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SAFFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-16 published
PORTEOUS, James Barry
On Wednesday, April 6, 2005 in Kingston in his 89th year, with family at his side. Happily married to Adele ROBERTON since June 1948, he was the proud father and father-in-law of Clare and Perry, James and Kathleen, and Patricia and was pleased to be the grandfather of Charity and Christopher SAFFORD, Andrew and Alexa PORTEOUS and Baillie CARD. Brother of Janet L. McDOUGALL of Knowlton, Québec
Born in Toronto in 1917, Barry moved with his family to Montreal. Educated at Selwyn House School, he graduated from McGill University, B.Comm. '38 and joined the firm of Creak, Cushing and Hodgson, Chartered Accountants. At the outbreak of war, he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and completed his officers' training in Kingston in the spring of 1940. He joined 1st Canadian Division Artillery in England in the summer of 1940. Trained in Combined Operations, he took part as a Forward Observation Officer for Naval Shore Fire in the Sicily and Italy landings, summer 1943 and remained with 1st Canadian Division Artillery. He was posted to 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade Tactical Headquarters, November 1943, and promoted to General Service Officer III in April 1944. Barry completed Camberley Staff course (U.K.) in the late fall of 1944 and returned to various active postings in northwestern Europe. He came home in July 1945 after 65 months of continuous active service overseas, retaining the rank of Captain. He joined Greenshields, Hodgson, Racine Ltd., wholesale dry goods merchants in Old Montreal and was President and Chief Executive Officer from 1961-1971. Barry was also President of the Montreal Board of Trade from 1969-1970 and participated in several charitable ventures in addition to a successful business career. He sold his interest in Greenshields, Hodgson, Racine Ltd. in 1971 and began business as an independent Consultant to Management. In the spring of 1982 the family moved to Kingston, Ontario where he joined the Fort Frontenac Officer's Mess, the Kingston Gunners, Canadian Railroad Historical Association, the Kingston Yacht Club and founded the Kingston and Area Condominium Association.
Barry became interested in family geneology, organized the Porteous Associates International, designed the Porteous tartan, and was author of "The Porteous Story", being named Laird Elect in 1985. He supervised construction of the Porteous Memorial in Cairn on Hawkshaw Castle site near Tweedsmuir on the Scottish borders, and was Master of Ceremonies there for international reunions in 1990 and 1995. He retired from business life in 1997 to enjoy his family and Friends.
Recently in Edinburgh, Scotland, piper Jim McCourt, Cameron Highlanders, at the request of Tam Porteous, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, composed a catchy 6/8 march entitled "Captain James Barry Porteous, Royal Canadian Artillery" in appreciation of Barry's major contributions to the Porteous Associates and to commemorate his retirement as Laird Elect on March 29, 2003. A further honour took place on December 25, 2003 when the Directors elected Barry as first Honorary Laird for his unremitting efforts on behalf of the Porteous Associates. This was accompanied by a gift of a decanter and two scotch glasses of Edinburgh crystal each bearing the Porteous Cairn logo, and the decanter an inscription as to its significance. A fitting tribute and much appreciated.
In keeping with Barry's wishes, a private service was held in Kingston, followed by cremation and inurnment at Cataraqui Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or to the charity of your choice in Mr. PORTEOUS' memory.

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SAFIEDDINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-24 published
Accountant 'a man of vision'
Helped develop Little India
Work benefited small businesses
By Hicham SAFIEDDINE, Staff Reporter
In 1968, Bhupendra DHABLIWALLA had been in Canada just a year, but he was already making headlines in his fight for the rights of immigrants.
That was just the beginning. The young chartered accountant, who had left Bombay (now called Mumbai) for Toronto, would become a community leader who transformed small-business practices in Toronto and devoted his life to making the city a better place.
DHABLIWALLA died May 5 in Toronto at the age of 66 after a long illness.
Politicians, business leaders, family and Friends all acknowledged what federal New Democratic Party Leader Jack LAYTON described as the "legendary" contribution DHABLIWALLA made to the Toronto community.
"He was a man of vision all his life," said LAYTON, who worked with DHABLIWALLA on many social and political issues as a city councillor in the 1990s.
"He was so gregarious, just instantly warm and welcoming... and he built a network of business associations across the whole of Toronto that has become stronger by the day," LAYTON said.
DHABLIWALLA's sense of community led him to conduct, along with five other volunteers, a pioneering survey of unemployment among immigrant professionals in 1968.
The study, which he paid for, revealed the difficulties newcomers faced in finding jobs in their fields. The report, which received widespread coverage in the media, urged the federal government to conduct a study of the employment situation of immigrants in Canada.
In the years that followed and throughout the 1970s and '80s, DHABLIWALLA turned his attention to finding creative ways for small businesses to thrive amid the growing popularity of shopping malls.
In the '80s, he served as president of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, a non-profit organization representing the city's 50 business improvement areas.
"He really helped to form early on this notion that if small business got together, they could learn from each other's practices," LAYTON said.
DHABLIWALLA was also instrumental in developing Toronto's Little India on Gerrard St. E. The marketplace has grown into a multicultural trading and meeting place for the South Asian community and a tourist attraction in Toronto.
DHABLIWALLA's commitment to religious tolerance and multicultural discourse saw him participate in more than a dozen community and interfaith organizations.
He was a member of the memorial fund committee formed in the wake of the 1985 bombing of Air-India Flight 182 and a member of the South Asian committee of the United Way of Greater Toronto. He also served on the Council on Race Relations and Policing.
DHABLIWALLA inspired his daughter to follow in his footsteps.
"He was a role model to me and a hero," said his only child Sonal, a chartered accountant in Chicago who is involved in community work.
"Although we are Hindu, he wanted me to go to a Catholic school so I could better learn other religions." Sonal graduated in 1985 from Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, where her father chaired the parent-teacher association.
"He went out of his way for people, no matter what time of the day or night it was," Sonal said. "He was a fighter who would go and try to achieve all he can with whatever it takes... and he was very passionate about issues till the end."
DHABLIWALLA also leaves his wife Kanak.

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SAFRAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-20 published
GROSSMAN, Katie (née LOTTMAN)
Passed away peacefully at North York General Hospital on Friday, June 17, 2005. Katie GROSSMAN, beloved wife for over 50 years of Mike GROSSMAN. Daughter of the late Sam and Emma LOTTMAN. Loving Mother and Mother-in-law of Barbara and Shel SAFRAN, Shelley GROSSMAN and Lorne and Wendy GROSSMAN. Cherished sister of Pearl GODFREY and predeceased by brothers Joe and Jakie LOTTMAN and sister Judy TEICHBERG. Beloved sister-in-law of Evelyn FORMAN, Rose GROSSMAN and Lorna LOTTMAN. Devoted grandmother of Rachel and Matthew SAFRAN and Nicole and Amy GROSSMAN. Will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. Funeral service will be held Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Avenue West, on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 12 noon. Shiva at 35 Wynford Heights Crescent. Donations, if desired, can be made to the Israel Soldier's Fund at 416-783-3053 or the charity of your choice.

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SAFRAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-19 published
GROSSMAN, Katie (née LOTTMAN)
96, passed away peacefully at North York General Hospital on Friday, June 17, 2005. Katie GROSSMAN, beloved wife for over 50 years of Mike GROSSMAN. Daughter of the late Sam and Emma LOTTMAN. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Barbara and Shel SAFRAN, Shelley GROSSMAN and Lorne and Wendy GROSSMAN. Cherished sister of Pearl GODFREY and predeceased by brothers Joe and Jakie LOTTMAN and sister Judy TEICHBERG. Beloved sister-in-law of Evelyn FORMAN, Rose GROSSMAN and Lorna Lottman. Devoted grandmother of Rachel and Matthew SAFRAN and Nicole and Amy GROSSMAN. Will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. For funeral arrangements, please call Steeles Memorial Chapel at 905-881-6003. Shiva at 35 Wynford Heights Crescent. Donations, if desired, can be made to the Israel Soldiers' Fund at 416-783-3053 or the charity of your choice.

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SAFRATA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-13 published
YEO, Alexandra Maria (née KOERNER)
Suddenly and unexpectedly, on Thursday July 7th, 2005, at the age of 49, Alexandra Maria YEO (née KOERNER) passed away of an intra-cerebral hemorrhage leaving her husband and five children. Loving wife of Erik and mother of Kristin, Lara, Robin, Julian and Sara. Much loved daughter of Sonja Novak KOERNER and Michael KOERNER, sister to Jacqueline and Michelle KOERNER. She will be sadly missed by her in-laws Stan and Betty YEO and the extended YEO family, brothers in-law, Rob SAFRATA, Kevin DOYLE and Roger YEO, her nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts and extended family in British Columbia, Peru and Australia. Alexandra was a Kripalu yoga teacher of many years, a Doctor in Homeopathy and a Bach Flower Practitioner, She graduated from Queens University with a B.A. and B.Ph.E. then completed an M.B.A. at the University of Western Ontario. Alexandra foremost was a ferociously loving mother and devoted wife who always put family and Friends first. Always exploring life and its new possibilities with courage and passion, her touchstones were integrity, honesty, thoughtfulness and generosity. Alexandra impacted the lives of many individuals through her yoga teachings, alternative medicine practice and years of volunteering in the community including The Junior League and her children's schools. Everyone she touched knew her centeredness and serenity. As in life, she gave, in death, to the Trillium Gift of Life. A private family funeral service will be held. A gathering to celebrate Alexandra and her life, open to all she touched, will be held in the late summer, to be announced. If desired and in lieu of flowers please send a donation in Alexandra's name to the Koerner Foundation, Royal Bank Plaza, South Tower, P.O. Box 62, 200 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2J2 where all funds will be matched and distributed to selected charities consistent with Alexandra's life and principles. Notes of condolences are welcome at yeo43@rogers.com.

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SAFRATA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-16 published
YEO, Alexandra Maria (née KOERNER)
Suddenly and unexpectedly, on Thursday July 7th, 2005, at the age of 49, Alexandra Maria YEO (née KOERNER) passed away of an intra-cerebral hemorrhage leaving her husband and five children. Loving wife of Erik and mother of Kristin, Lara, Robin, Julian and Sara. Much loved daughter of Sonja Novak KOERNER and Michael KOERNER, sister to Jacqueline and Michelle KOERNER. She will be sadly missed by her in-laws Stan and Betty YEO and the extended YEO family, brothers in-law, Rob SAFRATA, Kevin DOYLE and Roger YEO, her nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts and extended family in British Columbia, Peru and Australia. Alexandra was a Kripalu yoga teacher of many years, a Doctor in Homeopathy and a Bach Flower Practitioner, She graduated from Queens University with a B.A. and B.Ph.E. then completed an M.B.A. at the University of Western Ontario. Alexandra foremost was a ferociously loving mother and devoted wife who always put family and Friends first. Always exploring life and its new possibilities with courage and passion, her touchstones were integrity, honesty, thoughtfulness and generosity. Alexandra impacted the lives of many individuals through her yoga teachings, alternative medicine practice and years of volunteering in the community including The Junior League and her children's schools. Everyone she touched knew her centeredness and serenity. As in life, she gave, in death, to the Trillium Gift of Life. A private family funeral service will be held. A gathering to celebrate Alexandra and her life, open to all she touched, will be held in the late summer, to be announced. If desired and in lieu of flowers please send a donation in Alexandra's name to the Koerner Foundation, Royal Bank Plaza, South Tower, P.O. Box 62, 200 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2J2 where all funds will be matched and distributed to selected charities consistent with Alexandra's life and principles. Notes of condolences are welcome ayeo43@rogers.com.

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