permut ikeIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Irwine (Ike) Permut on November 07, 2017 at the Concordia Hospital surrounded by his family and his special friend Anne Dudeck.

Ike’s funeral took place at the Etz Chayim Synagogue with interment at the Bnay Abraham Cemetery. Pall bearers were Ari Kapitany, Jeff Gilbert, Merrill Shulman, Mark Cohen, Mark Shuster, and Avery Spigelman.
Ike was born in 1925, the middle of three children to Hershel (Harry) and Sarah Permut. He was predeceased in 2009 by the love his of life for over 68 years – Ruth. He was also predeceased by his older brother Hymie and younger sister Bessie.
Left to cherish and honour Ike’s memory are his children Marsha, Harriet, and Arnold, and Arnold’s wife Susan. He is also survived by grandchildren Ari Kapitany, Jessy Kapitany and her husband Paul Gribbon, and Janie Gilbert and her husband Jeff. He is also survived by great grandchildren Hope and Andrew Gribbon, and Zoe and Sam Gilbert.
Ike grew up in Winnipeg’s North End where he not only received a formal education in the school system, but also received an education in “the school of hard knocks”.
At an early age he developed an interest in and significant skills related to things mechanical in nature particularly cars and trucks. This formed the basis for his subsequent career paths. During World War II he served in the Canadian Army as a staff sergeant both fixing trucks and teaching young soldiers how to properly drive trucks. In spite of his vision problems he also taught marksmanship. Clearly he needed to be and was a man of infinite patience.
Following the war years Ike worked as master mechanic at Stern Trucks, Winnipeg Electric which became Winnipeg Transit in later years, and Winnipeg Motors. He ultimately worked for many years in management positions at Princess Auto and at Mandak Metal Processors in Selkirk where his expertise and hard work helped build both into very successful companies.
Perhaps his greatest and respected contributions during his life were in the form of “paying it back” to the community of Winnipeg through many volunteer positions. He chaired the building committees for both the Bnay Abraham Synagogue and the associated housing co-op. He was also President of the Bnay Abraham Synagogue for two terms.
For many years Ike was a passionate volunteer member of the board of directors and President of the Jewish community funeral home the Chesed Shel Emes. He devoted many hours of his time in the support and betterment of this institution so important to the Jewish community in Winnipeg. He also served on the board of directors of the Gwen Secter Active Living Centre.
Following Ruth’s passing at the Misericordia Place Nursing Home, he served as a volunteer on the Ethics Committee for that nursing home. He also volunteered as a member of the public on the Discipline Committee of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba.
At his core, Ike was a devoted family man. In recent years it was a joy to see the love he gave and received in return from his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He went to great lengths to spend time with them including taking the bus on the coldest days of winter to visit.
For those wishing to make donations in Ike’s memory, donations may be sent to:
The Bessie Permut Ruder Hospice and Palliative Care Fund (at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba) or
The Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Caners and the staff at the Concordia Hospital for their care and compassion during his final days.
Finally, if Ike were to have the last word which he frequently did, he might have left two important messages being: “the important things in life aren’t things” and “you can’t beat fun”!!

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