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SAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-21 published
SAS, Doctor George Robert
Who passed away three years ago on April 21st, after a long courageous battle with brain cancer. "In the opening of buds and the rebirth of spring, we fondly remember you. When we are weary and sad and in need of strength, we remember your strength. When we have joys and yearn to share them, we remember your laugh and wish you were here. You are always a part of us, forever loved and missed." Louise, Jon, Leora, Emily, and Robin

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SASHUK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-24 published
BAROOTES, Ann (January 31, 1932-April 22, 2008)
Ann BAROOTES of Markham, Ontario, beloved wife of Gus BAROOTES, passed away peacefully on April 22nd, 2008 due to complications stemming from cancer. Ann moved to Toronto in 1949, a city she loved from the start. Toronto proved a fitting backdrop to a graceful life filled with travel and curiosity. She married Gus in late 1950's. They were the perfect match in tennis, wit and verbal sparing. With Ann you learned quickly to always pay attention and take nothing personal; the fleeting twinkle in her eye revealed her true intentions and they were always filled with love, compassion and humor. As a younger woman she modeled fashion in Toronto. Ann's glamorous and dignified bearing stayed true throughout her life. There was nothing casual about her. She took great care in presenting herself with appropriate and interesting taste, but she did so modestly. Her dress and comportment harmonized with a disciplined and independent mind. She chose her words carefully and they always meant something, but she also possessed the uncanny ability to know what not to say. Hers was a life not governed just by any one interest. She was raised on a farm and as an adult grew asparagus, traveled extensively throughout the world and stood on an Alaskan glacier at age 75. She loved singing, her Ukrainian roots and never felt any need to justify or explain the life she lived. Her stories and innocent jokes brought family together. Family was most important to Ann and she overflowed with generosity and Friendship. Her sharp memory filled in the gaps from the past for even those much younger than her. She remembered everything and everyone. We hold her in our memory as she held us in life. Ann is predeceased by her loving husband Gus BAROOTES, her siblings; Bill SASHUK, Neda NELSON, Fred SASHUK, Sam SASHUK, Sandy JANSEN and Nina TACKETT. Ann is survived by her brother Fred SASHUK and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to The Canadian Diabetes Association. A private family service will be held on Friday April 25th

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SASKOLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-20 published
DALE, William E. Hunter, P.Eng., Q.C. (1925-2008)
Peacefully at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga on Monday, March 17, 2008. Beloved husband of Peggy. Loving father of Brian (Kim) and Nora (Michael WEEDON) and predeceased by his infant son Paul (1954). Dear grandfather of Paul (Ruth), Sean and Melissa DALE; Christopher, Ryan, Robert and John WEEDON. Proud great-grandfather of Victoria and Sarah. Survived by his sister Mary Jo SASKOLEY, many nieces and nephews and by sister-in-law Mollie ENDRESS (Bill,) and brother-in-law Bill DAVIS (Kathy.) Predeceased by his sisters Donna Jane and Anne. Bill attended school in Brampton and was in the No. II army course. He studied metallurgical engineering and worked for Inco in Coppercliffe. After Osgoode Hall he was rehired by Inco in New York City. After six wonderful years he returned to Mississauga and worked the remaining years of his law career with Ridout and Maybee. Bill was active with Christ Church United, Clarkson and was president of the Rotary Club of Toronto. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy 10 N of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Monday, March 24, 2008 at 1 p.m. at Christ Church United, 1700 Mazo Crescent, Mississauga (S of Truscott). For those who wish, memorial donations made to the Toronto Rotary Foundation, Christ Church or to Cystic Fibrosis would be appreciated by the family.

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SASS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-21 published
SASS, Siegfried " Sigi"
Passed away peacefully, on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 81 years of age. Devoted husband of Leokadia SASS. Survived by his sisters-in-law Alice SCHLESS, Helga HEEMSOTH, Brigitte REUSSE. Loving uncle of Helga, Karen, Reinhardt, Ricki, Heide, and nieces and nephews in Poland, predeceased by nephew Hans. Great-uncle to Nelson, Katja and Jaquelin. Past President of Viking Engine and Tool and Centric Engine and Tool. Will sadly be missed by all. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Sunday, June 22 from 2-5 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Monday, June 23 at 4 p.m. Private Interment at a later date.

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SASS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-25 published
SASS- KORTSAK, Alice
Alice died peacefully, at home, on Monday June 23rd. Predeceased by her beloved husband Doctor Andrew SASS- KORTSAK (1986.) She was born July 19th, 1921 in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to Toronto with Andrew in 1949. She channelled her deep knowledge and love of Italian language, art and literature into a career as a librarian in Fine Arts book selection at the University of Toronto. She and Andrew opened their home and hearts to many Hungarian refugees in 1956 and, in succeeding years, were gracious hosts to many good Friends and colleagues at their Mt. Pleasant Road home.
She loved the beauty of nature and art; she was unfailingly elegant. We counted on her to know how to handle gracefully any situation, and to answer all manner of Latin, grammatical and linguistic questions. She was much loved and respected by all who knew her.
Loving mother of Peter (Hilda,) Andrea and Christina (Chris GREEN.) Much loved and devoted Nagymami to Melanie and Daphne SASS- KORTSAK, and Andrew and Matthew Sass-Kortsak GREEN. She will be deeply missed by her brother and sister-in-law, Zoltan and Claire KOLLEY in Toronto and her sister Emmy JANOSSY in Budapest, and their families.
We are grateful to her devoted caregivers, who made it possible for her to live in her home over the past several years.
The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East) from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 26th. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 432 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, M2N 3B7 on Friday, June 27th at 10: 30 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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SASSE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-22 published
SASSE, Doris Marie (née O'CONNELL)
In her 65th year passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 with her family at her side. Devoted mother of Arlene (Bob) POTVIN, Joanne TRENTON, Patty NETHERCOTT (Randy MIDDLETON), Jeff (Janette VERHEVEN) and Brenda MUNN (Chris GALLAGHER). Loving Nannie to Josh WILSON, Shayna WILSON and Eric POTVIN, Ryan TRENTON, Cara, Greg and Derrick NETHERCOTT and Brad, Reanna, Nathan and Rachel MUNN. Great Nannie to Landen, Jack and Liam. Predeceased by her parents William and Mary O'CONNELL of Brantford and brothers Jim and Bill O'CONNELL. Doris will be sadly missed by her brother Doug O'CONNELL and sister Beverly YOUNG. Forever in the hearts of Bill, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and father-in-law Eugene. Funeral arrangements made by Denning Bros. Funeral Home, 32 Metcalfe Street, Strathroy. Visitation Thursday May 22, 1-3 and 7-9 with funeral service on Friday May 23 at 1: 30 p.m. Donations can be made to the charity of your choice. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Doris.

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SASSEVILLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-07 published
Heinz NIEDERHAUSER, 72: Baker And Athlete
Chocolatier became leading cross-country ski coach
By Carol COOPER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
Heinz NIEDERHAUSER never seriously strapped on cross-country skis until he was in his 30s. Once started in the sport though, he never stopped - all the way to the Olympics. Over a span of 35 years, he tested instructors, started ski clubs, co-founded the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors and served as head coach of the national cross-country team.
His rigorous training programs took a no-nonsense approach. Athletes could expect three-hour runs, their coach in the lead, and to be left in the parking lot if ever they were late. "He was very dedicated, and we worked extremely hard under him," said Margaret Holden WAECHTER, who was a member of the Ontario Junior Team in the early 1980s. "He had this love of racing and training and health and fitness and he inspired people to be the best they possibly could be."
Raised in Zurich, Switzerland, he grew up as one of three children to parents who ran a chocolate factory. Young Heinz enjoyed sports and persuaded his Friends to stay play soccer by sometimes bribing them with bits of chocolate.
Never the keenest student, he finished secondary school and worked for a while in the factory. In 1952, he began an apprenticeship as a confectioner and pastry chef in Basel. Despite his father's skepticism, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER excelled, placing first in his year.
Between compulsory stints of military training, where he trained as an army cook, he worked in a confectionery shop in Lausanne until being persuaded by his father to return to the family factory as a salesman. A year later, he left after a row with his father and immigrated to Finland in 1957.
He found a job with a candy manufacturer where he fell in love with Ann SARKKI, a co-worker. They married in December, 1958, and immigrated to Canada three years later. The family (including new son Lars) settled in Toronto, where Mr. NIEDERHAUSER worked first at a bakery, then at the Westbury Hotel. Two more sons, Tom and Glen, quickly followed.
For seven years, the family owned a bakery in Scarborough before moving east to what is now Pickering, Ontario There, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER coached soccer and became involved in fitness programs at public schools. In the late 1960s, the family took up downhill skiing near Barrie, Ontario, and, after meeting some Finns and Estonians there, switched to cross-country. Before long, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER was racing (and losing miserably) against the experienced Scandinavians. He began training year-round and was soon beating them soundly.
In the 1970s, the sport took off, and so did Mr. NIEDERHAUSER's involvement. By 1975, he was the paid coach of the South Ontario Division ski team, and moved the family to the Muskoka region, where they lived on 32 hectares of land that soon became the Raymond Ski School.
Mr. NIEDERHAUSER used it as a training facility for the team and supplemented activities with year-round, week-long training camps in provincial parks.
In 1976, he co-founded the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors and, a year later, moved to Ottawa as technical director and head coach of the national team. However, not everyone appreciated his style. Grumbling followed his introduction of mandatory, European-style, early-morning runs, and discontent ran so high that he believed it would be better if he did not accompany the team to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
To his disappointment, only the women's team competed. The Canadian Olympic Committee had deemed members of the men's team unlikely to place in the top 16 and told them to stay home.
Mr. NIEDERHAUSER was fired along with Jack SASSEVILLE, another coach. While the dismissal angered Mr. SASSEVILLE, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER chose to focus on ensuring a smooth transition. "That was his way," Mr. SASSEVILLE said. "He constantly was working towards trying to make skiing better."
That year, too, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER's marriage ended.
In 1981, he met Blanche DRAPEAU. During the next decade, the couple moved to White Lake outside Ottawa, purchased Lowney Lake Campground and started a family. From the campground, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER ran a bake shop and a landscaping business, while remaining involved in skiing.
During the 1980s, he also founded and coached the Ottawa Racers Ski Club and helped develop the city-owned Mooney's Bay facility into one for cross-country training and racing. He coached the Ontario Junior Team and served on the national ski team committee.
When the 1988 Calgary Olympics came around, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER was there as chief of manual grooming of the cross-country course. With his usual dedication, he supervised a large crew charged with touching up the trail with rakes and shovels.
Later, Mr. NIEDERHAUSER started the ski club that came to be known as Lowney Lake Nordic and was eventually based out of the campground. He also became involved with the national capital district ski program and the Ontario Junior Team. Among his protégés was Kate Brennan, who made her World Cup debut in last month's races in Canmore, Alberta.
Although Mr. NIEDERHAUSER officially retired last fall, he continued to coach. At the beginning of January, some of his athletes were competing near Collingwood, Ontario, and he took to the trails between events to prepare for an upcoming World Masters Race in Idaho in March. "It's a beautiful day for a ski," he said as they parted. He collapsed soon afterward.
Heinz Walter NIEDERHAUSER was born August 27, 1935, in Zurich, Switzerland. He died January 5, 2008, in Duntroon, Ontario He was 72. He is survived by his wife, Blanche Drapeau. He also leaves his children, Sven, Jana, Lars, Tom and Glen.

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SASSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-02 published
Stabbing ends 20 years of peace for Afghan couple
Police detail fatal attack at Brampton mall
By Anthony REINHART and Timothy APPLEBY and Susan KRASHINSKY, Page A1
Brampton, Ontario -- They called him Papa around the Planet Ford dealership, although Rahim SHAHGHASY was just 53.
The nickname just seemed to fit Mr. SHAHGHASY, a car detailer with a fatherly manner whose love of friendly chatter came a close second to the fondness he held for his wife, Nazifa, and their two grown children.
Yesterday, those children, along with Friends, relatives and neighbours, struggled with a horror at odds with the peaceful life the couple had led since leaving Afghanistan for Canada two decades ago: their violent deaths outside a Brampton strip mall at the hands of a seemingly crazed man they didn't know.
"This man was armed with two knives and the attack was completely unprovoked," Inspector Norm ENGLISH of the Peel homicide squad told a packed media conference.
"The husband saw what was occurring and attempted to save his wife, but was overpowered by the male."
The 28-year-old assailant remains under police guard in hospital recovering from serious knife wounds he inflicted on himself after the noon-hour attack on Wednesday outside the Red Maple Plaza.
The incident was initially thought to be a marital dispute in which a woman was killed along with a male passerby trying to help her, but police amended their theory yesterday.
Insp. ENGLISH said Ms. SHAHGHASY had just made a dental appointment at the plaza and was walking to her car when she was accosted by the knife-wielding man, who was "very well known" to police, though a stranger to her.
Her husband, meanwhile, had made a quick trip into a small grocery store in the plaza. When he came out, he saw his wife being attacked and ran to her.
"Both victims suffered fatal stab wounds and died at the scene," Insp. ENGLISH said, adding that Mr. SHAHGHASY first made his way, bloodied, into another business in the plaza to ask a merchant to call for help.
Police arrived to find the assailant stabbing himself in the neck and used a taser to subdue him. His condition, described as critical but stable yesterday, has prevented police from questioning him and has delayed the laying of second-degree murder charges. His name will be withheld until that happens, likely in the next few days, the officer said.
The suspect, a Brampton resident, was out on bail on a charge involving violence, which Insp. ENGLISH would not disclose.
Autopsies will be conducted today and the funeral will be held as soon as possible, in keeping with Islamic custom.
The circumstances of the triple stabbing, which pushed Peel's homicide tally for the year to 11, are being examined by the province's Special Investigations Unit, which probes all police-related confrontations resulting in death or serious injury.
"The victims are wonderful people who were outstanding members of our community," Insp. ENGLISH said.
The impact on the community was evident in the parade of vehicles that converged yesterday on Siesta Court, a quiet cul-de-sac of 13-year-old homes where the SHAHGHASYs bought a tidy, brick-clad two-storey house for $415,000 in 2006.
Their home, about 10 kilometres from where they died, was often the scene of happy gatherings, but yesterday, relatives and Friends wept and embraced in the street, while news reporters and a few neighbours looked on.
"The family is in a state of shock," said Shawn JAMSI, whose wife is Ms. SHAHGHASY's sister. "My wife has been in the hospital, back and forth" from the shock, he said.
Ms. SHAHGHASY ran a clothing store in Brampton, and "I'd always see her dress up really professional with a briefcase or a purse, and I always thought, 'wow,' said neighbour Christina SASSO.
Yesterday morning, Ms. SASSO watched as the couple's 19-year-old daughter, Kubra, prepared the outside of the house for the onrush of grieving kin.
"I just saw her sweeping the driveway, the dirt; I was just watching her, just sweeping and sweeping," Ms. SASSO said. "It looked like she was in a daze, and it just brought tears."
Mr. SHAHGHASY had been slowly but steadily recovering from a workplace accident about two years ago, neighbours said. He had been using a walker to get around, but had recently moved up to a cane.
"I said, 'I'm so happy to see you like that,' and he said, 'Yes, I'm doing really good,' Gorretti ANDRADE, who lives a few doors away, recalled from an encounter three weeks ago.
The couple's positive outlook and good humour came up time and again in interviews with those who knew them.
Giovanni ZAMBITO, who lives next door, recalled them as "probably the nicest people I ever met, to tell you the truth."
Gurpreet VANDER, also a neighbour, broke into tears upon learning what had happened. She said Mr. SHAHGHASY often played with her children and would stop on the way to get his mail and chat, since they both spoke Urdu.
"No other families understand our language, and we don't understand their language," Ms. VANDER said. "So sometimes we would talk."
Mr. SHAHGHASY's penchant for talk was well known to several car dealers in the Brampton Auto Mall along Bovaird Drive, where he cleaned cars in preparation for delivery. He most recently worked at Planet Ford, while the couple's 22-year-old son, Qaiss, is a salesman at a nearby Mitsubishi dealership.
Between phone calls in the showroom yesterday, a young receptionist at Planet Ford described the elder Mr. SHAHGHASY as a wise man who, despite being unable to work recently, would drop in to share stories of his Afghan childhood or dispense fatherly advice.
"He would tell me stories about how he was raised back home, and how he met his wife, and how he loved his wife," she said.
Yesterday, his co-workers found themselves in the same state of sad confusion as the couple's relatives and neighbours.
"I couldn't believe it; it was devastating," Julee FARIAS said from behind her desk in the service department. "We did love him."

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