In Memoriam of François Protat
We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of longtime I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 member
François Protat on January 18th, 2019. François was a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 for almost 30 years as a Director of Photography. His son Martin Protat told us that I.A.T.S.E. Local 667/669 members were very important for him and an example of professionalism. François often spoke of his past experience in Toronto has a cinematographer back in the 1990's on movie such as Johnny Mnemonic.
His son Martin Protat, camera assistant would like to share this text with you in his memory. For further information please click here.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with François family and his son Martin and daugther Zoé.
I.A.T.S.E. LOCAL 667
December 20, 2018
We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of longtime I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 member
Stew Aziz on Dec 20th, 2018. Stew was a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 since May 1986 as a camera assistant and moved on to working at Panavision and finally Keslow Camera. Stew served both on the Executive Board as well as serving as a Trustee for some time on the I.A.T.S.E. Local 667/669 Health & Welfare Fund.
A memorial will take place in the spring for Stew. For further information ont he celebration of life and Scholarship, please click here.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with Stew's family at this time.
Chmura, Andrzej “Andy” Maria February 2, 1946 – September 17, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Andy on Sept. 17 in Toronto. Born in Trani, Italy, but of Polish decent, he grew up in London, England. He is predeceased by his mother, Waclawa, and father, Tadeusz. Andy was a generous and thoughtful Stepfather, Friend, and “Grandy” to his family Stefan (Corinne), Nuan, Hugo, and Anna Simonyi. He was also a good friend to Stephen and Cathy Ford, and their children. Remembered by his brother Voy Chmura (Bogda), and his nephew Philip Chmura of England.
Andy worked as a Camera Operator in the film industry since 1972. He was well-known by his peers, having worked on 116 feature films plus hundreds of television, documentary, and commercial productions.
Andy’s true love was motor racing. He was an Ace with quick reactions, and truly enjoyed driving his much-loved “Ole Yeller” around the track.
A gathering to celebrate Andy’s life will be held on Friday October 5th at 11:30 am at The Olde Stone Cottage Pub (3750 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON M1J 3H5), where all are welcome to come and share some stories and raise a glass and celebrate Andy.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.ca
September 19, 2018
Andy Chmura - Camera Operator
It is with great sadness that we announce to the membership that long time member Andy Chmura passed away at the beginning of the week. Andy was well known across the industry and worked across Eastern
From Married to It, Long Kiss Goodnight and the Jesse Stone MOWs to Pacific Rim and Good Witch, Andy was a well regarded operator.
While we do not have details of funeral arrangements, we will pass them on to everyone once we have been notified by his family.
Condolences to his friends and colleagues at this sad news.
We want to inform the membership that Stephen Sebert, one time member of Local 667 camera assistant, passed away June 19 2018. He was 56 years old. After a strong career as an assistant with us, Stephen went out west to work as a Local 669 member. He worked on a number of shows in Ontario including New York Minute and Wonderfalls.
There will be celebration of his life in Calgary, sometime in the future. We will pass along that information when we have it.
IATSE Local 667 Director of Photography, William Walker Reeve passed away on Wednesday May 23rd 2018.
William will be remembered for his contributions to large format IMAX documentaries, as well as 3D cinematography. He was a co-founder of the 3D Camera Company in Toronto, and the last few years he spent his time perfecting the art of bow making.
He will be deeply missed by his sons and daughters Johnathon Reeve Local 667 member (DIT), Lauren, Lenny and Amelie, and the rest of his family.
Ross Edward Leslie October 23, 1959 - March 13, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Ross Edward Leslie announces his sudden passing on Tuesday March 13, 2018. Ross is predeceased by his loving parents, Cameron and Manny (Madeleine) Leslie and leaves his wife Cathy, daughter Lauren, brother Trevor (Elizabeth), sister Sharon (Scott), sister-in-law Karen, brother-in-law John (Terri) nephews Paul, Harry, Christopher, niece Kendra, in-laws Cliff and Betty, many cousins and a world of friends.
Ross was a wonderful man whose heart stretched from the city streets of Toronto to the Laurentian lakes and the cliffs of Newfoundland.
Ross was a Montrealer born and bred who lived and worked in the film and television industry in both Ontario and Newfoundland. After over 10 years in theatre, as an actor and tour manager he focused his talents in the film and television industry. He was widely respected as a Line Producer/Production Manager on shows such as Republic of Doyle, Anne of Green Gables, Frontier, Caught, Little Dog and most recently, Star Trek Discovery. In this role he was a quick thinker with a broad view yet so good at in depth analysis. He always worked with the lens of kindness balanced perfectly with bluntness. But this does not capture him.
Ross was a foodie, a quilter, a theatre buff, a master martini maker, a hiker, a photographer, a historian, an actor and a golfer. He collected friends like he collected art. Ross became friends with people immediately. He did it by inviting them over for martinis and dinner, on a hike, or simply for a coffee. If you were to name a few of his attributes, you'd say wise, kind, thoughtful, trustworthy, romantic, hilarious, but loyal and generous would top the list. He supported everyone in big ways and small. He gave often and with grace and ease.
Ross worked hard but also knew how to live well. He was the guy who was given the best tables in the best restaurants and sat so that he was perfectly framed, by a window or door. He was the man who had impeccable taste in impossibly pointed shoes. He was the person who every bloody year replaced the art in his rental home in St. John's with favourite pieces from his collection of local Newfoundland artists. He hiked with a bottle of wine, 'truffled' cheese and real china in his backpack. He even has a sealskin coat named "The Ross" after him.
He wasn't just a member of the Dunany Community, he was fully engaged as a leader. Like his mother, Manny, before him, he loved being Club Captain of the Dunany Country Club for many years. Like his father, Cam, before him, Ross was president of the same course. He was also a warden of St. Paul's Church.
Most importantly, Ross was a family man, well raised by his parents who held family values high. He spent idyllic childhood summers with them his brother, Trevor and sister, Sharon at their family cottage in Dunany. Dunany is the place that holds his heart.
Cathy and Lauren were the stars in his life.
When he talked about his daughter Lauren it was with such tremendous pride that people would get teary. Ross was many things to many people, but his biggest and most important role was as a father to Lauren. He was the quintessential 'fun' Dad. He loved to take her on 'big explores' in the woods at the cottage, loved to walk her around on the Dunany golf course before the age of 5 and demonstrated how to 'host' a multitude of parties. If Lauren had to choose which parent to go shopping with it, it would not be practical, thrifty Mom but extravagant Dad. He instilled in her his love for the theatre and the arts. She attended an arts school and has followed in her father's footsteps in the film world and regularly sought his sage advice.
And when he spoke of his wife Cathy, it was with a "get a load of how good I got it" smile. (He was right to do so, she's the original kick-ass feminist) Married for almost 28 years, they loved to hike the trails of Newfoundland, cycle in Toronto, and enjoyed spending time at their cottage kayaking, swimming, golfing, and hosting dinner parties with family and friends. With Cathy retiring from teaching this June they were making plans to build a new home on the lake.
As one of his friends quipped, Ross was unique and stood out in a business filled with individuality. Ross made an enormous difference in the lives he touched. That is the gift he had. "He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again." Hamlet
The family will receive friends at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME A.W. MILES - NEWBIGGING CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. and 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22nd. A funeral service will be held in ST. SIMEON'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 445 Rue Principal, Lachute, Quebec at 11 o'clock on Thursday, March 29th.
If desired, in lieu of flowers please feel free to donate to the following charities that Ross held dear:
In Toronto, it's The Actor's Fund of Canada (afchelps.ca ); in Quebec, it's St. Paul's Church, 1176 Dunany Road, Lachute, Quebec, J8H3W8 and in Newfoundland, Perchance Theatre at Cupids www.perchancetheatre.com . Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com .
February 1, 2018
We are sorry to inform you of the passing of Philippe Champion's father, Marc Champion last week in his 91st year. Many of you would have worked with Marc over the years. Our thoughts and wishes go out to the Champion family.
A family memorial will be planned in the spring.
We are sorry to announce the passing of Member, Brother & 2nd Assistant, Henry Zhao. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those close to him.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by his family: https://www.gofundme.com/henrys-legacy-fund
Peter LUKAS Peacefully, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga, at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Josephine for almost 60 years. Cherished father of Donna, Richard (Deborah), Katherine (Andrew) and Alexandra (Neil). Adored grandfather of Rob, Jaclynn (Anthony), Ashleigh, Madison and Sam and great-grandfather of Nicola. Dear brother of Mary Morgan and the late Nettie Gonos. President of Showline Harbourside Studios, and an important figure in the Toronto Film Industry.
We are sorry to learn of the passing of former IATSE Local 667 Director of Photography, Frank Tidy on Friday, January 27th 2017 Many of our members will fondly remember working with Frank on many productions here in Canada. The Grey Fox, One Magic Christmas, John and the Missus, April Morning, Jewel, First Noel are to name only a small handful of the many productions Frank worked on throughout Canada. Our condolences go out to Franks son Patrick (1st AD) and the rest of the Tidy family.