(May 20, 1930 to June 19, 2018)
It was with great sadness that the family announced the passing of Judge Benjamin Goldstein Z”L on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
Judge Goldstein was 88 years old. His beloved wife, Myra, will treasure all the wonderful memories they had together for the past 63 years.
Left to cherish his blessed memory is Myra (nee Charach), and his three children, Elliott (Michele), Maureen Richardson (Robin) and Harvey (Esther), as well as his sisters Bela Adler, Clara Halpern Jeremiah, and his brother Samuel.
Judge Goldstein was predeceased by his parents Rabbi Joseph Goldstein and his wife Dora, and Benjamin’s brothers Dr. Philip Goldstein, Dr. Arnold Goldstein, and Dr. Abe Goldstein.
Benjamin is also survived by his grandchildren Kaylee Watson (Maighan), Jacob, and Cassandra; Rory, Jamie, and Ashley; Zachary, Daniel, and Amanda.
Benjamin was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan on May 20, 1930. Benjamin completed his public and high school education in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained his degrees in economics and law. He was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1959 and the Alberta Bar in 1983. He practiced law in Saskatoon for over 30 years together with his brother Samuel and was made Queens Counsel. He appeared in all levels of court in Saskatchewan and on several occasions in the Supreme Court of Canada.
Benjamin was a great teacher. He taught Hebrew School while attending university in Saskatoon. After becoming a lawyer, he lectured in commercial law, part-time, at the University of Saskatchewan in its Faculty of Commerce for over two decades.
In November of 1992 Benjamin was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan and presided in Saskatoon until his retirement from the bench in 2005. After retirement he served as a Senior Adjudicator with Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada for several years.
In 2005, Benjamin was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.
Benjamin was active in the Jewish Community in Saskatoon. He was the president of Agudas Israel Synagogue in the late 1960s. In 2000 Benjamin helped found, and for a time served as president of, Congregation Shir Hadash, a Conservative synagogue.
Benjamin was an ardent supporter of Israel, and together with Myra, visited Israel several times.
Funeral Services were held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Chesed Shel Emes in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with interment at Rosh Pina Memorial Park.
Special thanks to Rabbi Avrohom Altein of the Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Learning Centre in Winnipeg for conducting the funeral service, and to Rabbi Raphael Kats of Chabad Lubavitch in Saskatoon for organizing the shiva prayers and being a good friend to Benjamin.
Benjamin, Dad, and Zaida, Rest in Peace. May your memory be for a blessing. If family and friends wish, donations may be made to their charity of choice.