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Alphonse Lacavera
In Memory of
Alphonse Thomas
1941 - 2020
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Condolence From: Father Jim Mulligan, CSC
Condolence: Dear Donna and Tony and CC

Please accept my deepest condolence on the loss of Al --- husband and father. I have known Al since I was in Grade Nine at NDCS. I played a lot of basketball with Al in those years. In high school and in later life I was always struck by Al --- a real, classy gentleman and a gentle man. And more than a few I have met in the last few weeks have mentioned to me how great Al was representing then as a lawyer. What speaks to me here ... most of these folks are older and Italian. They really loved Al. I will say Mass for Al and I will remember the three of you in my prayer over the next several days. May the Lord of hope and the Holy Spirit of consolation be with you. Jim, CSC
Sunday September 27, 2020
Condolence From: Monica Gharabaway
Condolence: My deepest condolences to his honour's entire family. what a profound loss.

As someone who had the privilege of working at the courthouse his honour presided over for many years, I have many fond memories of the days I would be in court with him. I would look at the schedule and smile knowing my day would be a happy one.

His honour always treated every person, whether a part of the legal profession or not, with respect and dignity. Our witnesses were always made to feel comfortable and at ease which made a huge difference in our prosecutions.

When we found out his honour was retiring, we were devastated. Even after celebrating with the rest of the courthouse, his honour still accepted our invitation to continue the celebrations after work with our entire office. He was jovial, laughing and taking pictures with all of us. Many of those pictures still hang in our offices. Now they mean so much more.

Thank you for allowing us to share a small part of his honour's life. The impact he had on our professional careers cannot be understated.
Saturday September 26, 2020
Condolence From: Joe Bovard
Condolence: I would like to express my deepest condolences to Al's family and friends. I was a colleague of Al's on the bench. I did not know him well, but every time that I saw him he always had a big smile for me and a hearty hand shake. My last memory of him is in the College Park library where he was making a group of us laugh and have a good time. I will miss him.
Saturday September 26, 2020
Condolence From: Feroza Bhabha
Condolence: To Al's immediate and extended family, my deepest condolences. Al became a colleague when he moved to Toronto in 2010 and presided at College Park Courthouse. Al fit in with his very jovial and easy going nature, not to mention his great sense of humour. As anyone who knew Al can attest, he had a keen interest in current events and loved discussing politics. As a result, we had many spirited discussions in our lunchroom. Al will always be remembered fondly by his courthouse family as a true gentleman. It was not surprising in the least to see the big turnout from the courthouse staff, Crown attorneys etc. when Al retired. If I can find a poem that was written as a tribute from that occasion, I will send it to you. I recall that Al was particularly delighted to receive a bottle of sparkling wine selected specifically for him by his colleagues called "Handsome Brut". May he rest in peace with that beautiful smile of his.
Saturday September 26, 2020
Condolence From: Sherrie and Al Cooper
Condolence: Dearest Donna and Family ,
We are so sorry to hear of your very sad loss of your beloved Al.
We enjoyed your company so much over the years and you were so kind thoughtful and educational to us in all respects. Please email me and stay in touch and eventually we shall meet again. Here is to all those Judicial conferences we were able to socialize with you both . My fondest memory of your Al was the love and respect he always showered you with . It was always so beautiful to witness his concern and love for you . Love Sherrie and Alan Cooper
Saturday September 26, 2020
Condolence From: Joe and Jaimee Longo
Condolence: Donna, Tony, Catherine, and Anthony: Our sincerest condolences on Al's passing. We were so lucky, and we are so grateful, to have such a wonderful cousin. While he is gone, he will live on in spirit for us with all the great memories he provided us over the years. You are in our prayers.

In memory of our beloved Al,
Joe & Jaimee Longo
Saturday September 26, 2020
Condolence From: Anthony Cozzi
Condolence: I was very sad to hear of Al's passing.

I have many great memories of him through family events and sports.

I'm happy to have been fortunate enough to get to know him and his genuine kindness towards everyone. He will be greatly missed.

Please accept my sincere condolences and I am thinking of Al and his wonderful family through this difficult time.
Saturday September 26, 2020
Condolence From: Sandra Lowe
Condolence: Dearest Donna, Tony, CC and Anthony

When there is sadness in a well loved family, there is sadness in us all. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Saturday September 26, 2020
Condolence From: Jonathan Marotta
Condolence: One of my favourite memories of Al was on our trip to Jamaica when we were kids. There was a roaming steel drum band playing at the resort and to hear Al sing along to Yellow Bird at the top of his lungs from his balcony was such a great example of his zest for life. His impact on the world was clear. If his funeral wasn’t on Zoom, there would be no way to have a church big enough to hold the people whose lives he affected.
Saturday September 26, 2020
Condolence From: Tony Lopez
Condolence: Donna, Tony and CC
MY heart is with you peace be with you

Uncle Tony
Saturday September 26, 2020
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