With great sadness we announce that beloved husband, father, Zaida, Benny Hochman, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2023, in Winnipeg, after a courageous battle with Cancer.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Phyllis, his daughter, Paula (Warren Zimmerman), his “whole life and entire world”, his granddaughter, Abby, his sister, Clara Berkowitz, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Benny was born in Winnipeg in 1936 to Abraham and Rose Hochman. He was the youngest of 9 children, one of whom passed away in Poland. He was pre-deceased by his siblings Florence, Betty, Sarah, Dora, Gordon, and his twin brother, Sammy.
Benny attended Aberdeen and Champlain Elementary, Machray Junior High, and St. John’s High School. Peretz Shul and the Talmud Torah provided his Jewish Education.
He started working at age 17 at his father’s store, The Oasis Delicatessen. Benny worked tirelessly with his father and brothers to build the Oasis into a successful business and a North End landmark. The Oasis closed in 1984, but the incredible atmosphere of fun and hospitality that drew people to the Oasis, will always be remembered by those who were privileged to walk through its doors.
Through the course of his life, Benny never stopped moving. When he was not working, he was playing soccer, dancing, and leading his friends on adventures through the vibrant streets of the North End. Later in life, he developed a passion for lawn bowling where he became a beloved coach and instructor.
Benny had a rare gift. He made everyone he met feel comfortable and important. He was genuinely interested in people and when you spoke to him, you received his full attention. Wherever he went, he made friends. He was a true definition of the word ‘mentsch’.
Family was of utmost importance to him. He regularly visited his sisters in nursing homes, took them out to lunch, and provided them with anything they needed. His wife, Phyllis, was the love of his life. They had a beautiful marriage for 53 wonderful years, always taking care of each other. As a father, there was nothing he could not do, fix, or make better for his only child, Paula. As a Zaida, he gave everything he had to his precious Abby. They were truly the best of friends. Benny felt that the best thing to do was give his time to his family and make memories. The memories will live forever in our hearts.
The funeral was held on Monday, October 16, 2023, at Chesed Shel Emes with burial at Rosh Pina Memorial Park, presided by Rabbi Kliel Rose. Pallbearers were Warren Zimmerman, Michael Hochman, Larry Hochman, Sherman Greenfeld, Marty Greenfeld, and Stephen Segal. If desired, contributions can be made to CancerCare Manitoba, The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, or a charity of your choice.
BERNARR IVAN KLAPMAN
Passed away November 12 in his home in Tampa.
Barry (as he was known) Klapman was a business leader in Winnipeg. After law school he went to work for his father, Meyer, who started Peerless Garments manufacturing company and grew the family business into one of the largest employers in Winnipeg. Barry loved boating and trips to Las Vegas with his family.
He is survived by his: wife Monique Landry; two children, Arla Klapman Green and Jason Klapman; daughter-in-law Sarah Klapman, and son-in law Stephen Green; sister Maxine Brownstone; niece and nephew, Lorrie and Danny Brownstone; as well as his four grandchildren, Charli, Myles, Miller, and Gabrielle. .
He lived his life to its fullest. Donations in Barry’s memory can be made to Brothers For Life https://www.brothersforlife.com/donate/
It is with deep sorrow that he family of Barry Posner announces his passing after a lengthy illness at the age of 75 on Monday, October 9, 2023.
Barry leaves behind his wife, Sharon; children, Adam (Christiane) and Daniel (Victoria); grandchildren, Jordan, Jade, Ari, and Zoey; brother, Murray; and nephew, Cort. Barry was predeceased by his parents, Alec and Claire, and his in-laws, Harry and Rose Borodkin.
Thank you to all the staff at St. Boniface E2 Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, especially Dr. Denira Govender and nurse Kaitlin for all of their kindness during this difficult time.
Funeral service was held graveside at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on Thursday, October 12, 2023. Our thanks to Rabbi Matthew Leibl for his beautiful eulogy and to the pallbearers: Cort Posner, Zeev Rafaeli, Joseph Gillies, Aaron Migie, Rod Gordon, and Stephen Dubienski.
Barry loved his family and friends. He had a great sense of humour and always made people laugh. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, son-in-law, brother, and uncle. Barry was so brave and courageous during the years of his illness. He will be forever missed and never forgotten.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Joel David Cooperband on Friday, October 6, 2023. Joel leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Cheryl, his gorgeous daughter Adeena, and his beautiful son Joshua. He also leaves behind his sister Reesa (Marty), brother Benjie (Adrienne), brother-in-law Monte (Stephanie), mother-in-law Shirley, along with nieces, nephews, and his uncle David Weinberg.
Additionally, he leaves behind his favourite fur babies, Jersey and Milo. Joel joins his dad Mickey, who passed February 1983, his mom Sandra – March 2018, and his father-in-law Phillip – December 2022.
Joel grew up in Garden City on Woodcrest and loved going to the family cottage at Winnipeg Beach. He worked at Silverman Jewellers and started Executive Jewels with his wife. They travelled across Western Canada setting up their wares but more importantly, enjoyed daily adventures together. Their children both worked with them. And they loved their lives. Family was his greatest passion. Josh chose a different path to take and Joel was so very proud of him. He would talk about him at every opportunity. Adeena was his sidekick, his buddy, his best friend. A huge hole in our hearts is felt by everyone who knew him. Funeral services took place at the Chesed Shel Emes with interment at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on October 10, 2023. Shiva was private.
Joel was so appreciative of a second chance at life. Unfortunately, it didn’t last as long as we hoped. Until we meet again – beautiful soul.