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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – Page B17

ALAN BLEVISS December 30, 201 7 Alan David Bleviss, 76, passed away on Saturday, December 30th at his home in New York City. He is survived by his children, Joshua Eli, Lisa Aviva and Sarah Jenny.

Alan had an illustrious 40 year career as a prominent voice over actor, philanthropist and former president of the Civil War Token Society.

Funeral services will be held at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel at 630 Amsterdam Ave. in New York City on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 12 p.m. Burial services will follow at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Theatre School of Canada.

MICHAELCOBDEN77 , died on December 24, 2017, leaving a community of adoring students, colleagues, caregivers, friends and family from around the world. Michael was a keen observer, intrepid reporter, sharp commentator, engaging storyteller, patient teacher, moral navigator, enthusiastic bridge player, encouraging mentor, loyal friend, loving brother, uncle, grandfather, father, husband. We miss him dearly.

Michael was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, son of Harry and Marsh Cobden.

He attended Kingswood College, Grahamstown, and worked as a journalist for the Rand Daily Mail.

He left South Africa for Canada and worked at the Toronto Star and the Kingston Whig-Standard, and then at the University of King's College where he was Director of the School of Journalism, during which time he served on many boards, spoke at many conferences, conducted many research and consultation projects, and wrote for the Halifax Chronicle Herald and the Daily News. After retiring, he led a project in journalism education for UNESCO, as well as writing a study for SSHRC on disseminating humanities research, and writing a biography of Simon Spatz, a Holocaust survivor. He taught at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, India, and worked as a tutor in the Dalhousie Writing Centre and taught ESL at Dalhousie. He always fondly remembered his students.

Michael leaves his loved and loving wife, Jane; dear children, Josh (and Jennifer; and grandchildren, Jane and Livie), Joe, and Daisy (and Jordan McNeil); brother, David (and Lorraine); niece, Marsh (and Kevin); nephews, Richard (and Cathy), and Derick (and Angela) and all of their children; cousin, Sylvia Becker and her daughters, Janine, Rosalind and Valerie; Jane's sister, Rosamund (and Robert Storr and their children, Katharine and Susannah); and Jane's brother, David (and Elizabeth and their children, Nick and Alex and Alex's children); Jane's aunt, Libby Buchanan and her daughters, Lisa and Victoria; and son, Jamie.

Michael was most grateful to the fine caregivers at the QEII Health Sciences Centre including Dr.

Stephen Couban and the team at the Hematology Department; all the nurses in the Medical Day Unit for their care, warmth and good cheer over three years; the staff on the Hematology Unit on 8A; and the many wonderful people in Palliative Care.

All are welcome at a gathering to remember and celebrate Michael on Saturday, January 6, 2018, 2 p.m., Alumni Hall, University of King's College, 6350 Coburg Rd., Halifax. A celebration will be held in Toronto in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael's memory can be made to a charity of your choice.

VIVIANL.PROKOPMIRCHANDANI June5,1959 December27,2017 After a brief illness, Vivian left us peacefully on December 27, 2017. Beloved wife of Jimmy Mirchandani, the love of her life; devoted mother to Heidi Norton (Greg) and Robyn Woytiuk (Fredo); daughter of the late Peter Prokop and her deeply loved mother, Annie Prokop; loving sister to the late Merv Prokop, three surviving siblings, Dave, Pat and Mel, and surrogate sister Joan Parker; kind aunt to Anna Crossley and Laura Stolar McNeil; best childhood friend of the incomparable Michelle Chuhaniuk of Saskatoon; conspirator in fun to Catherine Swift, Pauline Couture and many more dear friends; generous mentor to dozens and indirectly to thousands more through her mentorship of mentors.

Down-to-earth Ukrainian farm girl from Hafford, Saskatchewan whose visionary leadership and brilliant accomplishments brought her the admiration and respect of Prime Ministers, princes and CEOs around the world. Small business pioneer strategist and turn-around expert at CIBC, where she won multiple awards and recognition while assuming major responsibilities from her 20s onward. President and CEO of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF, now Futurpreneur) whose successes spawned global admiration and many replicas; thought leadership and hands-on direction of entrepreneurship summits, awards and programs, including at the G8 and G20. Respected CEO of Pathways to Education. Threetime winner of WXN's Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award; recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, indefatigable volunteer and fundraiser. A graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program for Global Leaders, Vivian had a profound impact on many sectors, organizations and individual lives.

She was always there when needed, and was often the first to offer to help a friend, family or colleagues. She saw possibilities where others saw obstacles, and was a true believer in human potential. She was uniquely gifted in helping people find their higher calling and best selves. Warm, funny, spiritual and generous, Vivian loved living, laughing, cooking and eating, and she did all those things extremely well.

Her home was an open house of great food and delightful times for her family and friends. In Jimmy, she found her soul-mate and the deeply satisfying and joyful connection for which she had longed all her life. All are bereft by her departure too soon.

Friends may pay their respects on Friday, January 5, 2018. The family will receive visitors from 2:003:00 p.m., followed by a service at 3:00 p.m. Turner & Porter, 2357 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

Donations in Vivian's memory may be made to Pathways to Education at

MARGARET PITCHER (nee Brodie) Peacefully, at Joseph Brant Hospital in her 92nd year.

Predeceased by her devoted husband, Herb Pitcher; and brother, John Brodie. Loving mother to David Pitcher (Vivian), Tina Pitcher (Zeke) and Maggie Pitcher (Mark).

Grandmother to Simon, Aaron, Ashleigh, Lisa, Jonathon, Bronwyn, Nicole, Duncan and Sarah. Greatgrandmother to Mieke, Bella, Lilah Rose, Priya, Willem and Dylan.

Margaret was an avid sailor and enjoyed nothing more than a day on the boat with Herb.

Cremation has taken place and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

SIEGFRIED RIEMER June 17, 1931 December 14, 2017 It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Siegfried at his vacation home in Naples, Florida at the age of 86. He was the beloved husband of Rose and the loving father of Oliver, Sabrina, Christopher (deceased), Dave, Ernst and Armin. He will be dearly missed by his sisters, Hannelore and Erika; and by many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

Visitation will be held at Elgin Mills Cemetery and Funeral Centre, 1591 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill (east of Leslie St., 905-737-1720) on Wednesday, January 3rd from 5-9 p.m. and on Thursday, January 4th at 1 p.m. Funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. For further information and online condolences, please visit J I M RO B E RT S O N Peacefully, with family by his side on Christmas Day in his 97th year. Beloved husband of the late Mary; and best dad to Doug, Ian and Jean (David Bloom). Loving grandad to James, Laurie, Sam, Ben and Natalie; and greatgrandad to Connor and Georgia.

Devoted friend of Wayne Page.

Jim was born in Prestonpans, Scotland and joined the Royal Air Force right out of high school.

He served in WWII as an air gunner and wireless operator, participating in 48 flying missions between 1942 and 1944. He arrived in Canada in 1946 and commenced a long and successful career with Eaton's. In 1977, he became the first store manager of the new Eaton Centre flagship store which he "minded" until his retirement in 1987. Throughout his life, Jim was known for his warmth and generosity. He spoke often of being blessed with much love and good fortune. A diagnosis of Alzheimer's several years ago did not deprive him of his charm and good humour. He spent his last three years at the Seniors Health Centre in North York where he often entertained the staff with song and story. Our heartfelt appreciation to his many caregivers and a special thanks to Hyacinth Edwards whose kindness and love can never be repaid.

A private service is being arranged. Online condolences can be made at: GEORGEEMIL TAFLER George passed away peacefully in Toronto on Thursday, December 28, 2017 in his 92nd year surrounded by his children and grandchildren. George will be dearly missed by his wife of 65 years, Lilian, with whom he created a warm, close and loving family. He will be lovingly remembered by his two children, Andy (Jennifer), and Cathy (Doug); by his grandchildren, Emily (Brian), Gillian (Steve), Katy, Tom and Sally; and his great-grandchildren, Norah, Clara, Andy, Charlie and Anna.

George was born in a small town in Hungary into a close and extended family and lived an idyllic childhood that was sadly interrupted by the Second World War. He survived the Holocaust and came to Canada in 1950 where he finished his degree in chemical engineering and met and married his life partner, Lilian. George worked his entire career in the Canadian industrial chemical industry for the company ERCO.

George and Lilian's passions included extensive travel in Europe, art, history, music, and reading, but were always focused on their growing family. Summer vacations for all the family together near Algonquin Park were an annual highlight.

Online condolences may be made through

A small, private celebration of life service will be held. If desired, in memorium donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

CHARLESWATSONWRIGHT On December 30, 2017 at North York General Hospital in his 88th year. Charlie, beloved husband of Norma (nee Daniels) for 59 years. Loving father of David (Dori) and Kim Colwill (Scott).

Proud grandfather of Iain, Myles and Glen. Dear brother of Marie Cuthbert (the late Robert), Robin (Kay), the late George, and brother-in-law of Sandra Fisher (the late Paul). Lovingly remembered by his nephews, nieces and their families.

Born in Vermillion, Alberta, Charlie retired as Director of Taxation after over 30 years at Manulife Financial. He was an avid gardener, nature and wildlife enthusiast, who loved and inspired his family above all.

A private family service and burial will be held. A Celebration of Life will be announced in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Nature Conservancy of Canada, Rhino Conservation at The Toronto Zoo, The Canadian Wildlife Federation, or a nature conservation charity of your choice would be appreciated.


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