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Born: Feb 02, 1916
Date of Passing: Aug 12, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
February 2, 1916 - August 12, 2019
David was born in Winnipeg on February 2, 1916, the son of Vitcha (Kesselman) and Kalman Pollock who arrived in Winnipeg from Kiev in 1913. He had four siblings, Tanny, Morris, Sam (Buddy) and Rose. In 1941 he married Sylvia Rayman, his wife of 52 years, with whom he had three children, Melanie, Scarlet and Daryl.
David attended Lord Selkirk, Aberdeen and St. John's High School where he was an accomplished athlete. He obtained his electrician's license in 1936 and during the Second World War worked installing generators at the Welland Canal. After returning to Winnipeg, he became a well-known restauranteur, beginning with the Rickshaw Restaurant. Subsequently, he established the Holiday Restaurant in the Dayton Building on Portage Avenue, and then the famous Beefeater Restaurant at Osborne Square which ran from the late 1960s to the 1990s. David was also the founder of the Golden Door Geriatric Centre on Pembina Highway which increasingly became his major interest. After more than five decades, it still operates today as one of Winnipeg's finest long-term care facilities.
After Sylvia's death in 1993 David married Ruth Kaplan of Palm Springs, California, where they resided for half the year. There, in 2016, he celebrated his 100th birthday at a large party where his remarkable vibrancy was evident in his speech on that occasion and his turns on the dance floor.
In addition to Ruth, David leaves to mourn his daughters, Melanie Panitch and Scarlet Pollock, and son Daryl Pollock, his son-in-law Leo Panitch and daughter-in-law Wendy (Wyatt) Pollock. He also leaves his grandchildren, Maxim and Vida, Simcha and Pendle, Zachary, Joshua Wyatt and Isabella, his great-grandchildren, Ellen and Dean, and many nieces and nephews, as well as Ruth's own family.
The family wants especially to thank Sonia Baladad, Kelly Barnert-Loewen and Mira Djokic for their loving care and respect, making it possible for David to see out his life at his home in Winnipeg.
Funeral services will be held at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, 561 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg, Thursday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Donations in David Pollock's honour can be made to the Friends of Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 14, 2019, Aug 15, 2019
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
David was an extraordinary man who led an amazing life. When we knew him, he was already in his 90s, but he was fun-loving, had great stories, an impish sense of humor, an ability to knock out the tastiest of meals, and an altogether charming personality. His athleticism was evident when he took up the sport of croquet in California. When he was your partner in a tournament, you weren’t guaranteed a win, but you were always guaranteed a fun time. His 100th birthday party was a festive occasion which his many friends and family thoroughly enjoyed. He loved everything, including teasing his wife, Ruth. His eyes always twinkled when he did that. We feel privileged to have known him. - Posted by: Jean & Richard Engebretson (Friend) on: Aug 19, 2019
So sorry to read of Mr. Pollock’s passing. A wonderful and inspirational man. - Posted by: Donna Sesak (Former employee) on: Aug 15, 2019
We extend most sincere condolences to our dear friends Melanie, Leo, Vida, and Maxim and all the other loving family members on the passing of David. We had the great pleasure of coming to know David and Sylvia when we were guests at the table of Melanie and Leo during one of their visits to Toronto. Some years later we had the honour and pleasure of visiting them in their home when, using the excuse of attendance at an academic conference, we visited Winnipeg, toured the old Jewish neighbourhood with Leo and ate delicious steak prepared, of course, by David himself. A wonderful man and the most warm and gracious of hosts. - Posted by: Judy and Steve Hellman (Friends) on: Aug 14, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to the Pollock family on the recent loss of your husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. My late mother-inlaw Bessie (Shuster) Weinstein was a cousin of the Rayman family. May his memory be for a blessing. Sadly, Esther Weinstein in B.C. - Posted by: Esther Weinstein (Cousin) on: Aug 14, 2019
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