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ZWANCK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-31 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Larry Allan
Suddenly in Meaford on Sunday, July 29, 2007. Larry WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford, beloved husband of the former Leona ELLIS, at the age of 66. son of the late William and Margaret (FOTHERGILL) WHITE/WHYTE. Loved father of Vicky COOK of Kitchener and Larry Jr. “Sam” WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford. Sadly missed grandfather of Chelsea, Colin and Cameron COOK, and Vanita WHITE/WHYTE. Dear brother of Dorothy Doran (Kenn RAPP,) Gwen (late Doug) OLIVER, Marjorie (late Reg) GIRARD, Keith (Lois) WHITE/WHYTE all of Meaford, Myrna (Ernie) ZWANCK of Brampton and Sharon (late Paul) DUNN of Meaford. Predeceased by a brother Laverne WHITE/WHYTE and a sister Marilyn (late Edward) McQUARRIE. Remembered also by brothers-in-law Kenneth and Ronald ELLIS of Meaford and by his many nieces and nephews and their families. A private family service of committal and interment of Larry's cremated remains will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford officiated by Reverend Gary PARKER. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford N4L 1B9 (519-538-1320) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

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ZWANCK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-01 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Larry Allan
Suddenly in Meaford on Sunday, July 29, 2007. Larry WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford, beloved husband of the former Leona ELLIS, at the age of 66. son of the late William and Margaret (FOTHERGILL) WHITE/WHYTE. Loved father of Vicky COOK of Kitchener and Larry Jr. “Sam” WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford. Sadly missed grandfather of Chelsea, Colin and Cameron COOK, and Vanita WHITE/WHYTE. Dear brother of Dorothy DORAN (Kenn RAPP,) Gwen (late Doug) OLIVER, Marjorie (late Reg) GIRARD, Keith (Lois) WHITE/WHYTE all of Meaford, Myrna (Ernie) ZWANCK of Brampton and Sharon (Paul) DUNN of Meaford. Predeceased by a brother Laverne WHITE/WHYTE and a sister Marilyn (late Edward) McQUARRIE. Remembered also by brothers-in-law Kenneth and Ronald ELLIS of Meaford and by his many nieces and nephews and their families. A private family service of committal and interment of Larry's cremated remains will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford officiated by Reverend Gary PARKER. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford N4L 1B9 (519-538-1320) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

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ZWANCK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-01 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Larry Allan
Suddenly in Meaford on Sunday, July 29, 2007. Larry WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford, beloved husband of the former Leona ELLIS, at the age of 66. son of the late William and Margaret (FOTHERGILL) WHITE/WHYTE. Loved father of Vicky COOK of Kitchener and Larry Jr. “Sam” WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford. Sadly missed grandfather of Chelsea, Colin and Cameron COOK, and Vanita WHITE/WHYTE. Dear brother of Dorothy DORAN (Kenn RAPP,) Gwen (late Doug) OLIVER, Marjorie (late Reg) GIRARD, Keith (Lois) WHITE/WHYTE all of Meaford, Myrna (Ernie) ZWANCK of Brampton and Sharon (Paul) DUNN of Meaford. Predeceased by a brother Laverne WHITE/WHYTE and a sister Marilyn (late Edward) McQUARRIE. Remembered also by brothers-in-law Kenneth and Ronald ELLIS of Meaford and by his many nieces and nephews and their families. A private family service of committal and interment of Larry's cremated remains will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford officiated by Reverend Gary PARKER. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford N4L 1B9 (519-538-1320) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

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ZWEIG 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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ZWEIG 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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ZWICKER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-08 published
VENTON, K. Patricia " Pat" (MARTIN)
Peacefully, at Exeter Villa Nursing Home, Saturday, January 6, 2007, K. Patricia "Pat" (MARTIN) VENTON, age 89. Beloved wife of the late John Edwin VENTON (1999.) Loved mother of Penelope "Penny" VENTON of Exeter, J. Peter and Anne VENTON of Toronto, Robert "Bob" VENTON and companion Heather SMITH of Collingwood. Loving grandmother of Scott, Margot, Michelle, Tory and great-grandmother of Meredith. Remembered by favourite cousins, Susanne BAWDEN of California and Mary Lou DICKSON/DIXON of Exeter. Predeceased by her sister Margaret ZWICKER. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Thursday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; where the funeral service will be held Friday, January 12, 2007 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Harry DISHER officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations would be appreciated to the William Gartshore Chapter, Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire London, Grand Bend United Church, or Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, Exeter. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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ZWICKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-07 published
FALLIS, Kathleen Ruth (née CONLEY)
Passed away peacefully in her ninety eighth year on Tuesday, September 4th at Centennial Place in Millbrook. Daughter of George Harold CONLEY and Frances COUSINS. Born in Toronto. Taught at Hodgson Public School, Rebecca Mary Church School Toronto and Principal Brougham Public School, Pickering. Her light and creativity inspired all those whose lives she touched. Predeceased by her loving husband Kenneth Errol FALLIS. Devoted sister to Georgia WILLIAMS and Lillian CASS (both deceased.) Dear sister-in-law to Velma FALLIS. Loving Aunt Kay to George CASS, Herbert WILLIAMS, James WILLIAMS, Bill WILLIAMS, George WILLIAMS, Margaret FALLIS, John FALLIS, Mark FALLIS. Predeceased by nieces Frances, Patricia, Beatrice and Ruth. Survived by her cherished son Brian Kingsley FALLIS, devoted daughter-in-law Cindi ZWICKER and "Special Kay" to Graham ZWICKER. Celebrate a long life filled with art, music, Friendship, laughter and love. The family thanks the staff at Centennial Place for their devotion and kindness in Kay's last years. Mrs. FALLIS is resting at Benson Funeral Home, 24 King Street East in Millbrook (705) 932-5300 on Thursday, September 6th from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday, September 7th from 2-4 p.m. A private family service with burial at Gardiners Cemetery will be held. A public celebration of Kay's life will be held on Sunday, October 7th, 2007 from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children would be greatly appreciated.

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ZWIETINK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-09 published
ZWIETINK, Jean Irene (née RUPPERT)
On Saturday, January 6, 2007, the Lord took unto Himself His child Jean Irene ZWIETINK (RUPPERT) in her 73rd year. Jean was born in Dresden, Ontario April 13, 1934 and was predeceased by her parents, Anna and John RUPPERT and one brother. Beloved wife of the late Mr. Oene Hendrik ZWIETINK. Dear sister of George and Liz RUPPERT (Nova Scotia.) She is survived by her Step-family Shirley and Henry NIEBOER of London, Jeannette and Henry VLAAR of St. Catharines, Jane-Ann and Mike CAHILL of Kerwood, Darlene and Anthony BARTON of London, Al and Janice NIEBOER of the U.S.A., Shelley AUSTIN of Parkhill, Robert and Joanne VLAAR of St. Catharines, Brian and Kerri VLAAR of Calgary, Leigh-Ann and Tad DEMAS of Chicago, Joshua and Alicia, Mitchell, Danielle, Kaitlyn and Ashley, Curtis and Stephanie, Kate and Jenna, Trey and Annika. Special thanks to Doctor Lock and staff at Willow Ridge, McCormick Home, your care and support was really appreciated. A private family graveside service was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to McCormick Home.

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