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DHABLIWALLA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-13 published
DHABLIWALLA, Bhupendra L., B.Com., A.C.A., F.C.A.
We have suffered great loss, a great hero and a great friend. Beloved husband and father, Bhupendra L. Dhabliwalla, B.Com., A.C.A., F.C.A., well known and recognized Community and Political Leader, extensively involved at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels, passed away peacefully May 5, 2005. Forever loved and remembered by your wife Kanak, daughter Sonal, and your many relatives and well wishers. The family would like to express thanks to everyone who touched Bhupendra's heart and all those who have reached out to us in our difficult time of mourning. We would appreciate his well wishers from a variety of faith groups to pray for his soul. Dear Bhupendra......you are not forgotten, Though on earth you are no more, Still in memory you are with us, As you always were before. Dad, you will truly be missed by Mom and I as well as your many well wishers and Friends. It was an honour to have you as my Dad and I hope to use all the wonderful things you taught me throughout my life. You have provided great service to the community, and especially the family. You have inspired me through your example to lead a life of community service, helping people from all backgrounds. Thank you Dad! You have also greatly inspired me through your commitment to marriage and family life. Mom will miss you dearly. Funeral Elgin Mills Cemetery, May 14, 2005 9-11 a.m. 1591 Elgin Mills Rd. East, Richmond Hill, 905-737-1720. Residence: 416-290-6908, Cell: 416-618-6485 Highlights of Bhupendra's Dedicated and Recognized Public Service to the Business, School District, Indian, Religious and Political Communities: Vice-President/Director of the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association; President of the Central Region of the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association; President & Public Relations of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas; Chairman of Gerrard India Bazaar-Instrumental in Founding Gerrard India Bazaar - An ethnic tourist attraction and serving South Asian communities (a business district in Toronto, revitalized) Chairman of the Indian and Pakistani Traders Association of Toronto Vice-Chairman/Chairman - Parent-Teachers Committee of St. Aidan Catholic Elementary School and Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School Director/Funding Raising and Public Relations/Trustee of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness-Hindu Temple; Director/Vice-President of Lohana Cultural Association; Director of Gujrat Samaj; Director of the Federation of Gujarati Associations; Member of the Fund Raising and Public Relations/Media and Marketing Committee of South Asian Committee of United Way of Greater Toronto; Member of the Fund Raising and Public Relations/Media and Marketing Committee of the - Air India Flight 182 Memorial Fund; Founder Trustee/General Secretary of Snehadeep Youth's Association (an organization that provides free text books to students in medical engineering and other faculties
one of the largest organizations in Bombay); Secretary - Poor Boy's Fund - School in Bombay, providing assistance for tuition fees; Member of Commerce Graduates Association representing commerce graduates of Bombay; Secretary of the Citizens Defense Committee (for an area of over 300,000 people, also organized blood donor camps) in Bombay; Polling Agent and Election Campaign for candidates - organized campaigns for Federal, Provincial and Municipal elections for successively winning candidates in Bombay; Member of Jaycees (Junior Board of Trade - of Sub-Committee on special projects) in Bombay; Awarded a prize for a paper on "Principles and Practice of Training during the Period of Articleship" at a Chartered Accountants Student Conference in Bombay; Vice-Chairman/ Secretary/Member - Western India Chartered Accountants Student's Association Secretary - School and College Cricket Teams in Bombay; Several prizes received at School and College in Elocution and Dramatic Competition and for outstanding perform

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DHABLIWALLA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-24 published
Accountant 'a man of vision'
Helped develop Little India
Work benefited small businesses
By Hicham SAFIEDDINE, Staff Reporter
In 1968, Bhupendra DHABLIWALLA had been in Canada just a year, but he was already making headlines in his fight for the rights of immigrants.
That was just the beginning. The young chartered accountant, who had left Bombay (now called Mumbai) for Toronto, would become a community leader who transformed small-business practices in Toronto and devoted his life to making the city a better place.
DHABLIWALLA died May 5 in Toronto at the age of 66 after a long illness.
Politicians, business leaders, family and Friends all acknowledged what federal New Democratic Party Leader Jack LAYTON described as the "legendary" contribution DHABLIWALLA made to the Toronto community.
"He was a man of vision all his life," said LAYTON, who worked with DHABLIWALLA on many social and political issues as a city councillor in the 1990s.
"He was so gregarious, just instantly warm and welcoming... and he built a network of business associations across the whole of Toronto that has become stronger by the day," LAYTON said.
DHABLIWALLA's sense of community led him to conduct, along with five other volunteers, a pioneering survey of unemployment among immigrant professionals in 1968.
The study, which he paid for, revealed the difficulties newcomers faced in finding jobs in their fields. The report, which received widespread coverage in the media, urged the federal government to conduct a study of the employment situation of immigrants in Canada.
In the years that followed and throughout the 1970s and '80s, DHABLIWALLA turned his attention to finding creative ways for small businesses to thrive amid the growing popularity of shopping malls.
In the '80s, he served as president of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, a non-profit organization representing the city's 50 business improvement areas.
"He really helped to form early on this notion that if small business got together, they could learn from each other's practices," LAYTON said.
DHABLIWALLA was also instrumental in developing Toronto's Little India on Gerrard St. E. The marketplace has grown into a multicultural trading and meeting place for the South Asian community and a tourist attraction in Toronto.
DHABLIWALLA's commitment to religious tolerance and multicultural discourse saw him participate in more than a dozen community and interfaith organizations.
He was a member of the memorial fund committee formed in the wake of the 1985 bombing of Air-India Flight 182 and a member of the South Asian committee of the United Way of Greater Toronto. He also served on the Council on Race Relations and Policing.
DHABLIWALLA inspired his daughter to follow in his footsteps.
"He was a role model to me and a hero," said his only child Sonal, a chartered accountant in Chicago who is involved in community work.
"Although we are Hindu, he wanted me to go to a Catholic school so I could better learn other religions." Sonal graduated in 1985 from Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, where her father chaired the parent-teacher association.
"He went out of his way for people, no matter what time of the day or night it was," Sonal said. "He was a fighter who would go and try to achieve all he can with whatever it takes... and he was very passionate about issues till the end."
DHABLIWALLA also leaves his wife Kanak.

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DHALIWAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-05 published
TORRES, Marta (January 19, 1926 - December 31, 2004)
Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully amongst her family. She leaves behind 7 children: the VIRTUCIO, MALIHAN, COLISAO, ODQUIER, DHALIWAL and TORRES families including 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She will be missed dearly. Viewing will be on Thursday, January 6, 2005 at Pine Hills Cemetery, 625 Birchmount Rd. from 4-8 p.m. Contact Rose: 905-417-4613.

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DHANJI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-01 published
MacKENZIE, Neil M.
Peacefully, in North York General Hospital, on Wednesday, December 29, 2004, in his 80th year. Dearest husband of Janet and much loved dad of Ann and Craig (Pam). Predeceased by his three brothers. Fond uncle of Craig and family in Edinburgh, and Neil and family in Cumbria. Brother-in-law of Maitland (the late Helen) BIRCHALL, and the late Bob (Elizabeth) BIRCHALL. Dear uncle of Liz BIRCHALL. The family greatly appreciates the compassionate care and guidance given by Doctors David KENDAL and Albert KIRSHEN and Neil's nurse, Jasmine DHANJI. Friends may visit at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.), Monday from 12-1 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation. Reception to follow. In memoriam donations to Saint Elizabeth Health Care or the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care would be appreciated by his family.

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DHANOA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-16 published
Deadly beating in Vaughan
Teen kicked and thrashed by up to 6 people during park brawl
By Matthew KWONG and Isabel TEOTONIO, Staff Reporters
For his loving#17-year-old Pritpaul Singh DHANOA was the only son, the future, but yesterday his Vaughan family was struggling with news that he had been beaten to death during a fight.
"He was liked by everyone, said Helen DHANOA, 27, of her brother who died yesterday after being involved in a Friday night brawl. "He was well known by people and he got along with everyone," she said at the family's home in Woodbridge.
The death of the Grade 12 honours student, who attended Woodbridge College with dreams of studying business at University of Western Ontario, has been a crippling blow to the family, she said, rubbing at red-rimmed eyes.
As she spoke, a steady stream of Punjabi Friends and family arrived at the house to offer their condolences -- all of them in disbelief that the popular basketball and football player had died of his injuries at St. Michael's Hospital.
Her 16-year-old sister Sandeep stood nearby, also hugging and greeting visitors.
"He was always so happy " she said. "He was really funny and always made people laugh."
The family had been given few details about the events that led up to the deadly dispute, said Helen DHANOA, adding she had not yet heard from any of the Friends who were with her brother Friday night.
York Regional Police said yesterday the teen was with a group of Friends in the area of Chancellor and Fiori Doctors when an "altercation" erupted between two groups of young adults just before 11 p.m. The fight occurred on Chancellor in front of Giovanni Caboto Park, which residents say is a popular hangout for teens after dark.
DHANOA was repeatedly kicked in the head and thrashed with sticks by up to six assailants, police said. Some reports say he was beaten with baseball bats.
Friends of the teen helped him into the back of a car and drove half a kilometre to a plaza at Ansley Grove and Aberdeen Ave., where they contacted police.
Police were called to the park at about 10: 55 p.m. and were responding to a weapons call, according to a media release. They cordoned off the park and part of the street, and remained on the scene canvassing the area and speaking to neighbours until yesterday afternoon. Investigators are looking for a damaged dark-coloured sport utility vehicle or Jeep-style vehicle seen in the area around the time of the beating
Shortly after the police tape came down, a small pile of flowers began to form near a stain of blood. A group of young men there who identified themselves as DHANOA's Friends refused to speak about him or the events of the previous evening.
However, some area residents said yesterday that they have long been concerned about the goings-on at the park and a nearby strip mall, particularly after dark when teenagers congregate there.
"It makes me nervous each time I walk by those kids," said a woman who lives across the street from where the fight occurred. "They're always here, you hear them at night," she said, quickly adding that aside from having the raucous teens it's a "great neighbourhood."
The woman, who preferred not to be identified, said she was home when the fight occurred, but added she didn't hear anything other than the usual Friday night buzz of teenagers making noise in the park.
Another resident said mostly families with children live in the area.
"There's usually a lot of kids hanging around," said the man who identified himself only as Giuseppe. "But this is a very quiet neighbourhood. Nothing like this has ever happened.
"It's sad. At 17 he hadn't even started his life."
Anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is asked to contact York Regional Police.

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DHANOA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-17 published
Masked teen dies on way to fight
Died in fall from car during chase
Two groups doing battle at Vaughan park
By Jim WILKES, Staff Reporter
A Woodbridge teen was fatally injured as he and other masked youths armed with weapons chased other teens to assault them, police revealed yesterday.
Pritpaul Singh DHANOA, 17, died in hospital Saturday, hours after he fell from a moving car and struck his head on a curb along Chancellor Dr. in Vaughan.
York Region police said there was no evidence to support earlier reports that DHANOA had been repeatedly kicked in the head and thrashed with sticks by up to six assailants in the Friday night fight.
In fact, police said he was among a group of East Indian youths who went to the area near Giovanni Caboto Park, a popular hangout for teens after dark, armed themselves with sticks, bats and pipes, pulled on ski masks and tried to attack a group of teens of Italian heritage.
When the second group fled to avoid a beating, the first group jumped into cars and gave chase along Chancellor, in the Pine Valley Dr.-Highway 7 area.
It was there that DHANOA fell from a car and struck his head.
Friends put him back in the car and drove to a nearby plaza before calling police for help. An autopsy yesterday showed he died from blunt force head injuries.
"It appears that the intent of these youths was to engage in a confrontation," said Inspector Anthony CUSIMANO. " Something has obviously gotten out of hand and as a result a young man has lost his life.
"This appears to be normal tensions that appear to exist between groups.
"There's no one underlying reason that has brought this to a head."
Other senior police officers said that although the two groups were split along ethnic lines, there was nothing to indicate the battle was ethnically or racially motivated.
But young people in the area told the Toronto Star the fight was the result of a simmering feud between two groups sparked by a racial slur this summer.
Police would say only that the dispute was the result of "ongoing issues" among the youths.
Relatives rallied around the family of the dead Grade 12 honours student, trying vainly to make sense of what happened Friday night.
Friends left flowers and wreathsbeside the blood-stained curb where DHANOA fell.
Superintendent Gord SMYTH said police are concerned about the way the youths tried to deal with their problems.
"(We're) absolutely alarmed at it, because it's something we don't teach, it's something we don't tolerate," he said.
He said police would do "everything in our power" to ensure there would be no retaliation.
"No one went there with the intent of anyone losing their life," he said. "We have to be responsible for our actions.
"But we also have to send the message that what you do can gave dire consequences."
Vaughan Mayor Michael DI BIASE said the death was an "unexpected" result of youthful tensions.
"I am just as surprised as anyone else and sad," he said, adding he was unaware of any racial tensions among youth in his community.
"It's very unfortunate that sometimes youth groups get together and they don't realize that things do happen and can get out of hand," DI BIASE said.
"It's sad because it's a young life, something that should not have happened."

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D'HARO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-31 published
SALES, René A.
At the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, on Saturday, December 24, 2005, René SALES, in his 73rd year. Dearly loved husband of Beverley (ROBERTS) (LARSON) SALES. Dear father of Anthony SALES, and Stephanie RYAN of Saint Thomas. Loved grandfather of Ilyra WHITE/WHYTE, Talen SALES, Taya SALES, Micheal SPIERING and Mathew SPIERING all of Saint Thomas. Born in Marseilles, France, January 23, 1933, he was the son of the late Louise SALES and Maria D'HARO) SALES. He lived in Montreal and Windsor, before moving to St. Thomas in 1965. René had worked as a metal worker and welder at Erie Iron Industries for 27 years. Cremation took place at Woodland Crematorium, London. The family will receive their Friends at the R.E. Allen Funeral Chapel, 31 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas Tuesday evening January 3, 2006, from 7 to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Donations to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation, for the Rotary Chemotherapy Unit, would be appreciated by the family.

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