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ZOLF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-15 published
Rocker worked lifetime of magic
Lovin' Spoonful guitarist dies at 58
Zal YANOVSKY ran noted restaurant
Nicolaas VAN RIJN Staff Reporter
Zal YANOVSKY believed in magic.
As a member of the Lovin' Spoonful it got him his first big hit, the 1960s "Do You Believe in Magic," which helped put the group second only to the Beatles in record sales for a while.
And, after the music died, it got him to Kingston, where the man known as the Jewish version of Ringo Starr -- for his resemblance to the Beatles drummer -- started a restaurant, Chez Piggy, that is known across the land for its fare and welcoming atmosphere as a meeting place.
"He had an unorthodox style of playing, to say the least," said Denny DOHERTY of the Mamas and Papas, who was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame with YANOVSKY in 1996. "There was not any book anywhere that he followed.
"And he is gone too soon."
YANOVSKY, 58, died suddenly at his farm home just outside Kingston Friday of a heart attack.
Survivors include his wife Rose RICHARDSON, his daughter Zoe, 2-year-old grand_son Max, a sister Buba and his first wife, the actor Jackie BURROUGHS. A private family service will be held Monday in Kingston.
Kingston Mayor Isabel TURNER, who said she was "shocked" to hear of the death of the man she'd casually greet on the city's streets, hailed him as "a part of the very fabric of our community.''
"He took a very old building, went in and not only cleaned it all up, but brought it back to its former glory," she said of the work YANOVSKY and his wife Rose put into restoring an 1880s livery stable for their Chez Piggy.
"He was one of the first to do that, and because of it, others looked at what he had done and followed suit, with the result being that quite a renovation has taken place in downtown Kingston."
To recognize their work, TURNER said, the couple was last year recognized with a heritage restoration award.
"He had a really wonderful life in Kingston," said Toronto writer Marni JACKSON, who used to work at YANOVSKY's first Kingston restaurant, the lakeshore Dr. Bull's, making cappuccinos.
"He's a heart guy, the guy at the heart of Kingston. He and his wife Rose were really crucial in restoring Kingston's downtown and keeping the tourist economy kicking along because Chez Piggy's was really the city's first gathering place."
Born in Toronto, YANOVSKY dropped out of Downsview Collegiate at age 16 to begin the peripatetic lifestyle that marked his early days.
"I was late the second day of school," YANOVSKY recalled in an interview. "They wouldn't let me in school 'cause I didn't have all my books. I never really went back to get 'em. I guess I really didn't want to get back to school."
Since he'd just learned to play the guitar a year before, YANOVSKY turned to the stage, working "the Toronto coffee houses with a cat named Roy GURAL," he recalled. "Then I worked in a coffee house in Kitchener and then I packed it in and went to Israel," where he worked on a kibbutz.
But, DOHERTY recalled, YANOVSKY didn't last long.
"He was fired because he'd driven a Caterpillar tractor through a building. He was trying to help his people rebuild the country, not tear it down, but... So they said 'You'll do better in Tel Aviv,' and he tried busking in Tel Aviv, but it didn't go, so he came back to Toronto."
For the next year he survived by sleeping in an all-night coin laundry at the corner of Dupont and St. George Sts., busking, playing coffee houses and swiping milk bottles off front porches in his neighbourhood.
"I used to steal milk bottles, sell them to the candy store and get deposit money," YANOVSKY once confessed. "Listen, I needed the dough, so I mooched around a lot. I still got a lot of debts to pay when I get back, but I wasn't very original with the milk bottles -- and my technique was not very lucrative."
Longtime friend Larry ZOLF, in a 1966 interview, laughed "I remember Zal from the days he was so poor he was claimed as a tax exemption by 27 people. I remember Zal in the days when he was so dirty he was condemned as unfit for human habitation by the Toronto Board of Control."
YANOVSKY finally caught a break when DOHERTY, then with a group named The Halifax Three, asked him to come aboard, and for a while it was The Halifax Three Plus One.
"He played lead blues, kind of a single string picking, when I met him in 1961," DOHERTY recalled.
"Zal had been into rhythm and blues, and folk music. Our gig paid him a couple of hundred bucks a week, and we toured a lot, so through that he met other musicians and started hanging around New York.
After a stretch playing with Doherty in Washington's Georgetown district, YANOVSKY returned to New York where he teamed up with John SEBASTIAN who wanted to put together a group.
The result was the Lovin' Spoonful, with SEBASTIAN on guitar, harmonica and autoharp, Steve BOONE on bass and piano, Joe BUTLER on drums and YANOVSKY on guitar.
The group was so impressive so quickly that it and DOHERTY's Mammas and Pappas were hailed by Time magazine in the mid-1960s as the two top groups in America.
The band's reputation soared as "Do You Believe in Magic" took over the charts, and for several years the Spoonful had a loyal and fanatic following. But by 1967 YANOVSKY was ready for other challenges.
A clash with San Francisco police over marijuana contributed to his decision, Friends say.
"I left because I don't want to compromise any more," he said. "I want to be completely responsible for myself. I want to make decisions for myself."
With the cash settlement he received from the Spoonful, one that he candidly confessed made him "crazy rich," YANOVSKY spent several years casting about for a new life.
He attempted a musical comeback of his own in 1968 with the album Alive and Well and Living in Argentina, but it was, to put it kindly, a flop.
Still, he would occasionally pull out his own review of the album, published in the Star in 1968 under his own byline, and cringe.
Then came a shot at television producing -- Magistrate's Court, a mercifully short-lived and unlamented soap YANOVSKY himself admitted was "awful" -- and a brief period playing with Kris KRISTOFFERSON in 1970.
Finally came the challenge of running a restaurant in Kingston.
"Zal's father Avram was a cook," DOHERTY recalled yesterday.
"He was a bohemian himself, an artist and a writer, so Zal was raised rather 21st-century. There was cooking in the family."
YANOVSKY "loved his later life," DOHERTY said.

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ZOLLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-14 published
FRAPPIER, Eva ''Evicka'' (née ZOLLER) -- In loving memory of Eva FRAPPIER, 46 years, of Toronto, who passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2002 in Toronto. She was born in Puste Sadu Galanta, Czechoslovakia, Europe, till 13 years, moving to Toronto with her parents Stephania and Vladimir ZOLLER and her sisters Emilia and Angesa and her brother Vladimir. Eva was popular, gentle and a dearly loving woman who enjoyed teaching American Sign Language and volunteering for different deaf culture societies, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Montreal, Quebec and the Toronto area. She loved to create her own clothing designs and things for sweet home. Eva retired as a civilian from Canadian Forces Base in Downsview, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. Beloved wife of Normand FRAPPIER and loving mother of her children Michael, Amanda and Simona and her grandchildren Adesnia and Aryan. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston from Friday and Saturday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers Saturday evening 8 p.m. Visitation will continue in Sudbury at the Cooperative Funeral Home, 222 Lasalle St. E., Sudbury, Ontario on Monday from 2-5 and 7-9: 30 p.m. Mass will be held on Tuesday at St. Jean de Brebeuf Church at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation.

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ZONA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-16 published
ZONA, Patricia Ann -- Peacefully on Sunday, December 15, 2002 at the Toronto East General Hospital. Patricia, beloved mother of Kenneth, Kimberley and her husband Andrew MARINI, Douglas, Nicole and grandmother to Ashley, Amber, Dylan, Tyler, Jimi and Abegail. Dear sister of Joanne and Earl CHIASSON. She will be missed by her favourites Brandy and B.J. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Prayers in the chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by her family.

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ZONNENBERG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-19 published
BARRETT, Sandra Irene (née POTTINGER) -- Peacefully in her sleep on November 16th, 2002, in her 59th year, at home in Don Mills surrounded by her family and Friends who dearly loved her. Beloved wife and constant companion of Bob; loving mother and eternal friend of Christopher and Melanie. Cherished daughter of Rene and the late Oscar POTTINGER. Dedicated sister of Lynda BECKFORD and husband Graham, and devoted aunt of Emma and Matthew. Caring and loving daughter-in-law to Marion and the late Campbell BARRETT. Dear sister-in-law of Nancy and Bob CLARKE, and loving aunt of Amanda, Stephanie and Robbie. Her battle with cancer was heroic, brave and relentless; enduring four operations, numerous chemo treatments as well as a phase I chemo experimental program. Sandra always put her Friends and family first. She suffered immeasurable pain, both physically and mentally without letting on to even her closest Friends or family members the extent of her situation. Others' wellbeing was more important to her than her own. Sandra will be sadly missed by the staff and employees of Barrett Technical Engineering Services of Markham, of which she was also a dedicated and loyal employee since its' inception; by the many Friends gained through participation in the programs and events of the Ontario Jaguar Owner's Association with husband Bob; as well as the long time Friends and associates gained through sailing activities with her family at Cathedral Bluffs Yacht Club. Sandra enjoyed the many years she spent canvassing for such charities as the Heart and Stroke Foundation and The Canadian Cancer Society, and she was most generous to many charitable causes that were worthy of her support and sponsorship. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (Colorectal Branch), or the Princess Margaret Hospital (Colorectal Wing), Toronto, would be greatly appreciated. The family would like to express special thanks to: Dr. SUI and the caring staff of Princess Margaret Hospital Dr. ZHENG and Tony PAAU R.N. of the Palliative Care Services serving North York. The family also wishes to express their sincere thanks for the help and devotion in caring for Sandra by close and dearest Friends: Tonny CLARKE, Teresa KRIJGSMAN, Marilyn OLIVARES, Nancy CLARKE and Di ZONNENBERG as well as so many Friends and family members. Visitation to be held on Thursday, November 21st, 2002 at The York Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre - Toronto, 101 Senlac Road (entrance from Beecroft gates at North York Blvd., 416-221-3404) from 1: 30-2:30 p.m. with a Memorial Service to follow in celebration of her life at 2: 30 p.m. in the cemetery chapel. She is gone but will never be forgotten, and Sandra is now at peace without pain or suffering. Her family and Friends mourn the loss of this jewel and exquisite diamond who touched us all.

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ZORZINI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-22 published
WAHLBERG, Elver Omar (Wally) -- At Baycrest Palliative Care Centre, Toronto, after a lengthy battle with cancer, on November 13, 2002. Retired Toronto Symphony Orchestra bassoonist and music teacher. Born in Wakefield, Michigan in 1914. Loving husband of the late Martha Rose NADOBNEY (1984.) Beloved father to Douglas and his wife Pauline and to Heather and her husband Enrico ZORZINI. Wonderful Grampa to John, Jennifer and Ashley. Wally's second wife, Myrtle COX, passed away in 1992. At the family's request, private arrangements have been made. A Memorial Mass will follow at a later date. For those who wish, expressions of sympathy may be made to Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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ZOSKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-13 published
HULCOOP, Edwin Henry (Ted) -- Veteran W.W.II 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. Peacefully with his family by his side at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville,on Monday, November 11, 2002, in his 83rd year; beloved husband of Hilda Caroline HULCOOP, née PETERSON; loved father of Carol HULCOOP of Orangeville and John and his wife Linda of Scarborough; dear brother of Rose MITCHELL, Elsie ZOSKEY, Vivian JENNINGS, Art HULCOOP and Robert HULCOOP; also sadly missed by his many relatives and Friends and his favourite little dog Millie; predeceased by his sister Vera and his brothers George and Harry. Friends may call at the Dods and McNair Funeral Home and Chapel, 21 First Street, Orangeville on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, November 15, 2002 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County or Headwaters Health Care Centre would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Ted in the Dods and McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2003 at 2: 30 p.m.

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ZOTTL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-22 published
CHMIELEWSKI, Jan -- (Veteran World War 2, Polish Army) Peacefully at St. Joseph's Health Centre on Wednesday, November 20, 2002, in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Wladyslawa. Dear father of Irena ZOTTL and her husband Alfred of Chatsworth. Loving grandfather of Fred ZOTTL and his wife Kelly of Chatsworth, and predeceased by grand_son Richard ZOTTL. Great grandfather of Nicholas and Justin. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Ave. on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers 3: 30 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Mass on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 9 a.m. at St. Casimir's Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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