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NAZAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-21 published
McGRATH, David
Teacher, lover, foster parent. Born July 30, 1938, in Sarnia, Ontario Died October 25, 2007, in Toronto of a heart attack, aged 69.
By Jo NAZAR and Paul HANSEN, Page L8
The second of three sons, David spent his youth in Sarnia.
He earned his teaching degree at the University of Western Ontario, then travelled and taught abroad, including at Eton College.
David returned to Canada with his partner, David STURGESS, whom he had met at a private school in England where they were both teaching. Yes, they were referred to as "The Davids."
While teaching elementary school in Toronto, David brought his ailing mother to their home to care for her until her death. When his dad arrived, he nursed him until he passed away.
Not wishing to be without family in their home, David was intrigued by an ad in The Globe and Mail for foster parents. It was the early 1980s. Two males? "All they can do is say no," he said.
Then Steve arrived. "He'll kill us in our beds," David said. The Children's Aid Society of Toronto had deemed their home to be a place for boys whose next stop would be a treatment centre.
After 26 years, 36 boys and an award for outstanding service to children, David had created a large and unique family.
Apart from hauling boys out of crack houses, driving others to hockey games and proofreading homework, David ensured that his penchant for detail was integral to family living.
Dinner was at 10 p.m. sharp. His partner would prepare the sumptuous meal - a roast of lamb, for example - while David had the boys set an elaborate table. This is when they sat as a family and talked about the day. A Eucharist, really.
It was a game to try to trip up David. When he wasn't looking, the boys would turn a porcelain figurine ever so slightly, then wait. David would notice and set the figurine just right, much to the boys' amazement and delight.
David looked after all the minutiae necessary for the boys to grow. He knew his job was to let them become who they wanted to be and not wallow in what others defined them as.
A member of Saint Paul's Roman Catholic community in downtown Toronto, David taught children to read from the pulpit and to serve the community at liturgy. He opened the doors of confidence and service through which the children boldly entered.
Steve, now a chef in Germany, flew home to be with David in his last days. Thai came in from Montreal, while Liang did the driving. At the funeral Steve told those gathered, "If it wasn't for David I would surely be dead."
David insisted on life for the boys who came through their home. And he continues to do so in death, as one of his boys now considers fostering children.
Jo NAZAR and Paul HANSEN are David's Friends.

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NAZAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-13 published
NAZAR, Metro " Matt," " Morris"
We share with sadness the news of Matt's passing at the age of 83 on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, peacefully at home, leaving behind his wife and caregiver Olga, their children Mark (Sue), Dan (Gloria), David s.j., Phil (Paula), Jo, Teresa, Michael (Maria), Chris (Donna), Michelle, Jonathan, and Matthew; Dziadzia to Doug, Paul, Danielle, Denise, Cory, Brandon, Adam, and Erin; Pra-dziadzia to Shaidah, Jalen, Javier, and Isaiah. Matt was the youngest of 13 children and is survived by Sr. Alexis, SSMI and George. Matt gave tirelessly to provide for his family, was very involved in his church, and served his country in the Army. Even with all his struggles, his senses of humour and fun made for a home that welcomed family and many Friends. Most of his adult life was spent in Toronto, yet Matt, born and raised near West Bend, Saskatchewan, remained a westerner at heart. Matt is resting at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home, 467 Sherbourne Street (south of Wellesley) on Friday, March 14, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with Panachyda at 7: 30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10: 00 a.m. at Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 515 Broadview Avenue, Toronto. Interment will follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations for the Mission in Ukraine may be made to: Canadian Jesuits International - "A gift in memory of Matt Nazar". Messages of condolences may be forwarded to

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NAZARETH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-18 published
CARSON, John Jarvis
Died Sunday June 15, 2008 peacefully and surrounded by loved ones at the Montfort Hospital after a brief and rapid decline in health. John was predeceased by his wife, Elspeth HERBERT. Much beloved by his children Elizabeth (Ian HUTTON,) John (Elisa BARBARESE), Faith (Barry BELLAMY), Deborah (Ted TUNIS), Daniel (Brenda LILLICO,) Kitty (Wayne COREY,) his companion-caregiver Derrick NAZARETH, and his grandchildren Dianna, Towani and Pascale, Philippe, Aaron, Leah, Adam, Matthew, Carson, Alexander, Eve, Benjamin, and great-grandchildren, Xavion, Mahalia, Carson, Clea, Natasha, Daniel, Joseph and Elizabeth as well as his Rolston and Herbert nieces and nephews. John grew up in Vancouver, served in the Canadian Army during World War 2. He worked at Woods Gordon, Ontario Hydro, British Columbia Electric, Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Dean of the Faculty of Management at Ottawa U. John was a keen cottager on the Sunshine Coast, Muskoka and Heney Lake Quebec. He was an Officer of the Order of Canada and received honourary degrees. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street on Thursday, June 19th, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday at 11: 30 a.m. Reception to follow in the McGarry Family Reception Centre. Thanks to Lorne Parent of the Sandy Hill Community Health Care and staff of Montfort. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the University of Ottawa or the Parkinson Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.

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NAZZARO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-13 published
NAZZARO, Imperatrice
Peacefully on March 11, 2008, in her 84th year, surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of Gerardo. Loving mother of Benito and his wife Lina, Olmina and her husband Vito, Mike and his wife Lena. Sadly missed nonna of Patricia (Rocco), Gerry (Joane), Antonella (Vito), Patricia (Charlie), Gerry, Anna Maria and Albert. Proud bisnonna of Justin and Sebastian. Survived by sisters Carmelina and Fiora, and brother Rocco who reside in Italy. Family and Friends will be received at Trull Funeral Home, 1111 Danforth Avenue, on Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at The Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, 3200 Pharmacy Avenue, Friday, March 14, 2008 at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow at Highland Memory Gardens. As per her favourite saying "Ia Madonna t' accompagna."

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