It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Fred Weinstein on October 15, 2017 at the age of 78.
He will be deeply missed but forever remembered by his wife Heather (nee MacKay), children Roxanne, Matthew (Cynthia) and Jason, and his beloved grandson, Sam. He is survived by his sister Audrey Agasi from Winnipeg, and was predeceased by his loving parents Esther and Oscar Weinstein.
Born in 1939 in Winnipeg, MB Fred excelled in high school at St. John’s College in both academics and athletics (basketball). He was a very popular classmate and still had many friends from his Winnipeg days, a true testament to the affect he had on people. Fred followed his heart and passion to pursue a career in dentistry – and what a career it was! He graduated from General Dentistry from the University of Manitoba at the age of 22. He then pursued a prestigious Fellowship in Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Dr. Louis Grossman, known as the “Father of Endodontics”. This accomplishment meant a lot to our beloved dad. “Freddy” then moved the family out west to Vancouver, BC to pioneer his craft as one of the first licensed Endodontists in British Columbia. He successfully practiced at the Fairmont Medical Building for 40 plus years. He loved his patients and he equally enjoyed teaching and lecturing throughout the world to advance the learnings within dentistry. Fred’s many accomplishments within the profession include: Past President of the Canadian Academy of Endodontics (CAE), BC Society of Endodontics, the Interspecialty Dental Society of BC and the International Federation of Endodontic Associations (IFEA). In addition to being a Member of the Royal College of Dentists, he was also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Fred was exceptionally proud to serve as the General Chairman for the 2007 IFEA World Congress in Vancouver. He also served as a volunteer Endodontist at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and had the distinction of performing an acute root canal on world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard back in the 1980s. Above all of Fred’s accomplishments and titles, his family remained his number one priority in his life, always. He had a gentle heart of gold, compassion and sincerity and a smile that would illuminate a room. He will be dearly missed but in our hearts always.
Funeral services were held October 17 at the Temple Sholom Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Lance Howitt, Ben Garfinkel, Saul Rosenbaum, Mark Kierszenblat, Malcolm Yan and Dean Knoblauch.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, the Vancouver General Hospital Cardiac Rehab Program (www.vghfoundation.ca/healthyheart), the Vancouver Prostate Centre or a charity of your choice.