Morley Meyer Wolovick peacefully passed away, surrounded by loving family, on May 12, 2017 at Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg at the age of 92. The funeral took place at the Shaarey Zedek cemetery on May 15, 2017.
Morley is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Sarah Wolovick; his four children, Karen (David) Faber, Marilyn Wolovick, Dave (Maria Helena) Wolovick, and Barry Wolovick; his seven grandchildren, Tara (Kris) Debreuil, Marnie (Carlo) Guzzi, Daniel (Terri Coles) Wolovick, Andy (Georges Bolduc-Wolovick) Wolovick, Brendan Wolovick, Mikaela Wolovick, and Abby Wolovick; and two great grandchildren, Melody Debreuil and Ezra Wolovick. Morley was pre-deceased by his parents, Berl and Rebecca Wolovick; his three sisters, Florence (Meech) Manusow, Jen (Ben) Sommers, and Ettie (Ruben) Cohen; his son-in-law, Rich Claxton; and his daughter-in-law, Pam Wolovick.
Morley was born on September 3rd, 1924 in Winnipeg and grew up with his three sisters—Jenny, Freidl, and Ettie—on Selkirk Ave. He was self employed as a plumber and learned his trade from his father at B. Wolovick & Son Plumbing and Heating.
He met the love of his life in 1942 when Sarah (nee Sirkis) invited him out on a date. They were married on June 1, 1947 at the Marlborough Hotel. Morley had a cottage at Winnipeg Beach for over 30 years and all the children and grandchildren have fond memories of their times there. At age 62, he and Sarah bought a place in Florida and enjoyed annual winter visits as snowbirds. In recent years, the couple enjoyed regular lunches and social activities at Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre.
On June 1st, the family was planning to celebrate Sarah and Morley's 70th wedding anniversary. When he fell ill, most of the family came to Winnipeg to be with him. Like a Hanukkah candle, he lasted for a week even though the doctor said it would be only a matter of days before he passed. For all of that time Morley was surrounded by family, stories, music, and laughter, and the family fit a 70th anniversary celebration into his last days. Sarah and Morley were inseparable and loved each other deeply for all of those years together. Morley’s last week brought the family closer together and created many memories that will last lifetimes.
Morley’s nickname was the Maven and his children would often call upon him for advice. Over the last five years, when Sarah needed more help, Morley took over the cooking and household chores and continued to support the whole family. The family aspires to the quality of relationship that Morley and Sarah created. Morley was a generous, intelligent, helpful, resilient, and loving man who provided a strong foundation for his family. He will be missed.
Heartfelt thanks to the compassionate care givers of Seven Oaks Home Care, the doctors and nursing staff at Seven Oaks Hospital, and especially to Dr. Tamara Buchel and her caring health-care team. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of choice.