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Born: February 22, 1938
Date of Passing: May 28, 2006
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BARNEY SNEIDERMAN Peacefully, with his family at his bedside, Barney passed away at Riverview Health Centre on Sunday, May 28, 2006, six months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He leaves to mourn his wife of 22 years, Carla Shapiro; his three children, Miriam, Robby, and Liora (of L.A.); sister Sandy (Fred Golove) of Stamford, Connecticut. He was predeceased by his parents, Bob and Estelle Sneideman. Barney was born in New Haven Connecticut on February 22, 1938 and raised in the small town of Plainville, CT. After high school he received his B.A. from Connecticut's Trinity College, an L.L.B. from University of Connecticut Law School and went on to receive an L.L.M. with distinction from New York University. In the mid 1960's he worked as a journalist in South Africa where he made many friends and connected with his South African relatives. After a brief stint at practicing law in Connecticut, he took a job as attorney-in-residence in the Division of Community Health, Department of Psychiatry at New York Medical College where he was involved in socio-legal research and teaching in the area of drug abuse. He joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in 1969 and remained active there until illness forced him into retirement. Over the years he also taught in the Departments of criminology at U. of M. and Political Science at the University of Winnipeg Funeral services were conducted by his friend Rabbi Alan Green on Tuesday, May 30 at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue with internment following at the Rosh Pina Memorial Park. Pallbearers were his dear friends, Irwin Corobow, David Deutscher, Bryan Schwartz, and Marty Tadman; brother-in-law Jack Shapiro and nephew Jamie Globerman. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to Dr. M. Shnider, for his care over the years as well as Drs. J. Lipschitz, H. Greenberg, P. Czaykowski, P. Daeninck, H. Chochinov and F. Crow for their compassionate care during his illness; nurses at CancerCare Manitoba McCharles Unit, Tracy and Pam at SBGH and the staff at Riverview Health Centre; nurses and friends M. Corne, A. Katz, and R. Dean who provided special TLC throughout his illness; oncology pharmacist Pat Trozzo, physiotherapist Anna DiMarco, and palliative home care nurse Janice Brickey, who provided exceptional support to both Barney and Carla. We also wish to acknowledge the over-whelming support provided by our neighbours, friends, colleagues and support staff in both the faculties of law and nursing who helped us throughout this difficult journey. During Barney's illness friends came to visit from coast to coast and he enjoyed phone calls from his nephew Jason in Japan, friends in the U.S.A., Australia, France, The Netherlands and Tibet. Those wishing to honor Barney's memory may make a donation to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation or a charity of their choice.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 10, 2006

Guest Book(5 entries)

  • Barney was my uncle(my mom's older brother). Unfortunately, we didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked together. He was in Canada and very busy, and I grew up with my family in Connecticut(where Barney was born and tons of his family are from). Barney was an extremely cool guy. Did Barney ever tell his students about the time that he was arrested for J-walking? When I was a kid he would always take my brother and I down the road to the park to play baseball(he loved baseball). He used to ask us if we could guess say the second number in a serial # of a dollar or 5 dollar bill. He always gave it to us as promised if we guessed right. Here's a fun fact about Barney. He legally changed his last name from Sneideman to Sneiderman. He changed it because he was tired of correcting people. Another fun fact, he was I think left handed until he cut his left hand very badly and just never went back to the left hand. I miss my uncle, we were supposed to get together not long before he found out that he was sick. Unfortunately we never got together. He was an interesting and very loving guy. Thanks for listening. Love you and miss you uncle Barney!
    - Posted by: Dan (Nephew) on: Feb 25, 2012
  • Barney and I were classmates from 7th grade through high school graduation. We had some great times together in those years. Barney was a great student and we all knew he would do well. He was a great student of history, loved baseball and was well respected by teachers and other students. I knew his parents and his sister Sandy. I have been trying to find the complete obituary but have not been able to. If anyone had it please email me at otpm@webtv.net.
    - Posted by: Thomas Maskery (Friend) on: Jun 5, 2006
  • I was one of Barney's students. We quickly became friends outside the classroom. When Barney couldn't sleep, he would mentally go year-by-year beginning, say, 1730, figuing out what historical event took place until he fell asleep. He wore an acid wash jean jacket well into the 21st century. Now that takes guts! He once told me that his hands would have to be pried off Robson Hall before he would be forced to retire. Barney was complicated, passionate, caring, loyal and, most of all, a true original. How could anyone not love him? He will be missed.
    - Posted by: Paul McLennan (Friend) on: Jun 3, 2006
  • Barney was a character in the best sense of the word – a truly dynamic individual with a wonderful curiosity about the world that extended well beyond the law. His sharp wit, incredible breadth of knowledge and genuine desire to understand other perspectives made him a world-class academic, teacher and, best of all, friend. I will never forget our many long conversations, mostly about world history. We have lost a truly unique individual. Thankfully, he has left quite a wake - in his writing, teaching and loyal friends.
    - Posted by: Timothy Caulfield (Friend) on: May 31, 2006
  • Barney was a one of a kind law professor. He always wanted to go beyond the law, especially in matters overlapping with health and ethics. He was a riveting communicator and writer, as very evident in a recent visit to Queen's University. He lived and breathed the Latimer case and could not undesrtand why the Supreme Court were so dismissive of the big issues raised. He went out of his way to befriend those in need. He was very brave to the very end. He will be sorely missed but not forgotten.
    - Posted by: Don Stuart (Friend) on: May 31, 2006

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