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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – Page B13


Paul Cantor died on August 10, 2018. He was not surprised. There were just too many things going sideways from the neck down. Paul is survived by all the people who didn't die before him, including his sister, Sharon Abbott, who he always said looked younger anyway; his partner, Helen Sinclair; his former wife, Lynn Morgan; their children, Adam, Andy, and her husband, Alastair Miller, and their children, Wyn and Sadie; Helen's children, Mark Coatsworth and Anna Coatsworth, and her partner, Alex Teijeira; and Helen's mother, Sonja Sinclair. There are no dogs or cats which will pine at the foot of his empty armchair.

He had a deliciously eclectic career that spanned the private sector, public sector and civil society. From his early wet-feet days at World University Service of Canada, he went on to work with Canada's Department of Finance, Polysar Limited, CIBC, Confederation Life, National Trust, the Toronto Leadership Centre, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Bennett Jones LLP. Chutzpah, good timing, and perhaps the vision thing, led to increasingly senior appointments. But his mother always asked: "Why can't you keep a steady job?" Later, he held a number of directorships and chaired the boards of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, York University, the Global Risk Institute, Revera Living, and Quadreal Property Group. He did not crave power, and found that being a board chair suited him better than being the CEO.

Paul considered himself less than an intellectual heavyweight, but he was a good listener, sometimes made good decisions, and occasionally provided inspiring leadership. He was called "Candid Cantor" because he told people what they would do if they were him, rather than what he would do if he were them. He believed that people, particularly young people, did not need to know their career goal, but only what they did not want to do, and then to steer between those extremes. That said, after swearing in law school that he would never practice taxation, in his view the most socially reprehensible field of law, he spent ten years as a tax specialist doing just that. And what's worse, most of it was for a bank.

He published a series of articles over the years ranging from taxation to governance and developed the key concept distinguishing between the board's role in providing oversight and the role of individual directors offering insight. Later, he found that his vacation journals titled "Travels with Helen," were immensely more popular.

Lacking eye-hand coordination, Paul limited his sport activities to those where the ball was stationary prior to the moment of impact, such as golf and billiards. He enjoyed the company of his fellow sportsmen and of his friends, not least his breakfast group where erudition, humour, and irony all reigned with equal force. He read widely, mainly in history, science, public affairs, and fiction; but never ever in self improvement.

Paul received his undergraduate Arts degree from the University of Alberta, his Law degree from the University of Toronto, and articled and was admitted to the Ontario bar from Goodmans LLP. His community achievements were recognized by the University of Alberta, York University, and the Order of Canada In lieu of flowers, Paul invites you to go to a bar, order a martini and toast, not him, but life. L'Chaim.

Paul's celebration of life - fully orchestrated by him - will be at the York Club (135 St. George Street at Bloor and St. George), on Sunday, September 30 at 3 p.m.

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On August 12, 2018 at Carefree Lodge. Beloved wife of the late Mickey. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Steven Rayson and Elissa Gamus, Rivanne and Randy Lopatin, Andrea and Stephen Streisfield, stepmother to Robert and Helen Kenedy, and Steven and Jennifer Kenedy.

Devoted grandmother of Daniel, Michelle, Jordyn, Joseph, stepgrandmother of Jedd, Adam, Alexis and Sophie. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in The Pride of Israel section of Mt.

Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva at 10 Overbrook Place, Toronto.

Friends and family wishing to provide shiva meals please provide peanut and nut free meals. Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer Society of Canada 1-800-616-8816 or Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada 1-800-361-2985.

TENG HIN TAN August 27, 1954 August 11, 2018

Passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 11. He will be greatly missed by his partner, Carlo Vigna, and by his loving family, including his father, Tjeng Giok Tan; his sisters, Ing TanWilson (John Wilson) and Suzy Tan; his niece, Elizabeth Wilson (Jeremy Wong); his nephew, Sean Wilson; and his pride and joy grandnephew, Espen Won. Hin was predeceased by his mother, Kim Lan Tan.

He lived with dignity through a diagnosis of cancer for several years. He was a dedicated family doctor, a passionate follower of the performing arts (theatre and opera), and a skilled creative force in the kitchen.

Friends and family may call for a visit on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at R.S.

Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge St., Toronto. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, August 15, at 11:00 a.m. in the R.S.

Kane Chapel. Private cremation will follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be left at R. S. Kane 416-221-1159

DR. ELI IVAN ROBINSKY(Usha) Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, Consulting Geotechnical Engineer July 19, 1925 - August 2, 2018

On the morning of August 2, Eli's family and the world lost a brilliant engineer, inventor, teacher, kind and compassionate man, with a great sense of humour and wanderlust. He will be sorely missed by his loving wife, Marisha; daughters, Lisa (Randy) and Susie (Chris); sister, Tanya; stepson, Chris (Sharon); nephews and nieces, Kathy (John), Rurik (Roberta), Paul, Mary and Nick; grandchildren, Ava and Aidan; and grandnephews, Jamie and Christopher. He will be fondly remembered by many friends, both in Canada and on distant shores.

Eli was born in 1925 in the ancient city of Damascus, Syria, of Russian parents, who were World War I refugees. Growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, he attended the American Community School and American University of Beirut, graduating with B.A and B.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering. While waiting for a U.S. immigrant visa, Eli worked for the Iraq Petroleum Company on the construction of two 30" oil pipelines across the Syria-Iraq desert from Kirkuk to the Mediterranean coast.

Within two months of landing in New York in 1950, he received a U.S. Army draft notice to report for a medical exam - the Korean War was in progress.

He chose the option of attending graduate school, which postponed his stint in the military service. After receiving his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Harvard University, he was employed by Porter-Urquhart, Skidmore Owings & Merrill of New York as a geotechnical engineer for the construction of U.S. air bases in Morocco. After two years in Morocco, he immigrated to Canada, making it his permanent home.

He always had the desire to become a teacher, following his father's footsteps. His wish was answered after receiving a Doctorate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1963. Invited to join the Department of Civil Engineering, he remained on staff until retirement in 1992, after which time he was honoured with the title Professor Emeritus.

During his 29-year teaching career he enjoyed lecturing mostly to the first year students (curious and enthusiastic), and the fourth year students with whom he would discuss his many active civil engineering consulting projects. He was honoured twice by the civil engineering students as 'Professor of the Year.' In 1972, Eli established the consulting engineering firm, E.I. Robinsky Associates Ltd., specializing in geotechnical engineering. He operated primarily as sole practitioner, completing more than 640 projects worldwide. In Canada, as abroad, his experience shows much variety. In 1975 he received the Arthur M. Wellington prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers for a paper in which he introduced the concept of 'Insulated Foundations' (1973) - an economical design for foundations in cold climates.

The construction industries in both Canada and the United States have enthusiastically adopted this concept. A few of his more interesting projects include the following: feasibility studies for expanding several Inuit towns in permafrost terrain in the Arctic, including the provision of water supply, docking facilities, and air strips; a feasibility study for a lead/zinc mine in permafrost terrain on Baffin Island; developing a novel environmental protection scheme for preventing oil spills from tank farms across Canada; and developing special equipment and organizing local field crews to test foundation soils for high tension transmission towers in East Pakistan.

In Toronto, he was one of the group of engineers that designed the unique flexible foundation of the CN Tower. In 1970 he introduced an environmentally superior approach for disposal of mine tailings. For this paper, he received the Leonard Medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada (1976). This innovation resulted in studies and reports for 73 mines worldwide.

Dr. Robinsky published articles in the field of pile foundations and lightweight insulating materials, as well as 13 papers, articles and a textbook dealing with the disposal of mining wastes. He held patents on sixteen inventions. He was a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Consulting Engineers of Ontario, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

As an engineer and professor he knew the importance of hand-on experience in any profession. He therefore donated his body for anatomical study and medical research at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Memorial donations, if desired, could be made to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care.


It is with sadness we announce the death, in Oakville, on August 10, 2018 of Jim, in his 86th year.

Beloved son of the late Dr. and Mrs. E. G. Wheler. Jim is survived by Ruth, his devoted wife of 55 years. Loving father of the late Adam, Jonathan (Tricia) and Cameron (the late Jodii). Dearly missed by his three grandsons, Matthew, Joshua, and Trenton.

Jim was predeceased by his brother, John (Margaret). Lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law, Jan (Derek) and brother-in-law, John (Ann) in the U.K.

Jim grew up in The Beaches where his father was a family doctor for 45 years and where he attended Malvern Collegiate. Jim graduated from University of Toronto in 1957.

He enjoyed a busy family practice in Weston for 35 years. He was a kind, gentle and caring doctor.

He was also the Medical Director of York University for 23 years and was the Attending Physician for the National Ballet for 27 years.

Upon moving to Oakville in 1987 he became an active member of the Oakville Club, enjoying tennis, squash and through other members, golf. He particularly enjoyed the Saturday brunch with his golf buddies. Jim's other interests were ballet, music, travelling, his pewter collection but more than anything he was a gentle and kind man.

Private cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society. Online condolences and memories can be shared through

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