GRICE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-17 published
EDMONDS, William George, MM
Passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2007, William George Edmonds of Cambridge, Ontario in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Rita (GRICE) EDMONDS. George was a veteran of World War 2 from 1939 to 1945, serving with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, Canadian Provost Corps and Queen's Own Rifles. He was awarded the military medal by King George VI, Buckingham Palace, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Hespeler Branch #272, and served on the former Hespeler Town Council and Planning Board. He was a former Galt Reporter employee for many years in the Hespeler office.
Cremation has taken place. Arrangement entrusted to the Lounsbury Funeral Home. Those who wish may make a memorial donation to St. Andrew's Hespeler Presbyterian Church or to a charity of their choice through the funeral home.

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GRICHTING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-11 published
DEGUERRE, Edward Ross Belfry
In his 83rd year, died peacefully surrounded by his family at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - K Wing after a long illness on Thursday, August 9, 2007. Born in Newmarket, the second youngest of the late Ross and Frances DEGUERRE. Predeceased by his first wife Virginia REID. He will be remembered with great love by his children Peter (Julia) DEGUERRE, Vicki (Keith) CARRUTHERS, Christopher (Julie) DEGUERRE and very special grandfather to Zachary, Oliver, Madelaine, Lindsay, Carlyn, Deanna, Olivia and Charlotte. He will be missed by his brothers and sisters, Frederick (Betty) DEGUERRE, Frances YATES and Diana McVITTY and predeceased by his brother Daniel DEGUERRE. He was the fond uncle of Carol (Leon) BROAD, Douglas (Erika) DEGUERRE, Dianne (Alan) WOODS, Gregory (Sharon) YATES, Suzanne (Rodney) DARWIN, Brian (Diane) McVITTY, Patricia (Reinhard) GRICHTING, Susan (John) VINCENT and Catherine McVITTY (Regan TAKENAKA) and many cousins, great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his second wife Mary Ursula CRAFT and sadly missed by her children Michael (Jackie) CRAFT, Elizabeth (Wayne ALLSIP), Paul (Giselle) CRAFT and Steven CRAFT, their children, and a very special friend Jane Morris. The family wishes to thank all of the marvellous caring staff/good Friends of Sunnybrook Hospital K2 Centre. A funeral service will be held to celebrate Edwards's life at Eglinton St. George United Church, 35 Lytton Boulevard (at Duplex Avenue), on Thursday, August 16 at 1: 00 p.m. Reception to follow at The Granite Club, 2350 Bayview Avenue. As an expression of sympathy, a charitable donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. 'Ed will always be remembered by his love, kindness and generous spirit.'

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GRIECO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-05 published
GRIECO, Shelley
Wife, mother, buby, sister, crossword puzzle maven. Born April 17, 1934, in Toronto. Died May 3 in Toronto of heart and diabetes complications, aged 73.
By Terrye KUPER, Page L8
We were born in the 1930s, first Beverley, then Shelley, then me, all within a little over three years. Our mother, Libbye, was a strong and healthy, progressive-minded woman and she raised us single-handedly to think for ourselves.
She referred to us as her three pearls, but in reality we were three peas in a pod. The formidable SWADRON sisters, known for our tenacity and even our chutzpah.
Growing up, it didn't take long to realize that Shelley was the smartest, most talented and prettiest of our mob. She was popular with everyone who came in contact with her, and could wrap anyone around her little finger as she smiled and batted her big brown eyes. I learned that to get our mom's okay, Bev and I had to be on Shelley's good side.
When Shelley decided to marry out of our Jewish faith in the 1950s, it was a rare and daring move. The rest of her life she kept a keen ear open for any cultural slur directed at her or her family. She never tolerated discrimination and would nip it in the bud.
Shelley had a big heart and shared it with many, but her two jewels, Ginnie and Frank, got the biggest share. She plied her love generously upon her children. When they found their partners, Bill and Marilyn, she learned to love them, too. But she had her heart set on a bigger booty - her six grandchildren. She was buby to them, and bragged about their achievements, and was by their bedsides when they were ill. Shelley was always there for her family.
I often marvelled at how she painstakingly sequined Ginnie's skating dresses. And she spent many hours at her stove making pasta, meat dishes and other goodies - not for her, because she wasn't even allowed to eat some of these delicacies, but for her children and grandchildren. Sometimes she even made gnocchi for my grandchildren, but they had to pay with a kiss and a thank you, if not in person then over the phone.
It is our custom to hand out coins to children during Hanukkah, and Shelley made it her pleasure to fulfill this practice. Every year at Hanukkah she purchased beautiful sets of coins from the Canadian mint for all the grandchildren in the family. Even in the last several years, as Shelley's health deteriorated, her love for her family never did.
How do you judge a person's life? Not everyone is a notation in history. To me, Shelley's life may be judged by her family and Friends and by our feeling of loss. Our lives were enriched by knowing her.
Terrye KUPER is Shelley's younger sister.

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GRIEN o@ca.on.grey_county.hanover.the_post 2007-11-30 published
KUPFERSCHMIDT, Esther (SCHNEIDER)
Esther KUPFERSCHMIDT, of Mildmay, passed away at Brucelea Haven on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 in her 80th year. Esther (SCHNEIDER,) beloved wife of the late Francis KUPFERSCHMIDT.
Dear sister of Sister Germaine SCHNEIDER of Waterdown, Luella FORTNEY of Deemerton and Clayton SCHNEIDER of Mildmay.
Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers Oscar, Peter, Gilbert and Stanley, and her sister, Hilda GRIEN.
Visitation was at the Greg Roberts Funeral Home, Mildmay on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with a vigil service at 8: 45 pm.
Funeral Mass was conducted by Fr. W.T. SEHL in Sacred Heart Church, Mildmay on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 11 a.m. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery, Mildmay.
Donations were made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or a charity of your choice.

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GRIEVE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-07-01 published
Tiny, feisty woman big on independence
By Glynnis MAPP, Sun Media, Sun., July 1, 2007
When Amy Elizabeth GRIEVE was born, doctors said she wouldn't make it to her first birthday because of a "funny heart."
GRIEVE proved them all wrong.
Born in 1906 in Tyendinaga Township near Belleville, she lived through the sinking of the Titanic, two World Wars, the Great Depression and Canada's Centennial.
GRIEVE died on June 20 at the Dearness Home. She was 101.
Her family believes GRIEVE's secret to her agility -- she walked nearly five kilometres a day in her 80s -- and long life was in her diet.
GRIEVE didn't smoke or eat junk food and rarely drank alcohol. Fruits and vegetables were the mainstays of her diet. On special occasions, she would allow herself a small glass of rye and ginger ale.
"That was her one treat for herself. She always made sure to eat three good meals every day and was very active mentally and physically," said her daughter Sharon ZEISNER.
Standing four-foot-11, GRIEVE may have been small in stature, but she was larger than life, relatives say.
GRIEVE was known for her gourmet cooking, a hobby she thoroughly enjoyed. Up until she was in her 80s, she cooked a roast for herself every Sunday and froze the leftovers.
"She was bright, vivacious and fiercely independent. She was just a wonderful woman and a joy to be around," said her daughter Shirleyan ENGLISH.
GRIEVE trained in North Bay to become a teacher and went on to work at schools in northern Ontario.
One of the schools was in Tomiko, a railway stop on the line between North Bay and Cobalt.
Elliott GRIEVE, who worked as a telegrapher at the train station, immediately became enamoured with the "feisty" and self-sufficient new teacher in town.
"My dad was only five-(foot)-three so they were perfect for each other. He spotted her right away," ZEISNER said. "When my mom stepped off of the train, (one of his co-workers) said to my dad, 'That's the woman for you.' "
The couple married in 1934.
ENGLISH remembers living in a house filled with love and her parents "making suggestions instead of arguing."
In 1956, GRIEVE's husband died and she was left to figure out how to support her three young daughters and make ends meet on her teacher's salary.
To make additional income, GRIEVE invested in real estate, buying and selling small properties for profit.
"In that day, not a lot of women were investing in real estate," ENGLISH said. "She was very clever. She would sell the houses and sometimes rent them out. She could calculate monthly mortgage payments in her head."
Even as she aged, family said GRIEVE was "sharp as a tack," remembering family birthdays, phone numbers of her children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In 1991, GRIEVE moved from her home in Haliburton County to London to be closer to her three daughters.
ENGLISH said the opinionated family scion would frequently give seasoned advice on family academic pursuits, careers and relationships.
"She was very astute and a really strong woman and led by example," ENGLISH said.
"She showed us we could be ourselves and be independent women, in or out of a marriage. We could do whatever we wanted to do in life."

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GRIEVE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-03 published
KOCH, Elizabeth Patricia Diane (née GREER/GRIER)
(April 17th 1939, to December 26th, 2006)
Daughter of the late Jean Wagner GREER/GRIER, R.N. and Clifton W. GREER/GRIER, M.A., and her husband Gerhardt. Passed away at Belleville General Hospital. She is survived by eight children Clifton, Lorne, Linda, Francie, Rima, Samuel, Jack and Charles, and nine grandchildren her sister Jolyn GRIEVE, Belleville, and Norah HISCOCK. Eaganville, both artists. Pat's business Koch Signs encompassed all surrounding counties. Her accomplished paintings in varied mediums are of primary aclaim. Teachers were her father, noted Toronto art instructor, the staff at Central Technical Art School and the Ontario College of Art and Design, Carl SCHAFER and Donald FRASER at Mary Schneider Art School, Actinote, Ontario. Pat lived in a log cabin on her own private lake (Rainbow Lake) near Tweed for over 30 years, where she painted. Funeral Service January 5th, a 2 p.m., at McConnell Funeral Home, 137 Colborne St. Tweed, followed by a reception, at nearby Trudeau Park. Cremation. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery Toronto. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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GRIEVE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-26 published
KLEIN, Rodney George Tschernoff
17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars
Sears Canada Manager 1965-1987
It is with much sadness that we announce that Rod passed away on July 24, 2007, in his 85th year, after a brief illness. Loving husband and cherished companion of Helen KLEIN (née BLAIR.) Dear brother of Nadia Mahoney ASHKANASE and brother-in- law of Ena CLYNE. Very proud father of four children who he admired and loved with all his heart: Leslie (Rick COATES,) Steve (Cathy RYAN,) Randy (Deborah GRIEVE) and Robin. Generous and caring Grampa to six grandchildren: Kelly, Richard, Nikki, Alex, Caitlin and Jennifer. Rod joined the Hussars in 1939 and served Canada with distinction until 1945. A Belleville resident since 1978, he was the much respected Operating Superintendent of Sears in Quinte Mall until retirement. Member of the Belleville Bridge Club, Harbour Club, Oak Hills Golf Club and Belleville Sagonaska Club.
Visitation at Burke Funeral Home, 150 Church Street, Belleville, on Monday, July 30th from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Memorial Service celebrating Rod's life will be held at 11: 00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31st at Bridge Street United Church, 60 Bridge Street, Belleville. Special thanks to Doctor LISOWSKI and the staff on Quinte 5 for their wonderful care. Donations in Rod's memory can be made to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation -- Palliative Care, or to The Juno Beach Centre (www.junobeach.org) Online condolences at
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GRIEVE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-01 published
PICKFORD, Margaret Ogilvie (née GRIEVE)
(Formerly of Kinmount, Ontario)
Peacefully passed away on August 29, 2007 at the Villages of Sandalwood Park, Brampton in her 91st year. Wife of the late Fred (2004). Dear mother of Angus and his wife Mary. Grandmother of Susan and Robert PICKFORD. Great-grandmother of Samantha PICKFORD. At Margaret's request, no funeral services will be held. Margaret's remains will be interred in the family plot in Kinmount at a later date. Arrangements in the care of Scott Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel" (905-451-1100). You are invited to sign Margaret's Book of Condolences at www.scott- brampton.ca

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-17 published
GRIMOLDBY, Bernadine (née BECHARD)
On Sunday, October 14th, 2007 at Hannah Walker Place. Bernadine GRIMOLDBY (née BECHARD) of Owen Sound in her 90th year. Predeceased by her husband James. Loving mother to Sherline and her husband Paul ADAS of Utica, Michigan, Jim and his wife Joyce of Owen Sound, and Garry and Cheryl of Ingersol. Sadly missed by grandchildren Debbie, Chuck, Linda, Michelle, Jamie, Susan, Linda Ann, Kevin, Trevor, and by several great-grandchildren. Survived by her brother Joseph BECHARD, sister-in-law Evelyn CHRISTENSON, and special friend Marion GRIFFIN. Predeceased by her sister Loretta BROWN. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home for visiting on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. A Ladies Legion Auxiliary Service will take place at 6: 45 p.m. A funeral service will take place in the chapel, Friday, October 19th at 11 o'clock. Interment Saint Mary's Cemetery. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2007-01-12 published
COUTTIE, Roy David (January 15, 1932-January 10, 2007)
After a brave battle with cancer, surrounded by his family at Credit Valley Hospital. Roy was the loving husband of Mary (pre-deceased). He was the proud father of Terry (Elizabeth), David (Lynn), Sherry COUTTIE- GRIFFIN (Aidan GRIFFIN) and Cathy (Bernie KLASEN). He is predeceased by his daughter Debbie BASE. Roy was the cherished grandpa of Jeffery, David, Matthew, Mackenzie, Liam, Michaela, Aidan and Ella. Roy will be remembered by his sisters Jean, Bunny, Muriel, Brenda, and Phyllis. He is predeceased by his sister Doris. It is with love that Roy's family celebrates the end of his very active life. Roy enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Goodyear in Toronto, Collingwood, Oshawa, Winnipeg and Kirkland Lake. He was a wonderful doting grandpa to his eight grandchildren. Roy was an avid golfer who for many years divided his time between courses in Collingwood and Florida. Roy enthusiastically organized the senior tournaments at Duntroon Highlands. He enjoyed travelling with Mary throughout the world. He loved his hobby farm outside of Collingwood where he entertained Friends and family as well as fishing in the Pretty River. The family would like to thank Dr. Mark QUIGG, the staff at Credit Valley Hospital and Amica for their care and support. Friends and family will be received at Fawcett Funeral Home in Collingwood on Saturday January 13 at 1: 00 p.m.
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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-12 published
COUTTIE, David Roy (January 15, 1932-January 10, 2007)
After a brave battle with cancer, surrounded by his family at Credit Valley Hospital. Roy was the loving husband of Mary (pre-deceased). He was the proud father of Terry (Elizabeth), David (Lynn), Sherry COUTTIE- GRIFFIN (Aidan GRIFFIN) and Cathy (Bernie KLASEN). He is predeceased by his daughter Debbie BASE. Roy was the cherished grandpa of Jeffery, David, Matthew, Mackenzie, Liam, Michaela, Aidan and Ella. Roy will be remembered by his sisters Jean, Bunny, Muriel, Brenda, and Phyllis. He is predeceased by his sister Doris. It is with love that Roy's family celebrates the end of his very active life. Roy enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Goodyear in Toronto, Collingwood, Oshawa, Winnipeg and Kirkland Lake. He was a wonderful doting grandpa to his eight grandchildren. Roy was an avid golfer who for many years divided his time between courses in Collingwood and Florida. Roy enthusiastically organized the senior tournaments at Duntroon Highlands. He enjoyed travelling with Mary throughout the world. He loved his hobby farm outside of Collingwood where he entertained Friends and family as well as fishing in the Pretty River. The family would like to thank Dr. Mark QUIGG, the staff at Credit Valley Hospital and Amica for their care and support. Friends and family will be received at Fawcett Funeral Homes, Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street, on Saturday January 13 at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the Canadian Cancer Society in Mr. COUTTIE's memory. Friends may leave comments for the family by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-05-30 published
GRIFFIN, Norma Beverly (née MUNRO,)
On May 26, 2007, at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, just shy of her 75th Birthday, June 5, 1932. Beloved wife of Sydney P. GRIFFIN for 51 years, loving and devoted mother of Derek R. GRIFFIN (Elizabeth) of Toronto and Eleanor G. GRILO (Carlos) of Mississauga. Proud and adoring nanny of Connor, Kevin and Brooke GRILO. Dear sister of Margaret ZABKAR (Ed) of Fort Myers, Florida and the late Reid MUNRO (Marg) and the late Barbara HESS (David, deceased.) Norma, (formerly of Montreal and Asbestos, Quebec), was the most wonderful individual in the world; warm and a great person to be around. An advisor and confidant to many. Known for her kindness, wisdom and great sense of humour. Friends felt better after being in her company. Her grandchildren will miss her chocolate chip cookies and muffins! Norma has waived a funeral. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 1st, 11: 00 a.m. at Saint_John's Dixie Cemetery, 737 Dundas St. East, Mississauga (Dundas and Cawthra). Reception to follow in the church hall. Memorial contributions in Norma's memory may be made to the charity of your choice and would be greatly appreciated by the family. cgrilo@sympatico.ca
Arrangements entrusted to Tranquility Burial and Cremation Services Inc. (905) 855-7565.

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-22 published
Socialite's Brazilian Carnival Ball raised millions for Toronto charities
Using organizational skills and strategy worthy of a Bay Street Chief Executive Officer, she transformed a church-basement affair into the social event of the season, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
Italian and Brazilian in ancestry, Anna Maria DE SOUZA heated up the staid fundraising climate in Toronto with the Brazilian Carnival Ball, probably the most significant philanthropic gala on the Canadian social calendar. A warm-blooded, energetic outsider, she had the entrepreneurial zeal, organizing skills and shrewd ambition of a self-made Chief Executive Officer. But, instead of starting a company or a launching a hedge fund, she camouflaged those skills under the patina of a society hostess. Using old-fashioned influence, rather than naked power, she forged alliances with charitable foundations in campaigns that raised their profiles, her status, and close to $45-million for Toronto hospitals, universities and arts and culture organizations over the past 40 years.
For all her flamboyance, Ms. DE SOUZA was intensely private. Nobody knew her real age - not even her husband Ivan, as she loved to boast. "I've known her for 35 years and it never occurred to me to wonder," said her friend Catherine NUGENT. " She was one of those people who was ageless."
Along with Ms. DE SOUZA's success came complaints about her management style. She seemed unapologetic to criticisms that she was territorial and a micro-manager who autocratically chose the event's annual beneficiary. "This is big business, and the organization requires that we have a good board to sell the ball, a recipient who will pay for our computers, our secretarial staff," she told Maclean's last year. "This work requires a huge infrastructure." And even knowing how much work was involved, if Ms. DE SOUZA asked if you wanted to be the beneficiary of the Brazilian Carnival Ball, "there was absolutely no reason to say no," said Paul ALOFS, president of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation "because it is such a massive fundraising and awareness-generating opportunity for a not-for-profit."
Although the ball was her biggest activity, it wasn't her only one. She also volunteered on the women's committee of the Canadian Opera Company and was the curator of the Henry Birks Antique Collection of Silver in the late 1970s. A passionate gardener and a keen tennis player, she loved to entertain and to cook for her guests. "She was the most generous, vivacious person I know," said Ms. NUGENT. " She loved to introduce people to each other and to grow her circle of Friends, but she was also shy."
Anna Maria DE SOUZA, the daughter of Amadeu GUIDI and his wife Honorica (née MARCOLLINI,) was born in Sao Sebastiao de Parasio in the mountainous state of Minas Geras in the interior of Brazil. She grew up in a family of four brothers and one sister. Her grandfather on her mother's side had immigrated from Genoa, Italy, as a teenager and found a job as a construction worker building homes for plantation workers, according to Rosemary Sexton in The Glitter Girls, Charity and Vanity: Chronicles of an Age of Excess.
When money was scarce, her grandfather was paid in land. Eventually he accumulated enough acreage to start his own plantation and enough wealth to take his family back to Genoa on a trip. There, he bought a villa. For the rest of his life he spent half the year in Italy and the other in Brazil. When his daughter, Honorica, married, Mr. MARCOLLINI handed over control of his Brazilian plantation to her new husband, Amadeu. That's where his granddaughter, Anna Maria, grew up, in what she later compared to paradise. It was a time in which life "was gracious and slow and everything was looked after." She was educated at the Collegio Paula Frassinette in Brazil where she earned a teaching degree, and then attended the Escola Técnica de Comercio C.A.
At 18, she married William John GRIFFITHS, an English mining engineer for Wimpey Construction, a British firm that had a contract to build a dam in Brazil. Anna Maria went into labour with their first child on Good Friday, a holiday in Brazil. Her doctor was away, the birth was arduous and afterward Anna Maria was unable to bear more children. The baby, a daughter, lived for only 23 days. To compound the tragedy, her husband died in a work-related accident 10 months later.
Widowed, and still in her teens, Anna Maria went to live with her grandmother in Italy where she attended finishing school. Afterward, sailing back to Brazil on a cruise ship, she met a Brazilian plantation owner who urged her to get involved in the coffee exporting business. As chance would have it, at a party in Rio de Janeiro on New Year's Eve in 1964, Anna Maria met a man named John MARSTON, who said he imported bulk foods into Canada. If she had products to sell, he was interested in seeing them.
With an insouciant entrepreneurship, she gathered some samples from the family coffee plantation and set out for Canada, arriving in Toronto in gloomiest February, 1965. She looked up Mr. MARSTON and married him three months later in a Protestant ceremony, which her mother, a Catholic, boycotted. "I fell in love with Toronto and the only thing I could do to stay was to get married," she once confided. By 1974, the MARSTONs had divorced, Anna Maria complaining later that her husband was a workaholic who had little interest in married life.
Anna Maria had long since found ways to make her own life more interesting. Homesickness propelled her "to kill the longing" by organizing her first Brazilian Ball in 1966, the winter after she arrived in Canada, in a church basement at Dundas and Grace Streets, a largely Portuguese area of Toronto. Tickets cost $5, the food for the 50 guests was prepared by Anna Maria and her Friends, and the aim was merely to cover costs and bring a little Mardi Gras colour to the dreary Toronto winter. The ball quickly became a tradition.
By the early 1970s, the ball, which had quickly moved above ground to the Sutton Place Hotel and then the Sheraton Centre, was making a small profit, with the proceeds going to a Brazilian orphanage. That tradition has continued with five per cent of the annual profits benefiting leper colonies, old age homes and other causes in or around her hometown. When Toronto charities began asking if they could reap the ball's annual largesse, Anna Maria astutely decided to bestow the fundraising benefits on a different cause every time, thereby hooking into a fresh network and set of volunteers annually.
Krystyne GRIFFIN attended her first Brazilian Ball in 1977, the year she left Paris, married businessman and Griffin Poetry Prize founder and benefactor Scott GRIFFIN, and moved to Toronto. "Everybody told me this was the party to go to because it showed that Toronto could be fun." They were correct. "A guy in drag dressed like Queen Alexandra walked up and smacked Scott right on the lips. That was my introduction to Anna Maria's parties," said Ms. GRIFFIN. "I liked her without knowing her well."
The ball celebrated its 14th anniversary in 1980 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Avenue Road in Toronto and netted $50,000. That's where it stayed until 1988, when it moved to the yawning depths of the Metro Toronto Convention Hotel, the only venue that could accommodate crowds upward of 1,000.
Disaffected by her globe-trotting, work-obsessed husband, Anna Maria met the late Montagu Black at the Brazilian Carnival Ball in the early 1970s, and he thought she should meet his younger brother, Conrad, who was then plying his way as an aspiring tycoon and researching his biography of Quebec premier Maurice Duplessis. Eventually, lawyer Igor Kaplan introduced them and they dated for about two years after her 1974 divorce. "She was a delightful, refreshing, and enterprising person, and was a very popular and respected person in a community where she started as a stranger and, at first, hardly spoke the language," Conrad Black wrote in an e-mail message yesterday. "I saw her a lot at the time my parents died, 10 days apart, in 1976, and she could not have been more supportive."
Anna Maria's lasting love, however, was businessman Ivan DE SOUZA. Introduced by Marvelle KOFFLER, wife of Murray KOFFLER of Shoppers Drug Mart, they had much in common, both being Portuguese-speaking and Catholic. They were married on December 22, 1982, and were devoted to each other.
More than the venue of the ball changed over the years. As it became more lavish and raised more money (much of it matched by government programs with costs underwritten by corporate sponsors), so, too, did the entertainment. Instead of handmade decorations on a carnival theme, Ms. DE SOUZA began importing carnival dancers from Brazil. That meant switching the date from Mardi Gras (the carnival on the eve of Lent, the 40-day period of penance preceding Easter in the Catholic calendar) to April or May so that the dancers could travel to Toronto in their off-season.
At the 40th anniversary of the ball in 2006, the $2-million in net proceeds went to York University's Accolade Project and the 1,600 guests were entertained by a 30-minute samba parade from the Rio Carnival - including 50 dancers in feathered, beaded and bejewelled costumes processing on foot or on wooden horses - to the beat of the batucada rhythm supplied by the Cocktail Brazil Band.
Last November, Ms. DE SOUZA was diagnosed with rampaging cancer and underwent rigorous treatment that included chemotherapy at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. She looked frail, but valiant, at the 2007 ball, which was held April 21 and raised $2.6-million net for the Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research Centre in Toronto. "She and the ball were a brand, and for a very small organization like us, she had a tremendous impact. She did a great job," said Gerri Grant, executive director of the AARC.
About a month ago, Ms. DE SOUZA went back into hospital for more treatment, but was well enough to decide that oncology nursing, through the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, should be the focus and the beneficiary of the 2008 Brazilian ball - the first one that will occur without her dominant presence.
Anna Maria DE SOUZA was born in Brazil, probably in 1941. She died in Toronto on September 18, 2007. She was in her mid-60s. She is survived by her third husband, Ivan DE SOUZA, her step-son John, and her extended family.

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-01 published
PORTER, Phyllis Patricia (née DICKSON/DIXON)
86, of Bermuda Village passed away Friday, September 28, 2007 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Doctor Arthur PORTER of Bermuda Village; son, Doctor John and daughter-in-law Kathy PORTER of Bermuda Run; grand_sons, Ian of Georgetown, D.C. and Gregory of Edinburgh, Scotland; granddaughter, Jennifer GRIFFIN of Huntsville, Ontario and great-granddaughter Haley GRIFFIN. Mrs. PORTER is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Elsa DICKSON/DIXON and Georgina PORTER with whom she spent the war years in England. A survivor of the London Blitz 0f 1940, Mrs. PORTER lived in London, Toronto and Belfountain, Ontario, Naples, Florida and North Carolina. She was active in the arts, painting and literary circles and gardening. Widely traveled with her husband, Mrs. PORTER was a renowned social and academic hostess. The memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday, October 1, at Bermuda Village. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the National Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society or the National British Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-23 published
GRIFFIN, Roger Allan
Born in Leamington, Ontario May 30, 1944, died of cancer in Toronto on November 21, 2007. Predeceased by parents D. Ivan and Marion (DEWHIRST) and brother Glen; survived by brother Stanley, sister-in-law Pat, nieces Carly and Katie and several cousins. After receiving his B.A., University of Windsor (1966) Roger began his working career with Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and then completed teaching certification and taught and counseled at Bloor Collegiate Institute, Toronto (1969-75), American Community Schools of Athens, Greece (1975-76), and Parkdale Collegiate Institute, Toronto (1976-77). After completing his M. Ed., University of Toronto (1978), he was Headmaster, Canadian Junior College, Carriacou, Grenada (1979). Roger moved to business consulting with Synchron Associates Inc. (1979-81), Foundation for International Training (1981-86), ARA Consulting (1986-1994) and finally Senior Manager, Bearing Point/KPMG Consulting (1994 - retiring in 2004). Roger managed programs in China, Malaysia, Thailand and the Caribbean, living in Barbados from 1986 to 1990 which became a special place for him. World traveler, gourmet cook, enthusiastic gardener, lover of music and the arts, and a wonderful friend to many, Roger was a true connoisseur of life. He was a founding member, Past-President and director of Sultan St. Housing Cooperative Inc. that had been his home for more than 25 years. Roger will be missed by Friends across Canada, the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean. As Roger wished there will be no funeral service. Friends will be advised of a celebration of Roger's life. If you so desire, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Casey House Foundation (special thanks to the staff at Casey House Hospice) or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street, (416) 924-1408

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-12 published
NEWTON, Lynne
On Monday, December 10, 2007 at Baycrest Hospital. Lynne NEWTON, beloved daughter of the late Maureen NEWTON- SHINDER and Dennis NEWTON. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Jason and Kristina GRIFFIN, and Meaghan GRIFFIN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Wendy and Jack KLEIN, Gary NEWTON and Jean WANG. Devoted grandmother of Brenna, and Patrick. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, December 12th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Beth Tikvah Synagogue section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 80 Hillhurst Blvd., daily from 2: 00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to The Parkinson Society of Canada 416-227-9700.

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GRIFFITH o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-08-01 published
CARMICHAEL, Donald Lloyd
Passed away peacefully on Saturday July 21, 2007 at Creedan Valley Nursing Home in Creemore in his 91st year. Donald, beloved husband of 64 years of Jean CARMICHAEL (née HAMMILL.) Loving father of Lynda and her husband Gordon ZEGGIL. Cherished grandfather of Heather (Bill GRIFFITH,) Audrey Lynn, Wanda and great-grandfather of Sarah and Danielle. Dear brother of Lorne (Shirley) CARMICHAEL of Delta, B.C.. Predeceased by his son Lorne and parents Daniel and Margaret CARMICHAEL. Visitation took place on Tuesday July 24, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Fawcett Funeral Homes, Creemore Chapel, 182 Mill Street. A funeral service was held in the chapel on Wednesday July 25, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment, Singhampton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the Diabetes Association, the General and Marine Hospital of Collingwood or the charity of the donor's choice in Mr. CARMICHAEL's memory. Friends may visit the on-line memorial at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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GRIFFITH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-28 published
CATTO, Barbara Jean (née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON)
With great sadness, we announce the death of our Mom, Jean CATTO, who passed away quietly at home, surrounded by her children, on Tuesday, July 24, 2007.
Born on May 14, 1931, Mom grew up in Port Credit, Ontario. Following graduation from the University of Toronto in 1952, Mom married our Dad, James Arthur CATTO on June 26, 1954.
Although Port Credit was home, Mom's heart was in Muskoka where she and Dad spent many magical seasons. After our Dad died in 1984, Mom moved north to Muskoka in 1986. For 15 years the cottage, the lake, the mergansers, the white pines and the beautiful rocks of Muskoka provided a sanctuary and served as a welcoming refuge for her far-flung kids and many other family members and Friends.
In 2001, Mom moved west to Victoria, British Columbia to be closer to kids and grandkids, and her new view of the Olympic Mountains across the waters of the Juan de Fuca provided much comfort. We feel very fortunate that following a short illness, Mom was able to spend her final days at home, surrounded by all of her children, close family and Friends.
Mom will be sadly missed by her kids: Joanne, of North Yorkshire, England; Babs, of Victoria, British Columbia; and Steve, of Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. Also grieving her passing are sons-in-law, Colin GRIFFITH and David VERNON, her grandchildren Ben, Andrew, Jack and Julia, her sister Peggy ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of North Carolina, and so many other dear family and Friends.
Please help us celebrate Mom's life during a memorial service to be held, on Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Skinner and Middlebrook, 128 Lakeshore Road, Port Credit, Ontario, with a reception to follow.
At Mom's request, we thank you for donations to: Victoria Hospice, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8R 1J8.

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GRIFFITH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-25 published
GRIFFITH, John William Dale " Bill"
In his 84th year, at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg. Loving husband of the late Anne (née FOX,) with whom he experienced great happiness throughout his life. Caring father of Suzanne, Bruce and Sarah Jane, grandfather of six. Bill was an athlete, Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, prospector, geologist and professional engineer and an avid volunteer in various community services in Port Hope, Toronto and Ottawa. A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-13 published
GRIFFITHS, S. Reginald
With deepest sadness we announce that S. Reginald GRIFFITHS (Reg) died in Burlington on Sunday, June 10th, 2007. After a rich and happy life, he will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Joyce, his children Carolyn and Andrew (Helen), his granddaughters Sonia (Fabrice), Dominique, Cory and Dayna, his great-grand_son, Alexandre, and his sister Muriel. Reg served as a Captain in the Royal Artillery during World War 2, then enjoyed a successful career in the insurance industry, beginning with the Prudential in England and later with Zurich as Deputy Manager for Canada. He joined MGFA as Managing Director and later became a Director and Consultant for Mutuelles du Mans of France. A member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, The Ontario Club and the Empire Club, Reg was also an enthusiastic and talented sportsman participating actively over the years in numerous soccer, cricket, tennis, squash, golf and sailing associations, including most recently the Port Credit Yacht Club and Wyldewood Golf Club. Friends are invited to attend a graveside ceremony at Woodland Cemetery, Spring Gardens Road, Hamilton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2007. A Commemorative Gathering will follow at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of Queen Elizabeth Way) Burlington (905-632-3333), from 12: 00 p.m. until time of Memorial Service at 1 p.m. and reception in Reg's memory. If desired, memorial contributions to the Parkinson Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family. www.smithsfh.com

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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-17 published
GRIFFITHS, Gordon A., P.Eng. (Mining)
With sadness, the family announces that Gordon died on July 15, 2007. Beloved husband of Mary-Louise (THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON,) father of Susan (Ron) REINHOLT, Kathy (Steve) ROHACEK, David (Monique) GRIFFITHS, Mark (Marianne) GRIFFITHS and grandchildren Colin, Hannah, Allison and Erin. Celebration of life and memorial to be held in the fall. Gordon enjoyed a long and successful career in the mining and oil well services industry commencing with geological exploration and later founding Dagex Inc. Expressions of sympathy to Sunnybrook Transfusion Medicine Service, North York Breast Cancer or please donate blood. Thank you to Doctor CALLUM, Arlene, Annette, Sunnybrook Transfusion and 3C/4C doctors, nurses and staff as well as the Orillia Soldiers' Hospital Transfusion and Doctor LAINE- GOSSIN.

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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-04 published
STOCKER, Marion Elaine (née BLACHFORD)
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marion E. STOCKER, in her 91st year, of Fredericton, on July 29, 2007 at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital. Born in Toronto, Ontario, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Sarah (GRIFFITHS) BLACHFORD and wife of the late George C. STOCKER.
Marion was employed with the Devon Park Co-Op where she worked as a salesclerk for over twenty years until her retirement. She was a very active volunteer at York Manor Nursing Home.
Survived by her sons Paul of Edmonton, Rick (Marg) of Fredericton, Jim (Marsha) of Harrison, New York, Grant of Halifax; sister Eleanor FASKIN (William) of Brockville; 4 grandchildren Brent STOCKER (Morgane), Brian STOCKER (Nina), Sarah STOCKER and Drew STOCKER; great-grand_son Eric STOCKER; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, husband, brother Arthur (Durham), sister Elizabeth (Betty).
An informal gathering was held on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 to receive family and Friends at Bishop's Funeral Home, 540 Woodstock Rd., Fredericton, New Brunswick, from 4-8 p.m. A private family memorial will take place at a later date. Interment will be at Parklawn Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the York Manor Nursing Home, Canadian National Institute for the Blind or charity of the donor's choice.
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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-01 published
CARTER, Griffin James
Andrew and Leigh (née GRIFFITHS) are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Griffin James CARTER at 1: 07 a.m. on August 22, 2007 weighing 8 pounds 6 oz. The proud grandparents are Sally CARTER, Paul and Dora CARTER, and Jim and Helen GRIFFITHS. Excited uncle and aunts are Gerry, Kim, Kate and Chris. Thanks to the staff at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-22 published
CRAIG, Keith Newman
It is with deep sadness that our family announces the peaceful passing of Keith CRAIG on Thursday, September 6th, 2007 in Elliot Lake of a sudden heart attack and stroke. Beloved husband of Joan CRAIG (COLEMAN,) father to Bill of Toronto, Carol (Randall) FLETCHER of Prince Edward Island, Ted of Edmonton, Sue (Neil) McCOOEYE of Montreal. He will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren John (Jenny) and Dan CRAIG, Adam (Jessica), Ryan and Rachel FLETCHER, Doug and Alex McCOOEYE and Keith's siblings Lois PEARCE (Chatham,) Joyce GRIFFITHS (Vancouver) and Ken (Orillia.) A private family service was held. Keith lived his life to full measure. Born in North Gower, Ontario; navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force European Bomber Command ('43-45); Humberside Collegiate and U. of Toronto Engineering graduate; Margison and Babcock; R.M. Way and Co; partner in Ball, Craig and Short; M.Ed. at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 1972; teacher/principal at Oakville Trafalgar, Georgetown District and M.M. Robinson High Schools. From the mid 70's until his retirement in 1990, Dad was the Superintendent of Instruction for the North Shore Board of Education in Elliot Lake. Keith was a winemaker extraordinaire, raconteur, wind sailor who navigated the Great Lakes from his beloved North Shore Yacht Club where he was commodore and sailed across the Atlantic in 1988, hand builder of sailboats, traveller of the globe with his beloved Joan, creator of grand oil paintings to adorn his and others' walls, and an enthusiastic cross country skier. Keith shared all with family and Friends generously. All are welcome to a memorial service at the Unitarian Congregation of South Peel at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 13th, 2007 at 84 South Service Road, Mississauga (south of Queen Elizabeth Way and east of Hurontario Street (Hwy. 10). This is the Congregation that Keith helped found and designed the building. He requested that the occasion be enjoyable and for no one to wear black. Refreshments will be served. Come celebrate with us a great life beautifully lived.

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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-22 published
Socialite's Brazilian Carnival Ball raised millions for Toronto charities
Using organizational skills and strategy worthy of a Bay Street Chief Executive Officer, she transformed a church-basement affair into the social event of the season, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
Italian and Brazilian in ancestry, Anna Maria DE SOUZA heated up the staid fundraising climate in Toronto with the Brazilian Carnival Ball, probably the most significant philanthropic gala on the Canadian social calendar. A warm-blooded, energetic outsider, she had the entrepreneurial zeal, organizing skills and shrewd ambition of a self-made Chief Executive Officer. But, instead of starting a company or a launching a hedge fund, she camouflaged those skills under the patina of a society hostess. Using old-fashioned influence, rather than naked power, she forged alliances with charitable foundations in campaigns that raised their profiles, her status, and close to $45-million for Toronto hospitals, universities and arts and culture organizations over the past 40 years.
For all her flamboyance, Ms. DE SOUZA was intensely private. Nobody knew her real age - not even her husband Ivan, as she loved to boast. "I've known her for 35 years and it never occurred to me to wonder," said her friend Catherine NUGENT. " She was one of those people who was ageless."
Along with Ms. DE SOUZA's success came complaints about her management style. She seemed unapologetic to criticisms that she was territorial and a micro-manager who autocratically chose the event's annual beneficiary. "This is big business, and the organization requires that we have a good board to sell the ball, a recipient who will pay for our computers, our secretarial staff," she told Maclean's last year. "This work requires a huge infrastructure." And even knowing how much work was involved, if Ms. DE SOUZA asked if you wanted to be the beneficiary of the Brazilian Carnival Ball, "there was absolutely no reason to say no," said Paul ALOFS, president of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation "because it is such a massive fundraising and awareness-generating opportunity for a not-for-profit."
Although the ball was her biggest activity, it wasn't her only one. She also volunteered on the women's committee of the Canadian Opera Company and was the curator of the Henry Birks Antique Collection of Silver in the late 1970s. A passionate gardener and a keen tennis player, she loved to entertain and to cook for her guests. "She was the most generous, vivacious person I know," said Ms. NUGENT. " She loved to introduce people to each other and to grow her circle of Friends, but she was also shy."
Anna Maria DE SOUZA, the daughter of Amadeu GUIDI and his wife Honorica (née MARCOLLINI,) was born in Sao Sebastiao de Parasio in the mountainous state of Minas Geras in the interior of Brazil. She grew up in a family of four brothers and one sister. Her grandfather on her mother's side had immigrated from Genoa, Italy, as a teenager and found a job as a construction worker building homes for plantation workers, according to Rosemary Sexton in The Glitter Girls, Charity and Vanity: Chronicles of an Age of Excess.
When money was scarce, her grandfather was paid in land. Eventually he accumulated enough acreage to start his own plantation and enough wealth to take his family back to Genoa on a trip. There, he bought a villa. For the rest of his life he spent half the year in Italy and the other in Brazil. When his daughter, Honorica, married, Mr. MARCOLLINI handed over control of his Brazilian plantation to her new husband, Amadeu. That's where his granddaughter, Anna Maria, grew up, in what she later compared to paradise. It was a time in which life "was gracious and slow and everything was looked after." She was educated at the Collegio Paula Frassinette in Brazil where she earned a teaching degree, and then attended the Escola Técnica de Comercio C.A.
At 18, she married William John GRIFFITHS, an English mining engineer for Wimpey Construction, a British firm that had a contract to build a dam in Brazil. Anna Maria went into labour with their first child on Good Friday, a holiday in Brazil. Her doctor was away, the birth was arduous and afterward Anna Maria was unable to bear more children. The baby, a daughter, lived for only 23 days. To compound the tragedy, her husband died in a work-related accident 10 months later.
Widowed, and still in her teens, Anna Maria went to live with her grandmother in Italy where she attended finishing school. Afterward, sailing back to Brazil on a cruise ship, she met a Brazilian plantation owner who urged her to get involved in the coffee exporting business. As chance would have it, at a party in Rio de Janeiro on New Year's Eve in 1964, Anna Maria met a man named John MARSTON, who said he imported bulk foods into Canada. If she had products to sell, he was interested in seeing them.
With an insouciant entrepreneurship, she gathered some samples from the family coffee plantation and set out for Canada, arriving in Toronto in gloomiest February, 1965. She looked up Mr. MARSTON and married him three months later in a Protestant ceremony, which her mother, a Catholic, boycotted. "I fell in love with Toronto and the only thing I could do to stay was to get married," she once confided. By 1974, the MARSTONs had divorced, Anna Maria complaining later that her husband was a workaholic who had little interest in married life.
Anna Maria had long since found ways to make her own life more interesting. Homesickness propelled her "to kill the longing" by organizing her first Brazilian Ball in 1966, the winter after she arrived in Canada, in a church basement at Dundas and Grace Streets, a largely Portuguese area of Toronto. Tickets cost $5, the food for the 50 guests was prepared by Anna Maria and her Friends, and the aim was merely to cover costs and bring a little Mardi Gras colour to the dreary Toronto winter. The ball quickly became a tradition.
By the early 1970s, the ball, which had quickly moved above ground to the Sutton Place Hotel and then the Sheraton Centre, was making a small profit, with the proceeds going to a Brazilian orphanage. That tradition has continued with five per cent of the annual profits benefiting leper colonies, old age homes and other causes in or around her hometown. When Toronto charities began asking if they could reap the ball's annual largesse, Anna Maria astutely decided to bestow the fundraising benefits on a different cause every time, thereby hooking into a fresh network and set of volunteers annually.
Krystyne GRIFFIN attended her first Brazilian Ball in 1977, the year she left Paris, married businessman and Griffin Poetry Prize founder and benefactor Scott GRIFFIN, and moved to Toronto. "Everybody told me this was the party to go to because it showed that Toronto could be fun." They were correct. "A guy in drag dressed like Queen Alexandra walked up and smacked Scott right on the lips. That was my introduction to Anna Maria's parties," said Ms. GRIFFIN. "I liked her without knowing her well."
The ball celebrated its 14th anniversary in 1980 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Avenue Road in Toronto and netted $50,000. That's where it stayed until 1988, when it moved to the yawning depths of the Metro Toronto Convention Hotel, the only venue that could accommodate crowds upward of 1,000.
Disaffected by her globe-trotting, work-obsessed husband, Anna Maria met the late Montagu Black at the Brazilian Carnival Ball in the early 1970s, and he thought she should meet his younger brother, Conrad, who was then plying his way as an aspiring tycoon and researching his biography of Quebec premier Maurice Duplessis. Eventually, lawyer Igor Kaplan introduced them and they dated for about two years after her 1974 divorce. "She was a delightful, refreshing, and enterprising person, and was a very popular and respected person in a community where she started as a stranger and, at first, hardly spoke the language," Conrad Black wrote in an e-mail message yesterday. "I saw her a lot at the time my parents died, 10 days apart, in 1976, and she could not have been more supportive."
Anna Maria's lasting love, however, was businessman Ivan DE SOUZA. Introduced by Marvelle KOFFLER, wife of Murray KOFFLER of Shoppers Drug Mart, they had much in common, both being Portuguese-speaking and Catholic. They were married on December 22, 1982, and were devoted to each other.
More than the venue of the ball changed over the years. As it became more lavish and raised more money (much of it matched by government programs with costs underwritten by corporate sponsors), so, too, did the entertainment. Instead of handmade decorations on a carnival theme, Ms. DE SOUZA began importing carnival dancers from Brazil. That meant switching the date from Mardi Gras (the carnival on the eve of Lent, the 40-day period of penance preceding Easter in the Catholic calendar) to April or May so that the dancers could travel to Toronto in their off-season.
At the 40th anniversary of the ball in 2006, the $2-million in net proceeds went to York University's Accolade Project and the 1,600 guests were entertained by a 30-minute samba parade from the Rio Carnival - including 50 dancers in feathered, beaded and bejewelled costumes processing on foot or on wooden horses - to the beat of the batucada rhythm supplied by the Cocktail Brazil Band.
Last November, Ms. DE SOUZA was diagnosed with rampaging cancer and underwent rigorous treatment that included chemotherapy at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. She looked frail, but valiant, at the 2007 ball, which was held April 21 and raised $2.6-million net for the Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research Centre in Toronto. "She and the ball were a brand, and for a very small organization like us, she had a tremendous impact. She did a great job," said Gerri Grant, executive director of the AARC.
About a month ago, Ms. DE SOUZA went back into hospital for more treatment, but was well enough to decide that oncology nursing, through the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, should be the focus and the beneficiary of the 2008 Brazilian ball - the first one that will occur without her dominant presence.
Anna Maria DE SOUZA was born in Brazil, probably in 1941. She died in Toronto on September 18, 2007. She was in her mid-60s. She is survived by her third husband, Ivan DE SOUZA, her step-son John, and her extended family.

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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-23 published
AITKEN, Irene Joyce
Passed away peacefully after a full life on October 19, 2007 at the age of 97. Predeceased by her devoted husband, William, in 2005. Dear mother of Donald AITKEN (Marianne,) Judy CAMERON (Brian) and Nancy LEONARD (George.) Very proud grandmother of Suzanne ARENDSE (Roy), Carolyn WATSON (Tom), Michael CAMERON (Danette,) Kevin CAMERON, Jennifer GRIFFITHS (Mattthew,) Stephen LEONARD (Sonia) and Matthew LEONARD (Heather.) Loving great-grandmother of 14. The family will receive Friends at Leaside United Church on October 25 at 10: 30 to 11:30 for visitation. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11: 30. A reception at the church will follow the service. The family would like to thank the staff on 3W at the Meighan Manor who cared for her with kindness and dignity for the last few years. We would also like to extend our thanks to Frances of Home Care with Care and her 3 special people, Cherma, Merlita and Marilyn who gave ongoing support and comfort to our mother. If desired, memorial donations to the Salvation Army Meighan Manor, 155 Millwood Rd. M4S 1J6 would be appreciated by the family.

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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-01 published
GRIFFITHS, Myrtle Helen (née PHIPPS)
Peacefully on November 28, 2007 in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert GRIFFITHS. Loving mother of John and his wife Brenda, and David GRIFFITHS. Cherished sister of Noble (Bill) PHIPPS. Myrtle will be fondly remembered by her family and Friends. Friends may call at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge Street, (5 blocks south of Lawrence Ave.) on Monday, December 3rd, 2007 from 10 a.m. until time of service in the chapel at 11: 00 a.m., followed by a reception. Burial at Westminster Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 12013 Stn Brm B, Toronto, Ontario, M7Y 2L3.

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