FUNNELL of Australia and his twelve grandchildren. A celebration of life was held Friday December 9th at the Mission Valley Country Club, 1851 Mission Valley Blvd Laurel, Florida at 12 noon. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida or to your favorite charity. Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory is in charge.

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PIMBERT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-10 published
FUNNELL, Dudley
Died at home in Venice, Florida on December 6th, 2005; he was 79 years old. Born August 5th, 1926 in Surrey, England. He served in the Royal Navy for two years. A fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland, the Institute of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, chairman for the I.A.C.A. as well as an associate of the Society of Actuaries. He practiced in England and Scotland before moving to Canada in 1959. He was the past president and chairman for Tomenson-Alexander and later a Director for William M. Mercer until his retirement in 1987 when he moved to Venice, Florida. He was an accomplished athlete with many honours in cricket, soccer, field hockey, golf and tennis. A member of the Mission Valley Country Club, Courtside Tennis Club, Venice Stamp Club and the past president of the Oakville Club. He is survived by his wife Barbara; three daughters, Alison (Ted) PIMBERT, Louise (Rob) BULL and Celia BRAZIER all of Toronto; his son, Eric (Erika) FUNNELL also of Toronto; two step-sons, David RUTHERFORD of Toronto and Ian (Pam) RUTHERFORD of Kingston, Ontario; his brother Barrie FUNNELL of Australia and his twelve grandchildren. A celebration of life was held Friday, December 9th at the Mission Valley Country Club, 1851 Mission Valley Blvd., Laurel, Florida at 12 noon. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida or to your favourite charity. Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory is in charge.

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PIMENTEL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-11 published
ARRUDA, Rita Marques
At University Hospital on Wednesday, August 10, 2005, Rita Marques ARRUDA in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late Antonio ARRUDA (1994). Dear mother of Fernando of The Azores, Odilia of London, Teresa of The Azores, Maria, and Lucia of London and Maria PIMENTEL of Kitchener. Loving grandmother of 16 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren. Also survived by two sisters in Portugal and one sister in California. Visitors will be received on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. The Funeral Mass will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. in Mary Immaculate Church (1980 Trafalgar St. at Admiral). Interment St. Peter's Cemetery.

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PIMENTEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-23 published
DENNIS, Mark " Sparky"
(Director and Partner of Orion Securities, head of Agency Training)
It is with great sadness that the family announces Mark's sudden death on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 in Oakville. Mark is the beloved husband of Filomena and amazing father of Bradley and Mitchell. Loving son of Bill and Grace DENNIS. He will be deeply missed by his brothers, sisters and their children: Pat and her husband Gord, and their children Angela and her husband Rob and their son Sammy; Michael and Matthew; Paul and his wife Lynn and their children Chris and Stephen; Marie; Mike and his wife Julie and their children Sean and Jennifer; Gerry and his wife Amelia and their children Adam and Andrew; Peter and his wife Sarah and their children, Sarah, Robin, Scott and Beth; Cathie and Terry and his wife Shelley and their children Zack, Katie, Meggie and J-Man. Son-in-Law of Venilde and Jose PIMENTEL. Brother-in-Law of Olivia and her husband John, and their children Samantha and Kianna; Rui and his wife Chantel and their children Brittney and Allison; Gilbert and his wife Shirley and their children Kevin and Nikki; Dianne and her husband Marco and the late Joseph. Spark will also be missed by his many cousins, aunts, uncles, Friends and business associates. Mark's energy, professionalism and enthusiasm was instrumental in building Orion into one of Canada's largest independent securities firms. In his family life, Spark was larger than life. He was passionately devoted to Fil, Brad and Mitch and enthusiastically encouraged, taught and coached his boys every step of the way. He will be sadly missed in Oakville Hockey circles both as a coach and player. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, (905-844-2600) from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10: 00 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2005 at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, 47 Reynolds Street, Oakville. Interment to follow at Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery. A reception will be held after the interment service at the Oakville Golf and Country Club. If desired, memorial contributions to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, P.O. Box 693, Oakville, Ontario L6J 5C1 would be appreciated by the family. E-mail condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca; please place DENNIS on the subject line.

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PIMENTEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-21 published
PRIDHAM, Alexander James Edward
Passed away peacefully at his home in Lisle, Ontario on Tuesday, April 19, 2005, in his 79th year. Beloved husband of the late Marie Ethel ROBSON. Loved father of Tom and Kelly, Debbie and Ed PIMENTEL, Nancy PRINCE, Gloria and Grant DONALDSON, Eddie, Mary PRIDHAM, Kathy and Will BROWN, Kelly and Scott MacDONALD. Loving grandpa of Natalie, Hayley, Amie, Cassidy, Melissa, Michael, David, Steven, Eric, Duante, Meadow and predeceased by Franklin PRIDHAM. son of the late James and Hazel PRIDHAM. Dear brother of Eric, Frank, Earl, Norman, Jean, Linda, Hazel, Elva and predeceased by Allan and George. Alex will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, Friends and neighbours. Resting at the W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria St. E., Alliston from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2005. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Alliston Union Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations to Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, 200 Fletcher Crescent, Alliston, Ontario L9R 1W7 would be appreciated.

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PIMENTEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-16 published
PIMENTEL, Manuel (September 14, 1918-June 15, 2005)
Of Castleview Wychwood Towers. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Mass 9: 30 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Church to Prospect Cemetery. Mr. PIMENTEL, who died at Toronto Western Hospital, was predeceased by wife Irene, and is survived by children Berta PAIVA (Eduardo), Tony (Enelia), Tina CARNEIRO (Manuel), Ginette ISIDORI (Massimo,) Luis; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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PIMENTEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-18 published
PIMENTEL, Manuel (September 14, 1918-June 15, 2005)
Of Castleview Wychwood Towers. Mass 9: 30 a.m. today at St. Anthony's Church to Prospect Cemetery.

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PIMENTEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-04 published
PIMENTEL, Maria Angelina
On July 2, 2005 at Toronto. Predeceased by husband Joao PIMENTEL. Loving mother of Jose PIMENTEL, Eduardo and wife Tracy and Angie and husband Jaime. Dear grandmother of Jimmy and wife Melissa, Jonathan, Jessica, Jennifer, Daryll and Melissa. Survived by sisters Amelia DE MELO, Lurdes LOPES and brother Jose PIMENTEL in Rabo de Peixe, St. Miguel. Friends may call at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst St. (near Dundas) on Monday from 2-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Tuesday 9: 00 a.m. at Santa Cruz Church. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum.

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PIMENTEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-17 published
MOLATALAB, Faye (LUMILAN)
Suddenly at her home on September 12, 2005. Faye, beloved sister of Nora, Ely LORENZANA and Wilfredo and his wife Cherry. Dear cousin to Delia PIMENTEL. Loving aunt to Edgar (Christel,) Patrick (Neri), Marichu BUENDIA (Danny), Ferdinand (Ingrid), Cas Jr. (Laura,) Cecile MORRIS (Jeff,) Cheryl TEIXEIRA (Alex,) Christine and Ted. Sadly missed by her many great-nieces and nephews. Faye was a long time employee with Canada Post. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Friday, September 23 from 5-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Saturday, September 24 at 10 a.m. at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 717 Kennedy Road. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

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PIMENTEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-23 published
DENNIS, Mark " Sparky"
(Director and Partner of Orion Securities, head of Agency Training) It is with great sadness that the family announces Mark's sudden death on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, in Oakville. Mark is the beloved husband of Filomena and amazing father of Bradley and Mitchell. Loving son of Bill and Grace DENNIS. He will be deeply missed by his brothers, sisters and their children: Pat and her husband Gord and their children Angela and her husband Rob and their son Sammy, Michael and Matthew; Paul and his wife Lynn and their children Chris and Stephen; Marie; Mike and his wife Julie and their children Sean and Jennifer; Gerry and his wife Amelia and their children Adam and Andrew; Peter and his wife Sarah and their children Sarah, Robin, Scott and Beth; Cathie and Terry and his wife Shelley and their children Zack, Katie, Meggie and J-Man. Son-in-law of Venilde and Jose PIMENTEL. Brother-in-law of Olivia and her husband John and their children Samantha and Kianna; Rui and his wife Chantel and their children Brittney and Allison; Gilbert and his wife Shirley and their children Kevin and Nikki; Dianne and her husband Marco and the late Joseph. Spark will also be missed by his many cousins, aunts, uncles, Friends and business associates. Mark's energy, professionalism and enthusiasm was instrumental in building Orion into one of Canada's largest independent securities firms. In his family life, Spark was larger than life. He was passionately devoted to Fil, Brad and Mitch and enthusiastically encouraged, taught and coached his boys every step of the way. He will be sadly missed in Oakville Hockey circles both as a coach and player. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville (905-844-2600) from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10: 00 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2005 at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, 47 Reynolds Street, Oakville. Interment to follow at Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery. A reception will be held after the interment service at the Oakville Golf and Country Club. If desired, memorial contributions to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 693, Oakville, Ontario L6J 5C1 would be appreciated by the family. E-mail condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca please place DENNIS on the subject line.

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PIMENTEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-16 published
PIMENTEL, Joao Luis
Passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Maria CONCEICAO, loving father of Luis and his wife Tina, and cherished grandfather of Jonathon. Survived by sisters Fernanda and Maria. He will be sadly missed by all his family and Friends. Family and Friends will be received at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst St. on Friday from 5-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 17th at 9 a.m. from Saint Mary's Church, 589 Adelaide St. W.

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PIMLOTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-01 published
McKENZIE, Hon. Lloyd George, Q.C.
Was born August 20, 1918, died October 29, 2005, at Lion's Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, after suffering a stroke. He was born in Penticton, British Columbia, moved to Victoria with his family at age 10 when his father became Minister of Mines and Labour in the Tolmie Administration, and except while on military service and at law school lived there for 46 years. After two years at Victoria College, he enlisted in the Westminster Regiment and married Betty (née MAHAREY) before leaving for Europe, where he served as an infantry officer throughout the Italian campaign. On his return, in 1945, he enrolled in the first class at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, of which he became class President, articled to J. Howard Harman, Q.C., and thereafter practised for 26 years with the Harman firm. He was President of the Victoria Bar, a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia and for 19 years a Governor of the University of Victoria, including a term as Chairman. He had a widely-varied practice, appearing for the Crown or accused in numerous criminal prosecutions and acting for the Province in notable civil suits, including the British Columbia Electric takeover litigation and several major taxation cases, before being appointed in 1974 to the British Columbia Supreme Court, which required that he move to Vancouver. During 1977-78 he was Chairman of the Royal Commission on the British Columbia Railway. After retirement from the bench, in 1993, he acted for 10 years as Information Officer for the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, a position without precedent in which he dealt daily with the media, often on important issues about which sitting judges cannot speak. He is survived by Betty, his treasured companion for more than 60 years; also by Anthony McKENZIE, nephew, Barbara (Mark) PIMLOTT, cousin, and extended family: Frank and Patricia SMITH, Andrea SMITH, Clyde (Linda) SMITH, Kathleen (Lyn) BROOKS and Frances (Ian) MURRAY. In accordance with Lloyd's wishes there will be no service. The family asks that no flowers be sent.

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PIMPINELLA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-26 published
TOTA, Giuseppe
Passed away on Friday February 25, 2005, at Humber River Regional Hospital Church Site. Beloved husband of Pia. Dear son of Maria and the late Tomasso. Loving father of Renata and her husband Joe PIMPINELLA, Tom and Vera. Nonno to Robert, Stefanie, Ashly, Victoria and Melanie. Giuseppe will be dearly missed by his many brothers and sisters. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 4671 Highway 7, Woodbridge (just west of Pine Valley Drive), 905-851-9100, from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday February 28 at 10 a.m. from Saint Margaret Mary Church (8500 Islington Ave.)Entombment Glendale Memorial Gardens. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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PIMS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-19 published
SUMAR, Gaspar " Frank" (June 25, 1924-September 17, 2005)
Died peacefully after a courageous battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis surrounded by his loving family, his books, and his art. He leaves behind his beloved wife and loyal companion of fifty years Audrey (née LEHMAN,) his daughter Caroline Angela (Nigel RICHARDS,) his son Peter GASPARD (Cheryl née SKORY,) his adored grandchildren Melissa Audrey and Michael GASPARD, his sister Rosi PARDI of Paris and numerous nieces and nephews in Canada, Rome, Barcelona, Brussels and Luxembourg. Predeceased by his parents and his brother. Friend to many, gentleman to all, medievalist, nature lover, world traveler, passionate art and book collector. Enthusiastic fundraiser for numerous charities and cultural institutions. Dedicated volunteer to many community projects and worthwhile causes. Born in Scutari he was raised and educated in Vienna, Paris and Pisa. He joined the Italian Resistance in 1943 with a Christian-Democratic group and after the war was awarded a gold medal for actions in support of U.S. General Mark W. Clark's 5th Army in Tuscany, 1944. After two and a half years with a United Nations agency in Milan helping refugees from Eastern Europe he left Italy and came to Canada in 1951. He immediately started volunteer work with immigrant and community associations. In 1954 he co-founded Corriere Canadese and in 1955 Corriere del'Quebec. In 1956 he joined the Sorbara Group and began his insurance career with Adriatic Insurance. In 1965 he became associated with Manulife Financial and enjoyed a brilliant career which lasted 40 years. He continued to meet the insurance needs of his Friends and clients until a few months before his death. A proud and zealous member of Rotary since 1959 he was most grateful for the opportunity it gave him to serve the local and international community. Rotary always played a very important part in his life. Early supporter and fundraiser for Villa Colombo (1971), Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the McMichael Gallery (Kleinberg) 1982-1988, co-founder of the Mississauga Art Gallery (1987). In 1989 he raised the funds and helped bring to completion the first Public Art Partnership Sculpture Program for the Mississauga Art Gallery. This monumental sculpture was later dismantled and temporarily displayed in Atlanta commemorating Canada's participation in the 1996 Olympic Games. Promoter of the fundraising development committee at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS.) A substantial financial contribution in his honour was made by Manulife Financial towards the purchase of the Rotary Health Care Bus which serves underprivileged and homeless people in downtown Toronto. Lately, Gaspar was also instrumental in having Manulife finance the construction of five buildings for Habitat for Humanity. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. Respects may be paid at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave.W. (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.) on Wednesday, September 21st from 6 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday September 22nd at, 10: 30 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, 50 St. Joseph St. (at Bay St.) A reception will be held after the funeral mass and a private interment in Mississauga will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice or to the Library of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies would be appreciated. La Commedia E Finita.

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