Don Wittman, CBC Sports Legend, Loses Battle With Cancer

January 21, 2008 by  
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Canadian Broadcasting Company Sports legend, Don Wittman, lost his battle with cancer in a hospital in Winnipeg this past Saturday. He was 71.

From CBC Sports:

“The family wishes to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of support Don received from friends, colleagues and fans. Thanks to everyone for respecting our privacy at this time,” his son, David, said in a statement.

Wittman joined CBC Sports on the first day of 1961 and embarked on a career that saw him do the play-by-play for or report on Grey Cups, Stanley Cups, curling’s Brier and Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian Open of golf and several exhilarating, disappointing and grave moments at 18 Summer and Winter Olympics.

Our thoughts are with the Wittman family.

Coffee News Creator ‘Never Gave Up’

July 26, 2007 by  
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A Winnipeg entrepreneur who turned a coffee-break idea into a global success story has passed away at the age of 56.

Jean Daum created Coffee News after she had nothing to read but sugar packets while drinking coffee in a Winnipeg restaurant.

She lost her battle with lymphoma Monday night.

“She passed away very peacefully with her family at home,” said daughter Leslie Daum yesterday.

Coffee News — a one-page, double-sided sheet full of good news and quotes — has since spread to 1,000 franchises in 52 countries.

The free sheet of uplifting tidbits was first posted in Winnipeg restaurants in 1988 and maintains its worldwide headquarters in East Selkirk.

Jean continued to work until just six months ago.

She had also begun a book about her life with cancer that her family hopes to publish.

“She’s a role model and I followed in her footsteps completely,” said Leslie. “She never gave up.”

But the success did not come easily. A community paper Jean started in 1982 folded 2.5 years later, eventually leaving the single mom to Leslie, Candice and Jim thousands of dollars in debt.

“She went from being so broke that we ate crab apple pie for six months to being a millionaire because of one idea,” said Leslie.


Despite its growth as an affordable advertising option, Coffee News remains a family venture at its core.

Leslie and Candice not only run parts of the company but also write most of its content.

But the task of carrying on their mother’s legacy can be daunting.

“I don’t think anyone could quite fill those shoes. There was pretty much nothing she couldn’t do,” said Candice Daum.

Candice said Jean was an inspiration to her three children, boyfriend Paul Janzen and plenty of colleagues.

“She’d been battling cancer for years, so we always assumed she’d beat it,” said close friend Wayne Browning. “She was a very progressive thinker. She was young when she passed but she had done so much.”

Bill Buckley, a Coffee News U.S. franchisee, said he marvelled at Daum’s ingenuity as a single Winnipeg mom who believed in her idea and stuck with it.

“We probably have eight to 10 million readers a week. What started as a little weekly publication in Winnipeg is now the largest franchise publication in the world,” said Buckley.

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SOURCE: Winnipeg Sun

Spanish singer Rocío Jurado dies after long illness

June 1, 2006 by  
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Rocío Jurado, a well-known and much loved Spanish singer from Andalucía, died at her Madrid home early on Thursday morning after a long illness. The 61-year-old singer had been diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas two years ago and had been treated at Houston, Texas.Her brother and manager, Amador Mohedano, visibly affected by his sister’s death, made the announcement to the media waiting outside the singer’s home at La Moraleja. He added that she had died “peacefully” and “surrounded by her family as she wished”.


Rocío Mohedano Jurado was born in 1945 in the town of Chipiona, in the province of Cadiz, and started her career singing flamenco, especially fandangos, before branching out into a more popular style. In her youth she also worked as an actress in a number of Spanish-style musical films – extremely popular in their day. Her fame and success as a singer spread to Latin America and the USA..

In 1986 she was awarded the Andalusian Medal for exceptional merit and services to the region.


Source: SUR in English

Oscar-Winner Henry Bumstead Dies From Cancer

May 28, 2006 by  
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From the Cinematical Blog

Oscar-winning art director and production designer Henry Bumstead has died from prostate cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times. Bumstead, who was born in Ontario, California, in 1915, began his career during the Depression as an apprentice draftsman at RKO Studios but was quickly hired by Paramount Pictures where he was taken under the wing of art-department head Hans Dreir (Oscar-winning art director for Sunset Boulevard)….

… but after teaming with Martin Scorsese on the remake of Cape Fear in 1991, he was hired by Clint Eastwood for Unforgiven, which led to another nomination. From that point he worked with Eastwood on eight more films up until he was diagnosed with cancer during production of Million Dollar Baby. In 1998, Bumstead, who was known as “Bummy” to friends and colleagues, received a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors.

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Tiger Woods’ father dies after battling cancer

May 3, 2006 by  
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cancer-earl-woods.jpgEarl Woods, who was more determined to raise a good son than a great golfer and became the role model, architect and driving force behind Tiger Woods’ phenomenal career, died Wednesday morning at his home in Cypress, Calif. He was 74.

“My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply,” Tiger Woods said on his Web site. “I’m overwhelmed when I think of all of the great things he accomplished in his life. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him, and I’m honored to continue his legacy of sharing and caring.”

Woods was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and was treated with radiation, but the cancer returned in 2004 and spread throughout his body. Last month, he was too frail to travel to the Masters for the first time. His son finished tied for third.

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