Prof. Robert Vermes

Funeral Service: Friday, May 12, 2023 at 3:00 PM
Chapel Service
Shiva: Friday, May 12, 2023 to
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Shiva at his home
Shiva Details:
Shiva hours: Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:30 and 9:00 p.m. daily.
Cemetery: Baron De Hirsch Cemetery
If you are unable to attend the funeral service in person, you may join it virtually on Friday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m.:

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Lenore Vosberg - 12 days ago

Dear Daphna and Family, I send my deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear father. May you have only positive memories of him and your mother at this difficult time.

Barbara & Irving Shapiro - 19 days ago

Dear Daphna and family, we wish to extend our sympathies on the loss of your special dad. He was certainly very accomplished and highly regarded. May be spared further sorrow. Barbara, Irving, Elliot and Iza Shapiro

Iosif Polterovich and Elina Alexandrov - 21 days ago

Dear Daphna, our deepest condolences to you and your family during this sad time. Thinking about you. Warm regards

Alain Murad & Gloria Stermer - 22 days ago

Our sincere condolences Eric (and Vermes family) on the passing of your dear grandfather. May his memory be a blessing and may you take comfort in the abundant pride that must by yours at having had so accomplished and honorable a man as your family's patriarch. Baruch Dayan Ha'emet.

Esther and Michael Rozenek - 22 days ago

Daphna, Peter, and the Kemeny Family, we would wish to express our sympathies. Over the years our families have met to celebrate numerous family occasions . Our children have maintained their friendship since nursery. Your father was always gracious and welcoming. It was a pleasure to be with him. Cherish the good memories. Hamakom yenachem etchem betoch schar aveliey Zion v'Jerusalem.

Sherwin Maslowe - 23 days ago

Dear Daphna, I have just learned the sad news and extend my sincere condolences. First, I must thank you for encouraging me to phone Robert a few months ago. It was great to speak with him, of course, not knowing that it would be my last opportunity. I still recall teaching with him a two section course to honours electrical engineering students 40 years ago. You were fortunate to have such a devoted father that proudly used to bring you in to the department when you were a youngster. I am glad that Irina was able to meet this nicest of colleagues that we all liked so much.

Bonnie Kaplan - 23 days ago

Dear Daphna, Peter, Naomi, Eric, Elan and Family, Louis and I extend to you our sincere condolences at this sad time of loss. May Robert's memory always be for blessing. Bonnie and Louis

Alina and Octav Cornea - 23 days ago

Dear Dr. Vermes, We were very sorry to hear the news about your father's passing and we can only imagine the sad times you are going through. We wish you strength to go through this period and comfort in the thought that the memory of your father lives with everybody who knew him and that he is remembered as a wonderful person. Our warmest thoughts in this times, Alina, Octav and Robert

Gili (Meir) Rosen - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna and Peter and family. I was very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. As you know he was my father's (Imre Meir) closest friend dating back to Budapest, then Jerusalem, then Canada. My father told stories about their escapades and experiences as young bachelors. In more recent years prior to my father's passing he would speak almost daily with "Dunci' as your father was affectionately nicknamed. Your father was very proud of all your childrens and grandchildrens achievements and reported the details to my father. I would then get a call from my father with the same details. I feel like i know your children without having met them! Your father was a gentle, patient and kind friend to my dad for so many years. It feels like a great loss to have that generation now gone. We are left with their stories to tell. I hope you find comfort in your loss. His memory and your moms should be a blessing. with love, gili .

Veronica (Buck) Luxenburg - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna and family, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. May you cherish the wonderful memories you created over a lifetime. Veronica & Stephen

Mirta & Joe Tuwaig - 24 days ago

Dear Eric, Melanie and Family. We are sorry to hear the sad news. Reading the condolences shows what a well respected and accomplished person he was. May your good memories of him help you at this difficult time.

Brian and Chaviva Smith - 24 days ago

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved father. We always enjoyed the times we met Robert - he was a kind and gentle man and I cherished my connection with him both personally and professionally. May his memory be a blessing.

Georg Schmidt and Graciela Prieri - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna and family: we empathize with your loss. Although we knew what was coming, it was still a shock to hear that Robert had passed away on a day when I was planning another visit to his bedside. Graciela and I knew Robert for over 50 years, ever since I joined the McGill Mathematics Department, which provided a friendly environment for interactions between colleagues and their families. Both Graciela and our son Bruno had taken courses from him and on my visits he always asked about them. Family was very important to him, both his own and those of others. In recent years I was lucky to share a retirees office with him and I often encountered him keeping his mathematical mind active by trying to solve the problems he had assigned to students in his courses years before. He was sometimes frustrated when he had to consult his own solution sets! He had a strong sense of mathematical rigor and clarity, and for many years was a contributor of basic but challenging questions to the doctoral qualifying examinations, and was not easily fooled by fudged answers. He was also a lover of books and the key figure in building up the collection of the departmental Edward Rosenthall library where a photograph of Robert presided over the space until the books were relocated. When I last was in our shared office I noticed that a classical mathematical textbook by Ostrowski (in German) was lying open on his desk. His interests extended well beyond mathematics and in particular to history. On a recent visit he was pointing to and commenting on books (history and judaica) on the facing bookshelf in English, Hebrew, Hungarian and German.

Sheila rosenthal - 24 days ago

Dear Kenemy family. My deep condolences on your great loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. I wish all of you a long and healthy life. Sheila

William and Esther Brown - 24 days ago

When I met Robert in 1967 he was already our "Wise Old Man", and he became wiser and younger over the years I knew him; we will miss him.

Oleg Krichevsky - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna and Peter my deepest condolences on the passing of your dad. Oleg

Pearl Orenstein - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna, Peter and Family . Sincere condolences on your loss. I still remember your parents coming to visit you and how they adored their wonderful grandchildren . May your treasured memories help to comfort you during this difficult time. Pearl Orenstein and Family

Joyce Cohen - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna, I was saddened to hear of your loss. May warm memories help you during this difficult time. Joyce

Mona and David Frank - 24 days ago

Dear Daphne , Peter and family, David joins me in extending to you all our deepest sympathies. May your memories of better times help sustain you through the difficult days ahead. May his name be for a blessing.

gail greenberg - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna & family Our deepest condolences on the loss of your father. May life spare you further pain. Gail and Jeffrey Greenberg

Marilyn Melamed - 24 days ago

I am deeply saddened to learn of Professor Vermes’ passing. He and my dad, Samuel Melamed, were longtime colleagues in the McGill math department and became cherished friends. Even though my dad passed several years ago, Professor Vermes and I continued their tradition of emailing each other holiday greetings through the year and catching up on children and grandchildren….I will miss our emails. My sincere condolences to you all. Marilyn Melamed

Jessica Lin - 24 days ago

Dear Dr. Vermes, my deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Professor Vermes will be greatly missed in our department--we loved having him around as much as he enjoyed coming in. Sending hugs and warm thoughts to you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Jessica

Eva & David Sussman - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna and family, we are very sad to hear of this second bereavement so soon after the loss of your mother. Robert was a respected and I may say beloved colleague at Mcgill. We had many conversations over the years in neighboring offices about mathematics and about his Hungarian antecedents.His passing is a great loss.

Dado Ben Brith & Simona Parynte - 24 days ago

Dear Dr. Daphna and Peter Kemeny. Our sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved father. May his memories be a source of comfort to you and your family.

Carole Blank - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna and family, We were so saddened to learn of your great loss. Our thoughts and hearts are with you at this difficult time. The Blank Family

Nicky Madoff - 24 days ago

Daphna and family, my sincere condolences on you father's passing. May you fondly cherish the wonderful memories.

Beverley and Joseph Sasson - 24 days ago

May his memory and legacy be a blessing to you, and your family, and his good in you be your forever blessing. BDH🌈 We send you and your family our collective hug. 💝 Beverley and Joe Sasson

Gadi Meir - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna… I am so sorry for your loss. Robert was a dear friend of my father, AmramMeir. They were friends from childhood through university and in Canada. Robert was a good friend to him and they spoke frequently. He visited many times in your home in Montreal. I am so sorry for your loss. And I hope he leaves you with wonderful memories. Gadi.

Chana and Sam Suss - 24 days ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Robert was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. Chana and Sam Suss

Linda Mann Gewurz - 24 days ago

Daphna and family, we are thinking of you and the recent passing of your beloved Robert, a very sad time in your lives. He was a kind and gentle man and he will be missed. Cherish all your years of beautiful memories. Be strong for each other…….Day by day….. Linda Mann Gewurz Lauren Gewurz and family

Kathleen Maher - 24 days ago

To Daphna Peter Nomi Eric and Ilan as well as their spouses and all the grandchildren, I wish you peace knowing Saba is with Savta and their love for each other I saw when they were together as I saw how you all loved and respected the Patriarch of the Vermes line. May you be spared further sorry

Jacob Kincler&Dida Berku - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna, Peter, Naomi and Matty, Eric and Melanie, Elan and family, I have known Robert for almost 50 years. He was my mathematics Professor in my first year at McGill. Being a foreign student, newly arrived from Israel, it was very comforting to have not just a Prof. but also one who quickly became a friend and one of my all time favorite Professors. Interestingly enough, as fate would have it, we became family when my nephew Matty married Naomi, his granddaughter. I always had great admiration for Robert as an academic and as a human being. We will miss him. May his memory be a blessing to your family and to all of us. תנצב״ה.

Alfred and Lily - 24 days ago

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Professor a mess. We feel privileged to have spent time with him over the past few years. He will be sorely missed. ‏ברוך דיין האמת

Joe and Elena Cholewa - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna, Peter and family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father. Your strength and courage in this difficult time was nothing less than exemplary. A gentleman and a scholar, your father was well served. May you know no further sorrow. Joe and Elena Cholewa

Morty Yalovsky - 24 days ago

Dear Daphna and family I have known your father for over 50 years first as a Professor, then as a colleague but mostly as a friend whom you could count on for guidance. We have very fond memories of your father and mother which we will always cherish.. Aviva and I extend to you and your family our deepest condolences on you loss. With love, Morty

Ariel Kincler - 24 days ago

Sincerest condolences to Daphna Naomi Eric Peter and Ilan. Robert will be sorely missed he was a great man may his memory be blessed forever. Love Ariel and Naomi Kincler

Eyal Goren - 25 days ago

Dear Daphna and family, I was saddened to hear of Robert's passing. My deepest condolences. I met Robert shortly after arriving at McGill 25 years ago. He was a kind and generous colleague and could always be counted upon for a good advice and insight into the inner workings of the university, something that was invaluable to me as a newcomer. Robert always had a good story to tell, some going back to his days in the army, which I could appreciate having served in the same army. He was a kind and generous person, a real friend of the library and a very smart person; there were always students passing my door on their way to his office, asking not just for math advice but for mentoring. And he was always there for them. He will be sorely missed. -- Eyal.

Richard Piche - 25 days ago

Dear Daphna, I want to offer my most sincere condolences to you and your family. As you know, I met your Dad when I was an undergraduate student at McGill, over 30 years ago. I remained in touch with him since then. Over all theses years, I kept addressing him as Professor Vermes because I guess, I kept learning from every conversation I had the privilege to have with him. In a sense, he was like a father to me. I will miss him a lot.

Doug Mayoff - 25 days ago

Dear Daphna and Family, I am so sorry to learn of Robert's passing. I always found him to be a kind and gentle soft-spoken individual. Full of wisdom and insight, he always offered valuable assistance when I was going through my personal problems. I will always be grateful for having known such a fine gentleman. May your family have no future sorrows. Sincerely, Douglas ( the Dugger)

Bea & Hershie Schachter - 25 days ago

Dear Daphna & Peter & Family, We extend our most sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved father, Robert, z”l. May you and your loved ones be blessed with many happy memories of times past and know no more sorrow. Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet.

Marlene Cantor - 25 days ago

Dear Daphna and Family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Fred and I only met him once and were charmed by him. You were a remarkable daughter! May all your wonderful memories help you through this most difficult period. Marlene and Fred

Niky Kamran - 25 days ago

Dear Daphna and family, Sepi and I offer you our most heartfelt condolences on the very sad news of your dear father’s passing. We share in your grief and sadness, and send you our warmest thoughts of support at this very difficult time. I feel blessed to have been Robert’s colleague, and will never forget his wonderful kindness, wisdom and erudition. I will miss him greatly. With my deepest sympathy and warmest thoughts of support to you and your family, Niky.