It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Leon on July 27, 2019, at the age of 96.
Predeceased in 2016 by his beloved wife of 68 years, Lainy, Leon is immensely missed by his 3 children; David (Devorah), Lisa (Glen – deceased) and Daniel; his grandchildren Danielle, Evan, Patrick, Bryan (Amanda) and Matthew (Krystine); and his great-granddaughters Aria and Navy. Also missing Leon is brother-in-law Jeffrey, sisters-in-law Sybil and Clarice, and many loving nieces and nephews, and extended family. He is predeceased by his brothers Jack and Manly; his sisters in law, Patty and Lois; and his brother-in-law Astor.
Leon was a very special man and was loved and greatly respected by so many. As the patriarch of our family, his passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and in our family.
Leon was born in Winnipeg to Harry and Jean Rubin and grew up in Winnipeg’s north end. His father passed away when Leon, the oldest of 3 boys, was 12 years of age, and Leon took on the role as master of the house.
Leon had a long, highly satisfying, and distinguished career in medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1945 and was awarded the gold medal for the highest standing in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He practiced his specialty for more than 50 years, mostly at the Mall Medical Group. Leon was involved in his community. He was a board member of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for 26 years, with 2 years as Board President. Leon served on the executive and Honorary Council of the Jewish Historical Society and its successor, the Jewish Heritage Centre. His hobbies included sculpting, writing, bridge and golf. He was incredibly accomplished in all his pursuits and he had a number of his pieces of writing published.
Leon and Lainy were married in 1948. They were able to travel extensively throughout their married life, including to the Orient with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1988; and they enjoyed many winters in Palm Springs California. The family spent many happy summers at their cottage at Falcon Lake, often with visits from extended family and friends.
Interment took place at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on July 30; Rabbi Matthew Leibl officiated. Donations in Leon’s honour may be made to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the Winnipeg Humane Society or a charity of your choice.