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REVESZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-31 published
HOFFMAN, Lawrence Mark
Larry died on January 28, 2008, after a valiant, nearly three-year struggle with cancer. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he was the beloved partner of Evelyn SOMMERS, cherished father of Toni, dear friend to Adam REVESZ and Lauren SHUSTER. Predeceased by his parents Sam and Mildred HOFFMAN and brother Michael. A graduate of Brooklyn College and the University of Toronto, his early training in left-leaning politics took place at the knee of his maternal grandmother who marched as a suffragette in New York City. Reading was the passion he turned into a career that included a vice presidency at Coles Books and the creation of his literary agency, Authors' Marketing Services. Full of energy and always outspoken, he loved travel, movies, bicycling, baseball, music and dancing. He will be remembered for his witty and incisive comments, keen intelligence and his direct, outgoing nature. Friends are invited to an informal gathering in memory of Larry at The Village Playhouse, 2190 E Bloor St. W., Toronto, on Saturday, February 2nd from 1-4 p.m. Donations in Larry's memory can be made to the Healing Journey at Princess Margaret Hospital, www.healingjourney.ca

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REVETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-11 published
FOX- REVETT, Mary Joan
Joan died peacefully, at home in Toronto, on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, in her 84th year. She was the beloved wife and friend for 53 years of Stephen, who predeceased her in February of 2005. Dear mother of David (Margaret), Julia, Richard (Melissa), Diana (Chris SYMONDS.) She was the cherished grandma of Emily, Jamie, Lindsay, Audrey, Michael, Elizabeth, Cameron, Jeremy, Amanda, William and Thomas. Joan was the devoted sister of Cynthia DINSMORE and husband John. At the time of her death she was still actively involved in Muskoka, going for her last swim last Sunday. An ardent supporter of The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Symphony, Christ Church Deer Park, The York Club, Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club and Belmont House. Mum was known for her impeccable style and grace, she loved to travel and was always the last to leave a party. She was a truly great hostess, and loved to enjoy time with Friends and family. Mum always showed a deep love and demonstrated real support to all of her family. She will be missed by all. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East) from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. The funeral will be held in Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street (Heath and Yonge) on Monday, July 14 at 11 o'clock. A celebration in the church hall will follow. In Joan's memory, donations to The National Ballet of Canada, c/o the Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada, 470 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5V 3K4 or Christ Church Deer Park (M4T 1Z8) would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be for warded through www.humphreymiles.com

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REVINGTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-09 published
LOBSINGER, Jean Ella (REVINGTON)
On Tuesday, April 8, 2008, Jean Ella (REVINGTON) LOBSINGER, age 96, went home to be with her Lord. Beloved wife of 64 years of the late Doctor Leonard LOBSINGER. A wonderful and loving mother to Joe LOBSINGER and his wife Anne, Sarnia and Marie and her husband Doctor William DAFOE, Edmonton. Dear grandmother of Stephanie, Karoline, Kristen, Allan and Joanna. Great-grandmother of Madeline, Annabelle, Cameron and Anders. Sister of Kathleen (Kay) LANKIN, Lucan. Predeceased by granddaughter Heather DAFOE, brothers Wesley and Sheridan and by sisters Marie, Gayle and Eva. Mom was born in Lucan, Ontario and graduated in 1933 in Nursing at the Sarnia General Hospital. For over 50 years, she managed a loving home and supervised Dad's Animal Hospital practice at their Davis St. home. She was a life long member of Saint_Joseph's Catholic Women's League and served as a volunteer for the Children's Aid Society. A special thank you to Marilyn, Rhoda and all the special angels who made it possible for Mom to stay in her own home. Much appreciation to the staff at Trillium Villa Nursing and especially Rhoda for their wonderful care in the last 2 years. Visitation at the McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 3: 30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Matthew BEDARD at Saint_Joseph's Church on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, Friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 714 Lite Street, Point Edward, N7V 1A6. Mother had abounding faith in God. A prayer that she said often was "Dear Lord, There Is Nothing That Will Happen Today That You and I Can't Handle Together." We thank God for giving us such a lovely mother. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com A tree will be planted in memory of Jean LOBSINGER in the McKenzie and Blundy Memorial Forest. Dedication service Sunday, September 21st, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area.

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REVINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-02 published
Toronto modernist's projects married pragmatism, poetic sensibility
Award-winning university collaboration conjures an architecture both sustainable and beautiful
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
An architect who was ahead of the curve in thinking how sustainable design can be integrated in elegant architectural solutions, Adrian DICASTRI brought his love of music and culture along with his analytical skills to the art and practice of his profession.
"What a lot of people didn't realize about Adrian was his poetic sensibility," said his friend Dereck REVINGTON, another architect who described Mr. DICASTRI's major buildings as "full of colour and light and a subtle dancing rhythm."
Pragmatism had to be satisfied first, but what characterized Mr. DICASTRI's work was a luminous and lyrical modernism, Mr. REVINGTON said. "His definition of sustainability was much more complex than simply creating ecologically friendly buildings. He spoke continuously about the importance of cultural, environmental and aesthetic sustainability."
Adrian John DICASTRI was born in Victoria, the second of five sons and one daughter of architect John DICASTRI (obituary September 22, 2005) and his wife Florence Margaret (GREENWOOD,) who was always called Paddy. The family lived first in the Rockland area of Victoria - in a house his father had designed - and then in a rambling former seniors' residence close to the ocean in Oak Bay that the senior Mr. DICASTRI renovated to accommodate his large and rambunctious family.
As a boy, Adrian was the only child who showed any ability at sketching and drawing, according to his younger brother Julian. He also swam "like a porpoise" and loved being in the water, a passion he would later sustain in "landlocked Toronto" by designing and building a family cottage on Georgian Bay.
He attended St. Patrick's Elementary School and then Oak Bay junior and senior high schools, graduating in 1969. He worked in his father's architectural office for a couple of years and then, at 19, went travelling in Europe for six months.
After returning, he resumed his Friendship with Susan McDONALD, who had been a year or so behind him in high school, and entered the University of Victoria, where he studied English literature in a general arts program. A ferocious reader, he was torn in those early years between teaching and architecture. He left after two years and went travelling again, this time to Mexico and Central America. By the time he returned, he had affirmed his decision on a career in architecture. He won a place in the University of Waterloo's co-op degree program in January, 1976.
After completing nearly three years of his degree, he and Ms. McDONALD (by then his wife) moved to Toronto, where he enrolled in the architecture program at the University of Toronto. Larry RICHARDS, former dean of the faculty of architecture, remembers him as "an outstanding, leading student" who was also a very nice guy. Mr. DICASTRI graduated with a bachelor of architecture degree in 1982. son Nicholas was born in 1983 and daughter Julia in As a young architect, Mr. DICASTRI worked at Diamond and Schmitt architects in Toronto. "He was an extraordinarily focused and smart guy who was a really great critic on projects in development," said Don SCHMITT, a principal in the firm. "He was a real modernist, and rigorous in his focus on rational solutions and elegant but spare design." Mr. SCHMITT also remembered him as being relaxed and possessing a dry sense of humour, qualities that "are very important in the culture of an office."
Architect John VAN NOSTRAND hired Mr. DICASTRI in 1984. "He was interested in working in a smaller firm where he could have more direct influence," Mr. VAN NOSTRAND said. The two eventually became partners, working on some major social housing projects until government support for that market dried up in the early 1990s. They also did a number of university projects, including the revitalization of St. George Street on the University of Toronto campus.
"He was a brilliant designer and he got brilliant buildings done, but he did it in a very pragmatic way," said Mr. VAN NOSTRAND. "He had real stamina for sticking with long projects and making sure that they were finished off as well as they were started. And he was a good leader. People who worked for him respected him and wanted to make good buildings for him."
In the mid 1990s, their firm went after the contract for the Computer Science and Engineering Building at York University. Mr. DICASTRI, fascinated by the idea of creating sustainable buildings, was superb at forging connections and put together a collaboration that included Vancouver architect Peter Busby, a noted green designer.
"That building is really a reflection of Peter Busby and his West Coast thinking and Adrian DICASTRI and his practical, plain thinking and his understanding of the complexity of York University and where it could go," said architect Peter CLEWES.
The building, which has operable windows, uses "passive strategies" to maximize natural light and ventilation and decrease the need for air-conditioning. It won several awards, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Governor-General's Medal in Architecture. Mr. CLEWES said it demonstrates that "it is not only the spaces within buildings that are important, but the spaces they create outside of themselves." A complex and seminal building in Mr. DICASTRI's career, it speaks to how he was beginning to think about collaboration with others and about the practicalities of creating buildings that are both sustainable and yet beautiful to live and work in. "That was a turning point for him."
Mr. CLEWES and Mr. DICASTRI, who had known each other since the 1980s, often commiserated about the capriciousness of a career in architecture - which is known as a fine vocation and a horrible profession, especially during economic downturns. They were both partners in architectural firms that were struggling to sustain themselves when Mr. DICASTRI called Mr. CLEWES in 1998 and proposed they merge practices. He cited the computer sciences building at York as an example of the kinds of things they could do together.
"It came out of the blue," Mr. CLEWES said this week - but the more he thought about it, the more he realized that "for the first time in about eight or nine years, [I felt] I could stick my head up above water and look around and say, 'This could mean something more than simply surviving.' "
The following year, Van Nostrand Dicastri and Wallman Clewes Bergman merged to form Architects Alliance. Mr. DICASTRI's strength as a strategic thinker and team builder came into play on one of the firm's significant projects, the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the U of T, which they did in collaboration with Stefan Behnisch Architekten in Germany. The completed building - elegant, intriguingly situated, ecologically green, technologically but subtly complicated - has won popular accolades and several design prizes, including the International Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Design Excellence Award from the Ontario Association of Architects.
It was poignant that Mr. DICASTRI, at the point when his professional and family lives were happily and productively established, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006. The next 15 months were a relentless struggle with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation as he fought against what proved to be an unconquerable illness. A week ago, he received a specially designed box containing individually written letters, poems and messages of esteem and affection from his colleagues at Architects Alliance. He was still well enough to read and share them with his family.
Adrian John DICASTRI was born in Victoria on September 5, 1952. He died at home in Toronto on January 29, 2008, of metastasized bladder cancer. He was 55. He is survived by wife Susan McDONALD, children Nicholas and Julia, five siblings and extended family. There will be a celebration of his life Tuesday in the Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto.

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REVO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-11 published
HANDS, Esther
Peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2008 at her home. Esther HANDS, beloved wife of the late Harold HANDS. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Sharon and Stanley CLAVIR, and Doctor Brian and Cynthia HANDS. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Minna GOODMAN, Ethel WALTON, Beatrice and Sid MAGDER, Harold and Linda ZENER, Kay ZENER, Edith LEVY, and the late Allan (Sonny) TURNER, Norma REVO, and David ZENER. Devoted grandmother of Robin MIRSKY, Jeffrey HANDS, Stuart and Desiree HANDS, and Laurie and the late David BALICK, and great-grandmother of Jonah, Hannah, Jacob, and Harrison. Special thanks to Thelma, Dr.'s Les RICHMOND and Russell GOLDMAN for their care, compassion and kindness. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, (Bathurst south of Eglinton) for service on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 12: 30 p.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva 169 Dunvegan Road from 2: 00 p.m. daily evening services at 8: 00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Esther Hands Memorial Fund c/o Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, 416-789-3291 extension 265.

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REVO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-11 published
HANDS, Esther
Peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2008 at her home. Esther HANDS, beloved wife of the late Harold HANDS. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Sharon and Stanley Clavir, and Doctor Brian and Cynthia HANDS. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Minna GOODMAN, Ethel WALTON, Beatrice and Sid MAGDER, Harold and Linda ZENER, Kay ZENNER, Edith LEVY, and the late Allan (Sonny) TURNER, Norma REVO, and David ZENNER. Devoted grandmother of Robin MIRSKY, Jeffrey HANDS, Stuart and Desiree HANDS, and Laurie and the late David BALICK, and great-grandmother of Jonah, Hannah, Jacob, and Harrison. Special thanks to Thelma, Doctors Les RICHMOND and Russell GOLDMAN for their care, compassion and kindness. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street (Bathurst south of Eglinton) for service on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 12: 30 p.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva 169 Dunvegan Road from 2: 00 p.m. daily evening services at 8: 00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Esther Hands Memorial Fund c/o Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, 416-789-3291 extension 265.

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