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"CNN" 2005 Obituary


CNN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-05 published
RYALL, John David, C.A.
Born September 16, 1937 in Montreal. Died February 3, 2005, North York, after a four month illness. Retired Partner Grant Thornton LLP
Longstanding active and contributing member of the Kiwanis Clubs of Toronto and Montreal.
Only child of Edgar John (Jack) and Gertrude Irene (née LOVETT) who predeceased him by some years.
John was educated in Montreal and practiced there as a C.A. for two decades before moving to Toronto in 1983. He was noted for his technical expertise in assurance and a passion for working with companies in the mines and minerals sector. He loved mentoring junior members of the accounting profession and cultivating their skills. In retirement he found a new professional niche in chairing an audit committee for a public company and remained engrossed in this work throughout his illness.
He gave back to the community as a Kiwanian, as Treasurer of the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club and as Treasurer of his Condo Board where he is remembered for his gruffly delivered wit, Friendship and sense of humour.
Leaves to mourn, his partner in life, Andrea DEMCHUK and her son Severn MOZER who wish they'd had much more time with John. He was a quick study as step-father, knowing how to make life fun while providing much-appreciated guidance. For years to come, episodes of Star Trek and JAG will bring tears to our eyes, as will CNN, British Broadcasting Corporation world, takeout pizza and trips to Radio Shack, Canadian Tire and Costco. Nobody could talk things through like John. He brought meaning to life.
First cousin Marilyn YOUNG and her grown daughter (and John's much beloved Goddaughter) Lindsey YOUNG of Leaside.
Former wife Janice Morrison RIEHL of Houston, Texas and her husband Bernard. And too numerous to list here, all of John's wonderful Friends from his business and community work who took the time to call, or drop by the hospital or the local Keg. Andrea is especially grateful to all of you and to her Friends and family.
And John wanted all of the health professionals who provided care these past months to know how very highly he valued their work.
Memorial service will be held at Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, 733 Mt. Pleasant Rd. (south of Eglinton) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2005 Captain Geoff Ryan officiating.
If desired, donations to Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs, 101 Spruce Street, Toronto M5A 2J3, 416-925-2243 ext. 22.

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CNN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-22 published
By Eli SHUPAK, Tuesday, March 22, 2005, Page A22
Mother, grandmother, partisan, Zionist. Born May 16, 1910, in Sosnowiec, Poland. Died January 12, in Toronto, of pneumonia, aged 94.
A Holocaust survivor with only a Grade 3 education, Mindel SHUPAK was an incredibly smart woman. She came to Canada in 1953, penniless and hopeful of a bright future. Hard work bestowed one upon her.
Mindel was the fourth of nine children of Mordechai and Hannah TORBINER. Her life in Poland was a happy one, surrounded by the family she loved. As a young woman, her remarkable abilities were recognized and she was trusted to run the family business, which she did successfully.
With the outbreak of the Second World War, the life she had known was destroyed. Her father and two of her brothers were cold-bloodedly murdered before her eyes by the Nazis and much of her family perished in concentration camps. Mindel did not give up and her street-smarts helped her escape to the forests in Poland, with her brother Usher, sister Devorah, nephew Sol, and her niece Esther. To her everlasting sadness, only she and Sol survived, but two of her siblings survived the war in Russia and they were all later reunited.
Overwhelmed emotionally by the war, Mindel was determined to reclaim her life. She married Leon SHUPAK in late 1945. Together, they would spend five years in Poland, before moving to Israel where they lived in an immigration camp, existing in a concrete shack, without heat or running water, for three years and just barely getting by. They ultimately decided to move to Canada after being sponsored by the HENDELES family. While her husband, Leon, was earning 75 cents an hour working at three different jobs, Mindel cared for their children, Michael and Rachel. She started a business from home and for a time worked as the outside salesperson for a dry goods store in Toronto's Kensington Market. Her primary goal was to ensure that her children were cared for and well-educated: both became doctors.
With life on the upswing, Mindel was now in a position to give to the community and that's exactly what she did. She was proud of her charitable work in Canada and in Israel. In memory of Leon, she purchased an ambulance for Magen David Adom in Israel. As well, she worked tirelessly raising money for Hadassah Hospital, selling chocolates from her home until her death. Her many Friends would spend enjoyable hours visiting with her as they purchased chocolates for the holidays. She supported Boys Town Jerusalem, one of Israel's most respected educational institutions, where over 75 per cent of the students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and require substantial scholarship assistance.
Mindel kept abreast of world affairs by watching CNN morning, noon, and night. She loved a good argument, holding strong, passionate views on almost any topic one could engage in. While proud of her own two children, Mindel was immensely fond of her seven grandchildren. She was independent and while sick at home with pneumonia in the final days of her life, somehow found the strength to cook a large pot of pea soup.
Mindel could not understand the need for a birthday party that my sister Debbie decided to host for her last year. She said it was an unnecessary fuss and she never wanted to be a burden to anyone. She did reluctantly attend that day, and while loath to ever admit it, we believe she had a most enjoyable time.
Her final wishes were to see her first great-grandchild, due this month, and to be at my sister Naomi's wedding this July. She won't be there physically, but her formidable spirit will always remain with us. My Bubie was small in stature at 4-foot-10, but in the lives of those who knew her and loved her, she was a giant.
Eli is Mindel's oldest grandchild.

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