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"AMI" 2007 Obituary


AMIHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-23 published
AFSHAR, Farokh (November 29, 1947-June 15, 2007)
Farokh passed away peacefully at home in Guelph, surrounded by his family and loved ones, after a hard-fought battle with prostate cancer. Farokh was the loving husband of Maribel GONZALES, proud father of Zhaleh LIGAYA and Aaliyeh AMIHAN, beloved brother of Farideh AFSHAR (of Markham,) and Ferooz AFSHAR (of New Zealand.) His nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear Friends around the world will miss him very much. Born in Calcutta of Iranian parents he lived in four countries for roughly seven years each before he making Canada his home. Farokh wanted to make a better world both here in Canada and abroad. He worked in 15 countries for international development organizations, Non-governmental Organizations and national governments. A committed scholar and passionate teacher, Farokh was a professor at the University of Guelph's School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. Farokh co-founded Development Workshop, an Non-governmental Organization working to improve living conditions in less developed communities. He was also a board member of the North-South Institute, the Canadian Association for Studies in International Development, and of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies. He was a member of the Iranian-Canadian Community of Guelph, the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Global Planning Educators Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Farokh served for eight years on Guelph's Round Table on Environment, Economy, and Society.
A celebration of Farokh's life will be held on Thursday, June 28th at 7 p.m. at the Ontario Agricultural College Centennial Arboretum Centre at the University of Guelph.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Inter Pares (, or Free The Children (, would be most appreciated by the family.
"We love you, Agajune!"

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AMIN 2007-07-03 published
Desperate rescue bid fails
Relatives nearly drown trying to save a Quebec man presumed lost on Lake Huron.
By Norman DE BONO, Sun Media, Tues., July 3, 2007
A search continues yesterday along the shores of Lake Huron at Canatara Park in Sarnia for Mark DELISLE of Quebec, who is missing and presumed drowned after jumping from a boat on Canada Day. (Sue REEVE, Sun Media)
Sarnia -- Adel AMIN remembers the look on the face of his brother-in-law, just before he slipped beneath the waves of Lake Huron.
"It's like he was frozen in the water. He was not moving and I knew he was in trouble," said AMIN, 65.
He jumped in to try to save Mark DELISLE, 52, of Sherbrooke, Quebec
DELISLE's 16-year-old son also jumped in.
"(DELISLE) went under and he did not come up again. I did not see him again. We could not find him," AMIN said.
DELISLE, his son, an unidentified man and AMIN, of Sarnia, were in AMIN's 7.9-metre power boat in Lake Huron at the source of the St. Clair River about 1: 45 p.m. Sunday.
A bumper, used for docking, blew off the deck and into the water that had waves one to two metres high, Lambton Ontario Provincial Police said.
The boat circled back.
DELISLE, who was not wearing a lifejacket, jumped into the water to retrieve the bumper. He struggled to stay afloat.
"His son jumped in to try save him. He is only 16. He was so brave," AMIN said of the youth.
The boat was about 30 metres from shore and the powerful current and two-metre waves made rescue impossible and pushed AMIN and the man's son to the nearby beach.
"I almost drowned myself, the current was so strong," said AMIN.
"He was a wonderful man. Everyone loved him. He was so kind."
The boat drifted ashore at the tip of Canatara Beach.
Lambton Ontario Provincial Police's marine unit has been searching the water off Sarnia's Canatara Beach, where Lake Huron and the St. Clair River meet, since Sunday.
Dave BROWN, managing partner of the Bridgeview Marina and Sarnia Bay Marina, believes the incident is a tragic reminder how dangerous the waters at the river's mouth can be.
"It is tragic, very tragic. It can be very dangerous out there especially if the winds are blowing hard and they were blowing that day," BROWN said.
"There are strong currents, a strong undertow there. It shows us how powerful mother nature can be. You always have to be aware of the water."
AMIN moved to Sarnia about 20 years ago after working for United Technology Corp. in the United States.

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AMIN 2007-09-03 published
Ontario crashes claim 12
The driver in a Highway 402 crash that killed two and injured six faces careless driving count.
By Jane SIMS, Sun Media, Mon., September 3, 2007
Only part way through the last long weekend of summer, at least 12 people have died -- two in the London area -- in crashes on Ontario highways.
Yesterday, police identified two people from Illinois killed when their minivan rolled Saturday on Highway 402, west of London, a crash that also injured six members of their extended family in the van.
Poonambehi PATEL, 65, died at the scene, while Pushpaben AMIN, 69, was declared dead at the hospital, Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police said.
From McHenry, Illinois, in suburban Chicago, the Toronto-bound family had been travelling east on the 402, east of Longwoods Road, when the crash occurred.
Police said the van struck the shoulder, went out of control and rolled after the driver tried to pass a vehicle.
The family relationships of the victims weren't immediately clear, but Ontario Provincial Police said the two weren't a married couple.
The driver, Roopal AMIN, 35, was charged with careless driving. She was treated at hospital and released.
Four males who were in the van and one woman remained in a London hospital yesterday with the 49-year-old woman and one man, 54, in critical condition.
The other males included an eight-year-old and an 18-year-old, both stable in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and a 44-year-old whose condition police said was upgraded from critical.
The van had eight occupants but only seven seatbelts. Only the driver and front passenger were buckled in, the Ontario Provincial Police said.
Six occupants, including the two who died, were thrown from the van.
Elsewhere, a man, 53, died as he tried to help a 19-year-old who'd crashed his car on a rural road near Kitchener.
The older man was killed when a volunteer firefighter en route to the accident also lost control and crashed. The firefighter was unhurt, while the teen was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Saturday, a head-on collision in Muskoka left two people dead and a third seriously hurt. The crash took place on Highway 169 near Bala in Muskoka, Ontario Provincial Police said.
The injured person was flown to a Toronto hospital. No names were released.
"It is shaping up to be a tough long weekend," Ontario Provincial Police Chief Supt. Bill GRODZINSKI said yesterday.
With 12 road deaths this long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police was bracing for today, the last day of the Labour Day weekend.

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AMIRO 2007-01-11 published
Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, Mary A. BERDAN (WESTWATER) of Strathroy passed away at 11: 30 a.m. January 9, 2007. Mary is survived by her daughters; Vera McLEISH of Parkhill, Joyce BRUM of Strathroy and her son Albert BERDAN of Hanover. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, sons-in-law Ivan McLEISH and Simon BRUM and daughter-in-law Evelene BERDAN and several sisters. Predeceased by her brother Dave and parents Doris and John WESTWATER. Visitation will be held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 p.m. where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 13 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Larry AMIRO officiating. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mary.

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