Raymond Deutscher passed away on October 28th at the age of 63.
His wife and soulmate Carla Becker, his brother David Deutscher, his sister-in-law Heather Leonoff and his niece Ilana Deutscher survive him. He will also be missed by his cousins in Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas. His Holocaust survivor parents, Simon and Sara Deutscher, predeceased him.
Raymond spent his entire life in Winnipeg. He attended the Talmud Torah Day School, Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, and Garden City Collegiate. He received his medical degree at the University of Manitoba. After completing his specialty training in anesthesia, he worked at the St. Boniface Hospital continuously, and in later years, at the Pan Am Clinic as well.
Raymond was a brilliant physician. Anything less than perfection was not an option. He was highly respected and greatly admired by all who came into contact with him. His knowledge and ability to focus led to the saving of countless lives. Raymond was also a superb teacher who mentored innumerable residents during his almost thirty-five years of practice.
Raymond was well versed in many other fields. He was extremely knowledgeable and loved discussing, religion, politics, ethics and the criminal justice system. He was an avid follower of American, Canadian and Israeli politics. Raymond was also an avid music lover and concertgoer. His tastes were eclectic, not limited to any particular genre.
Raymond and Carla were devoted to each other. They were more than lovers, friends and companions; they were true soulmates, two halves of one person. Every waking moment that they had together since they met almost 40 years ago was dedicated to making the other person happy.
Funeral Services were held on October 30th at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue with Bill Weissmann officiating. Burial was at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Benji Gerstein, Dr. Matthew Katz, Jonathan Katz, Dr. Lorrie Kirschenbaum,
David Rich and Dr. Benji Wiesenthal. Honourary Pallbearers were David Robins and Gerald Rosenby. Donations in Raymond’s name can be made to The Winnipeg Humane Society, the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue or the charity of your choice.