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HARRY ZITZERMAN On June 20, 2012 at the Simkin Centre, Harry passed away peacefully in his 105th year. Just two weeks shy of his 106th birthday. He was predeceased by his loving wife Minnie (Manya) and is dearly missed by his beloved son Saul (Shelly), his niece Janice Dietch, his grandchildren Mira Bedder and David Zitzerman (and David's wife Karen Friedman) of Toronto, and his great-grandchildren, Erin, Leah, Daniel, Matthew and Hannah. Born in Brichan, Romania, Harry immigrated to Canada in 1927 and married in 1934. He worked for many years as a fur cutter, over 40 years with J.H. Hecht Son Ltd. He was a Graduate of a Gymnasia specializing in Russian History and from the Baruyishiva as a Talmudic Scholar. He regularly attended Shul and became a close friend of Rabbi Peretz Weizman, who called Harry a true Renaissance Man with deep moral convictions. For many years he was the treasurer of his Bnai Brith Lodge and for over 60 years remained a canvasser for The United Jewish Appeal. He lived independently at the Be'it Am until age 104 and was a terrific cook of traditional Jewish recipes taught to him by his wife. In his later 15 or more years he befriended hs next door neighbour Dr. Phil Goldstein (Z.L) with whom he shared many delicacies and and serious discussions of politics, religion and current events. Following Dr. Phil's passing he became endeared to Dr. Phil's daughter Evenlyn Schafter who he considered his daughter. He was very despondent over the loss of his son Shelly's wife Zelma whom he considered his own daughter. When asked about his longevity, he said it was three factors: eating right, having a sense of humour, and running, not walking when the Cossaks entered the village. His father Bentzin, was the Medical Doctor in the area to whom a statue was erected. His mother Rachel was killed at Auschwitz in 1942 as was his brother Usher. His brothers Phillip and Louis predeceased him in New York as did his sisters Nadia and Freidl in Brichan. Graveside services were held at Rosh Pina Memorial Park with Rabbi Lander officiating. Pallbearers were: David Zitzerman, Sheldon Altman, William Marantz, Martin Buchwald, Jeffrey Buchwald, and Richard Buchwald. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to his son at 210-321 Chaplin Cres., Toronto, ON M5P 1B2. Everyone should be blessed with Harry's longevity and sprit.
Publish Date: Jul 7, 2012
HARRY ZITZERMAN Harry Zitzerman passed away peacefully at the Simkin Centre on June 20, 2012. In two weeks, he would have been 106 years old. Graveside services will be held on Sunday, June 24 at Rosh Pina Memorial Park at 10:00 a.m. He was predeceased by his wife Minnie (Manya). He is survived by his son Saul (Shelley). Longer obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Jun 22, 2012
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 07, 2012