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Born: Jan 10, 1929

Date of Passing: Feb 17, 2018

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ARON KAPTSAN Aron passed away February 17, 2018, aged 89 years. Darin Hoffman, Funeral Director, in care of arrangements. Mosaic Funeral Chapel, 1839 Inkster Blvd. (204) 275-5555 -
Publish Date: Mar 7, 2018

ARON KAPTSAN Aron Kaptsan passed away peacefully, on February 17, 2018 in Winnipeg, after a brief illness. Aron is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sima and Stephen Chapman, his granddaughter and her husband, Jessica and Grant Morgan, and his grandson, Daniel Chapman. He was predeceased by his parents Pinchas and Tamara, and his brothers and sisters Faina, David, Sara and Ester. Aron was born in Odessa, Ukraine on January 10, 1929. During his childhood he showed tremendous talent in math and science. During the war, his family was evacuated to Siberia where he remained until the war's end. He enrolled in university where he studied Engineering and eventually became a Civil Engineer. He and his wife Nelli relocated to Liepia, Latvia where he led many projects to enhance the part facilities. In 1982, Aron and his family relocated to Canada to start a new life. He passed all required examinations and found work with Winfield Construction as a project manager. Upon his retirement, Aron pursued his life-long passion for Chess and travelled across Canada and the United States participating in many tournaments. Aron loved walking in Assiniboia Park. His open and friendly manner endeared him to many with whom he came into contact. Aron was devoted to his grandchildren and a highlight of his later years was attending and walking down the aisle of his granddaughter's wedding The family wishes to thank the staff at Maples Personal Care Home for their kindness to Aron. At Aron's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Those who wish to do so may make a contribution to the Jewish charity of their choice.
Publish Date: Mar 3, 2018

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 07, 2018

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I met Aron in the early 1990s, at the Cornish library (dungeon), when I was about 7 years old. I was fortunate to grow up playing in tournaments with Aron, learning much from him. He always had things to tell me about my games, and how to improve. Upon arriving at a tournament, he was always the first person I sought out. As a junior, he once gave me grief at a National tournament hosted in Winnipeg because I was wandering around instead of sitting at the board focusing. (He was right! I was being impertinent...fortunately I ended up winning the game - likely because of his influence). Once I asked Aron to teach me Russian...I think his response was "No...why would you want to do something [so silly]?" After a hiatus from chess, I played in an active tournament - this is probably 3-4 years ago now. It was the final round, and I lost a game to another strong player (and I was angry). Aron was visiting, but I don't think he was playing. I recall him walking over to tell me in his kind and gentle manner, "Not your best work, but good to see you playing again." I am very sorry to hear of his passing. I will deeply miss him. Joshua - Posted by: Joshua (Friend from chess) on: Mar 08, 2018

  • Dear Sima and Stephen, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. I am in Vancouver several years now, but just read of your loss online. May his memory be for a blessing. Sadly, Esther Weinstein. - Posted by: esther weinstein (friend) on: Mar 03, 2018

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