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HARRY GARFINKEL
1923 -2021


Harry passed away peacefully at home. He was almost 99 years old.
He was predeceased by his wife, Bella, the love of his life throughout their 57 year marriage, by his parents, Doba and Louis, and his siblings, Esther Leven (Dave), Simcha (Tzipi), Adele Baker (Sidney), and Baruch. Harry is survived by his children, Sandra (Joe), Rochelle (Kevin), and Elliott (Nikki), and grandchildren, Jeremy (Andrea), Isadora, Mikaela, Simon, Avery, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Harry was born in Winnipeg and cherished his memories of the North End. He attended St. John's Tech, and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc/Pharmacy degree. Over his 35 year career, he owned Dominion Drugs and Lipton Pharmacy, where he created a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The soda fountain lunch counter became a community meeting place.
Harry met Bella on a blind date and he always said that his life began when he met Bella. Their lives were blessed with family and friends, many holiday celebrations and dinners. To his children and grandchildren, Harry was a dispenser of knowledge and family history; he was an advisor, an intellectual and his opinion was respected. He derived great pleasure from the accomplishments and activities of his grandchildren.
Harry was deeply committed to his Jewish roots and to the Talmud Torah Synagogue. He was equally committed to fitness and healthy living. He worked out in his home gym daily, and enjoyed golf, curling, baseball and lawn bowling.
Harry was a loving and true-life partner to Bella throughout their life and during her illness. Following her passing, he continued to lead a full and productive life. He was engaging, vital, and had an impeccable memory. He was always inquisitive, thoughtful, and up for a thorough debate or discussion. He read the Winnipeg Free Press and The Globe and Mail cover to cover daily. He also enjoyed fiction and non-fiction books.
With the devotion of his caregivers and Dr. Cynthia Sawatsky, he was able to live vibrantly and independently in the home that he loved until he passed.
Donations in Harry's memory may be made to the Bella and Harry Garfinkel Memorial Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (204-477-7525).

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 08, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I'm so sorry to hear about the passing Mr Garfinkel. I worked at Dominion Drugs in the mid 60s, my first job as a delivery Boy at 12 years old. I remember Harry Garfinkel as kind and understanding man, to all the employees and customers. I still go to the same building for my eye exams. Every time I'm in there always think about when I worked there and Harry in his white coat behind the counter filling prescriptions and taking to customers on first name basis. Condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Don D. (Worked at Dominion Drugs ) on: Jan 11, 2022

  • As a young girl in the ‘50’s I loved going to Dominion Drugs. My neighbour would sometimes give my friend and me a dime to buy an ice cream cone. What a special treat to walk to Dominion Drugs and buy our cones. It was there where my mom and I would go at the start of school and buy my Hilroy note books and other school supplies. My brother worked for Mr. Garfinkle as a delivery boy. He was such a gentle kind man. I have thought of him often over the years. His memory is a blessing to me. - Posted by: Judith (Crease) Whitmore (Dominion Drugs Customer) on: Jan 09, 2022

  • I feel honoured to have known Mr Garfinkel in his last years. His zest for life and commitment to staying physically and mentally active (and fiercely independent!) was inspiring and admirable. I Will remember him as a witty, intelligent and gentle man. My uncle (who lived in Dominion as a boy) just read the obituary and recalls going to his pharmacy as a boy to buy treats. His mother would converse with Harry —she would speak low German and he Yiddish! The family has fond memories of him as their local pharmacist. Our condolences to all the children and grandchildren he cherished. - Posted by: Cynthia Sawatzky (Family doctor) on: Jan 08, 2022

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