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KRAAI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-25 published
SMITH, Michael Foster, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
passed away unexpectedly in his sleep in the early hours of September 19 while at the family cottage on the Sunshine Coast. His adored wife, Connie, was at his side. Michael was born on the Fourth of July, 1946, in Toronto, Ontario. He grew to be a handsome, well-loved man who lived a life of passionate engagement. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1971, and completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of British Columbia in 1978. Following this, he completed additional training in pediatric anesthesiology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. When he joined the anesthesiology staff at British Columbia Children's Hospital, he became one of the few members of the group who performed the highly specialized practice of pediatric cardiac anesthesiology. Doctor SMITH was Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of British Columbia. Michael loved to teach and was a mentor and inspiration for many students, in recognition of which he received the University of British Columbia Master Teacher Award in 1991. He made numerous contributions to his specialty through participation in research and administrative activities. He was an outstanding anesthesiologist with a calm and deliberate approach to caring for children. Surgeons knew they could focus on the operation because the child was in expert hands. With a remarkably kind spirit and unassuming demeanor, he was known as a confident and humble man. Michael was passionate about family and Friends and generous with his time. He loved carpentry, was a knowledgeable handyman at home and cottage. His very active outdoor life included sailing, kayaking, camping, and participating as a member of the volunteer ski patrol at Whistler. He was a pilot and a motorcyclist. In his spare time, he played guitar and built working model airplanes. He played hockey with the Children's Hospital team, the 'Pedi-Hat Tricks'. Being a consummate prankster, he loved to entertain using his many disguises, magic tricks and collection of special ties for every social occasion. Michael was a dear friend to many and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. To his family, colleagues and Friends, Michael's absence is like a hole in the sky. He is survived by Connie (KRAAI) his wife of 26 years, daughter Meghan, son Colin, brother Peter from Toronto, and sister Pam from Ottawa. A service in his memory will be held at 10: 00 a.m. on Friday, September 28, at West Point Grey Baptist Church, 11th and Sasamat, Vancouver. A reception is to follow at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, noon to 3: 30 p.m. Donations may be made to the Michael Foster Smith Fund, c/o Department of Pediatric Anesthesia, British Columbia Children's Hospital, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver V6H 3V4.
[See also Cherokee Chronicle Times, 2 Oct 2007, Death notice (Cherokee, Iowa, U.S.A.)]

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KRAATZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-20 published
MacDONALD, Katherine Constance (née MacLEOD)
92, Halifax, passed away on September 17, 2007, in Saint Vincent's Nursing Home. Born in Taiwan in 1915, she was a daughter of Rev. Duncan and Constance (EASON) MacLEOD. She is survived by sons, Ian (Jane,) Fredericton, New Brunswick; Edward (Jane HENSON), Halifax; daughters, Sharon, Halifax; Carol (Russell) HAZELDEN, West Dover; son-in-law, Bill PLASKETT, Halifax. Also surviving are grandchildren, Andy (Circe) and Jennifer MacDONALD, Joel (Rebecca KRAATZ) and Anna PLASKETT, Andrew and Russell HAZELDEN, and Katie MacDONALD; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Murray MacDONALD; sister, Ruth; brothers, Donald, Ian and Bonar MacLEOD. She came to Canada (Manitoba) at the age of 11 and later attended high school and university in Toronto, graduating with a B.A. from Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1937. She entered nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1941 from Toronto General Hospital where she met her husband, Bob, when he was a visiting medical officer serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Settling in wartime Halifax, she quickly involved herself in church and community life. Because of her unique background, she had a special connection with members of the Chinese community. For 25 years she served as the honorary president and advisor of the Dalhousie Chinese Students' Society, which originated in her home. She had been a member of the Chinese Society of Nova Scotia since its inception in the 1970s. She served in leadership and executive positions in many organizations over the years. At St. Matthew's United Church, she was a founding member of the Ross Auxiliary, United Church Women, ran a children's mission band, started up the Sunday nursery, served on a committee to support a Vietnamese family, and volunteered at the St. Andrew's Church Sunday suppers. She also served for a time on the selection committee of Pine Hill Divinity College, interviewing candidates for the ministry. In the late 1940s and early 1950s she was very active with the Young Women's Christian Association as a board member and chair of the world service committee and gave occasional radio talks. She was a founding member of Women for Music, the Dalhousie-Kings Reading Club and the Halifax Canadian Federation of University Women. She served in Home and School Associations at the elementary, junior and senior high levels, and was often asked to give slide talks to classrooms on international topics. Over the years, Katherine canvassed for a number of charities, drove for 10 years for Meals on Wheels, kept up her contacts with Toronto General Hospital alumnae, and was a member of the Clan MacLeod Society. She met weekly for decades with a group of close Friends (the 'bag-lunch ladies'). She took an active interest in her husband's professional life at the university and together they hosted faculty and students, and participated in the International Students' Association. In the early days of the Indo-Canadian Society, she was invited to join the organization as an executive member. She took a refresher course and returned to nursing for a time in the 1970s. Whenever she and Bob traveled internationally, they visited former colleagues and students and Katherine maintained those Friendships worldwide. Katherine lived a rich life of service and will be missed by family and Friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 22, at 10: 30 a.m. in St. Matthew's United Church, 1479 Barrington Street, Rev. Ross Bartlett officiating. A family burial will be held at a later date in Hardwood Hills Cemetery, Sydney. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Katherine and Robert MacDonald Scholarship, c/o The School of Nursing, Dalhousie University or any charity of choice. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Saint Vincent's, the QEII, the Bedford Berkeley and Doctor Marilynne Bell. E-mail condolences may be sent to: condolences.snow@ca.ns.aliantzinc.ca

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KRAEMER o@ca.on.grey_county.hanover.the_post 2007-11-02 published
POWELL, David Nelson
David Nelson POWELL, of Walkerton, passed away at Victoria Hospital, London on Sunday, October 21, 2007 in his 60th year.
Beloved husband of Ruth (KRAEMER.) Loving father of Robert and Dianne of Hanover, Catherine and Michael WAECHTER of Kitchener and Jonathan and Mary of Meaford. Cherished grandfather of James, Ashley, Zachary, Spencer and Gryphon.
Dear son of Nelson POWELL of London and brother of Pat and Kerry of Australia, Thom and Mary of Cambridge, and close friend Gerald (Cam) MacDonald. Dave was predeceased by his mother, Ruth (GUNN) POWELL.
Visitation was held at Cameron Funeral Home, Walkerton, on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. where the funeral service was held on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. Rev. John VAN HEES officiated.
Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Walkerton, Ontario
Pallbearers were Jason VYHNAL, Kyle KRAEMER, Ken SCHNURR, Ron TALLY, Richard FIELD and Alex McKENZIE. Flower bearers were Dave's grandchildren, Ashley, Zachary and James.
Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Walkerton and District Health Services Foundation or the Sacred Heart Building Fund would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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KRAKAUER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-01 published
BORLAK, Harvey
On Sunday, September 30, 2007 at North York General Hospital. Harvey BORLAK, beloved husband, best friend, and partner of Marilyn for 59 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Gail and Asher DRORY, Judy and Buzz SANDLER, and Steve and Marie BORLAK. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Moishe and the late Lil BORLACK, and Goldie and Irving STEINBERG. Dear brother-in-law of Anne and the late Morris TENENBAUM, Doctor Bernard and Edith KRAKAUER, and the late Louis and Ruth CROCKER, Doctor Charles KRAKAUER, and Helen and Syd STARKMAN. Devoted grandfather of Ben, Judith, Rebecca, Karen and Adam, Michelle, Jesse, Matt, and Sara. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to caregivers Liza, and Beth. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Young Mens Hebrew Association section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva beginning Saturday evening October 6th at 3800 Yonge Street #615. Memorial donations may be made to Na'amat Canada, 416-636-5425.

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KRAMER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-23 published
GREAVETTE, Louie Fred
Passed over after a courageous battle on Sunday August 19th, 2007 at the age of 58. Born January 20th, 1949 in the Red Cross Hospital in Whitney, Ontario. Fred lived the majority of his life in Owen Sound. Fred was active in the Owen Sound Slow Pitch Men's League and enjoyed many hours of coaching ladies' softball. Fred was a member of the Georgian Triangle Dart Club. He loved to spend time in the outdoors whether he was hunting for food for his family, or just picking berries. Fred is predeceased by his loving wife Louise GREAVETTE (VAN ESSEN,) his parents David and Mary GREAVETTE, brothers Percy (Soap) and David, nieces Tonya and Ashley and nephew Jason. Fred will be sadly missed by daughters Paula and husband Al WILCOCK, Debbie GREAVETTE and her partner Pat McCORMICK and his grandchildren Cory, Alexia, and Temperance. Fred will be missed by his family, Thelma and Charlie KRAMER, Cecil and Brenda GREAVETTE, Jack GREAVETTE, Verna FULFORD and her life-partner Ed WHITE/WHYTE of Kitchener-Waterloo, Grace and George HIBBS, Lucy KEMP and her life-partner Doug, Phyllis and Jerry THORPE, all of Guelph, Isabel of Listowel and Bill and Yvonne ROBINSON of Durham. Fred had 7 nephews and 12 nieces and 24 great-nephews and nieces. Fred will be missed by good friend Gary BUCKTON who was there every day during his battle. Special thanks to him for all the support he gave him. A gathering for Friends and family to celebrate the life and passing over will be held on Friday, August 24th at 2 p.m. at William Timber McArthur Park, 5th Ave. E., Owen Sound. We will celebrate his aboriginal heritage, that will be held outdoors, so bring your lawnchairs and memories to share. Refreshments to follow. Everyone welcome.

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KRAMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-01 published
KRAMER, Helen
Suddenly on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at her home. Helen KRAMER, beloved wife of Ronnie. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Danny and Robin KRAMER, Sally (Sarah) and Ray DOUCETTE, Margie (Marjorie) KRAMER and Alan GOFFENBERG, and Judy KRAMER. Devoted and beloved grandmother of Jason, Madison, Charlie, Henry, and Kay. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 4: 00 p.m. Shiva 42 Elgin Avenue. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Temple Bat Yam Tzedaka Fund c/o Joan Silberman, 706 Emeril Ct., Sanibel Florida, 33957.

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KRAMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-06 published
REDMOND, Wendie Elizabeth
Daughter, wife, mother, human rights activist, mentor. Born April 7, 1941, in Hamilton. Died September 27 in Saint Thomas, Ontario, of cancer, aged 66.
By Holly KRAMER, Page L6
Wendie was born to Rilla STIPE and Norman PARTINGTON. But her parents separated before she was born, and she was adopted at birth by Doctor J.K. McGREGOR and his wife, Trudy.
After Doctor McGREGOR's sudden death, when Wendie was still too young to understand adoption, Trudy remarried and Wendie was adopted a second time, by Trudy's new husband, T.J. BELL.
Wendie BELL graduated from Havergal College in Toronto. Her manner, cadence and command of language bespoke her private-school upbringing, but Wendie also had the "common touch." She commanded respect in a not-so-common way - by showing it - particularly during the many committee hearings of the Ontario legislature in which she spoke eloquently in support of what she considered the inalienable human rights of the adopted.
Wendie didn't suffer fools gladly ("Let's be kind, he's stupid," she'd say of opponents in private). She could curse in the nicest possible way, sparingly and only when appropriate, and was intolerant only of intolerance. And dirt.
It may have been the stigma attached to so-called "illegitimacy" and adoption for her generation that made her the housekeeper she was - no speck of dust was safe from her - but it was surely this experience that made her a pioneer in Canada's adoption-disclosure reform movement.
Wendie helped thousands of adult adoptees discover their roots following her own successful search and reunion. Her book, Once Removed: Voices from Inside the Adoption Triangle, is still on recommended-reading lists 25 years after its publication.
As founder and co-founder of several chapters of the national non-profit organization Parent Finders, and later, Adoption Roots and Rights, Wendie left an indelible influence on many lives.
Many of us hold dear our memories of sitting at her kitchen table enjoying her offerings of homemade "sun tea" and delicious food.
Wendie had a quick, biting wit, and found humour in the most unlikely places. Her stories usually ended with her trademark phrase: "… right, Buddy?" Wendie and her sweetheart, Henry (Bud) REDMOND had a rich, loving relationship. Sadly, their only child, Stephen, died accidentally in 1983.
Just days before her death, Ontario's new disclosure law, for which she fought so long, came into force, and a mere 48 hours later was overruled by the Ontario Superior Court.
But as Wendie so often reminded us, "adoptees are no strangers to loss."
Holly KRAMER is Wendie's friend.

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KRANENBURG o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-23 published
KRANENBURG, Debra Ann (SCOTT)
Went to be with her heavenly father peacefully with her family by her side at the South Bruce-Grey Health Centre, Walkerton on Monday, October 22nd, 2007 at the age of 50 years, the former Debra SCOTT of Paisley. She will be missed by her best friend and husband Bill KRANENBURG. Together they shared a great love for their children; Wesley and his wife Jessica of Scotland, Ontario, Nathaniel and his wife Laura of Port Elgin, Jeremy and his wife Katie of Southampton, Zachary of Paisley, and Emily of Paisley. Bill and Debra also received great joy from their three grandchildren; Josiah, Caleb, and Chloe-Anne. Debbie is survived and greatly loved by her parents Roy and Bertha SCOTT of Port Elgin, her sister Darlene MASHINTER and family of Waterloo, and by her brothers Don SCOTT and family of Calgary, Alberta, and Dave SCOTT and family of Wellesley. She will always be remembered by her many Friends and remain in their hearts. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Paisley Chapel, 216 Queen St. S., Paisley, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007. Funeral service will be conducted in the Immanuel Missionary Church, Paisley, on Thursday at 2: 00 p.m., with the Rev. Tony GEENSE officiating. Interment Paisley Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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KRANENBURG o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-30 published
KRANENBURG, Debra Ann (née SCOTT)
Debra Ann KRANENBURG went to be with her Heavenly Father peacefully with her family by her side at the South Bruce-Grey Health Centre, Walkerton on Monday, October 22nd, 2007 at the age of 50 years, the former Debra SCOTT of Paisley. She will be missed by her best friend and husband Bill KRANENBURG. Together they shared a great love for their children; Wesley and his wife Jessica of Scotland, Ontario, Nathaniel and his wife Laura of Port Elgin, Jeremy and his wife Katie of Southampton, Zachary of Paisley, and Emily of Paisley. Bill and Debra also received great joy from their three grandchildren; Josiah, Caleb, and Chloe-Anne. Debbie is survived and greatly loved by her parents Roy and Bertha SCOTT of Port Elgin, her sister Darlene MASHINTER and family of Waterloo, and by her brothers Don SCOTT and family of Calgary, Alberta, and Dave SCOTT and family of Wellesley. She will always be remembered by her many Friends and remain in their hearts. Friends called at the W. Kent Milroy Paisley Chapel, 216 Queen St. S., Paisley, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007. Funeral service was conducted in the Immanuel Missionary Church, Paisley, on Thursday at 2: 00 p.m., with the Rev. Tony GEENSE officiating. During the service, family remembrances were presented by her brother Don SCOTT. Barb JOHNSTON served as pianist and led the music portion of the service. Debbie was born June 16th, 1957 to Roy and Bertha SCOTT, and was raised on a farm in Paisley. She was educated locally, and graduated from the Accounting Program at Georgian College in Owen Sound. Very involved in her church, it was there that she met Bill KRANENBURG, eventually marrying in 1978. Debbie taught Sunday School for many years, and served faithfully as Church Treasurer for 25 years. Aside from farming, together, Bill and Debbie successfully partnered in business when they purchased the Beefway meat packing business in Kincardine in 1997. They then went on to acquire the First Base Restaurant on Port Elgin Beach in 2000, which they quickly established as a family favourite. She faithfully supported her children in all their activities, dreams and aspirations. Debbie enjoyed doing crafts, was an avid garage-saler, loved to shop and collect collectables. She was a wonderful cook who shared her meal creations with her many Friends and family. She will be remembered as a fun-loving, Christian woman with a wonderful sense of humour and a bubbly, contagious laugh. Her family will miss the compassionate, caring and generous nature with which she blessed them everyday. Her zeal for life inspired many people to love their lives to the fullest, to enjoy the small pleasures in life, and to trust God in all things. Interment was made at Paisley Cemetery. Acting as casket-bearers were Nelson HARVEY, Willard HORST, Ken TOMAN, Jim WALKER, Bryan WEBB and Ron WELLS. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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KRANGLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-27 published
KRANGLE, Arthur
On Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at the Humber River Regional Hospital, in his 92nd year. Arthur KRANGLE, beloved husband of Elsie and the late Belle KRANGLE. Loving father and father-in-law of Bill and Eva KRANGLE, Lynne and Harold SMITH, Vicki and Tony NOVAK, and step-father of Susan WARNICK and Richard MONELLI, Paula and Jack MUEHLHAN, Edward and Meredeth WARNICK. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Danny and Myra, David (Buddy) and Eleanor, and the late Albert and Addie KRANGLE. Devoted grandpa of Max and Melanie, Anton and Gillian, Mark and Jodi, Deborah (Dory), Warren, Ryan, Sophie, Harry, and Sam, and great-grandfather of Alexa, and Darcey. A graveside service will be held at Holy Blossom Memorial Park, 40 Brimley Road, on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Shiva 240 Heath Street West #1502, concluding Friday, December 28th at 1: 00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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KRASNOFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-17 published
Venture capitalist understood both ends of the corporate ladder
A man who liked to say he didn't so much as invest in a company as back a friend, his greatest success came from backing an invention by a lifelong pal, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S10
An astute observer of human character and an extremely successful venture capitalist, Bram APPEL grew up on St. Urbain Street in Montreal - as unlike Mordecai Richler's Duddy Kravitz as it is possible to be. He trained as a chartered accountant, but what interested him most about doing someone's books was engaging in conversation about how a business worked, and learning its strengths and weaknesses. His inquisitive mind and ability to engage people made him an appealing conversationalist, but it was his integrity and deep sense of right and wrong that made him lasting Friends on both ends of the corporate ladder.
His earliest and biggest financial success came from backing an invention by his friend David PALL, a brilliant physical chemist he had met while they were both impoverished students at McGill University in the 1930s. That initial investment of $3,000 grew like yeast. Today, Pall Corp., a leader in filtration, separations and purification applications in industry and the biological and health sciences, has annual sales in excess of $2-billion (U.S.) and a market capitalization of more than $5-billion.
"The energy and enthusiasm he had for the whole proposition of inventing products, getting them to market widely and getting an organization to succeed and to do good, but to do it at a good profit," is what Eric KRASNOFF, chair and Chief Executive Officer of Pall, remembers most about Mr. APPEL, who only retired as founder-director at 90 in 2005.
"In board meetings, the focus is on the broad picture and new products and new markets, and in the audit meetings he would concentrate on the smallest details, such as how petty cash was managed at our plant in Japan," said Mr. KRASNOFF in a telephone interview. "He believed that you can't look at everything, but, if you look very closely at some of the small things, you get a real picture of how the whole operation is managed and what the culture is. He would come at business from the high, and from the bottom up."
Short of stature, quiet of voice, large of intellect, Mr. APPEL was known as the force behind the Force - the formidable volunteer and social, artistic and political activist Bluma APPEL (obituary, July 17, 2007). Married for 67 years, they were a devoted and complementary couple. Mrs. APPEL once joked that her husband made the money and she spent it. In fact, he was a philanthropist and a supporter of cultural ventures in his own right.
Abraham (Bram) APPEL was born in Montreal in 1915, the fourth son and fifth child of Israel and Sophia (née HECHT) APPEL. The APPELs were from Silesia (most of which is now in Poland) and had immigrated to Montreal in the early years of the last century, probably after the 1905 pogrom. They brought their skills with them - he was a blacksmith, and she sold groceries. They raised their family on St. Urbain Street near Fairmont, now a fashionable part of Montreal but then a working-class and immigrant neighbourhood.
While his struggling father wanted his sons to get out of school and into the work force, Bram aspired to be a professional. With his persuasive tongue and logical mind, he might have made a fine lawyer, but he chose accountancy because it was a faster credential to acquire. He went to McGill in 1931 - when there was said to be a quota system requiring Jewish students to earn higher marks than Christians - held down three jobs (including setting pins in a bowling alley and working as a photographer's assistant), borrowed money and won a scholarship to finance his education. It was at McGill in 1933 that he met David PALL, an impoverished science student from rural Saskatchewan who would become his lifelong friend and business partner.
Mr. APPEL graduated near the top of his class with a bachelor of commerce degree in 1935 and earned his certification the following year to become one of the youngest chartered accountants in Quebec. Partly because he was a loner, partly because of anti-Semitism at the big firms, he opened his own office, Appel and Partners, a partnership that still bears his name.
That summer of 1936, David PALL lent him $35 to pay for a week at a Jewish summer resort in the Laurentians on what may well have been the vacation during which he met Bluma LEVITT, a dynamic young woman with a wry wit and a fervent passion for social justice. They married on July 11, 1940, and soon had two sons: David, who was born in 1941, and Mark, who followed three years later.
David PALL, meanwhile, had graduated with a PhD in physical chemistry from McGill in 1939 and had gone to New York - Mr. APPEL lent him money to buy some furniture for his apartment - to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project, doing research on the atomic bombs that were later dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end the Second World War. Doctor PALL, who would eventually be the named inventor on more than 180 U.S. patents, liked to chat with Bram about the commercial possibilities for some of his discoveries.
Mr. APPEL knew very little about chemistry, but he was adept at drawing people out about things that mattered to them. During a visit to New York in June of 1944, he listened to Doctor PALL talk about his belief that industry, which was becoming increasingly complicated, would need specialized filters able to cope with high pressures, elevated temperatures and corrosive atmospheres. Dr. PALL thought he would need $15,000 and two years working in his spare time to develop a porous, stainless-steel filter that he felt would have wide industrial applications. Mr. APPEL, who by then was a married man with a wife and two small children, had scraped together $3,000. "Let's go," he said, according to a well-told story. He always liked to say he didn't invest in a company, he backed his friend.
"And that is where it all begins," said his son, David. "They were silent heroes. They didn't look for any kind of recognition, they didn't have to tell you what they were doing, or how well they did. They preferred to operate in the shadows and support others, and very often a lot of what happened came through them and others got the credit."
The company, which initially was called Micro-Metallic Corp., was established in August of 1944. At first, Doctor PALL worked in his garage in Queens and Mr. APPEL travelled to New York on the overnight train once a month to do the books. Like most start-ups, the tiny company had rough times - each potential customer had idiosyncratic needs, and the filters had to be custom-designed in the late 1940s, the bookkeeper mistakenly wrote cheques overdrawing their bank account by $7,000. Mr. APPEL staved off that crisis by borrowing money from an American friend of his brother-in-law.
In 1952, Doctor PALL persuaded his next-door neighbour, Abe KRASNOFF, a Certified Public Accountant with enviable marketing acumen and organizational skills, to join the corporation. (His son Eric, who joined the company in the mid-1970s, is now the chair and Chief Executive Officer.) The company, which changed its name to Pall Corp., began to pay back on Mr. APPEL's original investment by 1958. For the rest of his life, Mr. APPEL loved to boast that he had never sold any of his shares.
Mr. APPEL was not just a businessman. He turned a chance meeting with Jean-Luc Pepin when both were passengers on a ship crossing the Atlantic in August of 1951 into another deep Friendship and career opportunity. When Mr. Pepin was appointed minister of energy, mines and resources by Lester Pearson in 1965, he called Mr. APPEL in Montreal on a Friday evening and said, according to Mr. APPEL's recounting, "You are bored as a chartered accountant, you don't need the dough - come and be my executive assistant," adding: "If you are not here Monday morning, I will have had my answer."
Mr. APPEL and his wife were there by Sunday night, in a city they barely knew, in a milieu that was foreign to them. He worked with Mr. Pepin for two years, served as a business consultant to the National Film Board's Labyrinth project for Expo 67 in Montreal, spent a year as a consultant to Gérard Pelletier in 1970 when he was secretary of state for external affairs in Pierre Trudeau's cabinet, then worked a further two years as a consultant to Mr. Pepin when he was minister of industry and trade. Mr. APPEL retired from the bureaucracy after Mr. Pepin lost his seat in the 1972 election, but the two men then joined forces in Interimco, an export trading house.
In the mid-1970s, the APPELs moved to Toronto, where they both became active (she front and centre, and he in the background) in cultural, medical, political, social and commercial projects. As a venture capitalist, Mr. APPEL backed other high-tech start-ups over the years, including Electroline Equipment, a company that manufactures devices for the cable-television industry, Interprovincial Cablevision (now Laurential Cablevision), ENS Biologicals Inc., Sciemetric Inc., and Hi-G-Tek Inc. By now a serious multimillionaire, he established Canmont Investment Corp. to manage his venture capital and portfolio investments.
In 1998, he began donating close to $200,000 a year to the Bram Appel School-Based Project in North Bay for students from junior kindergarten through Grade 1. All the children were given snacks and lunch, and signed up for cultural and sports activities after school and in the summers. The project, which Mr. APPEL funded for five years, has since become a model for a province-wide program.
Mrs. APPEL was diagnosed with lung cancer in May and died on July 14. Mr. APPEL, who was 92 and suffering from short-term memory problems, consoled himself in the lives of his children and grandchildren. On September 24, he fell and broke his hip. He survived the operation, but he couldn't rally and declined rapidly over the next two weeks.
Abraham (Bram) APPEL was born in Montreal on January 13, 1915. He died in Toronto Western Hospital on October 11, 2007. He was 92. Predeceased by his wife, Bluma, and his four siblings, he is survived by his sons David and Mark, five grandchildren and his extended family.

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KRAULEIDIES o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-19 published
KRAULEIDIES, Ewald
Of Saint Thomas on Tuesday July 17, 2007 at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in his 59th year. Dearly loved wife of Judy (TWILLEY) KRAULEIDIES and beloved son of Lydia and the late Herbert KRAULEIDIES of Owen Sound and was predeceased by an infant brother Raymond. Beloved father of Michelle SEIP of British Columbia and dear grandfather of Derek and Courtney SEIP. Dear brother of Edith (Gord) EWER of London, Betty (Steve) BARBER of Chatsworth and Ruth (Ira) WEISS of Toronto. Brother-in-law of Ken and Carol TWILLEY of London and son-in-law of Helen and the late Howard TWILLEY of London. Lovingly remembered by 10 nieces and nephews and 11 great-nieces and nephews and by a number of aunts, uncles and cousins in Germany. Sadly missed by Molly and Maggie. Ewald was born November 12, 1948 in Germany and was a long term psychiatric nurse at the Saint Thomas and London Regional Mental Health Facility. (Saint_Joseph's). His passion in life was his music. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Visitation Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Due to the compassion and care given to Ewald donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital or the Cancer Society.

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KRAWETZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-14 published
BAIN, Jean Aileen (née McNAIRN)
Sadly passed away at North York General Hospital in her 82nd year, on Monday September 10th, 2007, after many heroic battles. Jean was predeceased by her son Gordon and sister Aileen ANDERSON. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 58 years Harvey, her daughter Carrie (Michael MANCHEE,) extended family and Friends. Special thanks to Anne ROSS, Judy BROOKS, Barb and Gord KEY, Dr. Greg ANDERSON, Doctor Janice BROWNE and her office team, Doctor Michael KRAWETZ of Bala, the Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, North York General Hospital and all the people who helped us find our way. A Memorial service will be held at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge St. (5 blocks south of Lawrence) on Tuesday September 18th, at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to either The Mikey Network (defibrillator placement program), 710 Gordon Baker Rd. Toronto, M2H 3B4 or the Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, 2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto, M4N 3M5. Following the service there will be a reception held at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club (141 Wilson Ave., East of Avenue Rd.)

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