Eric Hamovitch

Funeral Service: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
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Shiva: Strictly Private Shiva. Thank you for respecting the family's wishes.
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Journalists for Human Rights, 416-413-0240, the Institute of Responsible Government, 1-877-342-5737, or the charity of your choice
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Mark Egan - 3 days ago

My sincere condolences to the family. Childhood memories from Lake Patrick, including good times with Eric, surface.

Claude Hamel - 14 days ago

I was deeply grieved to learn of Eric's unexpected passing. I've had the pleasure of working with him on a variety of translation projects over the last 20 years. Eric was a professional linguist who taught me so much about the importance of hard work and perseverance. His wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in my heart. Sincere condolences to his family and everybody who knew and loved him. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Steven Liberman - 19 days ago

My deepest condolences to Jon and Greg and extended Hamovitch family on the passing of Eric.

Dorete Sivkin & Erez Anzel - 26 days ago

Dear Greg and family... We were saddened to hear of your brother's passing; we offer you our condolences. May his memory be a blessing.

Richard Conrad - 26 days ago

I was dismayed to learn of the passing of my former colleague: my condolences to Eric's family and loved ones. Back in the late 1970s, he was a valued member of our editorial team at This Week in Business--smart, insightful and a pithy writer, whether the topic was adventure travel or corporate misadventures. As others have noted in this space, Eric was also possessed of a quirky sense of humour and a wry smile, truly a one-off. He shall certainly be missed. also uniquely business and commerce.

Robin Kwiat - 28 days ago

Dear Jon and Greg: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother Eric. I remember him well from when we were kids. My heart and prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

Fabienne Presentey - 28 days ago

My heartfelt condolences to the family!! I knew Eric as a member of Jewish Alliance against the Occupation. He was anactive member and we had many informative and interesting exchanges, we demonstrated together and wrote communiqués and articles.!! Eric always knew how to best to steer our messaging!! I am very sad at his passing Fabienne Presentey

Scott Weinstein - 28 days ago

Dear family of Eric, Despite my shock, I have some great memories of Eric. He was committed to human rights, and a founding member of the Jewish Alliance Against the Occupation in Montreal. I remember Eric telling us about his travels, and how he wrote travel columns on Latin America. Eric also could be counted on to weigh in on food, music and how we should criticize the establishment :). His words and deeds are a blessing.

Rena Lipsey & Elliott Brodkin - 28 days ago

Dear Greg & family, we are sorry for the loss of your brother. May his memory always be for a blessing.

Israel Bonds Montreal - 28 days ago

To the family of the late Eric Hamovitch, On behalf of the staff and management of Israel Bonds, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Eric. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May your memories give you comfort, and may you be spared further sorrow. With our deepest sympathy, Israel Bonds/Canada-Israel Securities, Ltd.

Debby and David Conn - 29 days ago

Dear Greg, Pam and the Entire Hamovitch Family, We were so saddened by the news of Eric’s Passing. He sounded like a man who lived life to it’s fullest and shared his experiences with family, friends and an appreciative public. We were lucky to share the Passover table with him and his special family. May his memory be a blessing. Sincere condolences. Debby and David Conn

michael diamond - 29 days ago

I did not know ERic, but as with the Hamovitch's that I do know, having read his obituary and the posted comments, he was an exemplary individual with a combination of intellect and goodness and values which was impressive and will be missed. To Jon and Pam, and to the rest of the family, may Eric's memory be for a blessing.

Barbara Moser - 29 days ago

David Gersovitz - 29 days ago

To Gouedala and Eric's siblings: My profound condolences. My dear friend of four decades is gone and I can scarcely believe it. You looked hale and hearty when you visited Lynda and I this past summer. We had so many memorable days together as reporters the 1980s, so many coffee talks later about politics and media, and an epic six weeks together travelling through Southeast Asia. Eric, your many friends at Canadian Press, in Ottawa and Montreal, will miss you. I will never forget you.

Linda Mann Gewurz - 29 days ago

Noonie.,Jon, Greg and families, It has been so many years ago that we were young, playing together on the streets and in the parks. Our memories of those years are so strong and we remember Eric well. By all the remarks people wrote he had an accomplished life and was a humble man. We are thinking of all of you cherish all your wonderful memories….they are his legacy. Linda Mann Gewurz Joyce Mann Prizant

Sujata Dey - 29 days ago

I just came back from Cuba to hear the shocking, earth-shattering news that my close friend, Eric, has died. This is very devastating. As many said, he was a very loyal friend eager to be of service to everyone around us, whether it was to make a minion, to edit a friend's work, or to give exceptionally rational, good advice or to help out a cause. He was a very principled man, and full of intellectual brilliance. We could talk about travel, international politics, city planning, or the NDP for hours. Eric was a gifted writer in many languages and had much accomplishments under his belt. As a business writer, could make quirky decisions like the idea to finance some little known Trivial Pursuit game, because of his love of knowledge and books, instead of the gains. Which paid off in the end. Eric loved classical music, devoured books and newspapers, and taught me the importance of good restaurants, the Economist, and the New York Times. I cannot believe he is dead. Condolences to Gouedala and to his family.

Charna Hahamovitch Foxman - 30 days ago

Dear Nonnie, Jon, Greg & Families - Our siblings are the people with whom we have our longest relationships. We share a lifetime of memories and the loss is painful. I was saddened to read of Eric’s death and extend my heartfelt sympathy. I wish long life to you all. Warmly, Charna

Eudice Goldberg - 30 days ago

Dear Nonnie, Jon and Greg: It has been so many years since my days at Lake Patrick and I haven't seen Eric since then. But I have such fond memories of those wonderful years there, and remember Eric like it was just yesterday. I am so sad to hear that Eric has passed, and wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your families during this extremely difficult time.

Mark Lazar - 30 days ago

To the Hamovitch family my sincerest Condolences. I went through Selwyn House with Eric and we reconnected during the reunions. His photo shows his great smile and especially when he was explaining some facts only he knew. His obituary describes him well and shares his life experiences in a way he would never tell us on his own. He was smart, and unassuming. May the many fond memories comfort the family at this time.

Abby Steinberg - 30 days ago

Although it has been a long time since I connected with Eric I still appreciate his bright intellect and gentle manner. And his smile. Sincere condolences to family and friends.

Bob Chodos - 30 days ago

I just found out about Eric's death. It will take me a long time to absorb the shock. Starting with the Last Post News Service in 1971, we worked on innumerable projects together over 50 years. Unfailingly reliable, always good-humoured, a treasured colleague and friend -- I will miss him deeply. My last email exchange with him was only two days before he died -- appropriately, about a question of Montreal trivia to which I knew he would have the answer (he did). We were also talking about the possible translation of a book he was very excited about. This is so sad, and my deepest sympathies to Eric's family.

Brian Sarwer-Foner - 30 days ago

I have many fond memories of Eric. He was a truly unique character, amongst the company of those of highest intellectual prowess. Eric was deeply appreciated by all members of the Sarwer-Foner clan. He will be dearly missed.

John Despic - 30 days ago

As I did not have siblings, I specifically thought of Eric as a brother from grade school onwards. He was dear, smart, unassuming, observant, original and much more. Farewell my dear, dear friend. Heartfelt sympathies to your family.

Robyn Wise - 30 days ago

I worked with Eric for many years when he did freelance assignments. He was such a lovely person and a very talented writer. My sincere condolences to the family.

Susan Elias - 30 days ago

Dear Jon, Greg, Nonnie and families, As I wrote to Jon, my sisters, Ruth and Jane, and I send our deepest sympathies on the loss of Eric. The Hamovitch and Elias families go back to being friends and neighbours on Kenaston and it is heartbreaking to learn of his passing. Our thoughts are with you, all. Ruth, Jane and Susan

JANICE KUSSNER - 30 days ago

Dear Jon and Bonnie, Greg and Pam, Nonnie and Bruce. From our early days of growing up together in Montreal, it was wonderful to see how the Hamovitch siblings flourished in exceptional ways, in each their own right. My most sincere condolences on the passing of Eric. May his memory and his impact on those around him live on in your hearts.

stephen leopold - about 1 month ago

Eric: Those who had the honour to know you were touched by you. Those who were your friends wanted to be your friend forever. And those amongst us who considered you a dear friend loved you. We loved you because you, more than anyone we knew, did not have it in you to kill a fly. You were the gentlest of the gentle, the most noble of the noble, the most erudite of the erudite. When you Michael and I would have our bi-monthly lunches, there was always a time that we "know it alls" would turn to you for the full facts. You were a walking dictionary, encyclopedia, genius and soul of all souls. You always made us laugh with your quick quips and wit. You were always thoughtful. You did not preach. You practiced what we others preach. Good Lord your physical presence will be missed by us. Good Lord! But your presence will always be with us. Bless you Eric. Save a seat for us!

Alissa and Donald - about 1 month ago

Donald and I send our deepest condolences on the loss of your brother Eric. Reading the eulogy gave me some insight into the remarkable man he was We hope your family is spared further sorrow

Michael Carin - about 1 month ago

To say that Eric was uncommonly intelligent, a steadfast friend, and a consummate professional is to understate all those qualities of his character. Yet, quite possibly, his most striking characteristic was his humility. Never, ever, would you hear Eric boast. He didn’t have to boast; his accomplishments spoke for themselves. And his accomplishments, owing to his intellect, were many and varied, and always expertly rendered. How an early death could come to such a good man is beyond comprehension. His loss is devastating to all who knew him. Personally I cannot believe I will no longer have access to his insight, his wit … and his encouragement, which he gave so readily and abundantly. Gouedala and family, please know that Cielo and I share in your heartbreak. Please know too that Stephen and I will terribly miss our lunches with Eric; they had become shining events for us over the last few years and will remain cherished memories. Eric, I know as well as I know anything that the most appropriate words from me to you at this tragic time are those said by Horatio to Hamlet: “May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” You deserve nothing less, dear friend.

Mark Daly - about 1 month ago

Isabelle and I are absolutely floored. The ever-reliable and incredibly hard-working Eric was supposed to deliver a translation to me on the 24th and didn't. That just didn't happen with Eric. I thought I'd let it ride for a bit as we dealt with COVID in the family. Eric was a friend from our journalism days in the '70s at the Canadian Press. Others will talk, correctly, about his many professional talents, but I just loved his deadpan wit. Our sincerest condolences to the family.

Paul Globus - about 1 month ago

Terrible news that Eric has suddenly left us. He was a brilliant person and an exceptional friend -- as honest and loyal as they come. He was a cherished member of our circle of close friends for decades. My wife Melinda and I are heartbroken. We enjoyed good times and learned a great deal from Eric, and we will remember him always with enduring respect and affection. To his wife, his siblings and his entire family, we extend our most sincere condolences.