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LEVAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-14 published
LEVAN, Marjory Edna Cunningham
Passed from life at Saint Mary's-by-the-Lake Hospital in Kingston on November 12th. Surrounded by those whom she loved into life, Marjory died with great grace, having lived with and battled cancer for over 20 years. Born in China to missionary parents, Marjory spoke two languages of love her entire life: food and hospitality. Those who sat at her table and joined in her parties will recall her joy in good company and her energy for adventurous living. Travelling was Marjory's delight, never giving up on her wonder for the world which God has given us. Through much of her life Marjory was joined with Victor LEVAN, her husband for over 60 years and together they knew joy and sorrow, always thankful for family and Friends. Vic died in 2006, but Marj's children Peter LEVAN (Rhonda LENTI) Mary Beth (Bill SCHRAM) and Christopher (Kelly HIGGINS) were all with their mom in her last moments. Marjory's joy of living continues on in her 6 granchildren: Jeremy LEVAN (Carolyn), Robert LEVAN, Marybeth (Nathan GLENTWORTH), Rebecca CAVEN (James CAVEN), Matthew LEVAN and Griffin HIGGINS and 1 great-grandchild: Wesley LEVAN. A memorial service will be held in the church that supported Marjory and Victor with such compassion: Chalmers United Church (Kingston) on Sunday, December 16th at 4: 00 p.m. (followed by a pot luck dinner). As an expression of our gratitude for the life of Marjory and Victor lived, donations may be made to the Chalmers United Church Memorial Fund or a charity of your choice. Marjory's work and wish for humanity is captured in the vision of peace and prosperity found in the prophet Micah: "And all shave live under their own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid. (Micah 4: 4)" May that be her lasting benediction. Arrangements entrusted to Kingston Cremation Services, Ph. (613) 634-0453.

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LEVANDOSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-17 published
ARMSTRONG, Helen
The family announces with sorrow her death at Timmins and District Hospital on December 13, 2007. Predeceased by her husband George (2001.) Loving mother of Charles (Anne,) Elizabeth (Paul McCORMICK,) Paul (Deborah) and John (Pam); grandmother of Kristen, Neil, Alexander and Katherine; sister of Anne LEVANDOSKI; aunt of Judi RECKNER (Jon.) In lieu of flowers, remembrance donations to the Timmins and District Hospital would be greatly appreciated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 5, 2008 at St. Matthew's Cathedral, Timmins, Ontario. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Lessard-Stephens Funeral Home.
Online donations or condolences can be made at www.lessardstephens.com

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LEVAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-19 published
McBRYDE, William " Bill"
Passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 17th, 2007 at Toronto East General Hospital in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Helen and Ada McBRYDE. Loving father of Marilyn MOORHOUSE, and Douglas (Gloria.) Grandfather of Elizabeth MOORHOUSE (David LEVAR) and Cameron MOORHOUSE. Great-grandfather of Alex MOORHOUSE, brother of Dalene CAMPBELL and Pat GOBEIL. Bill served his country with the Airforce in World War 2. The family wish to thank the caregivers at True Davidson Acres. Funeral services will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Wednesday, June 20th at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the Bayview Room. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired donations may be made to charity of choice. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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LEVASSEUR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-10 published
GILES, Bernard
Passed away after battling cancer with courage and humour on Friday, December 7, 2007 at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital at the age of 79. Loving father of Desmond and his wife Ann. Devoted grandfather of Andrew and Elizabeth. Survived by his brother Robert GILES. Predeceased by his brothers James and Frank GILES. Bernie will be fondly remembered by his family and Friends. Special thank you to Doctor LEVASSEUR and Doctor McPHADEN of Oakville for their care and compassion. Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles), on Monday, December 10, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. in the Chapel. Interment to follow at Westminster Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Condolences www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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LÉVEILLÉ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-07 published
GARON, The Honourable Alban, Q.C.
Passed away tragically on Friday, June 29th, 2007, at the age of 77. Beloved husband of 36 years of the late Raymonde GARON (née LURETTE,) also deceased on June 29th, 2007. He was born in St. Lambert (County of Lévis), Québec on March 4th, 1930. son of the late Willie GARON and of the late Amérilda GOULET. He will be sadly missed by Maria Elena DURAN (Michel ROCHON) and his goddaughter Marie Isabelle ROCHON- DURAN. Predeceased by his brother Paulin and survived by his brother Cyprien (Lucette PÉPIN,) his brothers-in-law Jean-Pierre LURETTE (Claudette ROLLIN,) Richard LURETTE (Gaétane LACHANCE,) his sisters-in-law Suzanne LURETTE (late Marcel LANOUE), Gisèle Lurette LÉVEILLÉ. He also leaves behind many nephews, nieces, cousins and numerous Friends. He studied at Laval University in Québec City and at the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Québec Bar in 1955 and was named Queen's Counsel in 1968. He was a part time Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa from 1956 to 1978 and from 1986 to 1992. He practiced law with the Federal Department of Justice from 1955 to 1986 and occupied the following positions: Chief, Legal Services, Department of Public Works from 1959 to 1965; Director, Departmental Legal Services from 1965 to 1974 Assistant Deputy Attorney General from 1974 to 1982; and Associate Deputy Minister of Justice from 1982 to 1986. He was appointed Director of the French legislative drafting program at the University of Ottawa from 1986 to 1988. He was appointed Judge of the Tax Court of Canada in September 1988, Associate Chief Judge in February 1999 and Chief Judge in February 2000. He was Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada from July 2nd, 2003, until his retirement in November 2004.

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LÉVEILLÉ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-07 published
GARON, Raymonde (née LURETTE)
Passed away tragically on Friday, June 29th, 2007, at the age of 73. Beloved wife of 36 years of the late Alban GARON, former Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada, also deceased on June 29th, 2007. She was born on September 23rd, 1933 in Ottawa, Ontario. Daughter of the late Rodolphe LURETTE and of the late Marguerite L'ÉCUYER. She will be sadly missed by Maria Elena DURAN (Michel ROCHON) and her goddaughter Marie Isabelle DURAN- ROCHON. Survived by her brothers Jean-Pierre LURETTE (Claudette ROLLIN,) Richard LURETTE (Gaétane LACHANCE,) her sisters Suzanne LURETTE (late Marcel LANOUE,) and Gisèle Lurette LÉVEILLÉ, her brother-in-law Cyprien GARON (Lucette PÉPIN.) She also leaves behind many nephews and nieces, cousins and numerous Friends. Visitations on Monday, July 9th, 2007, from 2: 00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9: 00 p.m. at Racine Robert and Gauthier Funeral Home, 180 Montreal Road, Ottawa. Funerals will be held on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 at 10: 00 a.m., at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sussex at Guigues Street in Ottawa. Private family internment at a later date. A 'Bourse commémorative Alban et Raymonde Garon' at the University of Ottawa and a 'Bourse commémorative Alban et Raymonde Garon' at the Montfort Hospital Foundation have been established. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either of these funds.

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LEVESQUE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-06 published
THIBERT, Eugene F.
77 years, of Tilbury, at University Hospital, London on Thursday, January 4, 2007. Beloved husband of Cordelia "Toby" (née BELAIR.) Loving father of Annette and husband Brian CURTIS. Dearest grandfather of Marie GAUDREAU and spouse Ian KELLY, Ben CURTIS and wife Julie, Jason CURTIS, and great-grandfather of Zachery KELLY, and Cameron and Ryan CURTIS. Predeceased by parents Anthony THIBERT (1977) and Marie (CHARRON) THIBERT (1972.) Dearest brother of the late Margaret CHEVALIER (1989) (Mid-1991,) the late George THIBERT (2003) (Cecile,) Alfred (Edna) THIBERT, the late Leo THIBERT (2001) (Marcella,) Theresa WATSON (Dave-1979,) James (Marcella) THIBERT, all of Tilbury, Marie LEVESQUE of McGregor (Andre-2001.) Dear brother-in-law of Orise TELLIER, the late Agatha CHOUINARD (2005,) Velina SHEEHAN, Jeanne THIBERT, Louise BROSSEAU, Carmelle GAGE. Eugene was owner and operator of Thibert's Abattoir in Tilbury from 1961 until 1983, and was Fire Chief of Tilbury from 1959 to 1992. Eugene was a member of Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, Ontario Fire Chiefs Association, and Ontario Retirees, and was past president of Kent County Association of Fire Chiefs, and Essex County Association of Fire Chiefs. He was a member of Tilbury Knights of Columbus Third and Fourth Degree. Visitation at Reaume Funeral Home, 6 Canal St. W., Tilbury Saturday from 7-9 p.m., Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers 3 p.m. Sunday. Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus prayers 8: 30 p.m. Sunday. Funeral service from the funeral home Monday, January 8, 2007 at 10 a.m., then to St. Francis Xavier Church, Tilbury for Mass at 10: 30 a.m. Interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Donations to Saint_Joseph's-Regional Mental Health Care London or Alzheimer Society appreciated.

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LEVESQUE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-15 published
McCRODAN, Margaret Jane
Died suddenly November 8, 2007 at the age of 82. She is pre-deceased by her husband Peter Byron (2001) and her son John Guy Philp (1978,) and is survived by daughters Susan, Deborah (John LEVESQUE,) and Michael McCRODAN, by her grandchildren Chris HUGGINS (Shelley MANTEI) and Alyssa HUGGINS. A celebration of her life will be held at 1: 30 p.m. Friday, November 16th at the Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club at 1630 West 15th at Fir Street, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Saint Mary's Hospital, Box 7777, Sechelt, British Columbia V0N 3A0.

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LEVETZOW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-06 published
SCHWABE, Dagmar (née VON LEVETZOW)
Passed away peacefully at her home on Persley Den Farms on Tuesday, November 27, 2007. Dagmar SCHWABE, beloved wife of the late Carl SCHWABE, is lovingly remembered by daughters Yvonne SCHWABE and Petra SCHWABE, and her husband Michael FAILES. Special thanks to devoted caregiver Norma LEGASPI, and the caring staff of Friends Landing, the Allendale day program. A Memorial Service will be held at 11: 00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at Ebenezer United Church, 12274 Guelph Line North of Campbellville. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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LEVEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-22 published
FRANKEL, Nathan
Peacefully, on Sunday, October 21, 2007 in his 78th year at Princess Margaret Hospital, following a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Millie GOTLIB. Loving father and father-in-law of Wendy and Joel LEHRER, and Heidi FRANKEL. Special grandpa of Erin. Dear brother of Faye LEVEY, Tamar FREEMAN, and the late Mynne GARR, and Reuben and Issie FRANKEL. Sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, October 23rd at 2: 30 p.m. Shiva at 260 Heath St. W., #1102 from 11: 00 a.m. daily.

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LEVICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-17 published
LEVICK, Richard " Dick" (1925-2007)
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at the K-W Health Centre of Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. He was Beloved husband of May CONSTANCE for 56 years. Much loved father of son Richard and daughter-in-law Ruth MacLEOD, and son John and partner Fern PARE. Loving grandfather of Claire. Survived by step-brother, Erick LEVICK of Webster, New York.
Predeceased by sister, Jean HARDY of Carmel, California and parents, Richard and Hazel LEVICK of Ottawa.
Born in Ottawa, Dick was a proud graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College, Class of 1948. Known for his amusing poems and willingness to sing jazz classics and show tunes, he will be sorely missed by his many Friends, former colleagues and fellow "Aggies".
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 2 p.m. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service. A private family interment will follow at a later date.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family and may be arranged through the funeral home, 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com.

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LEVIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-05-28 published
LEVIN, Solomon Abraham (April 22, 1935-May 25, 2007)
A significant life journey has ended for Sol. He has touched so many lives in so many ways, none more so than his family. In each of his children his zeal for medicine, art and business will live on.
He loved the elements of sun and water and all they represented. His passion for books, art, poetry and sports and his dedication to his patients was unsurpassed.
As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, he was a mentor and innovative educator, a visionary, a spiritually insightful person, compassionate healer, lover of family, food and wine and most recently, all the little things in life.
Valda, Adeera and Morley, Simon and Laurie, Malcolm and Sharon, Benjamin, Phoebe and Terra, as well as Raymond and Vivienne, Deanne and Clive, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and Lorraine, his dear friend and colleague, will miss him tremendously.
Special thanks to all the patients, Friends and family who shared their kind words with Sol during his illness and gave solace to his family. Thanks also to the Edmonton and Vancouver based Palliative Care Teams who helped him and ensured his dignity and comfort in his last days.
In appreciation of the care he received in both Edmonton and Vancouver, and his dedication to medical education, he requested that donations be made to either: Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Dr. Sharon Watanabe, Cross Cancer Institute for Palliative Care Education, Edmonton, Alberta or Saint Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Renal-Palliative Initiative (Education) c/o Dr. Daphne Lobb. Donations to the charity of one's choice will also be gratefully accepted.
The funeral service will be held at the Chesed Shel Emeth (Chevra Kadisha Chapel) 12313-105 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29th, 2007. Burial will follow the service at the Edmonton Jewish Cemetery, 7622-101 Avenue.

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LEVIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-17 published
ZAHRAI, Fariba, R.N., B.Sc.N.
I was a fish swimming in the sea of life watching sunrises and sundowns. Now, I swim in the everlasting ocean where there is no end in sight, but peace.
Peacefully on Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 10: 31 p.m. in hospital surrounded by the love and support of family after a determined and unselfish battle against ovarian cancer. Fariba is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Jodie PARMAR, their three cherished and loving sons, Nolan (5), Liam (6), and Nevin (13), her loving son, Nader (19), her loving daughter, Laila (24), her loving parents, Doctor Amir Hassan ZAHRAI and Farideh AGHAYAN, and her two wonderful and loving brothers, Beau and Doctor Ali ZAHRAI. Fariba was born in Tehran on February 27, 1961 and was raised there and in London, England. She completed high school at The Hun School of Princeton -- an independent college preparatory school located in Princeton, New Jersey. Fariba graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Dean's Honour List) and from George Brown College, Diploma Nursing (Dean's Honour List). Fariba was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. During her nursing career, Fariba worked at Toronto Public Health in the 277 Victoria Street and 1115 Queen Street West offices, and at Mount Sinai Hospital in the High-Risk Ante Partum Unit. She made a positive difference in the lives of her patients/clients and colleagues. The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the compassionate and caring staff at each of Saint Michael's Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. In particular, the family is grateful for the care provided by Doctors Rashida HAQ, Barry ROSEN, Anthony FYLE, Amit OZA, Leslie LEVIN, Ted AXLER, Helen PYLE, Sudhir PANDYA, and Linda McLEAN. In addition, the family wishes to recognize the kind assistance of Adiba, Mirella, and Tessa at Saint Michael's Hospital; Mhari at Toronto General Hospital; Heidi, Noela, Valerie, Linda, and Josie at Princess Margaret Hospital; Yolanda, Carol, Amanda, Julie, Jean, Jennifer, and Manuel at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital; Jadwiga at Comcare; Laura at Acclaim, Alison at Community Care Access Centre Halton, and Ron Marcinkoski at Market Drugs Medical in Edmonton. Interment took place at York Cemetery on Monday, October 15, 2007 in a private, family ceremony. A tribute to honour and celebrate Fariba's life will be held at the Reception Centre, York Cemetery, 160 Beecroft Road (west of the North York Civic Centre), Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, October 18, 2007 from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Association, 101-145 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1E3 or 1-877-413-7970 in order to 'Turn Up the Volume!' on ovarian cancer. You've done your best; it's time to rest.

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LEVIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-19 published
MURPHY, David R. (1917-2007)
M.Sc., M.D.C.M., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S., M.Sc. Experimental Surgery, and Diploma Course in Surgery, McGill University
It is with great sadness that the family announce the death of the beloved husband of Beatrice Norsworthy MURPHY, father of Alex (Jean BAYLIS) and their children Laura, Greg and Sandra Kippy and her children Heather (Tim MERRITT,) Dan and Emily Georgie (David SCOTT) and their children Andrew, Greg (Laura SHULA) and Carrie; Gail (Ron PEROWNE) and their children Fred, Lisa (Ed CLAYTON,) and Charlie (Denise PENZAK) and their children Savhana and Ronan; David (Robin SHAPIRO) and their children Jessica and Victoria. He was also like a father to Betty Berman LEVIN and friend and mentor to so many others. David MURPHY was a Captain in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, and served on the H.M.C.S. Lady Nelson as a surgeon and later at the Montreal Military Hospital. He was an early pioneer in Paediatric Cardiovascular surgery, Professor of Medicine at McGill University, Surgeon-in-Chief at The Montreal Children's Hospital from 1954-1982, Past President and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a member of the British, French and American Societies of Paediatric Surgeons.
Special thanks to the staff of M10 at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Doctors J. Genest, P. Lysy, and D. Dawson. Memorial service October 27, 2007, 11: 30 a.m. at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont, Québec (514) 279-6540. Remembrances to the David R. Murphy Fund at Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation, 3400 de Maisoneuve Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H3Z 3B8.

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LEVIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-01 published
SOREN, Grace
On Friday, November 30, 2007 at Baycrest Hospital. Grace SOREN, beloved wife of Joseph SOREN. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Gary and Janis, and the late Melvyn SOREN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Murray and the late Phyllis LEVIN, Howard and Sophie LEVIN, Rose and the late Alfred LEVIN, and the late Shirley and Norman SIEGEL. Devoted grandmother of Alexis and Adam DEAN, and Mirelle, great-grandmother of Hudson. Special thanks to Doctor Michael KIRZNER and to the nurses and staff of Baycrest Hospital 7 West. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street (Bathurst south of Eglinton) for service on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva beginning Sunday evening at 147 Strathearn Road. Memorial donations may be made to the Grace and Joseph Soren Endowment Fund c/o The Baycrest Centre Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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LEVIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-28 published
HOWARD, Daniel James
Daniel our most precious 1st born child has passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2007. Beloved son of Jane and John and dear brother to Andrew. Daniel struggled with his disability for 20 years, but finally lost his battle at North York General Hospital surrounded by his family. Dear grand_son of Donald and the late Shirley HOWARD of Renfrew and Charles and Coreen FENTON of Toronto. Nephew of Pamela FENTON and Ann and Stephen HASLAM and cousins Rebecca and Claire and many other family members. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his Aunt Susan HOWARD of Munster Hamlet. He was beautifully cared for by his nurses Jean, Dana, Sheila, Susan, Shenaz and many other caregivers over the years. He will be missed by all his teachers and fellow students at Park Lane School. Special thanks to Doctor Leo LEVIN, Donna and the staff at Markham Pediatrics and Doctor R. MUNN for all their support. Thanks to the Hospital for Sick Children and all the staff that cared for him there. Friends may call on Friday, December 28th, from 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral service to be held on Saturday, December 29 at 9 a.m. in the chapel. Interment Westminster Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children, Easter Seals or President's Choice Children's Charity. Condolences - www.rskane.ca R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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LEVINE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-05-31 published
GREENBERG, Professor Robert, Architect
si monumentum requiris, circumspice
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bob at Chesley Hospital on Monday morning, May 28, 2007, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Bob was the beloved husband of Georgina (née INESON) and loving father of Noah (wife Monica) of Seattle, Washington; Zoe of New York City; Naomi, Paula and Eli, all at home. son of Louis (deceased) and Sylvia GREENBERG. Bob is also survived by his sister Paula LEVINE of Florida. Born in 1942 in the Bronx, New York City, Bob graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University. Professor of Architecture for 28 years at Ryerson University, he lectured extensively in Canada, the United States and Great Britain as an authority on many subjects; especially as a master of Descriptive Geometry. A sometime member of the Ontario Association of Architects and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Bob labored for many years on improvement of the architectural heritage of Grey-Bruce, lending his energy and creative insight to projects across the region, and was a founding lecturer of Bluewater Association of Lifelong Learning. He will be greatly missed by his many admirers, colleagues and former students. According to his wishes, the family will be holding a Celebration of Bob's Life at St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church, Brampton at a date later in the summer. Additionally, Synagogue Beth Ezekiel, 313 11th St. E., Owen Sound, has generously offered to hold a Memorial Service on Sunday, June 3rd at 4: 30 p.m. Bob and his family deeply appreciated and would like to thank the caring staff at Chesley Hospital. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a donation may do so to the Chesley Hospital Foundation or St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church. Arrangements entrusted to Grey Bruce Cremation and Burial Services 519-371-8507.

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LEVINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-07 published
MARTIN, Lynn
Died on June 4, 2007. She is sadly missed by cousins Norman, David, Ellen, Mitchell, Jane, Alexander, Ruby and Abraham, by her Uncle Lionel, Aunt Nan, Shelley BUTLER, Sara LEVINE, Ron HALL and family, Carolyn ROBINS and family, Kerry PEACOCK and family, Saul MARTIN and family, Harvey KOFSKY and family, Leon RAVVIN and family, and Ethel ABRAMSON and family. She was predeceased by her father, Eddy MARTIN and mother Annette (RAVVIN) MARTIN. Lynn was a lifelong Calgarian who took pleasure in her independent ways and love of kinship. She was resilient, funny and happiest when she found good company. Her memories of people she loved and knew well, like her Grandfather Israel RAVVIN, Granny Shifra RAVVIN, and her Uncle Albert RAVVIN, kept these people present for the rest of us. Donations can be made to the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (403) 543-1161. Funeral was held on June 6 at the Jewish Cemetery, Erlton Street and 30 Avenue S.W.

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LEVINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-09 published
MARTIN, Lynn
Died on June 4, 2007. She is sadly missed by cousins Norman, David, Ellen, Mitchell, Jane, Alexander, Ruby and Abraham, by her Uncle Lionel, Aunt Nan, Shelley BUTLER, Sara LEVINE, Ron HALL and family, Carolyn ROBINS and family, Kerry PEACOCK and family, Saul MARTIN and family, Harvey KOFSKY and family, Leon RAVVIN and family, and Ethel ABRAMSON and family. She was predeceased by her father, Eddy MARTIN and mother Annette (Ravvin) MARTIN. Lynn was a lifelong Calgarian who took pleasure in her independent ways and love of kinship. She was resilient, funny and happiest when she found good company. Her memories of people she loved and knew well, like her Grandfather Israel RAVVIN, Granny Shifra RAVVIN, and her Uncle Albert RAVVIN, kept these people present for the rest of us. Donations can be made to the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (403) 543-1161. Funeral was held on June 6 at the Jewish Cemetery, Erlton Street and 30 Avenue S.W.

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LEVINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-25 published
BURROWS, Miriam (née MYERSON)
On Sunday, June 24, 2007, in Montreal. Beloved wife of the late Nathan BURROWS. Devoted mother and mother-in-law of Laura CRANGLE of Toronto, Ellis and Barbara of Oakville. Cherished Grandmother of Jillian and Hilary CRANGLE; Jeremy and Adam BURROWS. Predeceased by her siblings Faigie, Annette, Toby, Al and Bernice MYERSON. Sister-in-law of Bertha and the late Myer TAVEROFF, Molly and the late Sidney LEVINE, the late Clara and the late Sidney BURROWS. She is survived by her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Special thanks to her caregiver Sybil Mayers for her loving care and devotion. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, 3888 Jean Talon St. W., Montreal on Tuesday, June 26 at 11: 00 a.m. Burial in Montreal. Shiva in Toronto. Donations in her memory may be made to the Hope and Cope c/o the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, (514) 340-8251, or to the charity of your choice.

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LEVINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-03 published
DUBIN, Anne Ruth, Q.C.
Following surgery, Anne lost her fight for life on August 2, 2007. Anne was a devoted and loving wife to Charles, her husband and best friend of 55 years. Survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law Myer and Sybil LEVINE and Leonard and Bobbie LEVINE. Predeceased by her sister Molly MYERS. Will be sadly missed by nieces and nephew Francie and Stuart KLEIN and Marcia ROBINSON and grandniece and grandnephew Sherri and Justin.
Anne retired following a long and successful career in corporate law. She was a director of Petro-Canada and a member of the Ontario Law Reform Commission Advisory Board. She was also a director of Telemedia Communications Inc., Morgan Trust Co. of Canada and a former Public Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. She was vice-chair Area Committee of the York County Legal Aid Plan, a former member of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee on the Juvenile and Family Court of Metropolitan Toronto, and a former member of the Joint Committee on Penal Reform for Women.
Anne had a long history of community service. She was a vice-chair of York University, a trustee of the Toronto Hospital Foundation, a director of the Canadian Club, Toronto, an Honorary Counsel of the Canadian Red Cross Society, an Honorary Counsel of the Museum Children's Theatre, a director of the Elizabeth Fry Society, a director of the Toronto Mental Health Clinic for Children and Adolescents and its successor, the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a director of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, and a trustee of the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.
Anne will always be remembered for her intelligence, independence, indomitable spirit, and her dedication and loyalty to family and Friends.
Funeral service will be held at Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto at 11: 00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2007. Interment Holy Blossom Cemetery, Brimly Rd. Following interment all are invited to 619 Avenue Rd., Toronto. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Anne Dubin to the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, 416-603-5958. Special thanks to Doctor Phillip ELLISON and nurse Debbie KLATT.

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LEVINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-07 published
LEVINE, Jerome
On Monday, August 6, 2007 at the North York General Hospital. Jerry LEVINE, beloved husband of Ruth, and the late Helen LEVINE. Loving father of Randy and Judy, and Mitchell. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Stanley and Lorraine. Devoted Papa of Cathryn, Marc, and Harrison. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Tuesday, August 7th at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva 333 Clark Avenue West, #415, in Thornhill, from 2: 00 p.m. daily. Memorial donations may be made to the Jerry Levine Memorial Fund, c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3 at 416-780-0324 or www.benjamins.ca.

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LEVINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-03 published
SPENCER, Samuel
Peacefully on November 2, 2007 in his 91st year. Samuel SPENCER, beloved husband of the late Marsha. Devoted father of Russell and father-in-law of the late Ruth SPENCER. Loving grandfather of Shanan (Andrew BROWN) and Michael. Brother of Belma ZWEIG and the late Louis SPENCER and brother-in-law of Ruth SPENCER, the late Bobby ZWEIG, Harold and Ann GOLDMAN, and Phil and the late Anita LEVINE. Will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, November 4, 2007 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the Samuel Spencer Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324, www.benjamins.ca

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LEVITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-17 published
APPEL, Bluma (née LEVITT)

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LEVITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-17 published
She cherished them all
By Val ROSS, Page R1
Bluma APPEL gave advice to so many people in the arts - from producers to mere reporters - she couldn't possibly remember all their names. No matter, to the Toronto-based philanthropist who died on Sunday of lung cancer at the age of 86, everyone was "dear."
That endearment even applied to the trainload of comedians whom APPEL and Byron BELLOWS, her personal assistant and long-time friend, joined en route to the annual Canadian Comedy Awards in London, Ontario
"I don't think she missed an awards," says Mark Breslin, comedy impresario.
APPEL helped to establish the awards, started in 2000, and supported a $10,000 bursary for emerging comics; as with all of her widely dispersed acts of philanthropy, the amount wasn't huge, but the impact was.
"It's the only time I can think of," Breslin says, "that anyone from the Canadian establishment took comedy seriously."
Establishment? Emerging from a hard-working, Montreal Jewish family, Bluma LEVITT entered the philanthropy world thanks to what she called "indulgence" from her husband, entrepreneur-millionaire Bram APPEL.
In her early adulthood, she tried her hand at so many ventures - women's suit designer, political adviser, investor in theatre projects - that she seemed confident about knocking on any door.
"We've been in her apartment on Hazelton Avenue [in Toronto's Yorkville district] when she's gone to her phone and called the Prime Minister's Office to find out about support for one of our tours," says Marshall Pynkoski, co-artistic director of Opera Atelier.
APPEL was an early supporter of his 22-year-old company, he says, because "she was looking to invest in people and organizations where her money would make a difference, it would make a return. She was very much Bram's wife."
Over the years, she became Opera Atelier's most influential patron, and not just in financial terms: She restructured the board, and shook down other patrons. "From the minute she gave, she felt she could ask other people. She told us, 'You identify givers, then you encircle them.' " Pynkoski did not realize that two weeks ago, when she wrote a $25,000 cheque that wiped out the company's deficit, it would be one of her last acts.
APPEL was a woman of strong opinions. Last December, when Canadian Stage was planning to mount a production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie (a play about the young antiwar protester who was crushed by an Israeli Defence Force bulldozer,) APPEL's was one of the loudest voices warning of the play's potential anti-Israeli effect on public opinion.
Few were surprised when Canadian Stage, whose main venue is the Bluma Appel Theatre, cancelled the production. "She would never fail to tell me if she loved or hated something," says Marty Bragg, the company's artistic producer. "But she was one of us. Her second sentence to me the day I met her was, 'Don't ever forget, Marty, I'm a producer too.' "
Producers are people who put talents and money together, and at this she excelled. She was breakfasting with Friends in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in 2002, Bellows recalls, when the group learned that Willowbank, a stately home built in 1834, faced demolition. American descendants of the owner wanted to save it, but could not get charitable status in Canada.
"Bluma said, 'Give me your cellphone,' " Bellows says. "She called lawyers, and in a week we'd launched American Friends of Canada."
Willowbank was saved, and is now the home of the School of Restoration Arts (the only one in North America), which offers courses in architectural heritage preservation.
A former art student, APPEL was keenly interested in the Ontario College of Art and Design. Two years ago she launched an annual design scholarship. "Her generosity was personal," Ontario College of Art and Design president Sara DIAMOND says. "She came to the students' shows, she was involved. We all thought she'd be around for a long time."
Helen BURSTYN is chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the last board on which APPEL served. "She gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars, but she was careful," BURSTYN says. "She helped by telling people, in effect, 'You'd better not miss this, it's special.' And she was wickedly funny."

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LEVITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-17 published
She was a 'marvellous example of commitment to the public good'
Even as a teenager growing up in Montreal, she possessed a hatred of intolerance, writes Sandra MARTIN. It was a theme that later wove through the many disparate parts of a hugely complicated life to embrace politics, the arts, health care, social justice and human rights
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S8
Blunt, buoyant and bountiful, she was always known as Bluma. A dogged fundraiser and networker, she had a flinty sensor for injustice and intolerance, a lifelong love of the arts and a passion for fixing things, people and the world.
Irreverent and possessed of a wicked sense of humour, she loved to say that her husband, Bram APPEL, made the money and she spent it. A friend once said the Appels were involved with everything but racehorses; Ms. APPEL shot back: "Bram says you can lose more on plays." On their 25th wedding anniversary, Mr. APPEL gave his wife a spectacular ring, but she, with his permission, took it back to the jeweller and spent the money on a play, instead. "He's lucky I didn't ask for extra money," she joked.
"She wanted to help society, but I can tell you this," Ms. APPEL's elder son, David, said yesterday. "If she had gone into business, anybody who backed her would have made a fortune. She knew everybody and she could get into any door, but she used all of that for philanthropy or to support interesting cultural causes."
A non-conformist, Ms. APPEL "created spaces and places for herself where she didn't have to compete with others," said long-time friend and colleague Patrice Marin Best. "But I also believe she was gifted with a kind of foresight or intuition. Because she was curious and she read very widely, she was always picking up snippets of things and thinking about how they fit together."
"She was very effective," former federal politician Marc Lalonde said yesterday, commenting on the breadth of the causes and issues she supported. "She could not see a problem and remain indifferent to it. She was a marvellous example of commitment to the public good."
Her father, Jack LEVITT, came from Vilna, Lithuania, and her mother, Dora, from Kovna, Russia, probably around 1905 as Jewish emigration from czarist Russia surged because of wide-scale repression and fear of pogroms. Her father, who made a living initially selling photographs on Montreal street corners, went into the textile business and eventually formed a prosperous company called Town Hall Clothes. The youngest of four children, Bluma (which means flower in Yiddish) grew up in a hard-working, socially conscious environment in Outremont.
She learned French at a young age (and later mastered Spanish and Italian), and was Friends with a young Pierre Trudeau. She was also involved in the same little theatre group as Herbert Whittaker, the late theatre critic of The Globe and Mail.
She went to high school in Montreal but never attended university. In a speech to the Canadian Club in April, she said she had refused to take the entrance examinations for McGill University in 1936 because, "being Jewish, I needed straight A-plus to qualify." Since B-minus was good enough for anyone else, this struck her as unfair. So, even as a teenager, she possessed a hatred of intolerance, a theme that wove through the many disparate parts of a hugely complicated life that embraced politics, the arts, health care, social justice and international human rights.
In 1937, she was introduced to a young chartered accountant named Bram APPEL at a hotel in the Laurentians, north of Montreal. He had a canny head for numbers and a good eye for investment opportunities. Because he had trouble finding a job, he started his own company, then helped to found a high-tech firm based on the clean filtration systems invented by scientist David Pall, a friend from his student days at McGill.
The APPELs married on July 11, 1940, and had two sons, David (1941) and Mark (1944.) As a young wife and mother, Ms. APPEL made a career out of volunteering. "I learned early on you enter every door open to you," she said in her Canadian Club speech. "A locked door particularly intrigued me and I never gave up looking for the key."
Growing up, said David, "our home was filled with laughter and intense discussion." He described his mother as a dynamo. "The passport into our home had nothing to do with your station, but whether you were interesting and what you brought of yourself. It was an incredibly febrile and exciting environment. You take it for granted, but, in retrospect, you see the extent to which our mother and father enriched our lives."
Although she was drawn to the creative process, her prodigious energies and talents did not reside in the making of art. She said that, after six months of piano lessons when she was 6, her teacher begged her not to come back; at 13, she joined an after-school painting class but all her attempts at figurative work turned into abstracts. As for acting, "I couldn't even get a part in a mob scene." For a time, she tried identifying and supporting the creation of various art forms by becoming part-owner of Waddington's art gallery in Montreal in 1957 and producing plays in the 1960s in New York City, including a short-lived off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's The Maids and Olympia Dukakis's first play, The Opening of a Window.
Her real talent lay in fundraising. There are four crucial steps, she liked to explain. "First, you decide on your victims." And then you stalk, encircle and entrap them. In a typical campaign, she would begin by appealing to her "victim's" better nature and, if that didn't work, would quickly switch to "fear, greed and guilt."
When she was on the prowl, she never limited herself to one project at a time. In 1955, she was in Geneva to help her husband run the booth for Pall Corp. Filtration, which was exhibiting at a commercial venue, and dropped in at the first Atoms for Peace Conference in an adjoining building. There, she just happened to meet physicists and Nobel Prize winners Isadore Rabi and Sir John Cockroft, who, among other eminent scientists, had gathered to try to chain nuclear power for peaceful purposes.
In the mid-1960s, the APPELs moved from Montreal to Ottawa (although they always kept a home in their native city) so Mr. APPEL could take a position as executive assistant to Jean-Luc Pépin when he was the minister of energy, mines and resources in Lester Pearson's last Liberal government. During their Ottawa years - the APPELs moved to Toronto in 1979 - she worked for secretary of state Gérard Pelletier at $1 a year.
That connection led her, in 1970, to Marc Lalonde, then principal secretary to Mr. Trudeau. After granting her a 15-minute interview, she showed up in her mink coat and hat and pleaded her case to have the prime minister attend a dinner to launch the American Friends of Canada, an organization that persuaded wealthy Americans to give works of art to Canadian museums in return for a tax credit. She had inveigled David Rockefeller, Henry Ford and Armand Hammer to sit on her board. Ms. APPEL ran overtime and Mr. Lalonde showed her the door. "I was probably the first one to ever kick her out of an office," he said yesterday. Seeing how flummoxed she was, Mr. Lalonde organized another meeting and they became fast Friends.
In 1972, Mr. Lalonde ran for office and became secretary of state for the status of women and quickly appointed her as his personal representative at the usual fee of $1 a year. Her big push was to have women on the boards of directors of the major banks. She would walk in with her mink coat and hat and would argue with bank presidents, Mr. Lalonde said yesterday. "She could give better than she could receive… Lo and behold, slowly, the banks started appointing women and, a few years later, it became a point of honour for them to appoint women."
In 1979, Ms. APPEL ran unsuccessfully for the Liberals in the federal election. She then moved to Toronto with her husband and took on the rest of the country. Always one to sense an issue that was about to develop into a crisis, Ms. APPEL became deeply involved in the community of activists that banded together in the 1980s to found the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research.
Her lifelong love of music and the theatre prompted her to invest heavily in terms of time, energy and money in the Toronto theatre scene. She was a big supporter of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, which named one of its theatres in her honour in March of 1983 after she made a donation to help renovate the 876-seat theatre. She was also a significant force behind Opera Atelier. In June of 2005, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts gave Ms. APPEL an honorary Dora Mavor Moore Award "for her exceptional and lifelong dedication" to the performing arts in Canada.
About two years ago, she began to feel unwell. But, with her characteristic verve, she carried on as though nothing were bothering her. In June of 2006, Ms. APPEL, the woman who had never attended university, was given an honorary degree by the University of Toronto. The severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic in Toronto in 2003 had focused Ms. APPEL's attention on nurses and their vulnerability in caring for infectious patients, so she donated $350,000 to help the Faculty of Nursing establish a Clinical Simulation Learning centre within the new Health Sciences Building at the U of T's St. George campus.
When she was named Canadian of the Year at a luncheon at the Canadian Club on April 30, she appeared with a neck brace and spoke with a raspy voice. Although she was never a smoker, she was diagnosed with lung cancer in May. Ms. APPEL took the opportunity of the Canadian Club award to speak out against Islamist extremism and to plead for open dialogue among Arab, Jewish and Muslim communities. "Let us return to a time when tolerance was not shrouded in silence born of great fear, but of loud and raucous debate, born of great hope."
Last month, she was given an honorary degree by Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario Here's the advice she gave the graduates in her convocation address: "Stay curious. Don't make the same mistake twice, life is rough - it is a battle for turf - so learn by observation - take notes - write memos. Listen to opinions but not to the opinionated. Do not tolerate intolerance. Cherish the environment. Keep an open mind and stick to your principles. And dream big dreams!" In closing, she told the students that "the two most important issues we face are the deterioration of the environment, and the increase in the number of extreme fundamentalist groups."
Clearly, she was gearing up for another campaign, but, this time, her seemingly impervious energy was felled by illness. About 10 days ago, she was admitted to hospital. That's where she celebrated her 67th wedding anniversary, on July 11. Her husband swept into the room with a bouquet of yellow roses, then sat by her bedside holding her hand.
Bluma APPEL's birth certificate says she was born in Montreal on September 4, 1919, but she always claimed 1920 as her date of birth. She died of lung cancer in Princess Margaret Hospital on July 14, 2007. She was either 86 or 87. She is survived by her husband, Bram, two sons, five grandchildren, her sister Goldie EPSTEIN of Montreal and her extended family. The funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel in Toronto.

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LEVITT 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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LEVITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-24 published
LEVITT, Monty (December 10, 1920-December 25, 1994)
In loving memory
Rosabel and all the family

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LEVY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-05 published
LEVY, Albert

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LEVY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-07 published
ZIMMERMAN, Dorothy
On Monday, August 6, 2007 at the Toronto General Hospital. Dorothy Levy ZIMMERMAN, beloved wife of the late Samuel ZIMMERMAN. Loving and beloved mother of Doctor Arthur Eric ZIMMERMAN, and Claire-Ruth (Monieca) SEDDON. Dear sister of Margaret FINE and the late Clayman LEVY. Dorothy had a passion for art and was a master painter in watercolour. A graveside service will be held in the B'nai Moshe Section of Roselawn Cemetery on Tuesday, August 7th at 3: 30 p.m. Shiva 514 Brunswick Avenue from 5-8 p.m. daily. Memorial donations may be made to the Dorothy Zimmerman Memorial Fund, c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3 at 416-780-0324 or www.benjamins.ca.

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LEVY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-05 published
SPERLING, Linda Joyce
Died suddenly August 24, 2007, with her family at her side after a brief illness in Paris, France, where she was vacationing. Born February 9, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, Linda dedicated her life to improving the lives of working people. A committed feminist, an outstanding organizer and a shrewd, determined negotiator, she lifted people up, both with her own leadership and her remarkable ability to mentor and inspire her Friends and fellow workers. After completing university in Madison, Wisconsin, Linda travelled widely before moving to Vancouver and Simon Fraser University in 1969. She later moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, where she commenced her trade union work in 1977 with the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union. She led groundbreaking pay equity negotiations for hospital workers and clerical workers. In 1984, she became Prairie representative for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, where she again helped win important pay equity victories. She worked closely with nurses delivering health services in First Nations communities across Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. A critical incidents intervention policy she helped nurses establish in Manitoba First Nations communities is now used across Canada. In 1991, she returned to British Columbia to become a staff representative with the Federation of PostSecondary Educators, where she negotiated agreements and fought to improve the condition of part-time instructors, mainly women. She was a teacher herself, instructing for many years in the Capilano College Labour Studies Program. Throughout her life, Linda linked her union work to the wider struggle for social justice in Canada and globally. She served on the board of Women's and Children's Hospital, in Vancouver, and the board of Co-Development Canada, a unique non-profit organization that works in partnership with community organizations in Latin America. After her retirement in 2006, she undertook work for Canadian International Development Agency as a gender equity specialist in China. Linda is survived by her husband Fred CUDDINGTON; her sister Carol LEVY and her nephew Robert LEVY, of Madison, Wisconsin as well as her daughter Shoshana SPERLING (Maury) and grand_son Henry; son Adam SPERLING (Alla) and granddaughters Samantha, Sophia and Ekaterina. She is mourned as well by Fred's children Clinton CUDDINGTON (Monica) and grandchildren Olive and Eero and Natasha CUDDINGTON (Frank) and grand_sons Tadc and Padraig. A celebration of Linda's life will be held Sunday, September 9, at 2 p.m. at Sage Bistro, University Centre, University of British Columbia, 6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver. Friends are invited to bring pictures, written stories and other memorabilia of Linda's life for inclusion in a memorial book. A second memorial celebration will be planned for Regina, Saskatchewan at a later date. Donations to Co-Development Canada, a women's transition house or Greenpeace are requested in lieu of flowers.

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LEVY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-04 published
LEVY, Sarah
On September 20, 2007 Sarah "Surkie" LEVY passed away at Hamilton Ontario. Wife of 65 years to Frank; Mother of Monte (Madeleine) and Bryna (Matthew); Bubby to Ira, Ronan and Deanna, and sister to Rudy BLOOM and Rose SMITH. If desired donations can be made to Shalom Village, Hamilton or the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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LEVY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-05 published
LANGBORD, Helene
On Saturday, November 3, 2007 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Helene LANGBORD beloved wife of Ben. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ruth and Doctor Irving SIEGEL, the late Shael and Billie LEVY, Chave and Burnett THALL, Sadie and the late Lew LANGBORD, the late Sadie and Karl LANGBORD, the late Fanny SAUNDERS, and the late Nathan LANGBORD, and the late Eva LANGBORD. Devoted aunt of Bunny, Jack, Alan, Martin, Nelson, Merle, Dale, and Bonnie, the late Les LANGBORD- SAUNDERS, and the late Norman LANGBORD- SAUNDERS. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, November 5, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Workman's Circle section of Roselawn Cemetery. Shiva 2121 Bathurst Street, #824. Memorial donations may be made to the Hélène Langbord Memorial Fund c/o the Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324 or www.benjamins.ca

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LEVY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-29 published
GORDON, Sybil
On Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at her residence. Sybil GORDON, dearly beloved wife of the late David GORDON. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Alan and Tobi, Barry and Marcie, and Barbara Gordon DAVIS and Fred DAVIS. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Leonard and the late Mulya LEVY. Devoted grandmother of Jonathan and Hallie, Jenn, Michael, Joanna and Miklos, and Sam. Special thanks to Christie TOLOSA for her love, support, and care, and to the staff at Circle of Care and Princess Margaret Hospital, Lung Cancer Unit. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street (Bathurst south of Eglinton) for service on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 10: 30 a.m. Donations may be made to the David and Sybil Gordon Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324, or www.benjamins.ca

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LEVY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-14 published
HOLMES, Thais Charlotte Mary (née LAMB)
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday December 12, 2007 at the Civic Hospital at the age of 94. Loving mother of Sheila Lea (Lorne LEVY) and the late Brian. Proud grandmother of Erin (Mike HIGHTOWER,) Megan and Jonathan. She will be lovingly remembered by nieces and nephews Karen (Rick BETTERIDGE,) Doug LAMB (Gloria,) Judy LAMB, Christopher LAMB, David LAMB (Louise), Barbara Ann LAMB (Willie WAHM) and the late Richard LAMB. She will be missed by many Friends. A memorial service will be held at Saint Martin's Anglican Church, 2120 Prince Charles Road, Ottawa on Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 12 noon. Those wishing may make memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society or to the Canadian Diabetes Society.

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