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Born: Apr 15, 1929

Date of Passing: Jul 24, 2019

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April 15, 1929 - July 24, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Kaplan at the age of 90 at Riverview Health Centre on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
He will be missed by his wife Leah, sons, Leonard and Alan (Janice) and daughter Susan (Neil), grandchildren, Blair and Shayne, Alana, Matthew and Yaffa, Shaun, Paige and Ayla. Jack is predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Sonia and siblings, Sam, Arthur, Julius, Lilly and Esther.
Jack grew up in Winnipeg's north end in a large and loving family. Jack was the youngest and often helped his parents in their grocery store. Jack attended St. Johns High School where he played football and other sports and performed in the operettas. Though too young to serve in the Second World War, he joined the air cadets as a youth and later was a member of the Canadian military reserve as an officer.
After high school he earned his Education degree at Bemidji Teacher's College then heading to Minnesota State University in Minneapolis to complete a Masters in Physical Education degree.
Jack was the first teacher in Manitoba to attain a Masters in Physical Education. He dedicated his life to fitness and health education, teaching hundreds of students throughout his career at David Thompson, Elmwood and Glenlawn. He was then hired by Red River College where he developed the physical education program and taught there for 22 years until his retirement. He coached many sports over the years and was a builder of the Manitoba Badminton Association, coaching and training athletes and umpires. He was an International Badminton Umpire and umpired competitions in Canada and locally well into his 80s. Jack was instrumental in growing Trampolining as a sport, coaching and taking teams to competitions in the US and Canada. He volunteered at both Pan Am games.
Jack loved jogging, reading, painting, gardening, golf, making bread, yogurt and wine and doing Sudoku puzzles. After retiring he became a regular participant at Shabbat services at the Etz Chayim Synagogue. Jack loved photography and was an active member of the Manitoba Camera Club. He loved taking pictures of family, sports, nature as well as documenting the many trips that he and Leah took over the years. He spent hours in his darkroom developing his own pictures and often entered them in contests.
Jack met the love of his life, Leah Fisher on a blind date and after a short time dating, they were married on July 7, 1954. It was the wedding of the year we have been told! Their family grew with the birth of Leonard, Susan and Alan. Jack was a wonderful hands-on Dad taking his kids to many activities such as family swim at the YMHA and to the library every week. He would take them to Red River College to play in the gym, on the trampoline and try archery. As a teacher, Jack had his summers off allowing the family to travel in their station wagon, camping across North America. Leah and Jack loved travelling and took many trips to the USA, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Italy and China. They especially loved cruising the Caribbean. They were wonderful partners in life and great role models for their children and grandchildren. Jack and Leah celebrated 65 years of love on July 7, 2019.
Jack was a fun Zaida who loved spending time with his grandchildren. He loved all his family and friends unconditionally and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
The family would like to thank Dr. Sheldon Permack and staff for their care and support, as well as the doctors, nurses and staff of E3 at Riverview Health Centre who provided such compassionate care over the seven weeks he was there.
The funeral was held on July 26 at Hebrew Sick Benefit Cemetery.
If desired, donations in Jack's name can be made to Riverview Health Centre, Etz Chayim Synagogue or a charity of your choice.
Publish Date: Aug 3, 2019


We sadly announce the passing of Jack Kaplan at Riverview Health Centre on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 26, 11:00 a.m. graveside at the Hebrew Sick Cemetery, 2605 McPhillips St.
Obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Jul 26, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 26, 2019, Aug 03, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I was deeply saddened when I heard of “Coach Kaplan’s” passing. I often thought of him. Today, Apr. 30/22, I happened to be at Winnipeg Winter Club Pro Shop and brought up his name and was told the news. I was one of his badminton students when i attended Red River Community College in the mid 80s. I had alot of respect for “Coach” … besides regular practice times, he always made time for “extra” practices for me. He always had lots of words of wisdom for his students. He was somewhat like a “father figure” to me and often offered me a ride home, as it was along his way home. I know he was always worried about me getting home safe late at night on a bus, and knowing i was a female. I recall him talking about his family and his photography, which was no surprise to read about. Thank you “Coach” for giving me the love of badminton, to which day, I still enjoy and play in rec clubs. You have left quite a legacy for all those lives that you have touched! — Effie - Posted by: Effie Monson (Student from Red River Community College) on: Apr 30, 2022

  • Our first cousin Jack was raised in Winnipeg. His parents had six children and Jack was the youngest. His mother was my mother Eva's sister Sonia, and his father was my Uncle Rachmil. His parents owned a grocery store and the children often worked there tending to customers. Jack studied to be a teacher and eventually not only taught young students, but also trained other teachers. He was very popular and well-liked by everyone. Jack married Leah and they had a very loving relationship. They had a daughter, Susan, and sons, Leonard and Alan. Jack and Leah loved to come to Chicago to visit our family there. They stayed with us in our house, and we spent our time attending concerts, plays, and museums, as well as visiting other relatives and friends. Jack and Leah were wonderful companions and we miss their company very much. Love, Cousin Lillian (Lakie) Nach - Posted by: Lillian Nach (First Cousin) on: Aug 27, 2019

  • My sincerest condolences Leah, Leonard, Susan and Alan on Jack's passing. - Posted by: Nathen Gabriel (Billy Olin) (Cousin) on: Jul 26, 2019

  • I remember Jack when we both taught at Red River years ago as full of vitality, and always encouraging his students and supporting them as they developed their physical skills and their positive approach to life and working as team members. He was constantly seeking ways to build their character as they learned academically. A powerful combination and one that was respected and valued by colleagues and students alike. Sharing time at the Manitoba Camera Club was another opportunity to learn together. You will be missed Jack. Condolences to your family and may they enjoy the legacy you leave for them. - Posted by: Lila Larson (Former colleague from time together at Red River College and The Manitoba Camera Club) on: Jul 26, 2019

  • I have clear memories of Mr. Kaplan, as a child when I was visiting my grandparents. I would see him jogging past my grandparents home. Jogging long before that ever became a thing. I remember playing with his kids and also that Mr. and Mrs. Kaplan were always gracious, kind and respectful to all of us in spite of the family dramas that resided at 42 Macklin. A live well lived. Deborah - Posted by: Deborah Eaton-Kent (Granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Halibchuck, neighbours) on: Jul 26, 2019

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