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KOTB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-29 published
KOTB, Ahmed
On Sunday, April 27, 2008 Ahmed KOTB retired to the skies he has been flying for so long. During his short life, Ahmed touched countless lives being the best teacher he was and simply by smiling with so much life. Sadly missed by his father, Abdel Raouf KOTB, his mother, Salwa EL GHOR, his brother, Mohamed KOTB, his sisters, Soha KOTB and Mai KOTB. Mohamed, his brother, and Rhonda, his cousin, will be receiving condolences at Bates and Dodds Funeral Service, 931 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1G5, 416-703-0681 on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 from 5-7 p.m.

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KOTCHA 2008-04-18 published
HOWARD, Harvey
Peacefully at H.P.H.A. Clinton Hospital on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, Harvey HOWARD of London. Beloved husband of Edith HOWARD. Survived by his sister Shirley KOTCHA of London. Survived by children, grandchildren and other family members. A Memorial service will be held at Hillcrest Salvation Army, 310 Vesta Road on Monday, April 21, 2008 at 1 p.m. Interment has taken place at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas Street entrusted with arrangements. On line condolences A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Harvey HOWARD.

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KOTCHEFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-12 published
He was the 'king of real estate' who kick-started Toronto film festival
After retiring 'at the top of his game,' he made a trip to France and happened on Cannes and its film fête. Thus inspired, he returned home to help launch one of his own
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S10
A lawyer who made serious money in real-estate deals in the 1950s and 1960s, Dusty COHL was seduced by the movie business and spent the last 40 years schmoozing backers, stars and directors. Tall and lanky, with a grizzled beard and an ear-to-ear grin, and wearing his trademark black cowboy hat festooned with shiny pins and badges and outré T-shirt, he appeared to be the epitome of louche.
In fact, the film producer and co-founder of the Toronto International Film Festival was a family man who remained married for more than 50 years to the girl he met in high school. He was also a genial and supportive father figure to many fledgling producers, directors and programmers in the Canadian film business.
"He was unconventional in his ideas and his dress, but he wasn't unconventional in his living habits and his loyalties," said film and television producer Ted KOTCHEFF. "He was the very heart and soul of the Canadian film industry and the most lovable man that I have ever met, hands down," said Mr. KOTCHEFF, who had known Mr. COHL "longer than anybody," dating back to summer camp in the mid-1940s.
"Dusty broke the mould of the bland, boring, polite Canadian, which was very important in the early days [of the Toronto film festival]," said public-relations consultant Helga STEPHENSON, who began working for Toronto International Film Festival in 1978 and was executive director from the mid-1980s until the early 1990s.
"With his huge sense of fun and flair, he helped a lot in getting critics and filmmakers here," she said. "Once they got here, they discovered it was a superb film festival, with an incredible audience, and that Toronto was a great place to be. But getting them here was the trick - and then he would entertain them once they were here."
Murray (Dusty) COHL was born on Euclid Street in Toronto in the same year as the stock-market crash on Wall Street. His father, Karl, was a Communist who worked as a house painter, a union organizer and, ultimately, as an insurance agent, while his mother, Lillian, sold bed linens at Eaton's, according to Brian D. Johnson in Brave Films, Wild Nights: 25 years of Festival Fever.
An only child, he attended Charles G. Fraser elementary school and Camp Naivelt (New World), a Bolshevik Jewish summer camp west of Toronto, from the age of 5. It was at camp that he shed his hated first name and acquired the nickname Dusty. Another camper, Harris Black, was called Blacky, and the kids decided that Murray COHL should be Dusty, as in coal dust.
"He was my camp counsellor," said Mr. KOTCHEFF, who attended Camp Naivelt from 1943 through 1945. "He was my boyhood hero." What Mr. KOTCHEFF loved about Dusty were the same qualities that have always captured people's affections: "He was so full of good humour and intelligence, and he was a born non-conformist. Even back then, he was unconventional in his dress, which appeals to young people." Dusty let his T-shirt hang outside his shorts while the other counsellors were all tucked in.
"He had his own style," said Mr. KOTCHEFF, who also has a much darker memory from those days: seeing his hero "ejected" from camp in the summer of 1945 after a "kangaroo court" found him guilty of being an "anarchist Trotskyite" - at 16. "He always saw that as a very amusing incident in his life, but that was Dusty. He was dedicated to following his own vision of things. He was an original."
After public school, he went to Harbord Collegiate from 1941 to 1947. That's where he met Joan CAIRN, although she says she knew of him from Camp Naivelt. When he asked her to dance, she felt very comfortable in his arms, and thought he might be "the one." After high school, he went to the University of Toronto, earning a bachelor of arts degree in 1950. On December 23, 1951, he and Joan married (they just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary) and eventually had three children, Robert, Karen and Steven.
After the U of T, he entered Osgoode Hall Law School, coming first in his class one year and graduating with a law degree in 1954. For most of the next 20 years, Mr. COHL worked as a zoning and real-estate lawyer, putting together land parcels and property developments in Toronto and Florida. He was "tremendously successful," according to his close friend, film producer Barry Avrich, but retired from the business "at the top of his game" when people starting referring to him as "the king of real estate."
In 1964, he and his wife were holidaying in the south of France and she suggested they visit Cannes. By chance, they found a parking place in front of the Carlton Hotel, ordered a drink on the terrace and "saw and felt the pulse of the action" of the annual film festival, which happened to be on at the same time. "I was like a kid falling into Disneyland," he said later. It was another four years before they returned to Cannes, but, from then on, they were regulars at its film festival.
In 1973, he met William (Bill) MARSHALL, a filmmaker and communications whiz who had helped propel David Crombie into the Toronto mayor's office in 1972 and was then working as his executive assistant. Both Mr. MARSHALL and Mr. COHL have claimed credit for the idea of launching a film festival in Toronto; what is certainly true is that they both embraced the concept as enthusiastically as seals sliding down water slides.
After visiting film festivals in Berlin and Atlanta, the two men went to Cannes, where they rented a suite at the Carlton, ensconced themselves in the bar on the terrace and started schmoozing. "Dusty was the only person I knew in Canada who had actually been to Cannes in those days," Mr. MARSHALL recollected in a telephone interview.
"There were only about six of us making movies," he said. "We wanted a film festival [in Toronto] because foreign people might come and we'd get to sell our movies." Henk VAN DER KOLK (Mr. MARSHALL's partner in a company they enthusiastically called the Film Consortium of Canada) was the managing director of the festival, Mr. MARSHALL was the executive director, and Mr. COHL was "the accomplice." As such, he was to schmooze and, in Mr. MARSHALL's estimation, there was nobody better at talking, bringing people together and creating a buzz.
In October of 1976, they launched the Toronto International Film Festival at the Ontario Place Cinesphere on a budget of about $500,000, half of which was in goods and services. That first year, they wantonly courted Warren Beatty through a Toronto cousin, but he failed to show. Unexpectedly, Jeanne Moreau and Dino De Laurentiis did. And they had a bit of luck by screening Cousin, Cousine, which was later nominated for three Academy Awards.
In 1978, they defied the then-powerful but now-defunct Ontario Censor Board by showing an uncut version of In Praise of Older Women, based on Stephen Vizinczey's bestseller, and almost caused a riot by handing out 4,000 passes to a screening at a cinema that only seated 1,000. The overflow crowd engendered one of the slick-talking Mr. MARSHALL's more elusive qualifiers: "We're not oversold. We're just over-attended."
After three years, Mr. COHL and Mr. MARSHALL retreated and Wayne CLARKSON became the first of several professional managers of the burgeoning festival.
In addition to Toronto International Film Festival, which has long been one of the top film festivals in the world, Mr. COHL put his "accomplice" skills to work, co-producing feature films such as Outrageous! - based on a short story by Margaret Gibson (obituary, March 15, 2006) and starring her friend, impersonator Craig Russell - and The Circle Game. He was a consulting producer on The Last Mogul, Rush: Grace Under Pressure Tour, Guilty Pleasure, The Extraordinary World of Dominick Dunne and Bowfire and was executive producer of The Scales of Justice, which began on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in the 1980s and was aired on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-television from 1991 to 1995. Hosted by lawyer Edward GREENSPAN, it featured docudramas based on real cases in Canadian criminal law.
Mr. COHL also worked with his cousin, rock promoter Michael COHL, famous for organizing tours for the Rolling Stones and other pop stars, on a concert series on cable television in the 1980s called First Choice Rocks. Less successfully, the two COHLs worked with basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain in an attempt to bring an National Basketball Association franchise to Toronto. "I miss him already," Michael COHL said yesterday. "He was great."
In 1990, Mr. COHL started the Floating Film Festival, an almost annual, luxury Caribbean cruise featuring films programmed by critics such as Roger Ebert, Richard Corliss and George Anthony. The Floating Film Festival combined the best elements of "the smallness of Telluride, the warmth of Toronto and the glamour of Cannes," according to Mr. COHL. It even had its own emblematic T-shirt depicting an art deco-style cruise ship flying a flag with a cowboy hat inspired by Mr. COHL's black Stetson. The 10th edition of the Floating Film Festival, which will sail from Los Angeles on February 25, is dedicated to Mr. COHL and features a tribute to actress Gena Rowlands.
Mr. COHL was also a member of the founding board of Canada's Walk of Fame, which, since its inception in 1998, has celebrated the achievements of more than 100 music, arts and sports celebrities, including Wayne Gretzky, Karen Kain, Gordon Pinsent and Kiefer Sutherland, by encasing their names in a slab of cement on the sidewalks in the entertainment district. In May of 2003, Mr. COHL was invested into the Order of Canada for "his pride in Canadian talent" and his "desire to celebrate our achievements."
Late last fall, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Murray (Dusty) COHL was born in Toronto on February 21, 1929. He died at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre of liver cancer on January 11, 2007. He was 78. Mr. COHL is survived by his wife, Joan, three children and five grandchildren. There will be a private family funeral followed by a public celebration of his life at a later date.

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KOTKAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-01 published
ROBB, William Alexander
(February 21, 1916-March 28, 2008)
William Alexander ROBB, M.D., F.R.C.S. died at his home in Calgary on Friday, March 28, 2008 at the age of ninety-two. His remarkable life began on February 21, 1916 in Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan where he was born on the family farm. Doctor ROBB received his M.D. degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1943 and was promptly shipped overseas and posted to Italy. Following World War 2, he became a family doctor in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan where he met Barbara GREEN, a schoolteacher, whom he married in 1949. Dr. ROBB returned to the University of Western Ontario and obtained his General Surgery Certification in 1953. After further subspecialty training at the Universities of McGill and Manitoba, he earned his Fellowship in Urology in 1954. The ROBB's moved to Calgary in 1955 where Doctor ROBB practiced Urology with Doctor Lorne Mitchell and Doctor Jack Noakes. Together they were recognized for their pioneering work in the 'art of the practice of medicine' when special tribute was paid to them on Surgeon's Day in 2007 by the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Doctor ROBB retired at age 77 and in his retirement he enjoyed his family and Friends, his beautiful backyard, reading history, telling stories and traveling. He was an acclaimed medical practitioner whose generosity and kindness knew no bounds. Doctor ROBB's wife, Barbara, predeceased him in 1986. He is survived by their four children; Leslie (Gordon FORD,) Angus (Susan KILGOUR,) Calvin (Jane EVENSON,) and Carrie (Ross CREELMAN;) his six grandchildren, Katie (Stephen KOTKAS,) Helen and David FORD and Hayley, Jackson and Harris ROBB; sister-in-law, Eileen ROBB and many nieces and nephews around the world. He was predeceased by his sister, Kay BRUCE (Alan) and by his brother, Jim. Funeral Services will be held at Lakeview United Church (3023 - 63rd Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta) on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Forward condolences through The family would like to extend their thanks to Doctor Lisa Retzer, Doctor Peter Giannoccaro, and Doctor Sid Viner. In living memory of Doctor Alex ROBB, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200

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KOTTAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-18 published
(June 27, 1958-June 17, 2008)
Following a courageous battle with cancer, Frances passed away in her home with her family by her side. She leaves behind her husband and best friend Dino MUZZATTI and her cherished children Hannah and Jacob. Daughter of Sophie and the late John RAKOVITIS. Sister to Chris and Nick RAKOVITIS (Ruth KOTTAS.) Daughter-in-law to Teresina and the late Augustino MUZZATTI. Sister-in-law to George and Elaine MUZZATTI, Marisa MUZZATTI and Tony ZEPPIERI. Adoring Aunt/Teta to Michael and Christina MUZZATTI and David and Jason RAKOVITIS. Frances had a successful career with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for over 25 years where she was Senior Director, Human Resources where she built many long-term Friendships. She was an active member of her community serving on a variety of boards. There was never an "impossible" task for Frances, her strength and commitment were always evident in her professional and personal life. She was a role model and mentor to many. A heartfelt thanks to all her Friends and colleagues for their support and prayers. Frances was the heart and soul of our family, she will remain in our hearts forever. Her spirit will be with us always. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Kipling and Islington Aves.) from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 11 o'clock in St. Gregory's Church 122 Rathburn Road (at Kipling), Etobicoke. Cremation. Donations in memory of Frances to the Princess Margaret Foundation would be appreciated.

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KOTZ 2008-06-05 published
KOTZ, Tadeusz Wieslaw " Ted" (1913-2008) D.F.C., V.M., K.W., Colonel, W.C.
303 Squadron Leader Polish Division R.A.F., Ace and Hero of the Battle of Britain
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at Sunset Manor Nursing Home, Collingwood, in his 95th year. Ted, loving husband of Julia KOTZ (née JACYNA;) Beloved father of the late Henry KOTZ; cherished grandfather of Christopher and Sarah KOTZ. Ted will be dearly missed by his sister-in-law Yanka ANDRUSYSZYN, niece Grazyna, her husband Rod DIETER and their daughter Meagan, and by his daughter-in-law Karen BAKER. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 6, 2008 at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 63 Elgin Street, Collingwood, at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Friends may visit Ted's on-line Book of Memories at

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KOTZER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-10 published
KINGSMILL, Nicol George Webster
At home in Toronto in his 70th year. son of the late Lt. Col. Nicol KINGSMILL, E.D., Q.C. and Kathleen Alice Mary WEBSTER. Predeceased by his sister, Sara (Sally) Elizabeth KINGSMILL (1992.) Beloved Father of Sara Helen Helling (née KINGSMILL) and her husband Glen, and Nicol Christian KINGSMILL and his wife Marta. Granddad to Maitland, Rachel, Hanna and Ryan. Nic suffered from congenital heart disease all his life and through good times and bad was sustained by the loyalty and love of his many Friends, especially Joseph CAIRNS, also by his late uncle, D'Arcy KINGSMILL and aunt, Mary SEAGRAM. Sincere gratitude to Doctor Douglas CAMERON and Doctor Eric KOTZER and Annabelle for their many years of care. Nic was educated at Upper Canada College (Class of '57), McGill University and Ryerson University. He was a former journalist with "The Hamilton Spectator", "The Toronto Telegram", and "Southam Business Publications". He was the 25th generation of his family from 1273 which came to Canada in 1827 and a fourth generation member of Saint_James Cathedral at King and Church, where his funeral will take place on Saturday April 12th at 11 a.m. Donations would be appreciated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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KOTZMA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-02 published
DOBSON, Elizabeth (Sally) (née KOTZMA)
Passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 31, 2008 at her home at Winbourne Park, Ajax, Ontario at the age of 85. Predeceased by her loving husband Frank. Sadly missed by her sons Michael (Margot), Steve (Deborah), John (Debbie) and Tim (Susan). Beloved nana to Michael Jr., Matthew, Jonathan, Rebecca, Kristen, Hayley, Andrew and Jamie and great-nana to Penelope. Friends may call on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 from 5: 00 to 7:00 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Service will follow at 7: 00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Condolences R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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