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"HIM" 2008 Obituary


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HIMEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-16 published
HURWICH, Nathan O.
For seventy-three years husband to his beloved late wife Roey, (née APPLEBAUM,) son of the late Benjamin and Rachel HURWICH, friend and mentor to countless others, entrepreneur, philanthropist, tireless volunteer and fund-raiser on behalf of many charitable and community service organizations, passed away in his 99th year on Thursday, February 14, 2008. Survived by his sisters Anne HIMEL (Ben HIMEL and Jack COHEN both deceased) of Toronto and Ada WALTMAN (Harry deceased) of Washington D.C., predeceased by his brothers and sisters-in-law Reuben, Samuel (Becky), Dave (Freda) and Sydney (Dolly), he will be dearly missed by them as well as by all of his and Roey's many nieces and nephews and their offspring to the third generation. The son of parents who emigrated from Russia on the same day and met aboard ship bringing them to Canada, Nat was born in Toronto on August 11, 1909. He was raised and educated there, and as a youth attended after-public-school classes at Associated Hebrew School on Simcoe Street. While still a young man Nat established himself as an acute and successful entrepreneur, owning and operating a highly successful automotive parts outlet until the late sixties when he decided to sell it to allow him more time to do what he really wanted to do. Singularly passionate in his commitment to community and to the State of Israel, Nat made them and their institutions his life's work. And during a lifetime of philanthropy and service to community he received over one hundred honours and awards. In addition to the many Letters of Commendation, Certificates and plaques, so numerous some could not find space on his den's walls, his efforts were also publicly recognized by being chosen the guest of honour at several testimonial dinners as well as paid tribute with the bestowing upon him of an Honorary Degree from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He will be remembered with gratitude by those his passion touched and his leadership inspired. Among the organizations which benefitted from his dedication and generosity are: The United Way of Greater Toronto, Toronto Jewish Federation, United Israel Appeal, Jewish National Fund of Toronto, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto, Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan University, Hebrew University, Ben Gurion University, Boys Town, Jerusalem, Theological Seminary of America, as well as State of Israel Bonds, Canadian Zionist Federation, Al Latner Jewish Public Library, Toronto Lodge and Toronto Regional Council of B'nai Brith, United Synagogue of America (Ontario Region), Toronto Association for the Welfare of Soldiers in Israel, Canadian Committee for Soviet Jewry, National Holocaust Remembrance Committee, Mount Sinai Hospital, Baycrest Men's Service Group, Board of Jewish Education, and many others. But Nat's greatest and most enduring legacy are the thousands upon thousands of students who have already graduated from, or presently attending, or M'ezrat H'Shem will in the future be enrolled in the Toronto Jewish Day School System on behalf of which he devoted his unstinting efforts during his entire adult life. And it is through his personal and gracious generosity the Nathan and Roey Hurwich Education Centre, the Finch Avenue branch of Associated Hebrew Schools, exists today as a thriving, vibrant middle-school of a thousand plus Jewish students. A sincere thank you Nat seems totally inadequate, yet for him it was more than enough. Nat will forever remain in our hearts and in memories not only for the special person he was, but also for the image he portrayed during his life - and simply put, that is - to everyone including future generations he will have helped to educate, a paradigm of what impact a single life well- lived can have and accomplish. If Friends and well wishers so desire, tributes in Nat's memory may be made to any of the organizations listed above. Funeral services will be held at Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street (south of Eglinton), on Sunday, February 17th at 2: 30 p.m. Interment, Beth Tzedec Memorial Park.

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HIMELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-18 published
HIMMEL, Helen Rose
Of the city of Toronto, passed away peacefully in her sleep after several years of poor health on January 17th, 2008. Helen was the daughter of the late Meyer and Anna HIMMEL. She was predeceased by her brother Albert HIMELL and sisters Edith SOMER and Frances HIMMEL. She is survived by her nephews Arnold SOMERS, Michael SOMER, Brian SOMER, Myron HIMELL, and Sheldon HIMELL. Born September 28th 1914 in Toronto, Helen spent her youth in Orangeville Ontario, graduating from Orangeville High School. She subsequently received her R.N. in Hammond, Indiana and worked as a nurse in New York, Miami, and Toronto. Helen served as a Registered Nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital for many years as a private duty nurse and was much appreciated by her patients for her devoted and capable care. A graveside service will be held on Friday January 18th at 12: 00 p.m. in the Beth Jacob Cemetery in Kitchener. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was loved and cherished by her nephews.

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HIMMEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-18 published
HIMMEL, Helen Rose
Of the city of Toronto, passed away peacefully in her sleep after several years of poor health on January 17th, 2008. Helen was the daughter of the late Meyer and Anna HIMMEL. She was predeceased by her brother Albert HIMELL and sisters Edith SOMER and Frances HIMMEL. She is survived by her nephews Arnold SOMERS, Michael SOMER, Brian SOMER, Myron HIMELL, and Sheldon HIMELL. Born September 28th 1914 in Toronto, Helen spent her youth in Orangeville Ontario, graduating from Orangeville High School. She subsequently received her R.N. in Hammond, Indiana and worked as a nurse in New York, Miami, and Toronto. Helen served as a Registered Nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital for many years as a private duty nurse and was much appreciated by her patients for her devoted and capable care. A graveside service will be held on Friday January 18th at 12: 00 p.m. in the Beth Jacob Cemetery in Kitchener. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was loved and cherished by her nephews.

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