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LEN WEINBERG

Date of Passing: Sep 24, 2018

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LEN WEINBERG It is with a great deal of sadness and sorrow that our family announces the passing of Len Weinberg on Monday, September 24, 2018. Len fought heroically through the past 18 months to overcome several serious medical issues including two major surgeries and a heart attack which no one, including his surgeon, thought he would survive. As was so often the case with Len, he surprised everyone. He soldiered on and regained a foothold on life giving us all a few more precious months with him in our lives. In the end however his body could not withstand all that had occurred, and he died peacefully at the hospital with his eldest son Lloyd at his side. Len is survived by his children, Lloyd, Garry (Asha) and Shoshana (Jack). Len is survived as well by his wife Addie and his step-sons, Doug Jason and Todd Jason, and his beloved grandchildren, Hannah, Myer, Jacob, Maya, Amit and Briana. Len practiced law for more than 50 years, having graduated from the U of M in 1960. Following his call to the bar, he spent the early part of his career under the tutelage of the esteemed Harry Walsh and Archie Micay. He was a senior partner at a number of firms including McJanet Rich and of course at Myers Weinberg LLP for over 25 years. At the time of his death, Len had moved his practice to the firm of D'arcy & Deacon LLP where he worked in the capacity of Senior Counsel. Over the length of his career, Len (one of the most easily bored people who was always looking for a new challenge) dabbled in most every area of law. This included criminal, real estate, domestic and civil litigation law in his early years to the areas of practice where he really made his mark involving corporate/commercial law, franchising and related trade-mark and copyright matters. Len was a lateral thinker, and his ability to think outside the box to find unique and innovative solutions to complex issues that invariably arise in the business world was one of his greatest assets. Of the many accolades he has received during his career, including being appointed Queen's Counsel in 1981 for his work in both the legal community and the community at large, Len was most proud of being known in the community as a "lawyer's lawyer". The profession can bestow no greater honour to one of its own. Of course Len's life was a lot more than just a distinguished legal career - he was also a father, a grandfather, a husband, an uncle and a friend to all. He cherished family time at the cottage at West Hawk Lake and provided a loving, welcoming and well fed environment to all who came there and to his home in town. He loved learning and always had a new book in hand. He was a product of the north end Jewish community having attended St. John's High School where he made lifelong friendships that survived to the end. He was loved and cherished and will be sorely missed by so many. We will miss him very very much. Len's funeral was held at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on Thursday, September 27, 2018 and he is interred amongst family at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. The family would like to thank Rabbi Matthew Leibl for the time he spent with our family and for the lovely eulogy he delivered. Pallbearers were Len's sons, Lloyd Weinberg and Garry Weinberg, nephews, Elliott Richman and Earl Raber and cousins, David Perlov and Danny Globerman. Honorary Pallbearers included Jack Andress, Doug Jason, Todd Jason, Alex Richman, Vincent Richman, David Eisenstat, Paul Henteleff, Yude Hentelleff, Joel Dudeck, Frank Short, Don Bass and Morris Raizen.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 13, 2018

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Beautiful tribute to a great great man, Addie. Our condolences to all of your family. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you always. Love Darren, Betti Ann, Johnathon and Jamie. - Posted by: Darren Lucas (Friend of Len Weinberg and Addie Jason) on: Nov 26, 2018

  • Len was a wonderful man. - Posted by: David Pearlman (Friend) on: Oct 30, 2018

  • When Len was at Myers Weinberg LLP, I worked with him as a student and junior associate. He was always so kind and friendly, and shared some of the wisdom he'd gained in his many years of practice. I really appreciated that he made the time and effort to be so welcoming to me. Whenever I saw Len in the skywalk passing by buskers or people asking for change, I noticed that he always stopped to say hello and give a few coins. I think this says a lot about the kind of person he was. It was an honour to know Len. To his family and friends - I'm so very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Katie Haig-Anderson (Former Colleague) on: Oct 15, 2018

  • Addie is my Great Aunt. Also, Mr. Weinberg’s daughter Shoshana and I went to school together and was such a great friend. I am so very sorry for all of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. - Posted by: Tamara Speirs (Addie is my Great Aunt) on: Oct 14, 2018

  • My condolences to you Addie. I felt very awkward indeed when I first began to practise law at McJannet Rich, having being part of the group who had merged with McJannet Rich from the firm McDonald Murray. It had not been easy to start my practice all over again after I left another lawyer's lawyer, D'Arcy McCaffrey. Q.C. and of the same vintage as Len Weinberg. They both articled for the legendary Harry Walsh, Q.C. You helped me a great deal. I shall always be grateful for that. Having my son Rory in 1993 as a single parent was a challenge. He is now 25 and the light of my life, but his father proved to be a financial burden and a source of embarrassment to me. I had been a step parent to D'Arcy's five children,being a step parent is not an easy role. I always remember the excellence of your work, Addie, and your kindness to me as another woman. You were the best partner Len could have had in this journey of life. Always will recall the very witty poem you wrote when the Mc Jannet Rich firm broke into many pieces. I still have that poem, and yes, it was my call to the Ontario bar that made it possible for me to continue supporting myself. Shelley G.Mitchell - Posted by: Shelley G.Mitchell (fellow lawyer and friend of Addie Jason ) on: Oct 13, 2018

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