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ECHLIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-10 published
FORBES, Rosemary
Died Saturday, October 7th while tending her magnificent garden on a beautiful, sunny day. Rosemary was Friends to thousands of persons. Everyone in the figure skating community knew her as a loving, tireless, and truly dedicated coach. She first started teaching children at the Lakeshore Skating Club in the 1950's. For close to 30 years she has been an honoured coach at the Port Credit Figure Skating Club. "She taught me all the dance tests" is a touching phrase spoken by so many. Rosemary was avid about all her activities. She played bridge every week. Lawn bowling was her fun summer activity. Swimming, walking, and bicycling for miles every day kept her fit. She participated in so many activities at the Boulevard Club where she was an honourary member. All of this was in addition to her daily joy of teaching skating. Traveling was a passion for Rosemary, and she journeyed the world, making Friends easily wherever she visited with Fred, her husband. He was the love of her life. They were married in 1959 in New Toronto where Fred had his drug store. Fred passed away in 1991. Rosemary did not want a Church service, or a Memorial service because that would make people sad. Rosemary's remains are to be cremated with her ashes interred at Fred's family plot. Rosemary wants us to have a party where her Friends can eat, drink, and laugh, telling stories about her and sharing memories. This will happen later in November. Please send a note to Taylor ECHLIN, 2338 Hurontario Street, Suite 301, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1N1 to receive details, and an R.R.S.P. invitation. Any donations should be made to your favourite charity for children.

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ECHLIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-14 published
STAPELLS, Beverley (née ECHLIN)
Suddenly at her home in Toronto on Tuesday, October 10, 2006. Beloved wife of Bredin STAPELLS. Much loved mother of Victoria and her husband Richard JOHNSON of Seville, Spain, Alexandra "Lala" of Paris, France and Elizabeth of Port Hope, Ontario. Inspiring Nun (Noon) of grandchildren Adrian, Alejandra and Nina. Dear sister of Claire-Anne and her husband José SANTOS of Spain and their children children Kate, Joseph, Paul, Eric, Magdalena and Ana. Colourful sister-in-law of Tony STAPELLS and his daughter Amanda. She touched the lives of people and leaves many Friends. Born in Toronto with family roots in the Niagara Fruit Belt. Organized World War 2 fundraising at Humberside Collegiate with a close knit group of girlfriends and the group continues to meet monthly. A graduate in Honours History '48 from Victoria College, U. of T., Beverley had a lifelong love of words which enriched her career as a Globe and Mail reporter in the mid 40's. In addition to raising a family, her passion for politics led her into being an active member of the Canadian Institute for International Affairs and campaigning for social issues. A creative Canadiana teacher in the Education Dept. at the Royal Ontario Museum, she then focused on West Asian and Islamic Galleries after a life changing trip to Iran in 1978. She became an ardent student in the Islamic Dept., U. of T. in the 80's and most recently returned to her joy of poetry in the Academy for Lifelong Learning. Although Beverley and Bredin travelled to many parts of the world and connected with people from all walks of life, their home will always remains within the same block of Toronto. There will be a gathering of Friends on Tuesday, October 17th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Alumni Hall, Victoria College (Old Vic Bldg.). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Senior Peoples' Resource in North Toronto (tel. 416-481-6411 ext. 243) or Doctors Without Borders (tel. 416-964-0619). "So look you well to this day, for it is the life of life." Khalidasa

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ECHLIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-17 published
Star on ice, champ, adored coach
Generous spirit fed homeless man
Party, not memorial, to mark her life
By Debra BLACK, Staff Reporter
Rosemary FORBES died doing something she loved, tending her garden. It was a fitting end for a woman who was passionate about everything from gardening to ice skating.
The one-time Ice Follies dancer and Canadian Ladies Junior champion parlayed a love of skating into a career as a figure skating coach, first at the Lakeshore Skating Club and then the Port Credit Figure Skating Club. During 50-odd years of coaching, she taught thousands of youngsters how to skate.
"She treated every skater in the club equally -- it didn't matter if you had talent or not," says Siobhan CRAWLEY, a former student.
"She was very caring. She had a real sense of humour in the way she taught. She had a way of making you feel important even if you felt unsure." FORBES was teaching until the day she died. Many of her students are beside themselves, said CRAWLEY, who sits on the board of the Port Credit Figure Skating Club. She has arranged for a grief counsellor to talk to the children.
"They loved her," said CRAWLEY. " She was so pivotal to our club. We won't be the same club without her. That was her legacy -- she has taken so many little ones and started them on their way."
Born in Toronto, FORBES, in her 70s, died earlier this month from heart problems.
A passionate gardener and traveller, FORBES married Freddie, who had a drugstore in New Toronto, in 1959. He died in 1991. They never had children.
She also ran a skating group, called Morning Glories, for women aged 40 to 80.
She was generous to Friends, but also strangers. FORBES had lived near a grocery store and put her garbage in the nearby dumpster. "One day a homeless person climbed out of the dumpster and growled at her: 'Stay away, this is my territory,'" recalled Taylor ECHLIN, a friend and executor of her estate. "Rosemary pointed her finger at him and said: 'No one in Canada should eat food out of a garbage bin. You come home now and I'll fix you a sandwich and anytime you're hungry I want you to knock on my door.'"
No funeral or memorial service is being held. FORBES "didn't want people to be sad," ECHLIN said. "She wanted me to hold a big party for all her Friends so we can laugh and giggle and share memories." The party will be in late November, he said.

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ECHTERMANN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-16 published
MENZEL, Peter W.
Passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006. Peter is survived by his wife Ursula; daughters Andrea MENZEL, Cornelia AMICABILE (Uwe ECHTERMANN) and Petra HINKE (Uwe FRICKE); grandchildren Daisy, Corrado and Juri; sisters Gabriele RAPPENECKER (John) and Steffi STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Ted,) as well as numerous nieces and nephews throughout North America and Europe. Born and educated in Germany, Peter arrived in Canada over fifty years ago and made this country his home. He was a sailor and world traveller, wildlife enthusiast and dedicated businessman. Known to all as a generous friend, always a gentleman and a true helmsman, both on board EKU 111, as well as, for his family and company. He will be greatly missed by us all. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, November 18th and from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Sunday, November 19th. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 410, Toronto M4P 3J1 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto M4S 3B1.

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ECHTNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-21 published
SCHMIDT, Henry
Passed away suddenly at Toronto East General Hospital on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at the age of 82. Loving husband of the late Ellen SCHMIDT. Loving father of Petra, Pam and son-in-law David KELLOGG. Loving grandfather of Jennifer and Jonathan. Dear uncle of Uschi ECHTNER and her husband Rudi of Frankfurt, Germany. Visitation will be held at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 275 Lesmill Road, 416-441-1580 on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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