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"SAS" 2007 Obituary


SAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-05-31 published
SAS, Steve
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Steve SAS on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at his home. Beloved husband of Valerie. Adoring father of George and Lesley. Devoted and cherished Papa Steve of Geoffrey, Courtney, Laurel, and Rossi. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Adath Israel section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park. Shiva 261 Forest Hill Road. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Friends of Simon Wiesenthal, 416-864-9735.

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SASAKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-16 published
SASAKI- PICOU, Lisa Miyumi
In loving memory of a wonderful person who passed away on March 14, 2007. She will be in our hearts forever. Many thanks to those who have donated to the education bursary established in her name. Sadly missed by her entire family.

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SASAKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
SASAKI, Lisa Miyumi
By Claudia BADALI and Gina McMICHAEL, Page L8
Daughter, sister, mother, wife, friend, teacher, mentor, musician, social activist. Born June 17, 1960, in Toronto. Died March 14 in Richmond Hill, Ontario, of cancer, aged 46.
Education always played an important role in Lisa's life. She had a teaching degree from York University. Hired by the Toronto District School Board in 1984, Lisa began a career as a dedicated educator who modelled honesty and courage in making education equitable for all students.
Lisa not only embraced her role as an anti-racist educator, she was instrumental in developing a music program to teach steel pan in schools.
Lisa Miyumi strongly believed in social equity and education for all. Together with her life partner, Ivor PICOU, she worked with young people in Toronto's Jane and Finch community.
Their union resulted in two beautiful, sensitive and intelligent daughters, Nayo and Kioni.
Lisa's ancestral roots were Japanese. However, during her youth, she was ambivalent about her heritage. She was reluctant to talk about her background or share her Japanese name with Friends.
As her passion for social justice grew, so did her appreciation of her roots. Not only did she reclaim her name, she strove to create greater awareness about the history of Japanese people in Canada.
At the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, she led workshops about interracial marriages and racism. She challenged people to think deeply and reconsider their preconceived ideas.
Her commitment to social justice opened doors for her. She was seconded to York University as course director for the Urban Diversity Program at the Regent Park site. She shared her expertise with the teacher candidates and mentored them about education and equity issues.
Lisa had a great sense of humour. She loved parties, dancing and sharing food and drinks with Friends. Friends anticipated Lisa's yearly Christmas gift: her version of Trinidadian rum punch. We fondly remember her enthusiastic involvement in the Caribana festivities.
Despite her failing health, Lisa always maintained her good spirits. A couple of days before her death, she requested beer. It was early in the morning but we didn't object.
We toasted each other one last time and we remember her smile and her comment: "Oh, that felt sooo good! They treat me well here at the resort," she said, referring to the hospice where she spent her last days.
Lisa played out her various roles in life with passion, and her passing is a great loss for all who knew her.
Claudia BADALI and Gina McMICHAEL are Friends of Lisa Miyumi.

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SASSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-05 published
BERTRAM, F. Elizabeth " Beth"
Peacefully at the Garry Armstrong Home on Sunday, December 2, 2007 in her 96th year. Beloved aunt of Carleen BAILY, Tymera COEN and Robin Coen SASSO (Raymond) and great-aunt of Alec and Jacob BAILY and Elizabeth and Abigail SASSO. Predeceased by her sister Virginia COEN and brother-in-law Oscar COEN. With the National Film Board from 1941 to 1961 she was their first Director of Personnel and the first woman Director of Personnel in the federal public service. Subsequently she held several senior positions in federal central agencies before moving to the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission as their Director of Personnel. She retired from the federal public service in 1971, thereafter spending eight years as an independent consultant on position classification matters in Canada and abroad, particularly in Jamaica where she spent two to three years as a part-time advisor to the Government of Jamaica. A Memorial Service will be held at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in the family plot, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. The family wishes to extend their warm appreciation to the staff of The Edinburgh and the Garry Armstrong for their unfailing care and to William Fleury and Beverly Mathesius for their kind care and support. Donations may be made to Amnesty International, 312 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 1H9. Condolences/Donations at: or 613-233-1143.

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