Cynthia Diane Bluman (née Caplan) passed away on March 9, 2021 in Vancouver, after briefly suffering from an aggressive form of cancer.
She is survived and greatly missed by her husband George, sons David (Olga) and Benjamin (Lara), grandchildren Shoshana, Ruth, Emet and Ari, brother Tom Caplan (Brenda), sister Debbie Israel (Robert), brother-in-law Bob Bluman (Nancy) and many loving nephews, nieces, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Ben and Esther Caplan.
Cynthia was born in Calgary on Oct. 15, 1947. She grew up in Winnipeg where she attended Talmud Torah and Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate. She completed a double Honours degree in English and French literature at the University of Manitoba. She also studied at the Sorbonne and University of Paris. She had an extensive career as a teacher of language. She started out teaching French in Brandon and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cynthia enthusiastically taught English as a second language and later basic education at Concordia University, UBC, Fraser Pacific College and Vancouver Community College.
She and George were married in September 1979. She was dedicated to her family and the Jewish community. She served on the Board of Congregation Beth Israel, where she attended services regularly, often happily being called up to the Torah as the Kohen. She was also very involved in the wider Jewish community, including leadership positions in ORT. Even while working full time, she always made sure to join her sons for lunch each day. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, and will be missed greatly.
Memorial donations may be made to the Rabbi Infeld Discretionary Fund at Congregation Beth Israel, Jewish Family Services, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, or any charity of your choice.