It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Litvack on October 13, 2019. After a long illness, he passed peacefully with with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Rochelle, his sons David and Daniel (Goldie) and grandchildren Eden and Ryan. The funeral was held on October 16, 2019 at Congregation Etz Chayim.
Jack was born and raised in Winnipeg’s north end. He was very proud to come from this diverse multi-ethnic neighbourhood and to be an alumnus of St. John’s High School.
After graduating pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in 1957, Jack worked as a staff pharmacist first at Children’s Hospital and then at Winnipeg Municipal Hospitals. Jack was appointed Associate Registrar of the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association in 1964. In 1967, he landed at St. Boniface General Hospital as Director of Pharmacy and where he would go on to become President and Chief Executive Officer. Over his 30 years at St. Boniface Jack also served as Vice President, Planning and Professional Services and Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. At St. Boniface Jack found more than just a job and career path. It was a home away from home and he took enormous pride in contributing to its growth and development - especially his part in the development of St Boniface Hospital Research Foundation.
His passion for work stemmed from a passion of service to our community. He spent countless hours volunteering his time and energy. Over the years he served on twenty professional bodies and over a dozen charitable organizations including the former Beth Israel Synagogue, Simkin Centre and many others.
Jack was a man of great integrity and dedication. He will be deeply missed.
The family would like to thank all those who cared for Jack over the course of his illness: the doctors and staff at Prime; his caregivers over the years and especially Sylvain, his final caregiver.
Donations can be made to the Jack Litvack Endowment at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation or the charity of ones choice.
May his memory be a blessing.