Melvin Simak

Funeral Service: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Private Service
Shiva: Strictly Private Shiva. Thank you for respecting the family's wishes.
Donations:
Donald Berman Jewish Hospital of Hope Eldercare Foundation, (514) 738-4500 ext.: 2124

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Freda and Irwin Browns - 25 days ago

Dear Betty, We have been living in the country for the past 1 1/2 year because of Covid, and our Gazette readership is sporadic. We recently saw the Obit for your beloved husband, and just wanted to express our deepest sympathies and support. We were with you during the courtship, and you decided to marry him because he truly loved you and wanted you to be his wife, after the many years of solitude for you. We see that your union lasted 19 years, and 19 years of love ain’t bad. We are still at the Regency and our tel Number is either 514-937-6332 for Freda or 514-937-7292 for me. Maybe we can have a meal together. Love Freda and Irwin Browns

Marjorie Bendel - 25 days ago

Remembering you and Mel as great friends of my parents, Dorothy and Harold Allenby - I met you both on my visits to them when I came to see them from Manchester England. Remembering you both as kind and gentle people - with a senses of humour. So sorry for your loss!

janet blumer - 25 days ago

Dear Betty and family My deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your dear Mel.What a difficult time this must be for you. I know you were so devoted to one another.I hope all the wonderful memories will help you. Fondly, Janet

Chuck Kaplan - 26 days ago

Dear Betty, I was lucky to have worked with Mel, early in my community career and appreciated his quiet commitment, warmth and perspective. Wishing you and the family fond memories and appreciation of your time together

Marilyn Schiff - 27 days ago

Dear Betty and Family, my deepest condolences to you all on the loss of your very dear Mel. You each brought a great deal to the union of Betty and Mel which had the richness and warmth of a fully evolved family. Such a sad loss.

Gary, Jan and Alan Davis - 27 days ago

We are saddened by your loss and send our condolences and love to you and your family. Gary, Jan and Alan

janice besner - 28 days ago

Dear Betty , Cheryl and Family, I remember Mel to be a kind and gentle man. May you take comfort in memories you shared together. Wishing you strength at the challenging time. Janice

JONATHAN CAPLAN - 28 days ago

Dear Cheryl, My thoughts are with you. I wish you and your family strength and positive memories to get you through this sad time. Jon

Norma Levitt-Shtulln - 28 days ago

Hi Betty, I'm so sorry for your loss. Melvin was my late Mother's last surviving first cousin. I know he was a wonderful, gentle and kind man. I believe I met you once around the time that you got married. May your memories of your years together help you through this difficult time. Norma

Marlene Boyaner - 28 days ago

Dear Betty and family, we are sending you our deep condolences with Mel’s passing. He was a wonderful man for us to get to know. He was one of a kind and we’re glad for the years you had together. Our thoughts are with you. Marlene and Rob

Dorothy Rotholz - 28 days ago

Richard and I want to express our sympathies to you and the families on the loss of your dear Mel. . Fondly, Dorothy

Helen Segal - 28 days ago

Dear Betty & family Although I only met Mel very few times, I will never forget that when we reconnected when we worked together on our Strathcona reunions . it was during that time you got married to Mel. And you said.. How can you not love someone who, when you wake up in the morning says, “What can I do to make you happy today?” All the tributes really describe someone who you were lucky to have had in your lives. Please accept my sincere condolences. Helen Segal

Martin S. Labow - 28 days ago

Dear Betty and Family. I was both shocked and saddened to hear of Mr. Simak's passing. He was the definition of a "True Gentleman". I was encouraged by my late father Cecil Z"L to get involved in the community, and The Jewish Hospital of Hope was definitely in need of volunteers, being located at 7745 Sherbrooke Street East. In 1971, I was appointed what was then called "Patient Representative to the Board, where I met with the residents on a regular basis, and brought their concerns and recommendations to Mr. Simak, and ultimately to the Board. I was impressed by his dedication to his work; he was often on the floor, hands on, knowing each and every resident by name, and treated them with compassion and understanding. He was there every Sunday, and was very friendly and helpful to my daughters Devorah an Tamar, who looked forward to their "Sunday Visit" with Mr. Simak and the residents. He played an integral part in the relocation of the Jewish Hospital of Hope when it moved to the state of the art building on Victoria in 1993, where the building specifications set down by he and my dad ensured that not only were administrative personnel entitled to Air Conditioned offices(AS WAS THE NORM), but also each and every residents room enjoyed the same amenity. Provincial government legislation was introduced in 1992, which had the aim of consolidating long term care institutions located in the same area. In December 2000, the integration was completed, and not long after, Mr Simak decided to take a well earned and deserved break from being a public servant. A very kind, quiet person, a real "mensch". He touched so many people at The Jewish Hospital of Hope, and at "The Shaar", where he was affectionately known as "the greeter". My entire family remain indebted to Mr. Simak, who helped transform an institution once "out of sight, out of mind" for too many in the Jewish Community, to a well respected and integral part of the ENTIRE Montreal community. May his memory be for a blessing, Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Zelda Harris - 29 days ago

Mel was my husband-Simon Harris'cousin-they were close friends as children and remained so throughout their long lives. The outpouring of warm thoughts at his death from those lucky enough to have known him is an indication of the kind of person he was. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to the whole family Zelda Ruth Harris

Melanie and Leonard Harris - 29 days ago

We have very fond memories of Cousin Mel. We remember his mother, Auntie Clara, who was the youngest of the many Solomon siblings, one of whom was my (Leonard) Dad's (Simon) mother (Leah). We have fond memories of the years that Mel ushered at the Shaar, and we would see him on High Holidays. Mel loved the time he spent at Queen's University as an undergraduate after the war. There were only a small number of Jewish students there, and he was active in Hillel. He was very proud to be a Queen's alumnus. He read every issue of the Alumni magazine and could easily converse about all the development and current goings-on at his Alma Mater. We enjoyed his visits to Kingston and Queen's to visit his great nephew Josh who was a student here at that time. We also enjoyed more recent visits with Mel and Betty at their apartment in Westmount. Mel was a kind, gracious, thoughtful man with a lovely smile. We are privileged to have shared time together. May his memory be a blessing.

Honey Kirshenblatt - 29 days ago

My family joins me in expressing our sincere condolences to you on the loss of your husband Mel. May you suffer no more sorrow. Honey

Carole Arbess - 29 days ago

Dear Betty I am thinking of you at this sad time. My condolences to you and your family. Love Carole

Barbara Lang - 29 days ago

Dear Betty and Family, My sincere sympathy on the loss of Mel. He was a true gentleman. As a volunteer at the JGH, never missing a day, he was always there to help patients and staff. He was a very valued volunteer. My deepest condolences. Barbara

Gloria & Rick Leckner - 29 days ago

Our sympathies to the family. We have lost a true gentleman. Sincerely, Gloria & Rick

Bryna Shuchat - 29 days ago

I was so saddened to learn of Mel's passing. What a lovely, gentle man. He was always so warm and sweet whenever I saw him at the Shaar. He always would make an effort to come over and say hello and welcome me. It is a great loss. May you know no more sorrow.

Beverley Bratt - 29 days ago

Dear Betty, Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved husband. In sympathy, Beverley & Stephen Bratt

Samuel Zion - 29 days ago

Melvin Simak built a successful career in hospital administration, first learning his vocation as a young man in major hospitals in New York City and Pittsburgh. I assume that he started at the bottom and worked his way up. It must not have been easy taking this journey alone. He once told me that when he was working at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City, he was tasked with informing parents that their young child who had choked on a candy would not be returning home. Decades had passed. He probably never got over that. He certainly never forgot. He was a sensitive man who refused to become hardened by the circumstances that he encountered. He was always positive. Eventually, he found a mentor who lived to a ripe old age and maintained mental clarity to the end. Mevy stayed in touch. It was an important relationship. I regret that I don’t recall his name. Mevy didn’t emerge in a leadership role at the Jewish Hospital of Hope out of the blue. I remember how helpless I felt about the lonely existence that my Uncle led on his return to Montreal as a bachelor. This was especially problematic when he was ill on occasion and during the Great Ice Storm (when he was temporarily deposited in a broom closet at a local hospital). His marriage to Betty came as a great relief. I will be forever grateful for that Union and the Family experience that came with it. I had a lengthy and pleasant conversation with my Uncle the day before he was hospitalized recently with pneumonia and a host of other serious complications. There was no mention of his physical condition. I realize now that while he was open about his cancer and other chronic co-morbidities he hadn’t been forthcoming about the symptoms that he was having to deal with daily for a long time. Many thought they knew my Uncle through his many acts of kindness and his service to the community but that doesn’t really do him justice. He left a far greater legacy of courage and dignity in a hostile world. Farewell, Uncle Mevy. I will cherish your memory.

Miriam Cohen - 29 days ago

Dear Betty, I didn't know your husband except for our chance meetings at the Shaar and at the kosher restaurant, but one could see the niceness and gentleness of his nature immediately. I wish y ou could have had more time together, but that is not in our hands. May his memory be a source of comfort to you and all the family.

Froma & Norm Shulman - 29 days ago

Dear Betty, Thinking of you at this sad moment, and offering you our deepest condolences on the passing of of Mel. Froma & Norm

Arthur Roskies - 29 days ago

Dear Betty, I was sorry to read of your loss in Mel's passing. Whenever I met him he was always a kind, gentle person, a real gentleman. May you be consoled by the fact that he was highly thought of by all who knew him. Josie and Arthur Roskies

Neil & Lainie Davis - 29 days ago

Betty and family - we were so sorry to learn of Mel’s passing. He was a real mensch who will be missed. May you find comfort in your memories of happier times.

Rachel and Issie Shanfield - 29 days ago

Dear Betty and family: So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband, Melvin Simak. May his memory always be a blessing . With deepest sympathies, Rachel and Issie Shanfield

Reva Karpman Regenstreif - 29 days ago

My most sincere condolences to the whole extended family, Mel was a very special guy that I will remember always very fondly.

Hinda Letovsky - 29 days ago

Dear Betty, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the death of your beloved husband, Mel. Love, Hinda Cohen Letovsky, your friend of long long ago.

Harriet Corber - 29 days ago

Dear Betty: Marvin joins me in sending heartfelt condolences on the loss of Mel.Hopefully, you will find some measure of comfort in the wonderful memories you must have of that very special man..

Anthony Rubin - 30 days ago

Dear Betty and Family - I was terribly saddened to learn of the passing of my dear cousin, Melvin. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. He was truly the last of his generation, being my mother's first cousin. He was involved in so many endeavours. I particularly remember his attendance and volunteering at Shaar Hashomayim where he served as an usher with much dignity and in other functions there as well. He was a true gentlemen and so kind and soft-spoken to all those who were privileged to know him. May his memory be for a blessing and may you be spared any further sorrow.

Caroline Burman - 30 days ago

Dear Betty, Ernest and I send sincerest condolences to you and your family on Mel's passing. I remember him as a kind, gentlemanly colleague who was always happy to cooperate and collaborate . May good memories of your time together bring solace.

Shirley Nadell - 30 days ago

Saddened to hear of Mel's passing. Please accept my most sincere expression of condolence.

Beth Fineberg - 30 days ago

Dear Betty, please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband. May you and your family take comfort in the memories you all shared.

Harriet Shostak - 30 days ago

Betty, So sorry to learn of Mel's passing. He was always a quiet, gentle man whenever we met at the JGH. My sympathies to you & your family.

archie deskin - about 1 month ago

I was saddened to learn of Mel's passing and extend my heartfelt condolences to Betty and family.

Patti & Leslie Greenberg - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and Family, Leslie and I send our sincere condolences on the passing of Mel. I saw him often at the Jewish General Hospital while I was working there and he was volunteering to help patients find their way. He was a dear and pleasant man. Keep your warm memories in your heart.

Jonathan Labow-Hart - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and Family, My most deepest condolences on the loss of Mel. Mr. Simak was one of a kind with a huge heart. He devoted so many years to our community with compassion and devotion. Mel and my late grandfather Cecil A Labow made the Hospital of Hope a place for patients to live with dignity and respect which they so deserved. Mel was soft spoken, gentle, kind and I do not have to repeat based on all the beautiful condolences below. As one of the younger grandchildren, he made the effort to know me and speak to me whenever he saw me. I will remember his smile, kindness, and his beautiful eulogy he made at my grandfathers funeral and he ended it with “Goodbye dear old friend”. Betty you made his life complete in his later years, and I hope you and your family have no more sorrow. Jonathan

Janie Respitz - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, please accept my heartfelt condolences at this sad time

Carol Abramson - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, I was deeply saddened to hear of Mel's passing. He was always a kind, warm-hearted gentleman, with a smile for everyone. A truly wise and gentle person, he will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences.

Céline - about 1 month ago

I will miss him; he was a gentleman , a man of heart . May he rest in peace 🙏🏻 All my deepest condoléances to the family and friends.

Deanna and David Mendelson - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty..,. Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved husband, Mel z"l ,May his memory be a blessing . We extend our deepest sympathy to you and the family. May you be spared further sorrow .

Grace Halperin - about 1 month ago

I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. Mel was such a fine man. He was kind and always a gentleman. I appreciated his gentleness and good nature. Please accept my sincere sympathies on your loss. I hope you will find that your memories sustain you and give you comfort during this difficult period. I send you my love.

Michael Regenstreif - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and family, Sylvie and I were deeply saddened to learn of Mel's passing. We always enjoyed the time we spent together. May his memory be a blessing. Michael Regenstreif

Devorah Labow Abenhaim - about 1 month ago

Growing up, we always went to the Hospital of Hope on Sunday with my father Martin and my Zaidie Cecil. It’s true that we looked forward to the roast beef and mashed potatoes, but even better was when we got to see Mr.Simak. He always treated my sister and I like big girls and was genuinely interested in hearing about school and whatever else was new in our lives. He was unparalleled in his kindness, modesty, and loyalty to those he worked with and respected - a true gentleman. I count myself as one of the blessed people in this world who knew him and will always smile when I think of him. May his memory always be for a blessing.

Tamar Labow - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and family, My sincerest sympathies on your great loss. Mr. Simak was one of the kindest, most gentle souls I’ve ever met. He was so soft spoken and calm and made you feel important when he spoke to you. I grew up going to the Hospital of Hope almost every Sunday, with my dad, Martin. We would visit with the patients and always saw Mr. Simak. Even as a very young child, I could see that his interactions with patients were so heartfelt. I’ll never forget how he spoke of my Zaidie during his funeral. Everyone in the room felt his friendship, love and respect for my Zaidie. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Judy Schreiber - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and Family, My deepest condolences on the loss of Mel. He was a true Mensch. May you be spared further sorrow.

Malka Labow - about 1 month ago

Growing up, Mr. Simak was a household name. He was both a close friend and associate of my late dad Cecil A. Labow they worked tirelessly together looking out for the best interest of the patients at the Hospital of Hope. My father as president of the hospital and Mel as executive director. My late mother Reva, my brother Martin and Sister Leah and myself all volunteered at the hospital in different domains. Mr Simak was a quiet man, a gentle man whose warmth and kindness was evident to all those who knew him. On a personal note, Mr. Simak had to follow protocol and interview me before I became a volunteer at the age of 14 and of course I passed the interview. The nursing strike in the 1970s played a pivotal role in my life. The hospital needed volunteers to help feed the patients and Mr Simak would drive me to the east end where the former hospital was located. Even though it was a long drive Mr. Simak and I had engaging conversations discussing many topics including travel and volunteering. Every time Mr. Simak would interact with the patients he came out of his shell. He smiled and chuckled with them, held their hand or padded their back and with an empathetic nature he made their day. I saw right then and there this was his true calling. He treated the patients and people and truly was concerned with their well-being. He was an accomplished speaker who led many meetings and gave valuable input with regards to hospital decisions. He paid tribute to our Dad by eulogizing him at his funeral. He spoke from the heart, shed a few tears, and shared a lifetime of memories for all to hear. Our sincere sympathies to Betty and her family as well as his many friends. May the memories that you have sustain you all for a lifetime. Malka, Martin and Leah Labow.

Dulcie Naimer - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, Cheryl and Family, My deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. May the contentment you had in the many years you shared with Mel console you through this period, and always.

Lillian Azoulay and Lionel Schwartz - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and family, Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear Mel. May your memories give you comfort and strength. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you. Lillian Azoulay and Lionel Schwartz

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Frank Boyaner - about 1 month ago

Our sympathies to Betty and the family on the passing of Mel. We very much enjoyed getting to know him and Jean also has fond memories of Mel from her time working at the Jewish Hospital of Hope.

Tamara and Philip Greenberg - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, Our sympathies on your loss of Mel. We knew him not only as a professional health care administrator, but also as a friend and neighbour in the Shaar Hashomayim sanctuary, from the time he sat with his father, Sam (seats S7 and S9) beside our family.. May the Lord grant you comfort together with all the mourners of Zion and Israel. Tamara and Philip

Tzipie Freedman - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty; I was so sorry to learn that Mel had died, and I want to express my condolences to you and your family on your loss. I know he was a very special man. May his memory be for a blessing.

Leon & Anne Greenberg - about 1 month ago

I knew Mel for many decades, through his nephew Sam. To me, Mel always exemplified the attributes of a perfect gentleman: courteous, kind, soft spoken, intelligent and capable. After a successful career in the challenging field of hospital administration, he took on the role as head usher of the Shaar Hashomayim, which was a role not without its challenges, but for which Mel's abilities and personality made him eminently qualified. And I would add that Mel always dressed like a perfect gentleman: I never saw him in anything but a suit and tie, even when he joined Sam and me to go hiking in Banff Alberta! Truly a unique and admirable individual. Anne and I extend our heartfelt condolences to Mel's family.

Bonnie Chodos - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, Cheryl, Peter and Eric, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the sad loss of your beloved Mel. You were as great a gift to him as his love was and will always continue to be for you. May his memory forever be a blessing.

andrew chodos - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Mel. He was a gentlemen and I always enjoyed hearing some stories when Ted was around about their university days-"oil thigh". May you be spared further sorrow. Andrew

Eric Siminovitch - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and family, I just heard of Melvin's passing and I am very sorry for your loss. He is the last of his generation. He was so active in so many things-he will be missed. My thoughts are with you. Keep well. Eric

Sylvia Rosen - about 1 month ago

To Betty along with the entire family. I am saddened to know that Melvin has departed from this earth . It is said that the measure of a man is in how he treats those he meets from whom he has nothing to gain. In my opinion Mel was that kind of Mensch. In the original Hospital of Hope he would often walk through the building greeting both patients and their families and came to know most of them by name. It is sad that because of the ‘pandemic’ he cannot receive the accolades that he very much deserves. I wish to all of you memories that sustain you. May he Rest In Peace eternal.

Susan and Edward Levitt - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and family, We are so sorry to read about Mel’s passing. He was a true gentleman. It was always a pleasure to see him. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Louise Goldstein - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, Cheryl and Family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences condolences on the passing of Mel, such a kind, gentle person. May your happy memories of him bring you comfort at this very sad time. May you know no further sorrow for a very long time to come. Louise

K. David Brody - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty: My heartfelt condolences. I wish you and the family Long Life and strength in the future. Mel was a polite and true gentle man. David

Isabelle Katz - about 1 month ago

Our deepest sympathies to the family

Bunny Lechter - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, I am saddened to read of Mel’s passing. I wish you strength as you embark on a new reality. With my fondest regards Bunny Lechter

miriam schecter - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and family. My sincerest condolence to you on the loss of Mel, a true gentleman. May his memory be a blessing among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. BDE

Elaine and Eric Davis and Bernice Cohen - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Mel was a wonderful, caring man who always put others before himself. He was a true gentleman and always a pleasure to be with. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to you all. Sincerely , Elaine and Eric Davis and Bernice Cohen.

Art and Marion Levitt - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty.Our deepest sympathies on your loss of Mel. He was a great guy.may he Rest In Peace.

Gordon Naimer - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and Family, I’m so sorry to learn of Mel’s passing. My sincerest condolences. I hope the very cherished memories will provide a measure of comfort.

Farla Cohen - about 1 month ago

Please accept my deepest sympathies. Mel was a devoted member of the Shaar and I always thought of him as a kind and thoughtful person.When he stopped coming to services, he was missed.

Rochelle Malus - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and family, I am so sorry c to hear of the passing of Mel. He was a very special kind gentleman. I remember the times Normie and I and the Rosens spent time together and had such interesting conversations ! Always a pleasure. I am thinking of you at this time and wish for you no more sorrow for a long time to come. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Rochelle

Allen Nutik, Kingston, Ontario - about 1 month ago

With fond memories and deepest sympathy.

Sharon and Jonathan Rubin - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, Cheryl and Family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mel. I remember him as a kind and soft spoken gentleman and seeing him at the Shaar on the High Holidays. He leaves a tremendois void. May his memory be a blessing and our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Love, Sharon and Jonathan

Deenalil Caplan - about 1 month ago

Dear Simak family, I remember Melvin well as well I knew his late parents. He was so kind, respectful of everyone, and soft spoken. My sincerest sympathy and my thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. LONG LIFE TO ALL!

Clare Retter - about 1 month ago

I had the priveledge of meeting “ Mr. Simak “ on many occasions while my grandmother Betty Bercovitch was the president of the council of units of the Hospital of Hope. He was always so kind and gentle. Please accept my most sincere condolences on your profound loss.

Eugene Roditi - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty I just want to express the depth of my sadness when I saw this notice to share a tiny piece of the loss you are feeling. As you know I had the privilege of working with Mel at the Shaar on the Welcome and Decorum committee for several years. He was a Righteous man in every possible aspect. His kindness, empathy and sense of justice were ever present in all his relationships and dealings with people. There is a void in the world that will not be easy to fill. Please accept my sympathies and prayers. Take care of yourself. Affectionately Laura and Eugene

Israel Bonds Montreal - about 1 month ago

To the family of the late Melvin Simak, On behalf of the staff and management of Israel Bonds, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Melvin. 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.

Abraham Fuks - about 1 month ago

One of the many inspirations of Shabess services at the Shaar was the warm welcome and greetings from Mel Simak at the entry to the Shul. His gentle demeanor and genuine humility added to the peace and tranquility of the day. He will be missed by many for the person he was and his extraordinary contributions to the community. May his memory be a blessing for all

martin bogante - about 1 month ago

Our most sincere condolences on the passing of a most kind and gentle soul. Thelma Bogante Martin Bogante

Jackie Siblin - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and Family, I was so sorry to learn of your loss.I hope that the happy memories of times past will bring solace to you and the strength to go forward. Fondly, Jackie Siblin

Laurie Miller - about 1 month ago

Betty and Sheryl I am so sorry for your loss. You were all such a big part of my mother’s life. His passing leaves a tremendous void.

Harold & Judi Borts - about 1 month ago

Our condolences on the passing of Mel .

Jonathan Schneiderman - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, I was saddened to learn of Mel’s passing and extend my deepest conserves to you and your family. Mel was so very dedicated to the Shaar Hashomayim and brought tremendous kindness and dignity to his interactions with all. יהי זיכרו ברוך

Nina Spiegel - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, My heartfelt condolences to you and the family on Mel's passing. I remember him as quiet and soft-spoken. He was a regular fixture at the Shaar. May you all know of no more sorrow, and be blessed with good health and wonderful memories. Most sincerely, Nina

Nick Kolianou - about 1 month ago

Betty, Eric and Family. Deepest condolences and sympathies for your loss. Nick, Will and the Kolianou family.

Shari Blanshay - about 1 month ago

Dearest Betty, Cheryl and family, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies on Mel's passing. Mel was always gentle, kind and generous. He will be missed. May his memory be a blessing to the family. Love Shari

Peter Marcovitz - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and family, Deep condolences on the loss of a very special man on many fronts. Joyce & Peter

Carole Blank - about 1 month ago

Dear Simak family, I am so saddened to read of Mel's passing. We spent many holidays and Shabboses together at the Shaar over the years. He was a gentle and quiet man, always taking time to engage in conversation and listen!!! I am so very sorry for your great loss. May it help to know that he will be remembered and missed and that our thoughts and hearts are with you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Carole Prussin Blank and Howard Blank

Susan Puritz - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, I am saddened to learn of Mel's passing and extend my deepest condolences to you. I was fortunate to work with Mel in the early 90's when he was Executive Director of the Hospital of Hope. His job was not an easy one but he always maintained his composure and was loved and respected by the patients' families and the staff. Mel was the epitome of a kind, gentle man and I can only imagine how much you will miss him. Betty, he was so lucky to "find" you and the few times I did speak to him in the intervening years, he told me how happy he was. May your memories bring you comfort and may his memory be for a blessing. Sincerely, Susan Puritz

Lorraine Naimer Bloom and David Bloom - about 1 month ago

Betty, Cheryl and family, We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Sending you our deepest sympathies

Pamela Gordon - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Mel. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but if Betty chose him, I am sure he was an extraordinarily kind, witty, and brilliant man. Sending you wishes of comfort, strength, and peace. With love, Pamela.

Susan Wolfe - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and Family. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Melvin. He was a special man and i am saddened by his death. We hope you are spared further sorrow. Susan Wolfe and Michael Signer

Monna and Abby Malkinson - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and Family, We are so sad to learn of Mel's passing. A true gentleman; kind, forthright, and sincere. May his memory serve as a blessing and we add the prayer that those who mourn be spared further sorrow.

Sam Malkinson - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty, my deepest sympathies upon hearing of Mel's passing. His involvement with Congregation Shaar Hashomayim was indeed committed, and I can attest firsthand as to how much effort and enthusiasm he gave to our synagogue. When I was a teenager, I was honoured to serve as the head Bimah Boy at the Shaar for a few years. As such, my main interactions, both during Shabbat and Holy Day services, and on the Decorum Committee, were with Mel, who served as the head usher in the congregation. Despite the fifty-three years which separated us in age, we had a very strong connection. Though often quiet and mild-mannered in demeanour, he had an inner toughness. In later years as his strength was waning, it made me very happy when I saw him at synagogue services, so connected to the religious institution he loved. It might sound like a cliché, but they just don't make 'em like that anymore.

Bryna Cohen - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and family, I was saddened to learn of Mel's passing. He was such a kind and thoughtful person. May the beautiful memories of the past help you through this difficult time.BDE

Gail Gordon Oliver - about 1 month ago

Betty and family, I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies on Mel's passing. I only met him a couple of times but he impressed me as a kind, intelligent gentleman. May you cherish the memories of your years with him. Warmly, Gail and Steven and family

Margo Wexler - about 1 month ago

Dear Betty and Family, I was so sad to read this. Mel was such a sweet, gentle soul. May his memory be a blessing. Fondly, Margo