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CAPEL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-31 published
City loses a 'favourite son'
By Scott DUNN, Sun Times staff, Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Bill GEORGAS cross-country skiing at the Owen Sound Golf and Country Club in February, 2005. Photo:
The end came unexpectedly for Bill GEORGAS, a man so physically impressive that at 89 he shoveled snow off his roof, in-line skated and skied.
Though small in stature, Mr. GEORGAS' remarkable physical stamina, strength and cheerful spirit were extinguished after his wife found him fallen on the stairs about 4 a.m. Monday. A post-operative examination late Monday suggested he had a heart attack that caused him to fall.
People who knew him heaped superlatives on a man Owen Sound Mayor Ruth LOVELL called a "legend," an "outstanding citizen," the "epitome of a person who loved his community," and an Owen Sound "favourite son."
Marg CAPEL, who selected Mr. GEORGAS as the feature of a "roast and toast" event in June, called him Mr. Owen Sound. She also called him a "wild man on skis."
He visited the city's 150th anniversary homecoming Meet and Greet tent Sunday for a multi-faith church service in the afternoon, then for the evening concert. His family didn't leave with him until about 10 p.m. because Mr. GEORGAS was enjoying himself, talking with people the whole night, his eldest daughter Betty GRAHAM said.
Mr. GEORGAS was the second-oldest among 10 children, all of whom were born in Owen Sound. He attended Northern Business College as a young man but he had always worked in the family movie houses, the Classic and the Savoy theatres.
When those closed he moved to another Famous Players theatre, The Roxy, as a projectionist and retired from there about 20 years ago. His daughter Betty said her dad loved life and was single-minded about things he got interested in, be it golfing, skiing, in-line skating or piano playing. He saw the good in people, as his own dad did, and was a hard worker, she said.
Freda GILLSON, Mr. GEORGAS' sister, said: "He was a very cheerful person and (was) loved by everyone who knew him. He offered encouragement and joy wherever he went."
Younger brother Jimmie GEORGAS, himself a senior champion duathlete, said "He was my mentor."
Mr. GEORGAS loved life and taking chances. When the snowbanks were high he would ski off his roof on top of them. When he was 85 and skiing alone on the West Rocks, he fell through a crevasse but managed to find a way out. He returned the next day to put down boards to protect other skiers.
He skied downhill at Blue Mountain last winter and in-line skated just a couple of weeks ago. A couple years ago he skated to Shallow Lake and back. He would head out, saying little of his destination and not carrying identification because, as he would say, everybody knew him.
In fact, he has fallen a lot and has told people he should have died 20 times over, his daughter recalled. It drove his family crazy, his daughter said.
Mr. GEORGAS's parents were Christ and Sadie GEORGAS, who were born in the Greek town of Sparta. They bought a house in Owen Sound in 1923, which still stands across from A and P.
Mr. GEORGAS was honoured by the city and by the province for his accomplishments as a volunteer. His house is full of awards and honours he received over the years. Pictures of him, usually while cross-country skiing, often appeared in The Sun Times.
In 2003 he told a reporter he'd raised about $180,000 over 23 years in the Rotary Club's annual Winterama cross-country skiing and snowmobiling fundraiser based in Wiarton.
One year he received the Rotary club's prestigious Paul Harris Award. He was inducted in the Owen Sound Sports Hall of Fame in the early 1980s for skiing.
Mr. GEORGAS played piano in local seniors' homes, jumping around excitedly as he played standards of the 1940s. His wife, Helen, would sing and invite men to dance. They did this almost daily in nursing homes around Owen Sound.
Mr. GEORGAS was also a religious man and, in April, he carried the cross for a few steps in the Good Friday procession to city hall. He admired Benny Hinn, the television preacher who claims to heal people of incurable illnesses. Mr. GEORGAS particularly admired Hinn's work to help orphans, Betty GRAHAM said.
"He had a deep compassion for underdogs and for poor people," GRAHAM said of her dad. He was known as "Bible Bill" in his youth and he believed God wanted him to do good in the community. He was a life member of the Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen of St. George's Church in Owen Sound.
LOVELL saw Mr. GEORGAS most mornings as she walked her dog past his house. He would always ask her how she planned to keep fit that day. He once taught her to downhill ski in the Beaver Valley and left her exhausted by morning's end, while he went up and down the hill the rest of the afternoon.
"Honestly, everybody has a story because he had incredible energy, absolutely incredible energy. He defied age. The years weren't important to him."
William Christopher GEORGAS leaves his wife Helen, and their children Betty Jane and her husband Pete GRAHAM, Christopher GEORGAS and Katherine and her husband Keith McCOLL, grandchildren and great-grand children, nephews and nieces.
Visitation takes place Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home. The funeral service will take place at St. George's Anglican Church Thursday at 11 a.m. Interment is to take place in Greenwood Cemetery.

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CAPLAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-04 published
EMSIG, Kenneth J.
After a courageous battle with cancer Ken died on Sunday, December 31st, 2006. Will be greatly missed by his loving life partner Michael BORKOWY. Beloved son of Harold and the late Estelle EMSIG and step son of Sylvia EMSIG. Loving brother and brother- in-law of Roz and Bob HOLDEN and Karen EMSIG. Cherished step-brother of Susan WEINERT, Gabriel CAPLAN, Lesley and Alan KROACH, Michelle and Michael LEWIS. Beloved uncle and great uncle of Danielle, Chris and Levi Chopik. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, (Bathurst south of Eglinton) for service on Thursday January 4, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Shiva at Baycrest Terrace 55 Ameer Avenue in the Fireside Lounge. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to Hazel Burns Hospice, 2562 Eglinton Avenue West, 2nd floor, Toronto, M6M 1T4, 416-782-5915.

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CAPLAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-31 published
CAPLAN, Ruth
On Saturday, December 29, 2007 at the Baycrest Apotex Centre. Ruth CAPLAN beloved wife of the late Harry CAPLAN. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Joyce LINDZON and Murray KIDECKEL, and Butch and Myrna. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Mutti and Betty KLAYMAN, Morley KLAYMAN, and the late Irene KLAYMAN, Rena and Harry STEINBERG, Evelyn and Max LASTOFSKY. Devoted Bubi of Lauren and Michael, Robbie, Lezlee and David, Corey, and Alana. Devoted great-grandmother of Allan, Jesse, Alexi, Aaron, Eric, Marly, Jordana, Ashley, and Ryan. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, December 31, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Beth David Synagogue section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 330 Spadina Road, #2001. Memorial donations may be made to the Ruth and Harry Caplan Endowment Fund c/o the Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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CAPOBIANCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-01 published
GARGARELLA, Rose Marie (née DEMASCIO)
Peacefully on Monday, July 30, 2007. Beloved wife of the late Anthony Steven. Much loved mother of Katharine Donna and her husband Leonardo CAPOBIANCO, and the late JoAnne Marie. Loving grandmother of Gabriella and Stephanie CAPOBIANCO. Dear sister of Janet and her husband Brian McDERMOTT, and sister-in-law of Florence DEMASCIO. Predeceased by her siblings Jim, Joe and Mary. She will be fondly remembered by her niece and nephews. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 61 Jutland Rd., on Friday, August 3, 2007 at 10 a.m. Private interment Assumption Cemetery.

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CAPPE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-24 published
TURECK, Louis Albert
On Monday, July 23, 2007 at North York General Hospital. Louis TURECK beloved husband of the late Lenore. Loving father and father-in-law of Shari and Syd CAPPE, and Peter TURECK. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Helen and the late Harold FLORENCE. Devoted grandfather of Laura and Evan. A graveside service will be held at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 2: 30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Baycrest Centre Foundation (416) 785-2875.

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CAPPE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-17 published
CONSKY, Louis (October 19, 1917 to December 16, 2007)
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Lou in his 90th year at Providence Healthcare in Toronto. He is survived by his wife Molly of 66 years, sister Clara CAPPE, brother Sam CONSKY, his children Stanley and Louise CONSKY, Lynda and Martin STOLLER and Allan CONSKY, his grandchildren Andrew, Cherie, Benjamin, Sarah and Karen and 5 great-grandchildren. Lou was an accomplished businessman, skilled investor and pioneer in the motion picture theatre business. He founded the Molou Theatre in Haliburton in 1941 at a time when movies brought big city life to small towns. He was passionate about running the Haliburton theatre and never retired, working daily up until his sudden illness in July. A special thank you to Doctor Bob HAYES and the Haliburton Hospital, and Providence Healthcare in Toronto for their dedicated care. Service Tuesday, December 18, 1: 30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louis Consky Memorial Fund c/o the Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto M6A 2C3 Phone 416-780-0324 or at www.benjamins.ca

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CAPPELLO o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-09-26 published
SWERDFIGER, Dalton
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, Sunday September 23, 2007. Dalton Edward SWERDFIGER of Eugenia, in his 68th year. Beloved husband of Denise SWERDFIGER (née LARABIE.) Loving son of Flossie SWERDFIGER of Prescott. Dear father of Donna CAPPELLO (Gerry) of Glencairn, Deborah ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of Eugenia, David SWERDFIGER of Stratford and Derek SWERDFIGER of Brantford. Loving grandfather of Alicia, Calvin and Jordan CAPPELLO; Bryanna MacLACHLAN; Stephanie and Andy SWERDFIGER; and Steven COWPER; and great-grandfather of Anakyn and Hayden. Sadly missed by sister Margie and brothers Donnie and Dwain. Predeceased by his father Ralph SWERDFIGER and sister Doris. The family will receive Friends at the May Funeral Home, Markdale on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m., where a funeral service will be held on Thursday September 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. Interment in Markdale Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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CAPPELLO o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-25 published
SWERDFIGER, Dalton Edward
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, Sunday September 23, 2007. Dalton Edward SWERDFIGER of Eugenia, in his 68th year. Beloved husband of Denise SWERDFIGER (née LARABIE.) Loving son of Flossie SWERDFIGER of Prescott. Dear father of Donna CAPPELLO (Gerry) of Glencairn, Deborah ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of Eugenia, David SWERDFIGER of Stratford and Derek SWERDFIGER of Brantford. Loving grandfather of Alicia, Calvin and Jordan CAPPELLO; Bryanna MacLACHLAN; Stephanie and Andy SWERDFIGER; and Steven COWPER; and great-grandfather of Anakyn and Hayden. Sadly missed by sister Margie and brothers Donnie and Dwain. Predeceased by his father Ralph SWERDFIGER and sister Doris. The family will receive Friends at the May Funeral Home, Markdale on Wednesday from 7-9: 00 p.m., where a funeral service will be held on Thursday September 27th, 2007, at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Markdale Cemetery. If desired memorial donations to the Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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CAPUTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-23 published
CAPUTO, Sabina
Psalm 91: 1-2 You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High who abide in the shadow of the Almighty say to the Lord 'My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'
Sabina, beloved wife of Vito CAPUTO, and devoted mother to Vincenza and Josie. The warmth of her smile, the kindness of her words will be carried on forever. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Bernardo Funeral Home 2960 Dufferin St. (2 streets south of Lawrence Ave. W) on Wednesday October 24, from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday October 25, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday October 26, 2007 at St. Anthony's Church (Bloor St. east of Dufferin St.) at 9: 30 a.m. Entombment to follow at Prospect Cemetery (St. Clair Ave. W. at Lansdowne Ave.) 'We love you, Our Angel!'

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