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SAEED o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-29 published
QUAZI, Masooda Saeed
Wife, mother, grandmother, pioneer for her family and community. Born March 26, 1928, in Aligarh, India. Died July 28, 2007, in Toronto of sepsis, aged 79.
By Tariq SAEED, Page L8
No one could have imagined that Masooda would live in three countries and spend the majority of her life as a Canadian. Born into a family of landlords in India, she was expected to live a comfortable life, have an arranged marriage at an early age and stay in the same area.
Masooda's mother died when she was a child, so she lived with an aunt and later her elder sister, who also died at a young age.
Masooda enrolled in a bachelor's and then a master's program at Aligarh Muslim University with plans to teach. She made another breach with tradition when she independently accepted a marriage proposal from Quazi SAEED, an engineering student and later faculty member at the same university. They were devoted to each other for 54 years of marriage, until his death in 2004.
After the partition of India, Quazi secured a job as an engineer in what is now Bangladesh. They lived in small towns where he was involved in building roads and bridges. Masooda home-schooled her two children, Tariq and Tahir.
In 1960, the family moved to Canada because of turmoil in the region where they lived. After Quazi did further university studies in Canada, he contemplated going back home. Masooda, however, felt that Canada would be best for the family as it offered opportunities for her children, more rights for women and respect for the rule of law.
While maintaining her religion, Masooda adapted to the Canadian way of doing things and was patriotic toward her new country.
Ours was one of the first South Asian Muslim families in Toronto, and later in Sudbury. My parents were involved in setting up the first mosque and community centre in Toronto. They helped many newcomers to the country and were involved with local charitable organizations.
Shortly after her arrival in Canada, Masooda became chronically ill with rheumatoid arthritis, for which few treatments were available. She could not work or follow a career but she devoted herself to her children and family.
She never told us how much pain she had in her joints and would not let us help with housework, so we could spend more time on our studies. Her proudest achievement was helping her children become university graduates and follow successful careers.
In later years, she helped mentor and guide her five grandchildren. After her death, one of her Friends said that she had fulfilled her goals of setting up her family in Canada and living long enough to ensure that her grandchildren were on the right path.
Tariq SAEED is Masooda's son.

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SAEVITZON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-22 published
SHAUL, Bayla
On Friday, March 21, 2008 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Bayla SHAUL, beloved wife of Alfred SHAUL. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Randi SHAUL and David SAEVITZON, Jeff SHAUL, and Brenda SHAUL and Mitch LEIBOWITZ. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Harry and Marilyn SEIGEL, and Faye and the late William SEIGEL. Devoted grandmother of Michael, Jill, Natalie, and Daniel. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, March 23rd at 1: 30 p.m. Interment, Temple Sinai section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 8 Savoy Cres., Thornhill with daily visits from 2: 00 p.m. Donations may be made to The Bayla Shaul Memorial Fund for The Multi-Organ Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital, c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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