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LEFCOE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-29 published
LEFCOE, Charlotte Sohn
Mother, grandmother, sister, friend. Born August 24, 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts. Died March 12 in London, Ontario of complications from cancer, aged 74.
By Riva ELLINSON, Page L6
Charlotte LEFCOE (known fondly as Chuckie) had an irrepressible sense of humour. It surfaced just before her last operation, when the surgeon asked her if she had any questions before being anaesthetized, and she said "Are you married?"
Charlotte, along with three sisters and a brother, were born into a traditional Jewish family. While she was studying to become a nurse, she met and married Nevil LEFCOE, interrupting her nursing career to devote herself to raising four children: Daniel, Robert, Jane and Andrew. They soon moved to London, Ontario They were among the founding members of the Unitarian Fellowship where my husband and I met Charlotte. We became close Friends.
After Charlotte's divorce, she went back to university to earn her degree, returning to nursing. She made many new Friends and was a treasure to her patients. She would call my husband late in the evening to ask him the punchline of a joke she had forgotten: she would repeat it to to howls of laughter from her patients.
What fun we had with her over the years: The converted school bus she had with the seats removed and filled with bean bags, with all the gang travelling down to Toronto to see Aida - singing operatic arias all the way down and pub songs on the way back. Every now and again, Charlotte would pull on her ape-man mask while driving to freak out all the other drivers.
Prior to her 50th birthday, Charlotte and I and two other girlfriends practised a tap-dancing routine and gave a performance at her birthday party to wild applause. Charlotte loved Mario Lanza and three of us concocted a bogus Mario Lanza fan club; when the gang got together, we would read make-believe reports to good-natured boos and hisses from our serious opera-loving Friends but we always sang together Mario's recording Be My Love.
At her funeral, her niece said that Chuckie was not like the other adults in the family: deep down, Chuckie was a kid, that there was a place inside her that held onto that precious quality usually only children have … pure joy for life. With this quality, I'm sure her life was extended by her visits to Montreal to be with her two grand_sons.
Charlotte was gregarious, volatile, endearing, frustrating, and unconventional. Always upbeat, despite family illness, she collected Friends everywhere regardless of race, colour or religion; she nursed us when we were sick, bringing along her Jewish penicillin (chicken soup).
Those wonderful years we spent together, like our youth, are gone but precious memories linger.
Riva ELLINSON is Charlotte's friend.

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LEFCOE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-07 published
GROBSTEIN, Harry
Peacefully at home, as was his fervent wish, in West Palm Beach, on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, in his 98th year. Beloved and loving husband of Ruth Elkman GROBSTEIN since 1986. He guaranteed her 15 years, but in typical fashion exceeded his commitment by giving her almost 22. Predeceased by his cherished first wife, Mildred Wagner GROBSTEIN, who passed away on December 7th, 1984. Deeply loved and respected by his children, Barbara, Debra and John, who will sorely miss him. Harry was a wonderful father-in-law to Michael LEFCOE and Barry CAMPBELL, and step-father to Richard and Cindy ELKMAN, and Ron ELKMAN, all of whom loved him like a father. Beloved grandfather of Yaacov and Batsheva LEFCOE, Kris LEFCOE and Rob JERESKI; Matthew and Jeremy CAMPBELL; Marissa and Justin SCHMIDT, David, Molly and Laura ELKMAN; Mark ELKMAN. Great-grandfather of 10 great-grandchildren in Israel and Florida. Sadly, Harry will not be with us to welcome his 11th and 12th great-grandchildren, expected soon in Israel and New York. Harry was also a much loved uncle. He led a full, productive and happy life, and was admired by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Predeceased by his brothers David GROBSTEIN and Nick PROCTOR, and by his sisters Rae FAERMAN and Gerry BIRNBAUM. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, Montreal on Friday, December 7 at 2: 00 p.m. Shiva in Montreal through Monday evening continuing in Toronto at 20 Highland Avenue, Tuesday and Wednesday. Contributions in his memory may be made to the "Harry Grobstein Fund" c/o Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom Congregation, (514) 937-3575.

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LEFEBURE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
LEFEBURE, John Victor
Jock, our beloved patriarch, died peacefully at home on November 28, 2007 at the age of 86. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara and his sister Jill JANSEN of the United Kingdom. He is survived by his children: David (Nan EDMISON,) Jon (Marlene HAYES,) Todd (Susan HARRISON) and Deborah (Rob KURLUK;) his grandchildren: Sarah (David WARRINER,) John (Gillian BISHOP,) Michael, Julia, Sean, Claire, Will, Emma and Hayden; step grandchildren Justin and Andrea; and his sister Judith LYWOOD of Bath, United Kingdom. Jock was born in the Golders Green area of London on November 18, 1921. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Civil Engineering during World War 2, and immediately joined the Royal Air Force. In between flying Wellingtons, he was smitten with Barbara 'Bill' WHATLEY and married her on October 12, 1946. Jock and Bill set out to start a new life in Canada in 1948. He worked as an engineer with Alcan in Kingston and Montreal, and then moved to Stelco in Hamilton, where he worked in Sales Engineering until his retirement. Jock and Bill enjoyed retirement years both in Ontario and then in Victoria, British Columbia until her death in 1997. Jock then started a new chapter in his life, turning his energies to community service. He arranged for thousands of used tennis balls to be shipped to poor children abroad. While dealing with loss of eyesight, he became an innovator, champion and spokesperson for people with low vision. He lived life fully to the end, with the help of his dear friend Barbara Riggs and his family. We will all miss his zest for life, sense of adventure and endless curiosity. The times spent at the cottage on Lake of Bays, at the house on Sanibel Island and more recently at the cottage on Salt Spring Island will stand out in memory, as will images of Jock the master sailor and woodworker. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Jock's Life will be held for family and Friends on Saturday, December 29 at the First Memorial Chapel at 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at Jock's home. Condolences may be sent to lefebure@shaw.ca.

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LEFEBVRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-02 published
GRENON, J. Émile
By Aline GRENON, Page A14
Father, cribbage player. Born June 17, 1909, in Casselman, Ontario Died August 22 in Montreal, probably of heart failure, aged 97.
The son of an enterprising farmer turned carpenter, Émile was born the second of seven children. Graduating with a commerce degree from Bourget College, in Rigaud, Qué., in 1933, at the height of the Depression, most of Émile's first year out of school was spent looking for work. It was not until he heard of a Sudbury merchant in need of a bookkeeper that things began to look up. Telephoning from the Casselman general store, he was asked "How soon can you get here?" He responded "Within 24 hours."
After a year bunking out in the back-room of the place where he worked, Émile acquired a surrogate family when he moved into the boarding house operated by Mme. Clémentine LEFEBVRE- PAQUETTE, a remarkable woman for whom Émile developed a high regard. However, it was her entrepreneurial son Roméo who would change Émile's life. The two struck up a Friendship and one day, Roméo let drop that a well run grocery business in the then-booming mining town of Larder Lake stood a good chance of success. Émile agreed that it probably would and promptly forgot about it until Roméo informed him that he had purchased the lot that would hold their store. Although taken aback, Émile felt obliged to honour his unintentional promise and, with a small sum of borrowed money, he left Sudbury to join Roméo in business. Thus was born Paquette and Grenon (or P and G as it soon became known): the result of one man's vision and another's commitment to Friendship.
The initial years were difficult. To make ends meet, the partners delivered firewood house-to-house with a horse and wagon. At the best of times, the future appeared uncertain, and at the worse it was downright bleak, particularly when a bank manager, convinced that French-Canadians lacked business acumen, cut off their line of credit without warning. Luckily, a local bootlegger named "Black Nellie" lent them sufficient money to permit the business to survive and thrive. P and G eventually grew to eight stores.
With the advent of the Second World War, Émile enlisted in the Canadian army. Although he had no medical training, he was posted to the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. He often joked that this was because his brother was a doctor and one of his sisters a nurse! His was, in the parlance of the times, a "good" war. Stationed mainly at Camp Borden, Émile continued to look after P and G's accounting needs. On three occasions, he received orders to ship out to Europe, only to have them rescinded. It was during one such occasion, while awaiting transportation in Québec City that he met the charming and attractive Berthe SAMPSON/SAMSON, who was working in a munitions factory. They wed in 1946. That she married him in spite of a mix-up as to his background (the result of a letter from a confused Casselman priest who mistook him for an unsavoury cousin with a similar name) proves the extent of her faith in him. Together they would have three children. Sadly, Berthe died in early 1967, after a struggle with breast cancer.
Émile's loneliness over the next 20 years was mitigated somewhat by frequent travel, his love of golf, curling and cards, a close circle of Friends and the presence of his children. However, the next milestone in his life occurred when he met the remarkable Phyllis FRISBY, whom he married in 1986. Fun-loving and strong-willed, she reintroduced a degree of warmth and bustle into his life. He found it difficult to recover from Phil's death in 2002.
Émile's last years were spent in Montréal. Possibly his greatest joy during this period came from the countless games of cribbage he played with his children and his grand_son, Daniel.
Aline is Émile's daughter.

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LEFEBVRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-10 published
BARBEAU, Gérard
Passed away on Wednesday December 27, 2006 in Montreal, age 92 years. Predeceased by his wife Cécile DUPUIS, he is survived by his children Francine (Bruce ROBILLARD,) Monique (Paul BUISSONNEAU,) Gisèle (the late Keith KROON,) Marie-Andrée (Barry BOWES) and Louis-Philippe (Jocelyne LEFEBVRE,) his grandchildren Alain, Brian, Annick, Martin, Catherine, Sophie-Anne, Mélanie, Christopher, Julien, Laurent and Marie-Ève, his great-grandchildren Sarah, Mathieu, Virginie, Justin, Ève, Félix and Chloé, his sisters-in-law Madeleine and France (Léopold ROY) as well as numerous nephews, nieces, relatives and Friends. The family will receive condolences on Saturday, January 13, 2007 from noon to 4 p.m. at Urgel Bourgie Funeral Parlor 1255, Beaumont (L'Acadie), TMR www.urgelbourgie.com. A liturgy of the Word will follow at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the Funeral Complex. In lieu of flowers, donations to L'Assistance Maternelle, 181 Bloomfield Avenue, Outremont, H2V 3R5 would be greatly appreciated.

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LEFEBVRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-16 published
TOMS, Marie Sarah (née LEFEBVRE)
Passed away peacefully on October 13, 2007 at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, still 39 and holding. Resident of Port Cunnington, Lake of Bays, for 42 years, recently of Oakville, Ontario. Predeceased by her dear husband of 58 years, Ross, and her cherished son-in-law, Ronald RICE. Beloved mother of Lydia RICE, Joanne and Robert SALMON. Special Nana of Carolyn and John, Susanne and Kevin, Vanessa and Yann, Rob, Kim, Simone, and 12 great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 1 p.m. at All Saints Church, Huntsville. A reception will follow with interment at Saint_James Church Cemetery, Port Cunnington at 4: 30 p.m. For Oakville Friends, a memorial tea will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2007 from 2-4 p.m. at The Kensington, 25 Lakeshore Rd. W. Donations may be made in her honour to the Huntsville District Hospital Foundation, www.hdmhfoundation.ca 4-100 Frank Miller Dr., Huntsville, Ontario P1H 1H7

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LEFKOWITZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-08 published
WENER, Bess
Peacefully on October 7, 2007 in her 94th year, Bess WENER, beloved and loving wife to the late Charles WENER, adored mother and mother-in-law to Noreen and Bernie NISKER, Howard and Gloria WENER, Norval WENER and Barbara FIDLER. Cherished grandmother to Craig NISKER and Mona HOLMES, Suri NISKER and Eric YAVERBAUM, Merrill NISKER, Alana and Ron FRANK, Barak WENER and Reut LITMAN, and Alex FIDLER- WENER, and devoted great-grandmother to Cole and Jace YAVERBAUM, Nadav and Gilad FRANK, and Peleg WENER. Dear sister to Molly RIBA, Ruth ULRICH and Stanley BESEN, and the late Moe BESEN, Ann GOLD, Rose WADLER, and Al BESEN. Fondly remembered by her brother-in-law Mitchel ULRICH, her sister-in-law Eleanor BESEN, sister-in-law Ruth LEFKOWITZ, nephews, nieces and many other relatives. Our deepest appreciation to the wonderful Alla SAMEDOV for her deep devotion and care, and to Gala and the caregiving staff. Funeral service to be held at Steeles Memorial Chapel 350 Steeles Ave. West (between Yonge and Bathurst) at 11: 00 a.m. Tuesday, October 9. Shiva will be observed at 481 Cranbrooke Avenue. Donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Research 416-967-3036 or the charity of your choice would be most appreciated. Bess has left us a legacy of love, generosity, humility and family unity.

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LEFORT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-25 published
KOLISH, John
Peacefully at his home in Weston on Monday, September 24, 2007 in his 64th year after a prolonged and valiant battle with cancer. John, lifelong friend and common-law partner of Debra FRALEIGH, dear son of Ernst and the late Ilse KOLISH, loved brother of George and Sharon KOLISH and Evelyn KOLISH and Michel LEFORT. Beloved son-in-law of Jack and Teddie FRALEIGH and brother-in-law of Ron and Bev FRALEIGH, Warren and Sandy FRALEIGH and Michael and Anthony FRALICK. Proud and loving uncle to Isabelle KOLISH, Veronique LEFORT, Jim HUTTON, Dan and Kristy FRALEIGH, Andrea FRALEIGH, Lisa and Aaron KRULICKI, Jeremy and Angie FRALEIGH and Hannah and Joshua FRALICK. Great uncle of Jack and Sydney HUTTON, Taylor and Ryan KRULICKI and Devlin FRALEIGH. The family wishes to thank John's Friends, neighbours and caregivers for their support and compassion.
A Celebration of John's life will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road, Weston 416-241-4618. In John's memory donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to john.kolish@wardfh.com

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LEFORTE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-06 published
FISHER, Florence
The family of the late Florence FISHER would like to extend our sincere thanks to relatives, Friends and neighbours during the recent loss of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and great-great-great-grandmother. Thank you to the staff at the Dearness Nursing Home, many thanks to her 6 grand_sons who carried her to her final resting place. Thanks to Soloist, great-granddaughter Gennevieve FISHER for her meaningful music selections, to granddaughter Carol LEFORTE for her kind and beautiful words on behalf of the grandchildren, and Granddaughter Brenda VAREWYCK for lighting the candle of light and love. A very special thanks to Chaplain Paul KNAUER of the Dearness Nursing Home for the beautiful funeral service, his kindness, guidance, prayers and compassion he extended to us, it will always be remembered and a special thanks to the staff at the Westview Funeral Home. Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you made a donation or sent a funeral spray, if so we saw it there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words as a friend could say. Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day. What ever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so much what ever the part. With thanks the Fisher Family.

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LEFTERIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-01 published
ELEFTHEROGLOU Athena (KALOPISIS)
Athena passed away peacefully at her residence December 31, 2006 with her family at her side. Predeceased by her loving father Chris and her brother Argiri. Forever loved and missed by her mother Georgia. Cherished by her dear children Michael (Jennifer) LEFTERIS and Sophia (Nick KALAS) and her precious grandchildren Ethan, Ashton and Grace. Loved by her dear siblings Thoula (Lucas PILITSIS) and George (Cathy) KALOPSIS. Dearly missed by her nieces and nephews Sophia (Tom ARNOS,) Chris (Caiti) KALOPSIS, Peter PILITSIS and Michael KALOPSIS. Athena was a devoted teacher for 37 years. She touched the lives of many with her sense of humour and positive attitude and was an inspiration to all. Also survived by many other relatives and close Friends. Family and Friends will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas Street (between Waterloo and Colborne Street), London, Tuesday January 2nd, 2007 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Prayers will take place Tuesday January 2nd, 2007 at 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Southdale Road, London, on Wednesday January 3rd, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Father Elias DROSSOS officiating. Interment will take place at Woodland Cemetery. Donations can be made to a charity or your choice in memory of "Athena." CONDOlences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Athena.

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