Jan. 2, 1924 – Dec. 20, 2014
On Dec. 20, 2014 at the Simkin Center, Max Pressman passed away at the age of 90.
He was predeceased by his wife , Molly, all six of his siblings and their spouses. Lovingly remembered by his children, Selma (Murray), Faye (Warren), and David (Marilyn), his grandchildren, Daniel and Greg, Hilary, Deborah (Michael) and Kayleigh. He also had two great-grandchildren, Hugo and Marcus. He will also be missed by his sister-in-law, Annette Albert and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad was born in Winnipeg, the youngest of seven and lived his early years on Flora Ave. When he was ten years old the family moved to the farm in Grosse Isle, Manitoba. Dad finished high school in rural Manitoba and continued to farm, eventually moving into his sister and brother-in law’s home in the city and commuting daily.
He loved to sing and had a beautiful tenor voice. He started singing in various choirs, ultimately singing in the Rosh Pina Synagogue choir where he met our mom in 1953. By Dec. 27, 1953, they were married and started their family. Dad continued to make choir a priority and derived so much pleasure from it for over fifty years. He participated for many years in the Seniors Stay Young program and choir every Tuesday at the Rady Center.
He worked very hard to support his family through the tough times and then made a risky decision to buy a Sam The Record Man franchise and established the first store in Winnipeg at the Garden City Shopping Center which he ran with Mom followed by a second location at Unicity Shopping Center. This proved to be a successful endeavour.
He never had a bad word to say about anyone, a true Mensch! He was always surprised that everyone wasn’t as honest as he.
Devoted to Mom even more in the last difficult years of her life, he came daily to be with her once she entered the Simkin Center and then he joined her there in July 2011. They had an adjoining room and spent the rest of her days living together. Mom passed away Jan., 2013 and Dad became a frequent participant at all programs held at the Center. He continued to do this until he recently became too weak to attend .
The family would like to thank everyone who looked after his needs and loved him so much.
Funeral was held at Etz Chayim Synagogue with interment at Rosh Pina Cemetery officiated beautifully by Cantor Tracy Kasner Greaves. A thoughtful and loving eulogy was given by his granddaughter, Hilary Book. Pallbearers were David Pressman, Murray Gilfix, Greg Gilfix, Warren Book, David Shapera and Perry Gilfix.
Donations in his memory will be gratefully accepted at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Center, The Stay Young Program at the Rady JCC, or the charity of your choice.