Archie (Arthur) Deskin

Funeral Service: Thursday, September 08, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Chapel Service
Shiva: Thursday, September 08, 2022 to
Sunday, September 11, 2022

6565 ch. Collins #501, Côte Saint-Luc H4W 3H3
Shiva Details:
Shiva hours: Thursday following burial until 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. daily. 
Cemetery: Kehal Israel Memorial Park
Donald Berman Maimonides Foundation, (514) 483-2121 ext.: 2207

If you are unable to attend the funeral service in person, you may join it virtually on Thursday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m.:

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ilan Reich - about 4 hours ago

Please accept my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies. It is difficult to accept the passing of such a powerful man. He was the pillar of your beautiful family and of the community, a wise and loyal friend to all who knew him. May God comfort you, and may you find solace in the innumerable memories of his life and love.

Penny Moise-Hassan - 22 days ago

Dear Donna, the passing of a parent is always difficult no matter the age. Of course I knew your dad from all my many years working at Herzl and from his friendship with my husband's late uncle Samuel S Cohen who was the 1st executive director of the JGH. Whenever I passed him in the halls he never failed to say hello and after we were both retired and we would see him in a restaurant he would always come by our table and ask " how are you ?"He was a real mentch. may he rest in peace.

Lawrence Panasci - 23 days ago

Dear Donna You father was a true gentleman and a superb director. May he Rest In Peace

Hirsh and Aliza Cohen - 24 days ago

Donna, our most sincere condolences on your dads passing. Archie recruited me to the JGH in 1973, and, by his own admission, the next five years were some of the most progressive years of the hospital's history. Together we created the Herzl family Medicine center, the diagnostic center, the day surgery program and so many others. Archie was my mentor and friend. After we moved to the US, we got together when I visited Montreal and for the last 44 years we spoke almost once a month, laughed about the good old days and shared stories about politics and health care. During Covid, we had to cancel a few trips to Montreal and your dad and I kept promising ourselves the next lunch. When we last spoke a few weeks ago, he was as upbeat as ever, commenting about the US and Quebec political scenes. I am so sorry we couldn't get together one more time. We wish you good health and the knowledge that Archie was a most close friend and mentor. All the best. Aliza and Hirsh Cohen Chicago IL

Nijole Deskin - 24 days ago

Donna, my condolences. Your father was a young uncle to Dennis, only 7 years apart. Dennis admired Archie for his love and interest in all family members, new and old. He was kind. We enjoyed dinners in Florida and family events, always aware of Archie’s sense of humour and appreciation of life. A chapter has closed but many memories remain, as a comfort in the days ahead. With love, Nijole

Marvin Garellek - 25 days ago

Dear Donna, Rhonda and Marlene, Please accept our condolences. I remember Archie as a great dad, uncle and role model. Joni & Marvin

J. Ting - 25 days ago

One of the nicest people I have met at the JGH. Thank you for your service and dedication. May you RIP Mr. Deakin.

Chuck Kaplan - 25 days ago

Dear Donna & Family, Gordana & I send sincere condolences on Archie's passing. In addition to his successful juggling the impossible task of balancing so many demands, needs, political pressures and interests, he managed to provide genuine respectful leadership at the JGH. His community focus was exemplary both pre & post retirement. May his memory be a blessing.

David Deskin - 25 days ago

There was always a regality about my Uncle Archie. He leaves a huge legacy that will profit generations to come of our community. But most inspirational is that for all he accomplished he did it with ever-present grace, honesty, kindness and good humour - qualities all too rare amongst accomplished men. He had the kindest eyes and smile. Always truly interested and engaging. May his memory be a blessing, which for us it shall always be . All our love, David, Gretchen, Zoe and Noah Deskin

norma ishayek - 25 days ago

dear Donna, i send you my condolences with a heavy heart. i have only good memories of my time at JGH when your father was CEO. always pleasant , curious and wanting to do better. I am sure you have many good memories to comfort you , may he rest in peace

David Zukor - 25 days ago

Dear Donna, we were all saddened to hear about your Dad's passing. Looking at the many condolences already written there is so much to say about him. He had a vision for developing the JGH and embraced new ideas. He recruited me to the JGH ( though he retired shortly after). He was truly a man of his word. May his memory be blessed.

Carrie Bogante - 25 days ago

Dear Donna, I met Archie 20 years ago when I first started as the Director of Finance at Maimonides and Archie was the president of the Board. What a kind, gentle and wise man he was. It was always enjoyable to talk to him. Over the past number of years whenever I would bump into him (the last few times were at B&M restaurant) he always gave me a huge smile and would want to chat; always asking about my family, how I was, and of course how the hospital was doing. May his memory be a blessing.

Steven Cummings - 25 days ago

Dear Deskin Family, I was very saddened to learn of Archie’s passing. He was the executive director of the Jewish General when I became involved and became a mentor to me. He was kind and unflappable and I had great respect for his dedication to the advancement of theJGH. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Maureen Silcoff - 25 days ago

Dear Donna, Please accept heartfelt condolences on Archie's passing. We remember him very fondly as a person full of life and wisdom. We wish you strength during this difficult time. Maureen and Ron

Lisa R Feifer - 25 days ago

Uncle Archie was an incredibly special man and was an important figurehead in our family. Always showing support, interest, love and understanding. Your great nephews were lucky to have spent time with you and appreciated your devotion. May your memory be a blessing to us all. Donna, We share in this tremendous loss and send lots of love. Xx Lisa, Marco, Matthew and Michael

Jack Jackson - 26 days ago

I loved my uncle dearly and held him in great respect. He was a central figure in my life for the 82 years i've been on the planet and his passing leaves a hole impossible to fill.

A. Mark Clarfiled - 26 days ago

I was so sorry to hear this sad news . When I was a young doctor just starting my career at the JGH, Archie had only recently taken over himself . He always treated me (and everyone else as far as I could see ) with the utmost civility, often even kindly. He was the consummate professional and if he promised you something , you could be sure he would deliver. I really admired Archie and liked him very much. I will always remember him fondly. A.Mark Clarfield MD, Jerusalem

Ronit kellner - 26 days ago

I’m so sorry to hear of Archie’s passing. He was a wonderfully vibrant person. May the family be spared further sorrow.

ART Regenstreif - 26 days ago

Dearest Donna and family, I join the rest of the world in mourning for one of the real good guys. A truly well lived life which will be remembered by all that crossed paths with him....something we all should aspire to emulate. Take comfort in knowing he will always be with you in your heart and memories. Mom joins me in sending her most sincere condolences to you and all the family.

RENA ENTUS - 26 days ago

My condolences on the loss of Archie. My late husband Eddy was well acquainted with the family for many years. For along time Eddy and I would bump into Archie at the restaurant enjoying a meal with his wife. We had a great deal of respect for Archie. May they both rest in peace. BDE

Marilyn Monk - 26 days ago

Donna and family, I am so sorry to hear this sad news .Mr Deskin , Archie was an amazing leader who took a risk many years ago hiring me to a senior position . He shared his wisdom , mentoring me , with compassion and generosity of spirit. He shaped my career and my leadership. I am grateful for the gift of working with him and all that taught me about leading organizations. I hope that the memories of him will give you comfort in the days ahead.

Carole Deskin Feifer - 26 days ago

We have lost a treasure. Our uncle Archie was loved, respected and Cherished by the entire extended Deskin family. On a personal note my Herbie and I and our children and later our grandchildren so loved spending time with him. He set an example for all of us, in his love and his caring for his family, for his genuine keen interest in people, for his optimism and always for his positivity. He had the kindest heart. As a six year old flower girl at uncle Archie‘s wedding I truly truly believed that Archie was a prince with his princess. As time went on I realized that I was right. My uncle Archie truly was a prince of a man. Donna, we will remember him together always. May you rest in peace uncle Archie. We love you, Carole

Pamela Feifer and Daniel Levine - 26 days ago

Uncle Archie, I will miss your optimism, sense of humour, and the twinkle in your eyes. Thank you for always being interested In Our lives and the lives of my children. We love you and will miss your smile and lunch dates. Love Pamela Feifer, Danny Levine, & Max and James Levine

Barbara Lang - 26 days ago

Dear Donna, So sorry for your loss. Your father was an incredible person giving of himself unconditionally to better the JGH. He did improve and change the hospital. He was well respected and admired by all. My deepest sympathy. Barbara

Harvey Sigman - 26 days ago

Dear Donna and family. My condolences to you on your Dad’s passing. Your Dad and I had a wonderful relationship over many years during and after his tenure at the JGH. His contributions to the hospital and the community were many and so important for the hospitals growth. The contribution which was very significant which will not appear on his CV was allowing me to convince him to take the risk in funding the minimally invasive surgery program (laparoscopic) at a time when it was in its infancy and no one was sure it was ever going to become a reality. His foresight in 1990 allowed the JGH to become a leader in developing a procedure that has revolutionized surgery in all specialties throughout the world. He will be missed by so many. Harvey

Pamela Rosenberg - 26 days ago

Donna, It’s hard to lose a parent at any age, Even one who appears to have lived such a full life. I read your father’s obituary. He seems to have been a remarkable man who has given so much to the community. I know that you’ve been looking after him for a long time. He was lucky to have such a caring daughter. Please accept my deepest sympathies Pam Rosenberg

Sheba and Gordie - 26 days ago

Dearest Donna! There are no words to say how sad I am for you right now. No matter how old a parent is, it is always difficult. All the memories you have will bring comfort to you over time. Our deepest condolences. With love and hugs, Sheba and Gordie

charleso akerman - 26 days ago

my deepest sympathy to the family of archie deskin

Marsha Ptack - 26 days ago

Archie has been my cross the hall neighbour for the past 11 years. Before that he was the most respected individual I have every met during my years in nursing at the Jewish General. Over these many years I enjoyed his music which radiated from his apt. I am in Toronto and will not be able to attend his funeral. I am very sorry. My condolences to his family. Marsha Ptack

Bernice Mendelsohn - 26 days ago

Dear Donna, my sincere condolences to you on the passing of your father Archie. I have only good memories of a kind man, with a warm smile, who achieved so much in his time at the JGH. May his memory always be for a blessing.

Iona Richman - 27 days ago

Needless to say. . . . "A True Gentleman" Iona Richman. . . . .daughter of the late (Bernice Gershman Richman)

Beverly Salomon - 27 days ago

Dear Donna, My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your father. I’ve known your father most of my life as he was the brother of my dear aunt Anne Starke. Keep your memories close to your heart. Sincerely, Beverly Starke Salomon

sheila sinclair kiirstein - 27 days ago

THERE IS A HUGE VOID IN OUR COMMUNITY NOW....WITH THE LOSS OF ARCHIE DESKIN.........le t us all remember this humble man who gave so much to us and follow in his sincere sympathy to his family....

Michael Regenstreif - 27 days ago

Dear Donna, Sylvie and I are deeply saddened at Archie's passing. Having known your father for all of my life, I have nothing but the fondest memories of all of our many times together over the years. The close friendships of our parents were inspirational. As well, Archie's contributions to the community will reverberate for generations to come. I know that his memory will always be a blessing.

Golda & Allan Kligman - 27 days ago

Please accept our deepest condolences on Archie’s passing, may the many cherished memories sustain you during this very difficult time.

Corinne Hart - 27 days ago

Dear Donna and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending my deepest condolences to you and your family. I remember your father well from when we were young. Take care of yourselves in this very difficult time, and keep your memories close as they will help to sustain you. May his memory be a blessing. - 27 days ago

My deepest sympathy to the vfamily of Archie.

RUBY FRIEDMAN - 27 days ago

To Donna and the extended family: As mentioned, Archie was a devoted co founder in 1980 and passionate supporter of the Division of Geriatrics. I recall very well his passion for care of the elderly, his warm demeanor with a smile and twinkle in his eyes. Then as well, there were budgetary and staffing issues and Emergency Room overcrowding. With his “ saichel”/ extraordinary judgement the hospital persevered and grew. He gave the Division of Geriatricsthe means and support to develop to what we are today. We stand on the shoulders of a giant! We and our patients , students and staff are forever grateful .

Lisa Blobstein - 27 days ago

My condolences on the passing of an incredibly kind and generous man who made a huge impact at Maimonides. I spoke with Archie many times and he always made the time to answer my questions and provide guidance . He will be missed.

Harriet Shostak - 27 days ago

To Donna & family: My condolences to you and your family. I remember seeing him walking the halls of the JGH with elegance. I'm sorry for your loss.

Henri Elbaz - 27 days ago

Dear Donna, It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of your dear father. I am presently outside of the country and unfortunately I will not be at his funeral. Archie changed the course of my destiny. When I was a young executive at the Montreal Stock Exchange, I was contacted to join the JGH but turned down the offer because it never crossed my mind to pursue a career in the healthcare field. One morning I got a call from Archie. He asked me to meet him for a talk after which I decided to give this new endeavor a try, and it ended up being 32 years at the JGH. Archie was a gentleman, a real prince, so humble and a down to earth person. We worked very closely together for 15 years until his retirement. He did so much for the hospital and the community- we owe him a debt of gratitude. A few weeks ago I was on the phone with him planning a lunch together. May he rest in peace, may his memory be a blessing to his family and his loved ones. Henri Elbaz

Randi Greenberg - 27 days ago

Dear Donna &family Sending condolences on the loss of Archie I was working at the Jewish during his tenure. What a lovely man ! He always had time to stop and converse with the staff ! May his memory be a blessing! Randi Greenberg

Lenore Plafker - 27 days ago

Dear Donna and family, So sorry for your loss. Lenore

Enid Shatner - 27 days ago

Dear Donna and family my deepest condolences on your loss

Jack starke - 27 days ago

My sincere condolences to the Deskin family. I knew Archie most of my life as he was the brother of my aunt Anne Starke.Always a pleasure to be in his company. Jackie Starke

Rive Guche condo. association - 27 days ago

deepest condolence on the passing of archie. he was a good friend and neighbour to all that has the honour of knowing him. may his soul rest in peace.

Barbra Gold and Paul Heilpern - 27 days ago

Dear Donna, Your father holds a very special place in both Paul’s and my heart and our lives. Paul and I both worked with Archie in the 80’s and he has had a tremendous influence on both our careers. After his retirement, his involvement in Maimonides had a tremendous impact. I loved attending every meeting with him and listening to his wise counsel. A lot of what I did was because of him. I feel lucky to have known him. He will be missed but not forgotten. Barbra and Paul

Ellen Deskin - Wellingson - 27 days ago

My sincere sympathy on the passing of a very special man. He shall be missed but remembered always in my heart.

Sharon Levine - 27 days ago

Dear Donna, Sincerest condolences to you on the loss of your beloved father, Archie. He was a true gentleman, so distinguished and kind. We always enjoyed seeing him at family gatherings. May you know no further sorrow, fondly, Sharon and Iven Levine

Suzanne and Edmond Elbaz - 27 days ago

Our sincere sympathy on the loss of a distinguished gentleman . Suzanne and Edmond ELBAZ

Karen Flam - 27 days ago

Dear Donna, I never really believed this day would come. That’s how indomitable your father was. What an special person he was. He was beloved at Maimonides. We saw so much of him when he came to pick up meals for your mom at the cafeteria. The staff would call me to tell me he was in the building so I could go say hello and get to see his sparkling eyes and smile. We spoke when he had something on his mind. I loved to see his name on my phone screen. He was sharp as a tack. We will all miss him very much. We will not see the likes of him again. Sending you love and a warm hug, Karenxo

Paula White - 27 days ago

Dear Donna: I am soooo- sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was the last of the Deskin clan. He was such a remarkable man. Always there when I lost my father, as living in Toronto made it harder to communicate. His years at the JGH were great and under appreciated. Please accept my deepest condolences. He will be missed but good memories will remain. cousin Paula, Toronto

Lorne Silcoff - 28 days ago

Dear Donna, We are so sorry to hear about your dad‘s passing. He was, to use a term often over or mis-used, but not in his case, a true gentleman. His dedication as a husband, father and more was remarkable and a model for all. Your dad has enriched many lives, including ours, and has done much good in this world. Beyond his family, he has led in the community, inspired his and subsequent generations and, by example, provided a true of definition of “mensch.” All our love, Lorne, Pia, Michael & Jonathan

Esther Stroll (Maimonides Fnd.) - 28 days ago

Dear Donna, We have spoken several times when you made donations on behalf of Archie to our foundation at Maimonides. I absolutely loved hearing from him. He was the true meaning of being a mench. Such a gentleman and caring person. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Ian Regenstreif - 28 days ago

Donna, I have known Archie and you for most of my life. Archie really was a mensch, always. You were his apple in his eye. May you be comforted with his memories that will live forever in your heart! Baruch Dayan ha'Emet.

Miriam Rosenzweig - 28 days ago

Donna . . . My most sincere condolences to you and your family. Archie was such a mensch. He was a kind and caring man. He will be missed by all those that knew and worked with him at the JGH. Hugs, Miriam