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PANCER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-12 published
PANCER, Kayla (née CANTOR)
On Monday, June 11, 2007, at North York General Hospital. Beloved wife of Ron, dear mother of Marlene and Howard, cherished grandmother of Cole and Liam, devoted sister and sister-in-law to Pearl and Edward ARONOFF, David and Hilary CANTOR, and Tamar and Stan GORDON. Caring mother-in-law to Jane. She will be greatly missed by family and Friends. A funeral service will be held at Steeles Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 1 p.m. at 350 Steeles Avenue West. Shiva at 3181 Bayview Avenue, suite 605, from Wednesday through Sunday after 1 p.m. Donations may be made to cancer research.

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PANCER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-27 published
WILKS, Bessie " Barbara"
On Saturday, August 25, 2007 at Baycrest Hospital, in her 99th year. Daughter of the late Gavreil Eli and Matle. Beloved wife of the late Hillel WILKS. Dear mother and mother-in-law of Sylvia and Irving WORTSMAN, Marlene and David SEFTON. Loving grandmother of Sandy and Stephen LEIBOW, Jeffrey and Leigh WORTSMAN, Carol and Peter BROWN, Andrew and Eunhee SEFTON, Daniel and Shelley SEFTON. Very proud great-grandmother of Laura and Amanda LEIBOW Jamie, Sam and Sophie WORTSMAN; Wesley, Stephanie, Russell and Samantha BROWN; Zev SEFTON; Sabrina and Max SEFTON. Survived by her caring brother and sister-in-law Irving and Min HANEFORD. Devoted sister and sister-in-law of the late Sarah and Abraham ROTENBERG, Rose and Abe GREEN, Mary and Joe PANCER, and Leo and Edythe HANIFORD. With gratitude to Josie and Fanny for the wonderful care given to Bessie. Services were held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel on Sunday, August 26th. Interment, Beth Sholom Synagogue section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva, 73 Ridelle Avenue. Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation 416-499-1417, or to a charity of your choice.

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PANDYA 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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PANET o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-27 published
PANET, Charles Eric deLotbinière
(July 3, 1931-September 24, 2007)
son of deLotbinière Harewood PANET and Edith Burpee PANET (nee CARRUTHERS) passed away peacefully on Monday, September 24, 2007, surrounded by his family, after a short lung illness.
He is survived by his wife Andrea Rowley PANET, his daughters Deirdre Panet FRANCIS (Derrick) and Margot Panet WARD (Chris), by his grand_son Jack WARD, and step-grandchildren Alexandra and Aaron FRANCIS. Also his sister Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN (David,) nieces and nephew; Heather, John and Sarah, great-nieces and many cousins.
Charlie was a strong, and quiet man, always a gentleman. He was a fine athlete who made fitness a priority in his life. In his early years at Trinity College School, he was a gymnast and excelled in many sports. He enjoyed outdoor activities including boating, bicycling, roller-blading, tennis, skiing, and skating in his adult life. Like his father, he was an excellent artist. He loved music, good food and family gatherings.
Charlie followed in the footsteps of his father and family and joined the Canadian Army (Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery). Shortly after completion of officer training, he was posted to the 3rd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery serving in Petawawa, Korea, Debert (Nova Scotia). After his flying training, he was posted to Shilo, Manitoba and then Hemer, Germany.
Upon return from Germany, Charlie spent time in Edmonton and served on the Headquarters' staff of Western Command and the Canadian Contingent in Cyprus. He was selected to attend the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston in 1965. Charlie was posted as Staff Officer, Pan American Games at Headquarters Training Command in Winnipeg. After a one year posting to Northern Army Group in Germany, he returned to Valcartier, Québec as 2nd in Command of 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. Charlie retired in 1979 from National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.
Charlie opened the Fish House in Kingston in 1980, which he enjoyed as his second career. Following his time as a fish monger, he wintered in Florida on his boat, and summered at Carruther's Point in Kingston. In 1995, he moved to Wolfe Island, where he very much enjoyed being part of the community.
He will be greatly missed by all of his family and many Friends.
The family will receive Friends at the Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home, 309 Johnson Street (at Barrie Street) Kingston, on Friday, September 28 from 7-9 p.m.. Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Cathedral, 279 Johnson Street on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. A reception to follow for family and Friends at Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home.
Donations in Charlie's memory to the Salvation Army or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Online Guestbook: www.reidfuneralhome.com 613-548-7973

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PANNOZZI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2007-01-10 published
Family wants answers in son's Mexico death
Friend claims Woodbridge man, 19, was beaten outside Acapulco nightclub but police say he was hit-and-run victim
By Tracy HUFFMAN, Crime Reporter
Adam DEPRISCO had worked for months to save enough money to go to Acapulco with a long-time friend -- his first vacation without family.
But just three days after landing in Mexico for the two-week stay, the 19-year-old Woodbridge man was killed.
Now his family is demanding to know what happened.
Mexican authorities say he was struck by a car after leaving a nightclub on a busy road but the family believes he was beaten after dancing with a local man's girlfriend. The one thing both parties agree on is that DEPRISCO -- who worked by day as a painter with his uncle and by night clearing tables at a Woodbridge restaurant was killed by someone who has not been apprehended.
Overwhelmed with grief, DEPRISCO's mother Carm and father Benny, have been staying with relatives, unable to return to a home filled with pictures and memories of their son. With the help of a large and close family, they have made dozens of phone calls to Mexican and Canadian authorities, but still don't believe their son's death is getting the attention it deserves.
"I want these guys found," said DEPRISCO's older brother Tony at his uncle's home yesterday. "It seems like everybody is trying to cover up what happened."
"We have theories but no facts," said DEPRISCO's uncle, Claudio PANNOZZI.
"There's no clear indication as to what happened and it seems like no one wants to help us find answers" said DEPRISCO's aunt, Lucy DEFILIPPIS- PANNOZZI.
Mexican police told the Star yesterday they are investigating what they believe was a hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning. DEPRISCO died in a Mexican hospital at 9: 15 p.m. Monday. An aunt and uncle made it to his bedside before he died and have been dealing with Mexican police and hospital officials.
Initially the family believed he was hit by a car, but now believe he was beaten, especially after speaking to DEPRISCO's travelling companion Marco CALABRO and the relatives who flew to Mexico hours after hearing he was in hospital.
"I want someone to find who did this to my son," said Carm DEPRISCO, sobbing uncontrollably. "I want someone to take charge. I lost my son, I'm not going to let this go without being fought."
Carm DEPRISCO has been weeping since she received a phone call from her son's friend around 5 a.m. Sunday.
According to family, Adam DEPRISCO went to a nightclub with his friend on Saturday night. He was dancing with a local woman when a man, possibly her boyfriend, became upset.
A bouncer threw DEPRISCO from the bar, the family believes. When CALABRO went looking for him, he found his friend on the ground outside the club, bleeding from his head, said Tony DEPRISCO.
Police in Acapulco said DEPRISCO's injuries were typical for someone struck by a car. But the family believes he would have suffered more than head injuries if hit by a car.
The investigation is continuing, said Victor Hernández, a spokesperson for Acapulco police.
DEPRISCO was a good man who never had run-ins with the law and loved to make others happy, his family said. After graduating from high school he decided to take a year off, save some money and take a two-week vacation to Mexico. He wanted to become a tool and die maker and planned to begin an apprenticeship later this year.
"He worked hard and never depended on anyone," said brother Tony. "He had a big heart."
Through their frustration and hunt for answers, the DEPRISCOs said they want Canadians to be safe, perhaps even through a travel ban to Mexico.
"We don't want people coming home from Mexico like Adam," said PANNOZZI.
Calls to the Mexican Embassy in Ottawa were not returned.
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said a travel advisory is in place that urges travellers to exercise "caution and prudence" travelling in Mexico.
The department is aware of DEPRISCO's death but there are no plans to request that Canadians not travel to Mexico, said Rejean Beaulieu, a spokesperson for the department.
"We are helping the family. We've been in touch with them to see what kind of assistance they are looking for," he said.
But the family said they still don't have answers.
DEPRISCO's body is expected to arrive in Canada today or tomorrow. Funeral arrangements have not been confirmed.

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PANNU o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-09-12 published
Crash kills London mother, daughter
Their car hit a median on Highway 401 and was struck by a transport truck.
By Randy RICHMOND, Sun Media, Wed., September 12, 2007
Grim scene: The driver of this transport truck died yesterday morning when he rear-ended a tractor trailer on Highway 401 near Colonel Talbot Road that had slowed for a police roadblock to divert traffic around an earlier fatal accident. (Derek RUTTAN Sun Media)
A London mother and daughter dedicated to helping victims of self abuse were killed yesterday in a Highway 401 crash that led to the death of a third driver hours later.
B.J. THOM, 52, also known as Elizabeth, and her daughter, Ashley GARROD, 22, were killed after their car hit the median in the east lanes of Highway 401 between Colonel Talbot Road and Wellington Road, spun out of control and was hit by a transport truck during heavy rain about 4 a.m., police said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer faces several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident causing death.
A second crash occurred just before 11 a.m. at the roadblock where police were diverting traffic from Highway 401 to Colonel Talbot Road.
A transport truck slowed down at the roadblock and a second truck slammed into it, killing the driver of the second truck.
Killed in the second crash was Timothy McDERMOTT, 50, of South Woodslee, Essex County.
The three deaths bring to nine the total killed on area roads the last 11 days and the carnage is exasperating police, said Const. Doug GRAHAM of Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police.
"Every accident on Highway 401 and 402 in the past few days was preventable. We are very concerned about all these deaths," he said.
Some drivers aren't getting the message to slow down in bad weather or at night, to leave room between vehicles and to wear seatbelts, GRAHAM said.
"That is is what is so disturbing."
Friends of THOM and GARROD expressed horror yesterday at the news the pair had died.
THOM and GARROD ran Self Abuse Finally Ends in Canada, a London-based group that helps people who hurt themselves.
THOM had successfully fought self abuse, said Trix VAN EGMOND, mental health public educator with the Canadian Mental Health Association of London- Middlesex.
"She gave help back and she did it in a personalized way. She was very funny and irreverent, I think, from going to hell and back herself."
GARROD was driving the car when the crash occurred, Ontario Provincial Police said.
Police learned of the accident from a motorist who noticed headlights from a vehicle in the south ditch along the east lanes.
Officers arrived to find the two women dead and the car "extensively damaged," GRAHAM said.
They also found a headlight at the scene.
"From the impact and from the evidence left at the scene we were able to determine it was a tractor-trailer we were looking for," GRAHAM said.
It appears the car hit the median and spun enough that the truck hit the passenger side, GRAHAM said.
Police searched area truck stops for a damaged tractor- trailer missing a headlight. They found a truck parked at the back of the Flying J truck stop south off Highway 401 near Highbury Avenue about two hours later, GRAHAM said.
The driver was inside the truck, he added, and at first refused to leave the cab, .
"He made no effort to contact police or return to the scene," GRAHAM said.
Stefan FOGIEL, 61, of Acton, has been charged with two counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death, resisting arrest, failing to maintain log books and failing to have a pre-trip inspection, Ontario Provincial Police said.
FOGIEL made a brief court appearance before Justice of the Peace Patricia HODGINS yesterday.
White-haired with glasses and wearing a white T-shirt with a Bass Beer logo, FOGIEL told HODGINS he wanted a Polish interpreter for his court appearances.
Assistant Crown attorney Brian WHITE/WHYTE ordered FOGIEL be kept in custody. He is to make a video court appearance today.
The second crash yesterday occurred only minutes after police had removed the London women's crumpled blue car from the scene of the first incident.
"The lead transport truck was slowing down. The one behind slammed into it. It was quite an impact," GRAHAM said.
The driver of the first transport, Harpreet PANNU, 29, of Brampton, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
There was no reason for the collision, GRAHAM said.

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PANNU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-12 published
Three die in separate but related crashes on the 401
By Unnati GANDHI, Page A7
Three people are dead, including a mother and daughter, after a horrific chain of events unfolded on a small strip of Canada's busiest highway yesterday.
The accidents involved four vehicles - including three trucks - in two separate but related crashes.
It all began about 4 a.m. Fanshawe College student Ashley GARROD, 22, was driving eastbound on the 401 near London, Ontario, with her mother, Elizabeth THOM, when a tractor-trailer struck them from behind, police said. Their small car was sent skidding across the highway before coming to a stop in the ditch on the south side.
Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Dave REKTOR said police received a 911 call about headlights seen shining out of the ditch.
When emergency crews arrived, they found Ms. GARROD and her 52-year-old mother dead inside the car. The truck that had hit them was nowhere to be found, Sgt. REKTOR said.
After issuing a public alert, police found a truck with extensive damage to its front at a Flying J truck stop a few kilometres away.
Its 61-year-old driver, Stefan FOGIEL, of Acton, has been charged with two counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death, resisting arrest, failing to maintain log books, and failing to have a pre-trip inspection.
The highway was closed for several hours as investigators reconstructed the collision.
Then, just before 11 a.m., a transport truck slowing down as it approached the roadblock at the collision site was struck from behind by another truck. The driver of the second truck, Timothy McDERMOTT, 50, died on impact. The driver of the first truck, Harpreet PANNU, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. No charges are expected to be laid.
"It would appear the driver was not paying attention," Sgt. REKTOR said. "The at-fault driver was the victim as well."
The officer said the collisions were that much more tragic because both could have been prevented with more careful driving.

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PANOS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-21 published
PANOS, Louis
Passed away peacefully in Toronto Monday, November 19, 2007 at age 81. Beloved husband of the late Pat. Loving father of Tony, and Larry and his wife Janita. Dear Papou of Lewis and Henry. Dear brother of Alexandra and brother-in-law of Stavroula JANETOS, Georgina MELIDONIOTIS and Elevtheria PAVLOUNIS. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, November 22nd. Funeral Liturgy will by held on Friday, November 23rd at 10: 00 a.m. in the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, 1785 Matheson Boulevard East, Mississauga. Interment to follow at Saint_John's Dixie Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Hellenic Home for the Aged. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through
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PANTZIRIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
PANTZIRIS, Panayotis " Takis" (January 4, 1929-October 10, 2007)
It is with great sadness that the Pantziris family announces the passing of their dear father at the age of 78 on October 10, 2007 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was loving, generous, and fully supporting to his family, to his Friends, to his faith and church and to his adopted country of Canada. He had great love and endless dedication for his wife, children and family, derived great joy from his grandchildren, possessed immeasurable enthusiasm for his business, and his love for life and his drive for excellence will continue to inspire many. Takis was born in Alexandria, Egypt, studied Engineering in France and spent his remarkable career building textile plants worldwide and pioneering new textile processes. He was passionate about his work, and was recognized and respected as a genius in his field of yarn manufacturing. Takis is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Aglaia (neé MOULLAS,) his children Spiros PANTZIRIS and daughter Ellen BOWLIN, and their spouses Julie PANTZIRIS and Brent BOWLIN. Especially dear to him were his five grandchildren, Panayotis (Taki), Alexander, Jack, Nicholas, and Aglaia (Lia). He will also be missed by his sister Stella and brother-in-law Paul BOUCHEROT, his sister-in-law Helen MOULLAS and his dear nieces and nephew, his cousins, and his many Friends. The family also wishes to express its thanks to Mrs. Nympha Verder and Mrs. Ruth Agbanay and to the doctors and nurses of Princess Margaret Hospital for the care and dedication they bestowed upon our father. Family and Friends will be received at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East (at Midland), Scarborough, on Friday, October 12, from 6: 00 p.m-9:00 p.m. Services will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3840 Finch Avenue East, Scarborough, on Saturday, October 13, at 10: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation are appreciated. His love and faith will be with us always.

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PANTZIRIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-06 published
Engineer was among the first textile makers to go green and recycle
Founder of Spintex was on his way to becoming a naval engineer when he took the advice of a stranger on a train and took up the manufacture of fabrics. Today, he is regarded as a genius
By Noreen SHANAHAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S7
Toronto -- Panayotis PANTZIRIS was a "green" textiles manufacturer long before most of his contemporaries had even thought of the concept. The founder of Spintex Yarns in Toronto, he was the first in the industry to salvage scraps from the floors of cutting rooms and recycle them into quality yarn. Considered something of a genius, he was recognized as one of the world's experts in yarn spinning and fabric development.
"What we're hearing today, from people like Al Gore, my father recognized in 1990," said his son, Spiros, Chief Executive Officer of Spintex. "He always believed that, even though people were buying the yarn from us for many reasons, he knew that one day they would buy it because of its environmental value."
It all started in 1950 because of a chance meeting with a stranger. Just like the Dustin Hoffman character in the movie The Graduate who was told that "the future is in plastics," he was told his future was in fabrics.
Panayotis (Takis) PANTZIRIS was born in Alexandria, Egypt, a few years after the country gained its independence from Britain. His father, Spiros, worked as a headwaiter at the British Officers Club and often took home extra rations for his wife and two children in the heart of the Greek expatriate community. By all accounts, young Takis was more interested in hefty portions of food, or in playing sports, than he was in anything having to do with fabrics. A child with a large capacity for curiosity, he also attached himself to all kinds of hobbies or buried himself behind a book.
He graduated from a Greek high school in Alexandria at a time when the Second World War was raging not far away. He remembered watching the streets fill up with soldiers from Britain, New Zealand, Australia and India who were assembling to defend the city. At this time, the Germans stood poised at the Egyptian border with Libya, with Alexandria, Cairo and the Suez Canal as their next targets. As it turned out, Erwin Rommel never set foot in Alexandria; the Germans were turned back at the Second Battle of El Alamein in late 1942.
It was a challenging time to be a teenager, but Mr. PANTZIRIS graduated with high grades and fluency in Arabic, Greek, French, English, Italian and Spanish. His father told him to get an education abroad. At 21, he left Alexandria for France to study naval engineering in Marseilles. It was on a train crossing France that he met a fellow passenger who urged him to go into textiles. Until that moment, it is likely the thought had never crossed his mind. But, perhaps because Egypt was a giant in the cotton industry, he fully understood the wisdom of the man's advice. Instead of leaving the train in Marseilles, he continued north to Mulhouse, close to the Swiss and German borders, and entered an apprenticeship in a machine shop that held contracts with textile factories. For a year, he learned mechanical skills on the shop floor, then decided it would be a good idea to attend the École nationale supérieure des industries textiles de Mulhouse and get an education as a textile mechanical engineer.
After graduating, he returned to Egypt and, 18 months later, became general manager of a large textile mill that employed more than 3,000 workers. Later, he set up a second mill for the same owner. In the end, he built and operated four plants in Egypt: two yarn-spinning ones, a fabric and yarn dye house and a knitting one.
By the mid-1950s, Egypt was in crisis. In 1952, a group of army officers that included Gamal Abdel Nasser had seized power and begun nationalizing industries. In 1956, Nasser became president and took over the Suez Canal. Britain, France and Israel allied themselves to regain control and attacked Egypt, but Soviet and U.S. pressure forced the withdrawal of forces - all of which caused Mr. PANTZIRIS to think seriously about going abroad again.
Not long after, he met an attractive young woman named Aglaia and fell in love. They married in 1957. Together, they believed opportunities would be greater elsewhere. Mr. PANTZIRIS spent a few years working on contracts in Sudan, Germany and Greece. In 1963, he was hired to build and operate a yarn-spinning plant in Saint-Placide, Quebec By then, he had children, so he took his family with him. They liked what they saw and, a few years later, moved to Toronto, where he took over the running of Canadian Worsted, the largest long-staple yarn-spinning plant in the country. Along the way, he attended industry fairs in Milan, Paris and Hanover to pick up the latest techniques and developments in the business.
All things considered, Mr. PANTZIRIS was probably the smartest textile producer in North America, said clothing manufacturer Len ZWEIG, who likes to tell a story about once sharing an airplane ride with him. "One day I was in Montreal, rushing to get my plane. The stewardess took me to my seat and he was in it. He told me, 'I've got some new type of yarn and I'm opening up my own factory.' So I kicked the guy out of the next seat because I knew that, with this guy, I could make money." They became close Friends, said Mr. ZWEIG, who produced London Fog sweaters in Toronto.
In 1972, Mr. PANTZIRIS left Canadian Worsted and built Spintex Yarns. At last, he had his own plant and could fully develop his ideas. At the forefront was a new technique to recycle yarn. At first, many people in the industry laughed at the idea of making new clothing and textiles from old, said Spiros PANTZIRIS. "It has turned 180 degrees from a negative to a positive selling point," he told the National Post. "He said there was a great business in these scraps of cotton left on cutting-room floors. We talked about the impact on not just the process of spinning but on the environment, as well."
As for his recycled yarn, Mr. ZWEIG said it's not the best yarn in the world but it sure saves a lot of waste. "It goes into a machine in rags and gets ripped apart. It gets put into another machine and, lo and behold, it comes out in a big bale that looks like cotton batting, almost. They put the bale into another machine and it comes out spun as yarn, wind it right on the cones and it's USAble for knitting machines or looms, ready to be shipped out to customers."
Among the customers are Wal-Mart, Nike, Patagonia, Columbia, the Gap and Eddy Bauer.
"I'm dealing with companies now that I never would have dreamed of dealing with," Spiros PANTZIRIS told The Textile Journal in April. "They're coming to [Spintex] because they are selling to the 18-to-24 age group - a group that is, by nature, more interested in the environment."
And the recycling doesn't end there. Fibres too short to be respun are sold to felt makers to be turned into mattress pads; cotton dust created by the spinning process is collected, pressed into a puck-like shapes and given away to local farmers for use as a feed additive or as fertilizer. And there is more to come. In the United States alone, many thousands of metric tons of cotton "table waste" produced by cut-and-sew facilities currently end up in landfills that could be recycled.
For Panayotis PANTZIRIS, it was proof that the textile industry could be environmentally friendly. "He always understood the value of the environment, [and] the value of protecting the environment," said his son. "The fact that he could translate it into a business was something he cherished."
Panayotis PANTZIRIS was born in Alexandria, Egypt, on January 4, 1929. He died of leukemia in Toronto on October 10, 2007. He was 78. He is survived by his wife, Aglaia, his son Spiros and daughter Ellen BOWLIN. He also leaves his sister Stella BOUCHEROT and grandchildren Taki, Jack, Alexander, Nicholas and Aglaia.

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