In Memoriam: George Laszlo
It is with sadness that we let you know of the passing of Director of Photography Laszlo George.
For over 50 years, Laszlo experimented with light through his cinematography, and received awards from the ASC, CSC, Geminis, and Genies. He was not only well known in the Canadian film community, but the global community as well.
At this time we have no further information from his family, but IATSE Local 669 is putting together a tribute to honour their long-time member. If you would like to contribute a fond memory, please sent it to Khaleed@icg669.com
In Memoriam: Graeme and Phyllis Ferguson
Graeme Ferguson, the Canadian director, producer, writer and cinematographer who partnered with two high school friends and another filmmaker to launch the giant-screen movie company IMAX, has died. He was 91.
Ferguson died Saturday of cancer at Norway Point, his home at Lake of Bays, Ontario, an IMAX spokesman announced.
His wife, Phyllis, whom he worked alongside with, died eight weeks ago at aged 70. Phyllis was a trailblazing Indigenous female filmmaker, with an extensive career in broadcast as well as playing many roles with IMAX.
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In Memoriam - Ted Hart Electronic Cameraperson
Long time member of IATSE 667 as Electronic Cameraperson
In Memoriam - David J Woods - Owner DJ Woods Digital, DIT/EPK/Video Playback
We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of member David J. Woods.
A member of IATSE 667 since 1985, David was the owner of DJ Woods Digital Inc., supplying gear and expertise to the Toronto Screen industry for more than 30 years. David worked in many 667 categories with credits going back to Cronenberg's Dead Ringers.
David passed peacefully on October 4th, 2020. A private family service will take place on Friday, October 16th at 1400hrs and the family invites friends and colleagues to join virtually through a live stream of the service. A link will be visible on the funeral home website an hour prior to the service. https://memorials.wardfuneralhomes.com/david-woods/4354767/index.php
Condolences may be left on the funeral home page. It is hoped that a memorial gathering will take place at a later date. We will inform the membership of any developments.
We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of long time member Paul Mockler. A member of IATSE 667 since 1986, Paul was a pioneer of underwater photography in Canada.
He worked on many projects and was well known as the Underwater Cinematographer for CBC's Land and Sea, The Nature of Things, Danger Bay, and The Beachcombers.
Paul passed peacefully on September 18th, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life may be planned for a future date. Read: Paul's Obituary.
In Memoriam - HARRY T. MAKIN, CSC Director of Photography
We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of long time member Harry Makin, CSC.A member of IATSE since 1970 and IA 667 since 1983, Harry was a pioneer in the Canadian film industry.
With credits ranging from classic television series such as "Rainbow Country", "Police Surgeon" and "Swiss Family Robinson" to Docudramas "The National Dream and features like "Neptune Factor" and "If You Could See What I Hear",
Harry worked across the country and around the world. Harry passed peacefully on September 18th, 2020. No memorial is planned. He is survived by his children - IA667 member David A. Makin CSC, Kelly D. Makin, Jo-anne Makin, and his Partner, Deborah E. McLachlin.
From 1972, attached is an article about Harry from CinemaCanada.
March 4, 2020
We want to inform the membership of the passing of IATSE 873 member Robert Rice (Grip), also on March 2, 2020. More information will be given once it is made available.
January 14, 2020
IN MEMORIAM - NICK GRAY, DGC-Ontario
IATSE 667 is sad to inform the membership that long time Ontario PM/Producer Nick Gray has passed away. Nick was a charter member of Film Ontario and served on DGC Ontario Board member for many years. Our deep sympathy to his family, siblings and the film family Nick created over the years. A memorial is being planned for later in the year, and as information is made available, we will share with the membership.
NICHOLAS JAMES GRAY July 5, 1955 - July 14, 2020
Nick died peacefully at home. Son of Araby Lockhart and Jack Gray, graduate of Queen's University, he had a long and distinguished career as a production manager and producer of films and television series. His greatest accomplishment was his family, Rowan, Brenna, Thyra, Dorigen and Wynne, each of whom he adored unreservedly. He is survived by his mother, his children and partner Dorigen Fode, his siblings and their families and many cousins. 'Keep smiling.'
In memory, donations made be made to The AFC (Actors Fund of Canada) or Diabetes Canada.
Published in The Globe and Mail from July 17 to July 21, 2020
January 10, 2020
It is with deep sadness that we inform the membership of the passing of Local 667 member Camera Operator Roger Finlay.
December 16, 1960 - January 2020
Details to follow when available;
Let’s get a drink for Roger Finlaym Call time: 3pm-6pm February 9th 2020
Location:The Roy Pub 894 Queen Street East Toronto
It is with deep sadness that we inform the membership of the passing of John Denniston. John was a Camera /Pedestal Operator and EPK Camera person, a member since 1994. With credits starting in 1988 (Dead Ringers), John worked both in drama and factual, across Canada and around the world, most recently doing BTS and Operating on 667 productions.
No funeral will be held, but a Celebration of Life will take place this coming Sunday, Nov 24th, between 1300 and 1600hrs at:
The Old Stone Cottage Pub 3750 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON M1J 3H5
Friends and colleagues are welcome to come and remember John. Condolences to his friends and colleagues at this sad news
We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of IATSE Local 667 & Local 873 member Mike Sanci on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
Service Details: Saturday, Oct 19, 2019
Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home 64 Lakeshore Road West Oakville Tel: 905-844-2600
Visitation 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Funeral Service 3:30 p.m.
Warren Appleby, with his wife Jennifer and two sons.
(Photo: Courtesy of GoFundMe/Warren Appleby)
Join us in celebrating the life of Warren Appleby Beloved father, husband, brother, and friend.
Date: Sunday, July 28 2019.
Location: Cinespace Studios – 8 Unwin Ave, M5A 3L1 Parking is limited, please follow signs
Time: 1pm – 5pm
If you have photos or videos of Warren you would like to share – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in speaking during the memorial or any other inquiries – email us at email@example.com
Simon Robert Alistair Dalrymple
‘I am that’
Simon passed away suddenly on Thursday May 30, 2019 at home, after many medical challenges, which he endured with grace. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Simon grew up in Cypress and Salisbury UK, and came to Toronto in the early 70’s. He began his TV/Film Videographer career with the BBC Technical College in Evesham, UK.
In his 50 year career, he worked on programs such as Dr. Who, Top of the Pops, Second City, The Elephant Show, Juno’s, Olympics, So You Think You Can Dance, Dragon’s Den, and many others. He made many contributions to, and was among the founding members of, the Chinmaya Mission Toronto.
He will be lovingly remembered by Candace, his wife of 45 years. Simon will be missed by his older brother Andrew(Betty) and all his family in England, his sister-in-law Joan Tauber and brother-in-law David Bespalko(Tracy). He was a much loved Uncle to Jayme, Tara, Allie, Cole and Aiya. Simon will always be in the hearts of friends, neighbours, his television work family in Toronto, as well as his Chinmaya Mission family in Toronto, Niagara and around the world.
He loved travel, photography, painting, gardening, cryptic crossword, speedily driving his scooter everywhere and spending time with loved ones. He was a warm, gentle, caring, kind, and intelligent gentleman. He was a mentor to colleagues and family alike; there are just not enough wonderful adjectives to describe Simon. His passion was compassion, may his love support us all.
Further to the passing of longtime I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 member Stew Aziz on Dec 20th, 2018: A Celebration of Life
The family of Stewart Aziz (Elaine, Neale & Haeleigh and Grace) invite us to join in celebrating Stew's life on Saturday May 11th, 2019 from 2pm-5pm at South Pond Farms in Bethany, ON. The family will be sharing some light snacks, and of course, many stories. There will be an opportunity to share your memories if you are interested in doing so.
South Pond Farms was and continues to be a family favorite, where countless wonderful memories were shared with Stew over fantastic food and wine.
Please refer to the farm's website www.southpondfarms.ca for directions and information about the venue.
In Memoriam Robert Saad
It is with great sadness that we announce to the membership that long time member Bob Saad passed away this past weekend (May 2019). Bob was well known across the industry and worked throughout Canada on many successful feature films and television series.
A private service for the family has been held and a celebration of Bob's life will be held in June. We will let you know once we receive further details. Our condolences to Bob's family, friends and colleagues at this sad news.
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.