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LEN WEINBERG

It is with a great deal of sadness and sorrow that our family announces the passing of Len Weinberg on Monday, September 24th, 2018. 


Len fought heroically through the past 18 months to overcome several serious medical issues including two major surgeries and a heart attack which no one, including his surgeon, thought he would survive.  As was so often the case with Len, he surprised everyone.   He soldiered on and regained a foothold on life giving us all a few more precious months with him in our lives.  In the end however his body could not withstand all that had occurred, and he died peacefully at the hospital with his eldest son Lloyd at his side.  
Len is survived by his children Lloyd, Garry (Asha) and Shoshana (Jack).  Len is survived as well by his wife Addie and his step-sons Doug Jason and Todd Jason, and his beloved grandchildren Hannah, Myer, Jacob, Maya, Amit and Briana.
Len practiced law for more than 50 years, having graduated from the U of M in 1960.  Following his call to the bar, he spent the early part of his career under the tutelage of the esteemed Harry Walsh and Archie Micay.  He was a senior partner at a number of firms including McJanet Rich and of course at Myers Weinberg LLP for over 25 years. At the time of his death, Len had moved his practice to the firm of D’arcy & Deacon LLP where he worked in the capacity of Senior Counsel.
Over the length of his career, Len (one of the most easily bored people who was always looking for a new challenge) dabbled in most every area of law.  This included criminal, real estate, domestic and civil litigation law in his early years to the areas of practice where he really made his mark involving corporate/commercial law, franchising and related trade-mark and copyright matters.
Len was a lateral thinker, and his ability to think outside the box to find unique and innovative solutions to complex issues that invariably arise in the business world was one of his greatest assets.
Of the many accolades he has received during his career, including being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981 for his work in both the legal community and the community at large, Len was most proud of being known in the community as a “lawyer’s lawyer”.  The profession can bestow no greater honour to one of its own.
Of course Len’s life was a lot more than just a distinguished legal career – he was also a father, a grandfather, a husband, an uncle and a friend to all. He cherished family time at the cottage at West Hawk Lake and provided a loving, welcoming and well fed environment to all who came there and to his home in town.  He loved learning and always had a new book in hand.  He was a product of the north end Jewish community having attended St Johns High School where he made lifelong friendships that survived to the end. He was loved and cherished and will be sorely missed by so many.
We will miss him very very much.
Len’s funeral was held at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 and he is interred amongst family at the Shaarey Zedek cemetery.  The family would like to thank Rabbi Matthew Leibl for the time he spent with our family and for the lovely eulogy he delivered.

Pallbearers were Len’s sons, Lloyd Weinberg and Garry Weinberg, nephews Elliott Richman and Earl Raber and cousins, David Perlov and Danny Globerman.                      .
Honorary Pallbearers include Jack Andress, Doug Jason, Todd Jason, Alex Richman, Vincent Richman, David Eisenstat, Paul Henteleff, Yude Hentelleff, Joel Dudeck, Frank Short, Don Bass, Morris Raizen.   

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BETTY ANN SEARLE (nee PRESSMAN)

Born – April 16, 1937 Passed Away – April 14, 2024

With broken hearts, we share the news of the unexpected, but peaceful, death of our dear mother, Betty Ann Searle, on April 14, 2024, just shy of her 87th birthday.

Betty is survived by her beloved husband of over 66 years, Samuel (Sam); children Sharna, Lorne (Barbara) and Beverlee (Barry); grandchildren Evan, Aaron, Jamie and Matthew; brother-in-law Garry Shapera; sister-in-law Eve Blank. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends will also dearly miss her.

Betty was predeceased by her parents Jack and Sally Pressman, and her only sibling, younger sister and close confidante, Doreen Shapera, as well as by other cherished family members including her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Betty lived in small Manitoba towns, moving to Weyburn, Saskatchewan, in 1948, where her father established Pressman’s Style Shop, a boys’ and men’s clothing store. Possessing evident early charm and people skills, Betty would bring a daily hot lunch to her father and mind the store while he ate. Later, she became her high school’s first female student council president.

Betty moved to Winnipeg in 1955 and soon met Sam at the Good Earth Restaurant, a popular hangout for young Jewish adults. They married in 1957 and a few years later settled into the house designed by Sam in Winnipeg’s North End. When the kids were a little older, Betty obtained an Early Childhood Education certificate from Red River Community College, worked at Peretz and Ramah schools, and became an active community volunteer. Among several positions, she served as Winnipeg Section president of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada and manager of Art Rental and Sales at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In later years, she remained peripherally involved with NCJWC and sat on the WAG’s advisory and foundation committees. In 1985, Betty graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in economics and art history, landing a job as an account executive immediately thereafter.

Betty transformed the beautiful house Sam designed for them into a warm and welcoming home. With impeccable taste and a flair for fashion, mom, the quintessential hostess, entertained friends and family with style and good humour year-round. Betty also loved exploring the world. Her travels with Sam, and often with the whole family, included North American camping trips and ski holidays, adventures in Europe, China, Cuba, Israel, the Caribbean and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the latter becoming “home base” for several weeks every winter for 20 years. Closer to home, mom loved residing at the family cottage in Loni Beach (Gimli), MB, for July and August each year.

Betty and Sam shared a rich, cultural life in Winnipeg. They had season tickets to “everything”: symphony, opera, chamber music, theatre, ballet, jazz. Also passionate about family, mom keenly understood the importance of staying connected and taking the time to celebrate as many simchas together as possible, crisscrossing Canada and the United States to enjoy myriad milestone occasions with extended family. The same can be said regarding Betty’s lifelong friends.

Mom’s ultimate delight was the unbridled joy she experienced being with her grandchildren. Bobbie Betty couldn’t get enough of them and spared no expense to see them as often as possible. Toronto became a regular destination and the Gimli cottage became “grandchildren central” for several weeks each summer. She was an involved, interested Bobbie, and her grandchildren loved sharing the special times in their lives with her.

Betty passed away peacefully at the Seven Oaks General Hospital. We are grateful for the kindness and dignity with which the staff treated her. A heartfelt thank you, as well, to Sam’s wonderful care team at the house – Sharon, Violeta, Naomi, Jamie, Cheryl – for providing loving support to both dad and mom.

The graveside funeral service was held on April 17, 2024, at the Rosh Pina Memorial Park, warmly officiated by Rabbi Kliel Rose. The pallbearers were grandsons Evan Searle and Matthew Pearl, son-in-law Barry Pearl, cousin Selma Gilfix, great-niece Amy Braunstein and devoted nephew David Shapera.

Donations may be made to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba’s “Betty Ann Searle Memorial Fund” or to a charitable organization supporting Winnipeg’s arts community.

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NEIL CHARACH July 23, 1935 – April 30, 2024

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, zaidie, brother, family and friend.

Neil was born in Winnipeg and grew up on Scotia Street. In 1952 he began learning his trade as a photographer at Charach Studios which was opened by his late father Irvine in 1928. Neil was a meticulous perfectionist and no detail was left to chance. Being a wedding photographer of over four decades he took great pride in his work and good reputation. He was a kind and generous person with a strong will. Family and friends were important to him and he had a large group of lifelong buddies as he called them. Everyone who knew Neil enjoyed hearing his stories. As the story is told, Judy chased him until he caught her. They married in 1971 and were together for almost 53 years. They created a beautiful life together.

He was predeceased by his parents, Fanny and Irvine and sister Sheila. He will be deeply missed by his wife Judy, children, Marla (Mark), Ian (Sherry), Dana (Hart), and grandchildren, Courtney, Hailey, Max, Farrah, Nathan and Lilah, brother Harold, sister Elaine, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to his home care workers, especially Manuel and Abdul.

Funeral services were held at Chesed Shel Emes on Friday, May 3, followed by burial at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daniel Bell, Max Binder, Marc, Riley, Jesse and Seth Streifler.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to make a donation in Neil’s memory can do so to the Neil Charach Memorial fund c/o The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (204-477-7520) or the charity of your choice.

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VAL CORRIN June 7, 1935 – May 11, 2024

With profound sadness, the family of Val Corrin announces her passing on May 11, 2024, at the age of 88.

A graveside service was held on May 14, 2024 at Rosh Pina Cemetery, with Rabbi Kliel Rose officiating. Pallbearers included her sons Blair and Bradley, nephews Philip Corrin, Benji Sepke, Jonah Sepke, and Simon Sepke.

Val was born in Winnipeg to Alda and William Cook. She married the love of her life, Mort Corrin, in 1957 and they lived briefly in Denver, Colorado before returning to Winnipeg where together they began raising three children – daughter Debbie and sons Blair and Bradley. Val converted to Judaism in 1961 and became active in Hadassah and ORT. In the mid-1970s, the family moved to Toronto where Mort had a successful career as a Regional Manager for London Life. Following Mort’s retirement in 1992, he and Val made their summer home in Winnipeg, while enjoying winters in sunny Florida where Val enjoyed playing mahjong and golf, and watching her favourite team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

Val was predeceased by her daughter Debbie, husband Mort, and sister Elaine. Left to cherish her memory are her children Blair and Bradley, son-in-law Steve Douglas, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Thank you to the staff at Luther Home for their comfort and care. May her memory be a blessing.

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