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Born: Mar 30, 1946

Date of Passing: Aug 15, 2019

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(nee COGAN)
March 30, 1946 - August 15, 2019

It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of our mother, baba, sister and aunt at the age of 73.
Mom will be missed greatly by her loving family: husband Bernie, daughter Heather (Jeff) Koplovich, daughter-in-law Lauren Tapper, brother Harvey Cogan, sisters-in-law, Nessie and Marcia Cogan and Roslind Olin, brother-in-law Peter Olin, grandchildren, Anna Aaron, Addison, Gabriel and Alyssa, nieces and nephews as well as extended family and friends.
Mom was predeceased by her parents, David and Bertha Cogan, brother Louie, and by her son Richard.
Mom was born in Fort William, (now Thunder Bay), and moved to Winnipeg to be with her brothers when she was 16. She graduated from Garden City Collegiate. She then worked at Bnai Abraham Synagogue. She met my dad shortly after and they decided to work for her father who at the time owned a clothing store on Marion Street called David's Men's Wear. A few years later the name was changed to David's His & Hers. After some tough times, they decided to close the store. Mom then stayed home for awhile to raise her family. When Richard and I were in school she decided to go back to work. She worked at the Royal Bank for many years. She enjoyed her work there and met many friends along the way. During that time, her and her brother Louie went into business together and started a property management company called C & T Holdings Ltd. They purchased properties and kept them as rentals. She loved to buy and sell properties; it was her passion. She enjoyed every aspect of the business. She also liked to travel, and she and my dad spent time in Palm Springs in the winter. It was her favourite place to go.
Mom was the most kind, considerate, loving and compassionate person. Her family was her one and only priority and she made sure we were taken care of. Mom's huge smile and positive attitude even through the most difficult times will be forever missed by all her friends and family.
The family would like to thank all the nurses and doctors that took wonderful care of her while she was in hospital. Especially a great big thank you to Dr. Allan Schaffer who was there for my mom as a doctor and a friend.
Services were held on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. Thank you to Rabbi Matthew Leibl and the staff at the synagogue.
Pallbearers were Allan Cogan, Joel Cogan, Gerald Olin, Elliot Olin, Hart Poskar and Jordan Farber.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to The Leya Tapper Memorial Fund at the Jewish Foundation, 204-477-7525.

She will be missed by all,
but her memory will live on in us forever.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • My deepest sympathy to Leya's family. I met Leya in May at the St. Boniface Hospital. My mother, Jean Kresko shared a hospital room with Leya. Although our acquaintance was short, I enjoyed Leya's wit and personality. We shared many conversations. May your memories give your family comfort at this difficult time. - Posted by: Cathy Hatch (acquaintance) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • I first met Leya when she was a high school student at Garden City Collegiate. I had recently started my career as a Hairdresser and she became a loyal customer of mine, we also formed a friendship that lasted over the years. Dear Heather and family hold the memories of your Mom and Baba close to your heart and always remember the "strong amazing" women that she was. Please accept my deepest Sympathy, may she rest in peace. - Posted by: Margaret Onufreychuk Midge (Long time friend) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • Heartfelt sympathy to all the Tapper family on the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother Leya. I met her when I attended the Bnai Abraham Synagogue when I lived in Wpg., and found her a very warm and kind person. May her memory be for a blessing! Sadly, Esther Weinstein of Vancouver. - Posted by: esther weinstein (friend) on: Aug 24, 2019

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