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SEMBA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-02 published
SENBA " Semba," Masayoshi
Passed away peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on December 30, 2006 at the age of 59. Born in Sendai, Japan on October 24, 1947, Masayoshi was the first son of Masataka and Kazuko SENBA. Growing up in Tokyo, Masa showed keen interests in physical sciences from early on, setting up his first laboratory in a closet when he was 11. Convinced that physics held the key to truth, Masa studied at the Tokyo University of Education, where he met Kazue (née NUMAKURA) who was playing in the same university orchestra. They were married in 1972. The couple moved two years later to the U.S.A. to study at Rutgers University and Masa obtained a Ph.D. in physics in 1980. In 1981 he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to conduct experimental and theoretical research in solid state, atomic and nuclear physics and physical chemistry at TRIUMF. Masa moved to Halifax in 1996 to join his wife and later became a Professor Research in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University. Masa made original contributions to several fields of physics. In particular he provided a precise theoretical frame work, called the time-ordered stochastic method, to investigate spin and charge exchange phenomena involving hydrogen-like species, with the goal to understand various experimentally observable quantities in terms of fundamental physical quantities inherent in the process in question, such as quantum mechanical spin flip rates and atomic collision cross sections. His theoretical method has been applied successfully to a wide variety of experimental situations in solid state physics, physical chemistry, and atomic physics. He lectured regularly at the Russian Academy of Sciences Winter School of Physics in St. Petersburg, Russia since 1998, and gave a series of seminars at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory in Oxford, United Kingdom in 2002. Masa also taught physics at Dalhousie University, where he was known to push his students hard while taking great care to ensure thorough understanding, always earning their respect and appreciation. In 2002 he received from the Dalhousie Undergraduate Physics Society the first Langstroth Memorial Award, which recognizes an instructor of physics who shows the greatest love of teaching and the strongest desire to assist students in all matters. In addition, Masa's interests in philosophy (including Kant) led him to teach Einstein's theories to students at the University of King's College in Halifax. As a self-taught viola (and violin) player, Masa found great joy in playing in orchestras, including the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and Dalhousie Music Department Orchestra. He also cherished playing string quartets and other chamber music, most recently as a member of the Mostly Telemann Ensemble since 1996 and the Edward Street Quartet since 1997 in Halifax. Deeply fond of the German language, Masa studied it steadily throughout his life, reading original writings of great composers including Brahms. He and his wife took great pleasure in following the steps of these composers in Austria, Germany and other countries in Europe. Masa was predeceased by his father Masataka SENBA. Masa is lovingly remembered by his wife Kazue SEMBA in Halifax and his mother Kazuko SENBA, brothers Tamio and Hideo and other family members in Tokyo. According to Masa's wish, there will be no funeral, but a get-together to remember him will be scheduled at a later time in Halifax. The family would like to thank the staff of the QEII Halifax Health Sciences Centre, particularly the Palliative Care Unit, and Victorian Order of Nurses nurses for their care, concern and kind support for Masa and the family during his illness.

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SEMENIUK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-18 published
SEMENIUK, Leonid " Leo" (June 3, 1924-June 16, 2007)
Suddenly on June 16, 2007. Beloved husband of Nadia SEMENIUK. Predeceased by his daughter Alexandra (Sandy). Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road, 416-241-4618.

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SEMENUK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-01-09 published
Passed away peacefully at Lee Manor in Owen Sound on Monday, January 8, 2007 in her 86th year. The former Mary SEMENUK was the beloved wife of the late John BRUCE. She was the daughter of the late William and Rose (ORLECKI) SEMENUK. Mary was predeceased by a brother William, a sister Betty and a sister in infancy. She will be missed by her many Friends and acquaintances. At Mary's request cremation has taken place and there will be no service or visitation. If so desired, memorial contributions to a charity of your choice would be appreciated and can be made through the Currie Funeral Home in Chatsworth 519-794-2631.

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SEMEREDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-11 published
SEMEREDY, Michael Gillam
After a long and courageous fight, Michael passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2006, at Toronto General Hospital in his 53rd year. At his side was his partner, John Lucas. Cherished brother of Susan (Dan FAIRHURST) and adored uncle of Jaclyn. Beloved son of the late Marguerite "Honey" (GILLAM) and Arthur. Michael was an entrepreneur, jeweler, raconteur, and an A.I.D.S. activist lending his strong voice to Canadian Foundation for A.I.D.S. Research for almost 20 years. Michael will forever be remembered for his gracious hospitality, dry wit an unflagging spirit. John thanks the many individuals who cared for Michael. As per his wish, Michael has been cremated. A celebration of Michael's life will take place on Tuesday, January 23rd, 5: 30-7:30 p.m., 350 Lonsdale Avenue, Function Room. Donations can be made in Michael's memory to Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, 165 University Avenue, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3B8

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SEMPLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-26 published
SEMPLE, David Haig
Passed away peacefully, after a lengthy illness at Peel Memorial Hospital, Brampton, on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at the age of 84 years. Dearly beloved partner of Helen PURVIS. Will be lovingly remembered by his children David (Loretta), John (Anna) and Frances (Jürgen) and their mother Kathlyn. Cherished grampa of Tara, Jeremy, Tanya, Adam, Leah, Matthew and Logan. Dear brother of Nora DAWSON, Jenny BRECKENRIDGE and Jack SEMPLE. David loved many sports including swimming, sailing, racket sports and golfing. He was a fit, strong, adventurous and courageous man and was a positive influence on us all. Family and Friends will be received at Andrews Community Funeral Centre, Bramalea Chapel, 8190 Dixie Road (north of Steeles Avenue) 905-456-8190, on Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. for a Memorial Service with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations to The Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto, would be greatly appreciated. Tributes may be sent to the family at Private interment, Saint_John's Norway Cemetery, Toronto.
"Gone Sailing"

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SEMPLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-24 published
SEMPLE, Laura Annie (née CLARK)
On October 22, 2007 in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Robert SEMPLE of Etobicoke. Dear mother of Keith and wife Lorraine of Haliburton, Drew and wife Joan of St. Catharines, Neil of Toronto and Mark and wife Diane of Perth. Will be fondly remembered by granddaughter Claire. Visitation for Mrs. SEMPLE will be held at the Church of the Atonement, 256 Sheldon Avenue, Alderwood, on Friday, October 26, 2007 at 12: 00 p.m. until the time of service at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

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