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SEGAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-07 published
ORLIFFE, Ida
Peacefully on Friday, January 4, 2008 at Baycrest Apotex. Ida ORLIFFE, beloved wife of the late Herbert. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Annabel and Stanley (Ted) TURNER, Joan and Howard SEGAL, Robert and Joanne ORLIFFE, and the late Barbara MAGDER / FREEDMAN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Sylvia and the late Raymond MILLER, and the late Gerald and Yetta GOREN. Devoted grandmother of Jodi and Steven, Hilary, Marni and Jeff, Rebecca, Robyn and Chris, Mark, Ari, Melissa, Jennifer, Nathan, and Daniel, great-grandmother of Sam, Maddie, Hannah, and Josh. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Monday, January 7, 2008 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 15 Snowshoe Millway. Donations may be made to Ida ORLIFFE Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324, www.benjamins.ca.

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SEGAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-09 published
LUBELL, Mary
Peacefully on Saturday, January 5, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Soly. Loving and devoted mother and mother-in-law of Toby and Aaron BROTMAN, Freda and Saul SEGAL, the late Norman LUBELL. Cherished Bubby of Judi, Suzy, Shawn, Linda, Yoni, Milane, James. Proud grandmother of Tye, Mya, Noam, Tal, Mya, Adam and Josh. Predeceased by her brothers and sisters. She will be greatly missed by her family and all those whose lives she has touched. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Mount Sinai Hospital in Montreal for their exceptional care and compassion. Funeral Services and Shiva in Montreal. Donations in her memory can be made to the charity of your choice.

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SÉGARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-24 published
HASLAM, Kathleen Julia (HENDERSHOT)
98 years. Passed away January 22, 2008. Late of Cambridge, formerly of Harrow. Predeceased by her loving husband Robert (1990). Beloved mother of Elizabeth and Michael BLISS, Toronto, Margaret and Dave HANNAY, Cambridge, Katherine and François SÉGARD, Montreal. Predeceased by her daughter Joyce BROOKSBANK (1992.) Loving grandmother of Jennifer, Heather, Allison, Bobby, Jamie, Laura, Sally, Julie, Scott, Craig, Callie, Luke and survived by 19 great-grandchildren. Mother-in-law of Ron BROOKSBANK, Tennessee. Predeceased by her brothers Warren, Charles, Rolphe, Harold and Howard. Dear sister-in-law of Margaret HENDERSHOT, Harrow. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Resting at Gerald A. Smith Funeral Home 197 King St. W. Harrow. Visitation on Saturday January 26, 2008 at St. Andrew's Anglican Church from 9: 30 a.m. until the time of service to celebrate Kathleens's life at 10: 30 a.m. with Rev. Christine DOWNEY officiating. Interment at Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Andrew's Anglican Church.

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SEGELBAUM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-08 published
GOLDSTEIN, Saul
The family of Saul GOLDSTEIN, aged 97, lovingly honour his memory at the home of Roger and Rose GOLDSTEIN, 243 Dunvegan Rd, Toronto. Shiva services will be held from February 7 to Feb 12, at 7.00 a.m. and 5.20 p.m. Saul is survived by his son Roger (Rose) GOLDSTEIN and daughter Vivienne (Gidon) TANKUS, grandchildren Elliott, Rochelle, Erik SEGELBAUM; Andrew, Mathew, William, and Emily GOLDSTEIN.

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SEGGEWISS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-26 published
Lottery win allowed farm boy to do what he was 'born for'
By Krista SEGGEWISS, Mon., May 26, 2008
He was known as the unofficial mayor of east London.
Hundreds of Friends and family hoisted a glass to honour Earl BELL Friday, the day of his funeral, at the St. Regis Tavern he owned.
One of Ontario's first lottery winners, BELL used his $100,000 prize to buy the London bar, a fixture on Dundas Street for 27 years.
"He called all the girls who worked here Earl's pearls," said tavern employee Sheree RUDNICKI.
BELL died May 20 after a battle with cancer. He was 66.
"Earl was a straight shooter who would do anything for anybody," said Ken McVITTIE, a tavern regular.
Born on a farm near Hensall, BELL grew up milking cows. A practical joker, he would squirt milk or toss mice at his sister. BELL moved to Toronto for a short time before settling in London.
"When we walked down Yonge Street, we'd never wait in line for any establishment," recalled Ron MASON, BELL's brother-in-law and athletic director at Michigan State University. "Everyone knew Earl."
A lottery ticket purchase in the early 1980s altered the course of BELL's life.
"The lottery win really changed Earl because it enabled him to do the thing he loved the most," said MASON. " Earl couldn't have been a better bar owner. He was born for it."
The St. Regis is a small spot catering to a close-knit community and known for Saturday jam nights.
"The place is an institution," said RUDNICKI. " Earl's rules still go. They were: Respect the staff; respect him and respect the business."
Remembered for his generous spirit, BELL often took in regulars and gave them a place to stay in the hotel. BELL sponsored baseball, softball and basketball teams.
"He had a big heart, everybody loved him," said wife Shani, who met BELL when she played on a St. Regis Tavern softball team. "I miss him."
The two were married in Barbados in 2002. A father, stepfather and grandfather, BELL loved sports, fishing and horse races.
"He had an unbelievable knack for picking horses and football teams," said MASON.
Perhaps BELL's most defining quality was his flair for conversation. He loved to read newspapers and discuss current events.
"Earl was a people person and the life of the party," said MASON. "No matter where he went, people surrounded him."

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SEGGEWISS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-15 published
Al MIKALACHKI loved his Habs and basketball
By Krista SEGGEWISS, Sun., June 15, 2008
In many ways, Al MIKALACHKI was an extraordinary Londoner.
He was the first person to earn a PhD in business administration from a Canadian university, which he received from the University of Western Ontario in 1964.
He's also in the Concordia University sports hall of fame for his brilliance as a basketball player.
For more than three decades, MIKALACHKI combined his two loves by teaching organizational behaviour at Western and playing basketball in the university's top pickup league with students.
"He led a very fortunate life, he was a very bright guy," said son Sandy MIKALACHKI. " Dad's life was centred around his teaching, his sports and his family."
MIKALACHKI's journey began in Montreal in 1933, where he was born to a working-class family. His parents emigrated from Yugoslavia with Grade 7 educations.
Growing up, MIKALACHKI took up basketball and continued at Sir George Williams University while studying commerce.
A great shooter and a quick point guard, MIKALACHKI's highlights included leading the Georgians in scoring for two of his four years and setting a school record for most points in a game.
It was at George Williams where MIKALACHKI met his wife, Dorothy. The two moved to London where MIKALACHKI continued his education. His time at Western began with a gold medal for the highest marks in his class and ended with a Pleva Award for excellence in teaching.
Despite all the accolades, MIKALACHKI was down-to-earth. He loved the Montreal Canadiens and his family.
"He grew up coaching and playing basketball with us. He led us to a grounded life," said Sandy.
A longtime colleague remembered MIKALACHKI as a funny man knowledgeable in many areas.
"Al had a tremendous sense of humour," said Dave SHAW, a former finance professor at Western. "He loved people and loved to talk about many subjects, which made him a fun guy to be around."
As a professor, MIKALACHKI was a stern but effective leader.
"It was tough love in the classroom," said SHAW. "Al had strong ideas and he was very committed to them."
About 10 years ago, MIKALACHKI began a gradual struggle with Lewy Body Dementia, identified by abnormal structures in brain cells. There's progressive loss of memory, language, reasoning and other higher mental functions, such as calculation, but he fought courageously the last year and still managed to play sports.
"It's a miserable illness, but in the last 12 months, he was still on the basketball and tennis courts," said Sandy.
Al MIKALACHKI died May 27 at age 75 but will be remembered by his wife Dorothy, children Sandy, Rob and Jodi and grandchildren Brooke, Kelsey, Kristen, Owen and Keira.

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SEGGEWISS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-22 published
ROBINSON entertained with smoky-toned sax, jokes
By Krista SEGGEWISS, Sun., June 22, 2008
His smoky tone was the envy of other musicians.
Ian ROBINSON mastered the tenor sax without ever learning to read music.
The lifetime member of the London Musicians Association died June 12 in Toronto from diabetes complications. He was 81.
"My dad was a very natural musician," said son Chris ROBINSON. "He wasn't schooled and he didn't study music. He just had it inside him."
The musical gene runs strong in the ROBINSON family.
Chris ROBINSON is a professional musician, playing alto saxophone and clarinet. ROBINSON's other child, Laura, is an actor, singer and composer.
For a while in the 1990s, Chris and his son, Andy, would play with Ian in the Sax Family Robinson band, while Laura would sing.
"It was three generations playing all together," Chris said, adding the family performed about 10 gigs.
Born in Windsor and raised in Paris, Ontario, ROBINSON picked up his first saxophone as a teen and had his first band by age He met his future wife, Margaret, playing at a bar near Cambridge. The two were married for 55 years.
ROBINSON spent his career working for distilleries and played gigs on evenings and weekends. He played hundreds of events in London during the 45 years he lived in the city and led many bands, including the Ian ROBINSON Trio.
"Ian played at weddings, bar mitzvahs, armouries, bars and festivals," said his widow, 81. "He had a beautiful smoky tone. He just loved his horn."
ROBINSON's forte was jazz, swing and ballads. He knew all the Second World War-era tunes.
"His sound was soft, smooth, sensuous and cool," said Chris. "He didn't like country or rock music, but he liked jazz and loved beautiful ballads."
Besides a passion for music, Margaret recalled an outgoing husband who loved to entertain. She remembered holding parties at their house to which Friends would come dressed as songs.
"He played at home and the walls would just ring with sound," she said. "People would stay until four in the morning."
ROBINSON's sense of humour was another strong personality trait.
"Ian could tell the best jokes, he knew at least 5,000," Margaret said. "He would do crazy things, trying to make people laugh all the time."
Besides his widow and children, ROBINSON is remembered by grandchildren Andy, Jack and Julia. And his musical legacy, captured in the simplicity of his sound, lives on.
"He said more, with fewer notes, than any other horn player I've ever heard," his son said.

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SEGGEWISS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-13 published
High-ranking Polish soldier leaves legacies of hard work and dedication
By Krista SEGGEWISS, Sun., July 13, 2008
He survived on bread and water in a Russian prisoner of war camp, then went on to fight in one of the Second World War's toughest battles.
Chester MISZCZAK earned the Virtuti Militari, the highest Polish military decoration, for his support role in the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944.
The longtime Londoner died recently. He was 91.
"He worked hard, partied hard and lived life to the maximum," said son Edward.
Born near Warsaw, MISZCZAK was a member of the Polish army when the Germans invaded in 1939.
He was captured, taken prisoner and wound up in the hands of the Russians until they joined the Allied powers.
Many Poles, serving under British command, later wound up fighting with the Allies.
From January to May 1944, MISZCZAK joined the Allied effort to drive the Germans out of Rome, a costly campaign made up of a series of battles, including one focused on Monte Cassino, a mountain topped by an historic abbey.
The Allies secured victory, but at a steep cost, losing about 54,000 soldiers.
"It was a very difficult battle. Throughout Monte Cassino my father saw things he didn't want to see," said son Michael.
"The pain was embedded in his memory and it began to affect him more as he got older."
After the war, MISZCZAK immigrated to Canada. After arriving in Halifax, he settled in London, where he married his wife Harriet in 1949.
Despite service with the Allies, MISZCZAK wasn't able to get his veteran pension in Canada.
He worked at General Steel Wares for nearly 31 years. He also picked tobacco on weekends to support his family.
"He was a tough guy and a family guy, but above all a hard worker," said Michael. "He worked seven days a week."
It was hard at first because Canadians weren't welcoming, said Michael.
London was mainly an Anglo-Saxon city during the late 1940s and MISZCZAK worked blue-collar jobs, he added.
"He often said he felt punished for seven years, five in the war and two after," said Michael. "But after that, things were much better."
MISZCZAK kept in contact with his army Friends and frequently visited them. He encouraged his children to focus on their education.
"He wanted us to work hard, but to be smart about it," said Edward. "My father always said using your head and not your hands was the way to get ahead."
MISZCZAK's dedication and work ethic are lasting morals that remain with his two sons and granddaughter Kersti.

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SEGUIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-28 published
DOUCETTE, Joseph Edward
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, Joseph Edward DOUCETTE, at the age of 83 years, surrounded by his loving family. He will be greatly missed by his wife Jeanne, his four children, Pierrette AGEN, Michelle JACKSON (Bradley) of Panama City Beach, Florida; Richard of San Diego, California and the late Suzanne WHITE/WHYTE (James;) and one grand_son Anthony MacFARLANE and his life partner Martin McGRENERE. Also survived by his brothers and sisters, Gerry of Rochester, Alberta; Tommy (Patsy); Rodolphe (Madeleine); and Hubert, all of Toronto; Delima NADON (late Albert) of Alban, Ontario; and Elizabeth "Betty" SEGUIN (late Arthur) of Sudbury. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Roseanna HAMEL (late George GAUTHIER and the late Eddie HAMEL;) Leone THIBAULT (Rene) of Cobourg, Ontario; Euclide, Fabiola; Georges (late Marie); Andre and Marie. Joseph was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, walking and woodworking. He was a highly skilled tradesperson, having worked on numerous Toronto landmarks. He was always proud of and steadfastly dedicated to his family. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Parkwood Hospital-Palliative Care Unit for their compassionate care and support. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2008 from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, with prayers at 7 p.m. and a legion service at 7: 30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Peter's Basilica (Lady Chapel), 196 Dufferin Ave, London on Friday, February 29, 2008, at 10: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkwood Hospital - Palliative Care Unit or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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SEGUIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-14 published
RIVEST, Norbert Cyrille
At Extendicare, Port Stanley on Saturday, July 12th, 2008. Norbert Cyrille RIVEST of West Lorne in his 82nd year. son of the late Alfred and Florina (DESMARAIS.) Loving husband of nearly 55 years of Florence (ROSE.) Dear father of Leonard RIVEST, Karen DEGRAW (Brian) and Donna RIVEST- KRITER. Loving grandpa of Mallory, Marsha, Sonya, Preston, Tiffany and Julie. Brother of Agnes BENETEAU (late Lawrence,) late Laurent (Lucille,) Hedwidge WILKINSON (late Gord,) late Leon (Eylla,) late Paul (Ruth,) Suzanne SEGUIN (Jean Paul), Rosalie GAGNÉ (Ben), Wilfred (Madeleine)(late Carol), Louis (Annette), Elise TUFFIN (Ken), Gerald (Jacqueline), Eleonore ANDERSON (Jack) and Claude (Carol.) Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Special thank you to Doctor John HOFHUIS and all staff at Extendicare, Port Stanley for their kind and considerate care over the past three years. Friends may call at the West Lorne Chapel, 202 Main St. on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers will be offered at 6: 30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary's Church, West Lorne. Father Wes GUTOWSKI celebrant. Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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SEGUIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-15 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Anne-Marie (née LARSSON)
Passed away peacefully on March 5, 2008. She was born in Sweden on August 28, 1932, the daughter of the late Karl Henrik and Siv Dorothea LARSSON. Anne-Marie was a great mother and sister - she loved art and music, volunteering in galleries and music festivals. In the 50s she was a "radio gal" with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation International, broadcasting shortwave programs to Sweden. She loved her Saturday routine of a fine breakfast, getting her nails done and shopping. Her passions included music and art, stock market investing, and throwing great dinner parties. Anne-Marie was a dear friend to many people, a mother much loved by her four children and several grandchildren, and a sister to two brothers who always enjoyed her company and her acid wit - she'll be missed by all of them! Anne-Marie is survived by her children: Jennifer White JELKOVIC (Damir), Mary Anne SPROULE (Duncan), Thomas W. WHITE/WHYTE (Teresa), Christine SEGUIN (Pierre), her brothers Clas G. LARSSON and Nils K. LARSSON, and her grandchildren: Erica and Michael JELKOVIC, Orson SPROULE, Nicholas and Matthew WHITE/WHYTE, and Steven SEGUIN. As per Anne-Marie's specific request, she was cremated on Friday, March 7th. She had specifically wanted her Friends and family to celebrate her life with a party, which will be arranged for the very near future. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Ottawa Chamber Music Society or Art Gallery of Ontario would be appreciated.

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