Leslie Vertes

Funeral Service: Friday, July 29, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Graveside Service
Shiva: Strictly Private Shiva. Thank you for respecting the family's wishes.
Cemetery: Kehal Israel Memorial Park
Donations:
Montreal Holocaust Museum, (514) 345-2605, https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/10145 , or to the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, (514) 734-1825


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Brian Lang - 1 day ago

Dear George, so sorry to hear about the death of your father. Not sure if words can bring comfort but I hope you can find some solace in warm memories and support from family and friends. He definitely sounds like he lived a full life and I have to look into the book he published. I pray you and your family are spared further sorrow

Eric and Diane Leith - 2 days ago

Dear George Our condolences and may you always remember your father with fond memories. Eric and Diane Leith

Sharon and Gerry Reinblatt - 3 days ago

Dearest Vera and Family, Our sincerest condolences on the recent passing of a loving husband, father and grandfather. We feel so fortunate to have met you and Leslie so many years ago through Marianne and Jim. Leslie was always so warm and welcoming. We always enjoyed his texts , ,telephone calls and his many stories of his past that he loved to share. He was such a wonderful role model, friend and caring asset to the Jewish Community. May all your special memories of Leslie help you through this difficult time. Sharon and Gerry Reinblatt

Rachel Kroll - 4 days ago

So very sad to hear this. Mr. Vertes was a patient of mine and I was fortunate enough to have met him. I'll always remember him for sharing his book with me. Alone in the storm. An amazing man. My deepest condolences.

Laszlo Ronai - 5 days ago

Just back from vacation and heard about Leslie Vertes's passing. He lived a full lifespan of ninety eight years. he was a thoughtful man and a good friend.

andre zoldan - 8 days ago

Leslie was a true gentlemen and a beautiful person. Though I had very limited interaction, his kindness to myself and children will be remembered. May his memory be a blessing to you and your family. Sincerely, Andre and Esther Zoldan

Fanny & Garry Moddel - 9 days ago

Dear George We are deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved father. He was a remarkable man who overcame insurmountable tragedy & dedicated his life to helping others. May his memory be a blessing. Fanny & Garry

Gaby Niloff - 11 days ago

Dear Vera and family. My deepest condolences on the passing of "Laci Bacsi" as I called him. He was a good friend of my father's and also mine. I will miss him. Gaby (Lantos)

Sheila Mendelsohn.. - 12 days ago

Vera George & family. My heartfelt sympathy on your great loss .fondly,Sheila ,Donnie, Steve & Neil

Bernstein Family - 13 days ago

Dear Vera, George, Joan, Gregg, Jaclyn, Alex & Family, we are so saddened for your loss of such a wonderful person. We are honoured to have known Leslie and will always cherish the times we spent together both in-person and on the phone. May his memory always be a blessing. Fondest love, Derrick, Malcolm, Denise, Zared & Jodi

Anna Boros, Jerry Shendelman - 13 days ago

Dear Vertes family, please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Leslie. He was an amazing man, always caring and helpful. May your fond memories get you through this most difficult time, and May your family be spared further sorrow. You should always remain extremely proud of his accomplishments.Fondly, Anna and Jerry ♥️❤️🌈

Adele & Frank Gillman - 14 days ago

Dear George, Joan and family Our deepest condolences on the loss of your dad . Thinking of you at this most difficult time.

Ruthie and Richard Sherman - 14 days ago

Our deepest condolences..BDE

Lauren Wolfe and Neil Erlick - 14 days ago

Dearest Vera The news has truly shaken the 5 of us, more than you know. We feel so lucky and truly honoured to have had you and Leslie in our lives for the last 12 years since moving onto Dufferin. Seeing you both walk together by our house was always a highlight. The kids would get so excited to see you and always wanted to run outside to say hi. You both have become like family to us. We feel such a profound loss without Leslie’s incredible wit, his perfect humour and how can we forget his entertaining emails. The connection he had with our Nikki was so special. Their shared appreciation of dance, life and love will forever be unmatched. Vera- we are ALWAYS here for you and we hope to continue seeing you walking by our house and making Leslie proud . He loved you SO very much, what a beautiful relationship you had. Leslie will forever remain in our heart and thoughts. We love you both. Laure , Neil, Jacob, Nikki and Romy

Pam and Doug Weir - 14 days ago

Dear Vera, George, Joan, Gregg, Jaclyn and Alex. Our condolences on Leslie's passing. He had a long and remarkable life. This gift of a long life allowed him time to be with Vera, George and Joan to watch his grandchildren grow and develop into personable, intelligent, and successful adults. You are all fortunate to be left with so many rich memories. This gift also enabled him to work with the Jewish Community he treasured and to others. We know from George’s stories that out of tragedy he was able find strength to give back to the community. Even in his 90’s he would connect with young people in high schools and university, relating with younger generations to ensure that the stories of survivors continue to be shared into the future. May your memories make the mourning process even a little less difficult. Love Pam and Doug

Arielle Gottesman - 14 days ago

In the six years that I worked as a social worker at the Cummings Centre, Leslie would come chat in my office and he would brighten my day. As a granddaughter of Hungarian holocaust survivors, I felt that we always had a special connection. Leslie would share his beautiful poetry and writings with me. He made sure to sign his book with a personal note. He continuously told me how proud he was of his family. I feel blessed to have known him and believe that he had a positive effect on every single person he came in to contact with. My deepest condolences to the family.

George Vero - 14 days ago

He was indeed a special person. Please accept my condolences George

Sheila Banser - 14 days ago

Jaclyn Im so very sorry to hear about your grandpa. Our condolences to you and your family❤️

Board of Directors Le Vicomte - 14 days ago

Dear Vera, George , Joan and the extended Vertes family The Board of Directors of Le Vicomte is deeply saddened at the passing of our dear friend and neighbour . His passing is a terrible loss to our community here in our condo building. Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your very special husband, father and grandfather. Leslie was remarkable man and a true hero and will be missed by all those he touched. He exhibited extraordinary resilience, love of family and community. Leslie dedicated so much of his life to Holocaust education and had a unique ability to connect meaningfully with so many of all ages and backgrounds. His life was truly a blessing to all who had the honour and privilege to meet him and his memory will continue through the wonderful legacy he has left . His presence will missed by all of us . Leslie’s love of family, and especially his devotion to Vera, was what kept his heart beating! Leslie was the best of humanity. He was a caring loving person who treated all with respect. Vera, we hope that your lifetime of memories and the love and devotion that you both shared will bring you comfort at this very difficult time. Most sincerely , The Board of Directors of Le Vicomte, Lawrence, May, Zev and Bryan BDE

Johnny Galambos - 14 days ago

Dear Vera and family, what a beautiful and touching ceremony today. It was truly inspiring to see how many lives Leslie affected during his lifetime and the legacy he leaves behind. I have so many memories etched in my mind from the days when I was a young boy spending time at my grandmother Lili’s apartment in le Vicomte, or from seeing Leslie and Vera walking together while growing up on Dufferin. In fact, when I look back, I think I have only ever seen Leslie and Vera together and not once separately! That’s how strong your bond was… never one without the other. Leslie was always so approachable and happy to discuss the topic of the day.. but he particularly liked to discuss the law with me and of course the Holocaust and my family’s history. I remember that he also had many discussions with my mom Aniko about Judaism. It was such a pleasure seeing you last year (again, on your walk!). Had I known that it was the last time I would see Leslie in person, I would have spent more time speaking with the two of you. May the whole family cherish the memories you have of this great patriarch and may Leslie continue to be an inspiration for future generations. BDE.

Annie Gabor Luterman - 14 days ago

Dear Vera,George and Vertes family ,Our family was so sad to hear of the passing of Mr . Vertes .He would always tell me to call him Leslie because he was a man who was young at heart ,vital and caring .He was a role model for a loving husband ,father and grandfather and so proud of his family .His friendship with my late parents allowed me the honour of being his friend.He leaves a very large void in the Jewish community and especially in educating the young students ,whom he related to so well ,of the atrocities of the holocaust .In spite of his past he was extraordinarily kind,optimistic ,friendly and caring !May you take comfort in your beautiful memories and knowing that we mourn your painful loss with you !Our deepest sympathy ,Annie and Lenny Luterman and family

Marlene Baran - 14 days ago

Dear Vera & Family. My deepest condolences on Leslie’s passing. He was an extraordinary gentleman who always had kind words and a warm smile. He was genuine and caring. He lived a remarkable life and generously shared his stories and his book with others. May he rest in peace and may you all be spared further sorrow.

GERRY NICHOLS - 14 days ago

Veres Family my sincere condolences for you great loss Apt 403

Marlene Olyan & Arthur Cole - 14 days ago

Dear George and Joan and entire Vertes family. We were saddened to read about the passing of your amazing dad. He was always so full of life with a funny story to tell. I’m sure he will be deeply missed by all of you. May his memory be a blessing. 💗🙏

Rena Birnbaum - 14 days ago

Sincere condolences to the entire family.

Eva, Georgie, and Tibi - 14 days ago

Dear Vera, George, and Family- Leslie was more than a family friend, he was family to us. For over 65 years, he supported us, assisted us, entertained us, and loved us, like we did him. We will forever be grateful that he was in our lives, and we will treasure his memory forever. With our deepest condolences and our love- Eva, Georgie, and Tibi

Chana Perlstein - 14 days ago

Dear Mrs. Vertes and Family I was so sad to hear about the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. My sincere condolences. I had the privilege of seeing him at the Cummings every week. He was a true gentleman, kind, friendly and always had something nice to say to everyone. Wishing you the strength to move forward and carry the good memories always. May G-d console you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Chana Perlstein

Oren & Adrienne Katz Family - 14 days ago

Dear Vera, George and Family, Leslie would burst energetically through the door of my Grandmother's apartment whenever we were visiting. Chest out, shoulder back, he would stride confidently over to us and start with a big hug. He lifted the room. There are many moments and memories that I will always carry with me, not least of which was the singing around my Grandmother's table. But one stands above the rest. When my grandfather died, and I had no grandfathers left, Leslie was there at the funeral and the shiva. He came to me and said "I will be your grandfather now." I wish that I were at the cemetery with you now. May his memory be a blessing. Love, Oren, Adrienne, Ezra, Jazmin, Gizelle

Gabe Neiser - 14 days ago

Leslie was my brother-in -law who I considered a brother and a guiding light throughout my life. Intelligence, kindness, generosity, and caring are some of the words that can describe him. His priorities were long, leaving himself always at the bottom of the list. We all miss you a lot and love you. Amanda, Heather. Justin, Vee and Gabe Thank you for trulyG enriching our lives. Rest in peace my brother.

ALAN YEDID - 14 days ago

Dear Vera and Family, Alan and I send our deepest condolences on the passing of Leslie. We wish you strength and support during your most painful time. Zippy and Alan

Rosalie Rabinovitch - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and Family Our most sincere condolences on the loss of Leslie. He was an extraordinary man. He was a gentleman and a gentle man! Always a pleasure to talk to. We will miss seeing him in the condo and meeting him on our walks outdoors. In December I called Leslie when my extended family was here I asked if we could have copies of his book. He came right up with several signed copies. My eldest grandson read the book and several days later called Leslie.to ask him some questions. Leslie was very kind and answered all his questions. What a delightful man. We were extremely touched Vera when you called Saturday to say "Leslie sends you his regards". Rest in Peace Leslie. Rosalie and Irving Rabinovitch

Debbie Ungar - 15 days ago

Dear Vera, George and Vertes family, My sincere sympathies on the loss of Leslie. Leslie was a remarkable man; I knew him through Cummings Centre for over 20 years. He was always so kind and gracious, a real mensch. His contributions to the Holocaust community and the community at large is memorable. I will miss Leslie as he has touched my heart. Sending you strength during this very difficult time. Debbie

Olga Gross - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and family, My heartfelt condolences to you on your loss. As close friends of my parents, both of you were such a significant and wonderful presence in my life growing up. I will always remember Laci’s warmth, generosity, and his genuine interest in all that was happening in my life, and those of my children. Jonathan and Emma also share in the sadness and loss we feel. We are thinking of you at this difficult with love and sympathy.

Claude golden - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and Vertes family.. it was a shock to read of Leslie s passing. He was so present in the building and so kind and so polite. We will miss him .Please accept our sincere condolences .The Golden s

Sandra Sterling - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and family who all meant so much to Leslie, My heart is broken like that of so many others who could not help but be touched by the kind and compassionate man Leslie was in spite of all he had suffered and experienced. I felt the love of a caring father when he spoke to our study group only five years ago. His wonderful ability to translate into good what was so evil and light the way to a kinder future will live on thanks to his relentless dedication to teaching younger generations. His life was truly a blessing to all who had the honour to meet him and his memory will continue through the wonderful legacy he left to all of us. We are forever grateful and bless his memory.

Elaine and Mitchell Brownstein - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and family, Leslie was an exceptional person who loved life and was committed to creating a better world. He was always available to speak about his experiences during the Holocaust. In our most recent interview discussion this past January 27th with myself and student Eliane Goldstein he spoke of how words matter and can create hate. Leslie was determined to use his words to create love and compassion and goodness. He will be dearly missed and his message will live on always. May his memory be a blessing. You can see our last discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rgCDld5Pr0

Carri and Oliver Bleuer - 15 days ago

Dearest Vera and Vertes Family. I was very saddened to read about Leslie's passing; beyond a shadow of a doubt, he was one of the kindest, most courageous and most selfless individuals I have ever met. My husband Oliver and I would often drop in on my father-in-law Otto Bleuer's Sunday afternoon get-togethers with the Hungarian gang on Monkland Avenue. It was always such a treat for me to sit and chat with Leslie. His passion for educating the younger generations about the atrocities of the Holocaust and human rights never ceased. His dedication to contributing as much as possible to the Monreal Jewish community was an inspiration. He often let me know when he would be giving a lecture or speaking with a group so that I could attend. He gifted Oliver and me with his heart-wrenching memoir, which I read earnestly and spoke with him about at length - his optimism and perseverance to go on in light of his early life experiences never ceased to amaze me. During the months that I prepared as a Madricha for the March of the Living, Leslie would send me articles and speak with me at length about any questions or queries I had. He was the absolute epitome of a Mensh, and I have rarely met a braver, more resilient individual - it was indeed an honour and privilege to have known him and learn so much from him...  May the memories you hold of him sustain you at this difficult time, and may you know that his legacy will live on for many individuals he so profoundly touched. BDE.

NEWSHA HAMIDI - 15 days ago

Dear Vera, There are no words to express my deepest sadness to hear this heartbreaking news... Leslie has been an exceptional dear friend for the past few years. I'm honoured that I met him and got to know him. I'll carry all those beautiful memories that I shared with him forever. Please accept my deepest sympathy. May his beautiful soul rest in peace. Much love, Newsha

Robert Pancer - 15 days ago

Dear George and family, My sincere condolence to you on the passing of your beloved father. Robert Pancer

Edith Katz - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and family, my deepest sympathy on the loss of a very special j gentleman. i wish you no further sorrows.

Cindy Katz and Shelley Katz - 15 days ago

Dear Vera , we will always have fond memories of talking to Leslie-and you at the pool at the Parker Plaza. We are very saddened to learn of his passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. The “Katz” girls

Pearl and David Hazan - 15 days ago

We were blessed to meet Leslie and Vera Vertes a few years ago. Leslie was a volunteer at the Cummings Centre well into his nineties. We attended his book launch and spent a most interesting Passover with him one year where he spoke about his nine lives and lessons he wished to impart. Even though he exxperienced many difficult times in his life, he radiated optimism and hope. A true gentleman par excellence, Leslie will be remembered fo his wonderful deeds. Our sincere condolences to his entire family.

Myra Giberovitch - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and Family, I am very sad to learn of Leslie's passing. I had the pleasure to work with Leslie when he was a member of the Information Line for Holocaust Survivors at the Cummings Centre. He helped hundreds of survivors, especially from the Hungarian community, apply for benefits. He was respected by the staff and volunteers. I admired his wisdom, positive attitude and kindness. I remember the inspirational impact he had on my university students when he talked about his life experiences and passed on the lessons he's learned. Leslie exhibited an extraordinary resilience, love of family and community. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Leslie's memory will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone whose life he touched. Rest in Peace, dear Leslie.

The Komlos Family - 15 days ago

Dear Vera, Please accept our deepest heartfelt condolences. We all share in your loss as Leslie was a cherished close friend of our families. His kindness, caring and good humour will never be forgotten. Sympathetically yours, The Komlos Family

Eva Kuper - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and the Vertes family, I know what a huge loss this is for you Vera and for your family. Laslie and I were both Holocaust survivors and speakers through the Montreal Holocaust Museum and typically of Leslie, we shared a special bond. His warmth, sensitivity to others, his passion for educating young people about the horrors and lessons of the Holocaust were truly inspirational. Leslie had a way of connecting in his special way with students and with people in general... He leaves a void in the the lives of those of us who knew him and I know that he leaves a huge void in your life Vera and the lives of your children and grandchildren. I hope that your lifetime of memories and the love and devotion he lavished on you will bring you comfort at this very difficult time.

Judy and Martin Surkis - 15 days ago

Dear Vertes family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Leslie. May your many good memories sustain you during this sad and difficult time and may he rest in peace. BDE . Judy and Marin Surkis (Le Vicomte 1211)

Judy, Nathan and Andrew Laufer - 15 days ago

Dear Vertes Family, So sad to hear that Leslie passed away. He was a very special friend to mom and our family. There is no question that he will be missed but remembered by many as he touched so many, many hearts. Our deepest condolences to his lovely wife Vera and his beautiful family. May his memory be a blessing to you all. Hugs- The Laufers

Ingrid Pokrass - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and family Leslie was a dear friend of my late dad Walter Absil. They became friends at the Holocaust Center and Leslie visited my Dad many times during his illness. His visits always gave my dad great comfort and pleasure. He brought me and my siblings a signed copy of his book while we were sitting shiva. He was a hero and will be missed by all the young people he touched. I hope all the beautiful messages on this site give you comfort. Fondly Ingrid Absil

Lily Steinfeld - 15 days ago

Dear Vera, I was very sad to read of Leslie’s passing today. I extend heartfelt sympathies on behalf of myself and my daughters to you and your family on the great loss of such a wonderful man. May your memories sustain and comfort you always. Warmly, Lily

Susan ROz - 15 days ago

To the family, my Condolences, he was a wonderful person. Susan ROz

Magda and Tom Freiman - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and Family, we are going to miss a true gentleman, and a great friend. With love - Magda and Tom

Randa Klein Wexler - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and Family I have thought of you and Leslie many times over the years and I am sending you my sincerest condolences on your loss. You may not remember me but the two of you are etched in my memory. You extended incredible and devoted friendship to my grandmother, Regina Horn Wolfson, who died in 1986. I am the oldest of her grandchildren, daughter of Irene, and I recall, when visiting her at her apartment on Bourret, finding the Vertes's there. Often, you and Leslie would be there , chatting, having tea, keeping her company. It is not often a couple makes such an indelible impression on me. The tributes to Leslie, and you, on this site are accurate. May your memories of a wonderful man sustain you. Randa Klein Wexler

Liat Lev-Ary and Eliane Goldstein - 15 days ago

Dear Vertes family, we were so saddened to hear of Leslie's passing. His outlook on life and courage were inspirational. BDE. An interview from January 2022 he gave to The Effect on Us by Eliane Goldstein and Mayor Brownstein: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1776234/9974617

Ellen and George Fantus - 15 days ago

Dear George and Joan We wanted to extend our deepest condolences on the recent passing of your father. Since moving back to Montreal, we have met people who had expressed warm and special sentiments regarding your father and his remarkable contributions to the Montreal Jewish community. Our thoughts are with you. Ellen and George Fantus

Julianna Langermann Shefner - 15 days ago

Dear Vera and family, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the whole family. I am terribly sad to hear about Leslie's passing. I will always remember him for his kindness and goodness. Julie Langermann Shefner

Rosa Weiner Penn - 15 days ago

Dear Vera & Family Leslie was a true gentleman who saw the world as it was but focused on the beautiful aspects of it. He expressed his thoughts so vividly through poems and pictures that he sent us through emails; a feat not accomplished by many of his peers. Leslie worked hard to keep his stories alive and those of people like our father who truly respected him for the work he was able to do and share with so many. At our dad's unveiling, he shared a beautiful poem and memories of their friendship that touched us so deeply. Leslie, you will be missed, but you and your work will live on your your stories. Christine & Joe Weiner, Rosa & Harold Penn

Miriam Cohen - 16 days ago

I did not know Mr. Vertes, except by sight. However, I did read his memoir, Alone in the Storm and was very touched by it; I am glad he wrote this account- it's so important to have these documents so that future generations will KNOW what actually took place. may his memory serve as an inspiration to his family and all of us!

Sandra Luce - 16 days ago

Dearest Vera and Family; My deepest heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Leslie. I will miss his stories and advise which he gave with such passion and love. What an incredible man. Leslie touched so many people. He gave us courage through his strength and his compassion. May you have strength at this difficult time. Sandra Luce

Kenny Shtull - 16 days ago

Dear Vera and family, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Leslie. May the many memories sustain you during this sad and difficult time. kenny Shtull

Ellen Grosz & Etty Grosz - 16 days ago

Dear Vera and extended family of Leslie, your loss is one that so many feel, as Leslie lived a wonderful life and gave his knowledge and wisdom to so many. He was an instrumental human being and touched many. I know my parents were greatful to call both Leslie and Vera friends. May every memory be cherished in your hearts forever. Baruch Dayan Emet.

Anisa Cameron - 16 days ago

Sending my sincere condolences to Vera and the entire Vertes Family. I am honoured to have met Leslie, a remarkable man, a true hero. He set a shining example for a life well lived. May his memory be a blessing.

Andrew Fuchs - 16 days ago

My Condolences on the passing of very special friend and man He will missed Andrew Fuchs

Hazel Wasserman - 16 days ago

My thoughts are with you at this very sad time and wishing you strength in the days ahead

Lesli Green - 16 days ago

Dear Vera, George and the whole Vertes family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss of your beloved husband and father. Leslie was a beacon of resilience and hope. A kind soul with a witty mind and open heart. When he spoke to school children about his experiences—something I had the good fortune to witness several times, they were transfixed and transformed by his story. The day that we met in the elevator many years ago was a fortuitous encounter of two Leslies (with very similar last names!) and the start of a dear friendship that expanded to our families. He will remain in my heart forever with love and reverence. May his memory always be a blessing.

Lucy Verebes Shapiro - 16 days ago

My most sincere condolences to the family. Leslie impacted so many with his kind and thoughtful contribution to others. It was always great to hear his input at Holocaust Museum events and meetings. May your fond memories sustain you always. BDH

Jeffrey brock - 16 days ago

I didn't know Leslie but am saddened by the passing of another lion from the greatest generation of the Jewish people. Lives decimated by the holocaust - asking only to be left alone to live in peace and to raise a family, from humble beginnings they built new lives and accomplished so much!

Linda Kalman - 16 days ago

I’m so sorry to learn of Leslie’s passing. He was such a lovely, gentle man. I’ve never forgotten his or Vera’s kindness. May he Rest In Peace and may his memory serve as a blessing. BDH

Pauline Grunberg - 16 days ago

Dear Vera and family, It is with great sadness that I share my deepest condolences. Leslie’s smile and his easy nature was something I looked forward to whenever he volunteered at the Cummings Centre. I’ve missed seeing Leslie during the last couple of years of Pandemic. His heart, his soul and his legacy will live on through all who knew him and loved him. May his memory be a blessing and may he rest in peace. Pauline Grunberg

Louise Ungar - 16 days ago

My sincere condolences. Leslie was a wonderful and caring human being. It was a pleasure to have known him.

Judi and Donny Gordon - 16 days ago

Dear Vera and family, Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your very special husband , father and grandfather. We hope all your beautiful memories will give you strength at this difficult time. Judi and Donny

Carolyne Elbaz - 16 days ago

My very sincere condoléances for the loss of an extraordinary gentleman.

Tina Stutman - 16 days ago

Dearest Vera , George, Joanie and family. Bryan and I feel so very privileged to have been a part of Leslie's life and family. How he adored his Vera and how very proud he was of his family. He spoke so highly of each one of you and his eyes beamed while he smiled. We will miss his daily knocks on our door, his words of wisdom and advice, his humour and thoughtfulness to all those around him. We will miss his visits with us and discussions...of course he always won these debates as he was older and wiser...as he would remind us while he pointed his finger: with that twinkle in his eye) A brilliant man, a loving man, a kind and gentle man soaking up as much knowledge as he could, like a sponge. Thank you for helping me edit my book of my mom.... a Holocaust survivor. Leslie, we will miss you dearly but will remember you always. Forever in our hearts. May his memory be a blessing to all that knew him. BDE...Tina and Bryan Stutman

Kathi Kristof - 16 days ago

Dear Vera, we were shocked to hear about your great loss. Lacika was a great man on so many levels. He called us regularly & we respected him so much. Over the years, he came to lecture many of my students & they never failed to tell me how much they learned from his visits. He was a great friend, not just a neighbour to my dad & Evike. His last phone call to me was only 10 days ago & he told me then that he was 98. If it had not come from him - always the gentleman & always truthful, it would be hard to believe. He was always so young at heart. Please know that your loss is shared by anyone who had the great good fortune to know him. Once my dad passed away, Lacika’s words of wisdom were more welcome than ever. I’m sorry writing in Hungarian is no longer easy for me although I still speak it pretty well. Please take care of yourself. He worried about your health almost every time he called. My husband John, who admired Laci as much as I did, like so many people, thought he was the greatest person we had ever met & I agree 100% We both wish you good health & hope your lovely memories of life with Laci will stay with you forever! Kathi Kristof & John Biggs

Irwin and Netta Greenblatt - 16 days ago

Dear George, Joan, Vera and Vertes family To know Leslie was a privilege. The messages contained on this site are a fitting testament to a wonderful human being who made a meaningful impact on his community as well as his family. Please know that you are all in the thoughts of your many friends. May you know no more sorrow., and may Leslie’s memory be for a blessing.

Marcy Kronish - 16 days ago

Dear Vera and family My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was always so special to deal with. It’s been a while but I still remember all his visits. May your cherished memories get you through this trying time. Marcy Kronish

Linda Azeff - 16 days ago

Dear Vera and all of Leslie’s family. My condolences on the passing of a very special man. He will be missed. Warmly Linda Azeff

Sarah Fogg - 16 days ago

Dear Vera, George, and entire the Vertes family, my sincere condolences on the loss of your incomparable and heroic Leslie. Despite the horrors of his past, he remained a resilient and generous optimist dedicated to promoting the respect of human rights for all. I had the honour of working alongside Leslie at the Holocaust Museum, where I witnessed his unique ability to connect meaningfully with visitors and students of all ages and backgrounds. Becoming one of his adopted Montreal grandchildren allowed me to know his incredible warmth, charm, and humour up close. Although I could do with a few more, I will cherish the many wonderful memories, Museum visits, emails, and poems. Being close to Leslie felt like being part of a special club where he always remembered your interests, anniversaries, and inability to cook, despite whatever challenges were going on in his life. Leslie’s love of family, and especially his devotion to Vera, was spectacular to behold. Leslie was the best of humanity, and his desire to build a better world was contagious. His spirit of kindness, equality, and respect lives on in everyone who had the distinct privilege of knowing him, and who now have the difficult task of living without him. – Sarah Fogg, Montreal Holocaust Museum

Tamara Stendel - 16 days ago

To the Vertes family, I want to send my deepest condolences to all of you. My daughter Avery met Leslie and Vera 8 years ago when she participated in the Yad Vashem Twinning Program for her Bat Mitzvah. From the first day that we went to meet them at their house to learn about their experiences in the Holocaust, we have been so close. I have looked forward to Leslie’s weekly emails where he always had something new, funny, and wonderful to share. Anyone who has ever had the chance to meet him and talk to him was very fortunate. He was one of the most special people I have her met. I was so happy to have had the chance to spend a couple of hours with him yesterday. Hold on to all of your memories and my they console you. With love, Tamara, Mitchell, Matthew and Avery Stendel

Marianne and Jim Carr - 16 days ago

Dear Vera, George and Family, Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time. Leslie will be sorely missed by anyone who had contact with him since he was a real mensch who helped everyone in need. He was a caring loving person who treated all with respect. and he touched many lives. Above all, he was a surrogate father to me whom I shared and discussed many aspects of my life knowing he would give me his fatherly advice. I will miss him terribly but he will be in our hearts forever! Love to all Marianne and Jim

Gundie Robertson - 16 days ago

Leslie was a special gift to the world. His reflections were inspirational to the teenagers who listened with attention. Leslie encouraged everyone to be their best. It was an incredible honour for me to stand beside Leslie for Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Cummings Center. Everyone will continue to remember his wonderful ways with greatest admiration and affection. He was a powerful light. He will forever shine brightly in the hearts of many. My deepest condolences to the entire dear family and gratitude for sharing Leslie with all of us.

Elin Beaumont - 16 days ago

I was deeply saddened to hear of Leslie's passing. I had hoped to see him when I was in Montreal last week, but happy to have spoken to him and hear his voice. Leslie was such a kind and giving man. He dedicated so much of his life to Holocaust education and of course the Azrieli Foundation was delighted to have published his memoir for all to read and learn from. May his memory bring you comfort and I know his legacy will continue to be shared and passed along to the generations to come. My heartfelt condolences. Elin

Paula Wasserman - 16 days ago

All of Leslie’s loved ones: My heartfelt condolences to each & everyone of you! It was always a pleasure crossing paths with Leslie at Cummings. He gave so much of himself both in his role & his unsolicited reaching out with ssuggestions in my role. His understated & amicable presence was truly a welcoming addition to my day! My utmost caring & compassion.

Lenny Codas - 16 days ago

My sincere condolences to Leslie’s Family Lenny codas

Harry & Norma Oberman - 16 days ago

To the late Leslie Vertes Family, our sincere condolences. We were neighbours for over 20 years. As a survivor he was on the forefront for people, especially for students to remember the Holocaust and its cause. We often shared articles and stories on the Holocaust via the internet Email's and by personal conversations. May the family be spared further sorrow.

Lynn Gordon - 16 days ago

Dear Vera, George, Joanie and family, On behalf of the Volunteer Department of the Cummings Centre, I extend our heartfelt sympathy to you all. Leslie was an outstanding volunteer who devoted himself to ensuring survivors received support with compassion through his work on the Holocaust Information Line. Leslie carried out his duties with dignity and respect for everyone. He was always ready to help and was generous with his time. People gravitated to Leslie ‘s warm and caring nature. He always seemed to bring out the best in people. He found a special way to connect with each and every one he met. We were so proud when Leslie was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Award of Canada, and one of Canada’s highest honours ,the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers, acknowledging his remarkable volunteer service to the community. Leslie gave so much of himself, sharing important life lessons with us all. We will carry his legacy with us. We know Leslie was so proud of his family. We hope that you will find comfort in your most cherished memories and gain strength from the love of family and friends.

Stephanie Geller - 16 days ago

The world lost a bright light today. May your family be spared further sorrows. Stephanie

Eva Verebes - 16 days ago

Dear Vera and family, I share your heartbreak, the world lost a wonderful person. I hope, your memories will help to ease your grief. Love to all Eva

Silvia Kertesz - 16 days ago

Dear Vertes Family Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your dear Leslie It was a great honour to have known him and shared in his kindness and wisdom at the Holocaust Center He was unique May he Rest In Peace Silvia Kertesz

Ellen Greenblatt - 16 days ago

Dear George, Vera and family. My condolences on the passing of Leslie. A life well lived to say the least. May his memory be a blessing.

Brenda & Hy Ajzenkopf - 16 days ago

To Vera and the Vertes family. We are terribly saddened by the passing of our friend Leslie. I met Leslie at the Cummings Centre several years ago and we instantly had a special connection. He as an honoured Holocaust survivor and me as a daughter of Survivors. His compassion for others and his positive outlook on life after all he had endured, is a lesson in strength and courage during impossible times. May the memory of your beloved Leslie console you and may you be spared further sorrow.

Lorne Blumer - 16 days ago

To the Vertes Family. My condolences go out to the entire Vertes family.

Montreal Holocaust Museum - 16 days ago

The Montreal Holocaust Museum is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and adored volunteer Leslie Vertes z”l. His passing is a terrible loss for our Museum family, the Jewish community, and all Montrealers. Leslie was born Laszlo Winkler in 1924 in the village of Ajak, Hungary. When the Nazis occupied the country in 1944, Leslie was drafted into forced labour service. After six months, he escaped and obtained false identification papers, which allowed him to go into hiding in Budapest. In January 1945, the Soviet army liberated Budapest but arrested Leslie and sent him to a forced labour camp in the Soviet Union. Due to harsh conditions, backbreaking labour, and a lack of proper food, Leslie developed scurvy at the age of 21 and would have died if it were not for the life-saving efforts of a recently graduated doctor. After more than two years of forced labour, Leslie returned home. In 1952, he married his beloved Vera, a fellow Holocaust survivor, and they welcomed their son a few years later. The family fled from Hungary after the 1956 revolution and arrived in Montreal in 1957. Leslie’s remarkable contributions to this city and its Jewish community are numerous, diverse, and everlasting. In 2015, he received the YMCA Peace Medal and the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. In 2018, he received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. As a former Board Member, speaker, and volunteer at the Montreal Holocaust Museum, Leslie shared his story with thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. He was particularly gifted at connecting with young people and always made a point to distribute his memoir Alone in the Storm. He took the time to sign each copy and add a printout of poems with his personal email address so students could stay in touch. His outstanding dedication to Holocaust and human rights education remains an inspiration and model for all. Through school programs, public events, exhibitions, media interviews, and prolific op-eds, Leslie embodied the resilience of humanity and the mission of our Museum. He will be dearly remembered for his incredible kindness, generosity, grace, humour, charm, and wisdom. As a man who excelled at finding significance and meaning in life, Leslie celebrated his lucky day, June 13th, every year. This day marked his return to Hungary in 1943, the day he was set-up on a date with Vera in 1951, and the day he came to Canada in 1957. It will forever be a special day for us. His story, resilience, and optimism lives on through those who were fortunate enough to know him, especially the many Museum staff and volunteers who loved him. While future generations will not have the privilege of meeting Leslie, they will discover his inspirational words through his memoir, poems, and recorded testimony. The Museum team extends our sincere condolences to his wife Vera and their family, of whom he was eternally proud. May his memory be a blessing and source of inspiration. - Richard Schnurbach (MHM President) and Daniel Amar (MHM Executive Director)