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MAX LABOVITCH It is with great sadness, the family of Max Labovitch mourn his passing on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the St. Boniface Hospital, four days before his 94th birthday. Max was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Loretta (Gold), brothers Lou and Jack, and sisters Ethel and Rebecca. He is survived by children, Valerie Lowenstein (Arnie) of Boston and Harriet Breslauer (Richard) of Calgary, as well as grandchildren Jeremy, Daniel, Steven (Alyssa) and Kelly. He is also survived by his brother Irvin. Max was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on January 18, 1924. He attended the Peretz School and Isaac Newton High School in Winnipeg. Max began skating and playing hockey at the age of seven, a passion that would be with him his whole life. In 1941, at the age of 17, Max began his professional hockey career with the New Haven Eagles of the American Hockey League before joining the New York Rangers in 1943. Max became the first Jewish Canadian-born player in the NHL. Max played professional hockey until 1954 for the New York Rovers, the Los Angeles Ramblers and the Toledo Mercury's of the IHL where he was captain and won the MVP. Max continued to play hockey for many years with the Manitoba oldtimers. His love for hockey continued till very late in life including in-line skating until the age of 83. He was an avid golfer and was the club champion at the Bakersfield Country Club in California as well as years later at the Bel Acres Country Club in Winnipeg. Max was a proud father and grandfather taking particular pride in the accomplishments of his four grandchildren. He was an active member of the YMHA, Brandeis Club and B'nai B'rith. This past year, he was honoured by the Rady Jewish Community Centre for his achievements in hockey and sports. The funeral took place at the Etz Chayim Synagogue in Winnipeg on January 16, with burial at the Hebrew Sick Cemetery. Pallbearers included grandsons Jeremy and Daniel Lowenstein, Steven Breslauer, sons-in-law Arnie Lowenstein and Richard Breslauer and Lanny Jacob. Honorary pallbearers included brother Irvin Labovitch, Al Greenberg, Billy Brownstone, Manley Rusen, Frank Lavitt, Jack Nepon, Wayne Hadad, and Kroft Henrick. Many thanks to his caregivers from Medox and in particular Joanne, Golda, Sid, Tom, Ed and Victor. Thank you to Dr. J. Rabson, Dr. J. Nayak and Dr. P. Czaykowski. A special thank you to Sandy Slonosky. And finally, a special thank you to his good friend Lydia for her caring and concern. Donations can be made to the Rady Jewish Community Centre in Winnipeg to the Max Labovitch scholarship fund, 123 Doncaster St., Winnipeg, MB R3N 2B3 (204-477-7510).
Publish Date: Jan 27, 2018
MAX LABOVITCH Max Labovitch, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on January 14, 2018, at the age of 93. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 1:30 p.m., Congregation Etz Chayim, 123 Matheson Avenue East, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 0C3.
Publish Date: Jan 16, 2018
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 27, 2018
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
I am so sorry to hear of Max's passing. I never had the chance to meet him personally, but corresponded with him on many occasions for information about Jewish hockey and his time in the NHL, and he was always very generous and very candid with his responses. I have several photos - including a terrific team photo with the New York Rovers. Please accept my condolences — may Max's memory always be a blessing. Irv Osterer Ottawa, ON - Posted by: Irv Osterer (Hockey Historian) on: Jan 28, 2018
Harriet, so very sorry to see you lost your father. My sympathies are with you and Rich. May the memories of your father carry you through this time of mourning. Laura and Jim Richardson - Posted by: Laura Richardson (Old nursing friend from Victoria Hospital) on: Jan 28, 2018
On behalf of my father Ted Cade,mother Pat Cade, and our entire family we send our condolenceses on the passing of Max. My father knew Max for 60 years and I knew him for 35. We played golf and shared stories. He made us laugh. He was a competitor and a gentleman. He will always be in out hearts. - Posted by: Ted Cade Jr. (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2018
MAX, MAX, MAX -- OR AS I CALLED HIM "" MAX A MILLION LESS A COUPLE THOUSAND"". HE DEFINITELY WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CUSTOMERS WHILE I WORKED AT C.F. AS HE WAS """"THE CHILTON MAN"""" FOR MANITOBA AND SASKATCHEWAN AS WE BROUGHT THE BOOKS IN FROM THE U.S.A. AND HE WOULD TRAVEL AND SELL THEM TO VARIOUS GARAGES ETC. NEVER A TIME WAS HE NOT IN A GOOD MOOD AND ONE TIME I WAS WITH A FRIEND AT KILDONAN SWIMMING POOL AND HE WAS THERE SUN=TANNING AND WE HAD A VERY NICE CHAT. HAVE NOT SEEN HIM FOR MANY A YEAR, BUT, IT STILL TOUCHES MY HEART WITH SADNESS THAT HE HAS PASSED. TAKE CARE MAX, WILL THINK OF YOU OFTEN AND KNOW YOU ARE HAPPY NOW BEING WITH YOUR LORETTA (PLS ACCEPT MY APOLOGY IF I HAVE SPELT HER NAME WRONG) BE GOOD AND KEEP ON LAUGHING. DIANNE - Posted by: Dianne Mandryk Spry (HE WAS A CUSTOMER OF MINE AT CF) on: Jan 16, 2018
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