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Jack RubinIt is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Jack Rubin on October 14th at the age of 92. 

Jack was survived by his wife of 69 years, Clarice (nee Riesenberg), his children, Barbara Hochman (Danny), Jackie Akman (Richard) and Ron Rubin, his grandchildren, Jared Akman (Leanne) and Jamie Berman (Skyler), his great granddaughter, Lowan Berman, and his brother, Dr. Leon Rubin.  Jack was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Dr. Manly Rubin.  Jack will also be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Jack was born in Winnipeg on April 12, 1925.  He attended St. John’s Tech High School where he excelled at sports and received both athletic and academic scholarships for university.  He graduated from University of Manitoba medical school and New York University (Bellevue Hospital Center) with specialties in both otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) and Plastic surgery.  For many years Jack was head of the Otolaryngology department at Health Sciences Centre and served as President of the Otolaryngology Society of Canada.  Jack was devoted to his patients and continued to practice until his retirement at the age of 75.  

Jack married his high school sweetheart Clarice in 1948 and they had a fairytale marriage for 69 years.  They were blessed with a life filled with close family and good friends.  They enjoyed winters in Palm Springs and summers at Falcon Lake.
Jack excelled at everything he did.   He was an all star athlete at both the high school and university levels playing soccer, tennis, football and hockey.  Jack picked up a tennis racquet in his teens and didn’t put it down until the age of 87, at which time he was still playing doubles with his daughter and grandchildren.  He also loved to swim.  At the age of 90 he was swimming half a mile several times a week.  

Jack loved to eat, especially desserts, but somehow maintained his athletic build throughout his life.  He had a wonderful sense of humour.  He was artistic, both his office and home were filled with his paintings and sculptures.  He was kind and compassionate and all who meet him loved him.

Special thanks to Jack’s caregivers, Olivia, Margarita and Norle, who were of great help and support in his last few years.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 17th at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue.  Thanks to Rabbi Matthew Leibl who officiated the service.  Pallbearers were Jared Akman, Jamie Berman, Skyler Berman, Dan Rubin, Bert Finkelstein and Harry Rubin.  Honourary pallbearers were Murray Knazan, Brent Knazan and Bernie Rubenstein.  Donations in Jack’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice.

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