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EMACK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-27 published
KLAPPIS, James " Jimmy"
By Alan RAYBURN, Page A24
Artist, architectural designer, painter, singer, cinematographer. Born March 27, 1918, in Buffalo, New York Died April 30, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, aged 88.
Jimmy -- never James -- was the only child of Harry and Blanche (RILEY) KLAPPIS. During his childhood, Jimmy suffered with breathing problems. A doctor recommended moving him to a higher elevation. In 1930, a Greek family in Owen Sound, Ontario, took Harry, Blanche and Jimmy to Orangeville, then a small town some miles northwest of Toronto. They had arrived in one of the towns in Ontario at a suitably high elevation and they stayed. Recalling his Arcadian roots in Sparta, Greece, Harry opened a confectionery, and called it the Arcadia Sweets. It soon became a full-service restaurant, which continued operation until the early 1960s.
Jimmy KLAPPIS was an exceptional person, who possessed total visual recall. When he was a young man he went to see where a train had wrecked a car. With no notes at all, he returned home and drew an accurate picture of the scene. The Orangeville Banner published the sketch, and observed that he had "every promise of making his mark as an artist or a newspaper illustrator." Jimmy became a highly respected courtroom artist, covering many important trials. He also designed many houses and buildings, as well as store and church fronts.
In the late 1930s, Jimmy studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Noting his distinguished baritone singing, a teacher urged him to audition for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but he declined. An aunt in Niagara Falls, New York recommended him to the classically trained baritone Nelson Eddy, who kindly wrote a two-page letter to tell him that it was very difficult to pursue a musical career in Los Angeles.
In 1944, Jimmy joined the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps. The following year he was accidentally pushed off a train carrying Canadian troops, and his arm was pulled from its socket. He was taken to the Chorley Park Hospital in Toronto to recover. A colonel at the hospital knew about Jimmy's skills for sketching, and arranged to get him work at Victory Aircraft Co. in Malton, Ontario There he drew technical illustrations for the conversion of the Lancaster bombers to passenger planes. He left that company when it became Avro Canada Ltd. He was given a turret of a bomber, which was donated in 2005 to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
Jimmy made hobby horses in Orangeville for Eaton's and Simpsons Sears in Toronto, but his toy factory was converted into a workshop for boys in 1948, after the town's high school was destroyed by fire. In 1949, Jimmy built a three-tonne car with a Pontiac chassis and engine. Those given rides called it "the Banana Wagon," because he had painted it bright yellow.
Jimmy preferred to work overnight, then sleep until the early afternoon, when he would go to the restaurant for his breakfast. Jimmy never served in the restaurant, no matter how busy it might have been.
Many Canadian and American Greek families with marriageable daughters visited Harry and Blanche to urge Jimmy to offer his hand, but Jimmy wanted to marry Marion EMACK, an Orangeville lady who had briefly worked at the restaurant. They were married in September, 1965. In 1978 they moved to Etobicoke, where Jimmy was closer to his work as a freelance cameraman for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-television. They moved to Niagara Falls in 1987, where they had relatives and Friends on both sides of the border.
Jimmy left school in Grade 11, but his education surpassed many brilliant scholars. He was truly a Renaissance man.
Alan is a friend of Jimmy. Marion KLAPPIS and her brothers George and Jack EMACK contributed to this essay.

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EMARD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-24 published
ORR, Lorraine Amanda (née EMARD)
Surrounded by her family at Bluewater Health -- Palliative Care on Friday, April 21, 2006. Lorraine Amanda (EMARD) ORR, age 86 of Sarnia. Beloved wife of Red. Dear mother of David and his wife Catherine, Marilyn ORR, and Stephen and his wife Karen all of Sarnia. Loving grandmother of Christina, Thomas, David and Amanda, Lindsay and Brendan. Sister of Bill EMARD, California, Ted EMARD, Oregon, Marie Geiger, Vancouver, and Joan MacDonald, Sarnia. Predeceased by parents James and Amanda EMARD, brothers Ernest and Raymond EMARD and sister Terry BOHMIER. Visitation at the McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Tuesday 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. Len DESJARDINS 11: 30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, Friends who wish may send memorial donations to Breast Cancer Society, 401 St. Clair Street, Point Edward, N7V 1P2 or Saint_Joseph's Hospice, Resource Centre, 110 Water Street, Sarnia N7T 5T3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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EMARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-24 published
ORR, Lorraine Amanda (née EMARD)
Surrounded by her family at Bluewater Health - Palliative Care on Friday, April 21, 2006. Lorraine Amanda (EMARD) ORR, age 86 of Sarnia. Beloved wife of Red. Dear mother of David and his wife Catherine, Marilyn ORR, and Stephen and his wife Karen all of Sarnia. Loving grandmother of Christina, Thomas, David and Amanda, Lindsay and Brendan. Sister of Bill EMARD, California, Ted EMARD, Oregon, Marie GEIGER, Vancouver, and Joan MacDONALD, Sarnia. Predeceased by parents James and Amanda EMARD, brothers Ernest and Raymond EMARD and sister Terry BOHMIER. Visitation at the McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Tuesday 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. Len DESJARDINS 11: 30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, Friends who wish may send memorial donations to Breast Cancer Society, 401 St. Clair Street, Point Edward, N7V 1P2 or Saint_Joseph's Hospice Resource Centre, 110 Water Street, Sarnia, N7T 5T3, Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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EMAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-14 published
LIPSON, Samuel Joseph
On November 12, 2006 at Mount Sinai Hospital, in his 95th year. Beloved husband of Irene Honey LIPSON, who predeceased him in 1996. Sam is survived by daughters, Gail ZIGELSTEIN and Judy GELLER (Howard ROSENTHAL) and by his son Jeffrey LIPSON (Beverley HERSHORAN- LIPSON.) Dear grandfather of David, Trevor (Maria AMATI,) and Lani ZIGELSTEIN (Michael DAVIDSON,) and Kevin STONE; Tyson and Joshua (Orly TANENTZAP- GELLER); Jordana, Alexandra (Richard PELL) and Ashley LIPSON. Proud great-grandfather to Cole, Rachel and Julia ZIGELSTEIN and Jonah PELL. Sam was born on August 15, 1911 to the late Joseph and Bessie LIPSON in Montreal, where he grew up with his late brothers Hyman and Joseph and his late sisters Faye MILLER and Sandy EMAS. In 1938 he moved to Toronto, where he married and entered into the men's clothing business, building a chain of stores called Coward Clothes Shops. Well respected in retail circles for his entrepreneurial skills, he branched out co-founding Sentry Department Stores in 1961 which later acquired G.E.M. Department Stores, one of the original public discount centres in Ontario. As a member of the Holy Blossom Temple and supporter of Baycrest and Mount Sinai Hospital, Sam was actively involved in his community. A member of the Primrose Club and the Maple Downs Golf and Country Club, he enjoyed a busy social life, both in Toronto and in Florida, full of travel, theatre, golf, bridge and entertaining. He made new Friends readily and was known for his generosity, caring and sense of humour. Sam's passing leaves a huge void for those who knew and loved him. Sam wanted to give a special thanks to all of the staff at Hazelton Place who cared for him so well. If desired, donations can be made to the Irene and Samuel Lipson Fund at Baycrest, 3560 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M6A 2E1, or to a charity of your choice. A service will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at 2 o'clock in Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, followed by a remembrance and celebration of his life at 7 Tanbark Crescent.

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