A Database of the Dead

these are the people who have died and we alone have survived to say that these are the people who have died

Below, you will find a database of the dead. In it, you are invited to anonymously enter the names of anyone who has died. Each name entered into the database will be inscribed into a scroll which will be read from on the night of Grief. For your convenience, we have prepared an FAQ which we hope will help better acquaint you with this Database of the Dead, and answer any questions you may have.

Please note that once a name has been submitted, you will not be able to edit it. If a change is necessary, click revision, and we will do our best to assist you.

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  • First and last name.
  • If the name of the dead is commonly pronounced incorrectly by native English speakers, please help us say the name as it is intended to be heard. You can consult nameshouts.com (opens in a new tab) to assist you in writing the name phonetically.
  • This section is an opportunity to share memories about the dead, but is also intended to help visitors avoid entering names of the dead that have already been entered. For this reason, please try to describe the most characteristic attributes about the dead—family members, life accomplishments, physical descriptions, and activities for which the dead were best known when they were alive… These are the things most likely to help other visitors navigate the database. And once again, we ask that you please search the database before entering a name. Thank you.
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Eyad Elhalak ‘Eiyad el halak He just only a child
Lalika and Árpika LA-li-kah and AR-pi-kah c. 1935 - c. 1970
Lalika and Árpika were both born in Andód, (today Slovakia) and died in Bruno, (today the Czech Republic). They were half-brothers of my...
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Lalika and Árpika were both born in Andód, (today Slovakia) and died in Bruno, (today the Czech Republic). They were half-brothers of my mother. They died young.

Based on my recollections of my mother’s description, they had strong love for each other and a desire to take care of and pay attention to each other. My mother hoped they could understand each other's worries and joys so that they could support each other when needed—to accept love from each other in oder to grow.
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Ferenc Czuczor Jr. FER-entz TSOO-tsor 1957 - 1987
Ferenc Czuczor Jr., Born and died in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He was my cousin; always cheerful and light-hearted. Unfortunately, he didn’t...
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Ferenc Czuczor Jr., Born and died in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He was my cousin; always cheerful and light-hearted. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the chance to have more of life, he died young.
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Ferenc Czuczor FER-entz TSOO-tsor 1929 - 1990
Ferenc Czuczor is my mother's brother. Born in Andód, Slovakia died in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He was a big, strong, and cheerful man. He...
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Ferenc Czuczor is my mother's brother. Born in Andód, Slovakia died in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He was a big, strong, and cheerful man. He protected and loved his family; we felt safe around him.
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Lajos Éliás LAH-yosh AIL-ee-ash 1885 - 1977
Lajos Elias is my grandfather. Born and died in Andód. He could not give love and take responsibility.
Sándor Erdős SHAN-door ER-doosh 1921 - 1981
Sándor Erdős is my father. Born in Polgár died in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. I was his only child, he wasn’t part of my life, he didn’t...
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Sándor Erdős is my father. Born in Polgár died in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. I was his only child, he wasn’t part of my life, he didn’t know how to. He didn’t learn how to love or how to take care of me. He didn't learn how to take responsibility for his actions in his life.
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Julianna Czuczor (Mamika) YOO-lee-ah-nah TSOO-tsor 1890 - 1976
We called her “Mamika,” my grandmother, my daughters' great-grandmother, my mother’s sweet mother. She was born in the town of Andód...
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We called her “Mamika,” my grandmother, my daughters' great-grandmother, my mother’s sweet mother. She was born in the town of Andód (today Slovakia) and died in 1976 in Nyíregyháza (today Hungary).

Mamika is the widow of Ferenc Kucsera, a loving husband who died in the First World War.

She raised 5 children alone, she lovingly took care of them. Mamika cultivated her land, but after it was taken away she washed the clothes of others so that she could feed her children. She was hurt a lot, she was sad a lot, she worked a lot, she did what she had to do.
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Maria De Santis Last name is “Day Sahntees” Vibrant, lively, energetic, fun.
Raya Rider Raya: romeo-alpha (inflection here)-yankee; Rider: r-EE-der 1922 - 2019
Wise, witty, caring, independent, accomplished, a talented doctor
Paul Baker 1946 - 2001
Professor, writer, an opera lover
Jan Smulovitz Yawn Smulovitz 1943 - 2012
Doctor, father, teller of meandering tales full of unimportant “facts”, unendingly generous and faithful.
Margarita Isakov 1971 - 2019
Educator, animal lover, vegan, a fireball of energy, a fierce friend
Inna Rybak Inna: India (inflection here)-nancy-nancy-alpha; Rybak: romeo-ə (inflection here)-bravo-alpha-kilo 1907 - 1991
Master of Economics, hardworking single mother of two boys, kind, caring, a hero
Sara Rabinovitch SAra RabinOvitch 1921 - 2012
Master of Science, Chief Electrical Engineer, mother and grandmother, a fantastic gardener
Assir Rabinovitch Assir: Alpha-Sierra-Sierra-India(inflection here)-Romeo; RabinOvitch 1921 - 2017
Doctor of Science, Professor, father and grandfather, scientist and inventor
Christopher Emerson Day 1976 - 2010
He was brilliant, witty, curious, caring, and he loved to make people laugh. He was the best
Nageiya Takla nageiya she raised me and filled my head with stories.
Fred Omstead Last name: Ohm-sted 2004
Wonderful dancer, cook and creative soul, lost to this world far too young and missed acutely by all who knew him.
evan miles traditionally 2019
my quietest and kindest friend, who looked after everyone.
Irwin Zilberat
My step grandfather, though I never thought of him that way. He was always zaida to me. He survived Auschwitz and organized textile unions...
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My step grandfather, though I never thought of him that way. He was always zaida to me. He survived Auschwitz and organized textile unions in Toronto. They say he was an expert at sewing pockets onto garments. He spoke a number of languages, and would give me spelling tests from words he took arbitrarily from the newspaper. They were presumably words he thought I ought to know. (I wonder some days if I still know them.) He bought me my first notebook and encouraged me to be a writer. He taught me how to cook scrambled eggs, take the bus, and address an envelope. He was kind, and patient, and smart, and deep. He liked Murphy Brown and runway fashion shows. He always saved the comics section of the newspaper for me, and he helped me to become a great dominoes player.
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George Floyd 1976 - 2020
A 46-year-old native of Houston, Texas, brutally murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin. George attended Yates High School as a...
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A 46-year-old native of Houston, Texas, brutally murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin. George attended Yates High School as a multi-sport athlete and graduated in 1993. He was a rapper associated with the Houston-based hip hop group Screwed Up Click and freestyled under the alias "Big Floyd" on mixtapes released by DJ Screw. He was the father of two daughters, aged 6 and 22. May his death not be for naught, and may the anger and resistance incited by his murder change our world for the better, and put an end to racism and police brutality forevermore.
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Victor McCorry 1932 - 2014
Great musician, teacher and friend. Noble heart and wicked sense of humour. Still missed
Douglas Kendrick 1927 - 2008
Son, Husband, Father, Grandfather. Loved deeply by all. Missed everyday. Great stories, great laughs, wonderful hugs. Steadfast, dependable,...
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Son, Husband, Father, Grandfather. Loved deeply by all. Missed everyday. Great stories, great laughs, wonderful hugs. Steadfast, dependable, loyal.
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Jeffery Beamish 1980 - 2018
You left behind the most beautiful little boy the world has ever seen, and we are all doing everything in our power to raise him right in...
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You left behind the most beautiful little boy the world has ever seen, and we are all doing everything in our power to raise him right in your honour. He is funny and charming and intense, and he has a great memory for people's names, even long ones. He looks like you in the eyes, and he has a great sense of humour. You would be very proud. We're going to help him become a strong and loving man. We promise.
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Andrzej Sznajfus Andrshej shhnayfoos 1939 - 2020
He was the best man in my life and the most incredible grandfather I could have imagined.
Kevin McGlade 2000
Father, husband, brother.

An absolute legend who loved beer, the blues, and travelling the world. Though I was too young to...
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Father, husband, brother.

An absolute legend who loved beer, the blues, and travelling the world. Though I was too young to remember him his spirit and legacy continue to inform my life.
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Rick Armstrong 1954 - 2018
Rick was known for making a lot of inappropriate jokes and listening to his music very loud in the early hours of the morning while his...
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Rick was known for making a lot of inappropriate jokes and listening to his music very loud in the early hours of the morning while his whole family was trying to sleep. He had a very big heart and saw the glimmer of magic in nature.
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Nikolija Jaksic Nikol-e-ya Jack-sik 1951 - 2019
My humble mom that just wanted everyone to be happy.
Patricia Howard 1938 - 2013
Professor of English at Innis College, University of Toronto and foremost authority on the works of Samuel Becket. Patricia was also an...
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Professor of English at Innis College, University of Toronto and foremost authority on the works of Samuel Becket. Patricia was also an avid and talented watercolour painter.
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Fay Clark 1921 - 2001
Mother of Moira and Brenda. Born in Marseilles, supposedly, lived in Alexandria, Egypt from 1923 to 1946. Moved to Canada in 1947, died in...
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Mother of Moira and Brenda. Born in Marseilles, supposedly, lived in Alexandria, Egypt from 1923 to 1946. Moved to Canada in 1947, died in 2001.
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