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ABOC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-24 published
KERN, Doctor Rolf Robert
On the evening of Friday, April 21, 2006, Rolf succumbed to heart failure and passed away peacefully at Saint Michael's Hospital in Toronto. After thirteen years battling prostate cancer and five years post kidney failure, his strength could endure no more for his 78 years. Predeceased in 1998 by Inge, his wife of 40 years, Rolf was a loving and devoted father to his three girls Rona and husband Luke O'CONNOR of Los Angeles, Barbara and husband Dougal MacDONALD of Toronto and Petra and husband James SWAYZE of Toronto. His five grandchildren, Elina O'CONNOR, Katrina MacDONALD and Spencer, Olivia and Erika SWAYZE will miss their beloved Opi who leaves a legacy as a caring and conscientious patriarch. Born on August 5, 1927, to Friedrich and Lina in Freiburg, Germany, Rolf and brother Fritz worked the Bakerei Kern before a war-torn Germany saw him imprisoned in a Siberian camp at the age of 18. Before immigrating to Toronto, Canada in 1958 to help spearhead the North American expansion of the Gerling Konzern insurance operations, Rolf completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Freiburg. During his studies, Rolf traveled extensively and was honored as the first German student invited to the United States by the Rotary Club. His business savvy and intelligence earned him the position of President and Director of Gerling Global General and Reinsurance companies where he led the organization to an unprecedented record of 10 straight years of underwriting profit. His passion for beauty in many forms was evident in the rose gardens of his Willowdale home and Muskoka cottage and in his appreciation of music and modern dance. His intuitive investment philosophy saw continued success beyond his retirement where his keen sense for resource stocks and currency trading earned him a following in financial circles. Revered for his wisdom and respected for his strength of character and integrity his greatest attribute was his generosity. As a mentor to future leaders, a helping hand to those in need or the simple gesture of chocolates for the parking attendant, Rolf concerned himself with the well being of others above all. Spiritually, through meditation and yoga, his belief in Buddhist teachings and the reincarnation of the soul will ensure that he will always be among us. 'Life is hard if you take it hard' was his mantra and few people could boast such a robust and fulfilling existence - every day he was with us, Rolf KERN truly lived. Special thanks to Lilia ABOC who was not only a caregiver but a companion to Rolf for many years and whose devotion shone through in his final days. Doctor BAXTER, Nurse Sam and rest of the team deserve credit for making his stay at Saint Michael's so pleasant towards the end. Thanks must also go to the extraordinary group of nurses led by Doctor GOLDSTEIN in the hemodialysis unit of the hospital for their help in sustaining Rolf's life through the past 5 years with kindness and compassion. A celebration of Rolf's life will take place at the Granite Club located at 2350 Bayview Avenue north of Lawrence this Friday, April 28, 2006, from 5: 00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. with a tribute at 6: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hemodialysis Unit, Saint Michael's Hospital expressed in the name of Rolf KERN, would be appreciated.

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ABOLS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-01 published
ABOLS, Harijs
B. Riga July 25, 1914 - D. February 18, 2006 Sudbury
After a courageous struggle with declining physical health at his home in Sudbury. Harijs came to Canada in 1949 after escaping the Red Army and Nazi conscription in Latvia during the 2nd World War. He brought his wife Lucija (deceased 1974) and infant son Janis after which he proceeded to carve out an outstanding career in construction management from coast to coast in Canada and Greece over a period of 50 years, only retiring after his last project for Agnico Eagle Mines at age 85. He is survived by sons Janis (Diane) of Sudbury and Peter of Calgary, grandchildren Jennifer Anna (Patrick), Kerry Peter, Kathleen and Elizabeth, wife Michelle of New Liskeard, extended family in Toronto, the U.S.A., Australia and Latvia including special nephew Persijs. Harijs was the family historian and was instrumental in reconnecting the Abols' in North America with family in Latvia after the collapse of the Soviet communist regime in 1991. Cremation has already taken place and as per his wishes no formal funeral will be held. He leaves a void that will be hard to fill. Ardievu Tetin

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ABOUD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-31 published
ROWLEY, Melville George " Mel"
Passed away at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Shelburne Site on Sunday January 29, 2006, in his 70th year; beloved husband of Tillie SHEEHAN; loved father of Sheila SCHNEIDER and her husband Charles, Steven and his wife Dawn and Jennifer BAYERS and her husband Ken, all of Orangeville; dear grandfather of Brandon, Jaclynn, Kyle, Cole and Matthew; brother of Mildred ABOUD and her husband Ernie; also sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, other relatives and many Friends; predeceased by his first wife Rosella O'NEILL (1958) and his sister Doreen FULLER. Friends may call at the Dods and McNair Funeral Home and Chapel, 21 First Street, Orangeville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be from St. Timothy Catholic Church, 42 Dawson Road, Orangeville on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Headwaters Health Care Palliative Care or charity of choice would be appreciated. A tree has been planted in memory of Mel in the Dods and McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 2: 30 p.m. (Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com).

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