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RUBAJ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-15 published
RUBAJ, Kazimierz
Passed away peacefully in his sleep in his 87th year on April 8, 2006. Born November 5, 1919 in Lodz, Poland. Member of Canadian Legion Branch 344. Survived by his children, Barbara E. COOK and husband Gary of Orangeville, Gabrielle RUBAJ and husband Stan HUBBLE of Maryhill, and Thomas RUBAJ of Toronto. Fondly remembered by his granddaughters Audra COOK (Derek RONDE) of Toronto and Deidra COOK (Jason KLAUSEN) of Orangeville. At the family's request, a private service was held on April 11, 2006. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice may be made. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Turner and Porter Roncesvalles Chapel, 416-533-7954.

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RUBBINI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-17 published
BUCHAN, Mary Irene
Suddenly at home on Sunday, January 15th, 2006. Rene beloved wife of Bob for over 62 years. Devoted mother of Bill and Ann, Ken and Hélène, Don and Carol Ann, and Shirley and Dave RUBBINI. Cherished grandmother of Kevin, Andrew, Kathryn, Marie-Élise, Rob, Melanie and aunt of Beverley Ann. She will be lovingly remembered by the rest of her family and Friends. Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. N., (Markham Rd.) Markham on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service in the chapel Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be preferred by the family.

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RUBENSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-26 published
KURTZ, Moshe
On December 24, 2006, loving husband of Antoinette (Toni, nee KLAGSBRUN.) Dear father of Joel and Sonia, Judianne and the late Shimon ROTHMAN z'l, Danny and Dena, Naomi and Norman SHAPIRO. Proud and devoted grandfather and great-grandfather. Caring brother of Freda Rubenstein. Predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law Yumi and Shanny, and brother-in-law 'Chiel RUBENSTEIN. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 26th at 10 a.m. from Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Avenue West. Interment will follow at the Jones Avenue Cemetery. Shiva will be observed at 2 Neptune Drive, Apt. 211. Memorial donations may be made to the Moshe Kurtz Endowment Fund c/o Baycrest (416) 785-2875 or Yeshivat Netivot Yosef, Mitzpeh Yericho (416) 785-5266.

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RUBENSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-03 published
RUBENSTEIN, Rube " Ruby"
Passed away on January 2, 2006. Beloved husband of Helen. Loving father and father-in-law to Jeffrey and Kathleen, and Rosalynd. Dear brother and brother-in-law to Issie and Sylvia. Devoted grandfather to Emilia and Reid RUBENSTEIN, Glenn and Janet, Laura, and the late Jay CHAPNIK. Loving great-grandfather to Grace CHAPNIK. The funeral service will be held at the Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. West (between Yonge and Bathurst) on Tuesday, January 3rd at 1 p.m. Interment at Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park, Ivansker Society Section. Shiva will be observed at 5 Josephine Road. Memorial donations can be made to the United Jewish Appeal 416-631-5685. Ruby will be missed by all, but forgotten by none.

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RUBES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-10 published
GILMAN, Geoffrey Beall
Died at age 93 on Tuesday March 7 at Belmont House. Most beloved husband of Betty for 65 years. Adored and respected father to Judith (Jonathan RUBES) and Trevor (Nancy.) Grandfather to Michael (Cathy), Glen, Dale (Martin), Morgan and Colin; great-grandfather to Audrey. The eldest of six, he is survived by sisters Jessica ROULSTON, Isobel RAIKES and Helen HOVEY; pre-deceased by Paul and Guy. Geoff was a very happy man who knew he was the luckiest man alive when he met his soulmate Betty while serving with the Canadian Army in England in World War 2. He retired at 63 from Canron Ltd. and, with his tremendous enthusiasm for life, inspired his family and Friends to do the same. He loved gardening, travel, fishing, outdoor life, music, golf, reading, wonderful food and wowed us with his wonderfully inventive cocktails. Cremation has taken place, and, in accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Belmont House Foundation at 55 Belmont Street, Toronto M5R 1R1 would be gratefully received.

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RUBES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-29 published
GILMAN, Betty Elder (SCOTT) (April 12, 1915-September 26, 2006)
Our dear mother passed away in her sleep early on September 26. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Geoffrey. Left to cherish countless memories are daughter Judith (Jonathan RUBES) and son Trevor (Nancy); grandchildren Michael (Cathy), Glen, Dale (Martin,) and Morgan and Colin RUBES; great-granddaughter Audrey and many nieces and nephews. Her only sister, Joyce ELLIS, predeceased her this year. Mum was a generous hostess, an inventive decorator and painter, an exceptional knitter, and, right up to the last days, a killer Scrabble player. She considered herself extremely fortunate to have had 66 wonderfully happy years with Geoff, who left her side less than 6 months ago. Betty and Geoff met and married in war-time London in 1940, and their extraordinary partnership was often referred to by their many Friends as one of the "great romances." We are grateful that she is not alone any longer. The family extends its heartfelt appreciation to Helga MacGREGOR for all her loving care and support as well as the excellent nursing staff at Belmont House, Walker Wing 3 West. As Mum wished, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Belmont House Foundation at 55 Belmont Street, Toronto M5R 1R1, would be most gratefully received.

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RUBIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-02-17 published
DONALDSON, Kathryn Elizabeth (née GOODERHAM)
Peacefully at Bay Village, Sarasota, Florida on February 2, 2006. Loving wife of John Norman DONALDSON (Lt. Cmdr Royal Canadian Navy Ret'd). Mother of Judith (David) RUBIN, Charleston, South Carolina and Richard (Daphne Gaby) DONALDSON, Mississauga. Gragrum to Kathryn (V. Joseph) WORD, Charleston, South Carolina. Kami to Leslie, Fraser and Whitney DONALDSON. Greatmother to Samantha and Joseph WORD. Sister of Joan WYMAN, Toronto, and Mary MATHES, Manchester, New Hampshire. Joined over Rainbow Bridge three days later by her loved canine friend, Morgan DONALDSON. A Celebration of Kathryn's life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, 20 Victoria Street, 6th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2N8 or a charity of your choice.

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RUBIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-02-28 published
DONALDSON, Kathryn Elizabeth (née GOODERHAM)
Peacefully at Bay Village, Sarasota, Florida on February 2, 2006. Loving wife of John Norman DONALDSON (Lt. Cmdr Royal Canadian Navy Ret'd). Mother of Judith (David) RUBIN, Charleston, South Carolina and Richard (Daphne GABY) DONALDSON, Mississauga. Gragrum to Kathryn (V. Joseph) WORD, Charleston, South Carolina. Kami to Leslie, Fraser and Whitney DONALDSON. Greatmother to Samantha and Joseph WORD. Sister of Joan WYMAN, Toronto, and Mary MATHES, Manchester, New Hampshire. Joined over Rainbow Bridge three days later by her loved canine friend, Morgan DONALDSON. A Celebration of Kathryn's life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, 20 Victoria Street, 6th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2N8 or a charity of your choice.

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RUBIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-17 published
Marion ANDRÉ, Theatre Director (1920-2006)
The Holocaust shaped the artistic vision of a Pole who came to Canada and founded two dynamic theatre companies, writes Sandra MARTIN. His productions showcased significant moral and political issues
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S9
Marion ANDRÉ was a triple threat in the theatre: a writer, a director and an impresario. But his greatest contribution was as founding artistic director of Montreal's Saidye Bronfman Centre and Toronto's Theatre Plus, a company that in its ambitions was a forerunner of the Soulpepper Theatre Company.
"He was a sparkling ignited soul" and "a real mentor for me," said actress Lynn Griffin, who performed in A Doll's House, Antigone and The Lark at Theatre Plus. "He was very demanding to work with," she said, adding she was happy for the training and discipline he instilled in her because "you can often get by being really lazy" as an actor. "He challenged himself and everybody around him to bring their work up to his inspiration."
Calling Mr. ANDRÉ a "very welcoming man with a very generous heart," said Robin PHILLIPS, former artistic director of the Stratford Festival. What he remembered was not so much the quality of the productions that Mr. ANDRÉ mounted at Theatre Plus but the attitude behind them. "There was a real need to communicate beyond the play," an obsession that Mr. PHILLIPS thinks originated in the Polish underground theatre where Mr. ANDRÉ worked after the Second World War -- where the experience of going to the theatre was a much more engaged and political act than simply being entertained for a couple of hours. "He always looked behind the easy criticism to a connection and empathy with the intention of a work."
Marian Andrzej TENENBAUM was born in Le Havre, France, while his Polish parents, Emil and Renata (née LIEBLING) TENENBAUM, were studying at the university. After earning their degrees, the TENENBAUMs returned to Lvov in southeastern Poland (now part of Ukraine), where they worked as pharmacists and had a second child, Hanka.
After the signing of the German-Soviet pact in 1939 and the subsequent Soviet invasion of Poland from the east, the Jewish population in Lvov doubled when 100,000 refugees fled from the Nazi onslaught in the west. When the Germans occupied Lvov after their invasion of the Soviet Union in June of 1941, the TENENBAUMs' family home and other property were confiscated.
More than 6,000 Jews were killed in Lvov in two pogroms before the Germans established a ghetto in the northern part of the city in November of 1941. With the help of Christian Friends, Marian obtained false papers for himself and his mother in the Polish name of CZERNIECKI, and that enabled them to live outside the ghetto. He joined the Polish underground and smuggled messages in and out of the Lvov ghetto (where his father and his sister had been forced to live) while he was ostensibly collecting scrap metal from the Jews for the German war effort.
In March of 1942, the Germans began deporting Jews to the Belzec death camp. By August, more than 65,000 Jews had been transported to the camp and murdered. Ten months later, the Germans shut down the ghetto, killing many thousands of people in the process. Marian never found out the fate of his father and sister, but he always believed they had been killed in the camps.
Passing as a Christian, Marian had escaped the deportations and made his way to Warsaw, but he was arrested because of his work in the underground and sent to a German camp. He escaped after the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944 and was recruited by the British army because of his linguistic skills in Polish, German, French and English. By the end of the war, he was in France, where he learned from the Red Cross that his mother was alive. He returned to Poland, found her and, together, moved to The Hague in 1946. Working as a cultural attaché for the Polish legation, he met and married his first wife, a Dutch woman, with whom he had a son, Tom.
In 1950, they moved to Warsaw, where he began making documentaries and translating American plays for Polish radio. Three years later, he started a small children's theatre called Kleks. His marriage broke up and he and his mother emigrated to Montreal in 1957, sponsored by his uncle.
In Montreal, Marian Andrzej CZERNIECKI shortened his name to the more masculine and French-sounding Marion ANDRÉ (a change he legalized in 1980). He found a series of jobs: helping to establish a drama program for the Protestant School Board, directing plays on a freelance basis at McGill University, writing for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio and television and starting a theatre company called Studio Six and another one called The Freelancers. He also married a second time and had another son, Krystian.
In 1967, Minda, Phyllis, Edgar and Charles BRONFMAN, children of Samuel BRONFMAN of the Seagram Distillery fortune, established the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, as the cultural branch of the Y.M.-Y.W.H.A. Montreal Jewish Community Centres, in honour of their mother's 70th birthday. Mr. ANDRÉ was appointed inaugural director of performing arts and subsequently became executive director and artistic director. It was at the Saidye Bronfman Centre that he met Ina RUBIN, a dancer and teacher who had been brought in to help with the dance program. They married in 1970, and he later adopted her two children, John and Jennifer, from a previous marriage.
After a traumatic youth, Mr. ANDRÉ seemed to be prospering both artistically and romantically. Coming from Poland, where theatre had always been a forum for showcasing controversial ideas, he tended to present thought-provoking, sometimes even disturbing, material about moral and political issues. In 1971, Mr. ANDRÉ scheduled a production of Robert Shaw's post-Holocaust drama, The Man in the Glass Booth, a play about the Adolf Eichmann trial in Israel in 1961 that raises questions about Jewish passivity as well as dealing with German guilt. Some Holocaust survivors and members of the Jewish Y were deeply offended by the play's content. There was a huge controversy that manifested itself in telephone campaigns against the ANDRÉs and others, and threats to torch the theatre. Afraid of incipient violence and overly sensitive to the feelings of a survivor's group, the board closed the play before it opened.
Mr. ANDRÉ quit as artistic director in protest because "he felt it was important that they shouldn't knuckle under to this kind of fear," said Ina, his wife.
"I have nothing but deep feelings of compassion for the victims of Nazi oppression," Mr. ANDRÉ said in an interview with the Montreal Gazette at the time. "Theatre must not fear controversy, but consider it a necessary ingredient of its existence. I have a profound feeling of revulsion when intimidation is used, or when any group goes to extremes to have its own views prevail."
The aftermath of the 1970 F.L.Q. crisis added to Mr. ANDRÉ's unhappiness over the furor at the Bronfman Centre, and he and his family moved to Toronto, where he was given teaching work in the theatre department at York University. Within a year, he had seized the opportunity presented by the unused smaller theatre space at the St. Lawrence Centre in the summer and launched Theatre Plus in what was then the Jane Mallet, and now the Bluma Appel, theatre. As he said at the time, "People don't turn their brains off in the summer."
His statement of purpose was to "present plays from a national and international repertoire that reflect the social, political and moral problems of our times." Over the next 13 years, he mounted 56 productions, many of them premieres of modern Canadian, European and American plays. A few of his choices were written and directed by himself, which caused some critics such as Matthew Fraser to label him "self-indulgent" and Ray Conlogue to argue that artistic directors should have to do what every other writer does: "Convince somebody else that the play is worth producing."
Nevertheless, The Aching Heart of Samuel Kleinerman, a play Mr. ANDRÉ wrote and directed, was voted the best production of the 1984-85 season by Theatre Plus subscribers. He was given the Toronto Drama Bench Award for distinguished contribution to Canadian theatre in 1985, the year that Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear that causes extreme vertigo and nausea, forced him to step down. His health continued to trouble him and, by 1988, he needed a quadruple heart bypass.
Mr. ANDRÉ continued to write, always using the Holocaust, the central experience of his life, as his theme in novels Maria B. (1990) and The Battered Man (1996), both published by Mosaic Press. By then, he had been diagnosed with Lewy body disease, a progressive dementia that is accompanied by hallucinations and has symptoms similar to both Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Eventually, Mrs. ANDRÉ could no longer care for him; he went into a retirement home, and then a nursing home.
Marion ANDRÉ was born in Le Havre, France, on January 12, 1920. He died in Toronto of complications from Lewy body disease on May 9. He was 86. He is survived by his wife, Ina, four children and six grandchildren.

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RUBIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-10 published
SILVERMAN, Ada
On Saturday, July 8, 2006 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Ada SILVERMAN beloved wife of the late Alfred SILVERMAN. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Gerald and Lili SILVERMAN of Florida, and the late Beverley SCHWARTZ. Bubby, a real lady, will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Heather and Gary SLAPACK, Marc and Patti SILVERMAN, Shelli SCHWARTZ, Faith and Jeff GLEIBERMAN, Heidi and Brian PROSSERMAN, Jeffrey and Ellen SCHWARTZ, Alan and Marla SCHWARTZ, Adam and Ora SILVERMAN, Andrea and Brian RUBIN, and her 16 great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Ada's caregivers for their devoted time and care. At Adath Israel Synagogue, 37 Southbourne Avenue, for service on Monday, July 10, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Adath Israel Synagogue Section of Roselawn Cemetery. Shiva 21 Mayfair Avenue, #805. If desired, donations may be made to the Ada Silverman Memorial Fund for Jacob's Ladder and the Canadian Cancer Society c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M6A 2C3 (416) 780-0324.

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RUBIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-15 published
COHEN, Edgar Horace
Peacefully at home in Montreal in his ninety-third year surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, July 13, 2006. Husband of Ruth GOLDBERG for 57 years. Father and father-in-law of Lenore and Paul HARRIS, Judy and Michael JACOBS, Andrew and Mary COHEN. Grandfather of Michelle, Kenny, and Andrew HARRIS; Jesse JACOBS Alexander and Rachel COHEN. Brother of Elsa and the late Bernard RUBIN, the late Arthur E. COHEN, the late Riva and the late Harvey GOLDEN and brother-in-law of Sol GOLDBERG, Rita and the late Archie WOLFSON. Mourned by his nephews and nieces. The family thanks his loyal secretary of twenty-five years, Hyacinth MOULTON, and our other family - Marieta, Venus, Cynthia and Amapola -- who cared for him in his later years with affection and devotion. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, Montreal, 3888 Jean Talon St. W.on Sunday, July 16 at 12 noon. Burial at the Shaar Hashomayim Congregation Cemetery, Mt. Royal Blvd. Shiva private. Contributions in his memory may be made to the "Ruth and Edgar H. Cohen Endowment Fund", c/o Jewish General Hospital Foundation (514) 340-8251 or to the "Ruth and Edgar H. Cohen Fund," c/o Congregation Shaar Hashomayim (514) 937-9471.

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RUBIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-20 published
COHEN, Edgar Horace
Died peacefully at home, on July 13, in Montreal. Ruth Goldberg COHEN, his beloved wife of 57 years, was at his bedside. He was 92 years old. Edgar COHEN was born in Montreal on October 28, 1913. He was the son of Abraham Zebulon COHEN, a coal merchant and scion of the Jewish Montreal, and Malca (VINEBERG) COHEN, an erudite and witty conversationalist. He was the brother of Arthur, Riva and Elsa. He attended Roslyn School and Westmount High School. He went to McGill University and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 1934. Upon the sudden death of his father in 1937, he abandoned plans to study medicine and became president of L. Cohen and Sons Ltd., founded by his grandfather, Lazarus COHEN. There he introduced innovations such as profit-sharing and rebuilt a struggling business. He sold the company in 1959 and entered real estate as a consultant, running Yarco Building Corp. and LJA Investments; he successfully represented a consortium of investors in the United States and Western Canada. His real loves, though, were travel, writing and learning. After 13 trips to Europe and extensive archival research, he wrote Mademoiselle Libertine: A Portrait of Ninon de Lanclos, the 17th century French libertine. It was published in 1970 in Canada, the United States and Britain. He also wrote poems, limericks, short stories, commentary and satire, which appeared in publications including The Canadian Forum and The Montreal Star, as well as a novel and a memoir (unpublished). From 1977 to 1980 he was president of The Canadian PEN Centre. He was a member of the Board of Governors of Jewish General Hospital, a trustee of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, chair of his McGill class reunion, and a member of the Friends of the McGill Library, the Writers Union of Canada and World Federalists. A student of history, biography and the Bible, he was a lover of opera and the outdoors, a sailor, a skier and tennis player, a wry and funny observer, a loving husband, an attentive father and unfailing friend. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and his sister, Elsa RUBIN; his children Lenore, Judy and Andrew, and their spouses Paul HARRIS, Michael JACOBS and Mary GOODERHAM; and his grandchildren Michelle, Kenny and Andrew HARRIS, Jesse JACOBS, and Alexander and Rachel COHEN.

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RUBINOFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-20 published
MUROFF- COHEN, Pauline
Surrounded by her loving family on Friday, March 17, 2006 at Humber River Regional Hospital - Church Site. Pauline MUROFF- COHEN, beloved wife of David COHEN, and the late Ruben MUROFF. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Helen and Jerry FISHMAN, and Edith and Arthur MAJER and step-mother of Ron and Marilyn COHEN. Dear sister and sister-in- law of Abraham and Millie Golinker, and the late Minnie and Lou Brown, Joe and Selma GOLINKER, Sally and the late Harry GALLINGER. Devoted grandmother of Mark and Doreen FISHMAN, Gary and Sheryl RUBINOFF, Marcy SUSMAN, Martin, Steven and Marlene, David and Tami, and Joel and Dina MAJER. Devoted great-grandmother of 17. Services were held on Sunday, March 19, 2006. Interment Shaarei Shomayim Section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 70 Blue Forest Drive. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Doctor Steven GALLINGER, G.I. Cancer Research Fund at the Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mt. Sinai Hospital, 416-586-8290 or Pioneer Woman Organization 416-636-5425.

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RUBINSKI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-11 published
RUBINSKI, Norah Clark (1919-2006)
On October 9th 2006 at Caressant Care in Woodstock Ontario. Predeceased in 1998 by beloved husband Joe. Much loved mother of Jane and Joe (Maria). Survived and cherished by her dear sister Barbara (Jack KNECHTEL,) her eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and her nephews and nieces and their families. Also predeceased by her brother William HUNTER and his wife Jeanette, and very recently by her younger brother James HUNTER (Dorothy.) Norah will be missed by Friends all over southern Ontario who will remember her for her tales of living in Ireland as a child, stories that began "When I was in the army…" and her gratitude for every attention. A memorial gathering will be held in her honour at the home of Joe and Maria in Woodstock on Saturday, October 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. If you wish to attend please call 519-537-3828 for directions. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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RUBINSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-30 published
RUBINSTEIN, Salomon
Toronto, on January 28, 2006. Salomon, beloved husband of Hela. Dear father of Jerry and Gail, David and Louise. Cherished grandfather of Esther (Neal), Mark (Sharon), and Daniel. Great-grandfather to Judy, Dena, Robbie, Mitchell, and Issac. A funeral service will be held Monday, January 30, 2006 at 1 p.m. from Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. W. (between Yonge and Bathurst). Interment Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Labour Zionist Alliance section. Shiva to be observed at 12 Cedar Springs Grove, Toronto. Donations may be made to the Jewish National Fund, 416-638-7200.

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RUBIO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-14 published
No motive apparent in garage double killing
Scarborough deaths and fatal shooting in West End bring city homicide total to 38
By Timothy APPLEBY and Scott ROBERTS, Page A10
Toronto's homicide total for the year has risen to 38 after a middle-aged woman and a 31-year-old father of three were found slain in a blood-soaked garage on a quiet Scarborough street.
The shooting took place late Wednesday. In an unrelated gun incident earlier the same evening on the other side of the city, a man newly released from prison was shot in the head. He died of his injuries yesterday.
Both of the Scarborough victims, believed to be Canadians of Filipino origin, were shot in the head and were discovered by the man's wife when she returned home, police said. The relationship between the two deceased was not clear, police said.
Two assailants believed to be Filipino or southern Asian, wearing light-coloured shirts, were being sought.
Detective Mike BARSKY of the homicide squad discounted widely circulating suggestions that the female victim -- identified by other police sources as Isabelita MALEJANA, 56, of west-end Toronto -- was a transsexual or transvestite. "I don't know where that came from," he said.
A former neighbour said Ms. MALEJANA was married with children. The family used to live on Embro Drive, near Allen Road and Sheppard Avenue.
"It's so sad that this happened," said Emily, who spoke on the condition that her last name not be published. "She was very quiet. She didn't come out of the house very much. The family kept to themselves for the most part."
Emily said the family moved away from the area about a year-and-a-half ago, but she didn't know where they had been planning to relocate.
Speculation that the crime was a murder-suicide is false, Det. BARSKY said. However, no motive was immediately apparent.
The second victim was identified as Virgilio CUEVAS, whose wife discovered the bodies at 58 Canoe Cres., near Steeles Avenue and Markham Road, when she opened her garage door at around 8: 40 p.m. and called 911.
Mr. CUEVAS and Ms. MALEJANA were pronounced dead on arrival at Sunnybrook hospital.
Neighbours described seeing a bloody scene inside the garage after police arrived.
"I came outside and ran across the street and saw the police running with their guns out," said Jupiter ENGRACIA, who lives down the street from the house.
"There was a body in the garage with blood spattered everywhere."
When emergency crews removed the other body, it was wrapped in a blanket, Mr. ENGRACIA said.
Ammunition was reported to have been found in the home, but police said there was no sign of a gun at the crime scene.
The couple's three children, all believed to be under 5, were in the house at the time and were uninjured.
Late in the evening, police removed them from the family home. Neighbours said they often saw Mr. CUEVAS playing outside with his children.
Yesterday, police tape cordoned off the front yard of the home as a police cruiser guarded the area. A lawn mower and three small bicycles sat in the yard.
Neighbours said they were shocked that such a gruesome slaying could happen in this quiet, newly built subdivision.
"This is scary; it's just two houses away," said Darwin RUBIO, "My wife wants to move…. This makes her want to move more so."
Separately on Wednesday night, a man in his 40s and just freed from jail for breach of probation was also taken to Sunnybrook hospital in critical condition.
Shot and wounded in an apartment above a bar on Weston Road near Eglinton Avenue, he succumbed to his wounds yesterday.
The man's identity was not immediately released, pending notification of relatives, but a friend who said she knew him well gave his name as Gerald McDONALD.
Four unidentified youths were spotted fleeing that crime scene. The incident was the latest in a rash of recent fatal shootings in the Weston Road area.
The three deaths push the city's firearms-related tally close to the same number as was recorded this time last year. In total, 52 people died as a result of gunshot wounds in 2005, an all-time high.

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RUBIO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-07-15 published
Four homicides, one long night
Police chase leads in garage slaying of man, woman
Other victims are man who was shot, Brampton mother
By Thulasi SRIKANTHAN, Meghan HURLEY and Betsy POWELL, Staff Reporters with files from Jim WILKES
Virgilo CUEVAS often used the garage of his home for refuge, and to smoke -- and that's where he and a female "acquaintance" were shot dead, leaving Toronto police searching for a motive and the killers.
"We're still working on a couple of theories, but there's nothing concrete that I can say yet," homicide Det. Wayne FOWLER said yesterday.
CUEVAS, 31, and a 56-year-old woman were found lying on the concrete floor of the attached garage of a house near Steeles Ave. E. and Markham Rd. on Wednesday night. Police were waiting to notify next of kin yesterday before releasing the woman's identity.
Meanwhile, police on the other side of Toronto were investigating the Wednesday evening slaying of a man in his 40s, and Peel Region police were probing the death of a 31-year-old mother of two whose body was found early yesterday.
A man identified by Friends as Gerald McDONALD may have been killed over the cash he was carrying when he was shot in an apartment building on Weston Rd. near Eglinton Ave. W., a friend speculated.
"He had $1,700 in his pocket. Maybe someone knew that he cashed his cheque and that he had this money," said Nancy IANNRELLA, owner of Nancy's Bar and Grill, next to the apartment.
McDONALD had been released from jail just two hours before he was killed, she said, and had dropped into the bar before going to cash the cheque.
Police were called to the building at about 7: 23 p.m. Wednesday after someone reported hearing gunshots.
The victim died in hospital yesterday.
About 90 minutes later, in Scarborough, CUEVAS' wife, Maria, found her husband and his friend after she drove up to the house around 8: 45 p.m. Wednesday.
The garage door was partly open, and when she drove in she could see one of the bodies, FOWLER said.
She then went inside, where the couples' three young children were with their grandparents.
FOWLER said no one in the house is a suspect.
CUEVAS was home all day and had gone on his own into the garage, where he was joined by the woman.
"The purpose of her visit, I don't know," FOWLER said. She doesn't live nearby and was driven to the address. The wife knows "her husband's friend" by sight.
There was no romantic relationship, he added.
witnesses: described two men, of Asian or Filipino descent -- as were the victims -- wearing light-coloured jackets or jerseys running away from the scene.
No firearms were located.
The wife's father, who asked not to be identified, said he saw his distraught daughter early yesterday morning.
The only thing she would say was that her husband was gone. "That's all," her father said. "She was crying really hard."
The children do not really know what is going on, he said. Two of them are staying with him. "They are sad, they cannot sleep."
Neighbours say they often saw the children running around the red-brick home, cycling and spending time with their father in the backyard, where they often barbecued.
Yesterday, a shiny blue bicycle with training wheels sat on the freshly cut lawn.
"Nothing like this ever happened on this street before," said Darrell RUBIO, who has lived there for three years. He said the family held a lot of parties, and there were always people coming in and out.
Rayne DOOKIE was in her home relaxing when she thought she heard a loud noise.
"I heard a shot. I thought it was a car backfiring." She said she quickly dismissed it because she couldn't imagine anything like a murder happening in their quiet neighbourhood.
Councillor Raymond CHO was going door-to-door in his ward to reassure citizens.
"I was totally frustrated, shocked and angry, because this is a good community," he said.
Meanwhile, Peel Region saw its fourth homicide this year with the death of Malena MORALES, whose body was found in a 12th-floor Brampton apartment early yesterday.
Police found MORALES's body showing "obvious signs of trauma" when they responded to a call at about 2 a.m., said Const. Jennifer BRYER.
Homicide detectives sealed off the building, on Steeles Ave. W. near Hurontario Street, and officers canvassed other residents throughout the day.
Residents said the woman lived with a man and two children, but it was not known whether she was married.
Two boys, a 10-year-old and his younger brother, were being cared for by relatives as police searched for a male suspect.
"This used to be a good building," said a woman who has lived there 16 years.
"But it's been going downhill for the last year or so. There have been a lot of drugs and dealers and the police have been here many times."
An autopsy is planned today at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.
The gunning-down of the man Friends called McDONALD, whom police have not officially identified, makes him the fifth homicide victim killed somewhere along Weston Rd. in just a few months.
On July 2, a 25-year-old man was gunned down outside a bar on Weston south of Rogers Rd.
Three men tried to steal the money being collected at the club's front door, police said. A second victim caught in the crossfire was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
On June 13, police found Clive McNABB, 39, stabbed to death in his Weston Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W. apartment, just steps from the scene of Wednesday's shooting.
A week before McNABB's death, 22-year-old Gabriel JARAMILLO was shot dead in the area around Weston Rd. and Lawrence Ave. E. Peyton BADIRU, 26, has been charged with second-degree murder in that case.
And at the end of March, Romaine LAWRENCE, 18, was killed when bullets tore through the window of a pizza parlour at Weston Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W.
"We've been directing our resources along that stretch of Weston Rd.," Staff Sgt. Gary MULHOLLAND, of 12 Division, said in response to a question about the cluster of homicides.
"Over the past few years we've had initiatives to lower violence and we will continue to do so."
MULHOLLAND said that while it is "unsettling for the neighbourhood," the violence mostly seems related to activities of criminals in the area. "It's not just the average citizen walking down the street."
That's little comfort to McDONALD's bar-owner friend, since he was shot steps away from where she works.
Someone came running into the bar screaming to call the police after the shooting, IANNRELLA said.
She was working when it happened and saw the victim in the hallway when she went upstairs.
"I can't sleep because I'm in such shock because it happened in my neighbourhood," IANNRELLA said.
"I know when I go home in the night I get scared."

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RUBMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-06 published
ISAAC, Goldie (née MILLER)
On Thursday, October 5, 2006 at North York General Hospital. Goldie ISAAC beloved wife of the late Bill ISAAC. Loving mother and mother-in-law of David ISAAC and Barbara SCHACTER, Howard ISAAC and Alzbeta KLEIN of Washington, D.C. Dear sister of Sarah RUBMAN and the late Hyman and Harvey MILLER. Daughter of the late Morris and Anne MILLER. Devoted grandmother of Juliana, and Alex. Granddaughter of the late Lazar PAPERMAN. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave., W., (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Friday, October 6th at 12 noon. Interment Beth David Section of Dawes Road Cemetery. If desired donations may be made to Goldie Isaac Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6C 2C3 at 416-780-0324.

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RUBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-29 published
CLOES, Ada Marie (COXON)
Of Strathroy (formerly of Hanover). In her 81st year after a long and courageous battle with cancer at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on April 27th, 2006 with her family at her side. Predeceased by husband Murray (1988). Also predeceased by sister Minnie RUBY (1961,) and brother Lloyd COXON (1996) and infant sister Margaret. Survived by brother Doctor Earl COXON, Wellesley, Ontario, son Brian CLOES (Vera) of Horseshoe Valley, daughter Carol DAVIES (Dan THOURNOUT) of Strathroy and Linda PALMER (Jim) of London. Also survived by 6 grandchildren. Ada was a proud member of the United Church Women. Memorial Service to be held in Hanover at the Grace United Church on Thursday May 4th, 2006 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Doug KAUFMAN officiating. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Crohns Society. Arrangements entrusted to Denning Bros. Funeral Home. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Ada.

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RUBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-09 published
RUBY, Gayle (née HARPER)
Finished her race Monday morning (June 5, 2006). She was eagerly anticipating leaving the world knowing that she had lived and loved worthy of her calling and destiny. She sowed faithfully into the Kingdom of God in countless ways as a lover of God, an intentional and Godly wife and mother, a comfy Grandma, a right hand woman in Springer Park Farms, Ruby Bus Lines and Ruby Berry Farms in Sudbury, a determined missionary in Colombia, a spiritual mother in The Lighthouse church and finally a listening friend with a soft shoulder. So Kurt RUBY (her husband,) Eric and Virginia POXLEITNER, Lawrence and Kathrine Jane DUNKS and Tim and Carolyn RUBY (her children) invite everyone to come and celebrate Gayle's life on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at the Lighthouse on Centre Street, Espanola from 1: 00-4:00 p.m. Please come ready to celebrate. We are missing her already but are filled with hope knowing we will see her again. As C.S. Lewis wrote in "The Last Battle"… "But for (her) it was only the beginning of the real story. All (her) life in this world…had only been the cover and the title page; now at last (she) is beginning chapter one of the Great Story which no one on earth has read; which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before."

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RUBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-22 published
JESSIMAN, The Honourable Duncan James, Q.C.
Quietly and with dignity, Duncan passed away, on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Duncan is survived by Alix (PERRIN,) his loving and caring wife of 27 years and his children, Duncan (Colleen CRAWFORD,) Robert (Sally KENDALL) and Sally (Arnold OSTEVIK.) 'Big', as he was affectionately known, will also be missed by his devoted grandchildren Duncan (Tressa MAIN,) Patrick, Shauna, Ryann (Phil DOUCETTE), Scott, Robin, Joe and Julia. Big was a loving caring father and grandfather always there to support and love his family. It made him very proud that all of his children were university educated and active professionals in their communities. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 5th 1923, to parents William and Rubina (RUBY) JESSIMAN. He was predeceased by his mother when he was 9 years old and subsequently by his father and brothers, William, Tom and John and he is survived by his youngest brother Harvey. At age 16, Duncan left home and went west to fight fires in British Columbia. His Aunt Ret and Uncle Dunc then convinced him to come home and stay with them and go back to school. They made him realize the importance of education. At the age of 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a midshipman. He served in the coastal forces in Canada, the United Kingdom and France. He served with the 29th Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla and was part of the Allied liberation of Europe, participating in D-day, June 6, 1944, and in operations on the French, Belgian and Dutch coasts. This was dangerous duty. He survived the destruction of his squadron at 0stend in 1945. He was honourably discharged as a Lieutenant Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in August 1945. After his service he continued his commitment to lifelong learning as he worked to obtain his law degree. After he obtained his law degree, he went back and obtained his arts degree and then later his LLM and then went on to teach in the post graduate program at the law school. He started practicing law in 1948, when he joined with Arthur Johnston, the firm eventually becoming Johnston, Jessiman, Gardner and Twaddle. In 1971 that firm joined with Pitblado and Hoskin where he became a partner and in 1998 he joined Aikins, MacAulay and Thor valdson where he continued his practice until 2005. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1959 and appeared successfully before the Supreme Court of Canada on four occasions. He was a life long member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and became a senator in 1993. He took great pride on the work he did in the Senate with the Special Committee dealing with the Pearson Airport Agreements, the Standing Committees on Fisheries and Oceans; Legal and Constitutional Affairs; Social Affairs, Science and Technology; the Sub Committee on Veterans Affairs; and the Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access. In addition to politics Duncan's commitment to the community involved his participation in the Rotary Club of Winnipeg where he became President, the University of Winnipeg, where he became Chairman of the Board of Regents; he was a founding member, chairperson of the board and member of the executive committee of the Victoria General Hospital Research and Services Inc. in addition he was a member of the advisory boards of Rainbow Stage and the Canadian Arthritis Society. In business he was equally successful where he was a driving force in the creation of a number of entities listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. These entities included Service Corporation International Canada, Geocrude Energy, Pan Cana Resources and Rimoil where he served as chairman and Enerplus Resources where he was a director. He also served as a director of Air Canada. In Winnipeg, through Progressive Holdings he was involved with many investments involving among other things, land development. The development of Linden Ridge with others was one of its larger undertakings. Through his community involvement, political associations and business interests, there were not many places he didn't travel to, however his best times were visiting the far flung reaches of Canada and getting to know and gain a better understanding of the people. He always prided himself for having a goal, setting the agenda, being rigorously honest, being in control, giving ample consideration to all the details in complex matters, he had a very focused and strong mind. When needed he was always able to shift his truly incredible power of focus to deal with the required issue at hand, usually involving others. He was always determined and could always be relied on. His enormous strength, energy and the security of purpose was cherished by many, but in particular, his family members. He will be dearly missed by all. He was a member of the Manitoba Club and the St. Charles Country Club where he very much enjoyed matching wits with the 'Boys of Friday'. For many years Duncan and the family spent summers enjoying the family cottage uniquely located on the isthmus between West Hawk Lake and Hunt Lake. A service in celebration of Duncan's life will take place at St. George's Crescentwood Anglican Church, 168 Wilton Street in Winnipeg on Tuesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. with reception to follow at the Church. Donations to CancerCare Manitoba, P.O. Box 2248, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4A6 are. gratefully appreciated. Duncan was deeply appreciative of all his caregivers, especially Antonia and Merril and his dedicated wife and daughter. Condolences may be emailed to condolences@nbardal.mb.ca. 'One always knew where he stood on a matter.' Neil Bardal Inc 204-949-2200

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RUBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-14 published
RUBY- LEAN, Julia (formerly LEAN)
On Monday, November 13, 2006 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Julia RUBY- LEAN, beloved wife of the late Morris (Moe) RUBY, and of the late Sol LEAN. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Carolyn and Peter NADLER, Stephen and Vivian RUBY, Caren and the late Gerry RUBY. Dear sister of the late Gladys SAGMAN. Devoted grandmother of Debbie and Stephen STERN, Lara and Peter KAUFMAN, Jennifer and Shane CITRON, Melanie and Aaron MOSCOE, Jeff and Carolyn RUBY, Steven and Hyla RUBY, Michelle RUBY, Michael RUBY, Jonathan and Jillian RUBY, great-grandmother of Matthew, Ryan, Nicole, Kailee, Russell, Rachel, Carley, Matthew, Jory, and Ben. Julia will be sadly missed by all who knew her. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 500 Avenue Road #705. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Gerry Ruby Fund c/o The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 416-946-6560.

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RUBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-24 published
RUBY, Julia Mary (née ROSS)
Peacefully at her home in Oakville on January 20, 2006, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of A. Walling RUBY and sister of Anne LEAKE. Predeceased by her son Ross RUBY. Much loved and most loving mother of Julia FOSTER (Robert), Jan RUBY (Mary THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON), Joanna RUBY, Victoria RUBY (Howard FREEMAN) and Mary RUBY (Wood HILL.) Cherished grandmother of Robert (Jenny,) Simon (Melanie,) Joanna and Jessica FOSTER; Sarah and David ARMSTRONG; Brooke and Ross FREEMAN; Julia and Isabel RUBY- HILL; and great-grandmother of Robbie. Loving aunt of Rae ZIMMERMAN, Andrea, Lisa and Martha LEAKE. Julia grew up in Toronto and attended Bishop Strachan School. She graduated from McMaster University (B.Sc.), where she met Walling. Outside of her family life, Julia devoted herself to many charitable and not-for-profit organizations, but none more than the Young Women's Christian Association. Her involvement began with War Service Overseas and was stationed in Edinburgh and London. She served as President of the Young Women's Christian Association Toronto, President of the Young Women's Christian Association Canada and, for a number of years, was a Canadian member of the Young Women's World Council, which began her involvement with African and other third world countries, through many organizations. The Family extends a special thank you to her extraordinary caregiver, Hanna GULCZ, for her compassion and kindness. A fund has been established at the Young Women's Christian Association Toronto, to honour and continue Julia RUBY's life long work for the safety and betterment of women and girls. Contributions will be gratefully received and may be made to: The Julia M. Ruby Fund, Young Women's Christian Association Toronto, 80 Woodlawn Ave. E., Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1C1, or by phone at 416-961-8101 Ext. 352 or on line at ywcatoronto.org. Respectfully, no flowers thank you. A Memorial Service will be held on February 9th at 2: 00 o'clock at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, north of St. Clair Avenue. Areception will follow.

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RUBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-04 published
RUBY, Julia Mary (née ROSS)
A Memorial Service will be held on February 9th, 2006 at 2 o'clock at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, north of St. Clair Avenue. A reception will follow. Friends of the family are invited to attend. (A family service and entombment has taken place.) A fund has been established at the Young Women's Christian Association Toronto, to honour and continue Julia RUBY's life long work for the safety and betterment of women and girls. Contributions will be gratefully received and may be made to: The Julia M. Ruby Fund, Young Women's Christian Association Toronto, 80 Woodlawn Ave. E., Toronto, Ontario. M4T 1C1, or by phone at 416-961-8101 x 352 or online at www.ywcatoronto.org. Respectfully, no flowers, thank you.

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